Bliss Cleanse 2012 Eating for Manifestation — Join Us!

Got too many things whirling around in your mind to focus on what you really want? It happens! 2012 has been a year of massive shifting in consciousness, and we’ve all learned so much about our purpose. I keep saying it, but it’s oh so true — people are waking up everywhere!

For once, the things that consume Doug’s and my thoughts are EXCITING images of all that we have. We’re reeling in the abundance of supportive friends and beauty everywhere! It’s kind of ironic when you’ve got a mind so full of awesomeness, that you get stuck materializing that awesomeness into what you know is supposed to serve the world. We have so many more gifts to share with you. So, many that we can’t hardly contain ourselves. It’s taking everything we have not to completely spill the beans. But, we need more energy to go through with some of the work involved. We need more focus. I could say we are a bit stuck. But, we know that these moments are the most inspiring for us. These moments when you think you are stuck, may actually just be catalysts for needed change.

Bliss Cleanse 2012 and What it’s All About

For us, this is about reclaiming our energies and providing ourselves with all of the necessary comforts and tools to shed what is not working. And, to make more space for what IS WORKING.

For you, we hope you will take our inspiration and build a cleanse for yourself that helps you MANIFEST what you want!

We will be using food, yoga, meditation and spiritual exercises to help us through. These are things we already do everyday. BUT, we are adding a greater intention and doing them with MORE PURPOSE. When you solidify your intention, and can see what you want as if it is already yours, then you create an emotional response that literally reprograms your thoughts.

Have you yet heard that your thoughts create your life?

Once you have connected neurons (like electrical wires) in your brain with thought and emotion, you will vibrationally attract more similar experiences that triggered the original connection. This is why mantras work. We repeat them and they change our perception and our life.

Food

When I went all raw for 2 years, I felt amazing. I was warm in the winter — contrary to what experts said was supposed to happen. I also became more in touch with my intuitive abilities, and was able to begin offering intuitive services.

When I shared the benefits of a living food, probiotic rich diet with my family, my son spun out of autism symptoms in a blink. And, my husband got rid of his seizure disorder.

As you know, we have been eating some cooked foods and animal products over the last 2 years and that has also proven very beneficial to all of us for gaining strength. The foods we have chosen to eat have been very helpful to keep us energized and focused, happy and MORE!
During this Bliss Cleanse, we will focus on raw living vegan food, raw vegetable juices, wild foods, healing herbs, smoothies, and over all clean organic food. Of course, we will also have plenty of coconut kefir and fermented foods! We have a big pot of bone broth available to us — should we need those minerals and strength! As the fall leaves begin to shed, we too hope to shed any stored toxins from our trip to Mexico, or life in general. It often takes layers of cleansing and rebuilding to reach ultimate wellness.

The 3 of us are each unique beings with unique dietary needs. Our cleanse is personalized for each of us. And, we will share recipes and results with you as we go!

Our Personal Goals

Gina: I want to feel more energized and heal my dryish skin. I’d also like to increase my ability to quiet my mind, meditate and “see.”

Doug: I want to lose some weight and feel lighter. I want to feel a higher energy. I want to feel a better appreciation for food, and shake off my Chicago food taste buds (cravings).

Dougie: We hope to improve Dougie’s desire to learn and participate in home-school activities, his expressive abilities and his cognition in math. He has come very far and no longer displays the painful autism symptoms that he used to have. Yet, we know that healing happens in layers and he still has some viruses and metal poison that, when addressed, will open up his mind and abilities even more.

All 3 of us are intending for a new eco-fied house-on-wheels that will take us around the planet and allow us to bring our gifts straight to you. We’ve been traveling without one, teaching classes all over and really feeling the LOVE. We envision a Blissed Life much bigger. We envision a hunk of land where we can build a permaculture that feeds your souls. We envision luxury! We see it all happening now and are setting out to fill in the space between vision and manifestation with Bliss!

Today’s Recipes

BLISS Herbal Decoction

This “tea” contains lots of liver support, immune support and spiritual-upliftedness support. Our family does very well on olive leaf which controls candida, viruses and infections. Each of these herbs have so many interlinked healing abilities, when choosing herbs, I recommend starting with one at a time and creating a relationship with them.

1/4 cup of each dried herb (I used chaga mushroom powder to help the process go quicker)

Chaga

Schisandra Berry

Milk Thistle

Rhodiola

Holy Basil

Olive leaf

2 quarts clean water

I boiled the chaga for about an hour, and then added the schisandra berries for about a half hour, and then added the rest. I let the whole sha-bang steep for a long while.

Doug and I are drinking lots of it. Dougie is having only about a cup of it.

Bone Broth

We made this one with farmer’s market beef bones and added fennel, ginger, onion, celery and tons of garlic and good sea salt to the mix.

Dougie and Doug are having some. I’m not attracted to bone broth today 🙂

We’ll post the rest of our recipes as we go and let you know how we do with them.

We think its very possible to achieve material goals by changing your diet and to achieve health goals by changing your perception. We are all connected. When you join us on this cleanse, our magnified energy will support one another. What do you need to manifest?

 

Want to find out how you can Welcome more Bliss into your life? Check out our Three Days to Bliss-Ness toolkit… free!

Love!

Gina

Gratitude Journal Experiment Days 17-22: Gratitude Journaling Results

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Wow! All of this thankful talk has really got me. I’m amazed. We’ve come full circle in so little time, all because we stopped stressing over what was bothering us and kept focus on what makes us happy.

Last month seems like a dream to me now. Back then I was whimpering over plumbing problems in the third world country we decided to visit on our Tour de Bliss– and now, I’m lounging in a comfy chair on a breezy roof-deck listening to the birds and roosters sing.

If we were setting out to improve anything, it would’ve been our financial situation and how that also relates to all of those material human stuffs that we need for balance such as our physical health and connection to our bodies, availability of healthy food, our home-front, and our business and work situation. When things seemed to get “bad” for us, it was always on the material front. Our spirits freaken shine like neon lights. We know we are on the right life path. But, there have been times when we’ve cheated ourselves out of full reward for our work. This left us tired, sick and often struggle-working for money.

We created the gratitude experiment to change that. Not knowing what we could possibly do differently, on the work front (as far as career changes etc), we decided to put extra faith in what we already do. We teach people about energy, love, gratitude and co-creation of Bliss.

So, we’ve given ourselves an extra heaping helping of our own medicine.

Here’s our Lists of the moment.


Doug’s Gratitude List
:
Green grass
Smiling dogs
Smoothies
Markets
Naps
Hugs
Yoga with Dougie
Hidden paths
Fresh food

Dougie’s Gratitude List:
Tinny the tin toy

Gina’s Gratitude List:
The voice of a soul sister
The sound of Kundalini Yoga chanting
Thoughtfulness of others
Swimming in the ocean
Taking the long way home
Feeling at home
Breakfast with friends
Amazing Clients

The Results:

Having done this each day for close to a month now has helped us measure some concrete results.

We have officially increased our readership, private client base and income, and still been able to spend less time online

We’ve greatly improved our homeschool/unschool program for Dougie and he seems to be learning in greater detail and with greater interest and involvement.

We have met countless amazing people in our new town and have been shown amazing generosity and hospitality. We have found everything we were looking for in a town that will provide us with healthy food, friends, support, stability, fun, conscious events and more.

Can you just tell that we’re happy? We’re satisfied! We will be teaching some classes and setting up shop here (with a few small trips to ruins etc) until we get our new Bliss Mobile. Looks like after 12 years, we’re in a place inside ourselves that fosters creativity and spirit enough for me to feel like I can continue writing a novel series I started so long ago. Gratitude seriously reminds me that that place has always been there, it’s just ever -growing. Now, I see it more clearly.

Eating Disorder Healing Program


Some of my near and dear friends have put together this program to help on your journey through eating disorders. Through my research and experience working with people who have autism and digestive illness — I meet many people who are dealing with eating disorders and looking for healing.  There are so many similarities behind the conditions — candida and parasites, metal and chemical toxicity to emotional trauma. Therefore, I know there’s a way to feel better. I wish you love on your journey. And, Know that you have friends to see you through it.

Autism Recovery: An Open Apology to all of My Critics in the Autism Community

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In the last few days I have received countless curse-word filled comments on posts that I sent with the highest of love intentions. I am whole heartedly sorry for having offended so many people. I love and accept all humans (and other creatures) for exactly who they are, and have a huge amount of respect for people who stand their ground with honor and integrity. I think that the people who use vulgar words to discourage my quest are missing my point, and I’ll explain.

I think we’re all different and unique, and in fact– I’m not so “normal” myself. I think and act differently than my entire family. I know we all have something important to offer, and am an advocate of these rights.

I know there are many facets to autism, and I will continue to learn about them. My son was actually ill. He had so many infections and poisons in his body. He was sick and we got him better. During this process, we were told he had autism. As a mother, all I know is my experience. Perhaps the label makers got it wrong and he never had autism. Perhaps he still has it. I don’t know because I don’t believe in labels, so much.

I use the label autism here because many children who are diagnosed with autism like my son have the same illnesses that my son had. I have helped hundreds of them get well. Many people with autism these days are very sick. There are even new cases of cancer coming up among them, because they seem to have compromised immune systems. I could quote science, but I won’t because I want to keep this simple. To me, a mother and child experience doesn’t need science to be proven correct. I don’t think you take offense in me helping my sick child get well. I think you’re taking offense because you think I am saying that just by him having a beautiful autism mind makes him sick. You think I am saying that autism is wrong, evil, and unacceptable… This couldn’t be further from my truth. As he healed, we see even more of his beautiful mind. When he was sick he was having seizures, throwing up, very bad stomach issues and food allergies. He cried all of the time. As we healed his gut, we saw the classical autism symptoms disappear. This wasn’t a goal. More of a fact.

I’m sorry again for offending you. I just wanted to be clear that if you are able to send such well crafted emails to me, and are happy with who you are — then you are probably not speaking of the same autism that my son and many children are diagnosed with. It was never necessary for my husband and me to raise our son to fit into any box. Any box all. Not even the autism box. He is Dougie and we love him. If gets sick again, we will always do all we can to help him heal.

And it is because Dougie got well, that we cannot stop helping those who want our help. Anyone on our healing program will tell you that we HONOR those gorgeous differences.

I am raising my son to send love where there is hate. And, boy is he an angel. So, I send you love though you have sent me hate. If disagreeing with me causes you to hate me or send me more hateful email, that’s a shame. Hateful comments are not welcome here. Disagreeing is a healthy example of how diverse our planet is.

If you are an adult or teen with autism and would like to actively help younger people with autism, knowing that many of them get very ill– may be of help to you. In my life I have known many people with autism, and they did not suffer as much as my son and my clients. There is something here. But, again these are merely my experiences.

I have no desire to change or heal anybody. I have no need to prove my beliefs. They are just mine. They come from my experience which is real to me. I share them to help myself grow, and in turn I get the blessing of helping many people heal from things that no longer serve them.

I wish you much Love,

Gina

https://blissybliss.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/listen-now-your-autism-recovery-questions-answered/

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

photo credits:

trulip

© Gina Laverde 2007 (don’tyoueventhinkit)

Autism Recovery: Letting Go of the Autism Label

We are moving all of our posts from Heal Artfully  to solidify our mission in one place.  originally posted this on  a while back, but it’s still pretty relevant to me.

Gina

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When Dougie was ill,  autism was a word I needed. I was looking for answers to my son’s illness, behaviors, developmental regression and complete change of character and consciousness. I needed a definition. I needed a reason.

I needed to call it autism and beat it with a bat. Scream at it. Punch it. Kick it. Spit in its face and hate it for all it did to my boy. For the night terrors and 36 hour sessions without sleep. For the vagueness in his eyes. For his sadness. For the loss of the boy who hugged and kissed. For all it prevented us from doing.

I hated autism. And I needed the word. I felt as though the definition would fuel my reason and research. But the word quickly became a taboo in our home. My husband refused to hear me say it. And he refused to ever say that Dougie had it. This made me angry. And I stored that anger in a little box marked “nobody in the world understands me.”

I’ve lived in close proximity to autism for my entire life. I’ve taught in “special” programs for “special” children. I have an aunt who works specifically with children on the spectrum. At age 10, I befriended a woman named Rosie who probably had the label. So, when Dougie fell into chronic illness and returned without the language he previously had, without the social skills he previously had, without the spark that the previously had –I had an instant inkling that I was witnessing autism happen.

That’s what got me. I never understood that autism could happen. I only understood that the children I previously worked with were just the way they were because they were born that way (and maybe some of them were). I never had a feeling of needing to “cure” them. I loved them. They glowed. Maybe they learned differently or occasionally hurt themselves – but there was something that made them magnificent. I taught them and worked with them with love and believe that we made a difference together. I never connected inner health with outer behavior/symptoms during my time with them.

But, at home, I was watching my son change. And become sicker and sicker. The behaviors and sensory expressions, like licking everything, seemed to be connected to his illness – not simply some unique character qualities. Dougie rubbed his face against the carpeting, spun in circles, stacked and lined up toys, containers or whatever he could get his hands on. I’d watch him and hold the little angel. And there was no question in my mind whether or not I could help heal his predicament. I knew I could, and I knew he wanted me to.

I felt that if I couldn’t call it autism I couldn’t recover him. But the majority of my early studies on the word only provided superficial reasons for these symptoms. No one was saying that there was a physical, scientific, reason that the body responds with exaggerated sensory activity. I was hearing that these children are “special” and there are so many great teachers and doctors out there who can help them succeed. I was hearing that there is no cure but there would be hope that he could get a “job.”

And, as soon as I began talking to other parents of children with autism, I ran into those who thought I was egotistical, insane, cold, un-accepting and of course a terrible mother and role model for wanting to rid my son of this beautiful illness. Have you heard of autistic children referred to as Indigo children or crystal children? I started to question whether this autism was a gift and if I should just let go of trying to help Dougie heal from it. I never questioned my son’s magic. We always had a very deep intuitive connection. And, I wanted to do right by him. Was this his true path?

But, then I thought… if my son fell and got a gash in his head, I would stop the bleeding. If he had a cold, I would help him heal. If he was sad, I would hold him until he wanted me to stop. If my son was licking the floors and the walls and people in public because that consciously made him happy, and he wasn’t displaying other symptoms of unrest, I would accept him. I would teach him that people do not like to be licked. I would help him find healthier ways of fulfilling this need.

And I tried doing that. But my instinct kept telling me they there was something deeper to this autism. No matter how many physical/cognitive attempts I made to help him stop behavior that was dangerous to him I didn’t seem to be able to succeed that way. No matter how many times I pointed to myself and self “mommy” – he wouldn’t respond.

Along the journey, I saw a life changing video made by a woman with autism that opened my mind about how she perceives the world in a really sensory way. How she communicates with water and air. How even though she couldn’t talk she could write eloquently and felt so much joy about her life.

I could deeply relate to her. I too can see energy in the air. Feel emotion from animals, people and water. I honestly started to question whether or not I had this “autism.” I began remembering spinning in circles as a child, not talking to anyone but my parents, rubbing my face on everything, putting everything in my mouth, crying all the time, lining up pop bottles and biting people in public. They mystery behind autism was beginning to unravel for me.

I’ve never been one to conform and this has never been about conformity for me. It’s been about helping my son become his healthiest self.

Many of his behaviors were not socially acceptable. But I never flinched when taking him out in public. I used to get shoved to the front of the grocery checkout line because of his screaming. I took him to the park nearly every day where he would insist on banging the metal slide pole to hear the sound. And I never felt the need to say “oh he has autism” to explain us.

I needed the word only for me. I needed the word to help heal him – or so I thought. And I allowed him to be evaluated and labeled by the school system – a long and painful process, so I could get my answer. And we accepted the label because we were promised help if we did so. We interviewed the Chicago Public School staff who performed the evaluation. We explained that we would completely recover our son from his illness. We explained that we would accept a label if it would bring us help that reflected our beliefs. We explained that although we generally don’t accept the idea of labeling a child, we would take this one if it meant that Dougie could get real help. Help that brought us closer to recovery. And most of all, we didn’t want him pigeonholed because of it. We didn’t want the word spoken around him.

I signed a piece of paper agreeing that my son had “autism.” I did it against my deepest intuition. My husband wouldn’t sign it. In the instant that I crossed the last “t” in my last name, I regretted it. My son did not have autism as defined by the school system so they could never help recover him. They could only offer services with the notion that he had speech and occupational difficulties. They couldn’t get the root cause of those issues because they did not have the tools.

Then I began to hate autism even more because of the way the school system made extra money from it. I hated it because it put a cloud over my son at his school… and the word was repeated over and over and over. I hated it because no one believed that we could end its destruction on Dougie’s life.

Early on, I began to understand Dougie’s condition as a toxic manifestation. As I studied I learned where those toxins came from and as many of you know, we have brought him into a very healthy light.

But I continued to struggle with what to do with this label that kept coming up. All of the negative comments I continue to get from people who call me an autism hijacker. And, the sick children out there whose parents struggle like I did over how to handle a disorder that is only defined in social, sensory and outward symptoms.

Finally, last summer I really embraced shamanism and studied with some amazing spiritual teachers. Dougie’s and my recovery through raw foods helped open both of our bodies for deeper healing. But, food could not bring us to the level of peace we now have.

Shamanic journeying, meditation, chakra balancing though sound and movement, and touch therapies like reiki all helped me realize the insignificance of labels. But most of all they helped me let go of my need to label our situation.

The autism label, as widely defined never described how my husband and I see our son. My husband knew this all along. We create our own lives. We manifest our desires. We are completely responsible.

By believing that my son does not have “autism,” but merely an overload of toxins that continue to melt away I am defining it more scientifically because this is actually what he has. And, by understanding how these toxins can be released energetically helps add more valuable tools to our healing regime.

As time goes on, I continue to practice shamanism and reiki and I continue to gain deeper acceptance for who my son really is.

I have realized that yes, this is about acceptance. Yes this was supposed to happen. Yes my child does have a magical reason for being here and for displaying these behaviors. There is something very intuitive about him. He can use touch to heal me when I am in pain.

I believe he was put here to help us all heal. Because we were able to heal him against the odds, I know that anything is possible. I don’t know if I realized that before. Letting go of autism has helped me let go of my addiction to all labels. Now I can enjoy life for what it is. I can enjoy the feeling of water on my skin and wind in my hair without having to define it. I am more relaxed thanks to my little angel.

It just so happens that as we continue to physically heal and release toxins though diet and energy healing, Dougie’s speech and communication becomes more and more typical. But his magic and his power also increase. I would love and adore my son if he never said a word to me. If he never looked at me. But, I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t lead him in the direction for complete wellness and fulfillment.

Dougie is not autism. Dougie is Dougie. He’s my magical little spunkmuffin – a glimpse into the heavens, and my strongest role model.

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Life Keeps Living, Energy Never Ends: On Death and Dying

In the midst of moving into simpler living on the road, my goal was to keep my mind focused on things like packing, seeing clients, and tying-up class work for my upcoming workshops. That alone kept me comfortably overwhelmed. But, I was sucked out of my sleep last night by a message that had nothing to do with my goals. Life often works that way for me.

The message was about death. I guess it was on my mind because it’s everywhere.. and the looming of it over family members and friends who are on their way out of life is pretty intense. Since losing my grandfather, I’ve lost all fear of dying, and all uncertainty of the ultimate continuousness of life. But death is always everywhere right? It’s a natural part of life. I think it was Eckhart Tolle who I heard say that “death is not the opposite of life, but the opposite of birth.” It’s just a part of the cycle of energy, and we fear it because our culture conditioned us to fear it. But, there are plenty of other cultures who understand dying more deeply and actually consciously welcome it when the time comes.

Still, there are a lot of unknowns. And, when you lose someone close, all of this new age bulloney hardly hugs your heart. And, my heart hurts so much when I see a child lose their mommy, or a mommy lose her baby, husband lose a wife, friend lose their best pal. Now that I’ve chosen a career as a helper to those who want to heal themselves, I encounter people making decisions on how to treat illness with hopes of saving their lives. I see a lot of people choosing to fight with medicines, chemicals and surgeries, and losing their lives. So, I went to bed the other night with this lurking in my mind. When one young person dies – the memory of all the young ones who have lost their lives to tragedy, accident and illness all kind of come sneaking back. And, I asked (God, my guides, my inner self) Why? What’s the lesson here? Why are these children (some of them in my own family) now living without their mommy? Could I h ave done something with knowledge that was given to me intuitively? Sometimes I get psychic guilt. I see these things happen, and I assume I see them because I can stop them. But, perhaps I’m not supposed to stop them?

Here’s what I got loud and clear: “She just really longed to get Home, Gina. You, of all people should understand the feeling of missing Home. You spend your life chasing a feeling of security, when you know there isn’t any in the material sense. You move from place to place and come home at night hoping to find that relief that you never get. You miss it so badly here too Gina. Everyone does. Most people don’t consciously realize what they are missing and they are quite successful filling their days with things that make them happy –relationships, knowledge, food. We want you to have these pleasures, but they never take the place of the Bliss you get when you return to your natural state in spirit. You choose when it’s time to come home. And, trust me, you won’t come until you are finished with what you set out to do. No one truly leaves. They just change. They change into their truer selves. No one is left. We would never leave anyone alone. When she left, she had the choice and she came freely and with joy as she saw her loved ones who had returned before her. She is resting and learning and considering coming back over to do more teaching. But, she fulfilled her purpose. More people who are close to you are going to return home soon because their purposes have also been filled, and they will better serve from Home. You will see them all again. Nothing could have been done to stop the “deaths” that we showed you before they happened. No wrong choices were made. The choices that were made were made according to the plan. You are doing a great job.”

When messages like this consume me — I can’t pack, plan, or prioritize until I write them out. Now that loud inner voice “She just really longed to get Home, Gina,” has calmed down. So, I hope this helps you in some way. If you have recently lost a loved one – I think the important thing is that he or she is Home.

I wish you love,

Gina

Let’s All Do Something Great Today

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What is it that makes you happy, and how come you don’t do it enough?

I was reflecting the other day after I was done with yoga about how great I felt, and I started wondering why I don’t try to always feel this way.

I used  to blame the lack of indulging myself with treats on my job.  Since I no longer have a job to go to, it has luckily been making it difficult to come up with reasonable excuses.  I think that we all hold ourselves back to some degree when it comes to taking care of our mind, body and spirit.  It’s like we figure that if we push a little harder that there will be some light at the end of the tunnel and we will be able to enjoy our indulgences soon enough.

Why do we do that, though?  We know that something is good for us, yet we find reasons to not do it.  If you know that something not only feels great, but also is great for you, then, do it!  We all have fast paced lives and the world isn’t going to stop for any of us.  We are constantly trying to reach a new goal and in the meanwhile we put ourselves off to the side.  We should take all of our excuses and fears and turn them into our greatest assets.  Let’s look at the obstacles that stop us and find ways to make them work towards our goals instead of keeping us from doing what we really want.  If someone is telling you that you have too much work to get done, then say “well I better get my spirits up if I am going to produce a great product.”  Let those fears wash right over you and help guide you into a better lifestyle.  Reflect on the activities that make you the happiest.  What would you really like to be doing?

Let’s all do something great today.  Let’s do it when we aren’t even thinking about it.  In that perfect moment when you’re feeling like it’s simply time for you –act upon it.  You don’t need to plan the exact moment that you are going to stop preoccupying yourself with work.  Just let the feeling come to you.

Think of the things that you can do Right Now where you are to bring a smile to your face.

Just make sure that no matter what you are doing, you are doing it for the right reasons.  The idea here is not to create more drama in your already hectic life.  We are trying to awaken your true self.  Let’s get that kid in you out here to do some of the things that you really want to do.

Stretch, run, play, talk, scream, eat great food, exercise, love, swing, jump, rest, pray, meditate, breathe.  Just make the time for it now!

Let it catch on with the people around you.  Grab that smile and throw it on your face, and let them see you walking around happy all the time.  People will come up and ask why you are cheerful and you can tell them to kick loose as well.  Let people know that you are taking some time for you to get your relax on.  Let’s see if we can get the world to ease up just a little bit today.

Doug