Say Goodbye to Back Pain

Our backs and necks are perhaps two of the most neglected areas of our bodies. Statistics show that more than 80% of people will suffer from back and neck pain at some point in their lives – a number too high to ignore. Charlene Yared-West talks to the experts about what to do about it and how to avoid it.

In the hustle and bustle of today’s society, people tend to ignore their neck and back pain until they get to a point where it is unbearable,” says Michelle Ferreira-Teixeira, occupational therapist at Rehab Worx at the Little Company of Mary Hospital in Pretoria.

“Stress plays a major role in back and neck pain, and even though it is not the root cause of pain, it undoubtedly brings out underlying pains in the back and neck areas. People lead very unbalanced lifestyles and hardly ever take time out to relax and de-stress.”

Deevya Vasson, hatha yoga instructor at Phoenix Wellness Studio (, adds that not breathing properly also plays a role. “When we stress, we hold our breath and tense up the shoulders, clenching the jaw,” says Vasson. “And if you are constantly under stress, your body makes a habit of assuming this pose every time you are in a stressful situation.”

The denial of pain can lead to a number of serious complications, says Dr Martin Krüger, chiropractor at The Spine Clinic ( in Johannesburg. “People often don’t come in for pain relief until it has progressed and interfered with something they value,” he says, citing an example of a mother who was experiencing severe back pain, but only came in  when she could no longer pick up her child.

“The way we have been raised is to address our health issues only when there is a crisis, but often when the crisis has occurred, there has been more damage to the tissues of the body as a result of neglect, which was avoidable in the first place,” he explains.

Dr Guy Ashburner, Cape Town osteopath , agrees. “Long-term or chronic pain is very debilitating, and can eventually encompass every part of your life and all aspects of your health. Chronic pain will dictate the way you move, the way you think and your state of mind, stop you from doing things you want to do in your life, such as caring for your children or realizing your ambitions, and affect your energy levels, and your susceptibility to illness and disease,” he says.

“There are so many implications with chronic back and neck pain which can gradually lead to chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and other serious health problems, so see a health professional before your pain gets the better of you.”

Getting the right diagnosis

“If you are in pain – no matter where it is located in your body – always seek out the advice of a qualified professional to get to the root of the problem,” says Ashburner. “This is essential for neck and back pain, because even though a massage may offer temporary relief, the massage therapist is not always qualified to give you a diagnosis.

“An osteopath will sit down with you and, after writing up your case history, do a complete clinical physical examination to ascertain the root cause of the problem or problems, and assess what needs to be done. This does not only mean looking at your back or neck, where the pain resides; rather, treatment will take the form of a holistic approach to health. The person’s whole life will be looked at – from how you sit, your posture and your sleeping to habits that inadvertently cause pain, such as a lack of exercise or inappropriate exercise.”

Krüger agrees. “There is no point treating someone with rheumatoid disease in the same way as you treat a sports injury, so diagnosis is key to ascertaining the appropriate treatment.”

Ilse du Plessis, physiotherapist at Life Rehabilitation Centre at Vincent Pallotti Hospital in Cape Town, notes that without the correct diagnosis, you can easily become addicted to pain medication, which can cause complications and further stress on the body and mind.

“Once you have been assessed by a professional healthcare practitioner, you will be advised of the correct treatment for your particular back and neck pain issues, and this treatment will vary among individuals,” she says.

Krüger adds that the best approach is a multidisciplinary setup, where a variety of practitioners can help assess and treat the cause of a person’s problem.

A multidisciplinary approach

To assess your problems, you can see a qualified osteopath, chiropractor or physiotherapist, who will be able to consider the appropriate and specific treatment to alleviate your back and neck pain. Many people also swear by inversion therapy, shiatsu, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, reflexology, yoga and acupuncture, among other treatments, as ways of alleviating the symptoms of neck and back pain. However, Ashburner recommends first seeing a qualified specialist before engaging in any alternative modalities, to ensure that the modality is safe for your specific neck and back pain, which differs from person to person.

“A shiatsu treatment for neck and back pain places the client on a futon on the floor and allows the practitioner to use body weight to apply the necessary pressure, as opposed to a normal massage, which takes place on a therapy bed,” says Markus van der Westhuizen, shiatsu practitioner at Healthy Choice ( in Cape Town.

“The practitioner applies pressure to the appropriate trigger points/acupoints on the body to allow the muscles to relax, which includes the back and neck areas. Pain can be caused by daily stress on the muscles or energetic blocks, and by applying pressure to these areas, blockages are removed and the muscles relax. Releasing this energetic build-up (emotional or mental) may cause the client to experience a variety of reactions, such as crying, laughing, joy or stillness, and these indicate that the body is breaking through old energy patterns which are causing the pain.”

According to Van der Westhuizen, a qualified shiatsu practitioner can show you a few locations on the back and neck area where you can also administer pressure for some relief from pain. “I still recommend that the person see a professional first, and use the self-massage techniques only to keep things in place and to help relieve pain between treatments,” he says.

Michele Shenker, polarity therapist specialising in inversion therapy at Backswing for Health ( in Cape Town, says many forms of back and neck pain are caused by pressure on the spinal discs due to the force of gravity on an already compromised spine. As gravity forces the vertebrae to exert pressure on your discs, they lose moisture and, as a result, flatten and harden over time.

“Inverted, your spine gently extends, the spaces between your vertebrae widen, and discs are given a chance to absorb moisture, including fresh oxygen and nutrients, from surrounding blood vessels. Like sponges, they expand and regenerate,” she says. “Inverting regularly, you can gain up to 5cm in height, which is what astronauts gain when they go into weightless space.”

A study carried out in 1978 showed that patients who received inversion therapy experienced a 35% decrease in pain levels almost immediately. Another study revealed that over 80% of patients who had undergone just eight treatments were able to return to work and normal everyday activities. The most recent study confirmed that just over 70% of patients who were scheduled for back surgery were able to cancel their surgeries.

Getting back to basics

“We appear to be too busy to get the basics right. Other mammals on the planet move with ease and have an innate ability to know the correct management of their musculoskeletal systems. We live in a convenience culture, where it is easy to just take a tablet, have an injection or strap it up to deal with the symptoms, without really addressing the cause of the problem,” says Ashburner.

“How about looking after your posture, doing regular, appropriate exercise and getting enough sleep? All of the body’s systems affect one another, so when our spine and musculoskeletal systems are out of alignment, the nervous, circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory and gastrointestinal systems go out of sync as well.”

He explains that the stiffer we are in our musculoskeletal system, the more energy it takes to maintain the status quo in our bodies, which places greater stress on our overall wellbeing.

“Not only is the reduction in pain an important aspect of the treatment, but so is the correct retraining of muscles,” says Du Plessis. She also suggests that patients do appropriate exercise and stretching, which will help in the prevention and treatment of neck and back pain.

“Care needs to be taken with heavy weight-lifting and repetitive rotational activities in the presence of a back or neck injury,” she says. Other “unilateral sports” such as golf, tennis, bowls and cricket, may load muscles on one side of the body more than the other, which could cause compensatory reactions in other areas, and lead to discomfort, pain and loss of flexibility.

Says Shenker: “Inversion helps re-align the spine, which enhances the body’s performance and wellbeing.”

Avoiding back and neck pain

Ensuring correct back hygiene: “Proper seating is important for good posture. The best kind of chair is firm and provides support up and down the entire spine, but allows a small space at the curve of the lower back,” says Ashburner. “Good sitting posture is as follows: Sit on the chair. Bend forwards, then wriggle your bottom back as far as possible until your spine meets the back of the chair. Then sit up. You will find that your lower back is concave, and the remainder of the curves of your spine are well supported and automatically relaxed. Most importantly, you will find it difficult to slouch!”

Ferreira-Teixeira adds that, in addition to maintaining good posture, lifting heavy objects correctly is important too. “Bend your knees when lifting heavy objects, so that you don’t place too much strain on your back muscles,” she says.

Get some exercise, make time for yourself and stress less: “Exercising will improve blood flow and relieve muscle tension in all areas of the body, including the back and neck. It will also alleviate built-up stress,” says Ferreira-Teixeira. “Participate in leisure activities and find something you enjoy that will take your mind off everyday stressors. This is very important, in order to balance out work, work, work! Make time for yourself and you will see improvements in your overall wellbeing.” She adds that this includes broadening the ways you manage your stress levels, such as relaxation therapy, coping strategies, assertiveness training, improving emotional insight into your condition, and even meditation.

Ashburner adds that exercise is fundamental to maintain optimum health. “After all, ‘movement is life’, says Aristotle. If you are in pain, always consult your healthcare practitioner before continuing. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it and avoid extreme abnormal postures.”

Do some yoga: Vasson explains how yoga helps the body work through its pain, and release it through certain positions and postures. “Getting reacquainted with the breath is number one, as focus on the breath takes the mind off stressful situations, which inadvertently cause pain in the neck and back areas. Secondly, I would recommend some poses to ease the neck and the back,” she says.

She suggests the “cat cow” pose: “Get on to all fours, knees underneath the hips, hip-distance apart, and wrists underneath the shoulders, shoulder-width apart. When you inhale, look up towards the ceiling, arching the spine. The tailbone moves up towards the ceiling too, and then exhale; round the spine, tuck in the chin, look towards your belly-button and draw in the belly. Repeat a few rounds. Don’t jerk your head up towards the ceiling if you’ve got tension in your neck; just look straight ahead instead.”

Sleep support: “Make sure that your neck is fully supported when you sleep, and that your pillow provides that support adequately,” says Ferreira-Teixeira. “This ensures that your spinal column is in alignment and your weight evenly distributed.” Ashburner emphasises the importance of sleep, as it is the vital time that the body needs to restore and repair itself into its natural state of equilibrium.

Try hydrotherapy: According to Du Plessis, hydrotherapy has been proven successful in the treatment of back and neck pain. “The buoyancy of water reduces loading on joints and often assists in relieving pain and muscle spasm. Hydrotherapy also offers psychological benefits from the induced relaxation,” she says.

Learn a few self-massage techniques: “Knowing where the tension spots are and how to release them can really help you deal with on-the-spot back and neck pain,” says Van der Westhuizen. “A qualified shiatsu practitioner will be able to show you a few spots and how to administer the pressure. Alternatively, he recommends a book on trigger-point therapy that can help: Acupressure’s Potent Points – A Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments by Michael Reed Gach.

Take supplements: “Get checked for vitamin D levels,” says Krüger. “Low levels of vitamin D have been associated with inflammation and joint pain. And, take a high-quality omega-3 oil. The oil should have a high content of EPA, which aids in controlling inflammation in the body, hence helping alleviate neck and back pain.” However, Ashburner adds that taking supplements should not be the first port of call. “The underlying problem should be addressed first, where further examination takes place, followed by treatment or referral if necessary,” he says.

Seek professional help: To get to the root of your problem, see your local osteopath, chiropractor or physiotherapist. “Understanding the problem completely will empower you towards getting back to good health,” says Ashburner. “Armed with diagnosis and a good management plan, there usually is a solution to your pain.”

What are those achy knots I feel in my neck, shoulder and back areas?

“These are called adhesions, which are a sign of a chronically contracted muscle,” says Ashburner. “In a normal functioning muscle, the fibres that make up a muscle glide over one another during contractions; however, with muscle tension and repetitive strain, this gliding action becomes limited, and often small, painful bumps are palpable in the muscle. They are a sign of a chronically contracted muscle and can be treated effectively through osteopathic treatment, which includes deep massage, myofascial release and postural management.”

According to Du Plessis, these muscle spasms prevent the normal sliding of muscle fibres, and a muscle may lose its ability to lengthen as well as contract optimally. “It is very important to treat the underlying cause of muscle spasms and not only the symptoms,” she says. “Pure symptomatic treatment, like going for a massage only, may aid in temporary relief, but the pain will soon return if the cause is not treated as well.”

Source: Longevity Magazine

This Is Why You Don’t Have a Mentor

There is an old Zen kōan about an aspiring swordsman who approaches a master. “How long would it take me to become great under you?” he asks.

“10 years,” the master swordsman replies.

“I don’t have that long,” says the student. “I want to be good soon. What if I worked very hard and dedicated myself completely to the task?”

“Ok, 30 years,” he says back.

“But that’s even longer,” the student says with some perplexity. “I am telling you I am in a hurry.”

And so the master replies, “Precisely, students in a hurry end up taking even longer to learn what is right in front of them.”

Students have been missing the point when it comes to mentorship for centuries. I include myself in that category of misguided young people. A couple less forgiving mentors, a couple situations breaking a different way, and I would have ended up blowing my first opportunities. Regardless, almost every day I get a handful of emails from young people desperate for advice on the topic of mentorship.

They all tend to have the same three misperceptions about how this whole thing is supposed to work. So if you’re looking to find, keep, or form a mentorship, here’s what you have to do right:

1. Mentorship is something you do, not something you get.

In other words, like all relationships, it is a process, not an accomplishment. A mentorship is a flexible and often informal relationship that can vary from person to person and field to field—you might be able to refer to yourself as an apprentice after the fact (I do) but it looks nowhere near as official as that while it is happening.

While you are looking for a mentorship, never actually use the word. Don’t ask anyone to be your mentor, don’t talk about mentorships. No one goes out and asks someone they’re attracted to be their boyfriend or girlfriend—that’s a label that’s eventually applied to something that develops over time. A mentorship is the same way; it’s a dance, not a contractual agreement. 

Mentorship, like all relationships, is a process, not an accomplishment. 

2. Give as much as you get.

To quote Sheryl Sandberg: “We need to stop telling [young people], ‘Get a mentor and you will excel,’ Instead we need to tell them, ‘Excel and you will get a mentor.’” Successful busy people rarely take on substantial commitments pro-bono. They are picking you because they think you’re worth their time and will benefit them too.

So figure out what you can offer them so that this can become a mutual, though lopsided, exchange. Executives, entrepreneurs, and creatives are always looking for the next big thing. They want to help you succeed because along the way you can help them. Even if it’s just energy you’re bringing, even if it’s just thanks and satisfaction. The mentor cannot want your success for you more than you want it for yourself. You better show up every day hungry and dedicated and eager to learn.

One suggestion that’s helped me: provide articles, links, or news that can benefit your mentors. You are less busy than they are, so your time is better spent looking and searching. Also by having other mentorships and pursuing my own interests on the side, I was able to be a source of new information, trends, and opportunities. I asked a lot, but I tried to give in return. 

3. Keep your problems at home.

I often write that passion can be a form of insanity and dysfunction because it makes people selfish and emotional. Not surprisingly, a lot of young people get upset when they read this. And it is these very kids that I wouldn’t want to work with. They’re likely too sensitive to feedback, too wound up to really listen to instructions, and too stuck in their ways to learn.

Typical youthful insanity is sending 3000-word emails at 2 a.m. It’s getting embarrassingly drunk at an event because you’re nervous. It’s hiding a mistake you made because you’re scared. It’s quitting because you’ve fallen behind or don’t feel encouraged. It’s arguing with feedback and thinking you know better, thinking that you’re special. Those weak emotions are luxurious. If you want to indulge them, then you’ve got no right to a busy person’s time.

Your personal life is irrelevant. Your excuses aren’t going to fly. If you get asked to do something, do it the way it was asked. If that means staying up all night to do it, then ok (but that’s to stay your little secret). No one cares what’s going on with you, or at least, they shouldn’t have to.

Your personal life is irrelevant.


If you can step back and see this as something other than a transaction—that you don’t get a mentor, you develop one. If you can contribute thanklessly and make yourself indispensable, you will cease to be an obligation and instead something the mentor works on out of self-interest. If you can work hard to be well-adjusted and dependable—you’re less likely to blow up and ruin the whole opportunity.

For sure, a lot more goes into becoming a master and to getting the most out of a mentorship, but these are the rocks I tend to see people crash on the most often. Myself, I could have easily sunk on all of them. I almost did plenty of times. But it didn’t have to be that way and it doesn’t need to be for you.

How about you?

How have you successfully found a mentor?


The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram (LBRP)

Banishing is ritual intended to drive out an undesirable spirit, entity, energy, etc., inhabiting a particular place. A banishing ritual can also serve to centre one before a series of healing or magical acts. One of the most appreciated banishing ritual is the LBRP.

  1. Stand in the middle of the area you want to banish. Face east. Take a few deep breath and relax.
  2. With the index finger of your right hand, point to your forehead and tone/vibrate the word Ah-Tah.
  3. With your right hand, point the ground. Tone/vibrate the word MAHL-KOOT.
  4. With your right hand touch your right shoulder. Tone/vibrate the Vih-G’BOO-RAH.
  5. With your right hand touch your left shoulder. Tone/vibrate the Vih-G’DOO-LAH.
  6. Fold hands at your chest as if praying and tone/vibrate Lih-Oh-Lahm, Ah men.
  7. With the index finger of your right hand, draw a pentagram in the air in front of you in the following manner: From your left hip draw a line in the air to a point above the top of your head. From there go to your right hip, your left shoulder, right shoulder and back to your left hip. As you draw, picture in your mind the lines in the air as being bright blue in colour. Make sure you end the pentagram exactly where you began drawing it in the air. Point to the centre of the five pointed star and tone/vibrate Yud-Heh-Vahv-Heh.
  8. Pivot 90 degrees clockwise. As you do so, use your right hand to draw a line in the air from the centre of the first pentagram to the centre of the area you are going to use to draw another pentagram. Visualise this arc as being bright, white. Draw another blue pentagram in the air in the same way you drew the first one. Point to the centre of it and tone/vibrate Ah-Doh-Nye.
  9. Repeat this procedure turning 90 degrees clockwise. After you make the pentagram, point to the centre and tone/vibrate Eh-Heh-Yeh.
  10. Repeat again, only this time vibrate Ah-Glah. Draw a line from this pentagram to the first to the first one as you again pivot 90 degrees. You should again be facing east.
  11. Picture the 4 pentagrams connected by a circle of light. Allow that circle of light to expand until it forms a sphere around you. Now spread your arms out to the side and say, the names of the Archangels:
    1. Before me, Rah-Fay-El.
    2. Behind me, Gahb-Ray-El.
    3. On the right hand, Mih-Chai-El.
    4. And on my left hand, Ohr-Ree-El.
    5. For about me flames the pentagram, and within me shines the six rayed star.
  12. Repeat steps 2 – 6.

A host of videos are available on YouTube… See what resonates with you:

“Happening to Me?”

“Happening to Me?”

Have you been wondering lately why you seem so tired – almost to the point of exhaustion, or feeling irritable, angry, lonely, sad, frustrated, or all of the above, and you can’t figure out why? Have you been asking yourself why you’re behaving in ways, or feeling things, that don’t seem to fit with who you know yourself to be, or that just don’t make any sense?

Or wondering why the people in your life seem to be reacting differently to you? Either they’re more excited than ever to be with you, or the complete opposite, they’re picking fights with you or being upset with you for no apparent reason?

Or perhaps in going through what you consider to be a normal day, at times you feel as if you simply cannot keep your eyes open, like sleep is simply begging you to come and be with it?

Does life at times seem empty and without meaning, even when you’re doing things that you used to love?

Welcome to the ascension process, and the symptoms that many experience along that path. The primary thing to know is that you are not alone, and things will get better.

For those folks who’ve been aware of and consciously involved with ascension, these physical and emotional experiences are all too familiar. Some of these folks have been experiencing the changes for some time, or may have even passed through them by now. For some this may go back a decade or two or even more.

For me personally, I experienced many of these symptoms years before I knew what was going on. No one else in my circle of family, friends, and associates was experiencing what I was. It was a frightening and lonely place to be. If I had known what was happening it would have been so much easier.

Fortunately, enough people have travelled down this road that now there’s a fair amount of information, and more being generated. With the knowledge gained through the trials and travails of those who’ve gone before, and as we continue to discover more of what the ascension journey entails on physical and emotional levels, we can offer each other support, understanding, and solace.

When confronted with these unusual and often unwanted experiences, the first thing we typically want to know is “why?”

Why are these things happening?

You may have heard it said that we’re shifting from carbon-based beings to crystaline-based beings. Perhaps you’ve heard that there’s more to our DNA than we have thought or that science has thus far been able to discover; that what we were told were the “junk” parts of our DNA are being reactivated. Maybe you’ve heard people talking about Pineal Activations and similar things.

These concepts are all very real, and even our physical sciences are beginning to be aware of them. It all has to do with the light energy that’s penetrating us, our world, and everything on it, easing us into the new world and a new way of being. So you could say that it isn’t just Nova Earth we’re building, it’s Nova Human as well.

The subject is far too complex to delve deeply into in this discussion, but here’s a smattering of what’s been said about the changes our bodies are going through:

Matthew tells us that “it is the light within a body that transforms its carbon-based cellular structure into the crystalline form that enables the body to live in the high vibrations of energy planes beyond third density.” (1)

Steve Rother and the group add:

“If you would see one of your periodic charts, you would know that the carbon-based structures you currently have and the silicon structure are actually only a few molecules away. With a few re-arrangements, you have a shift from one to another. That is happening not only throughout all of Earth, but also the plant, insect and animal kingdoms are taking on crystalline structures.” (2)

Archangel Michael and St. Germain commented:

“You eventually will not have the carbon-based bodies you have now; they will evolve into crystalline bodies and further along the path, light bodies, with less and less need for physical food to sustain you. Your energy will come directly from Source light and love. You have the ability to tune into this energy now as well. It is just that many of you are not aware of it.” (3)

And this from Mira the Pleiadian:

“As time progresses you will feel like you don’t fit very well into your earthly garments and ways of being. You will be spending your time differently and you will even begin to look different in your human forms. We are merging together into the oneness of who we are and were intended to be. This can appear a little like a checkered pattern that flickers in and out of time and space. However, it is a pattern of sacredness, and change that manifests in a blend of harmony and peace. What does not fit and adapt to the new pattern will find itself on its way out.

“This is akin to someone trying to wear shoes that no longer fit. It all works out in the adaptation to new space and time. The horizons are unlimited and bountiful if you follow the path of Light. Your potential is enormous. You will become the full remembrance of your mastery and your purposeful presence.” (4)

Some of the physical parts of our body that are being activated or enhanced include the pineal gland, pituitary gland, thymus gland, and the vagus nerve. While there’s some disagreement about exactly what the changes involve and what they mean, more information about these changes is becoming available all the time.

But one thing is certain: changes are afoot and our bodies are experiencing them, exhibiting symptoms that may or may not make any sense to us. It can be a frightening experience, often feeling like the rug has been pulled out from under us physically, emotionally, or both.

It can be frightening to not know from one moment to the next what the heck is going on, or feeling like something is going wrong.

At the very least, we know that what we’re experiencing is part of a natural evolutionary process, but a process that has been speeded up. A lot. Instead of an evolution that takes centuries or even millennia, we’re living through an evolution that will unfold in a much smaller timeframe – perhaps a few centuries for the full process, perhaps a few decades for significant parts of it.

It all rather depends on how well we integrate the changes, and how willing we are as a group consciousness to welcome these changes rather than fear them or even fight them.

It’s rather challenging, is it not, to see what’s going on with the cleansing process from inside the washing machine? Inside the machine all we know is that we’re being buffeted about, sometimes gently sometimes not so gently. It’s only when we stand outside the machine – examine the process from a different perspective – that we can say “Oh, yes, I see that the clothes are agitating, but I also see that the agitation is getting them clean. Carry on.”

I hope that this discussion will help you to find that different perspective.

About Ascension Symptoms

Many ascension symptoms are simply the body’s way of communicating what it’s experiencing in the only way it knows how. For example, you might physically experience being very tall or giant-like for a few moments or hours. I experienced this off and on over a period of several years. This is the body’s way of interpreting, through physicality, our energetic expansion.

No matter what ascension symptoms you may be experiencing at this time, at some point – through loving yourself, through understanding and through not resisting the process – “this too shall pass”.

And when it does, you, like the beautiful butterfly that you are, will emerge from your human, third/fourth density cocoon and be able to truly spread your wings and fly.

In the meantime, be kind to yourself. Be gentle, be understanding, be compassionate. Be your own best friend and take good care of you. Rest. Relax. Enjoy.

When you’re in the throes of an unwanted experience, find your center, breathe consciously, drink lots of water – energized with your own intent if you’re willing to believe in your own mastery.

Seek help from those who have gone before and those who are going through it with you. Remember that we’re all in this together.

If an experience feels overwhelming, ask your Guides, the Archangels, the Ascended Masters, the Galactics, whoever you’re most comfortable turning to for support, to dial it down, or to help you through it. They can intercede with the energy and help you achieve a balance.

As with everything, your own discretion is paramount. If you feel that your symptoms indicate something more profound, or you are fearful of what you’re experiencing, it makes sense to consult a medical professional. Even if the test results show nothing, at least you’ll feel relieved, and your relief is all important.

The following list of ascension symptoms and comments comes from Karen Bishop, from a piece excerpted from her book The Ascension Primer. (5)

Karen had graciously offered the full excerpt in PDF form, which at one time could be downloaded from the internet free of charge. However, I’m unable to find that PDF posted anywhere at this time, not even on her new site at Gamma Books. (6)

Nevertheless it’s one of the most informative and complete list of symptoms I’ve found, and it is with appreciation and honor to Karen Bishop for her work that I re-post that information here.

List of Common Ascension Symptoms

Feeling as though you are in a pressure cooker or in intense energy; feeling stress

This is one of the first ascension feelings that a person usually feels. In the beginning, when the energy shifts arrive, they bring with them a new and higher vibration. Old patterns and behaviors are being pushed to the surface for release.

Feeling all this pressure going on inside of you can feel like great stress or that you are on overload. If you are still in a conventional life with mainstream pressures, this New energy can really add to your pile. You will eventually adjust to this higher vibration and much will be activated for release within you as well. More room inside for more of the higher energy!


This symptom is most definitely in the top three and very widely experienced. The ascension process purges so much of the darker and denser energies from us, that we find ourselves in them for quite some time. We may feel like things are simply never going to get better. And to add insult to injury, the outer world is no longer in alignment with the new, higher vibrating you.

It doesn’t feel so good out there and it might feel like there is nowhere to go that does. Therefore everything around us feels just plain ugly and icky. And in addition, when we are vibrating higher and have to wait for the outside to manifest itself in a higher way of being it can seem like it is taking forever. Feeling let down and like things will never change are so very common. This is a long process. An upside-down reality, world, and human are both having to turn right side up.

There is a jewel in the length of the process though, and a necessary and perfectly intended by-product. We cannot create from the ego. We have to get to a place where we are OK no matter what is going on. Feeling disappointment for what seems like forever eventually makes us realize that we will never get anything that we cannot live without.

When we learn to detach and release all attachments, we always get precisely what we want. It is like magic and a very key part of the ascension process to let go of all attachments. When we arrive in this space, we are truly in heaven as nothing can affect us here and we also get whatever we desire, even though we desire nothing. This is a true symptom of “arriving” and one can only feel total peace from this point on.

Anxiety, panic, and feelings of hysteria

When our egos begin to depart, they literally freak out as they do not want to cease to exist. It may feel as if everything is ending (most of everything is!). Your system is also on overload and you may feel as if you are hyperventilating. Things are happening that you may not understand.

You are also losing behavior patterns of a lower vibration that you developed for survival in 3D. This may make you feel vulnerable and powerless. These patterns and behaviors you are losing are not needed in the higher realms. When we experience death in a 3D world we can panic and have anxiety as we do not know where we are going.

When I went through “the big leap” I knew I was “going.” My non-physical ascension guide told me to trust and relax, as it was really quite peaceful on the other side. None-the-less, with no frame of reference if was difficult. Now, I totally trust and go with all of it and it greatly helps. When you finally “arrive” you will feel much love, safety, and unity. Just wait! And know that others are going where you are going – you are not going alone.

A need to eat often along with what feels like attacks of low blood sugar

A craving for protein. This is another of the first symptoms that is felt by many. Our bodies are using up an incredible amount of fuel for this process.

As we are literally being turned inside-out, every ounce of energy that we have is being utilized. I have found it best to eat the protein along with being still during this time. These low blood sugar periods come and go for several years, but get much better as our bodies begin adjusting.

Unusual aches and pains throughout different parts of your body

This is another of the most common symptoms. Manifesting just about anywhere, this is a sign of purifying and releasing blocked energy that is vibrating at a 3D level while other parts of us are vibrating higher. You may feel pain in various parts of your body for several weeks and then it will simply vanish with no explanation.

Continual neck and upper back stiffness and pain

We are sprouting angel wings and this is where they are emerging. Sounds a bit fairy tale-ish, but this is a reality. Our spines are vibrating differently and also connecting to a higher form of light. This area of our body is where it all happens.

Skin eruptions and diarrhea

Acne, rashes, and hives, etc. usually arrive when we are in the purging process and adjusting to a higher energy. Rashes are fairly common and diarrhea can last for weeks and even months. If a doctor visit proves you are OK, fiber can really help until this phase ends. And during it all, you still won’t lose weight!

Heart pain and palpitations

These symptoms are common for many. Our hearts are trying to accommodate a new and higher frequency. At times you can feel as though you are having a heart attack.

When I experienced this phase, I had to literally lie still as any movement added too much stress to my already overstressed heart. An ER visit assured me that all was OK, but it certainly did not feel like it.

In addition, whenever I had a low vibrational thought or fear during this time, my heart would literally grip and stop beating. It was wild, but not a medical condition, and it eventually passed. Our hearts are where we will be coming from and connecting from in the New world, and they must be in alignment as well.

Periods of very deep sleeping

When the energy is not moving and we are done for awhile, we get to rest. While we are integrating and preparing for the next phase of intense moving energy, we become very lethargic. It can become near impossible to keep your eyelids open in the daylight hours and daytime napping can become a regular and necessary habit.

Even if you think you can exercise your way back into some energy, you will usually find yourself dropping dead on the sofa at every effort.

Experiencing emotional ups and downs; weeping

Our emotions are what carries the energy. When we are falling apart (and we are doing just that), we can get pretty emotional.

When we are releasing, we can cry at the drop of a hat. A sad movie can make us cry, or even a sad commercial. We can cry when we experience kindness. We can cry when we feel relief. We can cry when we see any kind of suffering.

These tears are a great cleanser and releaser. I always know when some New energy has arrived because I can simply cry while I am driving along in the car. This seems to be an on-going symptom that is here to stay for awhile. But at least it is fairly painless!

[I have always been extremely sensitive to different energies, and crying at commercials, films, watching others interact in loving ways, has been common throughout my life. I’ve taken a fair amount of teasing and occasionally been admonished for this behavior, so I understand it and have compassion for it. It’s a wonderful thing to see so many hearts opening up, feeling love and compassion so deeply that their emotions are engaged to such a degree.]

Night sweats and hot flashes

During certain phases of ascension our bodies suddenly decide that they are going to burn off the lower and denser aspects of ourselves. You may wake up in the night soaking wet or become very hot during the day. It may be 0°C outside, but you are just fine and dandy in your short sleeves.

Feeling cold with an inability to get warm

When we are moving into a much higher dimension after much integrating, detoxing, and other ascension processes, we get very cold. We are in between and preparing to move up.

At these times it can be very difficult to warm up no matter what you do. I usually submerge myself in a tub of hot water and then get under a heavy comforter.

Vivid, wild and sometimes violent dreams

We are releasing many lifetimes of lower vibrational energy through our dreams. If you are one who receives their higher information through dreams, you will likely do a lot of releasing at night. I consider you to  be lucky, as some are doing much of their releasing when they are awake.

These dreams usually do not make sense, but if you are good at dream analysis you can usually figure them out. These acid-trip-like dreams are up and visible because they contain energy that’s on its way out, never to return. Through this process we are releasing all of our past lives.

Dizziness, loss of balance, vertigo, and spinning

The definition of Merkabah is counter-rotating fields of light surrounding the spirit/body which serve to transport the spirit/body from one dimension to another. And this is precisely what is occurring.

As we connect to our light bodies and begin moving into a higher dimension, we begin spinning and can experience vertigo and dizziness. If you know that this symptom indicates that something wonderful is happening it can be quite fun…like a roller coaster ride.

[Ed. Note: Sitting or lying down, along with grounding and circular breathing through such periods is also extremely helpful.]

Overall body pain and days of extreme fatigue

Our bodies are morphing into a crystalline form in order to enable us to reside in the higher realms and to continually be able to receive the higher light. This process is on-going and it cannot happen overnight. If you feel as though you are 100 years old and barely able to walk across the room, this is why.

Continual fatigue is also an on-going symptom for the same reasons. We are losing our density and going through extreme restructuring.

Gritty eyes and blurred vision

Very simply, our eyes are adjusting to see in a new way, in a higher dimension and a new reality.

[Ed. Note: Friends have reported experiencing this symptom, followed a marked improvement in vision. I’ve experienced a moderate but appreciated improvement in my own vision. This symptom continues for me, and I’m looking forward to greater improvements!]

Memory loss and difficulty accessing words

So many are having this symptom that we can only laugh as we try to converse with each other. “I was having a glass of…you know what I mean…that white stuff…uh…what’s it called?” “Did you watch the…er…that event where everyone competes from around the world?”

At times we cannot talk at all because we are simply unable to access much of anything. When this occurs you are going back and forth between dimensions and experiencing disconnect.

Another somewhat related occurrence is trying to type words and having the letters become jumbled in the wrong order. In this case, we are not in alignment with time and our flow is disconnected, as part of our energy is here and another part is further ahead.

Difficulty remembering what you did or who you talked to a day or sometimes just an hour before

In the higher realms, reality is very much in the moment. If we do not hold something in our consciousness, it simply ceases to exist. We have no attachments. We are creating our own world around us through our beliefs and thoughts and what we do not hold onto does not exist.

Everything is brand new as we are starting completely over, moment to moment. We can tap into whatever we choose to at any moment and create and experience just that. This state comes and goes, but is practice for living in the higher realms. It can feel a bit creepy when it occurs. In addition, at times we are neither here nor there, as we are in between dimensions.

Not remembering the meaning of anything

When I was in an intense period of the transitional process and we were in the throes of a substantial energy thrust into the higher realms, I remember looking at a trash can and not knowing what it was for. I had to access my memory of the “old” and reach far.

What was happening was that I was vibrating at a point where everything possesses only the meaning and identity that we give it. In the higher realms, energy is just energy with no label or meaning. All is fresh and new. Sort of a Course in Miracles undoing process, without the trying.

[Ed. Note: When this happened to me, I had just sat down at my computer and I couldn’t remember how to use the keyboard. I sat there looking at like it was an alien thing. Eventually I remembered that it was supposed to somehow get information from my brain into the computer, but I didn’t know how to go about it. 

At some point I recall thinking “This is ridiculous, I know that I know how to use this thing!” so I put my hands over the keys and tried to make them move. My fingers felt like big sausages, heavy and stiff. All my mental efforts to make them do something was to no avail. Fortunately I knew enough not to panic, and the feeling passed after a few (long!) minutes, but it was profoundly strange while it was happening.]

A feeling of disorientation; not knowing where you are; a loss of a sense of place

“Where in the world am I? I do not fit anywhere and nothing seems to fit or feel remotely right! And I do not know where I belong or where I am going or what I am supposed to be doing either!” Ever had this conversation with the Universe!?

You have been knocked out of your old grooves by an energy shift and are in between realities. You have successfully left much behind and are in a very new space but have not integrated yet.

You won’t have much time to integrate though, because as soon as you get comfortable you will be moving on into the next higher vibrating space. And in addition, the outside world does not remotely match the way you are now highly vibrating.

A loss of identity

You look in the mirror and have a strange feeling of disconnect as you no longer recognize that once familiar image. You almost feel out of body. Once this phenomenon occurs it never ends. You have released so much of your ego self, that you are no longer the same person, and do not have that attachment or connection to your physical vessel.

As you begin to access much more of your soul or higher self, you are not in your body much. You may still use your voice to communicate and other bodily aspects, but you are slowly beginning the process of disappearing and releasing the human form. In addition, you have cleared much of your old patterns and are embodying much more light and a simpler, more purified divine you. All is in order…you are OK.

Feeling ‘out of body’

The same explanation as above. The physical body is the last to catch up. Much of us is now in a higher dimension and residing outside of our bodies, as our bodies are not there yet. They are much denser.

[Ed. Note: Again, grounding and circular breathing through such periods is extremely helpful. This ascension process is about being IN the physical body and assisting the body in its journey into higher vibrational frequencies. So continuing to stay grounded in the body and grounded to the Earth cannot be stressed enough.]

‘Seeing’ and ‘hearing’ things

As we can now access different dimensions fairly easily, it is common for many to see things out of the corner of their eyes or hear things when nothing is there. Many also experience ringing in the ears, which is common when we are going through “the tunnel” and accessing a higher dimension.

Depending upon how sensitive you are and how you are wired, this can be a common experience. Many are seeing orbs and vibrating blobs of color as well.

[Ed. Note: Many of our multidimensional capabilities are coming back online – clairaudience, clairvoyance, clairsentience, etc. – so these are some of the more energizing and exciting changes to experience!] 

Feeling you are going insane, or must be developing a mental illness of some sort

We are rapidly experiencing several dimensions and greatly opening. Much is available to us now. You are just not used to it. Your awareness has been heightened and your barriers are gone.

This will pass and you will eventually feel very at Home like you have never felt before, as Home is now here.

Feeling as though you are looking down a long tunnel in order to connect to lower vibrations; feeling as though you are acting or pretending

When we are residing in the higher realms, anything not there with us may feel far away. If you are still in a lifestyle where you are regularly interacting with the outside or old world, you may feel like an actor in a play or that you are pretending your way through the day. Basically, you are no longer residing in that world, even though you are still involved in it.

[Ed. Note: People bumping into you is another clue. Sometimes when you’re out and about you’ll notice that there are people who are not even seeing you. There’s a slight shifting of dimensions wherein you can see them but you’re slightly out of vibrational alignment with them and they don’t see you.]

An intolerance for lower vibrational things (of the 3D), reflected in conversations, attitudes, societal structures, healing modalities, etc. They literally make you feel ‘sick’ inside

When we begin arriving in the higher realms and in a higher vibration, our energies are no longer in alignment with the old, outside 3D world. Through a severe intolerance to the old, we are being “pushed” to move forward…to be and create the New.

In addition, you may feel like staying home or just being alone, as much of everything “out there” no longer matches the higher vibration of YOU. This is simply a very common experience of evolution. We are moving forward before the outside manifestations are. Being in the old can feel downright awful.

It is similar to having to “go back” after you have had a near death experience. As the ascension process continues, going back to the lower dimensions will not feel good nor will it be possible for long, as it is difficult to drop our vibration down in order to reside there.

This is a simple experience of navigating the dimensional hierarchies. We will eventually become experts with our dimensional navigational skills.

You don’t feel like doing anything

You are in a rest period, ‘rebooting’. Your body knows what it needs. During this time you may feel as though you have lost your passion and joy and don’t know what in the world you want to do with your life and don’t really care! This phase occurs when we are realigning.

At higher levels much is realigning as well. Things are being put into position so that all will be ready when you move forward again. In addition, when we begin reaching the higher realms, doing and making things happen becomes obsolete as the New energies support the feminine of basking, receiving, creating, self-care and nurturing.

Ask the Universe to bring you what you want while you cannot do it for yourself. And know that you are always being taken care of during the ascension process, even if it does not feel like it at times.

Those in the physical going through this process are very highly revered by all the cosmos. We are most certainly being watched over.

A wanting to go Home, as if everything is OVER and you don’t belong here anymore

As we’re returning to Source, everything is over. (But many of us are staying to experience and create the New World.) Also, our old plans for coming have been completed.

We are basically done with our prior incarnation that involved raising the frequency of the planet with a goal of reaching critical mass. We achieved a lot of this through transmuting the darker and denser energies through ourselves. Now we don’t have to do that anymore and may feel like we simply want out of here and away from that experience.

What is coming next is simply divine and does not remotely resemble the first phase.

A sudden disappearance of friends, activities, habits, jobs and residences

One of the most basic and prevalent experiences in the higher realms invloves the Law of Attraction. Like energies always attract like and similar energies. This relates to the dimensional hierarchies as well. We will always be matched with what and how we are vibrating.

As we go higher and higher, this phenomenon becomes much more magnified and also becomes one of the basic cores of our reality and existence. Through the ascension process we evolving beyond what we used to be, and therefore the people and surroundings that no longer match our vibration simply leave our space.

This can sometimes occur rather dramatically or at times through a simple desire resulting from the inability to relate to them like we used to. When an energy shift occurs, it can feel as though a bomb has been dropped and everything in our world has been scattered from here to there.

Eventually we realign with the New. When the New arrives, you will feel so-o-o-o much better!

You absolutely cannot do certain things anymore. When you try to do your usual routine and activities, it feels downright awful

Same as above. You’re no longer a fit and it’s time to move on to a much higher vibrating way of living, being, and creating.

Your plans suddenly change in mid-stream and go in a completely different direction

When this occurs, your soul is balancing out your energy. It usually feels great in this new direction, as your soul knows more than you do! Your soul is breaking your rut choices and vibration. Our souls always know more than we do.

During January of 2006, we experienced what I dubbed “ascension shock.” At higher levels we had a specific plan and timeline. If we were a bit behind, we ended up experiencing our pre-plan whether we were ready or not. This placed us in sudden and immediate new circumstances so that we would be poised for what we needed to do next.

Waking at night between 2 and 4 a.m.

Much is going on in your dream state. You can’t be there for long lengths of time and need a break. This is also the ‘cleansing and releasing’ hour.

[Ed. Note: Steve Rother has referred to this phenomenon as “the 3:00 AM club” (7) due to the high numbers of people reporting that they are or have been waking at exactly 3 am. He also notes, as did Seth, that sleeping patterns in general will be changing from one long sleep period to 3 hours of sleep, then 2 hours of wakefulness, followed by 2 or 3 more hours of sleep. 

Steve adds: “When we awaken  in the middle of the night we’re not only in enhanced awareness, but we’re also in an enhanced state of creation. In this state, our ability to transform our thoughts into reality is greatly increased. The challenge is to become conscious of what we are thinking about, and therefore what we are creating. Instead many simply allow their thoughts to flow from them by default, thereby creating realities that are not really to their liking.” (8)

Meaning .. if you worry about not being able to sleep, and worry during this period that you are going to be tired in the morning because you can’t get enough rest, you’ll only be adding to the likelihood that you are going to be tired in the morning. 

A much more useful plan is to enjoy the enhanced creativity and tell yourself instead that you’re going to be invigorated and energized by this period of heightened awareness and creativity. Then be amazed at the result!]

Heightened sensitivities to your surroundings

Crowds, noise, foods, TV, other human voices and various other stimulations are barely tolerable. You also overwhelm very easily and become easily overstimulated. You are tuning up. Know that this will eventually pass.

[Ed. Note: This was a prolonged and extremely difficult period for me to weather, exacerbated by not knowing why I was feeling this way. Crowds were intolerable for me, as were bright lights and loud noises of any kind. I have always been less tolerant of this type of external stimulus than most, but I was totally unprepared for just how sensitive I would become. 

As I have travelled the path, though, this behavior has cleared to such a degree that I am far more tolerant of external stimuli than before the ascension symptoms began. It does get better!]

You have created a situation that seems like your worst nightmare, with many ‘worst nightmare’ aspects to it

Your soul is guiding you into ‘stretching’ into aspects of yourself where you were lacking, or into ‘toning down’ aspects where you had an overabundance. Your energy is just balancing itself.

Finding your way to peace through this situation is the test you have set up for yourself. This is your journey, and your soul would not have set it up if you weren’t ready. You are the one who finds your way out and you will. Looking back, you will have gratitude for the experience and be a different person.

Other symptoms:

Humming and/or ringing in the ears

This is not Tinnitus, though it feels like it might be.

“The other thing that will be happening very soon as a result of all the things that you are moving through, is that your ears will take another step into change. Some of you will hear ringing that will go on and on and on and on. Take it as a vibrational imprint for it simply means that you are vibrating in harmonics with a new alternate reality which is very close to yours.” (9)

From Archangel Michael

“Oh, do not think that you cannot hear the sound of your collective or of your planet! You are always hearing the sound of the universe, that high-pitched ringing in your ears.” (10)

Steve Beckow devoted an entire article to these humming and ringing sensations noting:

“So if you’re hearing the blessed sound of Aum as a ringing in your ears, rejoice. Welcome it. Talk to it. Say, ‘Hello, Mother. What are your wishes for me today?’ or ‘What are you bringing me today?’ Listen to it and allow it to grow within your consciousness. Hearing the sound of the universal motor is a great blessing indeed.” (11)

Denise LeFay lists a few symptoms not previously covered(12):

  1. repeated intense inner body heat “hot flashes”, hands and/or bottoms of feet extremely hot, spine, back, head, entire body heat
  2. extreme sweating with every Kundalini hot flash
  3. repeated cold flashes, inner body cold spots, certain chakra areas turn cold for periods
  4. inner body electrical-like vibrations, buzzing, inner shaking, slowly moving inner energy vibrations
  5. extra electricity in your body, constantly getting zapped when you touch things
  6. muscle spasms, twitching, itching, strange sensations on or under the skin, nerve sensitivity
  7. nightmares, archetypal dreams, lucid dreams
  8. repeatedly coming awake at specific times of the night–1:11, 3:00, 3:33, 4:44, 5:55 AM etc.

About these symptoms Denise commented:

“Again, fear not because it’s a positive sign of our compressed evolution, our expanding consciousness and all the positive things that naturally comes with it.” (13)

So what does all this mean? Simply that we all evolving, and doing so at unprecedented rates. These changes are interpreted by our physical senses and can have the appearance of coming out of nowhere for no reason. There will be commonalities and also differences in how these changes are interpreted by our physical senses.

The difficulty arises because we are so tuned, so programmed, that whenever anything out of the ordinary occurs in our body, we worry about it. When we notice something out of the ordinary we have a learned drive to know what it is, why it is, and how to be rid of it so that we can get on to being “normal” again. What we’re beginning to realize is that even what constitutes normal is changing. Indeed there may never be a “normal” again.

But perhaps the most important thing to remember from all of this information is to stay out of fear. If what you are experiencing is frightening, or you suspect in any way that you require medical attention by all means seek medical help.

At the very least you may find out that there is nothing wrong and/or that nothing was found, and that should reduce the fear considerably. Reducing the fear is all important.

I hope you will take solace from this comment from Saul:

“At present you are all undergoing a massive expansion and strengthening of your individual energy fields to prepare you for your return to Reality.  Spending time in the illusion has enormously weakened you, a bit like becoming sick and bedridden, where you have needed to rebuild your health and strength before being able to operate normally once more.  You have become unbalanced, inharmonious, out of tune, and are now going through a period of what can only be described as expert restoration and renewal, after years of inappropriate storage, or even thoughtless abuse.

“Those of you who are experiencing constant tiredness, exhaustion, or energy depletion are at the forefront of the restoration and renewal program.  It is very draining and depressing for you as you struggle with the problems of making even the most simple decisions in your daily lives, things that were previously a breeze.  Know that you are greatly honored, intensely supported, and dearly loved, and that this ongoing sensation of being completely alone as you force yourselves to maintain your optimism, and discount and disregard your doubts and anxieties, is akin to that very deep dark period before the dawn.” (14)



(1) Matthew’s Message, Jan 4, 2012, at

(2) Steve Rother and the group, Beacons of Light, July 15, 2009

(3) Archangel Michael and St. Germain through Goldenlight, Feb 6, 2013

(4) Mira the Pleiadian, June 20, 2011

(5) Karen Bishop, Ascension Primer,, Inc. 2006, c2006

(6) Karen Bishop, Gamma Books,

(7) Steve Rother, Spiritual Psychology, Lightworker Publications: Second Edition, March 2006, 56-57

(8) ibid, 58

(9) Steve Rother and the group, Beacons of Light, Sep. 15, 2004

(10) Archangel Michael, An Hour with An Angel, Jan. 23, 21012

(11) Steve Beckow, “What is That Ringing in My Ears?” at

(12) Denise LeFay, Inner Body Vibrations and Other Unusual Symptoms, Aug 2, 2011

(13) loc. cit.

(14) Saul through John Smallman, Sep 2,

Vegetable Chemo to fight Cancer

I give the following advice to all my clients with Cancer, Tumours and Ulcers:

God’s Vegetable Chemotherapy

  • 1/2 beetroot
  • 1 carrot
  • cabbage (proportional to other veggies)
  • slither potato
  • parsley
  • celery
  1. Chop, grate or liquidise all ingredients (best to have it in a juice form). You may add some honey for taste.
  2. Chew this juice before swallowing. It is important to build up saliva to help with the digestion process.
  3. Chew and drink one glass per day.

Other advice:

  • Consider going on a raw food diet, or eating at least 60% to 80% raw. Schedule an appointment with me for guidance or coaching. Alternatively research and contact people who are experienced in the raw food field. A few examples: Rawlean, Soaring Free Superfoods, Earthshine, Dr. Gabriel CousensRaw Family, David Wolfe, Green Smoothie Girl, Raw Works, Raw Food Starter Guide. A Google search for Raw Food will give you recipes and access to loads of information.
  • Drink 1 cup of Horsetail tea 30 minutes before breakfast and 30 minutes before the evening meal.
  • Apply a warm Horsetail poultice to the affected area/s. (Bring a pot of water to the boil, hang over it a sieve in which the Horsetail is laid and cover. After some time take the soft, warm herbs, put them in a lightly woven cloth and place on the affected part. Everything is covered with a woollen cloth and bound fast. Warm poultices are left on for two hours or overnight.)
  • Eating one fresh, green Comfrey leaf a day is also beneficial. Be aware that doctors will tell you that Comfrey causes cancer, a bigpharma ploy to try and convince you not to use natural, freely available treatments (only the old, dead, black leaves should be avoided, the green ones are fine) — Comfrey is one of the most effective herbs to fight against cancer and tumours.
  • Overnight, Steep 200gm of dried Thyme in 6 to 8 litters of cold water. Heat and strain this in the morning and pour it into the bath water. Soak in it for 20 minutes. The heart must be above the water. After the bath do not dry off, but wrap yourself in a bath towel or robe, go back to bed and lie there for one hour perspiring. The water from the full bath can be re-warmed and used twice more.
  • I have 2 herbal tinctures: 8 Herbs and Sutherlandia (unfortunately only available in South Africa, due to the country’s laws around exporting medicine, herbal remedies and homeopathic remedies). The tinctures can be used individually, but I usually recommend using both for fighting Cancer, Tumours and Ulcers.
  • Consider taking small amounts of Borax internally, see the Truth About Borax.
  • Download “Musical Rapture” at for free. The frequency of this Celestial Music communicates with the Divine Intelligence of the body at a cellular level raising the consciousness of each cell. As the music soothes and comforts the cells, the body’s natural ability to heal itself is enhanced. For more information about this special music, visit Era of Peace.
  • Read “You Can Heal Your Life” by Louise Hay.
  • Read “How Not to Die” and optionally “The How Not to Die Cookbook” by Michael Greger MD.
  • Read “The Secret Language of Your Body” by Inna Segal.
  • Read “Healing Visualizations” by Gerald Epstein.
  • Schedule regular Reiki treatments.
  • A little deeper into the alternative ways — for the fear of death and dying one may consider exploring Psilocybin under supervision and in sacred space.

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Before you Judge

Before you judge others or claim any absolute truth, consider that

… you can see less that 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum and hear less than 1% of the acoustic spectrum. As you read this, you are traveling at 220 kilometers per second across the galaxy. 90% of the cells in your body carry their own microbial DNA and are not “you”. The atoms in your body are 99.9999999999999999% empty space and none of them are the ones you were born with, but they all originated in the belly of a star. Human beings have 46 chromosomes, 2 less than the common potato. The existence of the rainbow depends on the conical photoreceptors in your eyes; to animals without cones, the rainbow does not exist. So you don’t just look at a rainbow, you create it. This is pretty amazing, especially considering that all the beautiful colours you see represent less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum.”

Using your emotions to get THERE from HERE.

“But I Can’t Get to San Diego from Phoenix!”

So if all of this is true (and it is our absolute promise to you that it is true), then how is it that so many are experiencing so much of what they do not want?

Consider this question: If I am in Phoenix, Arizona, and it is my desire to be in San Diego, California, how would I go about getting to San Diego? The answer to this question is easy to hear: No matter what your mode of transportation—by air, by car, or even on foot—if you will face in the direction of San Diego, and continue to move in the direction of San Diego, then you must reach San Diego.

If you head toward San Diego, but then you lose your sense of direction and you head back toward Phoenix, and then you get turned back around again and you head toward San Diego, and then you get confused again and you head back toward Phoenix… you could potentially spend the rest of your life experience just moving back and forth, and you could, conceivably, never arrive in San Diego. But because of your knowledge of direction, and with the help of road signs and other travelers, it is not logical that you would remain forever lost in the Arizona desert unable to find your way to San Diego. The 400-mile trip between the two cities is easily understood, and the idea of making the trip is completely believable, and if it were your desire to make the trip, you would find a way to do so.

We want you to understand that the trip between wherever you are, on any subject, and where you desire to be, is as easily attainable as the trip from Phoenix to San Diego—once you understand how to discern where you are along the way.

For example, the thing that makes it seem more difficult to travel from financial insolvency to financial abundance is that you have not been aware when you were turned around and headed in the opposite direction. And, the only reason that your trip has not taken you from no relationship to the perfect, fulfilling, rewarding relationship you desire is that you have not been aware of the power of your thoughts and words that were taking you back to Phoenix. You clearly understand all of the factors involved in transporting yourself from Phoenix to San Diego, but you have not understood the factors involved in transporting yourself from sickness into fabulous health, from the absence of the relationship you have wanted to the fulfillment of this wonderful relationship, or from barely scraping by financially to having the freedom to do the things you really want to do.

Once you understand the clarity that your emotions provide, you will never again not know what you are doing with your current thought. You will always be aware of whether you are, in this moment, moving toward or away from your intended goal or desire. Your awareness of the way you feel will give you the clarity you have been seeking—and you will never be lost in the desert again. Once you have the knowledge that you are moving in the direction of your desires, you may begin to relax a little bit and enjoy the fantastic journey.

The Different Degrees of Your Emotional Guidance Scale

You might say that different emotions have different vibrational frequencies, but a more accurate way of saying it would be: Your emotions are indicators of your vibrational frequency. When you remember that your emotions indicate your degree of alignment with Source Energy and that the better you feel, the more you are allowing your alignment with the things you desire, then it is easier to understand how to respond to your emotions.

Absolute alignment with your own Source Energy means that you know the following:

  • You are free.
  • You are powerful.
  • You are good.
  • You are love.
  • You have value.
  • You have purpose.
  • All is well.

At any time that you are thinking thoughts that cause you to know your true nature, you are in alignment with who you really are, for this is the state of absolute alignment. And the way those thoughts feel is the ultimate emotion of connection. When you think in terms of a fuel gauge on a vehicle, this state of alignment would be the same as a full tank.

In other words, imagine a gauge or scale with gradations or degrees, which indicate the position of the (fullest) allowance of your connection with your Source Energy all the way to your (emptiest) most resistant disallowance of your alignment with your Source Energy.

A scale of your emotions would look something like this:

  1. Joy/Knowledge/Empowerment/Freedom/Love/Appreciation
  2. Passion
  3. Enthusiasm/Eagerness/Happiness
  4. Positive Expectation/Belief
  5. Optimism
  6. Hopefulness
  7. Contentment
  8. Boredom
  9. Pessimism
  10. Frustration/Irritation/Impatience
  11. “Overwhelment”
  12. Disappointment
  13. Doubt
  14. Worry
  15. Blame
  16. Discouragement
  17. Anger
  18. Revenge
  19. Hatred/Rage
  20. Jealousy
  21. Insecurity/Guilt/Unworthiness
  22. Fear/Grief/Depression/Despair/Powerlessness

Emotional Scale

Since the same words are often used to mean different things, and different words are often used to mean the same things, these word labels for your emotions are not absolutely accurate for every person who feels the emotion. In fact, giving word labels to the emotions could cause confusion and distract you from the real purpose of your Emotional Guidance Scale.

The thing that matters most is that you consciously reach for a feeling that is improved. The word for the feeling is not important.

An Example of Consciously Moving Up Your Emotional Guidance Scale

So, something has happened in your experience that makes you feel terrible. Nothing sounds good, nothing feels good, it seems as it you are suffocating, and each thought is equally painful. The best word to describe your nearly constant state of emotion is one of depression.

If you could throw yourself into taking some action, you might teel better; if you could put what is bothering you out of your mind altogether and focus upon your work, you could feel better. There are many thoughts that you could entertain that could free you from your depression. However, vibrationally, you do not have access to most of them right now. But if your intention is to find a thought, any thought, that feels better, and you are consciously aware of how that thought feels, you can begin to move up the Emotional Guidance Scale immediately. It is really a process of thinking a thought, any thought, and then consciously evaluating whether the new thought gives you any feeling of relief from where you were before that thought. So, you think and feel and think and feel, with one intention only: to feel even the slightest bit of relief.

Let us say that someone has said something that made you angry, or someone did not keep her word. And as you focus upon this angry topic, you notice that you do feel some relief from your depression. In other words, in the midst of this angry thought, you are no longer having any trouble breathing. The feeling of claustrophobia has lifted, and you do feel slightly better.

Now, here is the crucial step in effectively utilizing your Emotional Guidance System: Stop, and consciously acknowledge that your chosen thought of anger does feel better than the suffocating depression that it replaced. And in the conscious recognition of your improved vibration, your feeling of powerlessness softens and you are now on you way up your Emotional Guidance Scale, back into full connection with who you really are.

“If I Can Get There Emotionally, I Can Get Anywhere”

“Right now I am going to find the best-feeling thought that I can. I am going to reach for more relief, more relief, more relief.” Remember:

  • Rage gives you a feeling of relief from depression, grief, despair, fear, guilt, or powerlessness.
  • Revenge gives you a feeling of relief from rage.
  • Anger gives you a feeling of relief from revenge.
  • Blame gives you a feeling of relief from anger.
  • Overwhelment gives you a feeling of relief from blame.
  • Irritation gives you a feeling of relief from overwhelment.
  • Pessimism gives you a feeling of relief from irritation.
  • Hopefulness gives you a feeling of relief from pessimism.
  • Optimism gives you a feeling of relief from hopefulness.
  • Positive Expectation gives you a feeling of relief from optimism.
  • Joy gives you a feeling of relief from positive expectation.

In time, and with practice, you will become very adept at understanding what your Emotional Guidance System is telling you. Once you make a determined decision to continually reach for the relief that an improved emotion brings, you will find yourself feeling good most of the time, and allowing into your experience all the things you desire.

Attention to how you are feeling is necessary in order to understand everything that is happening to you. How you feel—and the feeling of relief that you discover as you reach for better-feeling thoughts—is your only true measurement of what you are attracting into your experience.

How to Identify Synthetic Vitamins

You can make wiser choices when purchasing vitamins by learning to identify synthetic dietary supplements from natural vitamin products. Manufacturers of dietary supplements sometimes use synthetic materials for increasing the vitamin’s potency and stability.

According to the Organic Consumers Association, some of these materials come from coal tar derivatives, the same toxins that cause throat cancer in tobacco smokers. Before shopping for vitamin supplements, know what to look for in a vitamin product that may cause harm to your health.

Step 1

Search for words listed in the ingredients that begin with “dl.” When a word contains “dl” in the prefix, it is an indication that the vitamin is synthetic. As an example, “dl-alpha tocopherol acetate” and “dl-alpha tocopherol” are synthetic forms of vitamin E.

Step 2

Find words that end with “ate” or “ide” in the list of ingredients. These words indicate that the manufacturer used synthetic materials for increasing the vitamin’s potency and stability. Some words to look for include nitrate, acetate, sodium ascorbate, sodium benzoate, chloride, hydrochloride, silicon dioxide and titanium dioxide.

Step 3

Find the synthetic form of the vitamin listed under the ingredient list. Natural vitamins come from natural food sources. If you see the vitamin listed as the vitamin itself, such as “vitamin D,” then it is sure to be the synthetic version, according to Dr. Ben Kim, a Canadian chiropractor and radio show host. Look for food sources such as “citrus” instead of “vitamin C” or “parsley” instead of “vitamin K.”

Step 4

Identify the words “natural” on the vitamin bottle. If the bottle says, “100 percent natural” the vitamin supplement does not contain synthetics. On the other hand, a label that says, “natural,” might have at least some synthetic components. According to Earl Mindell’s “New Vitamin Bible,” only 10 percent of the product must come from natural food sources in order for a company to claim “natural” on the product’s label. If the product label does not say “100 percent animal-based” or “100 percent plant-based,” the supplement is synthetic.

Step 5

Look for the vitamin potency listed on the product’s label. According to the Organic Consumers Association, if the vitamin supplement has a high or otherwise unnatural potency, the product is synthetic. For example, a product that provides 1,000 percent of vitamin C is unusually high. This is ten times the amount you need daily, and an amount that even a healthy diet — consisting of natural, whole-food sources — cannot provide.


Organic Consumers Association: The Synthetic Vitamin Milligram Game; Brian Clement; January 2007
Dr. Ben Kim: Synthetic vs. Natural Vitamins
“Earl Mindell’s New Vitamin Bible”; Earl Mindell and Hester Mundis; 2011
Organic Consumers Association: Background Info on Synthetic vs. Natural Vitamins (Q&A); 2007

About the Author

Cheryl Myers’ first publication was in a local paper in 1989. Some of her works have appeared in “Guideposts,” “Body + Soul” and “Hearing Health Magazine.” Myers has an Associate of Science in nursing from Catonsville Community College.

Antineoplastons: A Cure for Cancer Ignored For 45 Years?

Could a cure for advanced, chemotherapy and radiation resistant cancer have already been discovered as far back as 1967? Could this curative substance have been so close to us for all this time, as to be part of our own blood and a constituent of our own urine?

As crazy as it may sound to conventionally-minded folks in both the general public and medical professional spheres, the discovery of powerful anti-cancer peptides secreted by our own bodies only adds to hundreds, if not thousands of already extant natural and/or naturally-derived anti-cancer treatments, some which scientists have known about for over a century, e.g. turmeric has been proven to have therapeutic potential in over 100 cancers, but which threaten the financial and political hegemony of far more toxic and less effective therapies, e.g. chemotherapy and radiation.

Dr. Burzynski’s Cancer Cure

Antineoplastons are a group of naturally-occurring peptides and amino acid derivatives which control tumor growth, and have been proven in clinical studies on a number of advanced cancer cases to be highly effective and non-toxic, relative to chemotherapy.

First identified by Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski in human blood in 1967, he observed  “There were significant differences in the peptide content in the serum of cancer patients as compared with the control group.”

Owing to the fact that similar peptide fractions are found in human urine and can be purified as a bulk source of antineoplastons, Dr. Burzynski began a research program “for the identification of antineoplastic peptides from urine” known as the Burzynski Research Institute (BRI), which was incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware in 1984. [i]

The discovery that urine contains therapeutic compounds is not novel. According to Dr. Burzynski:

“Medicinal use of urine and urine extracts has been known for centuries in ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, India and North and Central America. In modern times, the first study of growth-inhibiting substances in urine was conducted in 1937. The research on urinary peptides has a long history and was initiated by a Polish researcher, S. Bondzynski, in 1897.” [ii]

Dr. Burzyinski’s research lead to the discovery of five different peptide fractions which he named Antineoplaston A1, A2, A3, A4 and A5. The first active component was identified as 3-phenylacetylamino-2,6-piperidinedione and was named Antineoplaston A10. Two synthetic derivatives of Antineoplaston A10 were named Antineoplaston AS2-1 and Antineoplaston AS2-5. has done an exhaustive index of the research on the topic as found on the National Library of Medicine, which can be found on its Antineoplastons research page. The information found there indicates the preventive and/or therapeutic value of antineoplaston therapy in up to 30 diseases.

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Article Sources

[i] Burzynski Research Institute/About Us

[ii] Antineoplastons: history of the research (I). Drugs Exp Clin Res. 1986 ;12 Suppl 1:1-9. PMID: 3527634

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