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When I discovered how bamboo grows, I thought it an apt image both for how heart issues develop AND how they heal.

Knowing how heart issues are like bamboo may help you both understand the healing process and be more patient with it.

Bamboo’s growth starts underground, where the rhizome system that supports the canes are developed. For three whole years, the plant establishes itself underground and there is no apparent growth. Absolutely nothing appears to be happening. For three years!

In the fourth year, shoots appear. The bamboo canes grow in height and diameter for only 60 days every spring. After the 60 days, that particular cane will never grow again.

However, because of the rhizome system, the next spring the shoots that come up will grow much taller and faster in those 60 days. After a bamboo grove has been establishing its rhizome system for 5 years, the canes that grow in that fifth year can reach as much as 90 feet (for certain species, in certain conditions)–all in 60 days!

This picture also applies to how heart issues form, and then manifest eventually in our lives in some health, relationship, and/or success issue.

Like the rhizome system that forms underground,

memories and beliefs accumulate in the subconscious

mind.

If enough unhealthy beliefs based on negative memories and images gather (whether in the unconscious or subconscious mind, or energy patterns in the DNA or cells, nobody knows exactly yet), they will eventually manifest in some kind of problem. It may take years, even decades for the “shoot” of the negativity to manifest, but eventually it does.

That manifestation can “take off” into a major illness. If the theories of Dr. Alex Loyd in The Healing Code and Dr. Bruce Lipton in The Biology of Belief are true, such illnesses began long before any symptoms or problems showed up.
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I didn’t want to be writing this at all. But something happened recently that is of such concern, not only to me but to just about every person in the developed world, that I had to say something.

What happened: the gas company came by and told my husband, who was out doing gardening, that they were going to change out the gas meter as part of their “Meter Modernization Program.” They gave him a flyer that told all about this program.

My husband, who struggles with memory issues, did not connect this with my rants about “smart meters.” “They did not call it a smart meter,” he said.  (Memory loss, fatigue, sleep disturbances, brain fog/difficulty concentrating,  light sensitivity, anxiety are some of the symptoms the Austrian Medical Association call telltale signs of EMF overexposure. My husband already has these. You can perhaps understand my concern about exposing him to yet more EMFs, when we’ve been doing so much to limit exposure.)

By the time I got outside, the gas company installers were just finishing putting the new meter on. I said, “Take it off! I do not want this.”

“It’s too late,” the woman said smugly. “We already put it on, and can’t take it off. Besides, he gave permission,” pointing to my husband.

I asked her if she knew that what the frequencies from the device do to human cells. “Oh, it’s just like your cell phone,” she said. “There’s this little antenna on the meter, and it sends signals every 4-6 hours to the tower–“

“Exactly,” I said. “You have just described what electomagnetic frequencies are. But do you have any idea what they might be doing to the cells of our bodies?”

“I’m sure they wouldn’t let us do anything dangerous,” she said.

“Really?” I said, looking at her pointedly.

She didn’t say anything, but I knew that she was thinking about the company and knew in her heart the truth about their true concerns (i.e. the bottom line). (Here is a response to a “fact sheet” put out by said gas company, and some true facts.)

She said there was no opt out. It was a done deal. This smart meter is right outside our kitchen–the place where we prepare food and eat and do dishes.

So I looked up a lot of articles on EMFs and smart meters. This is a controversial subject, I’m well aware. And I am no expert; I’m still researching it. It could be that some people are more susceptible than others. Being a Highly Sensitive Person, along with my husband, it’s possible that people like us could be the “canaries in the coal mine,” reacting to danger before it’s apparent to the rest of the world because we take more into our bodies and brains than other people do.

What fries me is that we are all being subjected to a huge experiment that, if the people who feel this is a huge public health concern are right, could endanger our whole species. We are being forced to comply to something that has unproven safety. In fact, there is lots of evidence that EMFs are very damaging to human health. This 127-page report by Martin L. Pall, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences, Washington State University, outlines a lot of it.

Remember how everyone thought cigarettes were not dangerous? It was an inconvenient truth that a whole industry did not want to face. Until it was forced to.

Now we are seeing a new form of EMFs being rolled out: 5G. It’s the new technology that will expose us to WAY more electormagnetic frequencies.

What’s the problem with 5G? Simply this: There are ZERO biological studies proving the safety of 5G.  Also, EMF “safety” standards have not been updated since 1996, and are based on short-term exposure to ONE device.

It was interesting what happened when I posted my concerns about the smart meter being installed against my will in our neighborhood chat group.

Some people thanked me, some ridiculed me. I kept putting out the links and challenging people to investigate for themselves.

I truly want to be convinced that all these EMFs are safe. However, as I try to objectively do the research from credible sources, so far I am sadly unable to take the leap.

I encourage you to sign up for the 5G Summit and get the registration gifts, including that book by Dr. Pall, which I found rather compelling.  There are suggestions as to what to do to help yourself. One thing I found to do is put this shield on the meter, which reduces the EMFs by 98%. Unfortunately, though, this is only for electric meters.

I’m not into fear-mongering; that in itself can be detrimental. But neither do I want to to close my eyes to a possible real danger. There is a proverb that says, “The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.”

I plan to keep an open mind (it’s possible that the people putting on this 5G summit are capitalizing on fear), educate myself, do all I can, and then trust God to be my ultimate shield.

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Why Not to Judge

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Do you ever struggle to forgive yourself, or another person?

Do you struggle with judging others–or yourself?

In working with hundreds of clients from all over the world, one of the wonderful lessons I’ve learned was not to judge–myself or others.

Here are four reasons why not to judge, that I hope will foster a more compassionate attitude toward yourself and others.

1. So much of our past governs our behavior. We can judge the behaviors as wrong, but have compassion for the person, because we don’t know what that person has gone through to bring him or her to that point. Just think about the times you were judged, and you felt like saying, “If only you really knew me, you’d know why I am this way.” When people open up to me and share their stories, invariably I’m moved to compassion and admiration, not judgment. What some people have had to deal with is truly heart-wrenching.
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Tonight I met with my first client from China to do a Coach-Guided Healing Code.

It got me to thinking about the hundreds of clients I’ve worked with over the past 9 years of being a certified Healing Codes Coach-Practitioner, and what I’ve learned and observed.

First, I have the most wonderful clients in the world. Surprisingly, the vast majority of my clients are also Highly Sensitive. It’s surprising only because Highly Sensitive People only make up around 20% of the population, yet they comprise at least 80% of my clients. Perhaps it’s because The Healing Codes are so attractive to HSPs. It is a gentle process that involves meditation–an approach well-suited to HSPs.

With only one exception (more on that below), all of my clients are remarkably motivated to heal. Many of them have had overwhelming obstacles to overcome–abuse of all kinds, tremendous health challenges, financial hardships, and difficult relationship issues.

Yet they are not giving up! They are not victims. And, because of their commitment to their own healing, they do overcome. Many have dramatic breakthroughs.

These clients bolster my faith in the human spirit. Most people do want to be healthy and happy. God put that desire into us, and I believe he works with us to bring that about. With that commitment and help from God, it’s amazing how much people can overcome.

The one exception? A client with ALS whose doctor brought him to me as a last resort. The doctor warned me that she had little hope of his recovering, and soon I learned why. The man was completely devoid of love for anyone, including himself. I think we got through two sessions. I doubt he ever did his custom codes. He died of his illness within a few weeks of when I talked to him. His doctor said she wasn’t surprised, but had hoped that something could break through to him. Without his commitment to himself, however, no help could get through. Read More→

Yesterday I attended the first class of Julie Bjelland’s new class, “7 Steps to Embody the Gifts of Your Sensitivity” and I have to say, it’s already causing some major positive shifts in me.

Rarely has anything had this kind of effect on me so quickly. Putting into practice just a couple of Julie’s suggestions has also helped my husband (who is also Highly Sensitive). So I just have to tell you about this.

Julie calls herself a “personal trainer for the brain,” and it’s refreshing to see her science-based approach. In the first class, Julie explained how the HSP’s brain is different (more activity in amygdala and insula, which is why we process things so deeply, feel and perceive everything), and how to activate the calming centers in the brain.

She gave us very specific but easy things to do to “drain the container” of all we take in–which is much more than non-HSPs. She explained why we need to process our experiences, how to do that–and what will happen if we don’t.

This was very helpful for me concerning an HSP loved one with memory issues. I asked Julie if such issues can be caused by “sensory overload” and she explained how it’s possible. If the “emotional brain” is overloaded, then it “switches off” the cognitive brain. Nothing gets in (no new memories form), and the person can’t access what’s there as well either.

Julie’s approach is very positive: this trait of High Sensitivity has challenges, but also many gifts if we can just get rid of the layer of overwhelm that can obscure those gifts. That is the goal of her course.

She gave us some very specific exercises to do, which I started: keep a “positive journal,” and ask 3 people what they appreciate about you. (Then you return the favor.) Julie explained why it takes 5 positives to overcome one negative (it’s the way our brains are wired, called “negative bias”), and told us that while a negative registers in the brain immediately, it takes 5 seconds for a positive to “stick.” So what you need to do is really take the time to let the positive in “all the way down” (letting that “depth of processing” aspect of the trait work for us).

Of course, these are practices that can benefit anyone, but for an HSP they can make all the difference between stress and overwhelm, or peace and joy.

This is just a taste of what you’d get if you signed up for her course.

There is also a private Facebook group which looks to be very active. It’s so validating to see other HSPs with the same struggles. Validation is something HSPs often lack, since we’re only 20% of the population. When you’ve grown up with messages like–

  • “You’re too sensitive.”
  • “What’s wrong with you?”
  • “Toughen up” (males got this a lot)

–validation that you really are “normal” (for an HSP) is like a glass of cold water to a thirsty person.

You can listen to a preview of the course from a webinar Julie did a couple of weeks ago. In that webinar, Julie also gave some practical tips you can start using right away, such as the breathing technique that came out #1 in my Heart Rate Variability test.

When you go to this link, it will say in the upper right hand corner that there is a recording, a replay of that webinar. Click on “Yes, give me access to the free recording!” Put in your name and email, and you’ll get to the recording. If you want to order the course, you can do it from that page too, so keep it open until you decide one way or the other.

Everything is recorded, and she even provides transcripts. There are practices like the ones I mentioned above for each week that will make huge difference if you do them.

Sign up is open through August 27, so if you join in this time frame you will be able to catch up quickly.

I hope to see you in the class and the Facebook group!

To sign up for my list on healing for HSPs, go here.

In an earlier post, I talked about a way of breathing recommended by HeartMath, in which you breathe with awareness and appreciation into your heart area. This helps your body get into “coherence,” where everything is in balance as measured by Heart Rate Variability.

HeartMath recommends a paced breathing, e.g. 5 breaths in, 5 breaths out, in an even rhythm.

Other people recommend breathing out slightly longer than breathing in,  claiming it does something in the brain to turn off the stress response. For instance, I just heard a teleseminar for Highly Sensitive People in which Julie Bjelland shared a breathing technique that uses the 4-2-7 rhythm: breathe in for a count of 4, hold for 2 seconds, exhale for a count of 7.

Dr. Andrew Weil advocates the 4-7-8 rhythm as best, which is what I’ve been using most.

Other people suggest a 7-11 or 5-8 breathing pattern–no holding of the breath.

I thought it would be fun to test all these techniques with my EmWave, a portable device for measuring Heart Rate Variability, the test used to measure the coherence of the autonomic nervous system.

Which technique got me into the “green zone” (coherence) quickest (like the “appreciation graph above), which sustained it best? Read on! Read More→

Do you know your purpose in life?

Health experts and researchers say that knowing one’s purpose in life is a key factor in longevity.  It’s also vital if you’re fighting disease. In The Healing Code, coauthor Dr. Ben Johnson shared how his sense of calling and purpose helped him overcome ALS.

If you aren’t sure yet of your unique purpose in life, consider this exercise.

Ask yourself: When I am at my best, what am I doing? When I have felt the most satisfied with myself, what did I just do?

What you did–the action–is going to be a verb.  That verb often can describe your very essence.

Buckminster Fuller said, “God is a verb.” That is biblically accurate. When God revealed himself to Moses, he said he was the ultimate “be” verb: “I AM WHO I AM” (Exodus 3:14).

God’s verb is “I AM.”

Descartes is famous for saying, “I think, therefore I am.” His verb was “think.”

Your verb may come to you in a flash … or you may have to think about it for a while.  Here’s the key question:

What is the thread that runs through most of what you

do, that encompasses the essence not only of what you

do, but who you are?

Many people I’ve discussed this with know their verb quickly. But don’t feel bad if you do not know. Just keep pondering the above questions, until you begin to see it. Ask people who know you well: “What is it that you most value in me?” Often the Verb is something you do so naturally, you’re not even aware of what it is. You think everyone can just ____ (fill in the blank with what comes naturally to you), but they can’t.

My verb is “connect.” I love to connect people with ideas that will inspire them, enlighten them, change them.

I love to connect people with other people who will inspire, teach, encourage, motivate or enlightened them.

And I love to connect people with resources that will make their life easier and better in some way.

This is the thread that runs through everything I have done in my many-faceted career. When I was a book publishing coach and consultant, that’s what I was all about. And now as a healing coach, that is what people say they value most in me. In fact, I did these things in this very post–without even trying! Did you notice?

Your verb will characterize not only your career/work, but your relationships as well. As a parent, connect is what instinctively do. I also find myself trying to connect friends with ideas, people and resources that will make their lives better.

So that’s my verb. What’s yours?

Take a few moments to reflect on this.

It’s at the heart of what you have to offer the world, after all. It is your unique purpose for being on the planet, what you’ve been wired to contribute. And the best part is–your verb is what comes most naturally to you!

If you would like help identifying your verb, and removing any blocks to expressing it, consider booking a coaching session or more to explore this vital source of health and happiness.

 

 

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In a recent post, I mentioned how on my walk one day, a thought dropped into my mind: “You create a lot of your own stress, you know.”

The voice was not judgmental; it was just an observation. A message from my deeper self (or God) that came in the context of a wake-up call that I needed to deal with the stress in my life.

If I did not, I sensed, it was quite possible some health crisis could happen to me, like the heart attack that Dr. Mark Virkler had, despite his “doing everything right.”

I’m finding that, if we keep on a path of healing, we will heal at ever deeper levels. This message from my heart was an invitation to observe the ways I might be creating my own stress. To examine the beliefs and ways of thinking that, when indulged, disturb my peace and create the ripple effects of stress on spirit, soul and body.

The biggest way I create my own stress came down to this: trying to create the ideal.

Have you ever noticed that often your greatest strength can become your biggest liability? One of my great strengths is the ability to see possibilities–for myself and others.

I automatically see potential in everything, as well as the exact steps needed to achieve that potential.

Of course, this is helpful for my clients. I can see the possibilities they can’t when they’re mired in “heart issues.”

For me personally, though, it can be a liability. If I let the possibility I see become an expectation, I set myself up for stress.

Because I can see what could be, I can slip into feeling less content with what is. I set myself up for unhealthy control–trying to make that ideal outcome happen. Read More→

Recently, in my attempt to “become minimalist” (or at least less cluttered), I came across my EmWave2, a device that helps you monitor stress levels and get back into “coherence.”
 
It is a very useful personal Heart Rate Variability monitor.
 
I am using it to test various healing and healing prayer methods, and what it’s revealing is quite interesting. I recommend it for helping you to find ways to get out of stress mode.
 
The Emwave2 is put out by HeartMath, and their site has a wealth of fascinating information and some cool products, including the EmWave2, for getting your body back in balance.
 
Something they teach you is a stress release technique that shifts your feelings, not just your thoughts. We know from Dr. Bruce Lipton (The Biology of Belief) and The Healing Codes that it’s our feelings that really govern us, more than our thoughts (though thoughts are important).
 
You might want to add the following breathing technique to your practices. I think it will help especially with any physical issues you may have. When the body is in coherence, it can heal faster and it ages slower. It’s that simple!
 
So here’s the technique:
Step 1: Heart Focus. Focus your attention in the area of your heart, the area in the center of your chest.
 
Step 2: Heart Breathing. As you focus on your heart area, imagine your breath flowing in and out through that area. (If you have an EmWave2, you would use the Breath Pacer to guide you and find a comfortable rhythm.)
 
Step 3: Heart Feeling.  Continue to breathe through the area of your heart. As you do, recall a positive feeling–a time you felt good inside–and try to re-experience it. (If you do this already in your Healing Code work, it should come pretty naturally.) This could be a feeling of appreciation or care you have towards a special person, a pet, a place you enjoy, or an activity that was fun. If you can’t find a memory, just try to get into an attitude of appreciation or care.
 
Once you’ve found that positive feeling, sustain it by continuing your Heart Focus Heart Breathing, and Heart feeling.
 
You can practice this any time you are stressed, and of course, as you’re doing Healing Codes.
 
By the way, I got my EmWave in 2007. It is still working just fine, even after all this time and some years when I “lost” it. It’s proven to be a very good investment!

 

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I just lost my dear friend and spiritual brother, Dr. Ron Arko, as he went back to heaven.

I’ve known Ron and Dori Arko for almost 7 years. My husband and I spent a delightful day with them in 2014 in their home in Newport Beach, California. We’ve talked nearly every two weeks for those past 7 years–heart to heart talks.

Dr. Ron and I shared a love for people. a passion for seeing them healed, a delight in God and his ways, a fascination with quantum physics and true science, and so much more. We agreed we were more than friends; we were truly spiritual brother and sister, our hearts knit together by God himself.

Ron was a very wise and gifted therapist, and a great encourager. He always knew how to build up a person. He made you feel like you were his favorite. He cherished his wife, Dori, in such a tender way, it made you want to weep and do whatever it takes to have that, too. He counseled a lot of couples and people in ministry, too.

I confessed to Ron a few weeks ago, as he was wasting away with cancer, that I was not afraid to die. I was afraid of the process of dying.

Yet, seeing how Ron handled his impending departure from this world, with an unwavering faith in God’s goodness, with love and peace and even joy, and absolutely no bitterness, patiently enduring the pain–it changed me.

When he got his diagnosis of terminal cancer, one of the first things Ron did was write his biography. He asked me to edit it. It was a wonderful exercise for him to review his life and tell what he thought was important. Knowing the subtext was especially poignant for me. It made me think about what I would say about my own life.

Something else changed me: what he shared about what happened when he died for 10 minutes at age 15 and went to heaven.

He told me about this heavenly vision just a few weeks ago, as he was getting weaker and weaker from the cancer. He had never told anyone but Dori until recently. Now he has shared it publicly.

You can watch him talk about his trip to heaven and get a sense of his beautiful life, at http://newheart.org.

“Once you have experienced the glory of God,” he said, “you never see life the same again. You don’t have any fear, and you don’t hang onto things of this world.”

I had always wondered how Ron handled the many traumas of his life so well. How he could be so loving, kind and generous, and have such a loving relationship with his wife, when nothing in his background equipped him for that.

Now I knew.

Ron helped me overcome my fear of dying. He died of a particularly gruesome form of cancer. In his last days of life, Ron told me that because he had already had God’s glory and love shoot through him when he was in heaven the first time, he believed it changed him on a cellular level and that’s why he always had such a high tolerance for pain. He told me God would prepare me for whatever I would face, just as he had prepared Ron. I could trust in God’s goodness for the means of my death. And now i finally believe it.

“God is good, all the time,” Ron always said. He never wavered in that.

I believe it now, Ron. I believe it. . . . Thank you. Thank you for showing me how to live life as though everything is a miracle. I know this is, as you said, only a temporary separation. I look forward to our reunion, and I can feel you cheering me on from heaven, just as you did from earth.

 

 

Clients are often curious about how I “test” for their issue. “Is it muscle testing?” they ask.

My answer is always, “Not really. It’s a form of advanced bio-energetic testing that tests the subtle energy field. Since it’s proprietary to Dr. Alex Loyd, who trained us Healing Codes Practitioners, I can’t say anything more about it.”

The way I test, however, is based on the same principle as muscle testing. I recommend everyone find some kind of bio-energetic testing technique that yields accurate results, because it simplifies and enhances your life is so many ways.

What is Muscle Testing?

Muscle testing, when done correctly, can be amazingly accurate. It connects you with the part of yourself that I believe God built into us, but most of us have lost: the inner wisdom that knows what is good for you and not good for you, what is true and what is not.

When you are in the presence of something that is good for you, your body knows it. If Einstein was correct, everything is energy and frequency. Everything has a vibration. You have other senses besides your five senses, and muscle testing is the way you can connect what your subconscious knows is good or true for you, with your body’s response.

At any rate, that’s what Muscle Testing is. There are many ways to muscle test. One excellent method is The Truth Technique from Dr. Alex Loyd. It is one of his best products, in my opinion.

Here’s why:

  • First, it’s more than a muscle test. It’s actually an advanced form of applied kinesiology. (Just a notch below the one we certified Healing Codes coaches are trained to do.)

  • The Truth Technique gives you several options to try. Some of them worked for me, some didn’t. What worked best for me was “thumbs up or down.” We had a joke in our house: “What does the thumb say?” With the Truth Technique, you get to explore several options. One is bound to work well for you.

  • The very detailed instructions show you how to test for accuracy and correct for energy reversals. He tells you a way to test which of the two approaches are best for you. His methods will give you confidence, as you practice, that your testing is accurate. I have found it to be amazingly accurate.

  • It’s easy to learn, and comes with videos and a detailed Manual. And there’s a year-long guarantee.

Muscle testing of any kind needs to be used wisely. Don’t try to use it to predict the future, or to find out information about other people that is none of your business. That’s the wrong use. The right use of The Truth Technique or any other muscle testing technique is to test your environment to find out what’s best for you.

For instance, instead of blindly deciding that certain supplements are good for me because some expert (who is usually selling me something) says so, I just test whether it would be good for my body. In the health food store, I test which brand of supplement would be better for my particular body. Every day I also test which supplements (if any) or food my body needs at that time. Since our bodies are ever-changing anyway, I may test I need something one day and not another.

I test which issue would be best to work on with my Healing Codes. I test which Halo vial I need on any given day. I test whether I need to see a doctor about a certain symptom. (By the way, I always pray before I test. I pray that God would guide my testing and I would only test the truth.)

Bio-energetic testing has greatly simplified my life. It has helped me listen to my own heart, rather than what other people say or believe. I believe it will help you, too.

For more information on The Truth Technique, go here.

 

 

 

 

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