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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Addicted to Guilt?

"We're addicted to our guilt." Ken Wapnick says that all the time when he's talking about A Course in Miracles. We're addicted to our problems, our slights our hurts, etc. As he talks about this issue, it makes more and more sense. If I lose my problems, I'll have nothing to blame and if I have nothing to blame (for my condition) then at some point I have to accept the level of choice involved - My choice.
It's almost comical. I actually can watch my mind conjure a mission to find a hurt and then actively set sail in a sea of "the past" to find an instance or many instances proving that I had reason to be hurt. If I didn't find something juicy, I could always land on childhood. Yep, Childhood is a gigantic playground of past slights and hurts. It's the Twinkie of hurts filled with preservatives, never expiring; just sitting there looking innocent while silently promising that if we would just take one bite, we would be filled with delicious creamy center of hurts.
But why? Why does our mind tend to walk us, like dogs, back to places of hurt and sorrow? My spidey senses seem to think it's because we tempt it with some unconscious guilt of our own and it just takes the lead.
Guilt is ridiculously ubiquitous. If you look at the news and find yourself convicting a person who's on trial- you feel- GUILTY. If you buy into the someone's lament of how broke they are and you're financially comfortable- GUILTY!
Someone lost a pet - you didn't - GUILTY!
Did you get a birthday gift- didn't remember theirs - GUILTY. Here's a good one: You laughed at a joke that you later realized might be racist or in bad taste: GUILTY. Ever do a tiny white lie about the toilet seat? -GUILTY.
Oh I could go on and on but you already know what I mean. And the point is, once you crack open a little guilt, it's a free for all for your ego. Ken says Guilt is the result of believing that we did something wrong and the guilt begs for punishment. All of it keeps us focused on our fears and far away from the simple truth that God isn't vengeful or angry.
- Adapted from Mark's Power Peek

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Acupuncture is Successful at Treating-

Acupuncture is one branch under the vast tapestry of Oriental Medicine. It is probably the most commonly known pieces of this medicine where needles are strategically inserted in the skin to promote the bodies' own natural healing capabilities.

I am often asked what I use it for and what it is helpful in treating. Well to answer this question, it really does treat so much. We look at the body completely different from traditional models of health. No one perspective is right or wrong, just different. We don't study disease, we enhance wellness. We dont focus on the symptom, we discover the root cause and nourish from the inside out.

Some of the conditions I see often and help people with include-

- women's health
- fertility enhancement
- stress reduction
- immune function
- cold/flu prevention & treatment
- support during chemo/radiation
- allergies
- eye issues
- childhood imbalances: nightmares, attention disorders, growth, malnutrition,etc.
- anxiety
- depression
- fatigue
- multiple sclerosis
- candida
- spinal disorders
- fibromyalgia
- insomnia
- back pain
- migraines
- digestive imbalances
- neurological disorders
- stroke
- pre/post surgery
- neck/shoulder pain
- sensory disorders
- fear
- miscarriage prevention
- skin disorders
- weight gain
- epilepsy
- trigeminal neuralgia
- bells palsy
- addiction
- athletic performance
- low libido
- high cholesterol
- high blood pressure
- heart health
- poor memory
- arthritis

As you can see, this is a pretty broad list of conditions people experience. The beauty of this medicine is that we don't view the body or individual in being broken or inept. We see the body and the individual as a whole system that is intricately connected, meaning all that really has to occur is some harmonizing or balancing. The body has a built in "system" so to speak to conduct this naturally but due to some of the things we have done in life, it has been "weakened", so we are here to help guide it back to restoration. It is just as if your car had a flat tire, the car itself is not out of commission, it just requires a little check up and some air in the tire. So the men at the auto shop work to help the car do its job. A large part of this whole process is surrendering and allowing someone to help you and trusting this process, it is a journey of strength rather than defeat. Oriental Medicine is not solely focused on just 'getting rid of symptoms' which is a common mind set in our society today, it is more concerned with facilitating a higher frequency of being alive, not merely just living symptom free. It is a beautiful gift to be able to not only live without ailments but begin to ascend to higher levels of existence. Acupuncture and other modalities can be a bridge or gateway to these expanded consciousnesses.

Love and Relationships a la OSHO

You can go on changing your husband or your wife a thousand and one times, you will again find the same type of person and the same misery repeated in different forms – but the same misery repeated; it is almost the same. You can change your partner, but you are not changed. Now who is going to choose the other partner? You will choose. The choice will come out of your immaturity again. You will choose a similar type of lover again.

The basic problem of love is to first become mature, then you will find a mature partner; then immature people will not attract you at all.
When you are a mature person psychologically, spiritually, you don’t fall in love with a immature person. It does not happen, it CANNOT happen. You can see that it is going to be meaningless.

In fact a mature person does not fall in love, he rises in love. The word ’fall’ is not right. Only immature people fall; they stumble and fall down in love. Somehow they were managing and standing. They cannot manage and they cannot stand – they find a woman and they are gone, they find a man and they are gone. They were always ready to fall on the ground and to creep. They don’t have the backbone, the spine; they don’t have that integrity to stand alone.
A mature person has the integrity to be alone.

And when a mature person gives love, he gives without any strings attached to it: he simply gives. And when a mature person gives love, he feels grateful that you have accepted his love, not vice versa. He does not expect you to be thankful for it – no, not at all, he does not even need your thanks. He thanks you for accepting his love.

And when two mature persons are in love, one of the greatest paradoxes of life happens, one of the most beautiful phenomena: they are together and yet tremendously alone; they are together so much so that they are almost one. But their oneness does not destroy their individuality, in fact, it enhances it: they become more individual.