ASMR: The Unusual World Of Living Sound

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If you are like many other people, you probably enjoy watching videos online. If you let your playlist continue to play for a while, you might run into a video that appears quite strange at first: a person whispering into or tapping their fingernails on an object. Wait, what are they doing?

Exactly. A bit strange, right?

The first time you see one of these videos you might think, “How does this whackjob have so many views?!” You might also think, “Wow, I want to do this, like, IMMEDIATELY!”

Over the last few years, a new video genre has emerged, with these videos popping up everywhere. Do they belong in the healing or entertainment category? Maybe, both! 

These videos are showcasing what’s called Audio Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR. They’re trending right now and they’re fascinating!

 

What is ASMR?

Have you ever listened to a song and felt pins and needles running up and down your neck and spine? This is the same feeling that ASMR attempts to replicate. Some people report different sensations: pins and needles, a warm buzzing feeling, an opening of intuition, connections to their hearts, or just light tickles, but the end goal is the same: people watch/listen to these videos to feel good.

The reason for the euphoric tingling sensation is not widely understood. Scientists have known for years that some people are more sensitive than others, especially when it comes to light, sound, and the various levels and hues of each. 

In one study, participants were placed in an MRI and exposed to popular ASMR cues. The individuals who experienced the tingling sensation were shown to have reduced connectivity between their frontal lobes and the sensory regions of the brain. This reduced connection is thought to make it easier for emotions to be triggered by varied sets of external stimuli.

When you hear “reduced connectivity,” you might think enjoying ASMR is a form of disability; however, by no means are these individuals less smart, aware, or healthy than others. On the contrary, people who connect emotions to sounds and visual cues actually score higher on many personality traits tests. Those who can garnish the euphoria of sound are proven to be more empathetic, open to new experiences, and even more in touch with their own emotions.

The fluid connectivity in these regions of the brain allow for a kind of bleeding-over effect, whereby they build internal bridges between sets of their senses. When a person is able to taste words, feel sounds, or hear colors, they are thought to have synesthesia. The blending of two, or more senses is rare; though evidence suggests that people who enjoy ASMR might have some form of this unique cognitive gift.

Over the last few years, some people have started recording the sounds that trigger these physiological responses. In ASMR culture, these creators are called ASMRtists, or maybe, “asmertists.”

 

Benefits

The warm buzzes we receive from feel-good chemicals, the ones that follow ASMR videos, are due to floods of dopamine, a chemical in our brains that is responsible for making us happy. Whenever we feel safe, happy, and content, we receive several undeniable health benefits.

Pain relief

For those who are addicted to opioids and heavy pain killers, and who seek a more holistic approach, ASMR is a key treatment.

The joy some people experience when exposed to ASMR can last for hours and longer. After 1-3 hours of ASMR listening, many reported dulled or eased chronic pain. The reason for this is because the body can often only experience one thing at a time. When there is a rush of dopamine, pain is removed from center stage and the ASMR listeners are chemically nudged to ignore most of their discomforts.

 

Improved Mood

Just like pain relief, individuals who watch ASMR content say they feel loved and safe for hours after a session, implementing it strategically throughout their day to brighten their moods.

However, unlike most of the benefits listed, many reported a sense of wellbeing after even one ASMR session. This occurred even when they were unable to feel the stereotypical tingling sensation experienced by typical users. This could be due to the closeness felt between the performer and the observer.

Most videos focus on sounds that can only be heard when you are very near to another human. For many of us, especially adults, the experience can be akin to living with a mother, father, or loved one. Even if the sound doesn’t trigger a physiological response, it is comforting to know that somebody is near, and they care for you.

 

Deep Relaxation and Better Sleep

For both the reasons already listed, it is easier to sleep and relax when we are not in pain and when we feel loved. While ASMR is an upgrade to the standard self-improvement and relaxation audio content, people have used similar audio to help them fall asleep for years, even before the concept of ASMR.

Many find it difficult to unwind at night. The days bustle swirls around their minds while they stare restlessly at the ceiling. For people who can’t seem to turn off their brains, noise machines have been used to echo waves from a beach, crickets chirping in a field, whales singing, and thunderstorms rolling across the sky. These repetitive sounds have helped people relax and fall asleep for generations.  

 

Popular Forms of ASMR

There are wide varieties of ASMRs, and not all ASMR sounds affect everyone. Some enjoy listening to people brushing hair, while others may enjoy listening to the sound of people chewing. Regardless of what is being recorded, most focus on private experiences.

When first starting your journey into the world of ASMR, be aware of any misophonia, hatred of sounds, that you may have. 

Some people are commonly triggered by open mouth chewing, tapping, or pen clicks. If there is a sound that affects you, be careful which audio you consume. Exposing yourself to one of these sounds early on could turn you off to ASMR forever.

 

Whispering

Without a doubt, the most popular type of ASMR, is whispering! Even if the video is not focused around the actual speaking, content creators will usually address the audience in a hushed voice before the video starts.

If you are new to ASMR, don’t be discouraged if you can’t enjoy a person whispering. Speech patterns, mouth moisture, and accents vary from person to person. While many prefer British accents and a female voice, some like lisps and lip smacking.

It’s a wonderfully diverse world, isn’t it?! WOW!

 

Brushing/Scratching

Many ASMRtists use special microphones to personalize specific sounds, one of which looks like a human head. Creators will drape high quality wigs over these microphones and gently pull a comb through the hair. Those who enjoy getting their own hair brushed by another, associate the familiar sound with the feeling.

Just like brushing, many like having their backs scratched. 

In these videos, mics are either directly scratched or the artist slowly drags their nails up and down a nearby surface.

The level of thought and intention that goes into ASMR content is quite impressive, and seems to span a broad spectrum of ideas and innovations.

 

Writing/Typing/Page Turning

Repetitive sounds like these are more focused on proximity. The sound of a loved one reading a book in bed or working quietly at their desk can help the listeners feel like they are not alone.

The rustling of paper being flipped-over every few seconds, a pen nib gliding across parchment, or the consistent clacking of a mechanical keyboard can help many feel like there is someone just out of sight – someone who might love us.

And thus we feel nurtured and heard, even if for a moment.

Chewing

Chewing sounds are the most polarizing of all ASMR. Chances are, you either love or hate the sound of another human being chewing. In this ASMR type, the recorded person eats, slurps, or crunches on a wide variety of foods. Many who enjoy mukbang, watching people eat large quantities of food, also enjoy chewing styled ASMR.

 

Not for Everyone

While the ASMR audience has been growing, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, when many are alone at home, there are many people who abhor this unusual craze. 

For some, misophonias are too challenging for them. The sounds of people whispering, chewing, and typing can cause a visceral response. For these people, enjoying ASMR is out of the question. 

If you find it difficult to be around these sounds in real life, don’t be surprised if you don’t enjoy them in your digital life either.

Not every ASMR will nurture you. Some will really piss you off!

Due to the fundamental relationship between SMR and memory retrieval, individuals who have had bad experiences associated with the sounds in videos, things like brushing hair or cleaning teeth, may find that reliving the memory to be too traumatic to enjoy.

 

Keep an Open Mind

It might not be for everyone, but studies show that people who start listening to ASMR and expect it to be a pleasurable experience are more likely to enjoy the benefits of listening to ASMR. 

On the contrary, if you are convinced that you will hate ASMR, you are much more likely to have a negative experience.

This is the same in all aspects of our lives. When we enter an experience with positivity, openness, clarity, and relaxation, we increase the possibility that the experience will be enjoyable and beneficial. 

Additionally, the more we are proactive in any experience, even the most difficult ones, the more we will arrive at our destination with light, love, and joy in our hearts. 

Venture carefully into the world of ASMR. Love yourself in all things. Remember, too, that the more work you do internally means the less the external will negatively impact your life. 

YOU ARE LIGHT AND LOVE! 

Starting Your Day Right With H.I.I.T. Exercise

Fit woman completing a H.I.I.T Exercise

 

Fit woman completing a H.I.I.T Exercise
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Most people struggle to adhere to an extensive workout routine, and to be fair, it can be difficult to find time to drive to a local gym and exercise everyday. While most Gym-Rats will argue that heavy lifting and high protein is the only proven way to get in shape, there are many different exercises that can provide lasting benefits. Some of them can even expand your self-awareness, empathy, and consciousness. 

If you haven’t already read about Kundalini Yoga and its miraculous benefits, consider reading my article on how yoga can be used to improve your energetic-body and vibration. If you are already incorporating meditation, yoga, and a healthy diet into your life, but still lack energy later in your day, you might find yourself renewed by adding a High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout to your morning. 

Not only will this workout provide a much-needed boost and mood-enhancement, the long-term health and life benefits are wonderful. 

You’ve Been Doing It Wrong

For years, industries have touted the benefits that can be derived from ongoing, endurance training. Running long distances and working out for extended periods of time has long been considered the gold standard for people who are trying to lose weight and get in shape. The truth is that drawn out repetitive exercises are great for developing muscle memory and improving those specific movements. 

Unfortunately, many people are not interested in running times and maxing out their bench press. Most are just trying to improve their health and recover the energy levels of their youth. Unless you are trying to perfect a specific workout, endurance training isn’t the best way to spend your precious time. In fact, for some, it can be damaging. 

Instead of running yourself ragged on a bike or treadmill for hours a day, beating the daylights out of your feet, knees, prostate, and ‘tuches’ (yiddish is so delightful!), consider turning your body into an energy producing machine! Train it to utilize the energy you’ve already stored. 

I’m talking about the stubborn fat sitting on your muscles, which is akin to that cousin who “stops by,” then stays for a year.

HIIT is a workout method that tricks your body into using leftover energy throughout the day – including all that presumptuous fat. People who start HIIT find themselves teeming with energy, replacing the need for caffeine and other stimulants, all of which can be addicting. 

That said, a little espresso and dark chocolate is good for the soul!

 The Exercise

Start the day by waking up and diving directly into an intermittent fast. Well, maybe diving is the wrong word, since fasting upon rising means you wouldn’t eat anything when you first wake up. 

In Ayurvedic medicine, you might start with a little fruit to start your engines, but for HIIT, we’ll focus on the procedures that seem to be working for thousands of people throughout the world.

If you feel wildly famished, consider having a light snack, something like half a banana, a cup of yogurt, or a protein shake. In this case, to honor the fast, you wouldn’t have 3 eggs and sausages. Keep the snack small and avoid unnecessary carbs and sugar. The goal is to keep your body in a fasted (or fasting) state when you start the workout. 

Keep in mind that if you fill up on food, especially bread and grains, the workout will only burn the energy from your last meal, rather than the fat stored, the latter of which will lighten your load and boost your energy throughout the day.

Finding a location to workout can be tricky. It can be difficult to separate your personal time from the children, pets, and spouses that tend to drift through the room from time to time. 

If the gym is the only place you can focus on working out, that’s fine, use it. Many personal trainers recommend working outdoors in a park or field, but HIIT can be performed in any space where there is enough room to lay down and stretch out. 

A quick search for HIIT exercises will reveal a plethora of fun and exciting routines to follow, but they all adhere to the same simple guidelines.

Here are the basics of a HITT workout routine:

  •       Continually perform a series of quick burst-movements for 30 seconds to 2 minutes
  •       Engage in a second series of unique movements for the same time period
  •       Allow for 30 seconds of active recovery
  •       Repeat the process 3 times, 4 if you’re feeling feisty

After the exercise is repeated, you are permitted to enjoy an additional few minutes to rest and drink water. Typically, this cycle is repeated with another few exercises to give attention to each muscle group. 

 

 

Here is a very basic routine to get you started:

    20 Jumping Jacks
 20 Mountain Climbers
30 seconds of Toe Touches (active rest)
Repeat x3

2 min of rest  

    1 min of Pushups (On knees if too difficult)
30 seconds of Star Jumps
30 seconds Arm Circle (active rest)
Repeat x3

2 min of rest

    20 Lunges
45 secs of Running in Place
30 sec of Butt Kicks (active rest)
Repeat x3

 2 min of rest

 

You might be thinking that Toe Touches, Arm Circles, and Butt Kicks don’t sound like much of a rest, but the goal of this workout is to cycle between moments of higher and lower heart rates. During these times of “Active Rests,” don’t over-exert yourself. Keep moving, while considering that the burst exercises the main workout. 

By engaging this workout (prior to allowing the heart to come to a complete rest,) the body starts to anticipate the next workout. When the body is tricked into being ready for the next burst of energy, it burns more energy – even while it a sedentary position! 

Imagine that – you burn calories while resting! Isn’t that awesome?!  

The beauty of HIIT is that it takes very little time, yet provides lasting benefits throughout the day. By the end of your exercises, your metabolism will kick-start and your body will purge stored fats, rather than cementing your massive breakfast into the linings of your stomach.

After you complete the workout, continue your day as usual. Have breakfast, you’ll probably be hungry, and notice the extra energy you have throughout the rest of your day.

What you might find is that your mindset, attitude, meditation, and relationships will all benefit from your HITT workouts. This leads to a happier and longer life. 

The Trifecta: HIIT, Keto, and Intermittent Fasting

While Keto can be difficult, and dangerous, for some. There is no denying the many remarkable benefits you can achieve by shifting your metabolism to burn fat, instead of carbs. If you do reap the benefits of Keto cycles, HIIT can help you recover quickly from the dreaded Keto-Flu. Burst-training in the morning will help flush your body of any remaining carbohydrates that are preventing you from entering ketosis. 

If you can’t follow a Keto diet, or just don’t want to cut out all the delicious carbs and starches, HIIT is still a great way to take advantage of the body’s natural sleep cycle. When waking up, the body hasn’t consumed anything in several hours. Residual glucose has been shuttled into cells or turned into adipose tissue, commonly known as fat. In the moment, you feel hungry because there is no readily available energy. By denying food before working out, muscles are forced to turn stored fuels into adenosine triphosphate (ATP). In effect, HIIT exercises train your body to use the energy it has, instead of craving new food to provide more. 

The fact that HIIT helps your body run more efficiently is exactly the reason intermittent fasting boosts all those wonderful benefits. Fasting reminds the body that food isn’t always available, and in times of fasting, the body should look inwardly for energy. Anytime energy is required without food, weight loss is the result. 

While HIIT and fasting result in initial weight loss, it is important to avoid sending the body into starvation mode. Let’s not get crazy, okay? And if you’re not sure how healthy you are – or are not – please check with your doctor. Yes, science is real, unlike the boogie monster and Q. Okay?

Starvation vs. Success

 It can be tempting to deny yourself food to lose weight, but HIIT is only successful if the body is rewarded for the residual energy burned. 

If denied sustenance, the body can enter starvation mode. This is when the brain thinks there is no food in the future and chooses to break down muscles to produce energy. It can go into fight or flight mode. 

It does this to protect the essential fats in the system, keep in mind the brain is 60% fat. Which is why, if anyone calls you a fat-head – say THANK YOU SO MUCH!

With muscles degraded and estrogen levels spiking, fat cells are reserved for emergency stores. The result is a loss of muscle fibers and an increase of fat, something almost nobody wants.

 To avoid the starvation pitfall, and the possible health repercussions, consider eating only moderately sized meals after your workouts. Since it’s so quickly metabolized and relatively light in the system, this is the goal of the coveted protein shake. Because there is an energy deficit immediately following workouts, the body replaces the energy lost in our muscles, instead of placing it in storage, your tummy. 

 Like most things in life, moderation is key. Through training, the body will start looking to fat for energy, which increases the energy you have available throughout the day. This also suppresses overeating later in the afternoon. This means, at around 3pm, you might only eat 1 bag of potato chips versus 3!

Long-Term Effects of HIIT

 Many people who start HIIT report feeling more energetic that same day, but through continual practice, the changes can have a lasting, positive impact on heart health, libido, circadian rhythm, sleep, and levels of happiness.

 Starting the day with blood pumping action has multiple benefits. If the workout is done the same time everyday, you might find yourself throwing out the alarm clock. Without even one chirp from your Magic Bird-Watcher’s Alarm Clock, your body will be ready to move at the same time it did yesterday. The extra energy gained from burning fat will make you feel awake even if the day has barely started.

 Sure, HIIT focuses on retraining the metabolic pathways of energy, but it also teaches the heart to cycle effectively between moments of high activity and low activity. Any cardio conditioning results in a stronger, more efficient heart. A stronger heart and lower heart rate lessens the chance of heart attack, blood clots, and stroke. 

Together with a mindful diet, HIIT has allowed many older adults to recover energy and health thought to belong to only younger folks. If you’re ready to improve your health, attitude, relationships, and productivity, give HIIT a try! You might add 5 minutes of meditation and prayer to your HITT, both before and after. This will triple the overall energetic value you’ll be giving to your system. 

 

STAY POSITIVE AND LOVE YOURSELF! THANK YOU FOR READING! PLEASE SHARE!

 

 

 

Gemstones, Essential Oils & More: The Joys & Benefits Of Home-Style Alchemy

Gemstones, essential oils and herbs on a table for esoteric alchemy

 

Gemstones, essential oils and herbs on a table for esoteric alchemy
Enjoy the benefits of home-style alchemy, gemstones, and essential oils. A Shutterstock Licensed Image.

What’s Alchemy? 

First of all, you’re beautiful. You are the embodiment of light and love. Thank you for reading this article and seeking to expand your Self. It’s just wonderful!

Let’s get to it!

Over the past 30 years, people have become abundantly dependent on western medicine and less aware of the spiritual, healing, and rejuvenation powers of the natural elements around them. The internet has made things better in some ways, but, overall, we’ve all become a little lazy. 

Not too long ago, brilliant and proactive Moms and Grandmothers ran their kitchens like highly productive, scientific laboratories. They practiced creating tinctures and salves using recipes handed down to them from their ancestors. Every day brought new ideas and in-home exciting explorations. As folklore, family stories, and rituals were added to the mix, a family’s unique practices became their private, homespun alchemy.

When we think of alchemy today, we might conjure images of wild witches howling at the moon to turn an evil lord into a rat or angry wizards demanding that their Sorcerer’s Stones turn their piles of lead into gold. This is known as outward or exoteric alchemy. The idea being that we can change one substance into a complete and wholly different substance through rites and rituals. 

While I personally believe these things are possible, although not anywhere near probable, the idea that divinity arrives from the external is somewhat antiquated. In some circles, this debunked branch of alchemy is called “exoteric.” 

Mystical or esoteric alchemy is the other branch. Its aim is to inspire the awakening of our devotion to eternal consciousness. In this category of alchemy, every aspect is a metaphor. 

But wait, there’s more! 

Esoteric alchemy is based on the fact that we, as conscious, living beings, living within a three-dimensional reality, can affect the world around us through the realization of our connection to and embodiment of the universe. This shift in perspective can affect not only our lives, but the lives of those we love and serve.

Even the famous scientist Sir Isaac Newton, also referred to as the Father of Modern Science, had a high regard for all branches of alchemic sciences. Because of this, Isaac had the foresight to use alchemy during the early stages of his research, laws, theorems, and principles.

 

Thought to have begun up to 12,000 years ago, there is a large collection of notable alchemists who have left their mark on the ideology. This fascinating mix of prayer, invention, and manifestation thrived up until the mid-1800s, when science turned its attention away from the depths of the human condition and leaned toward researching shallow symptoms and capitalistic gain. In short, the industrial revolution brought the demise of alchemy, forcing many akin esoteric ideologies to hide under cover. 

This jarring change stunted alchemy’s potential trajectory and eventually shoved alchemy into the category of fantasy. Because of this, alchemy became known for its secrecy. As such, practitioners often chose multiple methods of protection to keep themselves and their loved ones safe from religious and government persecution. 

Sadly, with all the secrecy, we don’t know the extent to which vital teaching completely disappeared or were left behind. 

Luckily, with the birth of the Aquarian Age, many inventive, spiritual, and open-minded people are becoming liberated. Their collective awakening is giving alchemy a long, overdue, and well-deserved comeback. 

Because all truth is stored within the ancient and eternal Akashik Records, built into every living soul’s multi-dimensional fabric, all lost truths will emerge once again. 

While it would be impossible to highlight every alchemist who’s ever contributed to this transformative science, here is a short list of alchemists who have inspired me throughout the years. Each of these remarkable souls made a substantial impact to the collective consciousness of their times: 

  • Zosimos of Panopolis
  • Wei Boyang (AD 151 – 221)
  • Jabir ibn Hayyan (AD 721 – 815)
  • Rudolph Steiner
  • Paracelsus
  • August Nordenskoid 
  • Diana Di Prima
  • Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Nagarjuna
  • Alain De Lille
  • Carl Jung

I’ve written more in-depth about several of these alchemists, but I’d encourage you to take some time and research them (or others) on your own. You never know what you may learn along the way! 

 

Alchemy in Today’s World 

After alchemy’s downturn in the 19th century and the debunking of some of more bizarre exoteric theories, our beloved alchemy became widely known as a fake science tied to new-age practices and mysticism. It even began to draw criticism as being antithetical to science! 

Thankfully, there’s a growing population of awakened, enlightened individuals who understand alchemy for what it is – an effective pathway to personal growth, transformation, and empowerment

It can be used to heal and transform our bodies, minds, hearts, relationships, and overall lives. It can also help us serve others by expanding our empathic abilities and connections to the electromagnetic grid that is our Universe. When we magnify our connection and embodiment of this grid, we become very powerful. 

Meanwhile, when we shift our realities or help others shift their realities for the better, we improve our vibrations. This adds to power. 

Today, there are thousands of people exploring the secrets, symbolism, and ciphers used by alchemists throughout history. 

The original list of alchemical symbols includes many elements that are referenced within today’s periodic table. However, the ancient list holds far more importance than this. The old symbols have a far deeper meaning, intrinsic to the rituals and ideologies of alchemy’s traditions and history. There is great power to be found within these symbols!

 

Can Alchemy Improve My Life?  

Absolutely, YES! 

Toss out the garbage idea that alchemy is nothing but pseudoscience. Forget the notions related to converting metals to gold and other improbable claims. Let’s focus on real-world, real-life value.

It’s time to openly embrace the fact that as far as its useful, valuable, esoteric principles are concerned, alchemy ticks all the boxes. It provides a practical ideology and solution that can help humanity transform all of its sadness, conflicts, fear, pain, and other restrictions into a stew of energy available to our evolutionary processes. 

To be an alchemist is to enjoy taking right-action that leads to healing ourselves, fulfilling our desires, manifesting wonders, and shifting realities. 

You might be thinking, “That’s too good to be true!”

But it is true. And it’s 100% attainable for every living Being who chooses to nurture and empower their connection to the abundant, eternal light. 

Like all things worth having or doing, these ideals are only achieved through dedication and practice. Instead of feeling discouraged or overwhelmed by it all, focus on making small shifts in your life. While these changes won’t happen overnight, it’s quite remarkable what you can accomplish in one day or one year. 

What matters is that you’ve chosen to improve your Self and reality. You can use these free resources to get encouragement and review pre-written rituals, prayers, and mantras to help you along your journey to enlightenment

According to alchemy, we should engage in love-based, prayerful, and thoughtful intentional action in order to heal, promote, and enhance our lives and the lives of those around us. 

What are the primary tenets of alchemy?

  • Heal Your Mind, Heart, And Body
  • Serve Humanity With Love
  • Release The Past And Pursue Forgiveness Of Everything
  • Set And Achieve A Primary Set Of Goals And Aspirations
  • Attract the Most Illuminated And Loyal People To Your Life (Lovers, Business Partners, Friends, etc.)

By opening yourself and allowing yourself to be vulnerable, you get a step closer to creating miracles. They can only be born when we find ourselves in the most humble and pure state of spirit. Release your expectations, feel gratitude, and open your heart so you can speak to your soul!

While being vulnerable can also attract attacks from knuckleheads, remember that both positive and negative experiences are equal in their abilities to inspire our personal growth and eventual transformation. Whichever path brings to your liberation, embrace it and be grateful for it!

What are some ways that we can get closer to a universal connection to everything around us? Alchemic teachings are one path, but there are other methods of the same vein. This is why I love essential oils and gemstones!

 

What Are Essential Oils?  

Essential Oils are plant and flower extracts collected by a variety of methods. Most are extracted by steam distillation, a process that involves pressurizing plant material with a basic steam operation. Aromatic and bioactive compounds release into the steam which is then condensed, cooled, and bottled as essential oils.

Cold pressing and microwave-accelerated distillation are two other production methods. While it’s likely that there are few differences between the processes, in terms of benefits and application, it is also possible that these two options might lower vibrational frequency related to the oils. 

Ultimately, only you can know what will improve your connection with the universe and natural world around you. Try experimenting with different oils, but don’t fall for the ubiquitous marketing schemes that want to convince you their product is better because it’s all “farm-to-home, organic, blah, blah, blah, bullsh*t.” Don’t get pulled into their misleading slogans. And do not sign-up for those ridiculous MLM programs where you have to purchase a specific amount every 5 minutes. Fuck that. 

Do your due diligence and don’t overpay for something that is part of your birthright. 

There are way too many essential oils on the market to list all of them, but here are some popular ones that you probably recognize: 

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  • Sage
  • Pine
  • Tangerine
  • Lavender
  • Rose
  • Peppermint
  • Cinnamon
  • Chamomile
  • Myrrh

The raw materials are each associated with a certain attribute. For example, sandalwood helps you feel grounded, lemon cleanses your liver, and tea tree oil relieves skin inflammation, psoriasis, and dandruff issues, to name a few. 

 

How Do I Use Essential Oils?  

The great thing about essential oils is that there are many ways to incorporate them into your life. So much so that it can almost become effortless to enjoy them and reap their benefits. 

To Start:

Mix several drops of your favorite oils into your liquid soaps. This way, you can spell and feel them every time you wash your hands! There’s also incense and oil diffusers. The most common way might be massage oils.

A few drops of oil on your fingertips can be massaged into your temples, wrists, chakras, or tops of your feet.  These places are near veins and areas of thin skin, so you feel the effects more stronger than if you massage elsewhere. 

But that’s not to discourage you from incorporating essential oils into all of your massage sessions!

A controversial method is to ingest it. Most manufacturers will say they aren’t safe to consume, but I believe just a few drops can improve our vibrations and states of mind. Use your best judgement, though! Only you will know what is best for you.  

These lovely medicinal oils can also be used to assist in rituals, ceremonies, and prayers. One of my favorites involving essential oils is a heart-clearing ritual performed to cleanse your chakras.  

Don’t be afraid to create a custom blend to your liking. We might be alone in the universe, but these methods help us further elevate our connections with the divine and the eternal consciousness. 

I made these free rituals and declarations accessible to you with love. Use these to practice incorporating essential oils into your life. 

What other natural substances can help you invite feelings of joy, peace, love and abundance? Gemstones! 

I LOVE GEMSTONES! BRING ME THE GEMS!

 

What’s So Frickin’ Special About Gemstones?  

Gemstones are like little, pretty living Beings who love you and wish to reflect back to you – your nature – in abundance – and with more light! 

Every stone throughout all the universes and galaxies are born with genetic infusions unique to each. Similar to you, these attributes and footprints are exclusive to that individual stone. 

In Hinduism, it is believed that there are nine gemstones (also called Navaratna or The Nine gems) able to help us in this life. They are connected to our specific celestial forces. Wearing these stones can provide remarkable benefits for the specific purposes associated with the stone, such as protection from negative influences or experiencing a higher magnitude and confluence of light and love.  

Because birthstones were with us, upon birth into this world, they are often considered lucky and can expedite our journey to fulfill our desires, missions, and unfoldment toward the light. 

You’re probably familiar with your birthstone, but what you might not know is that those are probably different than the stones found in the original Vedic and zodiac lists. 

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, jewelers in both Great Britain and the United States created their own birthstone lists, associating one stone to each month and promoting certain gemstones for their marketability. 

Each gemstone has its own attributes and healing properties. The more you understand your personal attributes and negative tendencies, the better chance you have of choosing the gemstone that is most supportive to your situation. 

Should you avoid a stone if it isn’t your birthstone? No, not really. There’s no such thing as a wrong gemstone. In fact, if you feel drawn or connected to a particular stone, buy the f*cker! 

Choosing stones that are aligned to you will often return better results and lead to a healthier, happier you. 

Explore the properties behind each gemstone and try touching them when shopping in person. Pearls for example share some similarities with other gemstones: they help us connect to the universe and reconnect with creation, attune us to better frequencies, and even promote healing. But they also have their own attributes: they nurture purity, loyalty, faith, calming, and integrity, etc.

Now that we’ve looked at the connections between alchemy, essential oils, and gemstones, how can we make them make sense together?

 

Conclusion  

Every living Being is connected to every other living Being – and to all of consciousness – and to all of the energy through all of the cosmos, all of the realms, and all of the realities and dimensions, throughout all of spacetime. 

We are all connected to the All-That-Is, which spans across EVERYTHING AND EVERY THOUGHT. 

We’re each an embodiment of the universe which means we inherently have the ability to continuously improve our lives and environments. 

Everything we’ve discussed in this article speaks of opening ourselves up to the Divine and allowing us to become more aware of our connection with everything. 

By taking initial actions and embedding positive habits like prayer and meditation into your routine, you’ll attract and embody the light and power to grow stronger and more magnetic, change your current conditions, and manifest new realities. 

You have unlimited potential in EVERY DIRECTION! 

You are the embodiment of light & love!

If you practice positive intentions and actions, you’ll eventually uplevel your vibrations to the purest frequencies. 

Be careful though. For your own evolution, please avoid psychedelic drugs and dark rituals. Always remain in the light. 

Always. 

In all things, seek to move above and beyond the mind. Mind-altering drugs push us to live within or beneath the mind. If not immediately, over time, these types of drugs will harm, limit, or oppress you. 

While it’s true that a little peyote or mushroom might give you temporary mind-expanding experiences, these substances most often open too many doors and are built to birth distractions that will eventually inflame your inner conflicts, projections, and hang ups. 

Seek to become the light. Focus on love and become love. Focus on the rose and become the rose. 

If you desire to merge with God and embody your highest vibrations, then meditation, prayer, devotion to a guru, and love-in-action are the best modalities. 

YOU GOT THIS! STAY IN THE LIGHT! LOVE THE LIGHT! YOU ARE THE LIGHT!

 

Health Benefits of Garlic That Can Improve Your Life

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Improve your life by adding garlic to your diet. A Shutterstock Licensed Image

Garlic is a common flavoring agent for cooking. So much so, that you may even have some in your home already. But did you know that it’s also good for improving your overall health and well-being? From boosting your immune system and heart health to its antioxidant nature, garlic seems to do a little bit of everything.

So, what makes garlic so good for you in the first place? What benefits can you expect to see? See if the following benefits convince you to overcome that garlic breath smell and elevate your health.

What Makes Garlic Medicinal?

Garlic has been used for thousands of years to heal and treat a variety of conditions. Why is it so special?

The power of garlic comes largely from compounds found in the vegetable. The whole cloves already contain the compound alliin, but the magic happens when you actually crush, slice, chew, or otherwise grind the garlic. This converts the alliin to allicin, a compound that’s responsible for garlic’s distinctive taste and smell.

It’s no surprise then that allicin is the main active ingredient in garlic.

This unstable compound transforms into other, more stable compounds that contain Sulphur. These are largely believed to be the reason behind garlic’s medicinal qualities and there are many studies that back this up.

What positive changes could garlic add to your life?

Boosting Your Immune System

Cold and flu season comes around every year so it’s important to keep your body as prepared as possible to fight back. It’s even more imperative right now with the pandemic going on to ensure your body is ready to take on these pesky viruses.

 In fact, if you’re interested in learning other ways to prepare your body for a pandemic or potential emergencies, there are a lot of ways to do just that (don’t worry, garlic is on the list!).

It’s no secret that viruses are behind the ill effects of both colds and the flu. That’s why it’s helpful to boost the number of T Cells found in your bloodstream, something that garlic can help with. T Cells are an integral piece of the immune system that fights viruses, so more T Cells means more defense.

 A study published by nutrition scientists in 2012 found that participants taking aged garlic extract not only experienced less severity when it came to cold and flu symptoms, but that those symptoms were also quicker to leave when compared to the people not using the garlic.

This superfood can also help your immune system by reducing stress levels. Whether it’s bills, work, or an unexpected mishap, life can be stressful. But constantly living under the burden of it can and will lower your ability to fight off viruses. And the last thing you want to deal with when you’re already under other stress is the idea of getting sick.

 Don’t worry though, garlic can help you here too!

It can fight off that stress and fatigued feeling by affecting your adrenal glands. It turns out that eating garlic alters your adrenal glands’ stress response. They’ll produce less stress hormones and that means you’ll start feeling less lethargic. Your immune system will be able to go back to fighting off viruses and bacteria in no time.

Anti-Cancer Properties

You read that right, garlic has even been found to have properties that aid in cancer prevention. That’s one of the reasons why it’s often included on lists of beneficial superfoods.

Garlic is antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and contains natural antioxidants. And while the role of garlic in cancer treatments is still being researched to find the scope of its effectiveness, its healing properties have already provided positive results in many studies.

For example, garlic has already proven its ability to assist in gene repair. This is especially important to note when discussing cancer, since it mutates important genes. By boosting DNA repair we’re able to combat some of that damage as it occurs.

A study as recent as 2018 shows that garlic enhanced the expression of tumor suppressor genes over the course of the experiment. It can change the cancerous cell’s behavior and lead to slowed growth and metastasis of the tumors.

Unfortunately, not all cancers will be affected by increasing your garlic intake, but you can potentially reduce your risk for:

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  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Glioblastoma
  • Rectal cancer
  • Lung cancer

Heart Health

Increasing the amount of garlic in your diet also promotes a healthy heart. Research has found garlic to perform better than placebos at lowering total cholesterol levels and blood pressure, both of which are risk factors for heart disease, strokes, and heart attacks.

There’s also evidence that garlic supplements have the ability to reduce the thickness of your blood and lower platelet aggregation (a fancy way of talking about blood cells sticking together). People with hypercoagulability, a condition where a person’s blood is thicker and stickier than normal, can be prone to excess blood clots. Garlic’s capacity to both thin blood and reduce the number of sticky cells means they’ll experience lower risk for the dangerous clots.

 

 

Garlic also has a significant stabilizing effect on arrhythmias in animal studies. While it hasn’t been confirmed in humans yet, we know that there are many diseases related to irregular heartbeats that could stand to benefit from these results. Less stress on the heart can mean a longer, more fulfilling life.

Clear Skin & Combat Acne

Remember allicin, the stinky but delicious main ingredient of garlic? Thanks to its antibacterial properties, it can help fight off the bacteria that causes acne. It can also help the skin receive nutrients more easily by improving blood circulation, leading to a clear complexion. Garlic’s anti-inflammatory properties can reduce the appearance of blemishes, too.

There are also other vitamins and minerals found in garlic that’s good for healthy skin, like Vitamin B-6 and C, copper, zinc, and selenium.

At this point you’re probably thinking that you don’t want smelly garlic all over your face, even if it means clear skin. The good news is that you can get a lot of the benefits just from ingesting it. But if you want to get rid of a particularly annoying pimple, there are also topical treatments that incorporate garlic.

If you do go the topical spot treatment route, make sure to test it out on a small non-obvious area first to ensure there are no adverse effects. If it starts burning or stinging, wash the area immediately.

Clear Skin & Combat Acne

As we age, some areas of the brain connected to cognitive functions like planning, learning, and memory may shrink. Narrowing arteries can lower the amount of blood flowing to the brain. Inflammation and free radical damage can also take a toll on our brain over the years.

Garlic’s anti-inflammatory properties help to increase memory and cognitive functions by tackling these problems. It can prevent or slow decline due to Alzheimer’s Disease, another well-known memory loss illness.

We’ve already looked at garlic’s cancer prevention capabilities, but it’s worth noting that a 2013 study demonstrated its ability to protect against glioblastoma—the most aggressive and deadly form of brain cancer. A compound in garlic called dilly trisulfide (DATS) is not only effective at preventing tumor growth but also causes apoptosis (cell death) in active glioblastoma. As an added bonus it doesn’t have any adverse effects on liver function either, a potential side effect of other treatments.

Warning/Risks

Any time you’re looking to introduce a new supplement into your diet you should be mindful of interactions it might have with other supplements and medications you’re already taking. Consult with a doctor before adding garlic to your health regimen to make sure you’re taking proper doses and that it won’t have negative interactions with any health issues you have.

Excessive garlic consumption can cause side effects, with bad breath and body odor being the most common (good for maintaining that six feet of social distancing, but not all that great for your loved ones!). Eating raw cloves, especially on an empty stomach, can cause gas, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, acid reflux, and heartburn.

If you’re going into surgery, be mindful of garlic’s blood thinning properties as it may increase bleeding during the operation. Stop using the supplement at least a full week before the procedure and follow up with your doctor if you feel unsure.  

Summary

Garlic is more than just a smelly vegetable that makes food delicious. It’s been used as a medicinal supplement across the world for thousands of years. Its benefits have drawn enough attention that hundreds of studies have been done, solidifying its healing properties in science.

It contains important vitamins and minerals and provides health benefits for nearly every part of your body. Compounds inside like allicin and DATS are proven to assist and reduce the risk of many life-threatening illnesses.

The exact preparation and dose recommended differs from treatment to treatment. There’s ongoing research that is trying to discover the best way to maximize garlic’s healing properties.

Overall it’s an easy, inexpensive way to boost your physical health and defend against many viruses and diseases.

Meditation, prayer, laughing, and a good snuggle session are also great ways to heal—physically, emotionally, and spiritually!