I've seen both. Today technicians are in abundance, and healers are sorely needed.
So what is the difference? A technician, in my definition, is someone who isn't really going beyond their training. They stick to the protocols they were shown, don't generally have an intuitive sense of the body (because they weren't taught to appreciate it's wisdom or ways), and may even buy into fear-based views like, 'The brain doesn't make new brain cells after a certain age'. They work from their intellect, which is useful, but isn't the full range of their abilities - because we all have intuition.
In contrast, healers have an intuitive sense of the body, how it works, and they may even do awareness practices, like meditation. Healers also *trust* their intuition and work to develop this with things like meditation, shamanic states or even plant medicines. Plus they don't fear the natural world, or things like death or child-birth. They have faith in life, and they know that they don't *know* anything. They realize that whatever learnings they have are just a mental map, and a map is never the territory.
Brainwave Optimization is one of the most advanced therapies on the planet. It is especially helpful for recovery from stroke, trauma, PTSD, concussions, addictions, insomnia and compulsions.
But the most commonly reported benefit is that after the 3rd session, people are saying, "I haven't slept this well in years."
Brainwave Optimization was invented about 15 years ago by a computer scientist, Lee Gerdes, after he was attacked by 3 teenagers, one with a baseball bat.
I see three stages that we go on as we make the journey of nutritional healing:
Stage 1 - "The Health Nut".
Stage 2 - "The Health Coach".
Stage 3 - "The Nutritional Doctor-Healer".
Stage 1 - The Health Nut
This is the average healthy eater who has some nutritional know-how. They watch their sugar intake, may not eat gluten, and might do almond milk instead of dairy. Basic nutritional know how. Maybe they take a multi-vitamin or some vitamin D. At this level, you might also be balancing your macro-nutrients in your meals (watching your protein, fat, and carb intake.) You might aim to have a salad everyday. At this level, you also tend to think that the diet that works great for you, will also work great for everyone else too - which how we get fanatical vegans, or fanatical meat-eaters - you think everyone should eat as you do. So at this level, we know some things, but we still believe some myths too.
At Stage 1 - you might have the salad pictured above, and say, "I'm having a spinach salad, that's healthy. Spinach has iron and strawberries are rich in anti-oxidants."
I battled candida for a long time. It would go away, then come back. So I eventually got creative and asked myself, "What the frick is going on here?? What can I do to end this?" Here's some of my answers...
1. Make Love, Not War
War is never wise. So instead of just attacking the candida with garlic, oregano oil or what not...instead focus on loving your body in all ways. So - do you need Vitamin D? Is your bedroom too dark? Have you been feeling down a lot? Everything that weakens you, makes you more susceptible to candida over-growth. Making war on Candida is very different than aiming to nourish and love your body and create health. Do everything you can to heal yourself, and start with what's obvious or what you're drawn to do. As you support your body, your body will handle the candida. You have an immune system, that's it's job.
They are A New Earth - Eckhart Tolle, Power vs Force - David Hawkins, Integrative Nutrition - Joshua Rosenthal, and anything by David Deida.
For a while I read so much that my body suffered. But what did come out of that is that I expanded my mind in numerous ways, enriched my vocab, and basically did brain-yoga pretty much daily. Brain-yoga is what I call it when a book is hard to understand, but you push through anyway, and it leaves you going, "WOW". Brain yoga, I've learned, is very good for us. So without further ado, here are some of the books that rocked my world:
Sometimes it be hard to feel grateful for things as they are...and that's why I wrote this. Because things ARE improving, like never before.
Want to feel grateful for the world as it is? See the movie above/left. You'll go, "Holy shit. I'm glad to be alive now." Click the image for the trailer.
First let's look back just 150 years, to 1870. What was life like then?
Well, for starters, there was no anaesthetic. Just imagine a trip to the dentist. But we did have vodka! And there was no contraception either. I have actually read about people using pig intestines. So back then, sex often led to babies, not a good situation if you were poor and had a high sex drive... And check out transportation: if you want to travel to the next town over, it might take 2 weeks... and your horse and carriage had no heat, no radio, was noisy...and you might get half way there and realize you have run out of water. Yikes.
And that's just 100 years ago. If you go back further, it was even worse, with increasing superstition and paranoia the further back you do.
Which brings me to say this:
Now is actually the best time to be alive in history.
Today getting enough sleep is all the rage. Suddenly we're all realizing that ZZzz's are as important as ABC's - sleep is basic, and if you don't get enough of it, you're more likely to make mistakes, have less mood control, crave more carbs, age faster, and be less good in bed (What? No!). Turns out "I'll sleep when I'm dead" isn't a good plan after all.
But *how* to sleep well? We hear over and over to reduce screen time in the evening. I even read over and over not to keep any electronics in the bedroom - but not easy to do if your bedroom doubles as your office.
So what then, are the other keys to ZZz's?
One of the best articles I ever read on the brain was about the brain in Alzheimers. It discussed 4 'Brain types' that show up as Alzheimers. This blog contains excerpts on those 4 brain types (in blue), followed by my comments on each.
The main exercise we should do all be doing is really weight-bearing exercise. And even 20 min's does wonders for us. That's what I do, and then other days of the week I do yoga (often at home), run, hike, or whatever else I feel moved to.
The 3 kinds of exercise are Weight-Bearing, Cardio, and Stretching.
We want to be doing some kind of exercise at least 3-4 times a week, mainly to clear stress and negativity from our system. And walking is definitely included in exercise, in my opinion. Now I maintain a healthy body by simply doing:
UPDATE: It turns out that CBD is naturally occurring in breast milk! And this is why we call CBD an 'endogenous' compound - because it is naturally occurring in the body.
The discovery of CBD, and particularly the endo-cannbinoid system, are two of the greatest health discoveries of the 21st century. Many people are saying this because of the number of people and health conditions that are benefitting from CBD.
CBD (CBD oil) is the main medicinal compound in cannabis. It has so many benefits to both body and brain, that it can be hard to believe it at first.
Here are some of the testimonials I have heard first hand:
Arthritis: "I put CBD cream on my hands in the morning, and then I go can go all day. I don't feel any arthritis pain. It's wonderful." - a gentleman I met at the hemp shop in Victoria.
Anxiety and Migraines: I also spoke recently to a woman who has had migraines for years, and was taking medications for anxiety. A month ago she started taking CBD oil, and now she is totally off the anxiety medications, and in 30 days she's had only two migraines.
I've also heard from people who found it greatly helped with PTSD symptoms, fibromyalgia, and more.
CBD: creates more stable moods, reduces inflammation (auto-immune conditions), lowers blood sugar (diabetics can take less insulin), and greatly benefits psoriasis and eczema. Yes, really! CBD benefits both body and brain, and is now being researched for its effects on cancer and tumours.
CBD stands for "Cannabidiol". CBD does not make you high. The other main compound in cannabis is THC, "The high causer", which does make you high. CBD can be purchased with or without THC.
CBD it not a drug. I think of it as a key master regulatory molecule (more on that in a min). CBD seems to help restore homeostasis (balance) through its effects on our endo-cannabinoid system.
Now why would I go and say a thing like that? Because I believe it, I've seen it. I've seen what coaching does for people.
It's the power of 'wherever two or more are gathered...'
Coaching makes things clear. It helps people stay on track. It helps people get motivated. And here are two more very good reasons why everyone should have a coach:
1. YOU are the most complex thing in existence.
2. Life is hard...
"I was trying to lose this stubborn weight for years. I also had sugar cravings that were impossible to stop. It wasn't until I took the right supplements that things changed."
Recently I heard these exact words, said by a naturopath. I've heard different versions of this said several times before. Usually we think that only drugs can create such a dramatic result. But the truth is, the right supplements can be equally as powerful, and have zero side effects.
So what supplements can help to end sugar cravings?
We ALL Need to Meditate
We ALL need to Meditate. Seriously. It gives us much needed perspective: we get space from our minds that think they know everything. We begin to see the world thru calm, and that can be profound. Wisdom bubbles forth - Insight, and Intuition, and begins to direct us much more clearly...a deeper intelligence than the thinking mind.
We become less reactive, softer.
You'll fight less with your partner, and understand them more.
Ok, I confess. I actually made this list for myself, and here I am copy-pasting it into my blog. I feel like I'm cheating... Ok, here goes:
1. Eat more VEGGIES, especially GREEN VEGGIES, and less starches/flour and sugars. It's all about nourishing yourself with foods that are nutrient dense, and low-glycemic, so they won't spike your blood sugar and make you crash later. Starchy veggies and sugar are both very high glycemic, which means they raise blood sugar greatly. Green veggies and non-starchy veggies have less of an effect on blood sugar and have fiber that makes you feel full and gives you a more steady kind of energy.
2. Work-out and/or do Cardio. Weight-bearing exercise is especially great for boosting your metabolism - which means quickening your vitality. After an intense workout you will eat more that usually for a day or so, and you're going to sleep well too. I workout minimum once a week but twice a week I notice is better for keeping my energy higher. I've spoken to several competitive body-builders who told me when they were training they felt AMAZING, ie, they were exercising intensely often, and eating low glycemic meals along with enough protein.
YOU WOULD THINK that sex in the 21st century, would be more...in the light. But the truth is, sex has only recently started to come out of the closet.
I wrote this post mostly for healers, activists, and concerned people who want to understand better why our world is the way it is today (insane), and how to help heal. And we really can't do that without looking at sexuality in our world today - especially the HUGE problem that still goes on, daily, with sexual abuse and molesting of not just young girls but also young boys.
So here's the low-down: According to FBI meta-data I found on Google, (and this fits with my other sources and observations), 5% of religious leaders are sexual predators. That's 1 in 20. Yes, this is a present-day statistic.
Hi, I'm Donovan Giraud. I'm a health coach, meditator and visionary, and I'm on a mission to help people heal themselves and evolve our world.