“One day I met a horse. And it changed my life.”
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.
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
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.
Soft Drink Companies Caught Using Big Tobacco’s Playbook To Lure Young Children
- The Facts:
Documents obtained by researchers clearly outline the unethical and immoral actions Tobacco companies used to 'hook' kids onto sugary drinks. They use the same tactics they did for smoking.
- Reflect On:
Why do and have our federal health regulatory agencies allow such products to be approved as safe for consumption when they are clearly linked to a variety of diseases, like cancer?
Many moves made by multiple big corporations are extremely unethical, immoral, and downright shocking. These corporations have completely compromised our federal health regulatory agencies, and it’s quite clear that they do not care about the health of the human race and will do anything when it comes to the success of the products they manufacture, including taking illegal and/or immoral actions.
One of the more recent examples comes from the tobacco industry. Companies within the industry used colors, flavors, and marketing techniques to lure and entice children as potential future smokers. They actually used and applied these same strategies to sweetened beverages starting as early as 1963, according to a study conducted by researchers at UC San Francisco.
As the Sugar Scientists point out:
The study, which draws from a cache of previously secret documents from the tobacco industry that is part of the UCSF Industry Documents Library tracked the acquisition and subsequent marketing campaigns of sweetened drink brands by two leading tobacco companies: R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris. It found that as tobacco was facing increased scrutiny from health authorities, its executives transferred the same products and tactics to peddle soft drinks. The study was published in the March 2019 issue of BMJ.
“Executives in the two largest U.S.-based tobacco companies had developed colors and flavors as additives for cigarettes and used them to build major children’s beverage product lines, including Hawaiian Punch, Kool-Aid, Tang and Capri Sun,” said senior author Laura Schmidt, PhD, MSW, MPH, of the UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. “Even after the tobacco companies sold these brands to food and beverage corporations, many of the product lines and marketing techniques designed to attract kids are still in use today.” (source)
The new papers, which are available in the UCSF Truth Tobacco Industry Documents Library, a subset of the UCSF Industry Documents Library, reveal the close and tight knit relationships between the big tobacco and big food industries. In fact, in the 60s and 70s, these companies conducted taste tests with mothers and their children to evaluate sweetness, colors and flavors for Hawaiian Punch product line extensions. The children’s preferences were prioritized.
Kool-Aid Joins Marlboro
Meanwhile, tobacco competitor Philip Morris had acquired Kool-Aid, via General Foods, in 1985. The company flipped its marketing audience from families to children, created its “Kool-Aid Man” mascot, and launched collaborations with branded toys, including Barbie and Hot Wheels. It also developed a children’s Kool-Aid loyalty program described as “our version of the Marlboro Country Store,” a cigarette incentives program. (source)
“The Wacky Wild Kool-Aid style campaign had tremendous reach and impact,” said first author Kim Nguyen, ScD, MPH, who is also with the UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. “Lots of kids in the ’80s dreamed of getting swag from the Wacky Warehouse. What is really ‘wacky’ is that the Kool-Aid kid program was modeled after a tobacco marketing strategy designed to build allegiance with smokers.”
The tobacco giant also acquired Capri Sun and Tang, and used similar child-focused integrated marketing strategies to drive those sales.
“The industry claims that these tobacco-inspired marketing strategies are not actually targeting children and should be excluded from these industry-led agreements,” said Schmidt. “But the evidence cited in our research shows that these product lines and marketing techniques were specifically designed for and tested on children.” (source)
The UCSF Industry Documents Library was launched in 2002 as a digital portal for tobacco documents. Today, the library includes close to 15 million internal tobacco, drug, chemical and food industry documents used by scientists, policymakers, journalists and community members in their efforts to improve and protect the health of the public.
At the end of the day, it’s important to recognize that government health authorities and the corporations we buy our food from, among other things, really don’t care about us. This has become extremely evident, as they are responsible for the sharp rise in numerous diseases. It’s not uncommon to see parents buy their children products similar to the ones listed above, and that’s due to mass brainwashing and the fact that we’ve been made to feel that these products are actually safe. This is why awareness is so critical.
Why A Growing Number of People Are Abstaining From Porn & Masturbation
They are known as “fapstronauts,” and they are part of a growing community of hundreds of thousands of men and women who are abstaining from masturbation to internet pornography.
Their community is called “NoFap,” and its founder, Alexander Rhodes, is a man on a mission to educate and inspire the world about the damaging effects of masturbating to porn.
What could possibly be wrong with harmless masturbation, you might wonder? Aren’t we meant to enjoy the simple pleasure centres of our bodies?
According to Rhodes, masturbating to porn isn’t harmless at all. In fact, it is a silent epidemic of disastrous proportion.
“The emergence of internet pornography has changed the landscape of sexual development and relationships in a way never-before-seen in human history,” he said during his speech at the Out of the Shadows national press conference. “As a result, countless people are having their sexual tastes shaped by porn producers rather than real, human, experiences. These days, exposure to pornography seems to be a virtual certainty and young men [and women] are therefore automatically ‘opted-in’ to potential addiction, relational difficulty, porn-induced erectile dysfunction, and more,” he continued.
During his speech, Rhodes discusses the idea that porn is a relatively new variable in human evolution, and we are only beginning to see the repercussions of its use arise in the current generation of men and women.
He says exposure to porn is so rampant that it is practically mandatory for children to come into contact with some image or video before puberty. He quotes an Australian study which asked 258 male participants about their exposure to porn. Only one reported they’d never been exposed. Even more concerning, the median age of first exposure was 13 for males and 16 for females.
In this way, Rhodes says, kids are learning about sexuality through porn before their first kiss.
Today, a large community of “fapstronauts” is coming forward to talk about the impact this exposure has had on their lives. They report heavy reliance on porn and masturbation is manifesting in disturbing ways — erectile dysfunction (ED) and anorgasmia, the inability to orgasm during partnered sex, being a few of them.
And the effects of watching porn span far beyond the physical, says Rhodes.
“Different studies on porn users are showing associations with sexual dysfunction, brain hypofrontality, desensitization, sensitization to porn cues, increased stress, less motivation, relationship problems, decreased sexual satisfaction, and other life-altering detriments.”
(For an extensive list of research articles on the effects of porn, click here.)
Rhodes also stresses that he and the NoFap community are in no way ‘sex negative’:
Being skeptical of pornography is not the same thing as being sex negative – there’s a huge difference between pornography and sex. In porn, the viewer is a voyeur, rather than a participant. It is on a screen. It is available in virtually endless amounts and pirated all over porn tube sites without monetary cost. It is always accessible, just a tap or click away. To our brain’s reward system, this can be an especially enticing quick and repeatable path to an orgasm, compared to partnered sex. In fact, many people who are quitting porn are doing so in the pursuit of better sex. Quitting porn is sex positive.
He notes many NoFap community members are there to improve their interpersonal relationships, whether it be for a marriage, a relationship, or single life. For others, it is simply a challenge of willpower — to seize control of your sexuality and turn it into superpowers.
“There are many, many different reasons to join but we’re all on NoFap with one goal – to help each other abstain from PMO (porn/masturbation/orgasm).”
Men And Women Report Incredible Life Shifts After Quitting Porn and Masturbation
Within the many pages of the NoFap forums, whether directly on the NoFap website or within the large and fast-growing Reddit community, it is easy to see the profound shifts taking place for people who’ve succeeded in the NoFap challenge, which consists of setting an intention to abstain from masturbation and watching porn for a certain amount of time and then riding it out.
Participants report diverse and overwhelmingly positive results from their efforts, like increased confidence, reduced anxiety, improved focus and memory, increased concentration, improved social skills, deeper sleeps, enhanced abilities to feel emotions, less brain fog, and even seemingly being more attractive to females.
While some might say these are rather normal powers, fapstronauts say that after years of feeling depressed, scattered. and unmotivated, the onset of these new changes feel as incredible as real ‘ superpowers‘ would.
One user, “borninthenorthwest,” said committing to NoFap altered his attitudes toward sex and women entirely:
My relationship with porn began at the age of 13 with nude Playboy photos of Pamela Anderson and Jenny McCarthy. This was in the days of dial-up Internet, and I was initiated by my childhood best friend at the time. Although this did not seem pornographic, relative to what my peers were beginning to look at, I now see that this was the beginning. It began a cycle where every woman I met was judged by these photogenic standards, and felt no real attraction towards most girls in high school, despite being popular and well-liked for my prowess on the guitar.
He explained his warped attitude toward women posed issues in his sex life.
“None of the girls I met in college could compare to the standards in my own mind. What few girls I was attracted to, I felt incapable of asking out for a date, and often would simply fantasize about them instead.”
He admits he developed an addiction to porn, and at 31 he discovered the NoFap community.
“Since then my relationship with both pornography and far more innocent triggers is vastly different. I no longer use porn at all, and no longer place the celebrity notion of beauty on the pedestal either, and am interested in real life and real people, slowly but surely engaging in reality.”
Here is what a few other fapstronauts had to say.
“Went to a dance last night and asked a bunch of girls to dance. Felt like a boss. A few months ago I would have been sweating and shaking doing that. I would’ve been looking at the floor with my head down like a whipped puppy trying to ask a girl to dance. Stay strong everybody! There’s life after PMO, and it’s awesome af!”
“Today I am walking around with random erections all day long, like a teenager. I am in my 40s, so this feels strange.”
“Life is amazing and it’s only been two weeks! I have found out how much more confident I am in public, and how much more secure I feel about myself.”
“I finished a 300 page book in one sitting today. Before I would fall asleep or procrastinate and play on my phone. Now I can read and actually remember what I read.”
The Most Important Takeaway
Today, Rhode’s mission is to get the message out to parents so that healthy conversations can start happening at an early age.
“Families need to educate their children about pornography – and they need to do so before the porn producers do, since right now minors are getting hooked on porn long before they are made aware of the potential negative effects.”
And for the ones currently suffering from porn related side effects, he offers that the treatment to these symptoms simply comes down to one thing— removing porn from their lives:
We simply want people to ask themselves the question, how is porn impacting my life and relationships? And if they do not know how porn is impacting them, they can simply take a quick break, changing one variable in a self experiment, to see what impact it might have on their lives and their relationships. Already, thousands have made the personal decision to leave porn in the past, and have gone on to live more fulfilling lives with improved interpersonal relationships. It’s time we think about and openly discuss our heavy usage of pornography. In the meantime more and more people around the world will continue to declare their autonomy and reclaim their sexualities from the porn production companies.
If you are struggling with porn addiction, or are simply curious about what others are reporting from abstaining from masturbation, join the NoFap communities through their website or on Reddit. NoFap offers many resources as well as a global support network to help you transition away from the addictive influence of porn.
Frankincense Can Help Alleviate Symptoms Of Anxiety & Depression
- The Facts:
Studies have proven the psychoactive effects the scent of frankincense has on the brain, alleviating symptoms of anxiety and depression.
- Reflect On:
With all the man-made chemical pharmaceutical drugs out there, perhaps solutions to what ails us are more simple than we may realize.
Gold and frankincense and myrrh… sound familiar? These were the gifts that were allegedly brought by the three kings when Jesus Christ was born. We all know that gold is valuable, but what about the others? Frankincense has long been touted as a magical, mystical medicine and has been regarded as such for millennia within many ancient cultures of the world. The same goes for myrrh, but for the purpose of this article we are going to stick to the medicinal properties of frankincense.
Frankincense starts out as a type of resinous sap that is found inside a special family of trees called Boswellia, which grow almost exclusively in the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula. When it is harvested at specific times of the year, the trees are cut carefully with special knives and the sap seeps out. This special sap is then dried in the sun until it is ready for use. More commonly, frankincense is burned simply as sweet smelling incense, but it has many other uses as well including the following…
Historical Uses Of Frankincense
- As a part of ritual or religious ceremonies
- Was used extensively during burial rituals as an embalming material to help mask the odor of the deceased body
- Smoke from burnt incense can effectively drive away mosquitoes and other pests
Frankincense has also been used medicinally, treating various ailments such as arthritis (it has strong anti-inflammatory properties), gut disorders (like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), asthma, and maintenance of oral health.
And perhaps the most intriguing quality for our westernized modern culture is the psychoactive effects of this special resin, as studies have shown that burning frankincense can trigger an effect that can aid and even alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression.
One study in particular, conducted by a team of researchers form John Hopkins University and Hebrew University in Jerusalem, explains how burning the resin from the Boswellia plant (frankincense) activates certain previously misunderstood ion channels in the brain in order to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. This might explain why Roman emperor Nero once burned an entire year’s harvest of frankincense at his favorite mistress’ funeral.
“In spite of information stemming from ancient texts, constituents of Bosweilla had not been investigated for psychoactivity,” said Raphael Mechoulam, one of the research study’s co-authors. “We found that incensole acetate, a Boswellia resin constituent, when tested in mice lowers anxiety and causes antidepressive-like behavior. Apparently, most present day worshipers assume that incense burning has only a symbolic meaning.”
The researchers administered incensole acetate to mice in order to determine its psychoactive effects. This compound they found drastically impacted the parts of the brain that generate emotions and the nerve circuits that have responded positively to current drugs used for depression and anxiety. The incensole that was administered activated a protein called TRPV3, which is connected to the ability to perceive warmth of the skin.
“Perhaps Marx wasn’t too wrong when he called religion the opium of the people: morphine comes from poppies, cannabinoids from marijuana, and LSD from mushrooms; each of these has been used in one or another religious ceremony,” said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal. “Studies of how those psychoactive drugs work have helped us understand modern neurobiology. The discovery of how incensole acetate, purified from frankincense, works on specific targets in the brain should also help us understand diseases of the nervous system. This study also provides a biological explanation for millennia-old spiritual practices that have persisted across time, distance, culture, language, and religion–burning incense really does make you feel warm and tingly all over!”
Can This Work For You?
Sure, this study was conducted using mice, which certainly aren’t the same as humans. However, many religious texts claim that this special resin had uplifting effects on the brain. So, the good thing is that if used appropriately, it really can’t hurt to try. You can typically buy the resin at health food stores and more commonly at stores that sell incense, crystals, sage and those sorts of spiritual ceremonial tools. It can also be found as an essential oil. I like to diffuse it in a diffuser, and sometimes I’ll burn the resin on charcoal pucks as well.
At the very least, you’ll get a nice and pleasant smelling aroma, and at best it can help turn that frown upside down, increase your mood, reduce your anxiety and maybe even put a smile on your face. Perhaps those three wise men were as wise as they’ve been made out to be, and frankincense really is as special as it’s been believed to be for millennia.
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