Are you ruled by The Emperor or The General?

Are you one of those people whose mind is always full? You have plan A and then you have plan B just in case A doesn’t work out. You are such a great thinker…all your energy goes into thinking. At times it is exhausting, and there is no space in your mind for rest or stillness.

Even the language you use reflects this great power to think your way out of any situation. You tend to say ‘I think’ or ‘I know’ rather than ‘I feel’ or ‘I sense’. You are a doer – you can make anything happen and you can make it happen fast. You more than likely experience a sense of frustration if things don’t happen quickly enough for your liking.

You can be irritated if others slow things down and get up in their emotional response. You like to approach things with your logical linear thinking style and others can sometimes find that very direct and maybe even intimidating. That’s not your intent – you just want to get on and make the situation better. You can be a warrior; an agent for positive change.

Sometimes you can be a bit judgemental. It’s not that you mean to judge people but your mind works at such a speed that you may have summed someone up very quickly. And you may well be right, but there may also be occasions when with a little more time, you see a different aspect of that person and you need to modify your original character assessment.

The Chinese call the mind The General. We all need The General – at times we need protection; at times we need rules and at times we need this focus and discipline. Someone with this busy mind has a very powerful General indeed.

The Chinese refer to the Heart as The Emperor. The heart is where our consciousness resides. When we come from the heart, with The Emperor, there is a sense of majesty, of tradition, of richness and beauty. We all also need The Emperor, so it becomes about whom we give our power to. Do we want our life and decisions to be ruled by The General or do we want to be ruled by The Emperor?

Do we want to live dominated by rules and regulations or by richness and beauty? The General can be very powerful and some of us can lose our connection to our heart without even realising. We are so busy doing, that we forget to feel.

What to do if this feels like you?

Well anything that you can do to allow even a small space into your busy mind can help. Make a list so you don’t need to hold onto those things in your mind any longer. Physical exercise is a healthy way for The General to release any built up frustration or anger.

A walk in nature will also soothe The General and promote some stillness into his mind. The power of deep diaphragmatic breathing can never be overstated, so taking a few deep breaths as you wait at a red light can be a great habit to adopt. This signals the body that you are safe and also allows a moment of respite from all those thoughts.

Change is powerful when it is subtle and also imperceptible. The new way is absorbed before the amygdala (the part of the brain that processes emotions) has a chance to question or reject the new way. By creating that small space in your mind, you allow your energy to come into your heart and give the ultimate power to The Emperor.

Chinese Face Reading

Ancient Chinese medicine dates back over 3000 years. Originally the ancient medicine man worked for The Emperor and cared for the Empress and the Emperor’s concubines. But the medicine man was not allowed to touch the Emperor’s women. So originally face reading became a valuable diagnostic tool and in some practices is still used in this way.

The Emperor’s women had a statue, and when they saw the medicine man they would point to where they felt unwell on the statue and the medicine man would then look – but NOT touch – and see what the patterns of her face could tell him about diseases she would be more likely to experience.

So for many, many years the medicine men had studied patterns. They studied patterns of nature, the seasons, the life cycle; they also studied patterns of disease. They studied patterns of everything.

They noticed that people with certain diseases had certain types of faces. For example, people with particular diseases had a particular shape to their face and a key look to their features.

They looked at size, shape and position of features on each person’s face.

Not only did certain faces show patterns with certain diseases, but those same faces also displayed certain behavioural patterns and emotional patterns. There were gifts and challenges that went with each face type.

The ancient Chinese named these types according to The Five Elements because it was a universal language that could be understood equally by the rich and the poor people. It was the language of nature and metaphors that could offer layers of richness and meaning.

So there was The Water person (Kidney & Bladder), The Wood person (Liver & Gall Bladder), The Fire person (Heart & Small Intestine), The Earth person (Stomach & Spleen) & finally the Metal person (Lung & Skin).

These personality types also linked to the following emotional triggers; Water links to fear, Wood links to anger, Fire links to rejection, Earth links to worry and Metal links to grief.

Chinese face reading, as well as being a diagnostic tool, also became a personality profiling tool; a psychological branch of Chinese medicine if you like. Just as today we use profiles such as Myer Briggs or DISC profiling, we can also look at someone’s face to understand what behavioural and emotional patterns may be in their life. It is not fortune telling nor is it a form of psychic reading but rather the eastern wisdom of studying patterns. It comes from a place of compassion, recognising each individual’s perfect design.  Every quality is perfect when it is in balance, but too much or too little of any quality can allow that quality to show it’s shadow.

Everyone’s design is perfect for them and when any quality displays its shadow it is about reducing the temporary ‘excess’ or ‘depletion’ of that quality to bring it back into the range that serves them.

The Chinese say that our elements are in balance when we come into this world and they are in balance when we leave this world, but the rest of the time we are all seeking to ride that wave and maintain our balance. So at any one time there may be an element speaking to us to seek some extra care. It may speak to us through physical conditions or it may speak to us through things that happen in our life, or patterns that we may get tripped up by.

There are many layers to The Five Elements and whilst the study of The Five Elements can be a lifelong journey, much insight can also be gained by just dipping your toe into this beautiful eastern philosophy.

Cleanse into the New Year

As we say goodbye to another year and another festive period of overindulgence, it is now time to look at how we can cleanse our bodies and help our cells to function as effectively as they can. Most people have some goal that they aim to achieve in the year to come, with health and wellness high up on the agenda. January is traditionally detox month at Brisbane Natural Health as we try to help people get back on track and give them a great start to the New Year.

Cleansing is something that we all need. We should be cleansing our bodies on a day-to-day basis, as well as having periods where we intensify the process to rid our bodies of unwanted toxins, excess weight and anything else that can make us sluggish. As well as cleansing your physical body, it is important to consider cleansing yourself of any unwanted emotions that no longer serve you. Perhaps you’ve had a hard year, with lots of challenges. Or you’ve been feeling frustrated and negative about your situation. Part of cleansing involves identifying and detoxifying these emotions so that you can get back on track.

It’s important to consider toxic emotions, as well as environmental toxins.

You body detoxifies in every single cell, every single minute of the day. To assist the process, it helps to avoid processed foods, sugar, trans fats, factory farmed meat, excessive coffee and alcohol. On the other side, eating loads of fresh vegetables, green leafy veggies, fruit, legumes, nuts, seeds and gluten free whole grains like brown rice and quinoa, will help your body to detoxify. You also want to think about any environmental toxins that can place an extra strain on your body. Avoiding phthalates (cosmetics and plastic), BPA (plastic and canned food), artificial food additives, preservatives and non-organic produce can help aid your body’s ability to detoxify.

To address the emotional side of cleansing, you can do simple things like journaling, daily gratitude rituals, meditation or other relaxation tools. To go a little deeper, you could consider a session with a hypnotherapist or energetic healer to release any harmful emotions from the subconscious so that you can embrace the New Year with added vigour.

There are many ways to cleanse your body and mind; try several to find out what works best for you. A good indication of success is that you should end a detoxification program with renewed energy, glowing skin and a happy more positive frame of mind.

Our team can help you with detoxification in several ways. Our naturopaths can design you a tailor made program based on your individual needs. You can book a session with our hypnotherapist or energetic healer to work on the emotional side of cleansing. We also offer a range of natural beauty services and products so you can look your best without the use of harsh chemicals while detoxifying.

Call our team on 07 3367 0337 – we’d love to help.

 

 

 

What diseases are your emotions connected to?

Every day we hear about how a nutrient or food leads to a certain disease, or how a chemical is linked to cancer. But have you ever stopped to wonder how your emotions affect your health? Each of us go through a wide range of emotions each day, week and month. Anger, hatred, worry, depression, uneasiness, anxiety, depression, fear, joy, happiness, excitement – these are just a handful of the emotions that we can experience throughout our lives. We all know that negative emotions don’t make us feel good, but what if they could also make us sick?

Interestingly, researchers have asked themselves the same question and the results might surprise you. Dr. Don Colbert quotes some of these studies in his books, which have pointed to the following facts:

  • Anger and hostility – connected to high blood pressure and heart disease
  • Resentment, un-forgiveness, self-hatred – connected to autoimmune disorders, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), lupus (SLE), multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Anxiety – connected to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), mitral valve prolapse, heart palpitations
  • Repressed anger – tension headaches, migraines, chronic back pain, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems, fibromyalgia

You’d think that an emotion was just something that happened in your head, but really it can affect your entire body on both a chemical and energetic level.

A few of the more interesting studies on emotions and health have been:

  • A Harvard study of 1,623 heart attack survivors found that anger that was brought on by emotional conflicts doubled the risk of subsequent heart attacks, compared to those that remained calm.
  • A 10 year study found that people who could not manage their emotional stress had a 40 percent higher mortality rate than non-stressed people.
  • A heart disease study conducted at the Mayo clinic found that psychological stress was the strongest predictor of future cardiac events, including heart failure, cardiac arrest and heart related death.

There are numerous accounts of emotions affecting our health. We have seen this in our practice, where quite often emotional disharmony is the underlying cause for people’s symptoms.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), emotions are an integral part of the diagnosis and treatment of a condition. It is thought that anger affects the liver, fear affects the kidneys and grief affects the lungs. We commonly observe that people’s asthma flares after the death of a loved one, and that people are more prone to urinary tract infections when they are worried or fearful. Although this might seem a little woo-woo, there are countless accounts of people that have come to us for emotional healing, only for their physical symptoms to resolve.

There is a lot you can do to help work through and release emotions that are holding you back.

The first part of dealing with emotional imbalance is to observe it. We are taught to suppress our emotions, not to listen to them, as we should. Not only should we be in check with our emotional state, but also we can use our emotions as a sign post to tell us when we need some help.

Help is available in many forms: from meditation and talking to friends, to seeing a therapist that can help you uncover and deal with underlying emotions. At Brisbane Natural Health, we offer hypnotherapy, holographic kinetics, body talk and energetic healing to help people to resolve emotional wounds so that they can be the happiest version of themselves. We highly recommend a visit if you feel that emotions are affecting you on a daily basis. It is very freeing to be able to go day to day without the burden of anxiety, worry, depression or resentment. And of course we now know that it will prevent disease later on down the track.

Need an appointment? Call us on 07 3367 0337 and we’ll help you get back on track. 

 

 

 

 

 

Health Seminars

OUR WORKSHOPS HELP YOU BE THE BEST VERSION OF YOU.

We are passionate about educating and inspiring you to be the healthiest version of yourself. Sometimes this means more than just having treatments or taking supplements – it means learning what you can do every day to make yourself healthier and happier.

Our workshops and seminars are designed to help you make real and lasting change in your life. Check out the google calendar below for upcoming dates. Some workshops are held every 2 months so be sure to scroll forward if you can’t see it this month. 

We also host meditation/relaxation classes. Click here for more information and check the calendar below for dates.

NUTRITION 102

What every person needs to know about food

Are you confused about what is really healthy? Do you ever wish you knew more about nutrition so you could make better choices? Well this is your chance! In this workshop you’ll get the lowdown on nutrition 101 – everything you need to know about eating for health.

We’ll cover things like – What is a carbohydrate? What type of fats are OK? How much protein do you need? What cooking oil should you use? Is the paleo diet beneficial? What flavorings are safe to use on your food? Plus you can ask our nutritionist and naturopaths your personal nutrition questions. Don’t miss out!

NUTRITION 101

What every person needs to know about food

Are you confused about what is really healthy? Do you ever wish you knew more about nutrition so you could make better choices? Well this is your chance! In this workshop you’ll get the lowdown on nutrition 101 – everything you need to know about eating for health.

We’ll cover things like – What is a carbohydrate? What type of fats are OK? How much protein do you need? What cooking oil should you use? Is the paleo diet beneficial? What flavorings are safe to use on your food? Plus you can ask our nutritionist and naturopaths your personal nutrition questions. Don’t miss out!

Hosted by principal naturopath Katherine Maslen. See the calendar below for upcoming dates and times.

Investment $20

Free for clinic members.

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

Avoiding toxic chemicals in everyday life

This must attend workshop will open your eyes to the swathe of chemicals that we come into contact with each and every day. We are constantly absorbing toxins through our skin, breathing them in and even eating them in our food supply.

You’ll discover how tap water can affect your thyroid, how your shampoo can cause infertility and how plastics can disrupt your hormones. 99% of toxins are avoidable and in this vital session you’ll learn how you can detox your life and which natural brands are the best to buy.

Hosted by naturopath Katherine Maslen. See the calendar below for upcoming dates and times.

Investment $20

Free for clinic members.

MAKING FERMENTED FOOD

Demo workshop

Did you know that you have more bacteria cells in your gut than you do cells in your body? Or that your gut bacteria can affect your immune system, moods, absorption and more? Enter fermented foods – your gut bacteria’s BFF when it comes to wellness.

In this session you’ll see how you can make fermented foods right at home for next to nothing. We’ll have some live demos and you’ll get to taste several fermented foods while you learn about the properties of each and how they are made.

Hosted by naturopath Gemma Martin. See the calendar below for upcoming dates and times.

Investment $20

Free for clinic members.

SUPER FOODS FOR A SUPER YOU!

Harnessing the power of super foods to take your health to the next level

Ever wonder what the craze is with all of these ‘super foods’? Are chia seeds really good for you? Should you be taking super-greens? All will be revealed in this workshop!

We’ll cover the benefits of super foods such as chia, maca, cacao, baobab, hemp, bee pollen, spirulina, chlorella, coconut products and more. Plus we’ll give you tips on how to use them and how much you should be taking. Super!

Hosted by naturopath Katherine Maslen. See the calendar below for upcoming dates and times.

Investment $20

Free for clinic members.

EMOTIONAL WELLNESS

Are your emotions making you sick?

In this interesting workshop emotional wellness expert Jan Sky will help you see the connection between your emotional wellness, your physical health and your happiness. Before we can change our emotional state we must first become aware of it.

In this session you’ll discover the connection between your subconscious mind and the actions that you take that either lead you towards your goals or away from them. This workshop will open you up to new possibilities that can change your thinking and your life.

Hosted by author, hypnotherapist and counsellor Jan Sky. See the calendar below for upcoming dates and times.

Investment $20

Free for clinic members.

BUSTING STRESS

Practical tips to help you deal with your day to day stress.

In this workshop emotional wellness expert Jan Sky will help you discover the underlying drivers of stress and how you can actively reduce it.

In this session you’ll discover how you can help your body to cope with stress better – leading to a more positive emotional state, better sleep and more productivity at work. Jan is a wealth of knowledge and you’ll come away with some life changing information from this session.

Hosted by author, hypnotherapist and counsellor Jan Sky. See the calendar below for upcoming dates and times.

Investment $20

Free for clinic members.

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