Mental Health, Supernatural Psychiatry, Whole Body Health

Demystifying Meditation’s Dangers

Meditation 

Although many start using mediation or mindful-ness simply as a way to calm the mind or be present when manic, it can lead to other spiritual experiences. “If you’re not aware of meditation dangers, they can unexpectedly come and cause many troubles in your life, such as frightening visions, non-physical contacts, or even insanity.” –Simona Rich, Experienced Meditator and blogger (emphasis mine). According to Rich, the purpose of mediation is to awaken to the Divine knowledge that you are a god yourself, and that you do not need God. In mediation, “the loss of connection to god must happen for you to realize that you are god….When you meditate you may get many interesting meditation experiences. For example, when I meditate, I sometimes hear conversations in different languages, see certain events from this and other worlds and see different beings.” – Simona Rich, Meditator. Rich, as a very experienced meditator, has great articles on the benefits and warnings when it comes to meditation.  If you are not prepared for this or aware that this may happen, then it can come as quite a shock. If you are, then it can help prevent a psychotic episode. If you are ok with opening up yourself to spirit guides, the dark night of the soul, and other paranormal things happening, then meditation may be a viable form of stress release for you. If you have only heard of the litany of stress-relieving benefits, then consider these “spiritual side effects”.

These modalities are being introduced into psychologist’s offices, doctor’s offices, and even the schools as benign and medically-backed practices, and this is where I take concern when parents and participants are not given this information. As an investigative journalist, I try to just observe and research, but we all know sometimes bias gets in the way; I am for the patients having all the facts and being educated enough to decide for themselves what treatments they want to pursue, and informed consent given regarding any possible dangers, side effects, or possible psychosis, which seems counter-intuitive for a doctor or counselor to recommend to psych patients.

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A recent research study showed that those with religious holdings are more likely to have psychotic experiences. You can view that article here.

Religion and spiritually-centered activities like yoga and meditation of various kinds tend to increase health and decrease disease. However, what if overall they had the opposite affect on the mental health community? Perhaps clinicians could look not only at symptomology, but start listening with ears to hear people’s soul stories (that may include discussions about past lives, alien encounters, guides, angels, demons, ect…). And even stranger, what if their stories are true according to their experiences (and even others around them simultaneously) and not delusional?! When two people in a room see and hear the same supernatural encounter, delusional hallucination is not the best diagnosis.

SO, what if spiritual practices like yoga and meditation decreased stress but induced psychosis? Would the spiritual negative side effects outweigh the physical positive ones?

In the cases of delusion and psychosis I propose that the mental health agencies look at supernatural causes of “delusions” that may not actually be delusional.

I speak from experience. In August of 2017, I was in a trance (not brought on by anything I did, like meditation) for about four hours that was mistaken for catatonia and taken to the emergency room, where I was involuntarily committed to the psych ward wing for three nights. I have not shared that story but may do so later. What may be labeled as a psychotic episode or delusion could (as some propose) actually be a spiritual awakening, contact from another dimension (God, angels, loved ones, guides, ETs as some claim), open visions, trances, demonization, mystic experiences, and a whole host of possibilities that were previously included in the past DSM-IV (V62.89) as religious experience “exceptions” to being called schizophrenic, delusional and psychotic.

The DSM-IV listed these as nonpathological:
* Mystical experience
* Psychic opening
*Kundalini Awakening
* Possession experience
* Loss of faith
* Terminal & life-threatening illness
* Change in membership, practices & beliefs
* New religious movements and cults
* Visionary experience
* Near death experience
* Shamanic crisis
* Alien encounters

 Although it may seem I digress from the topic of meditation, I don’t. Meditation is a door that often leads to these very experiences. Oh the irony: a psychologist recommends meditation to a client that leads to an involuntary committal. If trances, visits from other-wordly beings, and self-induced mystical experiences are what you are seeking, then proceed with meditation. However, if not, wouldn’t you like your counselor, psychologist or psychiatrist to warn you of possible dangers? They would not likely do so, because most of them do not acknowledge a supernatural realm at all.
I am not saying that all meditation leads to psychosis, or uninvited spiritual encounters of the weird kind, I am just recommending to proceed with caution. See below for some great verses to mediate on, and I also recommend the phone app: Abide.
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Psalm 1: 1-3: How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.

Psalm 19:14: Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.

Psalm 104:1-34: Let my meditation be pleasing to Him; As for me, I shall be glad in the LORD. Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, You are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty, Covering Yourself with light as with a cloak, Stretching out heaven like a tent curtain. read more.

Philippians 4:8: Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
2 Timothy 2:7: Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.

Psalm 16:8: I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Psalm 63:6: When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches,

Psalm 119:15-16: I will meditate on Your precepts And regard Your ways. I shall delight in Your statutes; I shall not forget Your word.

Joshua 1:8: “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.

Psalm 77:12: I will meditate on all Your work And muse on Your deeds.

Psalm 111:2: Great are the works of the LORD; They are studied by all who delight in them.

Psalm 143:5: I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your doings; I muse on the work of Your hands.

Psalm 145:5: On the glorious splendor of Your majesty And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.

Psalm 8:1-9: O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth, Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens! From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength Because of Your adversaries, To make the enemy and the revengeful cease. When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; read more.

Proverbs 6:6: Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise,

Matthew 6:26-30: “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, read more.

Luke 12:24-27: “Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds! “And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span? “If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters? read more.

Psalm 119:78-148: My eyes anticipate the night watches, That I may meditate on Your word. May the arrogant be ashamed, for they subvert me with a lie; But I shall meditate on Your precepts. May those who fear You turn to me, Even those who know Your testimonies. read more.

Psalm 16:7: I will bless the LORD who has counseled me; Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.

Psalm 42:8: The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; And His song will be with me in the night, A prayer to the God of my life.

Job 22:22: “Please receive instruction from His mouth And establish His words in your heart.

Psalm 39:3: My heart was hot within me, While I was musing the fire burned; Then I spoke with my tongue:

Luke 2:19: But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.

Acts 8:27-35: So he got up and went; and there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he had come to Jerusalem to worship, and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this chariot.” read more.

Psalm 119:11: Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.

Psalm 119:55: O LORD, I remember Your name in the night, And keep Your law.
Genesis 24:63: Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening; and he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, camels were coming.

Psalm 39:3: My heart was hot within me, While I was musing the fire burned; Then I spoke with my tongue:

Psalm 63:6: When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches,

Psalm 1:2: But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.

Psalm 77:12 I will meditate on all Your work And muse on Your deeds.

Psalm 104:34, Psalm 119:15, Psalm 119:99, Psalm 119:148, Psalm 143:5

Psalm 4:4: Tremble, and do not sin; Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still.

Joshua 1:8: “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.

1 Timothy 4:15: Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all.

Psalm 19:14: Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.

Med Free Solutions, Mental Health

Self-Harm: The Underlying Cause & Cure

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I am 40 years old, but the deep cutting scars left behind from my 16th year of life are still clearly visible. In my brain coaching peer practice, teenagers want to reach out and touch them, a link between their current self and their future self, a self they have often wondered would still exist. The pain is clearly visible in their eyes. They want it to end. All of it. I want to help them, and I know how. 

I am 16. Sitting in my bedroom, I am thinking about my boyfriend and the red streaks across his arm. He taught me to cut. Then he told me he would stop cutting. He lied. I told him if he did it again, I would do it worse. If he did not care about himself, hopefully he would care about me, my irrational brain tried to rationalize. His shallow cuts at school today had been streaks across his left arm, not vertical like a suicide attempt, but horizontal, on purpose. I took the razor blade and raised it above my arm. Up, Down, across. [“Too shallow, you Woose!” A voice in my head whispered] The next line was deeper, way too deep, clear to the bone! [“Too deep, idiot!” the voice yelled. “What are you trying to do, kill yourself?!” it sneered]. The next three cuts were perfect, except for slicing a large freckle in half. The relief was palpable; I did not even feel the pain till later, and I grinned thinking, “I’ll show him”! I meant business. Butterfly bandages held the gaping wounds closed where I should have gotten stitches; long-sleeved shirts hid them from my mom.

This is not NORMAL thought for a 16 year old, and thankfully now I know why I was susceptible to trying to relieve emotional pain through cutting (self-harm/self-injury).

Thankfully, I grew out of those self-harm tendencies, but I see clients in my office, from pre-teen to senior-aged, whose cutting tendencies still remain, or have just “graduated” into other self-harming methods. Other methods can include:

Food-Related: Overeating, Under-eating, Anorexia, Bulimia | Self-Injury: Cutting, Hair-Pulling, Scratching, Chemical burns, Biting, Stabbing, Burning, Picking, Branding, Banging, Bruising, Bone breaking | Injesting: Self-medicating, Over dosing, Inhaling/sniffing substances, self poisoning, swallowing objects | Drug and Alcohol: Smoking, Drug Abuse, Alcohol Abuse

March is Self-harm Awareness Month. Self-injury Awareness Day is a grassroots annual global awareness event / campaign on March 1 & March 15, where on this day, and in the weeks leading up to it and after, some people choose to be more open about their own self-harm, and awareness organizations make special efforts to raise awareness about self-harm and self-injury. The goal of the people who observe SIAD is to break down the common stereotypes surrounding self-harm and to educate medical professionals about the condition.

So, how AWARE of this issues are we, really? What if there were a small, select group of individuals that actually know the ROOT cause of what happens in self-harm cases, and HOW TO FIX it and especially, PREVENT it in the first place?

Here’s another story, and it is more related than it seems on the surface.

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Have you heard of CRIBBING in horses? 

Horse cribbing is also known as wind sucking or crib biting. Cribbing is not a natural behavior but rather a compulsive habit and addiction, caused by an underlying mineral deficiency. Although some horse owners think it develops as a result of boredom or anxiety or a combination of the two, veterinarians know that if the mineral deficiency is addressed, the cribbing will mostly stop. Some may continue as a result of bad habit, but if the deficiency is prevented, the cribbing won’t occur in the first place! The horse may be thinking he is bored, or anxious, or that the fence post tastes good, but in reality, he is unconsciously mineral deficient. There are even ‘anti-cribbing’ mineral fee supplements widely available. Cribbing? Up the minerals?

CUTTING is the HUMAN EQUIVALENT of CRIBBING IN HORSES!

According to Dr Joel Wallach, and other veterinarians turned human doctors, cutting, self-harm, and many other root-causes of addictions, have their root-causes in several mineral deficiencies in the brain. It is similar to the mineral-deficient condition of Pica, common in deficient pregnant women.

“Obesity and overweight problems are synonymous with Americans. Nibble, nibble, nibble all the way home. ‘Pica’ is a seeking, a craving with licking and chewing behavior that has its genesis in mineral deficiencies – interestingly enough neither vitamin deficiency, protein deficiency or calorie deficiency initiates this ‘pica’ behavior, nor will supplementing vitamins [absent of minerals] or eating sugar, carbohydrate, fat or protein quench it!!!

Since American soils are critically deficient and depleted in minerals it is no surprise that pica, cribbing, [cutting], and cravings dominate the American scene. America is minerally deficient – dieters, athletes, vegetarians, meat eaters, embryos, children, teenagers, young adults and seniors.”

In Dr Wallach’s book, Dead Doctors Don’t Lie, is where he addresses cribbing in horses and cutting in humans both being linked to the same underlying mineral deficiency as its cause!

I have seen this first hand in my brain health peer practice, Aspen Brain Health. Teens think they are cutting because they think it makes them feel better, cope with stress, release emotions, they are bored, and many more reasons: like the pain they feel on the inside needs to be dealt with outwardly. These reasons are all true and valid, but I contest that the cutting never would have happened in the first place had a deficiency not occurred before the behavior set in. I also see that supplementing with quality salt and a mineral supplement, like Empowerplus Q96 for the brain, can, in most cases, stop the cutting behavior! The behavior that continues on from there is then more closely  linked to habit, and bad habits need to be broken.

Have a child/teen who cuts? Are you an teen/adult who struggles with any of the above self-harm habits or tendencies? What can you do?

4 Steps to Freedom from Cutting:

1- Supplement with Pink Salt (84 minerals). Approximately 1 Tbsp a day with 8 glasses of water. (Put on food, under tongue, Sole, ect…)

2- Supplement with Brain Mineral Supplement: Empowerplus Q96

3- Prevent Boredom or situation where ruminating self-harm thoughts occur

4- Remove items typically used to self-harm: razor blades, knives, erasers, paperclips, drugs, alcohol, & food

5- Ask for Help: Be accountable to a friend, family member, and ask God for help. He desires to set you free from all bondage.

And, just cause I like to throw in a supernatural true story or two, what do you think about this?! I attended a healing service with Dan Mohler (click to watch!) and he claims to have seen people with cutting/self-harm scars completely healed! He calls it being brought back to original value! Cutting Scars, track-mark scars and more just wiped away in Jesus’ name! Even more than that, people have had STDs healed too! So, when he had an alter call for those who have been affected by STDs or cutting scars, I thought it would be sooo cool to show my kids tangible proof of God’s supernatural healing power, by asking Him to erase my cutting scars that run across my left arm. But when I went forward, I clearly heard Jesus say: “I kept my scars, and I am asking you to keep yours too. They serve as tangible proof to the teens you help who want to touch them.” Tears ran down my face, and so we agreed, right there and then, that I get to keep my scars. Do you have scars? They serve as proof of how you can and will overcome! God wants to restore you original value and make all things new!

Need private peer coaching or healing prayer to overcome? Schedule with Aspen. 

Salt & Light,

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Med Free Solutions, Mental Health, Supernatural Psychiatry

Could Meditation Cause Psychosis?

My trip into alternative healing to write my book, Med Free Bipolar (Amazon) led me down some rabbit holes I almost did not get out of! It was like Alice and Wonderland for sure, but I almost got lost indefinitely. Now, five years into working with clients on natural mental health in my Aspen Brain Health ministry clinic, I am more convinced than ever that not all things that start out good, end good. Traditional Meditation is one of those things, and I have seen it actually lead to psychosis and spiritual crisis, even involuntary hospitalizations! It is also being taught inside the psych hospitals, an ironic twist, don’t you think?

Meditation – Although many start using mediation or mindfulness simply as a way to calm the mind or be present when manic, it can lead to other spiritual experiences.

“If you’re not aware of meditation dangers, they can unexpectedly come and cause many troubles in your life, such as frightening visions, non-physical con- tacts, or even insanity.” –Simona Rich, Experienced Meditator and blogger (emphasis mine).

The purpose of mediation is to awaken to the Divine knowledge that you are a god yourself, and that you do not need God. In mediation, “the loss of connection to god must happen for you to realize that you are god….When you meditate you may get many interesting meditation experiences. For example, when I meditate, I sometimes hear conversations in different languages, see certain events from this and other worlds and see different beings.” – Simona Rich, Meditator. Rich, as a very experienced meditator, has great articles on the benefits and warnings when it comes to meditation. You can “google” her.

These experiences are actually quite frequent, as I am told by my brother and other friends who practice meditation. It is not just for relaxation by any means.

If you are not prepared for this or aware that this may happen, then it can come as quite a shock. If you are, then it can help prevent a psychotic episode. If you are ok with this happening, then meditation may be a viable form of stress release for you. These modalities are being introduced into psychologist’s offices, doctor’s offices, and even the schools as benign and medically backed practices, and this is where I take concern. It is not my place to judge these practices, just observe and investigate; I am for the recipients having all the facts and being educated enough to decide for themselves what treatments they want to pursue.

Contemplative Prayer- I am very progressive when it comes to Christianity. I believe in all the spiritual gifts as active for today, and in the five-fold ministry. I believe traveling in the Spirit, being seated in Heaven now, and other “weird” things that the Bible clearly talks about are very active today. I believe everything we NEED to know is in the Bible, but not everything God wants to reveal is in the Bible, but that revelation today won’t contradict the Bible.

I consider myself a “mystic Christian” (mystic means one “who believes in the spiritual apprehension of truths that are beyond the intellect”) because, as God told me personally, “You are not crazy, you are a Seer.” I did not like that word at the time, and He had to redeem that word for me. I don’t actually know now if I ever really was bipolar, or if I have just been healed completely, but I do know that God has told me several times since just 2017 that I am healed.

So what about the “Christian version” of Mediation, Contemplative Prayer? Well, interestingly enough, I do not have as much grid for this as I would think. I personally have experienced open visions, trances, and things most Christians would say is ‘demonic’, or not of the Holy Spirit, or not for His people today, but ALL of them were uninitiated by myself. God started them, not me. The most I had “done” to bring an experience on when one of them occurred was Fast for the day. I do not believe in “emptying your mind” but I do believe in meditating on the Word of God, and being still before Him in order to hear him. Seems like we are always talking and asking Him for stuff, when really He just wants to walk with us in relationship with Him. Everything is about intimacy with the Father. What I do not like is other Christians using “friendly fire” to knock other Christian’s experiences, because unless clearly demonic, New Age, of the occult, or clearly against the WORD, there is just simply alot we don’t know. We aren’t God.

Romans 11:33 — “Of the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! Hoe unsearchable his judgements, and His paths beyond tracing out!”

I LOVE this verse! We are always trying to trace everything out! We can’t, but we do need discernment, and those without it (or Grace, or Wisdom) need to stop pointing fingers at those whom God is taking out in the deep end.

But there is another saying that needs to stop being thrown about: “God’s power to keep me from being deceived is bigger than satan’s power to deceive.” Yuck. My Spirit does a summersault every time I hear this, and not in a good way! Yes, it’s a true/false statement. God is more powerful than anything, but God will certainly let you be deceived if you use your free will to do Eastern Meditation, Yoga, Reiki, idol worship, adultery, or anything else He considers an abomination! I was a Born Again Believer when the enemy walked right into my life with all kinds of deception. So stop saying that please, just stop! I have also seen the most beautiful angels I have ever seen turn to the side to reveal grotesque demon heads. Their ability to deceive has been honed over thousands of years, and anyone saying they are incapable of being deceived has likely already been deceived greatly. One of my pastors told me of another pastor who saw in the spirit very well, and angels led him into an affair. Perfect example of dark masquerading as light!

2 Corinthians 11:14 — “And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.”

Ask Daddy, he is so faithful to answer! Seek His face, spend time in His Word! Hunger and thirst for His righteousness.

(Want some scripturally sound “meditation”, try the app ABIDE. And I love WholeTones for music)

BE Salt & Light,

Aspen

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Mental Health, Seer Stories, Supernatural Psychiatry

Yoga and Mental Health (part ii)

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(See part one of this blog for my Seer (seeing into the ‘unseen’ realm) Story of the vision I had regarding my own participation in Yoga and how it caused ‘bipolar symptoms’)

Yoga. This is a topic that seems to divide families, churches, Believers and Unbelievers alike. My own brother, whom I love dearly, has studied yoga with masters around the world, and has had a Kundalini awakening experience, as well as being born again as a child. I love him but do not agree with him that it is harmless or even beneficial. Advanced Yogis can even shape-shift, which my brother has witnessed first hand, and which is the ultimate goal of Yoga and one of the “enlightenment” ends. (I feel these risks outweigh the rewards, just like most prescription meds. Not all med free methods are equal).

Yoga –

Yoga means to be “yoked” with Brahman—the Hindu concept of god. The poses are used in idol/deity worship in India, with their roots in mystical Egypt, and these “stretches” as we call them, are performed in front of their Hindu deities at the temples. Even the order of the poses is symbolic! The Hindus themselves think it absurd how Americans try to separate the physical exercise from the religious/spiritual aspect of yoga. The year I lived abroad in Japan, I studied world religions and Shinto-Buddhism, visiting temples and witnessing the various Buddhist forms of yoga that can be found in adapted forms across Thailand, China, and other Eastern parts of the world. It is often offending to them that yoga, a sacred spiritual practice of bodily worship to their idols, has been secularized for health benefits of movement. If you are not Hindu or Buddhist, then there are other ways to get exercise unless you want the spiritual and physical aspects that go together. If you want to experience Eastern Mystic (vs Christian Mysticism) enlightenment and the “kundalini” awakening of being yoked with the Serpent, then yoga may be a valid option for you. Just know what you are doing before you blindly do it, out of respect to yourself and the practice itself.

Yoga Teachers are Missionaries of Hinduism!

“The Hindu Vishva Parishad in its magazine very clearly states that the yoga teachers are the front missionaries.”An editorial from Hinduism Today titled “An open letter to evangelicals” written by its editor a Hindu monk states, “There is a growing missionary spirit in Hinduism..a small army of yoga missionaries is ready to go to the west.” ( Source: Christianity Today, April 8th 1991, pg 64)” (Quoted Source: Martus Ministry)

This word of caution when it comes to yoga and mental health: although it would seem that yoga is the ultimate relaxation exercise, teaching breathing and centering, many people have had an unexpected side effect: Yogis warn that yoga practice can endanger one’s sanity. In describing the awakening of “kundalini” (coiled serpent power) Gopi Krishna records his own experience as follows: “It was variable for many years, painful, obsessive…I have passed through almost all the stages of…mediumistic, psychotic, and other types of mind; for some time I was hovering between sanity and insanity.

“One often hears and reads about the dangers of Yoga, particularly of the ill-reputed Kundalini Yoga. The deliberately induced psychotic state, which in certain unstable individuals might easily lead to a real psychosis, is a danger that needs to be taken very seriously indeed. These things really are dangerous and ought not to be meddled with in our typically Western way. It is a meddling with Fate, which strikes at the very roots of human existence and can let loose a flood of sufferings of which no sane person ever dreamed. These sufferings correspond to the hellish torments of the chönyid state…” –C. G. Jung, The Tibetan book of the Dead

Carl G. Jung is known as the father of analytical psychology. He was a renowned psychiatrist and spent most of his life studying Eastern and Western philosophies.

“When my kundalini energy awakened I started seeing snakes everywhere: on TV, newspapers, I heard conversations about snakes and even dreamed about them. I felt the kundalini energy moving in me and causing physical discomfort. I felt pressure and buzzing in my ears and during one night it was almost unbearable, I started even fearing that I would not be able to remain sane.” –Simona Rich, meditator

Many books talk about these seemingly not-well-known side effects of meditation and yoga. My point is that health care professionals and those of us practicing self-care should be well educated before embarking on practices blindly or recommending them to patients. People already experiencing psychosis or who are susceptible to psychotic episodes should research these topics even more thoroughly before partaking. Books that discuss this further include:

Kundalini Matters: Science, Psychosis or Serpent – UK Kundalini Conference 2013

The Kundalini Experience: Psychosis or Transcendence by Lee Sannella

Yoga and the Body of Christ by Dave Hunt.

unholy yoga

This morning, the Lord spoke to me again about this topic, confirming I was doing His will. I opened my Bible to Romans 12:1 “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice–the kind he will accept.” I encourage you to go read the rest of that verse and the next, but it is here where He said: “Yoga = an unholy sacrifice of your body to idols.” Just cause you call it Holy Yoga does not make it Holy.

Stretches are stretches, but Yoga postures are not stretches! They are bowing in homage and salutations to sun and moon gods, tribute to deities’ conquests, and all kinds of interesting history you can find at www.whatswrongwithyoga.wordpress.com.  Once you do a “side bend” in a Yoga class, it is mystically transformed into a crescent moon salute, beckoning the deity seeking that worship. Sounds crazy, I know, but I am good speaking ‘crazy truth’!

I interviewed a few people regarding Yoga, and this is a good summary regarding the sentiments: Interview with Cyndi Millett with www.liifetree.wordpress.com

Me, Q: “Cyndi, in your experience in the mental health and inner healing/deliverance arena, what has been your experience with Yoga, if any?”

Cyndi, A: “Two things that have really stood out to me about yoga- three I guess- every move/pose is an actual expression of worship to one of their “gods” which are actually dark spirits posing as gods; they don’t seem to realize they are communing with spirit beings in their participation of yoga.

I watched a show/news documentary on how one woman went to yoga only a few times and they gave her a mantra-shortly after she began hearing voices and went to a psych service and was diagnosed schizophrenic- what she didn’t know, and they couldn’t tell her, was the mantra was chanting one of those eastern/god demons names and it attached itself to her- which caused the voices and led to her false diagnosis. Psychology is slow recognizing how the spirit realm functions.

Third, much of the church, in naïveté, desires to whitewash and baptize other religion’s methods as exercise or being more spiritually enlightened and believe it’s fine with Jesus. I don’t agree that a) we can redeem certain religious and occult things for use as Christians, b) when we try, we are giving access for those things to hang around and influence our souls and bodies. C) Jesus Fiercely (passionately) guards us from having other gods that will deceive us into a false peace and other negative fruits/ experiences. I don’t believe He’s okay with it at all. I believe the Holy Spirit is grieved at people’s willful denial and poor use of discernment.

Me, Q: What can we do to warn others, in LOVE?

Cyndi, A: “Pastors and prophets need to get back to their role of separating the pure from the profane to be salt and keep generations from slipping into occult and false religions. I can’t recall the last time I heard a message in a church warning people from such devotions. There’s all kinds of mix in the church today and this needs to change–a call to consecration is being heard in the spirit present–who has ears to hear it? And who will respond?”

Me: “I agree, I watched a YouTube video where a young Christian loved the Beatles (I do also) and was introduced to Yoga through her sister and their music. Just ONE meditation/yoga poses experience in her home invoked a demon, and when she opened her eyes, the demon was sitting across the room looking at her, and she said it looked just like one of the Hindu Deities! That was her one and only time tampering with yoga. We often know not what we do, or what is happening in the supernatural realms.  I absolutely agree that there is often a counterfeit version of truth, but that not all occult things need to be redeemed or attempted to be taken over/back by Christians. I believe Yoga is one of them. The Lord has clearly shown me to be separate from this practice of idol worship, and attempts like Praise Moves (best of them), Holy Yoga, Scripture Yoga, Christian Yoga are just making a mockery of Believers. In love, I hope to share my story to spare even one family the horror we went through. And I am calling all churches and Believers, please stop hosting Holy Yoga retreats, seminars, and sharing your space with Yoga classes. For what communion or yoking should we have with darkness?”

“I still faithfully held on to the yoga which absolutely flung me deeper and deeper into the pit. I became suicidal and the anger in me grew. I recall saying in front of my mom “ I am going to take you all down with me” in a voice that was not mine. It shocked my mom and myself and I stopped for a minute and said “ that was not me.” People thought I was crazy literally.” Purvi, Martus Ministry

“My friends, you must keep away from idols.” (1 Corinthians 10:14)

More study on this topic:

Think you can be a Christian and do Yoga?  

From occult yoga to Jesus Christ 

Ex-witch tells all about Yoga

Yoga Uncoiled (former Yoga Teacher)

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

Mental Health, Seer Stories, Supernatural Psychiatry

Could Yoga actually Cause Mental Illness? (What a Seer saw will shock you)

LISTEN HERE FOR THE DOMINION FIRE PODCAST INTERVIEW! 

Have you heard of Hot Yoga? Christian Yoga? Scripture Yoga? Holy Yoga? Praise Moves? What are your thoughts on these practices? Have you even given them much thought?

I hadn’t given it much thought until I had to stare it in the face. Parts of this story I intentionally left out of my book (Med Free Bipolar, Amazon) because I was not ready to share, but as I see more and more people participating in Yoga, even churches, Christian retreats and conferences, I want to share my experience.

(This is my experience shared in love and not an invitation to attack me. Video version of some of this story on Facebook)

In the months leading up to my worst spiritual encounter to date in October of 2011, I had been feeling well and completely whole mentally. I had decided to more aggressively do research for my book: a version I thought would look different than the one I wrote. It was going to contain information on all the alternative modalities that are available to- day to treat mental illness naturally. I was going to try all of them that did not seem too far ‘off-Christian-based’. Med Free Bipolar was also going to be written anonymously. But instead of finding improvements to my mental health with each treatment I started…I started presenting psych symptoms for the first time in five years! My mental health started to decline, but in a newly strange and terrifying way. All the “text- book” symptoms were there, but in a way that was not familiar to me in how they had presented before I ever got well. I even started tracking symptoms again, something I had not needed to do in years. I sought help and considered going back on meds, seeing a counselor and clinic with med-management as backup for the first time in five years.

I was getting sick, very sick, despite my well-developed med free methods. Then, weird things started happening. My husband was having dreams of demons and my children all started having night terrors at once. One life-changing night, it was like a massive swirl of darkness filled me. Rage, mixed moods, rapid cycling, and visions of death filled me. It was unlike anything I had experienced before, it was so much worse, more intense, and I wanted to throw myself out the window to stop the torture! I had never felt such extreme states before. I went upstairs to be alone lest I hurt someone or something. The emotional and physical pain escalated and crescendoed. I stared in the mirror but the eyes were not blue like mine, they were all black and unfamiliar. I was scared. I grasped at every “remedy” I knew. I swallowed choline and inositol, sprayed lavender and tried to do the yoga child’s pose on the floor I had learned at the YMCA recently.

I wanted something, anything to relieve the torture going on in my head and body. I hit the button on the radio but heard no music coming from it, only the screams in my head followed by deafening silence. It felt like my ears were stopped up, like something was stabbing at my eardrums from the inside, or stuffed with cotton. Then something dark swam and swirled before my eyes and the room went black. I could NOT see, and I thought I had gone blind instantly. Falling to my knees I leaned forward into child’s pose. I held my hands upright in front of my face but nothing but blackness was seen through my open eyes. I was blind and deaf! Bipolar had never felt like this before, even in my complete psychosis in 1999.

Finally: exhausted, spent, desperate, and I don’t know why, as I had not prayed in a very long time, I screamed: “God, Jesus, Jesus, Help Me, help me PLEASE!” I do not know if I even meant it, least of all expected it to work! Instantly, the blackness dissipated just like it had come on: black swirls exited my eyes and I watched as they dissipated into the ceiling! And all the pain and symptoms disappeared instantly. The swirls of rage, anger, hatred, physical suffering, and mixed episodes were gone! My eyes were working, seeing and my ears unstopped. Immediately I heard a song fill the room, clear and actually quite loud, the volume turned up high in my desperate attempt to hear the radio when I had turned it on. It was a song I had never heard before. I felt like the words were directed into me, filling me, as if the artist had written them just for this moment, just for me. “Be still, there is a Healer His love is deeper than the sea His Mercy is unfailing His arms, a fortress for the weak (Chris Tomlin)”. The next instant I was taken into a vision, but it is a different vision that I want to share this time, one the Lord showed me as to HOW all of this happened in the first place, a vision I did not publish in my book.

I preface this with: as you know, a vision is only a partial glimpse that God gives you into a subject. I asked God to show me what had opened doors in my life and I had a series of visions over time regarding that period of my life. A screen popped up (as if in my imagination but way more vivid) and I saw myself sitting in a “non-spiritual” yoga class I had only attended about twice at the local YMCA. It was just like it had been when I was actually there a couple months prior, same mat, same clothes, but it was like I was looking down on the room from above. As I sat on my mat, a bat-man-signal-like light emanated from the top of my head, then the Lord spoke to my heart and said “Yoga is bodily worship of idols and it yokes you to spirits seeking worship. It always has been and always will”.  I then saw that the very poses attracted dark wisps of spirits who sought to be worshipped and signaled them that I was “open”. They were then entering my mind through the top of my head! I saw all this after the fact, but it was like I was seeing the real + the supernatural + from above, at the same time.

Romans 12:1-2 “Brothers and sisters, in view of all we have just shared about God’s compassion, I encourage you to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, dedicated to God and pleasing to him. This kind of worship is appropriate for you. Don’t become like the people of this world. Instead, change the way you think. Then you will always be able to determine what God really wants—what is good, pleasing, and perfect.”

I have had some other people tell me similar things and it is usually Christians who get REALLY defensive with me if I have ever said anything… so I don’t usually. Yoga, even just the few times I went, felt euphoric, like a drug. Even my son commented on how relaxed and happy I seemed after class. According to Purvi, a former Yogi Master, spirits entering the body will “chemically alter the system”, even making one feel high as if on a drug! It is a false peace, and one that comes with a high price!

Now, in my Brain Health Ministry clinic, I see client after client present symptoms of physical or mental illnesses never before experienced until “trying” yoga! One girl even had her first ever panic attack in her first ever yoga class. Now any form of Yoga is something I will not have anything to do with. I have seen in the spiritual realm other things (like Reiki) that open doors to the enemy and my stance is just to draw a line in the sand for myself and warn others without judgement. I was shown in that vision that the direct cause of the spiritual doors opened in my home for my kids’ night terrors torment, my husband’s demonic encounters, and my rage-filled ‘bipolar episode’ and subsequent blinding by “dark entity wisps” were all caused by my attending a ‘harmless’, ‘non-spiritual’ yoga class at the YMCA (originally founded as a Christian organization)!  It was the price I paid for participation, even though my intent was FAR from idol worship!

Spiritual, religious, quantum, and supernatural aspects regarding mental illness have long been debated. I believe both neurobiological and/or spiritual reasons exist for some people with mental illness. I have since learned of may people who were diagnosed with physical or mental illnesses after participating in any yoga, even “Christian Yoga” (an oxymoron), and other spiritual ramifications in their home or family. So what is Yoga?

Yoga IS Idol Worship, plain an simple. The physical “stretches” for exercise and health benefits cannot be separated from the spiritual. (For an in-depth study on this, see a litany of research by former Yogi: Purvi)  Her viral YouTube videos are also a great wealth of this topic and confirm thousands of similar stories that she has received.

Not sure if “Holy Yoga”, or other “Christian Yoga’s” would have the same outcome as my experience above? Invite a Seer (Pronounced “SEE-ER”) (someone who God has given the ability to use the eyes of their heart to see into the spiritual realm) to help and ask God for the Gift of Discernment. [“Unauthorized use” of this spiritual seeing is the ‘third eye’ sight, a counterfeit version of the Seer gift] or someone with a strong Gift of Discerning Spirits to come see what goes on “behind the scenes”… unfortunately, even demons can disguise as beings of light, so it takes the eyes of the heart to see from far above the lies.

See Blog Part ii for the “proof” and a great interview!

2 Corinthians 11:14-15 “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”

“My friends, you must keep away from idols.” (1 Corinthians 10:14)

More study on this topic:

Think you can be a Christian and do Yoga?  

From occult yoga to Jesus Christ 

Ex-witch tells all about Yoga

Yoga Uncoiled (former Yoga Teacher)

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

1 Timothy 4:1 “The Spirit says clearly that in later times some believers will desert the Christian faith. They will follow spirits that deceive, and they will believe the teachings of demons.”

1 Timothy 6:20-21 “Guard what God has entrusted to you. Avoid godless, foolish discussions with those who oppose you with their so-called knowledge. Some people have wandered from the faith by following such foolishness. May God’s grace be with you all.”

1 John 4:1 “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”

Hebrews 13:8-9 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever! Do not be carried away by all sorts of strange teachings. For it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not ritual meals, which have never benefited those who participated in them.”

1 Corinthians 3:16 “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?”

 

Mental Health, Whole Body Health

Raise Your Vibration to Lower Sickness, Disease, and even Anxiety

“My thoughts are completely different from yours, says the Lord. And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”                  — Isaiah 55:9

I do not ascribe to the New Age philosophy of raising your vibrations for the purpose of enlightenment, or spiritual evolution, but I do have a lot of clients who are part of all walks of life, and I have had to know what I believe as well as know what they believe. The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, and I think that truth is truth and lies are lies, but sometimes the Lord created truths and mysteries that He wants to show us, and we should not dump all of them (just most), just cause the New Age thinks they own certain things and have counterfeited it or manipulated it for their agenda. The Lord directs this with me, not me thinking I should ‘reclaim’ things ‘for the Kingdom’ as some Believers feel the need to ‘redeem’ things that should just be left well alone. (Like Yoga) But when it comes to frequency, the Lord has made it clear that it is important for us to learn about, as a weapon of our warfare, and a key to walking in health and healing!

“But if you don’t believe me when I tell you about earthly things, how can you possibly believe if I tell you about heavenly things?” –John 3:12 (NLT)

A friend of mine asked the Holy Spirit what He thought about cancer…. the answer she got was “I don’t see cancer, it’s under my feet.”  If cancer is under the Holy Spirit’s feet, and the Holy Spirit dwells within us, then why isn’t cancer under our feet also? Perhaps it has something to do with where we are positioned in the earthly realms, instead of seated in Heavenly places, seated in Christ, who is in the Father (Eph 2:6). So, how do we make sickness and disease (and the enemy) be under our feet, where they should be? Let’s look at some of what science has proven about what the Bible says about thinking higher.

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Did you know that a healthy body vibrates at 62-68 MHz? The Brain, when healthy, vibrates at 72-90 MHz; Cancer vibrates at >42 MHz; A cold at 56 MHz. Death begins at 25 MHz! Sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2; Jeremiah 5:25), and sin also has a frequency that drags us down and puts us “within reach” of the enemy. Emotions, words, and thoughts carry frequency as well. Foods, essential oils and everything on earth has it’s own unique sound marker (created by the mouth and WORD of God), and one of the ways I have seen thousands of people recover through med free options for mental health is through raising the frequency of their brains and overall health, just by following these simple changes! God has been sharing with me in visions about how to bring our thoughts higher, how to renew our minds to be like Christ Jesus, and how we can be more in tune to His frequencies of health.

“The apostle Paul said, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthythink about such things and the God of peace will be with you.” — Phillippians 4:8

I have now coached several hundred people to better brain and body health, in addition to over 10,000 books sold, but for those who just want to cut to the main point of my coaching and books, for free, this is the best little overview I can give! It is foundational protocols for almost every client in how to fortify their mind, body and Spirit.

#1– SALT & Water 

I believe that the world was SPOKEN into existence by power and light from the breath of God, made up of liquid crystal. Science has proven that liquid crystaline sound waves are at the root of life (cause God spoke!). Your body is mostly salt and water, (liquid crystals) and there are hundreds of issues in the body that can be reversed with just good quality salt and water, even reversing suicidal thoughts in many of my peer clients! Depression is Dehydration! Even when people enter the ER, they are charged $800 for a bag of saline, cause most people are just dehydrated, according to F. Batmanghelidj, MD in his amazing book: Your Body’s Many Cries for Water. 

How to Pick Healthy Salt & Water 

The Bad: Most kinds of salt are bad for us, even highly toxic, especially the pure white refined stuff that graces supermarket shelves and is placed en-mass in saltshakers in restaurants. Refined salt has been stripped of its minerals and contains added aluminum silicate, which is a neurotoxin and has been implicated in Alzheimer’s disease. Even many salts labeled Sea Salt have been pre-stripped of minerals and used to fortify cereals. 

The Good: Unrefined Sea Salt and other terms to look for are: Macrobiotic, Hand-harvested, sun-dried sea salt. This salt is not only good for you but also essential that you get adequate intakes of it. Himalayan is the most mineral-rich.

There are many types of Good Salt: Himalayan Pink Salt (High 84 mineral content), Celtic (grey) sea salt, Redmond’s Real Salt (about 72 mineral count), Cyprus flake, Mediterranean sea salt, Alaea, Hawaiian Sea Salt among others. Black salt is infused with carbon for detoxing benefits. Just avoid regular table salt. Carry a small grinder with you if you are a salt addict like I am. I have carried one in my purse for about 10 years now!

Good salt can be found in most grocery stores, health food stores, or online. Salt can also reduce rage and reduce improve mental focus. See my blog on natural lithium salts for more info. 

Best Types of Water & How Much

Filtered water to remove chlorine and flouride is important, but so is ionized, alkaline, mineral-rich water. Kangan machines are one of the best available, but Vollara makes a decent one for less money. Water Ionizers are now even recommended by Oncologists. I would rather try to prevent cancer with water than try to correct it with water. Drinking half your weight in ounces of water per day, and approximately one tablespoon of salt per day is a good amount. Salt can be taken under the tongue before meals, in food, on food, or in a salt sole solution. (Where you get a block of pink salt and put it in a mason jar. Fill with water. Drink it or gargle with it daily and then replace the water) Putting salt in a bath can help the body absorb it directly into the blood stream and detox cells. Cooking on a salt block is another way. I do all of the above regularly. I even keep a portable salt shaker in my purse and have even started a trend of them with everyone I meet. 

#2 — A GOOD Daily MultiVitamin/Mineral Blend

“Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground.” — Gen 2:7a

We are made up of the dust, the periodic table of elements, and that dust needs to be replaced, daily. I do not agree with most of what he says, but I do agree with this: according to Dr. Gabriel Cousens, “Minerals are one of the deep secrets of Spiritual Nutrition. Minerals are frequencies of Light, frequencies of information, and frequencies of creation for the material world in the universe in which we live. The Earth is made of minerals. Our body is made of minerals. Minerals activate all the catalysts for enzymatic reactions in the body. They activate the vitamins. They activate all the organ structures, and in fact, are the basis of all the organ and cellular structures of the body. Minerals are the builders of the system. They are the frequency rates in the system. They are not necessarily the energy makers, however. The human body is composed entirely of minerals and water. The water molecule is the one that acts as a powerful solvent within the human system, bringing in nutrients and washing out waste particles. Without the essential minerals and trace minerals, we could not survive.”

Whole Food Supplements vs Chelated or Synthetic?

Whole food supplements seem like a good thing and are currently all the rage, but the nutrient content in an apple just isn’t what it used to be. I want to know that the nutrition exists in my supplements, and if the minerals are organically bound, as in chelation (finely-ground rock bound to an amino acid), your body recognizes it the same way as a whole food supplement, but you are guaranteed content and substance, which is no longer guaranteed in our depleted foods.

How to Pick a Good One: High enough doses that are well above the Recommended Daily Allowances in many areas (the RDA is closer to being deficient, not optimal health), the best form of each vitamin and mineral, organically-based, and high quality standards of manufacturing are all important to look for.

Top Recommends:

All decent brands: Melaleuca, Standard Process, Xymogen, Youngevity, USANA;  many others have great quality products and I have tried most of them! Something is better than nothing, but I found superior mental and physical health with a supplement that can cross over into the brain and work in the body. With so many people fearing dementia as we age, EMPowerplus Q96 (Or non direct sales purchase option: Empowerplus) is the one I recommend the most and my entire family takes it for mental and physical health; it has been scientifically-proven in over 30 independent university studies and safely used for over 20 years! I personally have taken this one for 14 years and so does everyone in my home (ages 9-40). 

As far back as 1936, the U.S. Senate declared, “99 percent of the American people are deficient in minerals, and a marked deficiency in any one of the more important minerals actually results in disease.” How much more deficient do you think we are now?!

#3 — A Probiotic is a must for every age 

What Types of Good Bacteria to take?

According to Jordan Rubin, in The Maker’s Diet, friendly microorganisms and bugs that used to be prevalent in our soils, on our foods, and in our digestive tract especially, have been mostly eradicated due to our synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides. We live in an anti-bacterial sterile-seeking society, and it is costing us our health. He healed Chrohn’s Disease with soil-based probiotics. 

So what do we do about it? We need to supplement dirt and healthy organisms, like probiotics, into our diet. Gardening with organic materials can also be beneficial. Supplementing with a wide array of soil-based and various other strains of good bacteria is essential to mental and physical well-being.

Top 3 recommends: I recommend picking two different kinds. One wide-variety, soil-based probiotic. The second should be an EFFECTIVE, concentrated strain that can get through the stomach acids and provide daily regularity. One colonizes over time and provides soil-based bugs, the other offers effective detoxing and regularity.

Soil-based- Prescript Assist OR Primal Defense by Garden of Life (Daily for 30 days, then twice per week) Amazon.com 

QBiotics by QSciences (Take 1-2 Daily) or GreenBac by TrueHope. I take both the Primal Defense and GreenBac. The reason I take two is I have just found that they are both highly beneficial to keeping me regular. 

#4 — Your Organs (especially the Brain and Heart) need Fat and Omegas! 

Grass-Fed Butter, Coconut Oil and/or Red Palm Kernel Oil

A great way to get butter and coconut oil into your diet is to add it to organic coffee or tea daily. I use ghee to cook my eggs in, and eat avocados and olive oil almost daily. 

How to pick a good Omega

Most commercial fish oil supplements cannot be readily absorbed in the digestive system, especially a compromised one, as most of ours are, which is partly why many people burp up fishy taste when taking them. Regular fish oils, mass-produced cod liver oil, and Krill Oil may not be harmful, (although some are because of heat processing) but are not worth the money compared to better EFAs. Plant-based are also devoid.

My TWO Favorite Omegas are Fermented Cod Liver Oil by Green Pastures and QOmegas. QOmegas contain several elements that improve absorption and utilization of the omega-3s, including: 1,000 mgs of omega-3, through a balanced blend of high-quality flaxseed oil and fish oil from mackerel and salmon. There is no burping it back up for most people, but taking it at night before bed can eliminate this problem for even the most sensitive like me. 

QOmegas also contain Lipase, a fat digesting enzyme that helps with the breakdown of omega-3 in the body‚ Lecithin, an emulsifier that aids in absorption‚ DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol), a compound that enhances cellular metabolism in the brain. DMAE is also commonly used in skin formulas because it helps stimulate skin nerves to lessen the appearance of wrinkles.  

#5 — Exercise “Stir the Waters” and elevates Mood

The Best Way to Exercise

The best way is your favorite way, and the one you will actually do consistently. I love to hike, canoe, and ice skate. Movement stirs the toxic waters of our body (remember we are 75% water!) Water left still for long periods of time stagnates and rots, breeding diseases and cancers. Moving water brings life and health. Movement is key. However, if you need more direction, rebounding (mini-trampoline) is a way to get the most bang for your buck, and time. Ten min a day, three times per week, equals hours of any other exercise. It stimulates the lymph system, helps with elimination, and detoxes cells. The best rebounder is a Cellerciser because it reduces pronation of the feet, reduces stress on the knees and back, and maintains a level surface area while bouncing. Rebounders range from $25-$2000! 

Weight Loss: While all the tips in this blog can significantly contribute to weight loss naturally, being overweight can contribute to many extra diseases and disorders. If weight loss or muscle-building is of concern, consider a high-quality meal replacement shake (Like eQuivalent+ with Xanthones*), QMetabolic Boost (Carb Blocker & Fat Shredder) and amino acids (like Q Amino Acids) in addition to daily use of the Cellerciser. Increase rebounding to thirty minutes three times to five times per week for more rapid weight loss. 

After coaching hundreds of people to Med Free Health, I have seen that most of the time, just following these 5 steps exactly can turn around even the sickest individuals. If you want customized protocols to your brain or situation, I offer 1-1 coaching for $75 an hour or complete brain testing using the Dr Amen Method. Keep searching for your particular answers and God Bless!

#6 — I will follow up this blog with a blog on more ways to raise your vibrations and therefore your health with thoughts, foods, oils and sound therapy!

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products mentioned in this blog are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

These ideas are those of the authors’ as a Certified Brain Health Coach, and minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ who is constantly learning. Only the Bible is Gospel Truth, None of her musings or revelations. If you have any questions regarding anything she talks about, she encourages you to seek God for the answers yourself. Reader implements all information at own risk and should consult a doctor before making medicine, supplement, or exercise changes. The author and publisher assume no responsibility for adverse reactions from implementing the concepts presented here. 

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Mental Health

How to Turn Your Brain Off to Sleep (part i)

 

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Natural Cures for Insomnia (Excerpt from my book: Med Free Bipolar, Ch. 10) 

As a Dr Amen Certified Brain Health Coach, I would estimate that about 75% of my clients report this major sleep problem: they just can’t turn their brain OFF at night to go to sleep!

Did you know that your brain actually has neurotransmitters that function as ON and OFF switches? I used to have this same problem, and had to take Ambien to even get any sleep; that is not very congruous for an author who writes med free books!

My husband can say: “goodnight” and be snoring within 30 seconds! How does he do that?! I asked him one time how he does that and he replied, “I don’t know, I just tell my brain to turn off, and it does. It’s like an “off switch in my brain.” Ugh! I don’t have one of those I thought!

Nothing seems to mess your day worse than irregular sleep, and my sleep trouble started around age two with night terrors (I will later do a whole blog on how to stop these)!

I think it is important to find sleep aids from natural sources if you have trouble falling asleep on your own.  For me, I sometimes need to use several tactics, especially in the fall when I still get some mild hypomanic break-through symptoms (formerly diagnosed bipolar 1).

I understand that sleep is often difficult for the many people’s. There are things that can augment and compliment other natural therapies instead of throwing chemicals at a brain that may not tolerate them as well as a brain that is stabilized.

Look for Sleep combinations that contain GABA-

THIS IS THE MOTHER SHIP of HOW TO TURN YOUR BRAIN OFF!

GABA is the “OFF” switch to the brain (I seem to have been born without one)

These ones with GABA work great for me, and when I looked into why they might work, it made a lot of sense. It does not work for everyone, however, even those with racing thoughts.

GABA- Many natural sleep aids contain GABA (Gamma-amino butyric acid), which is produced by neurons in the brain. It is the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter in our central nervous system. I had finally found my brain’s “off switch.”  GABA can be an excitatory neurotransmitter in a developing brain, so it may have the opposite effect in children and thus is for adult use only. My favorite blend is called Theanine Serene with Relora (Amazon).

Theanine- Is an amino acid that comes from green tea and can cross the blood-brain barrier. It is known for its stress relieving properties. It can cross the blood-brain barrier. As an amino acid, Theanine helps you wind down before sleep, and then once asleep, can help you sleep more soundly through the night.

Many sleep blends also contains herbs and melatonin.

Common Sense Suggestions

Create a restful environment where you can sleep. My house is always cluttered, but I try to keep all of it out of the bedroom. A clean space can do wonders for peace of mind. I keep a bottle of lavender water next to my bed to spritz pillows with occasionally. My hubby loves it too. You can also try a lavender essential oil diffuser or a warm lavender bath.

Make sure you have a good mattress and pillow; the foundations are important.  We suffered with a queen mattress that was not very suitable to us, so I sold it on Craigslist to a new college student who loved it, and I was able to buy a king-sized mattress of even better quality for the same price that I had sold my old one.  Be creative in solving problems, as it does not always take extra money.

Have lights on a dimmer switch or use low wattage light bulbs. Low lighting can actually help trigger your body’s natural sleep cycle and induce melatonin. Turning on bright lights can interrupt the circadian rhythms.

Do not watch TV in the bedroom or work on the computer. Do not do stimulating activities such as exercise right before bed. Instead, try journaling, especially in a gratitude journal, listening to classical or soothing music or nature sounds, writing down what is on your mind, or reading a book that is not a page-turner.

Don’t drink alcohol or caffeine as both interfere with sleep patterns. Alcohol may seem to make you sleepy at first, but can disrupt sleep in the middle of the night or increase trips to the bathroom, which is obviously also disruptive.

Think of things that you are grateful for as you lie in bed. Gratitude can help combat some of the negative self-talk and other things that go along with what may be going on inside your head. Shifting to gratitude is a powerful tool.

Pray your way to sleep or use imagery to put yourself somewhere relaxing. I like to picture myself as a baby chick, wrapped in the shelter of His wings, and I do not think God minds if I fall asleep talking to Him in the middle of a prayer. Here are a few great ones:

  • Psalm 4:8: I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for Thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.
  • Psalm 16:7: I will bless the Lord, Who hath given me counsel: my reins [heart] also instruct me in the night seasons.
  • Psalm 29:11: The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.
  • Psalm 34:7: The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them.
  • Psalm 42:8: Yet the Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.
  • Deuteronomy 33:12a: The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by Him.
  • 1 Kings 8:56a: Blessed be the Lord, that hath given rest unto His people.
  • Job 11:18,19a: And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety. 19 Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid.

Imagining a peaceful setting can be helpful. My dad kept an erratic sleep schedule for thirty years while working as a locomotive engineer for the Union Pacific Rail Road, and he said that imagining the waves lapping at the shore and then receding further and further back into the ocean really helped him fall asleep. I remember him telling me this over a dozen years ago, so it has probably helped me as well.

“He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.” Psalm 91:4 (NIV)

GOT MILK?

Drinking about 8-16 oz. of milk at bedtime, preferably warm if you like, is not just an old wives tale.  My grandmother swears by it, but so does science. Milk contains tryptophan, which the body converts into melatonin, helping you fall asleep very naturally. It has never been quite enough for me to take it alone, but in conjunction with some of my other recommendations, it should help.  If you do not drink milk, a slice of cheese can work also, but if you do not consume dairy products, there are plenty of other natural remedies to try.

HERBAL SLEEP TEAS

Making a cup of tea about an hour before bedtime can have both relaxation and health benefits. Green tea has been found to be a high anti-oxidant and weight-loss booster, and there are thousands of herbs that are used medicinally around the world that can be as or more effective than prescription medications.  Herbs for sleep are no exception, and if you look at the ingredients in most over-the-counter sleep aids, you will find many of them are herb-based. Using these in teas is just another way to get dosing, and can be used in conjunction with most of the other recommendations.

Many herbs can contraindicate with medications however, so be sure to talk with your doctor if you are on other prescription medications.  Remember that many drugs are based on herbs, so just because it is natural does not mean that it cannot be powerful.

There are many herbs that can be used in teas to aid in sleep. Valerian is especially helpful in helping people fall asleep, may improve the quality of sleep, and can even help with anxiety. Valerian by itself does not make a very good-tasting tea, so it is best to mask it with something else, like lemon balm and hops.  According to Mark Tengler, N.D., in his book, The Natural Physician’s Healing Therapies, Valerian should not be taken in conjunction with tranquilizers or antidepressants.

OVER THE COUNTER SLEEP REMEDIES

It took me a long time to find ones that worked for me. Melatonin by itself did nothing, nor did Valerian. It took combining several tactics until I finally found a natural over-the-counter one that worked.

QSleep sublingual spray by QSciences: ( $15-$20 @ www.medfreechild.com)

I recommend this one the most, but I have had to take it with GABA (see above) to shut my busy brain up. The reason I recommend it is my naturopath, Dr. Daniel Nuzum, says the best herbs for the brain are valerian, hops, passionflower, and skullcap. This one has most of them in one absorbable spray form, along with 5HTP. I read an entire book on 5HTP, and it is amazing!

QSleep contains:

  • 1mg of melatonin per serving. This specifically proportioned amount of melatonin is gentle enough to not raise melatonin levels in the body higher than are naturally produced when the pineal gland is functioning properly, but sufficient to aid in restful sleep.
  • 0.75 mg of 5-HTP per serving. 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) is a chemical by-product of the protein building block L-tryptophan. It works in the brain and central nervous system to increase the production of serotonin, which affects sleep.
  • QSleep also contains a proprietary herbal extract to help a person stay asleep throughout the night. The proprietary extract includes the following:

o       Cramp bark: The chemicals in cramp bark seem to decrease muscle spasms.

o       Feverfew: The feverfew herb has many uses, but it seems to be effective for preventing migraine headaches, which can interfere with sleep

o       Ginkgo biloba: Ginkgo biloba leaves are generally used to make extracts that improve blood circulation, which might help the brain, eyes, ears, and legs function better.

o       Passionflower: The passionflower is a plant often used for insomnia, gastrointestinal (GI) upset related to anxiety or nervousness, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and relieving symptoms related to narcotic drug withdrawal. The chemicals in passionflower have been used for calming, sleep inducing, and muscle spasm relieving effects.

o       Peppermint: Studies have shown that the leaf and oil from the Peppermint plant provide numerous health benefits. It may aid in helping relieve muscle pain, nerve pain, digestive processes, upset stomach, and inflammation.

o       Skullcap: Most commonly, skullcap is used for trouble sleeping, anxiety, stroke, and spasms.

o       Valerian root: Valerian is an herb that has been used for centuries to help with anxiety and act as a sleep aid.

According to the Dr. Oz show on April 8, 2014: “Take a supplement that combines Valerian, Hops, and Passionflower to help you get a better night’s sleep. Dr. Low Dog shared a study that showed this combination to work as effectively as Ambien, but without the same side effects.”

Ambien used to be my sleep drug of choice, and it still amazes me that three little herbs can hold their own in medical research studies to a hypnotic drug that comes with scary side effects like sleepwalking and memory loss.

Homeopathic Calms Forte by HIGHLAND’S

This is a homeopathic sleep remedy that I found at Whole Foods market, but I personally did not find it to work for me.  I am including it, however, because mine is not the only bipolar brain out there, and it has worked great for some of my other friends who have bipolar.

Flower Essences: There are blends for sleep and dreaming (My only recommended source is Freedom Flowers, as how they are made is important. (http://www.freedom-flowers.com/about/)

Somnapure: Natural Sleep Aid by PEAK LIFE

This is a non-habit forming sleep aid that contains valerian root extract, lemon balm, L-Theanine, hops extract, chamomile flower extract, passion flower extract, and 3 mg of melatonin.  I found this one effective, but I thought that others were more effective but a lot less expensive.

AMINO ACIDS– An amino acid blend can help with sleep. My first experience with aminos I actually slept so deeply that I wet the bed. Yep, that happened. And I even slept through it!

5-HTP– is the precursor to melatonin production, and it worked a lot better for me than melatonin itself.

Reverse Psychology

This may seem too simple, but reverse psychology works even on yourself. Chant over and over: “I am not tired, I am not tired; I can’t fall asleep. I must stay awake.” There are other visualization tricks beyond counting sheep. You can find more good ideas at: http://www.sleepingtricks.com

Circadian Balancing

In approximately fifty percent of those who suffer from bipolar, the circadian system is unstable. Internal regulation of sleep patterns is weak. Our circadian system is what allows our body to maintain a consistent 24-hour cycle of activity: being able to sleep at night and alert during the day. At different times of the day we have increased or decreased activity of certain organs and hormones. These rhythms originate in our brain but are kept in check by external clues such as light and darkness, activities, meals, routines, etc. When these are working, we feel healthy, happy, and energized, but when they are out of balance a lot of problems can occur.

Things that can help balance the circadian system include:

  • Using an alarm clock that simulates the sunrise.
  • Using a light box for 30 minutes in the morning (note: bright light therapy should always be used with dark therapy to prevent switching to hypomania/mania.)
  • Dark Therapy- dimming lights 2-3 hours before bed or using low-light glasses can help. Even just a few seconds of bright light can trigger alertness.
  • Consistent routines. Eating, drinking, exercising, and other daily activities are best done at the same time everyday.

Summary Action Plan: APPLICATION:

For example: have a small but concentrated cup of tea (Chamomile, valerian, hops, passionflower, skullcap blend would be great!), then dim the lights around the house, play some relaxing music, drink a small glass of milk, brush your teeth, and take some GABA, then read for a while or pray before lights out. Spray the pillow with some lavender water. I usually need to also wear silicon earplugs and a sleep mask, as even a little light and noise are enough to re-stimulate my senses.  It has also been helpful to get my husband a z-quiet device that helps reduce his snoring. If you are the one who snores, be sure to eliminate any underlying causes like sleep apnea. As your eyes are closed and the room is dark, try some of the visualization tips and whisper some memorized scripture verses regarding sleep.

You have to apply as many of the best tips above for some of our “tougher to put to sleep” brains. Another day, perhaps I will tell you about how my sleep was miraculously healed in a prayer room, to where now I do not even have to use anything! WOW! There is no substitute for God’s Supernatural Psychiatry!