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Thursday, October 6, 2011 by guest

Holistic treatments are becoming more and more widely accepted and utilized in the Western healing community, and in particular, with cancer treatment protocols. EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), Healing Touch and Intuitive Bodywork integrate very well with traditional cancer treatments, reducing side effects and emotional distress. They provide tremendous healing benefits and can greatly increase the patient’s quality of life throughout the cancer treatment experience.

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that affects the lungs and is caused by exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma life expectancy is 4 to 18 months. Using the holistic approach, one could ask, “What might be the gift, lesson or benefit in my having this experience?” Although this question may initially be hard to answer, by considering it, patients can yield some valuable insights about themselves and how they might grow and develop spiritually from this challenging experience.

Sometimes a new approach from a different angle can spark progress, results and healing that may not have happened otherwise. EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is one of a developing suite of tools called “energy medicine,” which taps into the body’s meridian and chakra system to catalyze healing at the root of an issue. One approach some practitioners use is to actually bring a welcoming energy to the disease, in this case, cancer. Since the cancer is appearing the body system, it must be serving some purpose. Yes, even cancer can have a positive intent for the patient; sometimes a very loud “wake-up call” is needed to inspire a person to clean up emotional traumas from the past, let go of grudges and resentments, and live a healthier lifestyle going forward.

Explains EFT practitioner Emma Roberts:

“In the holistic approach, we accept the cancer as a valuable part of ourselves which is using an inappropriate method of communicating something positive to us, the misunderstood teenager who goes on a destructive spree in order to command attention. Once understood, the need to behave in such a way is removed and healing can begin. Our constant thoughts create our reality. How much more useful is it to think positively about the cancer as a learning experience than to respond to it with fear and negativity? The aim is to accept the disease and work with it to heal the body and let it go… There are so many areas that EFT can effectively support the disease of cancer. These include clearing any negative beliefs, conscious or unconscious, connected with the disease itself, and the self. Beliefs are probably the most powerful mechanism in our lives. People die for their beliefs, they fight for them, religions are based on them, and governments are elected because of them. Do not underestimate the power of belief systems in the healing process.”

Melanie Bowen
Advocate for Natural Health and Cancer

Thursday, September 1, 2011 by Amanda

I recently visited Patricia Whitfield, a Medical Herbalist regarding my daughters’ behaviour. She was often explosive and partial to angry / frustrated outbursts. I described the behaviour as best I could and with the answers to a few very insightful questions from Trish, she recommended a formula of Australian Bush Flower Essences.

Kayla, my 5 year old daughter, loved taking the drops (as she called them) which were provided in a bottle with fairies and stars on the outside! She attends a Montessori preschool where the learning is self-directed and will move into the primary school when she turns 6. Two days after starting to take the drops, one of the teachers at stopped me after school and said “Kayla has really stepped into herself in the last 2 days. She has started choosing big project work, asking for resources and really expanding her scope. She’s even pulled the other kids into it too. She’s really ready for the Primary school now.” The teacher was as surprised as she was pleased. So, is it coincidence that she made this change within 24 hours of taking the first drops – I think not!

Unfortunately, the behaviour at home got more extreme, more explosive, over the next week. By the end of that week, another of the teachers had commented to me about the change in Kayla and how nice it was to see. This led me to reflect on what the differences were between school and home that may be influencing this. A big difference I determined was “choice”. Within the boundaries set at school, she was free to choose what to do. However, at home, the boundaries were different and had to take into account the whole family.

I felt that Kayla had become very focussed on what she wanted and when this didn’t fit in with the rest of the family, she became very frustrated. Just being aware of this has helped me to appreciate where she was coming from and within 2 – 3 days I started to notice a change in her. I am not aware that I even did anything different. I think that my attitude shifted a bit and this gave Kayla the space she needed. Instead of coming home asking for a movie straight away, she got out an activity book and started to make things out of it, asking for help or resources as she needed them. She had never done this before.

What a lovely change it has been and all it took was 2 weeks on Australia Bush Flower Essences and one session of reflection on my part. That has to be the best $15 I have spent in a while.

I would love to hear about your experience with Flower Essences. What have they helped you, or your family, with?

Thursday, May 26, 2011 by Amanda

Hypnosis, Brain Gym, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Acupuncture, Time Line Therapy, Tapping (EFT), Massage (lots of different types), Reiki, Holistic Pulsing, Kinesiology, Meditation, …

These are some of the many modalities I have tried over the years. It seems to me that no one method is better than any other. They often work in different ways to achieve the same outcome – whether it be resolution to a physical problem, moving through an emotional issue or experiencing peace. As my life progresses, my favourite modalities change. Over time, I have found that my personal growth accelerates when starting something new and deepens as the modality becomes more familiar to me. It’s like a new commitment to the process.

As time has gone on, I have started to develop my own style of how to deal with a problem. A bit of this, a bit of that, stopping to smell the roses, … and now, I have a full appreciation for how new modalities are born.

Recently I noticed my preference for body or mind focussed modalities. Upon starting with spirit work, the realisation came that you can work with any one of the 3 elements and have results in any of the other ones. For example, body work can help your soul (spirit), spirit work can help with new mindsets and mind work can have physical results in your body. Fascinating stuff!

As my attraction towards particular modalities surfaces, I use this as my guidance on what to work with next. What a fantastic place we are in where there are so many options available to us.

What is your favourite modality and why?

Thursday, April 14, 2011 by Amanda

In the wake of the earthquake(s), you might find yourself saying “I’ve got no choice” or “There are too many choices and I can’t choose because …” However, you do always have a choice and can make a good choice. That may seem a bit harsh to those of you who are struggling to cope in the aftermath. If this is you, please seek some help.

The recent events have made many people stop and evaluate their life and this is a good thing. In many cases, they have made new choices and decisions on where to go from here. You can do this too.

You can choose to focus on the devastation, inconveniences and financial strain OR you can choose to see the beauty that has come from the earthquake. The neighbours banding together, the relationships forming, the generosity of the whole country and people from overseas, … It is always our choice where to focus.

If you find yourself asking ‘why me?’ or ‘why us?’ or you notice that you are not your usual self, feeling jittery, stressed, irritable, fearful, … after the recent earthquakes, contact one of our Natural Health Practitioners to retain your equilibrium and sense of balance. Each person has their own style and range of modalities so search the database to find someone who is a match for you. Many practitioners are offering special deals to assist those needing help following the recent earthquake.

I wish you all a speedy recovery and a return to normality as soon as possible. Please remember, especially in these times, IT IS OK to ask for help!

Monday, November 8, 2010 by Amanda

I was offered a free taster of Holistic Pulsing and as I had never even heard of it before, I decided to give it a go. I went along for a foot bath and a ten minute Pulsing session and was immediately hooked. I had been thinking for the past few weeks that I was in need of a massage and realised that I would much rather try a full session of this. I have always felt peaceful and slept well on trains and boats with their gentle rocking motion so my body loved the Holistic Pulsing.

After booking in for a full session plus a bit (1 ½ hours) of bliss, I waited impatiently and excitedly for the day. When I arrived I was offered a footbath again but I declined as I was impatient to get on the table. After a brief discussion of what I would like from the session, mainly being relaxation and a little balancing of the second chakra. In particular, my relationship with myself and, therefore, my husband. At last I was allowed on the table. So, up I climbed fully clothed and lay on my back (my choice) and then the pulsing began … Mmmm … that gentle, and sometimes not so gentle, rocking of my body … heaven on earth.

At one stage, I couldn’t feel my right arm at all and when I opened my eyes, I discovered that it was sticking straight up in the air. Weird – I’ve never felt that level of relaxation before. Then I was impatient to get to the other arm to see if it felt the same. Of course it didn’t and I was back to anticipating which finger was needed next and offering it. Never quite letting go enough to put aside my need to help and to not be a burden – that was a good insight for me! Along the way, I was guided to direct my attention to specific areas of pain or tension and asked questions to draw out the insights which were waiting there for me. What a powerful, yet gentle, physical and emotional experience.

Apparently some people’s bodies resist the rocking movements and it can be an unpleasant experience for them – my heart goes out to those people because this was fantastic. Everyone’s experience is different so give it a go sometime and see if it is for you. Personally, I am awaiting my next session eagerly.

What puts you into that blissful state?