Is Reiki Legit?

 

Originally published May 11, 2011

It’s important to always be testing every healing modality for efficacy. When I started learning Reiki, I wasn’t sure what to expect. It is a practice, like yoga, meditation or work. The more you practice in your area, the more efficient you become. Now, as a Reiki Master, I am able to use my Reiki for all types of positive change in my life. So, is Reiki legit? Yes! Absolutely! To define Reiki… it’s healing through intention.

Reiki is being practiced in hospitals around the country and world, according to Reiki.org. With its global reach and the validation of countless individual testimonies, Reiki has become a reputable alternative healing treatment. If you’ve been practicing or receiving Reiki with blissful results, and you don’t feel pulled to learn something more or try something else – my feeling is that Reiki is right for you right now. If you are itching for something more, perhaps Reiki can help guide you to what you need. My Reiki Certification Courses are a great way to learn more about energy and help you tune in to your inner abilities.

Reiki is Like a Stem Cell

Reiki is a highly potent and beautiful form of energy healing where a practitioner, like me, transfers energy (vibration) to you through our hands, hearts, and intentions. I love it because it works every time. The transmission of these loving, healing vibrations affects each person on the level that they can accept. Sometimes people experience overall peace and relaxation, freedom from pain and illness, or a light of inner wisdom that helps them handle a pressing concern in their lives.

My own belief (and according to quantum physics, your belief shapes your reality) is that the passing down of the Reiki tradition amplifies its effect. While Reiki was re-introduced to us through Mikao Usui in the last century, the teachings and symbols we use are ancient and span all major religions. I believe we have the energetic backing of every single person who ever used hands-on healing before it was called Reiki. I believe we have the energetic backing of those who created and used the symbols. When a practice is done so many times with similar intent that practice begins to hold an energy of its own – Reiki energy contains this passed-down group energy.

When you receive a Reiki Attunement, that group energy and more is intentionally placed in your body so that you can use it for good. I love the fact that we never know exactly WHY… but Attunements ALWAYS seem to help even the most skeptic people transfer healing energy to themselves and others. I was one of these skeptics (and often still am), and so was my hubby Doug.

When I say that Reiki works every time, I mean that as long as it is done properly (by someone Attuned, with good intentions and an allowing recipient) — Reiki enters your system (energy body and physical body), and takes care of whatever you need most. Many of us are unaware of what we do need most though. It can be a nap, a poop – even the manifestation of a call from our moms.

Just like a stem cell, Reiki can become anything in your body or your life. It can become detoxification. It can become money. It can become complete healing. When you are open to healing and completely ready to allow healing to flow into your life – connecting with a Reiki practitioner that vibes with you may be all you need to get to the core of your issues and spring yourself into your Bliss.

We are all called to heal in our own ways. Healing with Reiki can have the same results as healing with acupuncture, herbs, diet, yoga, shamanic work (and others) – depending on who you are and where you are on your journey. All natural healing modalities work similarly to bring your body into wholeness and balance. They all have the capability of clearing away mental and physical blocks for healing. And, from what I’ve experienced, many of these practices compliment each other very well. I myself take the opportunity to experience the energy gifts of my friends and colleagues whenever I can. You don’t need any particular form of energy work or alternative healing unless you feel drawn to it.

Reiki is the Gateway Energy

I often refer to Reiki as the gateway drug into psychic healing work. Because it is pure positive energy that can become anything for you, it activates your truest self. If you need to make great changes in your life, Reiki can be a gentle but powerful quantum leap into that transition.

From my own experience, each Reiki Attunement and session with clients has brought me more into alignment with my purpose and abilities. I only feel that it is necessary to use my psychic and other healing abilities because I am called to do so. I feel that these skills help me help you.

Giving myself Reiki and sharing it with others has lead me to learn how to work with spirit guides, understand my intuitions and psychic prophesies, extend useful healing tips to my clients and friends, and continue to grow as a light worker. When I am working as an intuitive or Body Ecology coach, I am not directly performing Reiki – yet Reiki is at the core of everything I do.

I am often called to work with spirit guides, angels, food, oils, stones, animals, meditations, dance, sounds – and I do what I am drawn to. Not exactly Reiki, but a gift that began with Reiki.

Reiki is now accepted in many hospitals as a complimentary therapy to western medicine. It’s definitely proving to help mainstream energy healing. Even Dr. Oz mentioned Reiki lately. Most of my clients are GIFTED healers who are looking for a simple introductory step into the world of natural health, and they find that in Reiki.

As I grow, I’m able to offer my clients a lot more. I think this can vary depending on your practitioner. Some people experience instant gratification during a Reiki session, and this is definitely my intention. Other people find that they desire to learn more about why they have manifested their predicaments. In these cases, I even use Reiki to help facilitate deeper spiritual healing. Sure, other topics, like past lives and karma, may come up.

Reiki Is a Protected Energy

I did hands-on energy work before I learned Reiki and often felt it exhausting. I’d have good results, but then feel very depleted afterwards.  At times, I even got sick with illnesses that I was helping my clients  to heal. At first, I didn’t understand that absorbing negative energies was a possibility. But, it happened to me.

When I learned Reiki I learned that the energy I was using was not my own and this made all the difference. I was simply a channel for this healing work, and the results were out of my hands. I know some excellent energy workers who already understand this concept intuitively without needing to be attuned, and I know others who use their own energy effectively for helping others.

Reiki is an inherently protected practice that is ingrained with intention to keep the practitioner free from absorbing un-needed energies. Once I began practicing my energy work with my Reiki Attunement to support me, I noticed that I was no longer so strongly affected by dangerous energies.

I’ve Had My Doubts about Reiki

I’ve often felt like calling my work Reiki, limits me. After all, like many Reiki practitioners, I’m not just laying my hands on people. But, what if I was just doing that? I’ve finally come to a place where I feel a deep understanding of the simple beauty of Reiki. Jesus himself achieved instant healings by laying his hands on people in need. How did he know where to touch? How did he know what to say? Reiki comes from that. My visions and messages given to me from Jesus have let me know that he taught me what I do. Perhaps I lived in his time. Or, perhaps he is simply talking about a passing down of special energy.

Would Jesus or the Christ Consciousness approach a Reiki practitioner in a coffee shop and suggest that perhaps she was doing the wrong hands-on energy healing and that she should focus on Quantum Touch or Theta Healing? Not sure. But peeps have suggested that to me.

People tell me that they’ve had Reiki and didn’t like it, but that Theta Healing is the bomb. And, in my ideal world where labels don’t exist, I laugh and think that these are one in the same. That I am doing Theta healing (in my way).

So, I ask you again… is Reiki Legit? Well, I’ve come to the conclusion that Reiki was MY necessary step toward consciousness. And, it still is. I know I’m going to keep using it, but I also know it will keep growing. Calling myself a Reiki Master is also kind of silly to me, since I don’t believe that one can master energy. There is so much to learn.

Continuing Ed for Reiki Masters

I’m always taking classes and going to school to understand more about healing and connecting with energy. But, I have a great inner filter to help me determine what  to spend my time on. Thanks to my amazing teachers, I have learned how to choose classes that help me stay on my path.

I intend on completing my degree in Chinese Medicine, and pursuing my PhD as my life allows for that. I stray from teachings that attempt to negate any other teachings. I choose teachers who believe in the ultimate truth that we are all one. I choose subjects for the sake of self discovery and self healing.

I have learned that I am not doing “more than Reiki.” I am simply doing Reiki as I do Reiki and using the other gifts I am being called to use in addition.

Hands-on-Healing is a centuries-old gift that has been passed down by people like Jesus, Mikao Usui and mystics from all cultures. There is far too much information and high vibration there for me to fully understand in 4 years of practice. We are taught that Reiki is simply this transmission of energy, I believe it is so much more.

Is Reiki legit? That seems like such a silly question now.

Do you practice Reiki or enjoy Reiki healing sessions?

What do you think?

Gina

 

Reiki Certification Training for Conscious Parents, Autism and Special Needs (Levels 1-2)

 

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Heal Our Children:: Heal Our Planet

Originally published December 19, 2014

We want you to feel the relief and transformation we get to see with our son every day! We want your children to live up to their potentials and have fun on the journey thereReiki is a beautiful form of energy healing that helped us heal our son from an autism diagnosis. Now, we are offering this virtual course that combines Reiki Teachings with the intricacies of helping ALL of our children THRIVE. 

Read more

Autism and Reiki: How to do Energy Healing at Home

20120525-192237.jpgWe healed our family from severe autism, seizure disorder, candida, food allergies and many other health imbalances with something more than just diet. In fact, Doug, who was a skeptic about the nutritional aspect of our healing at first — jumped right on board after he had a profound physical shift with energy work. Within five minutes of distance healing, his previously shattered shoulder bones physically moved back into place. That was 7 years ago. We now use energy work every day. And we keep finding new reasons for needing it and new ways to use it. Read more

Reiki Certification Training December 12: Chicago

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This Class is all about Loving Yourself!

Everything under the Sun sprouts from Love. Love yourself and heal yourself. Heal yourself and Help others. Reiki is a gentle-touch healing modality that helps you cultivate and share love in a way that literally HEALS pain, injury and stress.

You’ve Got Healing Power Within You, and it’s TIME We Uncover it, Don’t You Think?

When Gina first became attuned to Reiki, she did it to help her grandfather who was on his way out of this lifetime. Little did she know that this beautiful practice of energy healing would bring health, peace and clarity to Dougie as he recovered from autism, to Doug as he recovered from a seizure disorder and to herself in every aspect of healing that she needs.

Since then, there have been countless miraculous experiences like helping children heal injuries and organ malfunction from a distance, helping people connect with their own intuitive and psychic abilities, and simply expanding the consciousness of those who desire.

Now, our whole family has been attuned to Reiki, and we allow that beautiful energy to flow through everything that we do. This makes our need for sharing even stronger.

Advanced Reiki Classes for 2015: Earth and Self Healing

Come join Gina for an inspired adventure into the art of Reiki Healing with a Shamanic Twist. These classes offer a practical take on using both modern and ancient healing techniques to help yourself and others through pain, indecision and illness – as well as heighten your consciousness and open you to your spiritual path.

We live within an energy field of rapid advancement into higher consciousness for our planet as a living being and all of us who live within Her. There are also major galactic shifts that influence our expansion. We are truly coming into an integration period where we are calling back the parts of our selves that have been lost over lifetimes, and realizing that each one of us holds parts of each other. We are One. And, we are figuring that out.

Ancient Shamans and “medicine people” understood how to live with our planet and use and restore her gifts for the growth of all. Integrating these teachings with modern experience, we can learn to transcend our problems by transforming our perspectives and heightening our vibrations.

We have more than just the power to heal. We have the inner power to shift. This connection offers one of the deepest, most satisfying feelings we have ever experienced and that is why we are sharing it with you now. We know that if this class is calling you — you will really dig it too.

Class Details:

These are Advanced Certification Courses in Usui Ryoho Shikki Reiki

When you complete the courses you will be certified to practice Reiki on yourself and others. This can be included into your healing practice or can be the foundation for a new healing or meditation practice. This certification may be used professionally. Please see your own state’s laws for using Reiki professionally.

You may want to become attuned and certified if you:

  • Are ready for a BIG CHANGE in your LIFE
  • Know that you are capable of achieving so much more
  • Love helping others
  • Need your own deep healing
  • Have sick children or family members in your care
  • Work in the medical field
  • Work with people with special needs
  • Would just LOVE to share your amazing vibrant gifts with the world
  • Reiki is great for doctors, nurses, acupuncturists, massage therapists, yogis, parents, teachers, realtors, cooks and… YOU

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All of our graduates receive 1 year of e-mail support and complimentary admission (audit) to our Reiki Classes up to the highest level you have completed with us, FOR LIFE. We also hook you up with our other students for group support, discussion and practice.

YOU ALSO RECEIVE access to  all of our ONLINE Reiki Class Recordings.

Auditing and Refresher Classes: Feeling called to join us as a refresher to your Reiki Training with other teachers? We welcome you! We ask that all  levels 1-2 students joining for refreshers simply pay the $111.  Master Class Refreshers are $222.   (You will not be turned away for lack of funds). All former students may audit for no cost.

Saturday, December 12th: Reiki Levels 1 and 2 Advanced Certification plus Shamanic Reiki Techniques

10:00 am-6:30 pm

Homewood, IL  (Private Residence. Address will be given upon registration).

Prices:
$333 (for individuals certifying into Reiki levels 1 and 2)

Please Register by contacting Gina@BlissedLife.com, and paying the deposit fee.

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A $111 per person deposit must be paid through PayPal to reserve your spot and the rest is paid by cash or paypal before class starts. Please contact us if you need to set up alternate payment arrangements.

All former Reiki students are welcome to audit these classes at no cost.

Here’s the breakdown of what each level includes:

Level 1 Attunement and Certification: Heal Yourself and begin to Share the Vibes

Learn the history and principles of this ancient healing art, and begin to experience the flow of energy through your own body. We will also cover:

  • Reiki hand positions
  • Energetic protection
  • Self-treatment
  • Using Reiki in your healing practice/with clients
  • Practice time with fellow students
  • Unlocking your own healing power
  • The difference between Reiki and other energy healing practice
  • Muscle testing and energy reading with Reiki
  • Support for post-attunement 21 day cleanse (foods to eat, affirmations, journals etc)

You were born with the ability to heal and the ability to feel energy. In Reiki Level 1, we help unlock that ability.

Level 2 Attunement and Certification: Deep Emotional Healing

This level of Reiki helps you discover emotional connections to your own and others’ blocks and illnesses. It also helps you find a balance between the mental and emotional conflicts you may have. Becoming attuned to Reiki Level 2 often inspires balance in all of your relationships as well. You will also learn:

  • 3 Reiki symbols and how to connect to them for use in practice and with yourself
  • How to send Reiki through time and space
  • How your body can read intuitive messages during a session
  • How to connect deeper to spirit
  • Clearing of toxins, blocks and stuck emotions with Reiki
  • Support for post-attunement 21 day cleanse (foods to eat, affirmations, journals etc)

Please contact Gina@BlissedLife.com to register. We will discuss your needs and be certain that these classes are meant for you. You will receive your class handouts and some homework upon registration, so please register early.

Master Classes will be shared upon request.

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Autism One Recap: Canary Party Launch, Byron Katie’s “Work” and Sugar-Laced Vit. B12 Lollies

The Autism One Conference gifted us with free registration this year, which  opened the door for many interested parents to learn about the causes and cures for autism symptoms. The conference promised to be a place where talking about recovery is well-accepted and even common. In fact, I did meet several parents whose children have fully recovered from autism, and who came to the conference to learn and share even more.

I’m a dig-between-the-lines kinda girl, so I don’t really mind investigating deeper to find the answers I’m looking for. I went to the conference this year because The price was right, some of my clients were going, and I really wanted to learn from some of the speakers.

 Canary Party Launch

To be present when the Canary Party announced its mission to de-toxify pharmaceuticals via science-backed political pressure  — made me feel like the most Blissed chick in town. Finally!  –A group is coming together to demand safe and effective  medicine that doesn’t harm our kids. I have a child who has been harmed by the toxins in vaccinations and pharmaceuticals and subsequently infected with autism. It has taken a great time, sweat and tears to detoxify and re-build him. He is recovered from autism, but still has some of this toxic build-up in his system. If I need to give him medications or vaccinations, he could get really hurt again. Many of us are being hurt because the chemicals and additives in our medications are not being tested before being recognized as safe. Canary is urging that the burden of proof be shifted to the government and drug makers.

I think this proves healthier times are on the way for us. We are taking our Bliss Tour to the MN Canary Party Convention on July 22. Come meet us there.

Byron Katie’s  The Work

Byron Katie and Jenny McCarthy presented “The Work” as the conference keynote. You simply cannot put a price on the feeling of relief that results in taking our emotions and thoughts for a little truth challenge. “The work” can be a little frustrating because it forces us to look at what we “believe” to be true.

The  parents attending  the conference discovered many common  beliefs that don’t serve to make us feel any better or progress. Beliefs like “vaccines are to blame,”  “my child will always be sick,”  and “no one understands me.”  I’ve had all of these, and I use Byron Katie’s tips in my own life and in my coaching and healing programs

Katie asks us to go through what upsets us and ask ourselves “is this true?” Are we believing something “true” or are we creating a reality that is driving us nuts? Please check out her free site.  You can download worksheets and be your own  best therapist.

I’ll have more soon on how I specifically use “The work”  in my life so stay tuned.

Meeting Great Doctors and Inspirational Parents

I had the chance to meet Dr. Corinne Allen who runs Brain Camps and  sells some pretty cutting edge supplementation. Dr. Allen spent a great deal of time with my husband and I explaining the benefits of this product (MaxOne) that enhances glutathione production in the body.

Every cell in the body requires glutathione. In David Kirby’s  book “Evidence of Harm”  he says that the word  Glutathione literally translates to “get the metal out.”  We are naturally equipped with glutathione to help us rid ourselves of daily toxins. And, many of us parents with children on the spectrum have tried chelation, fermented foods, chlorella, cilantro, and other methods to get the metal out of our babies. Dr. Allen  feels that this supplement , which is derived from food, is a much more efficient choice.

I bought the “Max One” for Dougie and am going to begin trying it in a few days. I thought it was worth blogging about because we just don’t do supplements that are not whole foods themselves (like spirulina etc).  Something about this one spoke to me. I’ll keep you posted on the results we see.

Sugar Sugar

So, there seriously wasn’t a healthy thing to eat in sight at this conference. And, it seemed as though some people DID go through tons of trouble getting good, tasty, gluten-free, casein-free eats for the event. Problem is… so much of it was processed and full of sugar.

While, it may have been “less” harmful (and Blissfully Free),  it’s not the message I want to share with families who are trying to recover their children.  I’d be very surprised if someone recovered  from autism by simply removing gluten and casein. Surely, this is not what the conference was saying. But, there wasn’t enough about what to eat. The “picky eaters” lecture was teaching parents how to work with various flours etc. Children with autism often have such weak and sick digestive systems that eating flour of any kind will harm them.

All of the presenters were well-meaning. I just don’t feel that enough attention was given to how to truly use food to heal.

More Suagr

I stressed myself out walking up and down the aisles of vendors giving away gross processed-high fructose corn syrup-laden candies like Reese Cups. But at least they were not selling them. One B12 supplement rep. told me that they “had” to use sugar (not stevia, honey, agave, xylitol, yacon etc) in their lollipops because it was way healthier.  Oh Puuulease!

Sugar, please excuse my french, is the devil to autism guts. It makes candida grow, and leaks through the gut into the brain and other  organs. I wanted so badly to hear more about eating whole foods, and fermented foods.

I did learn tons more that I want to share with you. More tomorrow!

Namaste,

Gina

Autism Healing Class coming to Hartford, CT July 10

We’re so excited to meet more of you and share everything we know about healing from the toxic overload of autism and embracing the BLISSFUL beings beneath the autism mask. We recovered our child, Dougie through nutrition, energy healing, sensory learning, detoxification, homeschool/unschool and all  natural, non-invasive HOME MADE healing. And, we did it all on the tightest budget imaginable (that is.. no budget at all).

We’ve designed this groundbreaking class to share our views and methods behind the true messages of autism and how we can both accept and honor our children’s differences and help them become their healthiest, truest selves.

We want to put the power to heal yourself and your family back into your hands where it belongs. You can learn about your body, your intuition and your specific nutritional and emotional/energetic needs. And, YOU CAN SAVE YOUR FAMILY!

autism Undone Intro Class

Come discover the root causes and  natural solutions to autism. Find out how nutrition (built specifically for your needs), energy healing, sensory learning and  other natural remedies helped undo our son’s autism and illness. And, how your children can THRIVE.  The Bliss is in the JOURNEY, and life gets sweeter each day.

Coming to Hartford, CT July 10 

7/10/11

10am-6pm

The Growing Green Coopertunity

203 New Britain Ave. Hartford, CT 06106

$222


Healing autism means healing the root causes of all illness on Mama Earth, and we will show you how earth provides us with every natural solution to healing that we need. We will dig deep into energy, intention, food, detoxification, vaccinations and more.

Read Healing Earth’s autism here.

Each class is uniquely tailored to the students in it. So, please come get your questions answered, and learn something new with us!

Get the Goods on:

  • Detoxification
  • Vaccination and natural immunization
  • Immune Building
  • Supplements and Super Foods
  • Body Ecology Diet
  • Raw Foods
  • Beginning Lifestyle change on a budget
  • Tricks for getting picky eaters to try new things
  • Starting slowly and taking baby steps for lasting results
  • Using energy, intuition and intention to guide your way
  • Gut/Brain Connection
  • Candida/Yeast infections
  • Fermented Foods and Probiotics
  • Colon Health
  • Sensory Learning
  • Unschooling

Get your personal questions answered (if we don’t have an answer we will find it).

$222

Prepay through PayPal to secure your seat by June 28, 2011

Guess what? we can raise healthy kids! In fact, we can raise vibrant kids — autism just may prove to be  what we need to become healthier and more radiant than ever!

If you love someone with autism and want to make their lives brighter, you will LOVE this class. See you there!

Contact Gina@BlissedLife.com with questions or comments

Gina

Autism Healing Class coming to Asheville, NC July 3 with Emily Shaules

We’re so excited to meet more of you and share everything we know about healing from the toxic overload of autism and embracing the BLISSFUL beings beneath the autism mask. We recovered our child, Dougie through nutrition, energy healing, sensory learning, detoxification, homeschool/unschool and all  natural, non-invasive HOME MADE healing. And, we did it all on the tightest budget imaginable (that is.. no budget at all).

We’ve designed this groundbreaking class to share our views and methods behind the true messages of autism and how we can both accept and honor our children’s differences and help them become their healthiest, truest selves.

We want to put the power to heal yourself and your family back into your hands where it belongs. You can learn about your body, your intuition and your specific nutritional and emotional/energetic needs. And, YOU CAN SAVE YOUR FAMILY!

autism Undone Intro Class

Come discover the root causes and  natural solutions to autism. Find out how nutrition (built specifically for your needs), energy healing, sensory learning and  other natural remedies helped undo our son’s autism and illness. And, how your children can THRIVE.  The Bliss is in the JOURNEY, and life gets sweeter each day.

Coming To Asheville, NC July 3 with Emily Shaules of Raw Breakthrough

Emily, a former attorney, healed herself of Fibromyalgia, Ulcerative Colitis  and many other “incurable” illnesses through nutrition and lifestyle changes.  She coaches people worldwide how

ow to do the same.  Emily lives in Asheville.

7/3/11

10am-6pm

Rose Pilates: 670 Weaverville Hwy., Ste. 2, Asheville NC 28804

$222


Each guest will receive an e-copy of Gina’s new book, “Are You Eating Your Bugs? — Your Probiotic Diet to Bliss” and a complete intro pack that guides you through implementing diet changes and our healing methods in your home. 

PLUS: Special presentation on Detoxification By Emily Shaules of Raw Breakthrough

Healing autism means healing the root causes of all illness on Mama Earth, and we will show you how earth provides us with every natural solution to healing that we need. We will dig deep into energy, intention, food, detoxification, vaccinations and more.

Read Healing Earth’s autism here.

Each class is uniquely tailored to the students in it. So, please come get your questions answered, and learn something new with us!

Get the Goods on:

  • Detoxification
  • Vaccination and natural immunization
  • Immune Building
  • Supplements and Super Foods
  • Body Ecology Diet
  • Raw Foods
  • Beginning Lifestyle change on a budget
  • Tricks for getting picky eaters to try new things
  • Starting slowly and taking baby steps for lasting results
  • Using energy, intuition and intention to guide your way
  • Gut/Brain Connection
  • Candida/Yeast infections
  • Fermented Foods and Probiotics
  • Colon Health
  • Sensory Learning
  • Unschooling

Get your personal questions answered (if we don’t have an answer we will find it).

$222

Prepay through PayPal to secure your seat by June 28, 2011

Guess what? we can raise healthy kids! In fact, we can raise vibrant kids — autism just may prove to be  what we need to become healthier and more radiant than ever!

If you love someone with autism and want to make their lives brighter, you will LOVE this class. See you there!

This class is for adults only (unless nursing).

Contact Gina@BlissedLife.com with questions or comments

Gina

Autism Recovery: autism Undone Undoing the “Symptoms” Behind the Misunderstood Label of autism

first published on healartfully.com may 2007

The system says he’s autistic because that’s how they define environmental toxin overload: It’s not their fault — we must change the system!

To me, autism represents the overload of various toxins in an underdeveloped immune system.

This toxic burden eventually disrupts organ function and manifests itself as outward neurological, developmental, social and sensory disharmony. When the world labels an individual’s condition “autism” –the levels of toxicity and depths to which the body expresses this must be severe. This means that most of us are toxic to some degree. However, with autism, we are often dealing with immune systems that have been assaulted since pre-birth, rendering them virtually unable to naturally release these toxins like the body was designed to do.

Scientifically, toxins can build up through genetic predisposition; diet; bacterial, fungal, parasitic, viral and yeast infections; heavy metal poisoning; pollution; and are often passed down from mother to child during pregnancy and birth. Spiritually, toxins can also build up through stress and negative energy. An immune system on toxic overload can suffer malnutrition (regardless of how much food is consumed), neurologic malfunction, all kinds of allergies and autoimmune problems, sensory issues, and every other familiar trait that is regularly attributed to autism.

Most sources will classify autism as a developmental disorder, where speech, socialization and perception are delayed or seriously impaired. I reject definitions that only speak to the outward symptoms of this condition. Such sources will also neglect to offer advice for curing the autism problem.

Foundations are built on the principle of raising money to support families affected by autism – money that will help them pay for medicine and intervention. Medicine and support to help them cope with the painful symptoms, strange behaviors, and society’s ignorant remarks about their children.But nothing that gets to the core and urges them to change significant things about their lives. Families need to be aware that coping can only go on for so long.Families deserve the hope that their affected children will not have autism forever!

A Spectrum of Poison

The level of toxic build-up is as unique as the individual – resulting in a spectrum disorder. What we know for certain is that inner imbalance equals outer chaos.

When we see an individual acting out autistic symptoms like hand flapping, head banging, spinning or tantruming, – it is often a sign that the body is struggling to ease the pain of these toxins. The body wants to heal itself; and will continue to do so, in some cases causing disease and disorder as a last resort.

That is why, to me, autism also represents a final call for help – and a sign that positive change is on the way!

A person affected by autism often has great sensitivity to the unnatural (foods that have been chemically sprayed or genetically modified and overly processed, air and water pollution, traditional western medications and vaccinations, electromagnetic fields from cell phones, wifi, etc.).

I have personally witnessed remarkable transition when these unnatural things have been replaced by healthier lifestyle choices.

More children are diagnosed with autism as we continue to vaccinate them and add poisons to our planet.We have lost confidence in our own bodies’ abilities to heal ourselves and have let BIG PHARMA take control of how we medicate and prevent disease.

This is why autism was given to us. We have forgotten how to listen to our bodies, and we have traded infectious disease for chronic and autoimmune DISSARAY.

Nature Gives us The Tools to Heal: Each Person’s Needs are Unique

The best scientists support a path toward natural healing and have reported on the dangers of such toxic build-up. However, it has taken epidemic rates of autism diagnosis, (as well as other forms of toxic manifestations like allergies, ADD, and alzheimer’s ) for some of us to recognize that the way we’ve chosen to live for the last century has drastically depleted our collective health.

Conveniences like microwave ovens, and alleged safety regulations that have been placed on our food supply — like the homogenization of dairy and the irradiation of fruits and vegetables are alone causing mass malnutrition. If our food is no longer food, how can we fuel our minds?

As a disorder, autism unravels when we embrace the healing power nature provides us. This includes diet change, emotional and spiritual practices, touch and sensory therapies, and methods that evoke positive energy.

I welcome autism because it will not be cured with a pill. It will not be cured by a teacher or a doctor. In fact it requires a complete paradigm shift from the modern frame of mind.

The Gift of Autism

In order to relieve the pain that autism brings we must also honor its gift. Allowing these truly brilliant children to break through autism, means that we are giving a new hope to the world. Hope that we can finally truly learn how to heal ourselves from whatever ails us. And, as these beautiful minds become clear, these children will be the teachers that lead us into a healthier more conscious future.

Autism may just be a necessary step toward the collective detoxification of our species.

Your Gut. Your Immunity. A Key to Unraveling Autism

A child is born with a permeable gut which allows him to properly assimilate the good bacteria from his mother and benefit from the colostrum in her milk. Body Ecology refers to this as nature’s first vaccine.

This intestinal bacteria and nutrition from Mom sets the stage for the person’s immunity throughout life. This teaches the child’s body to properly respond to illness, by pushing illness out. (TH1 immune response) But, when we consider drugs used during birth, C- sections, immunizations right after birth and the stress endured in the modern labor room – we are not setting the stage for a healthy life with most of our children.

Mercury is Not the Only Problem with Vaccines

Vaccines, besides being loaded with viruses and metals, teach the body the wrong immune response (TH2 response). This forces the body to internalize illness. Thus creating autoimmune problems.

The vaccinated newborn’s gut is not allowed to develop.If the child is then put on powdered milk and soy formulas they begin to form their first digestive problems. Parents may notice this as colic, restlessness and tantrums –or there may be no signs at all.

Since our immune systems are primarily governed by our digestive tracts (colon, liver, kidneys), we find that many people on the autism spectrum begin to reject foods that cannot be easily digested and assimilated.

These foods will vary because we must consider severity and of course, the individual’s uniqueness. Gluten, casein and sugar top the list of frequently rejected foods – all of which are unsurprisingly often overly-processed, over-eaten by the general population and farmed unnaturally. If the person’s system cannot digest these which most of us consider to be food — imagine what happens when you add chemicals, fillers and whatever makes Twinkies last 50 years!

S.A.D Refers to the Standard American Diet.

And, it is sad that so many of us are filling our bodies with “foods” that have no nutritional value.

The autistic digestive tract cannot take the overload. They don’t just get stomach aches, fatigue and pimples. They lose awareness of their surroundings, they suffer horrible frustration and physical pain. They lose their words and abilities to speak their minds. They may feel the need to bang their heads or rub their faces on the wall because their skin feels numb, and they yearn for some sensation. Many children also suffer seizures.

Toxic Behavior

We have discovered behavior patterns that are directly related to specific toxins; such as incessant spinning as a result of ammonia (from protein) overload. We have heard that some children walk on their toes because it relieves the pain of a heavy gut.

We know that often overload of toxins causes mal-absorption of necessary nutrition. And, this results in malnutrition. Any good scientist will tell you that malnutrition and indigestion are the basis of most diseases.When one organ is not getting what it needs to function, all organ function begins to dwindle.

When toxins thrive the true individual cannot thrive.

Moving Beyond the Label

When I hear that there is no definite cause or cure for autism – I hear fear and laziness. I envision a collective ego that thrives on illness and disorder. I envision a system that does not want these children to break free because it would jeopardize their jobs, their beliefs, their reputations and of course THEIR MONEY.

If families identify with autism, they will be offered sympathy, statistics and half-hearted research that will inspire them to hang in there. This frame of thinking allows disease to prosper. Modern medicine profits on illness. By subscribing to the “there is no cure” bandwagon — we are keeping the negativity alive.

We are made to believe that milk does a body good and immunizations protect us.I continuously read about the dispute over vaccinations and how we are still really unsure. I am not unsure. Injecting poison into a baby is a bad thing. A bad thing! And if that poison doesn’t manifest itself as autism, it is likely to trigger allergies and chronic illness.

How long do we really want to keep playing Russian Roulette with vaccinations, processed foods, and artificially flavored lifestyles? One out of six children born today will be affected by this in childhood. And what happens when they grow up? Where do you think cancer comes from? How about Alzheimer’s?

Well, my family doesn’t want sympathy from those who refuse to research beyond the obvious. We are blessed beyond belief to even be in the same world as these children.We just want you to stay out of our healing journey, unless you are going to acknowledge that we are here. We want you to stop lying to our friends who are just discovering that their baby has a disorder which you call autism.

Parents must not be made to believe that there is some mystery behind why their beautiful little one regressed from bubbly to dazed in a matter of months! They deserve to know that their children will function properly in society! We must no longer portray children who are drastically affected by the many poisons that we have created, as some kind of idiot savants with weird behaviors!

If their little bodies were only allowed to thrive in a non toxic world, we would see more of the genius and less behavior.And, that’s why they are going to break through. Because at the core they are smarter than this system. They have the key to the continuation of humanity.

We know that there have been great scientific advancements to a cure. And quite frankly, I am grateful for all that science has done to lead me to my answers. But, there is too much miscommunication about what to do with those answers. The CDC suggests that parents discuss vaccinations amongst each other and with their pediatricians. Well, when they advertise for immunizations on the radio, what’s a parent supposed to believe?

We have plenty of great schools and programs that help. Thank you. We have tried them and we love our wonderful teachers. But, nobody has taught the teachers that there are reasons behind this.

If teachers were aware of the gut/brain connection and how environmental toxins trigger autism, these teachers would be much better equipped.

American parents should be able to rely on their government for the most up-to-date information on illnesses like this. But, our CDC’s list of recommended physicians isn’t very well rounded. DAN Doctors are changing things! Real medical doctors who advocate proper nutrition and detoxification as a means of actually RECOVERING autism are making huge strides!

We are not merely interested in helping these kids, we are interested in completely recovering them. I know that it’s a system, and I place no blame on individuals within the system who have just been doing their jobs with good intentions.

But, if those individuals are not planning to step up for the better of my baby – then I ask them to simply step down. We are here creating positive changes, and our words deserve to be heard. We deserve to be able to reveal the truth.

Their Autism Does Not Exist.

I will not prepare my son for a lifetime of not being “right” inside himself. My son is thriving and will continue to emerge from the mask created by the toxins in his body.His recovery has everything to do with eating food that provides real nutrition and heals the gut from early assaults.He is healing because his parents will not allow his little body to be attacked by vaccines any longer. And, we are not afraid of the so-called consequences.

We know that we are building his immune system to a point where he can prevent disease on his own.Geez, if everyone knew this then we wouldn’t need many vaccines would we?Because after all, it is quite likely that disease will spread if everyone just stops vaccinating, right? That is unless they all begin eating real food, and looking into their own unique nutritional and spiritual needs for balance. If we did that, we wouldn’t need so much medicine. Because disease would be something we read about in history books.

Okay, so I understand the system’s need to keep us sick. But, I’m not buying those little pills any more!

We are moving toward a greater awareness of the consequences of our past actions. We have been given a chance to change things, and I am confident that our children will experience a healthier world!

Main Resources:

My Buddy, Dougie

The Wonderful Moms of BEDROK

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© Gina Laverde 2007 (don’tyoueventhinkit)

Our autism Recovery Story

(article first published on rawmom.com July 2008 )

My son will be four in 13 days. And, two years ago, our own friends and family doubted he’d survive his many health challenges with so little scarring. He is Dougie. He is emerging through what the world is calling “autism.” And, he is by far the STRONGEST person I know.
The newborn Dougie was every parent’s dream. After a complicated pregnancy disrupted by a mis-diagnosed miscarriage, placenta previa, early contractions and dilation, candida skin eruptions, and ignorant remarks from a group of non supporters – I was blessed to have a healthy happy baby boy. I stared at him sleeping for the first three hours of his life.

In order to ensure that our boy’s health remained vibrant, his daddy and I employed the city’s most expensive pediatrician. I’m talking about one who charged $700 for a well visit with immunizations (after insurance, of course). Oh, how my heart sank when we couldn’t afford two of the recommended shots according to the recommended schedule!

But, our baby was sleeping through the night in his swing, sleeping through trips to the movies, friends’ parties, and car rides. The kid slept so much, my husband and I brought him on dates. My expensive pediatrician assured me, on one of our midnight-worry-calls, that all of this sleeping was a gift, and that I should revel in it. And, so I did.

And, when my dermatologist told me that the white rashes Dougie was getting were a direct reflection to the hormones in my breast milk — and that my baby was in fact suffering from ACNE, I weaned Dougie from mother’s milk. Colic began with dairy-based formula, but I never made the connection. Our E.P. (expensive pediatrician) assured me that the brand we selected was sooooo close to breast milk, and that I made the right choice. I didn’t want to poison my kid with my ruined milk, so I traded my happy sleeper for a rash-less night crier.
By the time he was ready for food he was in love with spinach, squash and bananas. We chose almond and rice milks over dairy and his tummy issues subsided. But, I regrettably kept him on formula for 14 months, because the E.P. made a case for the “unrivaled” calcium source. He was pooping about seven times a day, but at this point I knew nothing of the problem that symbolized.

I became more confident in my mommy skills as Dougie learned to walk, talk and ask for things he wanted. I knew that I wasn’t eating dairy myself. And I knew he didn’t need it either. We filled him with wholesome home cooked and raw organic foods. We made sure we chose quality food sources of fats, protein, and other essential nutrients. He craved bananas. We made sure that he never got processed foods, candy or typical un-natural kid food. And, yeah we experienced many upturned noses because of this. But the result was that my 2 year old never needed prescription meds.

And despite the life-sucking day jobs, threat of home foreclosure, getting disowned by some family members, and MY chronic ear infections, my husband and I were overjoyed at being parents.

My husband, Doug, brought Dougie to get his next round of shots while I was at work. I had an eerie feeling about it, but just couldn’t determine a good reason not to vaccinate. I just didn’t fully understand what we were doing to Dougie. And, that’s when fever and flu entered our lives.

I put on my Healer Helmet and got him better with magic elixirs of vitamins and herbs. My parents thought I was nuts.

But before I knew it, I was facing my own doctor and my own chest x-rays and blood tests that revealed I needed to rest. I had pneumonia and had apparently held it at bay for months with my natural therapies. My doctor was disgusted at the bottles of oil of oregano, colloidal silver and other goodies I brought to show him I was taking care of myself. I still didn’t fully “GET IT.”

Soon, I was being injected with various antibiotics that made it hard for me to hold my head up. My mom was taking care of Dougie. And, Dougie was in NEED of prescription meds for the first time in his life. Of course, the nurse comforted me with the fact that all kids get sick all the time, and antibiotics were simply a part of life.

I felt as though I failed him by not being there to cook his meals and make his “get better” tea. He was placed on 4 back to back rounds of antibiotics. And from Christmas Eve through mid January, he regressed into a dazed state of consciousness. He lost all of his language and had no emotional response to pain. He cried or screamed almost all the time, and refused to eat anything but pizza.

By January’s end, I picked up my head, opened my laptop, and confirmed to myself and to my best friend that Dougie had autism. At this time, my husband was too sensitive to hear the word because it held so many negative connotations for him. Dougie was so sick and his daddy was so scared. I longed for someone to scream at. Someone to talk to. But, at this point I wasn’t sad or guilty. I was determined to find a cure.
Our financial predicament left us shacking up in my brother-in-law’s basement for a few months. God bless them for not killing me as I embraced the weirdness of self-healing.

Doug and I are not those parents who took our child from doctor to doctor trying to figure out what happened. Not only could we not afford it, but our experience with doctors taught us that they (at least the ones we knew of) would not have an answer. I refused to take the money we could use for getting better and hand it over to a doctor, just to hear “I’m so sorry Mr. and Mrs. Bliss, your son has autism.” I can’t even imagine the dread those parents must feel when being sold the “no way out” approach to autism. Because we were broke, we were spared this. We never got a set of blinders or a list of therapies to help us cope.

I didn’t want to cope. I wanted to cure this. But, the autism battleground had been trudged by some dedicated people who were far more educated than me, and none of them could find a cure. I knew I had to do it differently. I knew I had to embrace Dougie’s gifts. I remember explaining this to a non-mom girlfriend who reassured me of the value of early interventions like psych drugs and speech therapies. Instead of killing her I dove inside my computer.

One half hour of research solidified the Candida question that kept popping up in my mind. We definitely had it. I had to cut sugar from our diets. A few clicks later I found a woman who lived in my state and had successfully recovered her son from autism. I sent her an email and she called me the next day. She gave me hope that I could reverse Dougie’s condition with diet. We talked for 2 hours and she referred me to the bedrokcommunity.org – who have been my backbone and best friends through this journey.

I was now coming to the deeper understanding of gut health as it relates to brain function. I introduced cultured vegetables and coconut kefir to Dougie’s diet, using a tablespoon to 4oz each day for a month – AND WE GOT EYE CONTACT BACK!! The cultured veggies helped his taste buds accept greens and gluten free grains – AND HE STARTED SAYING “THOMAS THOMAS” after his favorite train. He was getting physically stronger too, and so some more autistic symptoms began to surface. Dougie hand-flapped, licked the floor and the walls, toe-walked, used repetitive language, like “Thomas, Thomas,” and would smash his face into the floor or walls. He was mystified by wheels. But, he was becoming happier and showing it. He still wasn’t responding to his name. His behavior was very hard to handle for me, as I wanted to see more results.

Another month passed and I learned that trusting my gut meant going back to my spirituality. I prayed and meditated a lot. One moment I was blending green sludge for my son to drink and the next I was screaming in excitement and horror over the phone to my mom “I saw bugs in his poop.” Yeah, bugs. Weird stuff. And each time Dougie released something overly nasty in diaper… he gained more skills. The diet was working! But not enough for anyone to believe me.

That hurt.

My mom was so loving and my dad just kept his mouth shut. But everyone was whispering behind our backs…. wondering if the boy was getting enough protein or this or that other nutrient. And, I realized they were wearing blinders too. They too were duped by the “milk does a body good” mindset . My mom, who slaved over delicious home-cooked meals every day of my life, didn’t understand the gift that good food gives our bodies. No one understood me like the moms at the BEDROK community.
Their level of understanding goes beyond diet cures. They helped me realize that Dougie is unique. I could do Body Ecology the generic way and get some pretty great results. Or I could apply it to Dougie’s particular needs, and consider his toxins, and deficiencies — and fully recover him from autism.

We are definitely still learning. We have embraced our son as a unique being with very special talents. His spark shines brighter as we peel away the layers of damage. We no longer focus on curing him. He has a sickness that gets better each day, but it does not define him.
In time, we’ve learned to tweak his diet to address his needs. He has now adapted to a high raw and mostly vegan diet. Something he could’ve never handled in the beginning. He does get brain food like the essential fats of cod liver oil and coconut oil. He drinks about a quart of coconut kefir each day which balances out the good gut bacteria, fills him with minerals, and makes digestion of other foods a breeze. He drinks green smoothies each morning and loooves peas with apple cider vinegar. The kid craves spirulina now! What a gift!

By first focusing on his gut, we’ve prepared him to eat a wider variety of foods. As long as he gets his cultured foods, he can handle sweeter fruits, beans, and grains much better than before. In the last 2 months he went from speaking in two-word sentences to complex sentences.

We embrace each moment for what it can teach us.

We study poop, tongues and skin color. We rely on our instincts, our research and our friends who are in the same boat. To date, we have only done one test to confirm the presence of heavy metals from vaccines and environment.

My almost four year old drinks green, plays air guitar, and is beginning to read. What more could a mommy ask for. He IS my dream come true!

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Should the Validity of Vaccine Poisoning Be up for Debate? Dougie and I think NOT!

This post is an oldie form our Heal Artfully Site. We’re bringing all of those blogs over here to BlissedLife in order to solidify our message in one space.


The vaccine debate is certainly not over, but we feel that we are better educated and armed with tools to keep us healthy and safe from the anger that fueled this post. Such is the journey of the Blissed Life

artcle first published on ageofautism.com October 2008

Letter_writingBy Gina Laverde

Today I left dishes piled in the sink and butternut squash squished into the carpet because news of the “battle” between mom-actresses Jenny McCarthy and Amanda Peet urged me to write. Both parents undoubtedly care and believe they are working for a necessary cause. However, this war between two young non-doctor icons really cheapens the debate over the safety of vaccines. Mothers can heal our children. We do it all the time. I don’t want parents to become disillusioned by the sugar-coated poll they’ve got going on at Ecorazzi today. I am disgusted that my son suffers from documented metal poisonings, and media thinks it’s a good idea to stage a fight between parents of two completely different types of children. Is it really so important to decide who’s right?

Open Letters to Jenny McCarthy and Amanda Peet: Jenny first.

Jenny,

I never cry about autism. But, Jenny, I cried through the first 12 pages of “Louder than Words.”

I sunk into the book, dripped tears on the pages – then looked up and realized I was sitting in the middle of the Borders Books on State Street in Chicago. I finished the entire book there in the store, sitting on one of those little kid proof chairs. People stared. And, I thanked God that I missed my train to Detroit, so that I had the opportunity alone to read your words. I cried when I saw you on Oprah. I cried as I watched you speak to Eckhart Tolle on Skype. And today, the tears welled up when I realized the obstacles you’ve endured for daring to make life safer for children like mine.

I cried because I hate to think of a nation that allows children to remain sick for the sake of money and makes a mockery out of those who suffer.

Strong moms like you who confront the media, the AAP and others who claim that poison is somehow no longer poisonous when injected into a three -hour-old boy through a syringe, make it easier for main-stream moms to relate to these dangers. Children are being saved because of your work.

Thank you. Thank you for helping open my eyes to the real dangers of vaccines. The danger of not being “allowed” to freely speak the truth in a way that can save our children. The dangers of misinterpreting scientific information.

Thank you for connecting to this community in such a human, honest way. You are a remarkable mother. From one south-side- catholic-chic to another –I know the need to break down barriers and defeat those who say you “can’t.” And, I am here with you advocating freedom of health for all of our little ones.

Keep doing what you’re doing because you are healing the world.

Amanda,

I’m a mom just like you. I understand the depths women are willing to go to for the sake of our children. And, when I discovered what helped my boy recover from autism, I too wanted to spread the word and help as many as I can.

If my son didn’t get infected with autism, I may have looked at parents who don’t vaccinate as primitive or neglectful. I wish I had done my research before deciding to go through with the shots. Luckily, your research proved beneficial and your child didn’t suffer an adverse reaction. I pray that those who follow in your footsteps experience similar results.

Whether one mom is right or wrong about how to raise our children should not be up for public debate. You were right for your child and I am right for mine. In the past, I blindly trusted my doctors and tried to enjoy the benefits of natural health while having the protection of western medicine.

Unfortunately, it didn’t work out as I planned. And, now I am detoxing my son.

Amanda, please understand that all babies are not like yours. Some may be predisposed to disrupted natural detox. The induced T2 immune response from vaccines may keep them from releasing properly (HERE.) For whatever reason, Amanda, it seems that as we inject infants and children with known poisons, we continue to see an increase of the severe gut/brain inflammation (HERE) known as autism.

As far as I can see, immunizations do protect against the spread of infectious disease. But, where’s the independent study that proves this? What about other amazing natural ways of boosting the immune system? My son hasn’t had a cold in two years.

Do you really believe that vaccines are safe enough as they are? As a mom, wouldn’t you like to see my son tolerate them? Doesn’t he deserve to be immunized in a way that won’t harm him? And, furthermore, if they are truly the answer — then why would you need to worry about your child becoming infected by an un-vaxed peer?

Jenny McCarthy, and moms like her are simply begging that parents be given the right to choose not to inject hazardous chemicals into their babies. But, we are also calling for the greening of all immunizations.

I want vaccinations to work. I want them to protect against contagious diseases while not harming the immune system. But, since we are all unique individuals, we may not all be able to reap the benefits.

I urge you to look into who published the studies that you researched. I urge you to consider their motives.

Do vaccines need a spokeswoman? Do you speak for a drug or a child?

Children with autism need a voice. Today I am that voice. When more folks are out there blindly touting vaccines – autism grows. Your stance saddens me, but I want to believe that it simply comes from a mother who trusted the research she read.

Let us empower parents to heal their children. Media like this only conditions us to stop trusting our guts and expanding our knowledge.

Gina