By Emily Matweow
The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual’s own reason and critical analysis.Dalai Lama
The physical and the energy body overlap each other.
When the physical body doesn’t have any energy in it, we say it is “dead”.
It is the “energy” that makes the bag of skin and bones get up and walk around.
When the “energy” body gets sick, it often shows up as “ailments” in the physical body.
The traditional approach has been to fix ailments of the physical body using “the knife” and “drugs” as the primary types of intervention. Physical body healers almost always need the physical body present to do their diagnostics and healing interventions.
Doctors aren’t trained to recognize energy body ailments or treat them, they have to wait until the energy body problem starts affecting the physical body (e.g. stress causes high blood pressure and heart problems that are then treated with drugs; anxiety/fear causes digestion/ulcer problems that are treated with drugs etc.).
The question isn’t who is going to let me, it’s who is going to stop me.Ayn Rand
Many physical body ailments can also be dealt with on the energy level that caused them – sometimes even before the physical body starts breaking down. Energy body ailments are things that can’t be “touched” in reality, but we know they exist and are real. For example, our “emotions” can’t be touched, but they are very real.
Energy healers are trained to identify problems (imbalances) with our energy bodies and can deal with the energy body problems in different ways. Some energy healing professionals need to have the physical body present to do their work. For example, an acupuncturist will stick pins into various energy flow points in the physical body to “adjust the flow” and put it back into balance.
Other types of energy body healers can analyze energy body problems and perform interventions without having to be in the presence of the physical body. That’s because your energy body is not jailed inside your physical body – it extends outside of it. For example, while a campfire has a physical location, the heat it puts out (its energy) can still be felt some distance away from the fire itself. Heat sensing machines can identify the campfire heat from long distances and even through buildings (like we see on TV when special ‘goggles’ see people in a distant building). Some energy healers are like very sensitive heat measuring machines and can actually detect an individual person’s energy from a long distance and through physical matter.
In the same way that many radio stations transmit their signals at the same time, your radio can tune-in to one of those stations so you hear only “country music”. Every person is an “original”, a one-and-only. They each have a unique energy signature that some energy healers, when they focus, can detect and separate from all the other noise. Just like a radio. That’s how they can do their work on a person’s energy body without having to be in the presence of that person’s physical body.
Energy from outside the body (e.g. cell phone related microwaves, florescent lights, nearby hydro lines, toxic people, perceptions and beliefs etc.) bombard the body and disrupt normal energy flows. While it is true that “the body was designed to heal itself”, an increasingly toxic modern environment puts greater demands upon us to release our inherited limitations and strengthen and better maintain our body’s energy systems than ever before.
About Emily Matweow
I believe people have the ability to reach a place where all things are possible.
A place where becoming the best you were designed to be means letting go and embodying the everyday magic that is your birthright.
My own magical transformation came suddenly, in 1990, when I was diagnosed with an incurable disease and told I’d be hearing and vision impaired – lucky if only a paraplegic. Today, I’m an avid deep-water photographer, a classically trained pianist, I engage in competitive Latin dancing, and amongst other things, am getting better with each canvas I paint!
I’m living proof that what others said was impossible for me – was not true.
My journey to wellness evoked a deep desire to help people have profound healing experiences. I have committed my life to helping people break-through their healing crises and their limiting beliefs to live the full potential of their lives.
By Liberty Forrest
Do you worry about what other people will think about you? Do you worry about what they’ll think of your choices? Or the choices of your partner, your children, your siblings – or anyone else, for fear that there’s a “guilt by association” issue?
If the answer is “Yes,” ask yourself why.
“They might think I’m nuts!”
“They might think I’m awful!”
“They might think I’m (fill in the blank)!”
And your point is…???
Chances are, they won’t think any of that. Sure, some might, but truthfully most won’t because really, people aren’t spending all that much time thinking about what we do. I mean, do you sit around for countless hours worrying about everyone else’s decisions? Do you spend loads of your time contemplating and judging the actions of others to the point that it keeps you from your own life? I doubt it.
Sure, maybe you give them a passing thought now and then. Perhaps you even chat with other people about it. And maybe you even have an opinion or you admit to judging them.
But do you really spend loads of time being preoccupied with other people’s business? Not likely. And if you do, it means you’re probably doing it to avoid looking at your own life, your own unhappiness and what needs to change.
Even more importantly, so what if they do think you’re nuts or awful or (fill in the blank again)? Anyone who really knows you and really cares about you isn’t gonna give a rat’s @$$ what you do.
People who want to judge you are just being arrogant, forgetting that they aren’t perfect and forgetting that they’re probably doing things about which others might have a comment or two to make. It’s something people do sometimes to compensate for their own failings. When they can feel superior to others, somehow it makes them feel better about themselves.
Those people’s self-righteous attitudes don’t deserve your wasted time and energy. Leave them to their own insecurities and inadequacies. Let them gossip as much as they want with others. Are you really going to worry about what people like that are going to think about you?? I sure hope not.
Besides, even if you tried to live your life based on what everyone else thinks, you’d never get it right anyway. You’d get some of it right with some of the people some of the time. But there would always be a lot of people who’d be thinking you were doing it wrong because everyone is going to view things differently than others do.
So you might as well not bother trying to make them all happy, and just worry about pleasing yourself. Doesn’t that make a whole lot more sense? And doesn’t it give you a happy little lift in your chest? An expanded energy that feels kind of light and delicious with a good dollop of freedom, perhaps?
After all, that’s the only way you’re ever going to find your bliss, be fulfilled, feel happy, explore and discover who you really are and help you become who you’re meant to be. Do you suppose you’ll be on your deathbed someday, wishing you’d spent more time trying to dance to everyone else’s tune? Do you suppose that you’ll be lying there thinking about the choices other people made throughout their lives and how you could have given them advice on how to do it better?
Do you suppose those people will be on their deathbeds, thinking about you, your life and choices, and wishing you’d done things their way?
Uh, probably not happenin’. More likely, they’ll see the error of their ways and be wishing they’d been more tolerant, less judgmental, and allowed people to thrive and grow and just BE.
So if you’re just going to end up causing yourself and a lot of other people nothing but deathbed distress, perhaps you’ll want to start now and just look after yourself, doing what you want, don’t what you need, and doing what you think is right – for you.
It’s the best chance you’ve got to be happy, to be the best YOU that you can be, ’cause at the end of the day – and at the end of your life – what else is there that’s worth the effort?
Liberty Forrest is an award-winning author, an editor, and contributor on Huffington Post and Thrive Global. Read more about Liberty…
By Maggie Marshall
I’m crying right now.
I spent a week with a friend who has dementia. She was a vibrant, energetic, super intelligent woman, who used to be a terrific teacher. And now she can’t remember for two minutes what is happening today, or where she put something, or what she just asked you. Whose is this? What is this for? What show are we watching?
It’s not just that I had to keep repeating. It is watching the tension, the energy of trying to figure things out, the fact that she knows she is losing it. She paces back and forth to check things, to read her journal where she has written everything that is happening.
I notice that the focus that she had in more lucid times is still the one that bleeds through now. What can I get you for supper? She was the nurturer, the caregiver, the feeder of all kinds of food. She lived loud and big.
I also have a childhood friend with dementia. She is in a care home. She used to obsess about the care of her mother and work. My recent call with her sounded like a business call, when her language made sense. Her mother is almost 100 years old and has dementia too. She is isolated in another care home and they have not seen each other in over a year.
Now I am back in my own space and I need to rest and integrate. What is this all about? How does it relate to society and spirit? Or does it?
Dementia Fears and Behaviours
Dementia can be explained by nerve and blood vessel damage, but that is only part of the story. What caused that deterioration on a thought or emotional level?
Some say it is because there is something we haven’t faced, some trauma perhaps. My dad developed Parkinson’s and dementia after being bullied at work and forced into early retirement.
Usually dementia occurs in the elderly. They have gone from a kind of power in the external world to retirement. The children may have left home. They may feel worthless, useless or have a fear of survival, financial or otherwise. They might fear being alone. So many elderly are alone and institutionalized. They may fear losing control and becoming dependent.
They may have had poor boundaries and did not develop their inner authority, so feel robbed of their time, energy and love. They can become like a child with a need to be looked after, a desire to go back to the past to be cared for and loved. It may also be a form of control – please take care of me.
Suppressed rage from the traumas and abuses they have endured, or from times they have not expressed their inner selves, may make its appearance. Emotions are now allowed. They don’t have to be “nice” anymore.
They fear what lies ahead – changes in health, transition and death.
They refuse to see the world as it is.
I could go through all the toxins in the world, in the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, but I am not going to do that. There’s lots of information available about our poisoned environment, the biology of the brain, the destruction of our blood vessels.
I cry for this too. I cry for what we have done to ourselves and the world.
We have also lost our roots, our ancestry, and have incorporated their wounds. What if we need to heal those wounds, those wounds of discrimination, slavery and external authority? What if all those wounds are global? We are all now becoming slaves to a minority of global rulers. It’s a mirror of our history.
We refuse to see this, the world as it really is. We feel helpless, angry and lost.
We are disconnected from our own power. Face coverings make us feel small, controlled and fearful of external danger. As these coverings also deprive of us of oxygen, there will likely be an epidemic of senility from dead brain cells and the emotions involved from muzzling our expression.
Joy is not allowed these days. The heart-filled life is being killed for a more synthetic, technical world. It interests me that one of the first things to go in dementia is the ability to operate anything technical.
How can we regain our inner power and authority?
We can reconnect with our heart and gut wisdom. Maybe we’re all losing our minds because we believe the “mind” is the main part of us, the ruler of us. We ignore our intuitions. We let others tell us who to be and what to do. We can’t think and we don’t deeply know our heart, so we are lost.
We can reconnect with our spirituality and divine source in our own way. We have handed that over to outside sources as well. And now, in our society, even that is being taken away – church is not allowed, singing is not allowed, communion with others and spirit is not allowed. Society cannot take away our personal connection to source, even if it takes away our communal gatherings.
What can we do for ourselves to lessen the likelihood of dementia?
Reconnect with ourselves and all that is.
Breathe, inspire, love. Meditate. Reconnect with spirit and nature. Remember we are carbon-based beings of the earth, not silica-based, technical ones. We are not robots. We are energy and frequency. The electromagnetic field of our heart is the largest energy field we have.
Take natural remedies, breathe in nature’s essences, plant your feet on the soil, eat as healthy as you can, and sit in silence. Listen. Learn natural ways to care for and heal yourself.
Remember to feel the love, sadness and joy of your deep and powerful heart connection.
I’m crying again. I just learned my friend has to go into a care home. What will become of her beautiful dogs? I don’t have the space for them, but I love them to bits. And will I ever see her again, what with the institutional, isolation regulations, and with her loss of self?
Maggie Marshall helps you in remembering your true nature of connection, healing and inner power. She guides you through spiritual, body awareness and shamanic experiences. She lives in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada near her beautiful tree and deer friends.
Six Things You Need to Know about Sound
BY Sharon Carne
The use of sound for healing is as old as the human family itself. We evolved with sound as a healer. It’s in the genetic memory of every human being on the planet. Two flutes have been found in Europe that are believed to predate our use of language. Think about that. We likely had music before we could speak to each other with words!
In these chaotic times, where we are inundated with sound and noise, we’ve lost touch with that memory. With sound baths, sound healing and sound therapy popping up all over the planet, we are returning to those roots with an upgraded perspective.
Sound healing is a modality with enormous power and effectiveness because sound is integrated into every aspect of your being. Let’s take a closer look at some of your ‘wiring’ for sound.
1. Sound Structures Matter
Science has shown that all matter is in constant vibration. Even at the smallest level, the atoms in our body, everything is moving and vibrating. Sound is defined as ‘vibrational energy.’ It is one of the few methods that can change how matter itself vibrates.
The study of the effect of wave form (or sound) on matter is called Cymatics. With a cymascope, we can actually see sound. Dr. Hans Jenny, a Swiss doctor, artist and researcher, documented the effect of specific frequencies on sand, spores, water, turpentine, iron filings and other substances that were placed on a vibrating plate or membrane. Some of his original videos are still available on YouTube.
Because we are constantly surrounded by sound or music, we tend to ignore it. And it gets categorized as something unimportant or not worth noticing. Dr. Jenny’s work is remarkable because it reminds us that sound is a formidable energy that structures and affects matter itself. And that includes us.
2. Sound travels through your body faster than it goes through the air
Have you ever felt your whole car vibrate, including you, when one of those ‘boom’ cars pulled up beside you at a traffic signal? Sound and music are physical forces and create physical experiences in pretty well every part or your being.
Sound moves through the more fluid parts of your body four and a half times faster than it moves through the air. And twelve times faster through your bones. Sound has to push atoms and molecules around in order just to move. As sound pushes against your atoms and molecules, it sends them into a state of vibration. This can create an uncomfortable sensation, like a jackhammer. Or it can create a comfortable sensation, like the sound of a singing bowl.
3. Sound affects your cells
Experiments with tuning forks show how specific frequencies studied actually changed the chemistry with the cells in less than thirty seconds.
The nitric oxide cycle in the body is one of the essential natural cycles at the cellular level to maintain and sustain health and wellness. Nitric oxide is a tiny molecule with the biggest job. It is involved in almost every metabolic function in your body. This cycle is depressed or stopped altogether when we are overwhelmed or stressed.
Research conducted by Dr. John Beaulieu, music therapist and naturopathic doctor, and Dr. George Stefano, neurologist, showed that two tuning forks tuned to 256 Hz and 384 Hz stimulated the production of nitric oxide in the body’s cells in less than thirty seconds.
4. Rhythm alters your heartbeat
When you walk into your local grocery store, or a mall where there is music playing, it takes only minutes for your heartbeat to match the beat of the music playing. There is no off switch to this response. It works whether or not you are paying any attention to the music. This process is called entrainment.
It takes about four minutes for your heartbeat to be affected by the beat of the music. Your altered heartbeat then affects your breathing rhythm and your brainwave state. These three systems are intimately connected. When you affect one of them, you affect all three.
5. Volume matters
Sound is a form of energy. The energy in the sound wave, the intensity of the sound, is measured in decibels or dB. Damage to your hearing begins at 90 dB. Most people feel pain with sound levels between 110 and 130 dB. Industry standards recommend that hearing protection be used for any exposure to 85 dB or above for an extended period of time. The following decibel scale gives you an idea of the intensity of common sounds.
The decibel scale
0 dB Threshold of hearing
10 dB pin drops
20 dB whisper at one meter
40 dB quiet conversation
60 dB normal conversation
90 dB subway train
110 dB rock concert
130 dB jet engine
6. Sound is food for your nervous system
We all know that there is junk food, good food and super food. It’s the same with sound. There is junk sound, like traffic noise. There is good sound, like nature sounds. And there is super sound, that stimulates your nervous system to respond with hormones and endorphins that supports your immune system and promotes healing. In addition to this, when we play music together, the neurohormone oxytocin is released. Oxytocin is often described as the bonding hormone.
These six things about sound are the tip of the iceberg as to how deeply sound affects you. It is so easy to ignore the sound around you, but that doesn’t stop it from affecting you. I encourage you to become aware of the music and sound around you and how it makes you feel, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. When you become more aware of the sound and music around you, you are empowered to make choices that support your wellbeing in so many ways.
Sharon Carne is an author, international speaker, sound therapist, publisher, musician and recording artist. From 1988 to 2016, Sharon was a faculty member of The Conservatory, Mount Royal University. In 2008 her work changed direction. Sharon is the founder of Sound Wellness, the Sound Wellness Institute and co-founder of the Emergent Workforce Program. Through the Sound Wellness Institute, holistic health practitioners receive the highest level of competency training in Canada in using sound and music to support their practice. The Emergent Workforce program is dedicated to restoring wellbeing, community, purpose, creative collaboration, and kindness to the workforce.