Friday, February 27, 2009

Can I smell brandy?

Can I smell brandy?
The first time she came to Sakura Lounge, my friend Jo (in pic above!) said ... what's with the brandy in the room?? Don't worry Jo ... it's just to top up the flower essences ...!

What are Flower Essences?
Flower Essences are literally the ‘essence of a flower’. They are obtained by extracting the healing vibrational quality from the most evolved part of the plant - the flowers. They work on an emotional level, harmonising negative feelings and belief patterns held in the subconscious mind.

Where do they come from?
Flowers have been used for healing for thousands of years. Dr Edward Bach devoted his life to researching flower remedies about sixty years ago. He worked intuitively to find 38 remedies he believed would heal all conditions. He would suffer the emotional state that he needed to cure and then try various plants and flowers until he found the one single plant that could help him.

As well as using the Bach Flower Remedies, I also use the Australian Bush Flower Essences, Alaskan Desert Flower Essences and occasionally Liquid Crystal Essences.

Most people who’ve had a Kinesiology session have had the experience of having ‘their body’ choose a flower essence with exactly the right message they need at the time. It can be quite amazing!

Making the remedies
It’s quite a romantic process involving beautiful flowers, sunshine and bowls of water…!

Flowers grown under ‘perfect’ conditions are collected and without being touched directly by the individual, placed in a bowl of pure water and left in direct sun for several hours.

The flowers are then removed from the bowl, using a twig or a leaf from the same plant. The remaining flower water is then added to brandy to preserve it.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Describing Kinesiology (good luck!)

A bit unclear on what Kinesiology is?
Ever struggled trying to explain it to someone else?

One of the main reasons for this is that every Kinesiology session can be quite different and there are quite a lot of Kinesiology streams focusing on different things. For example, in the video below, Fiona Chin (a Kinesiologist and Naturopath) focuses mainly on using Kinesiology to detect allergies and to assist immunity (though I'm sure she uses it more widely - maybe this was easiest to explain!) My focus tends to be more on the emotional aspects of issues people have.

Key aspects of most Kinesiology sessions would be:

  • Use of muscle testing to detect stress
  • Exploration of emotions and attitudes
  • Balancing stress in the body in relation to a goal or issue

One client who I've seen regularly said to me recently, 'it's so different every time it's like it's a totally different form of treatment!'

There are many reasons people might choose to see a Kinesiologist:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Pain
  • Digestive problems
  • Relationship issues
  • Ongoing illness
  • Feeling stuck or confused
Check out this video and see what you think: 'Kinesiology' on 9am with David and Kim

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Empathy and Compassion

The devastating bushfires in Victoria have brought up many emotions in all of us ...

Something helpful for me is being explored in the yoga intensive classes I'm doing this week ... to find the best qualities within ourselves that could be of some benefit in this time ... such as love, compassion, hope, generosity ... and to magnify and express these as best we can.

The events have certainly activated our sense of empathy/sympathy - the core emotions of the Earth element.

A description of the difference was explained to me this way: imagine someone has fallen in a (figurative) well ... sympathy would be expressed 'oh my goodness it looks terrible in there, I am so sorry, you must be so afraid, here let me get in with you and we'll feel awful together' ... whereas empathy is acknowledging the awfulness of the situation but saying 'here, I'll throw you a rope, I'll be here for you as you pull yourself out'. It is recognising the strength in each individual.

The earth element is represented by the colour yellow and late Summer. The sound is singing, the smell is fragrant and the taste is sweet. The organs are spleen and stomach.

The main issues for people who are predominantly Earth element are based on relationships. They tend to be enormously giving to other people and may feel their own needs are not met, leading to resentment. Earth types feel other peoples emotions very strongly - making times like this very difficult, as you may feel the pain of others almost as if it were your own. You may even blame others for how you feel, since it has such a large impact on your own feelings.

This can be hard to cope with, and a common Earth response would be to try and make other people feel better. The motivation for this is if they feel better, you will feel better. It is a form of self protection. A natural human response, in imbalance, this can be a compulsive behaviour.

If you are an Earth element type, you probably tend to think and worry a lot and find it difficult to focus on yourself and your own needs. You are probably more comfortable focusing on others.

The lesson for Earth types is to learn to nourish and nurture yourself. You are then able to give to others because you want to, not because you feel you have to.

You may feel a sense of guilt thinking of putting yourself first ... many earth elements types initially find it difficult even to think about. Realise you may even find yourself able to give more when you are feeling nourished, strong and supported yourself.

When earth is in balance and we give from a place of wanting and feeling able to give, the result is amplified and clearly felt by those who receive it. They feel empowered to act and supported to do so.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Are you going to finish strong?

This is one of those amazing videos that reminds us all about our ability to choose our response to every situation...

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Strokes of insight

Have you every had a powerful stroke of insight? I can't say that I've had a total bolt out of the blue ... just those smaller light bulb moments.

Have you seen this 'ted' ( talk by Jill Bolte: My stroke of insight? She's a neuroscientist who had the amazing (horrifying?) experience of having a stroke ... and being witness to her brain shutting down bit by bit. It's sooo interesting and she is such a great speaker.

Through it she has the experience of feeling totally connected to the universe.

Here's a quote: 'I am an energy being connected to the energy all around me through the consciousness of my right hemisphere.'

Conclusion formed by the right hemisphere of the brain: 'We are perfect. We are whole. We are beautiful'.

Sounds a bit like a Kinesiology session!

Whereas the left hemisphere is all about the past and future. It thinks in language. It plans, organises, critisises, makes lists, chatters ...

The talk is all about what happens when her left hemisphere shuts down...