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s author Gretchen Rubin writes in The Happiness Project, “The days are long, the years are short.” Hard to believe yet another year has come and gone so quickly, isn’t it? It wasn’t very long ago we were discussing our New Year Resolutions and here we are again, about to create them anew. In this Awakening Humanity issue, we explore near-death experiences (NDE’s) on Page 16. One compelling example is Dr. Eben Alexander’s own experience, which he described in his book, Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife. Alexander’s medical training had led him to dismiss any notion of life after death until a bout of E. Coli Meningitis left him in a seven-day coma. Upon his ‘return,’ he described an incredibly inspirational experience and newfound understanding of a single universal truth, “You are eternally loved and cherished, you have nothing to fear, and there is nothing you can do wrong.” His nonprofit organization Eternea sponsors research and education of consciousness, attempting to bridge the gap between science and spirituality. For readers who are on the fence about the issue, he offers proof as to why his experience was not a product of his physiology. Terry felt heartened and hopeful that our experience at passing will be as beautiful and aweinspiring as his. Doug, having had his own similar experience, believes that ‘consciousness’ resides apart from our physical bodies. Our brains and our bodies are ‘receivers’ for Love and Consciousness to the extent that we are open to the experience. This may explain why, in our current state of evolution, we only use 10-15% of our brains! Along those lines, “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying” on Page 20 are so inspiring that we think they would make a great start for 2014 resolutions. Why don’t we do one thing now to cross off a deathbed regret in our future? Local experts also weigh in starting on Page 12: Dr. Ian Hollaman, DC addresses physical health; Lauren Skye offers tips on Energy Balancing; Mother Clare Watts makes a heartfelt plea for us all to come together; Elizabeth Moloney describes Sufism’s unique place in awakening the spirit; and Stefany Carstensen, FNP-C offers a simple meditation to keep us relaxed this season. Remember to please support the local businesses that help us bring you this wonderful content. They are all passionate, loving and committed to ‘awakening’ our community.

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newsbriefs Above and Beyond Vegan Opens Doors


cott “Eagle Feather” Clair announces his new business Above and Beyond Vegan is open. Clair is certified in Detoxification and Cellular Regeneration and offers detox coaching, dietary consulting, cooking instruction and personal chef services. Clair specializes in teaching his clients to use diet and herbs to detoxify the body from acidosis, inflammation, heavy metals and radiation, allowing the body to heal itself from most known ailments. He says, “This method has been proven successful with everything from allergies and skin conditions to Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, MS, Cancer and Diabetes.” He is also the founder of “The Agrovore Way,” a new concept in eating real, unadulterated, unmodified plantbased nutrients, the way nature intended.

Local Psychic/Teacher Karen Fox Creates Card Set


uild Your Psychic Skills: The 90-day Plan is a new card set by Karen Fox, Denver psychic, teacher and founder of The Aspen Program for Psychic Development. The card set has a card for each day over 90 days that gives exercises and instructions for developing psychic abilities. “This 90-Day Plan is designed to help readers take small steps each day, so that in just three months they can learn everything they need to develop psychic abilities: a quiet mind and body; an open, curious mind; good psychic boundaries; a knowledge of how your mind works; and how to best practice your skills,” says Fox. Now available on See listing page 30.

Inner Connection Institute Adds Third Location


he new “South Side” location inside Cactus Sport and Spine, 8000 S Lincoln St., #6 in Littleton joins Inner Connection’s existing facilities in Wheat Ridge and Denver. Inner Connection Institute is a center that supports spiritual growth with classes and workshops in meditation, energy healing, clairvoyance and psychic awareness, as well as a healing clinic and non-denominational church. Classes coming up at the new location include: Lauren’s Holiday Survival Series for Meditators-3 Tuesdays, December 3rd - 17th; Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing Clinic begins December 15th; and Meditation for Living - Sundays beginning January 12th. See ad page 21.


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ichard Moss, international bestselling author of Inside-Out Healing and The Mandala of Being will lead a 4-day “Deep Work” intensive January 23-26 at the Golden Hotel in Golden. According to Moss, “Deep Work” rapidly clears you of beliefs and behaviors that inhibit your complete health and transformation--allowing for the realization of the fullest expression of the optimum you. Moss’ work is centered in helping people achieve present moment awareness—and to clear away the beliefs, habits and thinking patterns that prevent them from living in a hyper-alive, joyful and loving state of being nearly all of the time. “As ‘Deep Work’ implies, these intensives are for individuals or couples willing to lay down their defenses and journey deeply into themselves with courage and vulnerability,” says Moss. Moss has been hailed by Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, Anthony Robbins and other luminaries as the person you want to see if you want to dive deeply into yourself to find the answers. See Save the Date page 25.

briefbriefs Consider becoming a Matching Donor: Did you know that more than over 270 people die every day waiting for an organ transplant because there are simply not enough organs available? MatchingDonors Living Organ Donor Initiative program is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and the world’s largest online living organ donor organization. Community Support Post-Flood: The Living Arts Folk School will temporarily relocate to the 63rd Street Farm in Boulder. Both the school and farm were severely damaged in the flooding, but farm owners Amanda and Brian Scott opened their doors to help.

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Family Games Generate Goodwill All Year Fun family games based on cards, trivia and charades are quintessential holiday activities. Now a new generation of games adds fresh dimensions of interest and goodwill. Online games—some are free—extend good tidings to people around the world, as well as our environment. Santa is thrilled. Eco games galore: From determining our family’s carbon footprint to making ethical decisions as a business leader or learning how to help child populations vulnerable to pneumonia, is a gateway to enriching experiences. More than 20 entertaining websites employ informative, eco-related calculations, games and quizzes. Assist African farmers: Heighten awareness and empathy by experiencing on a virtual basis the immense challenges of life on an African farm, including dealing with disease, drought, a lack of resources and war, at html. Free trials are available, plus links to international nonprofit organizations and relief groups. Become a citizen scientist: At citizen-science, players travel back in time to investigate how a lake became polluted and what can be done today to protect our waterways. Developed by the National Science Foundation, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin, it illustrates business, lifestyle and social factors that can harm the environment. Learn and feed: allows players to automatically help feed hungry people with rice donations through the United Nations World Food Program. Players select from specific subjects: art, chemistry, geography, English, other languages and math. Each correct answer donates 10 grains of rice as participants watch the contents of a virtual bowl gradually fill.




Tabletop games: Bioviva (, Destruct 3 (, ReThink: The Eco Design Game (, Xeko ( and Endango (search Amazon. com) are all new takes on the traditional pastime of board games. Some are made of recycled materials, to boot.

Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect. ~Oren Arnold

healthbriefs Cocoa Calms Inflammation


ew can say no to a cup of hot cocoa on a cold winter’s night. “Enjoy!” say Penn State researchers. They have found that a little bit of cocoa may be a powerful diet aid in helping to control inflammation and ameliorate related diseases, including diabetes. Numerous current studies link obesity to inflammation in the body. Cocoa, although a common ingredient of chocolate, by itself has low-calorie, low-fat and high-fiber content. The researchers fed laboratory mice the human equivalent of 10 tablespoons of cocoa powder—about four or five cups of hot cocoa—along with a high-fat diet for 10 weeks. The control group ate the same diet without the cocoa. Lead researcher Joshua Lambert, Penn State associate professor of food science, says the study results surprised the team, which did not expect the “dramatic reduction of inflammation and fatty liver disease” associated with obesity. Although the animals lost no weight, the cocoa powder supplement reduced liver triglycerides by 32 percent and plasma insulin levels by 27 percent, indicating it might be a powerful obesity-fighting tool. But there is a catch: Adding sugar, an inflammatory substance in itself, to healthy cocoa will likely neutralize the benefits. Try stevia as a sweetener instead; it’s been used for decades to lower blood sugar.



iving away money or spending it on others increases the giver’s sense of personal wealth, according to research by Michael Norton, of Harvard Business School, and co-author Elizabeth Dunn, of the University of British Columbia. The latest in a series of studies showed that people that support others, from helping with homework to shoveling a neighbor’s driveway, feel that they had more time in general and that giving time away relieved the sense of “not having enough time,” even more than gaining unexpected free time.

Sprinkle Cinnamon to Avert Alzheimer’s


innamon is known as an excellent antioxidant that improves fasting blood sugar levels and prevents heart disease. Now new research offers yet another benefit and reason to add this potent spice to our daily diet. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, have confirmed that cinnamon helps protect against Alzheimer’s disease. They found that the cinnamon compounds cinnamaldehyde and epicatechin help stop the formation of “tangles” of tau protein in the brain, hallmarks of the memory-robbing neurodegenerative disease. The study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, says these powerful antioxidants that give cinnamon its potent flavor and scent defend mental function in a unique way. “Take, for example, sunburn, a form of oxidative damage,” explains Roshni Graves, of the university’s Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. “If you wore a hat, you could protect your face and head from oxidation. In a sense, this cinnamaldehyde is like a cap,” protecting against tau proteins. The findings suggest that sufficient cinnamon consumption might stop the progression of Alzheimer’s or even prevent it.

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globalbriefs Genuinely Greenwashed Six Ploys to Avoid in Eco-Purchases A report by TerraChoice Environmental Marketing exposes these six “greenwashing” marketing ploys to watch out for when shopping: 1. Hidden Trade Off: A refurbished plasma TV might reduce the need of buying new at first, but new or not, such TVs are energy hogs. 2. No Proof: Can a third party verify claims such as “organic” or “all-natural”? 3. Vagueness: Beware of products claiming to be “chemical-free” or “no hormones added”. 4. Irrelevance: Claims that have no relationship to the product or might be made with any other product in the same category, such as [chlorofluorocarbon] CFC-free shaving gel. 5. Fibbing: A falsehood that can’t be backed up, such as “certified organic” for products for which no such certification exists. 6. Lesser of Two Evils: An attempt to put a green twist on a product that’s inherently harmful to humans and the environment, such as organic cigarettes.

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Sustainable Solutions Competition Launched to Measure Ocean Acidification As part of their mission of “making the impossible possible,” organizers of the XPrize, a global leader in incentivized competitions, have launched the $2 million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPrize contest. Schmidt is president of the Schmidt Family Foundation, which strives to advance the development of clean energy and support wiser use of natural resources. The program aims to spur innovators to transform our understanding of ocean acidification—a grave problem associated with the rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide—via breakthroughs in ocean pH-sensing technologies designed to monitor and sustain ocean health. For information and to register, visit or


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What makes people put “we” ahead of “me”? To find out, a group of Harvard University researchers enrolled thousands of people to play a “public good” game in which subjects were divided into small groups, given some money and the choice to keep it or contribute it to a common pool that would grow and benefit the entire group. Researchers discovered that those that made their decisions quickly were more likely to contribute to the common good. Taking it a step further, the researchers applied time pressure to the decisionmaking process. They then found that those faced with making a quick decision most often chose the “we” option, while those that spent more time deliberating ended up giving less money to the group kitty. The Massachusetts research team, which tested thousands of online worldwide participants, concluded that spontaneity and intuition guide people into rapid acts of kindness.

Tagging Toxins Online Database Identifies Safe Products offers a new clearinghouse of information gathered by advocates investigating toxic chemicals in food, baby products, toys, furniture, construction materials and other consumer goods. Families, municipalities, builders and businesses can use it to identify potentially harmful products and find safer alternatives. Hosted by the Workgroup for Safe Markets (WSM), it’s a one-stop shop to provide information for consumers, retailers and manufacturers that are demanding safer products, says Beverley Thorpe, a WSM co-leader and consulting co-director for Clean Production Action. Mia Davis, vice president of health and safety at Beautycounter, who is expecting her first child, sees it as a resource for parents to find a full complement of safe products for their families. “More than ever,” she says, “people understand how important it is to shop with companies they trust and to support businesses working to create truly safe products.”

Arctic Rescue Finland Calls for North Pole Sanctuary The Finnish government has adopted a new Arctic Strategy that calls for a global sanctuary around the North Pole as one of the key demands of the growing Save the Arctic movement, reversing its long-held position of backing corporate interests over the environment. The populace responded strongly to a series of actions taken by Greenpeace against government icebreaker ships aiding corporate oil exploration in order to heighten awareness of the issue. The new Finnish policy reflects a mounting world citizenry’s view that the Arctic deserves protection. Greenpeace points out that companies can wreck the Arctic with little penalty and the current Arctic Council oil spill agreement does nothing to protect the Arctic or impose liability in this the most vulnerable place on Earth. The hope is that the other seven Arctic Council countries will see the light, as well. Sign the petition and pitch in at



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s a functional medicine practitioner, this is a question I answer daily. Probiotics are one of the cuttingedge supplements we use to support optimal health. According to the World Health Organization, probiotics are ‘live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.’ The typical person has 10 times as many microorganisms than actual human cells! Traditionally, probiotics are used as post-antibiotic therapy, as well as the treatment of IBS, constipation and bacterial overgrowths. New research has found novel uses for probiotics in the treatment of mastitis, endometriosis, atopic eczema, anxiety, high cholesterol and even prevention of postpartum obesity. With so many potential uses of these delightful critters the question isn’t if you should be using them, but rather which probiotic is right for your health goals. The two main probiotics found in our gut are Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidus. Although these two are the most common, there are thousands of potential different strains that have different characteristics and actions. Just like all domestic dogs are of the species Canis lupis, various breeds can be quite different. Imagine trying to herd cattle with a Chihuahua rather than an Australian Shepherd! The same goes for using the proper strain of probiotic. An article in the Annals of Gastroenterology, March 2011, “Evidence of Probiotic Strain Specificity Makes Extrapolation of Results Impossible from One Strain to Another, Even From the Same Species” drew the conclusion that one strain of probiotic cannot be interchangeably used for another unless it has been shown to be effective for that particular condition. For example, only nine of the 29 strains of Lactobacillus salivarius have been successfully used to inhibit Helicobacter pylori, which is implicated in stomach ulcers. Lactobacillus plantarum has been studied extensively for treating IBS. While one strain of L. plantarum effectively decreases abdominal pain and bloating, another strain of L. plantarum actually increases IBS symptoms! Utilizing the correct strain for the condition at hand is essential for the desired results, but equally important is the number and stability of live probiotic cells in your chosen product. Your best bet is to find a trusted functional medicine provider who has been trained in selecting the appropriate strains for you and the condition you are addressing. Remember, don’t waste your time chasing cattle with a Chihuahua! Dr Ian Hollaman DC is owner of Red Tail Wellness Centers, 4520 N Broadway, Boulder 303-882-8447 or See ad page 7.


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Energy Tips for Holiday Balance


t’s the time of year for celebration! And, unfortunately for some of us, that celebration can quickly turn in to excess. Even the most mindful among us can fall prey to tasty seasonal delicacies and enticing holiday sales. With a few simple steps, you can enjoy the season without overstressing your body or your budget. Here are some tips for managing your energy for a balanced holiday season and truly happy new year: GROUND YOUR BODY: Grounding puts you in touch with your physical body and when spirit and body are in clear communication, self-care comes easily. You will become more aware of your food and drink choices while also intuitively stopping when you’ve had enough of that sugary treat or adult beverage. It is simple and easy to do. First, closing your eyes shuts down the endless visual input. Then, imagine a connection from the base of your spine (the first chakra) all the way into the center of the earth. A beam of light or imaginary tree trunk works great. That’s all there is to it! This connection invites you into your body, stabilizes the chakras and becomes a trash chute to release energy it doesn’t need - like stress, worry, or pain. VISION FOR YOUR WALLET: Right now, the stores are setting you up to overspend. Visual, auditory and aromatic marketing strategies are in play to distract you from your spending plan and entice you to buy, buy, buy. Open your sixth chakra (the center of clear vision, or clairvoyance) to stay on track and within budget. After grounding, with your eyes closed, settle your awareness in the center of your head behind the third eye. Ground and open your sixth chakra before leaving home, but if you find yourself buying more than you planned, take a quick moment right in the store to close your eyes and refresh the intention of grounding and clear vision. MEDITATION FOR PERSPECTIVE: Make a commitment to maintain your chosen practice of relaxation and spiritual contemplation during the holiday season. Consistent meditation helps you handle family drama and other stressors with more perspective and grace. And, you’ll greet the new year with a strong sense of direction and peace. With these simple tips in mind, may your holidays be bright! Lauren Skye is the founder of Inner Connection Institute, a center that supports spiritual growth with classes and workshops in meditation, energy healing, clairvoyance and psychic awareness, as well as a healing clinic and non-denominational church. See ad page 21.

Humanity is Awakening: Are You Ready? by Mother Clare Watts


rvin Lazlo, best known for his work on the evolution of consciousness, is predicting that we have five years to change humankind or become a failed species. Other experts say 10-15 years. Most agree that we need to make dauntingly big changes rapidly. If this thought drives you into denial, fear or despair, you won’t have the energy to change yourself or the planet. Instead, commit to be vibrantly active in this unique opportunity to save our species from extinction.

Hundreds of spiritual teachers from different paths now agree on what is needed. On an individual level we must all: 1) Expand our minds and consciousness as never before; 2) Actively learn to open our hearts and consciously create through love;

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3) Connect with God-Self-Source within us and follow inner guidance. We need spiritual community to learn and practice these skills and create conscious habits and relationships. These three essential skills are common to all inner paths, no matter how we name or practice them. Only through collaboration will humanity survive. I call on all of us to gather in small groups and in circles of consciousness; join in resonance of heart and mind; and support each other to bring our unique piece of the puzzle to the new world’s next step of evolution. I commit myself to do so. Will you? Will you act on that commitment now? Time is short but through love and dedication we CAN change the world. Mother Clare Watts is the Director of the Centers of Light of North America, offering classes in consciousness and spirituality and an integrated ecumenical training program for aspiring spiritual leaders, counselors and healers. See ad page 6.

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localinsights Sufi Work: Awakening the Spirit in Mankind by Elizabeth Moloney


ufism is a spiritual philosophy that focuses on developing the individual’s inner connection with th the Divine. This inner focus on a direct, personal experience of the Divine is the definition of the word rd “mysticism” and every major religion has spawned their own mystical branches throughout history. Sufi fism sm is rooted in Islam - the word Suf is Arabic for wool - ass the early Sufis, or wool-wearers, eschewed modern comforts mforts to focus on the inner spiritual life. Those practicing mysticism do not usually identify with specific religions. Sufism distinguishes between intellect which comes mes from the head and is associated with tension, anxiety ety and conflict; and intelligence which arises in the heart eart and channels love. Spirit is the inner development of the being through the intelligence of the heart. The goal of Sufism has always been the full realization of Spirit within the individual, or “completeness.” By growing in love and connection to the Divine, the practitioner experiences refined perception, deeper understanding, greater compassion and generosity, more eloquent expression, is more adept in action and an expansion of creative abilities. An upcoming workshop series in Boulder with Sufi teacher Adnan Sarhan welcomes people of all backgrounds and religious beliefs who desire a more joyful


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walk with the Divine. According to Dr. Carl Davila, professor of history at State University of New York and a 25-year student of Sarhan’s, “The Sufi Work with Adnan Sarhan is the most sublime formulation of Sufism in our time. Adnan has stripped away the veils of ritual, ostentation and emotionalism that bind and limit other spiritual teachings and instead presents the student with a direct experience of heart-intelligence that is easily accessible… The only requirement is a willingness to step out of your regular patterns for a moment and allow yourself to experience your world in a different way. Movement, dancing, singing, music, fasting, chanting, drumming, storytelling, work and play combine to calm the mind, revitalize the body and introduce you to the Moment. They set the spiritual heart free.” Adnan Sarhan will visit Boulder Jan 31-Feb 9 for a special concert and workshops. For info and registration, Elizabeth Moloney 303-530-4262 or moloney4@ See ad page 20.

Meditate to Balance Holiday Stress By Stefany Carstensen, FNP-C


editation can be an excellent vehicle for managing stress. A few simple techniques can help us thrive during the the Holiday season by allow deeper consciousness and relaxation. And the benefits may stick with us longer than previously thought. Hundreds of studies have shown meditation decreases blood pressure; improves cont i t and dd i R i centration and creativity; and reduces stress, anxiety depression. Recentt b brain imaging research published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience November 2012 showed that meditation can have measureable effects on brain function even when someone is not actively meditating. Meditation is simple and there is no right or wrong way to approach it. The key is simply sitting quietly and calming your mind in order to tune inward and access your inner self. Begin by finding a quiet space and a comfortable sitting position that enables you to relax without falling asleep. Sit cross-legged with hands on your knees or in a chair with feet flat on the floor. You may wish to gently touch both of your index fingers to your thumbs, in the Jnana Mudra - the mudra (seal) of knowledge. This mudra can improve concentration, ease depression and anxiety, and bring clarity to your meditative practice.


Then close your eyes and simply notice your breath flowing in and out while gradually slowing and lengthening each breath. As you tune inward, you will notice a LOT of thoughts. Notice them without judgment and allow them to float on by. Visualize erasing them with your hand. Mantras can be helpful, such as Ham Sah or “I am that”- the consciousness within. Think Ham as you inhale and Sah as you exhale. Don‘t force your breath; allow it to be deep and natural. You will notice that your breath sounds very much like Ham Sah as you inhale and exhale. Your meditation practice will become easier over time. Start with 10 minutes, gradually increasing to 20-30 minutes a day. Regular practice is necessary to acheive the benefits of improved mental clarity, an increased sense of calm and direction, and decreased stress and tension in your daily life. Meditation can be a valuable part of an integrative approach to your overall health. Happy Holidays! Stefany Carstensen is a Nurse Practitioner at Colorado Osteopathic and Integrative Medicine Associates in Denver. 303-781-7862 or See ad page 9.

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Near-Death Experiences Proof of Life after Death

by Linda Sechrist

Through his research, he has identified numerous common elements that occur in NDEs—an out-of-body experience, the sensation of traveling through a tunnel, encountering a bright light (usually interpreted as God, Jesus or an angel), communicating with deceased relatives, feeling emotions such as profound peace, well-being and love, plus a flood of knowledge about life and the nature of the universe. Perhaps the most significant element he reports is the supremely conscious and superbly blissful state that exists beyond both limitations of the senses and intellect and the confines of space and time—the pure conscious form of each one’s truly real Self.

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he advice that the White Queen gave to young Alice in Lewis Carroll’s Through the LookingGlass might be some of the best to offer non-believers and skeptics that question the credibility of near-death experiences (NDE). When Alice protests, “One can’t believe impossible things,” the White Queen famously retorts, “I daresay you haven’t had much practice. When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Glimpses of Grace The majority of physicians and clinical researchers in the medical community continue to consider NDEs as impossible and merely pure fantasies generated by a surge of electrical activity as a dying brain runs out of oxygen. However, according to a Gallup poll, the 8 million Americans whose transcendental NDEs freed their consciousness to leave the body and enter into a wondrous reality that exists completely free of physicality, believe them to be real, meaningful and life-changing experiences. Recently, the renowned NDE narratives of Anita Moorjani, author of Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer


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Rushed to the hospital in a coma, Moorjani, whose body had been devoured for four years by cancer of the lymphatic system, describes the real self that she discovered during her NDE. “There I was, without my body or any physical traits, yet my pure essence continued to exist. It was not a reduced I was overwhelmed by element of my whole self; in fact, it the realization that God felt far greater and more intense and isn’t a being, but a state expansive than my physical being. “I felt eternal, as if I’d always existed of being… and I am that and always would, without a beginning state of being… pure or end. I was filled with the knowledge that I was simply magnificent,” explains consciousness. Moorjani, whose cancer completely ~ Anita Moorjani disappeared within five weeks after her release from the hospital. to Near Death, to True Healing, and “Not only did I come back with a Dr. Eben Alexander, author of Proof of clean slate, I brought back one of my Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into biggest lessons—to love myself and be the Afterlife, have sparked fresh public an instrument of love. I also returned interest in NDEs, a word coined by Ray- to life here with a sense of purpose—to mond Moody, Ph.D., in his 1975 classic, fearlessly be as authentically me as I can Life After Life. Moody, a psychiatrist and be. This means,” she clarifies, “that in professor of philosophy who has spent whatever I do, I am acting from my sense nearly 50 years investigating what hapof passion and the sheer joy of doing it.” pens when people die, has interviewed During Alexander’s seven-day coma thousands of individuals that have perin a hospital, brought about by antisonally experienced an NDE. biotic-resistant E. coli meningitis that “Over the past 20 years there have attacked his brain, he left his mortal been enormous strides in resuscitation identity behind. “My brain wasn’t worktechnology. Defibrillators and public ing at all,” he relates. “My entire neoaccess defibrillation programs, as well as cortex, the part that makes us human, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, are mawas entirely shut down. I had no lanjor factors that allow modern medicine guage, emotions, logic or memories of to bring people back from a state that who I was. Such an empty slate granted 100 years ago would have been labeled me full access to the true cosmic being death,” observes Moody. that I am, that we all are,” says

“We need to accept—at least hypothetically—that the brain itself doesn’t produce consciousness.” ~ Dr. Eben Alexander der. He further recalls that as his NDE unfolded, it occurred to him that he was being granted a grand overview of the invisible side of existence. He also had a lovely ethereal companion that floated along on a butterfly wing, telepathically teaching him to accept the universal truth that, “You are eternally loved and cherished, you have nothing to fear, and there is nothing you can do wrong.” “If I had to boil the whole message down to just one word, it would be Love—the incomprehensibly glorious truth of truths that lives and breathes at the core of everything that exists or will ever exist. No remotely accurate understanding of who we are and what we are can be achieved by anyone who does not know it and embody it in all their actions,” Alexander now understands. Prior to his life-threatening illness, this neurosurgeon’s sophisticated medical training had led him to dismiss the possibility of NDEs. Today, he works at returning to his NDE state of oneness and unconditional love by using meditation and sacred acoustics, as well as quantum mechanics, to explore the nature of consciousness and higher brain function. Like Moody, Alexander studies the ancient Greek philosophers Parmenides, Pythagoras and Plato, who took the notion of an afterlife seriously and questioned “what” survives bodily death. Alexander’s consequent nonprofit organization, Eternea, fosters cooperation between science and spirituality by sponsoring research and education about spiritually transformative experiences and holistic consciousness beyond conventional definitions. “I had to learn a whole lot more about consciousness than I had to know about neuroscience,” quips Alexander, who now believes that the brain blocks access to knowledge of higher worlds. “We need to accept—at least hypothetically—that the brain itself doesn’t produce consciousness. That it is, in-

stead, a kind of reducing valve or filter that dumbs down consciousness for the duration of our human experience. “Neuroscience can’t give you the first sentence about how the physical brain creates consciousness,” he states, while many are finding how science and spirituality strengthen each other. At age 37, a blood vessel exploded in the left hemisphere of Jill Bolte Taylor’s brain. A Ph.D. Harvard-trained scientist specializing in anatomy of the brain, she was fascinated to observe the breakdown of her brain-related functions. As described in her book, My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, she became the witness to her stroke, which initially left her unable to talk, walk, read, write or remember anything prior to that occurrence. As her left brain shut down, Taylor lost her ability to process all language; with her mind suspended in newfound silence, she experienced an unprecedented sense of deep peace. She also experienced an inability to visually distinguish edges and boundaries between herself and the outer world. Absent conventional orientation, “I could actually see that my skin was not my physical boundary. “As a result of such a glorious state of blissful realization that I am—as we all are—connected to everything and everyone around us, I no longer see myself as a single, solid entity, separate from other human beings,” advises Taylor. “Although my left mind still thinks of me as a fragile individual, capable of losing my

life, my right mind realizes the essence of my being as eternal life.” She now understands that she is part of the cosmic flow of energy, which she characterizes as a tranquil sea of euphoria.

Present Possibility In The Hidden Face of God: Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth, author Gerald L. Schroeder, Ph.D., suggests that each of us is a part of the universe seeking and finding itself. Could it be that without the mental filter and self-limiting beliefs, we are free to consciously know our higher state of wholeness and the truth of our magnificence? Upwards of 8 million people that have experienced their own NDE are trending the world toward a tipping point into the comforting awareness that anything is possible. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAboutWe. com for the recorded interviews.

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or California acupuncturist Daniela Freda, counseling patients that grapple with low energy during winter is routine. “They’re often concerned something is wrong, since our society expects us to feel the same way year-round,” says Freda, who maintains a private practice in San Francisco. “But in fact,” she adds, “everything is right.” According to a study published in Psychiatry Research, only 4 to 6 percent of Americans suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), characterized by a predictable seasonal pattern of major depressive or bipolar disorder. For the vast majority of the population, a slight seasonal variance in mood and behavior is normal, confirms Kathryn Roecklein, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and prominent SAD researcher at Pennsylvania’s University of Pittsburg.

Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), like Freda, view decreased energy in nature’s wintertime as a reflection of the season’s energy. In this philosophy, rising (yang) and falling (yin) energies cycle as the seasons turn. Winter is governed by quiet, slow, introspective and creative yin energy. As winter yields to spring, the bright, fast, expansive and extroverted yang energy gains momentum to peak in summer. “Nature expresses universal energies in a big way,” says research psychologist and mind-body medicine expert Joseph Cardillo, Ph.D., author of The Five Seasons. Who can ignore a blossoming spring or an abundant autumn? “Those same energetic cycles,” says Cardillo, “are mirrored in the microcosmic human body and human experience.”

Although the December 21 winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year, temperatures in most of the U.S. continue to fall through February. Cardillo advises embracing winter’s chill because it diverts our attention from daily activities so that we pause to consider what’s important. “The effect is similar to splashing cold water on our face,” he remarks. As the cold draws animals into hibernation and plants into dormancy, it also beckons us to enjoy extra sleep, notes Freda, as we follow the sun’s path: Earlier to bed; later to rise. She encourages her clients to incorporate restorative activities into daily routines. “Intentionally set aside time to connect with the breath and quiet the mind,” she counsels. Try gentle yoga or t’ai chi, listen to relaxing music, curl up with a cozy book or take nature walks, flush with fresh sensory experiences. Cardillo explains that slowing down naturally creates space for the contemplative and creative qualities of yin energy to rise. Meditating, visualizing and journaling promote access to one’s inner wisdom. “Winter is a perfect time to examine the myriad ideas you’ve dreamt up and assemble them into a new you,” says Cardillo. “Now you are prepared to use the robust energy of spring to scatter those ideas abroad.”

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us going.” An imbalance can occur when the slowness of winter is completely counteracted by too much high-energy socializing, working or rushing through the day. “An excess of yang during the winter,” counsels Freda, “rather than a glimpse of it, can deplete us,” contributing to stress, fatigue and depression. Conversely, for those with an already predominantly yin personality (quiet, introverted, low energy) that overindulge in the yin energy of winter, an attempt at restoration and quietude can lead to lethargy and isolation. “I see this clinically,” says Freda. “Instead of embracing a little extra rest and relaxation, some people become exhausted and lose their motivation altogether. They become stuck in the yin.” Cardillo recommends that such individuals engage in mood-brightening outdoor activities to help restore balance. Roecklein agrees, noting that SAD sufferers undergoing cognitive behavioral therapy (which emphasizes positive thinking and beneficial behaviors) likewise are encouraged to participate in physical and social activities that bring joy and meaning.

Freda points out that within the strong yin energy of winter, “There are yang moments, celebratory moments, to keep

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Spring is a time for new beginnings, summer a time for growth, autumn for gathering abundance and winter for introspection. ~Joseph Cardillo can be solid, liquid or formless vapor; it can flow over, under, around or through obstacles with ease; and it can be still and contained. Contemplating the power of water in any of its forms can help synchronize one’s consciousness with the season’s gifts. “When your mind is unstuck and flowing like water, your dreams start becoming real to you, simply because you’re in the flow, the present moment,” observes Cardillo, who also authored Be Like Water. He suggests looking to water for guidance in creating solutions, sharpening focus or moving effortlessly on to the next step.

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inspiration suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. As a result, many developed illnesses apparently related to the bitterness and resentment they carried.

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Peace on Our Plates Mindful Eating for a More Peaceful World

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by Judith Fertig


s Earth’s population grows to a projected 9 billion people by 2050, can our global community keep eating flesh like we’ve been doing for centuries? No, according to a 2010 report by the United Nations Environment Programme, an international panel of sustainable resource management experts. Examining the food demands of a growing population and associated environmental and sustainability issues, Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Consumption and Production recommends “substantial worldwide diet change away from animal products.” Making the case for a holistic view, Will Tuttle, Ph.D., suggests in World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony that we start to see the connections between our food choices and the health and well-being of ourselves, our families, communities and the world.

At the center of the web of life is the food we all share to sustain our bodies. Tuttle insists that we celebrate this and regard each meal as a feast. “Food preparation is the only art that allows us to literally incorporate what we create. It is also the only art that fully involves all five senses,” he says. We honor this wonderful activity most by sharing our cooking efforts with others, blessing the food and eating mindfully. The problem at the center of life, maintains Tuttle, is that we involve animals in our food chain, an act that “introduces suffering, whether physical, mental or emotional.” This is a truth we try to hide from, what he calls the ”cultural shadow”. “The worst examples include factory farming, but even the best methods ultimately involve killing other animals for food,” he says. One of Tuttle’s more controversial claims is that the herding culture— raising, dominating, selling, killing and owning animals—sets up a harmful physical, emotional and cultural dynamic, extolling domineering and aggressive behavior. “The herding culture requires male dominance and a mentality that might makes right,” observes Tuttle. “It also sees females as primarily breeders, not beings.” Based on contemporary research in anthro-

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pology, sociology and psychopathology, he maintains that the actions required to both dominate animals and eat their meat can lead to more aggressive and violent behavior. One recent study seems to support his claim. Dr. Neil Barnard, in his book, Foods That Fight Pain, remarks that, “Plant-based diets also help tame testosterone’s activity.” Barnard cites a Massachusetts male aging study of 1,552 men ages 40 to 70, which indicated that men eating more fruits and vegetables than meat were less domineering and aggressive, because the increased sex hormone-binding globulin produced by plants helps keep testosterone in check. “If we continue the meat-centric way of eating, we’re going to continue to have the problems that come with it,” says Tuttle. “The way forward is plant-based agriculture.”

Practicing a World Peace Diet The Tuttles shop for fresh, organic and non-GMO (genetically modified organism) foods and favor what they call “blueprint recipes”, that vary from day to day. Each outlines the makings of a dish and encourages cooks to be intuitive in how they fill in the details. For a typical breakfast, for example, Tuttle and his wife, Madeleine, will make a green smoothie that includes kale, banana, apple, grapes, ground flax, chia seeds, cinnamon and fresh ginger. “It’s a flexible drink,” says Tuttle. “We will swap out whatever organic fruits and vegetables we have so that we vary the flavor from time to time.” For example, they might use parsley, spinach, or chard leaves in place of kale, or citrus in place of grapes.

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Lunch is usually a wrap-type sandwich, sometimes using fresh leaf lettuce or a whole-wheat tortilla. One recent example of such a wrap combined tomatoes, peppers, sprouts, walnuts, tempeh and avocado. A dinnertime blueprint recipe involves a base of cooked rice, quinoa, pasta, mashed potatoes or polenta, topped with a vegetable ragout, cooked or raw. “You could live the rest of your life mixing and matching these ingredients and never have the same meal twice,” notes Tuttle. “We have been doing it for 30 years. If we all choose to eat like this, the world could feed everybody on a fraction of the land now consumed by agriculture.” Learn more at articles.htm. Judith Fertig blogs at from Overland Park, KS.


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Peace Blueprint Recipes When sitting down to eat, look at what’s been created to nourish all those gathered. Enjoy the colors, smells, tastes and love that blesses the food. May the principle of Oneness govern all beings.

Green Smoothie To start the day, use a high-powered Vitamix-type blender to reduce whole fruits and vegetables to a smooth juice. If using a regular blender, cut the fruits and vegetables into small pieces and strain the purée after blending. Yields two servings 1 banana, sliced 1 large apple, peeled, cored and chopped ½ cup seedless green grapes 1 cup chopped kale leaves 1 cup baby spinach leaves 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds ¼ cup ground chia seeds ¼ tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground cloves 1 cup purified water Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Strain, if necessary, to remove larger pieces; pour into two glasses and serve.

Whole Wheat and Vegetable Wrap For lunch, a simple wrap can provide a daily change-up mixing in different fresh ingredients plus a plant-based flavoring like dried herbs, spices or garlic stirred into the Vegenaise or homemade eggless mayonnaise. Yields two servings 2 10-inch whole-wheat tortillas 2 Tbsp Vegenaise 1 tsp prepared horseradish, or to taste 1 cup fresh lettuce, torn into pieces ½ cup sprouts ½ cup chopped fresh tomatoes ½ cup shredded fresh carrots ½ cup diced fresh cucumber 1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced ¼ cup toasted walnuts Toast walnuts by placing them on a baking sheet in a 350-degree oven for 15 minutes. Cool, and then chop. Place the tortillas on a flat surface. In a small bowl, mix the Vegenaise and horseradish together. Spread the mixture on the tortillas. Top each tortilla with half the lettuce, sprouts, tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, avocado and walnuts. Roll each tortilla into a wrap and serve.

Start dinner with a base of cooked rice, potatoes, quinoa or polenta and top it with a vegetable medley. Yields two servings Rice: 1 cup brown rice 2¼ cups water Raw Vegetable Ragout: 1 cup red bell pepper, cut into strips ½ cup finely chopped celery ½ cup pitted Kalamata olives, chopped ¼ cup finely chopped Italian parsley ¼ cup toasted, chopped walnuts 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 garlic clove, minced 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp coarse kosher or sea salt Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Stir in the rice, reduce the heat and simmer covered until tender, about 40 minutes. While the rice is cooking, combine the red bell pepper, celery, Kalamata olives, Italian parsley and walnuts in a medium-sized bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and salt. Pour the dressing over the vegetables, stir until well blended, and then let rest until the rice is done. To serve, spoon the cooked rice onto each plate and top with the raw vegetable ragout. Source: Adapted from Intuitive Cooking, by Madeleine Tuttle (

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1 Non-Denominational Church Service–1:30pm. Meditation and a spiritual message on 1st Sunday ea month. Free aura healing/chakra balancing clinic. Rev. Lauren Skye, Officiating Minister. Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S. Monroe Street, Denver. 303-282-9439 or Discount Deadline: January’s Dog Trainer/Behavior Specialist Program–with Denver’s #1 Dog Trainer, Misha May Foundation Dog Training and Rescue. Begins week of 1/20. Attend 2 free classes with completed application. Application and information Lorraine May 303-239-0382 or

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2 Aura Clearing/Chakra Balancing Healing Clinic–6:30-7:15pm. A healing is like an energy shower, where unnecessary energy is cleared and clarity and contentment are restored. Donation. Grad student readings avail other 3 Mon, $40/appt. Inner Connection Institute Denver, inside Balanced Body Center 975 Lincoln St, Denver. 303-282-9439 or Laser Health–6:30-7:30pm. Want to live life with more vitality and less pain? Discover Advanced Laser Therapy and effective healing it offers our cells. RSVP. Seating limited. Free. Transformational Health Center, 4105 E. Florida Ave #207, Denver. RSVP 303-534-5268.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3 Oneness Blessing Deeksha/Meditation–7-9pm. Deeksha is a Divine intelligent energy transfer that causes a neurobiological transformation. Love Offering $10 Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358 or Living Advent with SoulCollage–6:30-8:30pm.Also 12/10 & 12/17. Bring the Christmas Story alive. Your connection with the season will ripple out through your thoughts, words and actions. All welcome. $90/class, $10/materials. Creative Life Center St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, 7520 S Boulder Rd, Boulder. Prereg req’d

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5 Esoteric Evening: Provocative Answers to Your Deepest Questions about Life–6:15-8:30pm. Two spiritual luminaries expose ideological beliefs so they can be transcended. Free. A Mission meeting room, Denver. RSVP Val 303-339-0807 or Holiday Party–4:30-6:30pm. Enjoy live music, food, drinks! Free eyebrow waxes, chakra readings, heat laser


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Laser Wealth–6:30-7:30pm. Want to live life with more vitality and less pain? Advanced Laser Therapy and the effective healing it offers our cells. Seating limited. Free. Transformational Health Center, 4105 E Florida Ave #207, Denver. RSVP 303-534-5268



Colorado Gives Day– is an online resource featuring hundreds of Colorado charities. Please join us in raising funds to rescue more dogs and cats through Misha May Foundation Dog Training and Rescue. or

Jasmine Nights: Intoxicating Dance of the Kundalini Through the Spine–7-8pm.Spiritual transmission of dance through the spine, igniting heart & illuminate the brain, awakening divine ecstasy. $18. Colorado Therapies, 5412 Idylwild Trail, Boulder. Jillian 303709-7101,

Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave, #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358 or

Healing Chant Retreat at Sunrise Ranch–thru 12/7. Join us in sharing a radiant, healing release of spirit through chant. Led by David Karchere and Chris Bullock – with Guest Chant Leaders. Register at

John of God Circle of Boulder–7:30-9:30pm. Also on 12/17. Experience the healing power of community prayer and meditation rooted in the work of John of God. Donation. First Congregational Church, Peace Chapel, 1128 Pine St, Boulder. 303-448-0068 or

and acupuncture on site! RSVP early to win a gift card! Free. Integrative Health Inc., 5191 S. Yosemite St., Greenwood Village. 303-577-9977.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 Aura Clearing/Chakra Balancing Healing Clinic– NEW TIME! 2-3pm. A healing is like an energy shower, where unnecessary energy is cleared and clarity and contentment are restored. Donation. Inner Connection Institute North Side, 4325 Harlan St, Wheat Ridge. 303-257-4797 or


Messages from Michael & Powerful Healing– 2-4:30pm. “Archangel Michael’s Messages and a One-of-a-Kind Live Healing.” Mary will channel Divine energy through her eyes to yours. $33. Domed Healing Center 6374 Niwot Rd, Longmont. RSVP under Events.

Holiday CCC: Consciousness Creatives Community–6:45-10pm. Celebration of 2013 and Expanding Your Life in 2014 CCC. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th Ave, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

Tapping to the Top–3:30-4:30pm. Stuck? Need more money? EFT-Emotional Freedom Technique Big names use this to win (Jack Canfield, Joe Vitale, Bob Proctor of The Secret). Free. Transformational Health Center, 4105 E. Florida Ave #207, Denver. RSVP 303-642-8655

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8 Two Life-Changing Presentations–2-5:30pm. “An Afternoon with Our Angels” & “Letting Go, Miracles & One-of-a-Kind Healing” $22 ea. ISIS Books & Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. RSVP under Events.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9 Conifer Essential Oils for Winter Wellness–6-8 pm. Pure, wildcrafted essential oils of the Colorado Plateau and their ability to help keep you well this Winter. $20 incl free hydrosol. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Road, Unit F-1, Boulder. RSVP 720-406-8609. Healthy Seminar–6:30pm.Wellness educator and coach Noel Lambert Morrissey of Lambert Power Wellness will discuss health and wellness topics and the manufacturer that enhances healthy homes and healthy bodies. Tuscany Tavern Restaurant, Evergreen. RSVP Noel 303-916-1583. Free Talk: Treating Anxiety and Depression naturally–6-7pm. How acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can treat Depression and Anxiety. Shen Dao Acupuncture, 2250 S Wadsworth Blvd, D-103, Denver. RSVP 720-670-0098.

John of God Circle in Denver–7-9pm. Experience the healing power of community prayer and meditation rooted in the work of John of God. Donation. First Baptist Church of Denver, Fireside Room, 1373 Grant St, Denver. 303-448-0068 or

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 Trance Medium Healing Clinic–7pm. Open Channeling 7-7:30ish. Free. Followed by Healings $10. Facilitating re-alignment and cleansing of the spiritual body. Channeling, energy readings, and intense indiv clearings. Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S Monroe St, Denver. 303-282-9439 or

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 Change: Navigating Life Transitions–If you are in the midst of a life transition and are looking for a way to sort it out and make sense of it all, this course can open a gateway to the next you. Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland. Tapping to the Top–3:30-4:30pm. Stuck? Need more money? EFT-Emotional Freedom Technique Big names use this to win (Jack Canfield, Joe Vitale, Bob Proctor of The Secret). Free. Transformational Health Center, 4105 E Florida Ave #207, Denver. RSVP 303-642-8655.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 Aura Clearing/Chakra Balancing Healing ClinicNEW LOCATION!–1-2pm. A healing is like an energy shower, where unnecessary energy is cleared and clarity and contentment are restored. Donation. Inner Connection Institute, inside Cactus Sport and Spine, 8000 S Lincoln, #6, Littleton. 303-282-9439 or

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16 Pet Healing Clinic-7-8pm. Bring your pet or picture for energy healing. Donation. Inner Connection

Institute Denver, inside the Balanced Body Center 975 Lincoln St, Denver. 303-282-9439 or Jump Into Light–6:30-7:30pm. Want to live life with more vitality and less pain? Advanced Laser Therapy and the effective healing it offers our cells. Seating limited. Free. Transformational Health Center, 4105 E Florida Ave #207, Denver. RSVP 303-534-5268.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17 Health Seminar–5:30pm. Learn how brain-based therapy can provide relief from pain and other chronic symptoms that pills and ordinary treatment procedures cannot with Dr Steve Tashiro. Free. HealthSource of Lakewood 963 S Kipling Pkwy Lakewood. RSVP 303-985-5540. Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave, #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358 or

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19 Health Seminar–5:30pm. Learn how brain-based therapy can provide relief from pain and other chronic symptoms that pills and ordinary treatment procedures cannot with Dr Steve Tashiro. Free. HealthSource of Lakewood 963 S Kipling Pkwy Lakewood. RSVP 303-985-5540.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21 Winter Solstice Cosmic Sound Event and Gong Bath–7-9pm. Sacred sound, crystal bowls, drumming, dance, ceremonies, teachings, and networking. Bring your drum, snack to share and sugg $20 donation. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695 or

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24 Christmas Eve Midnight Service–11:30pm. A deeply moving mystical celebration of the birth of the Christ light on earth with meditation. Free. Center of Light 4100 Albion St #202, Denver. 720-295-0010 or Discount Deadline: January›s Animal Reiki Certification–with Denver’s #1 Dog Trainer, Misha May Foundation Dog Training and Rescue. Learn to understand the animal’s perspective, Reiki practices, communication, handling strategies, physiology and psychology. Lorraine May instructor. Info/reg 303239-0382 or


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Friday Cinema at Living Water Spiritual Community–7-9:30pm. Discussions, fun, Popcorn and candy. Some films unsuitable for children. Donation. Living Water Spiritual Community, 7401 W 59th Ave Arvada. Kay 720-933-4964 or


Tapping to the Top–3:30-4:30pm. Stuck? Need more money? EFT-Emotional Freedom Technique Big names use this to win (Jack Canfield, Joe Vitale, Bob Proctor of The Secret). Free. Transformational Health Center, 4105 E Florida Ave #207, Denver. RSVP 303-642-8655.

savethedate FREE BETTER BRAIN SEMINAR Tuesday, December 17, 5:30pm / Thursday, December 19, 5:30pm Do you suffer with Brain Fog? Depression? Memory Loss? Fatigue? Low Thyroid? If so, you could be suffering from a BAD BRAIN. Brain degeneration is progressive! Don’t wait until you have Dementia or Alzheimer’s. Other signs of brain degeneration: Insomnia, Lack of motivation, drive or passion, Poor focus and concentration, Fibromyalgia/chronic pain, Difficulty learning. Take the first step to ending your brain degeneration TODAY by calling our Lakewood office to schedule your $49 Better Brain evaluation (reg $250) or join us at our FREE seminars. RSVP 303-9855540.

“DEEP WORK” INTENSIVE WITH RICHARD MOSS January 23-26 at the Golden Hotel in Golden “Deep Work” rapidly clears you of beliefs and behaviors that inhibit your complete health and transformation--allowing for the realization of the fullest expression of the optimum you. Individuals or for couples who are willing to lay down their defenses and journey deeply into themselves with courage and vulnerability will clear away the beliefs, habits and thinking patterns that prevent them from living in a hyper-alive, joyful and loving state of being nearly all of the time.

EVOLVE EXPO • FEBRUARY 21-23 Offering empowering options for living in a new conscious world! Coming to the National Western Complex in Denver, three days of exhibitors, vendors, and speakers featuring Free Energy, Alternative/Complimentary Health, Wealth Building, and Conscious/Creative Living. For more info contact Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. or

FUNDAMENTALS OF MEDICAL HERBALISM EVENING PROGRAM NOW ENROLLING January 6th – October 8th 2014 Introductory level training in Medical Herbalism and Clinical Nutrition for students who intend to work in the herb or health foods industry or pursue further advanced studies. Introductory Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition, Botany and Plant Identification, Medicine Making, and Materia Medica. Monday & Wednesday Evenings, 6-9pm plus one Saturday/month. Includes several weeks of independent study and a summer break. $2,600. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Road, Unit F-1, Boulder. Inquiries contact Lisa Ganora at 720-722-4372 or Download our Catalog at

BECOME A CERTIFIED REFLEXOLOGIST! TRAINING BEGINS MARCH 2014 Comprehensive 305 hour, weekends. “Professional Foot, Hand, Ear Reflexology” prepares for rewarding career. March Chinese Meridian Class and Monthly Community Herbal Classes available. Just for Health School. Englewood, CO. State Approved. Rachel Lord 303-320-4367; justforhealthinfo@, natural awakenings

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Jumping Into Light Speed–6:30-7:30pm. Want to live life with more vitality and less pain? Advanced Laser Therapy and the effective healing it offers our cells. Seating limited. Free. Transformational Health Center, 4105 E Florida Ave #207, Denver. RSVP 303-534-5268. Guided Meditation:Creating Your New Year– 7-8pm. Start the year off right by taking time for YOU while creating your new year. $10. RSVP. Journey Within; In Irongate Executive Plaza 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2-108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303,

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Seminar with Mother Clare: Bringing in the New Age–7pm. The New Age is one of vision & enlightenment. Join Mother Clare Watts, Christian Master Teacher & Visionary, for an event that will inspire and teach us how to prepare. or call 720-295-0010.

Continuing Education–The Center for Integrative Medicine at UC Hospital and Spa 4 the Pink offer CE’s for integrative medicine providers to improve their comfort and skill in providing CAM and spa services to people with cancer. RSVP

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 The Matrix: The Consciousness of Connection–7pm. Mother Clare speaks of the amazing reality of the universal field of being which includes everyone and everything created by God. 720-295-0010 or

Visioning the New Year with SoulCollage–1-4pm. Identify a guide to walk beside you during the year as a reminder of your power. No exp req’d. $45/class & $5/materials. Creative Life Center, St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, 7520 S Boulder Rd, Boulder. Prereg req’d



Sunday Service & Satsang–9:30am. With Mother Clare Watts. Ask questions and receive guidance to maximize your spiritual growth. Donation. Center of Light, 4100 Albion St #202, Denver. 720-295-0010 or


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A Basic Meditation 5-Weeks–7-9pm. Transform your life, create change, meet your Guardian Angel or Spirit Guide, feel positive and healthy. Early/$165, Regular/$180. Journey Within; In Irongate Executive Plaza 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2-108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303 or



Introduction to Mysticism and Meditation–7pm. A powerful 6-wk class designed to help anyone to live a deeper and more vital life. Classes are scheduled as people register. $90/6 classes. or 720-295-0010.

wednesdays Free Energy Healings; Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is like an “energy car wash” that releases negative energy to create the life you desire. Free. Journey Within; In Irongate Executive Plaza, 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2-108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303 or


Attunement School Certification Program–thru 1/25. Learn an energy medicine practice that assists people to access the healing power within. Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland. 877-7860078. Register at

MARCH 7-9 Women’s Wellness Retreat–Uplifting weekend that promises a connection of body and spirit. Perfect for mothers, daughters, sisters, and circles of friends, you will leave this session feeling refreshed and renewed. Events include healing diets cooking classes, meditation, yogi, tai chi, massages, facials and more! Hosted by Jessica Gremley, Healing Diets Coach. $299 plus lodging, Dove Inn Bed & Breakfast, 711 14th St. Golden. Info/reg Jessica 720-340-2263,

Aura and Chakra Healings Drop-In–6-7pm. Receive a 10-min energy cleanse and release negative thoughts, emotions, pain and fear. Get replenished with your own positive energy and feel great! FREE. 1332 Pearl St, Boulder. 303-530-0920 or Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm by appt. Learn about your soul essence, past lives, and aura. Questions about relationships, career, money, health, etc., are welcome. FREE. Boulder Psychic Institute 1332 Pearl St, Boulder. 303-530-0920 or Learn the Arts at Sunrise–7-9:30pm. “Expanding Vision through Creative Expression” teaches beginners and experts alike the process and techniques for creating expressive works of art. Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland. Register at *No Friday-Sunday listings for December*

Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism NOW ENROLLING Fundamentals of Medical Herbalism Evening Program Starts January 6, 2014

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Learn the Arts at Sunrise–7-9:30pm. “Expanding Vision through Creative Expression” teaches beginners and experts alike the process and techniques for creating expressive works of art. Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland. Register at

Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy clearing & Chakra tuning removes non-useful energy so you feel relaxed, light and positive. Dropins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358 or

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Acupuncture is a safe, gentle, and natural approach to treating pain and illness, or for just keeping healthy. We can help you with pain, autoimmune disorders, fertility, allergies, digestive problems, fibromyalgia, migraines, anxiety, depression, PMS, and more. We also specialize in Craniosacral Therapy, AMMA Therapy, John Barnes Myofascial Release and individualized Bach Flower formulas. Located in the Bear Creek section of southwest Denver, adjacent to Lakewood and Littleton.

CONSCIOUS EVENTS & SPEAKERS JOURNEYS FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING 7401 West 59th Ave., Arvada 303-731-6695 Discover and develop a life of passion, purpose and contribution. Journeys for Conscious Living (J4CL) is an organization leading the world in conscious living, hosting world class events, speakers and event center (space rental) to empower people to create thoughtful changes in living their lives every day, thus creating the space and energy to stay centered and expand the community. J4CL invites you to co-create opportunities, collaboration and communities for individuals and businesses to reach their full, highest potential, while experiencing love, joy and transformation. See ad page 20.

COUNSELING COLORADO eTHERAPY, LLC Claudia Reiche, MA, NCC Office Locations: Longmont and Boulder E-mail and Skype counseling from the comfort of your home 303-332-2900 Why can’t I feel happy? Will I be DEPRESSED for the rest of my life? I hate feeling so ANXIOUS and WORRYING about every little thing. How can I get out of this difficult situation? If this sounds familiar, let’s meet. I am a registered psychotherapist and National Certified Counselor, and I can help you via email, Skype, and in-person counseling. Specialty services are available including counseling for INTROVERTS, LIFE TRANSITIONS, TINNITUS, HEARING LOSS, STRESS MANAGEMENT and more. Please e-mail me for a free consultation.

If you’re the type of person who cares enough about your body to shop for organic produce, why not give the same thought to your dental health? At Studio Z Dental, we use only the safest, most natural products with each of our clients. Curious about mercury safe dentistry? Check out our videos at

VIBRANCE DENTISTRY WITH DR. CATE VIEREGGER 7400 E Crestline Circle, Ste 230 Greenwood Village 303-770-1116 Whether your goal is to encourage a healthy attitude towards oral health in your children or ease your own anxiety about dental procedures, our friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere will change the way you approach dental care. At Vibrance Dentistry, we believe that oral healthcare should be a pleasant and relaxing experience. Our state-of-the-art equipment and spa-like amenities allow us to offer services that transcend traditional dentistry and promote whole-body wellness. See ad page 18.

NEW! DETOXIFICATION ABOVE AND BEYOND VEGAN Scott Clair, DCRS Lafayette 720-383-4159 As a Certified Detoxification and Cellular Regeneration Specialist, I will guide you and teach you to use diet and herbs to detoxify the body from acidosis, inflammation, heavy metals and radiation, allowing the body to heal itself from most known ailments. This method has been proven successful with everything from allergies and skin conditions to Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, MS, Cancer and Diabetes. Contact me today to schedule your free consultation. I also offer nutritional/shopping consulting, cooking instruction and personal chef services. Find out more at

DOG TRAINING MISHA MAY FOUNDATION DOG TRAINING & RESCUE Lorraine May, Executive Director 303-239-0382 Adopt your best friend today! We rescue dogs and cats and foster them until we find a forever home. Classes in Understanding Dogs with positive reinforcement techniques and Dog Trainer Apprentice to become a dog trainer utilizing behavior science and holistic approaches. Many more classes – see our website for adoptable animals and classes.

ENERGY HEALING & MEDITATION JOURNEY WITHIN WITH ANITA DESTINO NEW LOCATION! Inside Irongate Execute Plaza 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2-108, Lakewood 720-413-7303 A safe place for people interested in creating change in their lives, Journey Within helps you focus on spiritual growth, developing your intuition and personal development. Give to yourself with Free Energy Healings, Angel Healings, Guided Meditations, Meditation Classes, Workshops and Intuitive Readings/Healings. Join us for a Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing held every Wednesday from 6-7 pm, open to everyone.

ESSENTIAL OILS dōTERRA WITH BILL SCHAEFER 303-668-7072 Did you know not all brands of essential oils are the same? Some are not pure. And some use synthetics, losing the power of the oil. Learn about essential oils and what they can do for you. Oils can be a safe alternative for “Over the Counter” medications and your health. We offer classes and events to help you have a better understanding of the use of oils for daily living.

NEW! DIETARY CONSULTING ABOVE AND BEYOND VEGAN with Scott Clair, DCRS. Personal chef services and cooking instruction for individuals and groups. Specializing in vegan, gluten-free, soy-free and takes into account food combinations and alkalinity. See my full listing under DETOXIFICATION.

FAMILY PRACTITIONER CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. Now Board Certified in Anti-Aging. See full listing under PHYSICIAN or see ad page 14.

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classifieds BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES Work from Home - NO SELLING, NO INVENTORY. FREE WEBSITE, FREE TRAINING. Contact Heather at 303-910-7093 or fill out form at Looking for a way to bring in extra money? Maybe even a second income? Come change the world with us - one child at a time! We are looking for health-minded people who have a heart for helping others. If you like to educate others, believe in the power of whole food nutrition, and want to make a difference, this might be a fit for you. Please contact Heather @ 303-753-2665 for details and questions. Have a healthy, happy day!

HEALTHY PRODUCTS/ SERVICES dōTERRA Essential Oils, a fabulous network marketing company has product and opportunities available. Contact or Personal Chef Services: A Personalized, Healthy, gourmet-quality meal preparation service. Eliminate the stress in your life. Savor the food you want, when you desire it. Book Today,

JOB OPPORTUNITIES Earn additional income in 3 days per month delivering Natural Awakenings near your home! Need drivers who live in Thornton, Arvada, Broomfield or Wheat Ridge to develop area. Must be available for 3 days at the end of the month and have your own transportation. Need reliable, trustworthy people who could use a little extra cash. No calls please. Email The Wellness Center, Inside Whole Foods Market off S. Colorado Blvd. is looking for an experienced, friendly and dependable Massage Therapist full or part time. www. Please submit resume or via fax: 303-357-0261. Clear Sky Medical, a leading edge preventive and functional medicine clinic is looking for a Physician Assistant. This person should be willing to actively engage and participate in a busy practice with different providers, be highly professional with patients, be a good team player and be coachable. Knowledge/interest in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and anti-aging medicine and in a combination of holistic/ functional medicine is highly preferred. Position may be part or full time. A minimum of two years’ experience and basic computer skills are necessary. Eligible applicants may send an application letter, CV and two reference letters to


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NATHAN DALEY, MD. Dr. Daley is Colorado’s only physician with double board certification in integrative/holistic medicine and preventive medicine, and has trained with Dr. Andrew Weil. See full listing under PHYSICIAN: BOARD CERTIFIED HOLISTIC. See ad page 13.

In Louisville 303-589-4123 Offering Higher Self-centered clearings/healing, subtle body alignments/ integration, soul energy contact and chakra work, manifestation practice, meditations, house clearings, remote transmissions. I work mostly hands off but energy on, with a goal of helping people become more whole (healed) and expansive through spiritual energetics. I have 43 years meditation experience, 20 with energy work. House calls if close.

CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. Now Board Certified in Anti-Aging. See full listing under PHYSICIAN or see ad page 14.


HEALTHY AGING CLEAR SKY MEDICAL KATIA I. MEIER, M.D. Panorama Falls 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 Now Board Certified in Anti-Aging. Feel your best at any age with Dr Katia Meier, Board Certified Holistic MD specializing in whole body health inside and out with customized approaches to Healthy Aging, BioIdentical Hormone Replacement therapy, Nutritional analysis and Therapy, Medical Aesthetics and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, Homeopathy, Herbology, Naturopathic Medicine, Personalized Detoxification Programs, Medical Weight Loss for men and women. Treating all ages and most insurance welcomed. Call to set up your appointment today. See ad page 14.

NEW! HEALTHY COOKING ABOVE AND BEYOND VEGAN with Scott Clair, DCRS. I can help you find safe food alternatives, do your shopping for you, make a meal plan and even prepare meals for you. See my full listing under DETOXIFICATION.

IAN HOLLAMAN, DC 4520 North Broadway, Boulder 303-882-8447 Are you tired, foggy-brained, gaining weight for no reason, have elevated cholesterol and other symptoms of thyroid disease, but your thyroid levels are “normal?” Go beyond the “traditional” standard of care to Ian Hollaman, DC, who focuses on difficult and chronic cases such as elevated glucose and cholesterol, thyroid disorders, and novel solutions to pain and injuries with proficiency in multiple modalities such as Applied Kinesiology, Functional Medicine. Chiropractic and Nutrition. See ad page 7.

RED TAIL WELLNESS CENTERS KAREN HOLLAMAN, DC, LMT 4520 North Broadway, Boulder 303-882-8447 Women, are you looking for a different standard of care for you and your children? I was given a second chance at life because of a holistic chiropractor’s understanding of how the body heals itself when given the proper support. I offer women and children the same hope and care I had been generously given. If you or your family struggles with health issues please contact the Red Tail Wellness Center so I can help you take flight again and let your health soar. See ad page 7.

HOLISTIC GROWTH CREATIVE LIFE CENTER Marcia Chadly and Eva Morrell Boulder/Louisville 303-635-0691 Find the “You” you love! Renew spirit, body, and life while enjoying the community at Creative Life Center classes and events. Explore: Contemplative Art, Qigong, SoulCollage®, Labyrinth, Body Energy, Advent, Visioning the New Year and More. Visit our website for more information and to register.

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE NATHAN DALEY, MD. Dr. Daley is Colorado’s only physician with double board certification in integrative/holistic medicine and preventive medicine, and has trained with Dr. Andrew Weil. See full listing under PHYSICIAN: BOARD CERTIFIED HOLISTIC. See ad page 13.

NEW! INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE COLORADO OSTEOPATHIC AND INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE ASSOCIATES, PC Dr Maria Gentile, Lauren Ramsay, PA-C and Stefany Carstensen, FNP-C 4901 W 38th Ave, Denver 303-781-7862 The best healthcare is created through a partnership between patient and provider. Stefany Carstensen, FNP-C is a holistic family nurse practitioner who understands and embraces this concept. She is passionate about blending the art and science of traditional western medicine with complementary and alternative medical practices. Serving you for womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health, bioidentical/thyroid hormone therapy, annual & sports physicals, well male care and pediatrics. See ad page 9.

KIDS: LEARNING/ BEHAVIOR DISORDERS BRAIN BALANCE ACHIEVEMENT CENTERS 303-278-1780, Golden 303-800-1625 Highlands Ranch (University and C-470) Ages 4-17 A learning disorder is like a weed, you have to get to the root of the matter! At Brain Balance Centers, we tackle your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s learning, behavioral or developmental challenge head on- with a unique, drug-free, whole-child approach that goes beyond symptoms to address root causes. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reading, writing, math or just a problem of focus....every child deserves the opportunity to reach their fullest academic and social potential. Stop in or call to learn more about how the Brain Balance Program can help your child succeed. Now open in Highlands Ranch. Free 1/2 hour consultation and tour. See ad page 2.


MASSAGE IN TOUCH MASSAGE THERAPY WITH BRENNA WITT, LMT Kittredge Village, 26030 Hwy. 74, Kittredge 303-526-0038 Do you have sore muscles, an injury with persistent pain or just need to relax? Allow your mind and body to melt into my capable hands at In Touch Massage Therapy, located on scenic Hwy 74, just minutes from Evergreen.. Enjoy your fully customized massage with Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue and/or Hot Stone while listening to the soothing sounds of Bear Creek and bird songs outside the window. New client special! $45 for an hour; $65 for 1.5 hours or the package: buy 5 and get the 6th free! Gift Certificates are available. Call or email for your massage today!

Panorama Falls 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 Now Board Certified in Anti-Aging. Feel your best with Dr Katia Meier, Board Certified Holistic MD specializing in whole body health inside and out for children and adults. Customized approaches to Healthy Aging, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy, Nutritional analysis and Therapy, Medical Aesthetics and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, Homeopathy, Herbology, Naturopathic Medicine, Personalized Detoxification Programs, Medical Weight Loss for men and women. Treating all ages and most insurance welcomed. Make your appointment today. See ad page 14.

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December 2013 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

Mile High Natural Awakenings is a locally-owned, monthly publication, serving metro Denver and Boulder and the surrounding counties of Arapa...

December 2013 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

Mile High Natural Awakenings is a locally-owned, monthly publication, serving metro Denver and Boulder and the surrounding counties of Arapa...