What is not love is always fear, and nothing else.
All healing is essentially the release from fear.

Byron Katie – The Work

Posted: August 24th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Depression, Forgiveness, Healing, Mind, Moods, Psychology, SSRIs, Stress, Tools, Video | No Comments »

From the book, Loving What Is

Byron Kathleen Reid became severely depressed while in her thirties. Over a ten-year period her depression deepened, and Katie (as she is called) spent almost two years rarely able to leave her bed, obsessing over suicide. Then one morning, from the depths of despair, she experienced a life-changing realization.

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Focusing

Posted: August 24th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Body, Focusing, Healing, Mind, Moods, Psychology, Tools, Video | No Comments »

Focusing is a very introspective practice, almost like meditation. It is another peer-counseling system taught in a class, so you can meet others who will trade time with you. But it is not essential to have a partner to do it — you can do it alone — many do.

Eugene Gendler, founder of focusing, noticed that the clients who made the best progress in counseling were those who did not just talk but could pause, be still, and go inward to feel what was going on within. Gendlin developed a method of teaching everyone to do this, whether with a counselor, or alone. Read the rest of this entry »


To heal is to make happy

Posted: July 4th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: ACIM, Happiness, Healing, Mind, Spirit | No Comments »

From the book A Course In Miracles…

To heal is to make happy. I told you once to think how many opportunities you have to gladden yourselves, and how many you have refused. This is exactly the same as telling you that you have refused to heal yourselves.

The light that belongs in you is the light of joy. Radiance is not associated with sorrow. Depression is often contagious, but although it may affect those who come in contact with it, they do not yield to its influence wholeheartedly. But joy calls for an integrated willingness to share in it, and thus promotes the mind’s natural impulse to respond as one.

Those who attempt to heal without being wholly joyous themselves call forth different kinds of responses at the same time, and thus deprive others of the joy of responding wholeheartedly. To be wholehearted, you mustbe happy. If fear and love cannot coexist, and if it is impossible to be wholly fearful and remain alive, then the only possible whole state is that of love. There is no difference between love and joy. Therefore, the only possible whole state is the wholly joyous.

To heal, or to make joyous, is therefore the same as to integrate and make one. That is why it makes no difference to what part or by what part of the Sonship the healing is done. Every part benefits, and benefits equally. You are being blessed by every beneficent thought of any of your brothers anywhere. You should want to bless them in return, out of gratitude.

You do not have to know them individually, or they you. The light of joy is so strong that it radiates throughout the Sonship and returns thanks to the Father for radiating His joy upon it. Only God’s own holy children are worthy to be channels of his beautiful joy, because only they are beautiful enough to hold it by sharing it. It is impossible for a Child of God to love his neighbor except as himself. That is why the healer’s prayer is,

“Let me know this brother as I know myself.”

A Course In Miracles, Urtext, p.123
(in the edited version: Introduction to Chapter 5)


Air foods for mental alertness

Posted: July 4th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Body, Depression, Food, Imbalance, Mind, Psychology, SSRIs | No Comments »

Foods that grow in trees support mental activity.  They help us wake up and get going in the morning.  They are sweet, wet, cool and wash the waste out of our bodies.  Eating fruits from trees first thing in the morning is like taking a shower on the inside.  They make you feel clean and fresh and ready to greet the day.

Too little of the air foods and you are mentally dull, boring, bored.  Too much makes you feel weak, giddy, silly, goofy, “fruity,” “nutty,” “spacey,” forgetful.


Earth foods support physical activities

Posted: July 4th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Abuse, Body, Food, Imbalance, Mind, Moods, Pharmaceuticals, Psychology, SSRIs | No Comments »

When you need to do something physical and practical like wash the car, vacuum the floor, or just move your body from one place to another, try a dose of earth food: a nice big glass of carrot juice, a hit of ginger in your smoothie, garlic in your salad.  Other examples of earth foods are beets, potatoes, onions and peanuts.

Root vegetables bring you back to a practical place. They are grounding.  Too many earth foods will make you lethargic.