Science-ing Our Way Back to Health!

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“Molecular biology has shown that even the simplest of all living systems on the earth today, bacterial cells, are exceedingly complex objects. Although the tiniest bacterial cells are incredibly small, weighing less than 10-12 gms, each is in effect a veritable micro-miniaturized factory containing thousands of exquisitely designed pieces of intricate molecular machinery, made up altogether of one hundred thousand million atoms, far more complicated than any machine built by man and absolutely without parallel in the nonliving world.”
~ Michael Denton, Evolution: A Theory In Crisis

 

If you’ve been following my blog you’ll know that Ben and I came home from our overseas holiday and then promptly went down with the worst gastro bug ever.

This wretched bug has defied all normal treatment. And all of the treatments thus far have involved herbs and drugs which have also been causing major lyme die-off for me, which is awesome, but also awful. I’m exhausted from disturbed nights and no food staying in me long enough to be absorbed and do some good. I still have fevers, stomach and bowel pain, cramping and bloody stools. 🙁  And now itchy skin, arthritis, stinging wee and itchy sore eyes. It hasn’t been much fun around here.

Thankfully late yesterday our pathology tests finally gave us a definitive diagnosis of an exotic form of shigella, a treatable bacterial infection, which attacks the colon and if it becomes embedded like ours has, cause all kinds of complications – and now needs to be bombed with antibiotics. Antibiotics which were my personal horror drugs during my extensive lyme treatment.

So we started our new drugs last night and have five days to go.

Yay for pathology and answers and treatment.

I have profound respect for the powerhouses that bacteria are, and just how much havoc these little critters can wreak. And I’m glad that Now I can finally evict this lot and get back to normal life again.

Hugs and love, Nicole <3 xx

PS – on a very happy note it looks like we may have found a little brother for Harry – a young red cattle dog rescue pup. We’re just waiting for his final vet checks etc so we’ll keep you posted about that!

Measuring Progress

“Progress means getting nearer to the place you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer.
If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.” 
~ C.S. Lewis

 

I spent the morning with my Lyme doctor yesterday. It’s been over a year since I embarked on a strict regime of diet, supplements, herbs and industrial quantities of various drug combinations. On top of my pre-existing meditation and alternate therapy practices that have kept me alive and functioning thus far, defying conventional prognosis.

Yesterday was all about evaluating my progress this past year, and determining our next course of action.

I went to my appointment armed with a list of symptoms: those which had improved, those which had worsened, new symptoms and those which have resolved and gone away. My list was only slightly shorter than War and Peace.

Image from Claire in London

Image from Claire in London

So, how did I go?

I can’t actually tell you yet.

I have a fistful of blood work tests that need to be done. I have to pee in a jar and poop in a cup.

I have to make appointments for a brain MRI, ultrasounds and scans of various organs and body parts. There is every kind of test for my heart.

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And in the meantime I shall be drug and herb free. Two glorious weeks without this punishing regime of horrors. I feel like a kid at the beginning of summer vacation, with all those beautiful clear days stretched out ahead of me.

Once my results are in, we’ll formulate a new treatment plan, my doctors, alternate therapy practitioners and I.

I am looking forward to comparing where I am now with the results of previous tests and scans. I am hoping for good progress.

In the past thirty years, while I have dealt with declining health, often the only way to evaluate my progress or response to various healing agents was how I felt. I know lots of people who use that technique for evaluating their progress with Lyme treatments. And I think that is valid to some extent. If you feel better, you must BE better, right? And if you feel worse…

Truth is, I have felt WORSE, sometimes much worse, over the course of the previous year, as I have knuckled down and followed this healing path.

And I have had many times in my life where I have experienced a lessening of symptoms, or an upward swing for a while. When you live with chronic illness any kind of better day or improvement in energy and function, even if that improvement is marginal, seems like a really BIG thing.

But until last year, few of my improvements have ever lasted. And scientific evaluation of my condition over time, using evidence based medicine, prove that prior to 2013 I continued to deteriorate. Although, in my defense, I have stubbornly refused to die, even if that was my expected trajectory! 🙂

So, I welcome this next barrage of tests. I welcome being able to use the best that science and modern medicine can give me. I want to be able to critically evaluate what’s working, what isn’t, and working out from there where we go next. Yes, I am the psychic who embraces quantifiable results and proof of change!

I am hoping for measurable improvement. I’ll keep you posted as to how I go.

Image from Chronicles of Illusions

Image from Chronicles of Illusions

PS 🙂 Thank you to everyone who has contacted me with advice and suggestions.   Some of your ideas and treatments have been happily embraced by myself and my very open-minded doctors. An especially big thank you to all the lymies who have given me tips on coping with herxing or who have suggested alternate therapies, herbs, essential oils and so on to compliment my current drug regime.

Thank you to my friends and readers. Your healing energies, prayers, letters and words of encouragement have meant the world to me, and have kept me going through the darkest of times.

 

And for all if the people who have contacted me with suggestions about changing my obviously-flawed thinking which caused my disease (Dude, get with the 21st century – they are actually called pathogens and you can see them under a microscope!) , repenting of sins, God’s cursing of psychics, past life regressions as THE definitive treatment, multi-level marketing product miracle cures accompanied by pages of written testimonials about people feeling better, and stories of people who have cured their Lyme disease with a crystal, drinking their own urine (I went there already and it didn’t work!) thirty-day water fast (tried that too), psychic surgery,  amazing technological device or  a simple solution of bi-carb soda or other common household product, thank you. I’m always opening to expanding my knowledge and trying new things. However… If you can claim a cause or cure, I would appreciate your evidence and long-term results to back this up.

What the Frack?

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Image from www.northernriversguardians.org

As we watch the sun go down, evening after evening, through the smog across the poisoned waters of our native earth, we must ask ourselves seriously whether we really wish some future universal historian on another planet to say about us:  “With all their genius and with all their skill, they ran out of foresight and air and food and water and ideas,” or, “They went on playing politics until their world collapsed around them.”  ~ U Thant, speech, 1970

If you read my blog, you’ll know how often my farm and the surrounding area feature in my writing. That’s because I love this place – the land, the people, the community, the values and lifestyle.

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I came home to my beautiful Byron Bay hinterland farm today, after a holiday in Thailand. But there’s not much peace to be had around here right now. Coal Seam Gas companies have applied for an exploration licence for the farmland in our area. To ‘explore’ they will need to sink test wells, injecting a cocktail of chemicals (some of which are known carcinogens) to fracture the shale below our feet, releasing the coal seam gas. The chemicals stay in the ground, they leach into the groundwater, and there is no way to control where they go, or what havoc they may wreak upon the surrounding environment and ecology.

Would you want those chemicals in the food you eat, the rivers you swim in, the water you drink?

I know I don’t! We have until December 5 to submit our objections, and yes, I will be objecting.

The Byron Shire is a natural sanctuary and place of rich biodiversity. Native plants and animals here provide  breeding stock for diminished and threatened species.  Our local community work hard to replant and revitalise woodlands, rainforests, dunes and waterways. Much is done here in this little pocket of Australia, protecting our flora and fauna. This has led to a strong domestic and international tourism market, and there is an emphasis on eco-tourism, health and healing, and spiritual tourism, such as yoga and meditation retreats. We’re well known globally for our ‘Byron Vibe’.

Another great image from Byron Bay Today

Another great image from www.inByronBayToday.com

It’s also home to a farming community who care about their produce, their animals, their land, and the environment around them. We have a host of brilliant Farmers’ Markets in our area, and all manner of organic and biodynamic produce.   Byron Shire’s reputation for clean and green food is well deserved.

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Despite what the Coal Seam Gas companies tell us – that CSG Mining is safe and harmless – I’m not buying it. In 2011 my husband and I went into Lismore to watch a documentary called Gasland that was being put on by an organisation called Lock the Gate. Perhaps you know it?  If not, I recommend a viewing.

We were so profoundly disturbed by the film that we came home and sat in silence on our verandah on a dark and bitterly cold night, rendered speechless by the enormity of what we’d just witnessed.

And now it’s on our doorstep…

Sometimes you have to stand up and be counted. Sometimes you have to be a voice for those who have none.

So, not just for me, but for the breeding pairs of Wedgetail Eagles on our property, and the Powerful Owls, and the Platypus, and the Echidnas, and the many Koalas, and all the other animals who call this place home I say ENOUGH!

Koalas vege garden

This planet matters to me. This small piece of the earth matters. I can’t save the world, but I can work in my own little corner to make a difference.

How about you?

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Strengthening Intuition Week 6 – Sensing Energy in Food

“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are.”  ~ Brillat-Savarin

Have you been following along with our Strengthening Intuition Program so far? In today’s post I’m going to show you how to tune in to the energy of food.  This is a fun and useful skill to have – it begins to connect you much more consciously to the world around you, and you can’t help but begin to make healthier food choices as your level of awareness around food’s energy grows.

All food contains something called bio-photonic energy.  Bio-photonic energy is captured within a living cell, as a result of exposure to the sun, and to the plant or animal’s connection with the earth.  You could also consider it a form of life force that is within every living thing.

Scientists have done studies that show people with strong health emit a very high level of bio-photonic energy, and people who are ill emit much less.  It’s the same with food.  Food that is organic, wild grown and fresh emits a much stronger bio-photonic energy than factory farmed foods or foods that have been stored, processed, cooked or irradiated. (More info here and quite a technical article, but fascinating, here.)

When we eat food, the bio-photonic energy transfers from that food to our own bodies.  So the more bio-photonic energy we consume from fresh food, the healthier and more energised we become. Seems simple, huh?

Today I’m going to show you how to develop an awareness of the energy in food.  You could do this by taking yourself to a food market, or by using some of the produce and food stuffs you already have at home.

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Activity:

Take a selection of foods and lay them on a table.  You might want to use some fresh fruits or vegetables, some eggs, some dried foods such as nuts or grains, and some packaged foods.  (If you are at a market or store, simply move from area to area to work with each food group.)

Begin by activating your Hand Chakras.  You can review that process in these posts:

Strengthening Intuition Week 1 – Activating your Hand Chakras

Strengthening Intuition Week 2 – Sensing Energy in Objects

Hold your hand slightly over a food item and tune in to it. (Alternatively, you could also hold the food in the palm of your hand, but I prefer to hold my hand above the item so I can tune in and then quickly move on.  This is also a better method if you want to ‘scan’ items – more about this in a moment!)

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Now, back to our food item. Relax, and open your mind. When you hold your hand over the food and tune in, what do you feel:

  • Is the energy strong or weak?
  • Can you feel any heat or cold?
  • Is there any pattern of tingling or do you get any colours or images in your mind?
  • How does this food make you FEEL? Pay attention to your emotions and physical sensations.

Food with a high level of bio-photonic energy will feel ‘light’, strong, energised, make your hands warm or tingly, and create bright images, colours and sensations within your mind and body.

Food with little life force will feel ‘flat’, heavy, dead and will have weak energy. Or you won’t feel anything at all.  Fresh food that has been irradiated or stored for a long time can often feel this way.  It might look okay, but have very little energy at all.

The colour most often generated in the mind when dealing with low energy food is grey. Food that is toxic in some way can often feel quite cold, or alarmingly hot. But the heat will never feel like a good thing – more like a flame you want to take your hand away from before you get burned.

Move on now, and scan a range of different items.  Do this quite rapidly, by running your hand over the top of the items, pausing briefly over each one – you’ll notice that it won’t take long before you become quicker at tuning in.

Then come back to some fresh fruits or vegetables where you have several of the one item.  Feel the energy of each item to work out which has the strongest energy.  Was that visually noticeable too, or can you only feel the difference through your hands?

This week, experiment with sensing energy in food – using raw ingredients, packaged foods, beverages and even prepared meals. Stay open, and really allow yourself to have fun with this new level of awareness.

(*Warning – some of this might NOT be such fun, as you come to realise just how energetically ‘dead’ some of your favourite foodstuffs can be…)

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Now that you can tune in to the energy of food, begin to choose foods for yourself and your family that have stronger energy and life force. The smallest changes to your eating habits will begin to have a positive effect on your overall health and well-being, and will also help you to become clearer and more energetically sensitive.

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I thoroughly recommend choosing foods that lift and support your energy.  ‘Treat’ food is still okay, because you have to be able to enjoy life – but a basket full of vibrant fresh food is one of the best ways to begin feeling better, and that has to be a good thing!

Much love to you, Nicole  ♥ xx

And don’t forget that today is your last day for being in the running to win one of my  healing necklaces, hand-crafted especially for you – details here.

A Powerful Time for Clearing and Change!

How have you been feeling, this past week or so? Not quite yourself? A little out of sorts? Take the poll below and see if any of this resonates for you – you might not have felt like this continuously (indeed, I hope you haven’t!), but if anything sounds familiar then tick the box!

Maybe you’ve noticed some of the events unfolding in this last week or so, including major solar flares, big full moon, and the discovery of what’s known as the god-particle.

We’re in the middle of incredible energetic flux right now. Sensitive souls will really be feeling it – but you signed up for this, so it’s time to start using this powerful energy of shift to create change. After all, isn’t that what 2012 is all about?

Over the next few months we have an incredible Universal Energy assisting us to  deal with clearing family patterns, ancestral patterns and our own patterns of thought, behaviour – even generational medical conditions that no longer serve us.

By working on your own patterns and emotions you will also be contributing to clearing them for your family line – both above (mothers, fathers, grandparents, great-grandparents etc) and below you (children, grandchildren etc).

You can do this yourself through prayer and meditation, reiki and other modalities you are comfortable with, but it’s also a great idea to seek out skilled healers and practitioners to assist you with your clearing and healing.  These might include natural health care providers, doctors, psychologists, counsellors, body workers and massage therapists, spiritual healers and intuitive and psychic counsellors or whatever else you are drawn to.  Remember that many souls have incarnated at this time expressly to help with this great change and unfolding.  You might well be one of them!

I know the energy might not feel all that great while we’re going through these shifts, but trust that the outcomes will be positive. Hold an intention for the Highest Good, for yourself and others.

What else can you do right now?

Crystals will be a great addition to your toolkit. (Some information on how to work with crystals here.)  Black tourmaline, snowflake obsidian and jasper will help keep you grounded. Citrine and turquoise will clear your head. Rose quartz will nourish your heart. Carnelian, Bloodstone and Hematite will strengthen and protect your physical body. Amethyst, clear quartz, sugalite and charoite will help with psychic connection.

Spend some time in nature. Our planet has a great capacity to nurture, ground and heal us. Unplug from the digital world for a while, and reconnect with your humanity.

Avoid toxic people and situations. (More on this in tomorrow’s blog!)

Honour your sensitivity. (Info on How to live as a Sensitive Soul here)

This is also a great time for an outpouring of creativity, for sudden clarity about your direction with career and relationships. Don’t be surprised to find that as things clear, life starts to rocket ahead for you in all sorts of wonderful ways, enhanced with much synchronicity and beautiful new connections.

I’ve also recorded a short Guided Meditation to help with this time.  All you need to do is find somewhere to sit or lie quietly for seven minutes, and then just follow my voice.

Nicole Cody’s Guided Meditation for healing old patterns

Allow yourself to feel a bit excited… It’s an amazing time we’re living in. Bless ♥

Crystals, 2012 and the Transit of Venus

Transit of Venus. Credit: culture-and-current-affairs.com

On June 6, we will be privileged to experience a rare astrological event – the Transit of Venus.  The transits happen in pairs – and this is the final event in the current pairing, the last being in June 2004.  We won’t see another transit in our lifetime as the next ones will occur in December 2117 and December 2125

We also have a full moon right now.  So this is a magical time for working with these energies of the Sun, Moon and Venus to help us with our own transformation and growth.

Full moon Photograph by Taylor S. Kennedy, National Geographic Stock

Over the next forty-eight hours we have an opportunity to charge up any of the crystals (including pearls) that we wear, or use in our healing, energy or meditation practices.  All we need to do is place our stones and jewellery in a place where they will receive a full 24 hour cycle of natural light.  You could do this by placing them on a window sill, or out in the garden.  Crystals that might not like rain or moisture can be placed inside plastic, or in a glass jar or bottle (my preferred option) if you’re taking them outside. For best results, let your stones come in contact with the earth (this can also be achieved by placing them in a pot-plant). If you’d like to learn more about cleansing and charging crystals click here.

Creating a Devotional Crystal

If you would like to make intentional use of these astrological energies, you can use a quartz-based crystal, chosen specifically for this purpose.  The crystals will absorb the energetic qualities of the Sun, Moon and Venus, and will be powerful transformational tools for your journey.

They will assist with:

  • bringing fears and negative thoughts and behaviours to the surface where they can be cleared and healed
  • identifying areas where you can support yourself financially using your gifts and talents
  • improving communication and co-operation between our heads and hearts
  • encouraging cycles of growth, expansion and abundance
  • facilitating breakthroughs that bring clarity, clear direction and drive towards positive action
  • heart opening
  • spiritual and psychic opening and awareness
  • forgiveness and emotional freedom

Suitable crystals will include:

  • any form of clear quartz; including Tibetan quartz, rutilated or tourmalinated quartz, and herkimer diamonds
  • Smoky quartz
  • Milky Quartz
  • Amethyst
  • Rose quartz
  • Citrine
  • Aventurine
  • Agate
  • Jasper
  • Carnelian
  • Chalcedony
  • Tigers Eye
  • Onyx

This can be a crystal you wear, or one you hold or have in your space.  You can also charge up more than one, so that you have a few to work with and choose from.

Method:

You’ll need to create a simple crystal grid. You can learn how to do that here.

Choose four stones to act as the anchoring points for your grid.  Create the energetic space with the four stones, visualising a pyramid of light above and below the stones. Say a simple prayer to bless the sacred space.

Now place any jewellery or crystals within the grid like this:

Once you are happy with the placement of crystals and other items, say the following words:

I honour the Moon, the Sun and the Spheres.  I invite the vibration of these Celestial Bodies to Bless and Energise my offerings. I open myself to wisdom, healing and Light.  I open myself to my Path, and welcome the opportunity to be of service. I am ready to be all that I came to this life to be.

Leave the grid in place for a full twenty-four hours, including the daylight hours of June 6, for the Transit of Venus.  You could leave this grid in place for longer if you desire, but after forty-eight hours there will be no additional effect.

Once you have pulled the grid down, your crystals and jewellery are ready to use.  To better understand and access their energies you can use the information in these posts:

♥ Embrace this beautiful energy we are living in.  We have chosen this lifetime for ourselves. Live from your heart, and open to being all that you came here to be.  It’s time! ♥