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Flip Your Day, Find Your Way

I love teaching this stuff to my kids.  Then my kids turn around and teach it to me. 

I had just taught my eldest son about how to turn-around a day that isn’t going well by saying something believable*.  I told him that instead of declaring what a rotten day it was, he should say something like, “I am so glad this day turned out to be so incredible.”  He agreed to give it a go, and it turned his day around quickly.  He still uses it regularly and with good results.

A couple of weeks later, after a whole bunch of messes in a row, I went downstairs to get something to deal with yet another mess, and my eldest son was in the kitchen.  Both of us were having a time of it that day, but while I was wallowing in it, my son was saying, “I’m so glad …”  So I joined in with him, and that was all it took.  Turned my day around!  [Which reminds me, say thank you for every difficulty too, and we will be well on our way to making the most of our days and our lives.]

When The Going Is Tough:  When you are using an I Am statement to turn something around, make it a statement that you find believable.  That is why I suggested a statement that he could imagine himself saying at the end of the day–it is easier to imagine the day working out alright in the end when you’re in the midst of feeling rotten.

When You Want to Live With Purpose:  That’s also why I like an affirmation that doesn’t detail all of the little things but focuses on the big picture, like thinking/feeling/visualizing all day that at the end of the day you could proclaim, “I really lived this day to its fullest!”  At the very least, it is a reminder of what your highest priority is–to live the day to its fullest.

Maybe your priority is to maintain your calm, find your center, maintain inner peace.  Or maybe it is to feel that you lived in the moment, lived with purpose, or found your way.  Or to serve God in all you do and say.

You can turn your life around with it, too!

*This is a combo of Law of Attraction, The Magic  by Rhonda Byrnes, and what I learned in a Lifeclass with Oprah and Joe Osteen.

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Overdoing It [and Homeopathy to the Rescue]

Stomach upset?  Muscles cranky?  Maybe even surprised to be hungover?

When we inadvertently overdo it, homeopathy can ease the consequences.  Try to learn from your mistake, though, and make an earnest promise to yourself that you will take your lesson to heart!

Tummy Ache

If you are nauseated and just plain feel icky, ask yourself whether you had too much coffee or tea the day before?  If so, homeopathic Chamomilla will help.

Spirit tipped me off to this when a friend of mine called me feeling awful one day.  Spirit told me she needed Chamomilla, but that is typically considered the domain of teething babies.  So I looked it up for her and discovered it can be helpful for ailments resulting from an excess of coffee or tea.  Sure enough, my friend said that the day before, she’d had twice the amount of a “mocha freeze” she typically drank as a treat.  Some time later, another friend called me for help and again Spirit told me Chamomilla would help her; sure enough, she’d had a surprisingly strong cup of green tea the previous afternoon in addition to her usual cup of morning coffee.

And if your stomach is upset after too much or too much rich food, Nux Vomica can help.

Achy Muscles

If you have undertaken a new workout, or you overdid an old one, leaving you with tired, sore muscles, you could try a dose of Arnica 6c for some relief.

Hung Over

If you are reeling from too much alcohol, or the consequences thereof, homeopathic Nux Vomica can help you detox [you can try it if you have trouble detoxing after laughing gas at the dentist, too].

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Getting Grounded for Good

For most of us, grounding is beneficial because it keeps us calm when we could get overwhelmed.

It is a means of centering oneself, making sure we do not get caught-up too much in our heads, etc.  It is  a reminder that we are in physical bodies on Earth.  We even need to be grounded in order to work effectively with Spirit.

I use both simple “mental” exercises and gemstones to ground myself quickly and easily.

Of the Earth

I’ve long been drawn to stones, and healing gemstones are of such gentle energy that they seem to complement homeopathy quite well.  Just make sure you clear your gemstones of negative energy regularly.  To cleanse my crystals and stones, I put the gemstones I’ve used each day in a bowl of salt overnight, then change out the salt every couple of weeks.  I also do this with newly purchased crystals, just incase.

My favorite gemstones for grounding and protection are pyrite, black onyx, and amber [technically, amber is fossilized tree resin, not a gemstone].  I also really like Healer’s Gold a lot, and hematite is a common favorite.  [A bowl of tumbled hematite even can be used to clear other gemstones!]

It is easiest to wear these as jewelry–necklaces, bracelets, etc.  In certain circumstances, I also use individual gemstone pieces for grounding by tucking them into a pocket or waistband to bring the energy further out of my head [I can be in my head a lot].  I mentioned this to a gemstone expert once, and she said that actually black onyx is best as a belt [I haven’t found any onyx belts, but I bet you could make one].

Watch Your Step

A quick and easy way to remain grounded is to pay attention to your footsteps.  I had an energy therapist at one point who said the permanency of her work depended heavily on whether clients paid attention to their footsteps for several days after appointments.  She  also suggested imagining that you are walking barefoot on grass or at the beach or imagining that your feet are connected to the earth through the flooring because eventually all is connected to the earth.

Protect & Ground

The same energy therapist recommended  imagining a ray of light that came from Heaven, entering through the crown chakra, running down the spine through the tailbone, and connecting us to the earth.

You can protect yourself and ground yourself pretty easily and quickly in one exercise incorporating that idea:  Ideally, you’d do it morning and night.

Imagine yourself protected in a shield of white light.  I say a prayer, thanking God for protecting me in the white light of his love and protection.  I visualize myself being protected in white light while I am praying.

Then I ask that all negativity and dark energy be removed from my being, transmuted in His white light, and returned to me so that I am infused with His white light of love and protection.

Next I thank God for shielding me from all negativity and dark energy, and I visualize His white light shielding me thusly.

Finally, I ground myself by imagining my feet and tailbone connected to the earth.  For my daughter, she prefers to think of herself like a banyan tree, with her feet and tailbone rooted to the earth.

I do this process for my whole family, morning and night.  Sometimes I do an abbreviated version, sometimes more thorough.

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Exercise it carefully! A lesson in free will

I had a quick lesson in free will this morning that so concisely represents the human spiritual experience.

As I backed into the driveway from my garage en route to school on this rainy day, my daughter noticed that one of the cats had run out–he must’ve been in the garage and run out when he was frightened by the door and car.  With a lot of coyotes around here, we try to keep him indoors when we’re not around to let him in quickly.

So, I parked the car and prepared to get the cat back inside.  I immediately felt I should take my keys with me.  I decided against it and continued my efforts to get out of the car [seatbelt, jacket, etc.].  Again I felt I should take my keys with me.  It probably happened 3 times.  So I took some time to figure out why I would need my keys — pro’s and con’s.  All very reasonable and logical and sound.  I decided against the keys, of course.  Otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this post!

Spoiler alert:  That was my free will, deciding to leave the keys on account of reasoning.  Listening to my intuition [or Spirit, more specifically] would’ve been following that unreasonable but persistent sense that I should take the keys.

I left the car running, got out and pursued the cat.  Kissy sounds, sweet kitty calls, and all of it.  He just kept walking further down our walk.  Well, wouldn’t you know, he walked right up to the front door and waited for me.  But could I let him in the front door?  No I could not.  And why not?  Because I had left my keys in the car!

So I picked him up, and he was okay … until he heard the sound of the car, which of course, I had left running with the keys in it.  He started freaking out, scratching me, scratching my coat [I was sure it would rip!].  It was quite the tussle from there to get him in the house.

I had been forewarned and I overrode it with free will.

This is a tiny, tightly packaged lesson in free will.  Every single time that we exercise free will to turn away from a higher choice, it is because of fear.*  Today, I chose to leave the keys because I was worried my youngest would freak out about the DVD player if I turned off the car.  Yes, you read that correctly.  It might seem ridiculously understandable, ridiculously ridiculous, or just plain funny, but so it is.  That is what I did.  And in so doing, I exercised free will to choose against Spirit’s guidance, and look where it got me!

We do this every day in big and small ways–exercise our free will to override the advice of Spirit.  Spirit is always trying to help us lead our best lives.  If only we would listen every time.

*I want to add a post-script about fear, because I do believe in the Gift of Fear.  This is a good chance to parse all of that out:  What is intuition / the voice of Spirit, what is fear / the voice of Spirit, and what is fear / blocking intuition?  I am not an expert, but this is what I understand and is consistent with my experiences:

Both fear and intuition that are representative of the voice of Spirit tend to be inexplicable.  You cannot reason your way into it, it just is.  You just have a feeling, a thought that pops into your head, etc.  You could read more on it in Gavin DeBecker’s The Gift of Fear, and I’ve heard Michael Neill talk about it on Hay House Radio.  Cynthia Slon also has explained to me that all worry essentially comes from assumptions we make about the future.

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What’s in Your Wallet? Homeopathic First Aid for Your Wallet

wallet remediesIf everyone in the world knew how to use and had access to these few remedies, our world would be an easier place!

If you aren’t already familiar with how to dose using homeopathy, please read the As Needed post, which explains how to implement the homeopathic Minimum Dose.

If you carry just a single dose of remedy in your wallet, you can make one dose into many doses simply by dissolving it in a water bottle.  Ideally, you will use purified water and a bottle with a sports spout to minimize the addition of backwash.  Each teaspoon or little squirt or sip you take is a dose of the remedy.  If you have a topical injury [e.g., burn, sprain, bruise], you also can apply some of that remedy water to your injury.  Works like a charm, usually within 10 minutes — you might not even need to take the oral dose!

Onto the remedies…

Trauma–emotional and physical

These are the most crucial.  If I only carried one, I’d carry Arnica.  Two, Arnica and Aconite.

Shock, fright.  Something happens, you are shaken and cannot truly calm down.  Aconite.  Also called Aconitum Napellus.  One dose of 200c typically is sufficient, especially if you take it soon after the event.  If you only have 30c, you may need 2-3 doses.

Swelling, bruises.  You fall, you are in an accident, and you sustain an injury.  Arnica.  Also called Arnica Montana.  If it just hurts, take nothing or a dose of 30c.  If you are thinking, “This could be pretty bad,” take a dose of 200c.  Do not take another dose unless the previous dose gave you improvement which subsequently waned.  And certainly seek medical care when necessary!  If your injury was to a nerve-rich area, such as fingers, toes, or tailbone, turn to Hypericum where you normally would turn to Arnica.

Owies–emotional and physical 

If you have space for a few more remedies, consider these, especially if you are prone or have kids who are prone …

Sprains and Strains.  If you or your kids are active in sports, it would be worthwhile to either just take Arnica 200 with you [or send it with them] or to make a little combination of Arnica, Rhus Tox, and Ruta in 200c potencies for injuries with the uh-oh factor.  Arnica for swelling and muscle injury, Rhus Tox for ligament/tendon injury, and Ruta for connective tissue/tendons.

Stings, bites.  Apis for red, hot, swollen stings [like bee stings] and Ledum for hard puncture wounds [like mosquito stings and even injuries at the site of injections].

Cuts.  Calendula supports healing and is known to fight infection.  Staphysagria is helpful for healing incisions or other clean cuts similar to incisions.

Burns.  My favorite is Cantharis, which always has worked if I take it immediately after the burn.  I also really like Hawaiian Moon Aloe for small kitchen burns and sunburns.

Sorrow.  Ignatia for ailments from grief [when you are so sad, you just cannot get a grip].

Ruh-roh–I think I’m gonna …

Food poisoning.  Arsenicum Album is the most common remedy for food poisoning from bad meat.  If you are terribly sick, you probably want to use a 200c, as needed.

Overdoing it.  Too much rich food, too much drink, even too much work.  Nux Vomica!  Way too much coffee or tea leave you feeling sick?  Chamomilla does the trick [you’ll probably need the 200c if you’re that sick]!

Carry ’em

Key Fob Kit .  Remedia makes a great little key fob that holds 3 vials of remedy.  Choose from their selection [Arnica 200, Ledum 200, and Nux Vomica 200] or get empty vials and fill them with your choice of remedies.

Little Envelopes.  I like to use what are called “coin envelopes” to slip 1-3 doses of remedy into a small space, like a pocket, wallet, waterproof iPhone case [mine pictured here], etc.

Here's a quick reference card you can print out and keep handy in your wallet or bag.
Here’s a quick reference card you can print out and keep handy in your wallet or bag.

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The Sooner The Better

The sooner you get to an issue, the better.  Pretty much always, and with every modality.  For acute issues and issues that have become chronic.

This is why I am a huge proponent of treating children [yes, even babies] who are having a tough time.  And one reason I carry remedies with me at all times.

Many issues result from some sort of trauma.  The sooner you remove that traumatic layer from your body and psyche, the better!  You will still remember it and be informed by it, but it will no longer have a hold on your body or your emotions.

We can even take a simple example like a baby who enters the world with a physical issue.  The resulting accommodations–logistical, emotional, in parenting–can change the parent-child dynamic, the child’s expectations of the world, etc.  The longer they persist, the more likely they are to be internalized by the child, etc.

It is exactly like habit formation—it is easier to prevent a bad habit than it is to break one.

And it’s a bit like making a snowman out of a snowball.

Prevent Trauma from Taking Hold

I like to keep Rescue Remedy [a Bach Flower Essence] and homeopathic Aconite [for fright, shock, trauma] with me.  I find Rescue Remedy and EFT helpful for milder situations, and Aconite 200c tends to be what I use if I’m so upset that I’m shaking or my child is so upset s/he cannot catch a breath to speak.  It resolves the fright so that we can deal with the situation at hand calmly, which has lovely practical implications!  It also heals the fear immediately so that it doesn’t have a chance to get a foothold.

I carry a single dose of Arnica 200 with me everywhere!
I carry a single dose of Arnica 200 with me everywhere!

The cause of the emotion, and the emotional state itself, are clear in that moment and the moments that follow.  That makes them exceedingly easy to treat right then.  But if you let “time heal all wounds,” without addressing the actual emotional injuries as well as any physical injuries, the physical injuries might heal while the emotional ones simply fester.  You might be able to look back and say, “It all started after that incident.”  And you might be able to recall the emotions that arose then.  But often we simply don’t recall all of those details or are simply in the habit of ignoring our emotions.

Prevent Sickness or Ailments from Taking Hold

There are numerous proponents of leaving fevers/colds/coughs/flu’s to do their thing, but if you simply do not have the wherewithal to do that, the earlier you treat them, the better your results are likely to be.  If you’re really in-touch with your body, you’ll know when you’re just a bit too fatigued or you have a vaguely sore throat, and you can boost your immune system with vitamin C and the like.  Homeopathically, you can take something like Ferrum Phosphoricum 6x or 6c or 30c when you are feeling those early symptoms.  If it comes on suddenly and with vigor, you could take a small dose [5-10 granules] of homeopathic Oscillococcinum to try to stop it in its tracks.

For physical ailments, I carry Arnica 200c with me at all times–I even put it in a waterproof iPhone case for the beach and pool!  It doesn’t cover everything, but it is the one thing most likely to help in most situations where you are in an uh-oh state!  In fact, recently on a family trip to the beach, my husband was stung by something when a wave rushed in while working on a sandcastle.  He took the stinger out immediately, and I gave him a dose of Arnica 200.  At that point, we had no idea what it was, only that it wasn’t good.  It helped tremendously, even though Arnica is not the most oft-described remedy for assisting with stings, bites, or the like.

Prevent a Chronic Issue from Worsening

For chronic issues, the sooner you address them, the better, in my opinion and my experience.  Chances are that you will need the help of a healer with that, so start asking around for some referrals!

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Fingers, Toes, and Tailbone Injuries: Hypericum is their Arnica!

When you injure a nerve-rich body part, like your fingertips, toes, or coccyx [tailbone], think of Hypericum.

from the reliable homeopathic pharmacy, Helios.co.uk
from the website of the reliable homeopathic pharmacy, Helios.co.uk

Hypericum is great for nerve repair in general, so in those nerve-rich areas, grab the Hypericum!

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  • No doctor-patient relationship is intended, implied or created by the posting or viewing of information on this site; nor is a doctor-patient relationship created by the submission or exchange of questions or information via email or otherwise with Pamela Lialias.
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