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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.

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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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3 Powerful Tools to Help Overcome the Emotional Toll of the Pandemic

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  • The Facts:

    The pandemic has had a significant effect on our lives. Possibly without realizing it, many are suffering from a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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    If you feel stressed or feel that you have PTSD resulting from this pandemic, try these suggestions before resorting to medication or maladaptive coping strategies.

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The pandemic has had a significant effect on our lives. Possibly without realizing it, many are suffering from a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Every news cycle paralyzes us with fear of a new variant. Some feel grief over who or what they have lost or continue to have feelings of social disconnectedness. Despite what we have all been through, we need to start moving forward with our lives and truly live again. We must recognize that we have more control over our physical and mental health than advertised. The truth is that there are many helpful things that we can do.

PTSD is a stress-related disorder that may develop after exposure to a traumatic event or ordeal in which death or severe physical harm was a threat or occurred. Those with PTSD may experience agitation, irritability, hostility, hypervigilance, self-destructive behavior, social isolation, flashbacks, fear, anxiety, depression, attention difficulty, loneliness, insomnia, or nightmares.

Trauma can lead to feelings of powerlessness, but powerlessness can also keep us trapped in a PTSD cycle. The psychological imprint of trauma rewires the brain. There’s an old saying in neuroscience: “neurons that fire together wire together.” Our brain neurons begin firing in the amygdala, the emotional part of our brains, during a traumatic event. People can get stuck in an emotional loop, and the rational voice in their heads does not weigh in. This looping can cause a person to respond disproportionately to stress – freezing, panicking, or acting out in anger. Some dissociate or enter a trance-like state. Maladaptive coping skills can sometimes develop. Cutting, burning, overeating, drinking, drugs, overspending, etc., is all an attempt to dampen our painful emotional feelings. So, to avoid getting stuck in a PTSD cycle, we must act and take our power back.

Time to seek out the most effective help so that we can feel calm and in control again. What can we do?

1. Boost Your Immune System

If you fear getting sick, it’s time to live a healthier lifestyle and boost your immune system. Sadly, we are taught (with the help of pharmaceutical dollars) that health comes from a needle or a pill. Our “experts” recommend masks, hand-washing, social distancing, and mRNA vaccines. Still, they seldom suggest a healthy diet, supplements, and other natural remedies to help improve our health and support the body to fight off illness and disease. Click here for my article that includes 16 Tips on Boosting Immunity.

2. Embrace Spirituality

Over the last 20 years, I have been honored to have worked with many great therapists, healers, spiritual leaders, and trauma survivors to witness the power of Spirituality in healing. Spirituality is an inner belief system providing an individual with meaning and purpose in life. Whether it involves a higher power, nature, religious rituals, meditation, mindfulness, or prayer, the premise is to stay connected to the core of who we are. That place of stillness within us holding the memory of wholeness, peace, inner strength, and balance – despite what has happened. A spiritual philosophy or practice can provide us with a bigger context for our experiences and clarify our purpose. Spiritual methods also connect us with a sense of community and support. Finding our tribe is essential in the face of trauma and loss. The spiritual journey often allows us to go inside ourselves and listen to our inner guidance and “knowingness.” The inner voice may know, for instance, that the virus will not hurt us, or what we are being told by the media is untrue. Spirituality also helps us shift our perspective from “why me” to “what can I do about it. It brings us a sense of power and control.

3. Guided Imagery & Bilateral Stimulation

Both tools are essential for the trauma therapy toolbox. They are noninvasive and helpful for overcoming the effects of trauma. Guided imagery can help us alter the negative or stressful pictures and thoughts in our minds and help us create new, more peaceful ones—a form of instilling positive affirmations. Before you read on, I thought you might like to download my 10-minute exercise. This science-based, comprehensive video will help you to cultivate a sense of inner peace and give you a way to help overcome the effects of this pandemic – GET IT HERE

Is There Science Behind This?

Science, yes. Magic, no. This method requires regular practice if you want to make lasting, long-term changes to the ways that you think and feel. The good news is that both guided imagery and bilateral stimulation are widely practiced and well-established practices. However, I recommend that if you are still struggling after repeated listening, you find a qualified trauma therapist to continue the work you have already started.

A Look At The Research

Guided imagery is a behavioral technique using a series of verbal suggestions to guide oneself or others in visualizing an image in the mind to bring a desired response in the way of a reduction in stress, anxiety, or pain. A growing list of empirical literature supports the use of these techniques in various physical and emotional conditions. Guided imagery resulted in a clinically significant reduction in PTSD and related symptoms in a returning, combat-exposed active-duty military population. Positive affirmations can positively affect the brain’s circuitry. There is MRI evidence suggesting that specific neural pathways are increased when people practice self-affirmation tasks.

Numerous research articles have established that bilateral stimulation is one of the most effective treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some therapists practice Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a combination of psychotherapy and bilateral stimulation. EMDR is very effective for treating a wide range of mental health issues due to emotional and physical trauma. During bilateral stimulation, patients tend to “process” the memory in a way that leads to a peaceful resolution. And, often results in increased insight regarding both previously disturbing events and long-held negative thoughts about the self.

“Bilateral Stimulation induces a fundamental change in brain circuitry, similar to what happens in REM sleep. It allows the person undergoing treatment to process and incorporate traumatic memories into general association networks in the brain. This therapy helps the individual integrate and understand the memories within the larger context of their life experience.” – Robert Stickgold, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School

Takeaway

If you feel stressed or feel that you have PTSD resulting from this pandemic, try the above suggestions and download my helpful video before resorting to medication or maladaptive coping strategies. Also, you can discover the many mind-body practices you can do at home to help manage stress more successfully and so much more. SIGN UP HERE to receive your free download today. To purchase my book Healing Without Hurting, click here.

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Boosting Your Mood and Improving Your Health With Vitamin D

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  • The Facts:

    Vitamin D is essential for proper immune functioning and alleviation of inflammation.

  • Reflect On:

    Are you or someone you love suffering from depression or an autoimmune disorder? When is the last time you checked your Vitamin D levels?

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Are you or someone you love suffering from depression or an autoimmune disorder? It appears vitamin D deficiency may be to blame.

Vitamin D is essential for proper immune functioning and alleviation of inflammation. The beneficial effects of vitamin D on protective immunity are due in part to its impact on the innate immune system and has numerous effects on cells within the immune system. Vitamin D is also involved in maintaining the proper balance of several minerals in the body. And, it helps to ward off the flu and many viruses and treat them. The latest research links vitamin D deficiency to many disease states. These disease states include cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease, depression, arthritis, and just about every other degenerative disease.

 “Vitamin D reduces depression. In a randomized, double-blind study, People with depression who received vitamin D supplements noticed a marked improvement in their symptoms.” – Journal of Internal Medicine

According to the Nutrition Research Journal, as many as 80% of people are deficient in vitamin D. Inadequate exposure to sunshine, poor eating habits, malabsorption, the VDR genetic mutation, and accelerated catabolism due to certain medications, dark skin pigment color, and too much sunscreen can be to blame. 

A doctor can check vitamin D levels with a simple blood test. Many mainstream doctors will suggest that you are within normal limits if your levels are 20-30ng/mL. However, for optimal health, the Endocrine Society and many functional medicine M.D.s and naturopaths will recommend levels of between 40-70 ng/mL for both children and adults. These doctors will also recommend a more aggressive replenishment program. For example, at age five, my son’s level was 24. The pediatrician recommended 500iu daily of supplementation, while our naturopath recommended 5,000iu daily for six months before retesting. Six months later, his levels were almost normal. 

“Through several mechanisms, vitamin D can reduce risk of infections. Those mechanisms include inducing cathelicidins and defensins that can lower viral replication rates and reducing concentrations of pro-inflammatory cytokines that produce the inflammation that injures the lining of the lungs, leading to pneumonia, as well as increasing concentrations of anti-inflammatory cytokines” – PubMed

How to Increase Your Vitamin D Levels

Get enough sun. Vitamin D3, “the sunshine vitamin,” is the only vitamin your body that is made, with the help of the sun. So be sure to get enough sun exposure to help the body make this essential nutrient. Hold off trying to protect ourselves from the rays of the sun at every turn by slathering sunscreen. Allow yourself to play outside, garden, and enjoy the rays in moderation.

If you must use some sunscreen, avoid chemical sunscreens made with toxic chemicals that cause thyroid dysfunction, endocrine disruption, allergies, organ toxicity, reproductive toxicity, skin cancer, development, brain, and metabolism problems. Shop for natural mineral-zinc-based certified products instead. When exposed to scorching climates or in the sun for extended periods, we use sunscreens by Babyganics, Badger, Babo Botanicals, and Goddess Garden products.

Eat a well-balanced diet, with foods higher in vitamin D. Although it is believed that we only get twenty percent from the foods we eat. Some foods higher in D include cod liver oil, fish, oysters, eggs, and mushrooms. 

Get checked for the VDR mutation. A blood test will determine if you have mutations in the vitamin D receptor. The consequence can be lower vitamin D levels and the inability to absorb vitamin calcium and many other minerals properly. According to a 2020 scientific report, supplementation of vitamin D can help improve VDR gene expression, so more supplementation may be necessary if you have this mutation.

“Something so simple. Vitamin D supplementation could improve the health status of millions and so becomes an elegant solution to many of our health problems today.” – Carol L. Wagner, MD – Medical University of South Carolina

Supplementation 101. Supplementation is often critical if you cannot properly metabolize or absorb enough vitamin D or not get enough sunshine. In areas with long winters and specific populations of people with darker skin color, supplementation may be even more critical. There are many supplements on the market. However, many tablet forms are not as bioavailable and harder to absorb. Therefore, it has been recommended that liquid forms are better. In addition, liquid D is often suspended in olive oil, which helps the vitamins to absorb more easily since it is fat soluble. One of my favorite brands is by Seeking Health. It does not contain any impurities or allergy-inducing ingredients. 

Final Thoughts

Boosting the immune system naturally works on your body’s innate wisdom. It supports the body to operate like a well-oiled machine, protects it from unwanted pathogens and disease, and helps ensure a healthy body and mind.

To receive more info on how you and your family can overcome ADHD, apraxia, anxiety, and more without medication SIGN UP HERE or purchase my book Healing without Hurting.

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Are Lockdowns Affecting Children?

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  • The Facts:

    We spoke to activist and mother Stephanie Sibbio about her co-creation of an organization called 100 Million Moms which seeks to empower women to stand up against injustices.

  • Reflect On:

    Are we choosing virus mitigation methods that are short sighted and harmful over the long term? Are they more harmful than the virus itself?

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Take a moment and breathe. Place your hand over your chest area, near your heart. Breathe slowly into the area for about a minute, focusing on a sense of ease entering your mind and body. Click here to learn why we suggest this.

The potential downsides of lockdowns during pandemics have been explored quite a bit – and the truth is the scientific community is quite divided on whether it’s the right move. On one hand a case can be made for effectiveness of lockdowns, but at quite a cost, while on the other hand many have shown lockdowns to be ineffective in slowing spread. How a study is organized and conducted can also dramatically change results.

Interestingly a study in Nature showed that “less disruptive and costly NPIs can be as effective as more intrusive, drastic, ones (for example, a national lockdown).” This essentially states that governments could choose effective ways to mitigate virus spread effectively without inducing unwanted and long term side effects on society as a whole via lockdowns – regardless, lockdowns are still widely being used.

One question we might have is, what about factors that are not so easy to measure right away? Things like long term psychological damage of being constantly stressed, out of touch with community and friends, and confined to our homes. What affects are children experiencing in their development and learning? We may not know exactly for quite some time.

I felt inspired to speak to a mother who has not only be asking this question with regards to her child, but who has decided to do something to push back against government measures, like lockdowns, that many citizens and scientist don’t agree with.

Along with another activist, Stephanie Sibbio created a movement called 100 Million Moms who, as their Instagram states, are a rights-based movement empowering moms all over the world to stand up against injustice. We advocate for natural health & medical freedom.

I spoke to Stephanie about how she has seen lockdowns affecting children, and her story in co-creating 100 Million Moms. In this discussion you will learn how you can get involved as well.

Further Discussion

A large meta analysis on mask wearing has shown that children are having physiological issues and learning challenges with prolonged mask wearing.

A group of doctors did a panel worth considering that discusses the potential harms of lockdowns and the science that supports the idea.

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Click below to watch a sneak peek of our brand new course!

Our new course is called 'Overcoming Bias & Improving Critical Thinking.' This 5 week course is instructed by Dr. Madhava Setty & Joe Martino

If you have been wanting to build your self awareness, improve your.critical thinking, become more heart centered and be more aware of bias, this is the perfect course!

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