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Good health is natural and it doesn’t cost the earth. That’s the title of a book I’m working on, bit by bit and step by step. There are multiple meanings in the phrase. It doesn’t have to be costly monetarily to be healthy. Superb health is available to everyone, should they choose for it. Many of us don’t, and that’s OK. But if good health is what you want, it is available through the choices you make—moment to moment and day to day. It is determined by how you breathe, how you eat, what you believe and by what your thoughts and expectations are.

And your good health, determined by your everyday choices, does not have to harm the earth. In fact, I believe the health of each of us is intimately intertwined with the health of the planet as a whole. The cancer many humans experience in their bodies is indicative of the cancer of greed and unsustainable consumption we currently see and experience on a global scale.

Cancer cells run rampant over the delicately balanced cellular systems in the body, just as the greed and lust for power of a few can create havoc for the vast majority of humanity and for the environment in which we live.

So I believe to obtain optimum health we need to find ways to nourish others and the natural world. We need to find a right relationship with life. And then, quite naturally, we will live in radiant health, exude joyful well-being and the earth will be the better for it. Our health and the health of this planet are not mutually exclusive.

The microcosmic frame of the body is a part of the macrocosmic scope of the planet. So I urge each of you to find your unique ways to rebuild an environment we have been taking from for so long. The earth is patient with us, but only so much. Give back to her and she will in turn support you on your journey.

Not long ago I had the privilege of joining a small group of people planting trees on Moturua Island, the second largest and most wooded island in the Bay of Islands. What a stunning, uplifting experience to come away from; feeling your actions made just a little difference. So satisfying! Rod Brown and a dedicated team of volunteers, called the Shade House Volunteers, are responsible for a nursery in Kerikeri that grows upwards of 25,000 native trees each year. They source the seed locally and nurture each seedling until it is transported to one of about 35 community groups restoring habitat in areas of their responsibility. Here’s an example of finding a way to give back to the planet, to be of service to others and in turn do something that nourishes the soul of the servant. As simple as that.

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The poor man is not he who is without a cent, but he who is without a dream.

Harry Kemp

A few days ago I received the following note by email from a friend in Canada:

I have a friend who has been ill for two years. She really feels she has Lyme Disease and is getting nowhere with the medical systems. She has lost a lot of weight, vomits, has headaches and now faints. I was wondering if you have any info or if you can give me the email of the naturopath that was on your radio show. And I remember you had interviewed someone whose friend had gone to a healing centre in B.C.??

Here is my response:

Illness is a call to awaken. You are perfect just as you are. Any areas of disharmony in your life, including physical or mental illness, are simply an indication of, a manifestation of, your forgetting who you are. Your core or essence is God. God is perfection. So are you. Simply put, your job in life is to acknowledge that perfection. Your job is to remember who you are.

Geoffrey Morell, creator of the Clendenning system of healing, said to me in a recent interview that instead of running to your doctor when you are ill you should ask yourself the question: “What can I do to help myself, or better yet: What can I do to help my fellow man?” Any healer is able to help to the extent to which they see the perfection in their client. And the healing is lasting when the healer is able to awaken that awareness in the person who visits them.

But remember, we were all healers once and we all will be again. When Jesus healed a blind man he didn’t see the condition; he didn’t see the blindness. He saw perfection. And don’t forget Jesus also said, “These things and more, you shall also do.”

So, once again, illness is a call to awaken. Why do I say this? Because when you acknowledge your perfection, you acknowledge unity and your connection with your essence, with God.

God, the Creator; is omniscient. In other words God, your indefinable essence is all-knowing. Therefore everything you’ll ever need to be whole and to be well is contained within.

Lyme disease is simply a label for a condition of imperfection. Healing takes place when you let go, when you stop clinging to these labels of imperfection. You are not sick. Sickness is just a condition at the periphery of your being. Such sickness is just an indication that you are not experiencing your wholeness; you are not fully embracing the perfection at the core of your being.

We were all healers once and we all will be again. Your friend’s illness only exists because she thinks she is ill. She thinks she’s done something wrong. But that is not possible. We are all children of God. And, as children we are allowed and encouraged to play and to fall and to experiment with life. Health and harmony will prevail in one’s life when one acknowledges one’s wholeness.

Leave the conditions at the periphery behind. Acknowledge the unity that is you. Lift the veil of ignorance and see the light of perfection shining within you and within everyone else you meet. Affirm this perfection moment to moment and, eventually, you will become a master of your life. Then you will magnetically attract health and harmony to you and the conditions of imperfection will simply fall away.

A call to awaken audio below:

A late, great friend of mine, Alan Batham, once told a story of his friend, Eileen Caddy, one of the co-founders of Findhorn. Eileen was standing in line at a bank. The person in front of her at the head of the queue was arguing with the teller. He was blaming her for some discrepancy in his account and he was becoming increasingly belligerent. This went on for some minutes and the queue grew until Eileen focused on this angry man and mentally said to him: “I love you. I bless you. I recognize the divinity within you.” The man’s anger immediately melted away. He picked up his things, thanked the teller and left.

What Eileen Caddy did was an act of healing. She knew she was one with her essence and one with the tormented soul having a bad moment in front of her. She acknowledged his divinity, his perfection; at that moment he remembered it too.

Your friend will find health when she realizes there is nothing but perfection in herself and in others. The world is as you see it. Your world is as you see yourself. Every individual is on their own particular path of self realization and their experience is simply a reflection of this. You are perfect just as you are. You are wholeness and health. Affirm this. Become this. As Mohammad Ali once said: “It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”

Here are a few selected affirmations:

I Am harmony.

I Am perfect just as I Am. I now stop judging myself and others for what simply is.

I Am the embodiment of health, vitality and harmony and my experience is a reflection of this.

I Am one with my essence.

As for a naturopath, find one in your area and make a physical connection with them. There are natural therapists everywhere. Connect with the one or ones you feel pulled to. Then remember that any health practitioner can only help you to the extent that you help yourself. Here’s a link to the interview of the British healer who went to the Penny Brohn Centre in England.

In wellness and health,

John

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“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

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My special guest on Voices from the North in February, 2007 was Jill Freeman. Jill is an Alexander and vision improvement teacher. And she provides ACC supported Tai Chi classes for seniors twice weekly in the Mangonui Hall. For those in the Far North, Jill Freeman can be contacted on 09 4060969.

In this illuminating interview, Jill explains the origins of the Alexander Technique and how the method can be of immense help to people experiencing a lack of ease in breathing, speech, song or movement. The founder of the technique which eventually took his name, F. M. Alexander, was an actor who lost his voice. After consulting with numerous medical specialists he decided to take matters into his own hands. He began to observe himself closely and eventually surmised the importance of posture: in particular, the relation of the head to the neck and the torso. The entire interview can be heard below. Jill is a good story teller so the interview is filled with interesting antecdotes.

Now, I’d like to share a little more on the Alexander Technique. F. Matthias Alexander (1859-1955) is the founder of what has become known as the Alexander Technique. He was weak and sickly as a child growing up in rural Tasmania. Later, as a young Shakespearean actor in Melbourne he suffered from voice loss while reciting, a disastrous state of affairs for an ambitious young actor. Numerous doctors and voice teachers were unable to help him. In despair, he turned to self-enquiry, using a three-way mirror to observe his movements while engaged in the act of reciting.

He noticed that he tightened his neck muscles and pulled his head back when reciting, consequently compressing his spine. He discovered that these movements, the tension in his throat muscles and the sharp intake of breath just prior to reciting, had become habituated. And, at first, he was unable to break these harmful habits.

Then, after much effort and self-observation he found that if he didn’t tense his neck and stopped trying to correct the other faults, they disappeared on their own. “By not doing he managed to do.”

By not doing he was making a conscious choice to do. This is the fundamental guiding principle behind his teachings. He also determined that the relationship between his head, neck and torso influenced the posture of his entire body. He called this relationship ‘primary control.’ When he allowed his neck to be free and his head to move forwards and up, his back lengthened and his voice and recital work dramatically improved.

Alexander began to give voice lessons while continuing with his acting work, and for over fifty years he investigated human movement. He was a pioneer in body/mind work, being one of the first to identify the link between thought, emotion and action. In fact, all his work and conjecture was based on the indivisible unity of the human organism.

He found that he needed to use his hands to gently move clients’ bodies into the right position (for that individual). Ultimately he took his work to London and New York and led his first teachers training while working in London in 1930. Many famous people used and endorsed his technique. Since Alexander’s death, his work has grown and expanded worldwide. Today interested people can read books, go to a teacher for personal lessons, listen to an Alexander audio recording and/or attend group introductory seminars.

The Alexander Technique enhances personal body awareness and can help prevent backache and repetitive strain injuries. It is a personal, gentle, non-intrusive approach involving a teacher/student rather than therapist/client relationship.

Alexander’s premise was that much of what we do in the modern world is unnatural, yet we become habituated to these unnatural activities. Humans no longer move with the grace of wild animals or even that of native peoples. The Hopis call Westerners ‘termite people’ because we do so much. For generations we’ve been taught by society that it is important to always be doing something.

In being so busy we concentrate on what we have to do, rather than on the way in which we do it. This is just another example of being focused on the destination to such a degree that enjoyment of the journey is missed. I see F. M. Alexander’s example as one more reason to take time to smell the roses, watch the insects at work and lie on the grass in the rain. Isn’t it time to notice and engage in the natural beauty around you? This simple act can have a profound and positive influence on your health and well-being. Alexander said that that awareness and observation comprised fully 80% of the desired change in posture and action.

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Radio host, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives, a startlingly poignant and inspiring real-life endorsement of the power of thought, belief and synchronicity in one’s life.

“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews