Uncover the Recurring Thoughts and Beliefs that Create Physical Illness in Our Bodies

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Currently, we have the sickest generation of human beings to have ever existed in the history of mankind. Obesity, allergies, asthma, autism, ADD, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis and cancer are only a few examples of the epidemics that exist today. The physical reason for these epidemics is that the world is simply more toxic than ever before – our food, water and air are perpetually being contaminated. But why do certain people contract certain illnesses?

When a man plays hockey, falls down and injures his right shoulder, why doesn’t he injure his right elbow instead? As a holistic nutritionist, we are trained to look at the physical manifestations in our clients’ bodies to determine what we need to look at from an emotional standpoint. Here are some examples of various physical manifestations and the thoughts or feelings that can contribute to them:

Allergies – ‘Who are you allergic to?’Suppressed rage at another. Not accepting of your own power and denying self-worth. You didn’t get the love you needed as a child and are afraid of others knowing who you really are. You are suffering from an unresolved aggravation from childhood.

 

Eczema – “Don’t be yourself.” You feel guilty and uncomfortable with being yourself. You feel blocked from doing what you want and often feel powerless. You tend to hang onto the past. You are super sensitive to yourself and your environment, deeply feeling any loss of love. You fear the future. For these reasons, you start to grow a “second skin.”

 

Female problems ie menstrual problems – rejecting femininity or not wanting to be a woman.  Dislike of the self. Could feel resentment at father for not being there for you or feeling betrayed by him.

 

Nail-biting – You are eating away at yourself. You are very frustrated at not being able to take charge of your life and manifest your desires. You may have anger issues and feel as though you are alone.

 

Stomach aches – Scared and unable to assimilate the current happenings in your life. A great need to be loved. Fearful of not receiving love and angry to be in this position and trying to suppress these feelings. The stomach holds nourishment and digests life.

 

There are even links between emotions and challenges with different body parts.  Examples include:

Knee challenges – You are having troubles bending your knees and moving forward with your life.  It arises from a fear of failure.

 

Shoulder challenges – “Everything always falls on my shoulders.” You are shouldering too much responsibility. You feel you are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. You have a hard time carrying your responsibilities in a joyful way.

 

I remember thinking “Why does the body have to always communicate with me?” “Can’t it let me get away with anything?” The reality is that the body communicates with us at all times, whether we like it or not. The trick is to improve our nutrition at a physical level and then do the work to heal the emotion or belief system within ourselves that is manifesting in our bodies. Because whenever an individual is truly happy and balanced, down to their very core, their body is healthy. Fascinating, isn’t it?

Please join me Saturday, January 12th from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm at Nature’s Emporium in Newmarket to learn more about the emotional connections and why the soul might choose illness for certain purposes. This is the second FREE seminar in the Maximizing Your Soul’s Growth Seminar Series. Email events@naturesemporium.com to secure a spot for yourself!

Marijuana is NOT Safe Just Because It’s Now Legal in Canada

Several Buds of Marijuana

A strain of pure marijuana (legal)

With all of the people extolling the benefits of Marijuana and the fact that the Canadian government has now legalized Marijuana, many are probably wondering, “How bad can this drug be?” I decided it was time to inform you of the adverse effects of this drug.

There is medicinal Marijuana and recreational Marijuana. The medicinal Marijuana or cannabis oil is referred to as The Sacred Plant (some of you may have seen the video series by this name, which I highly recommend) and it helps those in pain or suffering from disease. It contains a small amount of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is necessary to receive the medicinal benefits from the drug. Recreational Marijuana contains far more THC, which is the component that makes ones high or intoxicated when smoked. According to annual survey data, more teenagers smoke recreational marijuana than cigarettes. The amount of THC in Marijuana samples, confiscated by police, has been steadily increasing over the past few decades. In 2009, THC concentrations in marijuana averaged close to 10 percent, compared to around 4 percent in the 1980s. According to Canada’s government website, some strains contain an average of 30 percent!

When smoked, Marijuana affects users almost immediately and the effects can last for one to three hours. When it is baked in brownies or cookies, its effects usually last even longer. Here are 24 negative effects of recreational Marijuana use.

What are the short-term effects of recreational marijuana?

  • Distorted perception (sights, sounds, time, touch)
  • Memory, thinking and learning challenges – THC disrupts nerve cells in the brain. A large prospective study showed that people who began smoking Marijuana heavily in their teens lost as much as 8 points in IQ between age 13 and age 38.
  • Anxiety, fear, distrust, or panic
  • Loss of coordination
  • Lowered reaction time
  • Increased heart rate, reduced blood pressure – Marijuana can cause the heart beat to increase by 20 to 50 beats per minute. Researchers found that users’ risk for a heart attack is four times higher within the first hour after smoking Marijuana, compared to their general risk of heart attack when not smoking.
  • Burning, stinging of the mouth and throat, coughing, more frequent chest and lung infections – One major research study reported that a single joint could cause as much damage to the lungs as up to five regular cigarettes smoked one after another.
  • After the initial elevated mood, depression and/or sleepiness kicks in

When high doses of recreational marijuana are used, users can experience the following symptoms:

  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Impaired memory
  • Disorientation

What are the long-term effects of recreational marijuana?

  • Lowered immune system – Many studies showed that THC increased the risk of colds and bronchitis. Another study found that THC increased the risk of developing bacterial infections and tumors.
  • Increase of abnormally structured cells in the body
  • Reduction of male sex hormones
  • Rapid destruction of lung fibers
  • Permanent lesions (injuries) to the brain (pictures can be found in “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life” by Daniel Amen MD)
  • Reduced sexual capacity
  • Apathy, drowsiness, lack of motivation
  • Personality and mood changes
  • Deformation of sperm cells and sterility challenges in men
  • Irregular menstrual cycle in women

Because Marijuana smoke contains 3 times more tar and 50% to 70% more cancer-causing substances than tobacco smoke, it would make sense that smoking Marijuana would increase the risk of lung cancer although researchers have not been able to prove this because of all of the other factors that increase the risk.
Contrary to common belief, Marijuana is addictive. Estimates from research suggest that about 9 percent of users become addicted to Marijuana; this number increases among those who start young (to about 17 percent, or 1 in 6) and among daily users (to 25-50 percent). Also, Marijuana use often leads to other drug use, with even more perilous results.

My brother and best friend in the whole world started smoking Marijuana at the age of fifteen and went onto other more potent drugs, eventually dying of an accidental drug overdose at the age of 31. Please do everything in your power to understand the harmful effects of this drug and prevent those you know from masking their pain with drugs.

Sources: Foundation for a Drug-free World, National Institute of Drug Abuse and Government of Canada

Halloween Unmasked

Photo of batman

Photo by Marcin Lukasik on Unsplash

In my almost fifty years of celebrating Halloween, I never knew the reason we celebrate Halloween until now! Do YOU know where it originated?

The Celts started Halloween over 2000 years ago because they believed the barrier between our world and the world of spirits became really thin at the end of each summer. October 31st began a three-day festival dedicated to remembering the dead, including the saints (hallow) and martyrs. To this day, in many parts of the world, churches observe All Hallows’ Eve by holding services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead.

I always thought the occasion was just for fun – trick-or-treating, costume parties, carving pumpkins, apple bobbing, pulling pranks, haunted houses, telling scary stories and watching horror movies! Over the years, I have pondered the reasons people choose the costumes they do. The females who choose the revealing costumes might not know their inner greatness, so wear the sexy costumes hoping to be complimented and admired. The males who choose the superpower costumes might want to appear strong and powerful when too many aspects of their world are controlled. The individuals who dress in scary costumes might want to be noticed when they so often go unnoticed. The individuals who dress in funny costumes might simply relish making others laugh!

We are all multi-faceted beings. We have light and shadow sides of ourselves. We have strengths and weaknesses. We have areas of our lives we are proud of and those we are not. Halloween gives each of us a chance to level the playing field. It gives us the nerve to be greater than we believe ourselves to be. It gives us an excuse to act less than who we are. It allows us to explore aspects of being that we have never explored before.

So, how do you think the spirits would view October 31st nowadays?  Dressing up, humour, treats, fun pranks, and pure delight make living worthwhile. My belief is that the spirits would much rather watch us ENJOY ourselves on October 31st than reminisce about our loss of them. Anyone who has visited a medium has likely heard that our loved ones in spirit don’t want to see us in pain, mourning them. Would they want us to remember them though? Absolutely! Their birthdays and the anniversaries of their death, in particular, are always times in which they are close by and wanting to connect with us.

When we unmask Halloween, we discover that it has become the most liberating celebration of the year. It has become an occasion for each of us to truly FEEL ALIVE! And when the negativity in this world seems to climb higher and higher, I believe we must embrace October 31st and experience it for all it has to offer us. Happy Halloween, Everyone!

Maximize Your Soul’s Growth

A photo of the door of an old church door with the words Open the Door to Your Soul's GrowthA woman came to me for life coaching. I listened intently while she shared her life story with me for about an hour and a half. As soon as she finished, I gave her my perceptions about her life, the incorrect belief system that she had allowed to run her life and one step she could implement to turn things around. She looked at me and asked incredulously, “What happened to you in your life that allowed you to help me like this? I have been to therapists and counsellors my whole life and NO ONE has understood me or my life the way you do.”

My life challenges flashed before my eyes in a nanosecond and my heart overflowed with gratitude for EVERYTHING I had ever been through, so that I could help this woman who was suffering so terribly. She began to sit up straight; her weakened voice began to strengthen and she KNEW deep within her soul what she needed to do to bring peace and joy into her life…it was a sight to behold, let me tell you!

The majority of my time is spent helping individuals in this way. When they hear the TRUTH, they KNOW it’s the truth and I don’t need to convince them of a thing. They understand themselves in a new way. They no longer blame others because my clients realize that it was their own incorrect beliefs and self-fulfilling prophecies running the circumstances of their lives. Next, I teach them the steps to coming to love themselves and others like never before. When I help individuals starve their fears and feed their heart they become the person they are capable of being!  When we do this work, we honour the integrity of our soul; we flourish and, in turn, we maximize our soul’s growth.

Could my work be any more rewarding? Absolutely not. Do I want to help rooms of people in this NEW way – a way that has never been taught on a grand scale? So badly!!! What would I have to teach? I would have to teach a new perspective – a multi-faceted one – one in which people can understand themselves physically, emotionally AND spiritually…one in which people can clearly see their own greatness and KNOW it for the first time ever…one in which they can see beyond, understanding why they came to Earth, the meaning behind the challenges they face and what they need to do here…one in which they can understand they are NEVER alone and are being guided and assisted at ALL times by the Universe.

I WILL teach this. I am finally ready to teach this. Please see the accompanying flyer for details of my first major seminar on this topic. Come fill the room with your presence and presents and reconnect with your soul. I have made the event FREE because I would like as MANY of you as possible to benefit from this information.

“If we have a problem in any area of our lives, whether it be with our relationships, career, health or finances, the first place we must look for a solution is our thinking.” Meredith Deasley – The Resourceful Mother’s Secrets to Spiritual Vitality

5 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude

bigstock-Thankful-22579472At this time of year, Thanksgiving traditions are re-enacted with care; we spend time with loved ones and friends, and the memories from the passing of years envelope us.  We are usually asked at some point over the long weekend to ponder the aspects of our lives for which we are grateful.  Many are in survival mode raising their young families.  Many don’t have others with whom to celebrate and commune and feel a void within.  Many begin making mental notes of the things that they don’t have or the aspects of their lives that are not going the way they want them to.  Why is it important for us to cultivate gratitude?  And how do we go about it?

Below are 5 reasons why it is important to cultivate gratitude and how to do it:

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A Life Coach’s Wish for You This School Year

For the Students

School is so much more than academics. School prepares us for life. My wish for you is that this year, you learn and enact these 10 ways to come to know your own greatness:

  • Handle challenges with grace, meaning always endeavouring to find the perspective that brings you peace
  • Find the areas of study that you are passionate about because when you find those, you can never feel empty
  • Get along with the other children and teachers by operating from your HEART and learning diplomacy
  • Balance your time between your workload, sports, clubs, friends and time for yourself to just “be”
  • Make and consume healthy lunches and snacks, so that you can concentrate for long periods, keep your moods stable and keep your energy high
  • Work hard and focus your mind on various subjects for a length of time, in order to learn about this incredible world and determine your role within it
  • Feel the fear but find your strength to take leadership in the classroom, at lunch or in your extra-curricular activities, if that’s your inclination
  • Continue to enjoy the present moment, as you did before you entered school
  • Fuel your dreams and career aspirations for they will guide you for years to come
  • Find ways to have copious amounts of fun because life is truly not worth living without it 😉

For the Teachers

Your job is far more than teaching academics. My wish for you this year is that you enact these 10 methodologies, so that you come to know your own greatness:

  • Lead by example. The more time you spend outside of school finding the balance, while doing what you love, the better job you will do at living with integrity
  • See your students as YOUR teachers and, as long as they trigger you, you have more to learn from them
  • Recognize that your anger at your students stems from fear. You might be worried you can’t control your class. The more you respect yourself, the more your students will respect you.
  • Inspire your students to be the best version of themselves possible. Point out what they are doing right, as opposed to what they are doing wrong
  • Open your students’ minds to the greatest possibilities for themselves and this world. Teach your class and fellow teachers how to see the positive in every situation – that is your greatest tool for achieving happiness
  • Refrain from removing hope from the minds of your pupils – fuel their hope for themselves and others in this world for without hope, we are lost
  • Remember that our thoughts become our reality. If you believe you will be an incredible teacher this year, an incredible teacher you will be. Maybe you want to be that teacher that stands out in the minds of your students for the rest of their lives
  • Find ways to help every classroom experience be enjoyable, not only for your students but yourself!

10 Ways to Improve the Health of your Brain

The top picture shows us what a healthy brain looks like. The bottom left picture shows us what an unhealthy brain looks like. The bottom right picture shows us the improvements in brain health by decreasing one’s exposure to toxins, improving one’s nutrition and thinking more positively. When we improve the health of our brain, we also improve the appearance of our body.

Here are the top 10 ways to improve the health of your brain:

  1. Decrease stress, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, drugs and nicotine – These constrict blood flow to the brain and other organs. Stress increases cortisol, which can damage the cells in our brain and decrease our memory.
  2. Drink lots of filtered water.
  3. To decrease inflammation in the brain, identify and remove food allergens (dairy and wheat are big culprits for brain inflammation in sensitive individuals). Consume plenty of Omega 3 fatty acids from fish, nuts, seeds, leafy green vegetables and avocados. Green tea and spices, such as garlic, rosemary and curcumin also assist with this. Curcumin actually decreases the plaque thought to be responsible for Alzheimer’s disease.
  4. Eat clean food, specifically protein – Protein balances our blood sugar which keeps our moods stable, our energy high and our concentration levels optimal. Clean food means organic, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, free-range and grass-fed. Fruits, vegetables, coconut oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, chicken/turkey, eggs, steel-cut oatmeal (made in a wheat-free facility), legumes and shirataki noodles (the root of the wild yam plant) are the best brain foods, in addition to the omega 3 fatty acids already mentioned.
  5. Take supplements to improve the health of the intestine, our second brain – our gut is the most important organ for the health of our brain. Probiotics and fermented foods are best known for increasing our good bacteria, which improves our brain power and lowers anxiety/depression.
  6. Floss and obtain regular teeth/gum cleanings to avoid periodontal disease, maintain healthy gut flora and reduce inflammation.
  7. Take supplements to improve blood flow to the brain, such as gingko biloba (Omega 3 does this too!)
  8. Obtain proper treatment for brain injuries, such as cranial osteopathy.
  9. Exercise regularly – doing activities involving coordination, such as dancing and tennis boosts the activity in the cerebellum. The cerebellum holds 50% of the brain’s neurons! Interval training raises endorphins, which, in turn, lifts our mood and helps us feel more energetic. And resistance training prevents cognitive decline. Mindful exercise, such as yoga and tai chi, reduce anxiety and depression and increase focus.
  10. When we are in love, our brain looks like we have just consumed a lot of cocaine because there is so much left and right basal ganglia activity! Loving and positive thoughts are huge for the health of our brain! It actually harms our brain to spend time with people who don’t love and appreciate us.

I obtained this knowledge from The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and the renowned neuroscientist, psychiatrist and brain-imaging expert, Daniel Amen. His fascinating book, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life discusses this information in far more detail.

Canada Day Weekend – Appreciating Our Freedom

Every year, I have more appreciation for living in Canada than the year prior. This past weekend, I spent time overlooking the City of Toronto and its waterfront with thoughts of freedom continually pervading my mind. I believe that in Canada we have the privilege of having more freedom than if we were to live anywhere else in the world.

What is freedom to you?  Here are a few ideas that came to mind:

  • Having running water, a roof over our head, food, toiletries, clothing, a bed to sleep in peacefully for hours, warmth, medical care, dental care, and maybe even a vehicle to drive whenever and wherever we want
  • Being able to choose if we want to engage in politics or not
  • Knowing how to read and being able to read whatever we want, allowing us to form our own thoughts & beliefs and learn more about what we are passionate about
  • Accessing Facebook and other social media platforms to hear the good news in the world, as opposed to the bad news. These platforms also give us the opportunity to freely express ourselves.
  • Being surrounded by people that love and appreciate us
  • Loving ourselves enough to feel confident in being who we really are
  • Having the time to heal and nurture ourselves, as well as others
  • Being able to unleash our creativity
  • Having the power to choose what we are going to do with each moment in a day
  • Feeling safe, no matter where we are or who we are with
  • Loving who we want to love
  • Having the ability to convert every negative thought into a positive one or every “bad” occurrence into a blessing, even if it takes time
  • Having our physical, emotional and spiritual health

For those of you that want more freedom for yourselves and know that it is possible, how do you obtain this freedom?  There is one sure way – learn from those that have found it….and remember that with age, time and belief more and more things become possible.

The independence and liberation that most of us here in Canada have access to is worth contemplating.  My hope is that this blog will encourage you to spend more time FULLY appreciating the freedom and safety that we have here. Happy Canada Day to all of the occupants of this incredible country!

Gay Pride Week – Love IS Love

two women at the gay pride parade

Gay pride week is comprised of events celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex culture and pride. Last weekend, on my way home from the Artisan festival, I stumbled into a pride parade heading down Main Street Newmarket. The energy was palpable. The mayor, the police force, the paramedics and numerous other groups were all there supporting the LGBT community. There were more floats than I had seen in any other parade in town and the colourful nature of the floats and costumes was magnificent. When I saw the sign ‘Love Is Love’, I actually felt emotional.

My latest book, “The Resourceful Mother’s Secrets to Spiritual Vitality” explains that our souls ultimately come here to learn love. When we learn that fear and misunderstanding are the root causes of all suffering and illness, we will begin to replace hate, distrust and prejudice with love and cooperation. One of my biggest goals is to help the world understand the healing potential of love and teach people how to harness it!  My book explains and provides evidence that we live many lives in order to move from fear to love. Here are some excerpts:

Reincarnation Eliminates Sexual Discrimination

If someone was a woman in many prior lives and then decided to be a man for the first time in their next life, wouldn’t it make sense that they might have feminine tendencies or desires, living as a man for the first time in many lifetimes? The same scenario could happen if someone was a man in many prior lives and then decided to be a woman in their next life. Reincarnation could also explain why there are masculine women and feminine men. Believing in reincarnation eliminates all prejudice.

Reincarnation Is the Very Best Way for Our Souls to Learn LOVE

If we are poor in one life and rich in another, a minority in one life and part of the majority in another, or the tormentor in one life and the sufferer in another, how can we fail to learn compassion over many lifetimes? Reincarnation is a fool proof way for us to learn love and for our souls to evolve.

Loving or failing to love is the true test of our souls. Research has shown that our success in life is almost entirely dependent on our emotional intelligence (heart) rather than on our intellectual prowess (brain). All personal and spiritual transformation is dependent upon the opening of our hearts – giving and receiving love – allowing the energies of love and joy to truly flow. The more compassion and empathy we feel for all living things, the closer we come to experiencing divine unconditional love. The more we view the world through the lens of our heart, the greater our consciousness becomes, and the greater our spiritual awakening. It is why we come to Earth.

“Your life’s path, your life’s purpose, is what is required by your perfect soul, for your perfect soul’s growth. It is measured by your earth heart’s growth.” (Wiseman 2011, 88)

woman in red dress at gay pride parade looking down the street at the back of gay pride parade

The Symbolism of Illness

Meredith Deasley holding her new book, Secrets to Spiritual Vitality.

Our illnesses are meaningful, symbolic and have a spiritual purpose. They offer the possibility of greater healing. Physical illnesses are designed to help our souls grow, make improvements in our lives or create a way for us to leave our present lives. The choice to work out life issues through the body is just one choice that our souls can make.

“Health is one of the arenas in which we can learn about ourselves and the world. Other arenas include relationships, work, and money. More general life arenas exist: the mental, psychological, and emotional. We tend to focus on one or two of these areas in our lives, although we may have issues or problems in several of them.

This will become evident as you look at yourself, your family, friends, and acquaintances. Certain of your friends or family members, for example, don’t seem to have much trouble with their health, but they may have a terrible time with relationships. Someone else will always be having problems with money or with settling on a satisfying career. Still another may find his or her spiritual life to be the greatest challenge.” (Trowbridge 1996, xii)

In Chapter Three, I explained about living many, different lives (and provided proof of this), in order for our souls to develop in the direction they need to grow. Our souls have specific work to do in each lifetime and unless we do that work, there will be a conflict between our soul and our personality, which can create illness. Having said that, some souls choose to come into this lifetime with an illness, for the growth of their souls and those around them. A developmentally delayed individual may forego intellectual development in order to focus more on the emotional side of being. A physically disabled individual may be creating a path in which the intellect or the imagination is given more priority. A serious illness can teach an individual to be less selfish, more loving, humble, helpful, appreciative, courageous or able to live in the present moment, to name a few.