Monday, April 9, 2012

New Recipe

Another great way to get veggies!

Roasted Asparagus Salad with Citrus Dressing (from Standard Process)
2lbs or 2 bunches asparagus, trimmed
1 pint tiny cherry or pear tomatoes
1T extra virgin olive oil
3/4 t  sea salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste
1 T lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
1 T orange juice (fresh squeezed)
1T honey
1/2 t Dijon mustard
2 bunches watercress (tough stems removed)
2T fresh dill, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 450
Place asparagus in a large bowl. Add tomatoes and olive oil, toss to coat. Spread in a heavy roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet, spooning the tomatoes between and on top of the asparagus. Sprinkle with 1/2 t sea salt and pepper. Roast until the asparagus is crisp yet tender and te tomatoes are warmed and slightly crinkled, about 15 minutes. Set aside until ready to serve.
Whisk lemon and orange juice mustard and remaining 1/4 t sea salt in a medium bowl until blended. Reserve half of the dressing in a small bowl.
Add watercress to the medium bowl; toss to coat. Spread the watercress on a platter. Arrange the roasted asparagus on the watercress and top with tomatoes. Drizzle the reserved dressing over the asparagus and tomatoes; sprinkle with dill. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Speaking My Truth

I have been asked to submit an article to the Blueprints, the USFWI (United Society of Friends Women International) booklet that we use for monthly meetings. The topic is Showers of Blessings. Showers of blessings...hmmm... when have I ever felt showers of blessings?  And then I understood why I had been led to write about my life and why it just wasn't happening. I had been coming at it from the wrong angle. When I looked at it from a "blessings" point of view, it all came into focus. Recently, I had done a mission statement exercise that was astonishingly easy and extremely powerful for me. And it has come together in this article.

If you are one of my loved ones, there is no blame here. This is my account of what happened to me and only me. This article is written for a spiritual group so I will be leaving in all the references to God and scripture. If you are offended by that I suggest you ask yourself why someone else's beliefs offend you and tend to those wounds. And if I can help, I will. 

I'm not trying to "win souls for God" here.  I'm telling what happened to me. If it helps you, WIN! If it makes you really uncomfortable, WIN!! Because if you're uncomfortable you can be sure that there is something stirring in you that is ready to be healed. 

Showers of Blessings  John 14:12-14, 26-27   Hymn- Breathe on Me Breath of God

I know that  sometimes its hard to see the blessings through all of a life. But when we can glimpse the “5O thousand foot” view we can see so many ways that we have been blessed.
This is not a story about my children Liberty, Betsy or Sam. This is my story.

Maybe it will help you understand how God can work miracles.

I had a childhood that included sexual abuse and all the behaviours that come from near constant fear of being abused. I hurt myself (not on purpose) a lot (not feeling safe). I was sick with strep throat numerous times. (not speaking my truth).  I had bad acne (very low self esteem). Sexual abuse of a child is like a sword piercing the self esteem.  I had recurring nightmares of being on a bus careening down a hill with no one at the wheel and me in the back with no way to stop it. This is classic for someone who feels out of control. I was forced to grow up at a very young age. It seemed no one was watching out for me. It was so obvious when I looked at my life that there was no one in charge and I was just a kid. It wasn’t like there was no normalcy in my life but if the surface had been scratched even a little the right person would have seen a very troubled family. One evening I realized that I was so alone I began yelling in fear from my bed. My father came to see what was wrong. I said, “I’m all alone.” He said, “No it’s ok, I’m right here.” “No you don’t understand. I am all alone.” I replied.  I was eleven years old.

Apparently there was not thought of going to a professional for help. No one did anything about my fear so I lived with it for many many years. Even after I  accepted the Lord in my life I had plenty of fear. When one grows up this way it is an unconscious behaviour that can be difficult to break.
My cousins, Doug, Brenda, Tim and Shelley were always fun play with and I felt very safe whenever I was with them  so when they invited me to church I was excited to go with them! God led to me accepting Jesus as my saviour and an indwelling of the Holy Spirit at age 13.

I had the opportunity to go to Quaker boarding school at age 15 and get out of my house. I was given many, many opportunities to see how other people lived and develop a sense of being in a community with my fellow humans on this big blue ball hurtling through the universe.

There were many times in my life when I just left God out of my life all together. I was not aware of any direction of my life through God. But something would happen and I would make a decision and just keep following through wherever that led. (I was not really aware that these
decisions I made could have been directed by the Holy Spirit.)

I had some rough times when I thought again, “I’m all alone.” But always God was right where I left Him!

I had read that I could do great things if I believed and let Jesus lead me. I was led  to become a massage therapist and give to others in a very meaningful way. Touching others with unconditional love was so integral to my healing the wounds of childhood. I was given the opportunity to work with a gifted therapist and went through nine months of intensive counseling twice a week, once in an individual setting and once in a group of other adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. All of this was paid for because I fell into this category! I started seeing how God was preparing me for things that I was asking to do.

Spirit led me to come to the midwest in 1990 to study chiropractic and within 10 months I met my husband who has been a steady source of love and compassion for me for over 20 years now.  I had written a list of the person I wanted as a partner and made it very clear who I wanted and God put him right in front of me!

And lo and behold he was a Quaker man! His parents were both pastors and I was now in the family that I had longed for growing up. His knowingness about how God works in lives was the anchor that I had been looking for in a partner. I now knew why none of my other relationships worked. We had God in our relationship and it was amazing!

Ed and I  have been through many trials. The stillbirth of our first son, teenage daughters running rampant, financial worries but still God is guiding me every day. I’m not perfect yet. But I am being perfected. God doesn’t make mistakes but we can sure louse things up with our little, tiny ideas.

And the closer I strive to be with God the easier it is to do! People pop up to help and support. Epiphanies abound! People grow and learn and become who they are really meant to be and it helps if I am who I am really meant to be too!

I want you to know that if you feel alone, you really aren’t. It’s a false feeling and there is one who can speak to your condition, always.

And these are the words I read when I was 12 years old.
John 14: 12-14
Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.

And be sure to read on in that chapter because the Promise of the Holy Spirit is real. And if you live like it’s real your life will be a joy!

My mission statement is "to heal, empower and connect intuitive understanding with adult survivors of childhood abuse".

Love and blessings,
Dr. Tanya

P.S. The teenage girls grew up and are a constant inspiration to me. We have a very healthy 16 year old son. I communicate regularly in loving ways with both of my parents and my sister. And as if that's not enough, I have meaningful and rewarding work to do every day. Go figure.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Have the Feeling of Accomplishment Right Now

Here is the link for the audio. Remember to skip up until minute 8:49. 

This was my first time doing this so you want to miss that part! When you get to the right spot you'll be doing the meditation on accomplishment. 

Make sure to listen to the responses after the meditation. Raise your vibration today!

Have a blest day!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

How Chronic Pain Changes Behavior

From a blog post by Dr. Julie Chen, Integrative Medical Doctor

"Based on a study published in Plos One on Oct. 12, 2011 by researchers in Rome, Italy, it seems that people suffering from pain exhibited a greater self-centered perspective aimed at maximizing self-gain. What's interesting about this study is that it suggests that physiological states may play a significant role in higher order interpersonal behavior and social interactions.

Within this study, their results showed that the "feeling of pain makes an individual less inclined to behave according to social norms that regulate most social and economic interactions."

This study is consistent with the findings of a previous study from the Iowa Gambling Task looking at chronic back pain patients, and there was an association of greater intensity of pain being associated with higher rate of egocentric bias and reduction of the capacity to react emphatically toward others.

However interesting these findings are, it is not to suggest that all pain-sufferers tend to be egocentric or self-centered. The important point that this study and the Iowa Gambling Task study showed is that there is an association between physiological bodily states and our social and economic higher order behavioral states."

Do you see that from this that chronic pain changes one's behavior? And that removing interference to the central nervous system that controls the subconscious which controls the body's functions leads to healing?

Each time you receive a B.E.S.T. (Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique) adjustment we are clearing your central nervous system of interference that creates chronic pain. And then you receive instruction on how to take care of yourself in between visits. Restoring you to the perfection with which you were made is possible with your commitment and the technology we possess body/mind/spirit.

You are in charge of your healing, not someone else. If you are ready to change what is not working you can heal. But you must be ready to do something new. Opening for healing can be scary but the alternative is staying stuck in the stuff you have now. There is some lag time between your decision to heal and change and the change actually showing up physically. Sometimes it's a breath away, sometimes it takes a concerted effort by individuals you allow into your life to help keep you on the healing track. Either way it's worth the effort to live without pain and enjoying life.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Osteoporosis and Alternative Healing

Osteoporosis and Alternative Healing

Here’s how this works. When the body’s normal metabolism is to make acid, becomes overloaded with acid, through diet or stress, it will leach calcium out of the bones to counteract the acid causing osteoporosis.

Overloading of acid through the diet comes from protein, made of amino acids, and fat, made from fatty acids, either by eating too much or not having it broken down properly in the body. Acid is a negatively charged ion and minerals are positively charged. So in order to not excrete acid, which would be painful, the body has to buffer the acid with something alkaline. Minerals are alkaline and the largest amount of mineral in the body is calcium. So if the body needs it and can’t get it anywhere else it is leached from the bone, hence osteoporosis.

Eggs and bacon or donuts and coffee for breakfast, hamburger and fries for lunch and maybe the same thing for dinner is a very protein and fat heavy diet.This is the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.). And it is sad! Vegetables and especially green veggies are the best for counteracting the S.A.D. diet.

Also add in stress, which increases acidity in the body.
Think of this: if each child were given, in health class in grade school, lessons on how to handle stress, through breathing and visualization, what a world this would be! Teaching children how to effectively handle stress gives them power to create the health they want. It’s starting to happen but it’s not widespread.

Here’s a great practice you can try for stress relief!

You can use 4 count breathing at any time to handle any stress! It’s easy.
  • Count to 4 using “1 one thousand, 2 one thousand, 3 one thousand, 4 one thousand” while you breathe in,
  • then hold in for 4 counts,
  • exhale for 4 counts and
  • hold the breath out for 4 counts.

This is simple but can regulate your fight or flight response, which increases acid easily and naturally in 16 seconds!

You can also eat at least 75% veggies and fruit and 25% protein and fat at mealtime as well. This will assure that you are getting many alkaline foods. And eat alot of green veggies. Remember the greener you are the better!

These simple steps will help you create a life without chronic pain and suffering. You can stay off osteoporosis drugs that give many additional effects besides what they are marketed for AND you can have the health you want in body, mind and spirit!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Alternative Care for Chronic Pain

How thoughts can heal chronic pain.

Have you suffered from chronic pain for years thinking nothing can be done?

You might think this because you were told, “Nothing can be done.” by a doctor.
But it’s not true!
In fact there is never a time that nothing can be done.
You have the power to heal at all times.
What you don’t have is the knowledge to use this power.

The power of healing does not require extensive training or degrees or even belief! How can that be true? Think of your television. If you had to believe that it would turn on for it to work or you had to describe how it worked for you to enjoy it would you be able to? What you have to do is push a button. You don’t even have to believe that the button will turn on the tv for it to do so.

Your body/mind/memory/spirit is really the same as that TV. You can use it or ignore it.

Here are simple steps that you can use to create healing right now.
  1. Think of a time in your life when you felt the most unconditional love, at-one-ness, or peace
  2. While thinking of that take inventory of every texture, color, sensation, whether you are with others or alone, indoors or outdoors, night/day. See in your mind’s eye exactly what that idea or memory looks like, feels like, smells like, tastes like.
  3. Now notice how your body feels in that moment when you are thinking of this time in your life or of what you are imagining. Do you feel warm? Peaceful? Happy? Relaxed?


When you put your attention on something that creates good feeling in you, you are doing healing. When you put your attention on whatever is bothering you it will intensify.
Make sure to check your feelings and notice if it is a good feeling or negative feeling.

The body’s physiology will change with every emotion.

Create good feelings and use your healing power whenever you like.
Some call this “alternative” but really what’s the alternative?

A Holistic Perspective of Arthritis

What causes arthritis? A holistic perspective.
The word arthritis is the combination of arthro- meaning joint and –itis meaning inflammation, hence inflammation of the joint.

So what is the cause of inflammation? Think of it as too much heat.
The inflammatory process can begin in any number of ways. Too much protein in the diet that goes undigested can cause the body to overwork and create a histamine reaction, what most people think of as allergic reaction. The body may not
have the enzymes to break down protein and therefore it becomes an antagonist to the body’s normal processes.
In Eastern healing paradigms too much heat means there is also somewhere in the body that has not enough heat. The body is always striving for balance. If there is too much energy in one place there will be not enough energy elsewhere.

But let’s look at the CAUSE.
So far I’ve mentioned only physical symptoms and reactions. We are more than physical. We are spiritual beings. We experience energy in many forms, electrical, magnetic, chemical, emotional and spiritual. Try this on and see if it has any meaning for you:

Everything happens in spirit first and then manifests physically.

When we look at our physical afflictions from that perspective we must address what is happening spiritually in our lives to create the health and vitality we seek. Our thinking creates what we experience in our life.
If you are criticized or criticize others think of how that feels in the body. Constraints on our actions and thinking will help us avoid the criticism. So we are not feeling free and able to move without thinking of the criticism. Imagine this happening over a long period time. The constant criticism we have in our daily thoughts, when we look in the mirror, when we see any media with “conventionally” beautiful women or men. In fact we can be bombarded by criticism from ourselves and others. Now we want to move but over the last 40-50 years we have learned to criticize subconsciously so even though we don’t actively think the thoughts the pattern is established and the reaction is unconscious. We criticize.

The Joints move our bodies. Joints help us be free in the world and to move in it easily and effortlessly. But if the subconscious criticism continues the constraints can become physical. Pain and stiffness result.

We must be in forgiveness to ourselves for allowing those subconscious patterns to affect us negatively in order to be free of the subconscious criticism, fear of being unloved and resentment toward ourselves and others who did not protect us from this.

So I urge you, in your affliction, to repeat this affirmation.

“I am love. I now choose to love and approve of myself. I see others with love.” Repeat it with “I”, “You”, “Lots of people” and “your name”. This helps it to go into the subconscious. Without argument from your “educated” mind - the one the criticizes.
Release your attachment to your old thoughts.

Let go of preconceived notions.
Allow yourself a new way of thinking about yourself and others.
Feel the lightness that comes from freedom from criticism.