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“The low back is the base and root of our activity in the world. When we experience a loss of support or feel that challenges or responsibilities are too great, we simply “can’t stand it.” Rage, frustration, humiliation, or depression may be held in the low back which is neurologically and psychologically associated with our “gut” feelings and deeper, suppressed instincts. The lower back carries the most weight, and expresses the extend of burden or load we bear, or if we feel overwhelmed or hopeless.

The ability to adapt, withstand or face up to stress or perceived onslaughts is expressed in the back; e.g., being spineless, having one’s back against the wall, getting ones back up, oh my aching back.” ~ Asa Hershoff N.D., D.C.

The gut is one of the primary filtration systems of the body, when its plumbing, electrical and drainage system aren’t working quite right, the body starts absorbing toxins, clogging the system. When the gut can no longer protect us, autoimmune problems can be triggered by a network of cellular communications and through our lymph nodes. Constipation, diarrhea, bloating, poor motility, and trapped gas can all lead to obesity, high cholesterol, diverticulitis, pancreatic problems and more. Toxic buildups are stored in the fat cells of the body…if these toxins leak into the fluids of the body, which includes the blood, they can cause fatigue, body aches, thyroid, heart and brain problems, as well as depression.

Most back pains are 10 times more painful than any other muscle strain in the body.  The reason for this… the back muscles are designed to ‘protect’ and ‘defend’ the spinal column.  Also, the back muscles are closely connected to the Central Nervous System (CNS) that transmits pain messages to your brain—muscle pain is an early warning that your spine might be in trouble.  When we are tense, our back muscles can go into spasm, causing excruciating pain that can last for weeks, months, even years.

The spine is generally flexible and quite resilient and when properly aligned is able to learn from and integrate a variety of life experiences.  These experiences either stressful or ecstatic are able to flow easily through the awareness of the body/mind as long as there is no disruption, which could knock the vertebrae(s) off course. But when we experience a stressful or traumatic/shocking event, the spine’s shock-absorber’s become inflexible from the shock, causing the muscles, ligaments and tendons of your back and abdomen to work harder to keep you upright.

“It would appear that most cases of chronic back pain are actually caused not by spinal problems, but by muscle tension and spasm. This is not to be dismissed: It is extremely painful. Such muscle tension is caused by emotional tension, and the deeper the emotional tension is explored the more the story behind the pain is revealed. It may be a story of anger, fear, exhaustion, of trying to prove something to someone, of denial, of a lack of forgiveness—whatever it is, it is in the back because it is well hidden there. But it also hurts.” Your Body Speaks Your Mind: Understanding How Your Emotions and Thoughts ~ Deb Shapiro

The backside of the body reflects private and unconscious elements of your life. The back becomes the storehouse for everything you don’t want to deal with or don’t want other people to see. Hidden or unexpressed feelings become frozen in the structure of your body. That means a lot of negative emotions becomes stored along your spine and in the backs of your legs. Most of your powerful emotions such as anger and fear are stored in your back and it is these emotions that pull your body out of balance.

Trying to distance and suppress your feelings only aggravates the problem..as you are still continuing to carry the past, which continues to grow heavier and heavier.If you’ve been protecting yourself all these years and defending yourself from real or imagined dangers, you are living in a constant state of alertness.  As well, you learnt to take protective steps to feel safe….this has been known to create an unsteadiness from the lower back, hips, and right down to the feet. The pelvis represents our inner direction and our deepest feelings and thoughts…it’s about our personal movement. Our 1st (root) chakra basically connects us to the earth as well as our survival instincts. Excessive tightness in the hips and buttocks may reflect a person’s need to ‘hold on’ in order to survive.

“Sacrum – Feeling unsupported, carrying unresolved family issues, holding on to childhood anger and resentment. Experiencing a lack of confidence and belief in self. Feeling uncomfortable in your body and in your life. Carry guild resentment and shame. Physical: Hip bones, buttocks, sacro-iliac conditions, spinal curvatures.” THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF YOUR BODY ~ Inna Segel

“Although seemingly soft and spongy, the buttock or gluteal muscles are often the most clenched and tense muscles in the body, for it is here that you can hide any tension or nervousness you may be feeling by literally sitting on it.  Although that tension is hidden from view, its effect will be felt throughout the body.  Consistently tight gluteals will throw off your posture causing spinal distortion and backache and then they can affect the functioning of your bowels….

Just for a moment, right now, check your muscles in your backside. Are they relaxed? Or are they clenched tight? If so, consciously relax them and notice the difference in your attitude.

  • What are you sitting on, repressing or holding down?
  • What energy is being held in  your backside?
  • Are you sitting on feelings of insecurity?
  • Are you sitting on a need for support and comfort?”

YOUR BODY SPEAKS YOUR MIND ~ by Deb Shapiro

THE SECOND (SACRAL) Chakra

“Sensations and feelings contribute to emotions, another aspect of the second chakra. Emotion – from the Latin e, meaning out, and movere, to move – is the moving of prana through the tissues of the body. Emotions are the result of feelings stored up in the body. For example, you may have a feeling of irritation at something, but if that feeling is repeatedly stored in your tissues, it can become the emotion of anger. I like to think of sensations as the words, feelings as the sentences, and emotions as the story that emerges.

When you repress emotion, you restrict the body’s natural movements. You become rigid, creating the opposite of the second chakra’s watery flow, inhibiting flexibility. Therefore, developing flexibility in your body may require willingness to feel old emotions that are stored in your body. ” Anodea Judith’s Chakra Yoga ~ by Anodea Judith

The lower back is associated with the 2nd chakra which is associated with the hips, sacrum, lower back, genitals, womb, bladder and kidneys. This chakra is about sensuality, sexuality, emotions, intimacy, and desire. All watery things have to do with this chakra: circulation, urination, menstruation, orgasm, tears. Water flows, moves and changes and a healthy second chakra allows us to do so.  It is also this chakra where, as a child, we were supported and reassured  from our parents.

Your aggressive nature might have caused you some anxious moments while you were growing up, when you had to confine yourself to the limits imposed by your parents. They may have considered you too big for your britches then, or simply reckless and immature. Your need to demonstrate your independence might have alienated you from them. Your subsequent development made you realize that you had to act when you felt that it was appropriate, knowing that ‘he who hesitates is lost’. Even now, you aren’t easily dissuaded by people who say that your plans won’t work, and you always manage to prove them wrong.

If we didn’t get the support we needed as a child.. it can affect the areas of the lower back and knees. See the kidney meridian runs along at the back of the knee as does the bladder, liver and spleen.  Inflammation is caused by a buildup of fluid.. the area of the skin very sensitive to be touched.  When a large amount of the 2nd chakra energy is released through exercising, it can make us sensitive to energies in the environment and from other people too.  It can also make us feel young, happy and bright!

When the 2nd chakra is balanced and healthy, we can be emotionally fluid, allowing ourselves to feel freely and without guilt. When it is excessive, we are overly emotional, have poor boundaries between ourselves and others, and are prone to obsessive attachments. When the 2nd chakra is deficient we tend toward emotional numbness, rigidity, and fear of pleasure.

PSOAS MUSCLES (major contributors to low back pain)

Buried deep within the core of your body, the psoas (pronounced “so-as”) affects every facet of your life, from your physical well-being to who you feel yourself to be and how you relate to the world. Acting as a bridge between the lower trunk and legs, the psoas is critical for keeping the spine aligned, allowing the joints to freely rotate and giving the muscles a full range of motion. The abdominal muscle, are surrounded by a complex network of nerve ganglia which lies approximately at the level of the psoas and the diaphragm. If the psoas is constricted for whatever reason, it will press on the nerves in the abdominal area. Constriction of the diaphragm may shorten the psoas, and tightness in the psoas may restrict the ability of the diaphragm to move freely. Any constriction in the the diaphragm will prevent full body breathing, a process which massages the internal organs and promotes strength and vitality.

Whether you suffer from a sore back or anxiety, from knee strain or exhaustion, there’s a good chance that a constricted psoas muscle might be contributing to your problem. When the psoas muscles go into spasm, they pull down on the shoulder and create an actual physical imbalance… you actually may feel yourself leaning over more to one-side.  Metaphysically the psoas muscles can indicate complex traumas and unresolved ‘unconscious’ issues from early childhood.  People with chronically tight psoas muscles have cut off their deeper feelings altogether, exerting rigid control over themselves as a way of defending themselves against these raw emotions. And yet there is always the sense of some imminent danger.  For some people, their whole life is built around suppressing what’s down there, and in this respect they are dominated by those very things they are trying to keep at bay. Finding the self is like Peeling an onion – layer upon layer has to be removed to reach the core. This is similar to the deep-sea diver who plunges into the depths of the personal unconscious bringing hidden complexes to light so that they can be examined worked on and hopefully transmuted.

Since the home sphere is where most people feel the most vulnerable, they may attempt to manipulate and, control those around them so that nobody slips up and detonates their inner time-bomb. Obviously, this does not lend itself to the most relaxed of home atmospheres, in which there are probably many unwritten rules about what is or isn’t allowed to be said or done.

“The kidneys are actually situated behind the psoas, while the intestines and reproductive organs lie in front of it. When the psoas is tight and constricted, the lumbar curve becomes exaggerated, causing the abdominal organs to fall forward against the abdominal muscles, which were not designed to carry this weight. …When displaced, the intestines are unable to absorb nutrients, eliminate waste, and the sexual reproductive functions could be impaired. The problem as well, is that no matter how many sit-ups you do they won’t be able to support the constricted psoas pushing the abdominal cavity forward.” Yoga Journal ~ By Donna Farhi

Healing the psoas can help to improve your overall structure,  and bring to light, old traumas and fears (physical tension) locked in the body.  In regard to the fight or flight response, the psoas have been known to curl you into a fetal ball to protect the front of the body, or prepare your back and leg muscles to spring into action. Because the psoas is so intimately involved in physical and emotional reactions, a chronically tightened psoas continually signals the body that you’re in danger, eventually exhausting the adrenal glands and depleting the immune system.

One on each side of the spine, each working independently yet harmoniously, the psoas attaches to the side and toward the front of the 12th thoracic vertebra and each lumbar vertebrae. Moving though the pelvis without attaching to the bone, the psoas inserts along with the iliacus muscle in a common tendon at the top of the femur.

The psoas’ main function is to act as a hip flexor….without it walking or running would be impossible. These muscles also contribution to the outer rotation of the hips. When the psoas is so tight, they can’t release, causing the legs to turn outward during intense back-bending, which can pinch the muscles and nerves of the lower back.

The major aorta that carries the blood from the heart run very close to the psoas muscles and it has been thought that an imbalance in the psoas may affect blood circulation throughout the upper and lower extremities. Many people feel a flush of heat down the legs and up into the chest when the psoas releases. So the deep muscles of the psoas can affect circulation, respiration, nerve impulses as well as organ function. And we still haven’t considered the effect the psoas have on the musculoskeletal system.

In addition the psoas also forms a supportive shelf for the vital organs wjithin the abdominal core. In walking, a healthy psoas moves freely and joins with a released diaphragm to continuously massage the spine as well as the organs, blood vessels, and nerves of the trunk. Working as a hydraulic pump, a freely moving psoas stimulates the flow of fluids throughout the body. And a released, flowing psoas combined with a stable weight-bearing pelvis, contributes to the sensations of feeling grounded and centered.

 

CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM (CNS)

Have you ever wondered with the body’s amazing ability to renew itself, why we have, or seem to have the same or similar back problems throughout most of our lives?  The answer lies in the central nervous system (CNS). The CNS coordinates our consciousness with billions of neurons (individual nerve cells) that are sent to the brain to be interpreted.  Messages are then sent back to move the countless muscle fibers through the body.  This is why most of our back pain begins with problems in the muscles because they are directly connected to the nerves that transmit pain messages to your brain AND many back problems are made worse by stress or tension in the mind.

The CNS consists of the brain and spinal cord. The brain carries out most of the ‘computing’ in the nervous system and communicates with the rest of the body through the large bundle of nerves called the spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system (PNS) is the intricate network of nerves that carries information between the CNS and the rest of the body.  Thirty-one pairs of spinal nerves carry sensory and motor messages to and from the spinal cord. Together these nerves keep your entire body in communication with the brain.

“The nervous system maintains our body’s inner environment and regulates the digestion of food and the amount of carbon dioxide in our blood without our awareness…..

By acting as a conduit for the expression of Universal Consciousness (our innate wisdom), the nervous system establishes who we are and how we deal with the world. What our body feels—not necessarily what we are conscious of—actually changes the way we perceive the world. If the nervous system is stuck in one perspective, the messages it will send and receive will be stuck in that perspective as well. In other words, when the nervous system has not been able to recover from the trauma of past events—whether physical, emotional, or chemical—our emotional reality is also stuck…..The combined effect of various stress and the inability of the nervous system to deal with them produces a subluxation (interference) of the spine….This interference disrupts the nervous system’s natural ability to assemble and sort out neurological instructions.  Like a computer, if the input (messages to the system) is distorted in anyway, then the output (messages from the nervous system to each body cell) will also be distorted. Emotional trauma, accidents or breathing polluted air are challenges to a compromised nervous system.” The 12 STAGES of HEALING ~ by Donald M. Epstein D.C.

There is a deep and powerful connection between the mind and back—to begin understanding the cause of your back pain, begin the healing process.   The more rigid, tight and unyielding the mind, the more rigid, tight and unyielding the physical body (tight shoulders, neck, chest, abdomen, hips hamstrings, psoas, ankles, etc… ).

TRAUMA RELEASING EXERCISES (TRE)

Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) “TRE® is a simple and quick set of movements that turn on our body’s natural rebalancing process—providing an immediate experience of relaxation. By releasing everything from everyday stress to deeply held physical tension and trauma, TRE® frees us up to meet life’s challenges with greater skill and ease. Best of all, our bodies do the work; we get relief without needing to process or retell our story.” Tension Release Exercises

A client of mine (J.S) has a friend who is a trauma counsellor which was originally designed for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)… specifically for soldiers who had returned from war. “It takes you through a series of movements.. then you end up in a position that releases the psoas, which is described as being a muscle that holds emotion (hence trauma release exercises to target it).”

TRE relieves the accumulation of everyday muscle tension as well as past traumas Trauma Release video

Another video on TRE

EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE (EFT)

Emotional Freedom Techniques – EFT – also known as Meridian Tapping – is a very effective healing method, that is known to eliminate past trauma and abuse, anxiety, fears, and phobias, negative emotions and beliefs, self-judgement, physical and emotional pain, bad habits, migraines, and often helps to heal physical injuries and illnesses.

“BATTLE TAP is an easy-to-learn self-help tool that is designed for armed public service professionals who are experiencing emotional or psychological distress. It’s based on Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), an emerging intervention that uses acupressure-point tapping, re-exposure, and cognitive scripts to rapidly resolve undesired emotions and memories.”  http://www.battletap.org/home.aspx

Web-page on … What is EFT Tapping

This is a great site demonstrating EFT techniques  http://eft.mercola.com/

 

HEALING LOWER BACK PAIN

“Muscles absorb and respond to tensions and feelings.  If they do not relax sufficiently following stress, then the tension accumulates and causes deeper, long-lasting damage. If this continues over a period of time, the muscles become set and fixed in this restricted form. This is where you “hold” issues, emotions and trauma.  Frozen anger, fear, or grief creates a kind of body armour, which further blocks and holds back feelings, locking the musculature into fixed positions…

The muscles enable all the bodily systems to function, such as circulation, digestion, breathing, and nerve impulses.  Their freedom of movement is essential for optimum health. When the muscles are restricted…your energy will be unable to flow smoothly…Stress release and emotional expression are therefore essential for muscle ease. Exercise is also vital–it not only releases muscular tension but psycho/emotional tension as well.” YOUR BODY SPEAKS YOUR MIND ~ Deb Shapiro

 

to be continued….

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“We are whole as well as unique, and each aspect of our lives–the emotional, mental and spiritual as well as the physical–is rich and complex and deeply connected to the others. Each of us is brought up in a particular family at a given time and in a specific place. Each of us is a member of a socioeconomic and ethnic group.

 ….Understanding all the dimensions of a life is crucial to understanding each person and his or her illnesses. Addressing them may make possible a successful treatment that a more narrow approach would dismiss or ignore.” MANIFESTO FOR A NEW MEDICINE ~ James S. Gordon, M.D.

When a person contacts me for a distant healing, we create a time when he or she can join in at the same time—this moment of meeting is also arranged at a soul level—a moment of sacred synchronicity. Asking a client to join in frequently allows them to sense the energies in all kinds of ways and they can also give you feedback about their healing experience. All that a practitioner needs is the name and birth date of the subject and the place where they reside now. Inviting the healing process begins at the spiritual level addressing imbalances at present time … this spiritual connection helps to pick up a range of messages coming from different parts of a person’s body. Many times, after the client and I have discussed the healing, we may also focus on his or her astrological chart to gain a greater understanding to their current issues. 90% of the time, the client is eager to have an astrological point of view that provides a reflection of his or hers own ‘inner nature’.

Many people, often as the result of a life crisis or through a gradually increasing interest, feel a pressing need to get in touch with their Self and to discover, in their own unique way, their nature and place in the universe.   In the search for a method to be used as self-development they turn to sources of inspiration from ancient times—one such system is astrology. Carl Jung, saw the human psyche as a rich tapestry of forces and interactions—he used astrology to access aspects of the human personality which still lay below the surface.

Carl Jung used astrology to reveal the psychological characteristics, patterns, and dynamics of his clients. In a letter to a prominent astrologer (Dr. B.V. Raman of India) he wrote, “As I am a psychologist, I am chiefly interested in the particular light the horoscope sheds on certain complications in a person’s character. In cases of difficult psychological diagnosis, I usually cast a horoscope in order to have a further point of view from an entirely different angle. I must say that I very often found that astrological data elucidated certain points which I otherwise would have been unable to understand.”

Your natal chart is like a fingerprint, there’s none other like it in the world. Wherever you are in the world you’ll react in the same way and respond in the same; why .. because .. you are you.

The type of astrology we’re going to look is called astropsychology (individual astrology). When doing a chart, what we’re looking for is a pattern, a repetitive pattern in your behavior—the way you take information in and the way you send information out—it will show, how you respond to any environment. Astropsychology is about self-awareness, self acceptance and eventually leading to better ways of knowing yourself, of knowing what you’re doing, understanding why you act in certain ways and then disciplining yourself with higher awareness to overcome imprinted beliefs and behaviors. It’s about balancing our energies and discovering our natural abilities and merging them with our knowledge to manifest in our lives day in and day out. We are responsible for our own actions as others are responsible for theirs.   Astrology is about stripping ourselves of our outer masks (superficialities) and exposing our true inner nature. And it’s about now, it’s about change happening now, for as you will discover you have ultimate control over your chart.

Manic Depression/Bipolar people are truly gifted with many wonderful attributes that have been masked by their symptoms. Their bodies are increasingly sensitive to things the mind cannot know—physically they feel their depressions and anxieties—even when hidden under the guise of good humor and a couple of stiff drinks. Social pressures at home, at work and at school can intensify this disorder, creating other conditions such as Diabetes, Thyroid disorders, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and many more.

“Creativity is closely associated with bipolar disorder. This condition is unique. Many famous historical figures and artists have had this. Yet they have led a full life and contributed so much to the society and world at large. See, you have a gift. People with bipolar disorder are very very sensitive. Much more than ordinary people. They are able to experience emotions in a very deep and intense way. It gives them a very different perspective of the world. It is not that they lose touch with reality. But the feelings of extreme intensity are manifested in creative things. They pour their emotions into either writing or whatever field they have chosen” ~ Preeti Shenoy, Life is What You Make It

We know from the previous articles on manic depression that the brain of a person with bipolar does not move dopamine and other chemicals of the brain in the same way that the brain of someone without bipolar does. A lack of dopamine may explain the drug addiction and thrill-seeking behavior of most people with bipolar. However, I do believe everyone can sculpt a fulfilling life out of what they’ve been born with, but it will take a lot of hard work and willpower to change old habits developed in response to bipolar symptoms.   Being realistic about the great stress it has on your life and in your relationships is important but also doubly important is being hopeful and optimistic. Medications can help find your own balance point as you see bipolar in fresh ways. And all medications should be tried under the direction and observation of your doctor whom you told of your medical history.

When the harder aspects of astrology are accepted as the flip side of the very positive aspects of a natal chart, a balance can be achieved. So often astrologer’s have found a person’s greatest talents arose directly out of their most challenging aspects. Yet many astrology books will describe squares or oppositions as indicating a person’s greatest faults or weaknesses, whereas trines and sextiles shown a person’s talents or virtues.

“The energies expressed by planets in square to one another are often compulsive, too forceful, and often rooted in feelings of resentment or vulnerability. Obviously, these circumstances tend to bring out the less pleasant qualities of the energies involved. The energies represented by planets in square aspect can be very dynamic and productive – rather like an athlete who can objectively accomplish more because in training he must constantly work with a handicap … like running uphill, but they are not comfortable – either for the person who owns them, or for the people who have to deal with him.” http://www.enchantedspirit.org/Astrology/Definitions/Square.php

The first step in breaking habits is to become our own spectators. Paying attention to our facial expressions, gestures, tics, and posture can help us to see ourselves more clearly so we can begin to change certain performances of our personality. We need to learn to test ourselves too, to see where we hold strengths and weaknesses and continually improve on the weaknesses or use our strengths to counter balance them.

“In the Yoga Vasishtha, the Goddess of Wisdom explains, “Consciousness, mind, and space: These are not different things. Each of these is all pervading. This true intelligence inside you, the awareness buried beneath the everyday rambling of your mind, pervades all space. All living things are connected through this network of intelligence. It is the basis of telepathy, precognition, spiritual healing, astrology, and other occult powers.

This intelligence is perfectly tranquil, which is why people with agitated minds are unable to tap into it. There is a part of your mind which swells within this Divine Intelligence. Yogis call it the confined body. It is everywhere, and its powers are unlimited. It is the Supreme Divine Awareness Itself.” Yoga Journal May – June 1996

THE ASTROLOGICAL NATAL CHART

The astrological natal chart reflects both our light and dark shadows, our strengths as well as aspects of ourselves that need healing. It’s a way of being able to ‘observe the self’ and understanding a deeper meaning of the life journey, particularly our painful life experiences. Awareness of certain energies at work within ourselves gives us the opportunity to shift out away from our typical knee-jerk reactive mode.   The most practical perspective that will help you understand astrology in general is that everything works in polarities.

“Astrology is neither a perfected science nor solely an art form created by the intuitive faculties of the various people who practice it. Astrology combines certain elements of science, art, and intuition and as such it is a unique field of study. Astrology is a diagnostic tool which has been given to Man so that he may begin to understand his roots in infinity and the higher laws of creation which govern him. Astrology, therefore, is not an end unto itself. On the contrary, it is a beginning, for the planets and stars are but giant, symbolic bodies through which the complicated truths of the Universe may be expressed.” Alan Okin’s Complete Astrology ~ Alan Okin

The process of becoming aware and learning/discovering what’s best in us takes courage, as we are being readied to meet oneself. We all come with our own unique history; bringing our own particular strengths and weaknesses, performances and abilities. For most of us, we often find ourselves playing a role, just showing a part of ourselves and keeping other parts hidden. As we gain control of our abilities and interactions with the spiritual side of life, we are able to co-create, give form and manifest results in our physical world.

We are all familiar with some aspects of ourselves that are resistant to change, even if we feel quite aware about what we would like to do. If you encounter resistance, don’t berate or judge yourself, relax, sit down and take the time to explore your chart and find out why certain aspects are there.

Inside each of us is a variety of subpersonalities (archetypes) (eg., the hero, the victim, the nurturer) that contribute to how we respond to life experiences. We’re going to look at the astrological chart of a person diagnosed with manic depression who blamed his parents for the ‘screw-ups’ in his life. “My parents haven’t any idea what they’ve done to me, I don’t know who I am, I haven’t any self-esteem and it’s ‘all’ their fault”.

Our identity stems from our family and if that is removed, it often leaves us hanging emotionally. I mean—think about it—our family is our foundation, our home. There’s no question that what a person has been through can impact how they feel about themselves. It alters the way we look and deal with the world; bitterness can lead to depression and a lack of motivation. Instead of dealing with our anger and sad feelings, we tend to blame our screw-ups on those closest to us .. our parents.

In astrology, the ascendant, rising sign or 1st house represents our appearance, the physical body, and its overall health and vitality. Your body image has been influenced and shaped by your parents and people who influenced your family and the environment/society you lived in as a child. You could say it’s the landscape of your body, formed by the foods available to your parents at the time. It’s also based on the genetic makeup of your early ancestors and the food they ate, especially if from a different land. It’s also been called the mask we wear when relating with other people. Planets that aspect the rising sign can alter the flow of energy, positively or negatively throughout the body.

The sun and moon reflects the energies that were going on between our parents at the time of our conception. The relationship between the luminaries in the natal chart also plays a significant role in our behaviors, attitudes and beliefs as well as our relationship with others.

Anger, blame, guilt, fear and all other negative emotions when not acknowledged and released weaken your natural resistance to disease and aging.   They clog up your cells, slow down your metabolism and wear out your heart. Where we’ve been hurt, abused, abandoned or betrayed .. any of these wounded feelings can settle in your arteries, joints, throat, eyes, brain or digestive track.

CASE STUDY #1

Mitch astro

The name and date of birth of the following person has been changed to protect his identity.

The natal chart we’re looking at is a young man named Mitch, born in 1997 and diagnosed bipolar at the age of 12. At this tender age, Mitch was already heavily into drugs and in trouble with the law .. as you can tell by his birth date, he’s only heading towards his 18th year.   Here’s a short overview of his chart…

SUN IN CANCER

In Cancer, we enter the world of emotions and feelings as well as needs, intuition and our ability to bond with another human being. Cancer’s Moon has been said to represent the wounded inner child, since it holds the sensitive part of us that is vulnerable, dependent and needy.

“In Gemini, the soul was urged to move out of its self perceptions and embrace its universal self, the one that knows it is connected to all things.   If this did not occur, then the phase of Cancer will be difficult. The self beomces imprisoned in itself and indifferent to others. Spirit provides warmth, compassion and understanding; when it’s missing, reality appears distorted. Emotional needs become “black holes,” and nothing in the material world is enough to make the soul feel secure.   The dark feelings of the Cancer find relief in humor and in an interest in society and all its frivolities. Cancers are either the king and queens of superfluous behavior or courageous navigators of the truth and the unknown.” The Day We Were Born ~ Linda Joyce

For most of us it is much harder to express our feelings than to opinions, facts or theories. If you listen to people’s conversations, they are either describing things, events or people or exchanging ideas and/or opinions about something. Very rarely do we hear things about personal feelings, because talking about feelings is risky. Feedback is the risk of learning something about yourself you didn’t know before (or did, but didn’t want to know) And there’s also the risk of being misunderstood or not accepted. Yet, are these worthwhile risks to learn more about ourselves.

Mitch told me he often bottles up his feelings, especially around his friends and mother but ends up losing his temper at someone else, causing a reaction he was afraid would happen in the first place.

“Cancers struggle with mood swings, and their obsessive behavior demands they learn emotional control. Constantly battling frustration, they seek stability in their environment. It’s why they like antiques, tradition and the past. It gives them a feeling of connectedness and belonging. They are prone to collecting and easily fall into habits. They’d rather repeat an experience any day than try something new. They can easily get stuck in a rut. A mate can help here. Often Cancers are attracted to partners who bring the change they themselves are afraid to initiate.

 All Cancers deal with fear. It’s the neck brace that keeps them rigid. They also struggle to contain emotional tension, beginning in childhood.” The Day You Were Born ~ Linda Joyce

I told Mitch that from Aries through Cancer, we experience the elements of Fire (Aries), Earth (Taurus), Air (Gemini) and Water (Cancer). Water has no taste, no shape or color; water ‘needs’ other materials ‘to be observed’. Pour water into a container and suddenly it takes shape. Flavor it with something and it has taste. So feelings and emotions are only seen by something outside of us, causing internal ripples.

SUN SQUARE SATURN IN 4th HOUSE

“…When Saturn is shadowing the Sun in the natal chart, for the Sun describes the ego and sense of self-worth. In the final analysis, the individual feels a lack of acknowledgment for who he really is and usually goes through life feeling unrecognized no matter how much acclaim comes his way. The sadness that sets in is like putting shade over a bright light. The sun describes not only the ego and sense of self-worth but the real essence of soul quality. If a person is denied by others often enough, he quite naturally begins to deny himself and his existence. He feels unimportant, and may be motivated to get the acknowledgment he craves and feels he deserves in a variety of ways, sometimes by being lured on by the reward or ego stroking he hopes to receive for a job well done. His diligence is rarely acknowledged fully, however, as he was programmed for lack of acknowledgment at that all-important time of birth.” ASTROLOGY AND YOUR PAST LIVES ~ Jeanne Avery

Child abuse and feeling deprived has created a huge chip on Mitch’s shoulders; he feels rejected and betrayed by life and trusts no one. He has such a great fear of being controlled by others that any restriction causes Mitch to fight back with a fighting rage. The root and deep scar of his sorrow is a sense of emotional abandonment from his alcoholic father. All his stuffed-down feelings have kept him moving to avoid feeling. He couldn’t turn to his mother for help who cleaned endlessly and was overly involved in the community; she went out of her way to help others to avoid her pain.

Mitch left home at the tender age of 15; he realized too that he was like his mother, running and keeping his life in high gear to avoid facing his real feelings of loss and emotional intimacy.

I told Mitch to see his constant running as a form of addiction.   We will see with other aspects that he was into drugs and alcoholism but not all forms of addiction are physical.   Addictions can represent desires, attachments, demands, expectations, emotional programming, anything that keeps us in the past instead of the here and now. Addictions disempower you by making you worried, anxious, resentful, uptight, afraid, angry, bored or any other obsessive thought pattern that prevents you from taking responsibility for your life.

Mitch told me “Then I guess you’d say I’m addicted to cutting. When I’m feeling down about myself I hurt myself by cutting my arms all up. I would rather feel physical pain then the emotional hurt that I have in my life”. Overall he felt anger, sorry, hurt and frustrated; instead of talking about it, he hurt himself.

I told Mitch that cutting make take his mind off his problems but that wouldn’t make them go away. Self-mutilation is connected to low self-esteem. Think about it. It makes sense .. Mitch cuts himself with words like “you’re worthless: or you’re not going to amount to anything.”

At some point, I told Mitch, you will decide that your “background” isn’t going to stand in your way any longer. You’re young and your wounds are fresh; it’s your fear of emotional pain that makes you so sensitive and hell-bent it won’t happen again. But this energy you’re feeling radiates from you to others—they know on a deeper level what you’re thinking and feeling—they act in accord. People’s reactions to you. are from what you’re projecting—energy put out into the world comes back to us like a boomerang.

To come into balance we have to embrace our polar opposite and for you that’s Capricorn. Capricorn is about responsibility, it’s showing you that you alone are the creator of your experiences, that no one else can cause you to feel what you feel in any situation. As mentioned in the summary Mitch needs to share himself with others; once he does his problems will begin to dissolve.

“The wonderful light that each person is needs a distinct darkness to define it. The darkness providing your balance and cosmic equilibrium is now only a vague shadow. By witnessing true darkness, the opposite of the goodness that you are, your spirit will become more clearly defined. You will become more fully aware of when darkness or negativity has come into your life, and you will be able to acknowledge it, change it, or leave the situations, instead of simply becoming entangled or lost in the darkness.

ASCENDANT SQUARE NEPTUNE – SUN IN CANCER OPPOSITE NEPTUNE – MERCURY OPPOSITE NEPTUNE

Before you get to know someone, their ascendant or rising sign will probably make a much bigger impression on you than their sun sign. The rising sign will play a big part in the way someone dresses, looks, and the way they carry themselves. Your Ascendant/Rising Sign also represents your general outlook on life.   It is the lens through which you view the world.

“A person does not have to be behind bars to be a prisoner. People can be prisoners of their own concepts and ideas. They can be slaves to their own selves.” – Maharaji

Mitch felt he had little worth, he felt depreciated by others and felt cheated and stepped on. At school he was bullied quite possibly because he didn’t feel so great about himself. To defend himself he hid behind a wall of distrust and put others down to elevate himself. He sank into terrible feelings of loneliness and isolation, cutting himself and turning to drugs and alcohol.

“Compulsive and addictive behaviors such as overeating, compulsive exercise, gambling, spending, workaholism, relationship addiction, and drug and alcohol abuse are born of intense craving for nurturing, affection, connection and personal power. Under the surface of compulsive behaviors lies an insecure, frightened and angry individual crying out in loneliness, isolation, helplessness, fear and anger. Compulsive behaviors represent an attempt at survival, security, satisfaction identity and safety. The compulsions become replacement for nurturing; the means to diminish anxiety and insecurity, and experience brief pleasure and gratification; the means to repress anger and hostility; and an avenue to find temporary security. Compulsive behaviors represent the paradox of both an overwhelming desire for connectedness and a fear of intimacy and conflict. The spending, hoarding, sex, compulsive work, etc., reflect an effort to protect oneself against overwhelming feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and fear of abandonment should emotions held in check be released. Good and Mad: Transform Anger Using Mind, Body, Soul and Humor ~ By Jane Middelton-Moz, Lisa Tener, Peaco Todd

When I scanned Mitch’s energy field during our distant healing session, his aura was like a wall of steel not wanting or letting anything through. Mitch had gone through many trials in his young life, including physical abuse, abandonment by an alcoholic father and trying to cope with a learning disability. His strong feelings had never been talked about or dealt with. They were buried. The more we conversed over email and skype, the more I realized how great the tension was between him and his parents. Mitch left home at 15 years old and lived on the streets for almost a year.

(Any type of armor around the body represents all a person’s accumulated feelings and repressed rage that’s never been processed. Mitch had only one planet in water (Sun in Cancer in 4th house)—he was definitely not comfortable in the world of feelings, or expressing himself well—another reason why his wall was created. But this form of protected armor was causing tissue inflammation and muscle pain in his body.)

Cortisol can create a fearful, threatened feeling that over-stimulates our whole system. Unexplained muscle aches, chronic headaches, feeling hopeless or helpless and crying more than usual are signs of chronic anxiety. Anxiety coupled with cortisol has been known to cause unexplained heart palpitations, a nervous stomach, road rage and short temperedness.

“The Ascendant also represents the body and with Neptune in conflict, we could by physically below par – mostly due to our uncertainty. When we are going through a difficult patch we may need to sleep on our problems, and we can suffer from tiredness without obvious physical cause. Creative talents can be wonderfully stimulated if we take up artistic or mystical pursuits.”   ‘Aspects and Personality’ by Karen Hamaker-Zondag

Cancer is a cardinal sign and for many a Cancer business is the strongest creative outlet in the horoscope. But Cancer is looking for fulfillment for the Moon, for something that is nurturing to do, for people who need help.

MOON in LIBRA CONJUNCT MARS – TRINE URANUS and NEPTUNE

The moon is normally associated with home, family life, one’s mother, motherhood, bonding with others and habits and behaviors. Anatomically the moon represents the stomach, which emphasizes a direct link between what we eat and how we feel. It also provides clues to what may be “eating” at us. Cancers tend to eat when their inner child has been deprived; emotionally starved, neglected or abandoned. Each of us responds to the Moon’s cycle in our own unique manner and through its regular rhythm, it can provide us with clues to the direction our unconscious is taking.

“You may be surprised to learn that your food absorbs and transmits consciousness…and the subtle energies in your meals can profoundly influence your entire life. When you take the time to tune in and connect with the vast array of energy fields within your meal, magic happens. Suddenly you’re no longer contained by the confines of your identity and your physical body. You enter into the awareness that you’re not separate from the universe. Each item of food you ingest can be a key that opens doors of perception and connection….. 

 Your food is indeed composed of undulating energy fields that can profoundly impact your life. Many people view their physical body as a static biological entity. However, in reality, your body is a vibrating, intelligent force field of energy that’s constantly transforming and renewing itself. When the viable energies of your food interface with the energy flows of your physical form, it allows you to step into a higher level of spiritual frequency. (But only if you understand how to attune to those fields; this is one of the secret recipes for savoring your life.)” Denise Lin and Meadlow Lin ~ The Mystic Cookbook

“We who have Moon in Libra crave the experience of beauty and peace; we seek to co-operate with others, to please, and to establish one-to-one relationships which are mutually gratifying. We also find satisfaction in using our minds, particularly our powers of objectivity and synthesis. A parent who valued us highly, and enjoyed pleasing us; who encouraged our aesthetic and intellectual development, and who was willing and able to appreciate our points of view… may have helped us to become attuned to the constructive dimensions of our Libran Moon.

 If, however, our Moon is in difficult aspect, or if its trines or sextiles suggest a parent who was only superficially available to us, we may be attempting to gain from a partner what we were never able to experience from our parents. We may become overly dependent upon others, seeking to win their favor by being indispensable and satisfying their every desire. We may also be inclined to avoid confronting our anger and pain, suppressing emotions because we fear any threat to our relationships which might force us to acknowledge our separateness and aloneness. These patterns may have been influenced by a parent figure who placed too much emphasis upon appearance or surface harmony, who was unable to tolerate discord, or who led us to believe that relationship always means subordinating oneself to another. Such a mother or father may have brought many unfulfilled needs into parenting, expecting us to compensate for deficiencies he or she experienced in childhood or marriage.

 Although our Libra Moons suggest that our emotional fulfillment requires co-operative relationships with others, we can only build truly satisfying connections by first developing a secure relationship with ourselves, accepting as valid our own feelings and needs, and being willing to assert ourselves, even when it means experiencing temporary discord for the sake of deeper and more authentic contact. We need to apply our openmindedness and our capacity to identify with many points of view in relation to both ourselves and others – to listen to and affirm each of our internal personalities, willingly entering into disharmony and imbalance when necessary in order to create the more enduring harmony and balance which is so vital to us. At the same time, we need to honor our Libran need for beauty and peace, creating environments and relationships which, whenever possible, soothe and uplift us.” ~ Tracy Marks

The moon in astrology represents the mother, your first bond with life and your early experiences of how she loved, protected and cared for you.   The Moon represents how we were emotionally held and provided a place of safety so we could explore and express our feelings, no matter what they were. The Moon in Libra is a bit uncomfortable because the Moon is feminine and Libra is Masculine—the Moon is emotional—Libra is logical.

When I asked Mitch to describe his mother he said point-blank “a people pleaser”. He said his mom couldn’t say no to anyone and it would really tie her in knots when she couldn’t help someone.   “She gave the appearance that everything in her life was ok, even when her problems were obvious .. at home she could be critical fuzzy and demanding.. but she allowed herelf to be used, especially my father. My dad was an alcoholic and mom would go about her days avoiding it, ‘keeping up appearances’ with friends and family. She was well read and had an enormous library of music and books but kept a blind-eye to what was happening in her life. Mom even had a tendency to turn her problems into jokes; this way no one could confront or question her lack of insight into her financial and marital problems. Some of her best friends were lost because they saw through her façade … they couldn’t understand why she didn’t want help or to help herself. When I ran away from home she was deeply hurt but probably knew deep down inside it was best for me to leave the abuse of my father”.

When we turned the tables and looked at what the Moon in Libra meant Mitch, he had to laugh, “my mom wanted to be friends with everyone, where here I am fighting everyone like a raving maniac! I’m afraid of my emotions because their so intense”. Where my mom wouldn’t make a scene, scream or put anyone down I’m totally the opposite. Mom didn’t realize the shame I had about our family and it only grew worse because she wouldn’t talk about it.”

With the Moon conjunct Mars we tend to react without thinking and may impulsively, angrily leap into action. Coupled with Uranus, even though a trine, indicates spurts of little shocks that come like a bolt out of the blue.   With these aspect comes great sensitivity and intuitive abilities as well as erratic mood changes—Mars and Uranus with the every-changing Moon may appear to others as unpredictable or unreliable, lacking in commitment and responsibility.

“Every time they revert to Moon behavior, or, in other words, to a search for peace and safety, Uranus springs into action, and the planet, although intervening harmoniously, does tend to make them restless and impulsive. In breaking free they may also want to be unconventional, and interests may include astrology or esotericism, subjects which lie outside the present scientific world-picture. Of course, by no means everyone with strong Uranus aspects will become an astrologer, but they will probably be interested in something pioneering – say some innovative branch of technology like radar.

 

Once they have found an interest, then they can throw themselves into it heart and soul. They become absorbed in each new bright idea. Not all of these are likely to be usable, but that’s not important; what matters is that the idea interests them intensely, and they have scant patience with the comments or criticisms of others. These people always give full rein to individuality and act according to what they think at the time. Possibly they shall bring about reforms in society, but these attitudes can also isolate them. Not for nothing is Uranus called an eccentric, solitary planet; and Uranians feel compelled to push themselves forward in order to express their individuality although, incidentally, they would be scandalized at the suggestion that they were being egotistic or self-centred.” Karen Hamaker-Zondag ~ Aspects and Personality

NEPTUNE CONJUNCT *MIDHEAVEN – SQUARE ASCENDANT – SQUARE CHIRON – CONJUNCT URANUS

*The MidHeaven (10th house) represents our direction in life, what we strive to achieve, what we are reaching up for …

 Some people with the aspect, Neptune conjunct Midheaven (MC) suffer from identity problems most probably caused by parents who already decided what ‘they want’ for their child. As a result the child can grow up wondering who they are and what their role might be in life. This is why Mitch has become so super-sensitive to what others think and say. When we talked of his parents, he said he hated them and had even told them this to their face. Was it true? No, I think he was using these harsh words as a verb weapon to get my and their attention. He wrote more than once, “I haven’t done anything wrong, it’s all ‘their’ fault’. He also wrote “I’ve always felt like I was born in the wrong family, like what I wanted, what I cared about was completely opposite of my parents.”

The 4th house, Imum Coecli (IC) represents our heritage, our home and family’. The Moon is the ruler of this house (Cancer) representing our upbringing, the mother and our needs, instincts, and subconscious urges. The Sun rules this house in Mitch’s chart, it indicates one’s ego, vitality, pride and leadership. The Sun, not well aspected in Mitch’s chart showed he didn’t think much of himself or his sense of self-worth and that most of his upbringing was from his mother.   Insecure, she didn’t reflect his sense of self-worth and he lacked a healthy ego that affected his feelings about himself. With Sun square Saturn in the 4th house, the mother was deeply insecure herself … you see Mitch’s dad was an alcoholic and abandoned or was absent most of Mitch’s life.

Excellent article on the 4th house  http://www.astro.com/astrology/in_dgfourthhouse_e.htm

With Neptune conjunct Midheaven (10th house), Mitch needs to find a job in a quiet, low-stress environment that allows him to daydream, fantasize and create. With this aspect he is likely to dedicate a great deal of his time and energy to his chosen career because it will provide him with a tremendous sense of fulfillment, something he couldn’t match in other areas of his life. He also needs to develop some outside interests and form some personal relationships; this will keep him balanced.

Sometimes the 10th house is related to the father, who in Mitch’s case was withdrawn in a world of disillusion. His father could have shown Mitch all the negative attributes of Neptune: alcoholism, drug-addiction, chronic mental or physical illness, weak character, or all of the above. Mitch needs to examine his beliefs about why his father was in his life instead of avoiding the issue. When he does this he’ll discover, understand and appreciate his Neptunian gifts. (Mitch is being counseled as we speak.)

Mitch has a wonderful imaginative talent and loves painting mythological creatures and anything to do with the  fantasy world. He’s written poetry that is truly alive with deeply felt emotions and feelings.  Just as we need sleep, he needs to escape to a dream world of magical spirits and whimsical creatures; it helps him relax and to transform his visions into works of art. It is very probable Mitch is here to inspire us to our sense of wonder and to learn how to free our imagination.

Mitch and I talked about him taking an art workshop, or creative writing, which would bring his talents out and could also be an effective counselling tool.  We also explored meditation, some which are located on this blog.

URANUS ~ BREATHE

“Uranus is the first of the higher octave planets. It describes a quality of electric energy that is very high in vibration. …

Uranus also describes healing, enlightenment and mental brilliance ~ for a person it show one who is a humanitarian, individual and unique. Special and unusual situations occur when Uranus is stimulated in our chart. They can lead to new awareness as a result of breaking up old patterns. A person who has Uranus strong in their chart can be rebellious, high-strung and nervous. At times the electrical energy in our bodies is so strong it can cause physical conditions such as bronchitis, allergies, asthma, etc.. So you could say the body’s on overload, and we need to let off all that excess steam within our own system so we don’t damage our health.

Uranus rules the breathing mechanism as well as indicating the nervous system, tension may produce shallow breathing or a general lack of oxygen in the system. The meridians in the body may be reversed. (Meridians are the lines that connect acumpuncture points in the body.) Reversed meridians may lead to what appear to be learning disabiities. Actually the individual may learn so rapidly and be so far ahead of the norm that he tends to jam his own circuits by trying to slow down or cnform to the methods of others. This is especially true if there are difficult aspects to Mercury or to the ruler of the third house of communications. In extreme situations, those difficult aspects may indicate a potential for dyslexia as a result of those reversed meridians.” Astrology and Your Past Lives ~ Jeanne Avery 

We contract or hold-in our breath, when we’re tense or protecting ourselves from something or someone in our environment. Usually when we feel safe, the body relaxes; the breathing slows down and drops farther into the belly, becoming deeper and more nurturing.   But if we continue to tense up this area, our breathing becomes shallower and the body’s back and neck will have to compensate for it. With the lungs imbalanced, the neck will be forced to crane forward, having to physically carry the weight of the head rather than allowing it to balance naturally on the spine. The neck pulled forward causes undue strain in many of the muscles in the shoulder and back area.

When working on Mitch’s energy body, his breathing appeared shorter, shallower and more in the chest than in the belly. The muscle that is responsible for controlling the lungs is the diaphragm (ruled by Uranus). This is a large dome-shaped muscle that separates the chest cavity from the abdomen.   It lies directly under the lungs and when we breathe in the muscle stretches out to let air into the lungs.   As you exhale, the diaphragm curves inwards and upwards to force all the unwanted air out of our lungs. The diaphragm is one of the most under-used muscles in the human body.

“Uranus represents the need for independence and originality; it crashes through forms and restraints and helps develop individuality on the basis of inwardly desired change. Neptune on the other hand, represents the desire to experience what lies beyond individuality itself. Hence it stands for a need to disassociate and blur things, to idealize and perfect them. But there is a danger of the individual mind becoming chaotic and losing itself in the collective. When the two factors come together, as they do here, we get a highly idealistic personality displaying an impersonal attitude every now and then.” Aspects and Personaltiy ~ Karen Hamaker-Zondag

A lack of life-energy (chi) can cause the entire body to experience health problems and cause the entire body to slowly deteriorate. I suspected Mitch had a skin condition and called him on it. Mitch said he suffers from a skin condition called psoriasis.

Psoriasis is an immune disorder said to originate in the intestinal tract. (Mitch’s 6th house in Virgo rules the intestinal tract and this area of the body is where he’s most affected). Those familiar with leaky-gut syndrome know that toxic substances that normally pass through the intestines are instead seeped through the walls, entering the lymphatic system and invading the blood stream. The liver and kidneys attempt to filter out these toxins but when the liver becomes overloaded the skin comes to the rescue to help eliminate them. Psoriasis, then, is an overproduction of skin cells that cause a pileup of dead cells, thickening the skin with raised red patches.   Metaphysically this is a mental issue of patterns and attitudes that are already dead and finished with but haven’t yet been released.

Mars in the 6th house can get quite a deal of angry and impatient when our ordinary day-to-day life isn’t going as planned. Fuming over what was, burns up a lot of reserved energy, burning out the adrenals and feeling quite anxious. Again with Mitch we see an accumulation of repressed rage and suppressed feelings that never got processed. Interestingly, in the aura, these appear as dark red spots that can be quite explosive when disturbed.

“Each feeling contains atomic particles, and the feelings which are denied contain particles which spin at a greater force than normal because their natural movement has been suppressed. This greater intensity of spin creates the color, red. When there is a large accumulation of these particles, the energy can no longer be contained, which results in an explosive force which you perceive as violence. This may express itself as a tantrum, as abrasive behavior, belligerence, insult, physical abuse, rape, or even murder. ‘Seeing red’ is an actual phenomenon.” Color and Crystals ~ Joy Gardener

SUMMARY OF MITCH’S HEALING/CHART

There was a lot of personal information discussed with Mitch that wasn’t explained here.   In regard to astrology, For instance, I showed him all the retrogrades (R’s) in his chart, which means that from the earth, these planets (Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) appear to be moving backwards. Because Mitch had so many of them, it means he has to figure a lot of things out for himself, to go within and discover his truths. Once he is able to get himself sorted out, then he’d feel more comfortable interacting with the world.

“Escapism, daydreaming, and fantasies attract, and you may retreat into an ideal and perfect inner world where all is good. This is the conflict between illusions and external reality which reflects the interplay between the Virgoan dream of perfection and the Piscean dream of idealism. A misapplication of these impair your ability to deal with the real world”. North Node In Virgo ~ Paul Hayden

We also talked in great length about aspects to the Moon, Mars, Chiron and the North Node which are all placed in his sixth house. Mitch really wants to push his way through life and once back on track, make up for lost time in his past. It could mean he may have to do a lot of physical work but will have to watch his health. When Mitch was young he had a tendency to run high fevers when run down.

This quote summarizes Mitch’s repressed rage..

“Although it is not like Ares, if he did hold in his anger, he would probably suffer regularly from headaches or more generally turn his aggression against the body. (With the planet Mars in the 6th, feelings and impulses register very strongly in the body and must find some sort of expression if it is not going to short-circuit and blow a fuse.)” Howard Sasportas

With an Aries rising, Mars, Chiron and North Node all in his 6th house Mitch has a great combination of air (intellect) and earth (practicality) to live the way he wants and where he wants. The solution, he has a lot of work to do on himself; Virgo is associated with exercise, health foods, healing and natural products, an area he needs to explore.   Virgo is always striving to learn; this sign needs some form of study to stimulate the mind and Mitch is thinking of going through a graphic arts class sponsored through a government funded program and he’s really interested in exploring the artistic field, especially fantasy art.

“Integration only comes to this individual through service. Must come out of his shell and work. Has been isolated through self-undoing in the past. Either enforced seclusion, or restrictions due to lack of compassion in the past, has made it easy to retreat this time. Fulfilment comes to this individual through serving others and losing the sense of separateness. Humility, the last virtue to be attained, can be the keynote of hits life if the individual is willing to serve others with no concern about the self. In order for any of us to become something, we have to be willing to be nothing. This is the message of the sixth house.” ~ Isabel Hickey

The main thing Mitch and I worked on was for him to be less aggressive and more “assertive”. The key to being assertive is using the “I” statement.   When someone says “I feel frustrated” we open to what they have to say. People are usually more willing to listen to an “I” statement—and—being assertive builds our self-esteem—it’s validating our feelings and opinions. I also told him being assertive wasn’t going to change people; they still may be verbally abusive; but if he made it his goal to stick up for his opinion, even though they spoke the same way, it was a victory for him.

Important aspects such as Chiron opposite Saturn cannot be denied and applied so strongly in Mitch’s chart.   This is what I wrote him …   Chiron opposite Saturn emphasizes the need to strip away old, outmoded forms of self-expression. We’re challenged to become aware of our woundedness in the areas of thoughts, perceptions and communication. This means playing around with ideas, thoughts and words: what ideas do you have that might move you beyond your current situation? Try out some of these ideas and experiment; have fun with them. For instance do you often feel you’re not heard by other people? Perhaps you could learn more effective ways of communicating or choose to be better a better listener. Are you intimated by what others expect of you, losing touch with your own ideas and opinions? Maybe you could learn how to consciously redefine yourself at regular intervals. Be receptive to feedback from trusted friends, but choose what is right for you in the end. Try not to react to what others are saying but take it in as food for thought. If you’re tempted to react or get angry, let that anger spur you into action for your own self-development.

Mitch has been in spiritual counselling for about six months now.  He’s also seeing a naturopath who gives freely of her time to teach him of the respective foods and supplements he should be taking. Definitely 3000 mg. Omega 3 daily, was at the top of the list along with a Candida diet and moderate exercise. L-Glutamine and N-acetyl glucosamine are excellent for rebuilding the stomach wall.  Mitch was also told to try a homeopathic medicine called Kapli Sulphate, a cell salt for Virgo which neutralizes the acidity in the blood.

Mitch is on Depakote and Seroquel for his bipolar, but Seroquel has been causing him muscular spasms and is presently being weaned off of them.

I promised him the next article on this blog will be an in-depth study into Psoriasis ….

Links to follow …

Excellent article “What a Shaman Sees in a Mental Hospital”  themindunleashed.org/2014/08/shaman-sees-mental-hospital.html

http://www.truenode.org/north-node-by-house/north-node-in-6th-house/

Neptune conjunct Midheaven ~ “Any planet conjunct one of the four angles is significant, and when that planet is the outer planet symbolizing spirituality, sensitivity, idealism, the arts, illusion, delusion, surrender and personal sacrifice, it is very significant indeed. Born when Neptune was as high in the sky as it could be on the day of your birth, your career will probably be related to the arts, film, medicine, service, and/or the ocean. Who, what, and how you profess yourself to be will have a deeply sensitive and spiritualized tone. You may be denied some of the natural ego gratification or public acclaim many seek in a career. With other contributing influences you could even serve as a psychic or a sensitive. You have a natural sense of what the public wants and dreams, and can project images of the desirable or the ideal in an enchanting and spellbinding manner.”

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“Physical healing takes place as we learn to tune into, feel, and listen to our bodies.  Our bodies usually know what they need.  They communicate to us clearly and specifically, if we are willing to listen to them. We need to cultivate the art of understanding and interpreting their signals. The body is constantly communicating its need for the right food at the right time, for rest when it’s weary, for movement, and for touch.

 In order to accurately receive the body’s messages, we first have to heal our own addictive processes—the false cravings we may have developed for certain substances or foods that block us from feeling what our bodies really need.  Our bodies naturally crave what is good for them. “ Shatki Gawain, The Four Levels Of Healing

 When problems occur physically, psychologically or emotionally, your spirit has already been trying to get your attention for a while but you’ve either ignored or didn’t understand the signals of your inner guidance.  We don’t hear it until it shouts when in extreme distress.  But even then our first response is trying to eliminate the pain by taking  antacids, painkillers and such—rather than seeing the pain as a messenger and learning to understand what its saying.  

 When Carol first emailed me (PMS PART 1 & 2) regarding her PMS, she was very clear of its emotional effects, especially her uncontrollable rages.  As we looked more at her physical causes, Carol noticed her body was actually shouting at her in an unmistakably painful way.  The more she learned to tune into her inner guidance the more she noticed her PMS wasn’t something that just hit her out of the blue; it had been sitting on the backburner for a while. 

 ENERGY READING

 Together Carol and I discussed her rages, tearful scenes and violent premenstrual outbursts.  She wanted to know why PMS brought out her worst side without the ‘will’ to stop it.  I asked her if I could tune into her energies, perhaps when she was PMSing or close to her period.  We agreed on a day and time as she lives in England and I in Canada.  What follow is an abbreviation of what I saw….which took in total about five or ten minutes.

 When I first tuned into Carol’s energies, she was very nervous and frightened.  Her etheric and nervous system seemed to have protectively cocooned around her body, especially around the solar plexus, clenching it tightly.  I felt the sensation of feeling trapped and a bit claustrophobic.  As I gently scanned and sweeped her energy field, the tightness in my belly subsided but I felt a low, persistent, dragging abdominal pain which I intuitively knew, was Carol’s energy.  Sometimes, a healer can take on another’s pain and this was what was happening to me.  As Carol’s energy flowed over to mine, my muscles felt tense with aches and pains in my joints.  My energy felt low, making me light-headed and irritable….I wanted to snack on something, anything….I had the munchies! 

 The scenes that came next were all jumbled and didn’t fall in sequence at all.  The uncomfortable feelings faded and I found myself looking deeper into Carol’s energy and virtually saw a younger woman (Carol) sitting sullenly nearby.  As I approached the woman, she started crying and immediately brought up both legs onto the chair, pressed them into her chest, wrapping her hands around her knees and hugged the sides of her legs.  In her mind I saw old pieces of memories, her ambitions and visions and views she saw of herself.    I saw her give up things what she needed and wanted for herself—I was told this was out of fear of being rejected, abandoned or worse, confronted.  When she looked in a mirror there was no self-reflection.  What I saw was her reflecting other people’s lives through the image of many mirrors.  Out of fear she learnt to do what others expected her to do.

 When that image slowly dissolved, I saw Carol going completely beserk and attacking someone (her husband?) with a carving knife….then I was suddenly in a fast-moving car driven by Carol, running through an intersection on a red light.  Her energy felt cross, headachey, and stressed almost to the breaking point.  Her emotions were dangerous and very angry. 

 Anger is often a manifestation of other emotions, like fear and shame.  Perhaps more than any other emotion, shame keeps us from connecting.  Shame is about hiding that part of ourselves we are so afraid to bring up, because we believe that if anyone found out about it, they’d never love us or want to be around us.  It’s so much more acceptable to bring up anger, or sadness, or even fear.  We’ve learned how to hide our shame, to keep it at bay, so we don’t bring it up in our relationships.” Carol Naber, Intuitive Healer

 Then things changed again and I saw Carol as an image of a child, whose household looked like a warzone.  It was a place of non-stop panic, frightening her to death as well as belittling her feelings.  In order to cope with the pain she learned at this young age to deny her emotions.  I saw her in a basement with no light to turn on. To make matters worse, she didn’t know where to find the key to unlock it.  Overwhelmed, all her feelings of loss remained stifled and suppressed in this basement until her hormones kicked in and her body started changing.  Although Carol experienced an explosion of emotions in her teenage years, she still tried to keep these bottled up, but they got lodged in her body in the form of hidden tensions, unhealthy habits and too much stress.  It was in her mid 20’s that she started experiencing an explosion of emotions that skyrocketed in a frenzy of emotional rages. 

 “Our rage child is at once a young and old emotion:  young because she is tied to our personal childhood traumas that have been suppressed; old because she is an accumulation of unresolved anger and shame, some of which has been passed on for many generations.  Few of us realize how much we have and how rage controls our lives.  We feel trapped in a revolving door of conflicting emotions—victims of our rage inward, against ourselves.  We fail to understand that the ongoing, often subconscious struggle to repress rage causes suffering and drains our life force.  Whether we are ignorant or aware does not change the fierce truth that most of us are enraged—with good reason—and the fires of rage continue to burn with our without our acknowledgement or permission.”  Ruth King. 

 Our bodies can tell a whole story about our lives.  When we learn to tap into our own energy, our deepest secrets and fears will reveal themselves to us.  Carol’s body was holding a lot of anger, resentment, fear, and woundedness.  Her PMS could very well be stemming from burying her feelings and emotions as a child.  She denied these even existed until her adolescent years when she experienced an emotional awakening from her hormones going wild.  But still she tried to shovel them deep inside until she was propelled against her will into a world of feelings that she couldn’t get a grip on. 

 HYPOGLYCEMIA – LOW BLOOD SUGAR

 I shared the following quote in this article on my blog – DIABETES – AND THE IMBALANCE OF SWEETNESS IN YOUR LIFE.  Although Carol is not a diabetic, she showed all signs of being hypoglycemic.  I had suggested she get tested for this, which she did and her  tests all came back positive.   Hypoglycemia can cause severe metabolic changes in your brain and nervous system, creating mood swings, unstable emotions and changes in behavior. 

 The sugar level in our blood obviously relates to the amount of sweetness and love in our lives and to the opposite, anger and sourness. Diabetes can indicate that the love we are receiving is uncontrollable and excessive, to the point where it is smothering or overwhelming. It is also unusable as it is constantly being eliminated in the urine, thus responding to a sense of loss and inner sadness. In this state there is a great desire for affection and love, yet an inability to know how to act if it is received. This give rise to anger and resentment, a blaming of others for our own inner fear and confusion in dealing with love. The word spleen also means moroseness and irritability. Hypoglycemia indicates the same conflicts with expressing and receiving sweetness, but the conflict leaves an inner depletion and emptiness. DEB Shapiro

 Louise Hay says “Individuals dealing with hypoglycemia often feel overburdened by life; they see life as something that is too much to handle. There is usually self-pity involved, too, with the general sentiment expressed being:  “What’s the use?!”  She recommends people need to eat small meals at a regular basis to elevate their blood sugar and keep it at an even keel.  

 I asked Carol to watch herself for the next 10 days or so, and keep track of all the times she stopped to take any form of food or drink, whether it was a meal or snack.  What was most important was for her ‘to consciously try and remember for each time, how you were feeling, what you were thinking and doing before, during and after the meal, snack or drink. Notice particularly whether you were calm and relaxed, tense, tired, emotional, hungry, bored or whatever.  Keep a *journal and write down or draw each of those ‘food events’ as you recall them.  (e.g., 10:00 am ate a doughnut and drank coffee—needed a break from work.)’

 (*Keeping a journal will give you daily feedback when you experience hormone fluctuations, what makes you feel better or what makes you feel worse.   Your experience is the best and truest guide to have to respond to the messages of your body.)

 I also suggested to Carol to keep an eye on the Moon and its different phases, since its cycle (29.5 days) has been connected to a woman’s menstrual period.  Sugar and starches are interestingly lunar in nature and one of the endocrine glands, the pancreas, is also moon related.  The pancreas is a vital part of our digestive system, it’s in charge of keeping watch of the amount of sugar in the body and blood…if stressed or not working quite as it should, our hypothalamus (also Moon related) and adrenal glands panic, calling out for a backup.  The hypothalamus and adrenals both know, low blood sugar is a ‘threat to your survival’ and together they send out hormones to find ways to boost it.  The problem is, these hormones create such a flux in the body, the thyroid has no choice but to slow down, losing its power.   

 “Low blood sugar and a poorly functioning thyroid gland reflect depression and depression affects the immune system, so we get a cold, which depresses us even more.  Sometimes we get up in the morning just feeling rotten, but how can we say that one causes the other?  Or might our bodies, being part of an interconnected world organism, simply move in harmony with climatic changes more than we realize.  What we eat has a profound effect on our moods, but our moods in turn affect what we eat.  If we are unhappy or stressed we grab for “comfort food” like chocolate, which in turn makes us feel unhappy and stressed because the blood sugar level crashes afterward, which makes us depressed…..it is the body, the domain of the Moon, which keeps us in touch with life in the moment, whether it is the dark or the life face of experience we are encountering.  Without sufficient expression of the Moon, it is not only the body which suffers.  It is our capacity to experience life in the present.”   (Liz Greene)

 

“For thousands of years—up to and including decades of the present century—very little, if anything was done to alleviate the unpleasant symptoms which the vast majority of women experience while they are menstruating, nor the whole complex (or syndrome) of problems, mental and physical, which affect far more women than is generally realized during the premenstrual phase of their cycle.  This is partly accounted for by the fact that sex and the reproductive system were taboo conversational topics.  Certainly the advent of sex education in schools and movements o establish equal rights for women, as well as a more liberal attitude towards sexual activity, have contributed to alerting the scientific and medical world to the subject of ‘women’s complaints’. To a certain extent, the earlier ignorance has been, or is being, rectified.  As women become more aware of their own identities, so they develop body-consciousness and thereby an awareness of how their bodies work, and what these feel life when they are not working properly.  Because women now talk openly to one another and to their doctors, the full range of menstrual problems has come to light.” Dr. Caroline Shreeve

We are helping each other out in regard to our monthly periods and our struggles with PMS.  There are lots of forums out there now that focus on this subject and groups are available too, right in your own community.  There’s so much more we can learn by listening to each other.  I’ve tried to put as much information as I can on problems and solutions with PMS.  At the end of this blog, there are links to some incredible sites that could offer you more.  The information gathered here isn’t just from Carol’s reading; it is a gathering of information that has grown over the years.  From the many women I’ve met with PMS, the one things we’ve all seemed to have in common, as discussed earlier, is symptoms of low blood sugar also known as hypoglycemic. 

 THE BRAIN NEEDS GLUCOSE

 Artificial sweeteners are on the rise but they play havoc with the body’s metabolism and frustrate it to no end.  When the body tastes something sweet, it begins the natural preparation of digesting carbohydrates, but with artificial sweeteners it can’t find them!  When this happens, the body has to compensate somehow and look for carbs elsewhere….it may excessively absorb carbohydrates found in the intestines which forces the body to produce extra insulin which then causes our blood sugar to go too low, resulting in hypoglycemia.  This insulin and blood sugar roller coaster causes the hypothalamus to panic which leads to more carb cravings and more sweets.  It’s an endless cycle that if not managed, can lead to weight gain and progressive obesity. 

 The brain needs a maximum of 1 tsp or 5 grams of glucose every 3 to 4 hours to give our bodies and brains constant little spurts of sugar as fuel in our bloodstreams.  We can get this from eating fruits in moderation, vegetables, salads, herbs, sea vegetables and ‘green drinks.’  But if you eat that tasty honey or cinnamon bun for breakfast your body becomes overloaded with at least 12 teaspoons of sugar, guaranteeing to cause hormonal havoc by flooding and hamming your little energy engines into ‘off’.  Within an hour of eating that tasty treat, surging blood glucose signals insulin levels to spike, causing your physical, emotional and mental performance to decline in an ever-increasing downard spiral.  Elevated insulin levels also cause further cravings. 

 “Cortisol robs your brain of its only source of fuel: glucose.  It also wreaks havoc on your brain’s chemical messengers—your neurotransmitters—which carry your thoughts from one brain cell to the next.  When your neurotransmitter function is disrupted, and when your brain’s fuel supply plummets, it’s difficult for you to concentrate and to remember.” Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. BRAIN LONGEVITY

 

“Sugar [not glucose] depletes the body of specific nutrients including B complex vitamins, magnesium, chromium and other minerals.  Ingested sugar destroys the germ killing capacities of the white blood cells for approximately four hours” Dr. Jacqueline Krohn

 Glucose which only comes from plant food, is the most essential fuel in the human body.  The brain, lens of the eye, lungs and kidneys must have glucose to operate properly.  The brain is so dependent on glucose that it does not even need insulin to get glucose into the cells, which is unusual, since nearly all other body cells require insulin which allow glucose to slip in through the cell membrane. 

 Glucose is a necessity for your body cells.  If just the right amount of glucose goes straight from the intestinal absorption to the body cells and is burned for fuel, then the person feels great, look great and energetic.  If not enough glucose is available, then the person feels cranky, depressed, forgetful and listless in a condition call hypoglycemia (low sugar levels in the blood). If an excess of glucose starts accumulating outside of the cell, then “glucotoxicity” begins.  Glucotoxicity is slow but lethal where too much glucose outside of the cells triggers a host of destructive pathways throughout the body.

 “During the low blood sugar period, you can feel mood swings, irritability, and lack of attention and even undergo a weight shift.  This roller-coaster ride of high and low blood sugar is caused by hormones reacting to the food you have eaten—primarily reactions between carbohydrates and the pancreatic hormone insulin, between proteins and the pancreatic hormone glucagons, and between fats and the hormones call eicosanoid….A fundamental solution to your symptoms, whether related to blood sugar or perimenopause, is an eating plan that consists of slow-acting or low glycemic carbohydrates, along with high-quality fats and proteins that keep insulin levels low and that help to stabilize blood sugar levels.” Anne Louise Gittleman

 SEROTONIN

 During the day, the pineal gland releases the hormone serotonin and at night the hormone melatonin. Serotonin keeps us awake during the day, it influences our appetite, boosts our energy levels and makes us feel relaxed and good about ourselves. If serotonin levels are low, you’ll find yourself craving for sweets or constantly wanting to binge on foods. We tend to eat to make ourselves feel better…and it works because the more carbohydrates we eat, our serotonin levels go up! The problem is, the more weight we put on, the more serotonin it takes to elevate our mood.

 Low levels of serotonin have been linked to such conditions as depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel, overeating, bulimia, obsessive-compulsive behavior, autism, PMS, migraine headaches, schizophrenia and even erratic behavior” ravenstar. (From my post Healing by way of the Endocrine Glands Part II)

 Serotonin also helps to control our sensitivity to pain, it is manufactured by an amino acid called tryptophan. 

 “Serotonin, the brain’s mood rejuvenator, influences appetite, cravings and obsessive behaviors.  Low serotonin levels cause us to be impulsive, aggressive, anxious, restless and depressed and to exhibit compulsive habits including overeating and drug and alcohol abuse.  Serotonin promotes equanimity, alert tranquility, confidence and a postive enthusiasm.  Low serotonin levels create depression, which is often treated with popular medications Prozac, Paxil, Aoloft and others known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs).  These drugs inhibit the nerve cellls from reabsorbing serotonin once it is released, thus prolonging the action of serotonin and giving short-term biochemical assistance.  Low serotonin levels also cause PMS cravings and sleep disorders.” THE PATH TO PHENOMENAL HEALTH – Sam Graci

 When we become emotional we often turn to food for solace.  Food has a powerful effect on serotonin, a hormone in the brain that controls both emotion and eating.  Stress has been known to create a powerful psychological hunger that never finds satisfaction, no matter how full our stomachs feel.  Stress is the culprit that makes us ignore food that is good for us and turn to cookies and ice-cream instead.   

 “Eating sweet food is a way of feeding ourselves the sweetness we crave, of temporarily giving to ourselves the sweetness or reward that we may feel nobody else is giving us.  Conversely, in expressing our need for nourishment we may also stop eating thereby reducing or shrinking our need for affection to a level that makes no demands at all.  In this way obesity and anorexia are actually expressing a similar state; that of not loving self and therefore needing outside reinforcement and affirmation, but not receiving that affirmation enough to satisfy the demand.  The reaction that state is simply expressing in opposing ways:  obesity indicates a loss of personal control, while anorexia implies a highly exaggerated attempt at control.” Deb Shapiro BODY/MIND Workbook

 

High levels of Dopamine (another chemical in the brain) can  produce anxiety, stress, nervousness and aggression.  When the level of dopamine is elevated, a person may develop feelings of insecurity, paranoia and fear.  

Serotonin is another important chemical in the brain that can affect a person’s mental well-being.  Individuals with low serotonin levels are usually controlled personalities who display mood swings and some sort of compulsion, such as alcoholism, overating or being a workaholic, perfectionist, or procrastinator.  A serotonin imbalance can produce not only depression but internal anger. 

Depression can also be linked to other physical factors, such as hypothyroidism and food or environmental allergies. 

MINERALS AND ENZYMES 

We know that our diets can affect our energy, our ability to think, concentrate and also feelings of self-worth.   Hormones, like the rest of our bodies, are created from the food we eat.  In order to create all the hormones we need in just the right quantities, we have to take in enough of the nutrients they’re composed of to make enzymes, the catalysts that stimulate all your cells into action.  If the enzymes are not functioning, as they should then most of those vitamins and minerals you’re taking won’t be able to do their job.  Vitamins A, D, E and K need the enzyme lipase to break them down.  If this enzyme isn’t present, then most of the vitamins you took this morning have already been flushed out of the body.   

Enzymes are found in raw fruits and vegetables, especially juices.  But for enzymes to work at their optimal level, they need minerals, which are found in our tissues, blood and bones. Minerals transmit vital electric and magnetic impulses to the nerves and heart as well as helping in hormone production and balancing the body’s energy.  When just one mineral is lacking form you diet, it will be felt by the entire body which will do its utmost to convey this to you by either a lack of energy, feelings of irritability, nervousness, muscle soreness and even loss of focus or confusion.      

When the body is lacking in minerals, it searches for alternatives and has a tendency to pickup harmful minerals such as lead, aluminum and mercury in an attempt to maintain its balance.  The liver, one of the largest major organs in the human system has to work harder to filter out toxins the body has absorbed from polluted air, food and water.  When we are constantly exposed to industrial chemicals and pesticides the liver becomes overloaded and can’t do its job. 

THE LIVER 

“In Chinese medicine the liver is known as a storehouse of anger, particularly repressed anger, which gathers here and may eventually explode outward.  Too much anger, especially if it is repressed, is like a toxin in the body, and is often the background to addiction.  Unacknowledged or unexpressed anger leads to depression (anger turned inward) shame, jealousy, or irritability, all of which further deplete your energy levels and can damage the immune system.  Connected to anger are bitterness and resentment, which are seen in the production of bile, or guilt, hopelessness, frustration and hatred.” Deb Shapiro YOUR BODY SPEAKS YOUR MIND 

The liver is the largest gland/organ in the body with over 500 different functions and the only organ with a dual blood supply.  This allows it to have access to blood rich nutrients as well as being able to rapidly discharge bile and other toxic substances.   One of its many functions is to secrete bile, an alkaline liquid which passes via the gallbladder into the duodenum, where it acts on the fats in foods and prepares them for digestion.  The liver is also a store for glycogen, a starchy substance which can be converted into sugars when the body needs extra energy.  When the liver has a hard time converting glycogen to glucose, the brain is deprived of its main fuel, sugar.  And when the brain doesn’t get enough sugar we can develop hypoglycemic symptoms.   

A congested liver tires the body because it has a hard time converting glycogen to glucose. I aked Carol if she suffered from night or day sweats which she replied yes.  I told her these sweats could be caused from energy stagnating in the kidney area as well as the liver and the spleen.   The liver is one of the main factors in the formation of sexual hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone).  One of its tasks is to eliminate excess hormones, especially estrogens, which have a tendency to irritate the liver and make it overly sensitive.  

ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS And XENOESTROGENS 

Daily we are exposed to thousands of toxins—photocopy machines, dust, mold, pollens, plastics, chemicals, fuel, and pesticides on foods.  Our body’s are very susceptible to chemical hazards as there are some that can interfere with the absorption of nutrients in the digestive system.  When the body is unable to excrete poisonous chemicals from food or in the air, they start accumulating in our bodies, disrupting enzyme function and throwing the body’s hormonal system out of balance.   

 “If you live or work in an urban or suburban environment, as most of us do, your body is subject to a constant bombardment from petrol-chemical molecules.  These molecules are in the air you breathe, the food you eat, the liquids you drink.  They come from automobile exhaust, detergents, pesticides, herbicides, PCBs, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.  These molecular structures are somewhat similar to those of estrogen, and they have the potential to occupy oxygen receptors in your cells.  Breast cancer, enlarged ovaries and premature cessation of ovulation are possible consequences. 

…..the ones that women are most likely to come in contact with are PCBs and related compounds in household cleaners, detergents and personal care products, small appliances, plastics, canned food and contraceptive creams……..The xenoestrogens interfere with the body’s natural estrogen in various ways.  They may occupy or alter estrogen receptors sites in tissue cells.  They may interfere with the actual manufacture of estrogen by the ovaries or adrenal glands or decrease the rate of estrogen excretion from the body and cause a build up of the hormone with consequent symptoms…..Some xenoestrogens have widespread effects….inhibiting the production of all sex hormones, not just estrogen.” Anne Louise Gittleman 

 Xenoestrogens (xeno means foreign) can cause a variety of symptoms when they’ve accumulated in the body.  The liver is constantly working to eliminate toxic substances from the body but can easily become overwhelmed when there’s just too much to handle.  Toxic substances can cause an extreme outpouring of adrenaline raising high levels of sugar in the blood.  This outpouring of adrenaline, especially when the brain has no glucose for fuel can often trigger aggressive behavior.     

Lima beans, soy beans and other soy produces contain isoflavones, phytoestrogens or plant estrogens.  These substances actually curb the activity of the excess estrogen in the body’s tissues.  Psytoestrogens can also be found in other vegetables and in fruits along with nonsoluble fibers, beta-carotene and selenium.  Flaxseed and certain types of fish contain omega-3 fatty acids.

 This is a tremendous site and incredibly informative…

http://www.energeticnutrition.com/vitalzym/xeno_phyto_estrogens.html

 How to avoid xenoestrogens  

http://kerryg.hubpages.com/hub/Reducing-Exposure-to-Xenoestrogens

 HORMONAL BALANCING 

When we are treating our hormones with supplements that involve only one or two hormones, this could eventually lead to an imbalance to your whole endocrine system.  You can’t just increase one hormone artificially; if you do your body will start decreasing the natural production of other hormones your body needs to return to balance.  There is no quick fix for your PMS.  You need to learn about all the forces that can interfere with your hormone health and focus on the substances that your body needs to produce hormones in just the right quantities.  This means you must become in charge of your own life, not a victim to it.  It means learning about taking charge of your own hormone health. It means learning about yourself, your deep-seated needs and your individuality.  

Everything that affects the body also affects the mind; hormone changes are no exception to this rule.  Our thoughts and emotions have a profound influence on our hormone balance and their effects on our bodies.  We cannot separate mental, physical, emotional, spiritual and social aspects of ourselves; this is the central idea of the holistic approach to health. 

“The ovaries produce both testosterone and estrogen. Relatively small quantities of testosterone are released into your bloodstream by the ovaries and adrenal glands. In addition to being produced by the ovaries, estrogen is also produced by fat tissue in the body. These sex hormones are involved in the growth, maintenance, and repair of reproductive tissues. But that’s not all. They influence other body tissues and bone mass as well.” http://women.webmd.com/normal-testosterone-and-estrogen-levels-in-women

 (Your endocrine glands are also spiritual centers, each having a consciousness of its own, each with its own history and experience as well as emotions, ideas, attitudes and experiences.  Each one of the 7 glands are related to the other six through the nervous system and the hormones in the blood; to function properly they all have to work together and get along.  But if they disagree among themselves, this leads to a clash of ‘wills’ with one or more gland seeking to control or manipulate the others.  When this happens it can cause a person to feel emotionally explosive, manipulative or so totally lacking in energy they withdraw from the interaction of others. It is these seven areas of consciousness that make each of us unique, they are the product of how we have utilized and used our power.)  

 “When you get your hormone balance right, you will be protecting yourself not just from the regular aggravation of PMS or period pains, and the long haul of menopausal symptoms but also from the overspill problems of hormone imbalance such as depression, tiredness and weight gain.  You will be reducing your risk of cancer and heart disease; you will be strengthening your bones and your whole body.  And if you plan to have a baby, you will be enhancing the chances of producing a happy, healthy child who will be a delight to you and everyone else.” Arabella Melville 

Our sexual hormones are coordinated and orchestrated by the pituitary gland in the brain.  If there aren’t enough enzymes and minerals to help transport them through the blood then this will affect your hormones.  For the body to stay balanced we need to be sure that our needs are met ‘at all times’.  If they don’t our endocrine glands won’t be able to function as they should.  Understanding your needs comes from learning what different factors affect you as an individual.  Keeping a journal, as mentioned earlier will help give you feedback on the way your hormones are fluctuating and how they’re affecting you.  You might find you need plenty of rest before your period or maybe physical exercise.  You might need more food to fuel the body or ignore wheats or stay away from sugary or salty food.   

Your sexual tastes may change too….you may not like to have your breasts touched when their swollen or feeling sensitive.  You may like intense sex and then again something more gentler.  Whatever you’re feeling, communicating this to your partner is the key.   

PMS can be due to excessively high levels of estrogen in the blood which is capable of causing depressive and mental problems.  When estrogen is too high it interferes with the body’s ability to absorb B6 (pyridoxine), which is known as the anti-depression vitamin, because it controls the production of serotonin.

 Many of the remedies that are advertised did not work for me.  Energy testing, however, let me to progesterone, which is the best natural substance I have ever taken.  For many women who have sever PMS, progesterone (not the synthetic progestin works like magic because it potently strengthens the spleen and sedates the triple warmer.”  Donna Eden, ENERGY MEDICINE

 Energy testing can be done by everyone.   http://www.feelingfree.net/awareness/selftest.htm

 Energy testing with Donna Eden on youtube  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HErzYIN1Me8

 Most women can take progesterone but there are a select few that can’t.  Side affects to progesterone can include feeling depressed, listless, no emotional drive and very tired.   

Progesterone is one hormone that tends to go up rather than down with exercise:  half an hour of ‘good’ exercise can raise the level of progesterone in the circulation by 40%.  That means progesterone deficiencies can be improved within minutes of doing a physical workout.

 The glands of the endocrine system and their hormonal output is better when we are physically active.  The adrenal glands for example, are stimulated into higher levels of hormone production by exercise.  In addition physical activity changes the sensitivity of cells to the effects of hormones so that our hormone systems work more efficiently.

 Too much regular strenuous exercise can reduce estrogen levels drastically.  If stores of your body fat are diminished too much it can cause such a distortion in your hormonal ouput causing loss of periods and loss of bone leading to osteoporosis. 

 Great site describing too much and too little estrogen, progesterone and testosterone produced in the ovaries https://eaware.org/ovaries/

 http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-estrogen.htm

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-progesterone.htm

http://women.webmd.com/normal-testosterone-and-estrogen-levels-in-women

 SUPPLEMENTS AND HERBS

 *additions to be added….as well as any comments….

 Natural supplements are great and they can be very helpful but they are just as the word states “SUPPLEMENTS” they are not a “cure”.  Just like medications we get from the doctor, if we take the wrong dose or mix it with something else, they can do more harm than good.  I have seen people who have crossed the boundaries with supplements, taking more than they should because they believe more is better but in truth they can do great harm to their bodies. I’d also like to point out that just because the label says ‘all natural products’ doesn’t mean they are safe for everyone or that you can safely take them with other medications.  It’s very important that you read the label, take the suggested amount and make sure it won’t interfere with the meds you are already taking.  

AGNUS CASTUS is an amazing herb….I’ve heard this over and over by many women who wouldn’t even think of giving it up.  It works by regulating the activity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-access, the region of the brain and endocrine system that regulates and orchestrates hormonal release and their functions.  It allows the body to get itself back to where it needs to be, and doesn’t cause any other hormonal imbalances.

 VITAMINE B6 (Pyridoxine)

“B6 (pyridoxine) has often been called a “woman’s guardian angel” because of its power to relieve perimenopausal symptoms, particularly water retention and bloating, skin eruptions, mood swings, and even depression and anxiety. High concentrations of B6 increase the synthesis of neurotransmitter dopamine and inhibit secretion of the milk-stimulating hormone prolactin.  This alleviates anxiety, irritability, mood swings, and nervous tension.  Vitamin B6 reduces levels of estrogen and elevates progesterone levels.  Additionally B6 helps balance tissue levels of magnesium, a mineral noted for its ability to alleviate peri-menopause symptoms.

 Vitamin B6 is needed for normal secretion of serotonin, the brain neurotransmitter that regulates mood, pain, sleep and appetite.  This vitamin has been shown to improve memory, particularly long-term memory and increases the brain’s capacity to store information.” Anne Louise Gittleman

 B6 has also been beneficial in helping depression, fluid retention and swelling, especially the fingers, feet and ankles.

 A few years back, a client of mine mentioned brewers’ yeast, magnesium and vitamin B6 all seemed to really help with her PMS symptoms.  I tried it and loved it and mentioned it to others too….they really seems to relax, balance and revitalize the body, all at the same time. 

 For proper absorption vitamin B6 should be taken with B-complex vitamins and with Omega 3-6-9.   

 Foods high in B6 – brewer’s yeast, soybeans, kale, spinach, bananas, liver, nuts, whole grains, meat, fish, poultry, legumes, sunflower seeds, avocados and green peppers, peas, eggs, carrots,

http://www.livestrong.com/article/40744-foods-high-vitamin-b6/

 CHROMIUM helps in transporting and binding insulin into the cells, allowing them to take in glucose where it is consumed and converted into energy. It also helps to balance your sugars.

 HERBS that also help to balance blood sugars include black cohosh, panax and Siberian ginseng, dandelion, gentian, ginger, cinnamon, uva ursi, licorice root and astragalus. Astragalus helps to boost energy by supporting the adrenals and the immune system.

 

 MAGNESIUM is required for regulating normal body temperature and for the conversion of glucose into an energy source.  The adrenal glands regulate the amount of magnesium, with a hormone known as aldosterone.

 Magnesium deficiencies can create nervousness, anxiety, irritability muscle tremors, muscle cramps, memory loss, concentration problems, apathy, depression, perspiration increase, body odor increase, urination increase, constipation and more. 

 There are magnesium supplements of 100 mg or more.  Slowly increase in your diet because Magnesium can not be stored in the body and too much will cause diarrhea.  

 Almonds have a very high magnesium content and help to lay down calcium as bone.  Chinese and oriental foods are high in magnesium as well as kelp, wheat bran, cashews, pistachios, parsley, dandelion greens, garlic, raisins, bananas, carrots, blackberries and much more. 

 http://www.livestrong.com/article/40777-foods-high-magnesium-zinc/

 OMEGA-3-Fatty Oils

As you may know, fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, helps to develop healthy cells/skin/hair and makes it easier for your body to use stored fat and sugar for energy.  When we don’t have enough of this oils in our system we can get depressed, inattentive, irritable, confused and lack focus.  If you’re going to take omega-3’s as a supplement, I highly recommend a supplement with omega-3, 6, 9, all these together help to relieve physical and mental symptoms of PMS and balance your hormones.  Too much omega-3 by itself can cause inflammation.  1000mg to 3000 mg is recommended daily. 

NERVE SUPPLEMENTS

Supplements for the nerves, skullcap, valerian root, lavender, passion flower and chamomile.  Don’t take any one of these if you’re working with machinery or planning to drive.  Personally, skullcap is one of my favorite and lavender too—their very enjoyable as a tea.   

SAW PALMETTO acts as a anti-androgen, meaning it can lower the levels of testosterone in the body.   

SEROTONIN

The only substance to ‘manufacture serotonin is the essential amino acid tryptophan.  As we know serotonin helps to control our mood, sleep, appetite and pain threshold.  Eating Disorders and violent behavior has been traced to serotonin.  Tryptophan converts to niacin before becoming serotonin.  And it needs a little help with this from B6 and Vitamin C. 

5HTP http://www.livestrong.com/article/488320-the-5-htp-dosage-for-pms/

 ZINC

A zinc deficiency has also been known to cause anxiety and depression as well as depression and poor sexual development.  It plays a starring role in the function of the immune system and brain development and performance.  Zinc helps to remove toxic metals from the brain, particularly copper, lead, mercury and cadmium.  High copper levels can cause paranoia, violent behavior, mood swings and schizoid behavior.  High lead can cause learning disabilities and behavioral disorders.   

Foods high in zinc, wheat, olives, brazil nuts, almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, garlic, onions, oats, lettuce, soya beans, asparagus, lettuce, rice, barley, sunflower seeds 

“Organic chocolate – 70% cocoa considered an energizing food if eaten in moderation about 3:00 pm.  By mid-afternoon you’re mood-balanced hormone serotonin ‘good mood’ hormone DHEA and neuropeptide beta endorphin levels take a natural dip.  If you consume up to to one and a half ounces or forty two grams of dark semi sweet cholcolate which contains only ninety calories, you quickly boost the serotonin, DHEA and neuropeptide beta endorphin levels so you feel happy, satisfied and content.  The cacao plant (which is a source of choclate) contains a potent antioxidant called pentamer that increases the activity of cancer suppressing genes.” THE PATH TO PHENOMENAL HEALTH Sam Graci

 http://www.livestrong.com/pms-supplements/

http://www.nowloss.com/Foods-high-in-zinc.htm

 Other sites to consider…..

 PMDD Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

http://www.healthyplace.com/depression/pmdd/pmdd-premenstrual-dysphoric-disorder-symptoms-treatment/

 There is no laboratory test that identifies PMS symptoms or PMDD. The diagnosis is made from the patient’s reporting of their symptoms on a daily basis for 2 or more menstrual cycles. These daily symptom records must demonstrate a cyclic symptom pattern, with the greatest severity in the week preceding menses and major reduction or elimination of the symptoms after the menstrual period.”

http://depression.about.com/cs/hormones/a/pmddsymptoms.htm 

Forums on PMS

http://www.steadyhealth.com/

http://www.healthypages.co.uk/forum/

Signs of PMS http://ezinearticles.com/?PMS—Signs,-Symptoms,-Causes&id=6855353

Great site on helping to reduce PMS symptoms http://www.marilynglenville.com/womens-health-issues/pre-menstrual-syndrome/

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