Sleep Meditation Music for Insomnia

The perfect meditation music for Insomnia by NuMeditationMusic. Dive into deep sleep faster with a healing meditation. Composed with the seven solfeggio frequencies to heal and balance the seven chakras. 



Predictions, Comments and Questions for July 2017




Information from the group through Steve Rother on the future of our planet. You can sign up for their Live Events on Steve and Barbara Rother's Paths To Empowerment site.

I've been following them since the early days back in 1999 when my first Reiki Master-Teacher recommended Steve's channels from The Group... I always feel so uplifted from their deeply insightful and timely messages.


Mark Hamill’s Tribute to Carrie Fisher - Star Wars Live Show




I remember the days of the first 3 Star Wars movies and when I watched Star Wars as a teen. I always liked the fact that Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher were like family from the beginning, bickering and loving each other as siblings...

To be honest, I love the sci-fi genre, but not a huge fan of Star Wars.  I'm usually curious about the advances George Lucas and his team make to generate realistic special effects.  While it's the stories and the actors that depict them, I appreciate the most, sometimes the backgrounds seem cold and artificial.

Not so with the last 2 movies - Rogue One and Star Wars: The Force Awakens - which have significantly advanced the realism and emotional impact of the characters' stories.  Yay!

Stop The Skin Care Madness, Start Anew



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For thousands of years, skincare has been a top beauty priority of women around the world. And even some of today’s anti-aging techniques seem strange or extreme. Stop the madness and start ANEW! #AvonRep  

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Transitioning into Spiritual Mastery

Beacons of Light June 2017

VirtualLight Broadcast Segment 6


In this segment, you will find a live channel from Steve. The Group speaks about the Earth being in a death cycle, the 50-year mark that is remaining, what that means for humanity in the process of balancing in a new way. 

Barbara joins us to discuss the upcoming topics of the channel.  Visit their Virtual Light Broadcasts and Beacons of Light on Espavo.org for more...




From wheelchairs to walking — with stem cells

I want to share a recent message from Dr. Al Sears.  I'm subscribed to his email newsletter and have been trying to get access to stem cell treatment for some time now...

Doctor's House CallAl Sears





Al Sears, MD
11905 Southern Blvd.
Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411

October 17, 2016
Dear Lydia,
A 71-year-old woman who could only move her left thumb after suffering a devastating stroke is now walking again after undergoing a stem cell procedure. 
The woman was part of a stem cell study done on stroke victims at Stanford University — and she wasn’t the only one whose life was completely changed by the treatment…
Two other patients also got up out of their wheelchairs and started walking again.
In total, 18 stroke survivors who thought they’d be paralyzed for the rest of their lives experienced what Stanford researchers are calling “remarkable” recoveries. Most have regained almost FULL mobility.1
The researchers admit they were “stunned” by the results.
That’s because they fly in the face of everything mainstream medicine will tell you about recovering from a stroke.
You see, most doctors believe it’s pointless to continue therapy if a patient hasn’t seen any improvement six months after their stroke.  
But here’s the thing…
All of the patients in the study had passed the critical six-month mark. Some had a stroke as many as THREE YEARS before.
This is one of the most amazing examples of the healing power of stem cells that I’ve heard of. But I’m not surprised.
And it’s such a simple procedure…
The Stanford researchers harvested stem cells from adult donors and injected them into damaged areas of the stroke victims’ skulls. The patients returned home the same day with only a slight headache.
And most started to show improvement within the first 24 hours.
What is stem cell therapy?
Stem cell procedures were once controversial. But I want to be clear: the stem cells used today are NOT the “embryonic” stem cells used years ago in research. We’ve since learned that one of the best places to get stem cells is actually from your own fat tissue.
You’re born with a reserve of “replacement cells” — or stem cells. They’re your body’s master cells. You can use them to replace any cell that’s damaged or dying.
When they’re deployed, stem cells heal and regenerate the tissue or organ they’re assigned to, and can help you make stunning recoveries.
The “secret weapons” inside stem cells that makes this possible are tiny proteins called growth factors.
Human growth factors are cellular messengers that send signals to activate the production of new cells, or to instruct a cell to create new cells with different functions. This special signaling mechanism is what triggers the healing power of these cells.
If you’re interested in learning about the stem cell treatment options available at the Sears Institute for Anti-Aging Medicine, please call my staff at 561-784-7852.
In the meantime, here are five ways you can increase your body’s production of stem cells right now…
  1. Practice Tai Chi. This ancient Chinese martial art has been practiced for over 3,000 years. But only recently have scientists realized that this self-paced system of slow, gentle stretching can increase your number of stem cells in your body as you get older.2 These stem cells, called CD34 cells, are produced deep in your bone marrow.
  2. Eat blue-green algae. Blue-green algae is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. There are two kinds, spirulina and a variety known as AFA. Researchers at the University of South Florida found that the AFA variety can greatly increase the production of human stem cells in bone marrow.3 AFA is available as a supplement or a powder and can be found online. I recommend 800 mg a day.
  3. Eat more seaweed. Seaweed contains an important molecule calledfucoidan. This compound increases the release of adult stem cells into the bloodstream.4 It also helps mobilize those stem cells so they can travel to the parts of the body that need repair and renewal. Fucoidan is found primarily in brown seaweed and makes a delicious salad. You can also purchase supplements online. I suggest 400 mg a day.
  4. Add carnosine. I recommend getting 1,000 mg of carnosine every day. Grass-fed, pasture-raised meat is the best way to get carnosine from food. A typical 7-ounce serving of beef has about 250 mg of carnosine. If you can’t get enough by eating red meat, I recommend you supplement with natural L-carnosine. Take 500 mg twice a day.
  5. Fast for two days every six months.  Periodic calorie restriction — no food for two days every six months — kills older, damaged stem cells and generates new ones.5 This is a technique I’ve used for years to jumpstart the healing and rejuvenation process.
To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD
Al Sears, MD, CNS

1 Steinberg G, et al. Clinical Outcomes of Transplanted Modified Bone Marrow–Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Stroke: A Phase 1/2a Study. Stroke. E Published Ahead of Print: June 02, 2016.
2 Ho TJ, Ho LI, Hsueh KW, Chan TM, et al. Tai Chi intervention increases progenitor CD34(+) cells in young adults.Cell Transplant. 2014;23(4-5):613-20.
3 Shytle DR, Tan J, Ehrhart J, Smith AJ, et al. Effects of blue-green algae extracts on the proliferation of human adult stem cells in vitro: a preliminary study. Med Sci Monit. 2010 Jan;16(1):BR1-5.
4 Stephenson, K., Grout, M. “Fucoidan and Stem Cells — Seaweed promotes stem cell function.” Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine. 2 Sep 2015.
5 Cheng C, Adams G, Perin L, et al. Prolonged fasting Reduces IGF-1/PKA to promote hematopoietic-stem-cell-based regeneration and reverse immunosuppression. Cell Stem Cell. 2014 Jun 5;14(6):810-23.

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Not Your Mother's Chicken Soup

Be Well!
Despite doctor recommendations, I have never had a flu shot.  And it's been nearly 20 years since the last time I had the flu (extremely mild one at that).

I just continue to eat well by choosing organic and raw foods, take supplements, meditate, qigong and energy healing, maintain a peaceful and harmonious outlook...

Of course, tea and chocolate is a given.... :)


One of my Power Foods Against Colds and Flu
I prefer to use Cayenne Pepper in lieu of black pepper and hot pepper sauce, since it works so well as an immunity booster as well as an anti-inflammatory. Add according to the level of spicy hotness you like...

I also prefer chicken breasts instead of legs, low sodium chicken broth (or make my own).  Try to go with farm raised chicken when you can...if you can get locally grown, even better.  It's best to know that they were happy chickens - which should apply to any livestock - free roaming, organically fed,  free of antibiotics and anything artificial that will end up in your digestive system.





By The Editors of Prevention


4 whole bone-in skinless chicken legs
4 c fat-free chicken broth
2 c water 5 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
3 carrots, sliced
1 lg leek, white part and some of the green, rinsed and cut into ½" slices
1 lg sweet potato (12 oz), peeled and cut into lg chunks
6 c packed torn spinach
1 lg tomato, cut into ½" chunks
¼-1 tsp hot-pepper sauce

1. DIVIDE the chicken legs into thigh and drumstick portions. Remove and discard any visible fat.

2. PLACE the chicken in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Add the broth, water, garlic, ginger, and pepper. Bring to a boil over high heat. Skim off any foam that rises to the surface. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, skimming the surface occasionally.

3. STIR in the carrots, leek, and sweet potato. Cover, and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and the chicken is cooked through.

4. ADD the spinach and tomato, and cook for 5 minutes, or until the spinach is wilted and the tomato is heated through. Add the hot-pepper sauce to taste. Makes 4 servings


NUTRITION (per serving) 340 cal, 36 g pro, 36 g carb, 5 g fat, 2 g sat. fat, 105 mg chol, 7 g fiber, 380 mg sodium

DIET EXCHANGES 0 fruit, 2½ vegetable, 0 milk, 1 fat, 1 carb, 4 meat






No Bake Eclair Cake

This recipe for the Eclair Cake is so simple to make, needs no baking...And it's TASTY!  :)




INGREDIENTS
2 (3.4 oz) packages Vanilla Instant Pudding mix, dry
3½ cups whole milk
12 oz. cool whip
2 (14.4) oz packages graham crackers

- FROSTING -
3 Tbsp. butter
3 Tbsp. milk
3 Tbsp. cocoa
1 cup powdered sugar

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Blend milk and vanilla pudding packets for about 2 minutes. Fold in Cool Whip.
  2. In a 9x13 pan, Layer graham crackers to cover entire bottom of pan. You may need to cut and shape the crackers to fit nicely.
  3. Pour half of pudding/cool whip mixture on top and level.
  4. Put another layer of graham crackers to cover entire surface. Cut and shape crackers accordingly.
  5. Put the second half of pudding/cool whip mixture on top and level.
  6. Put the final layer of graham crackers on top with bumpy side down. This will help the top look more smooth when you go to put the frosting on top. Once again, cut and shape crackers accordingly to avoid pits and cracks.
  7. FOR THE FROSTING: Microwave butter and milk just enough so that they are melted together. You do not need to boil it. Add cocoa and powdered sugar and blend together. This will be a runnier frosting/glaze. Pour over top of graham crackers and smooth out nicely. (**I usually double the frosting recipe)
  8. Refrigerate overnight and Dig in!


For more tasty treats:  Eclair Cake | Chef in Training




Make Your Own Bottle Brush Flower Essence





A very dear friend shared this message with me some years ago on using flower essence to heal.


Hi Lydia,

Do you have any trees around you that have flowers growing on them that look similar to a bottle brush flower?

I have found the bottle brush flower to be a good one to make flower water from for the spinal nerves. Only because the flower to me resembles the spine and all the nerves coming from its center. It doesn't say so in the books but I do find it gives stimulation to the nerves down my legs.

I make my own -

  • Pick the flower, just one is needed early in the morning before the bees are up. 
  • Place it in a clear glass jar and cover it with fresh rain water. 
  • Cover the glass with clear plastic and sit it in the early morning sun. 
  • Leave it out overnight and the next day after the water warms from the sun again. 
  • Take it in and strain the water into a container.

This I use to massage into my back and down my legs. The muscles in my legs relax and the pain in my lower back seems to disappear. I know you can get bottle brush flower essence and I guess they make it similar to the way I do but I just use the fresh stuff, though they do not say anything about using it the way I do.

Maybe a flower growing in your area may be able to be used in the same way.  The bottle brush is red also, so I figure its good for the Base Chakra.

May be something like that will help while you are waiting for the powers that be to attend to you

Here is a photo of one from my garden

Love

Veronica






Ego VS True Self


An excerpt from “The Next Step in Evolution”
by Vincent Cole


There comes a stage in spiritual development when you will experience the conflict between the fears of the ego and the power of spirit. During this stage of conflict you will feel as if you are teeter-tottering between the two. One moment spirituality is in the forefront. The next moment it is the ego dominating your thoughts and actions.

Your True Personality is coming forth into your consciousness and is a more powerful vibration than the ego. As your True Self emerges it will challenge how you think, how you see the world, and how you live your life. As spiritual awareness begins to grow stronger the ego will begin to diminish. The ego has no power against the higher vibrations of your True Self, but it will resist. This time of conflict will be a time of fear and confusion as the ego struggles to survive. An ego-based identity seeks only that which strengthens it. All else is seen as a threat.

Therefore, in the beginning, as you take the next step in evolution, you will feel a conflict, a division within yourself as a new way of being struggles to emerge.

This is an important and beneficial awakening.

Be patient but also be strong. It will be a great temptation to go back to what is familiar. The ego will seek that which is known, that which it sees as safe. Even a painful life is preferable to the ego than having to face the unknown. During times of conflict the ego retreats into the familiarity of old beliefs and routine actions, while the True Self instinctually moves forward towards new experiences, new understandings, and a new way of being in the old world. Conflict arises during these periods of transition as you move from the past into the future, uncertain of the next step.

Realize it is the ego causing the uncertainty, the confusion and conflict. It struggles against that which it cannot control. This period of conflict will last only as long as you cling to the old way of being. It is a battle, to be sure, but the inner struggle is but a birth into a new awareness. You will face this struggle many times as you reach new levels of awareness and your True Self radiates its power. There will be conflict each time another old belief cherished by the ego is to be sacrificed.

Do not fear these conflicts. They are the birth pains of self-transformation. The trials of conflict will come in stages, as much as you can handle at a time. It cannot be rushed. Take small steps in the beginning. Be kind to yourself during these times of emotional turmoil. Take time to rest and take the time to sit quietly.

Take time to call on those spiritual forces that aid you in this struggle. You do not go through this alone. Peace will come to you again, but the lesson is not over. Once the initial distress of conflict subsides there is an attempt to compromise.

This is a time when the ego will try to take what spiritual knowledge you have gained and make it its own. It will take the new knowledge and apply it to the old way of being. To illustrate: rather than exchanging an old shirt for a new one, the ego will take the sparkling clean shirt and place it over the old tattered one. You cannot take the knowledge you are gaining, the new insights and the joy you are feeling and layer it over the ego.

It will only be an illusion. Outside the appearance is spiritual, the words spoken sound spiritual; even the show of psychic ability seems evidence of having become a spiritual being. Beneath the surface, however, the ambitions, the fears, the quest for personal power still remain. The ego maintains control.

Be aware of this within yourself.

Be aware of such compromises in others; those who seek to appear special in the world, those who use their spiritual knowledge to gain personal power to accumulate material wealth, to attract attention and adulation, and those who see all “rewards” as proof of divine favor. Such individuals often form the more dogmatic, exclusive forms of organized religion where “they teach as doctrinethe precepts of men”.

This is not to be judged, but seen as an essential step in evolution. It is a valuable experience.

Since the vibrations of spiritual consciousness and egotistical thought patterns are different and incompatible, inevitably an even greater conflict results and the individual will be forced to choose a new direction. Conflict has its value. It is during the mental confusion and emotional turmoil that the differences between the True Personality and the ego become obvious. Become aware of the conflict. Understand the dynamics of personal growth. Know that as the ego begins to weaken it will struggle togain prominence. Anger and fear and depression may increase.

Confusion results because the ego cannot understand what is happening. It is too limited. As the ego fights to regain its position you will find yourself thinking only of yourself, attempting to glorify your achievements of newfound knowledge that you are only beginning to glimpse.

This is a trick of the ego.

This is an attempt by the ego to take what is universal and make it personal. During this time you must be your most disciplined and ever vigilant. Do not judge yourself, but simply be aware and learn. Take time to question the ego’s influence on your spiritual life. Some thoughts may be quite subtle, convincing you that what you want is of a spiritual nature, whereas, it appeals more to the ego than to the heart. Simply remember the criteria of the ego. Remember its need for self-preservation, its concerns with physical well-being, and its hunger for personal power. If your thoughts are centered on fear and worry and self-defense, know it is of the ego. If you wish to glorify yourself to the world, it is of the ego.

Because you are still a child you may not recognize the ego at work. Therefore, carefully take small steps.

The beginning of spiritual awareness may seem wobbly. You may be unsure which foot to put forward. You may easily fall. But if you are sincere in your desire for spiritual growth there will be someone to catch you. You will again have the opportunity to stand and walk. Allow yourself times of conflict. They are growing pains. Allow yourself to fail at times. You will learn from the experience. On this path of evolution be willing to stumble and fall. Be willing to again stand up and walk. A child is willing to crawl before learning to walk. A child does not give up should he or she fall. The child continues to learn as helping hands support the attempt. Soon the child learns to run. So it is with spiritual evolution. And, as you stand and take the next step forward, be aware of outside distractions. Old situations, old attitudes, and even old friends will rise up to lead you astray.

You are taking a new path, but the old way is still visible, still strong and demanding.

Do not judge it. Instead, understand it for what it is, nothing more than the past pulling at you. Find the strength to walk in a new direction. Be willing to stand alone for a moment, and then ask the forces of God to help you take the next step. Periods of conflict do not last long, but they are a crucial time in your development. If you seek to avoid conflict by being lazy, if you are satisfied with your present self, if you think there is nothing left to learn, then you are a child content to crawl, never knowing the joy of running.

Dear child, keep in mind this is only the beginning. Be mindful that there is much more to life and do not settle for less.

A great deal awaits you but first this bridge of conflict must be crossed. Ignore the raging waters beneath it. Become deaf to the voices calling behind you, calling you to return. Dear child of great strength, do not allow your legs to collapse beneath you, but continue to cross the bridge of conflict regardless of the difficulties. Continue to keep your mind and vision on the other side awaiting you. This will help. This will offer encouragement.

As you cross the bridge you will see and feel your spiritual power. This will encourage youto face the conflict and endure the turmoil. Tell yourself at this time you will not turn back. Tell yourself that you will not leave the road because something glitters off to the side. It is only a distraction appealing to the ego. Tell yourself that as you move into a new consciousness, as you move into a new way of being, God is with you. You are not alone. You have never been alone.

What you seek is far greater than anything you have ever known. There is nothing in the past that can possibly describe where you are going. No past experience will explain the new person you will soon discover within yourself. You are learning. Keep that in mind as you stumble and fall; you are learning. Keep in mind when you are tempted and become distracted that you are learning. Give yourself the gift of compassion. Give yourself a sense of grace. Remind yourself you have chosen this way and you have the power to accomplish it.

During times of conflict and confusion you will find a strength you did not know you had; strength you kept hidden, strength unknown by the world around you. Ask for this strength and it will rise up within you.

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About the Author:

Vincent Cole is a wandering monk who has been facilitating prayer and meditation groups, as well as Women Healing Circles for the past 15 years throughout the United States. While on a personal year long retreat in the desert outside Tucson, AZ, Brother Vincent took a collection of channeled messages given to a small prayer group many years ago, and edited them into the book “The Next Step in Evolution – A Personal Guide.”



My Latest Fundraiser


Hi all!

I recently setup a new GoFundMe fundraiser to get treatment at the Mayo Clinic's spinal cord injury program, and uninsured expenses for a power chair, transportation, and personal care services.

Make a $10 Donation and Get a special Thank You! Gift from me :)

Here's a sneak peek:

My name is Lydia Smith-Lenardson.  I am a Pacific islander, a woman who became paralyzed with a spinal cord injury from cancer treatment for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.  I’m calling out to the hearts and minds of friends, family, and folks everywhere to help me pay for uninsured medical expenses - a power wheelchair and treatment at the Mayo Clinic's spinal cord injury program.   
It's time to rejoin my hula family, to travel to Pacific island cultural festivals and other festivals around the world.  Dance, music, theater and art - virtually anything creative - have always been a part of me; in my heart and in my blood...

My previous fundraiser in 2014



Lala's Spinal Cord Injury Treatment