Stone Circles and Ancestors

I'm back in the land of my roots, springtime. Daffodils abound as I enjoy hiking some of my favorite old haunts in the Lake District where I lived for 8 years before emigrating to Canada. The little baby lambs are hoping about the fields and a beautiful white swan came and joined me by the edge of ullswater lake yesterday at Howtown. 

It actually stopped raining too and the sun came out for long enough for me to enjoy Castlerigg stone circle, near Keswick and the incredible views from it over the lakeland fells. As I stood marvelling at how ancient these stone circles are and wondering about how many ceremonies took place on that spot over hundreds of years it struck me as to how the legacy of our ancestors leaves the same imprints for generations to come, only in what may seem invisible ways to those with untrained eyes. 

Science is now backing up with genetics the fact that we contain within our DNA the memories of our ancestors, the impact of all they endured in their lifetime, passed down to us often in quite mysterious unknown ways. How many of us have any idea how much we are being influenced by the unfulfilled desires of our Grandfathers and Grandmothers? Are the inherited diseases we have running in families really just a fate we have to endure, or could it be untangled as easily as discovering the origins of heart problems in a family being tracked back 3 generations? Could the unbearable grief of a Great Grandmother loosing her child to diptheria or TB be the reason for this legacy of heart ache that continues to this day? Family Constellation work would seem to say so.

It never ceases to amaze me as to how powerful the "knowing field", as we call it in the Constellation world, is in revealing what is going on in a family system. It is as if our ancestors are just waiting for an opportunity for us to be open to listen, to see, to hear, to be shown what is out of harmony. And just as effortlessly healing of many generations can take place through this incredible work. We all want to heal, we all know how to come back into balance, however sometimes we get ourselves stuck, something happens and we freeze, and the event becomes crystalized in our bodies and we need a gentle nudge from outside to help us recalibrate.

I am 2 sessions into 10 weeks of Rolfing with a wonderfluly intuitive practitioner Darren Harris ( who's been helping me unravel stuck trauma in my body while I am back in the UK and I was marvelling at the similarity in our work. He comes in via the body and helps unravel the messages hidden in the miofacia, and my approach is via the family soul. I listen to the hidden messages stored in the stories you and your ancestors have to say and help you unravel their secrets. So you can live life free of entanglements with 'stuff' that sometimes wasn't even yours. 

Rolfing session one was all about breathing........session two about grounding and feeling my feet firmly on the ground. Already Darren's spotted my tendency to be tight all along my right this from my own childhood trauma (induced forceps delivery set me up for being cautious in life!) or could I also have been influenced as a child growing up with anxious parents who lived through the Blitz in London during world war 2? Mum rememembered the pattern of the lace table cloth from underneath the shelter of the dinning room table, before her and Nana were evacuated to Dorset to stay with friends. And what about the story of my Dad who had to jump over a wall for cover when a bomb hit a neighbours house on his way home from school. I have no idea of the terror this would have evoked, but maybe my body remembers?

On my constellation training with Francesca Mason Boring a fellow student from Germany set up her constellation with her Grandparents who suffered greatly in WW2 and whom she was deeply entangled with (i.e. a part of her was still trying as a 50 year old woman to soak up their pain and suffering) and my body reacted in ways completely beyond my intellectual comprehension. I couldn't move from my seat, I was internally shaking with a fear I had never felt before and deep in my bones I felt my life was at stake. I've never been more relieved when a constellation ended! Tt was all the proof I needed to know I wasn't someone wandering lonely as a cloud, but a part of a family system that remembered..........

And what, you may ask is the healing balm for transgenerational trauma passed down the generations?..........LOVE! Pure and simple. Love Conquers All and returns everything to harmony.

I hope if you are reading this that you will explore the potential of family constellation work to help heal any disharmony you may be experiencing, and besides that, constellation work will change your perception of 'reality' after experiencing and witnessing some of the other worldy phenomena that can happen spontaneously through this amazing work. Just as effortlessly as my muscles releasing during a Rolfing session and my posture returning to its original perfect blueprint!

Gotta love it - the mystery of life!

What Is Holistic Coaching?

A holistic approach to life coaching differs from other forms of coaching in that its’ main focus is in looking at how the emotional & mental, physical and spiritual aspects of an individual all come together to influence and make a whole. At Munay Holistics Liza’s approach is to find integrative solutions that address issues that are detrimentally affecting your mind, body and spirit ~ to find your path to wholeness. Holistic coaching recognizes how powerfully one aspect of our being affects the other and that so often solutions will only work when a problem is addressed on all three levels. We all know that when our spirits are low and our emotions are all awry, our physical energy levels are down and our thinking is muddled. A Holistic coaching approach focuses on finding integrative solutions that address issues that are detrimentally affecting your mind, body and spirit. 

Take Beth for example, despite her taking medication from her doctor, her migraines weren’t easing and it wasn’t helping her to cope with the big decisions she was facing about how unhappy she was in her relationship. A simple symptomatic approach to Beth’s physical problems doesn’t take into consideration what is going on in her emotional and spiritual life. Prescribing medications for her migraines in isolation may give Beth some temporary relief however it doesn’t get to the cause of the problem. An integrative approach to Beth’s migraines takes into consideration all that is going on for her in her life. The root of her migraines is quite likely linked to stress over her inner dilemma and unhappiness around her relationship and what she should do. Inner frustration and anger puts a stress on her liver, causing her migraines to flare up.

A more holistic approach helps Beth explore the root of her unhappiness, helps her look at and clear out any old scripts and beliefs that may be impacting on her relationship and preventing her from finding the right solution. Methods to help her deal with stress result in her feeling less overwhelmed and natural remedies to support her liver start to reduce her stress levels resulting in less migraine attacks. From this place she can explore her next step having made the inner connections between her mind, body and spirit - she can now follow her heart. Through Journeywork and EFT Beth discovers old beliefs she took on about her being unlovable when her Dad left home when she was 6 years old. She realizes she has been subconsciously pushing her boyfriend away, expecting that he too will abandon her at some point. With this old pain from childhood flushed out Beth now can let in and recognize the love that her boyfriend has had for her all along and her relationship transforms into one of happiness. Her migraines vanish completely. What began as a confusing mess is transmuted into an enriching life experience.

A holistic approach to life coaching can provide you with the tools and assistance to deal with challenging life issues to create a more fulfilling, rewarding and enriching life.

  • Feel free and liberated from stuck emotions
  • Improve relationships with self and others
  • Get past old limitations and blocks
  • Get to the root of an issue for once and for all
  • Take the step towards manifesting your lifelong dreams
  • Bathe in joy, freedom, and the truth of who you really are
  • Gain a set of tools you can use for life
  • Experience increased energy and vitality
  • Discover your very own unique mind-body communication system and learn how to listen to it
  • Learn to love yourself and overcome emotional struggles
  • Nurture and heal your body
  • Experience lasting shifts fast
  • Return to radiant health
  • Learn effective, simple ways to reprogram your mind, body & spirit for health and wellness
  • Increase self-awareness and enhance spiritual development

Science of Cellular Healing

Did you know the lining of our stomach completely renews itself every 2-3 days. Our eye cells take only 2 days to regenerate completely so every two days we are literally seeing with brand new eyes! And our liver cells renew completely every 6-7 weeks!

And it’s all to do with cell replication! It’s also the reason why a suntan fades in 2-3 weeks, the time it takes for our skin cells to divide, for the old cells to fade away and the new cells to take over. The fascinating thing about cell replication is that as the cell divides the new cell takes all the memory, or information of the old cell with it.

So, why then do we not regenerate new healthy cells and free ourselves of conditions such as liver cancer and other degenerative diseases? If after all, the liver completely renews itself after 6-7 weeks, and our eye cells in just 2 days. M.D. Deepak Chopra author of Quantum Healing and many other amazing cutting edge books explains why in his groundbreaking work. He explains that the ‘cell memory’ whether it is healthy or diseased is carried and passed onto each new generation of cells. For example in the case of cancer the new cells pass on the degenerative cancer message through cell memory. Once this cell memory is released, however, the cell is given the message to return to its normal healthy state and this actually explains how physical conditions often spontaneously heal, sometimes overnight.

So why is it that our cells get diseased in the first place? Dr Candace Pert a well-known molecular biologist and author of the best selling book “Molecules of Emotion” discovered unequivocally the answer to this mystery. She studied the direct effect that repressed emotions have on our cells. Our cells have what are called ‘cell receptor sites’ which, in simplified terms, you can imagine are a bit like little keyholes in each cell that allow the brain to communicate with each cell instructing it on how to stay healthy and synchronized. The brain produces chemical messengers called neuropeptides which travel through the body and are the keys that fit into these cell receptor keyholes ~ thus unlocking communication. This is how mind-body communication takes place.

In this way the body-mind takes care of itself, as long as what is happening to us isn’t too much to handle. When we experience intense & overwhelmingly powerful emotions however, the body can become flooded with chemical neuropeptides and these can jam the cell receptor sites, effectively blocking the cells from communicating with other cells in our body. Usually once the alarm, stress or fight and flight response has passed we calm down and our brain can send messages to the cells that the danger has passed and we can return to a healthy harmonious calm state of being. If however, these cell receptors remain blocked over a long period of time (from chronic states of stress, fear, anxiety, depression, anger, grief etc) there is an ever-increasing likelihood of disease manifesting in the part of the body where the cell receptors are chronically blocked.

In this way suppressed emotions literally get locked into our bodies on a cellular level and as science has discovered there is a direct correlation between our emotions, how easily we express them and how healthy our body is. Science now knows what happens, but as yet doesn’t have any repeatable effective method to unblock cell receptor sites that are jammed up and creating disease. New Energy Medicine techniques do however!

As Brandon Bays discovered on her remarkable healing journey the key to cellular healing lies within our emotions - they are the gateway to re-opening jammed up cell receptor sites so as the correct healthy messages can once again be communicated to the cells and the body-mind can return to wholeness, harmony and health and the emotions can return to peace, joy and love, our natural state of being.

As suppressed emotions start to flow again, cell receptor sites are unblocked and cellular memory is released. As outlined by Don Caldbear in his book ‘Deadly Emotions” our emotions can literally heal or destroy us. He has discovered that on a level of mind-body connection for example anger and hostility leads to hypertension and coronary heart disease; resentment and bitterness creates cancers; unforgiveness and self hatred leads to auto immune problems such as MS, Lupus & rheumatism; and anxiety creates IBS and panic attacks. Adding to this, Bruce Lipton in “Biology of Belief” discusses the effects our emotions, thoughts and the beliefs we hold have in creating our reality. If we think angry thoughts what are we going to meet in life? Angry people getting in our way! If we believe life is hard - guess what we meet in life? Hardship and struggle! These (often hidden) beliefs, old suppressed memories and traumas act like silent saboteurs and are responsible for stopping you achieving all you want to in life. The Journey and EFT both get access to these silent saboteurs, these old buried emotions and cell memories and clear them out so that your mind body and spirit can return to harmony organically and your health is no longer compromised.

Space Clearing

Using a blend of skills gathered from lots of modalities and different trainings Liza can clear out unwanted stuck energies in your home.

This work is surprisingly powerful in stimulating change and bringing in new energy to your life where you were previously experiencing blocks and limitations. Liza can assess the nature of the imbalance that is happening in your living space, taking into consideration you yourself as a major factor. After all, our homes are so often a reflection of ourselves; they symbolize us, and can reveal a lot about what is keeping us stuck in life, whether it be literally all the clutter we have hoarded for years and years which is draining our energy and keeping us stuck in the past, or how the layout of our home may be affecting us.

Liza has taken extensive training with Eric Dowsett (Clear Home Clear Heart on clearing negative unwanted energies from spaces and people, as well as learning traditional space clearing techniques from Bali with Karen Kingston (author of Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui) and studied the use of flower essences in creating sacred space and energetic shifts.

These techniques can be especially useful if you are wanting a major change in your life but just don’t seem to be able to manifest it no matter what you do. It can be especially powerful around house selling. Read Liza's article with advice and tips on what you can do to help sell your house fast and effortlessly the same way she did. You will be amazed to read how rapidly things can shift when the energetics are understood and all blocks are removed from creating the reality you want. Liza will also show you how to use law of attraction secrets to pave the way to selling and buying effortlessly. It can even be so much fun!

Holistic Approach to Mental Illness

I'm inspired by the work of, a charity that provides housing and support for suffers of mental illness using a holistic approach to achieving wellness.

or anyone suffering from depression, bi polar and other mental health problems I highly recommend checking out Truehope Nutritional Support Ltd. It is a non-profit company dedicated to promoting mental wellness through non-invasive, nutritional means.

You can check out a TEDx talk about the impact of nutrition on mental health here: Julia Rucklidge TEDx

Canmore Wellness Centre is dedicated to promoting health, wellness and healing by supporting and stimulating the body's innate ability to regulate and heal itself.

Teachers and Mentors

Inspiration has come from many sources for me. Here are some of my most important teachers.

    • Brandon Bays, The Journey

      I highly recommend reading ‘The Journey’, ‘Freedom Is’ and ‘Consciousness the New Currency’

    • Gangaji

      An inspiring teacher of enlightenment for me who’s work I love.

    • Emotional Freedom Technique - Gary Craig

    • Andreas Moritz

      I highly recommend his books ‘The Amazing Liver & Gallbladder Flush’, ‘Timeless Secrets of Health and Rejuvenation’, ‘Simple Steps to Total Health’

    • Byron Katie

      Her books are highly worth reading ‘Loving What Is’, ‘A Thousand Names for Joy’, ‘I Need Your Love – Is That True?’

    • Alberto Villoldo

      I recommend his books ‘Shaman Healer & Sage’, ‘Island of the Sun’ & ‘Dance of The Four winds; Secrets of the Medicine Wheel’

    • Gill Edwards

      Gill was one of my first teachers on my path and I highly recommend her books ‘Living Magically’, ‘Pure Bliss’, ‘Stepping into the Magic’, ‘Wild Love’. I attended many of Gill’s wonderful workshops when I lived in the UK and I love her energy.

    • Cecilia Montero

      I love her book ‘Voice of the Ancestors – The Call of The soul’. I had the pleasure of meeting Cecilia in the summer of 2007 when she visited Golden to do an Inca Ceremony for Mother Earth. I am so grateful for all I have learnt from her.

    • Ian Watson

      Ian is the founder of, and was the Director of Lakeland College of Homeopathy whilst I studied there. He continues to be a source of inspiration for me.

    • Paul Francis

      Paul Francis has his own college and teaches homeopathy along with shamanic studies. I saw him for homeopathic treatment for a number of years while living in the UK and his compassion is second to none.

Rave reviews for The Art of T

I can't wait to repeat this ten week course (The Art of Transformation) and am currently working on making it an online course anyone anywhere anytime can dive into! The maiden journey with 7 beautiful courageous women went down like hot cakes....... Here's what they had to say about it!

Brenda Managh....."I was soon to realize that my lack of confidence (which made me hesitate to join) was so much a part of deep DNA memories that needed exploration, needed 'directed" positive energy which is what this course offered ~ a mentorship so full of compassion and love. Words cannot describe this experience. Liza brings her knowledge, passion and joy of sharing, guiding and group leadership in a way that truly honors each unique individual. I would ABSOLUTELY recommend this program!."

Leslie Parent....."My prayer of intention has been manifested on so many levels. I start out my day with gratitude. My unmothered child as been recognised and embraced and changes have manifested so i can work at nurturing her. I have made a connection with my Mother's unconditional love. I am beginning to trust and believe in people."

Cat Gibbs....."For anyone who is ready to open to something a little bit different in their healing process, a bit of mystery perhaps I would definitely recommend this course.....there is definitely something magical about healing in a group. Liza has a quiet strength and wisdom wth an incredibly diverse tool box for facilitating healing and inner growth. She has a strong intuitive sense of what might be needed at any given moment by an individual."

Katherine Hamilton....."Liza is passionate about this work and relates her own journey into it. She's been there too!"

Farah Fairclough....." I would definitely recommend this course. The negative messages i used to send to myself no longer have the power over me like before. No matter what you are looking for in your life this course is a unique way to find what it is that is preventing you from being truly happy. Liza is truly amazing at what she does. She has a true passion to help others and is such a gentle soul and in her presence you feel safe and cared for. I have learnt so much and will forever cherish this deep in my heart."

Barbara Friedli....."Liza is an amazing teacher. She has a lot of experience working in group settings and is wel able to adjust to the individual participants or new & unexpected group situations. She has a big repertoire of exercises at hand to work with. I really appreciated her sharing her own experiences and that she checked in with us during the week if she felt we needed support. I sure would recommend this course!."

Baljit Rana...."Liza is a great organizer. I love her soft voice and compassion she has for everyone."

Faces Reading Quiz

It is common knowledge that we communicate all the time non-verbally through our facial expressions, but did you know we also communicate through our facial features?

I hope you have fun with this quiz and discover some new things, but you may also surprise yourself as to how much you subconsciously already know! To be enjoyed with a coffee break.

1. The guy in your office with an extremely wide nose is more likely to:

a. poke his nose into everyone else's business all the time
b. have trouble projecting himself into the world and keep quiet a lot
c. need to stand his ground on work matters a lot
d. be easily approachable

c. they need to stand their ground a lot

Our nose relates to our identity and the solar plexus chakra. The shape of our nose says lots about how we project who we are into the world and how easily approachable we are.

Someone with a big long nose is going to need to know what is going on and will have no problem poking their nose into your business. They also find it easy to project their identity into the world and have high self-confidence. The bigger the nose the more the person is saying "Look at me!" Take Jamie Farr from Mash as a stereotypical example.

A person with a long nose with a soft rounded bulb on the end of it belongs to someone who we will experience as easily approachable. This is because the bulb acts like a bumper that we can gently bump up against and bounce off unhurt, as compared to a person with a sharp pointed nose who can feel really sharp to us as they can poke their nose into our business.

2. Your elderly spinster aunt who has always lacked inner direction in her life, and who always feels vulnerable, exposed and unprotected is most likely to have which shape eyebrows?

a. boomerang shape
b. bushy eyebrows
c. eyebrows that slope upwards
d. eyebrows with no hair on the outsides

d. eyebrows with no hair on the outsides 

Eyebrows show how we communicate; we often express a lot through moving our eyebrows. Also the more hair we have in our eyebrows shows the more life we have in us, the more we embrace life. This is why a person with no hair on the outsides of their eyebrows will likely feel exposed, vulnerable, and unprotected and will lack direction in life.

A person with a natural curve to their eyebrows shows flexibility in point of view and expression. A more exaggerated boomerang shape such as seen on Catherine Zeta Jones indicates qualities of independence, strong strength of will and someone who likes to get their own way and get ahead.

Eyebrows that are really thick and bushy show someone who can be irritable and aggressive in nature, more so if the hairs grow in all different directions!

Depending on which way your eyebrows slope also says much about a person. Eyebrows that slope upwards (like Boy George) shows the selfish and egotistical nature of someone who wants their own way, believes they are right and can be spiteful with it. Eyebrows that curve downwards show a shy person who lacks confidence and is fearful and probably struggles to get ahead in the world.

3. A great philosopher and thinker is more likely to have what kind of shaped face?

a. rounded with the widest part in the middle
b. long tall forehead
c. square chin and wide jaw
d. thin face with a pointed chin

b. long tall forehead

Our face can be divided into three distinct sections. The eyebrow level upwards shows the mental characteristics; eyes down to just below the nose the emotional characteristics; and under the nose to the chin relates to physical characteristics. Therefore our forehead shows our frame of mind. A person with a long tall forehead is going to have a very large mental capacity and tendency to spend a lot of their energy up in their head. The higher the forehead the greater the mental capacity therefore a high tall forehead indicates a strong mind. These are the great philosophers and thinkers of our world. An overly emotional person with a big heart is going to have a more rounded face shape with the widest band in the middle of their face - cheeks, eyes, and nose. The bigger hearted they are the bigger the size of their eyes is going to be. A practical down to earth person is going to have a more square shaped face with a very broad base. A square chin and wide jaw indicates their solid down to earth approach. They are often very practically minded and emotionally stable. They are great people to carry out the lofty ideas of the great thinkers.

4. If you want people to see your full potential and take seriously what you are saying, what is the optimum way to style your hair to support this?

a. bangs
b. colored red
c. crew cut
d. pulled off your face with no bangs

d. pulled off your face with no bangs

Linking on from question 3 the forehead shows what’s on our mind, our mental capacity so if we want what’s on our mind to be taken seriously then it’s not best to have it hidden behind bangs. With hair pulled off the forehead people can clearly see our full potential and it’s easier to express what’s on our mind and be taken seriously. If hair is held back too tightly however, it can convey harshness so this needs to be taken into consideration also. Whilst the short crisp crew cut does show clearly what’s on a persons mind it also indicates people who do not get involved with their emotional thought patterns at all which, unless you are a corporal in the army, this may not serve you very well!

Redheads are notorious for their firey nature, so choosing to color your hair red may indicate a desire to bring more fire into your life and you may find you are able to express your anger and frustrations more easily. It could indicate an unconscious desire to release suppressed emotions and fire up your life.

5. A friend of yours has large ears that are rounded at the top. Does this mean they will be which of the following?

a. open, flexible, emotionally understanding of others and a good listener
b. someone who will listen to you with their intellect
c. emotionally controlled and unexpressive and a bad listener
d. suppressed and held back

a. ears tell us how we listen.

People with large rounded ears tend to be good listeners, make good therapists and are flexible. The bigger the ear size the greater the listening skills. A person with small ears tends to be more emotionally controlled and reserved, and don’t tend to express themselves emotionally. They wouldn’t be the best person to receive emotional support from in a crisis.

Ears that are pointed at the top shows a person whose listening skills take them up into their intellect so they will tend to listen with their mind to your problems, rather like Dr Spock! Ears that are down and glued back indicate a person who still feels the need to have an ear to the ground listening for the next reprimand. This indicates a person who has been suppressed and held back since a young age you listen to me” being their norm.

6. You notice a young girl in the Dentist's waiting room has eyes that really slope downwards at the outside edges. What does this mean?

a. she had a lot of harsh criticism growing up
b. she has a history of having not been supported in childhood and life
c. she has a big heart and wears it on her sleeve
d. she is cautious and hesitant in order to keep her heart protected

b. she has a history of having not been supported in childhood and life

Eyes are said to be the gateway to the soul and like to the heart psychosomatically.

Eyes that slope downwards at the edges like a basset hound show a history of someone who feels they have no support in life, who are often supporting others and who have trouble caring about themselves first.  A person with eyes that slope upwards at the edges like a Doberman have experienced a lot of harsh criticism from adults around them as a child growing up, and indicates a history of being looked down upon a lot.

Those with a big heart and who wear it on their sleeve, and who can tend to take things to heart easily will be people with large protruding eyes. Big eyes mean a big heart. Those with small eyes that are deep set tend to be more cautious and hesitant about showing their heart to others and have a need to protect their hearts more.

7. You notice one of your teenage son's friends has an interesting shaped mouth; he has a big bottom lip. Does this mean he's more likely to?

a. suppress his feelings and be emotionally unavailable
b. be sensual and express himself freely
c. be very vocal and give you the lip
d. be introverted and lack confidence

c. be very vocal and give you the lip

The mouth relates to the sacral chakra and how we speak, express or suppress our thoughts, emotions and sexuality. The top lip and its fullness show the degree of sexuality and sensuality we have. The bottom lip shows our freedom of vocal expression. Those with a big bottom lip are likely to be very vocal and have no problems expressing themselves and will tend to give people lots of lip. People with thin lips often suppress their feelings, can be tight-lipped and lack emotional warmth. A person with a small mouth can be cautious and careful and will tend to be somewhat introverted and lack confidence.

8. You are busy landscaping in your new garden and you drop a heavy stone right on your left foot. It lands with all its force on your Big toe. From a psychosomatic point of view what do you think the significance of this is?

a. it's reflecting the difficulties you have been having communicating with a family member recently.
b. it's your body trying to get your attention and let you know you have been over doing things and need to take a rest
c. it's a sign you have gone into your intellect and are over thinking your landscape project instead of being more intuitive about it
d. it reflects how sore and hurt you are still feeling emotionally after the big row you had with your partner this morning

c. it’s a sign you have gone into your intellect and are over thinking your landscape project instead of being more intuitive about it.

Our toes reflect perceptions of our subconscious and unconscious minds, whilst the soles of the feet reflect how these thoughts and ideas are put into action to create individual reality. Toes as individual balancers, reach out, like antennae, to seek universal knowledge and explore life to the full. Each toe symbolizes a specific aspect of the mind.

The big toe is the ‘thinking toe’, and reflects our intellectual and intuitive thoughts. The second toe is the ‘feeling toe’, influencing feelings, emotions and our inter relationships. The third toe is the ‘doing toe’ and rebounds thoughts about our activity and achievements in the outer world. The fourth toe is the ‘communicating toe’ and is all about how we communicate in our relationships. The little toe is the ‘social toe’ and deals with the outside world and how safe and secure we feel in the world. A person who doesn’t feel very secure may have a turned in little toe for example.

9. What are the shoulders going to look like of a person who has taken on more responsibilities in life than they feel they can handle, and they now feel like they are carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders?

a. bowed, rounded
b. hunched forward
c. pulled back, retracted
d. uneven height, one shoulder is higher than the other

a. bowed, rounded

The shoulders are the carriers and expressers of our thoughts, feelings and our sense of responsibility. They show how we carry ourselves in the world and how we express or hold back our male/female energy through our arms. A person with bowed or rounded shoulders feels they have taken on more responsibility than they can handle. These shoulders can have a lot of tension across the top of the shoulders and base of the neck. They literally feel they are carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders. A person with shoulders hunched forward is doing so to try to protect the chest particularly the heart centre. This comes about from a chronic attitude of fear of being hurt due to past experiences. These people most probably tried reaching out for love at an early age without receiving the appropriate response and the hurt it caused has become frozen in this protective posture.

Someone with retracted or pulled back shoulders feels torn between hitting out and holding back. The muscles and tissue seem to be frozen saying ‘stop me from hitting out’ in an attempt to hold back expression of anger. This can cause a sense of confusion, frustration and helplessness. They feel they have been locked in a straight jacket.

An uneven height of shoulders indicates an uneven use of masculine and feminine energies. Masculine ‘doing’ energies are represented on the right side and feminine ‘receptive’ energies on the left. The shoulder pulled up is holding back the expression of that type of energy male or female. The shoulder that is unnaturally low shows energy that is low, drained or sluggish.

10. A lady you know experienced being attacked in the street and had their purse stolen last week. They are still feeling really vulnerable, defenseless, and their self-esteem and confidence has really taken a tumble too. What do you think is the most likely physical problem that may occur as a psychosomatic consequence of this trauma if it isn't released soon?

a. liver and gall bladder attacks
b. heart palpitations
c. lowered immunity and vitality
d. frequent urination and diminished bladder control

c. lowered immunity and vitality

This question is more difficult to answer because it is easy to see how a person could respond in a number of ways after a trauma such as this. As you read below you may get in touch with how you would respond differently had you experienced this happen to you. A number of different responses could also all take place simultaneously and create a number of physical symptoms as a result. However in the example I’ve given above the person is feeling vulnerable and defenseless which is the key component to why it would psychosomatically affect her immune system as explained below.

Our immune system represents our strength and vitality and is related to issues of vulnerability. After a trauma, such as the shock of an attack, we can be left feeling very vulnerable and defenseless and this can impact our self esteem. Trauma can also cause us to resist being open and vulnerable as a way to try and defend ourselves, but in truth the only real strength lies in embracing our vulnerability fully. A strong immune system indicates a healthy level of self esteem and enthusiasm for life. The immune system can respond to the threat of feeling defenseless by suppressing itself, causing lowered immunity and vitality.

Liver and gall bladder attacks relate more to suppressed anger, bitterness and resentment, envy, and hostility. Had the person’s response to the attack been one of anger and this wasn’t released it may well over time manifest psychosomatically as liver and gall bladder attacks.

It would be more likely for heart palpitations to manifest had the attack been by a loved one rather than a stranger. This is because the heart is all about unconditional love, deep feeling, affection, forgiveness, compassion and sensitivity for oneself, others and life. Issues arise in this area from fear of being hurt emotionally, feeling broke hearted or defeated, feeling unloved and unlovable, and putting up barriers in an attempt to protect oneself.

Kidneys relate to fear and the flow of life. They also deal with elimination and issues of how we filter out and let go of that which is unnecessary to us, both on physical and emotional levels. The kidneys are extremely sensitive to emotional stress, especially fear and anxiety. Take children bedwetting at night as a classic example of so often being fear related. Had the lady who’d been attacked been displaying extreme fear and anxiety that just wasn’t dissipating then this would more likely to manifest in frequent urination symptoms. 

Inca Sacred Ceremony

I trained as a Mesa Carrier in the Peruvian Inca Shamanic Tradition, as taught by Alberto Vilaldo and the Four Winds Society. One of the ceremonies I have been initiated into is that of the sacred Fire Ceremony - which I adore and have a deep affinity with.

Calling on the element of fire to assist in transformation has quick results and immediately allows us to step out of the ordinary and into the place of ceremony, magic, and the sacred. I love to share this ancient and powerful tool for transformation with other people by offering one on one private ceremonies as well as occasional full moon group fire ceremonies at my home.

Fire ceremonies are traditionally held on or around full moon and are used for purification, release, and the offering of prayers. As each person brings their offering privately to the fire, they also bring their prayers of honoring and a desire to come into right relationship with their world. As their prayers burn they bring the energy of their offering into their body to feed and cleanse them. If you would like to join me in calling on the element of fire to assist us in shifting, releasing, and renewing, contact me about when I'll next be conducting a traditional fire ceremony on the night of the full moon. All are very welcome to join us as we drum and rattle and call in the spirit of Fire to bless, cleanse and purify us and allow us to open to the place of the soul.

Private shamanic consultations are also available on request using shamanic journeying, fire ceremony, and despacho ceremony for release and manifestation of prayers. These are powerful ways to clear stuck energy, create manifestation of prayers for abundance, healing and to create more harmony in relationships. Contact me to arrange individual sessions and for information on pricing.