Money Healing: This Is A Post About Money

This is a post about $$$ – and the Shift to Wealth that is happening right now.

This past June I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Italy with my family. This trip, plus three and a half months I spent in Hawaii last fall have been the most life changing events in my life – each time I travel is a bookmark, a turning point in my story.

Traveling has always showed me what it is to live an alternative lifestyle. I graduated college and I could think of no better way to find who I am than to completely lose myself in another country, in the French public school system mainly, teaching English to elementary school kids. I loved feeling like a foreigner and speaking another language. My creativity that spring soared. I created notebooks of collages, I got into vinyl records, and attended film festivals month after month at the historic theater in downtown Nantes. It was a renaissance for me. I had so little and was creating so much and learning about what I wanted on a blank canvas. That trip sowed seeds for what I would do in my career with health without a doubt.

With travel we discover there is an unlimited way we humans can choose to live. A new place equals a new lifestyle. We get to reinvent. We expose ourselves purposely to adopt these ways of other cultures. Whether we stay a while or return home, we always bring a piece of that culture with us, adopting a new way of life.

I have always known myself to be a creative person capable of making a creative life. I started acupuncture school when I was twenty-four because I liked that I could be creative in how I healed people and I could run my own schedule. And I loved the Chinese characters and little boxes and little pins in my acupuncturist’s tidy little office. I want to be surrounded by beauty and foreign-ness like this.

I have also always believed health is the answer to wealth.
Having clarity about who you are and what your purpose is means you can make a difference in the world and therefore make money. Big money. Acupuncture opened all the doors for me like that. Old beliefs washed away. I kept picturing myself as the woman in one of my collages, looking out the window of her airplane, looking fly as hell.

I have plans to return to Hawaii for some time. Brazil too for some soul work with the shamans in the Amazonian rainforest. Maybe sooner than that: the Puzhao Buddhist Temple up on Mt. Qingcheng in Western China, where I can study Chinese Medicine, Chinese Classical Literature and Qi Gong with master practitioners.

My ultimate goal is to be able to work remotely wherever I want, and pay off all debt in my sleep. YES!!! However my dream to keep on traveling this year sank to a pang in my chest. When I came back from Italy, a trip that was most expenses paid, I hit the reality that I just couldn’t afford the time off work. I had bill after bill for two whole weeks after that leaving me $15 for groceries (and this is given the fact that I don’t even pay rent or car expenses right now). I was lucky my uncle was in town and handed me $70 after I gave him an acupuncture treatment on the living room couch. Very lucky.

I basically came to the realization that even with my love for acupuncture, something I will practice the rest of my life, that I pretty much have to practice it for the rest of my life. There’s no retirement plan or exit strategy. There’s a certain number of hours per week I must tend to the illness and pain in people and I must do this until I am an ambulatory 90-year-old woman. I only make money when I work. If I don’t work I don’t make money. My patients need more support and so do I.
 
I heard of this thing called residual income a long time ago when I was researching business opportunities. It was something the online coaches were doing. They told me I had to design my own website, write 4 or 5 books about the blogs I would be doing on the website I would have created. Then they told me writing and selling contracts to a long term program would be the fix to everyone’s problems, selling at premium prices, doing workshops and masterminds last. I didn’t see how this was at all possible for me to do. Having the time investment first, then having the cred to sell something at a higher price point in a fledgling launch. Plus getting a community interested, getting these products to sell once they were completed, and doing it all myself…??
 
Moreover, as part of this research I hired a business coach for $8,000 dollars – on credit. So I basically maxed out a credit card for her to help me with this strategy and she didn’t help me at all. I resented those $300+ monthly payments. I needed a return on my investment. I needed money YESTERDAY basically. I was working for it, but getting no results, and I just watched her take my money. I found out later that year she moved to Bali because she too, was burnt out.
 
To accomplish the residual income thing I’ve tried a schedule of barely working to working endlessly around the clock to produce my “website, program, and books” of my “passion project” and nothing got me closer to residual. Everything had an investment of some kind that I couldn’t afford. I did my best with what I had. As I said, I needed money yesterday. It’s hard to be creative when you’re drowning in student loans, credit card debt, and health insurance you literally don’t use. I was depressed. My wanderlust was squashed in these first years of my practice.
 
The silver lining is that a couple months ago I found a way to make residual income (think 64 paychecks a year). It’s doing something that’s actually changing people’s health a full 180. I can work remotely and get paid in my sleep and support massive social change around the health and wellness movement.
 
I’m looking for other thought leaders and entrepreneurs like me who are motivated to do something like this. The investment is very small to buy. I want to work with people who are passionate, excited about what they do, and excited to live their dreams. I want to work with people who are ready to make a massive impact and take things to the next level. I have my bags packed and the jet fuel to launch – are you in? Comment Yes in the comments below or send me an email: [email protected]
collage by @mr. babies on instagram

5 Spring Wellness Tips

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Spring can be spiky. Here are some tips.

Spring is here! Sort of! Wait winter. No spring! Flowers! Snow. Warm breeze! Freezing wintery mix.

Transitioning into Spring can be a lot for people. There’s always changes in the weather and the activity, not knowing where the energy is best directed. Things are slow to start, and there’s impatience and a sense of a surge, a rush, a need to get somewhere, grow somewhere, like the little buds on the trees.

There can also be mood swings, anger, and frustration or just plain depression for people with cranky liver chi navigating through all this.

Despite putting lemons in my water each morning, stretching and some seated meditation, crossing some needed things off my to-do list, I find the spring to be one of the more sneaky seasons that can get the best of me if I am not careful and mindful of the spring energy.

My health has historically had cranky issues in the spring, or the ‘Wood Phase’ of five

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How tunnel vision feels.. somewhat of a magical kaleidoscope!

element acupuncture. I have floaters in my eyes after looking at bright lights, dizziness if I stand up too fast, and occasional migraines.

I know these symptoms occur after a couple days of not sleeping well, not having enough water, not eating proper foods, or going too hard on a night out. As a woman, bleeding on the heavier side every month, menstrual issues also contribute to these signs and symptoms of blood deficiency, or Liver yin deficiency.

So what are some methods for dealing with the Liver, the official in charge of the smooth flow of chi, the storage of blood, the sinews and tendons, clear sight in the eyes, and the overall energy that is rising up in nature and in our bodies?

And not forgetting the Gall Bladder, the yang to the Liver’s yin, in charge of wise decision, proper perspective, and just action? The back and forth decision making, lack of decision making, lack of action, are things found under the realm of Gall Bladder’s ability to carry out the orders of the Liver. The Gall Bladder is the envoy of the General.  Who has the plans and the gall (hardy-har) to carry out the fresh plans springing forth for this new cycle?

Here are some things I always recommend to my patients:

DRINK WATER:

I recommend people drink at least two water bottles full of water a day, ideally more. Water moistens the eyes, sinews, and blood for smoother flow of chi.  It improves mood, energy, and stamina.

On a whole, people don’t drink enough water. Sugary drinks actually overwork the Liver, messing up our metabolism and making us more dehydrated. Simple, yummy water with cucumbers or charcoal powder (so good!), lemon, spirulina for alkalinity, are the best sizzurp to slurp while you kill it in your workaday or weekend mode.

 

STRETCH:

With the weather constantly changing from cold to warm again, contracting and expanding, it’s important to find balance through stretching major muscle groups and tendons around the major articulations of the joints, especially at the groin as the Liver sinew meridian binds there.

Do some lunges with the arms up such as the warrior series in yoga, especially Peaceful Warrior  which is sort of a backbend, helping to open up the diaphragm and regulate breathing (for example, if patients come in taking big heaving sighs every so often I know they have some congestion in their Liver constricting in the diaphragm. It’s a sign they have a lot of stress!).

Stretching helps get things moving again. This is not unlike the trees getting their sap from the ground to start growing again. As you see them bend more in the wind you know they are returning to life – just like you after a good stretching session!

If you have a specific area that is in pain, spend ten extra minutes on the floor with a towel, on a foam roller, or on a yoga mat getting into a position that helps stretch this area and make it feel good and alive. Stay away from ice as it’s too contracting and more often yields more pain. Drink water.

Overall take time to stretch before and after your gym session, take a yoga class, get outside and get moving again to start aligning your body with the energy.

 

MODERATE YOUR VICES:

Because of all the rising chi, and its affects on our mood, our body, and our plans for spring, it’s a great idea to moderate the things that get you off track in your plans.

Excess sugar, overly rich oily/greasy foods, excess alcohol, weed, prescription pain killers and the like need to be reduced or in some cases eliminated. Listen to what your body needs.

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Naked meditating never hurt anyone!

It’s not a coincidence that many religions incorporate a fasting or abstinence period during this time of year. You may be feeling more sensitively to these things now as the Liver, in this season, is in charge of metabolizing and moving these things all around the body. Nutritionally, this is especially true for oils and sugars. Have berries, lemons, cilantro, parsley, seeds and nuts, salmon, and things that detox the blood and get you your omega 3s and 6s. If you lose a lot of blood each month, or have some of the descriptions I described of myself above, take an iron supplement with your meal.

The result is that you will be feeling more alert, awake, clear headed and responsive to the ups and downs of spring with the weather, the frustrations of things not going as planned, and its resulting mood swings. I find the mood swings in spring to be brutal and having no rhyme or reason, they just come in like a gust of wind and leave just as quickly, however if the blood is vital, our mood and energy cycles are less erratic and the season can be experienced with more ease.

 

GO TO BED BY 11PM:

I know this sounds crazy to many. I am a night owl more than a spring chicken myself, and this is not an easy one for me. But it’s a good one to put on this list. The night time is the time the Liver and Gall Bladder store and clean the blood, going to bed by this time can help them do their job more effectively. Do your best to finish eating dinner by 8pm so the digestion has time to deliver the nutrients to the blood, then be horizontal in bed by 11 so these organs can move the blood into the Liver to be stored and cleaned while we sleep. The result for my body has been waking up refreshed and clear, feeling less groggy and heavy. In the Chinese medicine clock, the Gall Bladder has its hours between 11 and 1AM and the Liver from 1-3AM.

 

DREAM BIG:

This is the time of year to take some of your big dreams to seed. This is the year of the Rooster as well, which is about planning properly and giving everything its due process. It may not all be able to happen in one year, but the first part will!

Look at your calendar. What do you want to have finished one month from now, accomplished three months, six months, a year from now?

What are your plans? What decisions need to be made right now so you can plant your spring crops for harvest season in the fall? What needs to go? What can be added?

The Spirit of the Liver official is the hun which governs our imagination and dreams. It leaves us during sleep and goes to a different place where we have dreams and returns in the morning so we remember what we have dreamt. It comprises all of life- whatever can be seen or imagined is by extension real and can be manifested. All of life’s greatest inventions and technologies, all of the things we take for granted in this life like asphalt and potato peelers were once a dream of some individual who made a big impact. Let yourself dream big for your life. Don’t share this with anyone, just store it in your heart and use it as fuel to set things in motion. We all need a dream and a purpose pulling us forward. And it never ends. After it’s one thing, it’s the next thing. What we are in charge of is this, right now. The right decision, the right action, and the right direction (Gall Bladder) to take us freely and directly to our bliss.

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That uplifted, invigorated feeling is a hallmark of spring feva’ – that can-do, anything-is-possible, conquer-the-world Springtime High. It’s like the feeling of being wonderfully, happily inebriated at the bar with your friends except even better than that because everything on your to-do list is done, the hangover just-let-me-die-feeling never arrives, and you are ready for what awesome thing will be conquered next in your Dream-life.

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Good Morning Third Eye: Sixth Chakra Meditation

I have been amazed over the past ten days in Hawaii how differently my day goes when I take the time to get myself grounded in the morning versus just going straight into my work routine or straight into dealing with the logistics of the day. It has been the difference of a great day versus a horrible day.

I’m not telling you that if you do these things you will automatically have a good day, but I am saying that it will make your day substantially better with a substantially better outcome for your mind and spirit. The Law of Attraction is always at work! So we need to maintain the magnetic wavelengths we are putting out into the world.

I can’t underscore enough how important it is to have a spiritual practice. For a healer it is hands-down the most essential tool you will ever have, yet for most people, it is some what of a novel idea, or something they would like to try but don’t know where to start or why it’s so important. Or they have just gone through a difficult time emotionally or have a crisis in their health where they would like to treat and nurture their spirit more strongly to get through it.

Obviously don’t have to be a healer or a spiritual person to have a practice to help you and see the value there is in connecting to yourself. Maybe you already have one but don’t see it as spiritual, like going to the gym every morning, or walking the dog.

What this ritual does is creates a line between your heart and mind to that of your higher spiritual centers (the 8th, 9th and 10th chakras) so guidance is more clear, intuition is more accurate, and manifestation more effective.

That all being said, this week I changed my ritual somewhat and did a Sixth Chakra meditation which I want to share with you. I wanted to move through some of my fears and uncertainty about Hawaii and see into the future! Yes it is possible to do this with my help.

 

I will now explain this process for how you can have ‘the Sight’ and do the same. 

[Contraindications for this meditation are being in intense stages of Grief, psychological or physical trauma.]

  • The first and most essential step you must do is to quiet the mind for at least 5-10 minutes until a steady concentration or focus is achieved. You will know intuitively how long you need.

For most of us, especially if we are just starting, it will take yoga, a concerted period of stretching, or a long session of physical activity like running or weight lifting (or another physical other activity) to calm the nervous system enough and be connected to the breath in the body enough for the mind to relax.

I remember in my beginning yoga days when I was first starting to learn about my body as a vehicle to attain inner focus, mastery, and spirituality, I had to take a full 60- or 90-minute session of yoga before I could even begin to focus my mind. Even then, I had to let it be in and out of focus in svasana and not have any attachment (read: frustration) to its nature.

The muscles of the eyes, forehead, neck and face are normally overactive during the day interacting with people, processing things, using our senses and awareness for things, critical thinking and problem solving. Therefore we must take this 5-10 minute initiation and grounding period to sense our whole body, the comfortable with the uncomfortable parts. Then bring the light of our awareness with lovingkindness to soften and release the tension from our energy body – stuff we don’t want to get in the way of our vision quest.

  •  The next step is to look into the center of your forehead into the third eye.

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Imagine your eyeball cut horizontally in half. There is actually a vessel called the hyaloid canal which does this, pictured above. This sensation is what activates your subconscious. You are not only able to visualize but to feel this kinetically.

As you close your eyes, experiment with your chi – your moving life force inside your body. Bring your attention to the back of your eyeball and to the front of your eyeball, then the top of your eyeball and to the bottom of your eyeball. Notice what happens when you bring your attention to all these places.

It’s almost as if you were pooling and moving your blood to measure the difference if that helps as a visual. If you don’t feel this, at least imagine it and the feeling sensation will soon start to grow stronger.

Likely you find that there’s a stronger sensation that is relaxing when you visualize this ‘blood’ (or chi) moving to the lowest/lowest-back part of the eyeball.

Some yoga instructors I have heard will give instructions to “look downward” with eyes closed and aim your eyesight as going under the “curtain” of your eyelid. 

Once you lower your eyes into this space and make a laser beam that could bore a hole through your third eye – the space lying between your eyebrows. You may find this space can go on and on forever.

You should really feel a difference once you have accessed this kinesthetically.

  • Now you will be able to receive input in the form of visions. This is like your imagination except you can see hints of it in the form of physical shapes, colors, feelings, or other ‘knowing’ input from your body.

Psychic coaches will have you visualize a screen here in your third eye. I like the image of a movie theater inside someone’s mansion. You know, the ones on MTV’s cribs with a few plush leather chairs in front and a velvet curtain with gold tassels pulled back from the screen. This is what I use for my psychic viewing screen. Everyone’s ‘screen’ will be different.

When I did this for my Hawaii move earlier this week I was able to see various things show up on my screen. Where would I live, where would I be. What would I do. What kind of transportation would I have. I didn’t think about these subject matters individually so much as having the overall intention of the viewing be what my living situation here would look like.

Because I am out of practice with this somewhat, the images that appeared were in bits and pieces, had no order to them, arriving more as flickers of something recognizable but were enough for me to see the most important things overall.

I was already in a relaxed state from meditating the previous twenty minutes so the images that I saw were real and observable on my screen.

Try to treat this process like you would if you were attending an avant garde filming. You don’t know what to expect, you’re just laying back in your seat and passively watching the show without reasoning or trying to make sense of the images or otherwise controlling what you are seeing. Let the images be and let them move and pass as they please. Treat it like you are really at the movies without knowing what scene you will see next.

If an image comes up that is confusing or muddled,  keep coming back to the image and place of the the filming screen, keep sending your laser beam of light out your forehead, and keep going under the ‘curtain.’ Send the confusing image through the light reel and let a new one show up. Keep asking your spirit guides to clarify any images or symbols for you and try to surrender to the process as much as possible because it will take practice.

It will also take practice getting to know your own symbols and your own messages which are unique to you from your subconscious. Doing this exercise is like watching a dream where you do a dream analysis after you ‘wake up.’

After this meditation, you will remember certain things about your visualization but not others. That’s okay. The more you practice this the easier it will become.

I learned a lot from doing this meditation and found it very calming to my mind, cleansing for my body, and easeful for my soul. When I felt like I had received enough images, that the images slowed down in frequency or that I was getting tired I let myself rest and moved comfortably out of my position, stretching my legs and arms and rolling onto my side (it’s best if you do this meditation sitting or lying down and facing up so Spirit can better access your Heart and your third eye).

Overall I felt a lot more confidence in myself, courage to take the next step, and happiness at all that God and my Angels have in store for me! 

Leave a comment below after you have tried this and let me know what you experienced or if you have any questions about it. I want to hear from you!

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#LifeInHonolulu – A Déjà Vu That Is Forever

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Today marks Day 2 of #LifeInHonolulu – in starting my life, starting my life over, whatever you wanna call it, it’s starting to feel like all the same thing.

My astrologer back in April said that Saturn had moved into the first house of my chart (marked by my trip to coastal California mid-October last year) – auguring a pretty literal birth of my body, mind, and spirit. It’s a rare astrological reset that showed up in my chart.

He said everything needed to be reinvented. New hair, new body, new business card, new location, new brand, new everything.

So here I am, taking the advice and moving into my astrological coordinates. That is to say, in the cartographic location of my Moon’s north node. (Everyone has a North and South node in their astrological chart – the South node contains the themes of our past life experiences; the North node indicates themes we need to realize or promote in this lifetime.)

Having moved to Honolulu three days ago, I am still working with quite a bit of fear and anxiety which I have been mitigating through action: doing online research, reaching out to contacts, making time for lots of prayer, visualization, taking proper rest and food.

(Digressing just a little, the food here is amazing. Those half-an-hour trips I was taking to to go to H-Mart, the nearest Asian market in DC, are now a thing of the past. All the Asian goods I love are in every aisle in all the grocery stores here pretty much. A Chinese nutritional heaven!!)

Things I have to do are: buy a car, find a job, find a place to live, and I have to do it mostly on my own. I’ve done this once before in another country…I just need to keep reminding myself that I am wiser, stronger, and more dynamic than all the fears my mind is constantly recapitulating. What helps is to remind myself of all the gifts I have to give and all the ways I can serve people instead of feeling bogged down by the minutiae.

This morning… I opened my eyes at 6:30am. I woke up from a dream where I found soggy wads of money on the ground…

As I lay there in the dawn, various waves of feeling came over me, on a Soul level. This island of Oahu resonates with me on a level I can only barely explain here.

Driving away from the airport in the rental car shuttle as I was first taking in the views, I felt like I had been here before. It felt like I was coming into an alternate hometown of Washington, DC, the same home in a land somewhere else (to my mother’s dismay I’m sure). My first cousin Jennifer who lives here with her husband explained to me that this feeling was “the island welcoming me.”

Chinese medicine states that from the hours of 3am-7am of the Lung and Large Intestine officials in the element of Metal augment a thinner veil between the physical and the spiritual. Therefore spiritual guidance, strong intuitions, inner wisdom, dreams or grief we need to process, or stark spiritual encounters become more apparent at this time.

I wrote in my journal this morning:

I’ve been dreaming a lot. All the details of finding a place and living here feel overwhelming right now.

Yet it feels also surreal, like all these dreams I forgot I dreamed are resurfacing

Like a déjà vu that lasts for hours.

Dreams already dreamed, lives already lived.

I’ve already been here and dreamed in a life here. It feels like I’m walking into a layers of my existence.

It’s like watching a kid’s cartoon from your childhood and feeling everything you felt as a child when you first watched it flood back to you again.

Except it’s ongoing, and all these other things, being recalled.

Seeing your soul’s growth in slow motion and real time.

I’m experiencing a part of myself that is happening now and in the future and in the past,

and on and on.”

 

I’ll no doubt keep you in this loop as to what comes of this mysterious island in the Pacific Ocean – at this lunar coordinate of my life – so in the stars, so in the sea, finding my cove on the rock.

Check back again soon!! <3