The Ultimate Sleep Guide!

The Ultimate Sleep Guide!

Mohamed Riyaz

Exploit your five sense and your body’s natural functions to fall asleep quicker, easier, and more consistently.
Plus, wake up easier, feeling more refreshed, and with less alarm clock dependence.

Prep : The following types are actions undertaken throughout the day to help you sleep.

The generic:
1) Exercise daily

  • Any is better than none, Earlier in the day is better than later, and getting outside helps.
  • Eat healthy.
  • Cut caffeine, no caffeine after 3/4pm.

More specific
2) Get out of bed earlier

  • You haven’t been sleeping, and so you are tired, the result you stay in bed later when you have the opportunity. An attempt to catch up. This is a bad idea. Get up.
  • Sleeping late will make it harder to fall asleep at night, and create a bad habit.

3) Get up at the same time every day, even weekends. –

  • I know people hate this one, but seriously, you will feel more awake and refreshed  every day. The flip side, go to bed at the same time. Be as consistent as you can.

4) As soon as you hop out of bed, open the curtains (your neighbors will love seeing your naked ass first thing!), and if possible, open a window.

  • The light and fresh air trigger the body’s natural circadian  rhythm.
  • This will help both for you to feel more awake immediately,   more alert daily, train your body to get up at this time, and help you to fall asleep easier at night. Also, turn on those overhead lights! Cry from the brightness.
  • Shift workers take note!!
  • Source: Light and circadian rhythm

5) Eat breakfast, and eat breakfast earlier

  • Some people do not eat  breakfast. I used to be one of them. I actually used to throw up if I attempted to eat too early in the morning.
  • Try and eat earlier, preferably with 30 minutes to an hour of waking up.
  • Make breakfast a more significant meal. The best strategy is Breakfast is big, lunch is medium, and dinner is small.  I know this does not fit into many lifestyles, but whatever you can do to shift your calories earlier in the day will help.
  • Source: breakfast and sleep, slightly tangential since it deals with children, but the conculsions are relevant

6) Stop eating earlier in the evenings.

  • If possible move your dinner  earlier, and drop all after dinner snacking. I find a 2 to 3 hour gap between the last food you eat and bed time is best. This is SUPER important if you want to start eating breakfast! The earlier you stop eating, the easier it is to wake up the next morning, the more awake you feel and the hungrier you are. All of these things  help you fall asleep easier the next night.
  • This has made a huge difference for me. If you have trouble falling asleep on an empty stomach see tip #8. Or, have a small snack, preferably protein (definitely not refined carbs and simple sugars). this will give you the feeling of satiation and not spike your blood sugars. Nuts and seeds are one of the best options!
  • Source : Carbs and sleep
  • Source 2 : food intake patterns and sleep patterns

7) Your bed should be used for two things and two things only, sleep  and extracurricular activities. If you are the sort of person who likes to watch TV in bed, watch from the foot of your bed or sideways.

Almost Bed time
My strategy is to exploit the five senses to create a bed time routine that will knock you out quickly and easily.

8) Taste :

  • Drink a cup of hot herbal tisane/infusion or hot water. Chamomile, Valerian, rooibos, etc. Even just hot water (it’s nice with lemon).
  • The warmth in your stomach actually helps you sleep. Some tisanes/infusions like Chamomile and Valerian have  additional compounds to enhance sleep. Source for Valerian

9) Sight :

  • One of the most important senses in  triggering sleep. You want to reduce light, not just at bed time but  hours before. 1 or two hours before bedtime, start turning off lights.
  • Make sure to turn off any overhead lights, and switch to task lighting for what you are doing.
  • I use flux for my computer. It makes a big difference by reducing the blue tones that keep you up. Flux I’ve been using it for nearly 2 years.
  • Seriously awesome!Source for light effects on circadian rhythm

10) Minimize light when sleeping.

  • I recommend a sleep mask. They may look silly, but you will fall asleep significantly faster and remain asleep more consistently. If this is not an option, get rid of all lights. Black out curtains, stickers over lights and indicators on  electronics, etc.

11) Meditate

  • I know most people won’t take up meditation, but it does make a huge difference. It can also help with motivation and will power.
  • It can be done at ANY time of the day too. 10-15 minutes in  recommend, but even 5 will help!Source

Bedtime
The time when you are physically ready to get into bed

12) Sight and sound :

  • Right as you about to go to sleep, maybe in the 5 to ten minutes leading up, play a relaxation video. Do this ONLY if your computer is on anyway, I am constantly on  mine. (really you should turn all electronics off for an hour+ before  bedtime. Realistically, it’s never going to happen.
  • The video can be passive watching. You do not have to sit there. Just let it play as background noise while you brush your teeth/put on pj’s/ whatever the hell you do before you hop into bed.
  • Use the same type of sounds, if not the exact same video/music every evening. You will train your body to expect sleep when it hears the sounds.

13) Touch : A cool room and warm bed is the most conducive to sleep.

14) Smell : this is an under utilized sense in sleep routines.

  • I have a whole scent routine that can help you sleep not only  at night, but in other situations where it may be advantageous (such as flying/jet lag).
  • Pick a relaxing smell you enjoy. use something with that scent as you are climbing into bed/falling asleep.
  • There are pillow sprays for this purpose. I use a hand cream and lip balm. It’s something I do every night before I go to sleep, so I take advantage by using a relaxing scent. Only do this scent when you are about to sleep. Not at any other time during the day, and not on evenings when you know you are going to be awake and restless.

tl;dr?

  1. Exercise/eat healthy/ Cut caffeine
  2. Get up earlier even when you are tired
  3. Get up at the same time daily, even weekends
  4. Turn on lights/get fresh air as soon as you wake up
  5. Eat a big breakfast
  6. Eat a small dinner/ no after dinner snacking
  7. Use bed for only sleep and sex
  8. Drink hot water or Herbal tea before bed
  9. turn off lights for 2-3 hours before bed
  10. wear a sleep mask
  11. Meditate
  12. Listen/watch the same relaxation video/music daily just prior to bed
  13. Keep your bedroom slightly cool, and uses blankets for warmth.
  14. Create a scent routine.

Oil Pulling – Wonderful Therapy !

Oil Pulling – Wonderful Therapy !

Oil Pulling – Wonderful Therapy !

‘Oil pulling’ is a simple and very effective exercise and alternate therapy for various Health disorders, discovered by Dr.Med Karash of Soviet Russia. It is a very simple , easy and non expensive effective way of cure for many diseases. Even dreadful disorders like Cancer to Cardiac diseases were cured through this therapy.

This ‘Oil Pulling’ therapy was introduced in South India by Lt.Col. Thummala. Keteswara Rao garu of Bangalore.

‘Oil Pulling Therapy’:

First of all wash your mouth with fresh water. Then take 10 ml or one teaspoon of any refined vegetable oil, eg. Sun flower oil, or pea nut oil or sesame oil and keep in the mouth. Don’t swallow, just gargle the the oil for about 10 to 15 mts. Keeping your mouth closed, so that the viscous oily structure changes in to thin, froth water with whitish colour. Then spit off the white, frothy material. Then wash off your mouth 4-5 times with fresh water and then brush your teeth to get rid off harmful virus and Bacteria from your mouth.

The best time for oil pulling is ‘morning’ that to before break fast. It should be done with empty stomach only. It can be done 2-3 times per day for quick and effective results. Don’t be afraid even if the oil is swallowed by mistake !

Any body ie. Ladies or gents and even pregnant ladies can do this oil pulling with out any doubt. It can also be done during menses time with out any side effects.

How ‘Oil Pulling’ Works :

‘Oil pulling’ – removes harmful virus and Bacteria present in between teeth and in the mouth. By spitting out side the thin, watery, white, frothy fluid the Bacteria and virus are destroyed.

This ‘Oil pulling’ gives gentle ‘ massage’ to the facial muscles and gives uniform blood circulation which automatically melts the excess fat present in the facial muscles.

• Oil pulling removes ‘Acne’ problem, pimples and Black heads on the face and gives natural luster and glow to the face !
• It improves ‘eye sight’ and helps in removal of dark circles around the eyes.
• It also cures ‘mouth ulcers’ if any.
• It cures respiratory troubles by improving the blood circulation in the lungs.
• It also helps in the removal of black ugly spots, blemishes on the skin and face.
• Oil Pulling also cures cold and cough of temporary and chronic nature and even Asthama and oesonofelia etc.
• It is observed some natural hair growth on the scalp and removal of dandruff even.
• It removes excess fat deposited in the blood vessels and helps in loosing weight also !
• It cures all types of Head aches even like Migraine.
So adopt regularly Oil Pulling, Yoga, Pranayama and some other Micro Yogic Exercises and relaxation techniques for effective desired results !

May god bless you !

Posted by R.K.Rao

Metaphysical definitions of 20 illnesses / diseases / disorders

Metaphysical definitions of 20 illnesses / diseases / disorders

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Below are 20 metaphysical definitions excerpted from Your body’s telling you: Love yourself! book by Lise Bourbeau.

These definitions may help you find the emotional/mental problem behind the physical problem. We believe it is also important to consult a doctor or a natural practitioner while doing your inner work at the emotional and mental levels, as physical support can make the task easier.

ABSCESS

PHYSICAL BLOCK

An abscess is a localized mass of pus that can erupt anywhere on the surface of the body. In the case of a warm abscess (by far the most common), the purulent gathering develops quickly and is accompanied by the four signs of inflammation: cyst, redness, warmth and pain. The slow formation of liquid and no apparent sign of inflammation, on the other hand, characterize a cold abscess.

EMOTIONAL BLOCK

Presence of an abscess indicates repressed anger that is brought to the surface during moments of despair, feelings of powerlessness and lack of success. The pleasure of living is being drowned in sadness and anger. Abscesses are also painful, indicating that guilt is felt in the face of the anger. To determine the root of the anger, note the location of the abscess. If it’s on a leg, the anger can be interpreted as frustration about the direction your life is taking, anxiety about the future or about going forward. Read the following and also refer to the relevant location.

MENTAL BLOCK

Just as the physical body must be kept clean to avoid infection, so must your thoughts be cleansed. Is it possible that you have unhealthy thoughts about yourself or about someone else? Are you angry with someone about something that happened in the past and have wanted to express this anger, but suppressed it instead to the point where you can no longer control yourself? There is probably some shame related to a fear that’s festering inside you.

TINNITUS

PHYSICAL BLOCK

Tinnitus is a ringing, whistling or buzzing inside the ear that is not audible to anyone else. The sounds are not a hallucination, but are directly linked to one’s center of balance.

EMOTIONAL BLOCK

Tinnitus occurs when there is too much noise going on in your mind. Have you allowed yourself to become so distracted with what is rattling around in your head that you are unable to hear what is really going on around you? Those suffering from tinnitus often feel a loss of balance and fear losing self-control. They are capable of hiding their fears and want to give the impression that they are well balanced. Tinnitus often occurs in people who berate themselves for not “walking their talk” or “practicing what they preach.”

MENTAL BLOCK

It is imperative that you realize that you are confused between your intellect and your intuition. What you believe to be your intuition is merely a trick being played on you by your ego. You want so much to present yourself as courageous and well balanced that you fool yourself into thinking you are in control, rather than trusting enough to surrender to your intuitive self. Instead, you lose your balance, tripping through the cacophony of your tangled thoughts. Allow yourself to listen to criticism about yourself, knowing you have the freedom to do with them as you wish.

Make a conscious effort to listen to what is coming from outside, even the opinions of others, so that you can make informed decisions and communicate effectively. Remember, you don’t always have to practice what you preach, but if you want to, you’ll find a way that will suit you.

ALLERGIES

PHYSICAL BLOCK

An allergy is defined as the body’s overreaction to a foreign substance, usually after previous contact with this substance. The reaction can be acute and dissimilar to the reaction that was observed on first contact. The body has developed an immunological hypersensitivity that can be either localized to a specific area of the body or systemic, affecting the entire body.

EMOTIONAL BLOCK

If you are allergic, you may have a strong dislike for someone else and can no longer tolerate that person. You have difficulty adapting to a person or situation and are far too easily influenced by others, especially by those you want to impress. You are frequently over-sensitive, defensive and easily intimidated. Know that you are dealing with internal conflict. Part of you loves something or someone while another part of you forbids it. You may feel love for someone but are uncomfortable that you’ve become emotionally dependent on him or her. One part of you wants to be in their presence and another part of you says you should do without. You find yourself finding fault with them. Often, those with allergies had two parents that held opposing views in a number of areas, which caused conflict in the child. Allergies can easily become an attention-getting device, especially if the allergy is severe or life threatening and requires a great deal of attention to keep it in check.

MENTAL BLOCK

If you suffer from allergies, figure out what the situation is or for whom you feel enmity and yet seek his or her approval. Generally, this is a person to whom you feel very close. You think if you behave according to their expectations you will be truly loved. Realize that you have allowed yourself to become dependent upon the approval or acknowledgment of this person. It is important to remember that being submissive will not bring you love.

It is interesting to note that we often become allergic to foods we enjoy, for example, dairy products. We love ice cream but can’t eat it because we are allergic to dairy. If you are allergic to a certain food, is it possible that you have difficulty allowing yourself to savor the pleasure that comes from the good things in life?

If you are allergic to dust or to an animal, is it possible that you feel easily attacked by others? Why do you think people want to attack you? I suggest you examine your own thoughts about aggression. In general, the fears we have regarding others are a reflection of what’s going on inside of us.

Wouldn’t your life be simpler and much more pleasurable if you could get the attention of those you love without making yourself sick? It is your belief system that is locking you into this pattern. Instead of believing your allergy is triggered by outside influences, I suggest you think about what happened in the 24 hours prior to the allergic reaction. It’s in your best interest to find out which person you are finding intolerable. Since you can’t change others, your only option is to see them through the eyes of love and accept them as they are. You will find they will accept you as you are in return and you will receive the attention you seek in a healthy manner.

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

PHYSICAL BLOCK

Rheumatoid arthritis, unlike the more common osteoarthritis, is not the natural result of time and normal wear and tear or due to a build-up of calcification in the joint. Rather, it is an autoimmune disease in which your body’s immune system attacks itself, causing painful joint inflammation and swelling even during sleep.

EMOTIONAL BLOCK

The degree of seriousness is relative to the degree of emotional, mental, and spiritual blockage. Generally, if you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, you are very self-critical; you have difficulty doing what you enjoy and asking others for help. Although you seem amenable enough, you let resentment build up while you wait for others to figure out telepathically what you need. You may even have thoughts of vengeance when others don’t figure it out. Just as this disease is paralyzing physically, it also indicates emotional paralysis.

Pay attention to the location of your symptoms. If the inflammation is in your hands, for example, you need to examine your attitude while working with your hands. Do you need help with the work you are doing? Then say so.

MENTAL BLOCK

Why do you think it is so difficult for you to express your needs to others? Do you feel that you will be viewed as selfish if you do what you enjoy? Is that really true? What is “being selfish” for you? Listen to your own body and learn to say no when you are asked to do something that you do not feel like doing. But if you decide to say yes, experience greater enjoyment of the things you are doing without criticizing yourself.

Heaping responsibility on yourself simply to gain the recognition of others is OK, if you accept the fact that you’re doing it only for yourself and not because someone is forcing you. If you want and need recognition, acknowledge and accept this in yourself without judgment or criticism.

ARM PROBLEMS

PHYSICAL BLOCK

The arms are constantly in use – to help us get around, to reach out and touch, pick up and hold onto anything and anyone. They are used in work and play, in taking care of others and ourselves and, generally, as an extension of ourselves. Therefore, a problem occurring in the arm can affect one or many of these functions.

EMOTIONAL BLOCK

Pain in the arms signals that you feel you are no longer useful and you doubt your capacities. Or it could be that you have difficulty holding someone close to you. You may be feeling some guilt surrounding this issue. You should take a close look at why you can’t take a loved one in your arms. What could happen?

Which arm is causing you pain? Be aware that the right arm signifies giving and the left, receiving or acquiring. Perhaps you don’t feel worthy of being someone’s right arm?

It may be that you feel you have all that you need to embrace a new situation but you’ve been influenced by others or by your thoughts and you’re preventing yourself from grasping the situation fully.

Since the arms are an extension of the heart region, they are used to express love. Rather than feeling the weight of obligation, embrace the person or opportunity with open arms, as this is the natural reaction of the heart. It is not by chance that the arms were placed at this precise spot on the body.

MENTAL BLOCK

If you doubt your ability or your usefulness, realize that this mindset is the result of listening to a little voice in your head that is bred by the ego. Trust that the Universe only gives you what you can handle and that you will reach your goals with a quiet confidence and capability. Discard painful ways of thinking and energize yourself by embracing your life fully.

If, for example, you are afraid of being someone’s “right arm,” examine your fears and determine if they are really justified. Doubt and fear are your only obstacles to reaching out and touching your goals. If you would observe someone like you, what are the traits you would admire? Admire them in yourself and you will discover you are energized far more than when you are filled with self-doubt.

If you find it difficult to show affection and there is a resulting ache or pain in your arms, your body is giving you a signal to reach out and demonstrate how you really feel. This doesn’t mean you always have to but give yourself the right to change your way of expressing love to others. It is not your nature to be a cold, unfeeling person.

COCCYX PROBLEMS

PHYSICAL BLOCK

The coccyx, or tailbone, is actually the “tail end” of the spinal column. It is comprised of five primary coccycal vertebrae fused into one. If the coccyx has been traumatized due to bruising or fracture, it can be very sensitive – especially in a seated position.

EMOTIONAL BLOCK

The coccyx represents fundamental needs. If you suffer from pain in this region, you lack confidence in the Universal Intelligence and its ability to help you with your fundamental needs. You want to be taken care of but don’t want to admit that to others or to yourself. If you feel pain in the tailbone while in a sitting position, it is likely you feel guilty about sitting around, waiting for someone else to take charge of your life. You feign independence by appearing active.

It may be that you feel guilty for parking yourself near others who are busy, or for sitting idly as you have fun (at the movies, taking a class, etc.). Because you have a dependent mindset, you assume others are depending on you as well.

MENTAL BLOCK

First, get in touch with your thoughts and acknowledge the fact that you want someone else to take care of you because you have no confidence in your own abilities or in the guidance of the Universe. Is there something wrong in admitting it? It’s OK to need someone’s support. Don’t judge yourself so harshly. This does not mean that you will be dependent forever. Perhaps the Universe has given you this person to lean on for a while until you regain your strength and confidence. Denial of your dependence will only increase it. Allow yourself to be dependent in the moment, for it’s only temporary. Such self-love will help you develop more autonomy.

Secondly, check with your loved ones before deciding that others depend on you and that you can’t have fun without their consent. See if that’s true. In the process, you will allow everyone involved to express their own needs and desires.

CONSTIPATION

PHYSICAL BLOCK

Constipation refers to the difficulty or infrequency in the passage of stools due to sluggish action of the bowels. Although “normal” bowel rhythm may vary from person to person, one thing is agreed: the condition is present when the passage of stools is difficult and the stools are dry and hard.

EMOTIONAL BLOCK

The primary function of the bowel is to evacuate what is no longer useful to the body. In metaphysical terms, optimal health hinges on the release of old ideas that are being carried around. Constipation also indicates lack of expression of one’s ideas or feelings for fear of displeasing others, being “wrong,” or risking the loss of something or someone.

If you are stingy or attached to material things, you probably have difficulty letting go physically as well. Constipation can occur when you feel you are being forced to part with your coveted time or money. When you do give of these things (out of guilt), it is not willingly and you would have preferred to hold on to them. Constipation can result from the stress brought on by an inability to let go of a past incident, which importance has since been exaggerated by dark thoughts or feelings of anger, frustration, suspicion, humiliation or jealousy.

MENTAL BLOCK

If you suffer from constipation, your body is giving you a powerful message that it’s time to let go! Stale ideas and old belief systems will accumulate and eventually poison you, so “out with the old and in with the new!” Feed your mind with fresh thoughts and ideas. Don’t restrain yourself any longer with fear of losing someone or something. It would be worth it to find out if you would truly be a loser if you expressed yourself or did what you want. Now, isn’t that a better attitude to have?

ITCHINESS

PHYSICAL BLOCK

Itching is a skin sensation prompting a desire to scratch. It can be more or less irritating.

EMOTIONAL BLOCK

A physical itch can appear when you want something but you won’t let yourself have it. You believe someone is in your way or life circumstances make it impossible for you to fulfill your desire. This preoccupies and exasperates you.

MENTAL BLOCK

Pay attention to what part of your body is itchy and what that part is used for. The location of the itch will have a direct metaphysical correlation. As the skin is representative of the outer self, or personality, you may be afraid of what people might think of you if you take what you want. Or maybe you’re afraid of hurting someone’s feelings.

Make sure that what you’re itching to do is not simply a whim and that it’s something you desperately want. If it’s just a whim, let go without wanting to control everything and put it off for a while. If you really want this, identify your fears and take action to face them.

BACK PAIN

PHYSICAL BLOCK

The back is made up of many muscles, but when we speak of back pain, we usually speak about the spine. The spinal column is a stacking of 33 vertebrae, distributed as follows: cervical, dorsal, lumbar and sacral. The following description of back pain covers the areas dorsal, lumbar and sacral. Refer to COCCYX and NECK problems elsewhere in this book.

EMOTIONAL BLOCK

Pain or disability in the lower back (sacral region) at the base of the spine indicates fear of losing your freedom when others need your help. Your freedom is “sacred.” Often enough, you fear for your own survival.

Pain and discomfort from the fifth lumbar vertebra (the lower back) to the eleventh DORSAL vertebra (waist) denotes fear of material loss. The back provides the greatest support for the physical body; therefore, any back problem indicates that you don’t feel enough support. The lower back is connected to the having in your life (having a home, money, a spouse, children, a good job, a diploma, etc.). You believe you must have it all in order to feel supported, but you don’t want to admit this to yourself or others. You want to do everything by yourself. You also tend to be very active because you think that it is the best way to have things.

Upper back pain (from the tenth dorsal vertebra (the waist) to the cervical, or neck area) represents emotional insecurity. Doing is very important to you. It’s your way of showing and giving love to others. If someone does something for you, you feel loved and secure. However, your back pain might provide you the perfect excuse not to do everything for others, as you may fear that by doing too much, others won’t help you anymore.

You expect a lot from others and when your expectations are not met you may feel you have a lot on your back. You have difficulty asking for help or support from others. When you do finally decide to do so and don’t receive the help, you feel ‘stuck’ and your back worsens.

Upper back pain could also mean that you feel somebody is watching you, that they’re on your back all the time.

MENTAL BLOCK

Pain in the lower back: stop believing that by helping others you will lose your freedom. Acknowledge your limitations and express them to others. Remember, you reap what you sow; if you want to reap help, you have to have sown it in the past. You may begin to realize that you are afraid that others will not be there for you or that they might take advantage of you as before. These fears keep you from giving, which consequently prevent you from receiving. If you feel your survival is at stake, realize that it is simply your emotional dependence that generates this fear and keeps you from believing that you can’t survive alone. You have all the tools to take care of yourself.

Pain in the lumbar region indicates a need to accept that it is all right to need and love material things or whatever it takes to feel secure and supported. You have to allow yourself these things if you one day want to feel secure without them.

Instead of feeling that no one cares about what you want, I suggest you start voicing your requests – knowing, however, that others are under no obligation to acquiesce. They might not understand your needs the way you do. What is important to you may be of no importance to them. If you give yourself the right to need certain things, it will be easier for you to explain these needs to others.

To relieve pain in your upper back and neck, stop believing that you need to expend your energies to ensure others’ happiness. When you want to give to others, give purely for the pleasure of giving. You don’t need to be the emotional support for anyone.

Realize, also, that others don’t have to do everything in order for you to be happy. It’s not that they don’t care about you they are merely focusing on what is important to them. Voice your needs by telling them that you realize you still need them to do things for you in order for you to feel their love but that one day you won’t need that kind of love anymore because you will love yourself enough.

NUMBNESS

PHYSICAL BLOCK

Numbness refers to a tingling feeling of fleeting paralysis. It is seldom painful, usually experienced in the extremities.

EMOTIONAL BLOCK

Since numbness is usually felt in the legs, hands, or arms, it is emotionally linked with doing. You may experience numbness if you are anxious about something and refuse to acknowledge it, or if you are trying to hide your sensitivity. Numbness can be a physical manifestation of this suppression. You’re preventing yourself from being the sensitive person that you are and are letting your anxiety get the better of you.

MENTAL BLOCK

Numbness is a direct and simple message from the body to acknowledge what you are feeling. It is telling you to stop deluding yourself, to confront your fears about admitting your feelings whether to yourself or someone else. Also, examine whether or not your anxiety is justified. Pay attention to the part of the body that is numb. If, for example, you experience numbness in your feet or legs, what is keeping you from moving forward, taking a step or taking a stand on a particular issue? If the numbness is in your hands or arms, what is it you are afraid to reach for? What is it you refuse to grasp? If the numbness occurs in another area of the body, determine what that particular area of the body is used for in order to understand the corresponding psychological blockage. Acknowledge your right to make decisions about what you need to do now (hands or arms) or what you are planning to do (feet or legs).

STOMACH DISORDERS

PHYSICAL BLOCK

The stomach is one of the most important organs of digestion. Stomach acid breaks down ingested food and liquefies it so that its nutrients can be assimilated by the body. Some gastrointestinal disorders involving the stomach include INDIGESTION, VOMITING, STOMACH ULCER, HEARTBURN, GASTRITIS, HEMORRHAGE, and CANCER. Refer to your specific problem in this book and read the following paragraphs.

EMOTIONAL BLOCK

All stomach disorders are the manifestation of a failure or refusal to “stomach” a person or situation you fear or cannot tolerate. You resist new ideas, especially those of others. It is also difficult for you to deal with someone or something that contradicts your plans, habits or way of doing things. You criticize easily (inwardly) and this prevents you from letting go.

MENTAL BLOCK

Your stomach is telling you to let go and allow things to unfold as they should. Accept that you cannot control others and stop resisting their ideas. Rather than wallowing in a sense of powerlessness because you can’t manipulate the people and situations around you, use your energies to create the life you want. Become more aware of your power to change your own life and have confidence in others to do the same. In doing so, you will understand that your body also knows what it is capable of and you will allow your stomach to do the job it was meant to do. It is not necessary for you to instruct your body – it knows how to digest your food. The same holds true for your friends and family; they each have their own agenda and their own perspective on life. Note that the stomach is situated in close proximity to the heart. A heart that is lovingly accepting of others and of their differences will have a calming affect on the stomach, in turn facilitating healthy digestion, On the other hand, thoughts such as “it’s not fair…it’s wrong…what an idiot” and so on will block your spiritual growth, as your stomach blocks the digestion of your food. By becoming more tolerant of others and going with the flow, you will become more physically tolerant of the foods you ingest.

FIBROMYALGIA

PHYSICAL BLOCK

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by muscle pain, stiffness and easy fatigue.

EMOTIONAL BLOCK

Fibromyalgia seems to occur more commonly in those who have felt chronic guilt from a very early age. They felt broken and guilty for being alive, for existing. For example, a sensitive little girl may imagine that her parents would be better off without her. As a result, she feels vulnerable and easily “broken.” She usually becomes very rigid in life.

MENTAL BLOCK

Stop believing that others don’t care about you and they would be better off without you. There is no need to make yourself sick to gain the attention that you seek. Look, instead, outside yourself and you will realize that you are welcome and that you are getting more attention than you believe. It is your mindset that is distancing you from others and distorting your perception of the situation. Let go of this perception and become more flexible. This will allow you to become aware of the love that others have for you, even if they don’t seem to be expressing it in the way you had expected. See MUSCULAR DISORDERS.

KNEE PROBLEMS

PHYSICAL BLOCK

The knee is the articulation point of the leg, responsible for mobility and flexibility. It carries the full weight of the body when standing, walking, running and bending; it plays a primary role in standing from a sitting position, going up and down stairs or simply lifting. The following reference pertains to any problems inhibiting the natural movement of the knee and to pain in the knee joint.

EMOTIONAL BLOCK

Knee pain, stiffness or inflexibility reflects inflexibility in your perception of the future. It occurs more often in those with an arrogant or stubborn personality, who are unable to bend to new ideas or to the ideas of others. An inflexible attitude keeps you from finding easier ways to face your future and guarantees dis-ease in going forward physically and psychologically. Refer to OSTEOARTHRITIS or RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS as appropriate.

MENTAL BLOCK

Your body is providing a painful reminder that you are not as flexible as you want to believe. Remember that your body will warn you of things you are not conscious of. You don’t have to fear losing control by bending to the will of others or accepting new ideas. Allow yourself the flexibility to see things from another perspective. You have misinterpreted bending to mean “on your knees in submission.” You may have some latent fear of being too flexible related to one of your parents. Address this and realize that you are distinctly different from either of them and, although the apple may not fall far from the tree, your life is your own. It doesn’t hurt, however, to be a little flexible and accept some help once in awhile from those who care.

THROAT PROBLEMS

PHYSICAL BLOCK

The throat is the section of the digestive tract forming a passage between the back of the mouth and the esophagus. It is also an aero-digestive crossroads in the form of a chimney, connecting the nasal opening with the larynx. The throat plays a number of essential roles during speaking, breathing and swallowing.

EMOTIONAL BLOCK

As mentioned, the throat is a psychologically multi-functional part of the body, as it is physically multi-functional. If you have pain in your throat, accompanied by difficulty in breathing, it is symbolic of having trouble breathing life in. See LUNG DISORDERS.

If pain in the throat causes you to lose your voice, see LARYNGITIS.

Tightening or constriction of the throat indicates you may be feeling restricted, under pressure, or grabbed by the throat to say or do something.

Pain upon swallowing is the body’s way of asking you outright, “What person or situation can’t you swallow?” Perhaps there is some specific emotional trauma that you are having difficulty in getting past or are simply unable to swallow an attitude of a certain person or the outcome of a situation. Inflammation of the tissues of the throat indicates repressed anger and self-directed aggression. Do you find yourself playing the part of the victim?

MENTAL BLOCK

As the throat is the center of creativity, it is imperative that you give yourself permission to design your own life the way you need to live it. Experience life without guilt, retribution, or fear you are a trouble to others. Learn to accept openly and with love all that you create, including any decisions you generate. You will then be able to connect with your individuality.

Here is an example taken from my own life. I developed a sore throat at the most inopportune time: I was just beginning a series of public appearances that was to last for five days. This was quite a workload, considering that it was over and above my other engagements. I assumed my body was telling me that I had taken on too much and that I was simply feeling sorry for myself. In reality, my body was reminding me that I was the one who had planned this itinerary and that I had to take full responsibility. I decided to forge ahead to conduct the seminars from a perspective of love and acceptance. Even though there were a lot of them in a short period of time, I had no further problem. The sore throat disappeared.

It is interesting to note that the throat forms a passage between the heart and the head. In metaphysical terms, between self-love and the I AM. When you create your life in accordance with your true needs, you connect with your I AM and open the channel for abundance. Giving yourself permission to live your life in alignment with your true nature lights a fire under your creativity. Disregard what you consider “abnormal” when you decide something that might be inconvenient to others. If you feel strangled, it is only by your own perception. Detach yourself from the influence of others and from your need to control them. Save your energy for creating a delicious life for yourself. You’ll find it easy to swallow!

BAD BREATH

PHYSICAL BLOCK

BAD BREATH, or halitosis, is an unpleasant odor emanating from the mouth. Normally our breath is odorless. If INDIGESTION or GUM PROBLEMS causes bad breath, refer to the pertinent listing. The following definition is for bad breath that is not caused by a pathological disorder.

EMOTIONAL BLOCK

When bad breath seems to float from the depths of the body, it indicates the presence of tremendous internal pain, thoughts of hatred, vengeance or extreme anger that seethe below the surface and are directed toward those who have hurt you. You find such toxic thoughts to be shameful and prefer to stay unaware, but you must realize that you are killing yourself slowly in the process. The reality of the situation is this: your bad breath is pushing away the people you want most to be close to.

MENTAL BLOCK

If you wonder whether you have bad breath, ask those you trust for their honesty. If they confirm your suspicions, it’s important that you determine whether it has a pathological cause. If your halitosis proves to have no physical cause, your body is sending you a dire message that you must adjust a very unhealthy attitude. There is no wound so deep it cannot be healed by true forgiveness. Let go of the brooding shame and sense of powerlessness fermenting inside you and accept that you are worthy of love. Rediscover your capacity for giving and receiving love. See the steps to forgiveness explained at the end of this book.

HEMORRHOIDS

PHYSICAL BLOCK

Hemorrhoids are simply the uncomfortable swelling of a blood vessel in the rectum or anus. Constipation and the resulting strain during bowel movements are the primary cause.

EMOTIONAL BLOCK

Hemorrhoids reveal a build-up of emotional pressure caused by stress and fear that you would rather not discuss and show. The result is burdensome. Hemorrhoids may occur if you pressure or force yourself to have more; perhaps you are enduring a job that you do not like. Since hemorrhoids are located in the rectum (the terminal portion of the large intestine), you are constantly pushing yourself to finish things. Do you ask too much of yourself? Have you created undue tension trying to have something or someone because of material insecurity and difficulty in making decisions?

MENTAL BLOCK

The more pronounced your inner sense of insecurity, the more you may suffer from hemorrhoids. In order to mitigate this insecurity, you push yourself to do in order to have. When you feel that things are not moving along as quickly as you want, do you burn with impatience? It is essential that you develop a consistent faith in the Universe, an unfailing trust that everything is as it should be and that all of God’s children will be provided for. Learn to let go and to express your feelings openly and honestly while acknowledging your fear of material deprivation.

HYPOGLYCEMIA

PHYSICAL BLOCK

Hypoglycemia is often referred to as low blood sugar, but also applies to abnormal fluctuations of blood sugar (glucose) levels, secondary to an over-secretion of insulin by the pancreas. Symptoms of hypoglycemia may vary from mild to severe, from occasionally to after every meal. They include: anxiety, weakness, cold sweat, rapid heart rate, dizziness, cramps and hunger.

EMOTIONAL BLOCK

Metaphysically, the pancreas is closely linked with emotion, desire and intellect. If you are hypoglycemic, you probably have a very sweet disposition to place the needs and desires of others above your own. Consequently, you may feel trapped. You need to indulge yourself more without feeling guilty about it. You are much too busy serving others. I have observed over the years that hypoglycemics are often agoraphobic as well. See AGORAPHOBIA.

MENTAL BLOCK

Your body is clearly telling you that it’s time to partake in what you’ve been dishing out for others. Save some of that wonderful energy for yourself! You don’t have to parent everyone. Play a little, enjoy yourself and befriend the small, sweet child inside you. You probably experienced a childhood in which you were told that self-love is selfish; because you’ve never loved yourself, you always sought love outside yourself. Even though you may have been well loved, it probably wasn’t enough for you. In your mind, therefore, you came to the conclusion that love equals suffering. Circumstances in your life may have forced you to grow up too quickly. It’s time to let go, live a little, love a lot and have some fun! It’s never too late to enjoy your life!

Taking care of yourself is not selfish. A selfish person is one who uses others for their own gain – someone who thinks “what’s in it for me?” People who love themselves consider their own needs before responding to the needs of others, but from a balanced, win/win perspective. Learn to love yourself honestly and you will radiate and attract love. Remember that you reap what you sow.

IMPOTENCE

PHYSICAL BLOCK

Impotence is defined as the inability to sustain a satisfactory erection to perform intercourse and ejaculation. Although impotence is common, the cause is rarely pathological. See also PENILE DISORDERS.

EMOTIONAL BLOCK

Every man will experience impotence at some time or another in his life. An erection is a very fragile phenomenon. When impotence occurs, it should never be dramatized or ridiculed. On the contrary, simply ascertain what situation rendered you psychologically impotent or powerless prior to the sexual impotence.

Chronic impotence experienced with the same sexual partner is usually an indication that you have changed your perception of the partner or of the relationship. Either you feel you don’t want to defile her, or perhaps the relationship has become platonic and you see her more as a maternal figure or as a friend. Perhaps you are subconsciously refusing to satisfy her and want to deprive her of pleasure.

MENTAL BLOCK

If you are experiencing sexual impotence, it is an indication that you are feeling powerless in some other area of your life. Obviously, this is an unhealthy attitude that carries over into your physical life. Determine whether there is a specific situation in another area of your life causing this feeling of powerlessness and if so, put it in perspective. Let others solve their own problems and don’t let these issues preoccupy you.

If you are experiencing impotence because of a previous negative sexual experience, distance yourself from that and understand that it is your belief system that is the obstacle to your satisfaction. Remember: you are what you think you are.

If you are subconsciously using your sexual impotence to deprive your partner, keep in mind that you are also depriving yourself and blocking a healthy creative energy. The destructive attitude you are exhibiting will only feed your ego, not your relationship.

If you are experiencing sexual impotence because you see your partner more as a mother figure, you are having a mother/father relationship. This happens when each partner is trying to have power over the other. This type of relationship is very unhealthy. Your sexual impotence is telling you to get back in touch with your internal strength and stop believing that you are powerful only when you have power over the opposite sex.

LARYNGITIS

PHYSICAL BLOCK

Laryngitis is an inflammation of the larynx, which is the organ that facilitates speech. It may also include swelling of the vocal chords, hoarseness, loss of voice and, sometimes a harsh cough. For dipthereal laryngitis, see CROUP.

EMOTIONAL BLOCK

Since laryngitis usually results in partial or total loss of voice, it is a message from the body that you fear communicating vocally. You want to say something, but you’re afraid you won’t be heard or will displease someone. Instead, you choke back your words and they remain stuck in your throat (which can lead to a sore throat!). These words are struggling to get out.

Perhaps you are afraid you won’t live up to someone’s expectations if you allow these words to come out; or you may fear being judged as inept by others who are more well-versed on the subject at hand. It may be that you’ve already said something you regret, or have spoken out-of-turn and are determined to shut up in case something else inappropriate slips out.

Is there some important request you are afraid to make because you think it will be rejected? Are you avoiding speaking to someone specific for some reason?

MENTAL BLOCK

Whatever your fear, it is counter-productive when it causes you to stifle self-expression. If you persist in believing it is better that you don’t express yourself, what you repress will build up and surface elsewhere in your body. The throat is the energy center relating to creativity and it must be kept open for creativity to flow through every area of your life.

Accept that not everyone will agree or even be pleased with everything you have to say. Acknowledge your right to freedom of speech and others will acknowledge it as well. Your opinion is valid and important and you have as much right to express it as any one else. When you have a request to make of someone, understand that the worst that can happen is that they will say no. If they respond with a no, don’t take it personally – it is no reflection on who you are, but simply a refusal of your particular request. !

MOTION SICKNESS

PHYSICAL BLOCK

Motion sickness manifests in some individuals while traveling or acceleration and deceleration by car, train, sea and air. Symptoms may include headache, nausea, vomiting, weakness, cold sweat, pallor, and torpor.

EMOTIONAL BLOCK

Often, motion sickness is caused by an underlying fear of death or loss of control. Symptoms parallel those of mild panic or anxiety. You want to take control in order to avoid being caught in a new situation from which you wouldn’t know how to escape. This keeps you from fully experiencing the joy and exhilaration of the present moment. Motion sickness is very common in agoraphobics. See AGORAPHOBIA.

MENTAL BLOCK

If you experience motion sickness, your body is telling you to let go and stop trying to control everything. Allow yourself to openly express your fears. It’s interesting to note that motion sickness is rarely experienced when traveling alone. Determine what is going on in your head prior to the motion sickness. In whom do you lack confidence? Are they not capable of having the answers and solutions you need? Your body is telling you to let go and trust others, especially to trust in the Universe. You’ll find that, once you do, the Universe will take care of you and you’ll be able to go with the flow.

MENSTRUAL CRAMPS or DISORDERS

PHYSICAL BLOCK

Menstruation is defined as discharging of the menses, or blood and dead cell debris from the uterus. Non-pregnant women release menses through the vagina at approximately monthly intervals (every 25 to 32 days) between puberty and menopause. Problems may include: amenorrhea (absence of monthly period), swelling, breast tenderness, pelvic pain, menorrhagia (heavy or prolonged menstruation) and metorrhagia (uterine bleeding that occurs outside of the menstrual cycle).

EMOTIONAL BLOCK

Menstrual disorders are an indication that you are having difficulty accepting your femaleness. Probably since adolescence you’ve been reacting negatively toward your mother, who was your first female role model. Because of your perception of your mother’s life, you may have decided that the female role is an unenviable role. It may be that, subconsciously, you would have preferred to be a man, to the point of feeling resentment toward men, because in your view, they can do things you can’t. You strive to lead your life according to the male’s model, but unconsciously feel guilty about it.

MENTAL BLOCK

Through menstrual disorders, your body is telling you that your belief system concerning women in general is inaccurate. This is a prime example of what can happen in the body when you refuse to go with the flow. Your perception is unhealthy and is a stumbling block to your own happiness. You find that you are frequently emotionally reactive, which is disrupting your peace of mind. Understand that your femaleness is not the obstacle that you make it out to be. More women than ever are making choices in their lives that were previously reserved for men.

Society’s rules that once defined the roles of men and women are now considered archaic and no longer apply. Rather than envying men, enjoy them and allow yourself to want them as a complement to your own femininity. In this way you will achieve a healthy masculine/feminine balance. You may choose to adopt a man’s role; however, allow yourself the right to need men without becoming dependent. Relax, be yourself and this will make room for the right man to come into your life. It is possible that your belief system has been culled from your own family. When you were younger, was there someone close to you who believed that menstruation was shameful, sinful, dirty, or simply an illness? Did you learn that it was normal to have menstrual problems (or pain) and thus come to expect them? Take responsibility now for your own mindset regarding menstruation and change those beliefs. Understand that menstruation is a necessary, natural, painless and healthy reproductive function.

Spiritual weight loss -Marianne Williamson

Spiritual weight loss

 

US-based author Marianne Williamson says there are some spiritual lessons to learn before the weight comes off. Amber Wilson chats to Marianne to discover more.

If you think the reason you can’t shift weight is because of the delectable taste of Twisties, or the unappealing thought of spending an hour on the treadmill, think again.

US-based author Marianne Williamson says there are some spiritual lessons to learn before the weight comes off. Amber Wilson chats to Marianne to discover more.

If you think the reason you can’t shift weight is because of the delectable taste of Twisties, or the unappealing thought of spending an hour on the treadmill, think again.

According to Marianne Williamson, author of new book A Course in Weight Loss, neither poor diet nor lack of exercise are the cause of your expanding love handles. She says in truth, your weight problems are caused by your mind – in fact, the fear inside your mind.

She says your fear will express itself in unhealthy eating habits or resistance to exercise. Put simply, Marianne’s course aims to take you through a series of 21 spiritual lessons that will help heal the ‘inner’ you, so that the ‘outer’ you will follow naturally. When people are ‘missing’ something emotionally or spiritually, they tend to overeat or avoid exercise.

Marianne says that once you learn these spiritual lessons, your excess weight will drop off – without too much conscious effort.

Marianne says that if your thinking hasn’t changed, even if you’ve lost weight on an eating or exercise program, you’ll still have an overwhelming subconscious urge to put it back on. That explains why people’s weight tends to ‘yo yo’ as people struggle with all their might against these intense internal urges. Marianne says you’ll need to work on the inner you if you ever want the outer you to change for good, otherwise the weight will almost certainly return. If you believe that you are a food addict or compulsive eater, this book is a must-read.

Weight – a spiritual issue

Marianne says the true cause of excess weight is that we have a place within us where we have forgotten our ‘divine perfection’, and fear has taken over. As you become more aware of what’s happening inside your mind and learn to replace that overriding fear with love and trust, so you will become the person you were destined to be.
Marianne says that our weight problems are caused by our ‘disconnection with God’, however, she says you don’t need to be religious to take this concept on board. When she refers to God, she’s talking about higher energies or love.

“In modern life, we have been disconnected from our divine centre, a sense of ourselves that is authentic,” she says.

“We feel a kind of terror, a kind of hysteria, of being removed from our creator, and we manifest that hysteria in our lives.

“Some people don’t think of this in religious or spiritual terms, in sense of God, and that’s fine. What I’m talking about is not theology, what I’m talking about is experience. I’m not necessarily talking about someone who believes in God, I’m talking about being a person who walks in love.

“Some people consider themselves very pious, but hate, and some people are anti-theological and love, and it’s the love that’s important.”

She says that in our modern life of hectic schedules, ever-increasing workloads and reliance on technology, we’re being taken away from a deep sense of self, which creates fear and/or anxiety.

“We all have fears due to being separated from a deeper sense of self,” she says.

“The spiritual path is about unravelling these places and choosing a more loving path. The weight loss is often secondary to living in a more deeply reflective and loving experience.”

So what is the most important thing for the person with a weight problem to do?

“Prayer, meditation, forgiveness,” Marianne says.

The weight epidemic

Marianne says the reason obesity is such an epidemic in the Western world is partly because of the food we’re eating.

“I certainly know there’s an epidemic in the US. I think one of the problems we have in the US is so much of diet is from processed foods. If your ancestors didn’t eat it, then your body doesn’t recognise it,” she says.

“It’s like the digestive tract is saying – what is this? I don’t recognise this. It recognises cumquats, but not the macaroni and cheese.

“The technological aspects of modern life, the overworked aspects of it, there’s so many ways the spirit is trying to cope with the assault. People act out this ‘hysteria’ with alcohol, drugs, sex or food issues. We act out to escape from so much of the stress of modern life.”

So does this mean diets don’t work?

“Diets do work. The issue isn’t that diets don’t work, but if someone has a serious food compulsion or addiction, then even if they lose weight on a diet they’ve got an oceanic drive to put the weight back on.”

Divine perfection

Marianne says that in truth, we are all created perfectly, and it’s simply a matter of reconnecting with that perfect creation.

“I know we are all programmed for divine perfection – everybody’s heart knows how to beat and everybody’s lungs know how to breathe. We know about small children who are obese and we can point to the behaviour of the parents, but we don’t hear about newborns being born obese,” she says.

“Your natural perfection in this area has been knocked out of whack. The idea is bringing it back.

“I remember being a compulsive eater and thinking I was somehow abnormal in this area. I learnt I was no different than anyone else, it’s just that my system had been knocked out of whack.”

Making the first step

Of course, we’ve all got to start somewhere when undertaking a new task. Marianne says that when embarking on your weight loss journey, it’s important to take stock of where you’re at, right now.

“Ask yourself if you are ready to stand up for yourself – and this is about so much more than the weight issue,” she says.

“Are you ready to live your life from a different place? If you’ve come to a place in yourself where you feel you have suffered enough, you might want to pick up the book.” NH

Exercise – vitalizing your body

Exercise – vitalizing your body

Our spiritual, mental, physical and emotional lives are all interrelated. Making improvements in one area can have very positive influences on the others. Much of the work I have outlined is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which uses the power of our own minds to bring about the changes we want in our lives, but it also embraces the spiritual and explores ways of managing our emotions. But the physical side of things is very important, our bodies allow us to take action, to do things in the real world, so as we are learning to love and respect our inner selves, so we must cherish and look after our physical bodies, and this means making healthy choices.

And yes, exercise is right at the top of that list. If you look back at the last generation, they were fit, and very rarely overweight. But they didn’t have gyms or diets. Compare this with this generation and the youngsters today ( I’m referring to western societies here), they are fatter and less fit, despite massive dieting and exercise industries. Our bodies NEED to exercise, it has been medically proven that we are emotionally more stable, physically more healthy and mentally far more alert if we do.

The trouble is the huge advances in technology means that we now have machines to do virtually everything for us. Previous generations had to walk everywhere, many of life’s mundane tasks required physical exercise, which is why they were fitter and didn’t need gyms of course. This contrasts starkly with today… think about what you do in a day, how often do you break out in a sweat? I bet if you were honest most of you would be hard pushed to think of any time in the last week when this was true. And that is a serious problem for all of us in this modern world and one that we need to take seriously.

Gyms are not usually an ideal solution, they are often expensive, require travel time and the ability to set aside time on a regular basis. But if you are able to manage these then it is one way of getting exercise. Many people find working out a boring or unpleasant experience. Others feel not attractive enough to be seen in a gym. There are many reasons why we might want to avoid gyms and for the majority of people I do not believe this is the best solution.

The ideal solution is to review your lifestyle and attitude. Look for ways you can incorporate exercise as part of your everyday life. When I used to work in London, I choose to walk to work in the City and was surprised to discover that it only took a few minutes longer than the usual 30 minutes tube journey. When I arrived, I was alert and feeling good whereas my tube experiences often left me feeling harassed and unsettled. Not only are you getting fit and feeling better when you arrive, the journey is so much richer, each day, each journey brought interesting experiences, it really helped to feel alive.

Use the stairs instead of the lift, walk where you can, look for opportunities and interests that involve physical exercise. The important thing is that whatever you do is easily adapted into your life. You are in a process of change, your exercise is an important part of that. Part of the work you are doing is to take some time each day just for yourself, you could exercise during this time if you choose to.

Positive Affirmations TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE

Positive Affirmations

Positive Affirmations work. This page explains how and why positive affirmations can be used to manifest your needs and bring positive and permanent change to your life. You will also learn how to Create and supercharge your own affirmations.

What are Affirmations?

Every thought you think every word you say is an affirmation All of our self-talk or inner dialogue is a stream of affirmations. We are continually affirming subconsciously with our words and thoughts and this flow of affirmations is creating our life experience in every moment. Our beliefs are just learned thought patterns that we have developed since childhood, many of these work well for us, but others may now be working against us, they are dysfunctional and may be sabotaging us from achieving what we believe we want. Every affirmation we think or say is a reflection of our inner truth or beliefs. It is important to realize that many of these “inner truths” may not actually be true for us now or may be based on invalid or inappropriate impressions we constructed as children, which if examined as an adult can be exposed as inappropriate.

Our subconscious uses the behaviour patterns we have learned to automatically respond and react to many everyday events in our life. This is essential to our survival, we need to be able to respond quickly to events around us which would be impossible if we had to re-examine every aspect of things every time something simple happens. Our learned responses and thought patterns enable us to automatically respond to circumstances quickly and easily. Problems arise however, if at an early stage some of the foundation beliefs on which many of the others are built were formed from a skewed perspective, maybe the strategy was appropriate for a perceived difficult circumstance, however often such beliefs are totally inappropriate for succeeding in the real world as adults.

You can use “Positive Affirmations“, which are usually short positive statements targeted at a specific subconscious set of beliefs, to challenge  and undermine negative beliefs and to replace them with positive self-nurturing beliefs. It is a kind of “brainwashing” only you get to choose which negative beliefs to wash away. The way these statements are constructed is extremely important. Later I will show you how to construct you own affirmations. It is important to remember of course that everything we say and think is a positive affirmation, using positive affirmation statements forces us to keep focussed on our inner goals and reminds us to think consciously about our words and thoughts and to modify them to reflect our positive affirmation.

Do affirmations work

YES! Affirmations really work. You will be hard pushed to find any self help program anywhere that does not include affirmations, even the ones that appear to pooh-pooh affirmations include them under some slightly different guise. And the reason for this is, they work. The more determined you are to make your changes, the more you are prepared to accept change and let go of the past, the better they will work for you.

Why affirmations work

By choosing to think and say positive affirmations as true, the subconscious is forced into one of two reactions – avoidance or reappraisal. The bigger the issue the bigger the gap between the positive affirmation and the perceived inner truth and the more likely that one is going to experience resistance. This is where the subconscious finds it easier to stay with its perceived inner truth and avoid the challenge using any means at its disposal to avoid examining the issue. You will recognise this reaction by a strong negative feeling inside as you state the positive affirmations. Equally if your experience a sense of joy and well being, your mind is instinctively responding to something it believes to be true. When you get this emotion, you know your affirmations are working!

Continually repeating affirmations with conviction and passion will chip away at even the strongest resistance. However there are a number of additional techniques you can use that will super-charge your affirmations and magnify their effectiveness many fold. I will outline these techniques for you later. Once the resistance is broken, your subconscious is able to re-examine the core belief and patterns you have been working on. The effect can be startling and things can change very quickly as the dysfunctional beliefs get identified and replaced by your own new inner truth. Depending on how deep into your consciousness these beliefs lay, every other learned pattern and belief that relied on the original belief as a premise, becomes unfounded. The subconscious has to re-examine them all, this can lead to a period of introspection. If you find yourself experiencing serious resistance or have identified an area of trauma in your life, I strongly urge you to seek professional support, the journey you are embarking on will release you from the past but having proper support around you as you go through the process will make it so much easier.

Because affirmations actually reprogram your thought patterns, they change the way you think and feel about things, and because you have replaced dysfunctional beliefs with your own new positive beliefs, positive change comes easily and naturally. This will start to reflect in your external life, you will start to experience seismic changes for the better in many aspects of your life.

 

How quickly do affirmations work

From day one, there will be affirmations you love and enjoy saying, these affirmations are likely to be very effective for you and you are likely to start experience changes almost immediately. Others will feel very negative, almost like a big lie, this indicates resistance and these areas may take longer to impact. How quickly you can resolve an issue like this is like asking how long is a piece of string. It depends on the issue, how deeply the belief is held and how determined you are to bring about change in that area of your life, the latter being perhaps the most important of all. If you are truly ready and want to make changes, the quicker those changes will come for you. People have made cognitive changes in their beliefs almost instantaneously, once you are prepared to embrace and accept a change and you believe it to be right for you from your very heart, then that change will happen. So it is not really a question of time, more a question of how accepting of change you can be.

Our free affirmation program uses affirmations extensively to target negative thought patterns, it runs for a minimum three months during which time if you have done everything we would definitely expect you to have started experiencing positive changes.

However, you should be under no illusion that by embarking on this process you are starting a journey for your lifetime. As you see and experience the techniques working for yourself will be driven to explore your inner-self further and other techniques. As you make your changes in one aspect of your life, other issues will pop up that you may want to deal with. The joy is, you would now have the knowledge and skill to deal with these issues effectively.

Will Affirmations help me?

Yes. No matter what aspect of life you’re dealing with or who you are, affirmations will not only make you feel better about yourself and your life. But if used correctly, they can manifest real change in your life. Changing the way you think, reprogramming your mind and removing the old negative beliefs that have been sabotaging you again and again throughout your life. They can enable you to achieve the life you’ve always wanted for yourself!

If you have a specific issue you wish to explore with affirmations, I have listed some example affirmations for some common issues here.

Affirmations for Health

Affirmations for Abundance

Affirmations for Love

Affirmations for Romance

Affirmations for Weight Loss

Affirmations for Self Esteem

Affirmations for Peace and Harmony

Affirmations for Joy and Happiness

 

Why doesn’t everyone use Affirmations?

They do! It has been demonstrated that nearly 90% of our thoughts are negative, no wonder we find ourselves struggling. Each negative thought or word is a negative affirmation and these nasty little beasts can be even more powerful than positive affirmations because we often find them easier to accept. It is these negative thoughts that feed and validate our negative internal beliefs. Under this kind of negative bombardment most people simply do not have the strength to break free of their negative thoughts and become hopelessly locked into their own (usually false) negative beliefs.

Positive affirmations are designed to challenge those negative beliefs and start to stem the flow of negative thoughts and words that seek to validate them. Affirmations are more than just repeating words. It is a whole process of becoming aware of your thoughts and words in everyday life, choosing to think and project happy positive thoughts. The more you can consciously inject the spirit of you affirmations into your daily thoughts and words, the quicker they will work for you.

How to create your own affirmations

Start by taking some time to think about areas in your life you would like to improve and how you might want your life to be. It is worth taking some time over this process. Write the most important ones down in a list.

Now look at each item on the list and write out a few positive statements for each. They must be positive and in the present tense, focus on what you do want, not on what you don’t want.

For example if my list of things that were important to me included…

“A fulfilling job”

My affirmation might look like this

�I have a wonderful job that fulfils me on many levels�

Creating your own affirmations is the perfect way to get the right affirmations for you. If have included a few further samples below, as well as links to some affirmation lists (above). These should give you a good idea on how they should look and feel. If you sign up to the AffirmIt! program you will receive very specialised affirmations that are designed to tackle specific issues as you commence and progress through the process. For example, in the early stages, some of the affirmations you will receive will be “releasing” in nature, these are designed to assist you in overcoming any initial resistance to the process. Here is an example of a very simple releasing affirmation.

“I am ready and willing to release the past, now”

If you would like to see a few affirmation examples and have a bit of fun try out our “affirmation cards“, you select your own affirmation from an online pack of affirmation cards!

 

Supercharging Affirmations

As I have said earlier, there are other techniques you can use that can super-charge the effectiveness of your affirmations. I will outline a few here briefly, if you are interested in really making your affirmations work and want even more details, this area is extensively covered in the the Basic Affirmation eGuide which you can download for free.

Affirmation Mirror work

Perhaps the most powerful way of using affirmations is to state them whilst looking in the mirror. Some of the most important messages you have received have been from people looking you straight in the eye. By looking yourself in the eye as you state your affirmation you magnify the importance of the message to yourself.

Written Affirmations

A great way of keeping your affirmation at the forefront of your mind is to write them down, leave notes or cards around so that you notice them throughout the day. The AffirmIt! program uses mobile technology to text powerful messages to you with the goal of keeping your mind focussed on your intention. Another idea is to write your affirmation down many times (10-20), this helps imprint it on your mind.

Say Affirmations with Passion

Say your affirmations with passion, the higher your emotional state as you say them, the more effective they are.

Sing or Chant Affirmations

One of the most effective ways to use affirmations is to sing them! The mind is much more accepting of affirmation messages when they are sung. If you have ever attended a Louise Hay “Heal your life Workshop”, this technique is used extensively. Personally, I love them! If you want to listen to one click here.

Subliminal Affirmations

There are a number of techniques that attempt to by-pass the conscious mind and its resistance by transmitting the affirmations to you subliminally. There are a number of CD’s available that include subliminal affirmations, the trouble with this technology is that it often comes unsupported and people expect it to simply work without doing anything for themselves. There is however a very powerful technique known as an “affirmation bath”.  This is often used in workshops because it requires several people sitting around a person making positive statements about them. An Affirmation bath is a truly amazing experience, the multiple voices, coming from multiple directions, often simultaneously simply overwhelm the minds ability to resist what is being said and the positive affirmations slip straight through to the subconscious. It is normally impossible to experience this unless you can get a group of like minded people together or you attend a workshop. To enable you to experience this technique, we have included an “affirmation bath” on our affirmation CD, “Heartfelt – Affirmations to Release the Past“.

Example Affirmations

Affirmations for Health

  • Every Cell in my body vibrates with energy and health
  • Loving myself heals my life. I nourish my mind, body and soul
  • My body heals quickly and easily

Affirmations for Abundance

  • I prosper wherever I turn and I know that I deserve prosperity of all kinds
  • The more grateful I am, the more reasons I find to be grateful
  • I pay my bills with love as I know abundance flows freely through me.

Affirmations for Love

  • I know that I deserve Love and accept it now
  • I give out Love and it is returned to me multiplied
  • I rejoice in the Love I encounter everyday

Affirmations for Romance

  • I have a wonderful partner and we are both happy and at peace
  • I release any desperation and allow love to find me
  • I attract only healthy relationships

Affirmations for Weight Loss

  • I am the perfect weight for me
  • I choose to make positive healthy choices for myself
  • I choose to exercise regularly

Affirmations for Self Esteem

  • When I believe in myself, so do others
  • I express my needs and feelings
  • I am my own unique self – special, creative and wonderful

Affirmations for Peace and Harmony

  • All my relationships are loving and harmonious
  • I am at peace
  • I trust in the process of life

Affirmations for Joy and Happiness

  • Life is a joy filled with delightful surprises
  • My life is a joy filled with love, fun and friendship all I need do is stop all criticism, forgive, relax and be open.
  • I choose love, joy and freedom, open my heart and allow wonderful things to flow into my life.

 

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Traditional Chinese Medicine Causes of Illness

Traditional Chinese Medicine Causes of Illness

By Bill Schoenbart, Ellen Shefi

The Seven Emotions

Pensiveness can cause stagnation of the qi.

The seven basic emotions related to organ function are anger, joy, worry, pensiveness, sadness, fear, and shock (fright). Although the mind/body connection has been acknowledged only relatively recently in Western medicine, the interaction of emotions with the physical body is an essential aspect of traditional Chinese medicine.

Each organ has a corresponding emotion; imbalance of this emotion can affect the organ’s function. For example, prolonged anger can lead to an imbalance in the liver. At the same time, liver imbalances can produce symptoms of anger, often leading to a self-perpetuating cycle.

In discussing the emotional aspect of the disease process, it is important to remember that it is normal to experience the full range of emotions. It is only when a particular emotion is experienced over a prolonged period or with particular intensity that it becomes a source of imbalance. It is obviously important for a person with severe emotional problems to get professional help from a trained psychotherapist. But even in these cases, the therapy is more effective when the corresponding organ imbalance is rectified. Acupuncture is especially effective in treating disorders of the emotions. Even when it is not completely effective in treating a physical ailment, it almost always brings about a state of emotional peacefulness.

Anger

Anger is associated with the liver. By its nature, anger causes qi to rise, leading to a red face and red eyes, headaches, and dizziness.

This matches the pattern of liver fire rising. Anger can also cause liver qi to “attack the spleen,” producing lack of appetite, indigestion, and diarrhea (often experienced by those people who argue at the dinner table or eat while driving).

In a more long-term view, suppressed anger or frustration often causes liver qi to become stagnant; this might result in depression or menstrual disorders.

It is interesting to note that people who take herbs to release stagnant liver qi often experience bouts of anger as the stagnation is relieved. The anger passes as the condition clears. Similarly, anger and irritability are often the determining factor in diagnosing liver qi stagnation. Many people are relieved to know their rage has a physiologic basis. It is essential to avoid drinking coffee when treating anger-related liver disorders, as coffee heats the liver and greatly intensifies the condition.

Joy

The emotion of joy is connected with the heart. A disorder related to joy may sound perplexing, since most people want as much joy in their life as possible. The disorders from this emotion are not caused by happiness; rather, the imbalance comes from too much excitement or stimulation, or sudden good news that comes as a shock to the system.

When evaluating stress levels, psychologists look at all sources of stress, both positive and negative. Clearly the death of a spouse or a job loss is a significant source of stress. However, a marriage or job promotion, while a happy occasion, is also a source of stress. A person who is constantly on the go, partying, and living a life of excess can eventually develop heart imbalances with palpitations, anxiety, and insomnia. A person with heart imbalances may also exhibit emotional symptoms, since the heart is the seat of the spirit (shen). A person with extreme disturbances of heart shen might be seen chattering happily to himself with outbursts of laughter.

Such behavior results from the heart organ’s inability to provide a stable resting place for the spirit. This type of imbalance is treated with acupuncture along the heart meridian. Herbal treatments consist of formulas that nourish heart blood or yin. If heart fire disturbs the spirit, herbs that clear heat from the heart are used.

Worry

A very common emotion in our stress-filled society, worry can deplete the energy of the spleen.

This can cause digestive disturbances and eventually lead to chronic fatigue:

A weakened spleen cannot efficiently turn food into qi, and the lungs are unable to extract qi from air efficiently. A person who worries too much “carries the weight of the world on her shoulders,” a good description of how a person feels when her weak spleen qi leads to dampness.

Treatment would include moxa and herbs that strengthen the spleen, allowing a person the energy to deal with life’s problems instead of dwelling on them.

Pensiveness

Too much thinking or obsessing about a topic can also deplete the spleen, causing a stagnation of its qi.

A person with this condition may exhibit such symptoms as poor appetite, forgetting to eat, and bloating after eating. In time, the person may develop a pale complexion from a deficiency of spleen qi. This can eventually affect the heart, causing the person to dream about the same subjects at night. Students are often affected by this imbalance; the standard treatment is use of herbs that tonify heart blood and spleen qi.

Sadness

Sadness or grief affects the lungs, producing fatigue, shortness of breath, crying, or depression. Treatment for this condition involves acupuncture to points along the lung and kidney meridians. Often, herbal formulas are used that tonify the qi or yin of the lungs.

Fear

The emotion of fear is related to the kidneys. This relationship can readily be seen when extreme fear causes a person to urinate uncontrollably. In children, this can also manifest as bed-wetting, which psychologists have linked to insecurity and anxiety. Long-term anxiety due to worrying about the future can deplete the kidneys of yin, yang, and qi, eventually leading to chronic weakness. Treatment involves tonifying the kidneys with yin or yang tonics, depending on the particular symptoms.

Shock

Shock is especially debilitating to the kidneys and heart. The “fight or flight” reaction causes an excessive release of adrenaline from the adrenal glands that sit on top of the kidneys. This causes the heart to respond with palpitations, anxiety, and insomnia. Chronic stress from shock can be very debilitating to the entire system, causing a wide range of problems. Severe shock can have a long-term effect on the heart shen, as is evident in victims of post-traumatic stress syndrome. Treatment involves psychotherapy, herbs that calm the spirit and nourish the heart and kidneys, and regular acupuncture treatments.