Sunday, January 29, 2017

Redefining Success

Have you been watching any of the Tiny House shows on TV? It seems that every time I turn around there's a new one, and now there's a show called Unplugged. It seems there's a big trend these days towards simplifying one's life.

I grew up in the 70s and 80s when everyone was getting bigger houses, bigger cars, more stuff..."keeping up with the Joneses" was THE thing to do. Nobody knew who the Joneses were, just that we were all trying to keep up with them, and that meant buying more stuff, including living on credit cards and loans because we couldn't afford all of that stuff, so we had to make small payments on it and stay in debt. The more you had, the more successful you showed yourself to be.

I remember at one point in my teens, right after my parents had just finished a very large remodeling project on the house we owned then, overhearing them discussing that each had considered suicide so that the other would own the house free and clear and be able to pay off their debts. My father earned a good income as an airline pilot, so it's not like we were poor and shouldn't be able to afford it all...they just had a lot of debt from auto loans, credit cards and now the loan on the house for the construction because greedy banks loved people like them who had good credit and good incomes and encouraged them to overstretch themselves. I'm just glad neither of them decided to actually act on those sad thoughts.

Now I see the pendulum swinging the other way and a lot of people, mostly younger but not all, choosing to downsize their lives and get rid of all of that extra stuff, choosing quality over quantity and smaller over bigger. It's making me look around at my own house and all of the stuff I have...do I really need all of this? (The books and my card decks are a yes, the rest is what I'm questioning. 😉)
 

I think it's great to see this change in what success means, and healthier for people. Now success is defined by how much freedom and quality of life you enjoy and people are starting to actually LIVE again.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Decluttering My Life

I'm facing a transition in my life, going back to work as an employee outside of the home for the first time in about five years, and it's made me start thinking about the way I wish to spend the time I'll have at home moving forward. Since there will be less of it, I'll be valuing it more and so I've done some decluttering of the distractions that I've been wanting to remove for my life.

I've removed the Facebook and Messenger apps from my phone, along with the Amazon, eBay, Etsy, Solitaire and Word Search apps. I've been spending way too much useless time on my phone doing these things than I wish. I've also canceled my group and my membership in Meetup because I just won't have the time and energy to do any such things, and if there's something I do wish to attend, it will be available on Facebook.

I've done similar clearings before by canceling my accounts on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Why do I wish to limit my interaction on social media and the apps on my phone? Because it has occurred to me that before I was so distracted by such things I actually lived a happy and full life, reading and hanging out with friends. Now I actually have books that have been collecting unread on my shelves over the past eight years, whereas for the rest of my life those all would have been read more than once as well as all of the new ones being read. It used to be that you had a hard time prying a book out of my hands and lately it's hard to pry my phone out of my hands instead while books sit unread beside me on the table and on my book shelves. 

So, the time I do have before and after work and on my days off will be precious to me. It's sad that it has taken this as the impetus to value my time more, but so it is. It will be time for study, meditation, working out, relaxation...and yes, time for clients because I'm still running and building my business. I see this time of other employment as a necessary bridge to the future my husband and I wish to build, and that will leave very little time for empty distractions. 

And now that I've decluttered my time, it will be time to go to work on doing some further decluttering of my stuff...it's time to declutter and simplify all of my life! 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Is Gluten-Free Enough?

It seems that everywhere you turn, you see "gluten-free" on the labels these days. Gluten has been given a bad name, and a great way to market something as being healthy is to put "gluten-free" on the label! It's a great gimmick, and is being used on a lot of foods that never had gluten in them to begin! And it's being touted as the answer to all that ails you. 

So first, what exactly is gluten? Gluten is the name given to a group of proteins that are found in many grains--especially wheat, barley and rye. It also acts as a glue that holds foods together and helps them keep their shape, so it's found in many food products, including salad dressings and potato chips.
 

Another thing that may shock you is that if it's labeled "gluten-free" that doesn't mean it doesn't contain any gluten! Labeling laws aren't very strict and if it contains less than 2% of something like "natural flavors", then it can say that it's gluten-free. There are many ways to hide gluten in your food and get away with it! Your best protection is to educate yourself and learn how to read a label properly.

However, even if you've gone gluten-free and read all labels carefully, it might not be enough. That happened to me years ago when I was still suffering from hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia and chronic myofascial pain syndrome. I learned that's because some of the very proteins that are in gluten that target the thyroid can be found in rice and corn, commonly used as substitutes for gluten-containing grains. Same with the proteins that targeted my fascia and caused the fibromyalgia. 

Also, you most likely have developed "leaky gut syndrome" and may require a stricter protocol like the autoimmune diet, or at least a paleo/primal diet, to eliminate dairy and other triggers that cause the chronic inflammation that leads our immune system to attack healthy cells and cause autoimmune diseases. Gluten-containing grains aren't the only ones that have proteins that do this, they're just the ones that the food industry targeted because it was easy enough to eliminate those and still sell us the junk to which we've become addicted.

So, gluten-free might be a place to start, but it really may just be the beginning--especially if you have an autoimmune disease. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Healing Work With Tarot

Everyone thinks of divination and fortune telling when they hear of Tarot, but few think of healing work when they hear you read Tarot...and yet, this is my biggest use both privately and in my practice, and has been since I learned that was something it could be used to do. 

I also only used it for divination at first, looking into the future to see what was going to happen, and usually just using a Celtic Cross. Then I put Tarot aside for a while and used Lenormand cards almost exclusively for about two years, still only for divination purposes. But when I came back to Tarot I came back with new zeal and new ways of using my cards...a big part of which is for healing work.

See, healing isn't just about the physical body, it's about the mind/body/spirit as a unit, so often when something has manifested physically as an issue or ailment it's because it started in the mental, emotional or spiritual body and was ignored and that part is still blocking our physical healing.
 

One of the best ways I find to work with my clients is to use Tarot cards to uncover what is blocking their progress or what they need to work on so that they can heal. If we do a reading on that and then do energy healing using Reiki, Sound Therapy, or a combination of energy healing modalities, then I find the energy healing work is much more effective.

I also like to do my own healing work using an Inner Child prompt sheet by Elyse at Wild Moon Woman, exercises from "The Dark Side of the Light Chasers" by Debbie Ford, "Tarot for Shadow Work" and "Tarot for the Healing Heart" both by Christine Jette (her Shadow Work book is OOP and expensive, but worth it), and my own simple questions about what is blocking me or what do I need to do to succeed in a particular situation. I have a special journal I keep just for this purpose, and I suggest journaling this type of work even if you don't journal your other readings. 

Tarot is really especially useful for helping us to take a look at The Stuff we've hidden deep in our subconscious mind that affect our daily life more than the the stuff we're conscious of does. Rather than ask if you'll get back together with someone, or when you'll meet Mr. Right, ask what's blocking you from having a healthy relationship because I guarantee that your problems with finding the right relationship, job, or having financial success are much more about You and than it is about "Them"

Happy Healing! 

Monday, January 2, 2017

What's in a Number?

Everyone keeps talking about the fact that 2016 was a 9 year, wrapping up a 9-year cycle, and that 2017 is a 1 year, thereby starting a new 9-year cycle (that will end in 2025). So, how do we get that and what does it mean, really? 

Well, to figure out the numerology on it, you add together the numbers, so 2+0+1+7=10, then you break that down by adding again, and 1+0=1. You can do this for your own birth year and figure out what year of a cycle you were born in, for example I was born in 1963: 1+9+6+3=19, 9+1=10 and 1+0=1, so that was a 1 year. However, 1966 becomes 22 and that's a Master Number, which is a whole different conversation. (If your birth year adds up to 11, 22 or 33 then look up Master Numbers, it's really quite interesting.)

For me, this is an interesting cycle...as was the last one. See, 2007 was also a 9 year and that year I lost my father-in-law and my husband from my previous marriage within six months of each other, and that ended a cycle that began in 1999 and included my previous two marriages and divorces, plus my journey into and out of nursing school. His battle with cancer ended my fascination with western medicine, and in 2008 my journey in holistic and alternative medicine began. A 9-year journey that began with me going to school to be a Dr. of Naturopathy and ends with me accepting that a formal education for a degree will probably never be something that I complete. And I'm okay with that now.

This is also a personal 9 year for me, something that you can calculate by adding your day and month of birth to the current year. It is for my husband Steve as well...so in this global year of beginnings, we have a cycle to end and it will be interesting to see how this all plays out. After all, the year we met and married in our epic two-month whirlwind romance was a global 3 year and a personal 2 year for us both...as well as an 11 year, and 11 is a number of instinct and intuition guiding one's actions, and 3 is about connection and relationships. An 11 year is also a 2 year and although normally a 2 is a year of slower pacing, it's also a year of focusing on relationships, so it's no wonder we had the momentum we did at the beginning of ours! 

So, what is this year for you personally and how will that play out amidst the energy of the global year of new beginnings? For me and my husband, it's a year to take stock of where we've been and to look ahead at where we want to go personally and as a couple. It's a time of letting go of things that we no longer use, need or aren't working for us coupled with starting new things that do work better for us. For everyone, it's a year to start anew, so this is a good time to look at your dreams and see what you can do to start making them come true over the next 9 year cycle.