Energy Medicine is based on the fact that all living things emit an energy field. This field of bio-energy, sometimes known as the "aura", was called "chi" by the Chinese, or "prana" in the Indian tradition. Modalities include approaches such as: Reiki, crystal healing, meditation, healing touch, sound therapy, Pranic healing, aromatherapy, and a host of other healing art forms.
by Neda Smith, FDN, CMTA, HHC,
ATH Co-Editor of Holistic Nutrition
Do you find yourself midday crashing and needing a pick me up, such as coffee, chocolate, energy drinks or sweets in general?...
Editor's Note from Neda Smith: Did you know that your chronic fatigue could be associated to your weight gain as well as the other way around? Also did you know the same to be true about the health of your thyroid? Neda Smith has written a great article on how they are all entwined and what 3 steps can be taken to improve the health of your adrenals.
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by Shelley Nordlund
Chinese New Year is coming up on January 31, and we will enter the Year of the Wood Horse! If you’ve ever wondered which of the twelve animals you match with, I decided to enlighten you on the subject...
Editor's Note from Carolyn White: Chinese New Year, which ushers in the Year of the Wooden Horse, occurs at the end of January. Compared to the Western calendar, it is the year 4712. For about 5000 years, the Chinese philosophers have observed energy in the ebb and flow of nature. Over time, they witnessed patterns in life, often allegorically attributing these recurring themes to members of the animal kingdom.
by Jim PathFinder Ewing
The year's shortest day and longest night, the Winter Solstice, was celebrated with the next new dawn, as it was shown that the Sun had triumphed over darkness, the Sun had not been "eaten," but was born again. Some would drum throughout the night, lending their energy to keep the Sun alive...
Editor's Note from Cynthia Greb: I am delighted to introduce to the Dream Medicine page Jim PathFinder Ewing, a Cherokee elder and author who has published several books in the fields of shamanism, healing, sustainable farming, and Native traditions. In this article, Jim very wisely reminds us that this Winter Solstice season is naturally and ideally a time for turning inward and doing deep, sacred dreaming. The Iroquois Nation modeled this for us. We who rush around ceaselessly preparing for cultural holidays have strayed far from this natural rhythm. And it is to our detriment.
by Michael Williams, PhD,
Co-Editor of Therapeutic Storytelling
1. Be present: Before you begin telling your story, take time to be present with your audience. Smile, make eye contact, say hello to a few people, and thank them for coming. Others who see this will feel you’re actually a friendly human being. Feel the energy in the room. Remember, the audience wants you to do well. Tap into that energy. Introduce yourself. Take the time to create the space in which you will deliver the story. Pace it out, get a feel of it, make it yours. Connect with your breathing. Listen . . . then begin. Commit to the story and have fun. Let the story tell you.
Editor's Note from Michael Williams: As a storyteller, people often assume I’m an extrovert who loves getting up in front of people and telling stories. I do. But that doesn’t mean I’m not nervous. The truth is, I’m an introvert and not entirely comfortable being in front of large groups of people. But I love sharing stories with others. And thanks to some techniques, some sound advice, and lots of practice, I can now stand up in front of an audience and deliver my stories and actually enjoy the experience.
In what follows, I share some reflections gathered over the years as a storyteller and story coach. Some were passed on to me by some very wise mentors and coaches and others have come about through trial and error. But over the years, I’ve found them to be 5 sure-fire ways to tell a compelling story. I hope you will too. All the best on your journey to becoming the storyteller you want to be. Feel free to e-mail me with your story.
by Amanda Gore
Die Healthy is the name of a terrific book on wellnes written by Don Ardell (An American) and Dr Grant Donovan (an Aussie). It outlines steps to a wellness lifestyle and qualities that might be thought provoking for your new year lifestyle 'contemplations'.
If I list some of the points you can think about yourself in relation to the concept and decide if you are 'just right' or could do with a little work in that area...
Editor's Note from Carolyn White: Traditionally, the New Year is a time of contemplating and evaluating your course for the future. Your success is enhanced and supported when you have a positive outlook on all things that contribute to a wellness lifestyle.
Editor's Note from Carolyn White: In part two, Jean Haner shares how reading energy patterns in the face can help you move through life with compassion and understanding. In traditional Chinese medicine, the patterns on the face were part of the holistic diagnosis of a person's state of wellness. See Part 1.
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