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There is often the misconception of what we are meant for, of what our relationships are meant to do for one another. We hope to feel secure, to feel safe, to feel loved and we will make huge efforts for these thoughts and feelings to happen. The modern world is a reflection of this unavoidable intention, where we have all but distorted it and transferred it to our surroundings and other people.

The drive is so strong we can justifiably destroy our world and everything on it due to our insatiable desire to get what can simply be described as inner peace.

As long as we continue to look outside of our selves and every other person’s selves for what might bring this about, we err and we get further and further from its actual sensation. We err because it is only ever truly possible when we find it in the inner world, the world of thought and feeling, not the world of stuff and accomplishment. Peace is after all a concept, a thought, a feeling, so how can we possible create it or experience it using any other means. We know this intrinsically and we suffer from our futile efforts to make it into a thing we can sell, or store, or give away, which sadly only makes us more covetous for it.

It also does not occur by finding it in another or projecting it onto others: that amazing movie star or precious idol, or our mother who should have it and give it to us, or our lovers who are there to complete our own wholeness, or our friends who are never there when we need them, or those politicians who are messing it all up on our behalf. It is far easier to avoid the inner work when we blame another for our inner lack.

The only way to do this is to find those thoughts and feelings inside of ourselves by how we relate to the world and the living things around us. Peace comes from knowing that our own thoughts and feelings can bring security, safety and love to those around us and so to the world we live in. It does not require a large house, or a big bank account, or lots of things to fill our surroundings with, it never will because it never did. Where it starts is within and then it is that very peace that we share with, talk with, build with, create with, love with, that makes the world what it can be. Otherwise it is like we are building castles on thin air hoping they will support us and others. They will not, as soon as we take away our focus from them, they will crumble and provide security, safety and love to no one leaving a large heap of rubble to block the way of life. Externalized and materialized, this is what is clogging our oceans, replacing our forests and streams, invading our food supplies, heaping up in the corners of our houses, distorting our own bodies even with inflammation and disease.

When the inner world reflects out the peace that we are seeking externally, then we can provide, not just a solitary castle, but a whole world that provides the things we need to be able to be. ‘I am,’ quite simply. We start by giving that to ourselves and that is what we then can give to others. It begins in our own minds, these thoughts and feelings of peace we so desperately want. Then it is quite simply just an easy overflow to the people around us, and they too can feel and think what they also wish to feel deep down at their core. It starts in childhood, with how our parents think and feel, and too often children don’t get an acceptable education in inner security, safety and love. We can grow up in a home with security guards, a seven digit income and the traditional of familial love passed down from generations and yet completely miss the mark having a society of narcissistic sociopaths that wave their magic wands at the material world, sincerely hoping that out there they can form into marvellous and spectacular matter the thoughts and feelings so bereft on the inside.

On the other side of this same coin, for it is the same as much as we argue it is not, are those living in squalor using guns to ward off anyone too scary to let into the house, taking what they need from others by the hard work of deception and seduction, and feeling loved by the cold fingers of drugs and escapism. They are the same because they do not seek to find that inner solution towards peace and instead they blame the other as the problem and reason for their own sorry states. Essentially mortal enemies in combat who have already agreed that the point is not to evolve into a true state of inner peace, but to war against the horror of possibly becoming the other. The poor hate the rich and the rich hate the poor, and both are empty of what the human being is capable of.

There are few ways to find that alternate world of inner peace although we tend to multiply them by infinity as we as a human population also multiply and so move further away from these minimal roots in order to find ways to differentiate and essentially monetize everything. We also tend to lump the methods into one right way of living through religion, political preference, dress code or moral justness among countless other ways just to say I am better than that person over there. One root way is to have the blessed fortune of being raised by someone who already has inner peace, or by later in life finding people who were raised in this way. The more difficult path is to be surrounded by this rich/poor hate war and with the simply wanting of it day by day, hour by hour, slowly moving towards whatever inner peace is, even if it seems impossible or unreal, and finding how inner peace is the actual source of security, safety and love. Childhood, children and the state of being a child are certainly one true path to it. I like to consider that seeing and treating the weak and vulnerable as you would have liked to be seen and treated as a child is a valuable thought. If you can do that without contorting and contesting what that was originally.

Inner peace is real and when we can meet others who are also there, it is the true hope for humanity, the world we live on and the future. Everything else is a distracted air castle that loses us time as we vainly chase our own tails.

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Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing
there is a field. I will meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn’t make any sense.
Rumi

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Most of us can get all the vitamins and minerals we need by eating a balanced diet however, due to aggressive farming methods and use of synthetic fertilizers, the food produced in many countries today is deficient in nutrients, especially in minerals. We have known for decades that depleted soils equal diet deficiencies and that most important are the lacking minerals needed to make proper use of vitamins. This is why taking daily vitamins/mineral pills became so popular, it was seen as a way to supplement this lack in our foods.

Luckily since the 80’s we have started to understand the importance of organic foods and whole foods again. There is a better opportunity now to have nourishing food when we make smarter food choices. Organically grown foods and wild or grass fed meats are more closely balanced with the exact combinations of required nutrients. Foraging natural, fresh, wild foods has the optimal balance. The body is complex and needs a wide variety of vitamins and nutrients to ensure proper growth and to maintain proper system functions. Every function of each cell in all of the organs, muscles and tissues requires the exact combination of vitamins and mineral nutrients in order to function in healthy form.

Our bodies cannot truly process refined and altered foods. If a food is processed so that elements are removed or added in, then the body has a harder time to digest, assimilate and use it. A whole food is already perfectly designed with a balanced combination of nutrients to nourish some part of the body in a specific way. (A whole food would be an egg, a blueberry or bone broth, as opposed to an egg white, extracted anthocyanins or collagen removed from the bone broth.) Just as each whole food is naturally designed with the perfect combination of vitamins, nutrients, micro nutrients, when you take a vitamin or mineral supplement this balance is altered. An example is taking a Calcium pill. The body cannot make use of this mineral unless it can also find Magnesium and Vitamin K stored in excess the body. These beneficial combinations are found naturally in foods, but not always in vitamin pills. It is also important to understand that the majority of supplements made today are synthetic and are made to mimic the way natural nutrients act in our bodies, so the body can have difficulty recognizing and assimilating them in order to put them to good use.

Homeopaths understand that whole, organic foods are the best way to get all the vitamins and minerals you need and rarely suggest taking pills or synthetic supplements. When whole foods are not enough, you can supplement with whole ‘Super’ foods such as organic powdered greens, wheat grass, barley grass and sprouts, and basic green foods such as kale, spinach etc. Start the powdered greens 1/4 tsp per day for 3/4 days and then 1/2 tsp. The maintenance amount is 1 tsp/10 grams per day. Other super foods/whole foods that are great immune builders include Royal Jelly from bees, and Stinging nettle tea. Broths such as miso and bone broth are good as well. Miso stimulates digestion so it is good to have a 1/2 hour before a meal. Kelp, Alfalfa, Beet root, and other whole food dried herbs can be helpful as well. If you are vegetarian or vegan, there are choices that are alternatives to meat and dairy whole foods.

If feel you need to supplement with a pill, make sure you know why you need it and how to balance it correctly, and always choose a well designed, balanced product made from natural whole food sources that are organic preferably. Avoid synthetic choices, they may be cheaper on the shelf but they may cause more problems than the ones you are hoping to solve.

When there may be problems in the uptake or assimilation of certain minerals or vitamins and the body cannot use what is being provided by whole foods or natural supplements, homeopathy can be an effective solution. In this case it doesn’t matter how much you try to supplement with a pill, the body is not going to be able to use that material and will need to either eliminate it or accumulate it in the body somewhere. If we use an example again, Calcium is taken to keep bones strong and reduce the risk of osteoporosis, however it is also notorious for creating other problems. It increases the risk for heart attack and stroke since it is believed that without enough vitamin D to help absorb it, the extra Calcium can settle in the arteries instead of the bones and form plaques that threaten the heart and brain. Excess Calcium can also cause muscle pain, mood disorders, abdominal pain and kidney stones as well as other abnormal Calcium deposits.

By looking at the reason for poor assimilation and use of Calcium and providing a natural solution for that imbalance, the body can again start to use the Calcium provide in whole foods in a proper combination and avoid the risks of using Calcium supplements. This is the same for all the various vitamins, minerals and trace minerals needed for the body to perform optimally. Ask your homeopath for more information on how remedies or cell salts may be the better choice to a daily multi or specific vitamin.

 

 

 

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