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Homeopathy

I actually began studying homeopathy long before my cancer experience and I still love it! When my children were young, I attended a study group put together by a homeopathic veterinarian. I learned enough to stop having to take my kids to the doctor each month for antibiotics because of all the things that kids pass around. Having my kids get well faster and stay healthier over the winter was well worth the time I spent in the study.

Along the way, I found a homeopath nearby and when one of my son’s behavior was more than we could handle, I took him to the homeopath. I was grasping for straws and avoiding the ordinary drugs that children are put on to comply. My son had refused to take them, so I didn’t really have that option. I was pretty shocked when my son became compliant and calm with a homeopathic remedy.

When I feel like my energy is really low or I have some issue that hasn’t been resolved by a visit to my chiropractor or doctor, I call the homeopath. This week was one of those weeks. After being troubled for over  a month with varying symptoms and two weeks of swollen ankles, the homeopath made a recommendation with a focus on my being extremely tired when it rains.

The doctors had not found any good reason for the swelling and I wasn’t settling for wait and see what happens. I shouldn’t be surprised by the overnight results and it doesn’t always happen that way for everybody, but my ankles are much improved and despite the rain today, I didn’t have to take a nap.

As much as I love the chakras and meridians and the qiclock, I have found homeopathy to be a great way to clear up those things that you can’t seem to get out of your system. The remedies are not only based on physical symptoms, your outlook, things going on in your life and other considerations play into the choice. That adds to my fascination for it and my belief in its support of my holistic health.

If anybody is interested in the name of my homeopath, I am happy to share.

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Mission Bike! Mission Healing!

Today I was on a mission. 

My bicycle shock broke a few years back rendering it unrideable.  Because the company that originally manufactured the bike had been bought by another company I couldn’t just replace the part easily.  And since I have been a student for the past couple years, buying a new bicycle or replacing expensive parts was not in my budget.  I was finally gifted a bicycle that my son was able to make some fairly minor adjustments to make it ride smoothy for me.  And before sunset, I was able to go for a ride.

I love riding my bicycle.  I enjoy exercising, but being on a bike and riding along the river or on a trail through nature is really something that I enjoy.  When my children were younger, we used to go on bike rides a lot.  Some of my kids even raced bicycles for a couple summers.  It isn’t just because of my fond memories that I like to bike, it is now because I still can.

For those of you who don’t know my health story, I lost half my right lung to cancer just about seven years ago.  I cannot believe it has been that long ago already.  When I was presented with the surgery option I was told that my body would adjust and in six months I would be able to do everything that I had done before.  For me, this wasn’t true.  I have been doing interval training and weights the past few years because doing aerobics for extended periods of time was not as easy as it used to be.

For over two years following my surgery I would get nauseous and dizzy when trying to go for a good ride.  It was very frustrating.  Even more frustrating was when I went to the doctor for help, he suggested that I lose weight and put me on diet pills.  Finally a nurse that I spoke to suggested that maybe due to the pain, I hadn’t been breathing as deeply.  I hadn’t thought of it even though I was in pain for over nine months following my surgery.  I am happy to report that is finally changing!

I am not only on a mission for my own healing, I hope that through my self-healing guide, others will heal, too!

 

Reflect

Another thing you can do while you are sitting still is reflect. Use a journal, you can order one here http://sharibrandtdesign.com/Journals.html

What is reflection?  Think about things.  Sometimes this can be overwhelming.  If you are thinking about someone in your life or situations you are not happy with, you can shut down, turn on the boob tube, have a drink or two or more, or open the fridge and overeat.  STOP!  Think about yourself and imagine that you are a computer, better yet, imagine that you are the internet.  If you ask questions, your mind (not just your brain) will search for answers or bring people into your life who have the answers or increase your awareness and lead you to an answer. 

So, this is where your journal is helpful.  Write down your question.  If you are thinking about a person you are not happy with, don’t just ask why, but ask what can you learn from being involved with that person.  Ask, does your relationship with this person make you feel good or bad.  I have known people that I have had fun with, but they were often late and I couldn’t trust that what they told me was the truth.  It didn’t feel good.  I tried changing my attitude for a while, but you also have to consider your values.  Are the people you are spending time with sharing your values?  When you are congruent in your life, better things happen.  Here’s an example.  If you do not drink heavily, but the people you are spending time with do drink heavily and much more frequently than you do, you may drink more heavily when you are with them.  Personally, I do not like hangovers.  There are a lot of people who have them regularly.  Pay attention to what you are doing. 

Another example from my own life is that I was not happy with where I was living.  The town I was living in was increasing taxes and electric rates and as a result my mortgage doubled and my electric bill became as high as my mortgage was before the tax increase.  I could live in nicer places for the money that I was spending to live here.  I had children in school, I could not sell my house for what I needed to move and so I had to change my attitude.  I had to change my mindset and while I felt like a victim for a time, I had to declare that I was making a decision to stay in my home and increase my income to accommodate the increased expenses.  At the same time, I was going to make it even more beautiful and a reflection of my artistic abilities.  It is now my intention that my home will become a landmark in my town.

When you write down your intentions, you begin to create an action.  When you ask questions, the answers will come to you.  A journal will help you to see your progress rather than beat yourself up and say, “I can’t believe I am still doing this!”  If you are reading this, chances are you are looking for change, so create it!

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Start Sitting Still

People ask me, “How do I use this guide.”  I tell them to start by sitting still.  Some say, “I cannot quiet my mind.”  I can say that I have had difficulty with this myself.  Making time to sit still and quieting the mind are both things that I may have said, “I can’t, ” to in the past.  I don’t feel like you have to free your mind of any thought but bring your focus to the present moment.  Start saying, “I will try,” and see if things begin to change.  Stop thinking about yesterday and what you have to do tomorrow.  Take a deep breath and focus on your breathing.  Is there anything in your body that doesn’t feel right or good?  Take a look at the chart and see if you can determine the color that may contain a balancing technique that can help.  Try the balancing techniques one by one until something helps.  My booklet also contains a prayer that I encourage trying.   This guide is one piece that I have used in my self-healing, there are many more techniques that I have studied and learned over the past five years.  I also provide private consultations in person or on the phone.  You can contact me by email at sharibrandt@live.com to set something up.  Feel free to email questions and I will post answers here.  If you have thought of it, someone else may have wondered the same thing.

Learning How to Heal Yourself Beginnings

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My Meridians, Chakras, Time and Balance poster began as an assignment in school. I went back to school around the time my second husband left our relationship and it offered me a time to regroup and heal from divorce. Going through a second divorce in some ways was easier than the first. In other ways it was harder. School helped to keep my mind occupied on constructive things and at the same time was a step I needed to take to reclaim my life in a way that I hadn’t even since my first divorce.

A personal cancer experience, which I will share more about in later posts, led me to researching energy healing since 2008. I tell pieces of the story in the Guide For Learning How to Heal Yourself Booklet and Journal I have created since the poster. The booklet is available on my website. The journal and posters will be available soon.

http://www.sharibrandtdesign.com/HealingGuide1.html

I researched the connection between the Chinese Meridians best known for their use in acupuncture and the Chakras which come from ancient HIndu texts and was astonished to find a connection to modern day physiology as well. While there are some who avoid chakras due to its roots in religion, I suspect that ancient texts of all kinds had information that people followed which benefited them. I know there is that kind of information in the Christian Bible and I have learned to be open minded as I am learning more and more about the science of how we are all connected.

Adding the Chinese Time Clock gives you an additional source for guiding which balancing techniques you may need the most. It can guide you if you experience symptoms at a certain time of day. Maybe you have pain, get sleepy or even wake up at night. If you know that you are having a certain problem with a specific organ, then try the balancing techniques color coded to that organ.

The most important thing to remember is to enjoy what you do.

Some of the people whose material helped me create this guide include Judith Anodea, Paul Grilley, Carol Tuttle and Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama.

This guide is by no means complete, it is just a piece that may help you on your journey. It is helping me on mine.