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The term “fight or flight” is also known as the stress response. It’s what the body does as it prepares to confront or avoid danger. When appropriately invoked, the stress response helps us rise to many challenges. But trouble starts when this response is constantly provoked by less momentous, day-to-day events, such as money woes, traffic jams, job worries, or relationship problems.
Health problems are one result. A prime example is high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease. The stress response also suppresses the immune system, increasing susceptibility to colds and other illnesses. Moreover, the buildup of stress can contribute to anxiety and depression. We can’t avoid all sources of stress in our lives, nor would we want to. But we can develop healthier ways of responding to them. One way is to invoke the relaxation response, through a technique first developed in the 1970s at Harvard Medical School by cardiologist Dr. Herbert Benson. The relaxation response is a state of profound rest that can be elicited in many ways, including meditation, yoga, and progressive muscle relaxation.
Breath focus is a common feature of several techniques that evoke the relaxation response. The first step is learning to breathe deeply.
Deep breathing also goes by the names of diaphragmatic breathing, abdominal breathing, belly breathing, and paced respiration. When you breathe deeply, the air coming in through your nose fully fills your lungs, and the lower belly rises.
For many of us, deep breathing seems unnatural. There are several reasons for this. For one, body image has a negative impact on respiration in our culture. A flat stomach is considered attractive, so women (and men) tend to hold in their stomach muscles. This interferes with deep breathing and gradually makes shallow “chest breathing” seem normal, which increases tension and anxiety.
Shallow breathing limits the diaphragm’s range of motion. The lowest part of the lungs doesn’t get a full share of oxygenated air. That can make you feel short of breath and anxious.
Deep abdominal breathing encourages full oxygen exchange — that is, the beneficial trade of incoming oxygen for outgoing carbon dioxide. Not surprisingly, it can slow the heartbeat and lower or stabilize blood pressure.
Breath focus helps you concentrate on slow, deep breathing and aids you in disengaging from distracting thoughts and sensations. It’s especially helpful if you tend to hold in your stomach.
First steps. Find a quiet, comfortable place to sit or lie down. First, take a normal breath. Then try a deep breath: Breathe in slowly through your nose, allowing your chest and lower belly to rise as you fill your lungs. Let your abdomen expand fully. Now breathe out slowly through your mouth (or your nose, if that feels more natural).
Breath focus in practice. Once you’ve taken the steps above, you can move on to regular practice of breath focus. As you sit comfortably with your eyes closed, blend deep breathing with helpful imagery and perhaps a focus word or phrase that helps you relax.
Ways to elicit the relaxation response
Several techniques can help you turn down your response to stress. Breath focus helps with nearly all of them:
And yes, you can even find time to breathe on the job, in your car, on the train, in rehearsal or any other environment. We can help you get there. Contact us now for a complimentary class for your organization!
Written by Athena from The Sage Goddess.
Aromatherapy is a popular form of alternative medicine or holistic healing. It is exactly as the name implies – the use of fragrance to remedy an ailment. While the term aromatherapy only dates back to the early 20th century, the practice of using plant extract as medicine comes from ancient Chinese, Indian, and Middle Eastern cultures. Aromatherapy cannot cure the advanced stages of disease (although that can be debated), but rather, can work as an aid to relieve daily aches and pains, or as preventative medicine to deter serious illness.
An essential oil is an organic compound extracted from a botanical source through cold pressing or through a steam process. There are thousands of different essential oils – just about as many oils as there are plants on the earth. This botanical nectar can be extracted from leaves, tree bark, herbs, flowers, fruit peels, seeds, roots, or even a blade of grass. And each one serves a unique therapeutic purpose.
How to Use Essential Oils
Part of what makes aromatherapy so effective and popular is its versatility. This practice can take many forms, and is therefore suitable to almost any lifestyle. You can benefit from aromatherapy in any of the following ways:
The Many Uses for Essential Oils
The uses for aromatherapy are practically endless. Today and across history, essential oils have been used as disinfectant (antibacterial/antiseptic); treatment for bug bites, eczema, acne, and other skin irritations; bug repellent; air freshener; an aid for deeper meditation, shamanic journey, and astral travel; adding flavor to water and other beverages (only food grade); relief of upset stomach, nausea, vertigo, and headaches; allergy relief; emotional energizer or calmer, libido booster, and stress reliever; treatment to increase circulation in the physical body; and much, much, much more.
You can combine various complimentary essential oils to receive greater and wider benefit from your use. It is common to use pre-made blends (blended and sold as-is by the manufacturer) to target a certain overall illness or emotional block. For instance, a happiness blend might contain a combination of lively citrus oils and floral oils to elevate your mood. A breathing blend might contain eucalyptus, peppermint, and melaleuca. It is also possible to craft your own blends, and there are many essential oils texts and online sources where you can find recipes.
Check out the below chart for the benefits of certain oils:
Did you know that we offer aromatherapy consultations and wellness workshops here at Full Force? If you didn’t know, now you do! Contact us for more information and to get your healing on fleek…is that word still a thing?
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WARNING: Very esoteric and metaphysical material ahead. Some basic people may get freaked out. If you are one of these basic people and you put a basic comment below, I will come for your life, drag you for filth, try my best to educate you regarding the metaphysical world.
Peace, Love and Light to all those who read, understand.
Hi everyone. My name is King. (Hi King!) And I am psychic. My psychic abilities include clairvoyance and clairsentience.
(Crickets, crickets, crickets…)
I see you may be a bit lost. Let’s breakdown this supernatural lingo.
There are different kinds of psychics. According to Merriam-Webster, psychic means:
1. Lying outside the sphere of physical science of knowledge: immaterial, moral or spiritual in origin or force
2. Sensitive to nonphysical or supernatural forces and influences
What is a clairvoyant?
In short it means that someone is able to see beyond the physical nature of the world. So some clairvoyants can see into the future, others can see the past, some see Spirits, others may see ancestors and some are even able to see through physical structures and see what is behind them!
What is a clairsentient?
Someone that can feel things beyond the physical world is a clairsentient. Similarly like clairvoyants, there are different kinds of clairsentients. Some can feel the presence of esoteric beings, others literally feel the physical pain of people when they are around them, while some just by touching a building can tell how many people reside within, how long they have been there, who else may have been there and who may be coming in the future.
However, these psychic abilities aren’t given to a select few. In many ways, all people are clairvoyants and clairsentients. If you have ever believed you were able to “see someone’s true colors” or “see behind someone’s motives”, you experienced a clairvoyant moment. Or if you were able to “feel that something wasn’t right” or “felt a bad vibe from someone”, you had a clairsentient occurrence.
With my clairvoyant and clairsentient gifts, I have the ability to see and feel the energetic patterns around living beings and inanimate objects. With this gift I help others overcome various ailments and dis-ease by giving them insight on what they need to work on the most to have a better quality of life.
In this blog, I will be sharing my thoughts and ideas on each presidential candidate based off what I feel and see with my psychic abilities. I may also predict a winner. 🙂
…Now onto the good stuff!
As of October 1st, 2016 Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump clairvoyantly seen have very
vibrant auras biofields. There is a lot of light biophoton matter emanating from their energy body, much more than the average person. Most people with large spheres of influence have lots of light emanating from them, whether the influence is considered to be positive or negative. Why is that you ask? Great question. Let’s gab!
All people, whether they believe in spirituality, religion or the supernatural (or not) have Invisible Guides and Helpers that assist them on earth. Some may call them angels, others ancestors and some believe it is luck, but these Helpers are here as a support in life. When someone starts to gain influence or power, these Helpers magnify their assistance to a varying degree. This boost can be seen as massive light around a person’s biofield. However, not all people are in tune with their Helpers and the light surrounding them. This is as if a person is wearing long sleeve clothing, pants, boots, a hat, gloves and scarf in the dead of summer; the light that may be all around them never fully penetrates their being. Just because someone is a CEO of a company, a celebrity with over 14 million followers on Instagram or a presidential candidate doesn’t mean their light is dynamic or strong. Be mindful that although these folks may have bigger lights, it doesn’t mean they have stronger lights. This is the same as a tall redwood tree that is rotting, with weak roots wearing brown leaves vs. an oak tree with strong roots and vibrant, colorful leaves. Which one would you rather be?
Because of this presidential race, Clinton and Trump have influence over millions of Americans, not to mention the world. So, it makes sense as to why they have lots of light surrounding them, but that is just on a macro level. As I zoom in on a micro level, I’m going to explain what is happening clairvoyantly and clairsentiently within their biofield. Get ready for the good gossip. (How You Doin’?)
As of October 1st, 2016 Hillary Clinton drains me. I feel drained whenever I think about or look at her. This generally means that she is feeling energetically drained herself. I initially picked up on this a few months back as I was watching her campaign midsummer. I knew that something was wrong and if she didn’t take care of herself, something may happen. Then weeks later the story broke that she may have been suffering from pneumonia. I was not surprised. But something else may be happening here – the bottom portion of her energy body looks congested, from her navel and down. Even if she is no longer suffering from pneumonia, there is definitely a weakness in her energy body. Not saying that she does, but my clairsentient feeling of her fits the profile of someone with a terminal disease. I hope this isn’t the case. But she definitely needs someone (like me!) to clean her biofield to help revitalize her.
As of October 1st, 2016, Donald Trump gives me a headache. No but literally, I am getting a headache…and starting to feel itchy all over my body, feeling nauseous too. And now my stomach hurts! This generally means a few things: that the energy centers in his head are off-balanced, his interactions with others give them a metaphorical headache, he can get under other people’s skin and his energy body is highly contaminated, like a virus.
In looking at his biofield, he seems to have dark smoke rising from below him, like smoke coming out of a manhole. This is the first time I have seen anything of this nature around someone’s biofield. It is very interesting to say the least. He is in desperate need of an energetic cleansing.
My Winning Prediction
According to astrologers the earth is moving from the Pisces Age to the Age of Aquarius. During this shift many things are happening at a faster rate to fully acclimate to this ‘changing of the guard’. And some of those things are bringing to light, that which has been stuck and buried for a long time.
Think about it like this: You decide to go on a fast and just juice. What happens? For the first few days you may feel weak as your body removes all the toxins that are inside you. But after some time, you may notice that you begin to feel lighter and have more natural energy during the day. You may even lose some weight! The same goes for this metaphysical process; there is a purge of toxins that needs to happen before reaching a balanced state. Before the toxins can be flushed down the toilet, they need to first come out. During this critical time, not only our nation’s history, but in the world, toxins have come out, some that have not been acknowledged for many years. The presidential hopefuls (or hopeless) have allowed more release of these toxins, arguably one more than the other. And the candidate that is doing the most releasing, sadly (or happily) to say, is meant to that. That is their mission, to release all the toxins to wake us up and clean up our act.
So, who do you think that person is? I guess we will have to wait until November to find out.
Full Disclosure: The following post is coming from the mind of a dance movement therapist (me). Don’t know what this means? Read it. You will get the point(e)….YASSSSSS!
I love fall fashion week. Not because of the reason you think — it has nothing to do with the fashion or the trends that are happening or what the designer is showcasing (although those are definitely reasons for loving fashion week!), but I love the energy a model gives off while wearing the designer’s clothes.
Depending on the theme, fabric, or designer’s ideas, a model’s ability to bring about some type of positive feeling in the audience can and will ultimately cause them to buy the designer’s clothing. Walking the runway and posing for a picture focus on two different types of movement qualities that appear to be key for models (get ready for my dance therapy lingo), creating and carving into a shape (or posing) and walking the runway.
Based on a movement repertoire (movement style), a model can truly bring clothes to life in ways that not many can imagine.
A model’s walk and pose on the runway, of course, affects a person’s decision of whether they like the designer’s clothing because of their taste, but there is also a deeper emotional level at play. Sometimes a model’s walk can bring up unconscious feelings, memories, or experiences we’ve had that can impact our decision in saying “yay” or “nay” to the designer’s work.
For example, if you see a model that walks with a pressing action (very strong, direct and indulging) while in delicate, light fabrics, the model’s walk may turn you off from the clothes completely. Maybe because the movement style does not match the designer’s clothing (which in some cases could be the artistic vision of the designer. But the question
is why would this mismatch be unattractive for you? Could it be that the model’s walk reminds you of someone that you admire, while the clothes remind you of someone you despise? Could seeing this combination on one person be confusing or unappealing? Could it be that you find yourself to be a grounded person that embraces the model’s walk, but does not see themselves as being delicate and light for whatever the reason may be. Is it scary to be delicate in your fashion sense and strong and grounded in your movement? Would you give off the wrong message? Or does it just not go with the trends of society?
Ultimately a model’s walk can be unattractive or attractive based off your past experiences of whom the walk reminds you of (maybe your mother, brother, true friend, fake friend, or a persona that you never saw yourself as-strong, confident, etc). Without recognizing it, these internal feelings you’ve felt from the model can then in turn be projected onto the designer. THIS is why it is important to have models that are able to hone in on the designer’s vision and
WERK run with it. Watching such models capture the designer’s vision is truly remarkable and beautiful.
Thinking about the models then like Linda Evangelista, Karlie Kloss, and Naomi Campbell, and how their distinctive walks used very specific movement qualities (dab, float, glide) that were always interchangeable with different body parts (arms, legs, hips) captured the audience and increased revenue for designers.
I wonder what the runway models now, including Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, and Selena Forrest will embody for the designers and the audience. Will it be complimentary of one another? Of course the audience’s unconscious (and maybe conscious) feelings of a model on the runway this week, particularly someone like Kendall Jenner will bring up feelings for some audience members that are repulsive or gracious which could mostly be a projection of how they feel about the Kardashian’s. This can then affect the decision of the audience loving or hating the clothing of the designer. But, can someone like Kendall Jenner use her movement style to persuade the audience to only look at her modeling within the designer’s vision? Can she provide an opportunity for the audience to decide for themselves whether they like or dislike the fashion or is the Kardashian/Jenner name and reputation too strong for the audience to disconnect from? Will it ultimately influence the audience to say “yay” or “nay” to the designer?
Overall the important part of all this is that as the audience, whether you are at an actual runway show (I’m jealous!) or are watching the shows after fashion week on YouTube, there is more than one reason why we are influenced by fashion. If we are aware of our biases and why they are so present for us, we may be able to be more open to exploring different designers’ styles, based on the models presentation, whom we originally would have said “nay” (for me its Tommy Hilfiger).
*Words italicized = Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) terms
This is a question I get at least once from a professed Christian at every health fair I am at giving my services to the public. It also takes the form of “Do you do this in the name of Jesus”?
My response: Are the pills and prescriptions you take for ailments and disorders in the name of Jesus?
Is that cell phone you use to take calls, text and go on the internet Christian?
As someone who grew up in a Christian household engulfed in the Black Baptist church experience, I find the questions about the healing work of energy medicine being Christian interesting.
If you look at the work of Jesus Christ in the Bible, what is he known for?
His teachings and his healing.
So, if someone were to say to you that energy medicine is a form of natural healing, why do you need to question the validity of it being Christian? But, I get it. The work I do looks weird to uneducated eyes. Just seeing someone sitting in a chair, while another person stands over them and waves their hands around looks strange. So sometimes Christians folks that don’t understand what is happening just stand from afar and look.
I usually walk up to these people to engage in conversation about what they are seeing and give them information on how they too can experience it. Most usually agree to then have a session. (There have been times when I begin to walk up to someone and they literally run away scared. I even had one lady run away while putting up her two index fingers in a cross position pointing it towards me.) For those that don’t agree to have a session, they just continue to stand there and watch. However, these onlookers are in actuality experiencing it too. Since this work deals with healing the energy that connects us all together, by standing and “onlooking” their body is healing on a micro level.
Now you may ask, why are you picking on the Christians? What about other religions? Well, never once have I gotten:
Is energy medicine Jewish?
Is it Muslim?
Is it Hindu?
Is it Buddhist?
…You get the idea.
For whatever reason only the Christians seem to feel uncomfortable by this work.
One time I had an engaging conversation with a woman at a health fair about energy medicine and Christianity. She happened to be on #TeamOnlookers so, I walked up to her and explained what she was observing the other healing practitioners doing behind me.
She responded, “Oh, this doesn’t seem Christian” and proceeded to walk away. I followed her and said, “Let me ask you a question. What does Jesus mean to you”?
“Oh, He is my everything – beginning and the end.”
“Great! And what was he known for in the Bible.”
“So many things”, she replied. “He was a savior, he was a teacher, a man of God, and he healed many people.”
“Right! He healed. He was a healer. So, if I tell you that the group of people behind me are healing why don’t you believe we are doing the work of Christ?”
“Well, that was Jesus though. He himself was the one that healed people.”
“Right, but in John 14 it states that we will do ‘even greater things than these’”, I replied. “So, if Jesus is saying that we will do even greater things than Him, why can’t you believe that this one of those things? I know there didn’t seem to be a system to the way that Jesus healed, but what if there was? What if we are able to tap into that same Spirit? I think we forget that Jesus was just a human being like you and me, but it was His Christ nature, that Spirit that dwelled within Him that allowed Him to do great things. That same Christ that was with Him lives in us and allows us to do even greater things. We just have to believe and trust in It. So, if we are called to live as true Christians, ‘Christ’-ians, and be more like Him, then shouldn’t we at least on a first level be able to heal as Him?”
Now, let me tell you, I had no idea I could talk so much. But this all just sprang forth out of me. The lady at first didn’t say anything. She just shook her head agreement and looked down as if she was processing everything I just said. Then she said, “Yeah. That makes sense. Thank you.”
Then she just walked away. She didn’t have a session that day, but it gave her more context on the background of the healing work that she happened to see on that day.
So to answer the question, is energy medicine Christian?
Is it only Christian?
It is like asking: Do people take trains?
Do people only take trains?
We know that there are other modes of transportation that people use to get around such as walking, driving, riding the bus, taking a plane and many other ways.
Similarly to energy medicine, people within the Bible have used energy to heal but many other cultures and religions have also used energy to heal – they have their own forms of energy medicine to bring about a positive change within the lives of those that use it.
Although it may not be called energy medicine, the modern church does use energy to heal from prophetic healing to the “laying on of hands”.
…And yes, even prayer. Prayer is a form of energy healing. By praying you are changing the energy of something, someone, or a situation so it is filled with more Light, Love, Peace, Joy and ultimately filled with the energy of God. This is what energy medicine is in a nutshell – using natural abilities to bring Light and positive change within a person or circumstance. In most energy medicine systems nothing is ingested, injected or topically used to bring about the healing. It just happens, seemingly like magic. But then again all m.a.g.i.c. is, is Making Available Great Insights Consciously. And that’s what energy medicine does, it brings the greatness within us to consciousness.
The specific modality of energy medicine I practice called Pranic Healing, is a highly evolved and tested system of energy medicine developed by GrandMaster Choa Kok Sui that utilizes prana to balance, harmonize and transform the body’s energy processes. Prana is a Sanskrit word that means life-force. This invisible bio-energy or vital energy keeps the body alive and maintains a state of good health.* In short, it is like shining the bright sun on a very dark cloud, so the cloud can become vibrant again.
This work has been a blessing to many in my life, including my own, as I have been able to use it in a variety of situations from headaches to colds to depression and even cancer. Since using energy medicine I’ve never since been at the mercy of waiting on a medical doctor to help me. When I’m sick, I just work on myself by tapping into the Christ nature within.
**Please understand that my use of “Christians” is used very loosely in the article. There are many Christians whom are genuinely curious about the work of energy medicine and are open to it, even to the point of practicing it themselves. However, all of the negative views I’ve experienced in doing energy medicine have come from those who consider themselves Christian.
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