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The Intimacy of Dog Training

I wonder how our intimate relationships would shape up if we invested in them the time, effort and wisdom we invest in training our dogs. Take recall, for example. This...
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An Embodied Prayer

A favour to Embodied Wisdom Favouring spontaneous movement over movement with form these days. It puts me in touch with my own embodied wisdom. I start moving while in bed,...
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Kilpot & Armour

A hardening Jewish religion talks about "klipot" (shells), a sort of hardening that takes place when one sees things that they shouldn't see. The klipot impairs one's sensitivity and ability...
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Psychic Surgery

Your regard for others remains registered in your body and energy field. Twenty years ago I met a young Argentinian rabbi who was said to do "psychic surgery", although he...
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A Dog Moms Breakthrough

I went to the off-leash dog park and here is why this was a personal breakthrough: Bucharest, early 1980’s There was one oval patch of grass in my city neighbourhood,...
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The Heart Won’t Wait

August 31st, 1999, Ashdod, Israel From Banker to Healer My last day of work at the bank, and my last day of holistic reflexology class. I was getting married, moving to...
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Three Conditions for Connecting

There are three fundamental conditions necessary to connect with other people:  1: Genuine interest 2: Transparency 3:  Integrity 1 - Interest Without a genuine interest in the other person, there...
Purpose hope and vision

There are three conditions required to keep facing whatever life throws at you:

- Purpose - Hope - Vision The purpose is your "Why". Some years ago I faced mortality on a cold steel hospital table and found that more than fearing death,...
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Humour is a Delivery System for Content

Saying that someone is humourless because they don't laugh at your insulting sarcasm is like telling someone who is rejecting unwanted sexual advances that they're frigid. Humour is form, and...
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Grumpy Dog Granddad

He is a tall, lean man in his seventies, walking a tiny brown short-haired dog. He walks leading with his head, his whole body looking like a moving question mark....
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Tribes and Belonging

The French Canadian word for girlfriend is “blonde”. Probably invented by a hair-dye company. The French Canadian word for boyfriend or life mate is “chum”. “Ca va bien ton chum?”...
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Law of Attraction or Personal Development?

Why I don't think about what I want to attract, the law of attraction etc: When I want to attract something, I seek to attract an "it", an object, and...
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100 Danish Kroner – a story from Behind the Iron Curtain

“Jeg kan ikke tale dansk” Early 1980’s Eforie Nord, a Black Sea shore resort The Europa restaurant is as spacious as a wedding hall, brimming with foreign tourists, the tables...
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A Short Date with Mario – Stories behind the Iron Curtain

Bucharest, early 1980’s I could have walked to school this sunny afternoon. The twenty minutes city stretch from home to the Academy of Economic Studies - ASE - flows through...
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Grandpa Mendel

“Where is your father from?” Gideon, an elderly man with a wide, open face, looks at my application form and reads my last name out loud. Then he fixes his...
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Lessons from a Bad Marriage

I had a "lesson-resourceful" marriage and this is what I learned: Trauma. We marry our unresolved issues. We marry our shadow. We must address and heal trauma so that we...
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Anxiety and Dogs

I had the first full-blown panic attack when I was eighteen. I had no name for my experience. My mother, who had died a year before, used to describe episodes...
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Dogs and the Animal Nature of the Body

I grew up in a tiny one-bedroom apartment in Bucharest with my mother and father, two full-time professionals who hired a nanny to take care of me. We decorated our...
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Five Questions to Save Your Soul

Day 68 Self-Love: Five Questions that have saved my soul, and could save yours as well. Asking yourself the right questions is key to your flourishing. Self inquiry is an...
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Why Diet May Not Be The Answer To Your Health

Health food stores are popping up like mushrooms after rain online and offline, thriving on people’s single-minded obsession with food. What began as useful awareness that what you put in...
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Tana Saler’s Seven Principles for health recovery and well-being

1- First condition to recovery: have a life purpose and meaning that is compelling enough for you to want to be well. Have a “Why” before the “How”. Everything else...
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Relationships are Medicine

Relationships weigh heaviest as factor in health and well-being, much more than diet, arguably exercise, and drugs. I’ve felt at my worst when living or working in emotionally toxic environments,...
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Tana Saler’s Enlightened Commerce Principles:

1- Choose transaction partners who love what they do, and are both happy and passionate about their work. This includes the cook who makes your food, your kids' school teachers,...
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The Origins of Reiki

The Origins of Reiki Mikao Usui was a Japanese Buddhist monk in search for enlightenment. The ultimate scope of Buddhist practice, as is the ultimate scope of spiritual practices, is...
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Anxiety and Your Dog

A Reiki Alpha Bitch post If your fur baby suffers with anxiety, her distress very likely causes you distress. And you'd like to help, and you've tried everything. The problem...
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From Victim to Hero

Fighting Opression by Being Neither Opressor Nor Opressed It starts with the Self. It takes Healing. It takes Practice. It takes Power and Love. I am broken, but not defeated....
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Shalom – Peace, Well-Being and Health

The Hebrew language is interesting to explore. Words are based on a root, a number of consonants; add vowels, prefixes and suffixes to the root, and you get verbs, nouns,...
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The Scenic Road to Well-Being: Reading the Signs of How You Are

Reading the Signs of Well-Being Taking the scenic road to well-being means that I use therapies and practices which take time, some of which are short-term, and some of which...
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Boundaries!

I can't count the times I heard this word exclaimed like an interjection, without an explanation, elaboration or instructions. Several other times I heard people saying that I or someone...
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Transmission, Empathy and Power

I woke up laughing. In my dream, a man tried to jump over a table and landed face down in a plate full of hummus. I looked at the beige...
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On Vitality – Tools, Obstacles and Signposts

According to the Vitality or Chi / Ki paradigm of thought, Life is a force comparable to a river who is best flowing freely and without obstacles. An imbalance in...
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Trauma Recovery Practices

Part of my stress, distress and trauma recovery process, besides therapy, consists in the cultivation of resourceful, positive states. States are temporary ways of being, and the longer you spend...
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Emotions and Shadow

1- Emotions are a language worth paying attention to. For instance: Fear says: "Your physical safety is at risk. Get going and save your butt!" Sadness says: "This thing is...
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Reiki Dog

Was it a coincidence that the very same day that I was reading a book chapter about treating dogs with Reiki, was the day when my dog Dubi had indigestion?...
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What Not to Say to a Friend in Need

Five things to avoid when someone close is distressed A heart-warming response to the extremely demanding time that I had gone through until last July, when I left a very...
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Four Bad Pieces of Relationship Advice You Should Avoid

Even the best-intended, caring of your friends and family members have their world views limited by social conditioning, cultural bias, personal level of development and relationship history. Any advice they...
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Reiki: Are Skeptics Throwing the Baby Out With the Bathwater?

Studying the AQAL Integral map for the evolution of consciousness has been the most sobering reality check that I have ever encountered, causing me to question and re-assess everything that...
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Loving Dad

A story of healing the soul of my family and turning fear and resentment into love   The happiest memories of my Dad and I are the first ones that...
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Why Israel – What made me decide to leave Romania and move to a small, hot country at war

I am not sure whether I am a Zionist or not. But I am definitely a toffee lover. Let me explain from the beginning. When I hear stories of what...
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Relationship Dream

I dream of a world where human relationships flow with ease, and love flows with ease between people. I dream of hearts open, arms wide open, ready for embracing another,...
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Exchange: the Human Expression of Love

The world of form is an external manifestation of the formless, or Spirit; and even though the mind cannot grasp Spirit, it can talk about it: it is pure Wisdom,...
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The Healing Potential of Couple Relationships

For any individual actively engaged in personal development, relationships are the most challenging, and possibly the most rewarding venue for psychological growth and spiritual awakening. My own awakening to the...
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Afraid of the Dark?!

An exploration of Shadow, darkness, contraction and the hidden corners of the psyche Living fully as a human being has neither been taught, nor encouraged in the politically-correct North American...
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Heart Health – An Integral View

In some parts of the world, it seems that heart disease is statistically more threatening to humanity than warfare; it is the silent killer that the un-glorified many succumb to....
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Seven Steps to Dealing with Toxic Emotions

All thoughts and uttered or written words are prayer, especially for one with a powerfully creative mind. I have watched myself create ‘coincidences’ much too often, much too obvious, not...
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Shining Light on Darkness: How to Identify Shadow Elements of the Psyche

Traits, qualities, emotions, urges, impulses, and other aspects of the psyche are disowned when they are too much for the self to take in, process, or accept. Most of the...
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Allergies and Addictions

Ideally, every child, individual and society evolves through structural stages of development easily, smoothly, without any problem. If we use the chakra system to look at the evolution of consciousness,...
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Translative versus Transformative

Translative Vs. Transformative Two major distinctions in therapyOne major way to cope with adversity is translative practice: giving a new and different meaning to what’s happening to you. This practice has...