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  The Fire Within Acupuncture & Wellness

Sky above me, Earth below me, Fire within me



Opening Hearts

Posted by Tanya on August 14, 2014 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

People in our lives don’t always behave the way we wish, and certain behaviors can trigger uncomfortable responses in us. Please remember they didn’t get into our mind and create the buttons that have been pushed. Taking responsibility for our own feelings and reactions is mastering our own ability to respond. We need to learn consciously to choose then react.

Resentment and forgiveness needs to be addressed together. Forgiving doesn’t condone a person’s behavior; rather forgiveness takes place as a simple decision and has nothing to do with the other person at all. True forgiveness allows us to set ourselves free from holding on to the pain of another’s behavior - simply an act of releasing ourselves from the negative energy. Forgiveness doesn’t mean you are allowing the painful behavior or actions to continue in your life, but rather forgiveness is about letting it go; you forgive them and release them.

Take a stand and set healthy boundaries. This is the most loving thing you can do – not only for yourself but for others too. I truly believe there are no mistakes in this life. When our hearts remain closed and we feel sad, depressed, lost, angry, resentful, shame, or abandoned its hard to see anything good. Yet, when our hearts are open it’s as if so much of that negativity disappears and we’re able to release the old thoughts and reawaken to joy, love, happiness, and freedom. For each of us, there’s always joy inside, and we need to know how very perfect we are, as we are.

No matter how much chaos is going on around us; no matter how many things may be going wrong or not the way we envisioned; no matter what our bodies may be doing at the moment, we can always just love and accept ourselves. The truth of us – the very truth of our being - is that we are eternal. We have always been and we always will be. That part of us goes on forever.

As we accept and love ourselves exactly as we are, it makes it easier to go through the so called difficult times. We’re no longer fighting ourselves, we’re accepting. We’re cherishing ourselves and becoming tender. We’re comforting ourselves and making it easier.

Look in a mirror and say, “I love and accept you, just the way you are…

The Law of 5 Elements - The Element of Metal part 1 of 2

Posted by Tanya on June 27, 2014 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

"The forces of Autumn create dryness in Heaven and metal on Earth; they create the lung organ and the skin upon the body ...and the nose, and the white color, and the pungent flavor ..the emotion grief, and the ability to make a weeping sound" ~Inner Classic


When dry climates prevail, it is important to know how to offset their effects. When a person has a dry condition, it is usually related to the lungs and could be caused by imbalances in the diet, excessive activity, adverse climate, and/or organ malfunction. The major symptoms of dryness in the body are thirst, dryness of the skin, nose, lips, and throat, and itchiness; those who are chronically dry also tend to have a thin body type.


To counter dryness in the body in any season, foods which moisten can be emphasized: soybean products, including tofu, tempeh, and soy milk; spinach, barley, millet, pear, apple, persimmon, loquat, seaweeds, black and white fungus, almond pine nut, peanut, sesame seed, honey (cooked), barley malt, rice syrup, milk and dairy products, eggs, clam, crab, oyster, mussel, herring, and pork. Using a little salt in cooking also moistens dryness.


Dairy and other animal products are more appropriate for those whose dryness is accompanied by weakness, frailty, and other signs of deficiency. The dry person's condition is frequently a result of inadequate yin fluids in the body, and therefore many of the remedies for nourishing the yin also treat dryness.


The Lungs in Harmony and Disease

The lungs receive the Qi vital force of the air and mix it with the Qi extracted from food. This combination of Qi and associated nutrients is then distributed throughout the food and is of particular importance in protecting the surfaces of the body (including the mucous membranes and interior surfaces of the lungs) from viruses, bacteria, and other invading pathogens. The strength of the lungs depends on their Qi.

In health, lung Qi energy is characterized by its ability to consolidate, gather together, maintain strength, and unify against disease at every level, including cellular immunity. The personality of those with strong lungs is influenced by this Qi: They seem unified, hold onto their direction, create order, and are effective at what they do. How well we "hold on" and "let go" can be expressed in terms of emotional attachment. The colon is the yang organ paired with the lungs, and its obvious function is releasing what is no longer needed. In Chinese healing traditions, this release is on emotional and psychic levels as well as physical.


Attachments as an Indicator of Lung Vitality

Those with healthy lungs tend to hold onto their principles and keep their commitments, but when it comes time to let go of an object or relationship, they sense this and it without without emotional repression, feeling the associated grief and sadness, but soon resolving it. In comparison, those with weak lungs may experience loss with confusion and attempt to stifle their sadness, never completely letting go. At the same time, they can be disorderly and either lose their possessions easily or else hold onto them with unreasonable attachment.


Resolving Grief and Sadness

Grief is the emotion associated with the lungs and colon. Grief that is expressed and resolved strengthens the internal basis of heath, but repressed grief causes long-term contraction in the lungs, which interferes with their function of dispersing nutrients and Qi; ultimately, the lungs become congested with undistributed matter. Virtually everyone with lung and colon problems, regardless of the source of the problem, has unresolved sadness that needs to be cleared. Understanding the inward nature of this emotion offers a clue to working with it.

The contracting force of grief, if used constructively, clears repression: it encourages us to look within, to identify unresolved sorrows, and to transform them by simply being mindful of them. Sharing such feelings with others can also help dissipate them. By focusing internally, one heals those areas where deep illness may otherwise develop. Turbid emotions and thoughts can be cleansed by long, deep breathing. The expansive quality of pungent foods, the flavour that first "enters" the lungs, can assist in clearing grief.


The Physical Indications of Lung Vitality

Before assessing lung vitality, it is useful to consider three additional relationships:


  1. The lungs are said to "open" to the nose; this means that the sinuses, bronchioles, air passageways, and the nose itself are all influenced by the lungs.
  2. The health of the skin, including the mucous membranes and their inherent immunity, reflect lung health.
  3. The amount and quality of mucus relate to the lungs.


The individual with healthy lungs maintains a light, moist, protective coating on all mucus membranes; in conjunction with well-nourished and energized skin, this wards off extreme weather influences as well as viruses and other pathogens. Such a person is protected against infectious diseases like colds and flus and has good immunity in general.

Reference: Paul Pitchford, Healing with Whole Foods Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition, third edition. Pages 346-348

NADA Auricular Acupuncture for Stress Management

Posted by Tanya on October 18, 2013 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (4)


AcuDetox / NADA Protocol

The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol takes place in a group setting. It consists of the insertion of small acupuncture needles into five points on the outer surface of a person’s ear (auricular acupuncture). The needles remain inserted for 30-45 minutes. Acudetox can reduce the symptoms associated with addiction recovery including withdrawal symptoms, cravings, and anxiety. Other chronic stress conditions such as PTSD, depression and anxiety have also responded favorably.

A brief history of NADA

• In 1973, H.L.Wen, MD discovered that acupuncture delivered at certain points on the ear relieved opiate withdrawal symptoms as well as post surgical pain. Doctor Wen published these results in the Asian Journal of Medicine. Acupuncture for addiction was primarily developed in the 1970’s at Lincoln Hospital in South Bronx, New York, as part of a methadone detoxification program. After receiving acupuncture treatment the patients in the program reported being more relaxed and less depressed. The use of acupuncture resulted in an overall reduction of withdrawal symptoms. 

• In 1974 Doctor Michael Smith, psychiatrist and medical director of the Lincoln Hospital Detox program, began working with the acupuncture clinic. It was discovered that manual insertion and manipulation of needles was more effective than electric stimulation. The daily use of acupuncture with addicted patients resulted in a reduced need for alcohol and heroin.

• In 1978 acupuncture replaced methadone as part of the detoxification program at Lincoln Hospital. 

• In 1985 the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) was founded by Doctor Smith and others to continue education and training of the NADA protocol.

Why is NADA Important?

"If how you respond makes you stronger when you face the stresses of life, Acudetox offers this rapid fundamental change within.. Humans are not naturally equipped to respond to life with spontaneity, flexibility, and resilience - so learning and integrating these traits can take years of Psychotherapy. Treatment with medications never evolves these qualities. If we have these qualities, its because we've learned them. Something pushed on us and through trial and error we pushed back until one time it worked. This is how NADA protocol/Acudetox and rapid fundamental change works." ~Dr Bailey

Where has NADA Currently Visited?

NADA protocol was offered to 9/11 survivors and emergency personnel from 2001-2007; post hurricane Rita, Katrina; military stress recovery; currently The Alberta floods – set up in Calgary & High River, in the treatment of PTSD, Anxiety Disorders, and depression.

YYC Acupuncture Relief Project (YARP)

Posted by Tanya on October 17, 2013 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (1)

Collaborating with Colleagues in order to become trained in NADA protocol was life-changing for me. I realized how using 5 points on the outer surface of the ear, in a group setting could be so profound; so relaxing, so deep.

I personally would like to bow with gratitude to both Caroline Mandrusiak, NADA Instructor, at Spirit Gate Consulting, Gabriola Island, BC; and Heather Thompson, NADA co-founder of YARP (YYC Acupuncture Relief Project) & R.Ac. Conscious Path Chinese Medicine.


YARP (YYC Acupuncture Relief Project) was founded by 2 gutsy groups of acupuncturists who dearly wanted to make a difference in the affected communities during the Southern Alberta flooding June 2013. Together, a handful of women came together and organized the YYC Acupuncture Flood Relief grass-root project.

It didn't take long before the CAAA - our regulatory College - sent out the call, and a wave of over 85 acupuncturists heard their call, and joined forces to volunteer for this cause to help make a difference.

Its the feedback over the past 100+ days that tells you auricular acupuncture is making a difference in the community: local celebrities, and politicians are coming out; radio stations, TV and newspapers are all publishing on the outstanding work the acupuncture community is providing.


Caroline Mandrusiak, certified NADA protocol instructor has been called to train acupuncturists, not once but twice in Southern Alberta, and when you hear that over 1,100 people have been treated in High River, Calgary, and Siksika it certainly warms the heart. Their testimonials will bring tears to your eyes, knowing you got to play a hand in it all.. just by volunteering with your Colleagues!


I recently had the pleasure of listening to 3 amazing women - Jessica Machuk, Vanessa Ebertz, & Heather Thompson - speak of their initial collaboration, client feedback, and what it meant to them. I was tearing up while being pulled in by their story, and suggest if you haven't heard it.. You should.




Training takes place over the course of a 30hr in-class instruction/discussion, and is followed up with a 40hr practicum.





Many of us have decided to not only volunteer with YARP, but to also start helping our own communities too! This photo was taken in Airdrie, AB during the Bert Church High School Wellness Fair:


Contact us for details at The Fire Within Acupuncture & Wellness for upcoming NADA acupuncture sessions: (403) 808-3427


My hope for each of you, is to try NADA for yourself, in a communal environment... At least one time! It is an amazing opportunity to heal and shed the armour, remove those heavy stressors, and experience something that can be deeply relaxing!



Living in the present

Posted by Tanya on January 3, 2013 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (3)

Happy New Year! 

This time of year, many of us make resolutions: change what we dislike the most about ourselves, travel more, spend more time with our families... or rather reinforce the notion of living in the future.

Shouldn't the real question be: "How am I going to live in the present moment each day, every day."  Maybe its simply a matter of asking yourself, "How will I conduct myself today. How will I watch life unfold today."

I've had the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with 12 honest, down-to-earth women entrepreneurs in a collaborative blog article entitled:

"13 entrepreneurs talk about overcoming the hard stuff, learning lessons and what's next in 2013."

Together we answered three questions:

  1. What's the hardest thing you've had to overcome the last year? Why?
  2. What are 3-5 lessons you learned over the last year? Why?
  3. If we were to meet one year from today, what has to have happened over the year for you to feel happy about your progress, both professionally and personally?

Nadine Nicholson & Co. - a beautiful Mentor, Business Communicator, and Professional Co-Active Coach - has put together yet another brilliant article:

When you master living your present moments one day at a time, you'll see yourself change right before your own surprised eyes. You'll see yourself overcome the hard stuff, learn and honor the lessons, and look forward to what's next!

I love the idea of letting life unfold, and would love to hear your answers to these 3 questions also! 


Posted by Tanya on November 19, 2012 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (4)

Women need to live an emotional and connected life. We need to belong to a Tribe. Women need to belong to a Sacred Circle of sisters who come together to share wisdom and be heard - whether this is by connecting through mom's meetings, group discussions, babysitting or drumming circles - we desire the need to belong to a Circle of femininity of which there is no hierarchy; a place where every woman is held equal, in high regard; no matter where she is on her path. The Yin circle where supreme integrity and unconditional acceptance is practiced.

Women can/will/do change the World in the simplest of places as long as each of them feels safe, loved, and supported. We need to gather and create Sacred Circles, Sacred Discussions, and Sacred Sharing. This innate, ancestral behaviour is what awakens and nourishes our intuition. 

Women need to gather to pray and meditate, to chant and sing together. We need to gather to give thanks for all that is and reconnect with our own Inner Being, our Inner Self - to honour the Divine Feminine residing within us. 

This is how we find Who we Are, Why we Are here, and Where our Creativity lies. It has been like this since ancient times, gathering our herbs under the light of the moon.

I find I am my most authentic Self when I am in Circles of Connection. Drumming in particular, allows our hearts to beat as one. Sharing our experiences and ideas bring about great change from within. I would not be Who I am without Sacred Circles of Sisters - mothers, wives and daughters...


My Favorite Sacred Sisters Groups:

Women of Courage:

Judy Atkinson Circles of Rhythm:

The Crave Company - CRAVE Calgary:

EMomNow Calgary:

Spirituality and Food: blog series part 3 of 3 ~ Dietary Transition

Posted by Tanya on July 29, 2012 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (4)

When toxins are discharged in the body during healing reactions, we need to use cleansing foods to help lighten this process: vegetables, fruit, and sprouts of seeds, grains, and legumes are most healing and beneficial. If there are feelings of coldness and weakness in the body, then cook the cleansing foods and use less of them (Yang is the warming function of traditional Chinese medicine to balance and heal cold.) Also, when one is changing in the direction of a more vegetarian eating pattern, small amounts of nutritionally rich protein food help ease the body over the shock of losing animal products. In addition, chlorophyll-rich foods are expecially beneficial to discharge the residues of animal toxins, build new blood, and support cell-renewal. All green vegetables can normally be emphasized during transitional healing reactions - the color green is healing to the liver which becomes encoded with every emotional or mental issue that has not been resolved. The regenerative qualities of chlorophyll and protein are combined in nutritious products such as cereal grass and micro-algae - Spirulina:

Foods Which Counteract Toxins

TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) recognizes certain common foods as toxin neutralizers: tofu, millet, mung beans, aduki beans, black soybeans, Swiss chard, radishes, turnips, and figs. These can be freely eaten in a transition and especially during a healing reaction.

Salt and vinegar are also detoxifying, and are strong substances. They should be taken with care and are primarily for digestive problems. One does not normally take straight salt, even medicinally; it should be diluted in foods or water, or taken in salt-plum products. Apple cider vinegar should be mixed a teaspoon at a time in a third of a cup of water (take undiluted for food poisoning). Habitual use of salt and vinegar is not recommended for digestive imbalances; it is better to overcome poor dietary practices instead.

Recommended Proportions of Food Groups

A grain and veggie-based diet results in nutrition that is rich in fiber, minerals, and vitamins; moderate in protein and unsaturated fat, and low in saturated fat. Populations prevalent in the following portions experience relatively less cancer and heart disease and greater longevity:

  • 35-60%  GRAINS: whole grains, cereals, grain sprouts, and flour products  
  • 20-25%  VEGETABLES: green, starchy, low-starch; seaweeds and micro-algae
  • 5-15%    LEGUMES: beans, peas, lentils, legume sprouts, tofu, miso
  • 5-15%    FRUITS and small amounts of NUTS and OIL-RICH SEEDS
  • 0-10%    ANIMAL PRODUCTS: dairy, eggs, fish, fowl, and mammal meats

Please remember this is for most of the population, whereas the frail, or deficient person may require them.

Transition from Meat-based Diet to Whole Plant-based Diet 

  1. If you use refined grains, begin by slowly adding whole grains to white rice or the other refined cereals that you are used to. The greater nutrient content of  whole grain reduces the desire for meat. Avoid products that cause demineralization and loss of nutrients, such as white sugar, white breatds, pastas and pastries, and intoxicants. Begin using seaweeds.
  2. Use more vegetables with smaller amounts of meat. Soups and broths add a beneficial dispersing quality to the concentrated nature of meat.
  3. First reduce the intake of red meat (meat from mammals), then fowl and fish.
  4. Next reduce dairy and eggs, particularly if they are of poor quality. Many people find that substantial amounts of dairy and eggs do not mix well with a grain-based diet. (Constipation and a heavy feeling can result.) When eaten in abundance, dairy and eggs are mucus-forming, and grains are moderately so; thus the combination can cause excessive mucus accumulation.
  5. To make the transition smoother and prevent binges, it is better to have small amounts of animal food regularly.
  6. Only small amounts of animal food may be sufficient once a person is mentally and physically stable. Don't rush - enjoy life's changes at each stage. Changes normally come more easily with a more gradual transition. Even though notable benefits will occur within a few weeks, the full transition may take years.

**On a personal note, it has taken me 2 years to get to step 3. Life gets in the way and learning to be a whole person again takes time. The fact of the matter is that dis-ease internally is what keeps triggering me, motivating me, and with each movement I must heal - healing takes time. I gain weight easily and with each step there are healing reactions. I know this process is one of renewal and is a harmonious way of life. :)

Excesses and Toxins

The discharges from healing reactions involve several common types of excesses and toxins; each having a  specific remedy. Chlorophyll foods and others which counteract toxins are very helpful general remedies, especially when coupled with a grain-and-vegetable diet that includes seaweeds and enzyme-rich products such as sprouts and miso. Sufficient regular exercise is essential for processing and "burning up" excesses. When reactions and discharges are especially severe or numerous, it may mean that the pace of dietary change is too fast. In some cases, strong reactions will be difficult to avoid, regardless. Also, chronically ill people will often (wisely) venture into a more healthful dietary plan, and it is their disease symptoms rather than their healing reactions that must first be overcome.

What are the most common toxins and excesses in the body? 

  1. Toxic Metals
  2. Radiation
  3. Drugs
  4. Parasites
  5. Mucus
  6. Excess Weight

Spirituality and Food: blog series part 2 of 3 ~ Healing Reactions

Posted by Tanya on July 22, 2012 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (4)

Healing reactions present an opportunity to go back through everything not previously resolved in one's life. We carry our entire personal histories in our bodies. Every injury that did not heal fully - whether physical, emotional, or mental - must be made right. All obstructions, toxins, aberrations, and pain must be cleared in a total healing.

In Shamanic Acupuncture, we take a journey into your history. We discuss surgeries, studies, losses, and physical/emotional pain. We make plan to heal yourself, and though this walk may take time. It truly can work. Sometimes it is uncomfortable, as may be asked and challenged to reveal yourself and surrender to what is familiar. Healing isn't always comfortable but isn't the outcome worth it?

The nature of a reaction indicates which phase of life is being healed. The reactions feel similar to the original disease or emotional trauma, but usually appear in a diminished form. If the reaction is an emotional discharge of anger, the feelings surrounding the discharge will remind one of anger earlier in one's life, even though the present anger may be "caused" by different circumstances. Physical discharges are also reminders of old conditions. If chronic sore throats occurred during childhood, a healing reaction could involve one or two sore throats that would eliminate any residues that accumulated from the original infection(s).

During treatment, symptoms may get worse before they get better. You may cry unbeknownst to you, or direct anger at the practitioner but these reactions must surface. Certainly everyone wants healing reactions to be minimal or non-existent. According to Japanese medicine, however, if there is no meigan (healing reaction), there is no cure. Most reactions involve the body's purging itself of toxins. The outward manifestations of this elimination may be severe or moderate depending on the skill involved in regulating the process.


Examples of Healing Reactions


  • Tension or pain may occur in the upper back and neck, which may move upwards to the head, downward across the abdomen, arms, legs, and eventually to the top the head, tips of finger and toes. Pain may occur in the interal organs, particularly in the liver area under the right side of the rib cage. Headache is common.
  • Vomiting may occur. Bile or various types of mucus may come up.
  • Digestive imbalances may develop: gas, cramps, diarrhea, ect.
  • Weakness, weight loss, and sensations of cold and/or heat are signs that the body is first strongly eliminating before the building and strengthening phase occurs.
  • Typical emotional reactions include unreasonable impatience, anger, and/or depression.
  • More sleep may be needed during transition, and dreams may be wild. Unusual visions, apparitions, or altered states occasionally occur.
  • Menstruation sometimes ceases but will resume when the digestion calms and the liver and kidney functions are renewed.
  • Sexual desire usually diminishes, especially in men, but eventually becomes more balanced than previously, once the kidney-adrenal function is stregthened.
  • Possible discharges include boils, pimples, rashes, body odors, carbuncles, nasal and vaginal discharges, coating on tongue, and black feces. Silver amalgam (mercury) fillings may fall out. 

Most healing reactions involving pain and discharges will last less than a week, although these symptoms sometimes last longer. Since the body needs the sexual/reproductive function least at this time, the resurgence of sexual energy and menses may take the longest.

It is not recommended that a woman dramatically change her diet during pregnancy, since the released toxins may harm the fetus; the shock to the system in general may also trigger a miscarriage. She can safely abstain, of course, from such extreme items as intoxicants and highly refined, chemical-laden products.


What foods should we use as cleansing toods to help lighten this process? Please follow next week and I'll provide information into Dietary Transition...

Reference: Paul Pitchford, Healing with Whole Foods Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition, third edition. Chapter 7 Section 2 (page 106).

Spirituality and Food: blog series part 1 of 3 ~ Wearing One Hat

Posted by Tanya on July 3, 2012 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (10)


A Chinese philosophy, a practice of avoiding evils is called "wearing one hat." The "hat' represents an action in a chain of causation. When we speak of unhealthy food - or hat, it can be a simple decision to not choose to eat these foods. In this case we wear only one hat. However, if unhealthy food is eaten, then this action is the first hat, and the second, third and many successive hats are how we must now overcome the effects of the proper food - by suffering, by trying to change the effects with positive thoughts about the food, or by taking medicine, then by overcoming the effects of the medicine - or in other words, there is a further reaction to each preceding reaction.

The Chinese philosophy suggests that for maximum health benefits we wear at most one hat. Each subsequent hat beyond this is an added weight, causing progressively heavier feelings and less freedom. 

In Shamanic Acupuncture sessions, we address these "hats" in what I've now deemed "jackets". Some of us have many jackets we wear, some are much heavier like winter jackets, and others are symbolic of a light sweater. Deepending on size, these jackets can take longer to remove and hang up - hopefully for good.

By following a path of correct action, we accelerate through cycles of awareness. If we are to make progress, we must unravel all negative situations stored in both the body and mind. The appropriate diet is highly individual and therefore so are our moment-to-moment choices. The process definitely varies from person to person.

Some I have found chose a diet to impress others, to be fashionable, to gain greater power, or even to become "healthy" with no thought of sharing, unraveling, or hanging up a "jacket." When we do not share what was learned with others we will have a difficult transition into a new person, free of added weight. When one is guided by idealistic motives, such as choosing a diet because it is more humane - because it does not promote killing of animals (vegetarian) or does not oppress Third World peoples (avoiding multinational-corporation products) - then there seems to be fewer problems with the transition, a healthier attitude, and better judgment regarding future dietary choices.

When a new diet is adopted, one can expect reactions as the biochemicals within our body's cells change. If the diet is purer, then old toxins are released, some can be very uncomfortable - both physically and mentally. These are called, "Healing Reactions."

Such change affects the Spirit-mind. It's literally a transformation of old emotional and mental patterns embedded in the RNA/DNA of the body's cells. Shamanic Acupuncture will address the old-self, help you take off the "jackets" so that you are only wearing one hat of health. Healing is not always a comfortable journey but a process. Working through the stories of your life will bring about the change needed to keep you on the path of the healed....


Posted by Tanya on May 2, 2012 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Fear is becoming rampant on the planet. We can see it every day in the news. Fear is a lack of trust in ourselves, and because of this, we don’t trust Life. We don’t trust that we’re being taken care of on a higher level, so we feel we must control everything from the physical level. Obviously, we’re going to feel fear because we can’t control everything in our lives.

Trust is what we learn when we want to overcome our fears. It’s called “taking a leap of faith” and trusting in the Power within that’s connected to Universal Intelligence. Remember, the Power that supplies our breath is the same Power that created the Universe.

You’re one with all of Life. The more you love yourself and trust Life, the more that Life will love you, support you, and guide you. You can trust in that which is invisible, instead of trusting only in the physical, material world. I’m not saying that we do nothing, yet if we have trust, we can go through life much easier. We need to trust that we’re being taken care of, even though we’re not physically in control of everything that’s happening around us.

Fear limits our minds. People have so much fear about getting sick or becoming homeless or so many other things. Anger is fear that has become a defense mechanism. It protects us, yet it would be so much more powerful if we stop reevaluating fearful situations in our minds and love ourselves through the fear. We’re at the center of everything that happens in our lives. Every experience, every relationship, is the mirror of a mental pattern that we have inside us.

At any moment you have the opportunity of choosing love or fear. In moments of fear, I remember the sun. It’s always shining even though clouds may obscure it for a while. Like the sun, the One Infinite Power is eternally shining its light upon me, even though clouds of negative thinking may temporarily obscure it. I choose to remember the Light. And you can, too. Feel secure in the Light. When the fears come, choose to see them as passing clouds in the sky, and let them go on their way.

Affirm: I am not my fears. It is safe for me to live without guarding and defending myself all the time. When I feel afraid, I open my heart and let the love dissolve the fear.

Love is the opposite of fear. The more we’re willing to love and trust who we are, the more we attract those qualities to ourselves. When we’re on a streak of really being frightened or upset or worried or not liking ourselves, isn’t it amazing how everything goes wrong in our lives? It’s the same when we really love ourselves. Everything starts to go on a winning streak, and we get the green lights and the parking spaces. We get up in the morning and the day flows beautifully.

"We need to love ourselves so that we can take care of ourselves. We have to do everything we can to strengthen our hearts, our bodies, and our minds. We must turn to the Power within, find a good spiritual connection, and really work on maintaining it."

- Louise Hay

Gemma Stone, a Psychologist, Coach, Speaker, & Guide speaks of a strategy for switching off fear: