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The Dark Side of the Light Chasers by Debbie Ford

41VngRdw2VL._SX319_BO1,204,203,200_I was first introduced to this book in the early 2000’s. I remember thinking, when my friend suggested it to me, “what kind of title is that?” I trusted her, so I decided to jump in and read it. And, I’m so glad I did.

At the time, this book was life changing for me. It helped me realize how much of my own actions were creating the problems I had. It helped me take a good hard look in the mirror and make some major internal changes. I read it again last year, and found the information just as timely as it was back then.

The book has reflection questions at the end of each chapter. They are worth utilizing.

In a nutshell, the book basically talks about how since we, as amazing human beings containing every aspect of life and creation within our DNA (and every cell), have the capacity to be everything good, and everything bad. Debbie Ford says, “If there is an aspect of ourselves that we don’t accept, we’ll continually attract people in our lives who act out that aspect. The universe will keep trying to show us who we really are and to help make us whole again. Most of us have buried these disowned aspects so deep we can’t see where we could possibly be a particular kind of person that we look at with distaste. However, if a particular type of person keeps showing up in your life, it’s for a reason.”

“The strength to look clearly at your past and take back aspects of yourself that you’e given away lies within you. All you have to do is close your eyes, go within, and ask. The power you need is there, but it will only come out when your desire to change your life is stronger than your desire to stay the same. It’s always easy to blame others for the condition of our lives. When we lose touch with ourselves we lose touch with our divinity, and because we don’t trust ourselves we come to believe that other people can’t be trusted. For some people the pain of the past is so great they believe the only way they can cope is to blame and deny. You must embrace your past if you want to change your present. If you want to manifest your desires you must be accountable for the everything that takes place in your world.”

This is such a great book, and one I would suggest anyone read.

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Planting a Beautiful Garden – and why our efforts in healing sometimes just grow more weeds

When we first moved into our house (almost 2 years ago) our flower beds were filled with so many flowers, our tiny backyard looked like a little garden oasis. It was beautiful, serene, and brought me joy just being in it. I am not a gardener like the previous owners, so I appreciate all that hard work. The other big thing I noticed about all these garden beds was, they were so full of flowers there were no noticeable weeds. The flower beds were so full of colorful flowers, ground cover, bushes, and plants, that hardly any weeds could make it through to the surface.

Our bodies, or health in general, remind me a lot of these gorgeous flower beds. We often think we can pull our weeds (problems), brush our hands on our pants, and say, “Phew! That was hard work, but job well done!” Or, we can try to plant all kinds of great plants and flowers (good intentions, new ideas), but then wonder why they won’t grow (stay consistent, or produce the outcome we desire). We desire a beautiful garden, but we can’t quite figure out how to have a green thumb or how to avoid killing our plants. We use all kinds of gadgets and tools (massage, supplements, energy healing, or any number of health care practices) but can’t seem to keep our gardens free from weeds coming back.

The main reason for this fruit-less gardening is not because we aren’t diligent or hard working gardeners. The clients I have worked on over the past 18 years, along with working on myself, has proven time and time again that taking responsibility for the state of the garden (our health, bodies, etc.) is the key to our success. But, it also requires looking at how we utilize all these wonderful healing modalities, and apply them in a “garden” that is ready for change.

There is a reason we have the issues we have. They range from genetics, to lifestyle, how we treat others, and so much more. There are basic healing qualities that apply to all human beings. Some of those include: forgiveness, patience, gratitude, listening to our bodies, humility, faith, repentance (or making restitution for wrong doings), and more. These basic healing qualities are the most effective, and create permanent results, yet we often ignore them when we set out to “plant our garden.”

Constant weed pulling – Lots of people are great weed-pullers. They diligently seek professionals in helping them with their health. They make appointments, keep them, and spend lots of money, shed lots of healing tears, but somehow don’t make the progress they desire.

With “constant weed pulling”, we often take pills, supplements, and hire healing practitioners to help us remove pain, stress, negative emotions, mental issues, etc. This is all done with wonderful intentions, and definitely a great way to help us on our healing path, but without planting a flower after pulling a weed, weeds just grow back time and time again. The main issue here is not looking at how or why we carry that “weed” in the first place, and what are we going to do to take responsibility for it.

Planting on unprepared soil – Some people make fabulous goals and plans, spend lots of time and money learning new techniques, hire mentors, read books, take classes, go with gusto with their new plans and ideas, and then fizzle out within days or weeks of starting.

When we “plant on unprepared soil” we are essentially ignoring all the “basics” of health and choosing the more exciting, and possibly easier solution. Paying someone for an energy healing session, or taking a pill, is a lot easier than changing our lifestyle or forgiving someone for the pain they caused. Some good hard looks in the mirror, time spent on our knees in prayer, and some study into looking at all aspects of ourselves – the good and bad, is a great way to “prepare our soil.”

Expecting Master Gardener status too soon – Most of us are impatient and want all our problems to go away after one chiropractic adjustment, one herbal cleanse, or one healing session. We often forget that it took years for our gardens to be chock full of weeds. It took years of neglect of our bodies to be in the state we are in, so we can’t expect healing to happen in days or weeks.

Imagine your life on a staircase, and gradually walking down each step – one being time, car accidents, traumas, heartbreaks, poor posture, unhealthy food, and so on. Now imagine healing, and walking up that staircase one by one. We are healing layer upon layer of unhealthy practices as we go up. We will sometimes experience these “steps or layers” again as we heal them. They have to be “stepped on” or addressed as we heal. We take responsibility for each step we took as we clean it up, fix it, repent, forgive, change, and more, as we climb that staircase to a healthier and less burdened version of ourselves.

When we are too tired to garden – sometimes our situation is so traumatic and riddled with pain – emotional, mental or physical, that we can’t see a way out or where to begin. Our garden is so full of weeds, we can’t see how we will ever pull all of them in one lifetime. This is when we hire a gardener. There is one Master Gardener. His name is Jesus Christ. His Atonement is the ultimate healer of all problems. He can pull any weed, and plant any flower. His healing techniques are the permanent ones, the ones that always work.

I’m a gardener in progress, and I still have weeds to pull, but learning how to garden more efficiently has produced a much prettier and easier to maintain garden and flower beds. I hope we can all utilize the most effective healing modalities (from The Master Gardener) along with all that holistic health and western medicine can offer us. Our “gardens” are worth it, and maybe we will kill a few less plants in the progress.

Amber Gunnell, LMT, CFZP

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Energy Medicine by Donna Eden

1398357485697This book is packed full of tips for helping your body release negative emotions and mental “clutter.” Donna Eden is one of the leading gurus in the natural health world in learning how to balance the body’s natural rhythm’s and flows of energy.

These movements and exercises are simple yet powerful. They help connect the hemisphere’s of the brain, and assist the brain in connecting with the rest of the body.

She gives basic advice on how energy works, information on chakras, meridians, auras, and more. She also gives practical tips on what to do if you are sick, or needing a mental boost.

Her tips work and feel great. Who wouldn’t want to feel less mental “clutter?”

This is a great book for beginners to the energy world, and also as an excellent reference for anyone experienced in energy healing.

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Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss

51rNgqWEHPL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_I was first introduced to this book in the late 90’s while in massage school. I remember browsing through it, but never really studied it until years later. Boy, did I miss out!

This is a fantastic in-depth look into human nature through our energetic body, mainly the chakras. Although, if you never absorb anything about the chakras specifically, you will still learn so much about the way humans interact based on unconscious emotional patterns.

She walks you through each chakra (energy center of your body located up the midline of the torso and head) and how they relate to emotional and generational patterns, as well as the wisdom contained in each one.

I love how she compares and sees the correlations to the way God designed us, and how Christian beliefs match perfectly to that. She has also found the same similarities to Hindu and Kabbalah. I think it’s a beautiful thing that so many of God’s children have so many similarities regardless of religious backgrounds. There are some things that I don’t agree with religion-wise, but overall, there are too many helpful things not to consider reading this book.

Here’s a quote from Chapter 2: The Second Chakra “The fact that our choices weave our spirits into events is the reason the major spiritual traditions are formed around one essential lesson: Make your choices wisely, because each choice you make is a creative act of spiritual power for which you are held responsible. Further, any choice made from faith has the full power of heaven behind it –which is why “faith the size of a mustard seed can move a mountain.” And any choice made from fear is a violation of the energy of faith.”

Myss also gives great questions for self-reflection after each chapter.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting more information on chakras, but also for help in releasing old emotional baggage.