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This is the first reference guide to provide an overview of and instructions for the many forms of reflexology. $39.95, hardcover, 256 pgs., 10 x 13, full color throughout, ISBN 1-59477-066-2 Also available in paperback: $24.95, ISBN 1-59477-091-3 800-246-8648 InnerTraditions.com FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 EARTH STAR 3 EARTH STAR CONTENTS FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 ON THE COVER 13 Thyroid Deficiency Preventing A Metabolic Meltdown by Raphael Kellman, M.D. 22 The Heart and Its Reasons by David Servan-Schreiber, M.D., Ph.D. 30 The Power of Internal Martial Arts Profile of An Internal Master by B.K. Frantzis 38 The Movie Mystic Stephen Simon’s Top Movie picks of 2005 by Stephen Simon Page 30 Cover Art FEATURES by Jean-Paul Avisse 6 Vision Tips For further information, by Rosemary Gaddum Gordon, D.B.O., M.A. contact 16 Winter Skin Care Tips Prestige Art Galleries, by Jane Aransky 3909 W. Howard, Skokie, 18 Down To Earth Astrology IL 60076. (874) 679-2555, by Tim Gunns www.prestigeart.com. For a free color brochure, 42 A Residence Awaiting Its New Owner please send a S.A.S.E. 44 A Ghost in the House by Ross Miller 49 You Can Change in A Moment of Time by Marilou and Jerry Seavey Page 22 50 Unknown White Male - A True Story 74 A New Look At the Cause of Colds & Flu’s by Georgianna Donadio, D.C., M.Sc., Ph.D. DEPARTMENTS Jean-Paul Avisse 5 Up Front with his daughter, Marine 36 Yoga Listings 46 Calendar of Events 51 Directory of Professional Services 68 Book Reviews Page 38 72 Classified Marketplace 4 EARTH STAR FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 Earth Star Up Front S cientists say they have unearthed a clue to OCD Traits Linked To solving the mystery of obsessive-compulsive disorder—the trait characterized with humor Different Brain Regions on the TV detective series “Monk.” Now, researchers have demonstrated that each of the three behaviors associated with OCD—hand- washing, checking and hoarding—activates a different brain region. The study was published in a recent issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry. David Mataix-Cols of the Institute of Psychiatry in London and his colleagues found that patients with hand-washing obsessions experienced activity in one brain region when presented with thoughts of dirty toilets and other germ-infested objects. The brains of patients characterized as hoarder experienced activity in a different brain region when presented with piles of papers. Checkers, who compulsively check on such things as whether appliances have been turned of, experi- enced activity in yet another brain region when shown pictures of kettles and irons. —Newsday Women Eat 335 More Calories A Day Than In 1971 report from the Centers for Disease Control and A Prevention (CDC) says women are gaining weight because they’re eating more than they did thirty years ago, and the biggest culprit is simple carbohydrates such as bagels, cookies, chips, and sodas. According to the CDC, women consumed 335 extra calories a day—the equivalent of a large chocolate chip cookie—in the year 2000, for a total intake of 1,877 calories. That’s up from 1,542 calories a day in 1971. (Men ate 168 more calories a day, about the amount in a 12-ounce soda.) Those extra calo- ries are going straight to Americans’ waistlines. Obesity rates jumped from 14.5 percent of US adults in 1971 to 30.9 percent in 2000, said CDC epidemiologist Jacqueline Wright. The government recommends most women get around 1,600 calories a day. —Food & Fitness Advisor Got Milk? Then You May Get Acne C hocolate and pizza may not be the biggest threats to your com- plexion. Milk—especially skim milk—may be, according to recent research. Women who reported drinking more than three servings of any type of milk each day were 22% more likely to report having had severe acne than those who drank only one or fewer servings daily, the researchers report in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Women who drank two or more daily servings of skim milk were 44% more like- ly to report having had severe acne. The results came from analysis of survey responses from 47,335 women involved in an ongoing national nurses health study. —Reuters FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 EARTH STAR 5 VI S I O N By Rosemary Gaddum Gordon TIPS D.B.O., M.A. EARTH STAR The Leading Magazine for Holistic Living in New England & Los Angeles EDITOR/PUBLISHER Take your eyes for a walk Cody Bideaux ASSOCIATE EDITOR alks are refreshing. Notice what you are seeing. When it’s W Tim Gunns We get outdoors, cold and wintry outside, walk your eyes firstname.lastname@example.org fresh air and exer- all over the view from as big a window cise. 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No articles may be used without written permission of the publisher Holistic Vision Improvement Volume XXVIII, No. 168 — February / March 2006 Cambridge, MA: (617) 354-8360 Eliot, ME: (207) 439-9821 www.earthstarmag.com www.visioneducators.com 6 EARTH STAR FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 Earth Star Up Front SCIENTISTS SAY LEAD KILLED BEETHOVEN A Classic Workout small study recently reported in Heart and A B y focusing the most powerful X-ray beam in the Western Hemisphere on six of Ludwig van Lung is not likely to change medical history Beethoven’s hairs and a few pieces of his skull, sci- but maybe there’s something to learn here. entists have gathered what they say is conclusive Thirty-three men and women with heart disease or evidence that the famous composer died of lead diabetes worked out on a treadmill for ten minutes poisoning. while listening to the Four Seasons by Vivaldi, a won- The work, done at the Energy Department’s Argonne National derfully melodic piece for string orchestra with moder- Laboratory outside of Chicago, confirms earlier hints that lead may ate tempo and lots of brio. The next week they took have caused Beethoven’s decades of poor health, which culminat- another turn on the machine without music. For all ed in a long and painful death in 1827 at age fifty-six. participants, the exercise itself improved mood and “There’s no doubt in my mind ... he was a victim of lead poison- decreased depression, as measured by objective test- ing,” said Bill Walsh, an expert in forensic analysis and chief scien- ing, which is not surprising. But the exercise done to tist at Pfeiffer Treatment Center in Warrenville, Ill., who led the study music also significantly improved mental function in a with energy department researcher Ken Kemner. post-exercise test. If you find regular exercise boring, adding music to your routine might not only liven things up, but pos- sibly make you think more clearly. Conduct your own experiment. If you’re not partial to Vivaldi, turn on whatever turns you on. The Beatles. Jazz. Rogers and Hart. Perhaps not Mozart’s Requiem, though—some- thing cheerful would be best. —U.C. Berkeley Wellness Letter Still a mystery, however, is the source of Beethoven’s lead exposure, which evidence now suggests occurred over many years. Among the possibilities are his liberal indulgence in wine con- sumed from lead cups or perhaps a lifetime of medical treatments, which in the 19th century were often laced with heavy metals. One metal that was clearly absent was mercury, Walsh said—a detail that weakens the hypothesis floated by some that Beethoven had syphilis, which in those days was commonly treated with mer- cury. “We found zero evidence of that,” Walsh said this week, “so it was nice to exonerate him of that scurrilous possibility.” The work was done at Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source, a high-tech facility that sends subatomic particles sailing around a cir- cular half-mile-long track at velocities up to 99.999% of the speed of light. Beethoven in his early twenties developed serious health prob- lems, which grew worse over time and reflected many of the symp- toms of lead poisoning, including severe stomach problems. The composer was deaf by his late twenties, a problem of questionable relevance because deafness has only rarely been associated with lead poisoning. But with his many health problems, it is not hard to imagine that medicine itself may have done him in, said William Meredith, direc- tor of the Center for Beethoven Studies at San Jose State University. —L.A. Times FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 EARTH STAR 7 Earth Star Up Front Be Hair Now German A study p u b - lished in the British Journal of Dermatology shows that daily usage of a topical 0.1 percent mela- tonin solution significantly increases growth after six months. Winter Pick-Me-Ups The Heart and Happiness here are about a jazillion comedy web aughter may be good for your heart, T sites on the Internet. Here are a few that L while depression can have effects reliably crack us up: Theonion.com. Often beyond merely your mood, raising wicked, usually hilarious fake news. Bluedonut.com. your risk of heart disease. That’s the Look for their list of the one hundred funniest jokes of all takeaway from two studies presented time. Modernhumor.com. Lots of entertaining humor at a meeting of the American College pieces. Still not laughing? Try playing a game of Twister. of Cardiology, spotlighting the con- We’ve heard it’s even funnier if you Crisco the mat first. nections between psychological fac- tors and heart health. In one study, researchers at the University of Organic Farming A Growth Maryland School of Medicine showed two movies—one Industry in Germany funny, one stress-inducing—to twenty healthy volunteers, esticide-free organic farming that pays attention to ani- while testing their blood flow. After the stressful film, blood flow was reduced in fourteen of the participants. When laughing at the comedy, however, nineteen partic- ipants experienced improved circulation—an average of P mal welfare is gaining more followers within Germany’s farming community. 4.5% of Germany’s available agri- cultural land is now ecologically friendly. This eco-boom is cre- twenty-two percent, similar to the benefits of exercise. ating around two thousand new jobs every year in Germany. Despite the small sample size, the findings were Within the European Union, only Italy plays a bigger role in enough for lead researcher Michael Miller, MD, to ven- organic farming. And the market continues to grow. Between ture, “We don’t recommend that you laugh and not exer- January and March 2005 alone, organic farming turnover rose cise, but we do recommend that you try to laugh on a by more than fifteen percent against the same period in 2004. regular basis.” On the other hand, a second study by Duke University researchers found that heart-failure patients with mild depression had a forty-four percent greater risk of dying than patients without depression. The study fol- lowed one thousand and five patients and factored out other differences such as age, marital status, cardiac function and root cause of heart failure. “We believe our study appears to identify a group of these patients who are at a higher risk for dying,” observed lead researcher Wei Jiang, MD. 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It is hoped the new taxi will cut inner city pollution and have a projected fuel savings of thirty- five percent and emissions reduc- tion of up to ninety percent. The taxi automatically runs in the most economic way, switch- ing to electric mode a low speeds. With the support of the Energy Savings Trust and the Department of Transport, LTI hopes to have the new taxi in production this year. FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 EARTH STAR 11 12 EARTH STAR FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 THYROID DEFICIENCY Preventing a Metabolic Meltdown By Raphael Kellman, MD atigue, weight gain, insulin Role of the Thyroid absorption) of thyroid hormones can F resistance, depression, and dementia are all associated with the degenerative aspects of aging. Yet many of these symptoms may actually be caused by hypothyroidism, which is often overlooked and misdiagnosed. A The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped organ in the neck, located above the col- larbone and below the Adam’s apple. This tiny gland is vital to regulation of the body’s metabolism. Made up of small sacs, the thyroid is filled with an cause a global decline in the body’s metabolic reactions and lead to a host of symptoms, most commonly fatigue, weight gain, low body temperature, dry skin, and hair loss in the eyebrows. But low thyroid function—that is, hypothy- roidism—can also produce more far- Simple thyroid stimulating hormone iodine-rich protein called thyroglobulin, ranging symptoms, potentially affecting (TSH) blood test can reveal your thyroid along with the two thyroid hormones, T4 all of the body’s organs and cells. That is status and help you avoid misdiagnosis (tetraiodothyronine, or thyroxine) and why I make it a point to test a patient’s of these symptoms T3 (triiodothyronine). T3, the more thyroid levels whenever he or she pres- An estimated five percent of active of the two thyroid hormones, is ents with a common and often interre- Americans suffer from hypothyroidism, produced in much smaller amounts than lated series of health problems. a deficiency of the thyroid gland, and T4, which accounts for about ninety- many go undiagnosed. Patients and their three percent of the hormone produced. The Testing Controversy doctors often disregard common symp- Most of the T3 is created by conversion toms, mistaking them for “normal” signs from T4, which occurs in the liver and Diagnosing hypothyroidism has sparked of aging. In my integrative medical prac- kidneys. an ongoing debate in the medical com- tice, I offer patients an alternative to suf- The primary function of these two munity over what hormone levels consti- fering with symptoms that are eminently hormones is to convert food into energy tute a hormone deficiency. Generally, treatable. and to regulate the body’s other systems. doctors use the TSH blood test to diag- A deficiency in the production (or nose thyroid conditions. TSH is pro- FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 EARTH STAR 13 duced in the brain’s pituitary gland. A cian. The test requires the intravenous Additional tests to better determine the pituitary that produces excess TSH indi- injection of the hormone TRH with addi- significance of such symptoms include a cates that the thyroid is functioning tional blood sampling before and after liver panel, a complete blood count below par and therefore requires more the injection. The results of this test help (CBC), a chemistry panel including a stimulation than normal. The problem to distinguish between outright hypothy- cholesterol profile, the candida antibody lies in defining the standard range for roidism and “subclinical” or developing test, and a fasting insulin level. TSH levels. I have found that even at the hypothyroidism. In some individuals Because the thyroid governs meta- edges of the so-called “normal” range, (and depending on the physician’s inter- bolic processes extending all the way many patients suffer from untreated pretation of the laboratory tests), out- down to the cellular level, every organ hypothyroidism, with significantly right hypothyroidism may take as long and system of the body can potentially diminished health. as twenty years to develop. With the help be affected by its dysfunction. For exam- The reference ranges published by of measures such as the TRH stimulation ple, hypothyroidism can affect the diges- various laboratories are subject to test, I am able to diagnose hypothy- tive tract, leading to constipation. This change as new information becomes roidism when the onset of symptoms occurs when a sluggish metabolism available. In fact, the medical profession (fatigue, weight gain, etc.) precedes affects the cells lining the gut walls, in always adjusts these ranges to reflect abnormal laboratory values. Early inter- turn slowing peristalsis, the contractions new discoveries in clinical practice. For vention thus may save patients from that govern bowel movements. Slowed example, while a total cholesterol level years of needless suffering. metabolic activity in the brain can mani- of 300 mg/dL was once considered nor- mal, we now know that that number is Symptoms of far too high, and levels around 200 Hypothyroidism mg/dL are now recommended. In 2002, the American Academy of I generally prefer to observe patients Clinical Endocrinology revised the nor- closely and assess their entire range of mal range for TSH levels downward to symptoms to determine whether the current values of 0.2-5.5 mµ/ml. hypothyroidism is a contributor to their From testing and treating patients who condition, and then to use blood tests to present with significant health problems, confirm hypothyroidism. I first look for I and many other doctors believe that deficiency, low metabolism or tiredness, this upper value is still too high. Studies and weight gain, though there are many have shown that values of more than 4.0 other indicators. According to the pio- mµ/ml increase the prevalence of heart neering physician Broda Barnes, author disease after correcting for other known of Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected risk factors. Other research reveals that Illness; there are at least forty-seven people with TSH values of more than 2.0 symptoms of low thyroid function— mµ/ml have a higher risk of developing most of them overlooked by blood tests. fest as lowered mood and depression, the overt hypothyroid disease over the next “The development and use of thyroid result of a decreased production of twenty years. Research also links function blood tests,” Barnes wrote, “left neurotransmitters. Nerve cells that are hypothyroidism with high cholesterol. many patients with clinical symptoms of not firing well may produce decreased When the level of TSH is over 1.9 hypothyroidism undiagnosed and cognitive function. In fact, many elderly mµ/ml, with concomitant high levels of untreated.” For this reason, Barnes esti- people with hypothyroidism have been cholesterol, doctors should look for thy- mates that up to thirty-four percent of misdiagnosed as suffering from demen- roid deficiency before treating the the adult population has some form of tia. patient with cholesterol-lowering drugs. thyroid deficiency. One of my patients, a seventy-eight- These findings all show a notable differ- In addition to fatigue, I have found year old woman who was progressively ence between the optimal TSH range that symptoms may include depression, declining at home, had lost overall func- and the so-called “normal” range. dementia, decreased cognitive function tion, was tired and forgetful, and could Even when tests reveal “normal” (“brain fog”), a weakening of the not remember the names of those close TSH levels, I sometimes suspect the immune system, constipation, weight to her. Routine tests for TSH showed her presence of hypothyroidism, especially gain and fluid retention, irregular men- to be in the “normal” range, and her doc- in older patients, as thyroid deficiencies strual cycle, infection, discoloration of tors had concluded that she was suffer- often imitate age-related symptoms. In the skin, hair loss, and drooping eyelids. ing from “beginning dementia,” an all- such cases, I perform a stimulation test A sluggish thyroid can also be linked to too-common mis-diagnosis in the elder- using thyrotropin-releasing hormone a fatty liver or high cholesterol, candida, ly. Suspecting hypothyroidism, I tested (TRH) to disclose low thyroid perform- and low glucose and insulin levels. In her and then started her on low doses of ance even if a blood test is normal. The extreme cases, untreated hypothy- thyroid hormone, to which she immedi- TRH stimulation test is conducted only roidism can cause anemia, low body ately responded. Her memory returned under the direct supervision of a physi- temperature, and heart failure. and her overall function improved dra- 14 EARTH STAR FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 matically. “I feel like I was rescued from A proges- the dead,” she told me. Although many terone-estrogen patients with subclinical hypothyroidism imbalance can show no symptomatic improvement similarly inter- upon treatment according to the medical fere with thyroid literature, it is impossible to refute this function as well anecdotal observation. It is tragic that so as result from many elderly patients are considered diminished thy- untreatable and dismissed as “over the roid function. hill” when their symptoms, due to Estrogen and hypothyroidism, can be alleviated with thyroid hormone hormone treatment. have opposite Thyroid dysfunction can also con- effects: estrogen tribute to insulin resistance, especially causes calories to among overweight people, and in such be turned into fat, cases is often a precursor to diabetes. and thyroid hor- Insulin, produced by the pancreas, roidism, here again we have an example mone causes fat calories to be turned results in the storage of excessive calo- of how processes behave reciprocally in into energy. So when progesterone is ries. But in insulin resistance, the cells the body. low and estrogen is dominant (even become less responsive to the action of Weight gain is an effect of hypothy- when TSH blood levels are normal), if insulin. The body therefore produces roidism that can similarly become a symptoms of hypothyroidism are pres- more and more insulin as a result, trying cause. In response to the metabolic ent, high estrogen levels could be the to maintain normal blood sugar levels, a slowdown and corresponding weight cause: Weight gain can also upset the condition known as hyperinsulinemia. gain, patients may lower their caloric progesterone-estrogen balance. To coun- High insulin levels also stimulate intake, which in turn can lower produc- teract this effect of estrogen, I generally appetite: when glucose levels drop, the tion of T3, initiating a vicious cycle in recommend the use of topical proges- insulin sends a signal to the brain to keep which the basal metabolic rate slows and terone creams. Higher levels of proges- the food coming. Thus, you begin to eat leads to even more weight gain. I use the terone activate estrogen receptor sites in when you least need to, with intractable little-known Achilles Tendon Reflex the body and cause the estrogen to be weight gain being the result. A high Recovery Test and the Barnes Basal used before it can do harm. The proges- insulin output over many years because Temperature as measures of deficient terone-estrogen balance can be deter- of poor diet can cause the pancreas to conversion of T4 to T3 to ascertain mined by a monthly saliva test or by “burn out” and insulin output to drop, whether hypothyroidism is implicated in progesterone and estrogen blood tests. resulting in diabetes. A number of stud- cases of obesity. In addition to those ies suggest that hypothyroidism is asso- previously mentioned, several other Autoimmune Thyroid ciated with diabetes mellitus. blood tests also gauge T3 and T4 levels, Disease The connection between the thyroid including the reverse T3, T3 uptake, T4, and the hypothalamus-pituitary axis and complete thyroid panel tests. Low progesterone in women between results in three different types of the ages of thirty and fifty may lead to hypothyroidism. Primary hypothy- Thyroid and Hormonal autoimmune hypothyroiditis, or roidism arises from a deficiency in the Imbalances Hashimoto’s disease, as a consequence thyroid itself, while secondary and terti- of immune stimulation by the dominant ary hypothyroidism involve the pituitary Thyroid function is intimately tied to estrogen. In this condition, the body’s and hypothalamus, respectively. In ter- adrenal function, which reciprocally acts immune system develops antibodies to tiary hypothyroidism, the hypothalamus to stimulate the pituitary, where TSH is thyroid cell components, resulting in shuts down protectively in response to produced. If the adrenals are not work- self-destruction of the thyroid gland; stress, producing low levels of thyroid ing well, the thyroid and pituitary often specifically, antibodies to thyroid perox- hormone. Often linked to chronic fatigue will be affected. Adrenal imbalances can idase and thyroglobulin are generated syndrome and fibromyalgia, this condi- be measured via cortisol levels. Stress pathologically. Twenty-five percent of tion can cause low body temperatures, a tends to raise cortisol levels, increasing such cases may also result from a genet- tendency toward infections, and the insulin and thereby leading, in some ic predisposition. This attack by the other metabolic consequences of low cases, to insulin resistance and overpro- immune system on the thyroid results in thyroid. It has been suggested that prob- duction of cortisol, as measured by the damage to the cellular mitochondria, the lems with the mitochondria, the cellular saliva test, thus signaling trouble for the energy producers in the cytoplasm, and structures that furnish us with energy, thyroid. Excess cortisol causes a the progressive destruction of the thy- may cause this suppression of the hypo- decrease in thyroid expression by lead- roid itself. Stress can also provoke this thalamus. Since dysfunction of the mito- ing to diminished conversion of T4 into mitochondrial response, which in turn chondria is also a result of hypothy- T3, the active hormone. can result in other types of inflammation Continued on page 63 FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 EARTH STAR 15 Tips for Helping Your Skin Survive Winter ane Aransky, a skin care specialist skin, your hair and sinuses will thank “dull” look one sees in winter. Once J for more than twenty-five years, has seen and heard it all when it comes to skin problems. Once the temperatures dip below freez- you. There’s generally no good reason why you can’t bring a humidifier into your office, as well. As an inexpensive alternative, simply place a pan of water near radiators. It’s evaporation adds a dead skin cells have vanished, moisturiz- ers can penetrate more effectively. Another way to accelerate this process is by using an exfoliant contain- ing small granules that act as “scrub- ing, her clients at La Residencia Spa in small but essential amount of moisture bers.” Use a gentle one formulated for Newton, Massachusetts complain of into the air over the course of several sensitive skin. tight, dry, itchy, blotchy facial skin. hours. Apply a gel made from hyaluronic Degrees vary, of course. In some cases, acid before you apply your moisturiz- skin merely looks “dull” and telltale 4) Winter sun, reflected off snow and er—it will help the skin to better absorb signs of aging appear exaggerated; in ice, can be just as damaging to facial humectants. other cases, skin can actually hurt. skin as summer sun. Get into the habit Look for moisturizers that contain of using an SPF #15 or higher sunscreen Vitamins A and C. These natural anitox- The following round-up simple skin care OVER your moisturizer every day idants provide triple skincare action by: tips, adhered to during winter’s harshest before you go outdoors. If you are a ski- preventing and repairing damage to the months (January through March), can ier, you may want to consider buying a skin from free radicals in the environ- help prevent or alleviate most common ski mask before a day on the slopes. ment ... balancing skin’s natural toxicity skin worries. Naturally, a slathering of moisiturizer ,,, and gently stimulating collagen pro- underneath will help even more. duction. Naturally, a regular regime of profes- sional facials, if you can afford it, also 5) Avoid using products that contain Finally, Jane strongly suggests using a helps tremendously to keep skin clean, alcohol or clay, both of which tend to facial mask formulated for dry skin clear and hydrated, so seek out a spa that draw moisture from the skin. If you are twice a week in order to soften dry skin employs a licensed aesthetician and ask in the habit of using toners or masks, buy and keep it hydrated. Simply follow the what he or she recommends for you. ones that do not indicate these ingredi- directions on the package for best ents on the label, even if you need to results. 1) Drink plenty of water ! Eight 8- change brands for winter vs. summer ounce glasses a day is optimal. use. Remember, you don’t need to spend a Hydration begins on the inside and fortune on skin care products as long as works its way out. This cannot be For average skins showings signs of they contain the right ingredients, and stressed enough. cold-weather-related dryness, Jane rec- are used religiously. It’s easy to get into ommends the following basic routine: a healthy skin care regime, and you’ll be 2) Alcohol and caffeine can both zap encouraged to continue once you begin hydration, so limit coffee consumption Massage skin with a creamy, gentle to see the beautiful results. It takes just on cleanser and rinse well using tepid a few minutes a day to keep skin looking cold days, and go easy on the hot toddies (never hot) water. Blot dry with a soft youthful and radiant—not only during and cocktails. towel. winter—but for life. If your skin is oily, products con- 3) Buy a humidifier and use it while you taining alphahydroxy acids will help the La Residencia Spa is located at 336 sleep. Steam can undo the drying effects skin rid itself of dead cells, which not Elliot Street in Newton, MA. 617-244- of most home heating systems. Your only clog pores, but contribute to that 2280, www.laresidenciaspa.com. 16 EARTH STAR FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 EARTH STAR 17 FEBRUARY - MARCH 2006 A mystery-making conjunction between Mercury and Neptune occurs on February 1st, when dreams and meditations could provide helpful and timely insights. Creative imagery practices can also be fulfilling now. However, from a purely practical stand point, it may not be easy to separate reality from illusion so avoid signing important papers or making important decisions till after the 3rd. A square (90°aspect) between Mercury and Jupiter, which peaks around the same time, further admonishes us to remain skeptical of proposals made now, as key elements, facts or items of information may not be available, or are per- haps being deliberately concealed. All is not as it seems. After a rare, six-week retrograde phase, in which key rela- tionships and personal finances came under greater scrutiny, Venus, planet of love and luck, turns direct on February 3rd, at 16°02’Capricorn. Tangible progress is now possible in affairs of the heart, partnerships and money matters, though in this serious-minded earth sign, the inclinations of the goddess of love are more towards business pursuits than romantic PERMANENT expression. COSMETICS Wander through your personal field of dreams regarding For professionals ambitions or life direction on and around the 5th, when the sun, representing one’s creative life force, makes its annual Judith DesPres, M.ED. conjunction with mystical Neptune in progressive Aquarius. Board certified Connect with those who share your visions for the future, or 617-492- 3056 who can provide the necessary resources to make a profes- sional dream come true. Extra patience and caution may be called for under this beguiling celestial influence, in conver- sation or in traffic, as both communications and travel could bring frustrations. Even so, intuitive insights may be there for LIPS the asking, for those open and receptive. EYE LINER BROWS EYE SHADOW The fiery Leo full moon on February12th, opposing the AREOLA RESTORATION Aquarius sun, may highlight a pressing need for creative self- SCAR CAMOUFLAGE expression, perhaps in ways that reflect one’s evolving values, and that could also contribute substantially to one’s revenue 100% disposable stream. Oh, what joy that notion may evoke! With the luna- equipment tion axis in square (90°) to a slowly separating Mars-Jupiter opposition in the money signs of Taurus and Scorpio, respec- Porter Square tively, forming a grand cross pattern in fixed signs, you may Cambridge be keen to break new ground where revenue production is concerned. To this end, share your progressive new ideas with CLOSEUPS INC. friends and colleagues, they could provide the emotional and moral support you may also be in need of now. closeupsinc.com 18 EARTH STAR FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 Down To Earth Astrology After a protracted six-month stay in “technologies,” and innovative televi- between Jupiter and Neptune perfects earthy Taurus the red planet, Mars, sion programming. Revolutionize your on the Ides of March (15th), as unrealis- enters the airy environs of tropical business or career strategies to incorpo- tic or inflated expectations are possible, Gemini on the 17th, vigorously stimu- rate new and improved methodologies. while escapism could be rife. lating the intellect over the next two Investigate new technology and comput- Nonetheless, this planetary pairing can months. The proper use and direction of er software, particularly to increase impart a powerful spiritual influence. one’s creative energies during this tran- work efficiency. Allow creative self- Don’t be taken in by any false prophets sit can offset the potential for restless- expression free rein. or dogma! ness, or excessive mental-chatter. Mercury stations retrograde on March A moon wobble phase begins March When the sun enters watery Pisces on 2nd in 27°Pisces, and will remain in 16th through April 1st, peaking as the the 18th, psychic faculties quicken, so reverse mode until March 25th. Many of sun squares the moon’s nodes on March tune-in to your dreams and meditations the cosmically savvy may already know 24. Greater than normal potential exists for guidance or inspiration. Balance the drill, but in brief, plans, signings, or for seismic activity, anomalous weather, what you put “out there” in helping oth- arrangements of any importance should unusual events and eccentric, unconven- ers with some quality quiet time spent be implemented prior to this tional behavior during this period. by yourself. period...unless you like surprise end- ings! However, while Mercury is retro- The sun square’s Pluto early on St. The typically sanguine, dreamy energies grade, you may safely make revisions or Patrick’s Day (17th), a celestial signal associated with the Pisces new moon otherwise go over previously covered that it’s time to change behavior patterns (27th) are considerably more highly territory for inconsistencies or errors. that no longer work or serve one’s best charged by the close conjunction of Mercury retrograde in Pisces particular- interests, as holding on to them will Uranus, heightening our perceptions, ly favors psychic detectives! only make life more difficult. while inspiring creativity and innova- tion. A tight square aspect between When giant Jupiter stations retrograde Hope Springs eternal at the vernal equi- Mercury and Pluto allows for the on March 4th (till July 5th) in 19° of nox on March 20th as the sun enters absorption of new truths and under- Scorpio, its expansive energies are Aries, the sign of hope, commencing standing, and perhaps startling revela- intensified for several days, all the more Earth’s natural cycle through the zodiac, tions, during the course of this lunar so because it closely opposes the moon, when Mother Nature bursts forth into cycle. The quest for emotional, spiritual, while square to Neptune—forming a life, pulsating with the vibrant energy of and cultural harmony could receive a fixed sign t-square. Tensions may rise Mars (the Aries ruler), causing the sap higher priority now. This would also be over financial concerns, or a difference to rise, the juices to flow, and new an appropriate juncture at which to in values. Exercise more patience now growth begins. As a rule. However, with begin a dream diary. in your dealings with others. In order to Mars in Gemini square Uranus in make progress, be more tolerant of oth- Pisces, and Piscean co-rulers Jupiter and February 28th is also Mardi Gras in hur- ers’ beliefs and philosophies. Resist a Neptune in square, as prominently fea- ricane torn New Orleans. Will we wit- “holier than thou” attitude. tured aspect patterns in the equinox ness the resurrection of this once vibrant chart, the weather this spring may be party town? The Big Easy is after all a A volatile square between Mars and wetter, windier and whackier than usual, sun sign Scorpio, governed by Pluto, Uranus occurs on March 11th suggest- keeping nature on the hop. ruler of death and rebirth, currently ing a need to exercise caution now, as posited conjunct the Galactic Heart nervous irritability can quickly lead to The dynamic Aries new moon on March Center at 27°Sagittarius—the central accidents, or explosive outbursts. Avoid 29th is also a total solar eclipse, indicat- point in our Milky Way galaxy from acting on impulse. ing the end of a chapter, while sowing which a higher source of information seeds for new personal beginnings in the and inspiration is said to emanate. With A lunar eclipse occurs on the 14th as the life area indicated by the location of the action planet Mars, co-ruler of Scorpio, full moon culminates in 25° of detail- eclipse in your natal chart. The Vernal in trine to Chiron, associated with heal- oriented Virgo, opposite the Pisces sun. Equinox theme of initiation and new ing deep wounds, there are powerful The lunation axis is closely t-squared by beginnings continues throughout this elements in place at this time that could Pluto, ominously conjunct the Galactic lunar cycle. Prepare to launch new per- support innovative efforts to quickly Heart Center at 27°Sagittarius, suggest- sonal projects now. rebuild the city’s infrastructure and ing that, in order for us to progress on revivify the community. Let the good our path in life, there may be residue, or Following is a general overview of how times roll! habits, from the past that we’d be well- the transiting planetary trends for served by releasing now. Febuary/March 2006 apply to each The annual conjunction of the sun and sun sign. If you know your rising sign Uranus occurs early on March 1st, stim- Keep a firm grip on reality when the (Ascendant), read that, too, for addition- ulating interest in science, spiritual second in a series of three squares al insights. FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 EARTH STAR 19 Down To Earth Astrology Aries (March 20—April 19) Cancer (June 21—July22) While the activities of many Aries natives may be Efforts to rejuvenate your financial affairs receive focused on wealth-production as this forecast a high priority early in this forecast period, with period begins, your mind may be on your future the sun, Mercury, Neptune, and the major aster- plans, and perhaps making a cherished dream a reality in the oid, Chiron (healer of old wounds), congregating in your solar months ahead. Set aside blocks of quality time for yourself in eighth house of mutual assets, while serious Saturn occupies the weeks ahead for some quiet contemplation, and tune in to your solar second sector of personal income. As a result of the inspiration and innovative ideas that could, quite suddenly, pressing needs, and in light of new understandings, your val- impinge upon your conscious awareness in moments of ues and priorities are changing, as you look to the future with stillness. There can be pure genius here—it’s like you have a hope, and a renewed sense of ambition. February’s Pisces new direct line to the creative source, but it may take patience, a moon (28th) in your solar ninth house could inspire some quality that could be in short supply once your sign’s ruling Crab-clan members to share their wisdom and knowledge by planet, Mars, enters Gemini on the 17th. With the arrival of the penning a novel, an exposé, or movie script, or lecturing on a vernal equinox, and the sun’s entry into your sign on March topic dear to your heart. Your inner life could become more 20th, you’ll be fired up and raring to go with a creative project. active following Mars’ entry into Gemini and your solar This is, after all, the most energizing time of year for Ram- twelfth house on February 17th. Your dreams may be particu- clan members, when your enthusiasm and drive can overcome larly vivid and colorful over the next couple of months, and the most stubborn opposition. What’s more, support for your could provide insights into the source of some of your deepest endeavors could come from unexpected sources. fears. There is much potential for healing now. March’s Aries new moon (29th) sows seeds for new beginnings in your solar Taurus (April 19—May 20) tenth house of career, when a new professional opportunity Professional or educational interests may be could offer the financial stability you seek. uppermost in your mind as this forecast period begins, when your drive to succeed in a particular field of Leo (July 22—August 22) endeavor could be powerfully fuelled by the pressing need to Relationships are in the spotlight as this forecast boost your income base. A partner, friend, or family member period gets underway, when the demands or needs could be particularly helpful to you in your personal quest. of significant others in your life could cut into your personal When your sign’s ruling planet, Venus, resumes direct motion time or work schedule. Being flexible does not come easily to on February 3rd, after a rare six-week retrograde phase during most fixed sign natives; however, your willingness to cooperate which key relationships may have been put to the test, your with partners or loved ones now will go a long way towards prospects for love, luck, and a greater understanding of your maintaining peace, harmony and stability in your life. Mars place in the world, appear bright. Indeed, Venus will be riding enters Gemini and your solar eleventh house on February 17th high in your solar chart through March, well-aspected for much for a two-month stay, powerfully stimulating your sense of of the time, so put yourself about in professional and social cir- ambition, and inspiring bold new plans for the future, which cles as much as possible, be visible, and don’t be afraid to blow you may view as a means of reinventing or rejuvenating your own trumpet when the situation arises. Your passions are yourself. Ensure that your financial house is in good order, as aroused during March as Venus trines Mars, and for those there could be sudden fluctuations in your revenue stream, available, there’s the possibility of a new romance. especially during March. Avoid unwise speculation; play only the safe bets now. With Saturn in the early degrees of your sign, Gemini (May 20—June 21) hovering close to your solar ascendant throughout this forecast period, Lion-clan members are admonished to be on your best Flights of fancy may inspire many versatile behavior, and to conduct your affairs with the utmost propriety. Gemini natives to spread their wings and fly towards new horizons, if only intellectually, early in this fore- Virgo (August 22—September 22) cast period, as your sign’s ruling planet, Mercury, links up with the sun and Neptune in your solar ninth house of the Where does the time go? The lives of many Virgo higher mind. Some Twins-clan members seeking more fulfill- natives may seem to be virtually consumed by ment from their work may be contemplating a change of work these days. However, what appears to be in question is career path, and might actually make a sudden move around whether your present vocational pursuits bring you the mid-February, or at least make a decision. Be sure to let sig- creative satisfaction you need or the financial rewards you feel nificant others, friends, or family members in on your inten- you deserve for your labors? When fiery Mars enters your tions, as they could be supportive of your efforts to expand solar tenth house of career on February 17th for a two-month your interests. Fiery Mars enters your sign on February 17th stay, new professional options could come your way, while for a two-month stay, greatly increasing your drive and enthu- your ambition, and drive to succeed in life, receive a huge siasm for novelty in your life. Adequate physical outlets for boost. A key relationship may have to adjust to any changes in this additional surge of energy are essential to ameliorate your work, or your schedule. However, during Mercury’s excessive mental chatter. February’s Pisces new moon (28th) retrograde phase (March 2–25), which occurs in your solar in your solar tenth house of career sows seeds for new profes- seventh house, you will have the opportunity to discuss the sional beginnings for you to nurture and nourish in the weeks pros and cons and reach an agreement. The dynamic Aries ahead. This theme of personal improvement continues apace new moon on March 29th encourages new beginnings and throughout March, positively impacting your self-esteem. regeneration. During this four-week cycle, set aside some quiet time in which to consider what you feel would be the ideal career path for you at this stage in your life. 20 EARTH STAR FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 Down To Earth Astrology Libra (September 22—October 23) from time to time. When the going gets tough, you bury yourself in your work; you feel good when you’re being The creative efforts of many Libra natives may be industrious and productive, as many of your sign will be now, spurred on by a need to increase your earnings and throughout this forecast period. Of course, you’re early in this forecast period. Mars and Jupiter have been perfectly capable of having fun and being non-productive, too. occupying the money houses of your solar chart for close to No sweat. However, the chances are, most Mountain Goat- six months now, generating tension, but also hope and clan members are going to be gainfully employed and making optimism that your revenue stream will stabilize if you money, especially if Mars in Gemini (after February 17th) in continue to put in the work, enabling you to plan and build for your solar sixth house has anything to do with it. Some the future. When your sign’s ruling planet, Venus, turns direct Capricorn natives will consider changing their surroundings, on February 3rd, after a rare six-week retrograde phase— probably because it fits in with their future plans. The wise during which key relationships may have been put to the test, will not burn any bridges. particularly where finances are concerned—your prospects for love, luck, and harmony improve significantly. If you’ve been considering a change of employment, the Pisces new Moon in Aquarius (January 19—February 18) your solar sixth house on February 28th sows seeds for new The vibrancy with which this forecast period beginnings in the workplace for you to nurture and nourish in begins could inspire acts of great generosity from the weeks ahead. In order to gain the necessary support to some Aquarius natives. There’s a keen edge to your attain an ambition, some enterprising Scales-clan members humanitarian nature these days, courtesy of Chiron’s influence may enter into a formal partnership or alliance in the spring. on your solar ascendant. This would be a good time to make peace and mend fences. Jupiter in your solar tenth house of Scorpio (October 23—November 21) career has big things in store for you as the year progresses. You could further your cause by cultivating relationships with There’s planetary activity in each of the four cardi- influential groups and individuals that share your professional nal houses in your solar chart as this forecast period objectives. Seek innovative ways to generate more income begins, a sure sign that life’s anything but dull these days. With during March; a wise and well-placed friend could be of help. your sign’s co-ruling planets, Pluto and Mars, occupying your Implement or disseminate any bright new ideas in the weeks second and seventh solar houses respectively, money and rela- following the dynamic Aries new moon on March 29th. Your tionships will, no doubt, be highly charged life areas with pioneering spirit is coming to the fore, so you may have to which many Scorpio natives will have to contend during make more of an effort to cooperate with colleagues or February. But the focus of activity just now appears to be in the collaborators. home, where some creative changes may be taking place. Some amongst your clan may be undergoing what might be termed an Pisces (February 18—March 20) emotional epiphany, which could help you to clarify your pro- fessional or career priorities. Certainly, with Saturn currently With your sign’s ruling planet, Neptune, in your retrograde in your solar tenth house, this would be an appro- solar twelfth house and in mutual reception with priate juncture at which to reconsider the professional path Uranus, your solar twelfth house ruler, currently in your sign, you’re on. Your creative powers and ability to manifest are in you could feel like a fish out of water from time to time during overdrive throughout this forecast period; visualization tech- this forecast period. However, your ability to adapt, niques can be particularly effective now. chameleon-like, to different or changing environments is an innate Piscean forté, one that could serve you well in the Sagittarius (November 21—December 21) coming weeks. February’s new moon (28th) conjunct Uranus in your sign and solar first house increases your drive, energy While your sign’s ruling planet, Jupiter, remains level, and initiative, and offers potential for a radical new in your solar twelfth house (through Nov 23), personal beginning in the weeks ahead. Your intuition could be your dreams and hopes for the future may seem like they’re on frighteningly sharp now; use it to guide your decisions. hold, even though progress is being made in other areas of March’s Aries new moon (29th) in your solar second house your life. You may be in two minds about the direction you sharpens your money-making instincts. Indeed, you could want your life to take. There’s a part of you that would dearly manifest a new and steady source of income through a love to make a fresh start, and yet, what you already have and professional contact or affiliation in the coming weeks. know offers safety and security. 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It’s quite simple: one sees clearly only with the heart.” —Antoine De Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince Translated by Richard Howard The Heart and Its Reasons By David Servan-Schreiber, M.D., Ph.D. T he conductor Herbert von Karajan once said that he lived only for music. He probably did not know how true that would turn out to be: He died the same year that he retired after thirty years directing the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. But what is even more surprising is that two Austrian psychologists could have predicted it. Twelve years earlier, they had examined how the mae- stro’s heart reacted as he pursued various activities. The greatest variations in von Karajan’s heart rate were recorded while he was conducting a particularly emotional passage from Beethoven’s Lenora Overture No.3. In fact he had only to hear this particular passage again in order to experience practically the same acceleration in his heartbeat. In that composition, other passages are far more physically demanding. Yet they provoked only a slight increase in von Karajan’s heart rate. As for his other activities, von Karajan seemed to take them less to heart, so to speak. Whether he was landing his private plane or simulating an emergency re-takeoff, his heart hardly seemed to notice. Karajan’s heart was given 22 EARTH STAR FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 over entirely to music. And when the been described, several studies have it releases when it needs to function at maestro gave up music, his heart gave already shown beneficial effects. Good maximum capacity. The heart makes and out. for the body as well as the emotions of controls the release of another hormone, Who has not heard the story of an those who have mastered it, this ANF (atrial natriuretic factor), which elderly neighbor who died a few months method’s effects even include a partial regulates blood pressure. It secretes its after his wife? Or a great aunt whose reversal of physiological aging. To own reserves of oxytocin, often called death followed soon after the loss of her understand how it works, we first need the love peptide. (This hormone is son? It was commonly said that they had to briefly examine how the heart-brain released into the blood, for example, “died of a broken heart.” Medical sci- system functions. when a mother breastfeeds her child, ence used to treat such descriptions with during courtship, and with orgasms.) All disdain, attributing these incidents to The Heart of Emotions these hormones act directly on the brain. simple coincidence. Only recently, over Finally, the heart may affect the whole the last twenty years, have several teams We experience emotions in our body, not organism through the variations of its of cardiologists and psychiatrists taken a in our head. Already in 1890, William electromagnetic field, which can be close look at such “anecdotes.” They James, a Harvard professor and the detected several feet away from the have discovered that stress is possibly an father of American psychology, wrote body, but whose significance we do not even greater risk factor for heart disease that an emotion was first of all a physi- yet understand. than smoking. They have also found that cal state and only accessorily a percep- Clearly, the references to the heart in an episode of depression coming within tion in the six months of a myocardial infarction is brain. He based a more accurate predictor of death than his conclusions most measurements of heart function. on the ordinary When the emotional brain is out of experience of order, the heart suffers and wears out. emotions. But the most astonishing discovery of all Don’t we speak is that this relationship works both ways. of fear as “hav- The proper functioning of the heart turns ing your heart out to influence the brain as well. Some in your throat?” cardiologists and neurologists go so far or of gaiety as as to refer to a “heart-brain system” that feeling “light- cannot be dissociated. hearted?” or of If there were a medication capable of bad temper as harmonizing this intimate interplay “bile?” It would between the heart and brain, it would be a mistake to have beneficial effects on the whole consider these body. This miracle drug might slow expressions as mere figures of speech. the words we use to describe our emo- down aging, reduce stress and fatigue, They are fairly exact representations of tions are more than mere metaphors. The overcome anxiety, and shield us from what we experience when we find our- heart perceives and feels. It partly sets its depression. At night, it would help us to selves in different emotional states. own course of action. And when it sleep better, and in the daytime, to func- In fact, only recently was it discov- expresses itself, it influences the physi- tion more effectively, enhancing our ered that the digestive system and the ology of our whole body, including the capacities for concentration and per- heart have their own network of tens of brain. formance. Above all, by adjusting the thousands of neurons that act like “small To Marie, these considerations were balance between the brain and the rest of brains” in the body. Like individual far from theoretical. At fifty, she had the body, the drug would help us foster regions in the brain itself (so-called been suffering for several years from the sense of “flow” that is synonymous “nuclei”), these local brains have their sudden anxiety attacks, which could with well-being. This one medication own perceptions. Though their process- catch her by surprise anywhere and any- could be an antihypertensive, an anxi- ing capacities are limited, these groups time. First, her heart would start to beat olytic (anti-anxiety drug) and an anti- of neurons are also capable of adapting too fast, much too fast. One day at a depressant all in one. If such a medica- their behavior according to these percep- party, her heart started to race. To keep tion existed, not a single doctor would tions, and even of changing their from falling, she had to hang on to the fail to prescribe it. responses as a result of their expe- arm of a man she didn’t even know. This Alas, this miracle drug does not yet nence—that is, in a certain sense, of cre- constant uncertainty about the way her exist. Or does it? A simple and effective ating their own memories. heart would react made her very uncom- method available to all of us seems to Besides possessing its own network fortable. She began to restrict her activi- create the very conditions essential for of semiautonomous neurons, the heart is ties. After the cocktail party incident, harmony between the brain and heart. also a small hormone factory. It pro- she stopped going out unless she was Although this method has only recently duces its own supply of adrenalin, which accompanied by her daughter or close FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 EARTH STAR 23 friends. She no longer drove alone to her acetylcholine—that promotes states of they have to be equally strong to coun- country house for fear of her heart, in relaxation and calm, and slows down the terbalance each other, if the need arises. her words, “giving out.” heart. According to researcher Stephen Marie had no idea what set off these In mammals, these two systems— Porges, Ph.D., of the University of attacks. It was as if her heart decided all the accelerator and the brake—are con- Maryland, the delicate balance between of a sudden that it was terrified of some- stantly in balance. That balance is what the two branches of the autonomic nerv- thing she was not aware of. Her thoughts enables mammals to adapt very rapidly ous system has enabled mammals to then became confused and anxious and to the vast potential for changes that develop increasingly complex social she started to feel shaky on her legs. may occur in their environment. When a relations in the course of evolution. The Her cardiologist diagnosed a “mitral rabbit is safely chewing on the grass in most complex among them seems to be valve prolapse,” a mild affliction, which, front of its hole, it can stop at any love relationships, especially the partic- she was told, should give her nothing to moment, raise its head, prick up its ears ularly delicate phase of courtship. When worry about. He prescribed beta-blocker scan the horizon like radar, and sniff the a man or woman in whom we are inter- medication to prevent her heart from air to detect a predator’s presence. Once ested looks at us and our heart beats racing, but this led to fatigue and gave the danger signal has vanished, it quick- wildly or we start to blush, it is because her nightmares. She made the decision ly goes back to its meal. our sympathetic system has stepped on to stop taking her medicine, without Only mammals have such a flexible the accelerator, perhaps a little too telling her doctor. physiology. To negotiate the unforeseen much. If we take a deep breath to re- When she came to see me, I had just twists and turns of existence, we need cover our poise and carry on the conver- read an article in the American journal both a brake and an accelerator. They sation, we have just pressed on the of Psychiatry showing how patients with need to be in perfect working order, and parasympathetic brake a bit. Without such symptoms often responded well to Continued on Page 27 treatment with antidepressants, as if the uncontrolled acceleration originated in the brain rather than with the abnormal valve. Unfortunately, my treatment was scarcely more effective than my cardiol- ogist colleague’s. Besides, Marie was very unhappy about the extra pounds she put on because of her new medication. Marie’s heart calmed down only when she learned to tame it directly. I would almost say, “when she learned to listen and speak to it.” The relationship between the emo- tional brain and the “small brain” in the heart is one of the keys to emotional mastery. By learning—literally—how to control our heart, we learn how to gain mastery of our emotional brain, and vice versa. The strongest relationship between the heart and the emotional brain is a diffuse two-way communica- tion network known as the “autonomic peripheral nervous system.” This is part of the nervous system that—beyond our conscious control—regulates the func- tioning of our organs. The autonomic nervous system is made up of two branches, beginning at the emotional brain and spreading throughout the body. The “sympathetic” branch releases adrenalin and noradren- alin, regulating reactions of “fight or flight.” The autonomic nervous system’s activity speeds up the heart rate. The other branch, called “parasympathetic,” releases a different neurotransmitter— 24 EARTH STAR FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 ADVERTISEMENT FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 EARTH STAR 25 26 EARTH STAR FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 these constant adjustments, courtship I discovered my would be chaotic. Such is often the case own “heart- with adolescents, who have trouble mas- brain system” on tering the balance of their autonomic the display of a nervous system. laptop computer. But the heart does more than simply The tip of my react to the influence of the central nerv- finger was ous system: It also sends out nerve fibers slipped into a back to the base of the skull where they ring connected modulate brain activity. Besides releas- to the machine. ing hormones, regulating blood pres- The computer sure, and influencing the body’s mag- simply meas- netic field, the “small brain” in the heart ured the interval can thus act on the emotional brain via between each these direct nerve connections. And heartbeat detect- when the heart loses its balance, the ed on the pad of emotional brain is immediately affected. my index finger. When the interval was a explained. Yet I did not feel anything. That may be precisely what Marie was little shorter—my heart having beaten a She then asked me to focus my attention experiencing. little faster—a blue line on the screen on my heart and to bring to mind a pleas- We can witness this interplay went up a notch. When the interval was ant or happy memory. I was surprised by between the emotional brain and the longer—my heart having slowed down a her request. I knew that she was coach- heart in the constant variability of the little—the line turned back down. ing me to calm down. But generally, normal heart rate. Because the two On the screen, I saw the blue line reaching a state of inner calm using the branches of the autonomic nervous sys- zigzagging up and down for no apparent techniques of meditation or relaxation tem are always in equilibrium, they are reason. With each heartbeat, my heart requires that you empty your mind, not continually in the process of speeding up seemed to be making adjustments. But think about pleasant memories. But I did and slowing down the heart. That change there was no structure in the peaks and what she asked, and in a few seconds the is why the interval between two succes- dips as my heart accelerated and slowed line on the screen changed radically: The sive heartbeats is never identical. This down. The curve looked like a series of sharp turns, the mountains and valleys, heart rate variability is perfectly healthy; crests in a distant mountain range. Even had changed into a series of gentle in fact, it’s a sign of the proper function- if my heart was beating an average of 62 wavelets, and then stronger waves that ing of the brake and the accelerator, and beats a minute, it could climb to seventy were regular, smooth, and shapely. My thus of our overall physiological system. and drop back down to fifty-five from heart seemed to alternate between a gen- It has nothing in common with the one moment to the next, for no dis- tle accelerating and slowing down. Its “arrhythmias” (abnormal heart rhythms) cernable reason. rate ebbed and flowed with the calm that some patients suffer from. To the The technician reassured me. This rhythm of waves lapping the shore. Like contrary, the sudden, violent accelera- zigzag was, she said, the normal pattern an athlete who tenses and relaxes his tions lasting several minutes known as of heart rate variability. She then asked muscles before making an effort, my “tachycardia,” or those which come with me to start counting aloud: “Subtract 9 heart seemed to be confidently showing anxiety attacks, are symptoms of an from 1,356, then continue subtracting 9 that it could do both and as often as it abnormal situation where the heart is no from each new figure you get….” While wanted to. The window at the bottom of longer responding to modulation from this task was not too hard to do, being the screen indicated that my physiology the parasympathetic brake. put to the test in front of a small group of had gone from one hundred percent On the opposite extreme, when the observers who were there, like me, to “chaos” to eighty percent “coherence.” heart beats like a metronome without the satisfy their curiosity about the machine And all I had had to do to produce this slightest variability, the situation is par- was not particularly pleasant. result was to recall a pleasant memory ticularly serious. Obstetricians were the Immediately, to my great surprise, the while concentrating on my heart! first to recognize it: During childbirth, curve became even more jagged and the Over the past ten years, software like they learned to keep a very close eye on average number of heartbeats jumped to the program I have just described has any fetus with an excessively regular seventy-two. Ten beats more a minute, become capable of demonstrating two heart rate because it suggests a potential- simply because I was handling a few fig- characteristic modes of variation in car- ly fatal problem. We now know that this ures! What an energy guzzler, the brain! diac rhythm—chaos and coherence. is true of adults as well. The heart begins Or perhaps it was the stress of having to Usually variations are weak and “chaot- to beat with such great regularity only do arithmetic in public? ic.” The heart steps on the accelerator when we approach death. The curve had become even more and puts on the brake erratically; the pat- irregular as my heartbeat accelerated, so tern of beats is jumbled, disorderly. On Chaos and Coherence the cause was likely to be anxiety rather the other hand, when heart rate variabil- than mere mental effort, the technician ity is strong and healthy, the phases of FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 EARTH STAR 27 accelerating and slowing down alternate perfectly comfortable in his field. The palpitations that forced him to leave the rapidly and regularly. This produces the only problem is that for months he has building to calm down. image of a harmonious wave, which is suffered from “palpitations.” They cause In the afternoon, Charles had a meet- appropriately described as “coherence” him considerable worry and have led ing. The recording showed another of heart rate variability. him to see several cardiologists, who episode of chaos lasting more than thirty Between birth, when it is greatest, have not succeeded in helping him. He minutes. When I questioned him, and the time of approaching death, when has now reached the point where he has Charles was first incapable of remem- it is slightest, the variability of our heart made up his mind to stop practicing bering what could have brought it on. rate declines about three percent a year. sports. He is afraid he might set off an Upon reflection, though, he recalled that Our physiology loses its flexibility little attack that would lead him once more to the marketing director had commented, by little and finds it harder and harder to the emergency room. He also keeps an without looking at him, that the look and adapt to the variations in our physical eye on himself when he makes love to feel of the catalogs currently being pro- and emotional surroundings. This loss of his wife for fear of straining his heart. In duced didn’t fit the new image the store variability is a sign of aging. When vari- his opinion, his working conditions are was trying to promote. But when he was ability declines, it is partly because we “perfectly normal” and “not ex- back in his office, the chaos abated and are not maintaining our physiological ceptionally stressful.” He nevertheless gave way to a relative coherence. At that brake, the healthy “tone” of our para- explains, in the course of our sessions, moment, Charles was busy reviewing a sympathetic system. Like an unused that he’s thinking of resigning from his production plan he had great faith in. In muscle, this system atrophies progres- prestigious position. The reality is that a traffic jam on his way home that sively over the years. Meanwhile, we the president of the corporation is often evening, his irritation brought on anoth- never stop using our accelerator—the contemptuous and cynical. Although er episode of chaos. Once he arrived sympathetic system. Thus, after decades Charles has functioned well in this com- home, he embraced his wife and chil- of this mode of operation, our physiolo- petitive—often aggressive—setting, he dren, and that was followed by a ten- gy has become like a car that can sud- has remained a sensitive person who is minute phase of coherence. Why only denly pick up speed or coast downhill in wounded by the harsh, disagreeable ten minutes? Because after that, Charles neutral but has become virtually inca- comments of his president. Moreover, as turned on the television to watch the pable of adjusting to road turns. The often happens, the president’s cynicism news. decline in heart rate variability correlates rubs off on all the other members of the Different research has shown that with an entire set of health problems team: Charles’s colleagues in marketing, negative emotions, such as anger, anxi- related to stress and aging: high blood advertising, and finance maintain chilly ety, sadness, and even ordinary worries, pressure, heart failure, complications relations with each other and are often reduce cardiac variability the most and from diabetes, myocardial infarctions, abrasive in their remarks. sow chaos in our physiology. In contrast, arrhythmias, sudden death, and even Charles agreed to record the variabil- positive emotions, like joy, gratitude, cancer. And studies published in such ity of his heart rate over a twenty-four- and, especially, love, appear to promote prestigious and authoritative journals as hour period. In order to analyze the the greatest coherence. Within a few sec- The Lancet and Circulation (the journal results, he had to write down his differ- onds, these emotions induce a wave of published by the American Heart ent activities throughout the day. coherence immediately visible in the Association) confirm this. In Interpreting the outcome was not very recording of cardiac frequency. For Circulation, James Nolan, M.D., and his difficult. At eleven in the morning, calm, Charles, as for the rest of us, the chaotic colleagues concluded a study of 433 concentrated, and efficient, he was passages in our daily physiology pro- patients with moderate heart failure with choosing photographs for a catalogue, duce a real loss of vital energy. In a the following statement: “A reduction in seated at his desk. His heart rhythm study involving several thousand execu- SDNN (heart rate variability) identifies demonstrated healthy coherence. Then, tives from large European corporations, patients at high risk of death and is a bet- at noon, his heart rhythm shifted into a more than seventy percent of them ter predictor of death due to progressive chaos mode, in addition to speeding up described themselves as “tired,” either heart failure than other conventional by about twelve beats a minute. At that “most of the time” or “all the time.” And clinical measurements.” moment, he was heading toward his fifty percent of them frankly said they When variability has ceased, when president’s office. One minute later, his were “exhausted.” How can competent the heart no longer responds to our emo- heart was beating even faster and the and enthusiastic men and women, whose tions and, above all, when it can no chaos was total. That state was to prevail work is an essential part of their identity, longer “slow down” appropriately, death for two hours: He had just been told that get to this point? It may be precisely the is near. the development strategy he had taken a accumulation of chaotic passages they number of weeks to prepare was “worth- hardly notice. These daily aggressions to A Day in Charles’s Life less.” If he was not capable of organizing their emotional balance, when sustained it more clearly, perhaps he should hand over the long term, drain their energy, At forty, Charles is the manager of an the project over to someone else to take which may lead to dreaming of a differ- important department store. He has care of. After leaving the president’s ent job or, in our personal realm, of climbed the corporate ladder and he is office, Charles had a typical episode of another family, another life. Continued on page 64 28 EARTH STAR FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 Looking for Customers? Advertise with Earth staR and reach over 180,000 readers call 617-498-0265 for more information. 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Some individu- als hung from branches of trees, stretching themselves, some just strolled, others were playing saxophones. I was absorbed in this surreal scene, pondering the meet- ing of ancient China with the twentieth century, when a massive man in white pajamas came waddling down the street carrying two bird cages. It was Wang Shu Jin, a rotund senior citizen supporting 250 to 300 pounds on his 5-foot, 8-inch frame. I was nineteen then, a recognized young karate champion, and had brought with me a traditional gift of respect for Wang: a substantial amount of high-quality ginseng. At our initial meeting, Wang did not hesitate to express his low regard for karate, telling me in no uncer- tain terms that, “karate is only fit for fighting old women and children.” As karate had been a large part of my life and my passion at the time, this off-hand remark insult- ed me to the core. I was forced to swallow my indig- nation, though. In our ensuing sparring, Wang defeated me thoroughly on every occasion, tapping me lightly at will all over my body to demonstrate his easy circum- vention of my defenses. Despite my best efforts and despite Wang’s enormous girth, his ba gua chang enabled him to effortlessly evade all my blows and end up behind me at will. To graphically show me there was much to learn, he allowed me, after several days of study with him, to strike him with full power anywhere on his body. I put all the force at my command into these strikes, but they n the summer of 1968, I traveled to Taiwan from might as well have been the blows of a three-year-old. I I 30 Japan in search of the internal arts ba gua master Wang Shu Jin, who was widely considered to be one of the best empty-hand fighters in Asia. I tracked down Wang’s class, which met at the EARTH STAR FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 kicked him in the knees and groin without effect, hit him in the neck and elbowed his ribs. Like many ba gua mas- ters, he had the ability to absorb blows without injury. When I kicked him in the shin, my foot hurt long after- FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 EARTH STAR 31 He could also place his fingers lightly on your chest, and if he decided to project a little chi, he could throw you effortlessly against a wall or put you in such pain that you thought you were going to die, even though his hand did not move more than a fraction of an inch. ward. When I drove my fist into his minute, I collapsed several times, year-old mind sufficiently to cause a belly it felt as if the blow had broken and each time Wang’s assistant significant shift in my Western way my wrist. Wang would often tap me immediately drenched me with a of thinking about the reality of the on the head during sparring just to bucket of cold water and ordered me body and how it works. Wang, it demonstrate how easy it would have to resume the posture. After two turned out, was also experienced in been for him to demolish me. One hours of this trial, a smiling Wang Taoist meditation, and was an active time, in fact, he tapped me lightly on agreed to accept me as his student. and knowledgeable master of Taoist the head, dropping me to the ground What was Wang testing? Was it my sexual energy practices. He taught instantly. I sat there in utter surprise, commitment, ability to endure hard- these subjects to only a select few. feeling as if I had just been jolted by ship, sincerity, or craziness (that is, His students were formidable a high-voltage electrical current. passion for the martial arts)? Perhaps fighters themselves. The level of After a while, I could tell he it was all of these. skill of his students revealed perhaps was getting bored with my low level Wang’s fighting skills were more about the effectiveness of the of skill and my inability to hurt him. astounding. Notwithstanding his age internal arts than Wang’s abilities. Sometimes, he would grab me with and his weight, Wang was unbeliev- They illustrated that Wang was not his arms and bounce me three or four ably agile, lightning fast, in excellent superhuman, but had a superior com- times back and forth off his stomach health, and had incredible physical bination of talent, dedication, and like a yo-yo, my feet flying in the air. power. In the West, we assume that, ability to provide quality instruction. Then Wang would snap me back. I if people are fat, they cannot be fit, When I started studying with Wang, later heard that, as a young man in must be clumsy and slow, and must several of his students, from fifteen challenge matches on the Mainland, be uncomfortable with their image. to seventy years of age, beat the Wang had actually broken oppo- Wang certainly showed this stereo- stuffing out me. I could not believe nents’ spines in this manner. Years type to be inaccurate. He was per- it! Men and women both were able later, I learned from another teacher fectly at ease with himself. Wang to hit me with no pulling of my that the only defense against this commonly took on full-contact, no- punches. For a proud nineteen-year- technique was to turn sideways so holds-barred challenges from the old karate champion to be given a your hip bone and not your stomach best fighters in Japan and Southeast hard time in a fight with an old made contact with his formidable Asia, and always won. When into his woman was a bitter pill to swallow. belly. Otherwise, you were finished. eighties, he could beat the toughest Some of the older people had been Following my enlightening, if young men. On cold practice days, with Wang for just a few years. They disconcerting, initial exposure to his students would stand around him trounced me so much that first day I Wang’s abilities, I wanted nothing to warm their hands, as if he were a felt like quitting. I remember dis- more than to study his ba gua, which stove—a testament to his amazing tinctly thinking, what are they going he himself had learned from Chang level of chi development. It was to do next, bring out a small child to Chao-Tung, who was known as a from Wang that I first learned how to beat me up? student of Tung Hai Chuan, the man use chi to create a high level of Many of Wang’s students start- credited with making ba gua chang health and vitality He also showed ed late in life. In fact, one of Wang’s public in the late nineteenth century. me how to use chi to generate power specialties was taking on people in Wang decided to test my sincerity for fighting. their fifties and sixties who had all before he accepted me as a student. Wang was a deep believer in sorts of physical problems and mak- He gruffly ordered me to assume the chi. At our first meeting, he said to ing them healthy and strong. At that ba gua chang posture called Wild me, “I can eat more than you, I can time in Taiwan, elderly people had Goose Leaves the Flock and main- have more sex than you, and I can little to fear from random violence tain it until further notice. This static fight better than you, but you call since the police were particularly posture calls for one leg to be raised yourself healthy Well, young man, rough on anyone who victimized to waist height as the torso is coiled there is a lot more to being healthy them. Accordingly, Wang’s elderly to one side, and both arms are than being young, and it all comes students did not initially come to extended. As instructed, I assumed down to how much chi you have.” him to learn self-defense. the posture. Holding it minute after His words affected my nineteen- Nonetheless, even though these 32 EARTH STAR FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 older students started studying with Wang purely for health reasons, An Evening with they still became good fighters because that training was part of Malidoma Somé Wang’s programs. Honoring The Healing Wisdom of Africa In Taiwan, I talked with some of Wang’s students who were in Thursday, March 30, 2006 their fifties and had only recently 7:00pm • $12 begun to study ba gua with no pre- vious martial arts experience. They 115 Greenough Street, Brookline MA came to Wang because they had started to become impotent or were For Tickets call 617-730-2700 suffering from chronic diseases. or on-line at www.brooklineadulted.org After practicing ba gua, their impo- tence was reversed and their health, reflexes, and clarity of mind improved markedly. Their chronic illnesses either vanished completely or lessened. 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From the methodologies I had learned from Wang himself and In the gentle ambiance of my office develop from what I had learned in the inter- vening years from other masters, I psychological abilities to improve quality of life: was now just barely able to evade • Resolve inner conflicts - get out of your own way. Wang’s power. Wang could not get • Overcome anxiety and phobias. me as he had done so easily before. • Let go of addictions and co-dependence. This fact made me ecstatic. It was • Heal emotionally from mental and physical injury. like graduating to a higher level of • Grieve effectively. the art form. I was finally able to do those things I’d dreamed about for • Discover the roots of depression and move beyond inertia. ten long years, which was what • Learn to deal with challenging people and situations. fueled the Big Mistake. 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On one hand, that was an exciting prospect and, on the other, a good reminder never to get too swelled a head. Wang would mostly teach by showing a movement that students would watch and copy as best they could. He emphasized deep, relaxed breathing and a powerful belly. He would also physically position a student’s body to correct faults in body posture and internal align- ments. His chi and internal power Practitioners Needed were so obvious and strong that one could get a tangible physical sense of the type of chi he was transmit- ting. As mentioned, he would demonstrate what the chi of the technique was like by physically hitting the student, using just enough force for the student to be in no doubt as to what had occurred. Alternatively he would use fa Jin to project the type of power into your body that he wanted you to feel, so that you could tell what his chi was like. This action of projecting chi into a student was typical of all the genuine fighting internal martial art 34 EARTH STAR FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 masters I personally met in China. They believed that merely teaching technique visually was insufficient. It was their position that, if they were genuinely going to teach someone, they had to let the student feel the subtle and gross realities of what different types of internal power were like. They believed this necessary for the student to be capable of re-creating the tech- niques for self-defense. Wang’s stu- dents would try to replicate his chi , Ph.D. with as much creativity as they could. Wang’s teaching was mostly by example and relatively nonspe- cific. His main concern was whether or not you could manifest power, or chi. This teaching method gave few precise details about exactly how one was to accomplish this replication. Wang’s basic advice was to practice. 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Welcome to the start of the 4th year of capsules of my five favorites for the His dream is to somehow raise the Movie Mystic column!!! year. (Some of the comments below are enough money to get himself and his excerpted from previous Movie Mystic beloved “Indian” to the Bonneville Salt y criteria for inclusion in this M special yearly double column is that the films must fit into the definition of Spiritual Cinema that columns on the particular films.) Flats in Utah to try to set a land speed record. Hopkins is absolutely and lovably delightful in we use for choosing films to distribute the lead role, so much so through the Spiritual Cinema Circle: that I found myself grin- films that ask who we are and why we ning for almost the entire are here—and films that help us feel film. Beyond the sheer fun T better about human beings. It’s that last his film is opening around most of watching this extraordinary actor phrase—feeling better about being of the USA in February and was playing with glee a man pursuing his human—that made 2005 one of the my personal favorite film of lifelong dream, there is also a powerful, toughest years ever for me to come up 2005. (It opened for one week in 2005 timely, and uplifting message in the with five films. I can enthusiastically to qualify for Academy consideration.) film. recommend the five films below but I’m Talk about feeling good about As the first wave of the Baby Boom glad I didn’t have to list even one being human! Generation begins to reach 60 in 2006, more—I couldn’t have done it! When I many of us may think that our days of look at most of the mainstream critics’ pursuing the dreams of our life are favorites, I just wince at the dark, cyni- behind us. That it may be time to put cal view of human nature that most of those notions aside and just be practical the films on those lists portray. about whom and where we are. Indian There were some films I really reminds us, however, that, unlike milk respected in many ways in 2005 that I cartons, dreams do NOT have expiration just couldn’t bring myself to include on dates. The film encourages us to be the list. Personally, I was fascinated by aware that we can manifest our dreams, Woody Allen’s Match Point and greatly our goals, and our heart’s desires at any respected Brokeback Mountain; howev- time, no matter what the apparent obsta- er, neither of those films made me feel cles might be and regardless of our better about being human. In fact, their chronological age. lingering effect was just the opposite. I I absolutely loved this film and I also had great fun watching Peter hope you will find it soon in a theater Jackson’s dazzling remake of King near you. Kong but it reminded me more than ever Anthony Hopkins stars in this true about our cruelty to animals in the world story about a wonderful character from and . . . it was just SO sad! New Zealand named Burt Munro who, While I don’t quarrel with anyone’s in the 1960s, became a local celebrity in opinion about film, I also find it inap- his small town by building and racing a T he Upside Of Anger (now on propriate to call any DVD) jumps into our hearts as a film or performance powerful whirlwind of emotions “Best”. Our and fascinating, provocative questions responses to films about family and the elusive emotion of are so completely anger with which most of us seem to subjective that I try flirt on a daily basis. (If you commute to to steer clear of work in a big city, that sentence might calling films better read “hourly basis.”) “good” or “bad.” The story revolves around a woman We just know what (Joan Allen) who awakens one morning we like or don’t like to find that her husband, with no warn- and that obviously ing, has simply gone, never to return. is a totally personal With four daughters to raise, she slips— 38 EARTH STAR FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 The Movie Mystic down uncharted paths. Admitting one’s failures to the world, and, most T his is one of the most underrated and under appre- ciated films of 2005. (Now on DVD) Written and directed by the incredibly talented (Jerry Maguire) Cameron Crowe, Elizabethtown actually, plunges—into a world of centers on a young man anger, bitterness, and the solace of daily (Orlando Bloom) who bottles of vodka. Her neighbor (Kevin makes a colossal mistake Costner) becomes fascinated with Allen at his job that causes his and her daughters and the film, totally company to lose hun- based in character and emotions, plays dreds of millions of dol- out in the relationships among all of lars. Despondent, humili- them. ated, and then dumped by his girlfriend, importantly, to oneself, is one of the Ultimately, the situation facing all he even contemplates taking his own life hallmarks of wisdom. Failure the characters in the film turns out to be at a job or relationship does a moment of grace, one of those times in not make us a failure; rather, it life when, in retrospect, we realize that means that we are fulfilling our lives have been redirected by a pow- our mission on the planet. erful and seemingly invisible universal Trying. Learning. Evolving. force. In her magnificent new book, The Elizabethtown was Unmistakable Touch of Grace, Cheryl savaged by most mainstream Richardson defines these moments: critics but I found it to be “Every event we experience and enchanting, entertaining, fun, every person we meet has been put in loving, whimsical, and totally our path for a reason. When we awaken charming. Add to all that a to this fundamental truth, we begin to wonderful message about understand that a benevolent force of courage and perseverance, energy is available to guide and direct until he is called by his mother and sis- and you have one of my favorite films of our lives. I call this energy the unmis- ter and told that his father has died and 2005. takable touch of grace.” that he has to go to a small town in The Upside Of Anger is a classic film in Spiritual Cinema in that it Kentucky to make the funeral arrange- ments. On his way, he meets a very MARCH of the reminds us of how wonderful films can quirky flight attendant (the enchanting be when they trust the intelligence of their audience. Kirsten Dunst) who.... Doesn’t sound like a romantic com- PENGUINS S edy, does it? But it certainly is! The ome of the strangest things hap- relationship that blooms (pun intended) pened when I went to see March between the two young people is loving, Of The Penguins. Was I dream- real, and very touching. ing, was it real, or had Rod Serling been Even more importantly, the film resurrected just for me that day to take contains a powerful and very uplifting me back into The Twilight Zone? message for young people about failing First of all, I noted that the theater in life. Just as The World’s Fastest was packed for a Friday afternoon mati- Indian illustrates that dreams never have nee—but that the audience DIDN’T to expire, Elizabethtown shows young consist mostly of teenagers. In fact, they people that failure is a part of life, par- were the smallest audience segment. ticularly for those who dare to venture Amazingly enough, it was a very diverse FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 EARTH STAR 39 The Movie Mystic es, no special effects, and there was no schools which actually requires the kids violence against men, women, or chil- to at least participate in a ballroom danc- dren. Where there was an indication of ing program. Those who excel become violence or sexuality, it was merely sug- part of the school team that competes in gested in the most tasteful of ways and an area-wide competition, leading to the left entirely to the imagination of every- ultimate crowning of a championship one in the audience. team. The film follows several teams of Imagine that. 10 year olds as they begin their tentative When the film was over, there was “steps” in dances such as the swing and group, comprised of families with kids, generous applause from the audience the rumba and, most importantly, it illus- seniors with friends and family, and and then we all quietly and politely filed trates how the program itself elevates the plenty of middle-aged folks like me (I’m out with smiles on our faces and, for awareness of the young people to team- 59 and, yes, I know I won’t live to be many of us, tears of joy in our eyes. work, etiquette, peer respect, and disci- 118 so, technically, I’m way past mid- Imagine all that and you have pline. dle-aged, but 60 is indeed the new 40 so, March Of The Penguins. The film is also a beautiful and mentally and emotionally, I’m far less When Penguins was finished, I left inspiring portrait of the unsung, under- than middle-aged—so there!). Literally, feeling something special for the first paid, and under-appreciated teachers the range was from 5 or 6 years old all time in a long time after leaving a film. I who every day lead our children into the way up to 80 or so. felt wonderful about being human, con- their futures. The teachers in Mad Hot Imagine that. scious, and alive. Ballroom seem acutely aware of the pos- Next, except for the laughter and Imagine THAT. itive potential of their young students delightful sighs that naturally emanated and every frame of the film is a from responses to the charm and whim- fitting tribute to those teachers sy of the film, the theater was quiet for who care so deeply for and the entire movie. No cell phones, no believe so completely in the people talking to those in nearby seats, young people whose lives they just respectful and rapt attention to the help mold every day. screen. Mad Hot Ballroom inspires us Imagine that. to see the beauty and potential of our B allroom and Penguins are the most recent examples of the humanity. As long as there are people evolution of the entertainment such as teachers who devote their lives potential of documentaries. Filmmakers to encouraging and leading our chil- who before might have focused their dren.....and as long as there are young prodigious story-telling talents on fea- people who strive to be the best that they ture films are now telling compelling can be.....we will continue to evolve into and inspiring stories in documentary the exalted state of our humanity of form and we, the audience, are being which we have always dreamed. treated to some new and wonderful visions of who we can be as a humanity Next, the film itself was an amaz- when we operate at our very best. ing, beautifully written and utterly com- The story of Ballroom centers on a pelling story that was gloriously narrat- program for 5th Graders in New York ed with style, wit, and panache by the inestimable Morgan Freeman. There were no movie stars, and I had read no tabloid sensationalism Stephen Simon about the actors nor stories about bloated budgets and egos, and, as (Stephen Simon produced such films as far as I could tell anyway, none of Somewhere in Time and What Dreams May Come the actors had undergone face lifts, and has just directed and produced the film ver- sion of Neale Donald Walsch’s Conversations liposuction, or measurement with God. www.Cwgthemovie.com. 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FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 EARTH STAR 41 A Healing Residence Awaiting its New Owner In 2004, Rhonda established One is invited to the front entrance T ucked away in Newbury, Mass., a seaport town bor- another Healing Center in Vermont, of the home and greeted by massive old dering Newburyport and where she now resides and continues to granite steps; walk through the stone just a few miles from heal those that follow the over 30,000 archway and old forged iron gates to Plum Island, is a healing clients who have been transformed by the cobble-stoned walkway that leads sanctuary where thousands of people Lenair’s sacred healing experience. It is to the granite-framed entrance. This from around the world have traveled to here and through Ms. be healed. Not unlike those who travel Lenair’s healings that to the ends of the globe to see healers they meet their own like John of God, people were attracted consciousness and are to see and be transformed by the heal- renewed in the purity ing hands and sacred words of Rhonda of self(s). (self(s) is Lenair. the joining of all self Her European-style residence, (all creation) through replete with a special healing room that one self.) overlooks a statue-laden cobblestone Many articles patio, still exudes the powerful energy have been written that has allowed so many people to about Lenair’s mirac- leave her presence, having their issues ulous work; none of resolved. The residence retains the those articles fails to power and energy that Rhonda has lov- mention the beauty, peacefulness, tran- stone covered property brings fond ingly poured into reviving the home quility, and sacred space that comple- travel memories to most who visit and property and making it a healing ments and catalyzes one’s transforma- there. Depending on the part of the center of renown; the Sanctuary, as it is tion. The property now awaits its next multi-faceted property one views, lovingly called, is now for sale. incarnation through its special new visions of England, Ireland, France, owner(s). The Portugal or Italy emerge. The soaring Sanctuary has stone walls on the side of the hidden had national property are draped in spring and sum- exposure on The mer with wisteria and silver lace vines Discovery and framed by a red bud and flowering Network and cherry trees. The various gardens in was mentioned bloom are reminiscent of Monet’s gar- in many out- den of Giverney. Lavender, Russian standing publi- sage, thyme and heather infuse the gar- cations as an dens with pungent fragrances; unusual integral part of perennials of monkshood, larkspur and Lenair’s work bluebells grace the surrounds. and healing Amidst the garden is the water practice; it’s fountain pool, with Hebe - the Goddess grace frames the of Healing, Youth and Beauty; one can healings that wander over the Corinthian granite took place there. patio with 12 foot stone fireplace wait- 42 EARTH STAR FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 ing to warm the hands during a cool active harbor, winter night or lend up its flames for quaint Plum outdoor cooking. The 18-foot stone Island with its garden sanctuary, it’s interior ceiling beautiful structure modeled after the Trinity beaches and Church in Boston, is the centerpiece of the Parker one of the piazza areas. It has its own R i v e r special “auric presence” and reverberat- National ing sounds if one meditates and chants Wildlife within its stone walls; Gothic framed Refuge, and openings expose niche views of the dif- the many bou- ferent parts of the property. tiques, shops This area, just one of many among and excellent the almost 2 acres lush with mature restaurants, plantings and majestic oak, chestnut, make this hemlock, pine and flowering cherry property a tices such as psychotherapists. All trees, is adjacent to the outdoor covered desirable get-a-way from big city life. would find the environment most dining area just outside the large coun- It’s a place to relax, rejuvenate and con- adaptable and soothing for client and try kitchen. There are additional template and an environment that doctor or practitioner alike; writers, Corinthian granite patios in this area encourages this state of mind. artists, musicians, and other creative with a variety of seating – double sided The envisioned person, practice, or expressive artists would also prosper stone benches, curved benches and a organization that lovingly would and flourish here, or perhaps, just a lov- variety of wrought iron seating. In fact, acquire the residence next would ideal- ing soul. the outdoor seating on this property ly pay special homage to the property – The residence is approved for 5 comfortably accommodates over 50 the residence, the land and the spirit bedrooms and its usage is versatile; it guests. Clients often would be seen sit- that resides within. As anyone would could be divided into a main house and ting in contemplation a lower-level apartment and peace around the (which would make a very property, waiting comfortable and accessible their turn to be seen in-law home), as it had been by the renown healer in past incarnations. There and medical intuitive are four bathrooms and two whose work has been kitchens. The lower level area compared to that of includes a beveled glass 4- the “Sleeping season conservatory, bath- Prophet” Edgar room with shower, kitchen, Cayce. bedroom, spare room, dining Other outdoor room, stone fireplace in the features of this living room with olive wood breathtaking proper- walls and various stone and ty – elements that tile flooring. There are calm- were carefully select- ing and serene views from ed for their quality every window on this level. and integration abili- ty within the ambience of its perimeter tell you who has spent anytime at the The rest of the home and property must – include a variety of iron and old property, it is impossible not to be be seen to be appreciated; for further wrought iron fencing and gates, varie- soothed and feel protected, be it in the information about this unique property, gated stone walls, walkways and hand- residence or on the grounds. visit www.lenair.com/thesanctuary. chiseled stone archways. Old goat urns, The layout of the 3,900 square There will be special showings in a spectacular 5-foot iron urn and unique foot, three level residence adapts to advance of a ‘sealed bid auction’ of the planters are found at almost every turn. many different scenarios. It was, and is property; please call Bill Barrows at Set back from the road by 200 feet, the now set up ideally for a small practice. Coldwell Banker (800-516-0177) to property is framed and made private Ideal for a healer of any background – arrange a showing, for further informa- and safe by tall and proud pine vari- massage therapist, acupuncturist, tion and a brochure. Additionally, if eties. The home becomes invisible from reflexologist, polarity practitioner or you’re looking for information about passerby’s, yet is most accessible to and any bodyworker or group of holistic Rhonda’s healing practice, visit from the major Route 95 highway. practitioners - would find the space www.lenair.com or call 888-412-8392 Nearby Newburyport with its most inviting, as would traditional prac- and ask for Barry. FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 EARTH STAR 43 A Ghost in the House by Ross Miller aily, it seems, we’re year. I had just arrived at my office when not only would we be healing and releas- D being bombarded by TV shows and stories about ghosts, haunted houses, mediums talking to the dead, and other strange phenomenon. Despite the fact that it’s become com- mon TV fare, most people are still in I got a call from a woman who was des- perate to see me. Carrie told me that she had been having difficulty sleeping for several weeks. “Every night I wake up and hear heavy breathing in the room,” she said. “Could it be your husband?” I asked. “No, I’m a single mother, and my ing the ghost from her house, but we’d also be healing her as well. I closed my eyes and began to tune into Carrie’s situation psychically. Almost immediately, I started to feel the various spirit guides and angels that typically denial about anything to do with the two young children sleep down the hall. advise me on such matters fluttering spirit realm. That’s not all,” she said, “The TV and around my head. Images and words the lights are constantly turning on and began flooding my brain as they But ghosts and haunted houses do exist! off for no reason. I also get weird hang- explained to me that a ghost named Lisa In fact they’re more common than you up calls from Canada, and I don’t know was living in Carrie’s house. It was might think. As a psychic medium, past- anyone in Canada.” Lisa, they informed me, who was caus- life regression therapist, and healer, I ing the loud breathing sounds at night as regularly get phone calls or emails ask- “Are there any other strange things well as all the mischievous, weird hap- ing me if I can get rid of ghosts; and I’m going on in your house?” I asked her. penings with the TV, the lights, and the sure I’m not the only psychic medium phone. My spirit guides and angels went out there receiving these types of “Well, whenever my dog and cat come on to tell me that Lisa had died in the requests. inside the house they become very tense house 80 years earlier of consumption. and cautious, and the only time they’ll Lisa was 37 years old at the time and The good news is that the average run- stay downstairs is to eat. As soon as didn’t want to leave her beloved home. of-the-mill ghost is generally harmless. they’re done, they immediately run back They don’t throw people out of third- upstairs as if they’re afraid of something. Unlike Lisa the ghost, when most of us story windows or try to bludgeon them Occasionally, I’ve also noticed one or die, our soul, which looks like a little with a meat cleaver while sleeping, as two freezing cold spots inside the house, ball of light, leaves our physical body Hollywood would like us to believe. and if I happen to walk through one of and briefly enters the astral plane which The other good news is that ghosts can these areas, I get a really weird feeling is a spiritual way station. While in the be healed and removed from any loca- all over my body. astral plane, a person’s soul might float tion quite easily. Even better, because around its former earthly body for there are no time or space limitations in “Hmm,” I said, “It sounds like it could awhile, or it might check in on certain the spiritual realm, a knowledgeable be a ghost.” relatives in order to say good-bye, until psychic healer can rid a home of a ghost it finally realizes that it’s dead. Usually, by either visiting the location or through Three days later Carrie arrived at my at that point the soul feels itself being long-distance healing from their office office; her eyes looked sallow and tired drawn up into the White Light—God’s or by phone. from not having slept. As Carrie sat loving, healing energy. comfortably in a chair facing me, I One particularly interesting haunting briefly described what we’d be doing A ghost, as it turns out, is nothing more was brought to my attention earlier this during the next hour. I explained that than a soul who, for one reason or anoth- 44 EARTH STAR FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 rent-life traumas, needs to realize that time is very differ- as well as releas- ent on the astral plane. One hundred ing her from her years in earth time seems like only a few attachment to her months on the astral plane. Since many earthly home, we ghosts stay attached to a home or a asked her spirit building for several hundred years, like guides and angels, Lisa, they’re periodically forced to deal as well as her with new families moving into “their” deceased loved home. Worse yet, they have to put up ones, to surround with the newcomers’ annoying habits her with their love and taste in décor. It’s no wonder that and guide her into the inhabiting ghosts sometimes get the White Light. upset and “haunt” us. Within seconds of However, no matter whether these completing the ghosts are the harmless, quiet type or the healing, we both mischievous, boisterous type, the impor- sensed that Lisa tant thing to realize is that they can all be had successfully healed and sent into the White Light gone into the with the help of a little good old-fash- White Light. My ioned loving, healing energy. But, then guides verified it again, can’t we all? verbally, and Carrie experienced ***** a sense of glowing lightness when she Ross Miller is a professional psychic, medi- er, remains on the astral plane, instead of pictured her home in her mind. um, past-life regression therapist, and healer. going into the White Light as it should. He has been advising and healing people Based on my personal experience inter- Additional verification came two days worldwide for over 25 years. Ross offers private sessions as well as workshops in psy- acting with the spirit realm, the primary later when Carrie called to tell me that chic development, dream interpretation, spir- reason ghosts remain on the astral plane when she got home, her dog and cat both itual healing, and angel communication. His is because they don’t realize they’re ate downstairs and then stayed down- practice is in Newton, MA. For more infor- dead. stairs, which they had never done before. mation or to schedule an appointment (either She also mentioned that the loud breath- by telephone or in person) call Ross at 617- This is exactly what happened with Lisa ing had stopped and that she was finally 527-3583 or visit his website: the ghost, who was haunting Carrie’s able to sleep through the night. www.TheMysticWay.com. home. She was so fixated on not want- ing to leave that she obsessively ignored The reason so many ghosts like Lisa the positive pull of the White Light and exist is because many of us don’t believe stayed stuck in this astral or limbo state in life after death. When the soul sepa- while floating up and down the stair- rates from the body, it seems to many of wells, through the bedrooms and the these souls that they’re still alive. After main parlor of her beautiful Victorian all, they can still see and hear the people home. around them! However, when they try to communicate with the living, and we So what to do? After calling in all of don’t respond, these same souls often Carrie’s spirit guides and angels as well become very confused, frustrated, and as my own, I led Carrie through a quick lonely. Since people aren’t taught that meditation in which our angels and they should go into the White Light guides cleansed and healed Carrie’s when they die in order to be cleansed body, her aura (the spiritual light sur- and healed, they will often mistakenly rounding her body), and her chakras focus their attention on their former (energy centers), with golden light. We earthly possessions, and their friends then asked our spirit guides and angels and relatives who are still alive. This, to transmit celestial healing light unfortunately, causes them to remain on through our bodies and out our hands to the astral plane. Lisa the ghost. After healing Lisa’s soul of all of its negativity from past and cur- To understand this ghostly realm one FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 EARTH STAR 45 CALENDAR events workshops Top Photo festivals classes 2/18: Carnaval Brasileiro comes to Boston! 9:00pm, Sat., Feb. 18, at The Castle at Park Plaza, Tickets $44, $49 at the door. Ticketweb (800) 965-4827. FEBRUARY for a powerful weekend of Ba-Gua Chi Kung & Palm Changes. Call: (978) 371-1410 x3 or to develop your inner vision to see auras around people, animals and plants anytime visit www.bostonhealingtao.com. you wish. The process is surprisingly easy! 2/11: EOL Intuitive Enhancement (5) - $125 tuition includes practice tape, manual Practice Discernment to Achieve Universal 3/4: Experience your Past Lives with John and your Kirlian photograph. Visa/MC. Call Consciousness & Activate the Sacred Heart. Harvey Gray and Lourdes Gray, Ph.D., (603) 899-3288 or visit: www.reiki.mv.com. Fifth class in series; prerequisite: EOL Rindge, NH. The same popular seminar John Workshops 1-4. Presented by EOL Founders gave for years at the Maine Healing Arts 3/11: Silent Meditation: Saturday, March Sue and Aaron Singleton. 9.6 Contact Hours. Festival and Interface. Three regressions are 11, 9:30am to 1:30pm, Scandinavian Living Details: Visit www.TheWayToBalance.com; provided. Your subcon- (978( 834-0341. scious selects the dates and places and protects 2/18-2/19: Reiki I Certification with John you from bringing back Harvey Gray and Lourdes Gray, Ph.D., any uncomfortable emo- Rindge, NH. Awaken your healing skills tions. $75.Visa/MC. Call studying with the longest-practicing Reiki (603) 899-3288 or visit: Master in the West. Two days of learning, www.reiki.mv.com. hands-on practice and no cut corners certi- fies you immediately to work on yourself, 3/5: Learn to See Auras others and pets. 16.0 CEUs Visa/MC. Call with Lourdes Gray, (603) 899-3288, www.reiki.mv.com. Ph.D., CCHT, Rindge, NH. Auras contain infor- MARCH mation about physical, mental and emotional 2/10-2/11: Flamenco guitar virtuoso Juanito 3/3-3/5: Boston Healing Tao is hosting states. We will show you Pascual presents two evenings of music and dance at Master Wei Lun Huang on March 3rd - 5th what to look for, and how the MFA on March 10th and 11th. 46 EARTH STAR FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 Earth Star Calendar Center, 206 Waltham St., W. Newton. Come 3/18-3/19: Reiki I Certification with John Reiki Energy Medicine co-author. Notebook, for a morning of silent meditation. Two med- Harvey Gray and Lourdes Gray, Ph.D., pin, certificate awarded. Visa/MC accepted. itation sessions will be preceded by video Rindge,NH. Awaken your healing skills CEU's. Call 1-888-REIKI-4-U or (603) 654- instructions and followed by a light vegetar- studying with the longest-practicing Reiki 2787. Reiki II: 5/21. ian lunch. No experience necessary. Free. Master in the West. Two days of learning, This is a Science of Spirituality program. 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Saturday, Accuracy and Release Emotional Charges. 10:00am-5:00pm, Newton, MA. To register Sixth class in series; prerequisite: EOL for the workshop or to schedule a psychic or Workshops 1-5. Presented by EOL Founders past-life reading in person or over the phone Sue and Aaron Singleton. Early-Pay dis- with Ross Miller. (617) 527-3583 or visit count before February 24; 9.6 Contact www.TheMysticWay.com. Hours. Details: (978) 834-0341. Visit www.TheWayToBalance.com. 3/25-3/26: EOL Emotional Release Acupressure Workshop, Level I, Module 2. Laypersons as well as experienced practi- tioners will learn highly-effective point sequences to increase cellular resonance and release emotions and emotional patterns. Discover and practice head, neck, arm and 3/30: An Evening with shoulder releases, explore dialoguing with Malidoma Somé Honoring The the body to achieve Emotional Release, and Healing Wisdom of Africa, more! Presented by EOL Founders Sue and Thursday, March 30, 2006, Aaron Singleton. EarlyPay discount avail- 7:00pm, $12. 115 Greenough able before March 10. Details: Visit Street, Brookline MA. For Tickets www.TheWayToBalance.com; 978 834- call (617) 730-2700, or on-line at 0341. www.brooklineadulted.org/. Upcoming workshops at the Charles River UPCOMING School of Shiatsu: 2/17, Tuina: Infertility and Menopause with Bill Helm. 2/26, Psychosomatic Shen Disturbances with 4/22-4/23: Reiki I Certification with John Kiiko Matsumoto. CEU’s available. Contact: Harvey Gray and Lourdes Gray, Ph.D., Charles River School of Shiatsu, (617) 868- 3/24-3/26: martial arts master Rindge,NH. Awaken your healing skills 4585 or email: B.K. Frantzis will be teaching a studying with the longest-practicing Reiki info@CharlesRiverShiatsu.com. weekend seminar, The Art of Master in the West. Two days of learning, Breathing While Moving, March 24- hands-on practice and no cut corners certi- 26, at Brookline Tai Chi, 1615 fies you immediately to work on yourself, Beacon Street, Brookline MA. For others and pets. 16.0 CEUs Visa/MC. (603) ONGOING more information or to register call 899-3288 www.reiki.mv.com. (617) 277-2975 or visit their website: Inner Circle, a 9-month group process for 5/13: Reiki Certification, Wilton, NH. personal development. Meets every other www.brooklinetaichi.com. Libby Barnett, MSW. 26 years experience. Wednesday in Watertown. Contact The Inner Reiki Energy Medicine co-author. Notebook, Arts Institute at (617) 926-1301 or visit 3/18: Reiki Certification. Watertown, MA. pin, certificate awarded. Visa/MC accepted. www.innerartsinstitue.com. Libby Barnett, MSW. 26 years experience.. CEU's. Call 1-888-REIKI-4-U or (603) 654- Reiki Energy Medicine co-author. Notebook, 2787. Reiki II: 5/14. Shamanic Drumming Circle, founded pin, certificate awarded. Visa/MC accepted. 1993. Usually Second and Fourth Fridays of CEU's. Call 1-888-REIKI-4-U or (603) 654- 5/20: Reiki Certification, Watertown, MA. every month, 7:00pm. Quaker meeting- 2787. Reiki II: 3/19. Libby Barnett, MSW. 26 years experience. house, Cambridge. Open to all, but please call FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 EARTH STAR 47 Earth Star Calendar Vision Quests & Soul Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Retreats in beautiful southern Vermont for Degas to Picasso: people in transition, seek- Modern Masters ing renewal, healing, January 18 – July 23, 2006 direction. Through Torf Gallery, Lower Rotunda, Council, ritual, Trustman Purification Lodge, and solos connect with soul, This exhibition will survey the MFA’s others, nature, and spirit. collection of European painting, sculp- (802) 896-6271; ture, and graphic arts from 1900 www@schoolofnatural- through the 1960’s. Beginning with the wonder.org. late works of the Impressionists (Degas, Monet, Cézanne) and post- Drumming Circle with Impressionists (Gauguin, Redon, Kristine Malpica (of Rodin, Maillol) the exhibition will Mr. and Mrs. Clark and Percy is a highlight of the explore clusters of works by major fig- exhibition “David Hockney Portraits” on view in Imagine Studios) on third Friday of each month. ures in 20th-century Europe. German the Gund Gallery from Feb 28–May 14, 2006. 7:00pm-8:30pm. Center and Austrian Expressionism will be first for full details and directions. Terrence for Spiritual Development, 15 Kenoza Ave, shown in paintings, prints, and sculp- (978) 952-2704 or Emily (781) 641-3980. Haverhill, MA. (978) 372-5173. ture by Kokoschka, Kirchner, Nolde, Beckmann, Kollwitz, and their Buddhist Meditation Group with Peg Interested In Whole Health continuing Norwegian mentor Munch. The School Travers, Ordained Priest, Buddha Heart USA, education or Career Training? Attend a of Paris will be represented with great Sunday evenings, Haverhill, MA, 5:00pm- free introductory Whole Health education paintings, graphics, and bronze sculp- 6:00pm. Learn and practice the ancient arts of class at the New England School of Whole ture by Matisse, as well as lesser- meditation, chanting, QiGong, Buddhist Yoga Health Education. NESWHE offers CEUs known figures such as Berman, & Reiki. Call the Center for Spiritual and on-going continuing education certifi- Despiau, and Zadkine. Surrealism will Development, Haverhill MA, (978) 372-5173 cate programs for medical professionals as be explored through the works of Miró, or online @www.uuhaverhill.org/happenings. well are our unique Whole Health focused his friend Calder, and the Belgians Workshops for Pain Management and Career Trainings in Medical Assisting, and Magritte and Delvaux. A major group of Improved Wellness. Offerings for Life-Work Coaching. Classes are conducted works by Picasso in virtually every Bodyworkers, athletes, Personal Trainers, on Saturdays, in Boston, at the New England medium will be presented, ranging from Coaches and general pain-sufferers. Check Medical Center, Stearns Auditorium. For early drawings and prints to paintings website: web.maynard.ma.us/biz/bmassage, audit availability and further information and graphics from the last decade of his or call Barry Bailey at (978) 897-0110 for about Whole Health career trainings, visit us career. information and brochure of current offerings. at www.wholehealtheducation.org, or call toll free 1-888-354-HEAL (4325). Support group for Caregivers and Family Members who have loved ones dealing with a Advanced Training And Supervision Mental Illness. First Thursday of the month Group, for those who have a basic under- 7:00pm-8:30pm. Center for Spiritual standing of breath work or another body ori- Development, Haverhill, MA. See website: ented therapeutic approach. 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(508) 380-8273. 48 EARTH STAR FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 You Can Change in a Moment of Time by Marilou and Jerry Seavey hen asked, “What Programing stands for what is believed changing behaviors and for achieving W would you like to have or to change in your life right now?” The personal trainer wanted to give up coffee and sugar... the massage therapist wanted to recognize the love that was present in her life and to be the basic process used by all human beings to create, transfer, guide and modify any behavior. That is, behavior is programmed by a precise, specific sequencing of our inner pictures, sounds, feelings, smells and tastes — whether that behavior involves making a deci- positive results in any area of your life. This is possible because most of our experience, our emotions and positive skills as well as limitations, are a direct result of our mental processes—our thinking. A good example of a limitation based on thoughts is a person who says put an end to her painful jealousy... the sion, throwing a football, smiling at a that they are afraid of flying. But what nurse wanted take better care of herself member of the opposite sex, feeling they are saying is not actually true and to lose weight... the student wanted prosperous, relaxing, learning anything because in the middle of a flight nobody more effective ways to recall what she or just thinking. NLP has been called a ever says, “I hope this plane stops flying, was studying... the healer wanted to technology because it provides unique right now.” Their fear is not that the resolve inner-conflicts... the sales person tools for helping people to achieve high- plane is flying, their real fear is that the wanted to be confident, motivated and er levels of personal effectiveness and plane may stop flying... before they get get over his fear of rejection... the parent self-mastery, not only in critical areas of to the airport! And they mentally wanted to be better able to have a posi- self awareness and personal relations but rehearse that worst-case scenario over tive influence on his children... and the in important competency areas such as and over. Our fears come from the men- psychologist wanted to feel her life was achievement orientation, thinking styles tal images that we continuously run in more purposeful. Each wanted to have and self-management. our mind and the meaning that we put on useful and positive change in their life. Today it is well accepted that suc- our experience—even if that meaning is Change is the key word. For the past cess, satisfaction and fulfillment in life, often inaccurate. 25 years NLP has been teaching people personally and professionally, can be self For example in the situation of fly- how to change—quickly and painlessly. directed and self-influenced and the ing; after the plane lifts off the runway Since a lot of other organizations and skills to achieve this can be learned. And, there may be a noise, a little thump as the disciplines make the same promise, how when it comes to the field of personal wheels fold up into the under-carriage of is NLP any different? The difference is and interpersonal skill development, the airplane. If a person thinks, “What in the effectiveness and elegance of the NLP offers powerful yet simple and was that sound? Something is wrong!” techniques taught by NLP. practical step-by-step methods for and they create horrible pictures in their The name Neuro-Linguistic- expanding choice in what you can do, for mind causing their body to activate the Continued on page 66 FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 EARTH STAR 49 If All Your Memories Completely Disappeared … Who Would You Be? New Documentary Feature Film Explores Identity By Telling Provocative, True Story of Doug Bruce “ If you encode [experiences], and then remember them in a specific way … then create this personal history which is a bazaar of myths, of truths, of embellishments … a hodge- podge of distortions. If that makes up who we are, then who are we, really? … Do you know?” —Doug Bruce or thousands of years, seek- sented at the moment by Eckhart Tolle, for identity, one New Yorker had his feet F ers have pursued the admo- nition, “Know thyself,” as the ultimate path to Self- realization or enlighten- ment. Thought originally to be inscribed on the Sun god Apollo’s Oracle of Delphi temple in ancient Greece, this whose The Power of Now has sold mil- lions of copies in many languages world- wide. Tolle is just the most broadly rec- ognized modern embodiment of the path advanced powerfully by Ramana Maharshi from the early 1900’s until his death in1950. Maharshi was considered held firmly to the flames. Sometime between 8pm on July 1st and 7am on July 3rd, 2003, Doug Bruce lost himself. That morning, riding alone on a New York subway headed towards Coney Island, he could not remember his name, where he worked, who his friends were, primal notion of self-inquiry—seeking by many to be the greatest saint of the how much money he had in his bank the answer to the question, “Who am 20th Century. account. He was without his identity. I?”—is always current, always contem- Now, bringing the quest as current Two MRIs, two CAT scans, 26 porary. Today’s most significant expres- as the news on television …. blood tests and an army of psychiatrists sion of this age-old force is the constant could not properly diagnose what turned popularity of spiritual and personal In a stunning, but unintended, modern- out to be the rarest and most startling development books, most notably repre- day expression of this perennial search form of memory loss: retrograde amne- Continued on page 67 50 EARTH STAR FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 directory New England’s Premier Professional Resource Guide category Astrological Consulting ....................52 Bookstores & Awareness Centers ...52 Centers ...............................................53 Classes ...............................................53 Healing & Bodywork .........................54 Health Resorts ...................................57 Herbs ..................................................58 Holistic Health ...................................58 Human PotentiaL ...............................58 Medical Health Care Services ..........58 Metaphysics .......................................59 Professional Services .......................59 Psychics .............................................59 Psychology & Transformation .........60 Readings ............................................61 Schools & Institutes ..........................61 Yoga ....................................................62 Profiles of businesses, centers and individuals that offer holistic services that nurture and support the body, mind and soul. FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 EARTH STAR 51 ASTROLOGICAL CONSULTING “Eric Linter is one of the best astrologers on the East Coast!” excerpt from the best selling book, 1001 Ways to Be Romantic Eric’s readings give you the infor- finances, family, health, and spiritual growth. person, by telephone, or on audio cas- mation you need to meet the chal- Eric has been an astrological counselor sette. Eric also offers classes, lec- lenges of today and tomorrow. to individuals, couples and businesses for tures and readings at social gatherings Experience first hand what thousands of over twenty-five years. His specialties and special events. 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Reiki is love.” Reiki Healing Connection • phone (603) 654-2787 • fax (603) 654-2771 • email firstname.lastname@example.org • www.reikienergy.com HEALING & BODYWORK Betty Solbjor has been practicing and Classes for all levels of Reiki, as well as Treatments and classes are available at teaching Reiki since 1996, and in 2002 Karuna Reiki® are also offered. my office in Waltham or at your location became a Karuna Reiki® Master and a Bach (mileage charge may apply). Call or e- Foundation Registered Practitioner. She has Treatments: $60/one-hour session mail to schedule an appointment or extensive experience using Reiki on both (longer duration sessions available) inquire about classes. people and animals to gently treat many ill- nesses and emotional problems. A Reiki (781) 258-7712 Waltham, MA session brings about a deep sense of relax- Classes (private or group): email: email@example.com Betty L. Solbjor, BFRP ation and inner peace. 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Main St. - Hopkinton, MA Please call for a holistic consultation today! 58 EARTH STAR FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 MEDICAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES continued Holistic Dental Practice grows to Biologic and Physiologic Dentistry Your teeth and jaws are an extension decay so it can be scraped out without Dr. Yolin has been trained in the of your brain and spinal cord. Any imbal- drilling, causing less pain and discomfort. specialty of Prosthetic Dentistry but does ances caused by improper alignment of Add this to Micro-dentistry and Air not limit his practice. He utilizes hyp- the jaw (commonly referred to as dental Abrasion and it becomes true needle notherapy for dental phobic, cosmetic proprioception) can play a major role in free, mercury free filling procedure. dentistry, oral devices for snoring and all disease and pain. 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Massage, Physical or Neural Therapy, contrast microscopy, bacterial cultures fixes teeth, he treats human beings. And Pain Management, and TMD/TMJ. that will never change. There are over 230 positive studies from and anti-microbial natural oils are used Gum surgery is history, say goodbye to the drill, the pain, the noise and the needle. 81 universities in 37 countries involving in the never ending commitment to Call for a courtesy consultation 24 different dental procedures with an avoiding unnecessary gum surgery. and share the excitement at: astounding 94% success rate. This Mercury (Hg) in your saliva from Northeast Dental Associates Miracle Bite Tabs™ (MBT) & Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), included procedures as sensitive teeth, chewing? Take the chewing test and Herbert S. Yolin, D.D.S. are used to treat Dental Distress Syndrome pain control, speed of healing, periodon- have your saliva analyzed for Hg at a 1842 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02146 (DDS) as written about by Dr. Hans Selye tal disease, and others. very reasonable cost. You may not need MD, Dr. Fonder, a dentist, & others. Carisolv™ a 5 yr. old gel from Sweden, them removed. Defective amalgams are (617) 730-8989 approved by the FDA(2001) that softens removed following IAOMT protocol. DrYolin.com a mercury free office METAPHYSICS Experience The Healing Power of Music, Prayer & Meditation Christ Church Unity Christ Church Unity Wednesdays 7:00 p.m. Cnr. 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Because elec- and organic dysfunction, it is important tromagnetic radiation to identify and eliminate all other possi- in food can also be ble causative factors. These may problematic, eating organic food when- weeks after treatment, the woman include: Iodine deficiencies. Iodine is an ever possible is also recommended. regained her energy and told me, “I have important component of T4 and T3. my life back!” The weight also disap- Although dietary iodine deficiencies are Treating Hypothyroidism peared—she dropped ten pounds in now almost nonexistent in the US, some eight weeks, her skin returned to normal, people need to supplement their iodine Conventional treatment calls for patients and her mood lifted. intake with kelp, seaweed, or iodine to take an oral, synthetic form of T4. tablets. Iodine is also found in dietary Synthroid®, the most popular such med- Vitamin Supplements supplements such as Thyroid & L- ication, is used by about eight million Tyrosine Complex™ capsules, which Americans. Especially in older people Natural supplements for thyroid prob- contain other trace minerals needed for for whom the side effects can be more lems include vitamins A, B complex, optimal endocrine function—such as problematic, it is important to advance B12, C, and E; coenzyme Q10; and iodine, magnesium, zinc, copper, and the dosage slowly until TSH blood levels especially the minerals magnesium, manganese—as well as tyrosine, the pre- return to normal. This medication usual- manganese, selenium, and zinc. cursor to thyroid hormone. ly must be taken for life. Deficiencies of any of these minerals Toxicity/heavy metals. Metal toxici- I have discovered that many people can prevent the conversion of T4 to T3 ty, determined by hair analysis, can be respond better to Armour® Thyroid, and should be corrected. Sufficient pro- addressed with chelation, both intra- which is desiccated porcine thyroid. A tein, iodine and especially the amino venous and oral. Selenium sup- recent article in the New England acid tyrosine are necessary to make T4 plementation can also help remove Journal of Medicine claimed greater in the thyroid gland. heavy metals by working in conjunction improvements in mood and brain func- with glutathione peroxidase, a com- tion with Armour® Thyroid than with Conclusion pound found in asparagus, garlic, and Synthroid®. I recommend starting treat- mushrooms. A blood test can determine ment with a dose of 60-120 mg of The causes and effects of hypothy- if selenium supplementation is needed; Armour® desiccated thyroid, and then roidism are interrelated. Healthy thyroid if so, there are several options, includ- retestmg in a month. function depends on the action of other ing Semethylselenocysteine caps. One of my patients, a woman in her glands, and many key processes in turn Candida. Candida is detected using early forties, complained of fatigue depend on healthy thyroid function. stool testing for overgrowth of yeast and along with dry scalp and hair loss. She Using integrative medicine to treat these yeast antibodies. Eliminating yeast, had gained ten pounds and had irregular interrelated functional areas can offer sugar, and wheat from the diet helps to periods of depression. Because her patients tremendous benefits. starve out candida. 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I also test- can cause free-radical damage to the ed her adrenals and found that they were Reprinted with permission from Life thyroid, as has happened in Ukraine as a hypofunctioning, and thus prescribed Extension result of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor ashwagandha and Panax ginseng. Two FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 EARTH STAR 63 Instinct To Heal... Continued from page 28 Happily, in contrast with our experi- ences with chaos, we all experience pas- sages of coherence as well. They do not necessarily stand out as crowning moments of existence, such as instants of ecstasy or rapture, that leave a mark. In a laboratory in California where car- diac coherence is researched, Josh, the twelve-year-old son of one of the en- gineers, often stopped in to see his father and his team. He always brought along Mabel, his Labrador. One day, the engi- neers had the idea of measuring Josh and Mabel’s cardiac coherence. Away from each other, Josh and Mabel were in a perfectly ordinary half-chaotic, half- coherent state. As soon as they were together, they were both in a state of coherence. If they were then separated, the coherence vanished once again, almost immediately. For Josh and Mabel, merely being together generated of those who earlier stated they suffered and to prevent his physiology from get- coherence. They must have felt it intu- from insomnia still had trouble sleeping. ting carried away. In fact, he was now itively, because they were inseparable. Only one in eight who had described able to answer with more tact. He could To them, being together was surely not themselves as “tense” continued to do also find the words to neutralize his col- an extraordinary experience, but simply so. Reducing the useless waste of energy leagues’ aggression without being defen- one that constantly nurtured their emo- may really be all that is needed to restore sive tional being, something that did them natural vitality. good. Something that meant that Josh In Charles’s case, a few computer- Stress Management never wondered if he should spend his aided training sessions in coherence life with a different dog, or Mabel with a enabled him to control his palpitations. In laboratory experiences, coherence different master. Their relationship There’s nothing magic or mysterious enables the brain to work faster and brought them an inner coherence; it about his progress. Every day, he did a more accurately. In everyday life, we sounded a chord in their hearts. few exercises by himself to practice experience this as a state in which our The state of cardiac coherence influ- experiencing the feelings in his chest ideas flow naturally and effortlessly: We ences other physiological rhythms. In that go with coherence, and in between, easily find the words to say what we particular, the natural variability in he remembered to evoke these same want to say, and our movements are sure blood pressure and in respiratory feelings whenever he started noticing and effective. It is also a state in which rhythms rapidly synchronizes with car- tension building up in the course of his we adapt easily to unforeseen cir- diac coherence. These three systems day. By doing so, he considerably rein- cumstances, whatever they may be. Our operate in unison. forced the balance of his sympathetic physiology is in balance open on the This phenomenon is comparable to and parasympathetic systems. In other world, capable of finding solutions as the phase alignment of light waves in a words, he strengthened and adjusted the the need arises. Coherence, therefore, is laser beam, which, for that very reason, timing of his physiological brake. not a state of relaxation in the conven- is called “coherence.” This alignment Like a well-trained athlete’s mus- tional sense of the word: It does not provides the laser with its energy and cles, once this brake is “in shape,” it require that we cut ourselves off from power. A hundred-watt lightbulb dissi- becomes increasingly easy to use. With a the world, nor does it mean that our sur- pates its energy in every direction and finely tuned brake that can be counted roundings have to be static or even calm. loses its effectiveness, but when focused on to work at all times, our physiology On the contrary, in the state of coher- into a beam and phase-aligned, this same does not skid out of control, even when ence, we have a better hold on the out- amount of light can pierce a sheet of outside circumstances are difficult. Two side world. You could almost say that metal. The coherence of cardiac variabil- months after his first session, Charles while in coherence, we grapple hand-to- ity may save energy in the same manner. was once again practicing sports and hand with exterior circumstances, but it This focusing of energy is probably why, making love to his wife with the enthu- is a harmonious, not hostile, engage- six months after a training session in siasm that their relationship deserved. ment. cardiac coherence, eighty percent of the Facing his president, he had learned to For example, a study of five-year-old executives cited above no longer said remain focused on the sensations in his children whose parents had divorced they were “exhausted.” Only one in six chest in order to maintain his coherence helped researchers in Seattle demon- 64 EARTH STAR FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 strate the impact of the children’s physi- better immediately. We ological balance on their future develop- improve our relations ment. Three years later, those whose car- with others, our concen- diac variability was greatest before the tration, our performance, divorce—and who thus had the greatest and our bottom line. capacity to achieve coherence—were by Progressively, the ideal far the least affected by the family circumstances we are breakup. These children were also the constantly seeking begin ones who had preserved the greatest to come about on their capacity for showing affection, for coop- own, but this phenome- eration with others, as well as for con- non is almost a by- centration in their schoolwork. product, a secondary ben- Celeste explained to me how she efit of coherence. Once used the coherence of her cardiac we have mastered our rhythm very clearly. At the age of nine, own inner being, what she was terrified at the idea of changing happens in the world out- schools. A few weeks before the first day side has less of a grip on of school, she started to bite her nails, us. And we actually have refused to play with her little sister, and a better grip on our world. even got up several times during the Software programs night. When I asked what situations that measure coherence in made her most want to bite her nails, she spirit. These symptoms are typical of cardiac rhythm are used for research on replied immediately, “When I think what is generally referred to as the heart-brain system, but they can also about the new school.” Still, she learned “burnout.” While this term is frequently be used to demonstrate to anyone who very quickly, as often happens with chil- applied to work, it just as commonly doubts that one’s heart would instantly dren, to focus her mind in order to con- results from feeling trapped in an emo- react to one’s emotional state. However, trol her heart rhythm (as the computer tional relationship that saps all our ener- it is perfectly possible to create coher- software confirmed). Some time later, gy. In such situations, the most common ence within the self without a computer she told me that she was fitting into the reaction is usually to focus on external and to immediately feel its benefits in new school very well: “When I’m conditions. People say, “If only I could everyday life. To do so, you simply learn stressed, I just go into my heart and talk change my situation, I would feel much how to live with heart coherence. to the little fairy inside. She tells me that better about myself and my body would everything is going to be fine and some- function better.” In the meantime, we Reprinted from: The Instinct to Heal: Curing times she even tells me what I should say grit our teeth. We look forward to the Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Without or what I ought to do.” I smiled as I lis- coming weekend or vacation. We dream Drugs and Without Talk Therapy by David tened to her. Wouldn’t we all like to have of better days “afterwards.” Everything Servan-Schreiber, M.D., Ph.D. (c) 2003, a little fairy always at our side? will work out “after I have finally fin- 2004 by David Servan-Schreiber. Permission ished school ... after I get another job . . granted by Rodale, Inc., Emmaus, PA 18098. Managing Stress with . after the children leave home . . . after Available wherever books are sold or direct- the Heart I’ve left my husband . . . after I retire….” ly from the publisher by calling (800) 848- Unfortunately, things rarely work out 4735 or visit their website at www.rodale- The concept of cardiac coherence and like that. Similar problems are likely to store.com. the fact that it is possible to learn to eas- resurface in our new situation. The ily control it runs completely counter to dream of a Garden of Eden a little fur- conventional wisdom regarding stress ther down the road, at the next crossing, management. We know that chronic quickly becomes our main way of deal- stress produces anxiety and depression. ing with stress once again. Sadly, we It also has a negative impact on the often carry on like this till the day of our body: insomnia, wrinkles, high blood death. pressure, palpitations, backache, skin Research on the benefits of cardiac and digestive problems, chronic infec- coherence leads to a radically different tions, infertility, sexual impotence, all conclusion: The problem has to be caused or worsened by stress. turned on its head. Instead of perpetual- Ultimately, chronic stress affects social ly trying to produce ideal external cir- relations and professional performance cumstances we must begin by control- by promoting irritability, poor capacity ling what is inside-our physiology. By for listening to others, weaker con- reducing physiological chaos and maxi- centration, withdrawal, and loss of team mizing coherence, we automatically feel FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 EARTH STAR 65 NLP...Continued from page 49 fight-or-flight mechanism. There is no of the way in which you use your goal setting, and your personal and pro- way to fight or flee so it ends up as fear words?” He replied: “I certainly am, fessional development. Like riding a and stress. And that distress has an and I want to emphasize the importance bicycle, it cannot be learned from read- effect on whether they will enjoy the of that awareness in all of you. In any ing books, listening to audio CD’s or flight and look forward to the next one work, you are going to use words to viewing videos. It is best taught in a or feel so anxious that they will try to influence the psychological life of an hands-on, experiential learning envi- find ways to avoid a next flight alto- individual today; you are going to use ronment, using a blend of lecture, live gether. words to influence his/her organic life demonstrations, and supervised exer- But sitting right beside them might today; you are going to also influence cises, in a highly supportive atmos- be a person who thinks, “Well, this his/her psychological and organic life phere. NLP Practitioner training pro- means the plane is on it’s way and twenty years from now. So you had vides the opportunity to learn the Art we’re safe,” and then starts anticipating better know what you are saying. You and Science of mastering your mind, being with the friends or family that are had better be willing to reflect upon the emotions and motivations to ultimately waiting for them at their destination or words you use, to wonder what their create your destiny by tapping into your maybe a business opportunity that is meanings are, and to seek out and unconscious resources and awakening there. These thoughts will cause them your full potential. to feel good and they relax. All pathways to mastership and We are always influencing our self spiritual development express the need and others. As in the above example to heal and release the past if it is hold- much of our influence happens from ing us back. Using the most advanced our unconscious intentions. You cannot mental and emotional clearing proce- not have an influence. Imagine going to dures NLP Practitioners learn tech- a party or meeting and then remaining niques for freeing one’s self from the perfectly still, not saying or doing any- weight of the past and to begin to live a thing. Even a lack of behavior has new and vibrant life. tremendous influence on others. Most As one of the originators of NLP everyone is quite familiar with “The stated, “We were born happy. We do not Look”, that silent but deadly visual need a reason for happiness; it is our message that we got from our parents, understand their many associations.” natural state! Conditioning has caused teachers, partners or maybe you have Our thoughts determine how we us to believe that we need a reason to be perfected the “Look” to influence feel, what we say and the actions we happy, that we need to do something or someone. So the real question is— take in life. Our thinking influences the receive another’s approval to be happy. when you communicate with your self, results we get in our lives by: NLP is not about therapy, it is not about with customers/clients, family or liter- marketing, it is not about hypnosis. ally anyone—are you getting your out- • how specific and well-thought out NLP is about freedom! Freedom from come or are you impeding your out- are our outcomes and goals all the conditioning and learned beliefs come? • how we are thinking comes across that are governing our lives.” Everyone has their own, unique in what we say to people, the tone To be fully who you are capable of map or model of the world. To create and delivery of our words and how becoming, your nervous system must change for our self or to communicate and what we say to people affects be clear of not just who you are, but effectively with others, it is essential to them and what they think, say and do also who you are not. By greater con- find out how we, and others structure and perhaps most importantly, our tact of your conscious mind with your our inner map of the world and how beliefs (deep structure thought pat- ‘infinite consciousness’ (unconscious those reality maps represent our experi- terns) influence what we think about mind and Higher Self) you are trans- ence and understanding of the outer our life experience which in turn formed. Planetary healing begins with world. Since our subjective interpreta- affects what we say to ourselves and personal healing. tion of experience will determine our that affects our results as well as our objective reactions, having a greater health and well-being. Marilou and Jerry Seavey, founders of understanding of how we make mean- MindBridge Trainings, are certified NLP ing will have a direct impact on making NLP is the science of studying success, Master Practitioners and Trainers and have our message clear and our lives and then ‘re-programming’ the software been teaching NLP in the Boston area and of your mind to produce immediate and worldwide for more than 20 years. Authors enriched. positive change in all areas of your life. of Universal Mind Power, a best-seller pro- One of the ways we convert our gram from the world’s leader in audio train- experience into symbols and convey it NLP offers you the most powerful and ing programs, Nightingale-Conant, they to our selves and others is through lan- practical tools available for changing have trained with some of the brightest guage. The following question was beliefs and for achieving rapid results minds in the field of personal development asked of Dr. Milton Erickson, the world in behavioral changes, developing new and NLP. www.mindbridgetrainings.com, famous hypnotherapist: “Are you aware skills, communications, relationships, 1-800 307-9026. Please see Ad on Page 12. 66 EARTH STAR FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 Unknown... Continued from page 50 sia. Was Bruce the victim of a robbery learning curve for me, about many resulting in a slight head injury, or the things, and so it must have subcon- effects of a small cyst on his pituitary sciously affected me. However I think gland? Or perhaps, was Bruce subcon- that my core would have been the sciously reacting to the death of his same.” Bruce recently graduated from a mother a few years before? photography program and is currently working on a portfolio of portraits. Who are we without our memories? Memory loss has often been used All great questions posed by filmmaker as a narrative device in fiction films, Rupert Murray in his spellbinding new from “Spellbound” to “Memento” to documentary feature film, Unknown “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless White Male, chronicling Bruce’s Mind.” However, in Unknown White extraordinary journey. But the crux of Male director Rupert Murray seizes on this engaging and profoundly unnerv- this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ing movie is not the why, but the what. closely examine the evaporation of As the movie’s poster poses, Imagine if memory, the nature of memory itself your entire memory was suddenly and, indeed, the nature of personal wiped away. Who would you be? identity. It is a real-life psychological Would you be relieved to be free from and biological mystery. the consequences of past errors in judg- Unknown White Male was one of ment? Would you be terrified? Would behind this lucrative career. Living in a the most acclaimed discoveries at the you be excited by the possibility of cre- loft in New York’s East Village, he was 2005 Sundance Film Festival, has gone ating a whole new life for yourself? fascinated by photography and had on to intrigue crowds at the Los How about … all of the above. been studying the medium for two Angeles, Chicago and Seattle Film Filmmaker Murray, who had been years. It was a profound and portentous Festivals, and is opening in major U.S. a longtime friend of Bruce’s before the career choice, since photography is, to markets in mid-February, 2006, then accident, empathetically walks us some extent, the art of capturing the rolling out across the country. It is through Bruce’s quest, recreating the past, of capturing memories. Bruce is another offering in the emerging genre scenes of his remarkable experience in still struggling to discover who he is. of films having to do with conscious- 2003. He assembles dozens of child- Mary Warnock, the famous British ness and spirituality, a genre that some hood photos, decades of home videos, philosopher who saw the film in the have dubbed “spiritual cinema.” The extensive interviews with family mem- edit process, asked the key question genre was given an enormous boost in bers, friends, ex-girlfriends, psychia- about Doug: 2004 by the great success of the indie trists, neurologists, and philosophers— “He was the same man as he was hybrid-documentary hit, “What the and the pervasive and touching partici- before the catastrophe, but is he the Bleep Do We Know?!” pation of Bruce himself. same person?” “I have asked people We watch as Bruce constructs a what I was like before the accident,” Director Rupert Murray has been a doc- new life by retaining what he admires says Bruce, “but their memories of me umentary filmmaker since he was a about his former self while casting off are so diverse that, if anything, it makes child, constantly capturing his family what—and whom—he dislikes. It is at it more confusing. I don’t know myself. and friends on film with a Super 8 cam- once a nightmare and a dream come Maybe in a few years when I have more era. Some of this early footage was true: a chance at rebirth. experience of life, and if my memory folded into Unknown White Male. We see Bruce, now 35, play catch doesn’t come back, I’ll be able look Murray’s first job in film was making up with popular culture and current back and have a clearer idea.” There is five-minute market research videos for events, experience the serenity of a a chance he may never gain a full advertising agencies. Now he produces “first” snowfall and the bombast of fire- understanding of who he was. Memory documentaries and series, mostly for works. And we watch him reconstruct loss forces us to challenge our under- British television. “All of my home relationships with family members he standing of experience, of reason, of movies, and the sort of handmade way I does not recognize, and fall in love with reality. It may take a profound, inti- make films, all of these techniques I a woman who knows only the post- mate, creative event to help Bruce have been learning came to fruition in accident version of her lover. A high- either fully realize his former self or this film,” he says. living, jet-setting Brit, Doug Bruce had shape his new personality. been a successful stockbroker and party Bruce is quite reflective about not Unknown White Male has pro- boy living the good life in Manhattan. only his journey but how this film has foundly affected Bruce’s astonishing jour- He and his friends enjoyed social and affected that journey. “This film has ney. As a seeker, it will probably affect adventuresome forays to London, Paris, altered who I am, especially as it repre- yours, too. For more information, visit South America, the Caribbean and else- sents the majority of my remembered http://www.unknownwhitemale.com. where. In 1999, however, Bruce left life,” he says. “I think it has been a FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 EARTH STAR 67 Winter Reading Science, Soul and the 101 Ways to Have Spirit of Nature True Love in Your Life Leading Thinkers on the By Daphne Rose Kingma Restoration of Man and Creation Irene van Lippe-Biesterfeld Whether you’re looking for love or looking With Jessica van Tijn to rekindle love, “Love Doctor” Daphne In Science, Soul and the Spirit of Nature, Rose Kingma saves the day or at least gives Irene van Lippe-Biesterfeld, princess of the you the knowledge required to find, keep, Netherlands, interviews twelve respected and foster what nearly every one of us visionary thinkers, representing all conti- desires—true love. In 101 Ways to Have True Love in Your Life Kingma, nents, about their deep connection with Earth and their views on the relationship a psychotherapist with 25-years experience, leads us into the princi- between humanity and the natural world. ples of “Loving Yourself,” which provide the foundation for everything Presented as a series of thought-provoking to come. “Preparing for Love” and “Psychology and Understanding of conversations, this book delves deeply into Love” set the stage for the deeper “Communicating with the Person the many conceptions we hold about You Love” and ultimately, the powerful and intimate “Stoking the Fire.” nature, showing that while we have made great strides in the area of its preservation, we must now take the next step toward ensuring its Instead of telling us where to go in search of love, she tells us what to survival. Each contributor adds insights into the urgent change in con- do so love might more readily find us. sciousness that we must adopt in order to heal and restore the holis- tic relationship between humans and Earth that was emblematic of the Conari Press. Hardcover, $12.95. first peoples. Together these voices remind us that separation from and destruction of nature is a destruction of ourselves. The Four Spiritual Laws Bear & Company. Paper, $18.00. of Prosperity A Simple Guide to Unlimited Abundance Holland’s Grimoire of By Edwene Gaines Magickal Correspondences By Eileen Holland Edwene Gaines knows what it’s like to live with fear and deprivation. A cynical person with barely Author and Wiccan priestess Eileen Holland a dollar to her name, a young daughter to feed, spent many years collecting and cataloging and no vision for her future, she embarked on a magickal correspondences from traditions soul-searching journey that enabled her to turn and cultures around the world. Holland’s her life around. Today she lives a life of affluence Grimoire of Magickal Correspondences is the that is also rich in happiness and purpose. An ultimate resource for witches, magicians and ordained Unity minister since 1979, Gaines made a commitment to shamans, Druids, Wiccans and Santerians. share the four spiritual laws—or guiding principles—that set her on the More than five hundred topics are included, road to recovery and that continue to inspire her today. These four arranged alphabetically by intent. Topics spiritual laws which shatter the myth that success results only from range from Ability, Abundance and Abuse to hard work, exacting plans, and driving ambition, form the core of Youth, Zeal and Zodiac. An excellent compendium and resource for all Gaines’s workshops and are outlined in this book. things magickal. Rodale. Hardcover, $18.95. New Page Books/ Career Press. Paper, $18.99. Hidden Language Codes The Fasting Handbook Discard a Weak Language of Doubt Dining from an Empty Bowl and Excuse; Acquire a Vocabulary of By Jeremy Safron Power and Sovereignty For anyone living in this modern world, it is By R. Neville Johnston impossible to escape the toxins everywhere in When R. Neville Johnston was shot three times our air, water, and food, as well as the visual and in 1977, he died. But he came back knowing noise pollution that fill our minds with advertis- some things he hadn’t known before. That the ing, srress, and fear. Over time, these toxins universe is made up of vibrations for one. And build up and lead to a myriad of health prob- that some of the most meaningful vibrations lems. Fasting allows the body to heal itself. It is are the words we use in everyday thought and the practice of cleansing that allows people to press the reset button speech. Obviously it behooves us to choose on their bodies and life. In The Fasting Handbook, Jeremy Safron pres- our words with care so we can create the life ents a variety of fasts such as water, juice, soup, and raw foods, as well we want. Hidden Language Codes is a book about thought. Where we as healthy ways to cleanse certain parts of the body, from internal go in life is directly related to our mastery and command of our thoughts organs to eyes, ears, nose, skin, and blood. There are also fasts in and our language. In evolving, we naturally change the way we think. A which people can go for a period without speaking, working, interact- method of accelerating this process is to change the very words we ing with people or the media, and more. Safron also offers fasting think with. This book is the key to learning words that will improve our assistants such as herbal baths, yoga, music, sweats, and meditation. lives and giving up the ones that hold us back. Celestial Arts. Paper, $11.95. Weiser Books. Paper, $14.95. 68 EARTH STAR FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 Winter Reading Afterlife Encounters What the Bleep Ordinary People, Extraordinary Do We Know?! Experiences Discovering the Endless By Dianne Arcangel Possibilities for Altering Foreword by Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D. Your Everyday Reality Receiving communications from the By William Arntz, Betsy Chasse dead is a normal, common experience? and Mark Vicente Who says? It’s all in a new book by What the Bleep Do We Know?! Is a Dianne Arcangel, a former hospice book of amazing science. With the chaplain, psychotherapist for a psychi- help of more than a dozen research atric hospital, and director of the and theoretical scientists, it takes the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Center in reader through the looking glass of Houston. Arcangel wrote Afterlife quantum physics into a universe that Encounters to share the results and sto- is more bizarre and alive than ever ries from her landmark five-year, international study of people who imagined. Then it takes you beyond, into the outer edges of our scientific have had life-changing visitations from their deceased loved ones. knowledge of consciousness perception, body chemistry and brain structure. Afterlife Encounters combines inspiring personal accounts with impres- What is thought made of? What is reality made of? And most importantly, how sive research showing the profound healing effects of afterlife contact does a thought change the nature of reality? This is a book that shows you not for people in grief. Arcangel categorizes the types of afterlife encoun- the path, but the endless possibilities. ters people experience, gives six conditions for evidence of survival beyond bodily death, and provides wise guidance for helping the Health Communications, Inc. Hardcover, $26.95. bereaved come to terms with their loss. How Animals Talk Hampton Roads. Paper, $15.95. And Other Pleasant Studies of Birds and Beasts By William J. Long Magickal Crafts Foreword by Rupert Sheldrake By Kristin Madden and Liz Roberts Preface by Marc Bekoff Filled with beautiful, magickal crafts and delicious Many sources have commented on the silent recipes, Magickal Crafts is a book for everyone, communication abilities of pets, but never before from experienced crafispeople to those that are and not since the first publication of this classic all thumbs. You’ll learn how to become open to book in 1919 has the subject of animal telepathy your own creativity and allow it to manifest, and in the wild been so fully researched. How to make unique crafts for celebrations marked on Animals Talk explores the phenomenon of vocal, silent, and even the Wheel of Life. Madden and Roberts show us motionless communication among animals. Long explores numerous how to create special gifts and mouth-watering examples of animal behavior that defy conventional explanation, and delicacies, or design and wear fun clothes, as seen in the context of his work, unexplained human abilities such as well as body oils and henna body art. There are telepathy and premonition seem normal rather then paranormal. also dozens of photos to guide the reader through the projects. Bear & Company. Paper, $18.00. New Page Books. Paper, $14.99. I Ching for Beginners Harvest for Hope A Modern Interpretation A Guide to Mindful Eating of the Ancient Oracle By Jane Goodall By Mark McElroy With Gary McAvoy and Gail Hudson Offering guidance to emperors, generals, and The renowned scientist who fundamen- kings for millennia, the I Ching remains a pow- tally changed the way we view primates erful oracle and continues to shape the con- and our relationship with the animal king- sciousness and fate of one of Earth’s oldest dom now turns her attention to an and most vibrant civilizations—China. However, incredibly important and deeply personal many Western seekers find its symbolism and issue—taking a stand for a more sustain- outdated metaphors a challenge to interpret. able world. In this provocative and Mark McElroy reverently recasts the I Ching’s encouraging book, Jane Goodall sounds ancient ideas into everyday terms, making it a clarion call to Western society, urging us fast and easy to apply its enduring wisdom to contemporary life. For to take a hard look at the food we pro- each of the I Ching’s sixty-four passages, McElroy provides a summa- duce and consume—and showing us ry, study questions, and keywords, and explains how the message how easy it is to create positive change. relates to relationships, love, work, and projects. Also included are directions for creating and interpreting hexagrams. Warner Books. Hardcover, $24.95. Llewellyn. Paper, $1 2.95. FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 EARTH STAR 69 New Rules Floral Acupuncture Polite Musings from a Timid Observer Applying the Flower Essences By Bill Maher of Dr. Bach to Acupuncture Sites by Deborah Craydon, C.F.E.P., On the forefront of today’s most influential & Warren Bellows, Lic.Ac. comedians, Bill Maher is one of the few who can shape public debate, making people laugh In Floral Acupuncture, the first book to while opening their eyes to the sobering truth of link the flower essences of Dr. Bach what’s really happening around them. New to acupuncture points, certified flower Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer is a essence practitioner Deborah collection of brand new editorials setting forth Graydon and licensed acupuncturist Maher’s inimitable rules for a better world. With his trademark incisiveness and wit, Maher tack- Warren Bellows have combined their les everything from the serious to the absurd, skewering the people, expertise to present an innovative and politicians, and little annoyances in life that make him angry, exasper- highly effective holistic method to ated, and downright baffled. New Rules is Maher’s hilarious and treat body, mind, and spirit. Floral Acupuncture thoroughly explains this thought provoking attempt at bringing back those old-fashioned time groundbreaking form of alternative healing. The process is simple and wasters: courtesy, consideration, and common sense. effective. By applying floral essences to acupuncture points and fol- Rodale. Hardcover, $24.95. lowing the careful instruction of this practical manual, everyone can experience the healing benefits of acupuncture gently and efficiently The Fog with flowers instead of needles. The book provides instructions for application and self-diagnosis, and includes treatments for common A Never Before Published Theory of the Bermuda Triangle conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression, and loneliness. Beautifully By Rob MacGregor and Bruce Gernon illustrated with full-color photography. The Crossing Press. Paper, $16.95. Is there an explanation for the thousands of people who have disappeared in the Bermuda Sudden Awakening Triangle? What can we learn from Charles Into Direct Realization Lindbergh, Christopher Columbus, and Bruce By Eli Jaxon-Bear Gernon—the co-author of this book—who have survived their frightening encounters in this Sudden Awakening is based on ancient teach- region? The Fog presents Gernon’s exciting ings and years of contemplation, and puts spiri- new theory of the Bermuda Triangle, based tual awakening in a larger context of the next upon his firsthand experiences, reports of other evolutionary leap for humankind and the possi- survivors, and scientific research. Gernon and MacGregor intelligently bility of stopping the destruction of the world. It discuss how a meteorological phenomenon, electronic fog, may is a practical guide for those who have already explain the bizarre occurrences in this region: equipment malfunctions, had deep experiences but want to be estab- disorientation among pilots, and time distortions. They also explore the lished in the truth in the midst of every day life. fascinating history of this infamous region and its potential link to Eli Jaxon-Bear, a teacher in the self-realization Atlantis, UFO sightings, and a secret navy base on Andros Island. lineage of Sri Ramana Maharshi, offers insight into the nature of the true spiritual quest and shows the traps and confirming signs along the way. Llewellyn. Paperback , $12.95. H.J. Kramer. Paper, $12.95. Addiction to Love Oracles Of The Dead Overcoming Obsession and Dependency Ancient Techniques for in Relationships Predicting the Future By Susan Peabody By Robert Temple Hope and recovery are lifelines for any addict. For Many methods for predicting the future, such as love addicts, that support can be found in Addiction tarot, runes, the I Ching, and other divinatory ora- to Love: Overcoming Obsession and Dependency in cles, can be traced back to ancient cultures. Robert Relationships. Newly revised and updated, it Temple examines the Creek and Roman traditions remains the resource for any love addict who is and techniques of divination and compares them to desperate for help. A recovering love addict herself, those of ancient China. He reveals the real physical Peabody speaks from the heart of experience as location of the “hell” of the ancient Creeks—known she describes in explicit detail the variety of ways this disorder plays in antiquity as the Oracle of the Dead and used for seances intended to out, from the obsessively doting love addict to the addict who can’t contact the spirits of the dead—and provides photographs from his explo- disentangle from an unhealthy, destructive relationship. Addiction to rations there. Relating them to the ancient belief in the Oracle of the Dead, Love is not a dry analysis of the psychological underpinnings of love Temple examines the various mysteries associated with Delphi and the addiction, but rather a straightforward explanation of this painful disor- other oracles of the ancient world and explains how they were used to der and what can be done to help the afflicted. This easy-to-follow allow visitors to experience contact with the divine. Furthermore, his exam- recovery program makes it possible for anyone to create nurturing, ination of the Chinese oracular system shows how the latest developments safe, and fulfilling relationships. in science are validating the system of the I Ching. Celestial Arts. Paper, $12.95. Destiny Books. Paper, $19.95. 70 EARTH STAR FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 Ecoshamanism Beyond The Indigo Children Sacred Practices of Unity, Power and Earth Healing The New Children and the By James Endredy Coming of the Fifth World By P. M. H. 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All of these T he medical explanation for cold and flu symptoms The renowned anthropologist and writer, actions have a profound effect on our identifies viruses and bac- Joseph Campbell, stated that “all human health and well-being. teria as the culprits for our beings have three essential questions we fever, achy body and seek to answer: Why am I here? What is Your Bodily Environment runny nose. What is not often explained the purpose of my life?, and Where do I Our bodies have both an internal and is the influence our environment, emo- go when I die?” In order to answer these external environment we need to be tional states and our spirituality have on questions we must form our worldview, mindful of. Externally, the amount of whether we are vulnerable to noise, stress, pollution, weather getting sick – or not! To under- and amount of exertion or work stand the cause and effect of we do affects our health directly colds and flu, we have to have a through our internal nervous and larger perspective on the fac- immune systems. Our internal tors that contribute to whether chemical environment allows or or not we get sick or stay well. prevents germs from finding a When dealing with colds and friendly home in our blood flu here are some simple things stream, allowing them to multi- to pay attention to. ply and spread. It is important to make the connection between Your Emotions how we are crafting our internal Abraham Maslow identified environment with what we are that aside from basic survival eating, drinking, how much rest and safety needs, we possess an and sleep we get, as well as the innate drive to belong, develop thoughts, both positive or nega- self-esteem and actualize our tive that we are thinking each authentic selves. While it might day. seem that exposure to more There is no single cause of people is an invitation for any health condition. Colds and viruses to make us sick, a study flu’s are multi-dimensional conducted by the University of because we as human beings are Pittsburgh found the exact multidimensional. By under- opposite might be true. standing and applying the emo- According to the study, people tional, spiritual and environ- with one to three social roles such as a set of values also referred to as our mental cause and effects of colds and parent, child, friend, etc., are over four spirituality. Spirituality can be broadly flu’s you can prevent them from affect- times more likely to get sick than those defined as the things we hold, important ing your life. with six or more social roles. This may and sacred, the relationship we form be caused by the relationship between with others and with the world around Georgianna Donadio D.C., M.Sc., Ph.D., has the immune system and the self-esteem us. One of the most important aspects of conducted a private practice in Whole Person we experience as a result of our interac- our spirituality and creating a life of Health Care since 1976 and is the Founder tions with others. The more positive meaning and fulfillment is to set bound- and Director of The New England School of Whole Health Education. For more informa- social interactions we experience, the aries. The boundaries we set are codes tion, visit www.wholehealtheducation.org. greater our self-esteem and the more we of conduct relating to how we behave enhance our immune function. toward ourselves and others, how we eat, 74 EARTH STAR FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006 Coming to Theaters Near You - February 2006 For more information visit: www.whatthebleep.com
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