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.

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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. 

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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).

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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.

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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)

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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?”

 

Supernatural Psychiatry

Demystifying Salt, Sound, Anointing Oil, & Holy Water Biblically

Numbers 5:17, “[A]nd the priest shall take holy water in an earthen vessel and take some of the dust that is on the floor of the tabernacle and put it into the water.”

Proverbs 25:2, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.”

Lord, give us wisdom on this topic, give us discernment. Help us to honor you in all our ways, help us to search out Your mysteries in Your way, not our own, and touch not any unclean thing. Amen.

God has revealed some astounding things to me lately regarding salt, water, crystals, rocks, sound and light. For those of you who know my obsession with Pink Salt and how I wrote a whole chapter about it in my book: Med Free Bipolar (Amazon 2014), you can probably imagine me dancing around the house when I had a revelation about anointing salt!

Until very recently, I did not know you could pray over and anoint salt, just like oil! Can you imagine, I have been giving away pink salt for over five years now because I have seen high mineral salt help people find relief from all kinds of mental illness, but I have never been praying over the salt before giving it out! What is our Biblical basis for this? Well, we are not Paul, but handkerchiefs and aprons that touched him were taken to the sick, and their illness were cured and evil spirits left them (Acts 19:12). To my best knowledge, his anointing and Holy Spirit power was imparted to the object, and then transferred to the sick or demonized.

Other Biblical precedent for this includes:

Numbers 5:17,  the priests were told to take holy water and mix in dirt.                          In Matthew 9 and 14, sick people who touched Jesus’ clothes received healing.
Acts 5, people touched by Peter’s shadow received healing.
Acts 19, handkerchiefs and aprons touched by Paul were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.
James 5, the writer instructed prayer and anointing with oil for the sick.

God, (and science concurs), has shown me that matter, like salt, water, oil, rocks, crystals, and even things like handkerchiefs, can act as His recorders, both recording, storing, and playing back events, time, sound, healing prayers, carrying anointing, and can even act as projector screens replaying entire scenes! Stay with me…more explanation later…

After He showed me this in a series of visions, I stumbled across confirmation after confirmation, and then even scientific proof of what He had been telling me. (One “secular scientific” video to check out now!).

Anointed oil, blessed Salt & holy water can be used in healing and deliverance ministries, to bless and protect a house, as a blessing to sprinkle on food and more! The Bible mentions salt 44 times! Could it be that they sprinkled salt on offerings in the Old Testament to serve as a testimonial witness recorded in the salt to God?! I’m not sure, but I am asking Him, cause my fascination for salt is never-ending (and super-funny side note, my guardian angel’s name is likely Pepper… a story for another day).

But the basic revelation is that not only is ALL matter on earth made up of sound waves but is liquid crystal, formed and created by the WORD of God. For those who have claimed to have been to Heaven or have seen in the Spirit with the eyes of our heart, like I have, and have seen the liquid movement of matter and how it is made up of moving rainbow colors, this makes perfect sense!

So how does matter record sound, and who cares anyway? Researchers who search for antique sounds and try to play them back are sometimes called archeophonists; their field is archeophony. The oldest sound archeophonists have recovered is a man singing a folk song in Paris in April of 1860! As far as we know, the man, whose name was Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville, recorded sound before anyone else did. Scott embedded his voice in soot on a piece of paper! He never heard the recording however, because the means for playing back sound weren’t invented until 1877, when Thomas Edison recorded himself on tinfoil! No one heard Scott until 2008, when Haber managed to play Scott’s recording.

In two-dimensional sound recordings, records are a good medium. Soot became the recording medium, as did the tinfoil. So, why couldn’t an apron, handkerchief, salt, water, oil, rock or crystal act the same way? In three dimensions, what is measured is not the light reflected from a surface but the distance of the surface from the lens. Three-dimensional scanning registers more of the groove, and is more precise: two dimensions is a map; three dimensions is a topographical map. (1) 

My theory, based on things God has shown me, is that rocks, salt, crystals, oil and water could act as 4D, 5D, and even possibly ⬆️D recording devices, carrying intent, actions, vibration, music, sound and power (like Paul’s handkerchief)! (Now remember, this is theory + revelation, not scripture! God loves us trying to figure out His mysteries, but I am not supposed to write a new Bible or add words with what I discover or get in revelation!)

The point to some of this God is still revealing to me, but I have had visions of sound and color healing mentally-ill brains, cancer (Source), the damage done by Fukushima to the planet, and more! The Bible talks about an apron (Holy Spirit-powered, not the apron itself!) casting out a demon, and those in deliverance ministries have also attested to prayed-over salt, oil and holy water doing the same thing.

Blessings from God, vs. curses from witchcraft

Satan is a liar (Jn 8:44), and a deceiver (Rom 12:9)(Rev 20:7-8,10). He also likes to copy and teach things that he learned as a heavenly ‘insider’; as he cannot create anything, he copies, steals, and is a counterfeiter. One of the main ways he tries to carry out his evil plans is to counterfeit the good things of God so that people are fooled into thinking it is God and not satan. This is why Christians must ask for the Gift of Discernment, and never think they are above deception. Anointing oil in the name of Jesus carries power, but so does the counterfeit, and Christians aren’t the only ones “blessing” objects. The counterfeit of this is alive and well! This is an excerpt from a wiccan website as an example of this in counterfeit action:

“If you keep oils that are cleansed, charged and consecrated, you can anoint an object with those oils and blessing symbols. If you work a lot with the four elements you may wish to consecrate it by Air, Earth, Fire and Water in ritual: run it through incense smoke, sprinkle some salt on it, pass it over a fire flame and sprinkle some water on it.”

Yuck! More like curse the object! And consecrated unto whom, Christ or satan?! No wonder we as Christians are afraid and confused about this stuff! God commands us in James: “Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith shall save him that is sick, and the Lord shall raise him up” (James 5:14-15). If God himself did not talk so much about incense, oils, sprinkling salt on burnt offerings, and gemstones in the Bible, and had not stirred me to research this for His purposes in partnering with us, His heirs, I would not be touching this topic.

 

When we speak, by faith, a prayer over an object, in the name of the Lord, perhaps something even more is going on at the quantum level, like the prayer being recorded into the object, as well as the Word of the Lord being carried out.

So what can you do today to benefit from these discoveries? Well, make sure and pray over your meals, anoint your essential oils and pink Himalayan salt in the name and blood of Jesus, bless your water. David played music to drive away evil spirits that were tormenting Saul (1 Samuel 16: 14-23), and many of my clients have found relief listening to Christ-centered and produced healing frequency music like my favorite ones: WholeTones or http://www.healingfrequenciesmusic.com/.

How to consecrate and anoint an object to make it sacred for use unto the Lord:

The Exodus word for anointing is the Hebrew ‘mishchah’ which means to smear, anoint, make ointment. It wasn’t just the oil that was anointed, but the tools and instruments used in the temple as well. Here is an example of how to anoint salt, oil and/or water, bless and re-dedicate objects that may have been pre-dedicated to the enemy before coming into your home, ect. (For example, I recently bought a used wood patio table and chair set, and within an hour, I weirdly wanted to smoke a cigarette! I then thought about it again the next day, wanting to go out and sit on the set and smoke! I don’t smoke, so, I repented (stand in the gap) for any unholy use, smoking or conversations that may have been had around that table, prayed cleansing over the table with the blood of Jesus, set it apart for use and fellowship for the Kingdom, and dedicated it to the Lord, and blessed it in the name of Jesus. No more thoughts of smoking.)

“Abba Daddy, I pray right now in the Name of Jesus, that you anoint this oil (water, salt, table, object). I pray that You cleanse it of any defilement that may be in or upon it, covering it in the Blood of the Lamb, and that you make it holy, consecrated and set apart for the work of Your glory in Jesus’ name. Amen”

Want some prayers to anoint your home with oil, and/or salt? I recommend this prayer. I also highly recommend the book: Peace in Your House!
Now, was that so weird, or hard?

I was praying for something entrepreneurial to do with my daughters, and the Lord gave me a precise recipe on how to get oil and water to (mostly) mix!! He said: “take this, and mix it with that, then pray over it”, similarly to what He did in describing how to make anointing oil, and a bread recipe in the Old Testament (Exodus 30:23). Based on His instructions to mix salt, oil and an alkaline-based oil-disolving structured water, we made a custom line of consecrated, prayed over, blessed/anointed floral/citrus-based perfumes and “med free” sprays (like for anxiety, sleep, anointing oil) made from salt, pure essential oils and structured water, so fill out the contact form if you would like to order some from my girls. They are $20-$60.

For more info on gemstones, read part ii of this blog topic.

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But most importantly, PLEASE pray for God’s WILL to be done on Earth, as it is in Heaven. Pray for each other that you may be healed and restored, anointing with oil and praying the prayer of faith for healing. If Intercessors could SEE the difference they make in the spiritual realms, they would live on their knees!

Be Salt & Light!

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Dreams and Visions

How to End Night Terrors (part ii)

One of the main complaints I hear in my Dr. Amen Brain Health Coaching Practice from parents of young children is regarding night terrors, but they are not isolated to children.

I can relate. My earliest memories starting around age two were of nightly night terrors. And I wet the bed until about age ten. According to Nutrition and Mental Illness by Carl C. Pfeiffer, considered one of the foremost experts of all time when it comes to orthomolecular mental health, night terrors are primarily caused by a B6 deficiency.

Some primary causes of Night Terrors and Bed-Wetting: A vitamin B6 deficiency, toxicity, abuse, or spiritual/home-life issues can all cause night terrors.

  1. Vitamin B6-  Night terrors can be alleviated by taking 300-500 mg of B6 per night for weeks or months. Take enough until “pleasant dream recall” is achieved.
  2. Watching horror movies or violent or scary video games- even having them present in the home can also trigger night terrors.
  3. Spiritual Warfare- Some people describe feeling like they are being suffocating or having pressure on their chest when they awake from a night terror originating from a demonic source. Pray in the name of Jesus, and I will have a future blog dedicated to activations and prayers for sleep.
  4.  Open Spiritual Doors in your home- Yes, there can be open doors, window, portals, or holes in the spiritual ether of your home.My testimony: weird things started happening in our home. 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, and I wanted to throw myself out the window to stop the torture. I had never felt such extreme states before.Unbeknownst to me, I had let a lady do some cranial work on me and attended some yoga classes that had opened some doors in our home (the Lord later showed me in visions what had caused the problem). After many restless nights, we prayed over the house and our children. Their night terrors stopped even though they did not know what had happened or why we were praying. Apparently their nightmares were not caused by a B6 deficiency. When you are a mom and you see your child having nightmares every night for months and then they go away all of a sudden, you know. You just know. Deliverance ministry or praying over your home is a good way to close these doors. 
  5. “Stuff” in the home: Things like Dream Catchers, idols, statues, pictures, crystals, books and more can be a source of night terrors. Native Indian people, shamans, psychics and more can sometimes see into the spiritual world of darkness in an ‘unauthorized manner’. Dream catchers, or anything having to do with the occult, merely attract evil spirits and demonic activity and provide no means of protection from them. Using dream catchers is an open door and an invitation for more nightmares to join in. Ever felt like a picture was “following” you with it’s eyes? Get rid of it. Books on the occult? Get rid of them.
  6. Bed-wetting is a sign of toxicity overload. Minerals help chelate the toxins out of the body, thus reducing the bladder’s urge to get rid of them spontaneously in the middle of the night. This will be discussed more in book three of the Med Free Method™ Book Series: Med Free Child, but following the Med Free Method™ inside my book Med Free Bipolar would be helpful until I can get that book out. We have had many children, especially autistic children, respond to a therapy treatment of Empowerplus Q96 for the brain, detox and it even includes some B6, though not always enough to combat night terrors. Bed wetting has stopped but resumes when the Q96 is discontinued.
  7. Abuse and Trauma- Child, Adult, PTSD-related trauma and abuse can also cause night terrors. Empowerplus Q96  is also an effective treatment for PTSD and even has some great studies proving efficacy. Emotional Healing, International Association of Healing Rooms, and other Christian-based therapies can be helpful, in addition to the B6 and Q96. WholeTones music and color therapy is also something I have found to have some success with.

So, of the above possible causes, I had several. I was born deficient and had colic and probably toxicity overload, gut issues and more physically. Then I suffered demonic ritual abuse from a relative, and physical abuse at a daycare. I had multiple possible causes for night terrors, but seeming as the fear was removed by a prayer and a wooden cross that my dad made me, (after I sat up in bed and growled at him after one such night terror), mine were likely spiritual-warfare-based.

Night Terrors, Nightmares and Dreams from a Biblical Perspective:

(Sourced from http://www.deeptruths.com)
  1. God Has Promised Us Protection Against Nightmares.

Psalm 4:8: I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for Thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.
Psalm 91:5a,6a Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night … 6a Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness.
Proverbs 3:24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.
1 John 4:18a There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear.

2. We Shouldn’t Feel Intimidated Or Condemned By Nightmares, But Recognize Them As The Spiritual Attacks Of The Enemy That They Are, And Resist And Overcome Them With The Lord’s Help.

1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
1 Peter 5:8,9a Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the Devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9a Whom resist stedfast in the faith.

3. Avoid Bad Experiences or Sights, if Possible

Psalm 101:3a I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: … it shall not cleave to me.
Psalm 119:37 Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken Thou me in Thy way.
Romans 12:9b Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
1 Peter 1:13a Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind.

4. Some Bad Dreams come from Simple, Natural Causes, Or Can Be Spiritually Meaningless.

Ecclesiastes 5:3a [Going to sleep with our minds still filled with concerns of the day:] For a dream cometh through the multitude of business.
Ecclesiastes 5:7 For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God.
Isaiah 29:8a [Something we ate or some unmet physical need:] It shall even be as when an hungry man dreameth, and, behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man dreameth, and, behold, he drinketh; but he awaketh, and, behold, he is faint, and his soul hath appetite.

5. Our First And Surest Defense Against Nightmares Is To Pray Against Them!

Psalm 34:4 I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
Matthew 18:18a Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven.
Matthew 18:19 [Ask others to pray with you:] Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of My Father which is in Heaven.
Ephesians 6:12,13,16,18 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. … 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. … 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all
Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

6. We Should Also Specifically Ask The Lord For Positive, Edifying, Faith-Building Dreams, Which God Has Promised To Give To His Children.

Numbers 12:6b I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.
Job 33:15-17 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; 16 Then He openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction, 17 That He may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
Jeremiah 23:28a The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath My Word, let him speak My Word faithfully.
Joel 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.

8. Don’t Dwell on Past Night Terrors

Psalm 119:37 Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken Thou me in Thy way.
Ephesians 4:27 Neither give place to the Devil.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Philippians 1:28a And in nothing terrified by your adversaries.

Most of all, remember: “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3

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!