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In a world filled with distractions, what can we do to stay healthy? Bioenergy and frequency pioneer Paulette Agnew shares her tips for enjoying a healthy, vibrant life. This article is taken from our Autumn 2018 issue. Subscribe here to receive a copy of the magazine direct to your door, or check your local stockist.
Returning to Our Natural Resonance
The FAB Approach to Health
by Paulette Agnew
My FAB Health book exposes a successful new emerging healing paradigm using Frequency and Bioenergy (FAB) devices and practices. For too long, general science has led us to believe that our bodies and our environment are just bundles of molecules and that when this biochemical mix becomes sick, it has nothing to do with us. The reality is, we are living in a sea of energy, light and interconnected consciousness, emitted and absorbed by all things. The future of our world and our own wellness lies directly at our doorstep.
The FAB Health book came about due to my experience with chronic Lyme disease. Ten years of misdiagnosis and debilitating symptoms had brought me to my knees. Cardiac problems, semi paralysis, memory loss, chronic fatigue, arthritis, hair loss, insomnia, depression … the list was endless. A barrage of pharmaceutical antibiotic drugs is the normal approach, but research reveals that many of the thousands of people who are given this treatment never fully recover. Instead, FAB medicine rebuilt my battered body, initiating a deep desire to find out why it works and share it with all of you!
So what can we do to stay healthy?
Light is key. Biophotons emit both information and energy. Molecules and cells require both to function and we get this from being outside in natural daylight. Modern comfort-based lifestyles are a trap. Living inside at work, school, shopping malls, and even transport reduces our time in nature, where we should be absorbing those vital photons.
Get grounded. Throw off those shoes, feel the earth beneath your feet as often as possible, and a stream of electrons will flow up through and into the connective tissue. We need abundant electrons to fight free radicals and transport energy throughout the body.
Hydrate. Alkalised water, such as Kangen water, helps the body to fight off acidity caused by stress. Get a water device for your home. By drinking enough water, (not beer, tea or cola) the cells can flush out toxins which impair normal healthy cell function.
Detox, detox, detox! The body is like a spaceship, full of trillions of individual cells. Each one requires good nutrition in and waste out. Exercise, fasting, correct diet and saunas are just a few of the simple, fun and inexpensive ways to help yourself.
Last but not least, electromagnetic smog, from mobile phones, masts, computers, WiFi, 4G, 5G, etc, are all propelling unnatural frequencies into our cells, disturbing our healthy frequencies and correct cellular communication. It is now essential to protect yourself and your home/workplace from those things that disrupt our natural bioenergetic pathways. One company called Bioprotective Systems have gadgets that can be attached to phones, modems etc. I personally use the BICOM bioresonance device for diagnosis and treatment with my clients. I also use the CoRe Inergetix to run a full health scan on my non-local international clients.
Welcome to a new world of healing – yet the oldest on the planet – where you are not a victim of illness, but a co-creator in your recovery and personal awakening journey.
Paulette’s Tips for a Healthy Life
•Walk barefoot in nature – allow the Earth to nourish you
•Drink alkalised water – Kangen water is a good example of this
•Exercise regularly – yoga, Chi Gong or walking are all powerful forms of exercise you can try
•Protect yourself from harmful electromagnetic frequencies with bioprotective devices
•Eat nutritious, organic food
•Use natural skin products to reduce the body’s chemical load
For more information on diagnosis and treatments with Paulette, the devices and to order FAB Health go to: fabhealthbook.com
Maureen Simon is the founder of The Essential Feminine Company, an online women’s empowerment organisation which has helped over 40,000 women around the world to experience a greater degree of business and personal success. She is also the author of ‘Awakening the Essential Feminine: Claiming Your Influential Power.’ On September the 7th, 2017, she joined us for an enchanting experience at Positive Nights, where she shared her thoughts on the power of feminine energy, why this energy is currently on the rise across the globe, and how individuals can balance the masculine and feminine within themselves.
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By Orla Bass
Kim Lee’s holistic journey began in the 1990s with the birth of her youngest son. He spent the first few years of his life constantly ill, depleted, and on antibiotics. Deciding there must be a better way to help him, Kim began researching alternatives. Her wake up call came when she stumbled across a book by Harvey Diamond, which explained how certain foods create an inflammatory response in the body. Through trial and error, she discovered that her baby suffered from dairy intolerance. Her son’s dramatic transformation from ill health to vitality was enough evidence for Kim to begin her studies in the field of nutrition and health.
Currently a master medical herbalist with a background in nutrition and living foods, Kim practices from her own health food store, Nature’s Cure, in Skerries. She believes that setting up in Skerries was so easy, it was meant to be, and is grateful for the incredible loyalty of her customers. Her core philosophy is simple: “Let your body do the talking, as no one knows how you feel better than you.” Kim has noticed that in the last five years, Irish people have become more and more conscious of their health, and are beginning to embrace healthy choices that work for them. She maintains that good health is about listening to your body and taking control of how you feel by putting balance back into your life, through a holistic approach.
By Nick Clayson
Today, I am heading out to the shed to make a wooden bowl for eating out of. I have a large beech log liberated from Coole Park after the storms last year. Lady Gregory would have approved. It has been resting and I am hoping the fungal growth on the end of the log will have left the timber spalted, i.e., marked with black flecks, but not too soft to work. The wood will still be green (unseasoned). This is essential for working with a foot-powered pole lathe. I am growing to love working in this way. What began as learning to use a traditional and ancient tool has become a small but significant journey within. I was fortunate to spend a most enjoyable two days with Sharif Adams at the Steward Wood Community project. I learned how to roughly shape a bowl using an axe and mount it on the lathe.
Then to learn the tricky bit of how to get the long hook tools to cut. Sharif is a very skilled and patient teacher. At the end of my time there, I had a grasp of the basics. However, practising a new skill with expert guidance is very different from doing it on your own once you return home. My first bowl took me around eight hours and literally blood, sweat and tears. Think of it like learning to ride a bike, all the parts have to be there together or you have nothing. Like riding a bike, once you have it you have it and it is great, you forget about the painful phase of learning to pedal, balance, steer and look out where you’re going all at once.
There is a gentle rhythm to the pole lathe, pushing the treadle up and down with one leg. The tools are long and crook under your arm. It is a soothing process once you get the hang of it. Thin shavings of wood fly off and there is a wonderful scrunchy sound to accompany each cut.
The lathe I have made is a combination of scrap timber and a headstock hewn from a beech log. In the workshop I don’t have room for a six-metre birch pole so I have improvised a return spring using one of the many worn out bicycle inner tubes that I own. Each bowl takes on a life of its own. Ash is fibrous and teaches you how to keep tools sharp. Birch cuts and shapes easily. The beech log I’m working with today is beautiful and, although hard work, I am enjoying every second. The air is cold and the bowl spins in clouds of steam from my breath.
There is no need for cumbersome protective equipment. No ear-muffs, no gloves, no special boots, no glasses, no dust masks or any other health and safety paraphernalia to separate us from the world. I can hear birdsong and hold conversations (with myself) while working. Sights, sounds, scents, tastes, feeling it is very much a whole body practice. It makes me aware of how separate from the world our lives have become because all of these things should be very ordinary and a part of the every day, but for most of us, most of the time, they are not.
Nick Clayson is an architect, craftsman and yurt maker facebook.com/bigfootyurts
“Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.”
Rainer Maria Rilke
Events, Workshops, Training, Inspiration, Treats & More for Spring 2017
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Keep Calm and Cure On
Calm Cure is our own Sandy Newbigging’s new book on the healing powers of meditation. In it, he shares why conflict keeps us connected to what we don’t want and offers his powerful three-step technique for healing both personal and global problems.
A Cookbook That Might Just Save Your Life
Derbhla Reynolds has been leading the vanguard proclaiming the health benefits and deliciousness of fermented foods for years. Her new book, The Cultured Club: Fabulously Funky Fermentation Recipes is full of gut-friendly recipes designed to supercharge your immune system. My favourite is the vanilla kefir ice cream.
Rise and Shine
Rebecca Campbell is a light worker and a bestselling author of Light Is The New Black. Rebecca has guided thousands of women to listen to the callings of their soul and create a life that is completely aligned to them. She gave a one day workshop hosted by Positive living network in Newry on April 8th. Check her site for other dates!
What Are You Looking At?
We all know that your energy goes wherever you put your attention. In Sarah McLean’s new book, The Power of Attention, you can discover with simple mindfulness tools and meditation techniques how to reclaim spring your attention and enhance your ability to be more present, self-aware, and focused.
If the holistic world had TED talks, they would look like Positive Nights. At each event we come together in love and are treated to wonderful talks, workshops and happenings that leave us wiser, happier and more alive. It’s a movement that’s taking off. Look out for upcoming nights of tantra with Dawn Cartwright, meditation with Sandy Newbigging and loads more. It’s a magical mystery tour.
Charles Cook famously proclaimed, “Your deepest roots are in nature, no matter who you are, where you live, or what kind of life you lead, you remain irrevocably linked with the rest of creation.” Nature Benefits offers you the chance to reconnect with the earth and sky with revitalising outdoorsy events throughout the year designed to help you reclaim those deep roots and find peace.
It’s so important to invest time in yourself to stay balanced and well. Amongst many other therapies, Mokshala offers a three day Holistic Detox Retreat in April that is focused on cleansing and transforming at all levels. Lead by holistic healer and life coach Arina Suld, it’s a weekend that is guaranteed to recharge your batteries.
Laura Lynn provide palliative care and support for children with life-limiting conditions and their families. Their holistic approach to care enables them to support the whole family, allowing parents to be ‘Mum and Dad’ rather than full-time carers. They are looking for wonderful heroes to enter the Women’s Mini Marathon to raise funds for their amazing work.
The Mooncup replaces tampons in a way that’s more convenient, better for your body and makes tons more sense for the environment too. The company is employee-owned and is the first sanitary protection manufacturer with Ethical
Hemp for Health
Hemp-originating treatment is very much in the headlines these days with many claims of its medicinal qualities. Also known as cannabidiol, it is the non-psychoactive compound in hemp/ cannabis that has received a tremendous amount of positive news worldwide. Full Circle Hemp provides CBD/CBDA products from their base in Wicklow.
Home Made Goodness
April Danann is a medical intuitive. She lives a totally natural life, making all her own products and food from scratch, from toothpaste to cleaning products and beyond. We love her range of apple cider vinegars, with some super flavours: turmeric and ginger, wild elderberry and more. Get your pH in check and alkalise that body of yours.
Autism And Broccoli Sprout Juice
Vegus Juices of Co. Wexford are convinced of the health-giving properties of their broccoli sprout juice on those who are affected by autism. So much so, that they have an exclusive offer for our readers. If you or your family are affected by Autism and would like to try it, contact Mike for a free four week supply to try it out, available to first fifty applicants.
A Problem Shared
Help is out there. Whatever life has thrown at us, it always lightens the load when we stop trying to shoulder the
whole burden by ourselves and reach out for the support that we need. The Open Minds Centre in Dun Laoghaire offers psychotherapy and clinical hypnotherapy for when the going gets tough.
That’s a Given
Human Givens therapy is sweeping the world. It holds that if a person’s organic human needs are met appropriately, it is not possible to be mentally unwell. That’s a refreshing approach. Anne-Marie Curran is a trained practitioner based in Dublin. She can help you access your inner resources and design a healthy living environment for yourself.
Anne-Marie 086 600 9019
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A Love Letter to Nature
How could we imagine we are anything but One?
By Vincent McMahon
I grew up in a terraced house in Dublin. My dad was originally from Co. Clare and being outdoors was in his blood. So every chance he had, he packed my mother, my two brothers and me into his car and headed off fishing.
While my brothers and my dad would fish late into the evening, I’d spend hours on the riverbank immersed in the comings and goings of all the wildlife that lived there. Tiny skater insects on top of the water, dragonflies in the air, birds in the hedges, and of course my favourite, the frogs. It was such a complex, interrelated place, yet it all worked simply and beautifully.This is where my fascination and love affair with nature began and has never left me. However life took over; college, work, marriage and being a dad to two gorgeous girls.
When I was forty, I met an incredible man from a highland tribes of West Papua. Our time together reignited my boyhood passion for nature. So much so, that I accepted his invitation to travel to West Papua to spend time with his tribe learning about the rainforest, how his people lived not in the forest but in deep relationship with it.
One of things that blew my western mind was that the tribe do not speak of ‘nature’, it’s not an external concept, something you take a walk in, or where you do your meditation. There was no separation between them and ‘the nature’. They embody the feeling that they are fundamentally part of the essence of the rainforest and that the rainforest is fundamentally part of the essence of them. One cannot live without the other. It was profound and ignited a new desire in me to understand the interconnectedness of the world in which we live. Let’s take a journey together through that interconnectedness.
Native oak trees have evolved with the ecosystem over thousands and thousands of years. In the UK, scientists studying the English Oak have discovered that one oak tree is home to at least 284 species of insects and 324 types of lichen. In autumn when acorns lose their cups, the oak tree provides nourishment for many wild creatures including jays, pigeons, pheasants, ducks, squirrels, mice, badgers, deer and depending on the woodland, pigs. Bats have been found roosting under the loose oak bark, who then feed on the rich supply of insects that live within the tree canopy. An oak is not merely an oak; it’s a bustling ecosystem supporting over 600 species. This makes it important to plant native trees – native flora and fauna have evolved with it, have adapted to it and can make it their home.
Quaking Aspen trees can be found in North America. They have a beautiful white bark and reproduce like a strawberry plant by sending out runners that sprout roots and grow leaves. In Utah, it was discovered that a forest populated by 47,000 Quaking Aspen trees, was in fact one tree that had reproduced vegetatively, 47,000 times! It covered an 106 acres. What is amazing about the aspen is that some of the trees grew in moist soil and shared water with other trees that were in dryer but more mineral rich soil; a whole family of trees taking care of each other.
Professor Suzanne Simard is a forest ecologist and one of a team of researchers that discovered that trees were connected to one another through an underground web of fungi. This network allows trees to communicate by transferring carbon, nutrients and water to one another. She also identified Mother Trees or Hub Trees. Mother trees are the largest in the forest and act as central hubs for vast underground fungal networks. They support young trees or seedlings by infecting them with fungi and then ferrying them the nutrients they need to grow.
Mycelia are threadlike extensions of fungi which live underground. They are present year round and only revealed by the occasional seasonal appearance of mushrooms. Mycelia cling to the roots of trees and form vast networks that look like underground spiders webs. As they are underground they do not have access to sunlight – but trees do. Through the process of photosynthesis trees get sugars, starches, vitamins and carbohydrates which they swap with mycelia for water and nutrients that are in the soil. Scientists in America discovered one fungi, one mycelia organism, looking after an area of 1500 acres.
Silver Y Moth
The Silver Y Moth is one part of an amazing ecosystem that hangs out in the earth’s atmosphere. It takes advantage of fast-moving airstreams hundreds of metres above the earth. Scientists at Rothamsted Research in the UK have found that migratory Silver Y Moths select the fastest and most favourable airstreams which allow them to migrate distances of up to 300km and 400km per night, flying at speeds of around 50km per hour. This allows them to move between their summer and winter breeding grounds. While flying through the air at heights of up to 1000ft they meet other travellers such as spiders and butterflies. Also to be found on these sky superhighways are bats that fly up over half a mile to feast on the migrating insects, it’s a buffet for bats!
The Bodélé Depression is a dry lake in the southern Sahara in Chad. Twice a year the dust from this dry lake is blown across the Atlantic Ocean to the Amazon rainforest. The ‘dust’ is made from fish bones and other organic matter that fell to the bottom of the lake thousands of years ago. It contains the perfect mix of nutrients needed by the Amazon rainforest, because even though the Amazon is lush, it is nutrient poor due to the rainwater washing important nutrients out of the soil. For the dust to reach the Amazon, wind is swept between mountains and then channelled across the depression. This lifts the dust into the airstream and carries it across the Atlantic Ocean where it is deposited via the rain to the Amazon where it is needed. This mind boggling inter-related process has developed over thousands of years.
While meditating in my garden, my attention was drawn to a bee landing on the flower on an old damson tree. For a moment, I felt what it was like to be the bee. Over thousands of years the bee had evolved in relationship with the damson. The damson supplied the bee with pollen and the bee helped pollinate the tree. The bee was also swimming in a sea of oxygen. Oxygen and the bee had also evolved together. Oxygen was not always present in the earth’s atmosphere; initially there was only hydrogen and helium.
And then I got it. The visceral realisation, that the bee, the damson, the oxygen, and me; we are all brothers and sisters and cousins because we have grown up together in this magnificent family of evolving inter-related life. In that moment, I finally understood what my West Papuan friend had been trying to teach me all those years ago.
If everything has evolved together, and if we have formed these complex inter-relationships, over thousands of years and across continents, how can we feel anything other than supported?
You can’t have the fungi without the tree, and you can’t have the tree without the fungi. All are necessary pieces in the jigsaw of life. With the complex inter linkages that stretch over thousands of years and over continents, it was impossible for me to consider that we are anything other, than One.
Vincent McMahon is a Business Consultant who specialises in applying the wisdom of natural systems to our everyday life. He holds a Masters In Healthcare Management, is a graduate of Environmental and Sustainability Studies and has trained extensively in shamanism. Vincent will be speaking at the Mind Body Spirit Festival in Dublin this October. vincentmcmahon.com
The Magic and Inter-Relatedness of Nature with Vincent McMahon
In 2000, Vincent McMahon was invited by a tribe from the West Papuan Highlands to learn about the forest that covers their land and how they live there. He learned how inextricably linked the people and the land are. The relationship was so harmonious that the land benefits from the tribe, and the tribe benefits from the land, nothing is separate.
In understanding the miracles at work on a daily basis in the natural world, such as the dust from a dry lake in Northern Africa being blown across the Atlantic Ocean to fertilise the Amazon Rainforest, we reconnect with magic and wonderment and experience how it feels to be truly supported and interconnected.
Vincent holds a Masters in Healthcare Management and is a Business Consultant. He has been initiated in Heart Centred Consciousness by the Peruvian Mystic Don Americo Yabar and is the author and lecturer of Quantum Consciousness for Paramount College in Australia. He has also been appointed Ambassador by the Winam Eragayam Tribal Council of West Papua to help protect their rainforests.