Food Freedom with Intuitive Eating

One thing I have noticed in many spiritual communities is guilt around the topic of food and eating. Some of that guilt is from dietary habits, other parts of it is from long-standing spiritual tradition. So, inevitably when working with someone, there is a time when they ask, “What type of diet should I follow?”

My answer: listen to YOUR body! Our bodies are uniquely beautiful and different, not one body needs the same nutrients and sustenance as another. This is because we have different blood types, genetics, exercise levels, metabolism, and so forth.

Listen to YOUR body; give your body what it needs. Sounds simple, right?

However, we have to learn to develop our ability to tune into the body, not because it is craving a whole tub of ice cream, but because it has a need for beets. So in effect, we have to learn to distinguish emotional eating from intuitive eating. As, once we do learn to take the emotion out of the equation, we are better able to listen to that inner need for a grapefruit.

One other piece that I add to this answer is, when shopping learn to feel how your body reacts to the food around you. Hold an item in your hands, how does the energy feel to you? Does it feel light, airy, sunny, energetic and otherwise good, or does it feel heavy, yucky, lifeless, angry and otherwise bad? Your body, and even more specifically, your solar plexus chakra at the stomach, will give you some response. After a while you won’t have to pick up every brand of peanut butter to see what one is best, soon you will know your go-to brands for all of the food items your normally consume.

Now, I hear one more lingering question. What about vegan/vegetarianism? Well, my answer is the same: listen to YOUR body. I have gone through times of being vegetarian and times of eating meat; both have benefited me in different ways. Vegetarianism helps you to raise your vibration very quickly. However, at the times when you plateau in order to assimilate this vibrational growth, then animal protein can assist you to be more grounded. There are certain times for certain individuals when this is needed. But (and this is where the guilt part I mentioned earlier comes in), do not be upset with yourself if you feel a need to eat meat. Conversely, do not be upset with others if they do so. Acceptance of yourself, your body and acceptance of others is far more important for your spiritual development than whether or not to eat meat.

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Past Life Patterns – The Unwell

This is the description of one of the 16 Past Life Patterns. These patterns were developed by Karen Downing, in order to help you understand how past life experiences affect your life today. Each person carries 3 to 5 past life patterns in varying levels of influence. By understanding your unique mix of patterns, you can more easily build up your strengths and transform your challenges. Past life patterns are the key to uncovering your Soul Mission.

The Unwell Description – The Unwell is focused on body issues, problems, challenges, diseases and disorders. They have a belief that the physical body is inherently flawed and is going to experience problems. This comes from many past lives, where the Unwell either experienced a disease or injury that changed their life drastically, or caused them to lose their life. Because of this, the Unwell has a tendency to focus on their physical body now. The Unwell feels most confident when they are addressing the needs of their own body in some way. Deep down, the Unwell fears that they will meet the same end they did in their past life experiences.

The Unwell is extremely in tune with their body, and this can be both positive and negative, as it all depends on how the Unwell uses this knowledge in their life now. The Unwell would make an excellent nutritionist, healer, personal trainer, rehab counselor or anyone else who focuses on the health and well-being of the body in some way. However, the Unwell still tends to hide their own deep fears about their body failing them one day, and they can feel extremes when it comes to how they perceive of their body, moving from feeling great to feeling down at a moment’s notice. The Unwell is also quite sensitive to any comments that others make about body-centric topics, more so if those comments are actually directed at the Unwell.

Some of the typical past life experiences of the Unwell are: being in a disfiguring accident, being born with a serious physical challenge, dying of a long term debilitating disease, experiencing a disease or accident during a life that changed the way they were able to care for themselves. If you find that the majority of your daily thoughts tend to focus in on your body and what it is doing, then you hold the past life pattern of the Unwell.

Expression of the Unwell Pattern in Your Life Now – The Unwell fears that something will go wrong with their body one day, and they permit this fear to rule everything in their life. There is not one day where the Unwell is not focused on their body. In fact, they focus on their body so much, the thoughts of body awareness take up a good 60% of their daily thought patterns! The Unwell also has fear of needing to be dependent on others some day, this is because in the past they had undergone an experience that left them unable to take care of all of their own personal needs in some way. The Unwell feels that they can be a burden on others, and will often apologize for things that they do not need to be apologizing for. This feeling of being a burden shows up the most in romantic relationships, where the Unwell feels that they are being bothersome to their partner, even if the Unwell is engaging in normal household activities, like watching a movie or cleaning the house. If they assess that their activities are interfering with their partner’s well-being in any way, the Unwell will stop immediately, to resume these things another time.

There are two ways that the Unwell theme reveals itself; The Anxious Unwell and the Denying Unwell. If you resonate with The Unwell pattern, you might discover that you can possess qualities of one, or even both, of the ways that The Unwell pattern is expressed. Often in one area of life you can feel one way, and in another area of life feel another way.

The Anxious Unwell – The Anxious Unwell is busy spending up all of their time and money looking for cures, herbs, supplements, healing modalities or anything else that can fix whatever they feel their body challenges are. It does not matter if the Anxious Unwell has actually experienced a serious illness in this life or not, they are treating every “problem” with the body as if it is a serious condition. The Anxious Unwell can over saturate their mind with possible symptoms, conditions, and what those symptoms indicate, often taking things to a worse-case-scenario place in their mind. Because of this, they will go to the acupuncturist, doctor, chiropractor, healer, etc., much more frequently than others. The Anxious Unwell often apologizes for “not doing enough” to help others, even though anyone who knows them would say that they are a very capable and wonderful friend. The Anxious Unwell will not like it if anyone tries to come in and change something in their environment, especially if it has to do with food, exercise, healing, supplements or anything else body related. If you are someone who is often reading up (and trying) on different healing methods, treatments and/or natural cures, then you showcase the past life pattern of the Anxious Unwell. The Anxious Unwell’s biggest lesson is to learn about how they can manifest body health, but not through stress and worry about the body.

The Denying Unwell – The Denying Unwell is given he name because they loath going to the doctor, and will often ignore medical advice. The Denying Unwell firmly believes that they body will fail them anyway, so why not stay out of medicine and hospitals, as the Denying Unwell feels that those environments affect the quality of their life. The Denying Unwell will often hold onto a habit, like smoking or sneaking certain foods, long after it has been told to them that this habit is unhealthy. Their philosophy is: if I like what I do, then today is a good day. However, the Denying Unwell also has a need to complain about their age, or aches and pains (it is like they resign themselves to these experiences). They also do not want to be a burden on others, and it is this feeling that prevents them from going to the hospital and treatment centers, as they feel those environments as making them vulnerable to “the health care system.” They would much rather control their own environment by staying home and “riding this out.” The Denying Unwell can often be gruff and stern, and at times, inappropriate comments come out of their mouth. They will apologize afterward if they hurt your feelings, but deep down they feel like life is about doing what they want, even if that is making an inappropriate comment. If you avoid doctors and hospitals, are having difficulty with quitting smoking (or other habit that you know is not good for you) and have a blunt personality, then you showcase the past life pattern of the Denying Unwell. The Denying Unwell’s biggest lesson is to open themselves up to listen to others, and to release the feeling of entitlement as related to “bad” behavior.

Past Life Pattern Breakdown:

  • Body focused thoughts are prevalent
  • Fears being a “burden” on others
  • Can be overly apologetic
  • Tends to be stubborn in how they choose to manage their body anxiety

Affirmation – “It is safe for me to trust my body now. I will not experience a repeat of what has happened before. I release the fear of disease and injury and allow myself to live a safe, stress-free and happy life.”

Learn more about how the Unwell pattern is showing up in your life by enrolling in the On-Demand video course, Exploring Past Life Patterns.

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Giving A Distance Healing

Recently I was asked, “How do you give a distance healing?” The first thing to realize is that everyone has healing energy flowing through them. And, before you share that energy with others, you need to feel how your healing energy feels to you. Is it hot, cold, tingly, sharp, heavy? Tune into that energy and just be at one with it for a moment.

Then once you have the energy flowing, say a quick prayer for protection and guidance. You can say something like: “Spirit please guide me during this healing. I ask for the protection and assistance of the Highest of Energies. Thank you.” You will also want to make sure that you are not in an emotional state, you want to simply feel the frequency of peace. Then focus your attention on the recipient of the healing energy. This can be a person, animal, group, city, country or even the world. Use your intent to hold an image of that person in your mind as the healing energy flows from you. As long as you stay focused on the recipient, the energy will be sent to them.

Another beautiful thing about healing energy is that is never goes unused. Even if the person is not aware of it, the energy still brings a sense of peace to them. However, for best results it is a good idea to get permission from the individual first, so that they can take full advantage of the energy as it flows to them.

Once you are connected to the recipient, just let your intuition guide you. You may feel your hands move, or you may be shown different images as related to this person. You can be shown areas of the body, past lives being released, or even colors. For those of you who do not see, you may also feel the energy affect different parts of your body, as your body can become a mirror for the healing recipient.

When it comes time for you to finish, you will feel the energy flow decrease as it comes through your hands. Sometimes at this stage, additional messages are brought forth related to the person and their healing. If you are giving healing for collective groups, like the planet or cities, you just need to trust that the energy will go to where it is most needed.

After the healing is completed, the person can expect a window of time for the energies to be assimilated and then they will begin to feel better. Sometimes as the healing energy is brought in, it can cause a clearing effect; this clearing can be emotional or physical, but only lasts a few days. It is important to note that this clearing is not always present, only if it is necessary for the healing process for that particular individual.

To practice a healing, try to tune into the energy of a loved one when you are away from them. Then, just let the energy flow. When you are done, you can see if they felt anything. Sometimes they don’t and that is just fine. Giving a distance healing is also about trusting that the recipient received what was for their best and highest good, even if you do not get the feedback you wanted. Lastly, don’t forget to thank the Higher Energies for their help once you are done!

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