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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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Saturday, 9 December 2017

NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE


I came across this article in the Daily Mail. As a medium my job is to give survival experience i.e. evidence of survival of life after death. I usually do this with linking with spirit, generally loved ones who have passed related to the person I am giving a reading to. I look for specific evidence, like what caused their death, their name, their character and a physical description, sometimes I may get addresses and I look for details only the person I'm reading for, would know. Now I have no doubt of life after death, I have been given proof over and over again so read the article below.

FROM THE DAILY MAIL BELOW

How does a near-death experience change you? Brain surgeon DR EBEN ALEXANDER heard heavenly music and saw waterfalls flowing into crystal pools


I was taken to the hospital where I worked as a neurosurgeon. The doctors discovered I’d contracted a type of meningitis, and very soon the part of the brain that controls thought and emotion shut down as the bacteria ate away at my brain. Pictured: Dr Eben Alexander 
I was taken to the hospital where I worked as a neurosurgeon. The doctors discovered I’d contracted a type of meningitis, and very soon the part of the brain that controls thought and emotion shut down as the bacteria ate away at my brain. Pictured: Dr Eben Alexander 
Caroline Cook was 16 years old when she attempted suicide. Traumatised by her parents’ divorce and struggling to cope with her mother’s mental illness, she swallowed an overdose of sleeping pills.
After spending three days in hospital in a coma, she awoke to a shockingly vivid memory that has never faded.
Now aged 63, Caroline says: ‘I suddenly found myself standing in a beautiful, lush, green forest, looking out over pastures filled with flowers with snow-capped mountains in the distance, all beneath a brilliant blue sky.
‘The colours were vivid, yet everything was bathed in a white light, even the sky. I felt joyful and happy to be there.’
An old man appeared beside her, with white robes and a white beard. He, too, was bathed in white light.
‘You cannot stay here,’ he told Caroline. ‘It is not your time yet. Go back and finish living your life.’
Another woman, Alison Leigh Sugg, had an experience that was both similar and surprisingly different.
During a difficult labour with her second baby, in 1999, she suffered a severe haemorrhage. Bleeding profusely, she lost consciousness. Her heart rate slowed and then flatlined.
The emergency doctor in charge was Dr Margaret Christensen. Alison lay dying on the operating table, but she could not be operated on until enough blood had been pumped back into her veins to let the heart start beating again. Unable to begin surgery, Dr Christensen decided to lead the medical team in a short prayer instead.
‘Please guide us to heal Alison’s body,’ she prayed. ‘Please guide her spirit back into her body.’
Caroline, who had a near-death experience, says: ‘I suddenly found myself standing in a beautiful, lush, green forest, looking out over pastures filled with flowers with snow-capped mountains in the distance, all beneath a brilliant blue sky'
Caroline, who had a near-death experience, says: ‘I suddenly found myself standing in a beautiful, lush, green forest, looking out over pastures filled with flowers with snow-capped mountains in the distance, all beneath a brilliant blue sky'
Alison was unconscious, but still somehow aware that her vital energy was leaving her body through two areas simultaneously: her nose, mouth and throat; and the point between her eyebrows.
This energy seemed to flow together at a point above her body, until she was looking back down at herself, with both indifference and compassion.
Other energy seemed to swirl around her, in a spiral of light that propelled her up and away. She drifted into inky blackness, before what she described as ‘a wondrous being of light and sound’ appeared in front of her, emanating profound love.
She had no language for what she was experiencing. The ‘being’ communicated with her, seeming to project a thought: ‘You have a choice.’ Realising that it would be a mistake to turn away from this overwhelming sense of serenity, Alison knew what she must choose. She had to return to her body. Her children needed her.
Both these women confided their deeply personal stories after reading my 2012 book Proof Of Heaven, in which I detailed my own near-death experience.
What happened to me was different — but just as vividly recollected. I’d woken up at 4.30am with a splitting headache. As my then wife frantically tried to massage away the pain, it spread to my back. Within 15 minutes, the agony was so bad I could barely take a step.
I was taken to the hospital where I worked as a neurosurgeon. The doctors discovered I’d contracted a type of meningitis, and very soon the part of the brain that controls thought and emotion shut down as the bacteria ate away at my brain.
After being placed on a ventilator, a light came slowly down from above, throwing off marvellous filaments of living silver and golden effulgence.
It was a circular entity, emitting heavenly music that I called the Spinning Melody. The light opened up like a rip, and I felt myself going through the rip, up into a valley full of lush and fertile greenery, where waterfalls flowed into crystal pools.
There were clouds, like marshmallow puffs of pink and white. Behind them, the sky was a rich blue-black, with trees, fields, animals and people. There was water, too, flowing in rivers or descending as rain. Mists rose from the pulsing surfaces of these waters, and fish glided beneath them.
More than half of people who have near-death experiences are astonished by their highly intense perceptions. It is as if reality has become more real, and yet none of it is as truly real as their memories of the afterlife
More than half of people who have near-death experiences are astonished by their highly intense perceptions. It is as if reality has become more real, and yet none of it is as truly real as their memories of the afterlife
Sceptics would say that, because of the many differences in our accounts, we must all be wrong. But as a scientist, a neurosurgeon and an academic who taught brain science at Harvard Medical School, I am fascinated to know how we all perceived these versions of the hereafter — so vivid in the memory but so difficult to describe.
The evidence for near-death experiences is overwhelming. But the evidence for how they occur is virtually non-existent.
How were our minds conscious when our bodies were effectively dead and, in my case at least, the brain had ceased to function? And where are these bright, unfading memories stored?
To explore these questions takes courage and a thirst for knowledge. In the nine years since I first awoke from my coma, my mantra has been ‘believe in it all, at least for now’.
My advice to you, dear reader, is to do the same: suspend disbelief for now, and open your mind as broadly as possible.
I was in a coma for a week, suffering from meningoencephalitis — a brain infection — of such severity that my odds of survival were estimated at 2 per cent. After a week, my doctors gravely told my family that it was time to let me die. Hearing this, my ten-year-old son ran into the room, pulled open my eyelids and started pleading with me.
‘Daddy,’ he cried, over and over again, ‘you’re gonna be OK.’
Across the vast reaches of the spiritual realm, I felt his presence very clearly . . . and began to wake.
Physicist Albert Einstein would sometimes drift in a small sailing boat, staring into the sky as his imagination wandered, and new possibilities for explaining reality came to him. Pictured: The light at the end of the tunnel 
In the early weeks of recovery after my coma, I experienced a constant crackling energy, a hyper-sense of life itself — a sizzling body sensation.
Just two days after I came round, my older son, who was majoring in neuroscience at college, saw me and was struck by this intense energy.
‘You are so clear, so focused, so much more present than ever before,’ he said. ‘It is as if there is a light shining within you.’
Bizarre phenomena happened all around me. Street lights would blink as I walked beneath them. My laptop seemed prone to crashing. I went through three wristwatches before I found one that would work. And I had great difficulty sleeping, though this turned out to be a blessing because it granted me the time I needed to read, study and reflect on what had happened.
The shift in my perceptions brought difficulties, too. Studies show around 80 per cent of marriages break up after one partner has a near-death experience. For my then wife and me, it became clear that our life together was not meant to last for ever.
Our marriage had been struggling in the years before my coma, and my significant change brought us to an amicable parting.
My newly awakened energy sometimes seemed out of control, though it also never harmed me. While I was writing Proof Of Heaven, a massive branch tore itself away from the oak tree outside my study window and landed parallel to one outside wall.
No sooner had my sons and I sawed it up for firewood, baffled as to why a healthy tree should lose a limb, than another giant branch fell — this time along the adjoining wall of the house, at a 90-degree angle to the first.
That alarmed me so much that I called a tree surgeon . . . only to be told the tree was in fine condition, with no rot or insect damage.
There was no good reason why those branches fell. It was as if some giant hand had snapped them off. But one thing was certain: if either one had hit the house, it would have smashed down to the foundations.
Little wonder that, around this time, one friend told me: ‘You are sitting on a maelstrom of energy!’
Just as my senses were heightened, so were my memories — at least those rooted in my near-death experience.
This is common: more than half of people who have near-death experiences are astonished by their highly intense perceptions. It is as if reality has become more real, and yet none of it is as truly real as their memories of the afterlife.
In order to bring this whirling energy under control, I began to explore other ways to understand the brain than the merely medical.
In the Eighties, I discovered, the Dalai Lama — the Buddhist spiritual leader and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize — began working with Western doctors to combine everything that science, mysticism and religion can teach us about the mind. He calls this ‘contemplative neuroscience’.
For me, one of the most effective Buddhist practices is a form of meditation called mindfulness.
I find I can accomplish it by placing all my attention on whatever activity is taking place, whether it is walking, sitting quietly or just drinking a cup of coffee.
Mindfulness involves the constant awareness of the breath and the body, to move the mind’s attention away from negative or distressing thoughts.
As my attention remains focused only on the present moment, my mind eventually becomes free of all other distractions.
Looking back, I realise I did this instinctively when I was practising neurosurgery. I saw the operating theatre as a sanctuary where I could focus exclusively on my task. Time appeared to contract in this state, and a procedure that lasted hours might seem to be over in a matter of minutes.
By getting the brain ‘out of the way’, we can explore the world of universal consciousness.
Many of the world’s greatest geniuses have understood this, and achieved it in individual ways.
Physicist Albert Einstein would sometimes drift in a small sailing boat, staring into the sky as his imagination wandered, and new possibilities for explaining reality came to him.
Inventor Thomas Edison learned to work for days on little sleep. He would sit, with weights in his hands, and when he began to nod off, the weights would fall . . . waking him up. At these moments, between sleep and wake, some of his most brilliant ideas would come to him, and he would be ready to write them down.
The novelist Robert Louis Stevenson used another technique, travelling to the edge of dreams to harvest ideas for his stories.
All of these men were active participants in the pursuit of inspiration through free-form daydreaming, a level of awareness known as hypnagogia — the borderline of sleep.
Meditators, prophets and mystics have done this since the dawn of time. Perhaps this receptive state of being is the ultimate foundation of all our great religions. After reading my book Proof Of Heaven, the Dalai Lama invited me to join him to discuss modern scientific views on reincarnation.
He said there were three sorts of phenomena. The first was the most obvious — events that we perceive with our ordinary five senses.
The second was more subtle: hidden phenomena which go unobserved but which can be deduced from other evidence.
The third was the most tantalising — hidden phenomena, which can only be experienced personally, such as a dream, a secret wish, or a near-death experience.
These can be told but they might not be believed.
Unless you’ve had such an experience yourself, you can’t know with certainty that it took place, and so cannot investigate it using conventional scientific methods.
But first-hand experiences are vital to our understanding. We have to trust the experiences of others while cultivating our own, so that we can compare them.
And that’s what I, as a scientist, am most interested in. Mysteries are around every corner — we just need to learn to pay attention.
  • Adapted from Living In A Mindful Universe by Dr Eben Alexander and Karen Newell, published by Piatkus Books at £14.99. To order a copy for £11.99 (20 pc discount, valid until December 16), go to www.mail shop.co.uk/books or call 0844 571 0640. P&p free on orders over £15 



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Friday, 8 December 2017

PHYTOESTROGENS AND THE MENOPAUSE



Since this is a holistic blog, I will always seek out holistic therapies first and of course I lectured in holistic therapies
At the moment I am trying FX MENOPAUSE 3™ (A food supplement) to help with hot flushes and night sweats which have been very debilitating. I was having 30 to 40 of these per day. A week in to taking this supplement I'm averaging 8 to 11 and in time hoping to reduce them further hopefully to zero. Early days but this supplement is very promising.
This is a link to their website .nutrition-fx.com
In many Asian countries, women in menopause don’t find it necessary to turn to HRT. This is attributed to the high levels of phytoestrogens consumed in their diets. Phytoestrogens are found in virtually everything we eat - grains, beans, nuts, seeds, seed oils, berries, fruits, vegetables, and roots - and have been shown to have both oestrogenic and antioestrogenic properties (over a 1000 are known).
For Japanese women, a wide range of commonly consumed foods contain amounts of these different phytoestrogens. For example, Coumestans, a class of phytoestrogen, which are over 30 times more potent than the widely regarded Soy isoflavones, can be found in high concentration in bean sprouts. Unfortunately the average western diet offers a much lower intake of phytoestrogens, hence the need to use a dietary supplement.
FX MENOPAUSE 3™ ADDS EXTRA PHYTOESTROGENS (SOURCED FROM FOOD) TO YOUR EXISTING DIET
FX menopause is a proprietary extract of phytoestrogen from Mung beans. Mung beans have been a part of Asian cuisine for thousands of years. When sprouted they are usually just called bean sprouts. 
Background Scientific & Biomedical Information for fx menopause
The human oestrogen receptor has two isoforms alpha and beta. Both isoforms are responsible for mediating the physiological actions of oestrogens such as estradiol in humans, particularly women. The oestrogen receptor plays a vital role in many aspects of human biology such as bone density, collagen synthesis, menstrual cycle, primary and secondary female phenotypic characteristics such as breast development, body fat etc. Consequently, either hypo (too low) oestrogen or hyper (too high) oestrogen levels can contribute to disorders such as osteoporosis and breast cancer respectively. For further details and scientific information and for doctors and health professionals please visit the link below
Information sourced from Nutrition FX. Com




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Thursday, 16 November 2017

THINK ABOUT IT!



DID NATURE GIVE US FUZZY VISION FOR A REASON?


ASTRID BROWN·THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017

As we age our outward appearance changes, we get a bit flabby our features aren’t so firm and they head south due to the effects of gravity and we lose collagen, elastin and bone from our faces, so we are not as attractive as we were years ago. All our peers, our generation are in the same boat, we all age, our hearing not so sharp I was having a conversation this morning about ageing and discussing a theory I have. Might seem silly but think about this. As we age our hearing and our eyesight deteriorates and we develop Presbyopia which is a natural part of the ageing process. It is due to hardening of the lens of the eye causing the eye to focus light behind rather than on the retina when looking at close objects. Now nature is very clever in how we have developed as humans, could it be nature has given us fuzzy vision for a reason, so that we are seen and remembered as we once were to our current generation. Now you may say there is a flaw in this theory, what about people who wear correctional lenses, they will see us as we appear now and not through the rosy tinted glasses of the past without correctional lenses. Developing glasses, contact lenses is  human development not natural one. Nature never intended us to consume many of the foods we eat now nor did it intend us to have a sedentary lifestyle. It intended us to eat simply and work physically so we would always be much fitter and slimmer. So is fuzzy vision as we age a gift from nature? so we will always appear attractive to our current generation lol.




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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.

r-Retinoate
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YOUTH ACTIVATING CREAM




5
KEY ACTIVES
  • Encapsulated Retinyl Retinoate - stimulates collagen synthesis and skin cell turnover. Exclusive and patented active, proven to be more effective, yet less irritating than retinol.
  • Vitamin E - quenches free radicals. This powerful antioxidant also has an effective anti-ageing and moisturising effect.
  • Vitamin C - fights UV-induced free radicals. Vitamin C and vitamin E combination synergistically boosts overall antioxidant effect. 
  • Hyaluronic Acid - draws moisture to the skin to help keep it hydrated and supple.
  • Glycerin - acts as an effective humectant to support the skin’s natural barrier function.

       Up to 8x more powerful than retinol For day & night useEven for sensitive skin

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Solution specific products
Proven results
Professional strength
Highly stable formulae with well-documented and original research
Core anti-ageing philosophy for every woman
Skin "safe" ingredients minimising irritation
Lab quality… "hand-engineered in small batches"
Green chemistry & eco-friendly packaging





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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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PSYCHIC QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

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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