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Healing Through The Power Of The Heart – An Encounter With Medicine Horses

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“One day I met a horse. And it changed my life.”

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The words of a dear friend of mine are still on my mind when I think about my first encounter with a special kind of horse and healer.

In her case it was a gorgeous white horse she had photographed. The one I met was a beautiful brown one with a white patch along her forehead. her name was Trinity Red Star. I didn’t  take a picture, but purely her presence changed me, opened me up to a space that I haven’t known before.

Trinity Red Star is part of a herd of the Medicine Horses of the Thirteen Moon Farm on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Before I tell you more about it, let me ask you this: Do you believe in the healing power of the heart?

I truly do, I have experienced it. And I bet you have on some level, too. Our human hearts exchange energies that are powerful beyond our current understanding.

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Scientific Evidence Highlighting The Power Of The Heart

According to studies conducted by the Heartmath Institute in California, the heart generates the largest electromagnetic field in the body. The researchers found that the heart has an electromagnetic field that is about 60 times greater in amplitude than recorded brain waves and has a higher level of intelligence than the brain. A magnetometer can measure the heart’s energy field radiating up to 8 to 10 feet around the human body as well as between two individuals in close proximity. 

So now imagine the  power of our human hearts and multiply it with five. That’s the energy which the size of a horse’s heart radiates according to further studies. The Heartmath Institute describes it as a sphere-shaped field that completely surrounds you and can actually directly influence our own heart rhythm! 

Related CE Article: What Science Is Telling Us About The Heart’s Intuitive Intelligence

Healing Horses

My heart rhythm is a bit out of balance when we arrive at the farm. I love horses and yet fear them at the same time. I was thrown off of one when I was 9 years old and only got on the back of one again a few weeks before this healing session.

In short, I definitely have a lot of respect of the correspondence between human emotions and the reaction of these animals.

This time, it’s all a bit different. We are a group of around 25 people, sitting in a circle inside a riding arena. While we’re wrapped in blankets, zipping hot tea and introducing ourselves, the horses are already doing their work in the stables right next to the arena and still out of sight for us. Noises and sounds travel through the wooden walls, some of us can feel the shifts in energy already. Our facilitator Tina – one of the few gifted people who work with these kind of beings – explains that the Medicine Horses are even more sensible and powerful than normal ones as they have a genetic mutation which is referred to as the Pocahontas Effect, The Large Heart Gene or The X-Factor. (The Thoroughbred Race Horse Industry)

Studies have found that horses have a coherent heart pattern (HRV) which is indicative of a system that can adjust to and recover stressful emotional situations and transform them to states of calm and joy. According to the studies, these balanced emotional states then also show up as physiological benefits while interacting with horses. A lowered blood pressure and heart rate, increased levels of beta-endorphins (neurotransmitters that serve as pain suppressors) or decreased stress levels are just some examples. Due to their genetic mutation, Medicine Horses are born with an unusually large heart. Combined with the HRV, it enables them to move enormous volumes of energy with more ease than a normal horse. The Medicine Horses hold such a high and strong vibration that they can work with a large group like us without getting out of balance.

Before we can get close to them, however, they have to balance out and up level the group´s energy from a distance. Only then we can go to the stables and get close to them. That’s when the next phase of the healing begins.

At this point, I haven’t seen the horses, yet, and I have already forgotten about my fear. It seems as if excitement has taken its place.

As the Thirteen Moon Farm states on their website: “All horses are teachers. Some horses are healers. Fewer horses are both healer and teacher. Medicine Horses go beyond the role of healer teacher.”

It’s even more fascinating that the Medicine Horses will appear like a normal horse, however, develop a lameness or act out, if they are not given a room to life their lives as healers. The illness is often misunderstood by common science or doctors and only reversible by letting the horses do their work. (Which reminds me of humans related to living a purposeful life.)

And their work is remarkable. Even if you don’t believe in energy healing, the positive results of patients with physical or mental diseases after healing sessions with the Medicine Horses are pretty convincing.

Having worked for over several decades of her career, Tina has seen quite a few miraculous healings. As she says on her website: “Being in the energy field of the horse kick starts an energetic spiritual awakening. Those who are described as fragile must be supported by those who are aware of this process and who can assist the journey through the completion of the process.” 

After around 40 minutes the horses have finished the first part of our healing process – Tina can identify this due to certain sounds the horses make –  and we are finally allowed to meet them. My excitement has reached quite a peak at this point and the only thing I´m afraid of is pushing the sensitive animals away with my over excitement to see them.

When we enter the stables, I see a few beautiful horses lined up and immediately feel drawn to a big brown one with the name Trinity Red Star. Some other participants gather in front of the horse with me and the one-on one session starts. I feel the horse nibbling on my wrist, then its nose touches the area of my heart followed by the area around my forehead. Tina explains that the horse is working on my mind-heart connection. I just nod. Of course that´s the first thing the horse picks up on. Getting more into my heart and balancing out the mind and heart have been my biggest themes of the year. The horse must be a genius.

Trinity Red Star continues with other gestures, going up and down in front of our bodies, touches certain areas and fletches its teeth in between. For an outside observer it looks like a funny dance, yet, the horse is doing profound energy work in the little group as well as on the individuals. Tina and her team are doing the best to translate the horses´language and explain what’s going on. I’m impressed which emotional and physical issues the horse detects. It’s spot on every time.

In contrast to ordinary approaches that are led by the control over the horse, the approach of the Thirteen Moons Fram is focused on the work with the animal and its given role.

“When the client reaches a point where he realizes fully that the horse is a sentient emotional spiritual being who has given his life to healing other species a break down occurs,” says Tina. Witnessing this over and over again, she has become an advocate of this new way of working with the horses and this is what led her to create the International Academy of Medicine Horses. 

The horses have turned away from our little groups and the session is complete for now. The effect of the energy work, however, can be felt for several days, weeks or even months.

There’s more tea and some delicious homemade cookies from Tina´s husband waiting in the riding arena as well as a debriefing for the group. Some people talk about physical reactions like tingling or pain moving through their bodies, some felt a change in their energy or emotions welling up. I just feel happy and uplifted and still fascinated by the encounter with these wonderful animals.

The bigger noticeable effects on me only kick in the following days. I´m overcome by huge waves of anger, sadness and complete frustration to the point that I don’t recognize myself anymore. Also my body reacts with a tumultuous tummy and extreme tiredness. It feels like a purging. I literally can feel that some emotional layers are peeled.

After a few days, my strength comes back and I feel refreshed and renewed. There’s a feeling of peace settling in and another one that is hard to explain. I feel connected to myself again, as if I just got plugged right back into source. It’s a little bit like magic. Horse magic.

It’s been a ride. Quite a different one to what I expected and one that really shifted something within me.

And for you beloved sceptics: there´s science behind this and even more evidence in the results that are shown.

I for my part know through my experience that these horses are powerful healers and a bit “out of this world”.

So anyone who I got just slightly interested in it: give it a try!

It’s so worth it and truly an experience of the healing powers of the heart.

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A Potential Solution To Reduce Snoring & Sleep Apnea

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I’d like to share with you a convenient alternative remedy that has helped all of my clients to reduce snoring and sleep apnea, and that is by wearing a tape to keep your mouth closed during sleep. A new study published this year also showed the efficacy of this treatment.

Snoring and sleep apnea not only represent a holistic health risk to an individual, the irritating noise at night can often create conflict in a couple’s relationship. I’d like to share with you a convenient alternative remedy that has helped all of my clients to reduce snoring and sleep apnea, and that is by wearing a tape to keep your mouth closed during sleep. A new study published this year also showed the efficacy of this treatment.

Major Cause of Snoring & Sleep Apnea

One major cause of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea is mouth breathing during sleep, especially when you sleep in the supine position. When you sleep in the supine position with an open mouth, gravity pulls down your jaw and tongue, which then compresses your throat. As a result, your airway gets suppressed and narrowed, leaving less space for the air to pass through.

Mouth breathing also introduces stronger air flow as you inhale and exhale, which exacerbates the airway soft tissue vibration, causing the loud snoring noise. Strong air flow during mouth breathing also induces strong negative pressure that sucks in the soft tissues around the throat area, further narrowing your airway and eventually causing it to collapse, resulting in obstructive sleep apnea.

The Quick Fix? Wear Tape To Keep Your Mouth Closed

As I mentioned earlier, one of the main causes of snoring and sleep apnea is mouth breathing. A quick fix to keep your mouth closed during the night is to apply a small piece of tape over it. When your mouth is closed and lips are together, it is harder for you jaw to fall back even when lying in a supine position. Keeping your mouth closed also forces you to breathe through your nose, which not only helps to regulate the airflow to reduce the negative pressure inside your airway, but also reduces soft tissue vibration

An otoralyngology study published this year in the American Academy of Otolaryngology Journal demonstrated the effectiveness of this technique, showing significant reduction in median AHI (Apnea-Hypopnea Index) score and snoring index [1].

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In the past few years, ENT specialist Dr. Hung Cheng Tseng and I have recommended wearing tape for all of our clients as part of our AirwayFit training program, and the feedback has been great. For some CPAP users, wearing tape on their mouth can help to eliminate the air leakage issue. In addition, if you often find yourself waking up with a dried mouth and throat, this method will also help you keep your mouth and throat moisturized throughout the night.

How To Apply?

In practice, wearing tape to sleep is actually a lot less daunting than it sounds.

Visit any drug store near you and pick up a small roll of medical grade paper tape. It should cost you no more than $10. I recommend ones that are hypoallergenic, porous, and non-waterproof. When you wear the tape, you want to roll your lips slightly inward so you don’t apply it directly onto your lips. Otherwise, your lips can really hurt when you remove it in the morning. Some people apply some lip balm or vaseline onto their lips first as a layer of protection.

You don’t have to wear the tape over your entire mouth. You can start by wearing it vertically, in the center, right beneath your nose, and that should suffice; as long as the tape keeps your jaw up, you should be fine. I also recommend you to pre-fold one of the corners of the tape, just so that there’s a corner you can grab onto easily in the morning to tear it off.  If you have sensitive skin and you find removing the tape hurts, you can wet it with water before you remove it in the morning. You could also reduce the stickiness of the tape prior to use by sticking it onto your forearm a couple of times before applying to your lips.

If you really are panicked by this idea, then as I mentioned before, you can try wearing it only at the center portion of your mouth. This will leave gaps on the two sides of your mouth but still keep your jaw in the upright position during sleep. Also, if it’s your first night trying this method, wearing the tape 30 minutes before you go to bed can help you adjust to the feeling.

Most people who have tried the tape method to keep their mouth closed find it convenient and more comfortable and cheaper than the alternative methods. However, I would caution against wearing tape to keep your mouth closed if you experience the following: nausea or epilepsy, or if you have consumed alcohol or any pill or medicine prior to sleep. Otherwise, give it a try today and you will find yourself waking up feeling much more energized and hydrated the next morning!

To learn more about your sleep trouble, visit www.AirwayFit.com

Source:

[1]    Huang TW., Young TH., “Novel Porous Oral Patches for Patients with Mild Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Mouth Breathing: A Pilot Study” American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery 152.2 (2015): 369-373. Print.

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A Simple Recipe For A Homemade Non-Toxic Fabric Softener

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Many fabric softeners are loaded with toxic chemicals that may cause harm to our health.

  • Reflect On:

    Have you looked for alternatives to make or to buy? There are plenty out there.

Fabric softeners are one of the most unnecessary dangerous chemicals that you may be using in your home, and it’s important that you stop right away. There are much better, safer, all natural alternatives that will keep you, your family, and the environment safe. The natural alternatives can also prolong the life of your clothes. Really, we have no reason to have ever invented such a toxic product in the first place.

Fabric softener is one thing, among many household items, that absolutely must go, and hopefully from the awareness that is raised from this article and many others that are exposing these harmful chemicals for what they are, we will continue to see the decline in their use as people continue to opt for safer, cleaner alternatives.

So, What Is So Bad About Conventional Fabric Softeners?

First of all, the majority of conventional cleaning and personal care products can essentially be thrown in the garbage as they are absolutely loaded with chemicals, many of which are completely banned in other countries. We have many safer, all-natural alternatives to these types of things and we simply do not need to be using these to clean ourselves, our home, or our clothes. People sometimes assume that our governments have our best interests in mind and wouldn’t allow ingredients that are toxic to our health into the products that we use on a regular basis, and while that’s a nice thought, it is a naive one.

Fabric Softeners are among the worst offenders in terms of toxicity and it really makes one wonder how these chemical pollutants were approved by the U.S. Environmental Agency in the first place. The purpose of Fabric Softeners is to free your clothes from wrinkles and static cling and of course leave them smelling mountain fresh or like a field of lavender, but at what cost is this “fresh” smell?

According to the Environmental Working Group, fabric softeners contain chemicals and fragrances that can cause skin irritation and respiratory irritation. The fragrance element alone can come from hundreds of different chemical compounds, and yes many of them are toxic.

Interestingly, according to what Anne Steinmann, Ph.D., professor at the University of Melbourne in Australia and a world expert on environmental pollutants and their health effects, said in an interview with New Scientist, “Most exposure to hazardous pollutants occurs indoors, and a primary source for these pollutants is our everyday consumer products.”

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New Scientist also has stated that there are no legal requirements that all the ingredients, including potential toxins be listed for most of the products we use every day. While the compounds they contain have been tested individually for toxicity, scientists admit it’s hard to say how dangerous they might become when some are mixed.

Conventional fabric softeners are either a liquid that you pour into the rinse cycle of your washing machine, or a sheet that is thrown into the dryer with your clothes. Both contain compounds that are especially harmful to children. Toxic chemicals can easily enter your body through the skin. One of the worst is phthalates, which are added to emit a fake fresh fragrance, the University of Illinois Cancer center had the following to say about phthalates,

“Phthalates [are a] synthetic preservative that’s carcinogenic and linked to adverse reproductive effects (decreased sperm counts, early breast development and birth defects) and live and kidney damage.”

Steinmann also noted,

“Using a liquid fabric softener? You are pouring these toxic chemicals into the ocean every time you use it. Even worse than liquid fabric softeners are dryer sheets, whose chemicals are heated and then shot into the air for you to breathe into your lungs.

That ‘fresh-from-the-dryer’ smell that fabric softeners impart to your clean load of laundry? Don’t breathe it in, if you like your lungs to function. That super floral smell is masking a seriously unhealthy chemical stench.

So, What Are The Alternatives?

Luckily, there are lots, which begs the question, why did we ever start using these horrible toxic products in the first place? Every chemical product that is in use today for personal care or home cleaning could essentially vanish from the Earth and you know what? We would make do.

A simple recipe for a homemade fabric softener is as follows:

Ingredients

2 Cups Epsom Salts or 2 Cups Coarse Sea Salt
20-30 Drops Essential Oil
1/2 Cup Baking Soda

Simply mix all ingredients together and store in a container with tight-fitting lid, add ½ cup directly to your load of laundry.

Some even more simple ideas are as follows,

One half cup pure baking soda added to your laundry.

One cup of distilled white vinegar and about 15 drops of your favorite essential oil shaken in a spray bottle, give your wet clothes a spritz after they are washed, before you put into the dryer.
Don’t worry the vinegar smell will go away.


A crumpled up ball of aluminum foil tossed in the dryer with your clothes can help to get rid of the static cling.

Another great alternative, that is simple, cost-effective, economical and environmentally friendly is the use of dryer balls. You can get the plastic kind that can cut your drying time in half and reduce the static cling in your clothes, but to be more environmentally conscious there are also wool dryer balls that you can purchase or easily make your own.

Final Thoughts

Here’s what it comes down to, as consumers we have been gravely misinformed and maybe we have believed that there are some kind of standards set in place by our governments, unfortunately, it seems that these protection agencies, for the most part, don’t have our best interest in mind. So, with that in mind, it is up to us to be aware of what we are purchasing, if we stop purchasing these conventional products which contain harmful ingredients such as phthalates and fragrances, then the big corporations will either change their recipes, stop using these chemicals or simply go out of business. As the consumer, we have a direct vote for the types of products that are being produced by how we are choosing to spend our money. If WE don’t want chemicals in our products, we must simply stop buying them and start making our own. We must take responsibility for our own lives and create the type of world we want to live in. It is up to each and every one if us.

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Pamela Anderson Speaks Out Against Porn & Explains How It Can Ruin Lives & Relationships

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  • The Facts:

    Pamela Anderson has called out the pornography industry and has provided a warning about the damage it can cause.

  • Reflect On:

    Think about the porn industry, it's origins, and what it has become today. How can porn impact us psychologically, physically, and what impact is it having on the younger generation and their overall perception of sex and sexuality?

Perhaps one of the most iconic sex symbols of our time, former Baywatch star and Playboy Bunny Pamela Anderson, has a warning for us all. In an op-ed piece published in the Wall Street Journal, entitles “Take The Pledge: No More Indulging Porn,” Anderson andrabbi-counselor Shmuley Boteach warn about how watching too much porn can ruin lives and relationships.

She’s been quite an activist as of late, the picture you see above was taken in her support for Wikileaks’ Julian Assange.

For those of you who may be thinking how hypocritical this sounds coming from a former porn star, (I can hear the comments now) just remember, people can change and often do. Who better suited to know about the porn industry than an insider? There was a lot of backlash for her article, but perhaps she is onto something here.

“From our respective positions of rabbi-counselor and former Playboy model and actress, we have often warned about pornography’s corrosive effects on a man’s soul and on his ability to function as husband and, by extension, as father,” the pair continue. “This is a public hazard of unprecedented seriousness given how freely available, anonymously accessible and easily disseminated pornography is nowadays.”

“How many families will suffer? How many marriages will implode? How many talented men will scrap their most important relationships and careers for a brief onanistic thrill? How many children will propel, warp-speed, into the dark side of adult sexuality by forced exposure to their fathers’ profanations?”

The Problem With Porn

I’m not here to demonize an entire genre and subculture, but there are a few things that we should all consider when it comes to porn. This topic is fairly taboo, even though it is extremely prevalent in our current society — just from a couple clicks of your fingertips a whole world of all kinds of sexual fantasies and fetishes are available. Online you can find anything you want, and the “selection” of what is offered has certainly ramped up in the digital age. What used to be seemingly innocent magazines and videotapes is now a whole underworld of anything you could imagine — often including crude and violent scenes of degradation and objectification of young women and men, too.

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Watching porn frequently is not only highly addictive, but overtime it can also lead to desensitization. This could be the reason that the porn seems to be getting more and more violent and grotesque over the past decade or so. Viewers are needing more and more to simply feel something.

It’s Okay To Play

When it comes to sex, we all have different desires, fantasies and wants and this information is not intending to shame anyone for their own. There is a whole subculture of people who are aroused by BDSM, and other fetishes, which is absolutely fine. However, this type of sexual play is often consensual, with strict rules in place. Some of the porn that is emerging is known as abuse porn and does not depict a consensual experience.

“The sensual revolution would replace pornography with eroticism—the alloying of sex with love, of physicality with personality, of the body’s mechanics with imagination, of orgasmic release with binding relationships. In an age where public disapproval is no longer an obstacle to personal disgrace, we must turn instead to the appeal of self-interest,” they write.

“Simply put, we must educate ourselves and our children to understand that porn is for losers—a boring, wasteful and dead-end outlet for people too lazy to reap the ample rewards of healthy sexuality.”

It’s Time To Talk About It

Of course in an effort to remain neutral we shouldn’t generalize the entirety of porn and judge those who watch it, but it is something that we should be openly discussing more often. Raising awareness of the potential consequences and effects of porn would be a great place to start. Especially because the younger people are likely accessing this type of material online and there is a good chance that what they are seeing is their first glimpse of sexuality.

Are the scenes depicted in porn how we want our children to be viewing sex? Do we want our sons and daughters to believe that this is what sex is all about and all there is to it? Or should we be teaching them that although it can be fun to play games that both parties should be respecting each other and consenting to the experience before engaging in this type of play? And that sex can be a beautiful, loving and sacred act. It’s time to open up the conversations and bring awareness to the consequences of watching too much porn and the potential for addiction.

There is an excellent movie about this very topic called “Don Jon” a young man who is totally addicted to porn and hooking up scores a “perfect 10,” unfortunately, even she is not enough to satisfy his desires and he actually prefers watching porn to being with her. I won’t reveal how this movie ends, but it is very enlightening around the topic and is an enjoyable film.

For more information on this topic, read, “The Problem With Porn: Something We Should All Consider”

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