Know Someone Who has a Problem with Pills?

Prescription drug abuse is epidemic, and not just among the rich and famous. Do you know someone who is struggling with an addiction to prescription meds? Could that someone possibly be you? Does your doctor know exactly what you’re taking in prescription meds and herbs and supplements? Pills can interact with each other and someone has to be looking out for those possible interactions.


It’s so easy to pop a pill to cure whatever ails us – stress, anxiety, insomnia, aches and pains – but if we’re not careful, that “quick fix” can cause big problems! For example, you can take a sleeping pill and suddenly find yourself driving down the highway in your pj’s and not know how you got there! Worse than that, combining the wrong meds or taking the wrong dosages can be lethal! We’ve lost some wonderful people that way. Don’t let that happen to you or your loved one!


Check out my latest blog in the Huffington Post to learn more. While you’re there, do leave a comment to help others who are dealing with this problem. Here’s a chance to become the change you want to see!


The Tarot

Bring up the subject of Tarot cards, and you’re likely to get some very different reactions! For some, the thought of a Tarot card reading conjures up the romantic image of a gypsy soothsayer in a darkened tent, revealing her client’s destiny with the flip of a card, while others appreciate the cards from a purely historical or artistic perspective. Tarot cards, along with Ouija boards, numerology, pendulums and other divining tools, can be gateways to the occult – it depends on who is using them. Often frowned upon by traditional religion, Tarot cards are essentially a means to tap into the subconscious of the reader and access their own guides as well as tap into the person they are reading. Personally, I love to take a walk on the dark side and “read” the reader while I’m getting a reading!

Where did tarot cards come from, and when were they first used to predict the future?    

The original form of the Tarot deck was devised in the 15th century in northern Italy, and was created to play a game called triumph, which was similar to bridge. Along with the traditional four playing card suites numbered one through ten, plus a queen, king, knight and page, the deck included 22 symbolic picture cards that were not part of any of the suites. The game with the unusual deck became popular all over Europe. People called the decks tarocchi, an Italian version of the French word tarot. Today’s Tarot decks are based on decks of this type.

It wasn’t until about four hundred years later, in 1781, that followers of the occult in France and England discovered that the early Tarot card decks lent themselves to other means besides games. They assigned meanings to each of the symbolic picture cards, and began widely using them as a divination tool.

Today’s Tarot Card Deck:

The modern Tarot deck consists of 78 cards. They are broken out into 22 major arcana and 56 minor arcana.

The Major arcana: The Tarot archetypes represented in the major arcana are designed to represent life and the various stages and events that we all go through. The Major arcana follows a path that starts with The Fool (young, pure energy) and moves through various stages and events – finishing up at the World (the end of our life cycle).

The Minor arcana: Minor Cards describes the people, feelings and situations that we encounter on our personal journey. Unlike the Major arcana, it resembles a traditional deck of playing cards. It’s made up of four suits, and each one associated with one of the elements: Wands (Fire), Cups (Water), Pentacles (Earth) and Swords (Air). There are also the Queen, King and Knight (or Jack) of each suit, and Pages or Princesses.

The Reading:

Before a reading is performed, the person who is receiving the reading shuffles the cards – concentrating on the question that they want answered. The card reader then lays the cards out in a specific pattern called a Tarot spread. There are several patterns, or spreads that can be used, and each position in the spread has it’s own significance. The meaning of the cards themselves, as well as where the cards appear in the spread are interpreted by the reader to provide guidance to the person receiving the reading.

Many Tarot card readers have differing ideas about how or why the Tarot works. Some say you only need to meditate upon the cards to trigger your intuition, until you can tap into your inner guides on your own.

In my journey as an energy healer and spiritual teacher, I’ve explored many methods for getting information, including the Tarot. To learn more about this fascinating subject, check out my live online course, Seeking the Light – it includes my newest book free and is sponsored by Hay House. Hope you’ll join me there this week!

And for a fun and fascinating discussion about Tarot and numerology, tune into my show on this Wednesday at 2:00 pm, Pacific, and meet my very special surprise guest, a gypsy herself – call in and have her do a reading for you!


Don’t Let Darkness in the Door!


Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness of other people.
~ Carl Jung


What makes your psyche vulnerable to negative energy? Evil doesn’t knock politely, announce itself, and ask to be let in! Instead it finds a weakness in your energy field and your psyche, a “chink in your spiritual armor,” and squeezes through it.  Pride, ego, jealousy, recklessness, addictive behavior, low self-worth, any and all make you a target, and once that dark energy gets a foot in the door—if you don’t recognize it and do something positive to combat it—it can take you out!


Years ago I used to see a massage therapist I’ll call Cathy who was just starting a partnership with Martha, a friend she had made at massage school. They were each gifted in their own ways: Cathy had what appeared to be the early signs of the gift of healing; Martha was quite clairvoyant. Unfortunately, each was jealous of the other’s gift and would make snide remarks to clients about the other.


On top of their jealousy, Martha was greedy, always striving to make more money, have more clients, and get more praise than Cathy. She had the ability to be a good medical intuitive—but when she turned her vision to herself, she was blinded by her own ego, incorrectly thinking she would soon become a famous leader in her field. Cathy was insecure about everything from her abilities to her looks, and Martha took every opportunity to over shadow her. Each opened the door to darkness and soon enough the partnership was over. They tried to go it alone but in no time discovered that their clients disappeared. Both gals worked for a while out of their homes and ultimately drifted into other fields.


The “green-eyed monster” poisoned their relationship and destroyed their business.  They could have been lifted higher by shining in each other’s light; instead, their jealousy pulled them both down into deeper darkness.


By identifying and working through the lower level qualities – like pride, jealousy, insecurity, and ego, along with any unexamined pain and trauma from the past – you can protect yourself from internal and external forces that can drag you down and interfere with your journey to a higher level of consciousness. The key to overcoming darkness is to be able to recognize it, both inside yourself, and in the world around you. If Cathy and Martha had acknowledged their jealousy of each other and broken through the barriers they had erected to honest communication, they could have helped each other and become true healers.


What can you do to avoid the dark? You’ll want to spend time on practices that foster self-awareness, like meditation, journaling and healing courses – learn to trust the voice inside you that warns you when you are heading down a dark pathway or when a dark presence is near!


Through my work as a spiritual teacher, I’ve learned that the amount of darkness you hold onto depends on how much work you do to examine yourself; self-awareness is the key. When you can recognize the lesser qualities inside yourself you can bring them into your consciousness and process them, allowing the space where they existed to be filled with the light of higher consciousness.


Don’t let evil take up residence in your life. Learn how to protect yourself in my new 4-part Hay House course, Seeking the Light! When you register, Hay House will send you, absolutely FREE, my new book, Entangled in Darkness. I invite you to join me on the path to enlightenment!


If You Don’t Love Your Body, Who Will?

“Everybody has a part of her body that she doesn’t like,

but I’ve stopped complaining about mine because I don’t want to critique nature’s handiwork …
My job is simply to allow the light to shine out of the masterpiece.”
~Alfre Woodard


I was thrilled to run into my student, Sharon the other day, but just as I opened my mouth to tell her how great it was to see her she launched into a monologue of self-loathing! She fretted about how out of shape she was, how awful she looked, and how she couldn’t seem to get herself down to a “decent weight.” I couldn’t help but wonder if there was something wrong with her mirror! Sharon isn’t a teenager, nor is she a waif – but the woman standing in front of me was a perfectly healthy weight for her height, and looked just fine!


Sometimes body image doesn’t have much to do with reality. The fact is that Sharon, like many people (especially women), can’t accept her body because she doesn’t like herself. From what she’s shared with me over the years, I know her lack of self-acceptance has deep roots in her relationship with her hyper-critical father. From the time Sharon was six years old, her father, through his insensitive comments and lack of affection, made her feel that she was never good enough, pretty enough, smart enough, and certainly not thin enough. As a child, Sharon didn’t get that her father was projecting his feelings of frustration with his wife, and Sharon’s mother, (who was indeed overweight) onto Sharon and making her the scapegoat for his unhappiness. She just knew that she didn’t measure up – and that feeling never went away. For the rest of her life she has seen herself through his critical eyes.


A father’s influence in his daughter’s life is so important, and his approval, (or lack of it) shapes her self-esteem, self-image, confidence and opinion of men for the rest of her life. Despite the fact that Sharon’s father died years ago, she still carries inside her the little girl who wanted to be loved unconditionally by the father she adored. Even as an adult, she feels unlovable and blames herself, and her healthy, strong, heavy-boned, Kapha body, for her inability to sustain healthy relationships with men and for her lack of confidence at work. What she doesn’t realize is that her body isn’t her problem. Her problem is her lack of self-esteem.


Sharon is a great example of the disconnect that exists for many people when it comes to how they view their own bodes. According to recent research, your image of your own body is only indirectly connected to your body mass index (BMI), a common health measure of weight relative to height. A much more convincing factor is how you view yourself is how you believe others view and respond to you.


What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you see what is actually there, or a distorted version of yourself, someone no one else can see? In my healing courses I often come into contact with people, like Sharon, who are blocked from a healthy self image by issues in their past that continue to haunt them.  Energy healing is one way to remove those painful emotions. Once they have been removed, it helps to work with a life coach to replace those negative emotions with positive healthy affirmations. Continue processing those feelings through a regular practice of journaling and meditation, and work on accepting and loving yourself, and your body!


Your body needs a cheerleader, not a critic! If you’re ready to embrace a positive body image, you won’t want to miss this week’s radio show. I’ll be interviewing a very special guest, who believes that self-worth is not measured by the size of your thighs or the width of your hips, but by the breadth of your dreams and the depth of your love! Tune in and get inspired!


Are issues from your past getting in between you and the life you want to lead? Interested in exploring other ways to expand your consciousness and live in the light? Check out my brand new book, Entangled in Darkness, FREE with it’s companion 4-part live online course, Seeking the Light. Join me on the path to a great body image!


Why am I SO Tired?


“I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.”
~Fannie Lou Hamer


Are you SUPER tired? If you’re like most people, your schedule is jam-packed every day! Career, family, and/or household obligations can really pile up and there just don’t seem to be enough hours in the day. When you finally crawl into bed, your mind is racing, thinking about tomorrow’s to-do list. In today’s hectic, fast-paced world it’s normal to be tired, but do you ever worry that your exhaustion is too severe and constant and might have a more serious cause?


How can you tell if you simply need more rest and “me-time” or if you’re suffering from something more serious, like chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)?


According to the Centers for Disease Control, about half a million people in the United States suffer from a “CFS-like condition.”  The number is probably much higher because so many people do not seek medical help.  They think the fatigue is something they will just get over; but unlike just being tired, CFS symptoms persist for months.  In fact, to be diagnosed with CFS, extreme fatigue must be accompanied by at least four of the following symptoms for six months or longer:


  • Sleep disturbances
  • Loss of concentration and/or memory
  • Flu-like symptoms such as sore throat, enlarged and painful lymph nodes in neck or armpit, muscle soreness
  • Joint pain without swelling or redness
  • Headaches that differ in type, severity, or location
  • Extreme exhaustion accompanying physical or mental strain which lasts longer than twenty-four hours


Many people with CFS also report other symptoms, such as panic attacks, night sweats, depression, weight loss or weight gain, shortness of breath and/or nausea.


If you think you might be suffering from CFS and are ready to be diagnosed, cured, and move on with your life, it might not be that simple. It’s tough to get clear answers about this condition from mainstream medicine. The medical community doesn’t know much about CFS or what causes it. There are several theories as to what may cause CFS. These include:


  • Depression
  • Anemia
  • Hypotension, or mild chronic low blood pressure
  • Changes in hormone levels in pituitary or adrenal glands or hypothalamus
  • Immune system dysfunction
  • Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar
  • History of allergies
  • Viral infections, such as Epstein-Barr Virus


If you suffer from CFS you may wonder, “Am I ever going to feel like myself again?  Is my life ever going to be normal?”


Medical treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome aims not to cure the illness but to alleviate and manage the symptoms.  This is extremely helpful in helping people to cope with their illness.  But you want to do more than cope – you want to enjoy life!  Is this possible when you have a chronic illness?  Yes, and western medicine isn’t the only answer. Supplementing your treatment with changes to your lifestyle and alternative healing techniques can help you achieve a much greater level of vitality and physical and emotional health.  The following techniques have been shown to provide relief to people suffering from CFS:


Energy Healing: As an energy healer and spiritual teacher, I’ve come across countless people suffering from unexplained symptoms of tiredness, depression and pain. It’s been my experience that most if not all of these symptoms are rooted in unaddressed feelings of fear and that having that fear removed by a qualified energy healer is a great first step to take. Additionally, in addition to getting yourself checked out by a physician, I always recommend that you take steps to work on your emotions – by meditating, journaling and working with your practitioner to address any past traumas or unexplored emotions.


Acupuncture: Studies have shown positive results when treating chronic fatigue syndrome with acupuncture. A high percentage of patients suffering from severe CFS, who participated in the studies were able to sleep more deeply, and felt more energetic during the day – allowing them to return to work and normal activities.


Therapeutic Massage: Therapeutic massage helps you to sleep longer and move less in your sleep (resulting in a more restful, deep sleep), as well as providing a sense of well-being. Lessening fatigue, as well as anxiety and depression, can mean the difference between getting out and enjoying the day or staying in bed.  Studies have shown that people suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome respond best to gentle massage.


Avoid foods that intensify symptoms: With chronic fatigue syndrome, eating whole foods and staying away from fats, sugar, and starch is important, but there are also some foods you should avoid.  These include MSG, Aspartame and other artificial sweeteners, caffeine, yeast and gluten.


Get enough vitamins: Make sure you are getting adequate vitamins and minerals, such as folic acid, omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, and fiber.  Talk to your health practitioner about multivitamins and really pay attention to balancing your diet.


Exercise: It is very important to set limits when exercising.  Doing too much, even if you feel all right at the time, can set you back.  Listen to your body.  Moderate exercise could include:


  • Warm water activities
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Pilates
  • Biking
  • Walking


Gentle exercise on a daily basis will help you reduce stress and anxiety, create energy and and improve your overall emotional wellness.


Want to go from tired to terrific? Be sure to tune in, Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 2:00pm pacific on Hay House radio where I’ll be interviewing Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, an alternative physician, whose specialty is chronic fatigue. If you call into the show, you can ask “top doc” your personal fatigue question!