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There are many ideas and methods available to create planet that you’re proud to call home. These definitions will assist in your understanding of the change we aim to create and the ideas and methods that we are focusing on.

Bio-Energy for Natural Healing

EinsteinBio-Energy for Natural Healing is a non-physical energy that can also be called chi, life-force, orgone energy or prana. (In Depth Article Here)  There are five principal sources of bio-energy.

  1. The natural recharging of the body after a deep sleep;
  2. ingesting of raw foods, juices and charged water;
  3. touching prana-rich fresh rain or morning dew or breathing prana-rich air;
  4. through guided imagery and meditation;
  5. and through accumulation energy through the chakra system, most importantly through the crown chakra. (Walter Last)

“In addition to food and air, we need a balanced intake of electromagnetic energies. These include sunlight, colors, the Earth’s magnetic field and the electric field between the ionosphere and the ground.” (Walter Last)

Reports of bio-energy first surfaced in the 1940’s by Dr. Wilhelm Reich. From its inception bio-energy was often misunderstood, rejected by the FDA and misconstrued by the public. What Reich was suggesting was a powerful energy accumulator that could draw the negative energies from within the body (working through the chakras); healing patients from illness, improving mood and sleep and in some cases metastasized melanomas.

The best part about Bio-energy – we’re surrounded by it!

Sunlight gives off both Bio-Energy for Natural Healing and electromagnetic energies. In the grass in fields and streams, yoga and fresh raw foods.

In 1940 Dr. Reich found a way to harness these powers.  Healing his patients and changing the we looked at medical treatment.

But how did this come about?

While researching the energies emitted from the skin during human pleasure (the big O) vs. sadness, Dr. Wilhelm Reich (1897 – 1957) met an energy that did not obey the laws of electricity or magnetism.  An energy that could charge organic materials – he named them “orgone” energies.  Reich found that this orgone is held within organic (non-metallic) materials such as cotton, plastic or wool. Whereas metallic materials reflected this energy.

Later Version of the Orgone Energy Accumulator

With these findings Reich began layering organic and metallic materials. In 1940 he created The Orgone Energy Accumulator a box in which he layered these materials and using a “specially designed lens” he was able to see the radiation present within the box.

“The accumulator’s organic layers attracted the atmospheric energy which was directed inward by the metal layers. Any energy reflected outward by the metal layers was immediately re-absorbed by the organic material, attracted back to the metal, and directed toward the inside of the box. The result was a higher concentration of orgone energy inside the box. The more layers, the stronger the concentration.” (psychorgone.com)

Reich noticed a blue energy, visible to the naked eye; and proposed that this energy is responsible for our emotions, our sexuality, gravity, weather patterns and even the dawn of our galaxies (Natural News, 2012). This orgone energy was unlike entropy (or deterioration of matter) and instead worked to organize and concentrate matter.

Reich believed that traumatic experiences blocked the natural electrical flow of life energy in the body; this produced body armoring and in turn led to physical and emotional disease. Reich developed the orgone accumulator to help his patients overcome conditions of reduced health caused by depletion or blockages of the orgone energy within the body.” (Natural News, 2012)

In conclusion, the layers of organic and inorganic materials make it possible to open ones energy field allowing them to heal naturally. In essence transforming negative energies into positive.

To note, orgone energy has also be reported in a red-yellow color.  And it can also be held within crystals, gems, plants and water. Notice the Kirlian Photograph below, a piece the leaf cut off but it appears whole within the photo. A mesmerizing illustration of bio-energy (or orgone).

Nonetheless, in 1954 the FDA filed a Complaint for Injunction claiming that orgone did not exist.

Plant Aura (Kirlian, 1973)

Plant Aura (Kirlian Photograph, 1973)

And in 1956 all orgone accumulators and associated materials were ordered to be dismantled or destroyed. Along with over 6 tons of books written by Dr. Reich.

That following year Reich was sentenced to two years in prison.

This is Reich’s request for appeal written to Judge John Clifford before sentencing:

“…over a period of 30 years could not convince this administration, or will not be able to convince any other administration of the true nature of the discovery of the Life Energy, no litigation in any court anywhere will ever help to do so. I, therefore, submit, in the name of truth and justice that I shall not appear in court as the ‘defendant’ against a plaintiff who by his mere complaint already has shown his ignorance in matters of natural science.”

He died in prison two years later at the age of 59.

A reflection from his conversations with Freud:

“You have to revamp your whole way of thinking,” Reich said, “so that you don’t think from the standpoint of the state and the culture, but from the standpoint of what people need and what they suffer from. Then you arrange your social institutions accordingly.”

Check out Orgone.org if you’d like to know more.

 

For now, Here are 5 ways to experience Bio-Energy for Natural Healing (or orgone) right at home.

  1. Step outside on a sunny day for 20min without sunglasses. (This is not prolonged exposure however you may wish to cover up.) Sunset is also a powerful time to experience the sun’s Bio-Energy for Natural Healing.
  2. After a rain or in the morning dew step through the soil or grass with bare feet. (My FAVORITE!)
  3. You can also create your own orgonite with resin, crystals and metals.
  4. Or you can wear it! I create handmade Bio-Energy Keepsake Necklaces. And for the month of September I will be creating these keepsakes for purchase.
    Colombian Peso & Moonstone Keepsake

    Colombian Peso & Moonstone Keepsake

    I will use the earnings to further my research into sustainable supply chain processes by traveling oversees (leaving the US in October) to gain insight from the families that are most as risk from the damaging effects of faulty practices. While doing some much-needed spiritual work. If you’d like one for yourself or a loved one please click here. Each piece is custom-made based on your personal style – be sure to place your interests in the notes section (i.e. I want an Oct. birthstone, or I love nature or I’m a new mother…etc).

  5. Create your own energy accumulator! Find out how with Natural News.

I’m excited to hear your thoughts!

How do you feel about the FDA’s power over natural medical treatments? And where you gather your Bio-Energy for Natural Healing?

 

 

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Enriched | Fortified |Refined | Pasteurized

Those ever elusive words that plaster the products lining the aisles of your favorite grocery store; enriched, fortified, refined and pasteurized.

What do they really mean?  Why are these processes performed, and what are they doing to our bodies?

According to the USDA we should be consuming wheat and dairy products on a daily basis in order to function properly.  In addition to that we are told that all of these manufacturing processes are completed in order to keep us safe and healthy.

Is that really the case?  Should we as humans ingest the milk of a cow and consume manually altered, genetically modified starches?

The following charts depict what the government believes to be proper daily portions of both grains and dairy.

USDA Preferred Grain Intake

One ounce for example is equivalent to 1 slice of whole grain bread, 1 pancake or 1/2 of an English muffin. USDA Preferred Grain Intake

Rather taking a dive into commodities and subsidized farming we’ll leave the politics aside for another post.  Feel free to surf the web for more insight into our governments backing control over our farmers.

For now, let’s break these concepts down a bit…

Enrichment is the addition of nutrients to food when said nutrients have been lost during processing.

Fortification involves the addition of vitamins and trace minerals that were not lost during processing but rather have been added for the nutritional benefit of the consumer.

“…so as to improve the nutritional quality of the food supply and to provide a public health benefit with minimal risk to health…” – World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Refinement involves the removal of impurities and unwanted elements during the production process.  For grains this means removing the germ and bran of the grain in order to reduce rot and lengthen the products shelf life.  These foods are then enriched or fortified  in an effort to replace the nutrients removed.

“..the germ contributes “some of the most valuable nutrients to the flour, including much of its protein, folic acid, and other B vitamins”, what is left is the endosperm, basically a “big packet of starch and protein” that is high in calories and low in nutrients (similar to sugar). – Michael Pollan, Professor, Graduate School of Journalism, UC, Berkeley, author, Cooked: A Natural (original article here)

Pasteurization involves the heating  and sterilization of milk past 160 degrees.  Thus removing the casein content within the milk protein, rendering the milk inorganic and unable to be assimilated by the human body.

So what does all this mean for our precious shrines – our bodies – are one and only temples?

Well…

Enriched  flour sends your body into hyper-drive as if it had just consumed a vast amount of sugars, filling you with energy and crashing soon after, which can be detrimental to your health.

“Cancer tumors develop, in part, by feeding on sugar in the bloodstream. If you eat lots of sugary snacks loaded with simple carbs, you’re loading your bloodstream with the chemical energy needed for cancer cells (and tumors) to proliferate.” – Natural News

Love white bread? I was dumbfounded by this statement.

“All white flour is nutritionally deadly. Really. White flour kills you. If you tried to live off of white flour for 60 days, you would literally die. That’s because white flour lacks all of the healthy elements found in the whole grain of the wheat berry. Whole wheat grains contain important minerals like magnesium, healthy oils like vitamin E, health-enhancing insoluble fiber, and a long list of important vitamins.” – Natural News

On to fortification, which in itself is not a horrible process, however, the over consumption of unnaturally fortified nutrients such as folic acid have been linked to breast, prostate and colorectal cancers.  This is because our bodies cannot break down these added elements without their naturally occurring counterparts.  Our bodies require 400mg of folate each day which we can get from a number of foods shown in the chart below.

Recommended Folate in Foods

Recommended Folate in Foods

When we decide instead to choose fortified foods rather than natural alternatives our bodies become confused and these elements pile up within our systems leading to further complications.

“At a high intake, the body can’t process all the folic acid into folate…High folate status may reduce the response to antifolate drugs used against malaria, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and cancer. In the elderly, a combination of high folate levels and low vitamin B-12 status may be associated with an increased risk of cognitive impairment and anemia and, in pregnant women, with an increased risk of insulin resistance and obesity in their children. Folate has a dual effect on cancer, protecting against cancer initiation but facilitating progression and growth of preneoplastic cells and subclinical cancers, which are common in the population.” – American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Refined carbohydrates or “fast carbs” are found in breads, cereals and soda pops, you name it!

“Over time, eating lots of “fast carbs” can raise the risk of heart disease and diabetes as much as—or more than—eating too much saturated fat.”- The Nutrition Source

Finally, pasteurization

“Pasteurization destroys enzymes, diminishes vitamin content, denatures fragile milk proteins, destroys vitamin B12 and vitamin B6, kills beneficial bacteria, promotes pathogens and is associated with allergies, increased tooth decay, colic in infants, growth problems in children, osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease and cancer.” – Sally Fallon of the Weston Price Foundation, USA

While the sale and support of raw milk is still up in the air, 30 states have began selling it from local farmers.  However due to the natural organic nature of the milk, illnesses have been reported.

I suppose that’s not so surprising…

While I support anything natural and had drank milk for about 26 years of my life, I still find it odd that humans consume milk from cows – and I’m a cheese lover.  Furthermore, when we are open to the idea that pasteurization can be harmful to our bodies then we can begin to look for alternatives that may still please our dairy desires – such as raw milk cheese! And almond or coconut milk.

It may take time to alter our lifestyles and diets however, the more time we spend eating healthy, the more time we have on this precious earth.

In short, eat natural, live healthy.  LOVE YOURSELF!

Need some tips on how to move forward and apply this new-found wealth?

You’re all familiar with the traditional food pyramid that encourages you eat lots of breads and meats and wonderful things that the USDA would have us consume until we’re blue in the face and their pockets are overflowing.  Well, here’s a link to a really great NEW food pyramid that gives you a great look into what foods make your body happy.

Here’s another really simple food chart that I like.

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http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/

Everyone’s diets are different and many of us have restrictions, such as no meat or dairy, gluten, nut or nightshade allergies…these are simply things in mind when your reading labels.

And as always, I’m not a doctor. 🙂

Please share this information with those you love.  Avoid enriched, fortified, refined and pasteurized foods and eat happy – live healthy.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) or Sodium Lauryl Sulfaocetate is an emulsifier, detergent or wetting ingredient; derived from nature and altered by man.

But why?

The transformation is one that boggles my mind.  Something beautiful, nutrient rich and sustainable transformed it into a harmful, drying additive found in everything from lotions and mouthwash to laundry detergent.

In essence, it is added to emulsify or encapsulate and suspend fats.  Which is why it seemed to be the perfect additive for detergents and dish soap.  But why add it to our creams and lotions?

Let’s begin with a bit of information about where SLS comes from…

We’ll begin with a coconut. [This application primarily uses coconuts, but the compound is found in nature in various fruits and vegetables as well as in petroleum.]

From that coconut we get coconut oil, within that coconut oil is Lauric Acid and Laurel Alcohol.  Both are relatively colorless and have a slightly fatty odor. Used widely in soaps and detergent, these substances are treasured for the ability to create suds.  However, they can be mildly irritating to those with sensitive skin. (Winter, R., 2009, p476-77)

SLS or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is the result of the sulfation of the aforementioned gem, Laurel Alcohol. (Winter, R., 2009, p478)

What is sulfation you ask? 

Ever seen a battery that’s old and crusty, like a car battery terminal?  That’s sulfation.  In short its a protein modification – that reaction is called sulfation.  Scientists then take this element and neutralize it using sodium carbonate, and voila – SLS!

In 1980 an “expert panel” found this element safe for topical use (Winter, R., 2009, p478).  Whereas, according to the Journal of the American College of Toxicology just three years later, “The longer these ingredients stay in contact with the skin, the greater the likelihood of irritation, which may or may not be evident to the user.” (1983, Vol. 2, No. 7)

Why it is still being added to our products in unbeknown to me.

To each their own I suppose…

However, like you, I prefer to protect and nourish my skins’ proteins.

“Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is a good cleaning product, but is a skin irritant. It can cause damage to the outer layer of skin by disrupting the function of skin proteins and causing itchy, cracked, and dry skin. In shampoos, this ingredient can increase risk of scalp irritation, stinging eyes, and tangled, split, frizzy, and dull hair.” -Dr. Frank Lipman, The Voice of Sustainable Wellness

I choose to avoid SLS in all of my products since I will be wearing, using, sitting on, sleeping in… you name it.  We live it.

This is just one of the many ingredients I avoid when shopping for anything.  I will continue to post about the ingredients that I believe to be harmful to our daily lives.  Please keep in mind that I am not a licensed physician – just a humble able body.

If you would like to avoid these harmful irritants avoid the following ingredients:

  • Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS),
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES),
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfaocetate and
  • Sodium Lauryl Benzene Sulfonate.

Curious about the difference between Sodium Laurel Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate?  Check out this great article.

So read your labels.

IMG_0523Shop happy, live healthy, love your body.

Stay away from Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS) and share this knowledge with those whose lives you treasure.

Emotional Intelligence

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“Great Times, Great People” Dallas, TX 2014

Emotional intelligence is a gift.  It is our personal ability to control our own emotions while recognizing others’.

We have seen its power and magnificence. We have learned and embraced strengths and faults within ourselves and others.  We have uplifted new friends and admired old ones.

We’ve enriched relationships and strengthened bonds.

We have sat idly by while feelings were hurt and opportunities were lost.  We have ignored the feelings of others and focused on our own.

The sole reason within all the aforementioned interactions is and always will be our emotional intelligence.

Within our emotional intelligence there are four subsections:

  1. Comprehension – or the realization of your feelings; this involves both verbal and nonverbal associations, body language and facial expressions.
  2. Reasoning – allowing ourselves to create a mindful reaction to these feelings.  Often our emotions can interfere with successful communication, whereas those with strong emotional intelligence embrace new ideas and confrontations as opportunities to learn about themselves and others.
  3. Consideration – looking beyond the reactions that are in the forefront and realizing that the issues themselves are often not the topic of the conversation.  One’s anger might be a reflection of inner turmoil that has not been dealt with.  You may need to listen more in this step (both to your inner voice and those around you) to get to the root of the feeling(s).
  4. Managing – or reacting in a way that is eloquent and respectful.  Every time you open your mouth imagine that someone is hearing you speak for the first time.  That you are making your first impression every day with everyone you meet.  With this in mind you will undoubtedly be keen to the opportunity of creating exuberance and sharing your gift with others.

Those with high levels of emotional intelligence showcase traits such as self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and increased social skills.

Ultimately, if we can begin to understand that we are alike both in our good and baddest of traits, we can begin to incorporate compassion into all of our daily interactions.

This will help us in the workplace where success is measured by our ability to interact successfully, but most importantly within our loving relationships with friends and family.

Because there is really nothing worse than feeling alone and inversely, there’s nothing worse than making someone feel isolated.

Understand that everyone has the same component parts – we all breathe, laugh, cry, and yearn for understanding and we all deserve compassion.

Practice altruism.

Observe others and look within yourself.

Power lies in our ability to engage appropriately.  Only then will we reach our full potential.

Use your emotional intelligence today, please share your experiences below.