The Sacred Journey to the Heart Posted on February 28th, 2013
Recently I had the honor of interviewing film producer Ronna Prince, creator of Sacred Journey to the Heart – a compelling film about heart-based living and how to achieve it. Ronna came to her own personal heart-opening through shocking and tragic circumstances of childhood sexual abuse, perpetrated by her father, a well-respected band leader. It is hard for most of us to fathom how a person of respect and integrity such as a band leader could behave in this way. And it is difficult to understand how anyone could survive it. All though the circumstances are different, I too experienced a personal violation. My former husband, a well-respected registered nurse, specializing in oncology and medical surgery, a man with three university degrees, a professed Buddhist and healer, was discovered to be leading a double life on the internet and engaging in criminal and elicit online activities. Because of these shocking personal circumstances, like many others, Ronna Prince and I have both had to take our epic journeys of forgiveness and self-discovery. Choosing to view these catastrophic events from a higher perspective, we have both, in our own way, come to realize that these people came into our lives and are our “greatest teachers.” There is a compelling piece of my interview that may be difficult to grasp – the mind simply cannot handle it. According to Ronna Prince, “These agreements are made long before we are born. On a soul level, we agree to have these experiences. In essence, the perpetrator steps up and says, I am willing to be your perpetrator, I will love you so much, that I will come in to your life and give you this experience so that you can grow, move into your power, and become all that you were destined to be. And I will do this for you at the greatest expense to my soul.” This is a lofty concept that is almost impossible to wrap the mind around. But perhaps, this may make sense for people who have been in similar situations. Through our evolutionary process, both Ronna and I have been captivated by the work of author Colin Tipping author of Radical Forgiveness. One of the elements of the Radical Forgiveness work is, “that it is not what happens to us, but what happens for us.” So everything that happens – happens for us – for our growth and spiritual evolution. If we can embrace this concept in the wake of a tough personal experience, we can grow, evolve, overcome and live in joy again. Ronna’s heart-healing journey also took her to the Heart Math Institute in California where she studied proven and practical methods about how to live a heart-centered life – the result of that experience is her creative endeavor – a compilation of well-known authors, teachers and healers who tell their stories in the film Sacred Journey to the Heart. I know you’ll enjoy it.
Debbie Ford Earns her Wings Posted on February 21st, 2013
Debbie Ford best-selling author and personal growth guru died tragically of cancer a few days ago. She was best known for her book “The Dark Side of the Light Chasers: Reclaiming Your Power, Creativity Brilliance and Dreams” which deals with the shadow or hidden side of the self. In this enlightening guide, Ford explains that the dark side of our personality should not be hidden. By denying our dark side, we reject these aspects of our true natures rather than giving ourselves the freedom to live authentically. In her book she shows that it is possible to acknowledge and accept our so-called weaknesses, proving that these qualities may be important, hidden strengths. Debbie was only 57 years old – that’s too young to die! According to reports, she died of an incurable cancer. No one likes the word incurable and at this moment as I am about to enter my 69th year on the planet, and prepare to stare down that path to my 70’s and beyond, words like, aging; senior, inoperable and incurable conjure up a certain sense of discomfort and dread. Life is a mystery. No one knows the exact moment that death will occur – and that’s a good thing. Apparently Debbie Ford tried many complementary and traditional methods of cancer treatment and indeed they did prolong her life but did not save it.
Her sister, Arielle Ford comments, “Debbie wasn’t just my little sister; she was my friend, teacher, biggest supporter (and sometimes even my unmanageable client). She was always quite stubborn – which served her very well these past five years after she was diagnosed with cancer. Debbie did groundbreaking work around the human “shadow” and grew into her role as a teacher, sharing her insightful “shadow” work through her many books, lectures, workshops, coaching programs, TV and radio shows, and even a movie – helping hundreds of thousands of people around the world transform their pain into “their best life. She helped so many people go beyond their limited perspective of themselves and reconnect to the love, joy, and peace of their true selves.”
It is always puzzling to me how and why health experts are just as vulnerable as anyone else to disease and infirmity. Just because they teach, just because they are leaders in the field, they are not immune to the ravages of time, death and disease. They are not invincible. A death like Debbie’s, a young woman in her prime, makes us all the more cognizant that life is a journey and when it’s our time – it’s our time.
I remember a well-known medical doctor with a leading-edge holistic medical practice who died of cancer in his early 50’s. How could this be? The man’s diet was perfect, he took lots of supplements and had a seemingly happy life. I was in my early 40’s at the time and figured that anyone with the stature he had attained in complementary medicine would not get sick let alone die. But I was wrong.
Each soul chooses its moment and method of exit. Debbie Ford’s life was short, precious and she left a significant body of work to guide others on the path. This is a transitory life, we must live in gratitude and blessings for the life that we have!
Michael Gelman into Yoga?!! Posted on January 18th, 2013
Wonders will never cease – when you turn on the TV – you never know what you’ll see! This morning – the jaw dropping sight of the producer of Live With Kelly and Michael, Michael Gelman is a professed yoga aficionado. For those of us who have been tilling the soil in alternative medicine and complementary disciples for decades, this is an iconic moment. You know if the legendary, up-tight, anal-retentive Michael Gelman is chanting OM – you know that the alternatives have reached a tipping point! They have finally arrived – mainstream.
This year 2013, I am celebrating 30 years of emersion in complementary medicine, environmental medicine, and medical intuition. As an author, speaker and health educator, these Michael Gelman moments make me know that all the years of people thinking that I was “weird” have come full circle. This is all very gratifying.
Yoga, acupuncture, food intolerance and complementary disciplines of all kinds are an annual 50 billion dollar industry. One-by-one, people like Michael Gelman are realizing that there is a cornucopia of healing modalities just waiting to be discovered which are effective and life-changing.
Schizophrenic Child Featured on Oprah Posted on October 6th, 2009
If you thought that your children were a handful try being the parents of Jani Schofield a seven-year-old girl from Valencia California afflicted with schizophrenia, a complex mental disorder. Imagine having to cope with a child who hears voices, acts aggressively, is constantly demanding and for whom there is no known cause or cure. Jani was featured today on Oprah and there is no doubt that her parents are trying every option to help their daughter. Medication is keeping her relatively stable but as I watched the program, I noticed several clues. As a health educator and medical intuitive a number of environmental factors that could have a significant bearing on her condition caught my attention.
I noticed carpet on the floor (chemical out-gassing) a room full of plastic toys (environmental toxins) fast food eaten in the car (food allergies) juice (high sugar) and Kool Aid tubes (chemicals and additives) all a burden on the immune system and known to cause behavior problems in certain, very sensitive children.
Where is the wisdom and the logic of helping a child and not taking in to account offending foods and chemicals? I would urge this family to investigate Orthomolecular Medicine which is nutritional medicine and review the work of Dr Doris Rapp MD., Pediatrician specializing in Environmental Medicine. Jani can be helped. Maybe she might be on medication for the rest of her life but I have seen children greatly improved by dietary changes and chemical avoidance.
Jenny McCarthy Has Given Up Sugar Posted on May 13th, 2009
Jenny McCarthy has given up sugar. This feisty advocate for Autism announced that she has given up sugar, gluten, corn and a number of offending foods. Try it for yourself. I gave up these foods 25 years ago and it changed my life. No more pain and joint stiffness, better memory and concentration, lots of energy. Healthy aging – turn back the aging clock. People don’t realize that food is fuel. What you pout in to your body translates in to cell tissue and power. Rev up your power and eat what your body wants, not what you want. Mood and energy follows blood sugar. Good for Jenny.
Extreme Home Makeover Remedies Mold Problems Posted on May 12th, 2009
Last night I watched Extreme Home Makeover. I love Ty Pennington and his complete control or out-of-control home redos for deserving families.
In last night’s show, a Nevada family found themselves in a huge crisis because inside their new tract home severe damage resulted from a number of floods. Apparently, poor construction, bad plumbing installation, and over-flowing drains caused a build-up of environmental molds putting the two children into life-threatening health problems.
These mold problems were so severe to the point where the girls could not attend regular school and had to rely on breathing apparatus to cope with the environment. The parents were understandably distraught. In my opinion, mold is one of the biggest health challenges that we face in today’s world. Stay away from moldy damp climates. Keep basements dry and realize that mold can be more serious than we think. It can trigger not only breathing problems but headaches, depression and anxiety not to mention arthritis and join pain. Stay dry, stay elevated. Buy a home that is off the ground and has a dry basement or crawl space. Get your home checked out every year for creeping ubiquitous molds.