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Now Taking Clients!

Hi Everyone,

After taking a much needed sabbatical I am back in the office part-time. I am once again offering Bowen Therapy, Therapeutic Massage, Reiki Healing, and Natural Healing Consults.

It’s great to be back and I hope to see you soon!

Peace & Blessings,

Penny

See The Beauty!

I’ve developed a very healthy, happy habit that truly makes my every day better:
First thing when I wake up, I immediately start thinking of things that feel good, and I keep it going throughout the day. It truly makes the difference between an okay day and a truly inspired day. It’s developing a happy attitude, building happy neural networks that help me to be a more joyous person, having a more positive attitude no matter what is going on in my life today.

Things might truly suck right now. Maybe you don’t have a job, maybe bad things have happened recently. We all know how easy it is to remember those events, that heartbreak and start our day with revisitng that event first thing (oh yeah, I am broken-hearted/ have been mistreated, don’t have any income, or I’m sick) and the downward spiral begins. We cannot get out of a funk of any kind if we begin our day this way.

It may not be easy at first, especially given less than fortunate circumstances. But, again, it’s training those happy muscles. At first, for me, it was like forcing myself to go to the gym- unnatural as Hell. But if you stick with it you will find that there is a crack in that depression, that actually, you can feel good despite whatever is going on- if even for a couple minutes at a time.

Keep it going, keep it going, keep it going- and you will find the despair taking up less of your day and hope starts peeking through. Then maybe some real magic happens. You start attracting really nice things with no effort at all. Animals start coming around. Nice people start popping up. Nice things in general start happening on a more regular basis. The shift is occurring, you are getting better at this- creating a bit of happiness for yourself no matter what.

So, in hopes of encouraging you to do this, I offer this challenge: just for one day, carry a little notebook with you and write down every little nice thing that you consciously notice throughout the day. And I would LOVE to see your list! This could become contagious! And wouldn’t it be nice to have lots more happy people on the planet right now??

So, here is my list for today (and the day is only half over):

-super soft sheets!(OMG!!)
-amazing cool sleeping weather with the windows open (mmm!)
-my sweet dog snuggling with me in bed (seriously nothing better!)
-songbirds waking me up (I am absolutely in love with them!)
-the lightest spring air (fill the lungs!)
-the just barely warm Spring sun (delicious!)
– good food! (it’s a beautiful thing!)
-butterflies at breakfast (love me some butterflies:))
-nature walk (trees, colors, textures- I love textures-nature is amazing!)
-sea shells (can you say Sacred Geometry?)
-silence (it can really fill you up!)
-my dog rolling around in the grass (such Bliss!)
-the bluest sky ever!(how does that happen???)

Are you willing to take the challenge? I’d love to hear from you!

~Happiness Is Contagious!~

update: Evening is coming and I have more things to add to my list:
-the light off the lattice work is beautiful (and calming)
-the gentle breeze through the palm trees making them sway (ever so lovingly)
-my homemade vegetable soup is taking shape (yum- good for the body and the soul!)
-and looking forward to the full moon coming in my window (and reminding me that I am a child of the Universe and therefore important and loved.)
~Peace Out~

It’s All About The Fascia!

If you are physically hurt, if your body isn’t moving, if you are in pain, you need to know at least a bit about fascia so that you can get the right kind of work done with the least amount of invasive procedures and pain killers.

Fascia is a thin casing of connective tissue that surrounds and holds every organ, blood vessel, bone, nerve fiber and muscle in place. The tissue does more than provide internal structure; fascia has nerves that make it almost as sensitive as skin. When stressed, it tightens up.

Let me repeat that so that you understand the importance of fascia regarding the functioning of the body. It is NOT the bones that hold the body and its structures in place and functioning properly. IT IS THE FASCIA. Unfortunately this is not typically understood in Western medicine. It has historically not been taught in the medical arena. Doctors and physical therapists alike have not been educated on the functioning of this all important system.

The term fascia itself translates to the word “unorganized”. This is because when it was discovered nobody knew of it’s function. It was considered unimportant. Only the bones and muscles/tendons/ligaments were considered important to the structure and function of the body. NOT TRUE.

I tell you this because if you have a body part that is injured (for example, a knee or low back issues), you need to have the fascia addressed because this is what is causing the pain, lack of mobility or compression of joints or disks. Find a physical therapist that actually hands-on addresses the fascia in the surrounding tissue. Unfortunately, most times physical therapy is geared toward strengthening the muscles around the injured area. THIS MAKES NO SENSE and I will tell you why: If the connective tissue, the fascia, is restricted you are only going to restrict it more if you try to strengthen muscles before releasing the fascia (and you are likely going to do more damage).

Here’s more: by having the fascia worked properly many joint or disc surgeries can be avoided. Find a therapist that is trained in fascial work- a rolfer, a medical massage therapist, a Tom Meyer’s student (Anatomy Trains instructor and author), and some Bowen Therapists. You will be glad you did!

Starting Over From Here

Even if you were to lose everything today it would not be as devastating as you might think or feel. If you have succeeded at something, if you have amassed great wealth or status of some sort, you can do it again- much faster with much less trial and error, and therefore much less angst.

You now have knowledge and experience that you didn’t have before. You have tools that you didn’t have before. You are wiser than you were before. You are not starting from square one like you did. You are starting from where you are with what you know intact.

Abraham-Hicks says when we find that we have lost everything, even at an advanced age, we do not need to fear because we don’t have to start all over. We can start from where we are at right now. And right now I assure you you have massive tools that you didn’t have before. You have strength and knowledge and wisdom that you didn’t have before.

So start from where you are at today, use the tools that you have gained over time. Have courage in your knowledge and perseverance. You can do this! You know how because you have already done it! And it will be much easier this time because of the know-how, experience, knowledge that you have gained. And people can gain from this knowledge.

Maybe it will look a bit different, most likely what you know now is even more valuable, more marketable, more genius!

Give yourself time to mourn your losses but know that you are much more capable of doing again what you once accomplished, only in a better, more polished, and less strenuous way.

~You Got This!~

Healing From The Past

Most of us have experienced various emotional traumas in our past. The unfortunate thing is that often we carry these traumas into our present, even decades later. Carrying our “Emotional Baggage” with us is very detrimental to us, to our lives, and our relationships- even our physical bodies. Most of all it strips us of our potential to experience freedom and true joy.

Traditionally, psychotherapy has been used in an attempt to release us from our own ‘prison’. I did it- for way too long. This is what I have learned:
It doesn’t do any good to continually revisit those memories. It only serves to keep us stuck THERE. Why would we do that to ourselves? We are just digging those memories deeper and deeper into our psyche TODAY, keeping the wounds alive in our present making our present just as hurtful as our past. Continually regurgitating these traumas cause us to feel as if those traumas are happening to us today. Why would we do that to ourselves???

The only way I find revisiting the past to be useful is in the context of what it has taught me about myself- that I am stronger than I ever dreamed, that my sensitivity is my personal superpower, that I have more compassion towards others than ever before, and that I am formidable! I have finally found self-love and appreciation like nobody’s business! Outside of that, revisiting the past is useless in my opinion. I like today way too much!

How do you like today even if things are not exactly peachy? As Eckart Tolle says, stay in the present moment, not digging into the past pain or future which usually conjures up fear and anxiety. Getting truly into the present moment is a learned behavior.

Simple practices like enjoying the breath in and out that happens on its own, or absolutely loving the birds singing outside my window when I wake up in the morning, or enjoying the dexterity of my hands while I am washing dishes. Mindfulness- yeh, it’s a real thing. There is JOY to be had at any given moment if you just look for it with fierce determination!

Personally, I finally decided to eliminate my personal history. It served its purpose and taught me well. I don’t need it anymore. I am a completely different person now. The strength and wisdom I have gained is astounding. I have learned to love myself so well that I am only interested in the present joyous moment and how I can squeeze every drop of joy from it!

As always< I encourage comments, questions and ideas for more articles!

~My healing journey has ended. My free and joyful life has begun~

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender oil is one of my mainstays as it is so versatile and especially helpful for stress! Simply breathing in lavender will take the nervous system down a few notches and it is great at bedtime for restful sleep.

Description
Lavender oil has been used and cherished for centuries for its unmistakable aroma and myriad benefits. In ancient times, the Egyptians and Romans used Lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking, and as a perfume. Its calming and relaxing qualities, when taken internally, continue to be Lavender’s most notable attributes. Applied topically, Lavender oil is frequently used to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections. Add to bath water to soak away stress or apply to the temples and the back of the neck. Add a few drops of Lavender oil to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet to relax and prepare for a restful night’s sleep. Due to Lavender’s versatile properties, it is considered the must-have oil to have on hand at all times.

Uses
-Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet at bedtime.
-Keep a bottle of Lavender on hand to soothe occasional skin irritations.
-Freshen your linen closet, mattress, car, or the air by combining Lavender with water in a spray bottle.
-Take internally to help soothe and relax the mind.*
-Use in cooking to soften citrus flavors and add a flavorful twist to marinades, baked goods, and desserts.

Directions for Use
Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with a carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

This oil is Kosher certified.

Precautions
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

Levels of Consciousness

I’ve been wading through articles on the different levels of consciousness. Most of what I have read is very confusing indeed! Some too technical, too deep into quantum physics, many based on specific Spiritual traditions – and I don’t want to leave anyone out or suggest that one tradition is right and another not so much.

So I’m gong to do my best to introduce the concept here, of 3rd, 4th, and 5th dimensional consciousness, without the dogma or extreme science. .

Here goes:
In 3rd Dimensional Realty separation is the key word. We believe that everything is separate and that we are separate from each other. We live in a very dense energy that is ego-controlled and fear-based. We also believe in lack. We have to get our piece of the pie before anyone else does. That is where all the competition, warring, and destruction comes from. The thought that I must have more power than you, I have to control others; otherwise they will control me and I will perish. It’s a very root chakra kind of energy. The ego is fighting for its survival. We are run by this fear-based thinking instead of from our 4th chakra that is dominated by love.

4th Dimensional Reality is about moving form fear-based ego stuff to love-based living from the heart space. We begin to develop self-love and love for others. Gratitude begins to fill our hearts and fear is no longer running our lives. We begin to learn who we are and that we are not separate and don’t need to be fearful or competitive. A sense of oneness ensues.

The 4th Dimension is transitional in nature- the journey from dense, fear-based living (which causes all separation between I and the other). We begin to spend less time in fear and more time in love, joy and appreciation. This transitional period can be very confusing. It is a brand new way of living and so our “footing” is not yet established, we are not comfortable here. It challenges everything we have been taught or thought we knew about reality.

In 5th Dimensional Reality the concept of Unconditional Love comes to play. The energy of this dimension is a very high frequency of love. We begin to realize that we are not separate from each other. We cannot be. Self love and compassion dominate. We seem to become one with world and its inhabitants. The ego and its fear-based “reality” is gone and a new reality has been established. Peace, love, and joy reign supreme. We have come out of the insanity of the 3rd dimension. We are now vibrating at a very high frequency, sort of like running “on all cylinders”.

There is no wonder why there is so much chaos in the world today. We are shifting into The Age of Aquarius and out of the Age of Pisces. Sometimes, especially during times of transition, things have to fall apart in order to be birthed into the new. I believe that is what is happening now in the world at large.

Solidly in the Age of Aquarius people will recognize and understand that we are all connected, that the Earth is a living entity as well, and that togetherness, unity, oneness is the true reality, not separation, warring, struggling for personal power, and destroying everything in our wake. It is a huge shift in our collective consciousness. (And not a moment too soon!)

Right now it looks bad and feels even worse but if we can just hold on to the idea that this is a transitional period to a much more loving, kind, and beautiful world where we are caretakers of each other and stewards of our beautiful world- well, that is indeed, something to look forward to.
~There is Hope. Millions of Us Carry the Faith~

Moving Up The Emotional Scale One Step At A Time

There is an emotional scale developed by Abraham-Hicks that really helps when you want to get out of a funk and feel better quickly. And it is easier than you think. The most important thing to remember while attempting this is that it is not as hard as one would think. Within a few minutes you will be surprised how much progress you make and how much better you feel. AND IT’S ALL ABOUT FEELING BETTER RIGHT NOW.

emotional scale chart

So, here it is. Don’t allow yourself to be overwhelmed, we will walk through it together and you will likely be amazed at how quickly it improves your mood. It seems that it would be rather difficult to jump from one emotion to another quickly and simply, but it truly is not. As Abraham-Hicks says it really is not a big jump and you can do it quickly with very little effort. Let’s do this together:

So each emotion carries with it a vibration, an emotional frequency. Every time you move up one emotion (starting from wherever you are at at the moment), you raise your vibration (and you feel better). For the purpose of this exercise we will start at the bottom. For your own exercise pick an emotion that suits you at the moment and begin there.

Starting at the bottom (the lowest emotional frequency) we start with #22 fear/grief/depression/despair/powerlessness. Ok, so there you are. Look at #21- insecurity/guilt/unworthiness. Can you get there? If you can think a thought that feels more like insecurity/guilt/unworthiness, then you have made the jump. It might look like this: This has happened and I feel such despair. What am I responsible for here? The answer might be something from the vibration of guilt or unworthiness. Can I find that? Do I feel guilty or unworthy? What thought can I think that makes this make more sense? Do I feel depressed because I feel guilty for it happening or unworthy of feeling better?

Try it on for size and see if you can feel that sense of guilt or unworthiness that is keeping you in despair and depression. It’s there somewhere I assure you. Perhaps the thought goes, “oh yes, I do feel guilt”. Okay then, now you are there- in the feeling of guilt.

Allow that. Now, you are feeling guilt rather than despair (which doesn’t allow any emotional movement). Follow me? Feeling guilty feels better than despair or depression (where you have no control to get out of that). Ok, now you have taken back control. Doesn’t that feel better? Can’t you feel yourself taking more control- feeling a sense of power over this? I no longer feel helpless so much as I feel guilty.

Let’s try one more:
Going from guilt to jealousy. “Why do I have to feel this way? Other people who have done this don’t feel so bad. I wish I could not feel so responsible- they don’t.” There you are now- at Jealousy. Doesn’t jealousy feel better than despair?

If you think about it jealousy is a much more powerful position to be in than despair. Doesn’t it feel more powerful? Doesn’t it now in just a few minutes feel like you have taken some of your power back? Getting the picture? It’s not a monumental shift to go from a lower vibration, a lower emotion, to a more empowered one- one that you can work with and make some progress.

Did I get there for you? Can you just imagine working (rather effortlessly) up the emotional scale? Can you imagine what it is going to feel like when you get to enthusiasm or passion or even JOY (my fav). It’s amazing!! And it is all within your reach- in very little time and very little angst. Each moment during this exercise, I promise you will feel better and better and better. And power and joy will return.

As always, I invite you to comment, ask questions, and give ideas for future topics

~How do you spell r-e-l-i-e-f?~

Dark Night of the Soul

If you have ever experienced a dark night of the Soul, you know it. There is no doubt in your mind. And congratulations! You made it! You are still standing and I am certain that you are more formidable than ever!

If you are going through the dark night of the Soul, I am sending you Big Love, high vibrational healing light, and all of the encouragement and support I can muster- and I can muster a lot! because I have been there and it is indeed the darkest and scariest place I or any of us have ever been!

When you are in the midst of it for your Soul’s own personal reason, know these things: it is a very long, very arduous and very frightening journey. It is also temporary although it absolutely does not feel that way. It feels like it will never end, it feels like there is no way out, and it feels like there is no way you have the strength, fortitude, or perserverence to make it through to the other side.
I am here to tell you that you do.

Another thing about the dark night of the Soul is it is a SOLO journey. I don’t care how many people are there to love and support you. It is an inside job, and it rattles everything inside of you. Every piece of everything- every experience, every memory, and even some things you don’t understand or can’t remember. It shakes you like you have never been shaken before.

Very scarey stuff for sure…very scarey. But you can do it. I promise you can. Even if you don’t think so. At the moment you are reading this going through it, I am hoping that knowing that somebody else made it through and believes you can too, helps in some small way. I applaud you for having the courage to face it and damn everything that thinks it can stand in your way of success!

~You Got This.~

An Introduction to Tarot

tarot

Today, I have a guest blogger, my friend and Tarot reader, Maribeth. Maribeth makes clear the approach to tarot, how it assists us on our path, and my favorite- how it Empowers us! Enjoy!

I have been reading tarot cards since 1997 and I can say that it is uncanny how watching the ideal cards being chosen time and time again consistently proves to me that divine timing is always present in our lives. Although we may not always like what is happening, it is comforting to know that karma is playing a part in aligning your highest self, when you remain tuned in to it. (Aka Intuit)
Tarot cards have recently become a very popular form of divination. Not just to forecast potential futures, but to reflect back what we already know about ourselves and our circumstances. When we look at the symbolism in tarot cards, the archetypes strike a part of our unconscious understanding that resonates as our truth. When we research the meanings, it then justifies our understanding and we feel validated. Because our truth can then be accepted, there is less space for judgment and we are empowered to make choices for our highest and best, through the choices we make in thoughts and actions.
The most important part of the tarot reading is actually the question. Getting to the root of the situation, taking responsibility and phrasing it in a positive way is the preferred way to get the most truthful answer. People tell me “I feel like you gave me a map, showed me where I was and gave me options of where I could go and how to get there.” That is how a reading should empower someone. Our free will determines our path, and working with our resources. The cards help identify the strengths that can be utilized to create desired outcome.
The Institute for Spiritual Development, Treasure Coast will soon be publishing a newsletter that will include an advice column using tarot cards. If you have a question for the tarot, please submit it to maribeth@tarotcare.com and you may be selected for publication in TarotTalk along with the answer and pictures of your cards. Any topic is welcome, and can be helpful to other readers.
Thank you!
Maribeth McNair

www.tarotcare.com