The Path Beyond

The path beyond was developed with the love and support of my amazing partner Mr D, the name came  from my need to help heal the pain of losing my father to cancer in May 2010 and knowing he was now on his own spiritual path beyond, it has gone through many transformations and is due to be updated in May 2011. Find out more here The Path Beyond.

Chakra Healing and Balancing

There are two main ways gemstones are used on chakras — placement on a single chakra at a time or placement on all chakras at once. One can experiment to see what works best for them.

Chakras are the 7 main energy centers of the body according to Eastern medicine.

They are in the center of the body, starting at the base of the spine and running up to the top of the head.

  1. Root/Base Chakra
  2. Sex/Navel Chakra
  3. Stomach/Solar Plexus Chakra
  4. Heart Chakra
  5. Throat Chakra
  6. Brow/Third Eye Chakra
  7. Crown Chakra

To find a chakra:

  1. Use a gemstone and circle front of body in alarge circle over where a chakra should be
    • many gemstones will work — but I find Black Onyx easiest
    • one can do this without a gemstone after practice but using a gemstone makes it much easier
  2. Slowly decrease the size of circle following the energy.
    • With Black Onyx, you can feel where the Chakra is by where you place it on your body. One’s body will tingle where chakras are.
    • Other gemstones can be more subtle. The gemstone simply feels like it is being lead to the Chakra.

Single Chakras

Often one simply wants to work on a single chakra. Simply place a gemstone or strand of gemstones on a Chakra and keep them there from 3-25 minutes. I prefer using clear optical quality quartz on chakras. However, here are the stones that others recommend on each chakra.

  1. Root/Base Chakra: Black Onyx/Obsidian
  2. Sex/Navel Chakra: Carnelian
  3. Stomach/Solar Plexus Chakra: Citrine
  4. Heart Chakra: Rose Quartz/Ruby
  5. Throat Chakra: Indigo (translucent Sodalight)/Purple Rainbow Fluorite
  6. Brow/Third Eye Chakra: Amethyst/Aquamarine/Lapis Lazuli/Clear Quartz
  7. Crown Chakra: Amethyst/Clear Quartz

One can always substitute clear quartz sphere or strand of frosted quartz for any chakra. Other people have different charts. Experiment. Find what works best for you! If a stone ever feels very uncomfortable, I recommend removing it.

Another way to do single chakra therapy is to take a single stone and sequentially work your way up the chakras. Ie. put malachite on your root chakra for 3-5 minutes; then on your sex chakra for 3-5 minutes, etc. This teaches you multiple things:

  • How a stone feels on each chakra
  • Which chakra it works best on (or does it feel good on all)
  • If the stone works well on more than one chakra

My favorite gemstone to do this with is emerald (a 2″ ring of beads works GREAT). My clients have found this very healing.

All Chakras

The easiest therapy is to take 7 clear quartz spheres or 7 strands of frosted quartz and place them on all your chakras – starting at the base chakra and working your way up. Let them stay on your chakras for 5-25 minutes. Remove the strands in the opposite order — starting from the crown chakra. You may wish to wear a strand of frosted quartz when done to help maintain your balance.

I have tried this therapy w/ spheres and strands of several types of gemstones. When using other gemstones, I recommend using with spheres.

  • I tried this once with strands of black opal and it was very overwhelming.
  • Green Aventurine felt healing but didn’t help nearly as much as putting it directly on an organ that needed it.
  • Amethyst was very uplifting — but it seemed to be much better on the higher chakras singly or directly on an organ such as stomach or liver
  • Rose quartz felt good — but my body wanted more rose quartz on heart chakra than on other chakras
  • Rhodocrusite was too strong for me. Try it for a very very short time (15 seconds) on a single chakra. Always follow it by something soothing/healing.

May 12th is Awareness Day for ME/CFS and FMS

Why Was May 12th Chosen as Awareness Day for ME/CFS and FMS?                                                                             Florence_Nightingale_CDV_by_H_Lenthall

In 1992, Tom Hennessey who resides in the United States, founded Repeal Existing Stereotypes about Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases, (RESCIND, Inc.), and realized that an international day was necessary to bring awareness to ME/CFS and chose May 12th as the day for awareness activities because it is the birth date of Florence Nightingale.

Florence Nightingale, the English army nurse, became chronically ill in her mid-thirties and may have been ill with ME/CFS and/or FM. Ms Nightingale represents unselfish dedication and for the past 50 years of her life was bedridden but still managed to found the world’s first school of nursing. In her memory and for her dedication, this day was chosen. Early support for Awareness Day came from a group located in the United Kingdom called Blue Ribbon for the awareness of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (BRAME) and highlighted this day at a World Medical Conference on ME/CFS in 1995 which to the establishment of it becoming an international awareness day.

My Fibro

As a sufferer of Fibromyalgia, I hope that I can help you with your pain and how to deal with why you have chosen to deal with this condition in this life time, I understand your pain and how you feel……..

Please read this as I think it describes FMS very well.

If you were born with healthy genes, you may know me but you don’t understand me. I was not as lucky as you. I inherited the predisposition to chronic pain, fatigue and forgetfulness. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia (FMS) after months, years or even decades of mysterious physical and emotional problems. Because you didn’t know how sick I was, you called me lazy, a malingerer, or simply ridiculous.

If you have the time to read on, I would like to help you understand how different I am from you. WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT FIBROMYALGIA

1. FMS is not the newest fad disease. In fact, it isn’t a disease at all, and it isn’t even new. In 1815, a surgeon at the University of Edenburgh, William Balfour, described fibromyalgia. Over the years, it has been known as chronic rheumatism, myalgia and fibrositis. Unlike diseases, syndromes do not have a known cause, but they do have a specific set of signs and symptoms which, unfortunately for the patient, take place together. Rheumatoid arthritis and lupus are also syndromes

2. The many physical and emotional problems associated with FMS are not psychological in origin. This is not an “all in your head” disorder. In 1987, the American Medical Association recognized FMS as a true physical illness and major cause of disability.

3. Syndromes strike life-long athletes as viciously as they do couch potatoes. They can be disabling and depressing, interfering with even the simplest activities of daily life.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ME

1. My pain – My pain is not your pain. It is not caused by inflammation. Taking your arthritis medication will not help me. I can not work my pain out or shake it off. It is not even a pain that stays put. Today it is in my shoulder, but tomorrow it may be in my foot or gone. My pain is believed to be caused by improper signals sent to the brain, possibly due to sleep disorders. It is not well understood, but it is real.

2. My fatigue – I am not merely tired. I am often in a severe state of exhaustion. I may want to participate in physical activities, but I can’t. Please do not take this personally. If you saw me shopping in the mall yesterday, but I can’t help you with yard work today, it isn’t because I don’t want to. I am, most likely, paying the price for stressing my muscles beyond their capability.

3. My forgetfulness – Those of us who suffer from it call it fibrofog. I may not remember your name, but I do remember you. I may not remember what I promised to do for you, even though you told me just seconds ago. My problem has nothing to do with my age but may be related to sleep deprivation. I do not have a selective memory. On some days, I just don’t have any short-term memory at all.

4. My clumsiness – If I step on your toes or run into you five times in a crowd, I am not purposely targeting you. I do not have the muscle control for that. If you are behind me on the stairs, please be patient. These days, I take life and stairwells one step at a time.

5. My sensitivities – I just can’t stand it! “It” could be any number of things: bright sunlight, loud or high-pitched noises, odors. FMS has been called the “aggravating everything disorder.” So don’t make me open the drapes or listen to your child scream. I really can’t stand it.

6. My intolerance – I can’t stand heat, either. Or humidity. If I am a man, I sweat…profusely. If I am a lady, I perspire. Both are equally embarrassing, so please don’t feel compelled to point this shortcoming out to me. I know. And don’t be surprised if I shake uncontrollably when it’s cold. I don’t tolerate cold, either. My internal thermostat is broken, and nobody knows how to fix it.

7. My depression – Yes, there are days when I would rather stay in bed or in the house or die. I have lost count of how many of Dr. Kevorkian’s patients suffered from FMS as well as other related illnesses. Severe, unrelenting pain can cause depression. Your sincere concern and understanding can pull me back from the brink. Your snide remarks can tip me over the edge.

8. My stress – My body does not handle stress well. If I have to give up my job, work part time, or handle my responsibilities from home, I’m not lazy. Everyday stresses make my symptoms worse and can incapacitate me completely.

9. My weight – I may be fat or I may be skinny. Either way, it is not by choice. My body is not your body. My appestat is broken, and nobody can tell me how to fix it.

10. My need for therapy – If I get a massage every week, don’t envy me. My massage is not your massage. Consider how a massage would feel if that cramp you had in your leg last week was all over your body. Massaging it out was very painful, but it had to be done. My body is knot-filled. If I can stand the pain, regular massage can help, at least temporarily.

11. My good days – If you see me smiling and functioning normally, don’t assume I am well or that I have been cured. I suffer from a chronic pain and fatigue illness with no cure. I can have my good days or weeks or even months. In fact, the good days are what keep me going.

12. My uniqueness – Even those who suffer from FMS are not alike. That means I may not have all of the problems mentioned above. I do have pain above and below the waist and on both sides of my body which has lasted for a very long time. I may have migraines or hip pain or shoulder pain or knee pain, but I do not have exactly the same pain as anyone else.

I hope that this helps you understand me, but if you still doubt my pain, your local bookstore, library and the internet have many good books and articles on fibromyalgia. Author’s note: This letter is based on communications with people throughout the world, males and females, who suffer from fibromyalgia.

It does not represent any one of the over 10,000,000 people with FMS, but it can help the healthy person understand how devastating this illness can be. Please do not take these people and their pain lightly. You wouldn’t want to spend even a day in their shoes…or their bodies.

 

Read more about my fibro at www.thepathbeyond.com