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Forget What You Know? Don’t Do It!

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“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”  – Oliver Wendell Holmes

My years of research and study have led me in many different directions to help others. When I sit with someone in my office, I often get “intuitive flashes” of what is going on with them that has nothing to do with what they are saying or why they even came in to see me.

I might get an intuitive flash that they have a blood sugar imbalance issue or that they are possibly diabetic. I might also pick up on virus being present in their body and find out that they have been dealing with herpes for years.

They might come in for a health issue and I get an intuitive flash that their spouse has recently asked for a divorce. They may come in to sort out a marital issue and I pick up on a thyroid imbalance or even Hashimoto’s which as not yet been diagnosed.

What is amazing to me is that if I get out of my own way and allow myself to be a channel for healing on any level, information comes to me that is beneficial to that person in front of me.

Before I start work in my office, I also ask for guidance to give me any information that might be helpful for who I will be meeting with that day. I also ask to be a channel of service and for protection for all involved.

This might seem “airy fairy” or too “woo woo” for some. Often I don’t even mention that I have done this, but I do use the information that has been transmitted to me, to help those who seek out my services.

I cannot forget what I know. And you cannot either. 

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Perhaps there are things that have been nagging at you, thoughts you have tried to avoid thinking about, things you’ve noticed in your relationships or your health that you have chosen to try to push out of your mind.

Your higher self, guidance, angels, universal intelligence, the source, the Almighty (or whatever name or words you use) is trying to communicate with you. Keep open to that communication, trust it and follow it. If what you hear is for the good of those around you as well as yourself, it is probably coming from a true source.

Ignoring the wisdom that is coming to you can even create depression, anxiety or various health issues. Don’t forget what you know…your higher self (again whatever words that you use to refer to this) not only knows what is best for you, it wants you to incorporate it, listen to it and when you do…you will give you stronger and more positive guidance!

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Dr. Elena Michaels is a naturopathic doctor, holistic psychotherapist, family therapist and clinical hypnotherapist who has been helping people create happiness, enhanced health and well being and more joy for over 30 years. Her passion is helping others regain their power physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, to become a master of their lives.  

 

 

 

4 Ways to Spring Into…Slowing Down?

Spring is here, the flowers are blooming, excitement is building and we have more daylight hours to do more things.

Often it’s difficult for people to slow down and even more so when we have more daylight hours and there seems to be so many things to do.

heart diagran, pastels:freeThe other day, a friend had a heart attack. This is a man who is fit, relatively healthy, an ideal weight…but a workaholic. He had never really been in the hospital, wouldn’t slow down, and felt that “no one else could do the things he had to do”. He wasn’t able to delegate or designate…it was as if the entire world depending upon him.

He felt this burden and we often discussed it. He felt depressed about the responsibility and pressure he felt, but he was “too busy” to even listen to a 3 minute audio relaxation I gave to him! He would get angry and almost belligerent when anyone he knew would express their concern and suggest that he was “working too hard”.

This heart attack stopped him in his tracks. It forced him to slow down. Our bodies speak to us and communicate all the time…in symptoms.

Here are 4 ways for a busy person to “slow down” instead of “springing ahead”:

1. Exercise. Okay, you’re busy and don’t have time to go the gym. You can walk your dog, park further away in the parking lot so you can walk more steps to your office, and take the stairs instead of the elevator.

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2. Take a break at sunset (or sunrise if you are up early enough) and just look at the sky. The colors only last a few minutes so you won’t have to worry about being “too busy” to see it. Connect with nature somehow, someway, every day. Walk outside first thing when you wake up and look at the sky, breathe deeply and be grateful for being alive. Notice the flowers blooming in your neighborhood.

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3. When you get in bed, turn off the TV (actually avoiding TV or computer screen light for an hour before bed is even better) and avoid checking voicemail and email on your phone while in bed. Wear an sleep mask (yes, men wear them too) to block out all light, and listen to a few minutes of a guided relaxation audio. Here are two very, very short choices for you.

4. Eat more frequently and eat protein at each meal. A bagel and coffee is not a breakfast to fuel your brain. Eating frequently will not cause you to gain weight IF you eat protein (preferable lean animal protein) throughout the day. You don’t have to eat giant meals…a few bites is fine. Your brain cannot function without fuel, and protein will keep you even and calm.

Enjoy these gorgeous days, heed your body’s signals and feel blessed to be alive.

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P.S. By the way, my friend dodged a bullet and although he had three stents put in, he is doing just fine. Now I hope he can finally make some changes in his lifestyle.

Yours in health, healing and happiness,

Dr. Elena 😉

Dr. Elena Michaels is a naturopathic doctor, holistic psychotherapist and clinical hypnotherapist who has been helping people access their inner innate healing power for over 30 years. Having personally overcome many health challenges including advanced stage cancer, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (autoimmune disease) and cardiac issues, her passion is helping others regain their health and vitality and take control of their life.  

90% Of Hypothyroid Patients Have Hashimoto’s – How Could This Affect You?

Most people who are dealing with low thyroid function actually have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease. Statistics show that 27 million American have low thyroid (hypothyroid) and 90% of those with hypoythyroid have Hashimoto’s.

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Hashimoto’s is an immune disease and as with all autoimmune diseases, cannot be healed without balancing the immune system. With Hashimoto’s, the person’s immune system is attacking their own thyroid gland. There are frequently other body systems being attacked as well.

One thing I often see with thyroid patients is the preoccupation to get their TSH in range. This is like trying to put out a campfire by putting water on it while the fire is actually being continually lit from below with an unlimited amount of kindling. Basically, it’s futile.

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A much more effective approach is to address the immune system. Here are 3 tips for doing just that:

1. Remove offending foods that are known to cause inflammation. These are grains, dairy, sugar (yes, that means honey, maple syrup and agave) and peanuts for starters. This means, “don’t eat them at all”…not “eat them sometimes”. Being vigilant is important. Think of it like weeding a garden…consistency and diligence is what keeps out those weeds and it’s the same thing with inflammation.

If you find this difficult to do, it’s because you are addicted to the caseomorphins in dairy and the gluteomorphins in grains. (Yep, the last part of those words is like “morphine” and they are highly addictive foods.) After the first week most people adjust to not eating them and start to feel better, but everyone is different.

2. Take Vitamin D. Most people who have low thyroid function are also very low in vitamin D. It doesn’t matter if you live in a sunny climate…the hypothyroid situation often makes it difficult to absorb the vitamin D from the sun. So yes, get that sunshine because it’s great for your mood and more, but don’t depend on it for your vitamin D.

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Take an emulsified version of vitamin D that has cofactors (cod liver oil and other cofactors) in the product. Capsules and tablets are more difficult for your system to absorb, liquids are better. Get your vitamin D 20 OH checked and if it’s low, supplement and then check it again in about 12 weeks. You need the D for your immune system, your mood, your brain function, your hormones and your bones.

3. Reduce stress and get more rest. Yes, I know it’s easy to say and harder to do, but it’s very important for a person with Hashimoto’s. Your body needs downtime to release and relax, take a break from what’s going on outside of you and within your own system. For free short audios to relax go to www.DrElena.com/morejoy for a 3 minute and a 7 minute audio relaxation.

Your body also needs sleep to balance your immune system. Sometimes you may need more sleep than other times. With Hashimoto’s your system may fluctuate between high thyroid and low thyroid. For example, you might go back and forth between anxiety, insomnia and diarrhea…and depression, fatigue and constipation. Whether low or high thyroid, digestive symptoms and complaints are usually present and need to be addressed.

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Remember, it’s your immune system that needs to be addressed. That is where the focus needs to be for healing.

Check out the 2 free short audios (3 minutes and 7 minutes) here and your’ll also get a short special report, “10 Keys for Bringing More Joy into Your Life”.

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Yours in health, healing and happiness,

Dr. Elena 😉

Dr. Elena Michaels is a naturopathic doctor, holistic psychotherapist and clinical hypnotherapist who has been helping people access their inner innate healing power for over 30 years. Having personally overcome many health challenges including cancer and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (autoimmune disease), her passion is helping others regain their health and vitality, taking control of their life.  

 

Getting Rid of Unwanted “Stuff”?

Last week I had a sore throat, laryngitis, aches, runny nose and was coughing and sneezing.  I knew my body was getting rid of toxins and accumulations of things no longer needed.  I took really good care of myself, amped up my supplements, drank my ginger/lemon/cayenne tea and knew I would feel clearer, lighter, calmer and stronger once the episode passed.  I felt like I was building a new body of light…lighter and more free than before (an ongoing process, for all of us, right)?

I have also been clearing out a storage unit for the last month and that process was on hold while I was resting and healing from not feeling well.

So here I am, clearing out “stuff” on a few different levels.  I went back to the storage unit today (I have a self-imposed deadline to be out in three days) and filled up another huge trash can.  It felt great!

Most of those boxes were put into that storage unit during a challenging time in my family and under great duress.  At that time, I felt overwhelmed dealing with several events as well as health issues.  Going through those boxes now, when I am strong and well (except for this little bout which is almost over) is a totally different experience.

It feels good to lighten the load, donate and throw out unneeded and unnecessary items, and it seems that it is happening on a few different levels right now.  I have been visualizing and imagining how good I will feel when the storage unit is cleared out and when I have moved through this little bout of not feeling quite well physically.  That has motivated me to get it done and move forward (we all want to feel good, right)?

I have also had a great time finding things that I have been looking for (so that’s where the portable CD player has been)!

This is just another bit of substantiation that everything really is connected and looking at the “coincidences” of letting go and eliminating on different levels, makes things that much more meaningful.

I am enjoying this process of letting go of unwanted thoughts, feelings and things…and keeping only what serves and nourishes me.  I’m not “there” yet, but the journey is the adventure and staying conscious and present in the moment brings the joy.

And now…I get to listen to a meditation CD on that compact disc player I just found!

 

 

Chopra Center Meditation Challenge – Day One

Every year since it has been offered, I have done the Chopra Center’s 21-Day Meditation Challenge.  Today was the first day for the 2012 Challenge and I thoroughly enjoyed today’s meditation and look forward to the days to come.

The Chopra Center gives us a great gift in offering these meditations and they are free to anyone.  Thousands of people all around the world do it from wherever they are and it is a wonderful thing to participate.

I do a regular daily meditation and during the Chopra Center’s Challenge, I simple add their meditation to what I am already doing.  This morning I did my morning meditation and this evening I began the 21-Day Challenge with the Chopra Center.  It’s easy, it’s relaxing, it’s beneficial and you have nothing to lose.  The meditations aren’t very long and everyone can benefit.

If meditation is something you have wanted to try, or if you have gotten out of the groove with your meditation practice and taken a break, perhaps this is a wonderful opportunity to start up again or add to what you are already doing.

So check it out at www.ChopraCenter.com and join me and thousands of others as we move forward into the adventure of the next 21 days!

Yours in health and happiness,

Dr. Elena 😉

 

 

Doing A Vision Board – More Than What Meets the Eye

I finished my 2012 Vision Board yesterday morning at 2 AM and it was a wonderful and very fulfilling experience I’d like to share with you (you’ll see it, below)!

I usually start my Vision Board on December 31st and finish it by January 1st or 2nd.  This year was busy so it took an extra couple of days to get it done.  But I knew I wanted it done by the full moon!

I collect things all year long that strike me in some inspiring way and put them in a nice little box.  I like to think “outside the box” and find magazine photos, pictures from greeting cards, copies of photos and words from printed material and put them all go into the box until I am ready to create my “vision”.

I get a large 24″x36″ foam board (from an art supply store).  This year I chose black.  I had my scissors ready, my glue sticks and stick-on-stars nearby, lovely instrumental and uplifting music playing in the background and into “the zone” I went!

I don’t like to over-think or plan it…I just start cutting out images or parts of images and words that seem to resonate with me.  I put all of the cut and trimmed images in another container and then just start glueing them on the foam board.

This process usually takes me a few hours.  This year I was surprised at how quickly the time went by as what felt like about an hour was really about 5 hours spent on the project (that’s how I knew I was “in the flow”)!  Some of the pages I had collected and put in the box were just torn from magazines during the year, so I sorted through them and decided what worked for me to use.

As I spent this time, I noticed that I felt like I was in a hypnotic trance or meditative state.  It was a concentrated time spent focusing my conscious intention of what I wanted to occur in 2012.  That amount of time is longer than I usually spend in meditation so it was really a joy to give myself that gift of time, energy and focus to zero in on my goals.

It was also a statement to universal creative energy and the “powers that be” that this is what I plan to manifest.  My Vision Boards are always dense, without much blank space and with lots of words as well as images.  Some people just do images, some do just words, but I like doing both.

My friend recently showed me his Vision Board from last year and it was amazing to see how he had created it.  He took photos of his “wants” and put them all into a file on his laptop, creating a rotating group of images as his desktop “wallpaper” so the images were constantly in front of him.  I liked that idea because I hang mine up on the wall in my home office and then I don’t spend much time looking at it as the months roll by.

But then again, there is that theory that you can write down what you want and put it away and not look at it again until one year later to see what things on the list you have manifested.  You can’t make a mistake or do this “wrong”…whatever you do, is right for you!

Right now, my Vision Board is directly in front of the living room sofa (where I am now sitting) and it’s propped up against the wall at eye level.  It will probably stay there for a bit and then be put up on the wall like last year’s.

I look at last year’s Vision Board this morning, and several things did come into being.  I thought that was pretty darn cool!

So if you haven’t done something like this yet, you might want to set aside some time to give yourself this gift of stating your goals and dreams.  It’s a wonderful exercise…fulfilling, and fun!

Enjoy this full moon and visualizing your dreams in any what that seems right for you!

Yours in health, healing and happiness,

Dr. Elena 😉

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Let today be a magic day!

Today is 11:11:11 and there has been much talk about this day and this number.  These numbers added up equal 6, the number of The Lovers, a major arcana card in the Tarot deck.  The Lovers card and the number 6 is a harmonious blending of male and female, yin and yang, in and out and “as above, so below”.  The Lovers card doesn’t always mean literally a “man and woman who are lovers”.  This card is a metaphor of the harmony and balancing that can be done within ourselves as we all have male and female attributes and other (appearing to be) opposites within us.  This card and this number is a reminder to be aware of us being all things and bringing ourselves into balance.  (This puts a new spin on criticizing another…that thing we may be criticizing and judging that other person about is in our own makeup as well.)

If you add up 11:11:2011 that number is 8, the number of Strength, another major arcana card in the Tarot deck.  I love the balance of the two zeros that make up the number “8”.  The number 8 and the Strength card reminds us that we have the ability for our higher mind to control our lower (animal) mind.  Our higher selves guide us to bring balance (those two “0’s” balanced on top of one another) and this number and card reminds us to use those intuitive, higher, soul-sourced faculties.

I also like that the number 8 on it’s side is this symbol:  ∞

You will find that symbol on my site in various places.  I have used it for years and it is the symbol of infinity…limitless ideas, thoughts and way of being.  Whenever I see it I am reminded to let go of the barriers and obstacles I may be placing on myself.

And now for a fun fact…

If you add the last two digits of the year you were born, to the age you will be at the end of the year 2011, you will get 111!  Try it…it’s rather amazing.

So the 11:11 is reminding us to look for the deeper meaning in all that is around us.  It is a “gateway” number, allowing us to be aware of the access we have to the higher vibrations of the unseen worlds.  It reminds us that there is more than meets the eye and unlimited energy available to us to create and manifest our dreams.

And at the root of it all are two “ones” (11) standing next to each other.  In the “standing next to each other” all of us single ones are stronger, more powerful and more united, allowing us to access greater good for the world.

Have a beautiful and magical day!

I am publishing this post at exactly 11:11 AM on 11:11!

Dr. Elena 😉