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Counting Meditation

11 April 2017 - 10:51am

by Rupa

Counting meditation is to set a number to count to. We can count from 1 to 100, or count down from 100 to 1. Our mind is to focus on the number counting. It doesn’t matter if we lose count of the number, we can just start from the beginning number again. The one who can count to a bigger number does not necessarily have a longer focus length. Just focus on counting, clearly and slowly. If we lose count, count again. Keep alert and aware.

We can combine the counting with the breath. For example, count one when we breathe in, count two when we breathe out, and so on.

Self-inquiry for the Counting meditation: limited and unlimited, temporary and eternal

With the restraint of the river bed, the journey of a river can be simple. Even if it’s long, it has no choice but to go towards the ocean. After the river goes through all the twists and turns and at last reaches the ocean, is this the journey’s end or beginning? Can we face the immense ocean? With the body holding the soul, we might have to face a lot of troubles in our lives. We just deal with what we have to face. How about death? Is death the end or beginning? How to deal with death? Are we ready?

Through the amount of limited numbers, we know numbers are unlimited. This is knowledge of Math.  Even though we haven’t seen the infinite number, we accept there is an infinite. Similarly, we can use the temporary existing physical body to understand the eternity of the soul. This is spiritual knowledge. As long as we study sincerely, through the power of knowledge, we can accept the existence of the invisible soul. We can also use scientific method to prove the existence of the soul by ourselves.

Spiritual knowledge can give us some ideas how to face the unknown world, especially death. We just need to learn the method and practice. Even a little bit of practice will save us from the ocean of unknown. If the consciousness is awakened, then at the moment we die even if the mind is absent, we can rely on consciousness. So when we are living, we need to utilize the mind to awaken and develop consciousness by meditation.

Welcome to attend Rupa’s (Ivy) meditation at Wishingtree Yoga. Rupa has been practicing Yoga since 1996 in China. Her Chinese background and training gives her a natural understanding of this ancient eastern wisdom. Her living, studying and teaching in Canada has provided her the opportunity to develop the practice in a modern western way. The experience will let you understand this amazing scientific knowledge and give you practical skills and techniques to use on and off the mat!

Rupa also offers teacher training at Wishingtree Yoga. For more information, visit

TCM Recommendations for Spring

11 April 2017 - 10:37am

By Steve Ryu, R.TCMP, R.Ac

It is the long-awaited change of winter to spring. Seeds sprout, flowers bloom, and the sun warms the earth. There is a sense of renewal and new life all around. While winter was a time to conserve energy and reduce activity, spring is a time of regeneration, new beginnings, and a renewal of spirit.

Spring is the time of birth, when the earth’s energies begin to awaken and we see the signs of new growth around us. Yang influences are being reborn in nature and in the body and as a result our energy becomes more active and begins to ascend. The followings are the recommendations for better health during spring.

1. Develop Balance and Express Emotions: Spring is the best time of year to develop balance. Emotionally, spring awakens desire, which should be open and unsuppressed. Because the yang qi of the liver is pushing upward and outward, it is common to feel and express anger in spring.

2. Increase Exercise and Time Outdoors: In exercise and activity, it is a good idea to take brisk walks and hikes to loosen the tendons and use the yang energy that is rising. We should begin to increase our exercise, with more stretching.  Begin to rise earlier and retire early, and spend time outside to get fresh air. Wear loose clothing.

3. Springtime Diet: Food in spring should emphasize the sweet and pungent flavours, for their rising and expansive qualities. Avoid excess salt, ts strong descending nature is opposite to the energies of spring. The diet should be light in amount and concentration, emphasizing young plants like greens and sprouts, as these foods cleanse the body of the effects of the heavier foods of winter.  Springtime diet should be the lightest of the year.

4: Stay in Tune with the Seasons: By eating fresh, light foods and emphasizing vegetables in our spring diet (vegetables are natural detoxifiers) and by getting brisk exercise and fresh air, we can ensure our habits are in harmony with the seasons. Chinese medicine emphasizes harmony with the seasons as a way to promote health and longevity, boost the immune system, and to prevent or minimize seasonal ailments.

5. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help improve the overall health of your liver as well as treat stress, anger and frustration, which are often associated with liver qi disharmony.

PATHWORK: The Abyss of Illusion

11 April 2017 - 10:27am

Freedom and Self-responsibility

The advertising slogan “Freedom 55” resonated for many people with our ultimate dream of a carefree life – somewhere ‘up ahead’ we would be liberated to a life of happiness and abundance.

In our human struggle to find happiness we box ourselves in with the illusion that a benevolent god, or life, or the perfect relationships, or the perfect job, or the perfect retirement plan will give us exactly what we need.  We expend a great deal of emotional effort trying to force life into our picture of ‘how it should be.’  At the same time, if we take the time to look within, we can sense currents of anxiety.  We fear that the outside world may disappoint us or that we may not be good enough to merit the rewards we want.

In Pathwork lecture #60 : The Abyss of Illusion – Freedom and Self-responsibility we explore the paradox that we find freedom only when we dig into our daily frustrations and anxieties, or when we look at areas that are unfulfilled in our lives to uncover the misconceptions we hold about god, the world, other people and our own selves.  It is by taking self-responsibility that we find freedom.

When: Wednesday, April  12, 2017, 7 to 9 pm

Where: Saint Paul University, 233 Main Street (follow the signs to the room). 

All are welcome. There is a suggested donation of $15 for non-members; $5 for members.

The Pathwork Lectures are available for free download from

For more information, contact Pathwork Helper Jean: or 613-829-1254.

Mary Gordon is a long time Pathwork member.

Wholistic Healing Re-Treats

10 April 2017 - 1:19pm

I constantly strive to be at the leading edge in the fields that I practise (counselling, coaching and hypnotherapy) and one of the ways that I do this is to take experiential workshops at wholistic learning, healing and re-treat centres.  Over the years, I have stayed at about two dozen such wonderful places.  In this article I will  describe six of the intentional healing communities that I have stayed at many times. They have all been running for over 30 years.  Here are their websites.  Enjoy doing a virtual tour:

a.  The Haven is located on Gabriola Island just off Nanaimo, British Columbia.  Last month I participated in a leadership and learning workshop called “Building Personal Mastery”.          

b.  The Findhorn Spiritual Community, Learning Centre and Eco-village has several sites in the countryside of northern Scotland.

All of the  administration and chores are collaboratively alloted and done in rotation.  Findhorn aims to be a prototype eco-model for many other eco-villages around the globe.  The folks at Findhorn continually “attune” to a very high Spiritual frequency.  “Attunement circles” spontaneously occur each day.      

c.  The Sirius Spiritual Eco-village is located near the town of Amherst in western Massachusetts.  It is a sister eco-village of Findhorn in Scotland.  It focuses on sustainability and permaculture.  It is an oasis of healthy and Spiritual living.    

d.  The Omega Institute for Holistic Learning is located in Rhinebeck, New York, in the upper Hudson River Valley.   

The vegetarian/vegan meals at Omega are wholesome and delicious.  My experience at Omega is that, if there is something you need to learn, you will walk right into it at Omega.

e.  The Esalen Re-Treat Institute is located at Big Sur, on the rocky Pacific coast near Carmel, California. Many of the greatest minds in Spiritual teaching, psychology, literature and the arts live or have lived and taught at Esalen.  The Beatles performed concerts there early in their career.  Esalen has four hot tubs built right out on the Pacific.  The vegetarian/vegan food there is superb.

f.  The Hollyhock Lifelong Learning Centre is located on Cortes Island, British Columbia. There are community residences and picturesque cabins along the beach.  They focus on Spirituality, environmental issues, community development, leadership training and personal growth.  Hollyhock is an ideal place to go for a personal or Spiritual re-treat……..Bon Voyage!

This article was written by: Richard M. Haney, M.Ed., Ph.D. (Counselling and Mediation). Richard has been practising Wholistic Counselling, Coaching, Hypnotherapy and Mediation for the past 25 years in Ottawa.  Richard by phone: (613) 234-5678. By e-mail:

The Greatest Connection

10 April 2017 - 12:36pm

Written by Alexis Nicol

How’s life going for you?  Is it flowing?  Are you happy?  When you check in with yourself what do you feel?  Are you connected Spiritually?

The basis for how you look and/or go through your daily life is directed by one’s connection spiritually with their Higher Self (Creator, Universal Life Force, Nature, God).  You will know when you are connected as life tends to flow to and through you in forms of peace, love, joy, creativity, grace and more.  As we commune and act with this Pure Energy we are opening ourselves up to our greatest potential.  We are being led along a path that is full of meaningful adventure that seems to flow with synchronicity.

Trying to do something just because we have been told to is not always the best way to go about living our lives.  Without first connecting inwardly and listening to our Higher Self can cause unnecessary discomfort in our lives, not to mention that the results may take a lot longer and may be more difficult than had we just asked for Divine guidance.

I find that in my life, whenever I just don’t feel right, stumble or something seems to be taking more effort than I feel is necessary, I stop and take a moment to still my mind and ask Myself for clarity.  This provides me with insight to the bigger picture.  I do this with the guidance and assistance of the Divine Presence that resides within (all of us).  I love how the results are practically immediate.  I am aware of how quickly everything begins to flow with such ease and grace.

I often quieten my mind, going inward to connect with the One energy that will set me up for my day.  For me, It is my best friend and my greatest connection, It is the Divine Consciousness that links me to You.

 Alexis believes in a Wholistic approach to healing mind, body and soul.  She combines Reiki, Reflexology, Reconnective Healing®, the Reconnection® and A Course In Miracles in her practice.   613-263-7925

BodyTalk: Repatterning Your 3 Brains

10 April 2017 - 12:33pm

Energetic patterns exist throughout space and matter and their alignment and structure is fundamental to good health, whether in our bodies or the Universe at large.

So, if the energetic patterns in our brain (and/or heart and gut brains) become dysregulated, how can we help to repattern them to reflect previous good health? And, how can we do this to address various related symptoms that arise such as, ADHD, depression, anxiety, heart or blood issues, or digestive and immune issues, etc.?

One way is to ask our innate intelligence, which parts and systems and/or which of the 3 brains need to resynchronize communication between and within them so that their functions can be reset to perform more optimally.

This is where BodyTalk Energy Therapy can help. The BodyTalk System harnesses the innate intelligence of the body and mind by using neuromuscular biofeedback to uncover the unique communication pathways that need to be reestablished so that the body can heal itself. As awareness is brought to ill adapted health patterns and suggestions for change are made, the body and mind integrate these so that old patterns can break up and reconfigure the neural circuitry to better reflect your optimal health possibilities. As this unfolds, people begin to watch many of their physical symptoms reduce or disappear, and feel more vibrant, alive and connected than ever, just as nature intended.

“A new client came into my energy therapy office last week that had a brain tumor removed 1.5 years ago and had since lost most of the motor movement on the right side of his body. His arm could not lift and his leg, only enough to enable him to walk with a limp. He came back into my office this week and I asked him how he was doing. He confidently lifted his arm up to shoulder height, said his decades of daily morning headaches are completely gone and his 20 year sleeping pattern of waking up at 2am has now ameliorated to 4am.”

~ Jean, Gatineau, QC

If you would like to discover more about how BodyTalk Energy Therapy can help you, please visit Jaya’s website at: and/or, or email her at:

Jaya Hollohan MA is a Certified Advanced Parama BodyTalk Practitioner, Cranial Sacral, Lymphatic Drainage, Mindfulness Life Coach, Reiki II Practitioner, a Hatha Yoga Teacher and is currently studying Peter Levine PhD’s Somatic Experiencing Professional Training. She is Author of the book: “Who We Are When We Thrive: Remembering Happiness and Rediscovering Health”, as well as other conscious media. Jaya is able to provide insurance receipts for her clients accepted by most insurance companies.

Sri Chinmoy Answers

10 April 2017 - 12:15pm

How can we overcome self-criticism?

Sri Chinmoy: You have two voices inside you. One encourages you, “Go forward, march on! You are doing the right thing.” The other one discourages you. It says that you have to become much better, because right now you are imperfect in every way.

The voice that encourages you is your conscience, your inner being, telling you that you are doing the right thing. It is like a mother encouraging her child when the child is trying to do something. Her encouragement gives the child a tremendous push forward.

The other voice inside you is constantly making you feel miserable by telling you that you are doing everything wrong. It is always pointing out defects and imperfections in your nature. Do you think that that voice is telling you the truth. No, it is only trying to discourage you by throwing cold water on your efforts and destroying your self-confidence while it pretends to be impartial. By telling you constantly that what you are doing, saying and feeling is wrong, it is not helping you in any way to go faster towards your goal. On the contrary, if you have just a little possibility, the critic within you is killing it. So feel that the voice that is encouraging you is the divine voice, and the one that is discouraging you is the undivine voice in you.

Self-criticism can only be conquered by proper self-appreciation. If we love ourselves in an emotional or egotistical way, then we are limiting and binding ourselves. We must love ourselves just because God is breathing inside us, because God wants to fulfill Himself in and through us. for further writings by Sri Chinmoy.


6 April 2017 - 12:41pm

by Garry Rondeau

“Awakening” implies that one is asleep, or in a trance, or a coma, perhaps dreaming. Then there is a shift that brings one out of the state of sleep, trance or coma.

This is what we call awakening; that change of state from trance to awareness.

We move into a more awake, aware place of consciousness.

And it is a step that we take more than once. There are many awakenings along the way.

The more we awaken to our divine nature, the more fully Divine Love, or our Divine Consciousness, expresses in and through us.

We make it real and the truth sets us free.

Now I believe, that my Divine Nature pulled at me to awaken. It is an inherent part of our nature, to be called forth into the awareness of the Holy Spirit that we truly are.

So there is a mystical pull, that is in our very nature, that draws us towards the truth and, at some time, that deeper desire, gets triggered or is activated.

Awakening is like a dance, and I am both the sleeping one, and the one who is awake. And the dance is also me.

It is an inner feeling quality, and it is at a deeper level of myself, that flitters in and out of my awareness.

At times, I find it harder to get hold of. Sometimes it is so strong and bright, and other times, hardly a whisper.

And at times, I may disregard it, and at other times not even be aware of it, but regardless, it is still there.

The dance of awakening, is not something from which any one of us can completely turn away from, because, it is a part of our inherent Divine nature.

It is always calling us into greater awareness. And this greater awareness is our greater potential for unleashing our goodness.

And this is one of the real benefits of Unity. It gives you a structure, teaches you about the dance, and gives you the tools in which to learn and practice the steps in the dance.

(excerpted from a Sunday Lesson by Garry Rondeau, Unity Spiritual Centre Ottawa.

What Does Hypnosis Feel Like?

5 April 2017 - 10:15pm

I am often asked by people what is hypnosis feel like? I always answer there is no real feeling in hypnosis. It is not like happiness, it is not like sadness, not a kind of emotion. Hypnosis is more an experiential learning in the mind and in your neurosystem, your neurological system. If I were to give you a map for of what it is like to be hypnotized, what it kind of feels like if it does feel like anything. It is almost like going to a movie. Now consciously you know the movie is not real, you are going to the cinema, you’ve paid your ticket, your hard earned money to be there and you’re watching a bunch of actors on the movie screen, on the silver screen have been paid way too much money to be there. And behind those actors are camera people who are filming their every move. And behind the camera people is the director that’s giving people orders what to do, and behind the director is a big movie studio that’s funded it. If it is one of those new movies, one of those new fandango movies, there’s usually a green screen which just projects a bunch of things that are not there in action movies, explosion movies, superhero movies, many movies in fact. Even though consciously you know none of it is real, for that two hours or so that you are there for that movie you suspend disbelief while you are there. And if it is a really good movie with your favorite actors with a great story, then it captivates, it captures and leads your imagination.

So when the hero is in some kind of trouble, in some kind of plight even, you start to feel it. If the hero is excited and happy or in love, oh you feel it because the movie makers are the best hypnotists in the world, they know how to manipulate your emotions. And please understand when I say manipulation, I do not mean in a bad way, I simply mean to move you from emotions to give you a whole gamma, a whole kaleidoscope of different experiences and different emotions. Consciously, logically when you analyze it with your conscious mind, none of it is real. If it is really, really good to get sucked into it. And that’s much like hypnosis. Consciously ,you know, it is just a guy speaking to you helping to do inventions to help change things in your mind. Consciously you know that but your unconscious mind does not know the difference between something that is real and something that is vividly imagined. Now I do not want you to do this. But if you were to go away for a couple of minutes and just imagine one of your favorite pets are dying and you really were to believe it, make yourself believe it, think about it over and over again for a couple of minutes, you might get quite upset, you might even cry. Even though you know your pet is hopefully very healthy and very happy because see, like i say, your unconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between something that is real and something that is vividly imagined.

Because your imagination is far more powerful than your intellect or logical mind would ever be. If it wasn’t, all you would have to say I am a smoker, it makes no sense for me to do this, it is killing me and costing me a whole bunch of money, and makes me smell really bad, i am going to stop it. Does not make any logical sense? Or I am really, really overweight, it is making me eat too much food, it is making me feek miserable, I can’t get into my old clothes anymore, I feel disgusted with myself, it makes no logical sense, I am simply going to stop. Or I am really, really pressed, I am really, really sad it, but it makes me feel horrible. i do not want to feel this any way, it does not make any logical sense, so you stop. Or the anxious person, every day i go out, I feel immense social anxiety, i can’t connect with the type of people I wanna connect to, I’m so shy, I’m so in my shell, I’m so uncomfortable out there, i do not fit in in the real world. And you simply suddenly stop doing that because it’s hurting me, at least emotionally. It’s limiting my opportunities.

If you could logically fix it, you probably would not be watching this video, but you see all of those events, all of those situations, all of those problems, all of those conditions if you will, are all emotional conditions. They’re all illogical. Now please don’t get me wrong, I say I do not think you are experiencing them because I know you have experiencing them because I have dealt with people, thousands of people for almost 20 years now. Experiences, very, very real for them. But what I mean is illogical problems require illogical solutions. For example I’ll get a client in my office that has a phobia of heights. Now i am on the ground floor. So when my client comes in they should not be able to have that fear of heights because we are on the ground floor, but i can always get my client to have that phobia of heights and to experience it while they are in my office on the ground floor to a point where i see there’s physiological shift inside them, their eyes dilate, their skin changes color. And i will ask them on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being incredible anxiety and fear, and 0 would be none, where are you? And they often tell me it is a seven or eight, and I see that shift in them. Then we will do some work together for hypnosis and some other neurological sciences and some other mind sciences and we remove that problem and they actually really experience it being moved.

Now it is all-way logical and it’s all completely in your mind and it is all in the mind because I know, like I said, that they can experience the fear, the problem without actually having the trigger of it just by me asking them to re-experience in their mind. Illogical problems require illogical solutions. Hence while in hypnosis we can talk directly to your unconscious mind and really start to make those shifts permanent and lifelong.

Luke Michael Howard PhD is a Clinical Hypnotist with over 20 years experience helping people become smoke free. He’s the owner of / 613-878-5874. Hypnosis in the West end of Ottawa.

GRATITUDE: The Key to Health and Happiness

2 April 2017 - 10:18pm

Gratitude is unconditional appreciation for everyone and everything. To be grateful is to feel appreciation for all that you have and all that you receive; for all the gifts of life. Just think about the times you’ve felt really grateful for someone or something. How did that feel? Wouldn’t you like to feel that way all the time?

When you approach life from a place of gratitude, your entire life will be a profound experience of transformation. When you respond to events in your life with gratitude, seemingly negative events are viewed differently. You begin to see them as gifts and special wisdom teachers. What other response would you have to a gift and special wisdom teacher than gratitude?

There are a lot of programs and methods to develop gratitude. A popular method used by many is to keep a gratitude journal, written in daily, with what you are grateful for. You can also make the intention to be grateful for everything and throughout the day, express gratitude as often as possible, silently or when appropriate, out loud. For example, you can thank your car, your shoes, the road, your office, the person serving your coffee, your food, etc. Everyone and everything has a soul and souls really like to be appreciated! Gratitude has the effect of spreading heart-warming cheer everywhere it’s practiced

You can also apply soul healing techniques to help develop your gratitude and to remove blockages to your gratitude. Some of us have more blockages than others. Ego is a big blockage to gratitude and to the spiritual journey. You can benefit greatly from practicing gratitude, which helps clear negative ego and more.

Gratitude is a key for leading a happy, successful life. Social scientists have found that gratitude can be cultivated with practice, and that it leads to many positive results and benefits. For example, research shows that those who practice gratitude experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and have strong immune systems. People who express their gratitude to others more often experience increased energy, optimism and empathy.

In general, grateful people are happier, healthier and more open-hearted. It’s true, as gratitude comes from the heart!

Master Lynda Chaplin is a Certified Master Teacher of Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha. Join Master Lynda on April 21-23 to learn how to cultivate gratitude, nourish your soul, and enrich every aspect of your life—see ad below for details. For more information, contact Master Lynda at 647.654.7711 or

Separating With Your Values Intact

23 March 2017 - 9:38pm

Many spouses look upon the process of negotiating a Separation Agreement with distaste and apprehension. It’s not just the depletion of resources (time, money and energy) they fear. Often they are afraid to engage in what they believe will be a process that brings out the worst in them, that doesn’t really let them negotiate in a way that feels right to them.

Though they don’t usually say so in so many words, what these couples are really expressing is that they want to separate in a way that is in keeping with their values.

Talking about values and Separation Agreements in the same sentence may seem surprising. Yet there are actually several ways to separate with your values intact.

1. Choose mediation. The mediation mentality of dealing with conflict in a constructive manner is completely different from the traditional adversarial process that can subtly encourage couples to fight in an unhealthy way, to take extreme positions on the issues, and to “posture” for the sake of the negotiations, rather than dealing openly, honestly and fairly with the questions they need to resolve.

2. Focus on your values. Some couples are already aware of their values when they come to mediation. But more often than not people have never taken the time to expressly identify their values. A mediator can help elicit a couple’s core values and then structure a process that is in keeping with these.

Typical values that a mediator might draw out from a couple include their desire for openness and respect in the way they talk to each other, their deep need to be heard and understood (even if not agreed with), their wish to do what is “fair,” (even if they disagree on exactly what this means), the desire to reach a co-operative settlement without resorting to Court, and the priority they place on their children’s well-being.

3. Write your Separation Agreement in a way that includes your values. A Separation Agreement is a legal document and, as such, must contain some clauses that seem dense and hard to understand. But a Separation Agreement can also be more than just an impersonal legal piece of paper, and its language can, in parts, reflect a couple’s values. Along with the legal clauses dividing the pensions and RRSP’s, and the long “boilerplate” release clauses at the end of every Agreement, a Separation Agreement can also contain more “human” clauses, such as a statement of a couple’s values to be applied in dealing with any future disagreements, a statement of thanks for their years together and good wishes for the future, and perhaps even an agreement to disagree on certain issues while respecting each other’s views. These clauses, which a couple can write themselves if they like, can not only personalize an Agreement for parents; they can also be important if their children read them in the future. (Children should not be reading their parents’ Separation Agreements, but many are notorious for seeking them out.) The children can see that, whatever the difficulties between their parents, they conducted themselves in a respectful, co-operative fashion.

Evita Roche was Canada’s first full-time lawyer-mediator. Since 1979, she has helped over 5,000 couples mediate the issues arising from their separation. In the 1990’s Evita was a Professor of family law and mediation at the University of Ottawa law school, where she received the first Excellence in Teaching Award. Her private practice is restricted to separation and divorce mediation, and she frequently delivers seminars on subjects related to family law.

Essential Oils from A to Z

23 March 2017 - 9:31pm

There are almost as many essential oils in the world as there are plants-which stands to reason because that is what the are derived from!

We have over 100 therapeutic grade essential oils, far too many to describe each here, so I will share but a few.

Amyris essential oil comes from a tree grown in Haiti or the Dominican Republic. Its claim to fame is that it smells very similar to sandalwood, but at a fraction of the price! And unlike sandalwood, the oil is processed from the bark of fallen branches, so the tree itself won’t be overharvested.

Copaiba balsam comes from the sap of trees native to South America. It is reputed to be a great wound healer, an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

Coffee essential oil could be diffused in a room to clean and freshen the air. Its antioxidant and stimulating properties could also be beneficial in skin care (diluted).

Champaka essential oil is derived from the flowers of the plant. Used in perfumery due to its ‘intense, intoxicating’ scent. It is reputed to be good for meditation, as an aphrodisiac and to enhance well-being.

We love the scent of jamarosa, an oil derived from the roots of a grass grown in India. Like champaka, it used extensively in perfumes, but is also reported to have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.

I have to mention two of the eucalyptus varieties we carry: lemon-scented eucalyptus, along with being a mosquito repellent, is said to help with colds, coughs and fevers. Black peppermint eucalyptus is a favourite because it can help with congestion more gently in young children and the elderly.

Tobacco essential oil is another oil used in perfume blends. It is also a spiritual plant for First Nations. It is reported to help calm the nerves, so may be helpful in cases of stress and exhaustion.

Xanthoxylum (okay, it doesn’t start with a ‘Z’ but sounds like it does) is made from the fruit and leaves of a tree grown in Nepal, where it is traditionally used to heal respiratory and digestive complaints.

Come in and see the difference plant medicine can make in your life!

©2017 Heather Garrod is a Certified Aromatherapist and owner of Planet Botanix at 301 Bank St in Centretown. She gives how-to workshops on making natural products for the body and has been creating natural bodycare for over 2 decades years. The shop offers natural alternatives to commercial products and features a holistic therapy clinic.


20 March 2017 - 1:04pm

CAROL KERWIN, Astrologer providing Natal Chart Readings. Understand the cycles of your life so you can work and consciously with them. 613-220-3314, email

What Do We Know About our Lymphatic System and Its Importance

19 March 2017 - 10:42pm

Most of us have heard of lymph glands regarding breast cancer and removal of the breast and the lymph glands near and under the arm pit. But do we really know the importance these glands play in our bodies? I will attempt to explain their importance.

The Lymphatic System is part of the circulatory system and a vital part of the immune system consists of a multitude network of fine lymphatic vessels through the entire body.  They are similar to the circulatory system vein’s and capillaries. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells involved in the immune system to defend foreign bodies. However it has multiple functions, ie, is responsible for delivering nutrients to the cells while carrying away excess water, cellular waste, and bacterial viruses and toxins which accumulate in the skin tissue during the metabolic process. It transports white blood cells to and from the lymph nodes into the bones. It absorbs and transports fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins from the digestion system.

Sometimes this system does not work well. The symptoms that we can look for are:

Chronic inflammation, cellulites, skin problems, ie: acne, migraines, swollen skin tissue often of legs and arms. Arms are especially noticed when a breast and lymph glands are removed. This swelling in the tissues is called Lymphedema or Lymphatic Edema and is a condition of localized fluid system causes by a compromised lymphatic system. However it can develop in any part of the body.

Treatment for lymphedema depends on its cause and includes wearing compression stockings or sleeves proper diet and skin care, elevation of the arm or leg to ease the drainage. Research at Flinders University in Southern Australia has done amazing research of Lymphedema using a different modality. There is better treatment now rather than putting a sleeve and pushing air against the swollen limb and that is the CHI. Anyone caring to know more what this treatment is, please contact:





The Power of the Decision

19 March 2017 - 2:12pm


Have you ever noticed what happens when you finally “decide” to move forward with your decision?  It’s like there is a sudden rush of energy that carries you forward, a new-found freedom, a feeling of liberation!  I find it fascinating when this happen because, as humans, we are constantly faced with the need to make decisions.  Unfortunately, we often get stuck in our indecisions which can have a negative impact on all areas of our lives.

I would encourage you to take a moment and do an inventory of items that need to be addressed in these life arenas: Finances, Health and Wellness, Relationships, Career and Work, Social and Leisure, Personal Development and Spirituality.  Is it the need to start putting money away for your retirement, is it the need to start taking better care of yourself, do you need to mend a broken relationship with someone or is it the time to apply for that new position at work?

Regardless of which area of your life needs attention, deciding to address this issue will have a profound impact on you.  The act of making that decision will help you reclaim your power which was lost to you.  The Universe sees that and suddenly things start to go your way.  The right people will show up in your life to help you along, that promotion you were looking for will happen, etc., etc., etc.

Learn to pay attention to your feelings and take notice when you are on the fence about something.  Unlock your personal power by standing firm and making your decisions.

Daniel Roy is the principal instructor of the Ottawa-based Praxis Wealth Institute.  He is a Certified Retirement Coach, Certified Financial Planner as well as public speaker.  He is the author of “The Essential Guide to Retirement Readiness”.  He conducts workshops and courses on the subject of winning the game of wealth creation.

Third Annual Reiki Conference

19 March 2017 - 1:43pm

Enriching Me and My Reiki Community

Mark your calendars and get ready for an AMAZING day on Sunday April 30, 2017 our Third Annual Reiki Conference – Enriching Me and My Reiki Community.  All participants from last year agree– they would absolutely refer their friends and colleagues to this event. We will be returning to the Long Island Conference Centre, 415 Nicholls Island Road on Manotick, Ontario.  This beautiful facility was thoroughly enjoyed by our participants and many took the time to comment on the serenity and peace it offered.  Also returning, our incredible caterer Sucre Sale who will tempt us with his delicious creations.

Why we do what we do?

Over the years a wonderful group of practitioners have come together to improve the health and wellbeing of their clients, family, friends, communities and our beautiful planet. All participated and evolved because they care deeply about raising the profile of the practice of Reiki and alternative health options. We are now celebrating the third year this conference.

Our goals for this Day

To offer all participants a day to enrich themselves.

Increase your knowledge and understanding of complimentary healing approaches to enhance you and your Reiki practice

Gain new insights to incorporate Reiki into your world.

To gather and network with people who are curious about, and honor ENERGY.


Dave Teed and Jean Wilmot – Relational Clearing

Angelika Niedling – Giving Birth to a New Integrated Self

Tristine Brine – Be Humble, for you are made of Earth. Be Noble, for you are made of Stars.

Jacynthe Villemarie – Enlightened Business Planning: When Entrepreneurship Meets Divine Co-Creation

Pete Bernard, Algonquin Medicine Man – Gravity

Denise Carpenter – Group Reiki Treatment

Christina Bendevis – Music

Susan Alexander Kumar – Yoga Breaks

How to participate

Reiki training is not necessary for you to experience and benefit from this full day of discovery and exploration.

Save 15% off our regular price by registering early through

Use the code “Early Bird” until March 31st. For complete details, view the agenda, speaker profiles and vendors visit or on Facebook

It is go be an AMAZING DAY!

We look forward to meeting old friends, making new ones and furthering our Reiki journeys.  Call us if you have any questions, Denise Carpenter 613-913-2803 or Brenda Pichette 613-408-7777

Grounding and the Art of Creating Sacred Space:  Creating Boundaries and Safe Spaces – Part I

13 March 2017 - 12:40am

Aileen M. McKenna, Certified Quantum-Touch® Therapy Practitioner/Instructor, Empathic Life Coach, Certified Facilitator, Open Space Technology, and Small Group Processes

I have been working and being astonished with my work with energy for more than 25 year now.  Before becoming fully aware of how the energy of others affected me, I had no idea as to what was happening, except that I would make decisions that seemed totally foreign to me about what I would want to do, and just didn’t fit with who I was.  When I began to study energy healing, I was able to grasp how the energy and thought forms of others, could have an impact on me when a friend introduced me to a book that was actually about preparing our energy bodies for the coming times.

As I began to use these tools to ground myself, to clear my energy field, to maintain the integrity of my energy field, I was astonished the difference in how I felt, and gradually I began to get the idea of who I was when I was able to clear the energy of others from my field therefore, preventing the imposition of others on my being.  Before I learned these tools, I had really no idea as to what was happening within my being when I was in close proximity with some people in various circumstances.  I could only tell that sometimes I would be feeling great, and then a certain person, or group of people would enter the space, and I’d feel exhausted, or confused, or really upset.  However, I also realized that at other times, other people would enter my space, or I, theirs, and I’d feel really uplifted, and energized.  With the information from that text, I began to understand how much I had been influenced from my very early beginnings in life, from my family, friends, society, and as I grew up, from teachers, fellow students, and indeed, from my church, government, and indeed, from everyone in my world.

The vibration of the planet is increasing and the magnetics decreasing, therefore, energy as thoughtforms move through time and space much more quickly than previously and without the interference of strong magnetics.  We are encouraged to spend time with positive people and those who help us to feel good and uplifted.  We are now realizing that negative thoughts, violent thoughts, particularly fearful thoughts affect our bodies and our minds in destructive ways.  Many illnesses in our bodies and minds can be traced back to strong negative input often in the form of guilt, from earlier in our lives.

The wonderful part of working with energy, is that nothing is permanent.  If we take the steps we can learn to take, we can remove all the negative and destructive energy from our energy fields.  We simply need to learn a few techniques, and to practice them regularly, and viola!!! we will quickly find ourselves feeling lighter, healthier, and more energetic with the heaviness from those other energies.

Please check out my website at to find the dates for the series of workshops on Grounding, and send me an e-mail a very complete description.

Aileen M. McKenna is a Certified QT Instructor and Practitioner, certified as the first Canadian      instructor in June 2004. She has taught classes to 1,000s of students across Canada, in the Caribbean and Scotland and sees 100s of clients annually in her private clinic in Ottawa. Aileen has also been certified as a Open Space Technology facilitator, as well as a facilitator of small groups.  She offers workshops in other energy work, including Grounding and the Art of Creating Sacred Space.  Aileen has been offering energy healing in the Ottawa area for more than 25 years, initially with Polarity therapy and Cranio-Sacral prior to learning Quantum-Touch® therapy.  You can reach her at 613-228-2272, or by e-mail at or you can check out her website at, her blogsite at  and the Quantum-Touch website at

Hair Analysis

13 March 2017 - 12:37am

Hair Analysis will identify the toxicity hiding in your brain and body. Perhaps you are hosting “Cadmium”. Even low readings on a hair analysis is a reliable indicator that a person has more of the metal inside. Sometimes Cadmium might not be revealed on early hair tests because the metal is so deeply buried and requires time to uncover and dislodge from the storage sites.

Cadmium is among the most toxic of the heavy metals. It is a common metal found in cigarette smoke, tap water, coffee, some processed and refined foods such as hydrogenated oils, and in foods from the sea, especially shellfish of all kinds. It is found in marijuana, and in cigarette papers.

Cadmium is involved in all of the major diseases of our time, including cancer, diabetes, arthritic syndromes, heart disease, kidney disease, and others. In males, Cadmium easily replaces zinc in the testicles and prostate gland and the toxicity is associated with impotence,

For women, Cadmium toxicity makes them more sexual but it also makes them more like a macho man with difficulties in monogamous, close relationships and less in touch with their true, deep feminine nature.

The average half life of cadmium in the human body is 27 years.  This means that cadmium does not tend to leave the body very much on its own but when a person pursues a Nutritional Balancing program which includes Sauna Therapy, Cadmium will slowly be eliminated, leading to many health benefits.

“Dr. Lawrence Wilson has written an excellent book, “Sauna Therapy,” which is the best resource I have read to date on sauna use. As a nutritional consultant, Wilson recommends not spending more than 20 minutes in a near-infrared lamp sauna unless you’re also on a nutritional balancing program. The reason for this is because the near-infrared can produce profound changes in your body chemistry. While most of these changes will be beneficial, if you have very unbalanced mineral ratios you could potentially worsen the problem. For men considering this regimen, I would caution them to protect their testes by holding an ice pack near their scrotum while they are in the sauna, as the testes weren’t designed for these types of high temperatures and there are some reports of impaired fertility in men who use sauna regularly.”

Dr Mercola

For more information on Nutritional Balancing and Hair Analysis contact or email:

Ankle Pain & Acupuncture

13 March 2017 - 12:00am

By Steve Ryu, R.TCMP, R.Ac

The ankle joint is an intricate network of bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles. It is built for both strength and flexibility, as it needs to bear the weight of our body while also having the flexibility for the various surfaces we walk on. The ankle joint can be prone to various types of injury and pain and ankle pain may be experienced on the inside or outside of the ankle or along the back where the Achilles tendon connects the muscles in the lower leg to the heel bone.

Most ankle pain results from a sprain, which occurs when the ankle rolls over the foot, causing a ligament to stretch or tear.  Sprains are often sports-related but they can also occur when walking on an uneven surface of from taking a misstep.  Ankle pain can also be caused by injury to any of the bones, ligaments or tendons in the ankle. Any kind of ankle injury will also affect our gait or walking pattern and in a chain reaction, the knee joint, hip joint, SI joint and spine become involved and so ankle pain can have far-reaching consequences.

As with other pain or injuries in the body, Chinese medicine (TCM) usually diagnoses ankle pain and injury as a blockage or lack of proper circulation of blood and qi-energy in the affected area. These blockages lead to pain, weakness, and an inability for the ankle to heal properly because it cannot receive the proper nourishment to do so. Acupuncture helps to remove blockages, increase circulation of the blood and energy, and also resolve any imbalances in the meridians that may be causing a weakness in the ankle and leaving it prone to injury or strain.

In the early stages of an injury, acupuncture can help to remove blockages and promote blood flow to the ankle, as well as relieve swelling and pain. With injuries in the middle stage of healing, acupuncture can help alleviate swelling and pain in the ankle, and promote healing of the tissues and bones. In later stages of injury, where the ankle has become rigid and weak, acupuncture can help to relax the tendons and remove blockages to regain movement and strength in the ankle.

In all cases, acupuncture helps to strengthen the body and promote better functioning so that the body is better able to heal and to resolve the problem fully. Whether we are dealing with acute or chronic ankle problems, acupuncture can help to boost the body’s healing so that we can regain our health and return to our regular day to day functioning.

Inviting you to come and enjoy OPEN MIND

12 March 2017 - 10:31pm

A Fun, Experiential Workshop Exploring Various Healing Modalities

Saturday June 10, 2017 in Ottawa

We are very excited to announce our third Open Mind workshop presented by three highly respected masters in their respective fields of energy and healing to be held at Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Drive in Ottawa On June 10,2017

We will be introducing different modalities to the public so that people who need help or who want to learn more, will have more options with which they can make better-informed choices and decisions.

During this one day gathering, you will have a chance to experience, participate and ask questions. We are pleased to introduce the following presenters. Learn more and contact them through their websites.

Sifu James Foo ,Qi-Matic Qigong Founder and Qigong Master ,was born with ability to see energy flow and a scientific mind, he is constantly finding out simple yet effective ways to do healing on oneself or others. He has helped a lot of people to find out the true cause of their challenges and healing professionals to improve their abilities. His most recent work is on the Conscious and Subconscious mind and how to connect to our higher self.

In this workshop, he will show you how to use specific Frequencies of the Conscious and Subconscious Mind to do Healing . You will experience SuperConsciousness Healing. Website:

Ann Jarvis, Holistic Nutritionist and Energy Healer, after having had a chronic digestive,autoimmune illness for nearly 20 years she completely healed her “incurable” disease and now lives with incredible health, vitality and joy.  Ann works with people to uncover the energetic, emotional and physical roots of illness and is able to view the body and emotions through an intuitive lens. Ann loves to help people connect with their deepest vitality and highest joy.  This is what we are here for.

In this workshop, Ann will talk about Spiritual Nutrition and the higher calling for self nourishment.You will experience a guided meditation to ignite the nourishment response within. Website:

Angelika Niedling, CHTP – IET Master Instructor Trainer,  Past Life Regression Therapist, and Healing Touch Practitioner  creates  a space of love and compassion as she assists her clients  to recapture all the aspects of their soul that they have lost through trauma or abuse. Angelika guides her clients to easily release old beliefs and programming that keeps them stuck from living their true purpose in life and  helps them give birth to a new Integrated Self.

In this workshop, Angelika will talk about “Living in the Frequencies of Love” and you will experience a meditation where you will hear the songs of your soul and connect with your inner essence and your soul’s purpose. Website:

Come and enjoy a day of learning and experiencing to empower yourself. Bring your family, friends and anyone you think may benefit. We are keeping admission price low to make it more accessible.

We will convene at 9:am and conclude at 5pm. There will be breaks, and lunchtime for which you can make your own arrangements.

The fee for the whole day is $55 before May 12 ,2017; $70 at the door. There is free parking. (To access the site, turn on Island Park Drive at a small road called Bying Drive.)

To register, contact Angela Fung at or 613 762 8893. Please send your payment to Angela Fung at 49 Rita Ave. Ottawa, ON, K2G 2G7. Or e-transfer to

Private consultations with presenters will be available on June 11 ,2017 at The International Academy of Health Education, 380 Forest Street.  To book appointment,please contact Angela Fung at

By Angela Fung retired R.N., B.A.Psychology,Qigong and Bowen Practitioner. Ottawa coordinator of Sifu James and Qi-Matic Research Centre.