Journey to Wellness
Hello Springtime! Glorious, awesome Spring, my favorite time of the year.
This morning as I turned on my trusted friend, my computer, and sat down to write this text for the April Journey to Wellness newsletter, I looked out the window at my lovely patio. One day I must take a photo of the magnificent view outside the window beside my desk. I have lovely large containers of beautiful geraniums on my patio, and they are providing a mass of beautiful colors.
As I was observing the beauty of the flowers, I noticed several birds playing - darting about - in an area under the eave of my patio cover. Yes, I'll bet you guessed it, they are busily building a nest. It is a scene repeated all over the world, every spring.
I think the reason I love spring so much is that it is an example of how the earth and everything in nature goes through cycles of change and periods of renewal. We human beings are no exception. In the plant and animal kingdom this renewal is more or less automatic. In the case of our species those periods of renewal and rebirth are at our choice. That is really what self-healing is all about. You and I have our hand on the on-off switch.
I have spent the last three months busily writing, re-writing, editing, and re-editing a new book. I am very excited about it. I only know part of the name of the book so far. Hopefully by the time another issue of this newsletter rolls around I can share more details.
Suffice it to say at this point that it will contain everything I have learned in the last 20 years of my healing journey. I can only tell you that everyone who has ever been inspired by anything I have written will find this book exhilarating, informative and motivating.
As they say in the media, STAY TUNED!
I hope this issue of Journey to Wellness includes something that helps you deal with whatever challenges you may have.
Please remember that Journey to Wellness is intended to be interactive. I hope you will consider sharing with other readers anything that stirs your psyche. If it is meaningful to you, it will no doubt be meaningful to other readers. Just send your contribution to THIS e-mail address.
For me it has been addictive. Jonas is a troubadour type spiritual seeker. He travels the U.S. in a Jeep, finding people and stories. Sometimes in a city, sometimes in rural America; any one any where is a candidate to be featured. Each show presents the story of one person, and their own spiritual quest.
Jonas divides each program into three categories. Breakdown (a wake-up call). Breakthrough (where things come together and we learn who we are). Integration (where we do the work and apply what we have learned).
Each episode of In Deep Shift really speaks to my soul. I can easily see it as a metaphor for my own life journey. My MS challenge (my breakdown). Through trial and error learning to reverse my MS and develop my own spiritual path (my breakthrough). Being driven to help others experience their own breakthrough (my integration).
After writing the above I read a post from Oprah that today's Deep Shift was the finale of this series. I hope it will return.
Here's a quote about gratitude from my new book.
Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has—as opposed to a consumer-oriented emphasis on what
one wants or needs. Gratitude has been getting a great deal of attention in recent years as a facet of positive psychology.
Studies show that we can deliberately cultivate gratitude, and can increase our well-being and happiness by doing so. In
addition, grateful thinking—and especially expression of it to others and/or writing it down—is associated with increased
levels of energy, optimism, and empathy.
The following is from my friend, Natalie Ledwell, co-founder of Mind Movies:
I often talk about the importance of gratitude when it comes to manifesting your greatest desires. So today I want to share a quick gratitude exercise that will help to create more balance, love and peace in your life.
The exercise is to simply go on a 'gratitude walk’.
You basically take a walk for 5, 10 or even 20 minutes and you dedicate 100% of that time to gratitude. You consciously think of all the things you appreciate in your life, notice all of the beauty and natural gifts that surround you and simply reflect on how lucky you are to have the life that you have.
Not only will you feel AWESOME, you’ll also notice an increased level of fulfillment.
In fact, in a study conducted on a group of people who practiced daily gratitude for just 3 weeks, it was measured that they had a 25% higher satisfaction toward life! They exercised more, drank alcohol less, and their friends and families noticed that they were more pleasant to be around. And the effects lasted for several months past the initial 3 week study!
So remember to always show appreciation for the things, people and opportunities that exist in your life. And go on . . . why don’t you take a gratitude walk this week? I dare ya :)
Yours in gratitude,
Natalie ~ Mind Movies
Finding Our Life Path
Have you found your life's path? What is your purpose?
I was listening recently to John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of the phenomenally successful Whole Foods, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey on Super Soul Sunday.
He talked about defying his family who wanted him to go to medical or law school, and he instead choose to become a grocer, specializing in healthy, "whole," unprocessed foods .
He wanted to have a source for "real" foods like those we ate before frozen dinners, General Mills, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Duncan Hines, Campbell, Green Giant, etc. etc. etc. With almost no money or credit, he started Whole Foods 34 years ago, and now it has become a worldwide, sensationally-successful corporation. Whole Foods' over 85,000 employees attest to Fortune Magazine's awarding them recognition as one of the top 100 employers world wide. Wow! That is truly a success story of monumental proportions.
John is a deeply spiritual person, and has built Whole Foods on spiritual principles. If you ever have a chance to see a rerun of that interview on Oprah's OWN network, be sure to make time to watch and listen. I promise you will be glad you did.
After listening to John, I considered my own life's path. I will not bore you with my life's story (I'm going to do that in an up-coming book, but suffice it to say that I came into this world to be a teacher. I was fortunate in learning that early in life.
As I look back I can see that everything I have done in my life has been about teaching in one form or another. And my struggle with PP MS led me to a now 18-years long effort to teach others what I learned on my own healing journey. Do I have all the answers, as my grandson would say when he was younger, "No Way!" I don't think anyone has all the answers. Allopathic medicine certainly doesn't have the answers
In a Skype consultation a few days ago, I was asked, "Do you still have MS?" My response to that question, which I am asked a lot, is always, "I do not know." I suspect that whatever caused me to develop the syndrome doctor's call MS is still present in my body. All I know for sure is that I no longer have the symptoms of MS, and I continue the healthy lifestyle program that reversed my MS.
Neurologists have been brainwashed in medical school and by the big pharmaceutical companies, and the truth is that they do not really know what causes MS. Yet billions of dollars are spent on research to develop more marginally effective symptom-relief drugs which are extremely expensive and have horrendous side effects.
I truly believe that healthy lifestyle changes are much more effective than those expensive drugs. What's not to like? If what you are doing isn't working, then it makes absolutely no logical sense to not change the path you are on. If you have been half-heartedly following natural lifestyle recommendations, then it is time to tune-up your program and stop saying to yourself, "tomorrow." All one needs to be concerned about is today. ONE DAY AT A TIME should be our mantra.
Life can be hard and complicated, but healing should be simple. My goal remains to help everyone discover that self-healing is really simple and easy. The only challenging part is making up your mind to change the way you live your life.
And please remember when your belief falters, as it will, just ACT AS IF!
If we continue to do what we have always done,
we will continue to get what we have always gotten.
―T. Harv Eker
Back to Basics
Recently there have been quite a few newly-diagnosed people who have joined this mailing list. As I was considering the challenges of getting them oriented to the self-healing concepts I teach and practice, a series of columns reviewing the basics seemed to be a good approach. Here is the first of an elementary review.
WHAT KIND OF ENERGY ARE YOU SENDING OUT?
We are all energetic beings. And we are always sending out energy by the thoughts we choose to have about everything and everyone we encounter. The next time you come into contact with a negative and/or upset person, instead of just reacting in like fashion, choose to respond by visualizing that person surrounded by a white light. Then mentally send them positive, loving energy. The results will amaze and astound you.
Deepak Chopra teaches that we are surrounded by - and a part of - a kind of quantum soup, which he calls pure potentiality, that responds to our thoughts.
"I am in control of my life?" I can almost hear you say, "Come on Betty, how can you say I am in control? Obviously if that were true I wouldn't be experiencing ( ― fill in the blank of your challenge ― )." I can certainly understand that reaction.
When I was first exposed to this teaching by such masters as Drs. Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Bruce Lipton, Brian Weiss, and many others, I was searching for ways to help my body overcome Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. As I delved deeper into how my thoughts become my reality, I developed heightened intuition that ultimately lead me to a number of natural healing techniques that became the cornerstone of overcoming my MS. These healing techniques included meditation, the ancient healing arts of Qi Gong and Yoga, very important breath work, and a diet consisting of whole, unprocessed foods.
I believe in KIS - keep it simple - so I'll try to reduce this powerful truth and make it simple and easy to understand. There are two kinds of control - conscious and subconscious. Dr. Bruce Lipton, author of the world wide best-seller, The Biology of Belief, tells us that 95% of our actions are guided by our subconscious programming. However, we can remove old negative programming by replacing it with positive new beliefs and thoughts.
For some of us just learning that is enough to set us on a new conscious path. But for most of us some "reprogramming" is required to consciously choose different thoughts and attitudes.
WE ARE NOT MEANT TO BE VICTIMS
In my experience when we ACCEPT that we have the ability to have conscious control of our life, everything changes. In the next issue of Journey to Wellness I will include a review of various ways one may build up his/her ability to positively affect our reactions by reprogramming our subconscious.
Meanwhile, smile and laugh a lot. They are powerful healing elixirs.Why We Need to Meditate
QUIET THE MIND AND THE SOUL WILL SPEAK.
―John Edward, psychic medium
If you need help with meditation, please send me a note HERE and I'll send you some special help to get you started.
WORDS OF WISDOM ― From Here and There
The following quote from Esther Hicks and Abraham is one of my favorites. I often suggest to people during consultations that they "not keep score." By that I mean they should not compare their healing path with my path or the paths of others. This quote says it in a beautiful way."
Wherever you are, is just fine…You can get to wherever you want to be from wherever you are.
It’s time to stop measuring where you are in relationship to where anybody else is.
The only factor that has anything to do with you is where you are in relationship with
where you want to be.
There is a Life Stream that flows to you, and this is a Stream of clarity,
a Stream of wellness, a Stream of abundance... and in any moment, you are allowing it or not.
What someone else does with the Stream, or not, does not have anything to do with how much of it
will be left for you. This Stream is as abundant as your ideas allow it to be.
― Esther Hicks (and Abraham)
A website I visit often is Laura Dolson's About.com Low Carb Diets. Here is a link to her review of the new documentary film Fed Up. You will never think about the food you eat the same way after viewing this film. I highly recommend both the film and Laura's newsletter. I have learned a lot from her. Please read her review of this documentary, which was produced by Katie Couric.
Recipes and Food Tips
HOW TO COOK QUINOA ― I have been a student of healthy eating (which of course means first and foremost healthy cooking) for a lot of years. And I have seen a lot of food fads come and go over the years, only to soon thereafter die out and be replaced by something else.
When I was newly diagnosed I found Dr. Embry on the Internet, and he recommended I begin the very restrictive food program now called the MS Diet - no dairy, no gluten, no eggs and no legumes. At that time I discovered quinoa flour as a replacement for all purpose flour, which a local health food store ordered for me. And for several years I used half-and-half Quinoa flour and rice flour for baking. I never did care for the flavor of the Quinoa flour.
Then a few years ago I began to read about cooking with the whole quinoa grain (actually botanically a seed from South America.) I tried it for a cereal, prepared according to the package directions, and again disliked the bitter taste, and I vowed to never purchase quinoa again.
Recently, however, I learned from Martha Stewart how to cook it, and now I use it in place of rice and find the flavor delightful.
Here is what I learned
about how to cook quinoa. The first step is ultra important because the quinoa
seed has a bitter coating that must be washed away for before cooking. Who
knew. Here is how to do it:
To 1 c. Quinoa add
1-1/2 c. water or stock (I like to use chicken stock)
¼ t. salt
NOTE: The dry toasting of the seeds is exactly how you cook millet (also a nutritional powerhouse).
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I know that some of you eat a gluten-free diet, so here is a recipe you should like.
Preheat the oven to 375° F. Lightly grease two baking sheets and set aside.
Blend together the oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt in a blender or food processor until evenly combined.
Place in a large mixing bowl and add chocolate chips, sugar of choice, oil and 2 tablespoons of the milk. Stir together to form a dough, very slowly adding more milk of choice if the mixture is too dry to form a dough.
Using your hands or a cookie scoop, roll or form into 24 to 28 balls. Place on the prepared sheets, then press the balls to flatten.
Bake for 6 minutes. The cookies will look underdone at first, but this is what you want; the cookies continue to cook as they cool. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from the sheets.
Store leftovers in a covered container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
Per cookie: Calories: 75
Recipe from Chocolate-Covered Katie by Katie Higgins. Copyright © 2015 by Katie Higgins
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Someone sent me this tip, and voila! It works great:
To make pancakes lighter and fluffier, just substitute club soda for milk in your batter.
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Here's a tip from Karen, our Research lady. Take a minute to read this article. VERY INTERESTING.
Scientists discover a simple way to cook rice that could halve the calories.
Your favorite staple just got healthier.
Redefining Women's Health: For Heart, Mind, Body, and Spirit
by Lissa Rankin, M.D.
Dr. Rankin, an OBGYN physician, is the author of this fascinating book. Take a few minutes to read the above article, writtenby Dr. Rankin. It will be time well spent. I have been studying Dr. Rankin's book and have found it very informative. The book is:
Mind Over Medicine: The Awesome Power Of The Mind To Heal The Body
I cannot tell you what an important role Karen, our research lady, plays in helping me. She researches news reports all over the Internet and sends links to me. She is a most delightful lady and I appreciate her so much. Incidentally, Karen lives with the challenges MS brings, and wishes to remain more-or-less anonymous, hence the absence of her last name.
YOU VERY MUCH, KAREN.
Now here are the items Karen sent along since the last newsletter. She has obviously been a very busy lady.
WEB MD INTERACTIVE CHECKER FOR DRUGS:
A STEM CELL SCAM UNRAVELS:
YOU'LL LOVE THIS HILARIOUS LOOK AT MARKETING DRUGS TO DOCTORS
KAREN SENDS ALONG THIS NOTE REGARDING THE VACCINE "GARDASIL. I have a “special” kind of hate for this. My GP gave me a real hard time about me saying NO for my then 17 year old daughter. The GP actually had the gall to tell my daughter to come back when she turned 18 and I’d have no say in it. Thank God she listened to me. (THIS IS A MUST READ.)
Look up the price of all your favorite MS drugs! Hope you are sitting down! No wonder we’ll never have a cure.
WOW! AVOID GILENYA AND CYMBALTA DRUGS
Featured Books, DVD Exercise Programs, Videos and Consultations
INSPIRATION SHOW INTERVIEW ̶ The video of an Interview I did with Natalie Ledwell, co-founder of Mind Movies over a year ago has found it's way to YouTube. Even though this impromptu interview was done in very poor lighting at my computer desk, I was pleased with the content. If you have not seen it, you may check it out HERE.
FOUR STEPS TO OVERCOMING MS (e-book) HERE:
SELF-HEALING MADE EASY (an e-book for the non-MS community) HERE:
INNER SMILE MEDITATION by Lee Holden HERE:
RECOMMENDED EXERCISE VIDEOS HERE:
A NOTE ABOUT KINDLE E-BOOKS ̶ You may read Amazon e-books on any Kindle reader or notebook. If you have an iPad or iPhone, you may download a free Kindle App (from the Apple App Store) and then easily read Kindle e-books on your iPad or iPhone. Try it . . . you'll be glad you did. I read Kindle e-books all the time on my iPad. You may also download the Kindle App to your computer's desktop and read them on your computer monitor.
PRIVATE SKYPE VIDEO
I continue to do Skype video
consultations. If you would like information about how they work, please send
me a note
HERE and I'll send you details.
you are newly diagnosed, when it is so important to get started on a good
program before you sustain significant neurological damage, I strongly urge you
to schedule a consultation. Or perhaps you feel "stuck," and have become
discouraged. I have never had anyone yet express disappointment over a personal
● Hello Betty. Thank you so much for the last issue of Journey to Wellness. I never seem to quite know how it is that when a new newsletter arrives it seems to cover just what I need at that point. I'm relatively newly diagnosed, so everything is new to me. I am so glad I found you on the Internet. I especially learned a lot from your column on feeling the chi. Thank you. I'm sticking with the program you outlined for me when we had our Skype consultation, and doing the daily Tai Chi/Chi Gong routine you suggested. Thanks for everything Betty. /s/ Gabe P.
● Hi Betty. I loved the articles in the February-March issue of the newsletter. I especially liked the smile article. And it was nice to see the up-do-date photo of your daughter-in-law and grandson Zachary. /s/ Karen C.
● Hi Betty. Great issue of the newsletter. Thank you. /s/ Joan B.
To Gabe, Karen, and Joan (and all the others who wrote in recent weeks, thank you for your words of encouragement. All subscribers are very special to me.
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Be kind to yourself, and please remember to tell those you love how much they mean to you. You never know when you may not have another opportunity.
In love and light,
PLEASE NOTE: I AM NOT A MEDICALLY TRAINED PERSON, AND I DO NOT GIVE MEDICAL ADVICE. BUT I HAVE BEEN A VERY SERIOUS STUDENT OF MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS FOR MANY YEARS, AND I HAVE DEVELOPED A PROGRAM THAT HAS KEPT ME SYMPTOM FREE FOR A LOT OF YEARS NOW SINCE PRIMARY PROGRESSIVE MS FIRST MADE ITS APPEARANCE IN MY LIFE.