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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The Times They Are A’Changin


the-times-they-are-a-changin-broadway-poster4Fall is in the air — the end of summer, time for a new school year, time for the Jewish New Year too. In so many ways, fall always feels like a time of metamorphosis. The spring opens forward, but the fall folds within, like a caterpillar building its cocoon in preparation for a whole new existence.

This year somehow feels particularly potent with a sense of change to me. World events seem rather ominous: the tensions between Russia and the West in the Ukraine; the utter chaos in so many sectors of the Middle East; the Ebola virus and concomitant panic spreading in West Africa; climate changes bringing unrelenting drought to the American West, unseasonable cold and rain, tornadoes, and hurricanes elsewhere. We even have a mysterious respiratory ailment hitting schoolchildren in the US.

And yet, despite the looming gloom, I feel a kind of kiddy sense of hope and even trust that all of this points to real positive transformation coming our way. The old structures are falling away, though they may be clinging with all their might — conventional medicine being one such structure. As unlikely as it may seem, the times they are a’changin — and the times really are ripe for homeopathy.

Take Ebola for example. Of course, the hope of a vaccine is being pushed as we speak. Let’s all line up! Not. Just as in the 1800s, horrible epidemics like Ebola are the perfect place where homeopathy may be able to shine. Why not at least give it a try?

With homeopathy, we don’t need to know how to combat the Ebola virus itself — only find the genus epidemicus based on the symptoms. We don’t need to send in teams of medical personnel with expensive equipment to protect themselves, we only need to send millions of doses of inexpensive remedies. Many of the snake remedies fit the bill for a disease like Ebola. Let’s have a team of expert homeopaths take cases remotely via Skype, build up a genus epidemicus set of useful remedies and an easy-to-follow protocol, and send in the remedies! What do we have to lose? Indeed, remedies like Aconite, Arsenicum, and others for the ongoing panic might also be helpful.

And instead of sending thousands of children in the US to the hospital when a mystery respiratory ailment hits, why not first try a remedy and at least see what happens? Some homeopaths are recommending an immediate dose of Aconite and parents are beginning to report success. Why not try this first? Sure beats thousands of dollars in medical bills.

The rise of hatred, fear, trauma, and chaos elsewhere — well, homeopathy could be an answer for that too. How often have I wondered what might happen if we could just give everyone in the Middle East a dose of a remedy that could address the intransigent fear, blame, hatred, violence, fundamentalism, and closed hearts of that region?

Indeed, I have heard it said that the 1918 flu epidemic, which occurred at the termination of World War I, was really an epidemic of the state of mind at the end of that horrific and violent war. In that case, it was the state of Gelsemium, the key remedy that helped so many in 1918. It’s a state of collapse after a horrible fright. The Boericke materia medica describes the mental symptoms of Gelsemium as follows:

“Desire to be quiet, to be left alone. Dullness, languor, listless. Apathy regarding his illness. Absolute lack of fear. Delirious on falling to sleep. Emotional excitement, fear, etc, lead to bodily ailments. Bad effects from fright, fear, exciting news. Stage fright. Child starts and grasps the nurse, and screams as if afraid of falling.”

So what remedy does the world need now? Is it Aconite?

“Great fear, anxiety, and worry accompany every ailment… Delirium is characterized by unhappiness, worry, fear, raving… Forebodings and fears. Fears death but believes that he will soon die; predicts the day. Fears the future, a crowd, crossing the street. Restlessness, tossing about. Tendency to start. Imagination acute, clairvoyance…Feels as if what had just been done was a dream.”

Anyway, all we are saying is — give Homeopathy a chance!

Well, maybe there are glimmers of hope.

Here are two signs of real change courtesy of Dana Ullman:

1. Dana has been invited to speak at the prestigious Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. This kind of invitation would have been unthinkable a few years ago. His topic will be: “The Cutting Edge of Science: Homeopathy and Nanomedicine”.

2. A mainstream medical journal, the American Journal of Therapeutics has just published a paper acknowledging that, yes, Arnica works! “Effectiveness and Safety of Arnica montana in Post-Surgical Setting, Pain and Inflammation.” Maybe Arnica will be the remedy that turns the tide for homeopathy in the medical world, just as it has convinced so many people, all over the globe, of the miraculous healing power of homeopathy.

Let’s see where this fall of 2014 takes us. Hopefully to a transformational and much more positive new year.

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Relax! It’s Summer…


restingbabySummertime! (at least here in the Northern Hemisphere…) Time to get away from the same old routine, sit outside, and just muse a bit.

Since I want to practice what I preach, I’m doing the same and not writing a new feature article this month (though I do have an important one planned for September!)

Instead, I thought you’d enjoy a replay of the first blog entry I made in the blog back in March 2012. It will remind you to experience your “dog days of summer” and take time out to follow your bliss and just be. Enjoy!

An ant works. A human Lives. Even a dog Lives.
Be a dog for a day.

(Excerpted from: March 2012 post, blog)

Even though I haven’t had a “job” for many years, I still usually act like I have one. I tend to be extremely disciplined and never procrastinate. I can work on a project alone for years without any need for external verification or prodding. I just do it—step by step by step. Once I set a goal and “know” where I’m going, I can do it. That’s how I did my PhD and wrote two books. It may take me six years start to finish (interestingly, all three projects took that long), but once I’ve set my mind to do something worthwhile, I do it. Heck—I’m so disciplined that I really can make a box of chocolates or cookies last for a month or two, limiting myself to only one a day!

This may make me sound like a robot, but trust me, I’m not. It’s just that my work ethic is too rigid. I don’t give myself any slack. In my experience, many people live like this—especially here in busy Silicon Valley. “Fun” is reserved for the weekend or the evenings. Of course, Sunday is laundry day… but still.

Despite not having a job to go to, I get up and follow my regimen. It might be reading the newspaper, sometimes meditating for half an hour, going swimming or doing my qi-gong exercises, working on my slated writing or other “job” task for the day, all interspersed with hours of unending E-mail that I have to keep up with—otherwise I’m under a deluge that can take weeks to recover from. I feel that I have to answer E-mails promptly from my readers and keep up with this list or that, because I must stay informed and keep up with the “latest”—whether it be a political or social cause or the latest word in alternative health or spirituality. Hell, I’m so hard on myself that I have to force myself to read fiction! Unless some reading serves a “learning” purpose for me, I usually won’t make time for it unless it’s when I’m actually on vacation, away from home.

Today I woke up and I just didn’t want to go swimming. I swim in an outdoor pool, and it was dark and cold and windy outside. Of course I wrestled with myself. “You’ll feel better if you swim. You must not slough off.” After I convinced myself that I could swim tomorrow and still keep up with my regimen, I meditated. Sometimes I feel a “message” coming in when I meditate. It’s relatively rare, but when I feel it, I pick up a little notebook I have for that purpose and do a little “automatic” writing. In a light trance-like state, I just let words pour out onto the page without really thinking about it. The sensation is like having one word after another just pop into my head. If I feel I’m beginning to steer it, I just stop for while until another word pops in. Today I got this message:

“You are holding back something from yourself—your ability to know from within. You are wrestling with yourself. It is blocking your reach, your self understanding. The secret is to let go of yourself—to float freer than ever before. Stop regimenting. Stop souring yourself with strictures. Stop pouring wrath on yourself. Stop fighting and you will finally feel free. It’s mental, not physical. Everything is mental—including the physical. You know it, you teach it, but you don’t feel it. Reach for your limit, not for safety. Do anything. It’s OK. No one is watching except yourself.”

After this fairly clear message I decided to run my day (like I occasionally do on a day without any other commitments) by feel only. I only do exactly what I feel like doing. The first thing I felt like doing was going outside and taking photos of my front yard which is about to undergo some re-landscaping. The next thing I did was read a book out in back of my house—a book I’d put on the backburner for several weeks. Then I decided to make my bed. Then I looked at the clock. It was past “lunchtime”. I thought, “I should have lunch.” Then I realized I wasn’t hungry. I meditated some more. I realized I finally wanted to write the first substantial entry of the AmyLansky blog. Looking through past notes I have made about sudden inspirations, I found the line I used as the title of this article:

“An ant works. A human Lives. Even a dog Lives. Be a dog for a day.”

Today I am being a dog. We usually give our pets way more slack than we give our selves. A dog can pretty much just do what it wants all day. It can sit and look out at nature. It can investigate new smells. It can chase a fairy or its tail. It can bask in the sun and taste the wind. It can express love and joy and pain and sorrow. It can be its Self and not worry or feel guilt about it. It can Live. A dog doesn’t act like a robot, but often we humans do.

Today I’ve decided to Live—at least for a little while.


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Letting Go


handOne of the biggest mental and physical health problems that people face is stress. And one of the biggest causal factors for stress is a feeling that one has no control over life circumstances. It could be a significant stressor — financial loss, the collapse of a relationship, or even the death of a loved one; or it could be mundane — a traffic jam or a delayed flight. Whatever the situation, the feeling that one is a victim of circumstances and can’t do anything about it can lead to feelings of constriction, anger, loss, and despair.

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve had my own bouts with these kinds of feelings. Last week, I waited with increasing impatience for a contractor to show up at my home to do some renovation work. Their workmanship was excellent but their communication was not. I sat around all Monday morning, finally calling at 11am to find out they were not coming that day. I sat around Tuesday morning, until they finally showed up at 2:30pm for a couple of hours. I sat around Wednesday, this time all day, with several calls and emails unreturned. Had someone been in a car accident? Thursday morning they promised to arrive at 9am. By 10am I had begun to give up. Luckily, however, they did show up at noon and stayed until late that evening until they finally finished the job.

I went through a lot of emotions that week: Impatience, anger, frustration, and fear that I would be left high and dry. Finally I gave in to hopelessness and despair.

Of course, I knew I should be handling the situation better. On Thursday morning, after hopelessness had set in, I (finally!) sat down and meditated and came to the realization that I just had to Let Go and Trust. It was what it was. Afterward, I went about the rest of my morning not expecting them to arrive at all. I was at peace with the circumstance. Just as I do (more easily!) when the power or the internet goes out and I can’t get computer work done, I simply told myself, “The universe is telling me to do something else today!”

I had this lesson driven home even more deeply when I had a much more significant disappointment to deal with a few days later. I found out that the husband-wife-team clergy of my synagogue, whom I love dearly and have become close friends with, would likely be leaving this Fall. I was shocked and quickly went into grief. In this couple I had finally found a kind of spiritual nourishment I had been seeking in vain for many years within the faith of my upbringing. Now I would again be “high and dry”. I felt lost, abandoned in the wilderness.

This time, however, I remembered to turn within a bit more quickly. I knew that there was nothing I could do about this turn of affairs. I had no control over it, but I did have control over my response to it and over my own personal destiny. When I Let Go and Trusted, I found that I was able to release my feeling of constriction and realize that my future was open and full of possibilities. Maybe there would be new clergy that would satisfy me. Maybe I was meant to focus elsewhere for spiritual fulfillment. I had done this in the past, and I could do it once again. The future would unfold before me and I would find my way — using Active Consciousness and the many other tools and resources at my disposal. While I still felt loss and uncertainty about the future of my synagogue, I now also had a sense of positive expectation about what the future held for me.

Most of us do not like change, especially when it involves loss or loss of control. But nothing is as certain as change. With loss, no matter how painful, also comes renewal and the opportunity for growth. We can refuse it — we can constrict, shut down, get trapped in anger, regret, or sorrow — or we can eventually decide to Let Go.

The next time your body becomes tight with resistance and stress, try to remember to take a moment, and go within. Feel the tension and constricted sensation in your body. Try to focus on your body sensations rather than on your emotional “story line”. Then, consciously try to release that physical sensation. You might be surprised at the results! Re-reading Exercise 5 from Active Consciousness might be very helpful too. Don’t forget: both the physical and figurative closed fist may feel strong and secure, but the open hand allows for relaxation, release, and joy.

“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go.
But when you try and try, the world is beyond the winning.”
– Lao Tzu

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Was It the Remedy?


questionI have written several articles in the past about the various possible reactions to homeopathic remedies and what these responses mean (October 2013, March 2013, April 2012). But sometimes, you’re not really sure if anything is happening at all; or, if you’re doing much better, whether it was really the remedy that caused your improvement.

I suspect that the latter conundrum is really the more common problem. As I discuss in Impossible Cure, the healing that can occur with homeopathy can often be so gentle and natural that it doesn’t seem like the remedy did anything. Somehow, you just got better.

For example, several years ago, a good friend of mine, who has suffered from severe coughing and respiratory symptoms for many years (often a sign of the Tubercular miasm), was experiencing a bout of these problems when I convinced her to see my homeopath. The prescribed remedy significantly alleviated her coughing for quite a while. But I had a hard time convincing her to return to this homeopath when the problems recurred. I think part of the problem was that she, like many people, have a hard time believing that homeopathy’s tiny little white pills and infrequent dosing can possibly pack the punch they most certainly do. In her case, she preferred to work with a more “hands-on” practitioner and a healing agent that requires more frequent dosing, like herbal medicines.

Another friend of mine is a scientist and rather skeptical of homeopathy despite our friendship for many years. I have long suspected what her remedy is, however. At the very least, this remedy could be very instrumental in her case. Several years ago, I convinced her take a single high 200c dose of this remedy; I knew I only had one shot and wanted her to really feel its effects. The next day she experienced such alarming heart symptoms (an aggravation of her existing symptoms) that she ran to the doctor and underwent a barrage of tests. All was well, of course. The problems left soon thereafter and I could see a change in her demeanor and mood for a few months. A great remedy response! She, however, never believed that the remedy had done a thing. It was simply impossible for her to believe that a tiny white sugar pill coated with “nothing” could possibly have an effect. Impossible Cure!

No doubt, these kinds of experiences with my friends have been a bit frustrating to me. As a result, however, I have learned no one can be cajoled into trying or sticking with homeopathic treatment. It is a choice they must make for themselves.

But the truth is, homeopathic cures simply don’t feel like allopathic or even herbal cures do. As a result, it can be rather hard for some people to believe that it was the remedy that did anything, even if the effects were as plain as day.

As I discussed in my September 2012 newsletter, in an article entitled “Homeopathy Works By Activating Self-Healing”, it is important to remember that, unlike allopathic medicines or even herbal tinctures, nothing chemical is being done to the body by a remedy. Instead, an energetic message is being delivered to the energy body or vital force. This message then triggers a response in the body to heal itself. In other words, by its very nature, homeopathy works by activating a natural response driven by the wisdom of the body. As a result, it doesn’t feel like a forced chemical change. It simply feels like the body just finally healed itself.

Once a patient experiences this phenomenon, especially in a dramatic way, and then fully accepts that it was due to a remedy, they usually start paying closer attention to their body’s signals and rhythms and learn to understand when the remedy is “doing something.” They notice that their sleep is better, that their bowels or menstrual cycle are somehow better, and that problems that once irked them have somehow magically disappeared. But because it’s in our nature as human beings to quickly forget the pains of illness once they are alleviated, it can also be easy to dismiss the healing agent that triggered this change, especially if it somehow seems implausible to us.

Of course, there are also some patients who want a cure so badly that they will attribute the most miniscule of changes to a remedy. They desperately want to be good responders to homeopathic care. While it’s true that changes triggered by remedies can often be subtle and develop slowly, it is also true that, over time — certainly a few months — a good remedy should definitely create real and noticeable and objectively observable effects. If it does not, you may need more doses, a higher or lower potency, or a different remedy altogether. Please do keep working with your homeopath and be honest in your reporting. I believe that patients who are actively working on health problems should see or speak with their homeopath at least once every two months. Many times, patients just “give up” on homeopathy because the first remedy “didn’t work.” Maybe it didn’t. Or maybe it did — you just didn’t realize it. A good homeopath will be able to help you sort this out.

One good practice to help you and your homeopath determine your response to a remedy is to keep a symptom journal of some kind. About once a week, jot down the state of your current physical, mental, and emotional symptoms and what has transpired over the course of the week. Also write down any other treatments or supplements you are taking. So often, a response to a remedy is completely confused or even antidoted by other treatments. This journal can then help you to better understand and see what is actually happening in your case and to report it back to your homeopath at your next appointment.

Finally, don’t forget that the effects of a remedy can often last for many months. Right now I am riding the effects of a 200c dose of a remedy I took in February. Here it is — the end of June — and I suspect various things going on in my own case may be attributable to this one dose.

As my “Impossible Cure” bumper sticker says — homeopathy is powerful medicine!


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Active Consciousness Is One of the Top 5 Books That Will Change the Way You Think!


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Check out this article that recently appeared on a popular blog site, It describes Active Consciousness as one of the Top 5 Books That Will Change How You Think!!

And don’t forget: If you love Active Consciousness too, please do write a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads.

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Living in Parallel Universes


Parallel_Universes_by_Khold01Early in May, my husband Steve and I took a short vacation to Sedona, Arizona — an amazingly beautiful place surrounded by otherworldly and spiritually inspiring rock formations. (Luckily, we were there before a forest fire hit nearby only a week or two later.)

On our first morning in Sedona, we arrived late to the breakfast buffet supplied by the hotel. There was only one other table occupied, by a woman and her two female relatives. As I tried to eat, the room was filled with the voice of this woman complaining loudly and unrelentingly about her son’s severe allergies. Her words were filled with anger and disgust. Initially I felt sympathetic toward her, but after several minutes of her tirade, I felt bombarded and invaded by her negative energy. Her relatives sat there mute and blank, as if they were accustomed to her unending stream of negativity. After fifteen minutes or so, I hastily finished eating and told Steve that I simply had to leave the room. I could no longer bear being in this woman’s presence.

This experience underscored something for me that I have thought and written about, but had never quite experienced so vividly before: that each one of us, and likely every living creature, lives in a parallel universe of our own making. Simply put, we create our own heaven and hell. And it’s up to us to change it or perpetuate it.

After recovering from my unpleasant breakfast, I could only feel compassion for this woman and the living hell she was living in. Her entire energy field was so completely filled with negativity that it spilled out all around her. I can’t even imagine how it affected her body. And who knows what role it played in her son’s allergies?

In a past Active Consciousness newsletter article entitled “Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Glimpses of the Unseen World”, I spoke about the many parallel universes that surround us that are largely unseen — the worlds of insects, animals, nature spirits, and more. In addition to these, of course, are the parallel universes that each one of us lives within. I believe that these universes are not figurative. They touch us and affect our minds and bodies and the environment. They are connected to and interact with one another. We bump up against them when we experience the positive or negative “vibes” we encounter each day. We help to create these vibrational fields that determine how our universe unfolds, and we can change them if we want to. That’s really what my book Active Consciousness is all about!

In Chapter 25 of Active Consciousness, I describe how my experience as a homeopath taught me that each one of us lives in an entirely different world filled with our own unique “stories”. Listening to the life stories of my patients and learning about their views of reality showed me that, not only were we each experiencing our own unique lens on the world, but that these views helped to perpetuate these filters on our experience.

It’s also important to realize that these entrenched filters and stories play a role in creating disease. Indeed, one of the miracles of homeopathy is that it can help us to break free from negative stories that create illness. By matching our own unique field of vibration with the field of vibration of a similar or “homeopathic” remedy, homeopathy can enable a patient to become “unstuck” from their own personal hell. Indeed, a good healing process frequently helps a patient become more aware of their creation and the erroneous beliefs they carry around with them.

Triggering this same kind of shift in awareness is also a goal of traditional Hawaiian Kahuna healers. They believe that as long as a patient’s Lower Self (Unihipili) and/or Middle Self (Uhane) are fixated in beliefs that block healing in some way — even if a patient is totally unconscious of these beliefs, healing by the Higher Self is obstructed.

One of my earliest Active Consciousness newsletters (March 2012) spoke about the phenomenon of our self-created hells on Earth. In an article entitled “Difficult People,” I stressed that it was important to use meditation skills in order to not be affected by other people’s negativity and to, instead, view them with compassion.

Even more importantly, however, we must work to clear our own negativity. Feelings of anger are considered especially problematic for healing. We can accomplish this with the aid of medicines like homeopathy and the help of energy healers, through awareness exercises like the meditations suggested in Active Consciousness, and through honest and deep self-examination and compassion for ourselves. It is well worth it! The life you create and experience is very largely up to you.

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Dealing with Allergies


sneezeIt’s that time of year again — when many of us find ourselves sneezing and blowing as the flowers and grasses bloom. It’s important to remember, before you rush to the drug store, that homeopathy might be the answer you really need.

Many years ago, before I used homeopathy, my spring and summer allergies were pretty bad and getting worse. I was beginning to resort to allergy medicines and nasal sprays — all merely suppressive and, I know now, likely to make my overall health and even my allergies worse. My spring sneezing, congestion, and worst of all, itchy palate, improved dramatically and immediately after I began homeopathic treatment with a good constitutional remedy. In fact, this amelioration of my allergies was one of my first personal striking experiences of the power of homeopathy.

Since allergic reactions are really broad constitutional symptoms of the body, treatment with a good constitutional remedy — addressing all the symptoms of the entire symptom complex: emotional, mental, and physical — is usually the best and most deeply curative approach to allergy treatment. Indeed, the remedy that helped me with my allergies was by no means one would think of for the treatment of allergies. But it helped me and my vital force, which then helped me to be less susceptible to allergens and able to react to them in a more balanced manner.

That said, there are more targeted approaches to allergy treatment that do work — in fact, scientific studies have repeatedly proven that they work. In general, the approach is to give the offending allergen (for example, pollen), in a potentized, highly dilute dose. The approach is called “isopathy”. Remember, there is not even a molecule of the allergen in the remedy, it is merely the energy of the allergen.

While many liken the use of homeopathy to the allopathic use of allergy shots (which directly inject diluted material doses of the allergen, along with who-knows-what toxic adjuvants, directly into the body tissues), the homeopathic approach is safe and non-invasive. Still, the success of allergy shots is testimony to the fact that even the crudest and most toxic application of the homeopathic principle can be effective at some level.

Two studies of the isopathic use of allergens in potency were described in my book Impossible Cure. Both were conducted by Scottish homeopathy David Reilly, MD.

1. “David Reilly, MD, and colleagues in Glasgow performed a double-blind controlled trial of a 30c potency of house dust mite, given to dust-allergy sufferers. In the homeopathic group 77% showed an improvement compared to only 33% showing an improvement with placebo. The study was supervised by a consulting respiratory physician who recruited the patients for the study.” [Reilly, D., M. Taylor, N. Beattie, et al., “Is Evidence for Homoeopathy Reproducible?” Lancet, 344, p. 1601–1606 (December 10, 1994)]

2. “In the summer of 2000, another allergy study by Reilly and his colleagues at the Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital was published in the British Medical Journal. 50 patients were treated with a homeopathic preparation or with placebo, and were measured daily for nasal air flow. Those on homeopathic treatment had 28% improved nasal air flow over the course of four weeks, compared with just 3% improvement in the placebo group.” [Taylor, Morag A., David Reilly, Robert H. Llewellyn-Jones, Charles McSharry, and Tom C. Aitchison, “Randomised Controlled Trial of Homoeopathy Versus Placebo in Perennial Allergic Rhinitis with Overview of Four Trial Series,” British Medical Journal (BMJ), 321, pp. 471–476 (August 19, 2000)]

In addition to the isopathic approach, there is also the more traditional and somewhat more palliative approach of using remedies that are specifically associated with the common symptoms of allergies — runny nose, stuffiness, sneezing, etc. These are usually the components of homeopathic “allergy” remedies sold in health food stores, usually containing mixtures of low potencies of the various matching remedies. Typical remedies of this kind include:

Allium cepa — Burning discharge from nose, bland discharge from eyes, pricking sensation in larynx.

Euphrasia — Eyes swollen with thick, burning discharge, bland discharge from nose, coughing up phlegm, feels worse indoors.

Sabadilla — Violent sneezing, itchy nose, red, and swollen eyelids, runny eyes, headache as if head is shrinking.

So please remember: if you embark on a sneeze-fest this summer, homeopathy might be your answer. If you are skeptical, try out an over-the-counter homeopathic allergy medicine and see if you find a little relief. But even if that doesn’t help much, remember that the best and deepest approach is to see a classical homeopath and have your full case taken. You can find referral information on the Impossible Cure website.

Before I conclude, I thought I’d give you one more tip — only loosely homeopathic — that might be helpful. Although my allergies improved 95% when I first began to use homeopathy, I have noticed that they’ve crept back a bit over the past few years. This spring, however, I’ve had NONE — not a single sneeze — and it has been a bad season for many. One explanation may be that I’ve been on a new constitutional remedy and it seems to be acting deeply for me.

Another intriguing possibility is that, over the past month, I’ve been experimenting with eating local “weeds”. There is a movement afoot that I’m very interested in — foraging — that is educating people about the healthy and highly edible nature of many of the local plants growing wild all around us. For example, check out this article in, of all places, Good Housekeeping.

About a month ago, I began plucking bright yellow dandelion heads in my neighborhood and frying them up in a bit of olive oil. I know this may sound a bit strange, but they are loaded with vitamin C and lots of other good things. Dandelion tea is also known for also helping with spring allergies, probably because they carry the pollen of the local plants. Like cures like! You know your fried dandelion heads are ready to eat when they turn brown and start smelling a bit nutty. They taste like a slightly bitter nut and I’ve become a big fan. Try it out! (Though begin with just one or two to test your reaction.) You might find that the “potentized” dose of pollen supplied by these cheerful little friends growing all around us might be just the medicine you need!


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The Secret Knowledge of the Kahunas


hawaiianladyIn past articles (5/13, 10/12), I have discussed the valuable teaching of the Hawaiian shamans or kahunas. Recently, I have expanded my studies on this subject and have been struck by how well this system of knowledge and wisdom aligns with the information I put forth in my book Active Consciousness.

One book that I highly recommend is The Secret Science Behind Miracles by Max Freedom Long. Long was an American man who lived in Hawaii in the early 1900s and made it his mission to discover and record the Kahuna knowledge before it disappeared completely under the overwhelming influence of the white man. As Hank Wesselman points out in his excellent book The Bowl of Light, which also describes the cosmology of the kahunas according to the teaching of one of the last kahunas, Kapuna Hale Makua, very few if any authentic kahunas now remain.

Max Freedom Long’s mission was given a real boost when he made the acquaintance of another white man, Dr. William Tufts Brigham, who had pursued the same quest and was already elderly and near death when Long met him. Brigham had witnessed many of the acts of the kahunas first-hand in the 1800s. Both men took a scientific approach in their investigations, and both were inspired by the scientifically-minded work of the Psychical societies and Spiritualist churches active at that time — the mid-1800s to the early 1900s.

In this short article I will outline some of the key concepts of the kahuna system and their relationship to what I describe in Active Consciousness. These concepts form a cosmology that underpins the kahuna understanding of reality that enabled them to perform many amazing feats of healing and psychical powers. For example, the kahuna system fosters:

▪ the ability to perform and understand various phenomena that are otherwise unexplainable, such as fire-walking, de-materialization and materialization, instant healing, communication with the deceased, and more;

▪ the use of this secret knowledge to benefit the world, including the healing of illnesses, both physical and emotional;

▪ the proper conduct of one’s life in relation to others.

It is interesting to note that the secret knowledge of the kahuna system was orthogonal to the Tahitian kapu system and power structure of the Hawaiians chiefs. According to Long, the kahuna knowledge did not originate in Tahiti, but rather was passed down from sources far removed from the Pacific — perhaps from pre-historic times in places as far away as Africa.

As I have described in earlier newsletters, the kahunas believe that each human is composed of three souls, all of which continue on beyond death. Each of these souls primarily operates in the realm of specific forms of energy — in my view, different layers of the human energy body as described in Active Consciousness.

The “Lower Self” — the Unihipili. This Self primarily functions in the physical and etheric realms.

The “Middle Self ” — the Uhane. I believe this Self functions in the etheric, astral, and possibly mental realms.

The “High Self” — the Aumakua. This Self likely functions primarily at the astral and higher levels.

What is quite unique about this system is that each of the three Souls or Selves have specific delineated abilities.

The Unihipili (Lower Self) is concerned with maintaining the function of the body, is the seat of emotions, and is the seat of memory. However, it has no higher level reasoning ability. That is why our Lower Selves can watch a movie and cause our bodies to react as if the movie were real. In some ways, the Unihipili functions as our “animal selves.”

The Uhane (Middle Self) is concerned with rational thought and reasoning. Interestingly, it has no ability to retain memory itself, which is the domain of the Unihipili. The role the Uhane is as the “boss” of the unreasoning (but still powerful) Unihipili. Unfortunately, our reasoning Uhane sometimes causes a suppression of memories and feelings of the Unihipili that it considers to be irrational or unacceptable. The result can be physical illness — the only avenue left to the Unihipili for expression. As I described in a recent homeopathy-related article, and also in a past article about the lower or basic self, the best approach to such illnesses is to proactively bring these feelings and memories back to light and to repeatedly work with and acknowledge the legitimacy of the Unihipili.

The Aumakua (High Self) is concerned with the deeper Love and Service of the highest realms. In addition, the kahunas believe that only the the Aumakua has access to information about the future. As surmised in Active Consciousness, this may indicate that the Aumakua is the part of us that has access to higher dimensional space.

Because the Uhane (Middle Self) has no memory of its own, any information that is transmitted to us from our High Self or from other spiritual entities must communicate through our Unihipili. That is why, in order for mediums to communicate with the dead, it is important for them to subdue their more skeptical and reasoning Uhane. This enables their Unihipili to receive information without filtering. The same reasoning explains why much useful information is transmitted to us while we are asleep. During sleep, our Uhane is essentially “turned off” while the Unihipili takes care of our bodies. During this time, the Unihipili is also freer to contact and remember the wisdom of the Aumakua.

One interesting aspect of the kahuna system of knowledge that relates directly to ideas in Active Consciousness is that the memories of the Unihipili are said to be stored as “thought forms” in the realm of “shadowy substance” that the Hawaiians called Aka. Aka is essentially the substance of the etheric level, and, as discussed in Active Consciouness, I believe that these thought forms are likely the same as the orbs now showing up in photographs (and which I also discuss in the 10/13 Active Consciousness newsletter). In Buddhist thought, they are called tulpas. Scientist and mystic of the 1700s, Emanuel Swedenborg, saw these orbs of knowledge as well, which he described as pictorial bubbles encoding knowledge.

According to the kahuna system, the thought forms created by the Unihipili, are used as seeds from the which the Aumakua helps to create our future. That is why it is so important not to succumb to the often fearful or worrying tendencies of the Unihipili and to try to create thought forms using our more rational Uhane instead. Our Aumakua can also communicate to us about our probable futures via dreams and psychic foresight (via our Unihipili) and thus enable us to make changes if we so desire. Our access to the Aumakua’s knowledge and power can likely be enhanced through meditative methods such as those described and taught in Active Consciousness.

In the future, I plan to write more about the kahuna system and its relationship to my model of Active Consciousness. In the meantime, however, I am heartened to know that, at least according to the kahuna system, my ideas are on the right track!

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