Welcome to the July newsletter. I am so sorry I did not get out my June newsletter this year. First time I’ve missed a month since I started!!! I think, though that you all will forgive me when you know why.
My son was hit by a car while crossing the street a couple of weeks ago. He will be fine although his MRI shows an injury. His mother, however, is still dealing with the realization that at any given second we could lose someone we love most in this world! It has forced me to evaluate and again realize that we must live every moment to its fullest. Don’t put off your happiness until some wished for event occurs. Take your happiness now, grab it now and thoroughly immerse yourself in living your life in the present. Remember, we learn from our past and we can plan for our future, but life occurs now, right at this moment.
Keeping that thought in mind, I’m presenting to you all this month an article by Yasmin Boland about Louise Hay and her philosophies. As I was reading this I had to laugh, because she uses phrases that I’ve incorporated into my sessions and recordings for so many years and thought they were rather uniquely mine; turns out they might not be quite as unique as I believed them to be, and certainly not just mine. Universal truths are just that, universal, and sometimes we all need to be reminded of these things.
Before I take you to Yasmin’s article, though, a few thoughts about the Summer Solstice (in the Northern Hemisphere) which just occurred a little bit ago.
The Summer Solstice is also known as: Alban Heflin, Alben Heruin, All-couples day, Feast of Epona, Feast of St. John the Baptist, Feill-Sheathain, Gathering Day, Johannistag, Litha, Midsummer, Sonnwend, and Thing-Tide, Vestalia to name a few.
The Summer Solstice (Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere) is official the first day of summer and is also referred to as Midsummer because it is roughly the middle of the growing season throughout much of Europe.
In the Southern Hemisphere, the Summer Solstice is celebrated in December, also when the night time is at a minimum and the daytime is at a maximum. People celebrate this event in a variety of ways, some of which you may be familiar with and maybe some that you are not.
In pre-historic times, summer was a joyous time of the year for those Aboriginal people who lived in the northern latitudes. The snow had disappeared; the ground had thawed out; warm temperatures had returned; flowers were blooming; leaves had returned to the deciduous trees. Some herbs could be harvested, for medicinal and other uses. Food was easier to find. The crops had already been planted and would be harvested in the months to come. Although many months of warm/hot weather remained before the fall, they noticed that the days were beginning to shorten, so that the return of the cold season was inevitable.
The first (or only) full moon in June is called the Honey Moon. Tradition holds that this is the best time to harvest honey from the hives.
In Ancient China, the summer solstice ceremony celebrated the earth, the feminine, and the yin forces. It complemented the winter solstice which celebrated the heavens, masculinity and yang forces.
Ancient Pagans celebrated Midsummer with bonfires. "It was the night of fire festivals and of love magic, of love oracles and divination. It had to do with lovers and predictions, when pairs of lovers would jump through the luck-bringing flames..." It was believed that the crops would grow as high as the couples were able to jump. Through the fire's power, "...maidens would find out about their future husband, and spirits and demons were banished."
In Ancient Sweden a Midsummer tree was set up and decorated in each town. The villagers danced around it. Women and girls would customarily bathe in the local river. This was a magical ritual, intended to bring rain for the crops.
Midsummer is also traditionally the time when the sun reaches the peak of its power, the earth is green and filled with the promise of a bountiful harvest. It is a time for divination and healing rituals and divining rods and wands are traditionally cut at this time. I think it is an ideal time to use the power of the sun to make lasting changes in your thoughts, your ideas and your life. You will find that if you want it, you will have access to the energy you need to really make lasting changes.
Linda Simmon, C.Ht.
LOUISE "Heal Your Life" HAY - Mental Wellness
by Yasmin Boland
LOUISE L. HAY is the author of the international best seller "You Can Heal Your Life". I was lucky enough to interview her at her home in San Diego. When I called to apologize for running 30 minutes late, she told me very calmly "All is well..." This is her catchphrase. She's a cool dudette - and proudly in her 70s. Metaphysical heath expert Louise L Hay admits she was "terrified", when was diagnosed with cancer in her 40s.
"I went into total panic. I went immediately to my (spiritual) teacher and he said 'Louise, you haven't done all the work you've done on yourself to die of cancer. Now let's take a positive approach'."
And so she did.
"I did everything; nutrition, prayer, affirmation, meditation, visualizations and therapy. I think one of the big things that really helped turn the thing around was learning to forgive. That was tremendous, because that helped me release the resentment and rage that was in there."
Louise L Hay, as any serious New Age-er knows, is the author of the rainbow covered self-help book You Can Heal Your Life. First published in 1984, it's been translated into 25 languages, published in 30 countries and is almost 'the' basic handbook for anyone interested in self-development or healing.
Most strikingly, it contains the claim that different physical ailments - from simple planters warts to cancer and even AIDS - are physical manifestations of emotional blockages and negative beliefs and attitudes.
She writes, for example, that gall stones may be caused by bitterness or pride, neck problems represents a lack of flexibility, while cancer is about deep hurt, resentment and carrying hatreds. Simplistically, 'bad' thought patterns make you sick, 'good' or 'healthy' thought patterns keep or make you well.
Hay's fans say she makes a lot of sense. The medical fraternity - although the first to acknowledge that around 60% (at least) of physical illness is stress (and thus mind) related, have a harder time embracing her ideas. Critics say that putting the 'blame' for illness on to an already-sick person might only make them feel worse.
Louise can only speak from experience - her own and others. As a child, Louise was raped by a neighbour, abandoned by her father and abused by her stepfather.
"I had a heavy duty childhood. There was just a lot of sexual stuff. When I left home I was just so glad to get out of there and I just wanted to push it all away and not think about it and I did what a lot of people do and just shoved it down.
"Little wonder, then, that I manifested cancer in the vaginal area."
Louise claims to have cured herself of cancer without surgery, although she would never recommend that people eschew medical help.
"I think it's important to go to the doctor - a holistic doctor - because you need to get to the pattern which contributed to creating this disease, so it doesn't happen again.
"It's perfect that the cancer came along for me when it did. After my years of study, it was as though I was safe enough to deal with it. Once I came out of it, I was very strong in my convictions that if you're really willing to do the work you can change almost anything."
Not for one second, though, does Hay claim to have invented the idea of the mind-body-wellness connection.
"They are ancient ideas. They come from ancient India and other cultures, and then they got lost somehow. I don't know why they got lost, just as I don't know why they're coming up again in this century.
"I first heard about them when I was studying. It was 1972 and I went to a lecture and they said something which blew my mind. They said 'if you change your thinking, you can change your life'.
"It was the first time in my life I was ever interested in a subject. I was a high school drop out and never studied anything, until my 40s. Also, I had no religion as a child so I didn't have anything to unlearn. I could grasp ideas and they just made so much sense to me."
During the 80s she worked extensively with AIDS patients and claimed to have witnessed many total remissions.
"Yes I've seen people go from HIV positive to negative but the thing with AIDS is that there's so much public stigma that those that do get well go back into the woodwork about it."
She brushes aside criticism that her ideas put the burden on the sick for having caused their own ailment.
"That's one way of looking at it. I don't buy that at all. I think (my methods give) people a tremendous opportunity to make changes . If they don't want to, that's fine. I am very careful about not selling my ideas. If you come to me as a person who wants to learn, I will share some ideas with you."
Louise stresses that her methods go beyond positive thinking to actually changing the way we think.
"Remember, it's not just about healing you body, it's also about healing your life and everybody has issues. No one gets through life without any problems but I think it can put you in a mental frame where you can handle the issues which come up."
The way Louise L Hay sees it, if there can be such a thing as psychosomatic illness, why not psychosomatic wellness?
A special meditation from Louise. To be spoken aloud - preferably into a mirror - in the morning
"Take a nice deep breath and just let all the tension go and just notice that your scalp needs relaxing. Let's release all fears, all stress, all anxiety and let's just take a moment to know the truth for ourselves. I am a Divine, magnificent expression of life and all of life loves me. I am open and warm and receptive. I bring good experiences into my life. This is a day I have never lived before. I will rejoice in every moment for I know I shall never live it again. I affirm for myself good health, wonderful relationships. I know that my prosperity is expanding, my income is constantly growing, I prosper wherever I turn and I am at peace. I express myself creatively and I have fabulous relationships/. I now open my consciousness to bring some wonderful new people into my life. People I can laugh with and have fun with and can exchange wonderful spiritual ideas with. I know and affirm that I am treated with respect at work. People appreciate what I do and I am well paid. I go forth to meet this day rejoicing in all that I am and all that I have and all that shall unfold before me. I am safe and all is well. And so it is."
From Reiki to energy healing, the mind-body connection is a broadly used paradigm. The right side is generally accepted to be about the male, the left about the female. For example, a problematic ankle, whether caused through a birth defect, through illness or accident, would be connected to a problem with direction/moving forward/receiving joy. So if a person had a bad left ankle, it might reflect problems with receiving joy from a woman. The left and right side can often reflect mother or father issues, stemming from childhood.
Eye Problems: Not liking what you see around you
Neck: Problems with flexibility, refusing to see two sides of a story
Breasts: Problems connected to mothering and nourishing
Arms: Your capacity to hold life's experiences and reach for your goals
Elbows: Accepting new challenges in life and taking new directions
Stomach: Fear. Unable to digest new ideas
Legs: Support, fear of the direction you're heading in
Knees: Problems with authority, pride and ego
Feet: Your ability to 'keep your feet on the ground', to 'stand on your own two feet', your life path
C Yasmin Boland 2001
What a great and thoughtful article!!
I am not going to be publishing one of my own articles this month, I think you’ve already been given a lot to digest. But I did want to say just one thing here. All of this is very powerful and a tool for each of you to use. It is important, though, to remember that if you can internalize these images and visualizations by talking directly to your subconscious (and bypassing your mental road blocks), you speed up the process and empower yourselves even more. This is where hypnosis shines bright. This is why I changed careers and have been so grateful for the opportunity to not only change my life and the lives of those I love most, but also the lives of those people who seek me out and find my website; and I just wanted to say Thank You! to every one of you.
Something a bit different this month:
The Crystal Gazer
I shall gather myself into my self again,
I shall take my scattered selves and make them one.
I shall fuse them into a polished crystal ball
Where I can see the moon and the flashing sun.
I shall sit like a sibyl, hour after hour intent.
Watching the future come and the present go -
And the little shifting pictures of people rushing
In tiny self-importance to and fro.
- Sara Teasdale
An assortment of health tips that I thought might interest you:
Watermelon: Best Not Chilled
Ice-cold watermelon on a steamy summer day really hits the spot. But you'll be best served by keeping it on your countertop until cutting time. Whole watermelons stored at room temperature deliver more cell-protecting antioxidants (specifically lycopene and beta carotene) than refrigerated or freshly picked melons. Here's why - after it's picked, watermelon continues to ripen and build up antioxidants. Cold temperatures appear to cut this process short. So leave your watermelon out, as long as you haven't sliced it. After it's cut, it should be stored in the refrigerator for food-safety reasons. For an ice-cold treat, chill the fruit right before serving.
- Souped-Up Summer Snacking
Just because good things are in your salsa doesn't mean you're getting all the good out of it. If you toss some avocado chunks into the spicy red stuff, you'll absorb 400 percent more lycopene from the tomatoes. Avocados give spinach salad a boost, too.
Salad on Steroids. Topping spinach salad with half a cup of sliced avocado helps you absorb 14 times more beta carotene from the greens. Lycopene and beta carotene are fat-soluble carotenoids - meaning they need to piggyback with fat to be absorbed in your small intestine. Avocado, olive oil, pine nuts . . . any source of healthful fat will do the trick. Find foods rich in beta carotene and lycopene with this tool. What do you get in return? Healthier eyes, a stronger cardiovascular system, and possibly even protection from certain types of cancer. Are you getting your share of carotenoids?
Some Say Prunes, Some Say Dried Plums
Either way, this is one wrinkle you want in your morning oatmeal. Why? To give heart troubles a one-two knockout punch. Fiber-rich oatmeal protects your heart by helping control blood fats, and it seems dried plums have heart-friendly attributes, too. You might know dried plums best for their ability to get your bowels moving. But they can help your heart and arteries work better, too. They're chock-full of antioxidants (phenols) that have a reputation for stopping bad things from happening in arteries - like plaque ruptures that could lead to a heart attack or stroke. Prunes also abound with fiber, potassium, and boron and copper . The sugars in prunes also appear to be safe for blood-sugar watchers.
Who's in Your Network?
Good friends can help keep you from losing your mind sometimes. Literally. Case in point: Some people don't have much memory loss from Alzheimer's disease, even though their brains show physical signs of it. And the more good friends and close family they have, the less affected their memory seems to be. Coincidence? Mental Immunity. Sometimes, the human brain can function fairly normally even when physical signs of a disease - such as the brain "tangles" associated with Alzheimer's - are present. Researchers call this resilient power of the brain "neural reserve." Think of it as the brain's capacity to keep working even though it's physically injured. And it's not clear why, but having lots of close friends and family -- the kind you can call on for help or confide in about private matters - appears to help shore up those neural reserves.
- Your Worst Choice Ever?
Remember Superman's evil doppelganger Bizarro? Turns out you've got one, too. And he comes out when you're sleep deprived. Research shows that when people attempt to resolve emotionally charged, dangerous situations on little sleep, they make the opposite choice from what they would have made when well rested. Sleepy Heads Are Slow Heads. When you're tired, your brain has trouble integrating thoughts and feelings. The result? Not only will your sleepy brain likely reach a different conclusion when faced with distressing choices, but you'll also take longer to make that decision than you would if you were caught up on your sleep. Got tough choices to make in your day-to-day life? Then you'd better get your ZZZs.
Eye on Exercise
Walking is a quick path to a more youthful body. But more youthful eyesight? Seems so. People who hit the walking trail at least three times a week are less likely than exercise slackers to develop wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), an eye disease that can smudge out central vision. In the U.S., AMD is one of the most common causes of blindness in people over age 60. Wet AMD is an advanced form of the disease. But you don't have to go down to wet AMD without a fight. If you're over 65, simply walking more can help your peepers steer clear of the condition. Carrots protect against AMD, too! Just how does exercise help? It might hinder a process that hurts not only your eyes but also your heart: inflammation.
Grapes Kick Out the Nasties
If you need another reason to pull some grapes off the bunch, you just might have one. Grapes contain chemical cousins - pterostilbene and resveratrol - that work as a cleanup crew, mopping up nasty free radicals in your body so they're less likely to cause problems such as heart disease and cancer.
Protective Phenols - In a study of mice, pterostilbene and resveratrol - phenolic compounds found mainly in grape skins - had an antioxidant-like knack for knocking out breast cancer cell processes. It's early news though; researchers still need to examine how the grape compounds affect human cancer cells. But we already know that the resveratrol in grapes has heart-protective properties, regardless of its effect on cancer. And grapes have lots of other good things going for them - like anthocyanins, which attack disease-fostering inflammation, and vitamin C. So don't wait for further evidence before improving your health with a juicy bunch.
Red wine is one of the most potent sources of resveratrol.
Don't Confuse Hunger with Thirst
The reason people eat is because their satiety centers are begging for attention. But sometimes, those appetite centers want things for quenching thirst, not filling the stomach. Here's how to figure out what your body is really asking for. Thirst could be caused by hormones in the gut that produce feelings much like hunger cravings. To figure out what your body really needs when you feel hungry, drink a glass or two of water. If the craving goes away and you feel more satisfied, you have your answer. Thirst could also be a chemical response to eating; eating food increases the thickness of your blood, and your body senses the need to dilute it. A great way to avoid confusing your hormonal reaction to food is to make sure that your response to thirst activation doesn't contain empty calories - like the ones in soft drinks or alcohol. Your thirst center doesn't care whether it's getting zero-calorie water or a megacalorie frappé.
Easier Exercise Measures Up
How much do you need to sweat? Probably not much, if you're eating right. When people looking to lose weight eat more waist-friendly foods, low-intensity exercise has about the same impact as hard-core workouts on the amount of weight lost. Exercise alone won't entirely cut it if you're trying to lose serious weight. People who combine exercise with a low-calorie or low-fat diet lose more weight than the exercise-only crowd. Check out these six diet boosters. But how do hard-core workouts compare with more moderate ones? Both high- and low-intensity exercise lower systolic (the upper number) blood pressure and triglycerides. But one of the big benefits of high-intensity exercise? Lower blood glucose levels; they don't drop as much with a less heart-pumping workout.
If you have found this newsletter to be helpful to you and you know someone who you feel could benefit from these thoughts and messages please pass it on.Linda Simmon, C.Ht.
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