Friday, January 27, 2012

The Journey Continues ……
Part 1: The Cracked Pot – God’s grand sense of humor.
Each of us have our own unique flaws, we’re all cracked Pots. But if we will allow it, The lord will use our flaws to grace his fathers table.

Jeremiah 18:1-6
This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD:  “Go down at once to the potter’s house. There I will reveal my words to you.” So I went down to the potters house, and there he was, working away at the wheel.  But the jar that he was making from the clay became flawed in the potter’s had.  So he made it into another jar, as it  seemed right for him to do.
But the word of the LORD came to me.  “House of Israel, can I not treat you as this potter treats his clay?”  --This is the LORD’S declaration -- “Just like clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, house of Israel.” Psalms 31:12 I am ignored. I am like a broken pot.

Chapter 1 – Understanding the pieces of our puzzle.       Putting the pot back together.

Many people struggle to be well.  Our bodies let us down. We feel tired, stressed and unable to change negative habits.  We feel that if we could just find the missing piece of the puzzle, we could be and do so much more.  In order to get our pieces to fit correctly, we need to find out what parts of our selves aren’t working.  We are made up of a physical self, mental self and spiritual self. When they are working in harmony we feel good. We are able to find our higher purpose and achieve peace.

This blog will explain how I believe that the parts of our bodies interact.  I will attempt to fit all of our pieces together.  Like a puzzle you will come to see that all of the parts of yourself are interconnected and must work together to make a complete picture.  While working on your physical self you need to keep attuned to your mental thoughts and spiritual lessons that may be affecting you.  Likewise you can’t meditate and find your higher purpose with a constant stomach ache  (a break in your physical self). We are beautiful, complex, wonderfully and fearfully made beings that unfortunately do not come with an owner’s manual.  Each of us gets to figure it out while we are here on this earth.

I have a body that does not fit within the “normal” range. This has forced me to study and look for alternative options for wellness.  This journey has been challenging but has enabled me to learn a great deal.  I have been a successful practicing herbalist for 28 years. I do not claim to treat, or cure anybody of anything - except myself.

I am very good at using fine motor kinesiology as a tool. I use this technique to ask the body questions.  I ask the body questions by priority.  “This body has a priority?’’ “This body knows it’s priority?” “This priority is an organ, a system, a condition or an environmental influence?”

 I have discovered the ideas and practices described in this blog through medical course work, reading hundreds of alternative books, participating in countless workshops and learning from the people I work with.   I do not advertise.  People come to me mostly by word of mouth, as a result of satisfied requests.  This blog is a compilation of my lifetime search for knowledge  to explain what causes us discomfort and how to realign our body’s priorities for harmony and wellness.

Describing what I have learned is a complex challenge.  I will explain each area simply and then go into more detail as the blog progresses.  You will be able to search for an area that troubles you.  You will be able to read more detail if you find this applies to your specific situation.  You should keep in mind that we have many layers and interconnected parts.  Each explanation includes physical causes and symptoms, mental contributions and emotional components.  Each  progresses to the higher processes of our energetic field and spiritual purpose.  In order to achieve well being you will have to work on each of these layers in turn.

We are chemical and electrical organisms.  Our bodies are directed by electrical signals that cause chemical reactions.  This means our physical bodies can be affected by altering our chemistry or by electrical energies.  This is the basis for many treatments and diagnostic tools used in the practice of medicine.  I use fine motor kinesiology and herbal / alternative medicine to perform those same functions.

The chemicals you put into your body will alter the electrical energy you have.  Chemicals can be in the form of good food, bad food, herbs, medicines or exposure to external materials or environments. Many people view chemical reactions in the body as a simple process. For example: A person may take acetaminophen for pain and the pain stops. The pain may stop, but the reaction with the residual acetaminophen does not stop.  Acetaminophen is an NSAID (Nonsteroidal Antiinflamitory Drug).  It can burn the intestinal tract and stress the liver which in turn leads to inflammation. Burning and inflammation is a cause of chronic pain and other conditions.  Undesirable symptoms, such as chronic pain get even more pronounced when combined with other inflammation causers like refined sugar, white bread and alcohol. This does not mean that you can never take acetaminophen or eat a sugar donut, but you should be aware of the connection.  You should decide if the chemicals you are putting in your body are having the desired result, good or bad.

Everything, including the cells in our body, is made up of atoms.  Each cell carries an electrical charge and electrical signals can jump from one cell to another very rapidly. Electrical signals from our bodies communicate information to our brain.  For example, your eyes just told your brain what you just read.  Conversely our thoughts produce electrical energy that tells our body what to do.  If I move my arm, the brain sends an electrical signal to the nerve, the signal jumps from cell to cell, reaches your arm and your arm bends.

This line of reasoning seems fairly straight forward, but you may wonder. What electrical signals are sent when we have a thought?  What electrical signals are processed when we think, “ I am depressed. I am excited. I am in Love. I am angry“?  How do these thoughts affect the physical body?  What signals does our physical body send to our brain when we lounge around all day doing nothing, not moving?  Does our body relax or think that it is sick?  A depressed person can develop the physical symptoms of being tired and in pain.  Being in chronic pain can lead to a person becoming depressed.  As we learn in later blogs, thoughts, real or fake, can change the reaction of our bodies.  Electrical energies can change our thoughts.

External forces also impact the electrical process going on in our body.  When we are in danger, the SA node (Sinoatrial Node) on the heart gets the message and signals the heart to beat faster.  This enables us to fight or run away. There is also a general discharge of the “sympathetic nervous system, triggering the fight-or- flight response.

We can consciously change these electrical signals through deep breathing or meditation.  Our surroundings, incidental or purposeful,  can also affect us.  We may think of people or places as positive or negative.  As an example,  Imagine your best friend, walking on the beach or along a secluded quiet stream.  Now, contrast that image with one containing a blaring radio, traffic, trouble at work or fighting with a loved one.  Many alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, reiki, and electrical pulse machines focus on using external tools to stimulate the natural electrical response within and around your body.

It is easy to become resistant or judgmental regarding energy work because we often can’t see or feel its effects immediately.   Disregarding this part of yourself can leave you puzzled. When our pieces and parts don’t work together properly, we become befuddled.  We need to remember that everything around us is made of atoms and all atoms have an electric charge.  It follows that everything around us has the power to affect us energetically. This is true, whether they are gases like air, liquids like water, solids like crystals or thoughts like prayers.

We are formed from only two cells - from two individuals.  From there we become amazingly complex creatures.  We become the most intricate, startling puzzle we will ever attempt to piece together.  Throughout this blog, I will attempt to provide you with some of the answers I have found.  I will include your bodies systems and symptoms.   I will examine diets, supplements, meditations, alternative therapies and scientific insights.  I will share my 28 years of study and knowledge to help you.

Each of us has to find our own path through the journey of life.  The information shared in this blog is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition or replace the advice of a doctor – it is intended to enlighten you to the possibilities- so you can make informed choices, understand the interconnectedness of your body, mind and soul in order to bring health and well being into sharp focus in your life.

The Cracked Pot… author unknown
A water bearer had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the walk from the stream to the masters house. The cracked pot arrived only half full.

For two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his master’s house.  The perfect pot was proud of it’s accomplishments, of delivering a full portion of water.  But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of it’s own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, the cracked pot spoke to the water bearer and said, “I am ashamed of myself.” “Why?”, asked the bearer.  “ What are you ashamed of ?” “I have been able to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side caused water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts,” the pot said.  The water bearer said, “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along this path.”  Indeed as they went up the hill, the cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on his side of the path.

The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side?  That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it.  I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you’ve watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my masters table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house.”

Each of us have our own unique flaws, we’re all cracked Pots. But if we will allow it, The lord will use our flaws to grace his fathers table.

The Journey Continues …… 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

In the beginning...

I have had a history of poor response from the medical community.  I had undiagnosed PSOS.. (poly-cystic-ovarian-syndrome since puberty. This condition caused hormonal issues, monthly cycle issues, mood swings, pituitary gland and thyroid issues, hair growth and weight fluctuations. This was treated by numerous doctors with out resolution. Surgery was required (ovarian wedge resection) in order to have my daughter. They cut like a 2/3 wedge out of my ovaries which were the size of lemons (not the size of almonds) The condition was finally found but there was no known cure. I was then was diagnosed with a Thyroid tumor following my second daughters birth. The doctors took out my non-defective thyroid. I did not have a thyroid tumor. No one asked "Have you recently had a baby". Now I have to take thyroid medication for the rest of my life. So basically the chemical operating systems of your Mothers body were screwed.

As a young woman I saw many doctors and they all got excited about my medical history and each offered a course of treatment... Nothing worked. In fact, some cures were worse than the problem. ( Like the "Alcohol saturation Test" where the doctor actually gave me shots of whiskey for like four hours, while taking blood, urine, saliva to test Thyroid, Sugar and hormone levels.By the way, I drink very little). Some doctors said that my symptoms were psychosomatic when they couldn't figure out what to do. 

Then I went to see Hanna Kroger... She not only offered some things that worked but she also offered to teach me how she did it.   This was my introduction to homeopathics.
The process was pretty clear...1. Herbal remedies have been around for thousands of years There is history. 2. Most Herbal remedies come from the natural world, plants and the earth. 3. If your body needs something it will signal that need to you... I crave food. I crave water. I crave salt. I crave sugar. 4. An intuitive person - Mother, caregiver, trained advisor - can identify your need and offer a resolution.
This is the basis of my work.  I have spent the last 25 years reading, taking classes and expanding my belief systems with one goal.  To be well and help others be well...the journey continues