The Amethyst Biomat

    We’ve got some BIG news!

We now offer the Medicystal Amethyst Biomat in our office. Add this to ANY healing session today or use as a stand alone service.

What is the Biomat?

The Amethyst biomat is a unique multilayer health system. It combines the wonderful healing benefits of: 

  • Far Infared Light, the sun’s most healing aspect of radiant heat
  • Amethyst Crystals which act as superconductors, amplifying the healing benefits of FIR, allowing it to penetrate deep within the body. All while adding the many healing benefits of the Amethyst crystals themselves
  •  Negative Ions, found in abundance in areas of lush green forests, mountains, waterfalls, oceans, beaches, rivers and springs. 
  • Beneficial EMF’s that will stimulate and detox organs as well as tissues within the body.

What are the benefits of Biomat Therapy?

  • Promotes muscle relaxation
  • Reduces muscle spasms and pain
  • Temporarily relieves joint pain and stiffness
  • Improves mobility of joints
  • Temporarily eases some types of chronic pain
  • Encourages tissue healing
  • Relaxes and soothes
  • Improves skin
  • Reduces stress and fatigue 
  • Promotes heart conditioning 
  • Provides moxibustion effect
  • Improves blood circulation and tissue oxygenation
  • Helps in weight management
  • Strengthens immune functioning
  • Stimulates detoxification
  • Enhances lymphatic drainage 
  • Stimulates metabolism 

How much is a healing session going to cost?

The biomat can be added on to ANY healing session or used as a stand alone service. 
  • Biomat Add-On – For a 15-60 minute add on it will cost an additional $25-45 depending on the length of time you wish to add. This service will be run while doing your crystal healing and/or reiki service. 
  • Biomat Stand Alone Session – You can chose from two options for this stand alone service. 
    • 60 Minute Session – $45
    • 90 Minute Session – $60

Special Notes

*Recipients of ANY type of organ transplant, those who have a pacemaker/defibrillator, newborns and infants should not use the Biomat. Those who are pregnant, children, or anyone diagnosed with ANY medical condition or ailment should always consult a doctor prior to scheduling a biomat session. Anyone taking prescription medications, undergoing radiation/chemotherapy, experiencing joint injury/swollen joints, insensitive to heat, immobile, or currently with fever should only use the biomat without the heating mode and consult a doctor prior to scheduling a healing session. 
**If new to using the biomat, starting slow is key to eliminating the possibilty of putting the body into Healing Crisis. Please let your healer know and contact your doctor immediately if you experience ANY of the following symptoms: 
  • Pain
  • Worsening Conditions
  • Acidic Body Condition –
    • weakness 
    • tiredness
    • dehydration
  • High Blood Pressure
    • dizzy
    • headache for 1-2 weeks
  • Poor Blood Circulation
    • tired 
    • joint/muscle pain for 1-4 weeks
  • Anemia
    • nosebleeds
  • Gynecological Patient
    • increase in menstrual discharge
    • early menstruation
  • Diabetic
    • blood sugar may increase temporarily
    • limbs may swell slightly
  •  Weak Stomach
    • diarrhea 
    • hot feeling in chest
    • no appetite
  • Gastro Ptosis
    • heavy feeling in stomach
    • gas in stomach 
    • stomach ache
    • vomitting
  • Kidney Problems
    • protein may increase slightly in short term effects
    • face may swell slightly
*Remember that it is your responsibility to seek attention of a health care professional before and during use of this device. Only use this device by a healing professional. 

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The Need to Redefine Intelligence

Intelligence has become a word of heated debate over the last several years, and with good reason. Today, our old-school and outdated method of defining intelligence needs to be addressed and changed both within the education system, as well as outside. Our current definition is flawed. We need to address the existence of multiple intellects, rather than just one overall one.

Being a mother of four, I know this too well to be the truth. Several others have also written on this subject. I will be including most of my research from Mike Rose’s, “Blue-Collar Brilliance”, Alison Bechdel’s, “Compulsory Reading”, information from Ken Robinson’s, “Changing Education Paradigms”, and lastly Ulric Neisser et al.’s, “Intelligence”. Each of these documents touches upon the need for a redefinition of intellect in their own way, which we will discuss more throughout this article.

Intelligence defined in schools

Currently, within most education systems, intellect is widely defined as how well one does on tests and the grades received during your schooling. However, where does that leave those who are not good test takers, or those who have learning disabilities?

This begs to question how it is safe to say that the person who failed at reading but later goes on to become a brilliant mathematician is any less intelligent than the person who excelled in school yet later becomes a cashier at your local grocery store. Yet this method of measurement is still being used today to define intellect. The use of IQ analysis as well as standardized testing within schools is the standard for evaluating intelligence.

Standardized tests, for the “standard” student only

Mike Rose states, “We reinforce this notion by defining intelligence solely on grades in school and numbers on IQ tests” (279). Here, Rose is showing how it has become socially acceptable, as well as common, for our definition of intelligence to be based entirely off such testing. While this may work well for the “typical” person, this does not always fit every mold.

Neisser et al state, “A given person’s intellectual performance will vary on different occasions, in different domains, as judged by different criteria” (77). The authors are showing that people’s intellect differs depending on where they have studied, what their personal situation may be, as well as how their intelligence is being tested and/or determined.

So why then do we still determine this criterion based on testing and academic grades alone when other factors cannot be ignored. From my own personal experiences with my children specifically, test scores, and even as far as school grades, do not always equate to a person’s overall intelligence.

These standardized tests do not consider important variabilities from person to person. For example, when a person is not a well-written test taker, but perhaps performs perfectly when given that same test orally. On paper, that person or child is behind when in fact that may be farthest from the truth, so I have come to learn.

Changing the way we teach

Another key point is how we go about teaching our youth. Most times we are expecting students to learn a given set of material and regurgitate this information verbatim. Alison Bechdel touches upon this in her text, “Compulsory Reading”.

The basis of her analysis is how she was forced to read texts throughout school. This caused her to have, “[d]eveloped a severe aversion to reading anything anyone else told me to” (865). This method of teaching does not always work for every student. Today it is even more needed to understand that this method needs to be changed. Things such as, “hands-on knowledge” (277) as stated by Rose, needs to be considered just as crucial in the learning experience to students.

When greed takes over

Robert Arnove, author of “To What Ends: Educational Reform Around The World” touches upon how youth have begun to be viewed as dollar signs, rather than the students who are eager to learn. He states, “At the postsecondary level, there is a marketplace of competition for students, not only nationally but internationally (for example, private commercial enterprises, such as the University of Phoenix, recruiting students from around the globe for its virtual institution)” (82).

Continuing, he also explains how, “[s]tandardized and largely paper-and-pencil tests cover a narrow range of knowledge and talent” (85), expressing how such testing, now becoming more of a norm around the planet, cannot possibly encompass all a person’s true capacity and experience.

The need for a better term for intellect variations can be seen throughout each of these documents, seeing how cognitive ability varies even from culture to culture.

The tides of change are upon us

This change has begun, however, and schools are rapidly seeing the need for such a change in definition. Sir Ken Robinson states, “Every country on Earth, at the moment, is reforming public education” (Robinson).

Even within my children’s own school, I have seen the shift. Especially with the introduction of the No Child Left Behind Act several years ago. This act attempted to help prevent children from slipping through the cracks of the education system. Instead, allowing them to flourish at their own pace. Each child was treated as an individual, rather than a conformed group of people. This allowed children with learning disabilities to learn the same materials as other children, in their own time, helping to gain self-confidence in the process.

Evidence for change

Over the last several years, there have been numerous studies conducted across the world. This further proves the needed change in educational planning as a globalized issue. Whether this change in education reform was started for economic reasons (Robinson) or for other reasons, this has been a much-needed shift for our youth.

In “Innovation and Change: Lessons from the Global Cities Education Network” by Christina Russell, she explains how this reformation can be seen across the globe. She states, “This global learning and perspective can bring valuable perspectives to local contexts, as has been the experience in Shanghai” (4).

Robinson also touches upon how globalization has played an important role in this reformation process as well. She expresses how people have a better understanding of cultural differences around the world (Robinson).

Arnove also documents studies that have been done in recent years on education reform. He states, “Case studies from around the world, from programs for female street children in Kenya to indigenous populations in the highlands of Peru, document the trajectory of a number of grassroots-initiated educational reforms” (87). Arnove’s statement shows how educational reformation has become a global revolution as opposed to solely being conducted within America.

Defining Intelligence in the home

While reformation in the school is an amazing first step towards a better understanding of alternate cognitive ability and intellect, this change needs to also be made outside of school. In a previous article, I stated,  “All too often we assume the waitress tending to our needs or the mechanic working on our vehicle must not be that intelligent to be working in a place like that” (Catala, 2018). Continuing I went on to use my father as an example, the hardworking mechanic who, in his own field, is a genius. I would never be able to compare my mechanical cognition with his own; however, given a math or science exam, he would most likely fail, where I would flourish.

Is that to say that I am more intelligent solely because I was, and have been, a better student than he was? Of course not! Therefore, we need to re-evaluate how we, as a society, define intelligence to include variations in intellectual ability.

intelligence

A deeper look

Now let’s briefly look at this from a work perspective. As most of us have learned over recent years, a degree is not a guarantee of a job. Just the same, a lack of one is no guarantee of none. Rose states, “[m]ost people seem to move comfortably from that notion to a belief that work requiring less schooling requires less intelligence” (276). The statement made by Rose should be an eye-opening experience.

We should not be judging people’s intellect just on IQ tests and amount of time spent in school because as most of us in the working world have come to learn, there is nothing more beneficial than hands-on experience. Most companies won’t even give your resume a second glance without some form of prior experience, regardless of a degree.

Consider for a moment that your company is looking to hire a new employee. Among the interviewers is an older woman who’s spent the last 15 years working in your given field, however, has no college degree. The other is a younger woman who is just out of college, but with no prior experience. Who would you most likely hire for the position? For most of us, the answer is simple. The older woman would certainly be the better candidate for the job given her hands-on knowledge. This is something that cannot be taught in school. This is a clear example as to why we need to account for cognitive variations in judging overall intellect, especially in a world that changes as rapidly as ours does today.

Final thoughts

In conclusion, intelligence needs to be re-evaluated and redefined to include not just one generic intellect, but multiple forms of intelligence. As Rose states, “To acknowledge a broader range of intellectual capacity is to take seriously the concept of cognitive variability” (283).

Our definition range of intelligence, as Rose stated above, should not stop with IQ testing, but encompass all forms of intellect, including job-specific skills others would not have without prior experience.

I feel Christina Russell makes a great point in her text, stating, “Some of the best learning opportunities are when you step outside of your comfort zone and are exposed to new ways of doing things” (2).

I will leave you with something I am always saying to my own children to help them have a better understanding of cognitive variabilities; even Albert Einstein, a genius mathematician, was unable to tie his own shoes.

 

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Nature, cheaper than therapy

“The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician.” – Paracelsus, 16th Century Germany.

Forest Therapy

How do you feel looking at this image? Relaxed, happy, maybe even invigorated? Congratulations, you just practiced the art of Forest Therapy. I have been practicing Forest Therapy my whole life, however, only over the last few years have I learned that there was an actual term for my love of the forest, and what it was doing for my body. Given the rise of more urban areas, it is especially important to not forget our ancestral habitat, nature. Forest therapy helps you to reconnect with that. Today we will explore what Forest Therapy is and how it began, the benefits of it, the scientific evidence behind it, and how you can start practicing it right now.   

The History of Forest Therapy

First, let’s learn a little about Forest Therapy. Forest Therapy is also known as Shinrin-Yoku. This is the Japanese practice of spending time in the forest to enhance one’s own health. Shinrin-Yoku when translated into English literally means “Forest Bathing”.

In 1982, the term Shinrin-Yoku was coined as a marketing ploy by Tomohide Akiyama during his short job as director of the Japanese Forestry AgencyThings changed in 1990 when Dr. Yoshifumi Miyazaki of Chiba University was followed by the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation during his small study in the Yakushima Forest. 

Dr. Yoshifumi Miyazaki

The benefits of Forest Therapy?

There are several Scientifically proven benefits to Forest Therapy as well as those reported by people who practice it. According to shinrin-yoku.org, people reported feeling:

  • Deeper and clearer intuition
  • Increased flow of energy
  • An increased ability to communicate with the land and the creatures within it
  • The increased flow of Eros, which is believed to be your life force
  • A deepening of friendships
  • And an overall increase in their sense of happiness

woman in forest therapy

Scientifically proven benefits are:

  • Reduction in stress
  • Reduction in blood pressure
  • Improvement to your mood
  • An increase in focus, even with children who have ADHD
  • Increase in your energy levels
  • Improvement in sleep
  • Faster recovery from surgeries or illness
  • And a boost to your immune system functions, specifically with an increase in the amount of the body’s Natural Killer (NK) cells which are the bodies disease-fighting agents

The Evidence

Let’s discuss some of the key research that has been conducted by doctors, psychologists, and researchers both past and present.

Peter Detweiler
Dr. Peter Detweiler
Herman Brehmer
Dr. Herman Brehmer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the 1800’s, doctor Peter Detweiler and Hermann Brehmer built hospitals in the pine forests of Germany. 

Edward Trudeau
Dr. Edward Trudeau

At the same time, doctor Edward Trudeau did the same in New York’s Adirondack Forest. Both reported benefits to the forest air. The noticeable benefits of nature are still examined by researchers to this day. 

Chiba University has obtained psychological as well as physiological data on nearly 500 adults. Another 500 adults were also studied by another group located in Kyoto Japan.

In a more recent 2010 study conducted at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, they examine the effects of a plant within view of an office space.

forest therapy phytoncides

Furthermore, it has been proven that trees contain antimicrobial oils called phytoncides, and according to Qing Li, a Japanese researcher, those oils increase our NK cells naturally.

How can you get started today?

woman meditating forest therapy

Go into a forest, and just stop. Breathe in slowly, look around, take in all that nature has to offer using all your senses. Meditating is one of the best ways to truly get the most benefit out of forest bathing. It doesn’t have to take up a lot of your time either, incorporate it into your everyday life.

On Forest Therapy Today, they list 9 ways you can reconnect with nature. Some of those are:

  • Going to a park
  • While walking down the street you can touch the bark on the trees as you pass by them. This grounds yourself while getting a healthy electrical charge

Hand touching tree forest therapy

  • Plant something in your yard
  • Go camping
  • Viewing pictures of nature can help
  • Earthing

Earthing forest therapy

Earthing is the practice of walking barefoot on the ground, also called grounding. When doing so, this allows the soles of your feet to absorb the negative ions from Mother Earth. You do this by the energy vortexes, aka chakras, that are located in the soles of your feet to connect with the energy being picked up by your Earth Star chakra. This energy is then absorbed into the body, and dispersed to areas that may be in need of this vital life force. 

In an article written by Miyazaki et al, their research has shown that a room with a 30-40% ratio of wood has similar effects as Forest bathingPlacing plants in your home can also be beneficial. You can also use a combination of essential oil scents, such as citrus and pine, to mimic the smell of trees

nature in home

It’s only natural to love nature

Today I have gone over what Forest Therapy is, the benefits of it, the scientific evidence behind it, and how you can practice it in your life. I hope you now all have a better understanding of the ancient art of Forest Therapy and will go home tonight inspired to pack up your gear and get outside. With depression affecting 1 in 10 Americans, there is no better time to start than now.

As Albert Einstein once said, “Look Deep into Nature, and then You will understand everything better.”

forest therapy

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Don’t Hate, Meditate!

You read that correctly. The motto “Don’t hate, meditate” will become part of your daily mantra in no time. Watch how transformative it can be within your life. Before we go through all of that though, lets first discuss some basic information about the art of meditation.

woman meditate on beachMeditation 101

Meditation is the practice of clearing the mind to achieve higher states of consciousness. It allows you to focus more clearly and experience deep inner journeying. In addition, meditation promotes emotionally calm states of mind, even in the darkest of times. When working with your chakra system, it also assists in opening, balancing, and removing blockages from these areas.

Read more on your chakra system and be sure to keep an eye out for my course, “The Chakra System and You” coming soon on Udemy.

Don’t hate, Meditate

In addition to mental clarity and calming your emotional states, meditation has numerous other health benefits. When practiced regularly, it can reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and even physical pain! Practicing mindfulness, aka meditation, has become much more widespread. Defined by many in today’s society, the art of mindfulness has spread throughout the world. In 1988, David Goleman, author of The Meditative Mind: The Varieties of Meditative Experience defined meditation as, “the need for the meditator to retrain his attention, whether through concentration or mindfulness, is the single invariant ingredient in… every meditation system”. Another great definition written by Cahn and Polich in 2006 states, “[M]editation is used to describe practices that self-regulate the body and mind, thereby affecting mental events by engaging a specific attentional set…. regulation of attention is the central commonality across the many divergent methods”. 

The health benefits of practicing meditation/mindfulness are so great that some insurance companies in western culture are giving special rates for those who practice daily. One study, conducted by Dr. Herbert Benson at Harvard Medical School found that “a range of disease-fighting genes were active in the relaxation practitioners that were not active in the control group”. Moreso, these benefits increase the more you practice meditation.

woman meditate in nature

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body

Studies conducted across the world have begun documenting results of the amazing benefits of meditation. Let’s go into a few of these now.

  1. Lowers your blood pressure, particularly found when practicing transcendental meditations.
  2. Increases your immune system by boosting natural killer cells, aka NK cells.
  3. Increases fertility by allowing both male and females to be in a relaxed state more often. Stress has been proven to affect sperm count and a woman’s ability to conceive easily.
  4. Treating insomnia by allowing you to quiet the mind and get more restful sleep.
  5. Treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  6. Anti-inflammatory by reducing stress and your natural fight or flight mode response to it.
  7. Aids in weight loss by reducing stress, eliminating habits such as stress and boredom eating.
  8. And lastly, improved sexual health, even for women and men who have been sexually abused in the past.

Meditate sunset ocean

Start Now!

The health benefits listed in this article are just some of the amazing benefits mindfulness can bring to your daily life. Now it’s time for the good stuff, the how to’s of meditation.

Prepare

Take some time to first set up your space where you will practice mindfulness. This can be in your bedroom, living room, or even a sacred space you have set up for yourself. Relaxing music is a great way to get you into the right head space and into deeper meditations. Spotify has a ton of free resources you can use for whatever tickles your fancy. You can also burn incense or essential oils, have candlelight to set the mood or incorporate stones into your meditative journey. Use your intuition here and do what feels right for you.

Sit

Go somewhere quiet so you are not disturbed for the duration of your meditation. This is also a good time to silence or shut off your cell phone. If you tend to have knee problems, sitting on a pillow will be beneficial. Back problems? No problem. Sit up against a wall, this will allow your spine to remain in perfect alignment. If these still aren’t working for you feel free to lie down on a bed or couch, just be sure not to catch a nap!

Breathe

Begin by first taking 3-4 deep relaxing breaths. In through the nose then out through the mouth. This will allow your body and mind to slow down and get into an alpha state (where meditation happens in the brain).

Once you have done that, resume normal breathing. When starting out, focus on your breath alone. This will assist you in the ability to clear your mind, a task most difficult when just beginning.

 

What now?

Once you have mastered clearing the mind, you can then begin to explore other methods of meditation. One practice I thoroughly enjoy is an inner exploration meditation.

In this meditation, once in the alpha state, you simply as yourself (out loud or in your mind) “I am”. That’s all! And wait for a response from yourself, believe me, you will respond! The key to this meditation is to merely observe with unbiased ears, regardless of what is reported back to you. Do this for 4-5 days, being sure to journal what you heard at the conclusion of each meditation. Take what your inner-self has told you and grow from there.

Additionally, you can include special mantras, chants, and practices in as well. There is no right or wrong way to meditate! Do what resonates with you personally.

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And remember….

Don’t hate, Meditate!

 

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Tibetan Tektite Travels

Tibetan Tektite, as I have come to learn, is an amazing stone. Through meditation, I was able to allow this stone to connect with my highest self. In this article, I am going to share my personal four-day experiences with all of you.

What is Tibetan Tektite?

Tibetan Tektite

Tibetan Tektite is an amorphous crystalline structure with more than half of its composition consisting of silicon dioxide. Usually black, they can also be brown, gray, or even green (Moldavite). Their exact origin is still unknown today. Cultures to this day are unsure of whether these stones are the result of a meteor impact or created from molten rock. Regardless of their true origins, Tektites are revered throughout places around the world as a magical stone.

If you do not have a copy already, I highly recommend The Book of Stones by Robert Simmons. There are several editions available, any of which is an excellent addition to your library. You can purchase the book on Amazon:

On to the fun!

I started off my journey by first meditating with the Tibetan Tektite. The moment I picked it up I could sense the energy coming off of it. They felt like vibrations or tingling in the palm of my hand. As the meditation progressed, this sensation began to creep up my arm and into my shoulder blade. I could feel tiny muscle twitches happening randomly as my body took in its vibrations. My thoughts drifted to that of peace, calm, and serenity.

Once completed with this meditation, I placed the Tibetan Tektite in my pocket and continued with my day. Throughout the day I noted increased energy levels, confidence, drive to accomplish projects and a deep passion in regards to these projects. In addition to those amazing attributes, I also experienced heightened awareness and cognitive functioning.

Day 2

Again, I meditated with the Tibetan Tektite first thing in the morning. The sensations experienced the previous day remained, with tingling sensations moving up my arm yet again. As my mind drifted to a new yoga routine I had purchased, feelings of intense excitement and joy swept over me to begin this new routine. Suddenly, an image of a white bolt of lightning flashed before my eyes. Immediately following the bolt, shadows of people could be seen dancing or walking in front of me.

The visions rapidly switched to that of a butterfly. After viewing this butterfly several times, wings from a bird, or even an angel, came to light. However, these images still remained as shadow figures, completely void of color.

Just as done the previous day, I placed the Tibetan Tektite in my pants pocket. Following the meditation, I was inspired to begin my yoga workout. Increased confidence, drive, energy, and passion was again experienced throughout the day. I was even driven to re-arrange my sacred space to allow for better functionality for my business and clients I will help there.

Side note, while recording for my online class I was explaining how to perform a Kinesiology test to better determine if you need a particular stone. Intuitively, I reached for the Tibetan Tektite. I asked if I needed this stone and the response came back as “yes”.

Learn more about your chakra system and methods like Kinesiology, sign up for my class “The Chakra System and You”, coming out October 2018 on Udemy

Day 3

Unfortunately, day three was an extremely difficult day for personal reasons and meditations for the day did not procure. Regardless of the difficult times, the same attributes experienced the other two days were noticed, giving me calm exactly where it was needed.

In contrast to other evenings, I placed the Tibetan Tektite inside my pillowcase. Throughout the evening I experienced extremely vivid visions and dreams, however, the second I awoke all the dreams were instantly forgotten. The only memory remaining was of how vivid the dreams were.

Day 4

Here we are! Day four, where the real magic took place. The day began with increased energy and drive. The ability to further work on my blog, videos, and learn a recurrent theme.

As I sat down to meditate, having not gotten to this until late in the evening, his energy was noticed right away again. I say “he” because at this point in the journey I had intuitively realized that my Tibetan Tektite was that of male origin.

Inspired by a conversation had with a friend, I asked the Tibetan Tektite where he was from. Immediately, I received the answer “China”. I then prompted another response by asking for any messages that he may have for me. The response “Run” spat back rapidly.

I ended the meditation swiftly, shaken by the message received. I picked up my Tarot deck and did a quick spread for answers. Once finished, the Tibetan Tektite called for me to meditate once more.

The magic awaits!

All the other meditations I had placed the Tibetan Tektite in my left hand. This time I decided to lie down, placing him on my third eye and grabbed my apophyllite to hold in my left hand. The tingling sensation felt in my third eye, forehead, hand, and arm was intense. Quickly the sensation migrated, engulfing my entire body.

When the vibrations stopped, sparkling white lights appeared. Again, wings came into vision. This time, however, they flapped slowly and I knew with my mind’s eye I was gazing upon an angel. I asked whom this angel was and he responded, “Gabriel”. As always, I asked for confirmation of this information and received a “yes” in response.

Immediately following this I began to feel light headed and dizzy. I could feel myself leaving my physical body. I traveled rapidly through time and space as things passing by appeared as mere blurs of colorful lines whipping past.

Arrival

Shunan Forest Cliff tops

I was transported to a beautiful lush forest in China. Coming in I could see a clifftop with a drop-off off to my left with what appeared to be exposed rock on its side.

Shunan Forest Bamboo trees

Reaching the forest floor the ground was warm, heating the bottoms of my feet. The trees surrounded all around me. Looking up they extended miles above me, reaching high into the sky. The sight was breathtaking, a sight I had never seen prior to this journey.

Putting all the pieces together

Once I was safely back on this plane of existence, the spiritual body reconnected with the physical, I rushed to figure out where I had been transported to. Knowing it was a location in China, I searched google for “forests in China”. Gazing upon images of different locations, I instantly knew when I saw the proper place. It is a forest called Shunan Bamboo Forest in southern China. My intuition screamed that this was it, this was where the Tibetan Tektite had taken me. As I looked up the stone in The Book of Stones this information was instantly confirmed when in the first sentence Robert Simmons mentions that Tibetan Tektite is from Tibet and…southern China.

Tektite in my hand

 

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The Pituitary Gland

What is your Pituitary Gland?

There is much conjecture surrounding this incredible gland. The question of if this area is a gland or organ is debated by scholars everywhere. Your Pituitary Gland is located in the center of your head at the base of your brain, approximately three inches directly behind the bridge of your nose. It is subservient to your much larger Hypothalamus. Merely the size of a pea, your pituitary is called the “master gland”. Don’t let it’s small stature confuse you with it’s significance in your brain’s functioning. This little gland has huge importance, especially surrounding your Third Eye Chakra!

Let’s get scientific!

Don’t worry, I won’t go into too much anatomy here. Just enough to give you a basic understanding of this glands functions. Part of your Endocrine System, your Pituitary is divided into two separate sections, the Anterior Pituitary, and the Posterior Pituitary.

The Anterior Pituitary

Your anterior pituitary is located in the front of your pituitary gland. The anterior controls different hormone secretions into your body. One of the most important hormones released during early childhood and into adolescence is its release of Somatotropin. Growth hormone (GH) is an easier identifier for Somatotropin. Prolactin (PRL), in addition, is a hormone released by the anterior pituitary. Prolactin is what allows new mothers the ability to produce milk after their child is born.

Interestingly enough, this gland is also responsible for emitting hormones that control other parts of the same endocrine system! Since these hormones are released by one part of the endocrine system and are in charge of another part of the endocrine system, they are called Tropic Hormones. The Follicle-stimulating Hormone (FSH) is used the help with the production of sperm and in females, egg production. Working with FSH is the production of Luteinizing Hormone (LH). Shortened to Lutropin, this hormone is responsible for the production of testosterone in males, and ovulation in females. Your anterior pituitary also aids in the proper functioning of your adrenal glands outside the reproductive systems. 

Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH) or Corticotropin regulates cortisol in your body. When your body is stressed, or in fight or flight mode, it releases a hormone called Cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone called your stress hormone or steroid hormone. Lastly, the hormone Thyroid-stimulating Hormone (TSH), or Thyrotrophic, is released in this area. This hormone stimulates the production of thyroxine from your thyroid. Thyroxine is responsible for every tissue in your bodies metabolism.

The Posterior Pituitary

 

Let’s now discuss your Posterior Pituitary. Unlike your anterior, which produces hormones, your posterior merely releases hormones secreted by the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus does this by sending these hormones through the end of nerve cells attached to your posterior pituitary. Your posterior then releases these hormones into the bloodstream. Most of you have probably heard of the hormone Oxytocin, especially if you have children or know someone who does. Oxytocin is involved in things such as uterine contractions during labor as well as the production of breast milk. It also has an important role in your kidney function as well. It releases Anti-diuretic Hormone which enables the kidneys to increase the amount of water in your blood.

So what does this have to do with your Third Eye?

Called the “seat of your mind”, your pituitary is also in charge of regulating your thoughts. From emotional processing to intellectual thought, all of this is in part thanks to this gland. Meditation stimulates and activates this area as well as the pineal gland of the brain causing your third eye to awaken.

You can read more on this gland in my previous blog at https://helpinghealyou.com/Blog/yourchakrasystem. Look for the section relating to your sixth chakra, also known as your third eye chakra.

Be sure before working on this gland that your pineal gland is not calcified and working at optimal health. For more information about your pineal gland, please read my blog at https://helpinghealyou.com/Blog/pinealgland/.

Namaste

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The Pineal Gland

Pineal Gland Location

What is your Pineal Gland?

At the center of the brain sits a small, pinecone-shaped gland; a part of your Endocrine System. Your pineal gland connects your endocrine system with your nervous system. But that’s not all this gland does! It also controls the production of two very important hormones.

Mela-who and Sera-what?

Your pineal gland is responsible for the production and release of the hormones Melatonin and Serotonin. Both of these hormones assist in sleep cycles and waking. As darkness sets in and the sun has gone down, your pineal gland receives messages from your retinas. Prior to arriving at your pineal gland, your hypothalamus receives the messages from your retina, then sending them to your pineal gland as a result. These messages then cause your pineal gland to begin producing and releasing melatonin into your bloodstream. Melatonin is the sleep hormone. This allows you to feel tired, fall asleep, and remain asleep once there.

As morning grows near and the sun begins to creep through your windows, your retinas again send another important message to your pineal gland. This message stimulates the production of Serotonin. Serotonin is the “happy hormone” and is responsible for waking you up. Your pineal gland, however, is not responsible in the production of the neurotransmitter Serotonin. Melatonin is also responsible for the development of reproductive organs and ensuring this development does not begin too early.

So what does this have to do with your Third Eye?

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Often called the “seat of the soul”, your pineal gland is responsible for your connection to the divine. Your pineal gland is the home of your intuition, psychic abilities, and knowledge. Believe it or not, it has the same rod-shaped cells that are also found in your retinas! In addition, the pineal produces N, N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT). Nicknamed “the spirit molecule”, this neurotransmitter is a powerful psychedelic released in the brain during near-death experiences.

How to get this gland in optimal health

Meditation has been shown to stimulate and activate this area of the brain, causing your third eye to awaken. You can read more on this gland in my previous blog at https://helpinghealyou.com/Blog/yourchakrasystem. Look for the section relating to your sixth chakra, also known as your third eye chakra. For most people out there, particularly Americans, getting this gland in optimal health will warrant the need for a diet change. Alcohol, pesticides, large amounts of sugar consumption, caffeine, and tobacco all help to calcify your pineal gland. Warning! Scientifically proven to calcify your pineal gland, there lives a sneaky chemical lurking in your water.

The hubbub on Fluoride

Flouride, the silent killer

Fluoride has the ability to jump the blood-brain barrier, an ability not successfully conquered by other chemicals. This means that when this substance enters your body and gets into your bloodstream, it can travel up your spinal column and into your cerebral cortex. In addition, fluoride is scientifically proven to calcify this organ. Fluoride in your toothpaste is common knowledge, however, this chemical is added to your water supply additionally! Moreso, traditional filtration systems purchased at larger scale department stores do not remove it!

Specialized filters need to be purchased to remove fluoride from your everyday drinking water. Your best option for complete removal of fluoride as well as other toxic heavy metals is through the purchase of a Reverse Osmosis Filter or Ro Di Filter for short. However, this option can be a bit pricey, so many companies have developed specialized filters at a cheaper cost. One company, Pure Water Freedom, offers a wide range of filtration options. They can be found at https://purewaterfreedom.com/filter-fluoride.

Foods to decalcify your Pineal Gland

In addition to removing fluoride from your home and water supply, there are some foods that assist in the recovery and decalcification of this gland. Whole, natural algae contain two important nutrients for this, Chlorella and Spirulina. Other foods and oils great for this are things like oregano oil, apple cider vinegar, wheatgrass, pure cacao, and mangoes.

Awakening your Third Eye

Besides meditation, there are other activities you can do throughout your day to speed up the awakening of your third eye. Things like yoga, sleeping in a completely dark room, and spending time out in the sunlight are all great ways to assist this area. I highly recommend a book by Douglas De Long titled Ancient Teachings for Beginners. Discussed in this book are chants, meditations, and mantras that are performed to awaken not just your third eye, but your entire chakra system. It can be found on amazon https://www.amazon.com/Ancient-Teachings-Beginners-Projection-Llewellyns/dp/1567182143/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1536382624&sr=8-1&keywords=ancient+teachings.

Namaste

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Your Chakra System

Have you ever wondered what your chakra system is? Well, look no further! In this comprehensive article, we will go over all the important information surrounding this fascinating part of the human body. Furthermore, I will also give you several affirmations and meditative practices you can add to further enhance and balance these areas. 

Image of Chakra System OverviewYour Chakra System

Let’s take a moment to go over some basics involving your Chakra system. The word Chakra is actually Sanskrit for “wheel”. These wheels are merely energy vortexes swirling in and around the human body and aura. Altogether, there are approximately 130 of these vortexes. They all govern specific parts of the human body, as well as have associated colors and symbols that assist with working on these chakras. In this article, we will go over our main seven chakra systems and how these systems govern everything in your body from psychological well being to your resistance to disease and illness. 

The First Chakra

Image of Root Chakra Overview

Your Root Chakra is the first chakra in this system. Muladhara (मूलाधार चक्र) Chakra is the term in Sanskrit. This chakras located is at the base of your spine, right where the end of your tailbone is.  It is represented by the color RED. Part of your bottom three chakra systems, it is part of your physical chakra centers. The Root Chakra is in charge of allowing you to feel safe, stable, and grounded. If you feel as though your basic survival needs are not being met, this can negatively affect this area. Basic survival needs include having enough money, food, water, and shelter. Other factors that can cause blockages in this chakra system are being in unstable living conditions or feeling unsafe where you are.

Earthing is an amazing practice to perform to aid this chakra’s functioning. Earthing in simplest term is just walking barefoot. When we walk on the earth barefoot, the soles of our feet absorb the ions coming up from the ground naturally. This allows our bodies to utilize this energy for healing and balancing, particularly of the root chakra. Shinrin Yoku, the art of forest bathing, is the origin of this practice. For more information on this ancient art, please visit http://www.shinrin-yoku.org/.

Let’s get to work!

When working on balancing this chakra, picture the color red during your meditation practice. You can also visualize a lotus flower with four petals in addition to picturing its color. Affirmations commonly spoken to build this chakra up are things such as, “I am safe”, “I am grounded”, and “I am secure”. 

Your Second Chakra

Image of Sacral Chakra Overview

Your Sacral is the second chakra in this system. In Sanskrit, it is referred to as the Svadhisthana (स्वाधिष्ठान) Chakra. This Chakra is located approximately two inches below your navel. It is represented by the color ORANGE. The Sacral Chakra is in charge of governing things like your sexual and reproductive organs, sexuality, creativity, and joy. One of the easiest ways to throw this chakra out of balance is not being true to your sexual preferences. When your libido or any form of sexual incompetence is present you can guarantee that your Sacral is not functioning at optimal health.

Another commonly occurring theme that demonstrates a blockage in this area is not having creative freedom of expression. By nature, all human beings are creative in some form or another. Now, this does not mean that when fixing this chakra you will somehow become a master artist overnight. Instead, you will be able to express your own creativity in a manner that best suits your highest self. Whether it’s from dancing, singing, painting, or even web design, your sacral will assist in allowing you to fully express your artistic side. In turn, this will allow you to feel joy and happiness in your life as well, another key factor of the Sacral.

Down to business!

When working with this chakra system, you visualize the color orange as well as a lotus flower with six petals now. Affirmations that better assist in your meditative work for this chakra are things such as, “I am creative”, “I am sexual”, and “I feel joy”. 

The Third Chakra

Image of Solar Plexus Chakra Overview

Your third chakra is also known as your Solar Plexus Chakra. Manipura (मणिपूर) Chakra is the correct term in Sanskrit. This chakra system is located about two inches above your navel, whereas your Sacral was located two inches below. It is represented by the color YELLOW. Picture the bright and vibrant color of the sun during a clear and beautiful day, that is the color of this chakra system.

The Solar Plexus is your “personal power” chakra. It governs your self-esteem, self-confidence, strength, and willpower. Obviously, doubting yourself in any way will create an imbalance in this chakra. So if you are like the millions of people out there and are not happy with who you are, then this is definitely an area you want to focus on. Feelings of guilt, shame, or even fatigue are all going to contribute to blockages in your Solar Plexus. The emotional blockages you have will need to be removed first in order to re-align this chakra. Trust me, this is one of the greatest chakras to have in optimal health. It is going to allow you to feel your best and have that confidence to go out there and conquer your greatest desires!

Take action!

To work on this chakra during meditations, picture that beautiful and vibrant yellow sun. Also, visualize a lotus flower with ten petals now. Some great affirmations to say for your Solar Plexus are, “I am confident”, “I will”, and “I am strong”. 

The Fourth Chakra

Image of Heart Chakra OverviewYour fourth chakra is also known as your Heart Chakra. Anahata (अनाहत) Chakra is the correct term in Sanskrit. As you may have already guessed, this chakra system is located in the center of your chest, just above your heart. Unlike your other chakra systems, this chakra is actually represented by two different colors rather than just one. These colors are GREEN and PINK. You may be wondering why there are two colors for this area. Since this chakra is about the heart, it governs two very distinct aspects of love. While most of us fully understand the concept of giving love, we must also learn to receive that same love in return. This is where the two differing colors come into play.

When represented by the color green, this is showing that you are giving that love out into the world. Pink on the other-hand is representing receiving that same love. Now when I mention receiving, this also includes self-love, which many of us tend to forget. Before you can truly love another, you must learn to love yourself, all of yourself. Often times left unattended and forgotten, growing to love your truest self is an amazing experience. As with everything in life, however, this self-love does need to have balance. Narcissism, which contrary to most beliefs, isn’t always a bad thing. However, when this narcissism becomes a habitual pattern, this is when it can and will negatively affect this chakra system. Loving who you are, your body, your mind, and your soul is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself.

Release the hate and meditate!

When working on this chakra, in addition to visualizing green and pink you can also picture in your mind’s eye the lotus flower, now with twelve petals. I assume that most of you can ascertain at this point appropriate affirmations to really strengthen your Heart Chakra. Saying things like, “I am loved”, “I love unconditionally”, and “I love myself” are all great examples. 

The Fifth Chakra

Image of Throat Chakra OverviewYour fifth chakra system is also known as the Throat Chakra. Vishuddha (विशुद्ध) Chakra is the correct term in Sanskrit. Much as you may have guessed this chakra system is located right at your throat, where hollow of your collarbone is. It is represented by the color LIGHT BLUE. If you picture a clear blue sky on a wonderful and sunny day, that is the color blue I am referring to. The Throat Chakra is all about speaking and living your highest self. It is about expressing your truth in a healthy manner. Speaking your truth does not only mean to others, however, it also means speaking this truth to yourself as well. This is a task that is often extremely difficult for most individuals.

All events in your life, even those perhaps you do not fully understand, have a lesson to be learned from it. Once you can learn that lesson, you then have the ability to speak your highest truth and be honest with who you are as a person. If you have trouble with speaking up and tend to be shy in situations, this can negatively affect this chakra. Take public speaking for example, a task feared by most Americans even more than death itself! Imagine how amazing it would be to have that trust in who you are to be able to get up there on that stage and speak your mind in front of thousands of listeners. This is the gift that the Throat Chakra has to offer all of us. If the thought of doing that makes you queasy, then this is an area that you may want to evaluate and work on balancing.

It’s time to quiet the mind, not the voice

An easy visualization to use during this meditation is to picture your lotus flower, now with sixteen petals, floating high above in the beautiful clear blue skies. A few affirmations that can assist this chakra are, “I speak my truth”, “I speak the truth”, and “I am true to my highest self”. 

The Sixth Chakra

Image of Third Eye Chakra Overview

Your Third Eye Chakra is the sixth chakra in this system. Anja (आज्ञा) Chakra is the correct term in Sanskrit. It is represented by the color INDIGO. Indigo often gets confused with purple. It actually is not purple at all. If you visualize the night sky on a clear and starry evening around midnight, that is the color. A deep and dark color of blue, similar to navy but with more vibrancy.

Most people have heard of the Third Eye. It is in charge of your intuition, psychic abilities, vision, and mind. When this chakra is operating at optimal health you will experience heightened psychic abilities such as clairaudience, clairsentience, or clairvoyance. These “clair” words get confused with one another. Clairaudience is the ability to hear sounds and voices psychically, clairvoyance is the ability to see visions and events, and clairsentience involves your empathic abilities.

If you are someone who tends to be an extremely empathic person, then your Third Eye Chakra is assisting in this ability. This is also why children tend to have more nightmares than adults. Up to age twelve, children use their psychic abilities on a daily basis, often times completely unknowingly. At age twelve the brain matures to a point where if the child’s learned belief system does not support the existence of these abilities from outside influences, the pineal gland will then begin to slowly calcify and no longer function. Look for my other blog post all about your pineal glands function and how to decalcify this organ. Intellect and the ability to learn are addition processes of this chakra system.

To learn more about your pineal gland, please read my blog at https://helpinghealyou.com/Blog/pineal/

Develop your intuition

Still visualizing the lotus flower it now has only two white petals, unlike the chakras previously discussed. As with all chakra systems, there are affirmations that will strengthen your Third Eye Chakra. Things like, “I am wise”, “I am psychic”, and “I am aware” are all excellent examples. 

The Seventh Chakra

Image of Crown Chakra OverviewHere we are at your seventh and final chakra system we will cover in the article, the Crown Chakra. Because it sits directly on or above the top of your head gives the name of your crown. Depending on your preferences, this area may sit directly on the head or situated about two inches above the top of your head. I encourage all of you to believe in what resonates most with you as an individual. Sahasrara  (सहस्रार) Chakra is the correct term in Sanskrit. The color of this chakra system is VIOLET. Your Crown Chakra represents your connection to the divine. Whether you believe in god, deities, universal consciousness or something else, this chakra will assist in your connection to these higher sources.

When your Crown is operating fully you will naturally be understanding of the fact that you are a spiritual being. If you have a blockage in this area your faith will falter. In addition, you will be stuck living in the physical and material worlds, having trouble seeing “the bigger picture”. Mental disorders and learning disabilities are very common attributes of a blocked Crown. This is not to say that working on this crown will enable you to overcome some mental disorders, but it will certainly assist in lessoning it’s symptoms.

Connect to the divine

For meditations, you should now picture that violet color with the Thousand Petal Lotus. This is often another name people may call this chakra system. Affirmations for your crown are things like, “I am connected”, “I am wise”, and “I am”. 

Where To Go From Here?

Now that you have a better understanding of each of your main chakra systems in your body, I encourage all of you to begin working on each of these areas one at a time. Meditation is the greatest gift and way to work on these areas.

Don’t be afraid when I say meditation, I’m not expecting you to go off into the mountains and sit upon a mountain top for twenty-one days to have a spiritual revelation. Merely sitting for five minutes a day at the start of this practice is enough to start the healing process. Sit, or lie if that’s more comfortable for you, in a quiet room. There is nothing worse than being ripped out of a healing meditation by the loud ring of a cell phone. Turn your cell phone off to eliminate the possibility of this distraction.

Sit there for five minutes and just focus on your breath. Do not expect your mind to not wander. Your mind will wander frequently when just starting out. This is completely normal. It takes patience and training to be able to completely clear your mind. Once your able to simply focus on your breath and nothing else, then move on to visualizations. Affirmations can be added to these meditations if you would like, but they are also great to say in the morning when you first get up and in the evening right before you go to sleep. Keep a lookout for more blog posts on incorporating essential oils and stones into this practice. 

Namaste 

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