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Uh Oh, It’s Another Mercury Retrograde

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Uh Oh, It’s Another Mercury Retrograde

Stop worrying and start celebrating!
Dr. Christiane Northrup
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Aug 20, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Imagine that you are an early (900 B.C. or so) astronomer with a true love of planet surfing (which is a lot like channel surfing only your television set is a long tube with a warped piece of glass on the end of it).

Now imagine your astonishment when you realize that one of the planets you've been watching, the planet you call Mercury, stops moving in its predictable path. The little guy starts to slow down and before you know it—about a week after your first observation—you realize that Mercury is moving backwards—back through the path from whence it came! 

The hair on your body (and it's likely everywhere on your body—eww) is standing straight up. You begin to get dizzy as your mind races to help you decide if this is a good thing or a bad thing. The thought occurs to you that this appears to be a great opportunity to clean up the past. You are so excited by your revelation that you jump to write your announcement and knock over the candle that was lighting your way. But the resulting fire was horrible and you realize that you must have been wrong. Now you feel that it is your responsibility to send messages of fear and terror throughout the villages. Mercury moving backwards is a bad thing and we must seek to make this Messenger God happy. Sacrifice something—stop having fun, stop living if you have to, at least until Mercury decides to move forward again.” And so began the birth of the ill-fated retrograde.

Thousands of years later, we discover that Mercury wasn't moving backwards at all. Three times a year, the Earth just passes Mercury in such a way that it—appears—to be moving backwards but it's not. Unfortunately, in spite of our awareness, the terror struck by that early astronomer is still felt by many of you and you cower in dread every time it is announced that Mercury is moving Retrograde. Even though more than 50 percent of the top Fortune 500 businesses were launched under a Mercury Retrograde, and even though we have strong evidence to suggest that the God Mercury may be a myth, we still tend to heed our ancestors call to sacrifice in the hopes that the angry God will leave us unscathed this time around.

If you happen to be someone who broke out of that fear cycle and feel supported by a loving, Divine grace, then you're likely to have a lot more fun during this retrograde. And while your friends are cowering, you get to be first in line for the great bargains and remarkable opportunities that often befall us during each retrograde. Here is a mini calendar to help you time your good fortune during this August 2010 phenomenon:

  • August 20: At 12:59 p.m. Pacific Time, Mercury stops moving forward and begins its retrograde motion. Psychic awareness is increased exponentially.
  • September 3: The halfway point of the retrograde, good fortune may occur.
  • September 12: The last day of the retrograde, you may feel a little tired or unfocused as Mercury stops in order to gain forward motion.

In conclusion:  the backward appearance of Mercury is one of those times when you can break the general trend of the culture and lead the way to lightheartedness and joy. We've learned to hide our heads in fear during the Mercury Retrogrades and I'm sorry for that. This August Retrograde is in Virgo and it is asking for you to be conscientious. Go the extra step to be of service and put fear in its place. Discard everything that isn't aligned with your values (including articles and friends that spread fear and ask you to forget that you're a part of a Divine loving light).

So make a pact with a friend to find the gifts that are brought to you during this retrograde and don't veer from your commitment. Support astrologers and sites that help you reduce your fear and remember the truth of who you are. Cut your Virgo and Gemini friends some slack during this cycle, Mercury is their ruler and sometimes they just feel like they're out-of-sync. Reassure them to stay true to themselves—they always benefit after a retrograde and if you don't get a bit too hard, you'll be a deeply appreciated friend for being patient.

|1|gemini,virgo,planets,astronomy,divine grace,astrology,mercury retrograde,mark husson|_none|1|mark_husson| Count Your Blessings|Can you name 50 reasons to be grateful?|8/21/2010 17:00|public://imports/1539.jpg|0|public://imports/1539.jpg|

When I worked with the poor in New York City, I was always amazed at the gratefulness in the hearts of so many who, in a material sense, had very little. What were they grateful for? They were grateful to be alive, to have food on their table, to enjoy the sun on a beautiful day, to have their health, their friends, their family, and to be a contributing member of their community.

At the same time, I was always amazed by the lack of gratefulness in the hearts of so many who, in a material sense, had so much. If you were to ask me which of the two were happier, without hesitation, I would say the poor with gratefulness in their hearts.

What I am talking about here is very simple:

When we focus on abundance, our life feels abundant; when we focus on lack, our life feels lacking. It is purely a matter of focus.

It is true that we can’t be in denial about the pain in our life. That is damaging to our physical and emotional health. And just as importantly,

We can’t be in denial about the abundance in our life!

I suggest that you create a “Book of Abundance” for yourself. Each night before you go to bed, jot down at least 50 wonderful things that happened to you that day. “Fifty things, Susan! I can hardly think of three!” Obviously, you have not been noticing the blessings in your life! The purpose of this exercise is to help you do so. Some of the items you can include are:

  • My car started
  • I am able to walk
  • I have food to eat
  • Someone paid me a compliment
  • My kids haven’t gotten into any trouble today
  • I felt the sun’s warmth on my face
  • I spoke to one of my best friends
  • The flowers are starting to bloom
  • I have hot water in my shower
  • I’m breathing
  • The sun came out

The items in your Book of Abundance do not have to be splashes of brilliance. In fact, it is better if they are not. Always keep in mind that if we focus only on the splashes of brilliance, so much of our life will seem drab…which it definitely is not! Take breathing, for example. Isn’t it incredibly, wildly extraordinary?!

In the beginning, finding these 50 things to be grateful for may take you a LONG, LONG time. Soon, however, the blessings will pour easily onto the paper. That is because you will spend much of the day LOOKING FOR the blessings in your life so that you will have new material to add to your Book of Abundance that night. And you will find them! The benefits are obvious…

As you start looking for the good, your focus automatically is taken off the bad…and you feel blessed!

If you can make noticing the abundance a habit, your life will be transformed!

I remember sitting with my mom in her living room on a cold, dreary winter day just months before she died. She was in much pain and was feeling very weak. At one point when I was in pain about her pain, she looked at me and said, “It’s cold outside…I’m warm and cozy inside. My daughter is here…sometimes you get lucky.”

Wow! I was focusing on her pain. She was focusing on her blessings. Thanks, Mom, for that beautiful lesson!

|23|susan jeffers,abundance,gratitude,blessing,awareness,journaling|_none|1|susan_jeffers_phd| Who’s in Charge?|Invite spirit to your next project.|8/22/2010 17:00|public://imports/1538.jpg|0|public://imports/1538.jpg|

When I moved my office to a rural location in Hawaii, we ordered two new lines of telephone service. Soon afterward we received a call from the telephone installation supervisor informing us that the system feeding into our location was nearly full to capacity, and the most we could have installed was one line.

I discussed the situation with my business manager Tom, and we realized that two lines would be the minimum we would need to conduct our business as usual. Tom volunteered to take on the project to secure another line, and since he was extremely persistent to get projects done, I knew that if anyone could get the second line, he could.

Several days later Tom told me, “I’ve tried everything I can to get the second line, but no one in the phone company will agree to it. I worked my way up the chain of command from supervisor to supervisor, all the way to the top to the Director of Customer Relations, and all I’ve gotten is ‘no’.”

I thought for a moment and told Tom, “We haven’t worked all the way to the top yet. Let’s turn the project over to Higher Power, and see what That can do.” Tom and I agreed to invite Spirit into the project and we left it at that.

On the day the telephone installer came to set up service, we told him we would like to get a second line if possible. He went to the local telephone pole, checked out the equipment, and replied, “no problem.”  By the end of the day we had two telephone lines working.

If you are trying to get something done in a conventional way, and you are hitting roadblocks or walls, ask Higher Power for help. There are forces and channels afoot that even the telephone company cannot account for.

|23|spirituality,spirit,divine intervention,higher power,alan cohen|_none|1|alan_cohen| Is Your Body Happy?|Your symptoms will let you know.|8/23/2010 17:00|public://imports/1540.jpg|0|public://imports/1540.jpg|

Learn to use your symptoms as a portal to discover why your body is talking to you in the first place. Every symptom in your body or challenge in your life is like a mosaic: When standing close to it, the picture is blurry and has no meaning; however, as you move back, you’re able to appreciate how all the colors and pieces merge together to form a beautiful work of art. Every thought, feeling, and belief you have is a piece of your own personal artwork. Each color in the mosaic has meaning, as does every symptom or uncomfortable feeling through which your body speaks. The language it uses to communicate with you is an opportunity for you to heal and create abundance in all areas of your life.

Whether you have emotional or physical symptoms, they are your body’s way of saying, “I’m not happy with how you are treating me.

Author Louise L. Hay, who popularized the connection between mind/body and healing, wrote the following in an essay in The Handbook for the Heart: “Many people contact me for help with health issues, even very serious ones. All I do is teach them how to love themselves. They learn to look at what has gotten in the way of their love and health . . . I have people look into a mirror, just look into their own eyes, and say, ‘I love you.’”

Healing begins when you love yourself unconditionally. Symptoms are an expression of your denial of the need for self-love. The first step of healing is to completely embrace who you are right now. When you neglect self-love, it’s reflected in your relationship with others, your health, your work, and every other aspect of your life. The LifeLine healing process helps you see how, when, where, and why you’ve neglected your need for self-love. It allows you to appreciate the journey that you’ve already traveled on and prepares you for the road ahead.

I was in the middle of a treatment with a woman named Suzie. I noticed that she seemed distracted, and I asked her to get in touch with the conversation going on in her head. “Right now, I’m feeling bad that you’re running an hour behind and there are several people sitting in the waiting room,” she replied. I asked her to focus on her feelings about the people who were waiting to see me. As she did, Suzie began to recognize that she always put other people’s needs and concerns ahead of her own. She started to cry when she realized that she believed no one would love her unless she put them first.

To heal, you must accept where and who you are and love yourself unconditionally for being a perfect creation. Here are a couple of analogies:

You have to deposit money in a bank before you can withdraw it.

When flight attendants recite safety presentations before a plane takes off, what do they say about the oxygen mask? “Put on your own mask first before assisting others.”

Self-love isn’t self-indulgence, selfishness, or self-centeredness. Self-love requires that you own who you are at this moment, without judgment. True happiness is discovered during the healing process; it’s a by-product of the journey, not the end result.

Healing is about balance. By using the frequency of Infinite Love & Gratitude, The LifeLine Technique balances the body so that it will be able to accept and harmonize the emotions that you’ve subconsciously denied. Once harmony is restored, the body’s natural ability to heal itself is unleashed. Balance, and therefore healing, begins with self-love.

Begin the action steps of essential acts of self-love:

Your thoughts create your reality.

If your reality is other than what you'd choose then you can be sure that you’re living a life of reaction and as a result your subconscious mind is helping you to awaken your destiny to whole new you.

Go for it!

Remember when excitement and fear meet at a crossroads you know that you're on the precipice of a life transformation.

Self-love is the only answer.

|6|mirror work,healing,health symptoms,healthy body,happiness,self-love,darren r. weissman|_none|1|dr_darren_r_weissman| Is Your Kid a Rainbow Child?|Meet the little Buddhas of tomorrow.|8/24/2010 17:00|public://imports/1557.jpg|0|public://imports/1557.jpg|

After a visit to the Mayan ruins at Chichén Itzá, our guide announced that we were going to lunch at a nearby café. It was 6:05 p.m.when our two vehicles pulled out of the parking lot. In Mexico, everything’s relaxed, so meals are held . . . well, whenever it works out.

We drove to a quaint roadside café. This is definitely no tourist trap restaurant, I thought, looking at the authentic details mimicked by chain Mexican restaurants. Usually I could find vegetarian and vegan food choices anywhere, but this place was challenging. We were eating at an outside buffet, and the browned and shriveled fruits and vegetables looked like they’d soaked up a little too much heat during the day. When I asked the owner for papaya, I was handed a whole fruit, a knife, and a plate.

Other people eating at the café sat next to us on the long benches in the adjacent courtyard. A small boy sat across from me, staring at me intently with long-lashed eyes. His steady, loving gaze signaled that he was one of the new children. Yet this boy was different from the Crystal Children I’d met on my journeys. His energy seemed significantly higher. “He’s a Rainbow Child,” I heard whispered in my right ear, and my body broke out in goose bumps.

His mother explained that little Jose Luis was two years old and would turn three on March 3, which she quickly pointed out was the date of 3/3.

Jose continued to stare at me, and finally he pointed to himself and said in Spanish, “I am a Boy Wizard.”

My mouth must have dropped open, because his mother explained that Jose was quite psychic. “Jose told his older sister that she was once a ballerina, although she’d never spoken of the ballet she’d done before he was born.”

Unlike a Crystal Child, Jose seemed more comfortable with strangers and more apt to talk. I thought of the Crystal and Indigo Children I’d met during my travels and some of their distinguishing characteristics.

For example, Indigo Children have a very masculine energy, with warrior traits of willfulness and natural leadership skills. Indigos are sensitive to chemicals, including their own body chemistry. They can also detect dishonesty instantly, and they trust their gut feelings when sizing up someone’s character and integrity. You can’t lie to an Indigo, that’s for sure. In fact, their groups’ soul purpose is to rid the planet of corruption and greed, and usher in cooperation and integrity.

This lofty mission is fueled by the Indigos’ anger and angst. It’s important not to squelch the Indigos’ anger, but to teach them how to manage it constructively. Indigos also need outlets for their great energy, such as cardiovascular exercise and artistic projects. Without such outlets, Indigos have difficulties that often result in a mislabeled ADHD diagnosis.

The next generation of highly sensitive youths are called Crystal Children. Unlike the Indigos, Crystals are calm, sweet, and quiet; and their energy is very feminine. In fact, they’re so quiet that they’re often misdiagnosed as having autism or Asperger’s Syndrome. Crystal Children prefer to communicate telepathically or through music, which are better ways for them to convey deep and complex feelings than talking.

Crystal Children have strong connections to nature, and they need to be outdoors regularly. They also develop close bonds with domestic and wild animals. They’re even more sensitive to chemicals than Indigos, so Crystal Children usually require organic diets, and special laundry soap and fabrics to avoid allergic reactions.

Rainbow Children are the next vibrational level following the generation of Crystal Children. Rainbows have perfectly balanced male and female energy. Rainbows are like “little Buddhas,” both wise and serene. They’re more interested in giving than receiving.

Because Rainbow Children have never before incarnated, they don’t have earthly karma to work out. Therefore, they only select harmonious, functional families in which to be born.

Rainbows are just now beginning to populate the planet. The largest influx of Indigos was born between 1975 and 1995 (although some were born before and after those years). The Crystal generation now has its foothold, and new Crystals will continue to be born through 2015. Interestingly, as the Mayan calendar flips to its end, the Rainbow Children will begin their reign upon the planet.

|1|indigo children,crystal children,rainbow children,doreen virtue|_none|1|doreen_virtue| How Do You Talk to Yourself?|Learn to affirm!|5/23/2013 17:00|public://imports/3406.jpg|0|public://imports/3406.jpg|

I’d like you to read the following quote from the amazing author and teacher Louise Hay:

Every thought you think and every word you say is an affirmation for your future.

Now think about it. Really think about it. If each of us spent one entire day noticing our thoughts and words, chances are we'd be a little concerned about the future we're creating. For most people, negative thinking and talking is a way of life. But not anymore, thanks to Louise Hay.

Louise has just published a new book called, Experience Your Good Now: Learning to Use Affirmations.  It contains everything you need to know—and I mean everything— about developing an affirmation practice. She's the master of this process and I suggest you buy the book, study it from cover to cover, and listen to the CD (that comes with the book) every night for a minimum of 30 days. When you do, you'll discover the following benefits and so much more: 

  • Starting and finishing your day with affirmations sets up a tone of self-care that permeates every area of your life.
  • You train your mind to look for what's good and you end up drawing more good toward you.
  • You feel better emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
  • You stay focused on the specific areas of your life that most need your attention and they improve.
  • You begin to see evidence that your thoughts really do have power.
  • You develop an unbendable faith in the power of your thoughts to direct the course of your life. As a result, you no longer feel like a victim to outside forces. You remember who's in the driver's seat.
  • You become much nicer to be around.   

Two years ago I stepped up my commitment to use affirmations by spending my mornings writing, reading, and imagining them coming to life. It's made an enormous difference in the quality of each day and I know it will for you, too.  So, to help you get started, here are a few of my favorites.

  • My life is a constant stream of miracles.
  • Abundance flows into my life in surprising and miraculous ways every day.
  • I love my home and my home loves me.
  • I enjoy a passionate, loving, kind, and co-creative relationship with the people who matter most.
  • I feel God's presence in my life every moment of every day.

Now it's your turn. 

|23|miracles,commitment,self-esteem,self-care,positive thinking,affirmations,louise l. hay,cheryl richardson|_none|1|cheryl_richardson| Let It Rain!|Move in the direction of your desire.|8/25/2010 17:00|public://imports/1555.jpg|0|public://imports/1555.jpg|

For every pleasing thing, there is an unpleasing counterpart, for within every particle of the Universe is that which is wanted as well as the lack of that which is wanted. When you focus upon an unwanted aspect of something in an effort to push it away from you, instead it only comes closer, because you get what you give your attention to whether it is something that you want or not.

In the midst of what the television weatherman was calling “a serious drought,” our friend Esther walked down one of the paths on their Texas Hill Country property, noticing the dryness of the grass and feeling real concern for the well-being of the beautiful trees and bushes that were all beginning to show signs of stress from the shortage of rain. She noticed that the birdbath was empty even though she had filled it with water just a few hours earlier, and then she thought about the thirsty deer who had probably jumped the fence to drink the small amount of water that it held. And so, as she pondered the direness of the situation, she stopped, looked upward, and—in a very positive voice, with very positive-sounding words—said, “Abraham, I want some rain.”

And we said immediately back to her, “Indeed, from this position of lack, you think you will get rain?”

“What am I doing wrong?” she asked.

And we asked, “Why do you want the rain?”

And Esther answered, “I want it because it refreshes the earth. I want it because it gives all of the creatures in the bushes water so that they have enough to drink. I want it because it makes the grass green, and it feels good upon my skin, and it makes us all feel better.”

And we said, “Now, you are attracting rain.”

Our question “Why do you want the rain?” helped Esther withdraw her attention from the problem and turn her attention toward the solution. When you consider why you want something, your vibration usually shifts or pivots in the direction of your desire. Whenever you consider how it will happen, or when, or who will bring it, your vibration usually then shifts back toward the problem.

You see, in the process of taking her attention from what was wrong—by our asking her why she wanted the rain—she accomplished a pivot. She began thinking not only of what she wanted, but why she wanted it; and in the process, she began to feel better. That afternoon it rained, and that night the local weatherman reported “an unusual isolated thunderstorm in the Hill Country.”

Your thoughts are powerful, and you have much more control over your own experience than most of you realize.

|23|esther and jerry hicks,abraham,law of attraction,feel good,desire,positive thoughts|_none|1|esther_and_jerry_hicks| Don’t Hide It, Write It!|Give your feelings a voice by journaling.|8/26/2010 17:00|public://imports/1556.jpg|0|public://imports/1556.jpg|

You’ve probably heard the saying, “the truth will set you free,” but did you ever wonder why?  Whenever life gets too tough, too threatening – when we experience an emotional or physical trauma of some kind – we may feel we “can’t handle the truth” and so we try to deny it. We send the truth – the facts about what is happening, as well as what we think and feel about it – underground, burying it deep inside us, where we think we don’t have to deal with it. Then we might distract ourselves with something less scary, or even overwrite the facts with lies that are easier to cope with.

This “out of sight, out of mind,” deny-and-dissociate strategy doesn’t work, at least not for long. That’s because the truth is a mighty force, a powerful energy that is and always will be. Like everything else in our universe, it exists in physical reality even if we can’t see it with our eyes. Therefore, it can’t just be wished away, any more than gravity can. Dealing with the truth in a healthy way requires processing it. The energy needs to be moved out of the body and released.

If this doesn’t happen – if the truth about what happened to us and what we think and feel about it is not acknowledged and spoken by the conscious mind – it will eventually pop back up, like a beach ball under water, grabbing our attention in some unpredictable ways. Emotional pain, abusive relationships, financial problems, accidents, health scares and conditions, stress symptoms of all kinds – under almost any disturbance is a truth waiting to be set free.

I discovered this reality when, at age 25, I wound up with cancer. I’d already had plenty of other warning signs and wake-up calls – drug and alcohol addictions, promiscuity, an eating disorder – but I didn’t pay heed. Cancer finally got my attention. When it did, I sincerely wanted to heal.

To my surprise, one of the simplest tools I found in my search for healing – writing in a personal journal – turned out to be one of the most powerful. Journal writing gave voice (expression and movement) to my truth of an extremely traumatic childhood wrought with sexual and emotional abuse. Journaling gave the benefit of processing out that old toxic energy that was stored inside me and had been wreaking such havoc on my life. Giving voice to it ultimately led me to becoming cancer free, addiction free, and to letting go of all the other lies I had been living.

We all have truths buried inside. Too often in childhood we are taught by our parents or society that feelings are bad and shouldn’t be felt, let alone expressed. Stuffing our emotions is the cultural norm. Yet in order to have a fulfilling life, complete with healthy relationships, we have to have our feelings. We have to experience them and then let them go. In essence, to be truly healthy and happy, we have to live in truth. Journal writing can help us do that.

There aren’t many rules to follow to gain the benefits of writing in a personal daily journal. Here are 7 guidelines for getting the most out of it:

  1. Do it daily. Like brushing your teeth, create a habit that helps to ensure good emotional hygiene.
  2. Use pencil and paper OR keyboard and computer. They are both equally effective. The desired stream of consciousness can come about merely by using your hands to communicate.
  3. Be honest. Practice rigorous honesty about your feelings, no matter how petty, jealous, hateful, or anything else they may sound. It’s time to honor your feelings and this is the place to do it. Don’t hold anything back.
  4. Don’t edit, spell-check, or judge your writing. That’s not the exercise here. This isn’t school and you’re not being graded. We’re doing something far more important for your well-being and that requires letting the thoughts and feelings flow – uninterrupted.
  5. Keep your journal safe. This means keeping it in a safe place where no one else will see it. To be uninhibited in your journal writing, you need to know that it won’t be subject to scrutiny by others.
  6. Share only if you want to. If there is a trusted loved one with whom you want to share your writing, by all means do it. Having another person hear your truth and then give you unconditional acceptance will further your processing the energy out.
  7. Be committed to the truth. Use your journal as a self-healing tool for your personal growth, self-improvement, emotional health, and physical well-being. Remember, the truth will set you free!

|23|deborah king,self-esteem,shadow,truth,childhood trauma,child abuse,writing,journaling|_none|1|deborah_king| Are You Getting the Message?|Divine beings ready to share new revelations.|8/27/2010 17:00|public://imports/1571.jpg|0|public://imports/1571.jpg|

Imagine…from the oldest cultures on Earth, ancient myths and legends tell of powerful, magical beings that have existed as our trusted allies, protectors, and advisors, It’s said they’ve lived alongside humanity since time began, yet in another dimension separated only by a thin etheric veil. Angels, Faeries, Nature Spirits, and others walked between the worlds and beside us openly for a time. They served with us as co-creators of the bridge between the realms of the Spirit and those on Earth.

Some of them were deeply committed to the well-being of all sentient life on the planet and took great interest in the workings of humankind. They knew that all things that manifested on the Earth plane were conceived in the realm of the Unseen Infinite first. Their gift was to help humanity direct its life-force energy to create the most powerful realms according to the order and higher dream of the Divine.

Legend says that we formed a Sacred Alliance with these beings to maintain balance between our earthly, visible world of effects and the unseen causal world of Spirit.

After thousands of years, humanity began to forget the Alliance, and in the necessary evolution of consciousness, new ideas came to influence the collective thinking. Great technological progress was made in spite of our mystical losses. Religious superstition and fear, materialism, and ideas of a mechanical universe wiped out our ability to connect to these mystical beings that were our friends. And so these beings faded away into the Hidden Realms, accessible only to a secret few.

A prophecy spoke of their return to the descendants of those who remembered them. Now the whispering of their ancient wisdom begins to awaken within us as our world has become increasingly out of balance. Some have come back from the Hidden Realms to help us reclaim our highest good and have recommitted to helping us be the best we can possibly be. They guide us to create a life of peace, purpose, prosperity and love and to restore balance and healing to our world.

As they faded away, the beings of the Hidden Realms made a promise long ago: if their likenesses and names were summoned, they would answer our call for assistance and guidance.

Invoke the Divine power and use it well—only and always for the highest good—and they will show you the way to the Divine path for your destiny. Every person who fulfills his or her highest personal destiny creates a shift of healing for all living things.

|5|psychic,divine message,prophecy,intuition,nature spirits,fairies,angel,colette baron-reid|_none|1|colette_baron_reid| Can You Change Reality?|Startling news about your role in the universe.|8/28/2010 17:00||0||

Scientific evidence now reveals that belief affects everything from the healing of our bodies to the atoms of Reality itself! What could be more important than understanding how to use such an awesome power to reverse disease, create peace and abundance and even change Reality itself?

Scientists have shown that while we may think we’re only watching and observing our world, in fact, it’s impossible for us to simply “watch” anything. Whether our attention is focused on a quantum particle during a laboratory experiment or anything else, from the healing of our body to the success of our careers and relationships, we have expectations and beliefs about what we’re watching. Sometimes we’re consciously aware of our expectations and beliefs. But oftentimes we’re not. It’s these inner experiences that become part of what we’re focused on. By “watching” we become part of what we’re watching.

In the words of physicist John Wheeler, that makes us all “participators.” The reason? When we focus our attention on a given place in a moment of time, we involve our consciousness. And in the vast field of consciousness it appears that there’s no clear boundary that tells us where we stop and the rest of the world begins. When we think of the world this way, it becomes clear why the ancients believed that everything is connected. As energy, it is.

As scientists continue to explore just what it means to be participators, new evidence points to an inescapable conclusion: That we live in an interactive reality where we change the world around us by changing what happens inside of us while we’re watching—our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. The implication is clear: From the healing of disease and the length of our lives, to the success of our careers and relationships, everything that we experience as “life” is directly linked to what we believe.

We find ourselves faced with undeniable evidence confirming that we are the architects of our reality. With this confirmation, we also find that we have the power to make disease obsolete and relegate war to a memory of our past. Suddenly, the key to catapult our greatest dreams into reality is within our reach. It all comes back to us. Where do we fit in the universe? What is it that we’re supposed to be doing in life?

The transformation that the reality revolution brings to our lives has erupted with a force unmatched by anything in the past because the same discoveries that have sparked the questions have also led to the conclusion that the “facts” we’ve trusted for 300 years to explain the universe and our role in it are flawed. They’re based upon two assumptions that have been proven to be false: (1) The space between “things” is empty; and (2) Our inner experiences of feeling and belief have no effect upon the world beyond our bodies.

Paradigm-shattering experiments, published in leading-edge, peer-reviewed journals reveal that we’re bathed in a field of intelligent energy that fills what used to be thought of as empty space. Beyond any reasonable doubt, additional discoveries show that this field responds to us—it literally rearranges itself—in the presence of our heart-based feelings and beliefs to become the healing of our bodies and the peace of our world! And this is the revolution that changes everything.

With these and similar discoveries in mind, we must ask ourselves the question that is perhaps the most revealing of all: Are we born with the natural ability to create and modify our bodies and the world? If so, then we must be willing to ask an even more difficult question: What responsibility do we have to use our birth-given power in the presence of what are arguably the greatest threats to the future of our lives, our world, and even our species? 

The Bottom Line: To change our lives and relationships, heal our bodies and bring peace to our families and nations requires a shift in the way we use belief.

|1|gregg braden,belief,reality,healing,science,physics|_none|1|gregg_braden| The Four Views|How do you see the world? |8/29/2010 17:00|public://imports/1570.jpg|0|public://imports/1570.jpg|

Once a wise master had four students who exceeded all others in ability. One day the five gathered, and the master spoke to the first student, “Tell me what you see when you look into the world.”

“I see savagery. The planet is raped. The world hides from the truth. Contaminating material is released everywhere. There is particulate matter in the heavens and acid rain. The rain forests are being destroyed, and so is the ozone. There is such ignorance and selfishness. The world needs so much correction.”

The master replied, “You are right, and I shall call you Correction, for you by your vision have committed to a world of need.”

To his second student, the master put the same question, “Tell me what you see when you look into the world.”

The second student replied, “Master, I see futility. Nothing can be done to change the ways of the world, though some will repent and call for change. Still, the world is condemned by the acts of man. The sciences teach us that too many people are coming onto the planet, too much destruction has already been done, too little money is provided for science to adequately assist, and there is too little concern for ethics and values. Crime escalates while families decay. Law is lost.

“You too are right, and I shall call you Righteous, for your indignation beholds a corrupt world beyond repair while your heart suffers its pain. You shall be known for your words, and your works will express the sadness of your heart.”

The master turned his gaze to the third student. “And you, what do you see?”

“I see a world needing the restoration of Law. I do not believe hope is lost. I find encouragement in the words of my brothers, for they too recognize the need the world has for a change of ways. It is with confidence that I sense the willingness of man to change. All good government is government of the people and for the people. It is through law and government that change can be effected. The mass will follow the right action and attitude of government. The agent for change exists and is law and government.”

“You also are right. I shall call you Government, for your words forge your observations and become what you teach. You will therefore be committed to a work of law and order through government.”

Finally, to the fourth student, the master put the same question, “And what do you see?”

“Master, I behold only miracles. Life is a miracle. All being is a miracle. Consciousness is a miracle. I behold God in all creation. I sense the beauty of Love in the fragrance of the flower, in the smile of a child, in the warmth of lovers, in the glow of the stars. When I look onto the world, I am greeted with its mysteries. It is with awe and reverence that each day unfolds its beauty. I know that all things are good and that each expresses their good in their own appropriate manner for the moment. I know that which my brothers speak about is but illusion, for only the eternal is real. I will give no power to thoughts of scarcity, of limitation, of need, for all that is truly needed is here for us to behold, to recognize, and to accept. I wish only to give to the world the sight I have been given. For with these modest eyes and senses, my heart is quickened by the glory of being.”

The master smiled before he spoke. “And you, my chosen student, I will call Truth, for your vision is of Truth, and its reward is the reality it sees. You shall go unto man and teach from what you see, for yours is the vision of what is, and all that is possible rests in this peace. You shall be known by all men by your garments of serenity and peace.”

The master, speaking to all, added these words, “To each of you is the blessing of your vision. As you see the world, so the world reveals itself to you. You will know the world by your vision of it. To each of you will go the works of your sight. You will experience life according to your vision.”

Not only is our reality a matter of choice, but so is the power we give it. Only the eternal is incorruptible. Only the eternal is therefore true. All else is inherently false by definition. To be a master, one must begin by acting like a master. To grow, we must give. The old saying “You cannot receive if the cup is full” is absolutely true of the human condition. As we sow, so do we reap. The first step then in self-actualization, is to give forgiveness and care. The old deep mind link memories disappear; the new memories become both the process and the goal.

|1|service,miracles,self-actualization,perception,choices,truth,eldon taylor|_none|1|eldon_taylor| Are You the Tortoise or the Hare?|Why too much hurry hurts.|8/30/2010 17:00|public://imports/1560.jpg|0|public://imports/1560.jpg|

Destination Addiction makes people feel as though they should always be further ahead of where they are now. They constantly fear they are not progressing fast enough with their lives. They believe they are “running behind” with their careers, their commutes, and their schedules. They are always chasing the next goal, by the next birthday, by the next whatever. They are hypercritical and are forever “should-ing” on themselves—“I should be further in my career by now,” “I should have gotten married by now,” or “I should have achieved more by now.”

Destination Addiction causes us to be permanently impatient with ourselves. The schedule we set for ourselves is so demanding that we end up driving ourselves harder and faster. We refuse to forgive ourselves if we cannot keep up. Our diaries are so full we will not give ourselves ten minutes in the day. “In your patience possess ye your souls,” reads the Gospel of Luke (21:19). But we are too impatient for success, so we promise to catch up with ourselves somewhere up ahead. We press on, and we lose touch with ourselves. We keep going, and we leave ourselves behind.

We have no time for ourselves, and we are permanently impatient with everyone else. We are a society of fast impressions. If a relationship does not develop fast enough, we drop it. If a person cannot speak in sound bites, we “tune out.” If people do not get to the point quickly, we make their point for them. If a relationship hits trouble, it is difficult to trust it has any further value. We are uncomfortable with pauses in conversations. We often interrupt conversations to get to the end faster. We need to move on.

We are permanently impatient because we are addicted to the pursuit of progress. What is progress? According to Destination Addiction, to progress is to move along a timeline from “here” to “there” as quickly as possible. But to what end? Impatience impedes real progress if the focus is only on getting to the future faster. Real progress is a real-time goal that is about the here and now—living well today, being more present, caretaking this moment, and enjoying the time of your life.

Real progress is not living life faster; it is about living life better. We are often impatient because we do not know the value of patience. In fact, we may be afraid of patience, for we fear that patience means deferment, forfeit, or loss. Sometimes, however, patience is opportunity. Patience helps us to be more receptive and more deeply engaged and to find the treasure at the spot on the map marked “here.” Patience keeps us in the moment longer, and we are thereby better able to welcome grace and good fortune on our journey.

|23|robert holden,destination addiction,patience,progress|_none|1|robert_holden_phd| Looking for Fun?|It’s right under your nose!|8/30/2010 17:00|public://imports/1546.jpg|0|public://imports/1546.jpg|

Why is everyone running around trying to figure out ways to have fun? We spend enormous amounts of time and effort trying to figure out how to relax, while spending equal amounts of time trying to accomplish more in less time. The dichotomy is insane!

What very few books in the self-help area ever address is fun. They don’t let you in on the secret that you can have fun all day long if you realize that it isn’t something you seek, but something you are. Become the fun you’re seeking and you won’t have to wait to have fun. Stress is diminished in its presence, but most people don’t understand the concept.

Essentially, fun is the art of playfulness and the ability to resonate with whatever you’re doing in the best possible way. At some point, we became a nation of workaholics. If all you ever think about is going from one task to another without interruption, you’ve become a robot. Instead, try to do as much as you can with an attitude that’s full of gratitude and joy. Yes, this may sound naïve, but trust me when I tell you that more things will go right than wrong.

I’ve tried this technique when I’m traveling, and amazing things have happened. Consider how often overworked employees in airports have to put up with disgruntled travelers. I start having fun by being playful with the gate agents. When they ask me how many bags I’m checking, I often respond, “Two, including me.” I get huge guffaws, and sometimes I even get moved into first class! Our interaction has become more humane, and they’re pleased that I’m interested in making our time together fun.

There are so many ways you can make your day more pleasant. In addition, if you’re already enjoying yourself, you’ll be less likely to try to medicate yourself with food. Here are some tips to help you experience more joy during everyday tasks:

  • Get some karaoke music and sing in your car while you’re stuck in traffic.
  • Talk to the people standing next to you instead of using your cell phone when you’re waiting in line.
  • Let everyone you come in contact with know that you’re interested in them by actively listening. When you act dismissive, it shows how uncomfortable you are with yourself.
  • Do all your chores in as playful a way as possible. Squelch the old inner tape that says, “You can’t have fun till the work is done!” Please… you’ll be dead.
  • Wake up and create a fun affirmation for the day, such as: My day is filled with fun, joy, and humor. Your attention follows your intention.
  • Enjoy the ride when you’re driving. You’ll eventually get where you’re going.
  • Make your job as enjoyable as possible. You signed up—no one shipped you off to do forced labor. If you dislike your work, start making plans to do something else.

I realize that some of you may be involved in some very serious situations, but keep in mind that fun is a state of mind, it’s always there for you to tap into, and not every day is akin to a funeral procession.

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If you’re driving down the street and realize you’re going the wrong way, you can change course and choose a new route that will take you where you want to go. The same holds true for your consciousness, too. If you’re proceeding in a negative direction, you don’t have to keep going down that same counterproductive path. You just have to realize that your life is heading down a dead-end road. Remind yourself of your options, and then let them redirect you—just like a map to a new destination.

Changing Directions in Life

When I’m in need of a consciousness shift, I try to consider My Adjacent Possibilities, a MAP of options that I can choose in order to move to a different direction—either in focus or emotion, or both. If I find myself worried or stressed about something, I investigate my adjacent possibilities and know that it’s safe for me to trust. In fact, in the whole of consciousness, trusting is the peaceful and preferable choice I want to make, and this alternative exists within my grasp. It’s not foreign or foolish; it’s my right and my responsibility to embrace.

Step Into A Cloud of Possibilities 

Sometimes I visualize the adjacent possibility—whether it’s trust or some other conscious choice—floating like a cloud beside me, and I actually take a step into that intended energy! It helps make the shift more real. If I’m feeling self-doubt, I know that right next to that conclusion is the adjacent possibility of self-encouragement—and I also know that it’s the only choice that will move me in the direction I desire.

Close your eyes and envision yourself stepping into a sparkling, beautiful cloud. Every dewy molecule that alights on your face and arms is a joyous adjacent possibility . . . and the options stretch out for miles. Spin around and feel the refreshing touch of another and another. How exciting it is to always be surrounded by possibilities!

|23|goals,beliefs,positive thoughts,choices,conciousness,affirmations,positive thinking,possibilities,sandra anne taylor|_none|1|sandra_anne_taylor| Who’s Number One?|Put your self-loving spirit first.|9/1/2010 17:00||0||

Several years ago a woman from Omaha whom I’d never met called me to ask for a reading. She introduced herself and told me that she had stage IV breast cancer and was very near dying.

“I’m realistic, Sonia,” she said. “I’m not looking for a miracle cure. I know that I don’t have much longer to live. But maybe I am still looking for a miracle. I just want to die in peace and can’t seem to find my way to it, because I forgot to live my life—the one I would have loved to live. Instead I lived “their” life—the life those around me approved of.

“I was exemplary in every way: I was a top Girl Scout. I was a model wife, PTA member, and soccer mom. I was block-party rep and a wonderful grandmother and neighbor. You name it—whatever brought me approval from others, I did it. And they did, and do, approve of me. It’s just that I don’t approve of me. In fact, I can hardly stand myself because I feel like such a fraud. I never got around to doing what I wanted to do, what I loved, like going to Rome, or trying oil painting, or biking across Iowa.

“I missed my life by pleasing others, and now it’s too late! I can’t even get out of bed now. What can I possibly do now so I can die in peace? Can you tell me?”

Whoa! Her breaking heart and tragic words hit me hard.  I was quiet and prayed. Then I asked my higher self and heavenly helpers for direction. How can this woman find self-love at this stage of the game? I wondered. What must she know…what must we all know?

In a moment the answer came through. I was guided to tell her to express her Spirit out loud and devote her remaining time and energy only to conversations about what she loved.

“Every day,” I said, “tell those around you what you love. Tell them what brings you happiness, what you enjoy, the foods you like to eat, which perfumes are your favorite, what flowers touch your heart, and what movies make you happy. Tell them about everything that gives your Spirit pleasure. In doing so, you’ll come back to your authentic self and find the peace and love for you. You’ll find what you’re looking for.”

She was silent, and I could tell that she was thinking about what I’d just said. “That I can do,” she finally answered. “In fact, I’d love to do that.” And then she let out what sounded to me like a sigh of relief and hung up.

After this call, I realized that speaking to her was my gift for the day. She made me aware of how much I still did for the sake of approval and how much I gave priority to things that made others happy over what I truly loved to do. I realized how easy it was to let seeking approval become so routine that I could actually ignore what I loved and end up in the same boat as she was in.

Taking the gift from her, I decided to start attending to my Spirit more, even with the craziness of my life, and begin to at least talk about what I love more often as well. My good advice for her was good advice for me, too.

|5|independence,approval,spirit,self-care,self-love,sonia choquette|_none|0|sonia_choquette| You Can Do It!|You can create a joyous life.|9/11/2012 17:00|public://imports/2982.jpg|0|public://imports/2982.jpg|

Today is a new day. Today is a day for you to begin creating a joyous, fulfilling life. Today is the day to begin to release all your limitations. Today is the day for you to learn the secrets of life. You can do it. You can change your life for the better. You already have the tools within you to do so. These tools are your thoughts and your beliefs.

How do you feel right now? Do you feel good? Do you feel bad? What are your current emotions? What is your gut feeling? Would you like to feel better? Then reach for a better feeling or thought. If you feel bad in any way—sad, grumpy, bitter, resentful, angry, fearful, guilty, depressed, jealous, critical, and so on—then you’ve temporarily lost your connection to the flow of good experiences that the Universe has waiting for you. Don’t waste your thoughts on blame. No person, place, or thing has any control over your feelings because they don’t think in your mind.

This is also why you really have no control over others—you see, you can’t control their thoughts. No one can control another unless that person gives permission. So you want to be aware of this powerful mind you have. You can take total control over your own thinking. It’s the only thing you’ll ever have total control of. What you choose to think is what you’ll get in life. I’ve chosen to think thoughts of joy and appreciation, and you can, too.

What kind of thoughts make you feel good? Thoughts of love, appreciation, gratitude, joyful childhood experiences? Thoughts in which you rejoice that you’re alive and bless your body with love? Do you truly enjoy this present moment and get excited about tomorrow? Thinking these kinds of thoughts is an act of loving yourself, and loving yourself creates miracles in your life.

We can think happy thoughts. We can think positive thoughts. We can say, “Yes, I can do it!” we can think thoughts that make us feel joyous. We can learn to think only about all the good in the world. We can lift our thoughts up. We can greet each day with a smile. We can let the world know that we’re happy to be alive. We can express gratitude at every turn. We can love our bodies. We can be our best friends.

The reward of affirmations is that you get to watch day by day as your life turns into the most joyous, loving, healthy, prosperous, fabulous experiences. And they will last for all the rest of your days on Earth. So train yourself to think thoughts that make you feel good. That way, you’ll always be creating your life out of joy and in joy.

Say it right now: I can do it. I can do it. I can do it!

|23|despression,self-care,gratitude,positive thinking,affirmations,louise hay|_none|1|louise_l_hay| Make Space for Grace |Are you working too hard?|9/2/2010 17:00|public://imports/1552.jpg|0|public://imports/1552.jpg|

Like most insanely busy people today, you probably know the Work Ethic well. The Work Ethic deals in only one currency, which is effort. It teaches that we have to spend effort to buy success and anything else we value. If you ever experience a setback or a failure, it is a sign that you are not spending enough effort. Effort plus more effort, plus  more effort, is the key to success. If that does not work, invest a bit more effort. Effort is the “real money,” for “in Effort we trust.” Effort is what makes things work.

The Work Ethic, at its most extreme, is about struggle, not grace, and about sweat, not success. We must work harder and harder and conclude we need to work harder still. There is not a minute to lose, but there are no free minutes available. The Work Ethic advocates a full-time effort that consumes our lives and spares no time for inspiration or recovery. Everything we have, including our time, is taken up with effort.

People who believe only in the Work Ethic are uneasy with grace. If success is easy, we feel guilty. We believe in “no pain, no gain.” If success is easy, we do not value it. We believe “there is no free lunch.” If success is easy, we find a way to make it more difficult. We have been educated at the “school of hard knocks.” We believe that struggle is the only learning curve. The bottom line is that we never let anything be easy.

Many of the people with whom I work are held back by the effort trap. Simply stated, they “over-effort” and thus perform below par. The average executive habitually overworks; the successful executive doesn’t. The average athlete overtrains; the great athlete doesn’t. The average artist forces his talent; the inspired artist doesn’t. The average chef overcooks her food; the genius chef doesn’t. The average performer tries too hard; the best talent doesn’t. Whereas intelligent effort attracts success, excessive effort blocks it.

Excessive effort hides compensations that block success. For example, many people over-effort because they are dysfunctionally independent and never ask for extra help. Or maybe they over-effort because they are trying too hard to control a situation. Or maybe they are afraid of what might happen if they surrender to their creativity. Alternately, they may not believe that they are worthy of effortless success and abundance. Or they may simply be afraid to stop efforting and try something new. Sometimes effort is just fear.

Great dancers like Rudolph Nureyev and great singers like Maria Callas found a way to balance effort with grace. So too did great artists like Leonardo da Vinci, who believed in the need for work and rest. Great orators like Martin Luther King, great politicians like Mikhail Gorbachev, and great servants like Mother Teresa also demonstrated grit and grace in their own way. All knew how to give their best and also make space for grace and inspiration.

|23|inspiration,grace,workaholic,effort,work ethic,robert holden,creativity,relaxation|_none|1|robert_holden_phd| Pieces of the Female Puzzle|What are true natural hormones?|9/3/2010 17:00||0||

There seems to be a lot of confusion around the definition of natural versus bioidentical” versus synthetic hormones. One thing to remember when making this distinction is that bioidentical refers to the shape of the molecule itself rather than the source of the hormone. By this, I mean that hormones can be marketed as natural or plant-based, yet not come near to being bioidentical to native human female hormones or performing as such in the body. Examples of this are the numerous proprietary HRT options being marketed as plant-based and natural, as well as purely yam-based creams.

Our bodies are literally swimming in hormones that act somewhat analogous to keys in a lock, or pieces to a puzzle. Though this analogy presents a less than complete picture, it can be helpful toward a basic understanding of their action. The puzzle to which I refer makes up the big picture of who we are as human beings and how we operate. When we take in hormonal replacement therapy that doesn’t fit the original design that our cells have evolved to recognize, the end result simply may not feel or act quite right. Hence all those side effects, ranging from annoying and uncomfortable to downright dangerous.

Many pharmaceutical companies are capitalizing on women’s quest for natural hormone replacement therapy by marketing proprietary hormone products that are plant-based. Yes, many of these hormonal molecules may have been derived from plant sources, but no, the molecules themselves do not always match those found in human females. Moreover, they are often not effectively converted or used in the body and sometimes have actions that are more deleterious than the symptoms they purport to quell or stave off.

Our hormones are comprised of a solid steroid base (yes—cholesterol!), decorated with arms, legs, and tails pinned on here and there. These attachments are what turn hormones into specialized molecules, allowing them to plug in to receptor molecules throughout the body, turning on and off much of the cellular behavior that makes us tick.

Pretty slick! Bioidentical hormones are those whose biochemical structure exactly duplicates those found naturally in the human body—that is, the ones whose structure has evolved for millenia. Why mess with a good thing?

True Natural Hormones

The molecules naturally produced in the human female body for which we most often seek replacement include the following: a) the three basic types of estrogen: estrone (E1), estradiol (E2), and estriol (E3); b) progesterone; c) testosterone and d) DHEA, an adrenal precursor to testosterone. These truly natural hormones are available by prescription (or, in the case of progesterone and DHEA, over-the-counter in low doses), and can also be readily titrated to a woman’s individual needs. Though many health care practitioners are still not trained in prescribing them, the opportunity is there for them to learn, and health care providers are becoming increasingly aware of their patients’ preferences.

Bear in mind that most of the mainstream studies have been performed on conventional HRT. In addition, pharmaceutical companies cannot take out a patent on what the majority of human women make effortlessly on a daily basis and, therefore, cannot generate large sums of money by packaging and selling them. This may explain why women are commonly offered prescriptions for nonbioidentical forms of HRT, while their efforts to obtain a prescription for bioidentical HRT can be met with varying degrees of skepticism. On the other hand, unique delivery systems for HRT are patentable, and for this reason options for HRT delivered via transdermal skin patches abound, some of which are bioidentical. Examples include many of the estrogen patches, including Vivelle, Estraderm, and Climara.

Most women know that Premarin, Prempro, and Provera are not bioidentical. My colleague Dr. Joel Hargrove says, Premarin is a natural hormone—if your native food is hay! (It’s made from conjugated mare urine.) Provera was developed as a substitute for bioidentical progesterone (the kind found in the human female body) because you cannot patent a naturally-occurring hormone! Prempro is a combination of Premarin and Provera.

If you are in doubt as to whether a particular product offered to you by prescription is natural, check the label—if it lists anything other than the above ingredients, including esterified estrogens, progestins, or progestogens, the product is essentially not bioidentical. You can also go to your library and look the product up in the most up-to-date Physician’s Desk Reference, or try plugging it into your favorite search engine on the Internet—many proprietary products even have their own site.

Many people have written to me to express their confusion about the use of progesterone creams, particularly regarding the efficacy of yam-based or other plant-based creams.

Unlike soy and flax, for example, which contain plant-based estrogens (phytoestrogens) that are adaptogenic and converted into utilizable forms in the body, wild yam (Dioscorea barbasco) cannot be converted into progesterone in the body.

The conversion can occur in a laboratory setting, however, and therefore, wild yam is sometimes used to synthesize the progesterone found in progesterone creams. The cream may technically be yam-based, but its active ingredient is not the wild yam itself but the USP progesterone that has been added. For this reason, while the body may absorb wild yam extract through the skin, which may then confer mild effects on menopausal symptoms, results of research on oral and topical applications of wild yam extract have not detected a significant change in progesterone levels in the blood.

If you want the beneficial effects of bioidentical progesterone, make sure the ingredients on the label include United States Pharmacopoeia (U.S.P.) progesterone. U.S.P. progesterone is available in over-the-counter 2% creams as well as by prescription. Choices for prescription-based bioidentical progesterone include Crinone Vaginal Gel in 4% or 8% concentration, or in an oral micronized form such as Prometrium capsules.

I receive letters almost daily from women who have taken the initiative to offer their health care providers information on the natural approach to HRT, some with great success and others meeting with failure. In any case, it’s your body, and therefore it’s worth a try.

Here are the salient points to know and to share with your practitioner:

  • Our native human hormones can be synthesized in laboratories to exactly duplicate those found in our bodies.
  • Bioidentical HRT has been prescribed by doctors for many years and is readily available through formulary pharmacies.
  • Bioidentical HRT is easily titrated to suit women’s individual needs, is readily absorbed and utilized, and is safe and effective.
  • Bioidentical hormones are the ones we want to use as replacement therapy, if and when we decide they are necessary.

Many physicians and formulary pharmacists work in partnership with their patients to provide individualized hormone-replacement solutions. You can customize your hormone therapy by doing this. The result will be a unique blend perfect for your body. However, keep in mind, that many great bioidentical choices are available at your local drugs store, are available by prescription, and are even covered by many insurance plans. As you learn more, you’ll realize that you can just as easily use bioidentical hormones as synthetic. Why not give your body the best!


This information is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease. All material in this article is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise, or other health program.


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Dr. Christiane Northrup
Christiane Northrup, M.D., is a visionary pioneer and the world’s leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness. A board-certified OB/GYN physician who graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and did her residency at Tufts New Engl Continue reading