The Power of Awareness Reveals Super Heroes

Super Heroes have Super Powers

Super Heroes have Super Powers

I have been questioning my Power of Awareness to reveal Super Heroes!

Who first thought up the concept of a “Super Hero”?

When did Super Heroes first enter your field of Awareness?

Why were Super Heroes gifted with Super Powers?

 

I was listening to a lengthy conversation yesterday, between my niece and grandson. They were discussing their favourite Super Heroes and their Super Powers. Since then, I have been reflecting on whom I identify as Super Heroes, and why.

Myths and Legends have been passed down through the ages to record events and information. Sometimes, these were through song, dance and recitals. Others were through storytelling, rituals and written word.

Storytelling connects us to our ancestors, down through the ages. I have been telling my grandson many stories, especially about his first months of life – where I was present and could share my memories of events that he was too little to consciously recall at this present time. I love telling him stories about when his own mother – my daughter – was a child. These are the stories that connect him to the child in his adult mother. The stories that fascinate a child, who can’t quite believe that his Super Hero mom was also a Super Hero child.

Which brings me to ask again – what or whom is a Super Hero?

When we engage the full Power of our Awareness, Super Heroes are revealed, all around us, in our midst.

Super Heroes are not mythical figures who set out to save the world, to destroy evil or to vanquish monsters. They are people just like you and me. People who aspire to give their best, to shine their light into the darkest corners, and to allow their love to radiate without concern for results. Everyday people doing everyday activities, but with the awareness that every conscious act of love has the power to vanquish fear and despair.

Super Powers include compassion, paying attention, active listening, just being present, doing what is yours to do, bringing what is yours to bring, being the highest version of yourself, living in gratitude.

Which other Super Powers do you recognise in the Super Heroes amongst us?

Would you join me as we exercise our Power of Awareness and declare every day a Super Heroes Day?

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How Many Acupuncture Sessions?

How many acupuncture sessions are enough

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I am frequently asked how many acupuncture sessions I would recommend for various treatment conditions.

During my early acupuncture training that we were taught that acupuncture has a cumulative effect. This means that the more acupuncture sessions you have, the longer the treatment effects last. How many acupuncture sessions are enough?

If a person’s system is depleted of energy they may already be experiencing symptoms. Their energy stores would need to be balanced and then enhanced, before you could bring about a resolution of the symptoms affecting them.

In my experience over the years I have practiced acupuncture, I have seen some people who have responded immediately to a single session of acupuncture. Others with seemingly the same set of symptoms may take much longer to respond.

Once again, this reinforces my belief that ‘one size does not fit all’. We are each unique. We respond in our own way to our individual needs in our own individual set of circumstances.

While I remember these ‘rules’ clearly, I felt it would be both helpful and interesting to research some Journal articles on a few conditions that I work with. I wanted to know how many acupuncture sessions were completed during their research, and the frequency of the sessions. I have summarised a few articles below.

The first article [1] deals with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy. This is the most common late complication of diabetes. These patients may experience loss of sensation and strength, prickling or pain.

A randomized controlled trial was performed where 42 patients participated in one  acupuncture session per day lasting 30 minutes, for 15 days. (Total of 15 sessions). The results of the trial suggest that acupuncture can delay the progressive deterioration of nerve function secondary to Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy, and could actually accelerate the nerve regenerative process. The treatment also appeared to significantly improve subjective symptom scores, particular numbness, pain, rigidity and alterations in temperature perception.

An Abstract from another article describes a long-term study of Acupuncture for the treatment of chronic peripheral diabetic neuropathy [2]. 46 patients were treated with acupuncture analgesia. The patients received up to 6 courses of classical acupuncture analgesia over a period of 10 weeks.

77% of the patients showed a significant improvement in their primary and / or secondary symptoms. These patients were followed up for a period of 18-52 weeks. Only 24% of the patients required further acupuncture sessions. 21% of the patients noted that their symptoms cleared completely.

The conclusion suggests that acupuncture is a safe and effective therapy for the long-term management of painful diabetic neuropathy.

Acupuncture in a Rheumatology Clinic [3] is the topic of the third article. An acupuncture clinic was established for a limited period within a rheumatology department of a hospital.

41 patients underwentprospective observational study in order to demonstrate the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment. Courses of 6-8 acupuncture sessions of traditional and trigger-point acupuncture were offered for a specified range of conditions. (Neck pain, Thoracic pain, Low back and leg pain, Knee pain, Ankle and foot pain, Shoulder pain).

Contrary to expectation, some patients with a long history of degenerative disease responded well.

In conclusion, 73% of rheumatology patients included in the study showed at least a 33% improvement in pain after acupuncture treatment. There was a considerable reduction in the intake of analgesic drugs.

A Pilot clinical study of 31 Frozen Shoulders [4] describes the symptoms as ‘severe aching in the shoulder and upper arm, with tenderness around the area. All glenohumeral movements become restricted to about 25% of normal expected movement’.

These patients commonly get little relief from conventional medical treatment or physiotherapy.

Of all the 31 patients treated, all but one (who withdrew after only 2 treatments) had beneficial responses. Some patients obtained therapeutic effect with only 4 acupuncture sessions. Others needed up to 15 acupuncture sessions for the same level of benefit.

“It appears to be individual response rather than a specific optimum number of treatment sessions that determines both the amount of benefit and the speed of recovery in acupuncture treatment”.

How many sessions of acupuncture would you, personally, benefit from? Let’s offer your body the chance to discover your optimal treatment response!

 

References:

  1. Fifteen-day Acupuncture Treatment Relieves Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: Yanqing Tong, Hongyang Guo, Bing Han; J Acupunct Meridian Stud 2010; 3(2):95-103
  2. Acupuncture for the treatment of painful peripheral diabetic neuropathy: a long-term study; B. Abuaisha, J. B. Costanzi, A. J. M. Boulton; http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S016882279700123X
  3. Acupuncture in a Rheumatology Clinic: Rosemary Alexander, Adrian White; Acupuncture in medicine Dec 2000 Vol 18 (2) p100-103
  4. Frozen Shoulder: A Comparison of Western and Traditional Chinese Approaches and a Clinical Study of its Acupuncture Treatment; Emad S Tukmachi. Acupuncture in Medicine June 1999 Vol 17 (1) p9-21
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Holding Out For The Finish Line

holding out for the finish line

Holding out for the finish line

How often have you given up, instead of holding out for the finish line?

This is a question I have been asking myself recently. This could be a theme that runs on a ‘replay loop’ through times of my life.

I am currently working through a business mentoring program with a group of like-minded small business owners. We are just over half way through our programme and I find it hard to quantify all I have learnt or refined in this short while.

What I have learnt:

  • I am not alone in my quest to serve the Greater Good, and in so doing, become the best version of myself that I aspire to be
  • There are others who also struggle with the truth that what each has to offer is incredibly valuable
  • What is required of me is to focus on my vision and then consistently apply small daily actions that will result in rewarding outcomes
  • When I have support and encouragement from those I am working with, and from those whom I serve, the quality of my work improves
  • My best work unfolds when I hold myself accountable to the Highest Version of myself
  • Losing focus, losing faith in myself and the process, prevents me from holding out for the finish line.

When I reflect on the Journey that has brought me to here and now, I recognise many instances where I felt so discouraged with an apparent lack of progress, or a twist in the road that deflected me off the path I was on. Did I lose interest because nothing seemed to be happening – or what I wanted to happen didn’t? Or did I lose sight of the finish line because the journey seemed too long and arduous?

What if those instances were, in fact, just short training periods to prepare me for the big event? Imagine if all those experiences were just the most perfect preparation for what is now working out in my world?

The most wonderful example happened to me yesterday.

I turned up for my monthly 5km timed Parkrun because I had made a commitment to myself that I would hold myself accountable to keep up my morning runs. The Parkrun ensures that I keep on track with time and distance when I run during the week. I felt flat and tired after a busy week – but I was committed! From the first few steps I knew that my legs were running on Angel Power. It was effortless. I was stunned and amazed.

Do you know what feels like to be carried on Angels’ wings, to be fully supported?

I ran my personal best time, which stunned me.

I ask myself now: what will it take to feel this way more often; to consistently tap into the grace of the Universe, to show up and expect to do my best.  This way, holding out for the finish line becomes exciting and enjoyable.

What does holding out for the finish line evoke for you?

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Time to Grieve

Is taking time to grieve selfish? Is it a form of self-pity?

taking time to grieve

Taking time to grieve

I recently visited an elderly woman in her home, in my community therapy role. So much had been happening in her world. During the weeks since my last visit she had experienced some serious health challenges, and her brother had died.

How could I be surprised that she had not managed to continue with the exercise and walking program we had started?

She was tired, heartbroken and wracked with guilt. She described herself as “full of self-pity” because she was mourning the loss of her dear brother. This had also reminded her of the grief she experienced when her sister died a year previously.

I sat and listened with my Whole Heart.

I was not there to offer solutions, to slap a band-aid over her aching heart, to make light of her feelings. I told her I believed it was good, right and proper to feel such acute loss and to express it. How else do we recover from our deep wounds?

She told me about her family, her ancestors who had migrated to New Zealand from an Eastern European country, just before the time of the Depression. She spoke of a grandfather who worked many menial jobs to provide for his family of seven children. Her parents also worked hard to raise her and her many siblings – a labour of love which she reflected on with great gratitude. She spoke of one of her sisters who had endured many trials and tribulations only to finally triumph – and she now lives overseas. She spoke with love of her own children – their successes and challenges.

In the telling, she called all of her Ancestors into that small lounge. I could feel them standing around her. I told her that I believed that talking about our Loved ones brings them close.

I can recognise the entrenched belief that being occupied fully, being accountable for every minute spent at the expense of any form of pure relaxation, has been ingrained in our psyches. No wonder, then, that this dear soul believed she was “full of self-pity” because her thoughts kept turning to those she loved dearly who were no longer here, in physical form. Because she could not do it for herself, I offered her the gift of my time, so that she could express what her heart was longing to share.

When it was time for me to leave, she hugged me tightly and thanked me for “just listening”. I feel I was the recipient of the greater gift. I heard her heart sing!

Do you feel taking time to grieve is selfish? Do you believe it is a form of self-pity?

I welcome your comments.

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Business Location Independence

Business Location Independence

Business Location Independence

Imagine being able to take a month-long holiday and have Business Location Independence ! For me, this would be a dream come true.

Where would I go? What would I like to do there? How would I structure my days and nights?

I would choose somewhere warm, sunny and next to water but with great walks and places to explore.

I would wake as the sun rises, and greet the day with a walk, run or meditation next to the water. This puts me into the attitude of gratitude, and helps me to think clearly about the day ahead. After my breakfast I would plan my 3 most important business tasks for the day, and complete them in the morning, which would leave the rest of the day free to explore…  If I had planned a whole day excursion, I could plan to complete my business tasks the following morning. Perhaps I would write a blog post about my adventure of the day.

Perhaps I would be meeting someone connected to my field of work, to exchange ideas and to collaborate. Perhaps I would spend a few hours sitting next to the water, writing part of my book. Perhaps I had planned to attend a seminar or workshop, and I would then spend time reading and studying the course material and attending the relevant functions.

What if I, myself, had been invited to host or present part or all of a Workshop or Seminar?

What an amazing prospect!

I would make sure I had plenty of time before the event to be well prepared, so that during the event I could meet and mingle with like-minded friends, and enjoy the location and its offerings. After the event, I could take time out to explore, to relax and to reflect on the experiences I had enjoyed. I could start to plan the next adventure, my next workshop, my next online course or webinar.

As I start to think of all these possibilities, my horizon expands, and I feel a sense of Joy and Freedom. Location Independence may seem like a dream for my business now – with concerted effort this could become my new reality!

If you were able to envision this lifestyle for yourself, what would you choose to do?

 

 

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Choosing My Adventure

Choosing My Adventure - Freedom Plan Lifestyle

Choosing My Adventure – Freedom Plan Lifestyle

Choosing my adventure for Day 8 of the blogging challenge was interesting! What could I do that was fun, made me feel that I had all the time in the world, and could set me up to include more such activities in my Freedom Plan lifestyle?

As it was a ‘normal’ working week day for me, I chose to browse in a few clothing stores after-hours. Having also recently completed a mini-makeover workshop, I was keen to hone my new skills in finding wonderful garments that flattered my colouring and body shape.

I loved the feeling of browsing at leisure without being compelled to buy anything which was not pleasing to me. I knew what I was looking for –  even so, it was fun just observing other shoppers, and taking the time to absorb the colours, textures and styles of the rows and racks of clothing.

I felt great appreciation for the designers of the garments, for the people who had been employed to construct, market and merchandise all of these amazing clothes.

Because I was feeling centered, on purpose, but also expansive, I found 4 items that were a perfect fit, perfect colour, and perfect match for what I had intended. And – the price was perfect too – an added bonus!

These are the kind of adventures I am choosing for my Freedom Plan Lifestyle. They may seem routine ‘every day’ activities, but when they are tinged with a sense of awe and wonder, they soon become part of a Perfect Day, day after day after day.

I know my adventures are different to yours…  Inspire me and share yours?

 

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Imperfect Action Solves Procrastination and Overwhelm

Imperfect Action Solves Procrastination and Overwhelm

Imperfect Action Solves Procrastination and Overwhelm

Today’s Blog Challenge to take imperfect action solves the wretched curse of procrastination and overwhelm.

This is particularly pertinent for me today as I grapple with the multitudinous after-effects of the very large earthquake we experienced in Christchurch, New Zealand, last night. I feel tired from lack of sleep, and can’t seem to concentrate for very long to focus my attention on any task requiring my full attention. My usual morning routine was superseded by the very urgent need to evacuate my home due to a tsunami threat. I know that I am not experiencing this alone – my whole city has been shaken!

These are circumstances brought about by great forces of nature, not by my lack of attention to detail nor lack of focus on my business plans! Yet, I recognise my friends Procrastination and Overwhelm, as I have become familiar with these qualities in myself.

Procrastination, because I put off doing what I know is necessary – often because I feel Overwhelm-ed by the task, or unsure of where to begin. So, here I am, making a beginning on this blog post, and loving the sense of normalcy it offers me. Loving the comfort of writing, an activity that I love. Feeling so grateful to capture thoughts and words in action. Even though parts of me feel scattered, and I wonder how many people could possibly read my post, this Imperfect Action brings me one step closer to reaching my Freedom Plan.

I am going to commit to writing for at least 25 minutes every morning after I wake, whether it is for a blog post, a reflective statement, freehand in my journal or a letter to a friend. This Imperfect Action taken daily will solve my procrastination and overwhelm, word by word, action by action!

Have you been shaken to your core recently? Please let me know how things are in your world today!

 

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Inspire Me – Finding My Tribe

Inspire Me - Finding my Tribe and the Freedom Plan

Inspire Me – Finding my Tribe and the Freedom Plan

Finding my Tribe is the key to inspire and support me on this Freedom Plan Journey.

Today’s challenge is to name 2 people who are living the kind of life that I want to live, and whose Tribe I would love to be a part of.

Caroline Myss has long been someone whom I respect and look up to. I was so fortunate to attend a 2- day workshop in Stellenbosch, South Africa where I experienced first-hand how it feels to be listened to, truly acknowledged and respected as a fellow seeker of knowledge.

Caroline told us that she had started out providing individual personal consultations, but soon became overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work. It was then that she set out to offer public workshops, seminars and her online courses, audio books and offerings – in order that she could teach us to do the work for ourselves.

I am inspired by her wisdom, her compassion for our human-ness, and her unrelenting stance on what she holds true. I am inspired that she is continually expanding her vision and that she is so willing to include us, her Tribe, in adventuring with her. I am inspired by her Freedom Lifestyle – offering workshops and seminars in significant and beautiful locations around the world.

I feel I am already a part of her Tribe, as I aspire to integrate her insights and teachings into my daily life and my healing work.

If I were able to ask Caroline one question in ‘real life’ today, I would ask “Who inspires you, Caroline, and why?”

Byron Katie is equally inspiring to me. Once again, I was so very fortunate to meet her at Fourways, Johannesburg, and to attend a day long workshop with her in Johannesburg, South Africa.  After experiencing very dark days, she came to realise that Loving What Is provides us with the way out of suffering. Her method of self-inquiry – The Work – is offered free on her website. She has published numerous books, posts videos on her website, is active in Social Media and travels the world to deliver life changing workshops and also offers residential immersion experiences in beautiful locations.

I am inspired by her generosity of spirit and her patience in helping each participant to reach their answer inside, to relinquish the suffering caused by their thoughts. I am inspired by the simplicity and potency of The Work which she shares so willingly. I am inspired by her constancy, never straying off course, seeing each process through its full cycle. I am inspired by her Freedom Lifestyle, traveling where she is invited, and offering workshops and classes in beautiful locations.

I would certainly like to be a more active member of her Tribe – I feel I am moving closer!

If I were to meet Katie again, I would love to ask her “who inspires you Katie, and why?”

Do you have someone who inspires you? Are you part of their Tribe?

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Productive and Efficient Daily Success Plan

Productive and Efficient Daily Success Plan brings Freedom

Productive and Efficient Daily Success Plan brings Freedom

If I utilised a Daily Success Plan for my Freedom Plan Business, my perfect day would be productive and efficient.  Today’s Blog Challenge invites me to describe what I would do, when I would do it and how I would feel once I had completed my daily plan.

Natalie Sisson’s 3 guidelines are a great starting point.

  • Our work space needs to be clear and uncluttered. Ideally, in our own home office area, with no distractions from well-meaning friends or family members who may not realise we are actually working!
  • Then, we need to set the 3 most important actions for the day.
  • We work most efficiently when we have a deadline, so the Pomodoro Method (working in 25 minute intervals) is a very effective method to keep on track and working to the assigned task – no distractions!

My home study is peaceful, and I aim to keep the tiny desk free of clutter. To do so, and to remain productive and efficient, I need to keep papers to a minimum.  One of my daily success plan tasks is to pay bills as they come in, and file the paperwork immediately.  I do admit to having piles of ‘things to do’ that I am working on…. Writing and filing notes from meetings I attend, keeping my Professional Development folder current etc.

I receive a fair amount of correspondence via email, concerning initiatives I am involved in. I don’t always answer each on the day I receive them as some require contemplation before response.

I am pondering how to advance my business, and have been consulting with coaches and participating in online courses / workshops – like this blogging challenge!

I can easily list 3 of my top current important actions for my daily success plan:

  1. Work on revising my website and eBook
  2. Write my blog
  3. Pay any due invoices, correspondence, filing

I would focus on the first one early in the morning, before my ‘other work’, and then complete the rest in the evening ‘after hours’. To hold myself accountable, I could tick off the activities in my diary, or I could go so far as to draw up a planner to keep track of the activities.

I already feel energised and enthusiastic, having used the Pomodoro timing segmsnts

to write this blog. This has been a most productive and efficient use of my Saturday morning,

How do you hold yourself accountable – I would love you to share!

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Super Powers Define My Sweet Spot

My Super Powers define my Sweet Spot - HeartFire Therapy

My Super Powers define my Sweet Spot – HeartFire Therapy

Today’s challenge is to identify my Super Powers in order to find my Sweet Spot. The ‘sweet spot’ is the key to realising my Dream for Freedom because this is a combination of things I am good at, things I enjoy doing, and things that I could expect to be paid for doing / delivering.

The invitation was to ask those people close to me whom I trust, love and respect to provide me with a list of qualities they could identify as my Super Powers, as generally few of us are great at shining the light on our own attributes. I am humbled and grateful to those who responded so generously to provide their insights.

I am very aware that today is the 11th day of the 11th month – and according to numerology 11/11 provides a Portal of Light to align with the Divine. I believe this whole exercise serves to bring clarity and focus to my Work and is Divinely guided, and so I am conscious of bringing the finest in me to express through these words.

If I were to choose 2-3 Super Powers which could lead to my Sweet Spot, I choose those which are supported by so many others, but are more likely to bring me a source of income:

Healing and reconciliation

  • The capacity to love, care, and be heart centered
  • An ability to see things in balance, both physically and metaphysically
  • An intuitive ability to know exactly how to say the right thing at the right time
  • The ability to hone into the salient point of a problem
  • Allowing another to feel their pain without judgment, belittling or trying to say something “spiritually appropriate”
  • Intuitive acupuncture treatments and Energy Attunements
  • Great listener, listening without interrupting
  • Artistic ability – seeing possibility and beauty in a tangled mess

Sparkling Powerful Presence –

  • Wisdom
  • Precision in expression – economy of words leading to powerful, concise presentation of self
  • Professional
  • Reliable
  • Humour
  • Optimism
  • Courage
  • Patience

Teaching, Workshop or Group Facilitation

  • Fortitude; Endurance
  • Tenacity; Resilience
  • Stay true to my highest vision – I don’t give up on living as a spiritual being expressing in human form
  • Initiator – I am willing to take risks which are thoughtfully assessed
  • Emotional intelligence – I am willing to own the hurts in my heart yet not let these dominate my expression.

In offering these Super Powers through the forms of individual consultations, group workshops and seminars, public talks, written words (blogs, books) I will be able to serve those who are searching for what I have to offer, and in so doing, I will also be able to realise my Dream:

I help people to invoke their own unique energy to harmonise their mind, body, spirit and emotions – so that they can consciously align with whole body health.

 

What is YOUR sweet spot? Have you identified it yet? I would love to hear about it!

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