Natural Awakenings to natural health is another reason we love Ecuador. This is a country where it is easier to live long natural lives and remain in good health. We are continually bringing our medical friends from up north here to integrate secrets they have learned with the sacred health systems here. Dr. Joe Culbertson will be visiting with us shortly to review ways to gain natural awakenings to good health.
Here we continue a series that Joe has provided on ways to maintain natural good health.
Why abdominal muscles are so important and frequently so weak.
Strong abdominal muscles can keep us from becoming susceptible to an amazing array of health conditions. This may be one of the most important muscular systems of the body, yet they do not function normally in 95% of the population. There are a number of causes. Overeating and insufficient exercise have shouldered most of the blame for weak tummy muscles, however, they are not the leading reasons for this common problem.
Indications that these muscles aren’t performing include weight gain, water retention, bloating in the tummy region, problems with digestion, absorption, elimination, low back pain (acute and chronic), neck problems, headaches (especially of the sinus variety), and leg pain. Abdominal muscle problems are more than just the front-end protrusion. Even when in fantastic shape, it is not uncommon for them to perform improperly. This is because the abdominal muscles are part of a functioning group of muscles. If one part is out of sync, the other parts are out as well.
These muscles work as a team allowing the lower back and every organ, nerve, muscle, and bone that they influence to remain healthy. Each member of this team has a relationship to a particular organ, acupuncture meridian, emotion, and thought. All of which have a direct impact on the muscle’s ability to function.
For example, the psoas muscles, which are associated with the kidneys, the kidney meridian, and the emotion we commonly call ‘fear’, and the abdominal muscles, which have been linked to the small intestines, the SI meridian, and the feeling of insecurity, are connected in what is known as an antagonistic relationship. This means that if the psoas tightens, the abdominal muscles must relax and vise versa. Because of this, one of the leading reasons for weak abdominal muscles is overly tight psoas muscles.
There are many reasons for the psoas to be overly tight. Emotions from embarrassment to fear are perhaps the leading cause. Close behind, however, would be an improperly functioning kidney. Knowing this can help us profoundly improve the performance of our abdominal muscles. If we help the kidneys, we help the psoas muscles and this improves the abdominals.
One way to help the kidneys is to restrict the types of fluid we are putting into our bodies. Substances like soft drinks, coffee, and alcohol stress the kidneys. Chlorinated water stresses them most of all. Chlorinated water wears the kidneys down, and tightens the psoas.
Just by changing to non-chlorinated water we help the psoas muscles, which allows the abdominals the opportunity to resume a normal functioning pattern. Our abdominal muscles, like all the other muscles of the body, when they are balanced and functioning properly, strengthen and get in shape just with normal activity. The need for special exercise is eliminated if a true balance exists.
You can go one step further. Add a small amount of cranberry or lemon juice, or tea (any variety) to non-chlorinated water. This addition helps the kidneys process water more efficiently. This is one small variable we can alter that helps our tummy muscles work as intended. Of course there is also how we think, the posture we have adopted, our life style, and the amount of exercise we actually get. I cover all this in my book that will be available soon. "Secrets of the Spine, the True Mind/Body Connection".
For information on Dr. Joe and the Spine Tuner (an effective way to help create a healthier body and happier life) go to www.naturalawakenings.com.
Until next message, may all your actions naturally awaken to health and wealth!
Learn more about Ecuador’s health secrets. Join us for our first Ecuador Shamanic Mingo!
Details are at http://www.garyascott.com/catalog/mingo/
Or read below:
Ecuador Shaman Mingo Tour
March 23-24-25 2007, (Arrive March 21-Depart March 26)
Our Greatest Promise Yet. Absolutely Nothing… Guaranteed!
Would you like to be guaranteed everything, better health, more worth, wealth, wisdom and wonder?
Then may I invite you to our newest shamanic tour? It’s about nothing.
This nothing is something Merri and I always wanted to do for 13 years. Yet how could we describe nothing that offers everything?
Then our friend and astrologer Blaine Watson sent this quote of Anthony de Mello:
“The governor on his travels stopped in to pay homage to the Master. ‘Affairs of state leave me no time for lengthy dissertations,’ he said.
"Could you put the essences of religion into a paragraph or two for a busy man like me?”
"I shall put it into a single word for the benefit of your highness." "Incredible! What is this most unusual word?"
"And what is the way to silence?"
"And what, may I ask, is meditation?"
This quote finally gave me permission to describe a Shamanic Mingo about nothing. Mingo means circle or gathering. This is what our upcoming shamanic tour will be, gatherings around shamans in the sacred area of Cotacachi. That’s all we know will happen because this is the way the good ones are, in the here and now where in the moment forms the actions, teachings and the tour.
So little is so powerful!
For example, we took a group with a shaman to the sacred Ingapirca below for a Mingo. We traveled half the day and arrived at this beautiful spot.
Here is a photo of us lining up for that Mingo. The shaman lit the ceremonial fire. The fire went out. He lit it again and again it went out. “The fire has never gone out before,” the shaman said. “We should not proceed.” We had just a small ceremony instead and he focused on one special person with us, who had been ill. What he did seemed like nothing. Then we spent the rest of the day going home.
Our lives however were somehow turned around from…nothing. The mother later sent us this note.
“Hi Merri and Gary: Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Our daughter called me from the airport so it is going to be a long stressful trip for her, but she was very happy, excited and told me all about the wonderful time. She could not stop talking about you guys, about the seminar and about the whole positive experience.
“We want to thank you both so much for your support and care and for the wonderful attention you gave. I don’t think she could have made it without your help. Her health is so unpredictable…. She can be fine for a few weeks and then she has a relapse….and, of course, traveling is very stressful for her. But she has a wonderful attitude and is so looking forward to get her business off the ground…this is the first time in over 6 years that she has been able to "get back to work" and she is full of optimism. Thanks again for being so understanding and helpful. I just don’t know how to express our thanks other than to send you both a big warm hug!”
Merri and I have spent months over the years traveling, working, studying and living with Taita Yatchaks, Yatchaks, Shamans, Shamanas and Curanderos. We learned they work from nothing. Here we are with Aldemar a yatchak in the Amazon.
The real shamans are unpredictable because they gain their energy form their environment and from the here and now. They never know how the spirit will guide them so we genuinely do not know what will happen on our upcoming shamanic mingo tour. Expect nothing and you are almost guaranteed to get something and maybe….everything.
Here is Merri and me with a Taita Yatchak deep in the sacred LLanganatis. They say anyone who goes in there dies from a stake in their heart or goes mad. We found this not quite true. Though I assure you our hearts were affected in the most profound ways. You can read about this trip at http://www.garyascott.com/archives/2003/03/27/792/
Perhaps this is how legends arise. Maybe in the LLanganatis your heart will be destroyed to be born again! Or the mind will go mad from resisting the evolution. We will not make it to the LLanganatis on this tour, but we will be with shamans and though we’ll be steeped in nothingness I surely expect our hearts will soar.
We have found that shamans who ask “how much will you pay,” or “what do you want me to do” are not the ones we want.
The real healers are the ones who do not know what they will do and believe that the forces of nature will care for them, so they let the greater powers decide how, how much and when they are compensated and what they will do.
This should not be surprising. Looking for nothing to find everything is suspiciously similar to what quantum science suggests we should do.
Quantum physics indicates that all matter springs from nothing, just energy or wavelengths and that reality manifests from wavelengths in the mind and soul.
This science says illusions are solid. Reality is space. We are composed of molecules, small bits of something spinning around and separated by vast amounts of relative space. Yet molecules are not solid either. They are composed of atoms, even smaller bits spinning around and separated by vast amounts of relative space. Yet atoms are not solid either, but are composed of protons, electrons and neutrons, even smaller bits spinning in vast spaces. And these are composed of even smaller bits, muons, quarks of several spins, also spinning in vast spaces. Super string theory suggests that these bits are even tinier particles composed of smaller one dimensional strings of vibration that are the smallest bits which humanity has been able to conceive.
Where do all these tiniest super strings come from? Nothing but silence and space frozen in solid illusions from our observation, intention and consciousness. In short, our thoughts are the existence that creates the universe. This is the wonder of true quantum research and shamanism too.
The shamans get in touch with the nothingness to alter and heal. When they touch the infinite with their hearts and minds wonderful things happen to those with them. Healings and awakenings spring from their touch…no scalpels, pills or radiation required!
To accomplish this Shamans have to be in touch with nature, not the schedule of a tour.
So our upcoming Shamanic Mingo is a tour about nothing with no schedule at all. Actually not quite. There are some things we will be sure to do. We just do not know when or where. Instead we’ll arrive in innocence, expect nothing, get our feet in motion and lay our path open to fate. This, I warn you, is a powerful mixture so shed your expectations but prepare for more than you can imagine.
One day we’ll introduce you to the Relais and Chateaux, La Mirage Spa and the Shamana Estrella who abodes there. You’ll have the option to have a shamanic cleansing and rose water bath from her or over a dozen other healing treatments.
We’ll also visit the sacred Quicocha lake for a shamanic study and perhaps a ceremony.
Merri and I know numerous Taita Yatchaks, Yatchaks, Shamans, Shamanas and Curanderos. You’ll learn which is which and we’ll visit a number of them. Here I am with Don Carlos, a Taita Yatchak.
We’ll soak in the sacred volcanic hot springs at Chachimbiro.
We’ll learn about a variety of shamanic healing plants such as Datura, Dulcamaras, Una Del Gato and Sangria Drago.
We’ll try shamanic healing exercises, the Llama, The Lizard and more, such as this one immortalized in ancient carvings.
There you have it, a course Merri and I have wanted to conduct for years but have not because it is nothing. If you feel like doing nothing, March 23-24 and 25 join us here in Cotacachi, Ecuador. We’ll do nothing together. Who knows, we might accomplish everything, better health, more happiness and certainly we will broaden our horizons! I hope we’ll see you here.
Ecuador Shaman Mingo Tour, March 23-24-25 2007, (Arrive March 21-Depart March 26, 2007. Enroll at http://www.garyascott.com/catalog/mingo/