Healing Your Soul Through EFT with Gary Craig

Are you familiar with EFT or “tapping”? Chances are, if you know much about the world of personal development, then you’ve heard something about Emotional Freedom Technique. Introduced to the world in the 1990’s, EFT has positively impacted millions of people with astonishing results. Most of us have dealt with phobias, childhood traumas, anxieties and fears, PTSD, or other emotional issues. All of these can be greatly improved—and even permanently healed– using EFT. Are you curious about how it works?

While you can find many versions of “tapping” on the internet, and many teachers who claim different benefits, we wanted to go straight to the source: Emotional Freedom Technique originator and founder, Gary Craig. His website has tutorials, techniques, and other helpful information—all free! Check out our resources below for more information.

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • The two types of EFT Gary developed are Gold Standard and Optimal.
  • Gold Standard EFT is the “emotional version of acupuncture without needles.”
  • The healing process can be reduced to hours and minutes instead of weeks, months, and years!
  • Gary talks about working with veterans to heal their PTSD.
  • Gary’s website includes two free tutorials to teach you everything you need to start working with EFT.
  • “Easy EFT” occurs when you “tap” along with someone else—also called “borrowing benefits.”
  • Buyer beware in the world of EFT! Be sure to check out a teacher or practitioner thoroughly before working with them.
  • Gary explains how he developed EFT and discusses a deeply spiritual experience that changed his perspective on life.
  • In Optimal EFT, spiritual methods are added to tapping for deeper results.
  • Optimal EFT has the goal of removing the blocks to love’s presence and helping us to “climb our spiritual ladder.”
  • Gary explains “The Unseen Therapist” and “The Guardian at the Gate.”
  • Optimal EFT has two steps and it brings faster results, more efficiency, and greater love, joy, and peace.
  • In this episode’s segment of Alana’s Guide to Magical Living, we meet Maree Gecks, the founder and designer of Marzipants, which are beautiful, Bohemian-style trousers. They are a comfortable, form-flattering pant, styled after the loose, wrap pants of the Thai fishermen. They are ethically and sustainably made in luxurious organic cotton. Check our Resources section for more information!

Resources:

www.emofree.com

www.eftcertification.com

www.marzipants.co.uk

 

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Healing Your Soul Through EFT with Gary Craig

Are you familiar with EFT or “tapping”? Chances are, if you know much about the world of personal development, then you’ve heard something about Emotional Freedom Technique. Introduced to the world in the 1990’s, EFT has positively impacted millions of people with astonishing results. Most of us have dealt with phobias, childhood traumas, anxieties and fears, PTSD, or other emotional issues. All of these can be greatly improved—and even permanently healed– using EFT. Are you curious about how it works? The difference EFT can make in your life is nothing short of amazing.

While you can find many versions of “tapping” on the internet, and many teachers who claim different benefits, we wanted to go straight to the source: Emotional Freedom Technique originator and founder, Gary Craig. His website has tutorials, techniques, and other helpful information—all free! Check out our resources below for more information. 

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • The two types of EFT Gary developed are Gold Standard and Optimal.
  • Gold Standard EFT is the “emotional version of acupuncture without needles.”
  • The healing process can be reduced to hours and minutes instead of weeks, months, and years!
  • Gary talks about working with veterans to heal their PTSD.
  • Gary’s website includes two free tutorials to teach you everything you need to start working with EFT.
  • “Easy EFT” occurs when you “tap” along with someone else—also called “borrowing benefits.”
  • Buyer beware in the world of EFT! Be sure to check out a teacher or practitioner thoroughly before working with them.
  • Gary explains how he developed EFT and discusses a deeply spiritual experience that changed his perspective on life.
  • In Optimal EFT, spiritual methods are added to tapping for deeper results.
  • Optimal EFT has the goal of removing the blocks to love’s presence and helping us to “climb our spiritual ladder.”
  • Gary explains “The Unseen Therapist” and “The Guardian at the Gate.”
  • Optimal EFT has two steps and it brings faster results, more efficiency, and greater love, joy, and peace.
  • In this episode’s segment of Alana’s Guide to Magical Living, we meet Maree Gecks, the founder and designer of Marzipants, which are beautiful, Bohemian-style trousers. They are a comfortable, form-flattering pant, styled after the loose, wrap pants of the Thai fishermen. They are ethically and sustainably made in luxurious organic cotton. Check our Resources section for more information!

Resources:

http://www.emofree.com

http://www.eftcertification.com

http://www.marzipants.co.uk 

 

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On love, hate, grief and remembering

photo © fergregory

photo © fergregory

I’ve been at a loss for words since the shooting in Orlando this weekend. I woke up to the news on my 12th wedding anniversary and felt myself bounce back and forth all day between the celebration and the horror.

My emotions have been jumbled. Anger. Grief. Love. But as I made my breakfast Monday morning, hugged my daughter, laughed with my husband, I was keenly aware of everyone waking up to a new reality.

I remember thinking after Benjamin’s stillbirth how crazy it seemed that the rest of the world kept going while my life was plunged into grief.  This morning and every morning for the next however-long-it-takes, there are people waking up to that awful moment of remembering that life changed yesterday, (or the day before, or a month ago) and they will never see their lover/friend/child/parent again. They’re waking up to the reality that the grief isn’t going away any time soon (or ever). They’re waking up if they were lucky enough to go to sleep at all and forget, for just a few moments, how much pain they’re in.

I remember that feeling of not being able to breathe because it hurt so badly. I remember the shock and the calm and the waves of pain and the grief coming out sideways as I got angry with my husband for no reason other than the anger was easier than the ache.

I remember the feeling of going under and the fear that I wouldn’t resurface. I remember the way I lay awake at night, terrified that my daughter would die too. I remember praying, hard. I remember the way grief shape-shifted and looked like tears one moment, fear the next and often felt like a fire that was burning me from skin to soul. I remember people being so kind and others falling away. I remember wondering how it was possible that the world felt normal to anyone.

My heart is with the friends and families of the victims of the Pulse shooting in Orlando. It is with the LGBT community and the Muslim community. It is with all of us who have known the deep grief of loss.

I want to remind you to be gentle with yourself, because grief triggers grief. I want to remind you that you can be angry and loving at the same time. I want to remind you that violence is never the answer to violence.

I want to invite you to do more than send prayers and love (although do that too). Speak up when you hear hatred being spewed or not-so-subtly hidden behind a joke. Teach your kids, especially your boys, how to navigate their feelings and express their anger in healthy ways. Learn how to do that yourself.

Hold your loved ones close. Because we all know there will be a next time. But don’t give in to the fear.

Choose love, always.

Edited to add: Love is not an excuse to do nothing, nor is it permission to spiritually bypass what feels dark or difficult. Love is about growth, getting uncomfortable, making changes and hard choices. Love is not easy, but it is what makes life worthwhile.

 

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The Power of the Written Word on The Inky Path with Jena Schwartz and Cigdem Kobu

We all know the power of the spoken word, but have you given much thought to the power of the written word? For some, the urge to write is as natural as breathing, while others would rather do ANYTHING else. If you’ve ever tried to write, then you know emotions that range from pure, pulling-your-hair-out frustration to unparalleled satisfaction and joy. If you’re a reader, then you know the magical emotions evoked by written words as you’ve connected with an author or carefully crafted characters that can become as dear as family.

My two guests today are founders of The Inky Path, a writing and creativity community. It’s a supportive and cozy online space where writers–and those deeply in love with writing–can gather to develop and deepen their writing practice and connect with other creative souls. Jena Schwartz is a poet, writer, and writing group facilitator. Her cohort is Cigdem Kobu, a writer, awarded literary translator, digital publisher, and teacher. Let’s discover more about the wonderful world of writing with these two!

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Creativity has its challenges, such as being overwhelmed by too many ideas and the “paralysis of perfection.”
  • Another BIG challenge is realizing that creativity can be woven into every part of your day.
  • Cigdem has learned to give herself permission to make mistakes.
  • Jena promotes creativity in her “real life” by writing poems on her phone at scattered moments throughout her busy day as a mother.
  • Another obstacle to writing is vulnerability. Our writers explain how to handle this fear.
  • Writing, even if it’s private journal-writing, is a way of learning about and “locating” yourself.
  • Many have a fear of writing because there is resistance to the stillness that it brings.
  • How do I START writing?
    • Cigdem suggests using a notebook and pen and “letting it flow.”
    • Jena suggests setting a timer, choosing a point of entry, and writing without editing.
  • Telling our stories maps our lives and gives witness and words to our lives.
  • Telling our stories affirms our humanity and has healing potential in our world.
  • Jena explains that writing is a solitary act that can connect people with compassion, community, safety, and support.
  • Cigdem is a self-described “introvert who craves community,” but finds enrichment and fulfillment in her writing community.
  • Also in this episode, as part of Alana’s Guide to Magical Living, we meet Bethany Tran, the CEO and Chief Designer at The Root Collective. They are a Certified B Corporation offering handmade shoes that change lives in poor villages in Guatemala. Find their website in our Resources section below!

Resources:

http://www.inkypath.com (Find writing prompts, classes, writers’ community, courses,  an upcoming online magazine, and MORE!)

http://www.jenaschwartz.com

http://www.peacefultriumphs.com

http://www.therootcollective.com (Find the free e-book, Your Ethical Journey: Seven Steps to Changing Lives with your Purchases.)

 

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Pleasure is the Sign of Healthy, with Nia Technique Founder Debbie Rosas

Do you ever find yourself feeling uneasy about your life? The farther we get from our values, the more we feel “off”. We may even find ourselves threatened by others who are living in alignment with their values. If you aren’t living in alignment with your values, maybe it’s time to re-evaluate. Don’t judge yourself and beat yourself up about it. Let’s find ways to move a bit closer to living according to your values.

 

Debbie Rosas is the founder and co-creator of Nia. Dedicated lifelong to self-healing and self-mastery, Debbie has been a pioneer in the body-mind fitness industry since 1976. Credited with establishing the mind-body fitness category, she is a leading fitness innovator, teacher, author, choreographer, performer, healer, and artist whose work greatly influences the lives of thousands of women and men worldwide.

You can learn more about Debbie and the Nia Technique at http://www.nianow.com

 

Also on the show, Ashton Sabo of Sivana Spirit, an online store dedicated to helping people live with spirit. You can find them online at http://www.sivanaspirit.com. Ashton is also the host of the Sivana Podcast, to spread their mission far and wide.

 

 

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The Simplest Way to Boost Wellness, with Nancy Hopps

Did you know that by going into a state of deep relaxation you can boost immune function, lower your blood pressure, allow your body to heal from illness or surgery more quickly and so much more? The problem for most people is being able to access that state of deep relaxation with the busyness of every day life.

Nancy Hopps is an internationally recognized author, speaker, performer and sound healer. Her award-winning Relax Into Healing™  series of spoken-word audio recordings have profoundly benefited thousands of listeners worldwide, in home, hospital and other healing settings. In this show she talks about her experience with the healing benefits of deep relaxation and sound, both as a professional healer and as a cancer survivor.

Learn more about Nancy Hopps at NancyHopps.com

Also in this show, Veronique Henry of Mirabelle Jewellery shares how her love of nature and travel inspired her to launch her own line of ethical jewelry made with love and soul.  Learn more and shop at MirabelleJewellery.co.uk

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The Spiritual Workout®: Good for Your Mind, Body & Soul, with Steven Morrison

Do you race from book to book, class to class and workshop to workshop, trying to figure out the secret formula to manifesting the life of your dreams? Unfortunately, all the knowledge in the world won’t change anything if you don’t put it into practice. In The Spiritual Workout® handbook and classes, former psychotherapist Steven Morrison takes the 15 most common spiritual principles and teaches you how to work with them so they work for you.  In this show we dive into some of the more challenging concepts and apply the Spiritual Workout® to issues like anxiety, chronic bad relationships and grief.

Learn more about Steven and The Spiritual Workout® at SpiritualWorkout.com

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Create Your Magical Life – The Language of Color, with Bridget Pilloud

Interior designers, Feng Shui practitioners, wardrobe stylists and marketing geniuses use color to influence our experience of a person, place or product. Color is also related to light, vibration and the human energy (chakra) system. Many of us use color unconsciously to reflect or lift our mood. Writer, designer and intuitive Bridget Pilloud believes that color can powerfully support us in our lives and bring us valuable messages if we pay attention. In this show she guides you in choosing a “color of the year”, explains the meanings and associations of different colors, and shares how to deepen your relationship to the language of color.

Learn more about Bridget and sign up for her free Color of the Year emails at IntuitiveBridge.com

Also in this show, Ylara Khalsa owner and creator of Flower of Life Blends talks about her passion for aromatherapy, what she’s learned from farming her land and the magical effects of her essential oil formulations. Find her online at FlowerofLifeBlends.com

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On Being a Light in the Darkness, step 1

Based on the December 21st Create Your Magical Life podcast, I’m (slowly) writing a series of posts on how to strengthen your light when it seems like the world around you is falling into darkness.

Light in the Dark

Step 1: Look for the Light

There’s a saying in new-age-law-of-attraction-speak that what we focus on grows, so we want to be aware of where we are putting our attention, steering it away from what we don’t want. There’s also a truth that ignoring or repressing our shadow – the darker side of being human – only gives it more power and allows it to wreak havoc unchecked.

Somehow we have to find the middle way.

We need to acknowledge the pain, the war, the terror, the atrocities committed against children, animals, the earth and each other, allowing our feelings about these things to pass through us. At the same time, it’s helpful to focus on finding and acknowledging all the good and the beauty in the world.

Some practical things to do:

Read inspiring news stories. Watch those videos on Facebook that make you cry because they’re full of hope and love and tenderness. Listen to TED talks or podcasts that inspire you, even if they’re about difficult topics. Look for people who are providing solutions.

One of the most disturbing books I’ve ever read was Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, because it chronicles the violence committed against women worldwide. But for each horrific topic they share the stories of people who are making a difference. As hard as I cried and raged against the cruelty, I was left with a real sense of hope because we humans are SURVIVORS.

Most of us do care, we do want to make the world a better place. Curate your social media feeds, your blog reader and news channels. Make space for hope and possibility when you log online. This doesn’t mean sticking your head in the sand and ignoring everything that’s happening in the world. It does mean that you are allowed to take care of yourself in the midst of it all.

Notice if you’re going down the rabbit hole of negativity. Pause, take a deep breath, and check in to see how it’s affecting you. Is your body clenched and tight? Your heart heavy? Are you filled with rage or despair? Breathe and feel the feelings, without spinning in the story.

You can choose to allow the anger to move you to action (write a letter or blog post, start a petition, donate money to a cause or search for a volunteer opportunity) or you can choose to turn toward something else – something lighter or more life-affirming. Something that reminds you there is hope and goodness available in even the worst of situations. Hug a child. Help a friend. Snuggle your favorite four-legged family member and immerse yourself in their unconditional love.

Look for warm smiles and kind words when you are out in the world. You might have to look hard, but love is always there. Instead of simply cringing at the homeless man sleeping under his coat, notice the way his dog is curled up against him. They might not have much but they have each other.

Practice being with the ugliness and the beauty at the same time, the despair and the hope, the disillusionment and the wonder. Your heart is big enough to hold it all.

Practice looking for and taking in the good stuff. Let it have as much weight in you as the bad does. You might need to carry a little notebook with you and take notes about what you see so you can remember it later. Go over it before you fall asleep. Hold it close.

And when you find your truest pain places, the ones that you can’t sit still with because they make you ache so deeply, know that is where your place of action lies.

I’ll talk more about that in the next post.

I’d love to know: What light have you seen lately?

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Podcast catch-up: The Elements, Dolphins, Spirits & Tarot

January has been a bumpy ride over here (more on that later). Right now I want to catch you up on what’s been happening over at the podcast, just in case you’ve missed this months’ shows.

January 11th show

The elemental new year shifts this week on February 4th. In this conversation with teacher, oracle, five elementalist and Chinese Face Reader Megan Potter, we talk about the impact the elements have on our year both personally and publicly. You’ll learn how to figure out which year you’re moving into and how best to work with its energy. Listen to this one ASAP if you haven’t already.

Listen here

January 18th show

Author and healer Belinda Farrell and I had a delightful conversation about ancient hawaiian healing methods, forgiveness, swimming with dolphins, releasing grief and her book, Find Your Friggin’ Joy. If you’re curious about Huna healing, Reconnective healing, Ho’oponopono or want to hear amazing stories about dolphin intelligence, this is the show for you.

Listen here.

January 25th show

If you’ve ever felt like you received a sign from a dead loved one but you weren’t reeaaallly sure if you were making it up, this show will have you in full body goosebumps (or happy tears). Intuitive advisor Liv Lane has seen angels and spirits since she was a little girl. She shares stories of messages sent from the other side and talks about specific ways spirits attempt to reach us. Co-author of the new book Infinite Purpose: Care Instructions for Your True Calling, she also talks about the way Spirit took the reins and how it is impacting magic-makers everywhere.

Listen here.

February 1st show

I’ll be honest and say for a long time I didn’t want anything to do with tarot cards. They felt dark and heavy and a bit scary to me. But I also know how valuable they can be as a tool for clarity in the hands of a talented reader. This week’s conversation with Theresa Reed, a.k.a. The Tarot Lady, answers all your (okay, MY) tarot questions and then some. We talk a little about astrology too. It’s a fun one. If you’re new-ish to tarot, this is for you. If you’re a seasoned reader, check out Theresa’s website, where she has a ton of offerings to help you go pro (or just get better at whatever you do!)

Listen here.

Sending you love and wishing you ease this week,
Alana

P.S. Create Your Magical Life listener numbers now place it in the top 9% of podcasts, according to statistics provided by Libsyn, the world’s largest podcast hosting company. To quote my friend Liz Lamoreux, “Holy Cats!” HUGE thanks to all of you who’ve been listening and sharing the show with your friends. I’m humbled and awed. 

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