Wednesday, October 09, 2013

GMO Free

We must learn to live in harmony with nature, and its cycles, rather than seeking to control and manipulate it.

Advances in technology, without due respect for nature's innate intelligence, will lead to bitter lessons to swallow. Advances in technology without similar advances in consciousness are dangerous to the well-being of humanity.

Due to the buffer of time that exists between action and re-action, between thought and manifestation, we may have to wait a while to see the potential negative effects of actions taken today but the results will be self-evident in the long run.

Do we wish to simply be the guinea pigs, or rats, for "the men in white coats?"

Are we not self-aware, intelligent beings who understand our relationship to life, and our role within its grand design?

Our intellect is only a small portion of our total intelligence - yet intellect has been put on a pedestal. Our intuitive faculty (feminine/yin) must be brought into balance alongside reason (masculine/yang).

If we will but listen, intuitively we know what is "right" for us to eat -- what is helpful, constructive and nourishing, and what is decidely unhelpful, destructive and depleting to the body's "energy system".

This is why so many people today are returning to growing their own food, and eating organic. This is also why so many people are utterly resistant to the idea of GM crops.

Jaime Tanna
Founder and Director of Energy Therapy

Friday, October 04, 2013

Discernment isn't judgment!

Remember this: discernment isn't judgment.

Discernment, according to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, means "to distinguish with difficulty by sight or with the other senses", whereas judgment, in the negative sense of this word, usually means to criticise another from a sense of feeling morally superior.
According to the dictionary, discernment implies that there may be some difficulty seeing, or acknowledging something using our five senses. In a very real sense, our physical nervous system is limited to specific ranges of perception. It is only by going upwards in consciousness that we tap into our subtle nervous system and begin to sense things beyond the norm.

Awareness determines our experience of life - and awareness changes dramatically as we go upwards in consciousness. This ascension process is not easy by any means, especially when there are so many entrenched personal and collective beliefs in place.

What is awareness exactly? For me, it is a heightened perspective on something...

As an example, you have a big toe but you are not usually aware of your big toe throughout the day. However, if you stub your toe, all your attention will be directed to that area of the body, and you suddenly become aware of it. You always had a big toe, of course, but your awareness of it was quite limited, or even non-existent!

In competitive sporting events, athletes regularly hurt or injure themselves without an awareness of the injury occurring in the moment. They only notice afterwards, when the adrenaline has gone.

If we ascend in consciousness, and start to gain a greater awareness and appreciation of life, we will increase our spiritual faculty of discernment.
At this stage, we may run into a bumpy road... things that we used to do may not "fit" anymore. We may not "fit" in with society. Yet, this should not stop us!
If we can't shine the light of our own consciousness for others, then nothing is going to fundamentally change. Humanity will just stay the same, at best, or we will go backwards because of our unwillingness to evolve.

As an example, I regularly tell my beginning students to the field of "energy work" that drinking even a small amount of alcohol lowers one's physical and auric vibration. If you've ever drunk alcohol, you will know that the "happy" feeling soon turns into a very sleepy state.

Actually, alcohol deadens the nervous system, and it's toxic and dehydrating to the brain cells. Hangover anyone?

If you begin to meditate to "raise your consciousness", then drinking is not a "cool" thing to do because it will throw your mind right out of your body. For those who meditate already, you will know it is not that easy to "tame the monkey mind".

In SRT circles, many practitioners will abstain from doing "energy clearing" on themselves or their clients if they've had even one drink. This is because their energy field tends to become unstable and open to lower astral forms which "interfere" with their ability to link to  their higher mind, or superconscious. Can this be proven scientifically, in the narrow sense of that word? No.

It there a discernible change in the energy field? Yes.

As mentioned before, drinking alcohol numbs the brain cells and dehydrates them - and makes the nervous system very sluggish. That's why most people immediately reach for a strong cup of coffee after they've had a "big" night out! Often a throbbing head, nausea, and a marked sensitivity to bright lights accompanies dehydration caused by drinking too much alcohol. Yet, somehow, making ourselves sick has become a favourite pastime. It's "fun", apparently.

However, discernment would indicate that "feeling sick" is not "fun" - if you woke up with a splitting headache, felt like vomiting, couldn't eat anything, couldn't stand bright lights, and you hadn't been out drinking heavily the night before, you would rush to the doctor, wouldn't you?

Of course, who wants to hear this? Not many people I can tell you. If you're reading this far, and you're not angry, good for you!

Who reacts badly to this sort of information? Practically everyone!

Who thinks it's judgmental and "preachy"? Practically everyone!

Yet, remember: discernment isn't judgment.  Discernment is simply a greater level of awareness and understanding.

I don't care whether you drink, or don't... it's up to you! It's your body, it's your life... you have the final say in what works for you, and what doesn't. As the late Osho said, I am not here to please you, or appease you, but to make you more conscious.

I used to drink when I was younger (in my 20s and early 30s), and I loved having a glass of wine with my meals. All very sophisticated, so I thought. 

However, when I started immersing myself in the world of energy healing, my body started to change in very subtle, yet profound ways... very quickly, my body started communicating with me again. Better said, it was always communicating but I wasn't listening before! Somehow I had tuned out that vital, internal communication... I was, like many people, living in my head, and analysing everything through my intellect -- a very small, limited portion of our total intelligence.
After doing energy work for some time, I noticed that whenever I tried to drink even a small amount of alcohol, the energy at the top of my head (the "crown chakra") become fuzzy and chaotic, and a sense of dullness entered me. This was a subjective experience but I could not deny my internal shift in perception. It was self-evident.

Did I stop drinking alcohol immediately? No, but I started to cut back.

It wasn't easy... I missed the social aspect of drinking.. of "fitting in" to society... I didn't want to be "left out", or "judged" by others. Yet, I felt different.

At that point, I realised I had a choice..  for me, going back to old habits wasn't an option after realising that those habits didn't serve me any longer.

I was meditating a lot, and I remember asking the Universe for clear guidance on alcohol as something inside me was battling with my alienation from alcohol...

Shortly thereafter, a passage from the Conversations with God series synchronously landed in my lap... if you've read it, you may remember it... it's the passage where Neale Donald Walsch (the author) asks God directly about alcohol.

Neale believed that "everything in moderation" was key, including alcohol but God unequivocally said, "the body was not meant to intake alcohol".

When Neale countered, "Jesus turned water into wine!", God replied, "nobody's perfect". I had to laugh!

Whether or not you drink alcohol is up to you -- but why do you think they spend millions of dollars on alcohol advertising to make it look cool? 

Most people, as they feel more connected with their bodies through eating well, and doing yoga, t'ai chi, reiki or some other meditative practice, tend to cut back on drugs like alcohol, and also coffee.

I've had lots of students object, sometimes strongly, to my comments about alcohol when they come to my beginning Reiki or SRT courses... a few weeks later, however, after practising Reiki self-treatment or clearing their energy system with SRT, they tell me they "don't like" alcohol anymore :)

They "blame me" with a smile on their faces - sure, they feel a little uncomfortable when they are out in groups and people ask them what they would like to drink, but they notice the difference because their awareness has shifted. They realised the effect that drinking has on their energy system... so they either heavily cut back, or they choose to eliminate it altogether.

Be warned... if you are thinking of "not drinking"... those you call your friends may not like it, and will almost certainly react to your change of heart. They may not be supportive of your desire to be healthier.

Most of your friends will be okay with you giving up alcohol if you've been an alcoholic... they can sympathise with you. Or they'll be okay with it if it goes against your religious beliefs (are you going to change your religion?). Or, they're okay if you say you're driving home, so you can't have a drink on a night out... again, sympathy is in order... poor you!

Yet, if you willingly choose not to drink alcohol at a dinner party or social do, then you are looked at as if you are quite mad... and even anti-social!

"What? Come on, one drink won't kill you..."

"What's the matter? Don't be such a girl!" (typcially said to a man, but I've also heard it said to women!)

"Don't be so BORING..."

"You're no FUN anymore..."

The list could go on...

The need to drink alcohol to relax and/or have fun seems to be an almost religious belief, and thus defended with an absolute fervour at times!

It's honestly up to you whether you drink, or not. Yet, now that you have a greater awareness of its negative effects on consciousness, and your body's energy system, you have choice.

When you drink, just observe yourself.  Notice your state before, during and afterwards. See it as an "experiment" in watching the self. What is your truth?

As Soren Kierkegaard rightly said, "I know the truth only when it becomes life in me."

If you're happy drinking alcohol, and you disagree with what I've said here, that's absolutely fine!

Do I personally have a problem hanging out with friends who drink in moderation? Not at all, it is their life after all, and I certainly don't want to sermonise them. Yet, have I mentioned my understanding in passing? Absolutely! I want to share my knowledge and understanding with others, if it can help them find a greater sense of balance and self in their lives.

Blessings on the path of discernment.
Jaime Tanna
Founder and Director of Energy Therapy

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

The Soul's choice

"...physical illness is really the result of negative belief systems and that the body can actually literally change as a result of the shift of a belief pattern. One is really subject only to what is held in mind. It is a common observation that many people have recovered from almost every illness known to mankind by following spiritual pathways."

Dr. R. Hawkins

Yesterday, I posted the above quote on Energy Therapy's Facebook page, a place where we regularly examine the nature of consciousness, and look to alternative ways of viewing the body and mind to create a fuller, richer, healthier life. 

This comment attracted a lot of "likes" but one Facebook user was particularly disgruntled. 

She said, "I do not believe this for one moment. It is too broad a statement. Really disappointed in your post. How do you explain sick children? Or sick babies?"

I found it interesting that a quote which is essentially positive - that one can recover from almost every illness - was looked at in a negative way. 

Yet, whilst I understand why people react in this way, it is largely down to common misperceptions about the nature of Reality.

Today, with modern medicine largely failing to address the holistic needs of its patients, we need to look beyond our materialistic biological science, which only addresses the physical structure and form of the human body, and spectacularly fails to pay attention to its energetic structure, and the role of consciousness in creating life, whether that is human life, or some other form of life.

Consciousness can be said to be an energy/field that exists within the human body but also beyond it - and we refer to this energy as "the Soul" or "the Spirit" in spiritual healing. Many gifted healers and psychics tune into their client's energy field, and can "read" the data contained therein, which contains all of the potentials for the human being in this lifetime, and which also holds data from past lives and other lives - whether that data is positive or negative.

Let's get one thing clear here before anyone starts accusing me (again) of saying that I am saying that children deserve to be ill. I am saying no such thing!

I believe that every human being, whether infant, child or adult, wants to be well - and which parent could honestly put their hand up and say that they actually wish their child to be born with a defect or severe illness. We can safely say no one in their right mind!

Yet to say that the Soul energy has no part to play in determining the health or sickness of the infant is hugely short-sighted!

Beyond the obvious, where there is a direct causal relationship between the mother doing something  and the infant being born with an illness, science is at a complete loss when the mother does everything right, and the child is still born with a major illness, or serious birth defect.
 We really need to look beyond the narrow framework of our materialistic science, which cannot explain birth marks, deformities, and many other illnesses in infants. It is at a complete loss!

So, where to look?

I believe the answer is already here for those who wish to know. For example, there is the pioneering work of Dr. Ian Stevenson, who has written many excellent books on the subject, after thousands of hours of painstaking research. I can highly recommend Children Who Remember Past Lives or Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect for those of you interested in exploring the subject further.

Dr Stevenson's critical research points to the continuity of life... which is why all great masters have said that death is not an ending, but a beginning. If we look at life in this way, then the incoming Soul may already have belief patterns (i.e. energy patterns) to deal with in this lifetime. Seen in this way, we can understand babies and children are not an exception to the rule.

Just because we, as adults, do not remember our past lives, or between lives, doesn't mean they don't exist, or that they don't impact us. 

For those of you who are interested in this fascinating subject, you may also wish to look at Andy Tomlinson's book on Past Life Regression and Life Between Lives, called Healing the Eternal Soul.

People tend to get self-righteous and accusatory when they hear me say (or anyone else say) that illnesses can be carried over from another lifetime.

The woman continued her rant:

"So, you believe little children who are dying of cancer are doing so because they held negative belief systems in past lives? Therefore, we are all victims/benefactors of our past lives? These poor children must have been awful people before to die so young...will they never get to change their future lives or do they just get reborn over and over to die before they have a chance to?"

What can I say to this?

The same thing I've said before! That we must look to "life after death" and "the soul's choice".

The soul may choose to experience an illness, either at the beginning of its human life, during it, or at the end. We may be able to change it, or we may not.

Many people erroneously equate "past life" energies with the idea of negative karma - the idea that we are somehow punished for our actions. This is tied up with the Christian idea of "sin" and "eternal damnation", which are flawed concepts.

If a child puts their hand on a hot stove, the child's hand will simply get burnt - there is no punishment. God does not punish the child... some unseen power does not punish the child for doing something "wrong". Yet, there is cause and effect being played out here. 

If we understand the hermetic saying "as above, so below", then we will understand that there is also cause and effect at the macro-cosmic level - at the Soul level.

It is important to understand that we choose our individual paths at the Soul level, so we cannot be victims. Yet, from our human viewpoint, it can often appear that we are - and one of the first reactions is anger (and judgment!) when we encounter the spiritual truth that there is "carry over energy" from previous lives. That energy may express itself in the form of an illness, whether we like it or not.

Yet Jesus said, "judge not". The only karma is Love... often we fight illness, and judge it as something bad. Yet, an experience of illness can bring healing and understanding in other ways. The conscious mind is not always going to understand this.

I am not saying that is easy, or even wanted. There is a Divine Plan for us all, whether we understand it or not. 

Yet, let us return to the positive aspect of this comment by David Hawkins - that we can recover or reverse illness by shifting our belief system. In SRT circles, we would call this "changing our programming."

This knowledge gives us understanding, hopefully comfort, and a degree of power to change our "victim consciousness" to "creator consciousness".

In the case of an infant, or even a foetus, it may be possible to change the energy, so that a diseased state becomes a healthy one.

Let me give an example of a wonderful example of using this knowledge to help others. In this example, I used Spiritual Response Therapy to connect with the Soul's energy, and help a very distressed mother-to-be.

(Note: I want to caution that I do not know in advance what the outcome of any clearing/healing work will be!)

In 2009, a pregnant client came to see me in a highly distressed state. She was 40 years old, with a healthy weight and good eating habits; she did not smoke, and had abstained from drinking any alcohol during her pregnancy.

However, despite all of the excellent care she had been taking of herself, plus the fact she was a top medical doctor in her field, ultrasound scans of her foetus at 30 weeks and 5 days old suddenly showed evidence of foetal defects, which had been later confirmed in a follow up check two weeks later. In particular, the right kidney was showing up as a dysplastic cyst.

Here are the results of the scans given to me by my client:
  • A scan at 12 weeks + 5 days (first trimester) showed normal foetal development (transabdominal scan with Aloka 5000).
  • At 23 weeks + 1 day, the following were visualised and appeared normal: head, brain, face, spine, neck and skin, chest, four-chamber view and great vessels, abdominal wall, gastro-intestinal tract, extremities and skeleton.
  • The diagnosis stated “no obvious fetal defect”.
  • At 30 weeks + 5 days, however the left kidney was normal but the right kidney was shown as abnormal:

The diagnosis stated:

 “The left kidney is entirely normal and the bladder and amniotic fluid are also normal. The views of the right kidney were limited and the kidney was difficult to visualise clearly. There appears to be a central fluid structure with echogenic cortex. The kidney was very small. There were no dilated ureters seen. We would recommend another scan in about 4 weeks time to ensure the left kidney, bladder and AF remain normal. The baby should be started on prophylactic antibiotics as reflux with dysplasia as a possibility. The appearances could also be a result of a severe PUJ obstruction which lead to loss of function and involution. The right kidney may also be a cystic dysplastic kidney and the central fluid filled structure could be a cyst. A radioisotope at about 4-6 weeks will confirm if the right kidney has any useful function. Further management will depend on the function and whether the kidney involutes as a consequence of being dysplastic, or is in fact a refluxing kidney with reduced function.”

At 32 weeks + 5 days, the left kidney continued to look normal but there was a cystic area on the right measuring 15x14mm. The bladder looked normal.

My client contacted me a week after the SRT clearing, which works with the Soul energy to change energy patterns held in the field of the body-mind. This is done through intention and focused awareness.

My client was extremely relieved (and also delighted!) to inform me that a week after the clearing, scans showed two healthy kidneys. The development of the foetus had corrected itself! I was also very relieved for mother and baby too.

At 33 weeks + 4 days, her medical notes said, “I note the earlier concerns about the right kidney with the possibility of a vascular lesion and then possible dysplastic status… on scan today, the kidney was completely normal. It was clearly present with normal corticomedullary differentiation. I could not see the cystic lesion described at the last scan.”

She went on to have a normal, healthy baby despite early medical evidence to the contrary but, notably, none of her peers were interested in the very unusual, and remarkably quick, turnaround in the health of the foetus. They casually dismissed it as a misreading of the earlier scan, or an anomalistic event.

Once again, an opportunity to peer beyond the physical self into the immortal self was missed! Why? Because science currently has no way of measuring consciousness, so it pretends it doesn't exist.

My client called her child her “miracle baby” because she indeed went on to have a normal, healthy baby girl despite all medical evidence to the contrary. 

"I have spent my life and career working in science and medicine and therefore I have had no experience of such form of therapy before. I dont know how, but it works."  

BC,  Senior Physician
I consider David R Hawkin's insights, and the pioneering work of Dr. Ian Stevenson, amongst many others now, to be of tremendous value to us all.

Jaime Tanna
Founder and Director of Energy Therapy