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Your December Issue of Natural Healing
November 30, 2022

Natural Alternatives for Your Total Health


December 2022


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IN THIS ISSUE:

1) HOW TO LISTEN TO YOUR BODY AND INTUITION

2) HOW AWESOM IS ASHWAGANDHA?

3) DISCOVER A SIMPLE WAY TO ADDRESS UNDERLYING IMBALANCES AND HEAL YOURSELF

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1) HOW TO LISTEN TO YOUR BODY AND INTUITION
By Heather Dane


I want to stress how important the simple act of listening is. Be aware of the signals guiding you in your life. You don’t have to know what to do about those signals right away. Trust that Life will continue to show you the way. Even if you only get one little step at a time, that is all you need! You don’t have to figure everything out all at once, especially if you trust Life to show you the next step as you’re ready for it. When you’re learning to listen to your body, it’s important to get still and quiet. As you first start to listen, the signals you get may be very quiet, like a whisper, or very vague, like a slight feeling or symptom. The more you tune in to that signal, though, the more clear it will get.

As you begin to practice, here are some tips that may make listening to your intuition much more successful:


Focus on Being Present and Aware


Pay attention to what is happening in the moment and drop any thoughts about the past or the future. The more you’re aware of this moment, the easier it is to tap into how you are feeling. Think of it as taking a moment to put your radar up and scan the environment, noticing exactly what is happening, and then noticing how you are feeling. This is the best way to develop your intuition.

And there’s a bonus: being in the present moment reduces the stress of mind chatter and worry about the past or the future while you’re doing something else in this moment. Multitasking is stressful, and many people are on autopilot while they are moving through life because they are constantly focused on the past or the future instead of being in this moment now.


Develop a Relationship with Yourself – Think of it as Dating Yourself


Think about going on a first date: You don’t know much about the other person, what they like or dislike, how they behave, or whether you will “click” with them. You are just getting to know them and might feel a little uncomfortable. It’s likely that you are really listening to what they say and watching their body language.

Sometimes thinking of this process as a first date is helpful because if you don’t yet have rapport with yourself, it can take time to get comfortable and get to know how your body responds as you communicate with it. By the second or third “date,” you’ll feel more comfortable. Maybe communication is a little easier. You may have started to recognize the signals or language your inner voice speaks.


Get Quiet and Still


You might want to begin by setting aside some time in your day so that you can get quiet and still. Choose a space where you won’t be disturbed for a period of time. You can use this time in any way that supports you. At first, you may want to spend time in meditation, clearing your mind of all chatter and focusing on not thinking at all. As you reduce mind chatter, you can invite your inner wisdom to speak to you in whatever way it chooses.

Another option is to do a listening meditation. I’ll upload a few here for you to choose from in the near future. These allow you to focus your attention on your body in specific ways and tune in to any symptoms or signals that come up, learning what they have to tell you.

Or you can ask yourself a question and remain quiet, seeing what shows up.


If you don’t hear anything right away, that’s okay!


Just tell yourself that you are open to hearing an answer in the right time and space. As you stay open, you may find that an answer comes to you at another time during the day, in a dream you have, or in something another person says. Life works in magical and mysterious ways, and if you trust that answers will come, they will!

Remember, simply asking and being open to an answer in the perfect time and space is all that is necessary. You may be guided to do your own entirely different process during your quiet time, so go with whatever feels most supportive as you learn to listen to your inner guidance.


Tune in to Your Body During the Day


It can be great practice to check in with your body as you do various things throughout your day. For example, on your commute to work; in a meeting; as you’re making a decision; when you’re with friends, family or pets; or as you plan your schedule. Tune in to your body to see how you feel during these activities. Look for signals that may be telling you what is right or not right for you. Be willing to take more time for a decision if you aren’t feeling right about it and want to sit quietly to learn more. Tuning in to your body allows you to get very present and aware in the situation, which can heighten your intuition.


Keep an Open, Judgement-free Mind


Because everyone’s intuition works in different ways, it’s crucial that you stay open and avoid judging the signals that you get. It’s best not to judge the importance of a signal, whether it’s big or small, clear or vague, or the way it shows up. Stay open and curious as you learn the language of your inner wisdom.


Keep a Journal


Journals are wonderful because you can record your experiments and the results. Have fun with this! Write down what you learn about yourself and document the language of your inner voice. With time and practice, this language or the signals you get may change, and journaling can help you pay attention to how things progress. It can also help you to remove doubt by focusing on the successes you have with your intuition, particularly as time goes by. Sometimes, it’s with the passage of time that we can look back and see the true wisdom of our intuition.


Start Small and Build


Start listening to your inner guidance in ways that feel easy for you. These are very simple steps that will tell your body that you’re listening and that it matters. Here are some examples:

-When you have to go to the bathroom, go! Most people put off urinating or having a bowel movement until they have the “time.” Instead, go when you feel you have to go.

-When you’re thirsty, get a drink of water. Thirst is another signal that people tend to put off until they have time. Even if you have to stop what you’re doing, get up and get a drink.

Ask your body when it’s ready to stop working for the day. Many people push on, even when they’ve put in a full day of work and are starting to feel like they want to stop. Notice what happens when you listen and stop working or when you push on.

Some people report that their neck and/or shoulders start to ache if they push beyond their limit. Tune in and see what the right balance is for you, and then notice what happens when you follow that inner guidance!

Notice what other people are saying or doing; listen to their words and watch how they behave. If you do this with curiosity and not with judgement, you may pick up some helpful inner guidance.

Recognize what feels like “truth” to you. When Louise first started attending the Church of Religious Science, the information was completely new to her, yet she had a feeling that what she was hearing was true for her. When you feel that something is true, it’s probably true for you, regardless of what others think. There will always be people who argue about what is true. The key is what you feel – practice listening to your own feelings about what is true for you.


Practice, Practice, Practice


The more you tune in to your inner guidance and the more you follow it, the easier it is to understand how your body and life speak to you. The signals tend to get clearer and it becomes easier to trust your inner guidance. This practice goes a long way in trusting life.


The Author Heather Dane: As a coach, writer and recovered former executive, I understand the challenges of creating a balanced, healthy lifestyle when over-scheduled. In my journey to radiant health, I created a whole health system of eating, exercise, renewal and recharging -- a roadmap toward health & vitality. I empower clients to create their own whole health systems, in their own unique ways. I have seen amazing results in working with my clients!


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2) HOW AWESOM IS ASHWAGANDHA?
by Dr. Mercola


Very quickly gaining in popularity in the U.S. as an “incredibly healthy” herb with centuries-old medicinal qualities, ashwagandha has a long list of attributes to its credit. One of the best known is its use as an adaptogen, meaning that it helps you manage stress.

Ashwagandha is translated in Sanskrit as “smell of the horse,” possibly as a double meaning: the herb exudes the peculiar odor of a horse, and it’s also known for its ability to increase strength and promote health when used regularly.

Other names include winter cherry and Indian ginseng, along with its botanical moniker Withania somnifera. Originating in the region of Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka, ashwagandha has been used by East Indian cultures for thousands of years, based on the 3,000-year-old alternative East Indian medicine known as Ayurveda.

It’s only been in the last 50 years that this member of the nightshade family of plants (Solanaceae) has emerged in the West as a potent healing herb, with growing popularity. Actual Asian ginseng (botanical name Panax ginseng), also an adaptagenic herb, is one of the most sought-after herbal supplements in the U.S. and has several things in common with ashwagandha.

Besides easing fatigue in cancer patients and improving Alzheimer’s, they share a similar effect on infertility and emotional disorders.

Perhaps less well known and not quite as powerful as ginseng, ashwagandha currently sells for $12 to $15 per pound, while ginseng can sometimes go for $100 for the same amount. Nevertheless, ashwagandha has its following of people who value it for its many health advantages.

Originating in India and Northern Africa, the ashwagandha plant is a small shrub bearing small yellow flowers and teardrop-shaped leaves. It’s the leaves that hold the key to the health benefits. Dried and reduced to a powder, compounds called withanolides are possibly the most active ingredients.


Ashwagandha Shown to Fight Many Types of Cancer


Ashwagandha trials have demonstrated numerous and dramatic healing properties for many diseases and presented encouraging prospects in others. Possibly, its most zealously tested benefits are in regard to its ability to combat inflammation and tumor growth.

In one animal study “using chemically induced and oncogene-driven rodent cancer models,” new cancer cell growth was inhibited.

“The plants used in Ayurvedic medicine, which has been practiced in India for thousands of years for the treatment of a variety of disorders, are rich in chemicals potentially useful for prevention and treatment of cancer.

Withania somnifera (commonly known as ashwagandha in Ayurvedic medicine) is one such medicinal plant whose anticancer value was realized over four decades ago after isolation of a crystalline steroidal compound (withaferin A) from the leaves of this shrub.”


Cancer cell apoptosis, or programmed cell death, is one of the ways ashwagandha is thought to exert cancer-resistant effects. It may also have an ability to generate reactive oxygen species (ROS) to kill cancer cells without harming normal cells.

Researchers concluded after trials that ashwagandha may be valuable for combating lung, breast, colon, and a particularly aggressive brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme, or GBM. In another study, mice with ovarian tumors were treated with ashwagandha in combination with an anticancer drug. Besides reporting a 70 percent to 80 percent decrease in tumor growth, metastasis, or the spread of tumor cell growth, was also obstructed.


Ashwagandha Affects Insulin, Blood Sugar Levels and Inflammation


One valuable use for this herb is in relation to lowering blood sugar levels, as evidenced by a study showing its dual actions of increasing insulin secretion along with muscle cell sensitivity.

In trials on people with schizophrenia, scientists found subjects to have reduced fasting blood sugar after four weeks. Similar results were recorded in another assessment, which showed effectiveness comparable to an oral diabetes drug.

Chronic inflammation threatens individuals suffering from diabetes, as well as heart disease, obesity and cancer. The best defense against inflammation and the pain associated with it is in your diet, as multiple studies have demonstrated. Ashwagandha can be added to the many healing herbs and spices shown to improve this condition.

Oxidative stress has been described as “an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the ability of the body to counteract or detoxify their harmful effects through neutralization by antioxidants.”

Ashwagandha has exhibited reduced oxidative stress and inflammation in multiple studies and may be helpful for arthritis symptoms, as well.


Ashwagandha Can Help Decrease Depression, Stress, Anxiety and Insomnia


There’s no denying that the rest of your body reacts to stress. One of the attributes of ashwagandha is its ability to induce calmness and clarity by regulating neurotransmitters such as serotonin and the stress hormone cortisol.

Your adrenal glands release cortisol when your blood sugar level drops too low and also when you’re stressed. When cortisol levels get too high, it can wreak havoc on your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, your hormone balance, immune system, and may even increase fat storage.

The good news is research has shown that consuming ashwagandha may not only reduce cortisol levels but also, as an adaptagen, can “substantially” reduce chronic stress to help your body adapt to and alleviate the stomach-churning anxiety stress can cause.

In one interesting study, anxiety test scores among 75 participants with moderate to severe anxiety were placed in two groups. Those treated with ashwagandha were shown to have “significantly decreased” symptoms as opposed to those undergoing more conventional interventions.

Another review was undertaken to seek evidence of ashwagandha use in regard to gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), an inhibitory neurotransmitter significantly involved in regulating physiological and psychological processes signaling:


Our results provide evidence indicating that key constituents in WS [ashwagandha] may have an important role in the development of pharmacological treatments for neurological disorders associated with GABAergic signaling dysfunction such as general anxiety disorders, sleep disturbances, muscle spasms, and seizures.”


Research indicates there’s a likelihood that ashwagandha may be useful for helping patients in opioid withdrawal as well as reducing or eliminating dependence on benzodiazapene drugs such as Xanax and Valium.


Infertility Alleviated, Muscle Strength Increased by Compounds in Ashwagandha


Stress can cause many seemingly unrelated ailments and conditions, including infertility — or perhaps the infertility causes the stress. In one study, ashwagandha supplements were given to 120 infertile men, while placebos were given to another 60 men classified as fertile.


“Treatment resulted in a decrease in stress, improved the level of antioxidants and improved overall semen quality in a significant number of individuals. The treatment resulted in pregnancy in the partners of 14 percent of the patients.”


Researchers also found that groups treated with this Indian herb showed dramatically increased muscle strength and muscle mass, as well muscle recovery after injury in several different bench press exercises after being treated with ashwagandha supplements for eight weeks.

Further, participants taking ashwagandha in that study experienced more than double the percentage of body fat loss in comparison to those taking placebos. Interestingly, ashwagandha is also used in Ayurveda to stimulate libido in women, soothe painful periods and strengthen the uteruses of those who’ve had miscarriages.


Learning, Memory, Improvement of Neurodegenerative Diseases and More

One of the traditional uses for this herb was to improve memory and sharpen brain function, the age of the individual notwithstanding. That continues to hold true:


“In modern research, ashwagandha has been found to boost an important antioxidant in the brain called glutathione. Glutathione is an essential component for cell development, enzymatic activity, and for clearing toxins from the body.”


Numerous studies indicate there’s also hope for patients suffering from devastating disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease. Scientists believe this ability comes through inhibited amyloid plaque that forms on the brain. It may also be useful for a neurological disorder called restless leg syndrome.

In people with underactive thyroid, in which the thyroid gland fails to produce the hormones needed, ashwagandha extracts have been found to significantly increase the hormone levels of patients with hypothyroidism. Scientists believe that, taken over time, this herb may also help with adrenal gland imbalances.


Natural Medicine — Much More in Line With Your Best Health Interests


Finding a plant that has as many uses as ashwagandha in regard to healing your body and mind makes it all the more clear that natural and alternative health care is so much more effective and less threatening to your body than what is pushed through today’s conventional medical practices.

In spite of many medical associations’ claims, natural medicine is one way you can take control of your health. Arm yourself with the facts about disease, what causes it and how to prevent it, rather than caving to the current medication-driven forum for “treating” disease and “managing” illness.


3) DISCOVER A SIMPLE WAY TO ADDRESS UNDERLYING IMBALANCES AND HEAL YOURSELF


We all want to feel good, be happy, and enjoy life…

Yet, part of being human is suffering physical ailments, emotional upheavals, material downturns such as financial woes, and spiritual and soul-related “droughts” that deplete our creative juices and zest for life.

If not addressed, the difficult feelings we generate due to these challenges can get the best of us, escalating over time into chronic illnesses, long-term depression, anxiety disorders, soul loss, and more.

The good news is, you can address underlying imbalances that may be contributing to your health issues and other life challenges by learning to work with your subconscious mind — and its power to help you heal.

On Tuesday, December 13, with Dr. Bradley Nelson, an internationally renowned medical intuitive, healer, and teacher, you’ll learn about The Emotion Code®, an approach to energy healing that taps into your subconscious to quickly locate and move stuck emotional energies from your body. 

You can register here for Introducing The Emotion Code®: A Quick & Simple Method to Address Underlying Health & Life Imbalances.

During this inspiring hour of hope and healing with Dr. Brad, you’ll:

* Discover The Emotion Code — an easy yet powerful approach to energy medicine — that releases trapped emotions and addresses the underlying causes of physical, emotional, and spiritual imbalances 

* Witness a powerful one-on-one demonstration of how The Emotion Code can be used to catalyze healing and transformation

* Learn the Sway Test, a simple method for connecting with your subconscious and zeroing in on blocks to your wellbeing

* Discover what a Heart-Wall is, how to find out if you have one, and how to dissipate it for optimal health and happiness

* Learn how The Emotion Code can be used not only to help yourself, but others as well, including children and animals.

During the hour, you’ll witness a powerful one-on-one demonstration of how The Emotion Code can be used in the moment to catalyze healing and transformation.

More than anything, you’ll discover how this powerful process can help you find and resolve underlying imbalances that may be causing disease, anxiety, and other personal challenges, including relationship issues, PTSD, addiction, self-sabotage, and more.

You can RSVP for free here.   


In Introducing The Emotion Code®: A Quick & Simple Method to Address Underlying Health & Life Imbalances with Dr. Bradley Nelson…

… you’ll discover an easy yet powerful and proven approach to energy healing that quickly releases trapped emotions to resolve underlying physical, emotional, and spiritual imbalances for a healthier, happier life.

We hope you’re able to catch the event as scheduled. But if you register and miss it, you’ll receive a downloadable recording as soon as it’s available. Sign up here


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Introducing The Emotion Code®: A Quick & Simple Method to Address Underlying Health & Life Imbalances .On Tuesday, December 13, with Dr. Bradley Nelson, an internationally renowned medical intuitive, healer, and teacher, you’ll learn about The Emotion Code®, an approach to energy healing that taps into your subconscious to quickly locate and move stuck emotional energies from your body. 


Energetic Resiliency in the Electromagnetic Era of 5G: What’s Coming & How to Protect Your Biofield as EMFs Get Stronger & More Pervasive: On Saturday, December 17, Dr. Melanie will empower you by sharing practical and effective energy exercises that can defend you against EMFs by developing your powerful energetic resiliency.


Explore the Power of Placebo to Reveal the Healing Keys of Your Biofield: Tuesday, November 1 ; What a Holistic Perspective Reveals About Your Innate Power to Heal Yourself, Expand Your Energy & Create Long-Term Wellbeing ;


Discover the Muscle of the Soul With Somatic & Osteopathic Movement: A New Approach to Releasing Held Patterns of Fear & Trauma Within Your Body: On Saturday, December 3, you’ll learn how crucial the muscle of the soul is in your capacity to prevent and heal chronic stress, pain, and trauma — and to live with greater ease and a felt sense of freedom within your own body.


Explore the Power of Healing With Your Well & Unwell Ancestors: Transform Unresolved Patterns Into Blessings, Hope & Sacred Medicine: According to Christina Lee Pratt, a shamanic healer, author, and teacher for more than 30 years, YOU can heal your lineage with the help of your ancestors.  Christina will show you how your ancestors can be sources of clarity, resilience, and joy for you — when you know how to lovingly draw on their skills and bravery to live a more authentic life and express your soul’s purpose.


The Vibration of Healing & Consciousness: How Frequencies, Sounds, Music & Intention Transform Your Body, Emotions & Brainwaves: David will provide a glimpse into insights, techniques, and practices for accessing the full range of healing vibrations.


Activate Your Inner Power With Medical Qigong: Advanced Healing Practices to Power Up, Calm Down & Skillfully Navigate Daily Challenges: According to Roger Jahnke, Doctor of Chinese Medicine and a Qigong and Tai Chi master teacher, you can activate your own effective healing elixirs through the power of Medical Qigong.  Dr. Jahnke will share how you can integrate Medical Qigong practices into your life to create dis-ease free, radiant health and longevity — by mobilizing your inner healing resources, your body’s own natural medicine.


The Kinēsa™ Process — Move Into Your Freedom: Experience the Healing Power of a New Synthesis of Feldenkrais®-Inspired Somatic Movement, Ancient isdom & Modern Science: Lavinia will guide you through an introduction to this life-changing work — and give you a taste of the benefits that are possible by guiding you through a seated Kinēsa movement practice that uses Attention to transform painful Sensations and Emotions into freedom, flexibility, and relief. 


The Hidden Key to Receiving Accurate Higher Guidance & Clear Intuition: Open the Lesser-Known Alta Major Chakra to Enhance Your Health & Improve Your Life


Activate Your Body’s Miraculous Healing Abilities Using the Language of Energy


Beyond Trauma to Healing & Happiness: Thrive in Life by Removing the Roadblocks That Impede Your Post-Traumatic Growth


Discover the Science Behind Your Heart’s Intelligence: Experience a Heart Coherence Practice to Shift from Stress & Negativity to Calm & Wellbeing. 


Supercharge Your Chakra Practice: How to Heal Your Energy Centers & Unleash the Full Power of Your Life Force.


For more information and to check out other upcoming courses and events go here. New programs are added frequently.


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