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As you know, we officially entered Autumn yesterday, with the Autumnal Equinox. Our resident astrologer, Mary Jane Staudenmann, put some thoughts down about it so we can put this day into perspective:
The autumnal equinox marks the beginning of a new season, as we know, but it is especially important as the balance of dark and light, also growth and rest in nature, all happening in the sign of Libra, the energy field devoted to harmony and balance. The entrance of the Sun into this sign marks for us a time of making order, taking stock, and acting for the greater good in our relationships of all kinds. Communication, diplomacy and finding common ground are key words during this time of searching for harmonious satisfaction in all our human dealings: Venus and Saturn are the ruling planets of this sign and put the accent on adult, egalitarian exchanges with fair and equally positive results in view.
The horoscope of the fall equinox this year, though, indicates much stress in realizing this ideal harmony. Two other planetary movements are manifesting in early October: Mars enters the sign of Libra on Oc. 3, and Venus enters Scorpio on Oct. 8. They will prove important in the different negotiations going on both world-wide and personally to each of us: each one of this karmic pair is miscast--Venus as a passionate and intense seeker of absolute truth in action (the hawk) and Mars as peacemaker, placating and willing to compromise (the dove). They are engaged in an arm-wrestling duel on the negotiating table that is sure to complicate the graceful exchange we would otherwise hope for, and at best will lend each other the energy to stand up for one's rights at the same time as fair results are achieved.
There is a further complication in the sky at the time of this horoscope that dates from the last full solar eclipse of July 2 this year. At that time, the Sun-Moon conjunction occurred at 10° in Cancer and created a hard opposition to Saturn and nearby Pluto: on September 23, the Moon was exactly opposite Saturn and Pluto and created a conflict with planets in Libra. Goodbye, easy negotiations! Hello, people in the streets threatening Big Power!
These noisy encounters are sure to continue through October and November, and on a personal level, they will likely complicate our efforts to find satisfaction when face-to-face dealings turn into power struggles. Individuals should consult their natal chart to see just how and where these tensions are likely to fall.
By Matt Gonzales
This article was originally published on drugrehab.com. It is reproduced here with permission.
The body comprises interdependent parts that influence one another. Physical pain can lead to mental anguish, and emotional distress can cause sleeping problems and anxiety. If all of a person’s needs are not addressed, chronic health disorders such as addiction can be difficult to overcome.
Holistic treatment is a set of therapy approaches that target all aspects of a person’s health—the body, the mind and the spirit. These programs use natural methods to treat drug or alcohol addiction.
The traditional model of substance abuse treatment focuses on counseling, 12-step meetings and other supportive services. But holistic treatment also integrates complementary therapies such as meditation and acupuncture to address underlying causes of addiction.
Nanci Stockwell of Advanced Recovery Systems suggests ways to incorporate alternative therapies into a person’s recovery plan and stresses the importance of finding the right therapies for each individual.
Holistic therapies focus on the patient’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Paying attention to each aspect may expedite recovery and create a more stable body and mind.
Why Is Holistic Treatment Important?Addiction affects many aspects of a person’s health. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction can cause problems to the cardiovascular, respiratory and musculoskeletal systems. Substance use disorders can also lead to overdose and death.
But addiction is a disease that changes the brain. In addition to physical problems, this disorder can result in mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Many people simultaneously experience addiction and mental health problems.
Holistic treatment addresses myriad physical, emotional and spiritual issues associated with addiction, from physical health to spiritual wellness.
Generally, holistic therapies can:
Is Holistic Treatment Effective?Research has found that holistic therapies can enhance addiction recovery when combined with traditional substance use disorder treatments and self-help groups. These complementary therapies can provide additional tools to support people in recovery.
A 2013 study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence showed that holistic treatment may be effective in treating smoking addiction. In a review of 14 clinical trials, researchers found that yoga and meditation-based therapies showed promise in improving smoking cessation.
And according to a 2009 study published in the International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, holistic treatment is efficient in treating chronic illnesses such as mental health disorders and other health-related problems.
In the United States, holistic treatment is growing in popularity.
More than 30 percent of American adults and about 12 percent of children have used some form of complementary or alternative medicine, according to a 2016 report by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.
Results from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey showed that the most common complementary health approaches among adults included natural products, deep-breathing exercises and meditation practices such as yoga.
What is America's Real Health Care Crisis? It's not what you think. Learn how peace and self-care can help solve it. (Hint: This is not just for health care providers.)
Lisa Adams, author of America's Real Health Care Crisis, is an experienced nurse and health & wellness coach who helps overwhelmed professionals and health care providers recognize and manage the effects of chronic stress—the leading cause of disease, poor work performance and life dissatisfaction. Lisa provides simple, life-long and practical tools to help employees understand how the body functions; how to recognize and address chronic stress; and finally, how to facilitate healing and create lasting change.
A former renal care unit nurse, Lisa knows first-hand the emotional, physical and mental toll of unmanaged, chronic stress on the well-being of physicians, nurses and first responders. This debilitating stress is crippling the health care industry resulting in lost productivity, high turnover, caregiver burn-out and medical mistakes. Through an integrated Whole Person approach, she helps health care organizations recover their greatest asset—employees and care providers who are engaged and feel valued, healthy and empowered.
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Guest blog by Mirsada Hoffmann.
I was screaming and bawling on the phone with my mom. I was SO MAD. I didn’t usually share this level of frustration, anger, and sadness with her, but I just felt so lost. I had wanted to be a mom so badly and now as a mother of four, healthy, adorable kids, I was MISERABLE.
Angry and frustrated, I felt like no one even saw me any more. Now, I was simply a mom and wife—the spunky, adventurous, fun-loving Mirsada was gone. I was the person who did almost everything for everyone, but my efforts were hardly ever recognized. I didn’t even need appreciation; I simply wanted some acknowledgment.
I was also yearning for a sense of empowerment. My husband asked me to help with things, but they often times fell short of completion because I didn’t feel like he gave me the authority I needed to finish the job. I would put in hours and hours of work, only to feel that I had no results to show for it.
I made a conscious effort to make healthy and delicious food only to be met with complaints. I set up play dates and lunch dates. I was the car service for everyone. I made sure snacks were packed, clothes were clean, gifts were bought and parties were planned, but I was never noticed or acknowledged for my efforts.
I understand that this is a universal feeling. Even my working husband might feel underappreciated at times, but the difference that is he has a full bank account at the end of every month. I never had that—stay at home moms NEVER have that! I, like so many others, was cutting corners on myself to make sure everyone else’s needs were met. I was slowly killing myself and NO ONE noticed.
That night something in me changed. I was tired of doing and being what everyone else needed me to be.
So many moms tell me that they feel they’ve lost their shine; their glow; their edge. Whatever you might call it—they feel that it’s gone or deeply buried.
Most of my clients were professional women prior to motherhood. During that working phase of life, they often dreamed of motherhood. However, once they embarked on the motherhood journey, they lost a piece of themselves in the process. They now longingly think of that missing piece.
We sometimes think that former piece of us can no longer be a part of our lives—we are mothers now and must only think of others first. But we are wrong.
I discovered that no one was going to come and make sure I was ok—that duty and responsibility fell solely on myself. In making the decision to prioritize myself, I was taking care of more than just me: I was taking care of my whole family.
Not only is motherhood is a gift, but I believe it is the MOST important job a woman ever undertakes. Stewarding young souls through this amazing and sometimes messy world is hard work. It is a job that is overwhelmingly under-compensated, especially given its importance and lasting impact. It can also be a very lonely job.
In a society where cash is king, the message to mothers is clear: you don’t matter. Plenty of lip service is given to the importance of mothering, but at the end of the day, women are left vulnerable and struggling with feelings of inadequacy.
Our children are soaking up everything around them, and it is time we make our importance known. These little souls are seeing how the woman they view as most important in their life is struggling to find her center. They see how we are judging ourselves, criticizing ourselves, and not giving ourselves one ounce of grace. They see how we look at ourselves in the mirror with disdain, and they feel the negative energy we give ourselves for not being enough.
The truth is, we are enough—we are MORE than enough. We are strong and powerful. We truly have the ability to change the world, yet so often we give away our power.
I, along with all of my clients, began radiating joy and happiness again by acknowledging that we matter. Your feelings matter, your desires matter, and YOU matter. Stop allowing your child or your husband to speak to you with a tone that is too sharp. Give yourself permission to take care of your needs. Start setting boundaries on what you will accept and what is no longer acceptable.
Every change I have made started with one small step. The first step was a decision: a decision to change. A decision to acknowledge that even though I had a responsibility to others, my first responsibility to them was to take care of myself.
Often times moms with this level of frustration and overwhelm don’t know where to start. If you want some ideas, download my “11 Mommy Hacking Secrets to Combat Overwhelm” on my website, mirsadahoffmann.com You will find some simple things you can do today and add into your days that will set you on this path.
For more helpful tips, listen to Mirsada’s interview (Ep45) on the Radiate Wellness Podcast.
Originally posted by Candace Craw-Goldman
You are a well known quantum healer, which is why I am writing you today. I hope you can help me.
I had a QHHT ® session, but could not be hypnotized. I was told, ”these things happen from time to time,” and that I must be “blocking myself” somehow. I have no reason to believe otherwise and was told to return any time for another session free of charge, which is more than fair, and which I will do.
My question is, do you know of anything that I could do for myself to help facilitate a successful outcome in my follow up visit?
I must admit I am a bit frustrated. I am also not totally comfortable bothering you about this, let alone asking someone other than my intended practitioner, but could find nothing online from the greater online QHHT® practitioners’ community on this subject. I was able to find a lot of information from other hypnotists using various other methods, but the QHHT ® community seems silent on this subject, at least from what I’m able to reference.
RW in Iowa.
Your situation and question is actually relatively common and I am happy to assist.
History of Quantum Healing
The following information comes from my experience as a QHHT ® and BQH practitioner since 2008. It also comes from my direct experience of assisting Dolores personally in her “live” courses up until her death in 2014.
The QHHT ® Community is, the last time I checked, focused only on all things “Dolores Cannon” and practitioners who have been trained by her will tend to repeat things that they learned from her course or from her lectures and interviews. The main idea that Dolores focused on was this statement of hers: “I take my clients to the somnambulistic state of trance,” and that she taught her students to do the same. Another idea that she focused upon was her tenacity with clients. She would not give up easily if a client was “resistant” to relaxing into the trance state. “No one gets away from me,” she famously said.
The first practical thing to discuss here is Dolores’ use of the word “somnambulism” or “somnambulistic.” She absolutely admitted that she used the term “differently” than most hypnotists. Somnabulistic states of trance are rather rare across the board for the general public according to conventional hypnosis practitioners. The state is very close to sleepwalking and the clients tend to rarely remember much of the experience. Dolores claimed that her definition of somnambulism was more accurately defined by the client “actually feeling all of the senses and sensations of being in a past life.” She would say in classes that some clients would remember parts or all of their sessions and some would not.
The following is a video Dolores and I made together addressing this very thing.
I actually have the unique perspective of being hypnotized by Dolores Cannon herself. It was a powerful and amazing experience and I did, feel all the sensations and story of my past life character. But I also knew at all times that I was laying on a cot and talking to Dolores at the same time. I had perfect recall of all of the details of the session. Was I in a “somnambulistic state of trance?” Dolores would say that I was. I am not so sure that a conventional or traditionally trained hypnotherapist would have said that I was.
Whose definition will we use?
Definition or not, my experience was a powerful one, memorable to this day, and changed my life forever. I don’t really care about word definitions when I think back to my own personal experience.
But you might be wondering why I am addressing somnambulism and not addressing the more basic idea of you “not being hypnotized” by your practitioner. I will do that shortly but it is important to start with Dolores and her definitions and these expectations not only of somnambulism, but of hypnosis and trance itself.
What is hypnosis, anyway? It is in its most simple terms, a very relaxed physical state in combination with a very mentally focused state. Everyone experiences hypnosis. Everyone experiences hypnosis daily in a variety of situations. Various states of hypnosis are natural and common for everybody!
The confusion begins with the definition of the hypnotic state and the expectations of everyone involved with the idea of a quantum healing hypnosis session. Dolores Cannon herself, inadvertently in my opinion, is the source of these expectations! Practitioners to this day often find themselves trying to recreate “somnambulistic” experiences for their clients “just like the ones” Dolores herself facilitated. Even after facilitating more than 1100 sessions over more than a decade I must counsel and talk to my clients about these definitions and these expectations.
“Hypnosis is not anesthesia.” This is probably my most simple introductory statement about hypnosis. It is not anesthesia and it is not at all how it is portrayed in most movies, cartoons or even by stage hypnotists. My second most simple and used definition is “All hypnosis is self-hypnosis.” Truly the client must trust not only their practitioner but themselves to relax and focus enough to enter the state of hypnosis. It cannot be forced upon you.
Over the years I have traded sessions with a great many practitioners and so I have been on “both sides of the couch” as it were. I have learned a great deal from each perspective!
I Was Not Hypnotized
When someone says they were not hypnotized in a session there are a great many questions that need asking and answering to see if that statement is accurate or not. Let’s go over some of the more common statements.
“I wasn’t hypnotized because I remember the whole thing.” The fact that you remember your experience does not mean you were not hypnotized.
“My practitioner could not put me under.” All hypnosis is an agreement you have with yourself that you will allow a practitioner to guide you. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Did you trust and like your practitioner? Did you trust yourself or the process? Were you physically comfortable? Sometimes just being “too cold” or something similar can stop the process.
“But nothing happened.” What is your definition of “nothing?” This goes back to expectations. What were you expecting exactly? Some clients expect a movie to magically begin playing behind their eyelids. Does it happen that way? Well it might for some, but not for most. For most people it is more like a daydream or a memory. These are valid experiences.
“I was afraid of what might come up.” That fear can and often does stop relaxation and therefore can stall a session or thwart or hinder an experience. More talking and encouragement from a practitioner can help. Or a different practitioner. Or you simply might not be ready to have this kind of experience…yet.
“I didn’t see anything,” Did you hear anything? Feel anything? Remember anything? Have sensations or recollections of anything? Information comes in many many ways, seeing is just one way.
“No really I did not see a thing,” Not even in your “mind’s eye?” The definition of seeing can also derail a session. It’s not always that movie behind the eyelids experience. Even as a trained visual artist my own personal experience with Dolores Cannon hypnotizing me was a “mind’s eye” daydream.
“I only saw colored lights, so the session failed.” Not so fast. Some of the most spectacular and high-level sessions I have ever facilitated were described in this way! Sometimes inexperienced practitioners are not sure how to assist clients in this state (My own Beyond Quantum Healing course focuses on this and 8 other common experiences. Not everyone goes to a “past life.”)
“I had an experience but I made it up.” This is one of the hardest cultural “programs” to address. You see, from the moment you were born you were often told to mistrust or ignore your imagination as invalid or inconsequential. I can not state more strongly that if you eliminate your imagination from your experience you may eliminate your experience altogether. Your imagination is the language of your Higher Self!
Best Definition, Best Practices.
Over the years the very best way I have found to assist clients in BQH or QHHT ® sessions is to talk about daydreaming, getting lost in reading novels and watching movies, but daydreaming tops that list. Can you daydream? A quantum healing session can be simply described as a long-involved daydream! It’s one where you talk and describe all of what is going on in your daydream with a facilitator. It is really that simple.
Can’t daydream or don’t know exactly what a daydream is? You can practice, either with your practitioner or along with a video such as this one:
If you can daydream, play along with the video above and have an experience of any kind, if you trust yourself, if you can relax and trust your practitioner and the method, you can feel confident you can have a successful quantum healing session!
I hope this helps you RW. And I hope it helps anyone who is considering having a quantum healing session!
Candace has been involved in the Healing Arts since the year 2000. Notably, she worked closely with the late Dolores Cannon from 2008-2014, assisting her in her live trainings and workshops.
Candace is the founder of the ORIGINAL Quantum Healing Support Forum Community for Spiritual and Energy Practitioners and also the Worldwide Directory of Quantum Healers called QuantumHealers.com. Her course “Beyond Quantum Healing,” moves beyond dogma and limitation to break new ground for practitioners and clients alike who are ready to experience healing in a new way on the New Earth.
© 2018 Candace Craw-Goldman. This article may be freely shared and posted as long as it is posted in its entirety with all links included. #qhht #pastlives #quantumhealing #hypnosis
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Guest blog from Sheila Olson, fitsheila.comfitsheila.com/#home.
Diet and exercise are what it takes to lose or maintain your weight, but sometimes, what we’re going to eat and the latest workout craze can take all of your attention that other self-care habits fall to the wayside. Not only is that unhealthy from a physical and mental standpoint, but it can also be counterproductive. Experts believe that too much exercise can cause weight gain because physical stress negatively affects hormones. This has a domino effect and disrupts the function of the thyroid, the gland responsible for regulating your metabolism.
While adults should get at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise or one hour and 15 minutes of more intense activity (or a combination of the two) in order to fight America’s obesity epidemic, it’s important to balance your fitness routine with other self-care tactics so you feel healthy in mind, body and spirit.
A big component of self-care is learning how to relax. Studies suggest that approximately a quarter of working Americans have a problem with working outside of normal business hours, so it’s crucial that you schedule time to chill out and stick to it. Creating an appealing relaxation regime can make it more motivating to effortlessly make time for yourself. Here’s what to do.
Adopt A Therapeutic Hobby
Take up a relaxing, stress-reducing hobby (not an additional sport) such as drawing, coloring (adult coloring books are actually a thing), knitting, needlepoint, dancing, gardening, journaling, listening to music (or learning how to play an instrument), cooking, or baking to get your routine. Along with being cathartic activities, they can also boost self-esteem and provide a sense of accomplishment and purpose.
Make Your Bedroom A Place Of Peace
It can be difficult to turn your mind off at the end of a busy, stressful day, but adequate shut-eye is the key to maintaining weight, improving concentration and productivity, decreasing risk of heart disease and stroke, boosting immunity and preventing depression. To help you get to sleep at the end of the night, make a pact not to look at your cell phone and try to avoid the computer a couple of hours before bedtime. Invest in good quality sheets and pillows, make sure the temperature is not too hot or too cold (somewhere between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit is best), get a sound machine to pump out ambient music like crashing waves and install blackout shades.
Create A Meditation Space
Meditation has numerous physical and psychological benefits to include a reduction in chronic pain and stress and improved cognitive function. Make it easier to meditate a few times a week (or daily) for a few minutes by creating a meditation space within your home. The key is to make sure it’s quiet and distraction free. Avoid places that you associate with stressful things such as an office where you typically pay the bills. If you live in a house and not a high-rise, try to choose a spot where you can look out at nature—even your backyard counts.
If you’re in a noisy urban environment, play soothing music during meditation time to drown out the noise if soundproofing the window and/or door isn’t an option. Make sure the space is clutter-free and only contains items you love—photos of loved ones, a favorite art object, etc. You’ll also need something like a cushion to sit on and you have to decide on whether or not you want to incorporate an alter. If you plan on practicing yoga as well, keep your equipment neatly stored away and out of sight. Decor should also be neutral and distraction-free—think earth tones and pastel paint for the walls, natural touches such as wood or greenery/florals and a light on a dimmer switch.
To avoid burnout, it’s not a bad idea to revamp your routine once in a while. Try a different activity, refresh your bedroom, or plan a vacation to a new destination. Once you have more energy from other outlets, it can be easier to achieve your fitness goals.
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Guest blogged by Steffie Nuñez-Clitheroe
Choosing honesty and recognizing how you actually feel allows for freedom and release.. then all emotions can move in their natural flow. When we hold how we really feel and cover them up with only affirmations and positive thinking, a part of us is rejected. We reject this part of us we feel is negative and hindering us. What I found is that what these feelings need is to be loved and guided. In a way, it’s kinda like self-parenting our emotions.
Honestly, I had a hard day today and just admitting that helps me move on and recognize that it really wasn’t the whole day that was hard, but only a few hours. I’ve been doing so much self-care but I found myself trying to cover up how I actually felt by doing that. Now I see that a big part of self care is allow myself to just feel crummy and validate my own experience. And then the affirmations feel more real and closer to the truth. And the self care actions feel more kind and gentle and loving.
Being spiritual isn’t about being positive every moment of the day, but choosing love over fear (at least for me). I would have to say that sometimes the truth isn’t the prettiest picture and it’s okay to admit that. And once that’s admitted, the truth is made okay. And once that’s okay, then actions that lead to real self care happen.
Hence the big post. I felt need share my experience and thoughts today. And honestly, I would love to do that more often and spread conversations about what it truly means to practice self-care and self-love. To love even the parts of us we find undesirable and want to hide from others. But I hope to at least have to courage to not hide from myself. I hope to have the courage to see all of me.
For me, it’s time to really love all of me. Even the parts that I think others wouldn’t like. Those are me and if someone doesn’t like, it’s okay because what really matters is if I do. If I like myself and like who I am. And I’m relieved to say that I really do like who I am. I like who I’ve become. And I feel so appreciative of everyone in my life who have helped me become who I am today. So incredibly grateful that my eyes tear up. I know growing pains can ache, but they are so worth it.
If you finished reading this whole post, thank you so much for listening. ❤️✨
by Christi Clemons Hoffman, MA, borrowed from Antonio Sangio
As a hypnosis practitioner, I hear it all. When I tell people I practice this work (in addition to mediumship and energy healing), people tell me, “Oh, I saw the hypnosis show at RenFest. I don't think I could be hypnotized.” Or, “I'd be afraid to be hypnotized. I like to be in control of myself.” Most ideas people have about hypnosis come from TV, movies, or stage shows, and that's not close to reality. Hypnosis can be extremely beneficial to having understanding of the client's situation, resolving habits, and even self healing.
Myths about hypnosis:
• Hypnosis is falling asleep.
• Hypnosis removes the voluntary control of a person.
• The hypnotist needs a special power.
• A hypnotized person might not wake up.
• The hypnotist can aggravate latent psychopathy.
• It only works on mentally weak people.
• It is something diabolical.
• It can reveal my secrets.
• I could look like a fool.
• I could be abused.
• I will not remember anything out of coming out of a trance.
What is hypnosis, then?
• It is the fastest tool of psychology.
• It is an altered state of consciousness.
• Accesses not consciously accessible content.
• Connects with the most primitive emotional brain (memories).
• Allows client to eliminate pain, remember forgotten events, and to reprogram behaviors.
• It is characterized by increased responsiveness and the suggestion.
• It can be used for treating disorders.
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