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The website of Author/Writer and Psychic Medium Astrid Brown. Making the most of 'YOU' i.e. how to achieve well-being and beauty from within ourselves. A truly holistic blog providing information on all aspects of psychic mediumship, spiritualism, philosophy, holistic therapies, nutrition, health, stress, mental health and beauty with a little bit of Wicca for good measure. Feeling and looking good is as much a part of how we feel inside as the outside.

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I am a great believer in Karma, but just what is it? Karma comes from the Sanskrit and ancient Indian Language with the underlying principal that every deed in our lives will affect our future life. For example, if we treat others badly during our lifetime we will have negative experiences later on in that lifetime or in future lifetimes. Likewise, if we treat others well we will be rewarded by positive experiences.

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Monday, 18 September 2017

SKIN CARE r-RETINOATE


As you know this blog is dedicated to all about YOU, inside and out, so a beauty blog this time. I have used a number of products from Medik 8, and I can throughly recommend them. Most of Medik 8 products contain Vitamin E and I have been using Vitamin E on my skin since my teens another reason why I like this company. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant in fighting free radicals. I have been using Medik 8's retinol at night for sometime now but they now have this product below, I will keep you updated as to how I get on with it.

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Monday, 11 September 2017

GUEST POST from Hannah Do




Today I would like to share with you a guest post from Hannah Do


 "Hannah Do is the founder of Thank Your Skin, a beauty blog dedicated to providing honest skin care advice and information. She aspires to help her readers achieve their most beautiful skin by sharing personal tips learned through both years of experience and thorough research. Check out her latest article about antimicrobial body wash. You can find her on TwitterPinterest and Facebook

Washing your face isn’t enough.

When you have acne-prone skin, you need to be more thorough in cleansing your face. Since having clogged pores is the most common cause of acne, you need to make sure you’re able to get all dirt, makeup residues and excess oil off of your pores.

One way you can do that is by applying a face mask a couple of times each week.

Choose a face mask made with clay since this ingredient can effectively draw out impurities. It can also help tighten the pores to make them less likely to get clogged.

As for the rest of your body, make sure you exfoliate two to three times a week. Wearing tight clothes, sweating excessively and getting exposed to pollution can all cause dirt and sweat to get trapped inside your pores.

You can exfoliate chemically using products with Alpha Hydroxy Acid. This ingredient penetrates the outer layer of the skin to break down or dissolve dead skin cells.

Since it only acts on the outer layer, this is considered a lot safer and more effective for your skin type.

Now, to address the other causes of acne and how you can deal with them, here’s an infographic to guide you.







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Saturday, 9 September 2017

A TOUGH LESSON



ACCEPTANCE


Sometimes we may have to walk away from situations or toxic people, we may try our best to work at a situation, to listen and support others but sometimes we get no where. 

There is a saying sometimes we have friends for a reason and others for a season and sometimes for a lifetime and the earth keeps turning and nothing stands still for it can't be stormy forever it does come to an end. For only when you have gone through tough times, you can look back and understand why those circumstances came about and why this had to be. 

No matter what, genuine friends stick with you and accept we all have a right to our own opinions and these might not be compatible with one another however the thread of unconditional love never breaks no matter what. 

For those we have walk away from and for those who have walked away from us accept it, they have their own life path to follow we've done our interaction with them let them go now. We cannot interfere in others’ destiny we are not allowed to, for if we are not meant to we will be taken away from them one way or another. Only if we are meant to be will we be there. The fly in this ointment is free will nobody or nothing can make us do anything but we can make the right choices by listening to our hearts for our heart is the the seat of our soul and it knows the truth and the path we need take. One of the hardest if not the most so lessons in life is 'Acceptance ' but when you do ‘accept’ a block will lift from your life you will feel better......until the next life lesson comes along 

"Acceptance"
"See yourself and others through the eyes of the angels, with unconditional love and acceptance. In this way, you inspire and lift everyone to their highest potential."

I often write during the night as I do automatic writing and channel  philosophy from Spirit and last night this message came through. I had been seeking the answers to a question I had asked and this was my answer.

"It's necessary as we grow more spiritual to undertake challenges, this happens not just in our present lifetime but in ALL our lifetimes, to undertake all kinds of pain. Of all those emotional is the hardest of all for in emotional pain the message and lesson within touches the soul. Physical pain only affects the earthly body and can be solved, there are many advances in medicine to deal with this. Only a kindred soul who has gone through and felt  emotional pain has the skills and experience to empathise and can truly unburden others. 

As you develop spiritually you will do more good by allowing others unburden their emotional pain onto you for you are the key to their release. This undertaking is tough but necessary your time just now is making keys of which there are many. One day you will have a full set. See yourself as a seeker of knowledge. 

The day will come when you are akin to a sponge when you cannot take in anymore, it is then you will have achieved full spiritual growth. Do not fight this. Your lesson is acceptance, know this is so, remember one cancels out the other."

It's a very true saying no one can ever understand unless they have walked a mile in another’s shoes.

Remember too, "Compensation and Retribution for all souls" you will never go unrewarded for those you help




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Sunday, 12 March 2017

A PALM READING OF A PUBLIC FIGURE



I am drawn here firstly to the Fate line and I am looking at the right hand and generally the fate line begins at the base of the palm running up towards the Saturn finger i.e. the middle finger. The line on this palm is quite deep it deviates slightly before continuing  straight again. This would suggest to me there was a career change. There had been a decision made but some event occurred to influence a change. The depth of the line is clear then it stops just past where it crosses the head line and then there is a clear break. Now as I read palms not solely on the lines I use my psychic abilities as well, this suggests an abrupt change where things are never quite the same again. And because this is the fate line it suggests career. Ageing the line I would suggest this comes to play midlife, and suggests early retirement.

Overall looking at the lines on this palm this person is determined and goal driven until this abrupt change where things will never be the same again.

The head line is quite straight suggesting this person needs to feel important and can make challenges more complex than they need to be, this person analyses everything and turns things over in their mind and dwells on things, such as a mere slight can become a huge grudge, when really it was and is a mere slight but it becomes a huge grievance. There is also a break in the line which suggests to me this person can be quite contrary, a bit like an April day calm and still one moment tears/temper stormy the next. There is a lot of a Cancerian personality here and the overall shape of the hand is one of water.

This Heart Line is long and turns up under the middle finger. A person with this long curvy line can be happy one minute and down the next, and it may not be due to what is happening in their relationship. This ties in what I said before with the head line. This person lives in the present tomorrow and the future after that are too far away to be concerned about. Today and right now are the only real concerns and most important things to the person with this hand and prone to being self indulgent. The Saturn finger is quite long where the line ends again tying into the self indulgent and self orientated personality of this person.

The life line appears short and in no way related to how long this person will live but to how they care for others. I want to say indifferent I don’t feel this person can give all of their self to another. Again this pertains to a ‘Me’ person and not physically demonstrative, perhaps not emotionally either. Its strong though so physically their constitution is strong.

The hand isn’t a warm fleshy hand and I’m picking up this person can be cold and indifferent to others. It’s not a rational hand and yet it's not a romantic hand but emotional as with anger and temper. I would say prone to flying ‘off the handle’ at the drop of a hat, this ties into the water/Cancerian aspect of this hand. There are no worry lines either so this person does not sit up at night worrying, there is a detached coldness about this person

The lower Mars mount is prominent suggesting argumentative again coupled with what I’ve already said about this water hand it doesn’t take much to send this person into a rage or aggression.

The thumb is rather flat  where they can have two sides, on one manipulative and instigator for their self.  And the confident exterior of this person can inspire others however the personality they show to the outside is quite different as to how they really are.

Conclusion I would say a ‘Me person’ prone to quick mood changes as in temper and lives very much in the present, not a worrier and doesn’t dwell on the future nor think to much about it. This person can be emotionally cold and indifferent but capable of being manipulative for their own ends as they like to get their own way. I would further say quite difficult to get along with as they feel emotionally cold


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Friday, 10 March 2017

A PUBLIC FIGURE'S PALM READING




Looking at this palm its quite fleshy and its overall look is an Earth hand and suggests to me he is quite fixed and stubborn so my first thought was one of the Earth signs like Taurus, Capricorn or virgo. He doesn’t strike me as a Virgo as they are quite neat and diligent so the choice was between Taurus and Capricorn both are stubborn but where Taureans can be coaxed or given another choice, Capricorns cannot. So I decided to check his birthday and lo and behold hes a Capricorn 3ist December. 

He is decidedly fixed in his ideas and determined and cannot be moved, this is more than stubborn, he has a thought and nothing will change it to the point of annoying everyone around him, he’s thrawn. Where all Earth hands have a stubborn personality, they can be sensual, by that I don’t mean sexy but use their physical senses. They can be practical people and will see a job through to the end, that can be a good thing but that can be a negative thing if they become thrawn.

Because he has an Earth hand he’s very much focused on the material world, he’s definitely not a spiritual person this given his squat thumb can make him greedy for earthly things, material possessions, money and food. This is because of his fixed, single-minded thought pattern and his acquisition of wanting more and more. Saying ‘NO’ to this person will only make him more determined. Overall he has short thick fingers which suggests he doesn’t like taking advice from other people, particularly long fingered people who tend to be more spiritual, altruistic and esoteric. This can make him impulsive due to his heart line capturing his head line. He can commit to something with passion he has not thought through yet be so obstinate and single-minded as to not change his mind because he feels he would loose face to give up

Looking at the lines on his palm he almost has a simian line, he has a strong heart line that has captured his head line his emotional energy will drive him and because his headline is short, there’s not much in the way of logic, emotions will strongly rule every activity.

The Fate line on his palm isn’t clear, its certainly not strong if there at all which positively can suggest a sense of fun but negatively he has a firey core to the point of becoming dangerous if unleashed so it would be best to stay on his good side.

I’ve noticed too that his head line has no space between his life line, this suggests he was close to his family when growing up particularly his mother, he worshiped his mother and this is what he looks for in relationships, as his heart, head and life line all converge. He needs someone to look after him and mother him to the point of taking their advice. It’s almost as if he needs dominating and he would be lost without this in his life and driving him on.

Looking at the mount of Venus on his palm this dictates how passionate we are are (not just sex) but in beliefs, what drives us and his is large and fleshy but interesting there are several straight lines upon it again this points to the emotions and this emotion can drive him on to the impossible and unachievable, unable to back down. It can suggest someone prone to affairs but coupled with his three lines converging this is not the case but conveys strong emotion to a mothering figure. These lines can make him appear plausible and charming but remember the absence of a clear fate line don’t get on his wrong side or he will channel negative emotions and temper instead.

Conclusion this man has a fiery determined obstinate personality, prone to an explosive temper if he feels he is being thwarted  even if he is wrong he won’t back down. He is passionate in his beliefs and this can make him impulsive and this impulsiveness extends to all material things. Yet he needs approval and encouragement from someone who will mother him and once he has an idea he fixes on it and nothing will make him change his mind except the one person who drives him




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Thursday, 9 February 2017

DIVERTICULITIS




Diverticulitis is known as a western disease and extremely common

Diverticulitis occurs when the bulging sacs that appear in the lining of your large intestine, or colon, get acutely infected or inflamed.

The most common and severe symptom is sudden pain on the lower left side of the abdomen.
Drinking plenty of water and eating fibre-rich foods can help you avoid diverticulitis.

Diverticula are bulging sacs or small blisters that appear in the lining of your large intestine, or colon. This condition is called diverticulosis when the sacs first appear but aren’t yet inflamed or infected. When these sacs get acutely infected or inflamed, it’s called diverticulitis.

Diverticula are most common in the large intestine. However, they can develop anywhere in your digestive tract. Pain in the lower left side of your abdomen may indicate diverticulitis, especially when it’s accompanied by rectal bleeding as any rectal bleeding should be checked out by your doctor as there are a number of other conditions that cause this. Diverticulitis is treatable, but it can recur. Diverticulosis and recurring attacks of diverticulitis are the two components of diverticular disease.

Prevention is better than cure

Not eating enough fibre is a common problem in countries where much of the population eats processed foods.
Eating more fibre,  fresh vegetables and bran products can help.

Water is also important most people do not consume enough water is essential for all body processes

Constipation puts strain on your muscles during a bowel movement. Constant strain can increase your risk of developing diverticula in your colon. Once diverticula appear, it’s much more likely that bacterial infections or stool can get into the diverticula and inflame or infect them, causing diverticulitis.

Being obese increases your risk of getting diverticulitis. Studies have shown that a high body mass index (BMI) and waist measurement contributed to diverticular bleeding and diverticulitis.

Regular exercise is important to keep the abdominal muscles toned, this aids digestion and peristalsis i.e passage of food processed through the gut

People aged over 60 are more likely to develop diverticulitis, this could be related to the weakening of the bowels over time.

Symptoms

Sudden pain on the lower left side of the abdomen is the most common and most severe sign of diverticulitis. This pain can get worse over a few days.
Other signs of diverticulitis are:

abdominal pain and tenderness, usually on the lower left side
nausea
vomiting
constipation
fever
gas or bloating
diarrhea
loss of appetite
rectal bleeding that’s usually bright red

Treatment

Because diverticulitis is an infection in the intestines, your doctor will suggest rest, antibiotics, and sometimes prescribe medication to relieve the pain. Often, the conventional remedy requires several days of bed rest while waiting for the infection to subside. It may be possible to relieve the pain associated with diverticulitis within hours, rather than days. An infection of the diverticula is an overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria. All bacteria compete for space in the intestinal tract. The more friendly bacteria that are present in the gut, the less prone you are to developing an infection.

Avoid all forms of sugar, even natural sugars as sugar affects the immune system’s response time. Sugar also feeds pathogenic bacteria so its a good idea to take Probiotics especially after and whilst taking antibiotics for antibiotics kill the good bacteria as well as the bad and this can leave an unhealthy balance of bacteria in the gut. Probiotics come in different formats as in capsules taken at mealtimes or as a powder sprinkled onto food and some dairy products has probiotics added to them such as yoghurts.

Eat a diet with your primary source of protein being from fish & vegetables. Stay away from grains, seeds or nuts, as these foods can be hard to digest which results in bloating & gas. Other foods that should be avoided include dairy products, red meat, fried foods, spices, sugar products as well as processed & refined foods. Avoid foods such as celery and corn as these foods contain indigestible roughage and use bran to prevent constipation.


Establish a regular bowel routine by spending at least 10 minutes a day trying to have a bowel movement at approximately the same time.

In rare cases surgery may be needed where parts of the affected intestines require to be removed or an abscess excised





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Saturday, 4 February 2017

OF COURSE REINCARNATION IS REAL



When someone passes over, I prefer this term to death, it is only the physical human body that perishes, the person's mind still exists, with all the personality and foibles that made that person who they are, their character. Everything on earth and in 'heaven' has a vibration, an energy, mediums have the ability to 'tune in' to this vibration and interpret ate it; a bit like turning the tuning dial on a radio to locate a station. After all each radio station has its own wave length and by turning the tuning dial we locate another channel. We know that sound waves exist, we cannot see them, but we know they are there for when we turn on the TV or radio, they are responsible for enabling us to watch and listen to our favourite program. This is exactly what a medium is, we have been gifted this 'tuning dial' that is all.

Of course reincarnation is real I have long believed it, not in the sense that some religions believe that we will come back as other species, but we reincarnate as other humans. There have been too many cases around the world for many decades to simply dismiss it. In my belief as a Spiritualist Medium I know we incarnate many times each time progressing to become more spiritual. 

Before we chose and yes CHOSE! to be incarnated on Earth, we all made our own blueprint of what experiences and lessons we wished to learn. Some of those lessons would not be pleasant but necessary for us to truly understand, compassion, humility and empathy with others. However if we kept the memory clear in our minds, obviously being human we would avoid unpleasant situations, so our memories of our blue print is dulled to our subconscious. Along our life's journey we will meet like minded souls, we will feel rapport with them sometimes other times we will come across the total opposite, some will be part of the blue print to help us achieve the lesson WE OURSELVES planned.

Often we incarnate in the same soul groups, the soul is neither male nor female, and we choose which sex we will be to experience life and views from that perspective. Sometimes in that soul group we may be the father of the son who was the father in the last incarnation to experience life from both sides to gain empathy and understanding. We tend to incarnate in groups so that we learn from one another, and the power of this in action is that we are often drawn to particular people in our lives here. We are often drawn to these souls, on meeting these people we instantly feel a bond, not necessarily of physical attraction, but we feel some sort of unseen force bond at work, for we had planned this meeting before we came here, and we recognise one another on a subconscious level. Remember though it is up to us whether we choose whether to go through the experience, but generally if we delay the process, we will often have to relive these experiences at a later date or another life, for we know instinctively what is best for us. We choose to do this because we have a common goal we wish to grow closer to God and the Universe.

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Reincarnation 'is REAL as consciousness is contained in the UNIVERSE after death'

REINCARNATION is possible as consciousness is simply energy which is contained in our bodies and is released after death and can find a new host, according to an astonishing theory.

By SEAN MARTIN FROM THE DAILY EXPRESS



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Dr Jim Tucker set out to prove that reincarnation is real
Dr Jim Tucker spent 15 years interviewing young children who came to have been reincarnated.
For his book, Life After Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children's Memories of Previous Lives, Dr Tucker interviewed 2,500 youngsters who show signs that they have been reincarnated – such as having memories that they had never experienced or having scars or birthmarks identical to the person that that they have supposedly been reincarnated from.
The psychiatrist from the University of Virginia says that reincarnation is possible thanks to consciousness being energy on a quantum, sub atomic level which is simply contained in our bodies, and not a part of them.
Exactly what consciousness remains a mystery to scientists, with researchers struggling to pin down exactly what it is.
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Scientists are still unsure as to what exactly consciousness is
According to some well-respected scientists, quantum mechanics allows consciousness to live on following the body’s eventual demise.
Dr Robert Lanza coined the phrase ‘biocentrism’ which is a theory that the consciousness is released into the universe through sub-atomic particles after death.
Dr Tucker has adapted this theory, and says that this stream of energy can find a new host.Speaking to NPR, he said: “Some leading scientists in the past, like Max Planck, who's the father of quantum theory, said that he viewed consciousness as fundamental and that matter was derived from it. 
“So in that case, it would mean that consciousness would not necessarily be dependent on a physical brain in order to survive, and could continue after the physical brain and after the body dies. 
“In these cases, it seems - at least, on the face of it - that a consciousness has then become attached to a new brain, and has shown up as past life memories.”
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Consciousness can find a new host after death
One of the people he interviewed was a young boy named James Leninger who was “the son of a Christian couple in Louisiana”.
The young boy, who was two years old at the time, was obsessed with his toy planes, and eventually started having nightmares where he was in a plane crash.
Dr Tucker continued: “During the day, he talked about this plane crash and said that he had been a pilot, and that he had flown off of a boat. 
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Some scientists state that consciousness remains in the universe after death
“And his dad asked him the name of it, and he said Natoma. And he said he had been shot down by the Japanese; that he had been killed at Iwo Jima; and that he had a friend on the boat named Jack Larsen. 
“Well, it turns out that there was an aircraft carrier called the USS Natoma Bay that was stationed in the Pacific during World War II. In fact, it was involved in Iwo Jima. 




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PSYCHIC QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

IS IT REALLY POSSIBLE TO FORECAST THE FUTURE AND OTHER QUESTIONS?

I am often asked various questions pertaining to the spirit world and various aspects of the psychic, here are some of them: I will in time feature more questions and answers as this webpage evolves

Q. Is a psychic or medium a fortune teller?
A. It may surprise you to know psychics and mediums are not fortune tellers
Q. Is it possible to forecast the future?
A.Well not 100% and this is because of free will.
Q. What is free will?
A. Free will is YOUR right to decide what you want to do about a situation, it is a choice
Q. How does free will affect a situation?
A. Well before we incarnate as Spirit in a human body, we decide on what experiences and challenges that will benefit our spiritual growth. However we are given the choice (free will) as to whether we go through with the experience or challenge. In effect we are allowed to change or mind.
Q. So are you saying we all know what lies before us?
A. Well in a way we all do. Remember we are 'Spirit' in a human body and your spirit does retain a memory but it is deep in our subconscious. This memory is retained deeply for a reason to help us fulfill our experiences and challenges we ourselves chose. However it is also at this deep level so we are not so aware. If you knew what lay before you would you go through with it? Probably not but we still retain this memory deeply and this reflects in our Aura.
Q. So what is the Aura?
A.The aura is The Aura is an electromagnetic field that surrounds living bodies, this includes people, animals, plants and crystals and is composed of several layers that are constantly moving. The Aura links us to whats known as Universal energy i.e. that is all the knowledge in the Universe past, present and future. It is on this aura that psychics are able to tap into and access your past, whats going on in the present and the possible future and I say possible specifically if your goal or desire is dependent on other people, for remember every person involved in a situation has free will.


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