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Tom O'Bryan - The
Autoimmune Fix
The 12 Healing Celtic
Health & Wellness
Personal Growth
108 Lessons Grief Taught Me
110 Respecting the Journey
114 Are Personal Core Values
Still Important for a
Conscious Living
Why Am I So Tired?
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The Truth about Sacred
Lead Your Team to Success
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126 This Is How I Save My Life
Miriam Knight: I’m Miriam
Knight, and I’m very pleased
to welcome today, Dr. Tom
Dr. O’Bryan is a world
expert on gluten and its
impact on your health.
He’s an internationally
recognized and soughtafter speaker and workshop
leader, specializing in the
complications of non-celiac
gluten sensitivity, celiac
disease and the development
of autoimmune diseases as
they occur inside and outside
of the intestines.
He holds teaching faculty
positions with the Institute
for Functional Medicine and
the National University of
Health Sciences. He is the
founder of
That’s T-H-E-D-R .com, and
he’s the visionary behind
Betrayal, a docuseries about
autoimmune disease.
Today we’re going to discuss
his critically acclaimed
groundbreaking book called
The Autoimmune Fix.
It outlines the step by step
development of degenerative
diseases and gives us the
tools to identify our personal
disease processes years
before the symptoms are
obvious and hopefully in
time to reverse them. I am so
pleased to have him on the
show. Welcome, Tom.
Tom O’Bryan: Thank you, it’s a
pleasure to be with you.
Miriam Knight: I have
read many books about
autoimmunity and digestion
and paleo and what you should
do for your gut, and I was so
pleased to read your book
because it seemed to explain
many of the concepts that had
been only fuzzily explained
before, and it kind of pulls
everything together for me.
Tom O’Bryan: Well, thank you.
That’s a compliment.
Miriam Knight: Let’s jump
in because gluten sensitivity is
something that has really risen
on the radar of so many people.
I suspect that most people are
like me, and they have only a
very fuzzy notion of what gluten
sensitivity is and what it does to
your system. What do the people who have this gluten sensitivity experience in their bodies?
How is it affecting them?
Tom O’Bryan: Well, if you pull
a chain, the chain always breaks
at the weakest link. It could
be at one end, the middle, the
other end, it’s your heart, your
brain, your liver, your kidneys,
wherever your weak genetic link
is. You pull on the chain, that’s
where the link’s going to break.
So, when you have a sensitivity
to food that’s causing
inflammation in your body, it’s
pulling on the chain. So, it just
depends on the individual as to
where it’s going to manifest.
There are over 20,000 studies
now in the medical literature
on the dangers of wheat and
the symptoms that might come
from it. For example, our
gallbladders store bile that’s
made by the liver, and when we
eat fat, bile gets squeezed out
of the gallbladder down into
the intestines to break down
the fat, kind of like soapy water.
When you have a sensitivity to
wheat, you secrete less than 20
percent of the amount of bile
that you should for fat that
you’re eating. So, someone that
does not have a sensitivity to
wheat, they’ll secrete, let’s say
10 milligrams of bile when they
eat an avocado. Someone that
does have a sensitivity to wheat,
they’ll secrete two milligrams
for the same amount of fat in
an avocado. So, that means
you don’t digest your fats well,
and your gallbladder begins not
functioning well, and you can
develop gallbladder disease,
and it can be as the result of
wheat sensitivity.
Or, it could be your brain, or it
could be your heart. That’s why
Mayo Clinic publishes studies on
reversing a very serious disease
called cardiomyopathy when
you go on a wheat-free diet.
And that doesn’t happen for
everyone, but if they have the
sensitivity to wheat and they
have cardiomyopathy, when you
put them on a wheat-free diet,
the cardiomyopathy gets better.
Miriam Knight: This actually
hits quite close to home because
my husband had gallbladder
disease, and he ended up having
the gallbladder removed as an
emergency procedure, which
is no fun. And now, he has all
kinds of digestive problems...
Tom O’Bryan: Of course,
because now, the ability to
digest fats, one of the key
mechanisms in our body to
digest fats has been removed.
They’ve taken it out. You don’t
want to have complications
from the surgery. But, they’re
surgeons. They’re not functional
medicine doctors. And so, they
don’t say, okay, now you’re not
gonna be secreting any bile
anymore when you eat fats, so
you better take the digestive
enzymes to break down fats.
Thousands of gallbladder
surgeries are done every year. I
don’t know the exact number,
but it’s in the tens of thousands.
None of these people were told
they now have a vulnerability for
the rest of their lives of having
fat deficiencies, meaning the fatsoluble vitamins like A, vitamin
D, vitamin E, vitamin K.
And they’re not told that they
must compensate because a part
that is supposed to be dealing
with that in every meal has been
taken out.
Miriam Knight: You mentioned
functional medicine, and I think
that that is a revolution in the
approach to medicine that we
sorely need. Can you explain
what that is for our listeners?
Tom O’Bryan: Yes, of course.
When you get symptoms--no one
gets Alzheimer’s in their 60s or
70s. You get Alzheimer’s in your
20s and 30s, and it just takes
decades of killing off brain cells
until there’s so much damage
it becomes obvious. And the
damage accumulates in speed.
You lose more and lose more
and lose more and lose more.
But, it starts decades before
there’s ever a symptom.
So, by the time you get
symptoms, whatever the
disease should be, you’re
falling over a waterfall. You’re
just going down.
Functional medicine it’s called
upstream. Let’s go back up the
river away or go back up the
stream before you fall over the
waterfall, and let’s see what
the things that are causing
the problems that eventually
will manifest as whatever the
weak link in your chain is like
Alzheimer’s or heart disease or
gallbladder dysfunction are.
What’s going on upstream?
In Functional medicine, we
teach doctors of all disciplines,
mostly medical doctors
but also chiropractors and
acupuncturists and natural parts
and osteopaths, we teach them
how to look upstream, how to
ask the right questions of the
patient, what’s their health
history been so that we get a big
picture overview. When you get
migraines, you don’t treat the
head. You have to treat what’s
causing the migraines. And of
course, you want symptom relief,
and so you’ll do medications to
feel better, but you have to look
at why is this happening, what’s
going on upstream.
And unfortunately, in our
medical education, we’re not
taught this. We’re not taught
to think this way. What we’re
taught is how to reduce the
symptoms, how to calm down
the symptoms. And that’s very
important to do. Can’t say
enough about how important it
is so people can feel better and
function in their lives. But, we
have to go upstream, and that’s
what functional medicine is.
Miriam Knight: At the
beginning of your book, you
talk about how you were turned
on to the notion of functional
medicine when you were superduper fit and healthy, and yet
you were having problems. Is it
a genetically related trait that
gives you your particular weak
Tom O’Bryan: The weak
links are contributed to by
two main factors. One is your
genetics, and the other is your
antecedents. Antecedents are
the things that have happened
to you and have accumulated
in your life. For example, if
you love tuna and you eat
tuna two to three times a
week, you’re gonna have high
levels of mercury in your body
because practically all the
tuna, all the tuna in the world
is high in mercury. So, that’s
called an antecedent. Tuna is
good for you, but you get high
mercury levels, and if mercury
accumulates in your brain, you’re
gonna have brain dysfunction
problems, and you’ll never know
where it came from unless you’re
looking upstream to see.
So, genetics, you can’t do
anything about the genes.
That’s the deck of cards you
were dealt in life. But, you don’t
have to turn those genes on.
Genes just mean that’s a little bit
of a weak link, don’t pull on that
chain too much.
Most diseases that are genetic
in nature need something to
turn the gene on, and that’s the
environment that we’re exposed
to. That’s the critical picture
here is this toxic world that we
live in. I want to give you an
example that was just published
six weeks ago by the World
Wildlife Fund in conjunction
with two major universities.
They published a paper that
showed there has been on
average a 57 percent reduction
of all wildlife on the planet since
1970. I read that article in the
newspaper, little summary, and I
said, oh, that’s too bad, and then
I went on to read something
else. Just this morning in the
paper, I saw that cheetahs are
going extinct. So, it’s the toxic
world we live in.
Miriam Knight: Tom, another
statistic that people should take
notice of is that, for the first
time, life expectancy for the
new generation is less than the
parents’ generation. What is so
astonishing is how both delicate
the balance of nature is and yet
how resilient if given a chance.
Can you go into some of the
effects of the toxins, the toxic
load, I think something that you
call the body burden is and how
we can recognize it and deal
with it?
Tom O’Bryan: Yes, It’s a critical
concept. The New England
Journal of Medicine that
published the paper - for the
first time in the history of the
human species ever, children
are gonna get sick at earlier
ages than their parents, get
diagnosed with diseases at
earlier ages than their parents
and die at an earlier age than
when their parents died.
These are chemicals that are
not supposed to be in their
bodies at all. And then we
wonder why there are a million
children a year now in the US
diagnosed with autism. Because
the brain is so sensitive, just
so very sensitive, and these
toxic exposures that are in the
bloodstream 25 % of all the
blood in the body are in the
brain at any one time, and the
brain cells are damaged by this.
We have to wake up to this
because we’re killing the planet.
We really must have a paradigm
shift in how we think about this
whole world that we live and
how we take care of this world.
As a doctor, when you read
the science and you see what’s
happening to our bodies and
you wonder why your brother
developed cancer at 28, or
your father died at 54, or your
mother has Alzheimer’s in her
60s, I mean, what’s going on
here? It’s that our bodies are
becoming so toxic, so full of
these toxic chemicals.
Miriam Knight: Let’s get back
to the question of wheat and
gluten because that really is a
core specialty of yours, and it’s
something that there’s a lot of
misunderstanding about. What
does gluten do in our bodies,
and particularly the shift in the
development of wheat strains
and so on? Don’t even want to
go there.
Tom O’Bryan: The word gluten
is that we think about when we
say gluten sensitivity, but it’s
really not gluten. It’s wheat.
Gluten is not bad for you. Bad
gluten is bad for you because
there’s gluten in rice, and
there’s gluten in corn, there’s
gluten in quinoa. But, it’s the
family of gluten proteins in
wheat, rye, and barley that is
the problem. But, we associate
the word gluten as being
a problem. It’s just wrong
language, but that’s what
we’ve got to work with now.
So, it’s really wheat that’s the
problem, and there are many
proteins in wheat, not just
gluten. There are many, but
gluten is a primary one. Dr.
Hollon, at Harvard and his team
that published the paper on
this about a year and a half
ago, and they showed that
every human, all humans when
they eat wheat, every time
they eat wheat, they develop
something called intestinal
permeability. The slang term
for it is the leaky gut.
Now, the fastest growing cells
in the body are the inside lining
of the intestines. Every three to
seven days, you have a whole
new lining to your intestines. So,
if you think of the lining of the
intestines like cheesecloth, when
you eat wheat, you tear the
cheesecloth, but it heals. You
have a toast for breakfast. You
tear the cheesecloth. It heals.
You have a sandwich for lunch.
You tear the cheesecloth. It
heals. Pasta for dinner, you tear
the cheesecloth. It heals.
Day after day after week after
month after year after year
until one day you have waffles
for breakfast, you tear the
cheesecloth, it doesn’t heal.
Now you get that intestinal
permeability that doesn’t go
away, and that is the gateway
in the development of the
autoimmune diseases from
multiple sclerosis to rheumatoid
arthritis to Alzheimer’s to
Parkinson’s, it’s the intestinal
permeability that is the setup
for these diseases to begin and
to progress.
body produces act like scissors
to cut that pearl necklace into
smaller clumps of pearls and
then smaller clumps and smaller
clumps and smaller clumps until
you’re cutting the pearl necklace
into each individual pearl. Those
are called amino acids.
So, wheat is a mild toxin. It’s a
mild toxin. But, because of the
extreme amount of toxins we’re
exposed to every day, we lose
our threshold, and even the
mild toxins become an irritant.
Now you have a problem, and it
doesn’t go away. And that’s the
gateway into the development
of Hashimoto’s disease or
Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, any
of the autoimmune diseases.
The amino acids can go right
through the cheesecloth into
the bloodstream, and then your
body uses those amino acids
to make new bone cells and
brain cells and kidney cells and
whatever you need. But, it’s
those single amino acids that
make the difference. But, what
happens when you get tears in
the cheesecloth is that clumps
of the pearl necklace can get
through the tears. They’re
called macromolecules, big
molecules. Those get into the
bloodstream, and your body
says, whoa, what’s this, this is not
good for me. You, the immune
system, you better fight this.
And your immune system makes
antibodies to protect you from
this macromolecule.
Miriam Knight: The gut
really is the prime mover in our
immune system. You talk about
the cheesecloth syndrome. What
exactly is going through the
holes in the leaky gut?
Tom O’Bryan: Yes. When you
eat food, proteins are like a
pearl necklace. The hydrochloric
acid that’s made in your stomach
undoes the clasp of the pearl
necklace. Now you’re holding
a string of pearls. The other
enzymes in your body that your
So, if the macromolecule is
chicken, you make antibodies
to chicken. Now you’re allergic
to chicken or bananas or rice or
beef or carrots. And these are
the people that do a 90-food
panel, a blood test to see what
they’re allergic to, and it comes
back they’re allergic to 25 or
30 different foods. And it’s,
oh, my God, that’s everything
I eat. Well, of course, it is
because your immune system’s
trying to protect you. These
macromolecules are getting
into the bloodstream, and they
shouldn’t get in there.
So, what do you do? Stop eating
the foods, heal the gut, stop
tearing the cheesecloth and heal
the damage that’s there, wait six
months, go back and check, and
now you’re allergic to two foods
or three instead of 20 or 25.
Miriam Knight: Hmm. Now,
you have a reference to blood
tests for the different antibodies.
Tom O’Bryan: Well, the blood
test is easy to do, but sweet
talking your doctor can be a real
nuisance, can be a pain because
so many doctors just don’t know
about this, and they think, ah,
what are you talking about,
there’s no such thing. Of course,
there is. Just read the studies.
So, a blood test came out six
years ago that looks at 24
different tissue antibodies.
Where’s the weak link in your
chain, where is it? And this
blood test looks at six different
antibodies to your brain, three
to your heart, your lungs, your
liver, your bones, your muscles,
your kidneys, your stomach, your
intestines to see where the weak
link is right now. I mean, where
is your chain being pulled.
Hopefully, you identify this
before there’s been so much
tissue damage from these
elevated antibodies that you
now start getting symptoms.
Hopefully, you can identify early.
And the science is very clear on
this. And what the scientists
say is that you can arrest the
development of autoimmune
disease by healing the gut.
So, to your question about
the gut, the gut is critically
important in reversing whatever
autoimmune mechanism is
going on for you. And what
we talk about a lot in the book
is how do you evaluate the
gut, how do you see what its
functional capabilities are right
now, what do you do if you
have a problem, what kind of
problems might you have and
what do you do about it.
you feel that sick, good for you.
Miriam Knight: Now, you have
a transition protocol that you
recommend even before or if
people can’t get to convince
their doctor to order a blood
test. Tell us about that.
But, you can’t tell that food’s
bad for you when you’re eating
it all the time unless it gives
you stomach pain. Those are
the lucky ones. If it gives you
brain fog or thyroid problems or
muscle aches or lack of energy,
you can’t tell it’s the food you
ate last night that’s doing that
to you. That’s why give it three
weeks - no wheat, no dairy,
no sugar for three weeks. Eat
everything else you want, but
none of those, and just notice
how you feel.
Tom O’Bryan: We have found
this has worked so many times.
When people can’t afford to
do the test or, for whatever
reason, their doctor won’t do it
for them, the recommendation
for three weeks, eat all the
vegetables you want. Eat all the
quality meats that you want,
no lunch meat, no inexpensive
meats, and eat rice and Quinoa,
maybe amaranth, some grains,
but don’t eat any wheat, no
wheat at all, none, and no dairy,
and no sugar, three weeks. Just
give it three weeks and notice
what happens to your body and
how you feel.
People are blown away when, all
of a sudden, You just notice that
all of a sudden, you’re feeling so
much better. And when people
do this, and then they go out
and have a pizza, they come in
and say, oh, doc, I felt so sick the
next day. I say, good, good, no
one can argue with you when
What you put in your mouth
determines how you function.
The smartest thing you could
do is make sure that what’s on
the end of your fork is actually
healthy for you. But, it takes
a little bit of study to figure
out what’s healthy for you and
what’s not. You can’t blindly go
along anymore and believe what
they tell you on television.
Miriam Knight: Can you tell us
the connection between weight
and toxicity?
Tom O’Bryan: Yes, of course.
When we’re exposed to toxic
chemicals, our body has a
defense mechanism that tries to
isolate those chemicals and keep
them out of the bloodstream
and out of circulation. Why? To
protect the brain because 20 to
25 percent of all the blood’s in
the brain at any one time, and
it’s very, very sensitive tissue.
So, we store these toxic
chemicals in our body. Where
do we store them? In our fat
cells. That’s where most them
are stored - also in the bone, but
mainly in the fat cells.
So, your fat cells start to swell.
They swell with all these, they’re
called endocrine disrupting
chemicals. Endocrine means
hormone - so these hormones
disrupting chemicals. So,
you’re disrupting your thyroid
function. You’re disrupting your
testosterone male function.
You’re disrupting your estrogenprogesterone female function
because these toxic chemicals
get into the cells, and then the
body holds more water, the fat
cells swell, they swell, and so you
gain weight.
And when people start to detox,
if they do it properly, the result
does not only do they feel better
and think better and function
better, but they lose weight.
That’s why my friend Dr. Bill
Davis wrote this great book
called Wheat Belly some years
ago, and he talked about the
tremendous amount of weight
loss that occurs for most people
when they got wheat free.
It doesn’t mean mostly wheat
free. Going wheat free means
going wheat free, no cheating.
And when you do that, many,
many people will shed 10
pounds, 15 pounds in a month
without counting calories
because they’re still eating a
lot of food. But, they just start
shedding some of these toxins.
The fat cells start flushing,
flushing out some of the toxins.
Miriam Knight: I thought it
was important that you pointed
out the necessity to drink a lot of
water, that that’s the easiest way
to get rid of the toxins without
having an adverse reaction.
Tom O’Bryan: Oh, it’s a critical
first step, it’s critical. You cannot
start detoxing until you’re able
to eliminate properly. Because
when you start mobilizing all
of these toxins onto your cells,
if you have average or less than
average bowel movements, or
you don’t drink enough water,
you’re not urinating often
enough, all these toxins that
have been in storage are now
in the bloodstream, you will
get really sick. You have to
make sure that your bowels are
working really well first and that
you’re drinking plenty of water.
It’s about somewhere between-somewhere about a half ounce
of water per pound body
weight. So, I weigh 180. That’s
90 ounces of water a day, 90,
nine-zero. So, if you weigh 120,
that’s 60 ounces of water a day.
It’s almost a gallon every day
without exception, every day.
And most of us don’t do that,
and so we’re stagnant. It’s like
things aren’t moving very well.
And just like a stream, if it’s a
fast-flowing stream, the water
tends to be a little bit clearer
than if it’s slow, barely moving,
stagnant stream. And that’s the
way our bloodstream is. You’ve
got to keep things moving. So,
you have to have enough liquid
for that to occur, and Coca-Cola
doesn’t do it, lemonade won’t
do it, ice tea won’t do it. It’s
got to be water, pure water, the
cleanest water that you can get
your hands on.
Miriam Knight: I want to
point out to our listeners that
eliminating sugar also means
eliminating sugar substitutes.
Tell us why.
Tom O’Bryan: Oh, my
goodness, the sugar substitutes
are much, much worse. If
you’re gonna eat sugar, eat
sugar. I don’t think you should,
but if you are gonna eat
sweets, eat sugar because the
sugar substitutes disrupt your
microbiome. They completely
change the microbiome to a
non-healthy, fat storing, increase
weight microbiome.
So, these sugar-free substitutes,
the sugar-free pops, the sugarfree desserts and all of that,
people gain weight, and it’s
because they’ve disrupted
their microbiome. The good
bacteria in their gut have been
destroyed, and more of the
bad bacteria that store calories,
more of that bacteria starts to
develop. The classic example is
the Pima Indians. For hundreds
of years, maybe thousands of
years, they’ve lived in the desert
area in the four corners of
the Southwest and down into
Mexico, you can’t grow stuff
there. So, what did they eat?
They ate whatever they could
catch and, whatever they could
harvest from cactus and things,
some roots maybe. But, it’s not
a lush tropical area or a lush area
with good soil to grow crops.
They had very little to eat.
So, those people that did not
have efficient storage of calories,
they died. And when they die
off, they don’t reproduce. But,
those whose bodies had efficient
storage of calories with what
little they could find to eat, their
bodies were more efficient at
storing those calories, they reproduced. And so, they survived,
they reproduced, and in their
environment, they thrived.
Now, how is it that you are
efficient at storing calories? It’s
the microbiome. It’s the bacteria
in your gut. And if you have
too much of the bacteria called
Firmicutes, you will store lots
and lots of calories. And the
Pima Indians have high ratios
of Firmicutes in the bacteria
of their gut. It saved their
culture. It saved their lives. They
developed it generation after
generation, they became more
efficient at using calories and
storing calories. It’s a survival
mechanism for them.
Now let’s fast forward to
the 1930s, the 1940s. Now
the Pima Indians are living
on reservations, eating the
food that the Bureau of Land
Management’s giving them,
all the canned stuff and the
garbage foods, and what’s
the result? Today, 50 percent
of Pima Indians are morbidly
obese and have type II
diabetes by the age of 35, 50%
of them. Now they’re eating
high calorie, low nutrient
density food. They’re eating
the garbage that everybody
else eats.
Miriam Knight: You also
pointed out the importance of
probiotics and probiotics. Go a
little more into the nature of the
Tom O’Bryan: What’s most
important in our gut is the
diversity of bacteria, all the
different thousands of families
of bacteria that are supposed
to be there. For every message
from the brain going down to
the gut, there are nine messages
from the gut going up to the
brain. And the messages from
the gut going up to the brain
are from the microbiome, the
bacteria in your gut.
They actually control how much
brain hormone called neurotransmitters you make, how much
serotonin, how much melatonin,
how much norepinephrine. That’s
controlled, the term is modulated
by the microbiome.
So, there are thousands of families
of bacteria in our gut.Now, back
in the 1980s, 1970s, 1980s, we
knew that if you take probiotics,
the good bacteria, if you take it,
it seemed to help, and people got
healthier, and that’s true. But, we
now know that it’s not any one
particular type of probiotic that’s
important. It’s the diversity of
probiotics that are most important. You want the whole family
because of some probiotics in your
gut, the good bacteria in your gut
control how your heart functions.
Other bacteria control how your
lungs function. Other bacteria
control how your brain functions.
So, you want the families of
probiotics in your gut, not just
one or two.
So, the recommendation that we
give to our people is that you go
to any natural food store, buy
four or five different fermented
vegetables. Just make sure
they’re not pasteurized. You
may buy sauerkraut, you buy
kimchi, you buy curry flavored
fermented vegetables, you buy
fermented beets. Every day, you
walk by the refrigerator with
a fork, and you just take a fork
full, just one fork full every day
because the fermentation process
of vegetables produces the good
bacteria that thrive in your gut.
And by varying what you’re
taking, you’re inoculating
yourself with many, many
different families of the good
bacteria. And so, you’re helping
to protect your gut.
So, that’s the probiotics, the
good bacteria. It’s okay to
take a probiotic supplement,
of course. It’s helpful. But,
the bigger picture is the
diversity, and by eating a few
fermented vegetables every
day, you’re going to change
your microbiome substantially
within a few months to a much
healthier microbiome.
Miriam Knight: I want to really
recommend this book to you,
The Autoimmune Fix by Dr. Tom
O’Bryan, because we’ve only
scratched the surface of what you
can do to your health, for your
health. His website is
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Why Am I
So Tired?
By Carl Greer, PhD, PsyD
One of the most common
complaints people share with
physicians and therapists is
that fatigue is interfering
with their lives. If you are
feeling too tired to take part
in enjoyable activities, and
fatigue is making you less
productive than you want to
be, you might be afraid there
is no way to fix the problem.
That, in turn, can make you
anxious or depressed, or
guilty and ashamed because
you can’t do more. Like
many people, you might be
wondering, “Why am I so tired
and what can I do about it?”
Consider where you get your
energy. Your sources may be
of poor quality. Food fuels
your body, and you might eat
plenty of calories, but they
may not be the right kinds
of calories to support health
and stamina. If you find
conversation to be energizing,
time spent socializing with
good friends can help you
feel less tired. But are you
engaging in conversations
with people who frustrate and
upset you, making you feel
drained and stressed? While
it might seem that tiredness
is purely physical, it may have
psychological causes that are
strong enough to affect your
body’s ability to function well
and feel energized. Fatigue
can have multiple causes. It
can be hard to pinpoint what
is going on. However, deep
down, you may have some
insights that are hidden from
your conscious mind.
If you are wondering, “Why
am I so tired?” you might want
to lie on the earth in a natural
area, connecting with the
earth’s energy that can affect
your own energy field, and do
a simple exercise for learning
more about what is making
you tired. Breathe mindfully,
using any technique that will
draw your attention to the
sensation and rhythm of your
breath. As you focus on your
breathing, observe the feeling
of your body against the grass
or sand below your body. You
will feel your energy shift if you
keep drawing your attention
back to your breathing again
every time your mind begins
to wander. When you feel a
shift has happened, and you
are relaxed, silently pose the
question, “What do I need to
know about why I am so tired?”
Wait for the answer to appear
in your mind as an image, a
knowing, or a thought. A word
or words may come to you. You
might even hear lyrics from a
song. Simply observe what you
are experiencing. When you are
ready, you can sit up or get up
and let your mind suggest how
to interpret the answer you
received. One woman tried this
and saw a pile of white pouring
through a doorway, almost as
if a snowdrift had come into a
room. She came to realize she
had let too much sugar slip into
her diet and needed to close
the door on it, so to speak.
awareness exists in everyone
and has a powerful ability
to help you heal whatever
physical problems are troubling
you. So quiet your mind and
activity to access your inner
healer and learn what it can
tell you about achieving the
vitality and energy you seek.
If you can’t muster up energy
and do not know why, it
makes sense to see a physician.
However, a doctor can’t always
tell you the psychological
reasons for why you feel tired
if you are not undernourished
and are in good physical shape.
You might want to let your
unconscious alert you to hidden
causes for your tiredness.
Whether your tiredness is
rooted in diet or lack of
exercise, emotions you need
to feel and release, beliefs
that are making you feel
weary and pessimistic, or any
combination of these causes,
you can address these issues.
A few minutes listening to
your inner healer’s guidance
might give you answers to
the question “Why am I so
tired?” and put you back on
the road to wellness and away
from the fatigue that has been
bothering you.
While lying down on the
earth and relaxing, you might
fall asleep. If so, your body is
probably telling you “I need
more sleep!” Listen to that
message and act on it. Then,
try the exercise again when
you are more rested. Your
wise inner healer might have
invaluable insights for you
that will clue you into what
you can do to improve your
health, well-being, and stamina.
This wise aspect of a person’s
Carl Greer, PhD, PsyD, is a
practicing clinical psychologist,
Jungian analyst and shamanic
practitioner. He teaches at the
C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago
and is on staff at the Replogle
Center for Counseling and
Well-Being. Learn more at
Simply Spiritual
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Spirit Never
Ceases To Amaze
By John Holland
As many of you know, I’ve
been doing this work for over
two decades, and I can truly
say that Spirit never ceases to
amaze me!
I was recently featured on ‘The
Doctors’ TV Show. They
originally booked me to talk
about my new book, which
I am so proud of: Bridging
Two Realms – Learn To
Communicate With Your Loved
Ones On The Other-Side, but
I also volunteered to help
someone who’d suffered a
loss by doing a reading to
help with the process of her
bereavement. As always, I’d
briefed the studio to make
sure they didn’t tell me who I
would be reading for or who
they’d lost.
They chose a lovely woman
who had sadly lost her son in
the Las Vegas shooting, which
at the time had been all over
the news. The day before I
flew to Los Angeles, something
happened that I knew was a
sign of Spirit. When it does,
I usually take notice, as it’s
often very special.
Every once in a while, I get
inspiration from someone
on the Other-Side to buy a
specific gift. Sometimes it
can be a crystal, a stuffed
doll, a flower, a glass star, or
even a tiny pewter turtle. I
hear the thought in my head
and often find myself just
buying an object to take
to the reading. So, there
I was in this card store
buying a get-well card when
suddenly I had an image of
feathered wings and a heart.
I could feel that someone in
Spirit was trying to get my
attention! Obviously, it was
going to be one of those
special occasions again when
someone was going to get a
gift from a loved one who
has passed. Nowadays, I
don’t dwell on it – nor do I
know who’s instructing me. I
looked around the store and
found a beautiful ornament
that was a pair of wings with
a blue heart with the words
‘HOPE’ written on it. I just
brought it home and put it in
my suitcase without further
thought. I really wasn’t sure if
it were meant for the person
I would be reading in Los
Angeles or for another time. I
just wait for instructions!
Anyway, back to the TV
show! While I was waiting
for whomever I was supposed
to read for, I spent a few
minutes opening myself to
the Spirit World. There was a
little delay before we began
the filming, so I ended up
writing a few notes on what I
was receiving. I had the same
image of a heart with two
wings sprouting out on each
side of the heart that I’d got in
the card store. I just drew this
little image of what I saw in
my mind.
The sitter then walked in, and
the reading began. Her son
quickly made himself known
to me with a vast amount
of validation and evidence.
The link was strong. Towards
the end of the reading, I
heard clear as day in my
mind: “Show her the heart.”
I asked her if feathered wings
with a heart meant anything
to her. She replied: “Yes!”
So, I asked again: “In a big
way?” ... “Yes!” she said once
I turned over the pad of paper
and showed her the drawing
I’d done before she’d walked in
with the heart and wings. She
took a breath and told me it
was the exact design she was
going to use to print T-shirts to
honor of those who’d passed
in Las Vegas. She took out her
phone, showed me the image
she’d designed, so I reached
into my bag and gave her the
wings and heart ornament. We
were both emotional because it
had been such a special reading,
and her son made sure she
knew that he was still with her
and involved in her life.
I’m honored to help people
with loss, and its readings
like these that validate my
work and make it all the
more worthwhile. I have to
be honest, even after all these
years, people on the OtherSide never cease to amaze
me! It’s so obvious that they
do what they can to help us
here. As she left, I gave her
a copy of my new book and
signed it for her. I told her
how the book helps people
who are bereaved to have their
own connections with their
loved ones, and how they can
develop their own
spiritual abilities.
They showed the
reading on the TV
show, including the
drawing I’d done for
her before she even
came into the room.
I can take a little of
the credit, because
I know I’m a good
vessel – but in reality
… it’s those on the Other-Side
that do most of the work!
p.s. If you didn’t see the show
and would like to watch the
reading, here’s the link, which is
in two parts as you scroll down.
It’s simple this week. Keep
sending your thoughts and
love to your loved ones
who’ve passed. Love is
the bridge that keeps you
connected. Just know that they
do hear and see us and do
what they can to help us.
Also, don’t forget to tell the
people in your life know how
much you love them, and what
they mean to you. So you never
have to say: could’ve, would’ve
or should’ve. It’s never too
late to say: “I love you” ... “I
forgive you” ... “Please forgive
me.” Even if they’ve passed
– we are and always will
be connected.
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For those living a more
Conscious Lifestyle
There are objects in our daily
lives that can cause an unusual
attraction an be at particular
interest to some, mainly
because they retain an aura
of the sacred and also, they
facilitate the creation of a link
of communication between
ourselves and the divine.
But what makes an object
sacred? We do not necessarily
speak of ceremonial and
liturgical objects and accessories,
but of any object that becomes
unique and irreplaceable for a
person or a community.
We create sacred objects all the
time, even without realizing
it. We see them when we
look at a child turns a stuffed
animal, a blanket, a pillow,
into what psychologists call a
‘transitional object’: an object in
which people deposit love and
time, and that generates great
anguish when lost, although
many of us try replacing it with
an identical one.
The sacred object is a part
of us that is exteriorized, a
manifestation of our desires, our
connection with a transcendent
part of ourselves, or supernatural
energies. They are like pieces
that return to the shore and
allow us to reconstruct a memory
that has been shipwrecked in the
sea of time.
Each sacred object is a container
of stories that can only be
connected to the head of the
one who knows them. Two of
the great laments of indigenous
peoples everywhere are the loss
of their original territories and
the loss of their ancestral objects.
And this is no coincidence since
the territory, and sacred objects
are the links that exist with the
origins and with the gods. If you
lose these links, you lose in some
cases your soul compass, and
there is no way to have contact
with reality.
The more a sacred object is
used, the more precious it
becomes, not only because of
the energy that it can gather
with time and rituals, but also
the value of its sanctified utility
increases with use.
Generally, sacred objects hold
a different energy signature in
themselves and are known to
change the aura and a general
atmosphere of an environment
just being present and at the
display. Sacred and sanctified
objects can withhold a frequency
that can continuously vibrate
in one location, reenacting the
mystical signature they might
have picked up during ceremonial
activities. One example is ritual
candles, they can pick up and
vibrate the energy signature or a
tone of a liturgical ceremony.
While many museums see sacred
objects as works of art, people
and peoples who preserve
them see them as living objects,
and every time a lost object is
returned, it is received just like a
return of missing family member.
These objects inhabit a different
realm; we understand only part of
its reality, just as we do not fully
understand our loved ones.
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Vision + Values = Victory
Lead your Team to Success in 2018
By Jennifer McKenna
Cruising through the first
quarter marks a time to pause
for a moment to consciously
ask the question, “Have we
kicked off the year in an
empowered position?” Just
like a computer-generated
output, the ‘garbage in,
garbage out’ adage holds
true for organizations and
businesses alike. In other
words, how we start often
determines how we end.
If you feel you missed out on
kicking off the new year in a
proactive stance, it’s not too
late. Here are three timeless
(and priceless) power moves
that will ensure a strong finish:
determined your vision for
where the company will be
in one year, three years, five
years, and even ten? If not, this
is your first step. Your second
step is communicating it
company-wide. Consider these
to be your goals for the year,
and in 2019, you can begin the
alignment process.
Though these steps may seem
lofty, they have the potential
to be your greatest grounding
force. Let’s break them down
into measurable milestones
that you can activate at any
given time.
Alignment simply means
that systems, policies, and
communication follow suit
with the vision. When what
we envision and what we
actually do aren’t in sync, we
struggle unnecessarily. Our
success becomes happenstance,
leaving employees feeling
disempowered. The absence
of a well-understood vision
creates a nebulous vibe in
the environment that allows
everyone to make differing
(and sometimes inadvertently
conflicting) decisions.
To align your vision, you
must first have a Vision. As
a business leader, have you
and your leadership team
As the Japanese proverb
goes, “Vision without action
is a daydream. Action without
Vision is a nightmare.”
1. Align your Vision
2. Integrate your Values
3. Act with Integrity
The second step, Integrate
your Values, suggests the same
parallels. Again, if you haven’t
clearly outlined your company
values, you can determine
those when you are working
on your vision. Establishing
a clear Vision and Values are
crucial foundational building
blocks for your company.
Integrating your values
suggests that you are
prioritizing them. Your
company values matter,
and when they are clearly
woven into the fabric of
your culture, it is obvious to
everyone who encounters
your business. Employees feel
a stronger sense of purpose,
and customers experience the
benefit of that.
For example, let’s say one
of your company values
is Listening. If you have
integrated this value into
your culture, your employees
and customers alike should
always feel heard – regardless
of whether you agree with
what they are saying or not.
Or perhaps one of your values
is Innovation. This value, if
integrated, is evident when
both your employees and
customers get excited at the
thought of what your company
is creating next.
Fully integrating your values
takes time. Be sure not to
choose more than six values
if you haven’t yet established
Finally, to Act with Integrity
assures that your thoughts,
words, and deeds are in line
with your company Vision
and Values. As a leader, you
are expected to walk your
talk. When you do, your
gratification is boundless.
Remember, we live in a world
of relativity. The greater your
intentions and efforts to live
a life of authenticity and a
desire to make a positive
impact, the more rewards you
will reap – and the more you’ll
celebrate at year-end.
Practical daily exercises and training
to open the doors of your perception
Learning how to get rid of the
grasps of your demanding ego.
Implementing viable and
realistic goals to reach the life
of your dreams.
3 Ways Fear
Drives Success
Eleanor Roosevelt once said,
“Do one thing everyday that
scares you.”
We all have fear. None of us are
so lucky to be entirely immune
to it. Some choose to be
consumed by their fears, while
others choose to embrace them,
befriend them, and harness
them to fuel their dreams. The
difference between the two
is the former end up living an
incomplete life of guilt and
unhappiness, while the latter
emerge stronger, smarter,
and more likely to be on the
path to success.
Fear can paralyze you or help
you take that leap forward.
After more than 25 years as
an entrepreneur, I can tell
you that there is only one
fear worth having—that you
have only today, and only
today counts. And you have to
maximize today.
A few years ago, I was on a family
holiday at the Great Barrier Reef
in Australia. We took a boat into
the reef on a beautiful Australian
summer day. Not a single ship
was in sight. The boat pulled up
over a segment of the reef that
was barely below the waterline.
We jumped into the lovely, warm
blue water with our snorkeling
gear to enjoy the incredible spectacle that lay hidden underneath.
As I was snorkeling and floating
along the warm current, suddenly
something that looked like a
line appeared below me and the
warm water turned chillingly
cold. The line was the water ridge
that plummeted from the safety
of the reef into the darkness
of the sea. The beautiful sight
below me suddenly went pitch
black. I realized that I had gone
over the reef into the icy ocean
and there was a real chance the
strong current could carry me
away or dump me into the path
of a shark.
Fear overtook my entire being
for a moment, and then survival
instinct kicked in. I yanked my
head out of the water and saw
the reef was barely ten feet away.
I started swimming back as fast
as I could, probably the fastest
I have ever in my life. Before I
knew it, I was back in the beauty
and comfort of the reef, but for
about twenty numbing seconds, I
had gone over to the dark side of
Mother Nature and she was scary!
One moment I was in a
comfortable, warm, and beautiful
place without a care and the next
moment, I was in a dark, cold
abyss. That incident was a stark
reminder of how close we all are
to the line and how closely this
line follows us for all of our lives.
Sometimes, we all need a little
fear to remind us of what is truly
There are three things we must
remember about fear.
1. Fear is Excitement
in Disguise
‘Fear is just excitement in need of
an attitude adjustment.’
– A Keeper’s Truth
Let’s take the example of
skydiving. The idea of stepping
off a plane at 14,000 feet altitude
into nothingness evokes two
completely different responses in
two people.
Jill is thrilled and excited about
flying through the sky like a bird,
feeling the wind on her face. Jack
is paralyzed by fear, imagining
worst-case scenarios.
In Jill, the adventurous nature
lying dormant in all of us awakens
to the raw, unrestrained elixir of
fear and it gives her an incredible
high when she embraces it.
But for Jack, just the thought
of doing something outside
of his comfort zone strikes
unimaginable terror in his heart.
So, whether you experience fear
or excitement really just depends
on the lens you choose to look
through at the world. It comes
down to a choice.
Interestingly, young children
are the least affected by fear of
unknown. Most young kids are
far more adventurous and fearless
than many adults. As we get
older, life has a way of creating
layer upon layer of fear in our
subconscious. Adulthood clouds
our lens with self-doubt and other
negative messages we see and
hear every day.
So, clean your lens and change
your focus from fear to
excitement. This takes practice,
so start small and work up to the
heavy lifting.
2. What Doesn’t Paralyze You,
Energizes You
This is my take on the old adage—
What doesn’t kill you, makes your
My experience tells me that fear
is an unwelcome visitor in our life
only when we are pursuing something we really want. That’s usually a sign we are on the right track!
Think about all the times you were
overcome by fear and there’s a
good chance you will notice a
pattern. Most likely it was just as
you were about to embark on a
major transition in your life, or
were venturing into something
completely new and unknown.
This is completely normal. In fact,
I would go so far as to say, if you
are not afraid, you should perhaps
revisit your decision.
In a sense, fear shows us the way.
It reveals something we need to
work on. What are you going
do with it? Do you allow it to
paralyze you, or guide you? Allow
your fear to be an energizing
force that propels you forward.
Let it uncover what you need to
do–and then go do it.
3. Fear is a Great Motivator
for Growth
At an evolutionary level, it was
a keen sense of fear during
the time of the caveman that
effectively helped keep humans
out of danger. But now that
life has evolved, and we no are
longer in survival mode, that
sense of fear hasn’t really gone
away. It just manifested into
something else. We are now
afraid of change, uncertainty,
and unfamiliar things.
Living in this type of fear leaves
you stuck in one place forever,
in an illusory comfort zone
that is akin to a child’s security
blanket. We all have one and
carry it around just as Linus does
in the Peanuts cartoons. Security
blankets are like substitute
mothers. They give comfort and
provide feelings of safety and
security, much as our mothers
would do for us. But, there comes
a time when we must leave the
childhood nest and with it, the
security blanket.
Humans are wired for familiarity
and it’s just easy to stick to the
familiar. But unless you learn to
let go of that security blanket,
you will never know what lies on
the other side of fear. A life of
predictability and familiarity is not
a life of growth.
Leaning into fear is hard to do,
because it makes us vulnerable.
When you take that leap,
sometimes you fly, but sometimes
you crash and burn. In both cases,
you are guaranteed to end up in a
new place.
In summary, your life expands as
your courage and willingness to
grow expands. Lean into your fear
today by taking small steps and
allow it to widen your world and
guide you on your path to success.
About the Author
Vijay Eswaran is a successful
entrepreneur, motivational
speaker, and philanthropist and
the author of the best-selling
book In the Sphere of Silence.
An economist by training, he is
the founder of a multimilliondollar global business,
A well-known thought leader in
Asia, he has written and spoken
extensively about business,
leadership, personal development,
and life management. His new
book Two Minutes from the Abyss
published by Networking Times
Press is now available as an eBook
on Amazon.
by Kaya & Christiane Muller
We were invited for
dinner and a 6-yearold girl whose name is
Camille was present; she
was with her mother
and grandmother in
Paris (France). We
listened to her with
great interest and
profoundly as we do when we
are in presence of children. In
the conversation, her mother
explained to Camille that she
was born in her belly…the
grandmother then added that
Camille’s mother was born
in her belly and she hugged
her daughter. Camille looked
at her grandmother and said
to her: “I wouldn’t like to be
born in the Eiffel Tower…”.
Everyone was astonished by
her immediate answer! What
did she mean? If we listen to
this comment with a rational
vision, we would simply
consider it to be incoherent.
In fact, you will see that it was
very coherent symbolically
Her grandmother is a nice
person, but she has a tendency
to be too emissive and she is a
woman of power, who is not
always right with her children
even though she loves them
tenderly. She is the President
of a multinational and she
materializes sometimes with
too much emissivity; with her
great charisma she sometimes
has an intensity that takes over
the whole place and that tends
to diminish her children who
work with her.
The Eiffel Tower, is an iron
lattice tower located in
Paris. It has become both an
international cultural icon of
France and one of the most
recognizable structures in the
world. The tower is the tallest
structure in Paris and the
most-visited paid monument
in the world. The tower
received its 250 millionth
visitor in 2010. Symbolically,
it is a collective symbol that
is well-known and therefore
related to renown, celebrity,
an icon of France, and more
specifically Paris, a symbol of
a city representing fashion,
entertainment, a lot of
matter and activities and, in
its negative aspects, a need
for luxury, intense emissivity,
over performance and a
superficial life.
So Camille was saying that
she did not want to follow
her grandmother’s path
in the material world; her
soul recognized that her
grandmother sometimes has
distorted power and too
many needs to materialize
excessively; she tends to want
luxuries too much. Since
giving birth also means to
give birth to a new project, to
a new inner child, and also
sometimes to a concrete child,
we can understand in depth
what this new child, young
Camille was saying.
For more info on Kaya and
Christiane Muller:
UCM Teaching and Research
Becoming an Angel, The
Path to Enlightenment,
Autobiography by Kaya
The Book of Angels, The
Hidden Secrets by Kaya &
Christiane Muller
The Book of Angels, The Divine
Couple by Kaya & Christiane
Dictionary on Dreams-SignsSymbols, The Source Code by
Angelica Yoga, Introduction by
Kaya & Christiane Muller
The Spiritual Diary of a NineYear-Old Child by Kasara
The 72 Angel Cards (with
explanatory booklet) by Kaya
& Christiane Muller
Conscious Dating
Makes all
The Difference
Reaching Personal Happiness
8 Happiness Tips from the
stoic Emperor Marcus Aurelius
By Cathedral of the Soul
The Genius Stoic Emperor
Marcus Aurelius shares
some fundamental points
on reaching happiness in
this lifetime.
The Stoics were well known
for mastering the art of
being invulnerable, that is,
maintaining a neutral and
cheerful mood despite any
event or adverse event that
could occur no matter how
big or small it was. To live
happily is an inward power of
the soul.
“Our life is what our thoughts
make it.”
A formidable example of
this philosophy is the Roman
emperor Marcus Aurelius
whose mandate in the great
Rome endured between
German invasions, attacks
from the east and a vast revolt
in several provinces. Thanks
to his disciplined behavior,
the emperor kept track of his
most profound thoughts and
thoughts in his diary, which he
merely called Meditations.
The book is a source of
great wisdom and has been
appreciated for several eras
by rulers, men of power and
people of all kinds; in it, he
poured out some of the wisest
advice to put Stoicism into
practice day by day. On His
own words: ““The art of living
is more like wrestling than
dancing, in so far as it stands
ready against the accidental
and the unforeseen, and is not
apt to fall.”
We have selected 8 of these
tips that we should all
People will be rude.
“When you wake up in the
morning, tell yourself: the
people I deal with today will
be meddling, ungrateful,
arrogant, dishonest, jealous
and surly. They are like this
because they can’t tell good
from evil. But I have seen
the beauty of good, and
the ugliness of evil, and
have recognized that the
wrongdoer has a nature
related to my own - not of the
same blood and birth, but the
same mind, and possessing
a share of the divine. And
so, none of them can hurt
me. No one can implicate
me in ugliness. Nor can I feel
angry at my relative, or hate
him. We were born to work
together like feet, hands,
and eyes, like the two rows
of teeth, upper and lower.
To obstruct each other is
unnatural. To feel anger at
someone, to turn your back
on him: these are unnatural.”
It is not always that we can be
surrounded only by those who
make us feel good, we must
prepare ourselves to confront
life as it is, not as we would
like it to be. That includes
being ready to face the way
others act.
We have power over our
way of being
“Choose not to be hurt, and
you will not feel hurt. If you
do not feel hurt, you will not
be hurt.”
For the Stoics nothing has a
value in itself; The way we feel
about things is the way we
have chosen to handle them.
If the opinion you have of
yourself means more to you
than the opinion others may
have of you, you will not feel
degraded if someone does not
share the concept that you do.
“A person’s worth is measured
by the worth of what he
Kindness is the best
“As an antidote to malice,
goodness has been granted
to us.”
All attitudes tend to
perpetuate themselves in
those who practice them
with the degree of intensity
with which they do it. If we
act with kindness every time,
the kind ones will thank us
and those that are not will
be disarmed because they do
not expect that answer from
“We ought to do good to
others as simply as a horse
runs, or a bee makes honey,
or a vine bears grapes season
after season without thinking
of the grapes it has borne.”
Every action defines who
we are
“To hurt others is to hurt
oneself. To commit injustice
is to make it against oneself.
It degrades you. You can also
commit injustice by doing
nothing. “
The choices we make daily
with others mold our being,
each one has repercussions
both on the one who receives
them and on the one who
commits them.
Immobility is another way
of doing harm, sometimes
not deciding is worse than
choosing wrongly. Self-love is
also built with the love that
one professes for others.
Tolerance is in not judging
“People exist for each other.
You can instruct them or
tolerate them. “
We are all part of an
elaborate network that
binds us to others, we cannot
escape, and isolation will only
make us live a life unworthy
of being lived. Looking with
compassion on others allows
us to abandon or mitigate our
judgments about them.
Everything is temporary,
especially our own life. We
will all die from one moment
to the next.
“It is foolish to try to avoid the
guilt of others. Just try and
escape yours. “
You have to know how to
share and teach, but that
does not make us responsible
for others. We must take
responsibility only for
ourselves. Trying to change
the way others behave to
adapt to what we expect
from others will only lead
to unhappiness because the
actions of others and their
consequences are theirs.
“If any man despises me,
that is his problem. My only
concern is not doing or
saying anything deserving of
The result of our efforts is
No matter what your goal
is, it does not matter what
your goals are. The scopes of
your actions or not, you are
doomed to lose everything
you build and obtain. It has
never been different.
“Are you worried about your
reputation? Look how we
are all forgotten very soon.
The abyss of eternal time
devours everything. The
emptiness of those hands
that applaud. “
“People who are moved by
posthumous fame forget that
soon those who remember
them will die too.”
The beauty of living is that
nothing remains quiet,
everything changes and from
one moment to another, it
“The memory of everything
is very soon overwhelmed in
The peace you need is
in you
“The first rule is to keep an
untroubled spirit.
The second is to look things in
the face and know them for
what they are.”
The Stoics spoke of the soul
as an “inner city” that we can
reach whenever we want. Here
live the feelings of calm and
quiet that we all carry inside. It
also contains the answers we
are looking for outside.
“There is nowhere you can go
that is more peaceful, freer of
interruptions than your own
soul ... retire to consult with
your own soul and then return
to confront what lies ahead.”
“The best revenge is to be
unlike him who performed
the injury.”
We only have one
opportunity to live and
the reality of death.
“After death, there is no” us
“that can suffer any harm.
Existence is full of light and
darkness. One of the fears
that have enslaved man the
most has always been the fear
of dying.
“Death should not be a
frightening shadow that
accompanies our steps.
Instead, it can be a constant
light that reminds us of our
own finitude.”
“Despise not death, but
welcome it, for nature wills it
like all else. “
“Death is a release from the
impressions of the senses,
and from desires that make
us their puppets, and from
the vagaries of the mind, and
from the hard service of the
flesh.” Marcus Aurelius
In the words of the Spanish
poet Antonio Machado:
“Death is something we
should not fear because, while
we are, death is not and when
death is, we are not.”
Nothing is assured, the fragility
of life should also motivate us
to live it as well as possible.
«You could stop living right
now. Let that determine what
you do, say and think. “
“Accept death with gratitude,
as a simple dissolution of the
elements that make up everything that is alive. If continually
changing from one to another
does not harm the individual
elements, why be afraid of their
change and separation? It’s
something natural, and nothing
natural is bad. “
“The happiness of your life
depends on the quality of your
If you are distressed by
anything external, the pain is
not due to the thing itself, but
to your estimate of it; and this
you have the power to revoke
at any moment.”
–Marcus Aurelius
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The interconnectiveness among all human
beings and, consequently, the relationships
among us are the focus of this section. The
dynamics of the web of connections we
make is one of the most prominent aspects
of human existence: how we interlace with
each other’s existence in a meaningful way.
Feng Shui addresses a nonobvious relationship that you
have with your own physical
space. Where you live and
where you work is teeming
with energy, which some
people call “qi.”
This energy is supporting you
or undermining you, and
one goal in Feng Shui is to
enhance the energy which
already supports you and
diminish the energy which
could be sabotaging you. Once
your relationship with your
own physical space (home
or work) is more in balance,
then it will make real-life
connections with other people
more harmonious. This is a
critical point: in Feng Shui
we are actually tinkering
with a hidden magnetic field,
to change its influence on
occupants. We are not just
changing our attitude or how
we use the space.
You can think of your own
home or workspace like a
radio station which is both
transmitting and receiving
signals. The trickle-down effect
is that your own “feng shui”
environment will influence
the quality and quantity of
your relationships with others.
This is all inclusive to include
family members, co-workers,
and friends. In fact, people in
the West have been seeking
out Feng Shui advice for a lot
of reasons, but one of the top
reasons has been to attract
more love and romance.
As a classically trained
practitioner, I have seen over
and over that your physical
environment really does
influence love, romance
and every other type of
relationship, personal or
professional. Most of this
energy or influence is not
apparent to the naked eye.
As an example, in the Flying
Star School of Feng Shui, we
can predict which houses
might steer a couple toward
divorce or other dwellings
which attract a lot of sexual
activity, just by knowing when
the house was built and what
direction it is facing! These are
actually coordinates of spacetime theory!
The adjustments used to
improve relationships can
range from elemental objects
added to a room, to even
exterior changes outside in
the landscaping. Sometimes a
client can be informed about
better sleeping directions
or even a better house type
altogether if they are in the
process of house hunting.
There is a myriad of solutions
and not just one way to
address relationship issues.
Just like people, some spaces
have inherent personalities,
and they impose those
energies on the people who
live inside. Some houses are
simply more conducive to
good relationships than others.
But every space can stand
We can’t overestimate the
importance of being in good,
nurturing relationships.
Often, I go to a home or
business where there are a lot
of arguments, deception or
people merely withdrawing
from their relationships
and feeling isolated. Feng
Shui works to correct the
problems so that naturally
good interactions can replace
the dysfunctional ones. Feng
Shui consultants are not
clinical therapists, but for
the cost of a consultation,
it is impressive how much
can be accomplished in
improving attitude, coping
mechanisms, morale, and
reducing tensions or
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From the Health and Personal
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Conscious Dating
Makes all
The Difference
"Our Souls
Each Other"
11 Signs You are in a
Manipulative Relationship
By Ascending Hearts
Some people are master
manipulators. They are
professional in manipulation,
and often you do not even
realize you are being cheated.
A manipulative person is
skilled in his “job.” Each of
your movements is calculated,
designed to control you to do
or think whatever you want.
If you are in a relationship
with an emotionally
manipulative person, you may
be the last to realize it.
They have a way of continually
playing the victim, making
you feel guilty and leading
you to believe they have your
best interests at heart when
that could not be further from
the truth.
If you suspect that you
are being manipulated by
someone, see the following 11
signs of manipulative behavior
to be sure if you are in a
Manipulative Relationship
1. Manipulative people
love constant accusations
Accusations are frequent
occurrences when a person
is in a relationship with a
manipulator. The purpose of
the allegations is to provoke
discussion, which motivates
the manipulator to become a
victim and convince the other
person that they are wrong.
2. Manipulative people
play games with emotions
Emotional manipulators play
with our emotions to make
us feel doubtful and insecure.
Generally, they meant to
make us angry or saddened,
for when we are in situations
involving low vibration
feelings, we are more
susceptible to manipulations.
3. Manipulative people
damage things from the
Manipulating people can
often ruin something they
know is important to you, just
to leave you in a sad state.
If this ever happens, know
that it is a toxic pattern of
behavior. They are abusive,
make no mistake.
4. Manipulative people
encourage jealousy
Jealousy greatly harms us.
Manipulators know this, and so
they do everything to provoke
us and blind us with clouds
of suspicion. In playing this
game, they may convince us to
do whatever they want. This
behavior may manifest in your
partner flirting with others in
front of you or comparing you
often to strangers.
5. Manipulative people Act
like they are the victim
Manipulators always act like
victims. No matter what the
situation, they still misread
your words and make you feel
guilty until you believe you did
something wrong and that you
should apologize. When you
fall into their story, you become
more prone to manipulation.
6. Manipulative people
make you feel guilty for
their mistakes.
An emotional manipulator
is professional at placing
blame on others. If he forgets
something, it’s because you did
not remember it. If he’s late for
a date, it’s because you told him
the wrong time. Every time that
person makes a mistake, it turns
you into your mistake before
you even realize what’s going
on. An emotional manipulator
will never admit guilt.
7. Manipulative people
hurry the manipulated to
make decisions
Someone who is manipulating
always rushes the other to
make a decision. This person
rarely allows you to take the
time to analyze your options
and make a wise choice. They
know that by doing this, they
are more likely to make things
go as they wish.
8. Manipulative people actions
do not match their words
Emotional manipulators use
language to control people.
They use flattering words and
make promises to make you
trust them but never have
any intention of keeping their
word. When they break a
promise, they will blame you.
9. Manipulative people
make you believe you are
always negotiating
As part of twisting your words,
an emotional manipulator will
make you think that you are
negotiating. When it comes to
situations that you disagree with,
it has an indirect way of twisting
the conversation to make you
believe that you have settled on
a middle ground. In fact, they
are getting what they want, and
you do not. Every time.
10. Manipulative people
lie constantly
Part of the daily routine of
an emotional manipulator is
lying. He lies about exceptional
situations, small details, and
things that do not even matter.
Emotional manipulators
lie partly just to see if they
can make you believe in
whatever they would like. They
consistently embellish stories
and invent things because they
are incapable of being honest
and telling the truth.
11. Manipulative people
tend to distort your words
At the end of a conversation
with someone who is
emotionally manipulating you,
you are completely confused.
An emotional manipulator is an
expert in twisting your words
and making you question
your own thoughts, opinions,
and feelings. If you express
an opinion they don’t like
like, they will casually, but
intentionally convince you that
you do not really feel that way.
The 12 Healing
Celtic Crystals
The Celts had a firm belief in
the power of stones. From the
standing stones at Carnac and
megaliths at Stonehenge to
the Winter Solstice tomb at
Newgrange and the looming
mound in Glastonbury, stones
have been used to mark
territories, honor grave sites,
invoke seasonal ceremonies,
revered as touchstones and
utilized as altars or “mass
rocks” for centuries. The
Lia Fail (Stone of Destiny)
is often referred to as the
Coronation Stone or Jacob’s
Pillar and is where many
high kings of Ireland were
crowned. The Turoe Stone in
Galway, Ireland is considered
the omphalos or “navel”
stone. This “earth navel” is
considered the meeting place
between living mortals, the
gods and the dead. On the
summit of Tops Hill in County
Donegal, lies Beltany Stone
Circle, an example of one of
the best Irish stone circles. On
the slopes of Mount Tullig, in
County Kerry, lies Caherdaniel
Fort, a great example of a
stone ring fort. These are just
a few images of some of the
sites of war, worship, and wells
that dot the Celtic landscapes.
Below I have compiled a short
list of some of my favorite
stones associated with Celtic
lore, stones local to the Gaelic
regions and crystals that have
been associated in “current
times,” which embrace the
symbolism of the past.
The “Cross Stone”
This crystal is a variety of the
“Earth Stones” or Andalusite.
It exhibits the axis and
angle in a different color
from the rest of the crystal
forming a natural cross. This
is a polymorph mineral as
it shares the same chemical
makeup but a different
crystal structure with one or
more minerals particularly
kyanite and sillimanite. This
powerful crystal balances
one’s perspective in both
creativity and practicality. It
is used as a sign of devotion
towards awareness and
dispels negativity. It signifies
both death and re-birth and
helps one to understand the
realization of immortality.
It is used as a bridge for
“crossing over.” It helps one
to assimilate during times of
change. It provides insight into
answers when problem-solving.
This stone has a reputation for
astral journeys and is used as
a gateway into the mysterious.
This stone allows for the
overcoming of fear, the facing
of reality and overcoming of
the unknown. Chiastolite is
used to attune to our soul’s
purpose. It encourages ones
survival instincts and is
grounding and protecting.
This stone is said to embrace
the emotions and assist in
spiritual journeys.
Bloodstone, also called “Heliotrope” (named for its sun
“red” glow - Helios - setting
over a green sea) is from the
quartz family (Si02). It is a type
of chalcedony, similar to Jasper.
The martyr stone aptly named,
due to the legend of this stone
being at the foot of the cross
and stained by the drops of
blood from Jesus. Metaphysically, bloodstone is used to either promote a calm, tranquil
atmosphere that is grounding or revitalize insufficient
energy. An excellent stone
for mental exhaustion. This
stone represents both courage
and strength and is used for
achieving these attributes. It
is associated with honesty and
integrity and is useful in removing obstacles in life. A classic stone for wealth, it attracts
abundance and good luck.
Copper occupies the same
family of the periodic table as
silver and gold since they each
have ones-orbital electron
forming metallic bonds. The
similarity in electron structure
makes copper, silver, and gold
similar in many ways. This
mineral is an excellent energy
conductor! Sends and amplifies
thoughts, healing energy, and
gem electrical energy into
wearer’s energy field. Because
of this, it encourages the
physical/emotional bodies
to find alignment. This is a
warming stone. Copper helps
to release the “excess charge”
of resentment and anger. Its
mineral makes up encourages
the balance between warm
sun energy and cool lunar
energy. Copper is often known
as the “love metal” as it helps
us open up to love energies
and physically helps with
sexual imbalances. Copper
ore was mined in Ireland
dating back to about 2000 BC,
particularly in the areas near
the Caherdaniel Fort Ring and
West Cork was well-known for
its copper mining industry.
Fairy Quartz:
This crystal has been given
several names such as Spirit
Quartz, Faery Amethyst or
Spirit Druzy. Encrusted with
hundreds of small, terminated
points, this is also referred
to as Cactus Quartz. These
stones are named for their
delicate and fanciful forms in
which the crystals “sparkle”
as if to have an internal
battery. Representing the
attributes of grace, greatness
and gratitude, these brilliant,
yet humble stones lend a
relaxing, peaceful sensitivity
when held in your hands. They
are utilized in connecting to
fairies and guardian angels,
beings who are loving and
Also, worth mentioning is
Crackle “Faerie” Quartz. This is
crystal quartz that is tumbled
and dyed, which gives the
gems their colors, crackle,
and spark! They represent
the energies of both the fire
and water element. Quartz
is the ultimate power stone.
This master crystal resonated
with our own bodies and has
great influence over us. The
addition of the color adds
another layer of intrigue and
mystery, believed to attract the
fey of the woods, wells, and
highlands. Quartz harmonizes
and balances. It enhances
energy and thoughts and
purifies the spiritual, mental
and physical body. It is also a
powerfully protective stone,
allowing refined light and
energy within.
Third in this group is Star Mica
or Fairy Mica. It’s common
name, Muscovite or Mica, appears in sheet-like layers or
scales, masses or tabular crystal. It is the reflection stone. It
allows one to reflect on their
past and present situations
and gives one the opportunity to both acknowledge and
eliminate any traits one wishes
to detach from. Mica provides
for clarity in visions and self-reflection. It can be used during
fasting times to help reduce
hunger, provide energy, relieve
dehydration, bring sparkle to
the eyes, sheen to the hair, as
well as, help in situations of
This is an ancient stone used
for thousands of years by
Prehistoric man to create
a spark for fire and for
making weapons. Known as
“knapping,” Flint would be
struck on an angle, leaving the
sharp edges exposed. This was
perfect for fashioning axes
and arrowheads. These relics
have been known for centuries
as “Elf Shot.” This refers to
flint’s solid metaphysical
history. Elf Shot attributed to
the belief that elves or fairies
would shoot an object, visible
or invisible, into an animal or
sometimes human, causing it
to suffer in pain from the flint
arrow. Flint has been used
for protection throughout
history. Both in Scotland and in
Ireland, Flint has been used as
an amulet worn for protection
against evil, including
mischievous fairies and elves.
Shaman throughout the world
has utilized this stone in
ritual circles, as remedies for
clearing unwanted spirits and
negative energy as well as for
rituals to exorcise earthbound
spirits from places, which are
haunted. Flint can be used as
a protective weapon when
undergoing a spiritual quest or
astral journey. Flint represents
the powers of elemental Earth
and Fire.
Staurolite: “Fairy Cross”
This mineral is a talisman of
good luck! Historically, this
stone is said to be formed
from the tears of fairies when
they were brought the news of
the death of Christ. Built in the
shape of a cross, this unusual
stone is beautiful and powerful on your altar or meditation space, around your neck
or in your pocket. Represents
four elements and joining of
spirit with earth/matter. Spirituality, compassion, allowing,
dis-attachment. The focus is
centered on the here and now.
This stone provides protection
and grounding energy.
Green Goldstone
Not particularly known as a
“Celt stone,” green goldstone
is fascinating. It is a stone I
cannot seem to take my eyes
off of. It harkens back to
the alchemy of the Druids
as Goldstone is a man-made
stone, a type of glass that
sparkles due to flecks of
copper. Originally created
when alchemists were working
towards creating gold. Gently
uplifting, Goldstone is also
said to help one stay calm
and stabilize the emotions.
Called the stone of ambition
and drive, it is said to help
attain one’s goals. It is for
this indirect connection that I
love carrying it around as my
personal good luck stone!
This mystical stone is a
combination of manganese
oxide with inclusions of both
potassium and barium. This
variety occurs in Cornwall
in the United Kingdom.
Associated by name, after
the great wizard, Merlin,
who was King Arthur’s
legendary mentor, this stone
is considered the Stone of
Self-Mastery. It exhibits traits
of duality: black and white,
day and night, light and dark.
Merlinite waves its wand of
energy to communication
with the Archetypal energies
within nature itself, including
the plant kingdom, mineral
kingdom, animal spirits and
the elemental allies, such as
the fey folk, pixies. Dryads and
gnomes. This stone encourages
the world of dreams and
dreaming, teaching us the
fundamental of mysticism, past
incarnations, and recollections.
Excellent stone to use at
Samhain, as it eloquently lifts
the veil between the spiritual
and the physical planes
assisting in contacting souls
who have passed over. It opens
one’s energy field to its innate
capacity to serve as a channel
for manifestation. It has the
ability, as a kind mentor would,
to teach us to influence outer
elemental processes to help
empower our lives.
Preseli (Bluestone):
The Preseli Bluestone is the
stone that was used at the
Stonehenge standing stones.
This stone only occurs in one
place in the entire world, Carn
Meini in the Preseli Mountains.
This site is now protected, and
stones can no longer be taken,
but the stones that are being
sold were mined many years
ago before this law took effect.
That makes them a unique
item because eventually, they
will run out. The properties
of Preseli stone include help
with dream work, past life
recall, willpower, spiritual
gift enhancer, powerful as a
meditation stone and has been
used for protection, energy
enhancer, dowsing and for
receiving messages. Keep
a piece close to you in your
working environment or under
your pillow. These stones make
a strong earth connection and
are excellent for grounding
and create a connection to
the heart of nature. They are
associated with the Third
Eye and their ability to help
develop psychic intuition.
Legend has it that Merlin
transported stones from the
Preseli Hills to Stonehenge for
the construction of Camelot
and King Arthur’s Round Table.
The Welsh legends called the
“Tales of Youth,” come from
The Preseli Hills, and it is said
that the way into “Annwn,”
the Welsh fairyland, can be
found here too. Indeed, Pentre
Ifan sometimes called “The
Womb of Cerridwen,” which is
also built of Preseli Bluestone
and located within the Preseli
Hills is said to be one of the
main gateways into the realm
of Fairies.
River Stones:
Rivers, streams, springs, wells,
and lakes are all sacred bodies
of water in the Celtic belief
system. Stones found along
these bodies of waters, wells,
and rivers are all considered
sacred mementos. Formed in
the mountains that have been
plucked from the ground by
rain, floods, and landslides,
these stones are then rolled
and tumbled by the river for
hundreds even thousands of
miles until they are round and
polished. Riverstone promotes
rapid change. It can be used
with other gemstones for a
clearer intention. These stone
are believed to carry sacred
powers such as protection,
good luck, and act as a
powerful talisman.
Snow White Quartz:
Also known as Snow Quartz
or Milky Quartz, it is a variety
of Rock Quartz crystal with
microscopic water bubbles
and inclusions of carbon
dioxide. This gives the stone
it’s “snowy,” white, or “milky”
appearance. Snow White
Quartz is the Observation
Stone. Like the introspective
and contemplative time of
winter, this unique stone
allows us to notice more the
actions around us, both good
and bad, helping us to perhaps
see ourselves a little better. It
can help us to meditate on
parts of our personality that
we admire and those we need
to change. Compelling us from
thought to action. Snow White
Quartz represents the wonder
and innocence of pure snow. It
gives us the hopefulness of a
new bride on her wedding day
and the child-like innocence
we all should remember. It is
also associated with the whitehaired sage, filled with good
advice and wisdom, who need
not constantly express it, but
to just “be” with it. Therefore,
the stone represents a gentle
calm and soothing stone
useful for meditation and the
seeking of wisdom or truth
through our “inner journey.”
We learn life lessons through
compassion and empathy, and
this stone allows a clearer
mental picture to invite these
traits inward to us.
Smoky Quartz:
Smoky Quartz is a grounding
stone. It is used most often to
overcome depression, soothing
nightmares, and stress. Quartz
stimulates the natural crystal
in body tissues and fluids to
resonate at the highest healing
frequency. The clearest smoky
quartz is the most intense,
powerful tools inducing Alpha/
deep meditation. Because of
this situation, it benefits also
include channeling higher
guidance, deep relaxation and
helping with unconditional
love. Heightens your
understanding of nature and
concerns for the environment.
Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit
Growth &
We grow as individuals as we face
challenges and overcome life’s
obstacles. This section is dedicated to
helping you chart your course.
Lessons Grief Taught Me
By Marcia Sirota, MD.
When I was 25-years-old, and
early on in my medical training, I
got a phone call from my mom
one day. With no preamble, she
blurted out, “She’s gone!”
At first, I didn’t know who mom
was talking about. Then she
said the name. It was Esther,
my infant niece. Inconceivably,
Esther had received a clean
bill of health at her six-month
check-up, but then two weeks
later while she was sleeping in
her crib, my brother noticed her
suddenly turning blue. By the
time the paramedics arrived, she
was gone. At the hospital, they
called it “crib death.”
I was utterly unprepared to hear
that my healthy baby niece -- the
first grandchild in the family
-- had died suddenly and for no
apparent reason. I got off the
phone in a state of profound
shock and grief.
What followed was a strange
time for the family. It was a
time of firsts -- the first loss of a
young person, the first time that
my brother (who was usually so
stoic and unemotional) asked me
for help, the first time I saw my
father cry.
When you hear the dreaded
words, “she’s gone,” or “he’s
gone,” as horrible as this may
be, it’s an opportunity to rise
to the occasion. Or you can fall
into despair.
It was also a time of shifting
roles in the family -- my brother
became the vulnerable one,
my father for a change had
nothing to say and me, the shy
one, I became the go-to person.
The one who ran interference
after the funeral, screening
who could go in to see my
brother, and who would be
directed elsewhere, as he sat
alone in a quiet back room.
When your heart is broken, you
can let it be broken open to
feel more love and compassion
for yourself and others. Or, you
can close up tightly against your
pain, withdrawing from others or
lashing out in confusion and rage.
I discovered reserves of strength
within myself, in my ability to
comfort and support those
around me and in my capacity
to return to school, to focus on
my studies and finish writing the
exams that had been interrupted
by the funeral.
It was my first lesson in how
tragedy and grief can bring out
the best in people, or the worst,
and my realization that we all
have an important choice to
make at such times.
This was the first significant loss
I experienced, but it wasn’t the
last, and since then, every time
I’ve found myself aching with
that familiar pain, I’ve been
reminded of the choice we all get
to make when stricken by grief.
Each of us gets to ask ourselves:
Will I let this situation bring out
my best self or my worst? Will
I choose to be there for myself
and others or will I decide to
fall apart?
Grief is a tragedy, but it’s also a
gift. When it comes to you, as
it most assuredly will someday,
which choice will you make?
the Journey
Leigh Burton
We travel along the journey
continually reaching
new levels of awareness.
Waking up one could say.
With awakening comes
responsibility and the need
to respect the power that
comes with such a gift.
The number one thing that
drags us backward is judgment.
Understanding how to live
each day while checking in
on the level of judgment we
can easily get trapped in will
open us to the highest level of
abundance that each step in
our journey can provide.
Judgment is natural and
human. It is a part of us that
exists just as much as love.
But living in the belief that
judgment is a bad thing
creates darkness around it
that shuts down the portal
that can help us move along
our journey comfortably.
Judgment is an opinion. It is
when the opinion becomes
an identifying marker that
separates us from others and
the opportunity to develop.
We can’t not judge. How else
would we be able to make
choices? Opinions create the
understanding of the value
of what is presenting itself.
Whether it is a person, object
or situation. Is it useful to us,
or does it feel like it can be
a threat to our well-being?
As we develop, our opinions
will change and so does what
we believe is to our benefit.
Our belief stems from what is
core to our identity. So, it is a
good thing, right? Only if it is
understood and cared for as a
tool and not a way to project
our fear.
When we open our hearts
and explore what it is about
our person that precursors
the judgment, we can grow,
develop and be open to the
abundance that we endeavor.
Every time there is judgment
there is an opportunity to
open the door to letting go
of an unhealthy attachment,
that can only lead to another
chance to grow into the best
version of ourselves.
Our mind and body connect
the dots and engage the
circumstance simultaneously.
The result can be mayhem
on the body, our vessel that
deserves every opportunity
to take us where it is that we
want to go. If the circumstance
is worthy of what we
individually consider a label
of negativity, the body will
deplete its life force much
more rapidly. Like a car that
uses much more gasoline.
Would it not be wiser to
utilize each moment with less
A perfect example is a shy
person being at a social event
approached by a gregarious
and robust individual. One
could quickly identify this
person as pompous or
overwhelming. While the
initial thought is perfectly
natural, the consequences
are undesirable. Without
being aware, a shy person will
inevitably become guarded.
Move to the next person, and
we are received as defended.
This person is not likely to
open up and share what
they honestly have to offer.
Furthermore, the guarded
person is far less capable of
giving their own best self.
There is nothing amiss with
being shy or confident and
social. Each allows the other to
be recognized. It allows us to
make informed decisions about
who we are comfortable being
Still, as humans, we fall into
the judgment trap countless
times every day and suffer a
great deal of consequence,
likely unaware of what we
are doing or what we could
be missing out on. We have
the option to respect our
journey and that with whom
we connect with merely by
checking in with ourselves and
staying clear of the potential
threat of devaluing what we
have to share with each other.
Unraveling the mystery isn’t
hard. It takes acceptance
that we are all human and
forgiveness. Be grateful for
the trigger that presented
itself as an opportunity to look
inside and determine what can
be improved so that we can
become our better selves. In
doing so, we acknowledge the
power of synchronicity and
allow it to exist in our world.
A simple reminder, “What is it
about me that is coming up?”
is all we need. Respect the
journey and receive the gifts
life has to offer.
Leigh Burton is an Amazon
International Best-Selling
Author, International Speaker,
NLP Practitioner, Cognitive
Behavioral Therapist,
Emotional Health Coach,
Acceptance Commitment
Therapist, an expert in letting
go, and a lover of life. www.
Are Personal
Core Values Still
Important for a
Conscious Living?
By OMTimes
What is important to you? Your
morning meal? Take time to
walk with your dog? Deliver
the report on time? What is of
value to you?
“Try not to become a man of
success. Rather become a man
of value.”
–Albert Einstein
What are values?
Your values are a witness to
your true self because they
are what matters most to
you when it comes to your
personal and professional life.
Your values influence that little
voice in your head that tells
you whether you should worry
about something and whether
you should prioritize your time.
Your values are the things you
believe are essential in the way
you live and work.
Your core values help
determine what you really
want out of life while
simultaneously acting to
measure your satisfaction with
your current situation and live
in a meaningful way.
Core values define who we
are and help us find our
Here are some excellent
examples of value keywords:
Reliability, Respect, Loyalty,
Commitment, Teamwork,
Caution, Efficiency
Diversity, Humility.
Some of these values have
been instilled in you since
childhood. They can be
cultural or learned through
observation of your family
and discussions about your
interests. We are educated
about our values through our
Maybe now, in adulthood, you
realize you’re in love with
these same things. It is not bad
to share core values with those
around you, but it can be
detrimental to live a life that
does not honor those values.
How do core values affect
our daily decisions?
If you don’t set a baseline
standard for what you’ll
accept in life, you’ll find it’s
easy to slip into behaviors
and attitudes or a quality of
life that’s far below what you
deserve. Tony Robbins
We make decisions based on
our core values every day,
but sometimes we forget the
significant choices we face, big
and small, and the potential
stress these choices can create.
When you can identify your
values and make choices
that align with them, life
suddenly becomes a little more
But when you act on autopilot
and do not allow your values
to match your choices, you can
turn into someone incredibly
unhappy and perhaps not
consciously knowing why.
Discovering our core values
affects both small and great
things in our lives. Remember
when you bought something
you did not really need, but
wanted to have? You made the
decision that spending money
wisely was not valuable to you.
This disconnection results
from living a life that does not
correlate with its core values.
When you begin to make those
choices that seem small now
but taking into account what
is valuable to you, you start to
feel less stress in other aspects
of your life. And the best
part is, you do not need hard
work, just some introspection
and self-awareness. Knowing
your values makes it easy to
make important decisions,
such as taking a job, starting
a business, or making a
significant change.
How do we discover our
personal values?
Core values are essential to us.
By discovering the things that
matter most to us, we can lead
a better life. Knowing your
core values can undoubtedly
synchronize with your morale.
After all, your standards have a
direct impact on your behavior
“You must look within for
value but must look beyond
for perspective.”
–Denis Waitley
Your own experience will be
your best device to realize
what is valuable to you.
For example, think of a very
joyful time in your life. Why
were you so joyful? Was the
contentment you felt due
to the presence of other
people? Who were they?
Think about when you were
proud of yourself and why
you felt that pride. Your
own experiences can help
you identify what you really
consider important. There
is no set limit for how many
values you can have but allow
yourself to list as much as
Look at your values
every day
Once you determine what
your values are, it is vital to
look at them every day. We
all face challenging situations
and decisions and, as Sam
Whittaker says:
“All people are put into
difficult situations from
time to time ... situations
where the right thing to do
is not obvious. Knowing
which principles are most
important to you in these
situations will help you make
better decisions. “
So, let your values be valuable
to you. Everyone is in their
own way, and no one can tell
you what their core values are
beside you.
Do not be afraid to rework
your list in the future! You are
allowed to consciously change
your values.
Your core values are your
current compass, but they are
not your true self.
Remember: your values should
help in creating your best life
and your most authentic self.
You make the rules. Be patient
with yourself and take the time
to discover your core values.
You will be amazed at the
things you can accomplish!
References – The Atlantic: 21
Charts That Explain American
Values Today – MindTools: What
Are Your Values? – Content
Sparks: Big List of Core Value
Words – Steve Pavlina: Living
Your Values Part 1 – Sam
Whittaker: How to Define Your
Personal Values[ – Steve Pavlina:
Living Your Values Part 1
When you look at the view of Earth from space, you
are immediately in awe of what you do see: the
incredible beauty of Creation. It is not until you look
closer that you realize what you do not see.
You do not see lines partitioning countries.
You do not see separation between races.
You do not see division between religions.
You do not see the walls people build
to isolate themselves from each other.
There is only One Planet. There is only One Humanity.
This section is dedicated to introducing thoughts
and ideas to foster a greater understanding of
Humanity’s interdependence.
World Vision
The Unconditional
Love Of An Animal
By Sergei Van Bellinghen
It is an incredible feeling
to play with a dog, cuddle
with a cat, ride a horse
or bond with a bird. Even
watching a video about
a wild animal getting
her young out of a
sticky situation touches
us. So, animals have an
extraordinary healing
power that goes beyond
what we can imagine.
Let’s Care More
Most of you know the love an
animal can have. You know
the feeling. It is the touch of
a wet nose rubbing your face
or the sound of a concerned
whimper when you are sad.
Or it is also the jump on your
laps or the absolute happiness
when they see you. But it is
even more profound when
you look into their wide and
compassionate eyes. They
then seem to understand you
on the deepest level.
So, if you are an animal lover,
you already know it to be
true. Animals are capable
of deep, unconditional love
that is way beyond what you
and I can feel. Yet, there is a
cliché linked to pets waiting
for adoption in shelters across
the world. It looks, for many
of you, that you believe an
animal in a shelter is there just
because it is undesirable or
broken in some way.
But nothing is further from
the truth. It is a fact that only
five out of every ten animals
in shelters never leave alive.
In my life, I saw animals that
were so starved, so thin, so
abused, so neglected. Those
are the ones who have
seen the absolute worst of
humanity. And yet somehow,
they find the strength to live;
not only to live but to forgive,
trust and give unconditional
love once again.
The Unconditional Love of
an Animal
“The greatness of a nation and
its moral progress is judged
by the way its animals are
treated.” - Mahatma Gandhi
Some scientific studies show
that animals feel the love
in the same way people
do; through a chemical
process. When you hold an
animal, like your pet, your
cat, dog, horse and many
other creatures of the animal
kingdom, something magical
happens. It releases the same
hormones that you do when
you are in love.
As a result, there is really no
love like the unconditional
love of an animal. They do not
have to do it, yet they still do.
Animals know that you are
unique to them and very often,
you are their whole world. So
be always kind!
The Magic of Loving
an Animal
I do love all animals. They
are beautiful creatures that
deserve their place in this
world. And I realized that
loving an animal changes a
person’s life as well as mine.
Whether they are an army,
service, therapy, farm, wild
animal, or just your pet, the
love you have for them is
unique. But the extraordinary
love you receive back is one
of the purest feelings on this
The Motives of
Unconditional Love
Surely, you heard a wolf howl
longing to the moon, but do
you know why? Wolves cry
out from sorrow when they
miss an absent member of
their pack. Some dogs will not
leave the side of their owner’s
grave. Did you ever see your
pet yawn also when you do?
Well, it is meant to be a sign of
adoration for you, its owner.
And what is it when your
cat relaxes lazily in a sunny
spot of the house, makes eye
contact with you across the
room and then blinks gently?
In cat body language, a
slow, deliberate blink means
an expression of total trust,
vulnerability, and friendliness.
Otters hold hands while they
sleep and rest, to prevent
clans from losing each other.
Rats have been known to free
other rats from their cages.
Elephants also possess unconditional love. They are emotional
creatures and show compelling
acts of affection when, for example, grieving for a lost loved
one. Some even die of broken
hearts after the death of another. These gentle souls stand
over the remains, weeping for
several minutes to numerous
days. They will also go so far as
to bury the bodies under leaves.
And those are not the only animals that show incredible feelings and cleverness.
The Human and Animal
The separation between the
human and animal worlds
is not as extensive as you
might think. Animals hold
such wisdom and power. And
when we interact with them,
they often sooth our pain and
problems that we feel are all
too overwhelming.
Therefore, the most magical
aspect of your human-animal
connection is this unspoken
language that you share with
them. It fosters trust and
affection that never wavers
or fades. Studies show that
petting and spending time
with an animal inevitably
decreases the levels of stress
running through your body.
So, the more affection, care,
and attention that you give
to an animal or pet, the more
you receive a lot of devotion
in response. As a result, there
is nothing that equals the
unconditional love of an
animal. And I believe that we
have a lot to learn from them.
“Until one has loved an animal,
a part of one’s soul remains
unweakened.”- Anatole France
Since they do give us
unconditional love until the
day that they die and even
after, think to pet, talk and
spoil animals with adoration
as much as you can. Tell
them how much you love
them. Remember that their
unreserved affection for you
is a special bond of nature,
even if you are soul mates of a
different type!
Sergei van Bellingen, Personal
Growth & Success Expert,
Founder of First-Class Lifestyle
From California to India, a True Story of Finding
Everything When You Are Willing to Try Anything
By Amy B. Scher
THIS IS HOW I SAVE MY LIFE is the true story of a fiery young woman’s
heartwarming and hilarious journey that takes her from near-death in
California to a trip around the world in search of her ultimate
salvation. Along the way, she discovers a world of cultural mayhem,
radical medical treatment, and, most importantly, a piece of her life
she never even knew she was missing.
When Amy B. Scher was struck with undiagnosed late-stage, chronic
Lyme disease, the best physicians in America labeled her condition
incurable and potentially terminal. Deteriorating rapidly, she went on
a search to save her own life—from the top experts in Los Angeles
and the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis to a state-of-theart hospital in Chicago. After exhausting all of her options in the US,
she discovered a possible cure—but it was highly experimental, only
available in India, and had as much of a probability of killing her as it
did of curing her. Knowing the risks, Amy packed her bags anyway
and flew across the world hoping to find the ultimate cure.
THIS IS HOW I SAVE MY LIFE is a powerful and uplifting story of sheer
determination for anyone who believes in—or doubts—the existence
of miracles and the infinite power of self-healing when it seems like all
hope is lost.
"Amy Scher is a brave warrior and a
wonderful writer. She is a living example
of what it looks like when a woman takes
her health, her heart, and her destiny into
her own hands."
~ ELIZABETH GILBERT, #1 New York Times
bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and
Big Magic
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