Ginger: A Miracle Cure?

So I’ve been having some stomach problems. I was dumb enough to get a lapband put in nine years ago. Sure didn’t help me lose weight, but has torn up my stomach.

I’ve been reading about Ginger. I ‘ve been taking Ashwagandha, and it has been helping a lot with anxiety. I have heard that Ginger is good for your stomach. I know I was given Gingerale when my stomach was upset as a kid, and it worked.

So I bought some in a pill form. Supposedly Ginger is good for inflammation, bloodsugar, and stomach problems. I took two pills and went to bed…….and it worked.

It didn’t work like I was hoping, totally.. The ginger actually upset my stomach, which can be a side effect. But here’s how it worked for me. I woke up with absolutely no pain.

Now I’m healthy, but as I’ve aged, I wake up with a back ache and knee ache almost every morning. I awoke, and had no pain at all. It actually worked that fast. And as we speak, no knee pain at the least.

Ginger is a very interesting herb. It treats inflammation, which means, it treats osteoarthritis, as in my case. It also helps blood sugar levels and lowers cholesterol. It’s pretty cool.

Now for me, since it upsets my stomach a little, I’m still trying to find out what to take it with.(Any suggestions out there?)

Anyways. I now know that ginger keeps me out of pain, and has become one of my ‘go to’ herbs. Try it, what can it hurt?

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Cooking and Spirituality

Thanksgiving. Ideas of friends and family, cooking for everyone, making sure everything tastes just right.  Yeah, that is soulful, to say the least. It can be spiritual, but I think people forget HOW spiritual.  If they would use their spirit to cook, I think it wouldn’t be so hard for people to cook.  Yeah, some people don’t like to cook. I personally hate house chores, but love to cook.  I think people would love  cooking more and be better cooks if they would view cooking differently.

  1.  Everything that you eat has once been alive, or has come from a living entity.  Think about it; everything has been alive, and must die for you to live.  Even that crap snacks with the thirty letter long ingredients has come (somehow), from the earth. That is very humbling when you think about it. It literally makes us part of the Earth.  By giving credit for those things, it places more importance on the things and foods we cook, in essence, spirituality.
  2. Food feeds you, both in body and spirit. We all know ‘you are what you eat’, but has it occurred that t feeds your mental health and spirit just as much?  Try eating nothing but donuts for a week, and see if you don’t know what I mean.I don’t necessarily mean to eat totally organic, but fresh is best.
  3. Connecting spiritually with your food will allow you to cook better. I know that may sound absurd, but think about it; if we had better respect for our food and where it came from, we would be more selective in how to prepare and cook food. Viewing food as an actual PART of our bodies, would allow great care to go into the preparation. Just ‘food’ for thought(pun intended).
  4. Make cooking part of a ritual.  I know we are way too busy, nowadays, but why not take one afternoon, cook some meals and freeze them or put them in the frog? People are creatures of habit; if one were to create sacred space and time every day or week to cook, is this not the same as meditation?
  5. Learn from others, especially generational if possible. Have an older person teach you anything new.  Set aside some time, maybe a half hour per week.  Ask an older neighbor about recipes, ask a mom, grandma or dad.  Do you see the spirituality connection here?  Connecting your soul with others is vital to both your well-beings.

So these are just some ideas I’ve been thinking of.  Below I will share a good and very simple recipe that I just picked up from somewhere.  My family loved it and how simple and delicious!

SIMPLE SCALLOPED CORN

1 can creamed corn
1 can kernel corn
1 box corn bread
1 cup chopped green pepper(optional)

Mix green pepper, and cans of corn together. Drop in corn bread. Mix together. 20181020_1347437

The Key to Happiness: It’s Simpler than You Think

20181119_072420-4.jpgSO I recently went and had my aura photographed.  I haven’t had to done on awhile, so I thought I’d like to see what it looked like.  For the people who have never had it done, it is sometimes called Kirilian photography.  For those who are skeptical, this method was actually developed by Thomas Edison, who was a firm believer in ‘catching’ your aura, or the energy pictures around your body.

Anyways, I went in, and had it done.  First of all, I am adamant about the aura being your favorite color.  I KNOW I’m right.  In previous blogs, I wrote about this, and yes, I can tell you your favorite color, by feeling your aura. Anyways, I’ve gone in many times and yes, your aura changes from minute to minute, but there is an overall color and theme that is related to these colors and chakras.

Chakras are the energy centers of your body; there are seven, all different colors and vibrations.  Ever feel queasy in your stomach, or hear people say, ‘gut’ instinct?    That is your solar plexus chakra, it’s the seat of the soul.   Ever feel like a ‘frog; was in your throat, when you wanted to talk, but couldn’t?  That’s your throat chakra, and it’s closed.  It will make you stammer,  and not be able to talk(for various reasons, but I’ll touch on that later).

So let me get back to what I was saying about happiness.  When I had my chakra picture done(you can see this for yourself), all the chakras were pretty round, and all within the 50th percentile.  The photographer asked me, “Wow, you must be a pretty happy person.  Are YOU?”

Well, not always, but now I am.  I have reduced my stress, am on a great hormonal balancing natural medicine called Ashwagandha, and have been spending more time recently doing things that I love(mostly outdoors on my farm, and recovering from an injury).  I am post-menopausal, and my body has settled into a rhythm.  No one has been taking advantage me, and I have been ‘sticking’ to my organic diet and mostly chemical-free household as much as I can.

This was truly my ‘aha’ moment.  Putting two and two together, I have come to this conclusion from all of this; by keeping one’s energy balanced throughout the body, and keeping things pure and simple, this is what happiness truly is.  It seems to simple, doesn’t it?

But, I know for a fact, no one will not be totally happy 100% of the time.  Stress will come up, things will go wrong, we will lose our temper, we are human.  But the OVERALL theme is happiness.  Happiness makes these small setbacks seem just that, small setbacks.

We as people are told that happiness is a state of mind many times. So what I am learning is   by balancing energy with the physical body and using the mind, one can create happiness.  So, by consciously trying to keep those chakras ‘balanced’ throughout the day, this, too will lead to happiness. Yep, Simple.

It’s not always easy  though.  Getting angry puts your heart Chakra out of balance.  Anxiety puts your solar plexus out of balance.  But being conscious of it, helps keep things calm.  I know it does, because after 50 years of being unhappy, I’m finally beginning to get it right.

Try it for a couple days. Concentrate on one of your chakras, and try to keep it moving and controlled. Concentatrate, and see. I bet this will help make you happier, or at least, more content.

Synesthesia: Is this Actually a Label for Empath and Psychics in Psychology?

20170721_114721Synesthesia: The production of a sense impression relating to one sense or part of the body by stimulation of another sense or part of the body.

Good day fellow empaths, psychics and truth seekers, I’m going to write to you about a ‘disorder’ that we Empaths have, and to be honest, it’s not really a ‘disorder’ at all. Synesthesia, as stated in layman’s terms is basically having an extra sense, or a sense that comes with some ‘fringe’ benefits.

Synesthesia is basically seeing music, or tasting words.  It’s an extra sense that’s ‘added’ to our other five.  I find it interesting, that much of science does identify people with psychic ability as the 6th sense, so here is my question; Are these other abilities thought of as the seventh and eighth? And a better question, are these people who have this, are they also empaths and psychics?  After talking to many empaths and psychics, I believe this to be true.

Let me elaborate.  There are certain characteristics to people who have synesthesia.  One characteristic is that these people are 2x more often are left-handed females. And as we know, right-brained dominant people have a tendency to be more creative and more often psychic. In studies, psychic people were found to have an active right parahippocampal gyrus(NIMHN, 2009). SO, yes, the psychics are actually using an often unused part of the right hemisphere of the brain.  Also, more women happen to have psychic abilities.  Putting that together, I believe without jumping to conclusions, that we empaths and psychics are also synesthetics, and not even aware of it. I know I am.  I thought everyone could see and feel what I feel, and I thought it was no big deal.  I didn’t even know it had a name.

You see, I sometimes see auras, but I feel them and can tell you about yourself, based on this.  So I can ‘feel’ your favorite color, which is usually your aura(although not always.)  I used to  use this ‘gift’ as a party trick, and to impress my art students in my class.  I could go down the row of students, and ‘guess’ their favorite ‘ color.  I still am not sure how I do this.  I just can.  I make a mistake very once in awhile, but I am 90% or more accurate, just like when I do a psychic reading. People find it amazing, and I just laugh.  I just know that those people are ‘pink’, or they are ‘orange’. I can also tell them about their lives, etc., and do a reading for them. I am told, according to a test I took, that I am linking personalities to color, which is a type of this disorder, but I’d like to think I am a psychic with a job to complete by helping others.

What I think that bothers me about giving my ‘gift’ a name, is that they call it a ‘disorder.’  What an insult!!!!!  That makes me angry and frustrated.  People who don’t have these gifts don’t understand that we psychics are here to help, and yes, we don’t think like many others.  What I think is happening is that we are ‘overlapping our senses.  It’s part of our life, and we know no different. I think that this disorder, should include mediumship also, in it’s ‘types’.  Think about it; you mention as past family member, and you can suddenly  ‘see’ them.  Hhhhhmmmmm, food for thought, isn’t it? They have also proven in studies, that people who have synesthesia have better memories and are more intelligent than those who do not have it(UC, 2004). Maybe these people(like me) are using more of their brain, much like a psychic or medium does, and probably have these abilities. So you can see how things overlap.

Do you have one of these ‘extra’ gifts?  I will list a few here for you to identify, according to the studies done;  but you might have one that is not even on here.  I bet you are also an Empath, or Psychic. If so, email me.  I’d like to hear from you. You can also visit ww.synesthete.com, and take a test.

  1. “Taste” words which roll off the tongue like eating.
  2. “See” music in colors and shapes.
  3. “Feel” sensations on their skin when they smell certain scents.
  4. Can ‘see’ abstract concepts. (I think this is psychic ability).
  5. “Hear’ pictures.
  6. ‘See’ personalities of people in color.( I do this.)
  7.  Mirror image of touch on your body when you touch another.

There are many other ‘extra’ types of this.  Maybe you have one and don’t even know what a true gift you have!  Blessings.

 

Ashwagandha: It Has Saved My Life

20181021_162434Turmeric, Turmeric, Turmeric, that’s all we hear nowadays.  It seems to be a ‘cure all’ for everything ailing you.  Now studies are coming out against it.  But I am going to tell you about the best little secret that has done wonders for me, and everyone is the world needs to be on it.

Ashwagandha is an Ayurvedic herb from India.  It’s sometimes even called “India Ginseng.”  It’s becoming more well known, and what I can’t figure out, is why has it exploded onto the market?  Could it be pharmaceutical companies don’t want you to know?

Here’s some of Ashwagandha’s benefits. Look at this List!!!!

  1.  Reduces stress;  lowers cortisol, the stress hormone.
  2. Helps manage blood sugar and insulin; it lowers cortisol, which affects blood sugar.
  3. Strengthens the thyroid by supporting the adrenal glands.
  4. Reduces anxiety; due to decrease in adrenaline in the body.
  5. Reduces depression, and stabilizes mood.
  6. Acts as an adaptogen, helping to stabilize the body during hormonal influxes.
  7. Neutralizes free radicals(may block cancer).
  8. Boosts the immune system.
  9. Reduces inflammation and joint pain.
  10. Boosts testosterone in men, increasing healthy sperm.
  11. Helps correct erectile disfunction.
  12. Increases libido in both males and females.
  13. May cause some weight loss.
  14. Helps you sleep.
  15. Clears muddy thinking.
  16. No known side-effects.
  17. It’s cheap.

Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, I know for a fact, IT DOES WORK!!!!!!  I am post menopausal and my acupuncturist told me to try it, and I have to say it has changed me life so much for the better, I cannot even tell you.

Firstly, I’m not sure if it’s because I am an intuitive or not(I heard that lefties are touchy with meds), but I just can’t take anything. It affects me differently than most people, and I need to be careful how much I take. I tried Holy Basil, (for depression and anxiety), I tried Soy(found out I’m allergic), tried every know thing under the sun,and then I finally tried Ashwaghanda, the miracle herb.  AND IT WORKED!!!! Within hours, my depression and anxiety were gone, something that hung like a dark cloud over me since menopause.   was actually happy, almost giddy, and for NO REASON. I hadn’t experienced this for many years. Mostly what this herb did for me, though, was to help me sleep through the night, something I hadn’t experienced since my mid-thirties.  That is its own right enhanced my mood. It also help my blood sugar.

I don’t know about everyone else, but I know for a fact my blood sugar was rising slowly with age.  I am pre-diabetic, and I am aware of it.  I must pee three to four times per night.  Not only that, if I get upset in any way, now that I’m older, my body will shake and ‘jump’, waking me up every 1.5 to 2 hours.  It was my own kind of hell.  I now take  Ashwagandha before I go to bed, and this is NEARLY GONE.  I can’t say 100%, but 95% is so much better than what I had been going through. I feel happy, and that life is a good thing. And my blood sugar has gone down.  Not a lot but 10 points in my case is a LOT to me. especially when you are right on the edge of a disorder.

I also have been identified with adrenal fatigue, which seems to be under control presently. It’s kinda like my mind is clear, and life has slowed down in a pleasant way.  Who knew a simple herb could do this for me?

This is how I do it, and it may or may not work for you.  I take two 800mg before bed with some magnesium(helps you sleep), and in the morning, I take 2 800 mg in the morning.  I can actually tell when I have forgotten to take them, I start feeling anxious and my body starts the ‘jerking’, which I now know to be anxiety.

So far, with my excising, a leto-type diet and Ashwagandha, I’ve lost 30 lbs.  Maybe this could work for you.  I’d like to hear about your successes!  Blessings to you all.

 

 

 

The Overweight Empath and How to Control it

So, hello dear empaths, how are all of you today?  I’m going to talk to you about a subject that we all know too well;  empaths and our weight, a touchy subject to say the least.

I know how all of you feel.  I’m overweight, obese to be exact.  I know it and I’m not proud of it.  Have you ever noticed how many of us empaths are overweight?  I’m not sure of the numbers to be exact, but a safe guess is more like about seventy-five percent  of us.  Yes, we absorb negative emotions, and yes, we sometimes ‘stuff’ out feelings.  This causes weight gain.  But what about us who are just really careful about what we eat and are still overweight, like me?  Why?  I have several theories about this I’d like to share with you.

I have always been overweight, except during my teen and early twenties, even though some people still said I was overweight.(155 at 5’7″,  very large frame.  People said I was overweight, but I was actually within chart norms).  I used to be a semi-professional tennis player, playing up to 6 hours per day.  Not doing that I knew would cause weight gain, but my busy life still marched on.  Well, I had my first child, the second and third.  Weight crept up, no time to play tennis anymore.  I blamed it on that, but there was more to it, now I see it and I’ll tell you why because it pertains to you, too.

I was also teaching school, not normal classes or students, but students with severe emotional problems, in one of the most depressed places in the country.  Think about it; constant bombardment of stress mixed with all the negative emotions.  I was caught up taking care of a family at home and ay school.  Absorb, absorb, absorb. All of these negative emotions in my environment produced extreme amounts of cortisol and sapped my serotonin. I’m not a big eater; I eat less than 1800, often less than 1300 on an average day, which can be verified by anyone who knows me.  But I kept gaining weight. I thought all the exercise was the culprit, but there was more to the story.  “You’re not eating enough, you’re not exercising enough, yada, yada, the dietitians would tell me. , making me feel bad, and angry at myself, even after exercising for hours like I used produced no results. But they were missing something EXTREMELY important; I was an empath, and I was literally absorbing the GARBAGE of those around me.  That is what has caused my weight gain.( I really think that all dietitians by law should also be certified psychologists, but that’s another topic.)

Let me explain.  As an empath, we unconsciously absorb emotions from those around us, good or bad.  We are healers and we do it to help others feel better.  But we are also human.  Like any human that is hurting we self medicate.  When our anxieties are high and our serotonin is low, what do humans do to raise it?  Our main reaction to this is to eat carbs.  Carbohydrates literally raise our serotonin and dopamine levels.  We are trying to unsuccessfully heal ourselves, like we are healing those around us.

As for me, I didn’t think I was eating a lot of carbs.  I don’t eat bread(or try not to), I don’t eat root vegetables and don’t drink.  But I used to eat everything like that and my drug of choice was pasta.  Now remember, I don’t eat a lot, but what I was dong was that the percentage of my calories was still high in carbs.  This is where the kicker is, it has led to insulin resistance, and now my weight just doesn’t want to come off.

I’m sure there are many, many of you like I am.  We coped by eating carbs and didn’t even know it.  You yes, being an empath is hard on your body.  The stress, the strain, and the sugar spikes are devastating to your health, both mind and spirit, and you need coping strategies to deal with them.

The Daily Struggle:  How I’m handling It

Well, my aha moment came after after a serious back injury/ muscle tear and being away from teaching for 5 months, I noticed my anxiety had started going away the longer I was off work.  My friends kept telling me how well ‘grounded’ I was. .  And I LOST weight. So far, 30lbs.  I cleansed my body of sugars of all forms, and ate vegetables, meat and a few dairy products.  I was amazed.  I’ve never been able to lose weight like that that quickly.  I finally figured it out;  my emotional state was directly correlated to how much exposure from negative energy I was getting.  I was carrying around other people’s crap, literally. I always assumed that this had a lot to do with my weight, now I knew for certain. But I had to have a paycheck, so I had to go back.  What was I going to do?

SO I made a plan.  As humans, we like the security of routine. So I made this plan; I workout before I go to school, I do meditation and yoga every morning,  and concentrate on surrounding my empathic abilities with white light. I have been doing this now for 3 months, and although there are days where I let my empathic abilities gush, I just keep reminding myself to keep it together for myself and my wellbeing.  At so far, it seems to work.  I have not gained any weight back, although I have not really lost much more.  I can live with that for now. Do I cheat on my new eating habits?  Yes, we don’t live lives on diets, but I now have definitely pinpointed my weight problem, I am using strategies for sure that will help combat it.

Are there any people out there just like me?  I already know the answer;  all of us empaths are like this.  Helping to identify your reason for weight gain is the key to its loss. Once I knew it wasn’t really my fault, but the way my Higher Power made me emotionally has helped me to realize that even if I don’t lose all the weight(I’ll probably be overweight for the rest of my life in some way), that I am a divine creature with a mission and purpose.  I need to be conscious of my absorption of emotions and how it plays on my serotonin and dopamine at all times.  This way, I can find other ways to keep those levels up.  There have been several times that I just start waking outside and kept  walking until I feel better.  I know it has been a dopamine issue, and I am trying combatting it with other tools. At least I am trying. Find your bag of tools and stick to them.

Is Your House REALY Haunted?

Good day, my empathic and spiritual seekers.  I’d like today to ask you a question: Do you ever feel like your house has “Something’ in it, i.e., maybe a spirit or guides, or you don’t even know what?  I bet it probably does, you don’t even quite understand it.

If anyone knows me, I’m name is Lana Duncan-Hartgraves, and I’m a psychic medium, hypnotist, Life Coach, Reiki healer, animal communicator and ghost hunter.  The ghost hunting is more of a fun hobby for me;  I do clearings for people if they truly do have entities.  I have yet to find ‘evil’ demons or such, sometimes just ‘lost’ souls who haven’t made it to the other side.  Sometimes also, they are attachments, or spirits that seem to ‘like’ certain people.  They are not evil per se, but they kind of tend to ‘suck’ the life out of you.  I know as a person who can feel and see ‘energies’, when I’m reading, I have to be very vigilant in making sure that these beings don’t attach to me and follow me around.

Some of you might wonder how to keep these energies from doing this, and it is very simple; MAKE THEM LEAVE.  Remember you give off much more energy they a passed spirit.  You ALWAYS have control.  The only time they get ahold of you is when you allow this through fear.  Remember that.  Make them go and they WILL!

Now back to your house……..yeah, these spirits do also sometimes ‘follow’ you around.  I remember that one time, I was ghost hunting and an entity that had committed suicide attached to me.  He had been gone since the late 80’s and he was amazed that I could hear him.  He thought he had someone who would listen. I didn’t realize he followed me home until the next day.  I saw him, with his straight leg jeans, , jean jacket and WHAM-styled haircut when I got up the next day.  I counseled him to move to the next dimension, and he finally did. I then burned some sage, said some prayers of protection to my angels ,and wore a little selenite for a few days.(Selenite protects from any negative energy.)

Yes, energies can follow you around, but you are in control, and it really doesn’t happen that often.  It happens to me a lot because of what and who I am.   But mostly what I find when people call me about a haunted house is that it’s not haunted or there are not any entities, but what I call a ‘ball of energy’ that has taken on a life of it’s own, almost like an entity.

Let me explain.  Thoughts and feelings are things; the exist just like a rock or plant.  It can be good, it can be bad.  It’s the bad emotions and thoughts that I will address here.  As humans, we have a habit of being negative; ever notice that a person can something bad to you, and you let it linger for weeks, but something good is said audit goes in one ear, and out the other?  Some scientists say it’s our way of problem solving and we are hardwired to do this.  I do know one thing; negative energy from fighting, yelling, screaming and general fear or any trauma in your house can form a huge ball of negative energy that takes on entity-type qualities; things like ‘black shadows’, feeling like someone is watching, bad dreams, things seem to disappear, and the like.  Yes, some attachments can also feed off this energy in your house, especially if they are also dark energies who have taken up residence with you.

Clearing Your House the Right Way

First, you need to address the fear and negative emotions coming from with in the house or that have been released in the house.  How did they get there?  Is anyone still experiencing them?  If so, work has to done to let them go.  I know it sounds hard, but through prayer, and meditation, it can be done.  Like I said, I ask Archangel Michael to protect me on my mission, and he ALWAYS comes through.  I truly believe this and maybe because of my faith, my house is clear. (I do have en entity in my house, but she’s harmless.  That’s another story). Once the ball of energy is addressed, if there are any entities(maybe, but probably not), then most of the entities should subside, because they no longer have anything to feed off of.

Second, clear any residual energy, that formed the ball of energy.  Find something you love and do it, or invite people over and laugh.  DO something positive.  That always seems to ‘break’ apart the energy.  Check for any entities that might be using wha’t left of the ball of energy in your house, and tell them to leave.  Ask Michael again for help.

Third, burn some sage, or do something that is ritualistic; I burn candles, light sage, and do something creative, like paint, draw or write.  This helps keep positive energy flowing. And remember, if you’re not confident doing this yet by yourself, you can always get a little help from one of us psychic mediums.

So remember; CHANCES ARE, your house probably is isn’t really haunted.  Yes, there have been entities in some of the house that I’ve helped clear, but most of the time,(about 90% from what I see), it’s just negative energy from emotions produced from you or someone before you.  Clear it through prayer and negative and DON”T BE AFRAID.