Do you live a life you love? I mean really stop and think about it – are you completely happy and loving your life? Are you happy in your relationships, your job, where you live? Do you do things regularly that make your heart sing? Of course, we all aspire to live a life that we love, but it is all too easy to get caught up in the day to day, leading a less than ideal or mediocre life. This mean you might remain in a relationship or job that doesn’t light you up for longer than you should. Or it could mean that you haven’t cultivated enough self love to truly be happy day to day.
People who live a life they love eat well, workout regularly (because they want to), have strong relationships (including with themselves), enjoy their work and are happy most of the time. They get a lot of joy from life and look forward to the start of each day. They refuse to put up with a beige existence, knowing that life has a bounty to offer them if they find out where to look. We each have the ability to have this – it’s just a matter of peeling back the layers and giving your body, mind and soul what it needs to enhance your life.
After working with over 5000 people, we know that there is a recipe to having a life that you love. it includes the following.
1. Achieving excellent, vibrant health
Good health is the foundation to living a life that you love. When we have physical symptoms it causes pain, discomfort, worry and concern that can strip the joy from our day to day lives. It can stop you from behaving how you normally would, preventing you from doing what you love. It can even colour the way that you perceive the world through negative emotions, as you’ll see in the next section. Achieving excellent health is about eating the right foods, moving your body and healing disease with natural medicines, if possible. It’s also about mindset, as you’ll see in the steps following.
2. Working through emotional toxicity
People who live a life they love have been able to identify and release emotional toxicity that holds them back. This might be working through anxiety, depression or low self esteem by identifying the underlying subconscious causes and triggers. It might be identifying what emotions you have attached to and dis-ease in the body, and where it first started so that you can clear it. Your thought patterns and emotional state are a huge determinant of how you’re feeling and also what behaviour that you present. We all have some emotional toxicity to varying degrees and once you can identify this and work though it your life will be so much better.
3. Cultivating gratitude and positivity
This step comes more easily once you have mastered the former, but it’s something that you can begin to work on right away. Studies (and ancient spiritual teachings) show that cultivating gratitude makes you happier and more content with life. This can be a simple as consciously and sincerely thanking people more often or keeping a daily gratitude journal. We also need to practice mindfulness – this is observing our thoughts so we can actively try to change them. We are taught to be inherently negative – especially towards ourself. Listen to your self talk – you’ll soon find that you would never speak to someone that way that you speak to yourself. Catch yourself and consciously try to think more positive. This might require more work on step 2 if you find it challenging.
4. Addressing your spirituality
No matter what you religious denomination or what your spiritual beliefs are, once thing for certain is that we are more than our physical bodies. We know from research that people that have a strong spiritual belief in something outside of themselves are happier and more content. Spirituality doesn’t need to be about praying to a certain god or figure, most importantly it is about reconnecting to your own spirit or soul. Doing this can give you your own sense of purpose, help to ground you and make you more comfortable in your own skin. To help nurture your spiritual self we recommend meditation and exploring this side of yourself with a spiritual/energetic healer that can help you to identify if there is anything that can be blocking your growth in this area.
We are complex beings with many layers of physical, emotional and spiritual blocks that can stop up from reaching our full potential and living a life that we love. It is through the exploration of these layers and removal of blocks that we grow and advance as human beings, so that we can truly experience life for all that it has to offer.
At Brisbane Natural Health we are passionate about helping people live a life that they love. We’ve developed memberships to specifically address all 4 of these areas and help you to not only feel better but to truly improve your quality of life. Call us on 07 3367 0337 to ask about how we can help you.
If you dwell on your issues, the associated emotions can make you sick. Your body psychology has a physical function that translates to a consciousness function that will give you clues about how you are managing life at a particular time, or habits you are forming that begin a cycle of action and reaction.
For example, your liver synthesises essential hormones and mediators and manages reserves on the physical level, whereas psychologically it governs our ability to process our life and synthesise wisdom from experience, organise our lives and make plans. It’s virtually the same function but on a different level. It governs our strength and muscle tone to protect us and generates anger to alert us of invasions of our boundaries.
Let’s look at anger for example. Anger in the positive form generates movement or change away from something that is not good for us. Anger rises, moving up through the body. If you want to express it in a healthy way you need to be active especially movement of the upper body and arms to release the emotion. Things like gardening, going to batting cages, golf, dancing or going to boxing classes can really help.
If you don’t express and release the emotion it will need to be stored. Emotions not expressed usually sit in the diaphragm before being moved to a storage location within the body. The gall bladder is located next to the liver and stores bile made in the liver to be released when needed to facilitate digestion. It gives us the energy to digest life and get things done, or to put a plan that began in the liver into action and it determines our ability to make decisions. It regulates strength and flexibility of our tendons so we can work in a flexible way. It gives us the courage to keep moving on our path. When our anger is not expressed in a healthy way it becomes pathological. If it is not expressed at all it moves into the gall bladder and becomes bitterness and resentment.
This close relationship of the liver and gall bladder is just one example of the connections between all of the body organs, endocrine glands and parts with our emotional states.
Your body, mind, and spirit are integral parts of the one thing, we are multidimensional. Our physical bodies are built to create emotions, they are an integral part of the human experience, so allowing yourself to feel the emotions in that moment of time and then letting them go will allow for a much healthier experience.
How to let your emotions go
Releasing emotions so that they are not stored in your body involves two steps – first you need to have awareness about your body and be constantly observing your thoughts and emotions. Without this conscious recognition, our emotions come and go without notice and are easily stored in the body, which can create dis-ease. Next, we need to have some tools to release them. Moving your body is a great way, as mentioned above but it can also help to have a Holographic Kinetics healing session to help to shift the emotions. This kind of emotional release is a powerful way to shed any emotions that don’t serve you so that you can live your life to your fullest potential.
Other therapies like hypnotherapy, life line technique and kinesiology can also help to move emotional congestion. Every person benefits from having these types of therapies now and then to remove any layers of emotional stagnation that can be affecting your physiology and your life.
We all have our gifts and we all have our challenges – often they are one and the same thing.
Some of us are exceptionally good at creating beauty – whether that is a beautiful experience or a thing of beauty. These people are great visionaries, they know exactly what they want to create; they know all the details that need to come together to create that vision. They can sometimes be referred to as ‘Control Freaks’ as they can have trouble delegating or even allowing others to help. They can be very sensitive to criticism, not that they can’t handle it, but rather that they are already very self-critical. In fact they are often perfectionists and never really satisfied with their own efforts. So they are already providing all the criticism and when someone else notices that something is not perfect, it hurts!
Part of this ability to create beauty is a sensitivity and as is always the case in Chinese Medicine, the sensitivity applies to all dimensions of life. So these people, as well as being sensitive to the details and how things come together to create beauty, are also energetically sensitive. They may be particularly sensitive to foods or toxins or pharmaceuticals. They may pick up on someone else’s feelings and be driven to wanting to make that person feel better. They may be sensitive to energy of spaces. They may also be sensitive to energies from other realms.
Now these are ALL extraordinary gifts but if that energy is overwhelming – if the lines become blurred between what is their own energetic stuff and what is not theirs – then this can feel like anything BUT a gift!!!
The wisdom from Chinese Medicine allows us to see that the strengths of this sensitivity are also its challenges. Just to know this alone can help and then to focus on the light of this quality rather than the shadow.
If this sounds like you and you sometimes feel overwhelmed by your sensitivity, there are a few things you can do. The aim of the game is to befriend your sensitivity. You can’t hate something away, but you can LOVE it into balance.
One thing to try is simply expanding and contracting your energy. After all, you, more than any of us, know that we do not end with our skin! Imagine you are standing in a large hall and at the other end of the hall is someone you love. Someone who makes you feel safe. Take a deep breath and close your eyes. Create that image in your minds eye; then expand your energy out to reach that person that you love. It is safe for your energy to connect with theirs. Enjoy that feeling – soak up that feeling.
Then do the opposite and imagine someone you dislike at the other end of the hall. Contract your energy, bring it in close around you; to protect you; set that boundary; don’t allow your energy to connect with that other person.
As you play with this concept you get better and better at either allowing your energy to mix or protecting your energy. It’s just like a muscle at the g – the more you use it the stronger and more flexible it becomes.
Here is another simple ritual you may like – to define and protect your boundaries and to stop negative energies from invading your space.
When you wake up in the morning and stand up feet on the ground and stretch both arms out in front of you, like you are pushing something away and affirm to the world ‘I can see you better over there’. Then pushing each arm out to your sides in the same way, say out loud, ‘I will not get caught between a rock and a hard place’.
Say it and mean it!!
Then pushing both hands down to the ground, ‘I hold down the rising tide’.
Pushing both hands up from your shoulders to the sky, ‘I release the weight of the world from my shoulders’.
And finally, tell the universe to get off your back!
You have covered the energy around you in all six directions and created the physical, emotional and energetic space you need. A simple time efficient ritual that is based on prevention is easier than a cure.
There are lots of ways to ground your energy; these are just two simple options. It’s important to ensure your subconscious mind is supportive of your healthy energetic boundaries. PSYCH-K and hypnotherapy are powerful ways to connect to your subconscious and update the software that runs your mind. Remember your sensitivity is a beautiful part of who you are.
If we apply ancient Chinese wisdom to a modern day problem then we would not be seeking work-life balance.
It’s too late by then to bring balance to our lives. The key to balance is to be balanced from within. When we are balanced from within we come to everything from a balanced perspective. Nothing can disturb our balance because we are not relying on external factors to bring us this blissful state.
This is why mindfulness and meditation are such powerful tools to incorporate into our lives.
The mind is incredibly lenient and kind to us! Just a small amount of stillness in the mind can bring about a significant amount of balance to our lives.
So don’t think that you need to replicate the meditation habits of The Dalai Lama in order to bring balance to your life! Just starting with 10 minutes of stillness a day is worthwhile.
There are also many ways to meditate and the simpler the better.
So if meditation is something you have thought about but never tried then be kind to yourself and know that it can be easy to meditate.
There are loads of apps available for very little expense that can be a lovely gentle way to start bringing some stillness into your life. Or you might like to start just focusing on your breath; breathing in and breathing out.
Whatever you choose just find 10 minutes in your day and breathe deeply into your belly. Set yourself a goal to have 10 minutes stillness a day for a week…and then a month…and then 15 minutes.
You might be surprised at how good you are at meditating and your body, mind and spirit will thank you for it.
The Chinese believe we have an extra organ called The Heart Protector.
It’s like an imaginary gate around our hearts. When we are in balance the gate is slightly open, allowing us time to decide if we trust someone or something into our heart or not.
It is not just about romance, everything is connected, so it may be a business relationship or any other decision that we need to make.
If we choose not to let a person or situation into our heart then we can close the gate and protect our heart. Or if we feel safe then we can open the gate and allow that situation in to our heart.
In Chinese Medicine the heart is known as The Emperor. It is literally the heart of all our abundant richness and resources. The Emperor is the keeper of all things beautiful.
Our heart is where we nurture our authentic self, our truth. It is where we feel. But sometimes the Emperor is distracted by The General. You guessed it – the General is our mind. We can overthink things and lose connection to how we feel about something. Western thinking is very much about that we need to ‘do something’ or ‘to fix the situation’ so it can be very easy to get stuck in our thoughts.
Sure it’s important to be able to analyse and think, and we all need our General, but as ancient Chinese wisdom would ask ‘Who do you want to give the power to…The General or The Emperor?’
When we give too much power to The General we shut ourselves off from our feelings. We lose touch with our authentic self. We forget what lights us up and in the extreme may even lose our passion for life.
Many ancient and modern philosophers talk about the journey from the head to the heart being the longest journey. If you feel disconnected from your heart you are not alone, over 90% of people are said to have excessive energetic protection around their hearts.
But the good news is the power of the subconscious mind can help you gently reconnect to all your richness and resources. Your subconscious loves you to bits…it’s all there waiting for you.
Bodytalk is a comprehensive healthcare system based on energy medicine that looks to restore internal communication in the body and thus, restoring health by focusing on the cause rather than the symptom.
Bodytalk is based on the premise that the body can heal itself just as long as internal lines of communication remain intact. Internal lines of communication means our hormonal, neurological, energetic, circulatory systems and so forth.
Stress can cause these internal communications to become compromised and thus create disease. Stress to the body can mean a variety of things. There are external stressors such as work, family, finances, deadlines etc. Then you can have internal stressors such as acute or chronic health conditions, emotional blockages/build up, trauma, your dietary practices etc.
Any one of these types of stress alone or even in combination will have some effect on the body’s lines of communication, whether in the short term or over a period of time. The body already has a number of daily tasks to perform in an order of priority. It is not so hard to imagine that it can be unable to complete all of these tasks efficiently if the system is not working at an optimum level.
Bodytalk practitioners use a subtle form of biofeedback to locate these areas of stress and mis-communication. These areas of focus are in order of priority for the overall function of the body. Each Bodytalk session has a cumulative health effect on the body meaning that subsequent sessions are building upon the progress of the previous session rather than starting again. The practitioner will build a formula of links from the Protocol chart that form an energetic circuit and when ready, will use a series of non-invasive techniques with tapping. Tapping on the head tells the brain to make the repair to the circuit and tapping on the heart stores the information.
To ensure the best outcome for the client, built-in questioning at every session includes queries for referrals to another practitioner or modality, any changes to diet or lifestyle at home are required and if or when the client may return for follow up treatment.
An offshoot to the Bodytalk system is Veltheim Method Lymphatic Drainage (VMLD) – a relaxing, safe and effective technique to support the lymphatic system. This in turn impacts the immune system, the organs, hormones and circulation.
Our lymph system serves every cell of the body so poor drainage has far reaching effects.
This type of treatment can reduce swelling, helps the body to drain toxins and cell wastes, improve arthritic symptoms, joint pain and period pain.
It is a simple and relaxing treatment that can be done over clothes and even off the body where we will look at emotional and energetic blockages that are impacting normal lymph circulation.
Makensi Caldwell – Certified Bodytalk & Holographics Practitioner, Bachelor of Nutritional Medicine
If you are trying to make changes without the power of your subconscious mind then you are making your life a whole lot harder than it needs to be!
Your subconscious mind makes up 95% and your conscious mind is just 5% of your mind! If you can access the power of your subconscious mind why wouldn’t you? Working with the subconscious is a holistic, safe and powerful way to make lasting change.
About the Subconscious Mind
The subconscious mind uses a different language to the conscious mind. The subconscious is the habitual mind where patterns are laid down – and played back whenever they are needed or triggered. The conscious mind is the analytical mind.
It is the subconscious mind that keeps you alive. So that when you sleep at night you remember to breath and all those other vital functions. Believe it or not your subconscious mind LOVES you & just wants the best for you.
But the subconscious speaks a different language to the conscious mind, so you need to speak the language of the subconscious to be able to update any limiting beliefs or undesired habits. Otherwise your message doesn’t get through to the subconscious or worse still it can be heard as the opposite of what you meant!
All your subconscious wants is for you to be safe and happy and alive. But it doesn’t analyse your beliefs and habits. Sometimes things happen in life and the emotions, patterns and beliefs that form your response can get stuck in your body or your subconscious. Most likely they served you at the time…but they may have out stayed their purpose.
The good news is that change doesn’t need to be difficult! There are several ways to access the power of your subconscious mind and update the software that no longer serves you. Our hypnotherapist Jan Sky has over 20 years experience in ‘subconscious whispering’, helping to identify what is driving your thoughts and behaviors so you release what you don’t need and move forward with your life.
As well as using hypnotherapy Jan can use counseling or coaching in her sessions with you. It’s about identifying what will give you the best results and developing a treatment pathway to get you there.
It really doesn’t matter what you want to change, working with the subconscious can literally empower anything! The more well known reasons for using hypnotherapy include:
- Weight management
- Fears and phobias
- Anxiety and stress
- Lack of motivation
- Low self confidence
…but the list is limitless!
If you’re ready to change your mind to change your life, call us on 3367 0337 to book a hypnotherapy appointment at our Brisbane clinic today.
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.
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.