Anxiety and Depression – What’s the Difference?

Anxiety and depression are commonly used diagnostic terms that often confuse people. In a nutshell, both are emotional disorders which are having correlation with each other but not the same. Anxiety is known to lead to depression whereas for depression, it could be worsening when increased anxiety is applied to a person who has depression.

When an individual is overwhelmed by anxiety, it may be a common sight if it is under control. However, when it gets out of control, it could bring lots of problems to emotional health and personal well-being.

Anxiety is an emotional state characterized by persistent feelings of worry, nervousness and unease. It would cause the persons to be drawn into beliefs that something unpleasant would happen. This would lead to lots of anxious thoughts and uncontrollable physical sensations which could make them fret over things. They might react in such a way that they will avoid doing things that shouldn’t be avoiding due to the doubts and indefinite future events which they aren’t confident of themselves being able to overcome them.

Depression, on the other hand, is a negative emotional state as a result of constantly blaming and regretting the past action. It may arise in the individual’s subconscious state and contains long-term symptoms. It’s like a slow process of taking the patient into the dark corner deep inside them leading to pure sadness about the future as though nothing could help but to stay hopeless all the while. They would feel like there is nothing worth to prevent the bad future from happening.

This would lead to lack of interest and excitement in things they used to enjoy. Eventually they would experience physical changes as in losing appetite and weight as well as unusual sleep patterns. The individual tend to become very indecisive and lost that could lead up to death or suicide cases.

Both situations may also share the same symptoms which end up correlating to the development of each other and thus, being difficult to differentiate. There is also the possibility for both conditions to get worse due to inadequate treatment received.

An individual with anxiety or depression can rarely accept that they are having the emotional disorders. Instead are feeling natural in cases of severe anxiety cases, the individual should be more prone in realizing their problem. Some individuals might end up in denial, which could worsen the condition. In both conditions, the individual would feel very down and such situations would usually drain out a lot of energy and motivation from them.

Fret not as there are ample of ways to help these individuals to recover in long-term. No doubt, there will not be a smooth journey to recovery but family and friends support are essential in the progress. A healthy lifestyle would also be a huge contribution to an effective speedy recovery.

Do You Have Cysts, Growths or Tumours?

Many of my clients come to me with small cysts in various parts of their body. They could be anywhere, but mostly I get clients with cysts in the breasts, kidneys or in the reproductive organs. Anything growing inside our bodies that we feel should not be there, is of concern and of course our first reaction may be to get it out of there. Often the removal can be also harmful to our health. It is important to be educated and empowered enough to make correct assessments of what we want to do without being swayed by fear.

A cyst is a pouch or sac with a membrane around it and no real opening. It is usually filled with fluid or some kind of matter and can develop in an organ or in any body cavity. It can also be filled with hardened material.

Some health professionals believe that some cysts can be caused by free radical calcium or an imbalance of minerals in the body. Fibrin can be another cause when it coagulates forming cysts or tumours but realistically there can be many reasons why they form. Of course the basis of ill-health is imbalance and high levels of inflammation so if we want to get to the heart of the problem we need to look at your levels and put you on the right herbs, supplements and diet to eliminate this as much as possible.

Black Walnut has long been an herb used in the natural treatment of cysts, as has chaparral. Other useful foods and herbs are yellow dock (for reproductive areas), sarsaparilla, cayenne, mullein, apple cider vinegar and honey.

Sometimes poultices can be made to break up cysts and small tumours and these can either be applied externally if the cyst can be seen, or internally under the instruction of a trained natural therapist. Internally this is done sometimes by the use of a bollus which is a high concentration of a group of natural herbs (kind of like a pill) and these are taken internally. If you have these high concentrations it makes it difficult for the cysts, which are scavengers, to feed off surrounding areas in your body. This means the toxins and poisons are drawn out whilst releasing many healing herbs into the one area. It’s like flooding the system with good stuff to break the cysts down.

Detoxes and cleanses are also important in terms of ridding the body of mucus, Candida, polyps etc and these also can be administered by a trained natural therapist. It is also important to remember to keep up the level of antioxidants, vitamins – specifically C and to take natural supplements to adjust any deficiencies in the body.

An old remedy used by our grandmothers is that of Castor Oil taken when needed. It will make you go to the toilet and expel toxins and mucus from the gut however too much of it will have unfavourable side effects so you need to watch how you take it. Again moderation is the key.

Handled properly it is possible that cysts will disperse into the blood stream or when you go to the bathroom down the toilet. Remember also that your skin is one of the largest organs and releases toxins through its pores.

Often a reaction to cysts or tumours is to have them removed. Whilst this does have the solution of removing the cyst it does not look at the possible causes whether they are physical, emotional or energetic. Admittedly there are deficiencies in the body if the cyst has physically manifested but it is necessary to keep in mind that many of our illnesses have emotional and energetic causes which need to be cleared up otherwise the illness recurs. Some believe that such illnesses as tumours and cancers could possibly be the result of suppression and resentment and if these things are not looked at they believe that the illness will, and often does, recur.

It is therefore important to work with a natural therapist who can help you on all levels to get to some of the ’causes’ of your cysts and eliminate them. Things like inflammation, diet, supplements and deficiencies need to be looked at as well as emotional suppressions and resentments that have built up surrounding organs in the area where the damage has been caused.

The Importance of Non-Emergency Medical Transportation

According to a study completed by Community Transportation Association, some 3.6 million people in the United States miss a doctor’s appointment or put off going to the doctor simply because they do not have any way to get there. Of that 3.6 million, 950,000 are children. Most of these individuals are low-income and lack a working vehicle. While larger areas have affordable public transportation, not everyone lives in these areas. However, for those with low-income, non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) options are available.

Because low-income patients fall through the gaps, the NEMT benefits fill those gaps. In some cases, ambulances are utilized to help patients get to where they need, especially if they are coming from a nursing home. However, subsidies in certain areas allow patients to take taxis, vans, or car services to get to their appointments.

Spending a Little to Save a Lot

Studies indicate that by providing non-emergency medical transportation for routine appointments, Medicaid and Medicare can actually save money. Of course, there is an investment necessary for the system to work. Despite the increased cost, it has been shown that the investment is returned. These studies show that providing this service saves an average of $367 per person.

Routine non-emergency medical transportation is approximately fifteen times cheaper than if that same patient took an ambulance to the emergency room for treatment. On average, the NEMT services only account for 10 percent of the total Medicaid patient base. The expenses total only one percent of the department’s expenditures.

Additional studies conducted by Florida State University determined that even if just one percent of all funded NEMT trips ended with the person going to a doctor’s office instead of the emergency room, the state would see a return of 1108 percent. This is approximately a return of $11.08 for each dollar spent by state agencies.

Keeping In Line With the Affordable Care Act

Providing non-emergency medical transportation is key to staying in line with the Affordable Care Act. The ACA requires that Medicaid coverage is available for all low-income American citizens. It is an important part of the US having an effective and efficient health care system.

In recent changes to Medicaid, the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services made providing consistent access to medicinal treatments a mandatory benefit. This change is an effort to provide effective management for the escalating costs associated with hospital costs. It is also an important aspect to ensure general health care gets to those who need it most.

It is important to offer non-emergency medical transportation to those who need it most to keep American citizens healthy. Thanks to new laws and regulations, the NEMT benefits serve as the lifeblood of Medicaid. Additionally, it reduces the financial burden of the state and federal government by avoiding ambulance transportation and emergency room visits that could have been avoided if there had been an alternate means of transport.

Naltrexone – An Antagonist for Opioid Addiction

With 47,055 lethal drug overdoses in 2014, the United States is fighting to ease the problem of opioid addiction. The problem of prescription drug abuse and overdose is caused by factors such as the prescriptions by healthcare providers, lack of oversight to curb inappropriate prescribing, and the belief that prescription drugs are not dangerous.

Opioids are drugs that interact with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the brain and nervous system to produce pleasurable effects. These include heroin as well as prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl and others. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), of the 21.5 million Americans who had a substance use disorder in 2014, 1.9 million were addicted to prescription pain relievers and 586,000 took heroin. For lawmakers in the U.S., this spreading epidemic is at the top of their priority list.

Naltrexone and addiction

Most medications used to treat addiction require taking a daily dose and are addictive or habit-forming, so sticking to these medicines for a longer period is another problem in itself. But drug naltrexone, or Vivitrol, used for reducing opioid abuse, is different as it needs to be taken monthly as compared to other medications which are to be taken daily.

Vivitrol, which is an extended release, injectable form of naltrexone, requires patients to abstain from opioids for a period prior to induction, a goal difficult for patients to meet. The drug works by blocking euphoric and sedative effects of illicit drugs such as heroin, morphine and codeine.

Unlike other drugs, such as buprenorphine and methadone that activate opioid receptors in the body that suppress cravings, naltrexone binds and blocks opioid receptors to reduce opioid cravings. Hence, addicts do not have a chance for abuse with naltrexone. The drug is slowly absorbed into the system of an addict over 28 days, making the body opioid-free, and even in case of relapses, it prevents the feeling of getting high.

Therapists recommend the use of Vivitrol injections for 12 to 18 months, coupled with an intense therapy. Each Vivitrol injection costs about $1,200, but due to its effectiveness, some insurance companies now cover the treatment.

To ensure patients’ access to safer, more effective pain treatment while reducing the number of people who misuse these drugs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has come up with guidelines for prescribing opioids. These guidelines include: determining when to initiate or continue opioids for chronic pain outside end-of-life care; opioid selection, dosage, duration, follow-up and discontinuation; assessing risk and addressing harms of opioid use.

Making help available

A habitual opioid use may produce noticeable behavioral or personality changes, including irritability, restlessness and anxiety. The body of an addict builds a tolerance to the increased levels of the drug, causing long-term changes in the brain’s reward system. Opioid dependence can have far-reaching impacts, affecting almost every organ in the human body. It may interfere with an individual’s ability to make decisions and can lead to frequent cravings. This is when a person needs professional help to get rid of this devastating habit to reclaim a normal life.

Heroin’s Secret

The powerful pain-killer fentanyl has been making headlines lately in conjunction with the increasing number of heroin overdose deaths in our country. Drug dealers are “cutting” or adding fentanyl to heroin to make it more potent and it is leading to unintentional overdoses. Fentanyl is the most potent opioid available for use in medical treatment in the U.S. and abuse of this drug can be deadly. Fentanyl is 50-100 times more potent than morphine and up to 50 times more potent than heroin. The abuse of fentanyl has increased not only because of the crackdown on prescription pain-killers and the increase in heroin abuse, but also because more of it is being illegally produced and smuggled into the U.S.

Fentanyl is a Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved Schedule II controlled substance which means it has a high potential for abuse as well as an accepted medical use in the U.S. Fentanyl is principally used to treat severe pain in cancer patients and is produced in the form of a lozenge, pill, nasal spray or a transdermal patch. It is also administered intravenously as an anesthetic during heart surgery. (1)

While the FDA-approved fentanyl continues to be illegally diverted into the hands of addicts, other man-made versions of fentanyl are becoming more common and are causing havoc in the heroin community. Clandestinely produced fentanyl (vs the FDA-approved version) is also much more potent than traditional street heroin, and is also being used by drug traffickers. One of the more common versions of unregulated fentanyl that is added to heroin is known as acetyl fentanyl.

Acetyl fentanyl is an opioid analgesic (pain-killer) that is an analogue of fentanyl, meaning it is chemically or pharmacologically similar to fentanyl. Acetyl fentanyl can be as much as 80 times more potent than morphine and 5-15 times more potent than heroin. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other law enforcement agencies are experiencing an increase in the number of seizures of street drugs containing acetyl fentanyl. Due to increasing deaths attributed to this designer drug, on July 17, 2015, DEA has temporarily placed acetyl fentanyl into Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. Substances in Schedule I have a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.

Over 12 different analogues of fentanyl have been produced and identified as being sold illegally in the U.S. (2) Unbeknownst to the users and addicts, drug dealers are cutting heroin with fentanyl analogues and selling it as heroin on the street. Although less potent than the FDA approved fentanyl, the fentanyl analogues are still powerful enough to induce overdose in unsuspected victims, even if a “typical” dose of heroin is taken.

Acetyl fentanyl has also been detected in tablets that have been sold on the street as oxycodone. (3). Acetyl fentanyl is sold illegally on the internet as a so-called research chemical which is labeled “not for human consumption”. Regardless of how it is labeled, it is illegal to purchase acetyl fentanyl in the U.S. and doing so is a violation of the Controlled Substances Act. Those who purchase it on-line will be subject to federal prosecution.

There is no existing sanctioned or authorized use for acetyl fentanyl. It is commonly produced in clandestine laboratories in China and Mexico and is commonly referred to on the street as “China-White”. This designer drug is highly likely to contain other unknown contaminants that can be fatal when consumed. Acetyl fentanyl is usually an off-white powder and may be slightly darker depending on the additives.

New Innovations for Varicose Veins Treatment

When vascular problems result in uncomfortable swelling and discoloration of the lower extremities, a doctor may recommend varicose veins treatment. In the past, medical techniques often involved painful procedures that did not always effectively or permanently address the problems. New technology has resulted in more options for better resolution of this painful malady.

New Ways to Diagnose

Even diagnostic techniques have changed significantly with modern medical technological advancements. Instead of a Doppler device pressed firmly against the leg to detect the areas where the vascular flow is diminished, special ultrasound tools provide faster results. Modern ultrasound machines enable a physician to examine the entire landscape of the leg to see all the intricacies of the circulatory system. The resulting image is both sharp and two-dimensional. This image is a useful tool physicians use to determine the exact vein that is causing problems.

Old Treatments

Years ago, patients had to undergo uncomfortable procedures for varicose veins treatment. A physician would insert a flexible rod under the skin near the groin, and then pass the rod through the entire vein. The physician would then attach a metal cap to the end of the rod. In the final step, the rod was pulled back through the vein and out from the groin incision. This process would strip the vessel to eliminate it from the vascular system. In its absence, other veins would take over to transport blood.

An ambulatory phlebectomy is another example of an older treatment technique, but some patients still prefer this method. With this procedure, a physician pulls out the vessel with a special tool. Once removed, other vessels take over immediately. The benefit of an ambulatory phlebectomy is immediate results without waiting for reabsorption.

Newer Options

Today doctors utilize newer, more advanced techniques to restore vascular health. One procedure involves inserting a thin catheter into the faulty vein. By applying radio waves, the vessel wall shrinks and collapses. Patients do not experience scarring after this procedure, but some people will notice bruising. The final reabsorption may take up to two months to complete.

Laser therapy is a popular and non-invasive varicose veins treatment. A doctor directs a laser to force the vessel to collapse. Patients may experience slight discomfort when the laser beam hits the skin. Medical personnel immediately reduce this discomfort by cooling the skin.

Foam sclerotherapy involves mixing a special detergent with air to create a medicine that resembles thin shaving cream. The doctor injects the foam, causing swelling and blockage. Once this occurs, other venous systems step up to handle the blood flow. This type of therapy is best for less severe issues.

Patients should consult with a medical professional for diagnosis and treatment recommendations to resolve potentially serious vascular problems.

Marijuana Use and Health Care

Marijuana continues to be the most highly abused drug in America. The arguments for and against the legalization of marijuana continue to escalate. This piece is not intended to set the stage for a legalization debate about marijuana. Instead, I want to clarify the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) position on marijuana use by patients under a physician’s care in the U.S. Physicians should know that marijuana use is forbidden by Federal law and patients who self-medicate or abuse marijuana should not be prescribed controlled substances.

Unfortunately, many physicians are often faced with the dilemma of whether or not to prescribe controlled substances to patients who drug test positive for marijuana. This is particularly the case in states that have modified state laws to legalize marijuana. These changes in state law do not change the Federal guidelines that physicians must follow. As a former career DEA agent, I remind physicians that marijuana is still an illegal Schedule I controlled substance with no accepted medical use in the U.S. The fact remains that all state laws have Federal oversight, as stated in the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution. “The Supremacy Clause is a clause within Article VI of the U.S. Constitution which dictates that federal law is the supreme law of the land. Under the doctrine of preemption, which is based on the Supremacy Clause, federal law preempts state law, even when the laws conflict.”(1)A physician who prescribes a controlled substance to a patient known to be using marijuana is potentially subject to Federal investigation, prosecution, and administrative sanctions.

When a physician becomes aware that a patient is using marijuana, alternate methods of therapy should be implemented other than prescribing controlled substances. Physicians should also take steps to refer the patient for treatment and cessation if any illegal drug use is revealed, including marijuana. Physicians should also keep in mind that the marijuana produced today is much more potent than the past and using high potency marijuana in conjunction with controlled substances is not safe for patients.

Is there such a thing as FDA approved medical marijuana? There are two FDA approved drugs in the U.S. containing a synthetic analogue of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the principal chemical (cannabinoid) responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive effects. A synthetic version of THC is contained in the FDA approved drugs Marinol (Schedule III) and Cesamet (Schedule II) which are prescribed to treat nausea for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Marinol is also prescribed to stimulate the appetite of cancer and anorexia patients (2). The FDA is currently overseeing trials being conducted on Epidiolex (3), a drug manufactured by GW Pharmaceuticals and developed to reduce convulsive seizures in children. The drug contains cannabinoids from marijuana, referred to as cannabidiol or CBD, which does not contain the psychoactive properties of traditional marijuana and does not produce a high. If this drug receives FDA approval, it would make history being the first approved drug containing CBD in the U.S.

Additionally, DEA has issued a special registration to a research laboratory at the University of Mississippi to cultivate various strains of marijuana for clinical trials (4). This research will continue, but as of this writing, ingesting or smoking botanical marijuana or the cannabis plant itself is not federally approved as an accepted medical treatment in the U.S. Patients who smoke or ingest marijuana need to be aware that they are breaking Federal law and could be prosecuted under Federal statutes. Furthermore, physicians should be testing for marijuana use and if detected, they should not prescribe controlled substances, regardless of their diagnosis and the patient’s symptoms, as per current Federal statutes.

5 Ways to Keep Your Mind Healthy!

1) Talk talk and more talk

From personal experience let me say this simple tip sounds a whole lot easier than it actually is. Talking to someone about your problems, issues or feelings can be one of the hardest things to do, but it can also be one of the most uplifting and stress releasing experiences you can have. The hardest step of course is the first one.

Before you think to yourself that I am referring to the clearly obvious and very beneficial channels for talking to people like psychologists, counsellors or support services please read on.

Whilst those avenues are extremely important and I certainly recommend them in this article I am specifically referring to talking to people like your friends, your family or your work colleagues if you have that relationship with them. For me the thought of opening up to those groups of people was far far scarier than talking to a medical professional. Why? Because I didn’t personally know the medical professionals I had to talk to and there was a fair chance that I was not likely to bump into them at the shopping centre on a Saturday morning.

So what was it like? Scary as hell at first, but actually amazing and it provided me with a huge sense of relief after I managed to finally blurt it out. I was shocked to hear that I was not alone with my struggles and fears and that some of the people who I feared the most in telling had gone through similar struggles and actually gave me practical advice that helped.

So if you are having some of the above mentioned struggles or issues don’t be afraid to talk to someone close to you about them, as you might be very pleasantly surprised by their response and ability to somewhat normalise your issues.

2) Focus on small milestones or achievements

Some of the best advice I ever received was to break your month, week or day down to smaller chunks and focus on simply achieving smaller milestones.

Milestones or achievements like getting to work on time, finishing a particular report, getting through a meeting or presentation, doing the grocery shopping or hanging out the washing. They certainly don’t all have to be glamorous and should be tailored to some of the smaller tasks you have to complete in everyday life.

Then take the time to stop and reflect at the end of the day, week or month and look at what tasks you have managed to successfully get through and finish. This simple method can be used as a building block to slowly add to your milestones or tasks and keep you in a positive mindset for achieving them.

3) Relaxing your mind

It should be no surprise when I mention the words yoga or meditation! These two activities have both been around for a long time and they can be extremely beneficial in helping you to relax, to learn the skill of training your mind to block out the chatter which will help you gain clarity and find your way in a world full of noise.

4) Intense exercise

Whilst a nice walk can be somewhat relaxing what I am talking about involves intense exercise like beach sprints, mountain biking, hills runs or high intensity interval training. Why? Because medical information has shown that doing intense physical exercise releases chemicals like endorphins and serotonin that actually improves your mood.

Why not add to it by doing your intense exercise somewhere scenic like a beach or bush trail while you listen to some pumping music. What can I suggest from my own personal experience? Well exactly that, intense running on the beach or interval training on footpaths or tracks near the beach whilst listening to some cranked up exercise music on an iPod.

Can I further suggest finishing off your intense exercise session by resting for about 30 minutes and simply watching the waves roll in or whatever relaxing view you have available? Follow this by finding that out-of-the-way coffee shop that allows you to peer out and watch the world going by whilst reading your favourite paper or motivational book.

5) Getting the balance right

I am actually referring to the use of medication to assist with mental health issues. Certain medications work by balancing chemicals in your brain called neurotransmitters that affect mood and emotions.

Are they for everyone? Possibly, possibly not and the final decision to take them is one that should be taken very seriously and made by yourself and the relevant medical specialist. I can offer a brief insight into my own past experience with medication and hopefully this may assist in answering some of those unresolved questions for you.

My initial thoughts around taking any form of medication was simply no way not me, I am not taking that stuff! Why? Because I thought I would be stuck taking it for the rest of my life. Along with the stigma attached to taking mental health medication and situations that might arise like, what happens when I have to fill out a form, any form and it asks ‘what medication are you taking and then why?’

In its rawest and most basic form, by taking medication I felt I was having to admit to myself and the world that I had a problem and one that I could no longer keep to myself. I thought that once word got out that people would think less of me or not want to associate with me.

What I can advise you is that Yes I have taken medication, did it go to plan? No not initially and the process involved trying a few different types and dosages until both the type and dosage of the particular medication was right. I can say for me it was worth it. The benefits definitely outweighed the very minimal side effects and my own personal paranoia associated with taking medication for a mental health issue gradually subsided.

I can almost hear you wanting to ask, so what type of side effects are we talking about here? Well for me it was things like them making me too sleepy, too hyped up, having a very dry mouth, getting the shakes and them simply just not doing anything. No second head, No turning into an animal after dark and no adverse reaction to alcohol or other medication.

Contrary to popular belief taking this type of medication does not miraculously make everything peachy and have you dancing around talking about rainbows and unicorns. It merely brings some degree of normality back into your life and allows you to do some of the normal activities and tasks whilst allowing you to also focus on other additional methods of treatment to assist you on your road to recovery.

Think About How You Think – Thought Forms

I recently had the privilege of working with a client that clearly showed me the power of long held thought forms and patterns. It has led me to reflect on how powerful the mind is at interpreting our individual world based on the programmed thought patterns that form our inner world and become our outer experience as well.

Being human we all are imprinted with thought patterns – beliefs, judgements, opinions, etc. that come from our caretakers as children and then added to by friends, acquaintances, significant others, educators, and many more. Some of these patterns are benign – causing us no inner limitations that transfers to our outer experience. If, as the thought forms and patterns are initially imprinted, they are done so with elements of emotional difficulty – pain, fear, disempowerment, denial of the self, loss, disrespect, etc. then it creates thought forms and patterns that are limiting and disrupting in the present moment. It seems that sometimes these negative imprinting patterns are done without intent or malicious design – but the most damage to our inner thought forms is done when the patterning is done by purposeful, malevolent intention.

Whenever there are mind patterns that are ingrained and are tied to unresolved emotions they create limits in our behavior. We may not feel safe or have deep emotional reactions if we stray outside the limits that are in our mind. It is as if we can only move down a narrow hallway and if we stray outside the bounds of the narrow space then we fear something difficult will occur – so we limit our experience to avoid the possibility of encountering the underlying unresolved emotions. I am reminded of how a baby elephant can be trained to stay in one place by a chain attached to one of its legs. As it grows it clearly becomes strong enough to pull the stake out of the ground – but in its mind it is held fast by the long held thought pattern of the chain. So it is with long held, unresolved thought forms and patterns that keep us from being our full selves and living to our highest potential – our self-imposed chains that imprison us long after those that imprinted the thought forms are gone.

This prison of thought forms will be held in our mind and limit our life experience until we grow strong enough, seek professional assistance, and even spiritual intervention to help us break the long held patterns of painful restriction. We must become aware of these limitations and have grown weary enough of their presence to finally choose to seek out help and make this dramatic change. By altering these thoughts that block us from our inner light and peace we reach into our inner darkness and pull ourselves more fully into the light. Our soul of love and light becomes present and as it does it makes new, positive thought forms and patterns from which we can live our lives more fully in grace.

This is the long and difficult journey of healing – removing limitations and their underlying cause to reveal the beauty of our inner being of love and light and to live fully integrated from that place. This allows us to expand the positive potential for living in the moment and stop the internal limitations and the battlefield of the mind that causes internal and external suffering and strife. As we heal ourselves we can then offer healing energy to others – bringing each out of darkness more fully into the freedom of peace, love and light.