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 for Conscious Parents, Autism and Special Needs: Tele-Class (Levels 1-2)

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Heal Our Children:: Heal Our Planet

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. 

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To Vaccinate or Not: Your Decision

When I first became a mom, deciding whether or not to vaccinate my son was not in my realm of thinking. I didn’t realize that I had a choice in the matter. I thought that being vaccinated meant being safe against disease. I decided to raise the healthiest, happiest child, and follow the best advice about how to do that.
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Pregnancy Diet Plan: Putting an End to Morning Sickness

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We don’t talk enough about proper food combining in my circles of savvy eaters. So many of my friends and clients are all about eating organic, local, raw, vegan, right for their body/blood type, grass-fed, biodynamic, or whatever. But, when I mention to them that if perhaps they switched up the combos of grub on their plates that maybe they’d drop that extra weight, feel less bloated, gain healing and de-stress – they are often surprised.

Did you know that your body needs to release different enzymes in order to break down different foods and food groups? And, that it can be taxing to your body to combine foods that require different enzymes? Each living food has its own enzymes and every enzyme has a specific function.

Proper food combining refers to eating foods together that can be digested together. Seems like a no-brainer since most of us are aware that good digestion is at the foundation of good health. But, many of the meals we traditionally eat, just don’t work in our bodies.

When we blend foods with varying enzymes, some may get digested quicker than others, leaving the slower digested foods to stick around in your beauteous bod for too long. This also puts a halt to digestion all together. Which means that nothing you eat actually gets fully absorbed. What can happen then, is that those foods can become toxic. Even healthy foods can become toxic if the digestion of those foods is halted. This can feed candida and parasites, wake up viral infections, make you constipated and more susceptible to holding on to the next food you eat. It creates a cycle of blockages. If you’re constipated you know headaches, fatigue irritability, weakness and even smelliness (body odor) prevail. And of course cycles un-wellness can often be traced back to undigested food.

I first learned this concept when I decided to use the Body Ecology Diet to help my boy and I heal from major candida (yeast) overgrowth (and undo his autism), and it worked! Then, when I ventured into my own raw vegan eating, I did discover I could pay less attention to eating things together that don’t necessarily mix well – probably because the food I was eating was so enzyme-rich. This can mean less work for our bodies. Of course, I’m a huge fermenter and good fermented food is predigested (already broken down), so your body doesn’t need to produce more enzymes.

Digestion definitely slows during pregnancy. Midwives and books tell me it’s the hormones. But I also suspect it’s the fact that candida yeast also naturally rises. It’s all connected.

At 11 weeks prego, I went way out of my usual eating comfort zone and had a little too much peanut butter, watermelon, chocolate – you name it. It was Mothers’ Day week, and my hubby made so many treats. I guess he didn’t expect me to eat the whole tray of peanut butter brownies or a whole watermelon. But I did. And, I totally felt the aftermath.

I spent that whole week in bed with morning, noon and night sickness. My fall from the grace of sacred pregnancy eating began on a Saturday Morning at the farmer’s market of all places –where I bought peanut butter, watermelon, eggs, and honey to name a few culprits.

Before that, I’d noticed a slight uneasyness in my stomach upon waking each morning that was completely quelled by my delicious superfood smoothies. They sustained me, energized me and kept me free of digestive discomfort for weeks. I was able to do yoga each day and seriously felt better than ever. Even better than pre-pregnancy.

So, where did I go wrong? Aside from eating too much sugar? and peanut butter? And rice flour? Oh geez! Well, first of all fruit digests very quickly.. SO, when I ate cookies, and batter and then ate some watermelon, I literally felt bloated in a split second.

Ever feel that after you eat? Like your gut just bloats out? The watermelon stopped the rest of my food from being digested, and I felt super heavy for days.

Also, knowing that I’m preggers and my digestion is slower, I ate far too many cooked brownies that contain NO enzymes for digestion. This means my body would have to produce the enzymes…. But, yet what kinds of enzymes should my body produce? Enzymes to digest the eggs? The rice flour? The oil? I’m sure the answer took hours to determine.

I came out of it combining most of my meals properly, and adding more digestive enzymes and fermented foods to each meal. My diet is naturally at least 70% raw with tons of superfoods and fermented foods like coconut kefir. I drink at least 16 oz. of coconut kefir each day, which helps quicken digestion. And, it makes us feel pretty amazing too because it boosts serotonin.

There have been times when I’ve intuitively known to combine or not combine certain foods. And certainly no rules for eating apply to every person. You have to know how to check in with your body to find your balance with food.

If you’re in question about whether or not you can get more nutrition out of your food, feel lighter and clearer-focused, and put an end to morning sickness – have a go at these tried and true tips.

Proper Food Combining

Water

Don’t drink it with your food because it actually dissolves enzymes. Have a glass at least 20 minutes before eating, so that your natural enzymes can replenish.

If you want to drink something with your food, try lemon water at room temperature. This can aid in digestion. Also a cup of warm tea can be okay.

Fruit

This is a big one. Fruit digests very quickly and doesn’t really combine with many other foods. If you eat fruits alone, on an empty stomach, you give plenty of energy space for your body to digest.

Since it digests quickly, you can have more to eat a half hour later.

If I eat fruit, I try to eat it early in the day because I have more time to burn that sugar energy and its less likely that something else is in my digestive tract waiting to move on to its next destination.

First Breakfast/Liquid Breakfast

Have liquids (green smoothie, soup, tea) in the morning before bowel movements, then solid foods are okay after you poop. This is simply because your body is waking up from digesting and detoxing during the night and needs to release, and eating food requires your energy to shift back into breaking down more food instead of releasing.

Check in with your pregnant self about this one. You may want to think about what light or blended breakfast you can have instead of a smoothie or soup because you may require something more grounding in the morning. This is one of those guidelines you may not be able to follow during pregnancy. And, that’s perfectly okay. I also find that those of us who tend toward candida, spleen dampness, or low digestive energy can’t often handle too many liquids. They can make us feel heavy.

At times I’ve switched over to bone broth and fish for breakfast which works amazingly for me. In fact, it’s my fave. With some spinach and beets. But, I’ve been known to eat my fish raw… I know… so taboo. It just feels amazing and completely light for me.

Then, I’ll have my smoothie a few hours later. Or when I feel hungry.

Another idea is mono eating. Simply having a one -food breakfast like an avocado, coconut, or squash, piece of meat or some presoaked, steamed quinoa or rice.

If you’re a constipated mama to be that’d be quite common. It happens. Trying this in the a.m. may mean you can have at least one b.m. during the day. I haven’t been plagued by any of these common issues. Except for during my one week of bed -ridden-ness.

Proteins and Carbs

Don’t mix them. (example: meat and potatoes, rice and beans). They require different enzymes for digestion.

(Some disagree, of course. I’ve heard and read that rice and beans make a complete protein. I’ve also heard that potatoes have a way of decreasing the toxicity in meat. It may work for you if you have much stronger digestion. However, it hasn’t been sustainable for me, other than times when I’ve known I needed something different. Cultured vegetables also convert meat toxins into useful amino acids.

This was one of my biggest lessons. I learned it way before becoming prego.

Animal Proteins

If you eat meat, eat it before 2 pm for ideal time to digest. Honestly, the rarer the better for digestion (sorry vegan loves).Cooking meat does kill off enzymes needed to digest it and also reduce the protein. I try to eat wild caught meats, and thankfully I’ve manifested a life where that is so available. I’m loving eating wild salmon and deer from my friend in Alaska. Yum! And, this I know is instinctive because I completely cannot stand chicken or beef right now and I rarely crave meat at all in my non-pregnant life. If I can, I like to marinate my meats in cultured veggie juice, apple cider vinegar or citrus and garlic to help break it down and minimize bad bugs. Still though, I’m not getting enough meat to fulfill all of my protein needs, so I do supplement with raw food-based supplements.

Grains

If you eat grains, these are great to have in the evening for dinner, as they help release sleep hormones. Make sure to soak and even sprout your grains to remove enzyme inhibitors and make them digestible.

Some women crave grains during pregnancy because they seem to quiet nausea. If this is you, definitely soak, sprout and try cooking on a really low temp to retain as much of the nutrition as possible. When you soak them, you’ll find that they require far less cooking time too.

Starchy Veg

Eat these with leafy greens and other non-starchy veggies.

These can be a total goddess-send for some of my prego loves. Although they don’t usually contain as much nutrition per bite, they are often great for grounding and easing nausea. I’m getting tons of beets which are so needed right now. And, I’m blessed enough to share space with so many organic growers, that I get fresh from-the-garden squashes all the time. YUM!

Fat

Eat lots of good fats while prego. Your baby’s brain and your mood will thank you. Try to combine them only with sour fruit like lime or with herbs and non-starchy veggies.

I like to keep my fats raw and only cook with coconut oil which can stand higher temps. I take fish oils and also eat hemp oil, olive oil, raw butter and ghee as I wish. And, I wish a lot!

I even occasionally throw a raw egg yolk on top of some cooked greens, allowing it to cook on the heat of the greens. Another taboo on the raw egg front, but so full of nutrition and good for my body.

I haven’t been too in love with nuts during this time, but they can offer good protein and fat, like egg or avocado—if you can handle them. Nuts, like grains are most often more digestible when soaked first.

I also find benefit sometimes in roasted almonds. They might help you feel grounded.

Your Plate

if 80% of your meal contains leafy or non-starchy veggies like spinach, kale, collards, broccoli, veggie soup, salad etc and 20% is either grain, meat or starchy veg, you’re setting the stage for a meal well digested. Keeping lots of it raw will help kickstart that too. Of course adding in coconut kefir cultured vegetables or enzymes helps even more. If you cannot really do raw foods, try adding in more raw cultured foods. I’ve found, in my various stages of needs changing, that this really creates balance for me.

Getting Full

Try only eating until you are 80% full. Again, this leaves room for digestive enzymes to do their thing.

Your Body Knows

Your intuition is divinely heightened during this time. So, really tune -in and learn the signals. If you are craving eggs or meat there is a reason. If you are uber turned off by them, there is a reason. If you get gassy, bloaty or smelly there is a reason. If you are way more tired after you eat, there is a reason — and I’m convinced that pregnancy can be a time of amazing wellbeing, if you tune-in.

See how you feel when you mingle healthy fats with fruits… some people feel great eating these together. Try not eating starches with your grains and see if that helps. Even one of these steps can help you make huge improvements.

Being ultra sensitive during this time is your opportunity to understand your body better and build the way of eating that works best for you. All food has the potential to be medicine for you if you eat it in the best way for you.

Check Yourself

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, your spleen has to transform food and drink into energy. When your spleen is deficient, you may have a pale face and tongue, fatigue after eating, fullness in the belly and loose stools.

If this worsens, it can progress into diahrreah, candida overgrowth, cold feet and hands, a desire for warm foods and discomfort from eating raw.

Chinese Medicine also teaches that one extreme can become another if not addressed. Diarrreah becomes constipation. Extreme cold can become extreme heat. And, by simply beginning with the way you eat, you can ease the burden on your spleen. If you are preggers and experiencing really uncomfortable issues, there may also be herbs you can try to help you. I love reishi mushroom. For me, this really does the trick.

Also, things like massage, dry skin brushing, yoga and acupuncture can activate your digestive system.

It’s All about YOU

While this post mostly refers to my way of eating, you can take any food that’s already on your menu and apply these concepts for digestive relief and to get more nutritional bang per bite. Most people do not get the full nutritional value of their food because it remains undigested. You can change this with food combining differently.

Try it and let me know how you feel, and remember that I am here for personal consults to help you find out what works best for you.

I’d love to help you create Bliss in your life through healthy eating! Contact me for your personalized session!

 

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xoxooxGina

Bliss Cleanse 2012 Eating for Manifestation– Recipes, Results and Breakthroughs

We decided to change things up a bit in Bliss Land and try a full cleanse in honor of aligning with our higher selves.

Food is not only a way to get energy, but food is vibration itself. So, of course we started playing with food — even more-so than we usually do. This cleanse incorporates high vibrational raw living foods, wild foods, power herbs, and nutrient dense superfoods. Plus, we are focussing a lot more on keeping our thoughts aligned with what we really want.

Do you know how much energy is truly wasted when you allow your mind to drift into worry, doubt and fear?

So, there will be meditation, yoga, and plenty of surprises– and of course, we are planning to share how it changes our lives.

The best part if this cleanse is that each of us is honoring our unique needs and therefore may eat slightly differently and choose different practices.

Good News! We Have a Guest Joining Us on Our Cleanse!

A great friend and dear client, Moe, has decided to join our cleanse with us. Since we are currently living in the same house– this works out best for all of us. We all have deeper support and the extra help in the kitchen is great too!

During the course of our cleanse, we will share Moe’s breakthroughs and results as this is her first cleanse and she has her own goals.

Today marks our 3rd official day Bliss Cleansing together!

The Recipes (from 9/18)

Herbal Elixir

Ingredients:
1 cup herbal decoction from 9/17
1 whole coconut (meat and water)
1/2 large avocado
1tsp cinnamon
1-2 cups carrot, ginger, celery, fennel juice (fresh)
Chlorella
MSM (for skin healing and bone healing from car accident last year)

Process:

Blend all of the ingredients together and drink as much as you need.

Us three adults had about 12 oz and Dougie had 6 oz. Then, I drank more later on in the day.

Zucchini Noodles and Sauce X 2

Ingredients/ Sauce 1:

3 cloves of fermented garlic (fermented in olive oil, coconut oil, honey, coconut kefir and raw apple cider vinegar for 30+ days)
1 avocado
1 cup sun-dried tomatoes
Juice of 1 lemon
Dash sea salt
1/4 cup delicious raw organic olive oil

Process:

Blend and mix into raw spiral-sliced zucchini noodles

Ingredients/ Sauce 2:

2 tblsp GF Dijon Mustard with horseradish
1/4 cup of amazing olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
Sea salt
Cumin, curry powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and a sprinkle of nutmeg
Shaved almonds

Process:

Whisk all ingredients together except almonds and mix into your bowl of noodles. Top with almonds.

Kale Chips ( We didn’t eat these entirely raw for purposes of Thyroid Love)

Ingredients:

1 lb of yummy kale
Juice of 2 lemons
Coconut oil and olive oil to completely coat kale
sea salt, garlic powder, curry, cumin, cayenne and nutmeg (in keeping with flavors in the noodles)

Process:

Cut off kale stems
Drench kale in the above ingredients
Line a baking sheet with the kale leaves
Bake at lowest temp for a few hours or until it reaches your desired texture.
We make them crisp but not burned ( burned food promotes cancer)

Liver Lovin Juice

As we transition into cleansing phase we ate a lot of fat on our first 2 days. We needed it. Fat is a great source of caloric energy, and also warms your adrenals and has a lot to do with brain health. But, we also wanted to give our livers some more help, as our livers must process those fats. Of course raw, organic fats are much easier to digest. ( note: there is already liver support in our elixir… milk thistle, schisandra etc)

Ingredients:
5 carrots
1bunch celery
1 fennel bulb
3 inches ginger
2 whole lemons… rind and all
2 heaping tablespoons of curry powder (cumin, saffron, turmeric, garlic)

Process:

Juice the veggies and stir in the powder

We each drank as much of this juice as we needed.

Doug had about 12 oz. Dougie had about 4 oz and i had about 6 oz. We really didn’t need more.

The key for us is not to feel bloated when drinking, and to moderate our liquid intake so as not to cool down our systems too much, feel cold, have an energy crash or experience frequent urination. These symptoms are a result of over-hydration which I experienced after going all raw vegan for a period that was too long for my body.

By over-hydrating, I actually did to myself what the Chinese Med teachers warned me about– I put out my digestive fire and wound up hungry, losing weight and energy, and being cold all of the time. So, although raw veganism worked for me for a very long time, I’ve had to adjust it to make it more sustainable and this includes moderating liquid intake.

Lemon Bars

Crust Ingredients:

2 cups soaked raw oats
1 cup shredded coconut
Coconut oil
Sea salt
Zest of 1 lemon
Handful soaked dates
Splash vanilla

Filling Ingredients:

Juice of 10 lemons
Zest of 2 lemons
2 avocados
2tblsp coconut butter
2 tblsp soaked Irish moss

Process:

Blend crust ingredients
Add in some coconut oil to both whirl it around and help it stick together once it’s formed
Form into a 6×8 in pan
Refrigerate crust for about an hour

Blend filling ingredients well, and be sure the Irish moss is completely soaked in
Pour into crust
Refrigerate for a few hours (the Irish moss will help it set really well)

Bone Broth

We had some more bone broth throughout the day. This time we seasoned it like French Onion Soup just for fun!

We also ate 3 yummy salads that Doug made with shredded veggies and various delicious combos of herbs and spices.

And then there was quinoa. All 4 of us really felt the need to have the grounding energy of quinoa.

Breakthroughs:

We are really not eating much differently than we usually do. But there is a lot more intent to stay on a high vibrational level.

We made a vision board and are of course seeing exact things come into fruition. This always amazes me!

If you remember that one of our goals was to help Dougie, cognitively. Well, we’ve seen results in the first day. He is truly connecting deeper with concepts we’ve been working– on especially with math.

Healing really happens when you sleep!

When you are awake, your immune system is awake–fighting parasites that threaten your skin, or battling fight or flight situations. But, when you sleep, your immune system goes deep within and can do things like re-populate your gut with healthy bacteria, transfer waste where it needs to go, give your organs a rest and so much more! Many of us are constantly in fight or flight stress mode and cannot heal no matter what good foods we eat.

I am grateful for the intention to get myself out of stress mode and get some real energy back.

I have been able to spend a whole lot more time meditating, and napping together with Dougie each afternoon.

Plus, we have been getting the boy in bed at moonrise. This is an amazing feat. We are very grateful for his new schedule. 😉

We’ll be on touch sharing all we can about how this Bliss Cleanse helps us!

 

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LOVE!

Gina

Simple and Delish Homemade Veggie Chips

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Whip these chips up in a jiff and have a healthier snack for your fam. Dip them in guacamole, hummus, seed cheese, or your favorite spread, and store in a paper bag. Plastic makes them all mushy. If you want to have a bunch on hand, it’s best to make extra dough and freeze until your ready to dehydrate and eat them– because they taste better this way. And they won’t last too long in the fridge.

Enjoy!

ingredients

3 large zucchini squash
3 large carrots
1/4 cup chopped green onion
½ cup fresh dill
2-3 tsp celery seed
1 tblsp. olive oil
Pinch seal salt

Process

Shred your zucchini and carrots in a food processor, add in chopped green onion, dill, celery seed and olive oil and sea salt — and process for about 1 minute. Your mixture should be slightly sticky.

Raw Method: Spoon cracker sized servings onto dehydrator sheets and dehydrate for 5-6 hours. Flip your chips every two hours. I use an Excalibur dehydrator at 115 degrees.

Baked Method: Spoon cracker sized servings onto a greased pizza stone and bake on low for 2-3 hours or until crispy. Flip your chips after 1 hour.

Variations: add spinach, arugula, and vary the herbs for different flavors.

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3 Reasons to Trust Your Gut

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I pulled this article from the “Gina LaVerde” archives at an old website I used to work for called Mind Petals. It was written in 2007. Wow! Enjoy!

You needn’t be a practicing psychic to let your intuition guide you. We all get “feelings” that come from some unexplainable place inside ourselves and leave hints about the decisions we make. Whether they surface as warnings, luck or advice about the future – our gut instincts are more than just proof of our over-thinking tendencies.

How many times have you wished that you defied the logical choice and went with your “gut?” If the words “I just knew it” cross your lips more than occasionally then, I ask you: what’s stopping you from going with your gut?

Sure, we can’t always prove the truth behind these hunches, so relying solely on instinct gets tough.

But, here’s why you need to pay more attention to those little voices inside you.

Oprah Says So

We’re not huge Oprah fans. But the fact that main stream-media covered a topic that speaks to the very work we do in the alternative health world is quite promising. The March 2007 issue of “O Magazine” ran a fairly comprehensive article about the logic behind using our guts to decide our next moves. Citing the re-discovery of the enteric nervous system (also known as the second brain), in the 1980’s as scientific proof that “thinking” happens in our bellies.

We now know that our brains and guts vibrationally communicate with each other through this enteric nervous system. ( and, in fact, DNA changes as a result of this same type of inner vibrational communication). Your gut sends at least double the information to your brain than your brain sends to your gut. The balance of healthy bacteria and yeast in your digestive system aids in this communication process.

Main-stream media continues to half-cover important health topics like digestive health and intuitive thinking. In fact, a recent headliner about the dangers of sugar even provoked my mother to write me about what she’d seen on the news. Over-use of sugar may be related to poor gut health and therefore a botched line of communication from gut to brain, pathogenic candida overgrowth and brain fog. The truth is that most of my clients are suffering from candida, and have a difficult time understanding their gut feelings. But, it’s not just sugar that is the culprit. I’ve experienced more candida flare up (in myself, family and clients) as a result of imbalanced eating and stress. When the main-stream media tells you that sugar is bad, it inspires a frenzy of guilt-ful eating of sugar, disordered and restrictive eating, and stress.

What I’d like to see is a media who tells you what is really healthy. One who tells you about the fermented foods, good fats and super nutrient dense whole foods (not GMO) that help balance the micro-organisms in your gut and naturally allow for the flow of clearer intuitive thinking.

The trick is that when something on the boob tube catches your eye and feels like it could be right, go do your own research in books and online. Gently experiment with yourself. Maybe you’re not clear on what your gut is saying to you now, but thankfully nature has given us many tools for practice. The very act of trusting your gut allows for clearer messages to come through. And, believe it or not — trusting your gut also vibrationally heals bacteria/yeast imbalance.

Our own familiy’s healing from autism, heavy metal poisons and various infections began with a rigorous Body Ecology Diet which worked rather quickly to heal our physical guts by replenishing necessary healthy bacteria and yeast with fermented foods. And, one of the most valuable lessons I learned was that trusting my gut meant I couldn’t follow that diet forever. We dabbled In the healing powers of raw foods and saw great results for 2 years. We dabbled in super foods, raw meat eating, and some GAPS and Westin A Price Protocol. Then, finally I began studying Chinese Medicine and have come to realize that intuitive eating is the best way to keep balance and full health for our family. I now teach my clients how to honor their gut instincts and keep their physical guts in the best shape possible so that they can truly hear what their bodies are telling them regardless of what some guru or book tells them.

Soon, I even learned that I could gauge my physical health based upon how clear my intuition is. After the gut healing Body Ecology Diet, I became really psychic. But, once that work was done, I would experience brain fog if I overdid “healing foods” like coconut kefir or algaes. Sometimes gut balance for me meant eating bread… The very beast that I was told was the cause of my problems in the first place.

Trusting your gut and knowing yourself is an endless journey. We learn more each day, but it’s important to take action on what we learn if we want to see real changes in our health. It’s easier than you might think.

Try this O Mag. inspired exercise:

Have a seat in a comfy chair, take a deep breath and clear your mind (as much as you can). Now, push firmly on your abdomen. Is it soft and pliable, or does it feel hard and tense? If you are truly relaxed, your gut should show it with flexibility. Now – think of your job, your in-laws, or something that you know stresses you. After briefly concentrating on the stressor – feel your belly. The gut tenses up during stress. Doesn’t it?

 

Ancient Cultures Believed in Gut Thinking

In the Western world we’ve got our brains and our hearts to help make decisions. We are either logical thinkers because we use our brains to consider all facts. Or, we are emotional saps because we use our hearts to “feel” our way to the answers. Society tends to favor straight logic because we like to see physical results. But, in eastern culture emotions and logic are intertwined in the gut. We think because we feel and both are of equal importance.

Eastern philosophies have been healing people and keeping them well for at least a documented 2000 years. New science continues to prove the valid relationship between organ function that now can be measured and ancient practices like acupuncture and energy meridians that come from China. The cool thing is all of this can be easily adapted and proven in your own life without huge cost or pain.

Try it and see.

Think about how relieving it would be if you didn’t feel compelled to second-guess your intuition. Does thinking like this cause your tummy to relax?

The Power of Thought Can Help You or Haunt You

If you’ve got a sneaking suspicion that your boss isn’t going to like your new proposal, and you don’t address the subject – you may be setting yourself up for failure. Keeping looming thoughts internalized, without changing the physical situation may cause you to foul on the job just because you are focussing on what you don’t want. We can make ourselves fail by thinking that we will. However, if we address the problem we can let go of negative thinking. If you simply go to your boss with an outline and a few questions just to make sure you’re on track with what he/she wants — you may find out that your presumption was silly. But, you’ll save yourself from causing unnecessary stress.

Have you got a major decision to make right now? Feel your gut as you consider your options. It should soften as you come to the choice that is most comfortable for you. Going with the comfortable choice means that you can put all of your positive efforts into succeeding.

Most of us are fully aware that the holistic approach to healing begins in the gut. Vitamins are made in our digestive systems, our immunity and moods are determined there too. In yoga, we breathe into our abdomens, and our bellies are the core of all feelings.

So, it’s not far-fetched that that little notion you had to call your sister might be right on the mark.

The next time you get a hunch about what numbers to play, or how to help a buddy out of a sticky situation – Listen to your gut. Take the time to feel what your gut is telling you, and go with it.

What might happen if you didn’t go with instinct on some important decisions?

if you’d like to check out Psychic Skool and explore the true power of your intuition with me, let me know– We’d  LOVE to work with you

 

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Solstice Angels and New Bliss Skool and Bliss Healing Opportunities

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Hello Love Buckets!

It’s really spring now isn’t it? So, now I can officially tell you that I’ve been sportin’ short dresses and cool shades for MONTHS now– since our Tour has led us SOUTH to the sunshine.

We spent the past 6 weeks living in a palapa-roofed tree house with chickens and roosters squawking outside the un-windowed holes in the walls. It was hot and sunny outside, and the boys and I went cruising, parasailing, ocean-wading, sand castle building, rock climbing, horseback riding and lots of hugging, kissing, homeschooling and relaxing.

Now, we’re excited to take our show farther south for some pyramid adventures, cave trails, mining and more connecting with nature. All of this has been made possible because of our pact to remain true to our ideals and live the most sustainable life we can. We are able to Thrive by sharing the best of ourselves, and we couldn’t be more grateful.

Life has shown us countless opportunities to either stand in our power and keep going on our path, or turn around and get swallowed In the muck. Wow! What a simply amazing existence!

So, we need to share more!

It’s 2012 and I believe it’s the year we really hone in our our psychic powers. Hence, all of my blogs about the topic.

So, we want to make more of our services available to you in easier fashion. There will be some new and improved services. And some of our prices are going up. Any price increases will take place in April 1, so you have time to schedule sessions at the previous prices. As long as you schedule before April 1, you can have our old prices.

New Services:

Email intuitive Readings: Just connect with me and let me know that you have something in your life that you’d like to work on, and I will tune in to you and relay the messages that comes to me. I’ll email it all to you in a beautiful, easy to read message. You needn’t share any details with me regarding what you are looking to learn. I can tap into your higher self, and retrieve information without much from you besides your desire. You also receive a complimentary Reiki Healing Attunement with this service if you like.

$33

Intro Sessions to Psychic Skool

Choose a beginner’s level course that explains the foundation of your unique psychic-ness and helps you feel it, or for more advanced topics– choose to work on one Psychic Skool lesson such as divination tools, chakra cleansing, Astra travel, etc. It’s up to you. Sessions last about an hour.

$133.

If you decide to continue with the 6 weeks of Psychic Skool coaching, we will deduct your intro class fee.

Psychic Skool Price until April 1-2012: $375
April 1, 2012 and through 2012: $555

Pay What You Can Intuitive Readings and Healings for My Healing Artist Friends.
We want to make consciousness and healing much more accessible to you. This is a great way to do it.

A Revamp of Older Services:

Shamanic Reiki Classes:
I still teach the original Usui Ryoho Skhikki Reiki, and I’ve added a beautiful Shamanic twist. There is no extra charge for this.

Skype Intuitive Healing Sessions and Bliss Eating Sessions:

We’ve figured out how to give you More! Live Skype chats allow you to have written record of our session. Plus you receive a follow-up email that includes a complete start-up guide to your best health and tons of recipes. This also includes us answering questions you may have following the session through email.

$111

Phone Intuitive Healing and Bliss Eating Sessions

This includes everything you get with your Skype session, except we get to talk on the phone.

$133

We know that you have Unique Needs, so contact us and we can design a session especially for you.

All Skype sessions will cost $111
All phone sessions will cost $133

Group classes can be specially designed for you.

Once you take a class with us, you can re-take that class when offered in group sessions infinitely for no cost!

All payments should be made through PayPal to gina@blissedlife.com to book your session. Email me if you need payment plans or have other questions.

Happy Spring loves!

Enjoy!

Gina

Every Day is Earth Day: Tips to Save Mama Earth While You Eat

So, what’s it been, like 3 billion years since God created the big bang, and our mother earth was hatched from the golden egg? If it wasn’t for this magnificent planet we live on, where would we be?

Look, this planet not only rocks my world — It IS my world. And each day I commit myself more to making it a healthy and peaceful place.

When You Make the Earth Happy — You are Rewarded with Better Health

  • Did you know that buying local produce not only saves on fuel and supports your community farmer — BUT it’s the best way to ensure you are getting enzyme-rich fresh food? That’s right! And without enzymes you cannot digest your food.  And, without digestion you do not have health at all (80% of your immunity resides in your digestive tract). So, Go to your Farmer’s Market or contribute to Community Supported Agriculture
  • Did you know that unplugging phantom electronics will not only save on your energy bill, but will reduce the amount of electromagnetic fields that pose many health risks? EMFs contribute to disrupting every system of your body. Reduce them and enjoy better health!  That means unplug and get off that computer today.
  • Walking helps reduce stress, strengthen your muscles and even eliminate toxicity.  Walk somewhere today and reduce the stress on our planet!

I know you’ve been alerted to some problems with pollution, who hasn’t? But when the problems seem so big it can be hard to understand how you can help, right?  Well, here’s some ideas:

  • Create a worm bin for compost. These can fit in your home under your sink or in pantry and they do not stink. 🙂  The majority of our waste is food waste and if you can reduce yours you are taking a major step.
  • The next time you go to the beach, bring some gloves and spend 15 minutes cleaning up. 80% of the world’s junk lies in our ocean. A cleaner ocean means healthier fish and water!
  • Get over those plastic bottles. You do not need them! For water, if you need to, buy some gallon jugs of juice and refill them with filtered water or spring water. Use smaller glass bottles, like Kombucha bottles for your personal water bottle, if you cannot afford those expensive designer containers. Plastic not only leeches chemicals into your water (which is linked to cancers), BUT it also takes so much energy to recycle.
  • Plant a tree or 10. Save seeds, replant.. trees are life. They filter the air and create oxygen. Bring plants inside to help reduce the toxicity in the home.
  • Before just dumping the junk think about how it can be re-purposed or donated. Get creative. Last year we made a pretty cool  art piece out of paper towel rolls.
  • Buy some of your furniture from a second hand store. If you don’t, who will? And where will all the stuff go?

The Earth’s magnetic pull is not only healing, but in fact necessary for our health. NASA discovered that as soon as their astronauts left the atmosphere, their bones  began degenerating.  Our planet feeds us in more ways than we understand. You have to figure there’s real reason why we now have manufactured magnetic mats that mimic the earth’s pull.

So many of us have removed ourselves from the potential health benefits of just being outside and soaking in the sunshine, air, water and  all that is our environment — that we now have to manufacture products to create this effect for us.

Soak up the Earth my friends and Love Her back! That’s what we are here for!

And Now for Your Earth Day Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

Crust

1 cup soaked and dried almonds*

1 cup soaked dried hazelnuts*

1 cup flaked coconut

¼ cup lakanto, birch xylitol or other natural sweetener of choice

Pinch sea salt

Filling

3-4 cups of coconut kefir pudding**

2-3 cups oz fresh blueberries (or other berry found at your local farmer’s market)

2 tablespoons coconut butter

Juice of 1 lime

Few drops of stevia to taste

Process:

  1. Blend ½ cup almonds with ½ cup  hazelnuts and sweetener in a high-speed blender or food processor until it forms a paste
  2. Add the remaining nuts to blender and roughly chop them
  3. Mix in the coconut flakes by hand
  4. Spread this batter onto a 9” greased glass pie plate and place in freezer to crisp
  5. Rinse your blender
  6. Add 2 cups fresh berries, lime juice and coconut butter to blender and blend until creamy
  7. Add your coconut kefir pudding to blender and blend for about 15 seconds
  8. Add stevia to taste
  9. Place fresh berries on top of your pie
  10. Pour filling into crust and refrigerate until ready to serve
  11. Enjoy with a small glass of young coconut kefir or other fermented drink

*Nuts and seeds must be soaked before eating to remove enzyme inhibitors.

** To make coconut kefir pudding, simply: blend the meat from inside 3 young coconuts in your blender, add ¼ cup young coconut kefir, seal in sterile glass mason jar and set out at room temperature (70-80 degrees F) to ferment for 12-18 hours.

photo credit:  Gaia – EARTH DAY 22 April 2009, By, alicepopkorn