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The Power Of Kambô – Medicine Extracted From Amazonian Frogs

“Kambô circulates in the heart. Our shaman said that when we take Kambô it makes the heart move accurately, so that things flow, bringing good things to the person. It is as if there was a cloud on the person, preventing the good things to come, then, when it takes the Kambô; it comes a ‘green light’ which opens its ways, making things easier”

There is a Kaxinawá legend that tells that the indians of the village were very ill and the Shaman Kampu had done everything that was possible to cure them. All medicinal herbs known were used, but none helped his people’s agony. Kampu then entered the forest and under the effect of Ayahuasca, received the visit of the great God. He brought in His hands a frog, from which He took a white secretion, and taught how to apply. Returning to the tribe and following the guidelines that he had received the Shaman Kampu was able to cure his brothers Indians. After his death, the spirit of Kampu has started living in the frog and the Indians began to use its secretion to stay active and healthy.

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The green frog – Phyllomedusa bicolor, called a Kambô frog, is the largest species of the genus of the family Hylidae, found in southern Amazon and throughout the territory of Acre, also being found in almost all the Amazon countries, as the Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and Bolivia. By extension, Kambô is also the name of this frog resin Kambô frog and its medical application: “We will take Kambô.”

This resin contains peptides substances (dermorfine and deltorfine ) that are analgesic and that strengthens the immune system provoking the destruction of pathogenic microorganisms. The substances in the frog secretion also have antibiotic properties, and strengthen the immune system through the body’s production of antibodies against the poison, also showing great power in the treatment of Parkinson, AIDS, cancer, depression and other diseases. The Deltorfine and Dermorfine today are synthetically produced by pharmaceutical laboratories .

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There is also, due to its purgative effect, an obvious process of detoxification of the liver (usually one vomits up bitter bile) of intestine (through evacuations) and of the entire digestive system. The katukina also use it as the antidote in case of snake bite, medicine for many illness, and as a tonic.

But to the native, the main cause for taking Kambô is to fight ‘panema’. ‘panema’ means sadness, lack of luck, irritation: ‘bad aura’ – as someone once well translated. The person is with “panema” when nothing goes right and nothing is good. The basic purpose of Kambô is ‘taking off the panema’ in order to go hunting and to attract women.

And that, however difficult it is to the Western thought to accept, is the main purpose of Kambô: it establishes a spiritual ‘management chock’ in the life of people, a ‘chakra realignment’, a mark for organic and psychological reorganization, from which the person changes attitude and change their future patterns of health.

Out of the 53 Brazilian indigenous groups that used to take the vaccine, today there are only 13. Three of them are big, with reserves in the region of Alto Jurua: The Kaxinawás, the Ashaninkas and Katukinas. There are variations in the rituals and names given to the green frog. The Katukina, however, has more affinity with the Kambô, taking his poison more often than other ethnic groups and have their identity bonded directly by the practice.

The floral therapist and acupuncturist, Sonia Maria Valencia Menezes is a great deal responsible for the dissemination of the Katukina procedures with Kambô, maintaining an office in Sao Paulo together with the tribe – to administer applications – and promoting treatment travels to the Indian reserve in Alto Juruá.

A few years ago, a caboclo use of Kambô arrived, rubber latex extractors from Acre learned this science with the Indians and began to implement Kambô in white people, in the cities of Cruzeiro do Sul and Rio Branco. Their headman was Francisco Gomes (or Shiban) from Cruzeiro do Sul, which lived together with the Indians for years and learned the art of Kambô. Genildo Gomes, son of Francisco Gomes, continued his work of distributing Kambô and created, in 2002, the Juruá´s Association for Extractivist Resources and Alternative Medicine, AJUREMA, main irradiation center for Kambô.

Although it is difficult to find (they get mixed with the leaves), the Kambô frogs can eventually be found near the igarapés, when they sing announcing the rain. The Indians generally do the ‘harvest’ at dawn, also singing. In some traditions, only the shaman ‘crops’ the frog and in others they all hear its call at night. The frogs are extremely poisonous and do not react when captured. Not even move, as if not having predators. Apparently, they are hard to swallow – the snakes, specimens almost always blind, oriented by the heat of prey, spit them out, desperately, when they bite them. The technique for extracting the poison is as old as it is simple. They tie the animal on its feet, shaping an “X” and spit him up three to four times, to irritate it. Secretion released, you need only to scratch it with a piece of wood. The secretion (seems foam) crystallizes up quickly and can be used at any time.

There is no secret in Kambô application: with a piece of ember vine, one burns the arm several times, opening small holes in the skin (called points). The application of the resin diluted in water is carried over the skin and moves quickly to the entire body by the lymphatic vessels.

The amount of points (usually in odd number) through which the poison will be introduced (with a wood spatula), depends on physical stature, the number of times that has already used Kambô, the reason for the application and assessment of the applicator, based on their knowledge.

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There are different philosophies between applicators, particularly among katukina and caboclo´s that use it in cities. For caboclos, there are counter-indications for pregnant women, nursing mothers or menstruating ladies, once it can cause hemorrhage due to dilation of blood vessels, as well as children less than ten years and older people with heart problems and high pressure. For Katukina, there is no such restriction and children begin to take Kambô from the age two, just after the period of breastfeeding. The Katukina take up to 100 points in a single application and apply at different times of the year, Throughout their whole life.

In the caboclo use, the basic treatment is three doses, at intervals of time that depend on the development level of the person with Kambô. The first treatment is three months, are three increasing doses (e.g. 5, 7 and 9 points), within 28 days, preferably of the new moons and last quarter.

Then, after at least six months from the last application of the first treatment, you can make one second, now every 15 days, with minor increasing doses(for example: 3, 5 and 7). They also make treatments for 7 days (at any moon other than the full moon) and for 3 days, combined with dietary changes (no solids or salt) and the use of Ayahuasca. The important thing is that the maximum interval between the two applications is a moon, 28 days. “If it takes more time than that between a dose and another, the Kambô will have to work all it had worked before again.”

According to David de Paula Nunes, son of a rubber latex extractor and one the main Amazon therapists, there is no obligation in taking it for three consecutive times and warns: “The Kambô is a vaccine and as such should not be used regularly in low dosages so that the body does not get used to the substances and lose their effect”.

Men generally apply in the arms or the chest. Women implement the points on the leg. In the case of Katukina, in the front of the leg. The caboclos usually, for aesthetic reasons, apply in the side of leg. For the Indians, the mark of the points on the skin is a reason of pride and should not be hidden or put on the back of the body.

Another interesting difference: both Katukina and caboclos require being on diet without solids or salt for at least 12 hours. But while the Indians ingest a large quantity (3 to 5 liters) of corn caiçuma during the night, before taking Kambô, the caboclos prescribe only 2 liters of pure water a few minutes before application.

The reaction of the vaccine lasts five minutes. In that time, the heart fires off, the blood flows accelerated through the veins, blood pressure rises or falls a lot, the person gets dizzy or nauseous. Some people see all white, as if the world were covered by a diffuse fog, or fall on the floor estrenghtlessly. There are also many reports of feeling an electrical current through the skin itching the body. Many users swell, appearing to be similar to a frog. Then, suddenly, the body reacts to the sickness and put everything out. Strong vomit and diarrhea are the most common responses. Only then, little by little, the senses are back to normal. The person feels light, clean, willing, in a good mood. After 30 minutes of application, the person is fit for their normal activities.

My personal experience indicates that water plays a key role in the whole process, not only its ingestion by the patient but also in the dilution of the poison. It seems that a higher number of points in very diluted solutions (homeopathic perspective) is more effective (and with less chance of overdosing) than applications with fewer points and more secretion.

Water is still prescribed for showering after the effects diminishes, not only to be clean from the excesses caused by the sickness (sweat, vomiting, feces) but also, in the symbolic sense, as a complement of Kambô process of cure.

The researchers Edilene Coffaci de Lima (UFPR) and Beatriz Caiuby Labate (UNICAMP) study the spread of Kambô in urban centre, examining, in particular, the discourse of these various applicators (Indians, rubber latex extractors, holistic therapists and doctors) have been preparing on the use of the frog’s secretion. To them, “words are commuting; sometimes lean to a spiritualist explanation, sometimes to a scientific or medical interpretation of the diseases”. It goes from the universal panacea (the cure for all illness) to placebo (a cure through psychological induction). And often these oscillations hide some simplifications. The word ‘panema’, for example, is re-interpreted as ‘depression’ by urban therapists. Or yet a negative energy capable of generating a broad spectrum of diseases.

Moreover, the researchers believe that the production and commercialization of substances take away from the Kambô´s application its most impressive effect. That medicine of science is inseparable from the medicine of the soul (LIMA & LABATE, 2007).

International scientific research, on the pharmaceutical and chemical areas, are being made on the properties of Kambô since the 80´s. Italian, French and Israelis researchers already entered with a request for the patent of dermorfine application. More recently, the University of Kentucky (USA) is searching (and patenting) deltorfine in collaboration with pharmaceutical company Zymogenetics. Several international laboratories are already interested in the venom of the Kambô to develop a drug that can lead to the cure of cancer.

In 2003, some katukina of Cruzeiro do Sul sought the Board of Genetic Heritage Management (CGEN) to denounce the misuse of Kambô. Asked for a solution against the use of Kambô by urban people; they were concerned, too, about their intellectual rights in the case of drugs derived from the substance. It is worth to remember that a patent can take many years until come to eventually turn into a remedy.

On April 29, 2004, the National Sanitary Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) prohibited any advertising of medicinal and therapeutic virtues of Kambô. The Minister Marina Silva decided to treat this as a model case. In order to do so, she appointed a working group of the Ministry of Environment for a joint action. The group, which has been gathering since 2004, brings together representatives of indigenous people, anthropologists, indigenists, herpetologists (biologists who study frogs), molecular biologists and physicians.

But the Kambô is, as we have seen, a complex a slippery object, irreducible to the various scientific discourses (clinical, alternative, pharmacy-chemical, anthropological and so on) and will hardly be regulated or reduced without first redefining the prospects in which it is described up to the moment. When one talks about Kambô and its definition, some are concerned about the forest management of the frog, other chemical patents, others with therapeutic possibilities of its application, but for the Indians, the explanation is much simpler: the Kambô is the spirit of Pajé Kampu accomplishing its mission to protect the health of forest defenders .

By Marcelo Bolshaw Gomes

Professor of Sociology of Comunication, UFRN (Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte)
at http://marcelobolshaw.blogspot.com/2008/08/kambo.html

http://www.ayahuasca.com/spirit/kambo-the-spirit-of-the-shaman/

 

The Solar Eclipse Kundalini Experience

“Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul.”_ Victor Hugo

Rebirthing, we are all  in constant reinvention, down to the very cells of our body constantly regenerating themselves… Like nature itself, we too go through cyclical periods in our life, some more constant and significant than others.

However, as nature, we too are subject to major energy recycling and upgrades.

Being a Scorpio, I’m very used to the word rebirth, so with the Spring equinox together with a full solar eclipse coming up on March the 20th, I’ve got a little experience to share with you all.

Last year, in April 2014, we had a solar eclipse. It was the very first time I decided to embrace the energy and power of this phenomenon and meditate on it. I wasn’t prepared for the power of the Kundalini awakening. I searched online for a meditation on it, and I came across the following link:

I felt very connected to the meditation and went to bed after it. While sleeping, my body started to burn up. I was dreaming about the sun.. I was sunbathing on its energy, and I love sunbathing, so I thought it was a cool dream to have together with the solar eclipse.

I woke up in the middle of the night and I felt sunburnt and very hot. I also had a fever.. I didn’t know what was going on. But I knew something strange was taking place. In the following 7 days I was very ill, burning up in bed with fever and no energy. I cried and I was weak; I needed help looking after myself. It has always been hard for me to ask for help as I’m “so independent”.. The fact is I never like to show my weak side or softness, and I try to hide it.

This experience taught me a lot about myself and my fears, as well as a strong energetic upgrade in my body frequency as well as intuitive sensitivity.

I didn’t even know about Kundalini Yoga or the Kundalini energy itself, but it found me…

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It took over my body; it knew what I was looking for. Rebirth, connection to mother earth, letting go of the old and surrendering to the sun.

Later in the year, in October 2014, I had a series of upgrades, and guess what was happening during that time? Again, another solar eclipse. The same events pushed me into Kundalini and I started practicing Kundalini Yoga, which led me to a whole new frequency and way of being.

I guess in modern times, people forget the power of these events and how much we can use, connect and benefit from them.

This year again, and in double dose with the Solar eclipse together with the spring equinox, will allow those who want to surrender to the source use this energy in their favour and upgrade their body’s energy.

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 The changes are already in the air, I’ve heard from others experiencing the same intensity such as losing track of time, it seems time has been in super speed;  there are also people reporting intense night experiences, being woken up by light – this is reserved to awaken and non-awaken people.

The fact is the energy is in the air. Believe it or not. It has a major impact in our inner and collective system. Even from a scientific point of view, the sun is responsible for life on earth as well as mutations in conjunction to evolution itself.

“Some people would claim that things like love, joy and beauty belong to a different category from science and can’t be described in scientific terms, but I think they can now be explained by the theory of evolution.” _Stephen Hawking

Thanks for reading,

Love and Light,

-Sabrina Santos 

The Art Of Touching The Soul With Andrew Fretwell

“Ultimate freedom has nothing to do with your life circumstances – it is the freedom of allowing the self to dissolve into the waves of the ocean. It is the freedom that is born through one’s absolute trust in life.” Richard Rudd

Following on from the DNA activation after the Gene Keys experience, I had the immense pleasure of meeting Andy. Funny how, without knowing why, you can meet someone and feel so connected to them, and start referring to them in an intimate way.

So, let’s give you some more information. Andrew Farewell is an OFT teacher who is working alongside Richard Rudd with the Gene Keys project.

After watching Richard talking about Gene Keys for the first time on Saturday 14th of March, I was very touched by the information. I was also very happy to know there are more people who know and experience the energy downloads and upgrades in the human body.

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After the talk, I was very excited about this new discovery and ready to dive into the DNA activation process; that’s when I first met Andy. I remember very well the feeling it created in my energetic field. A feeling of connection, a deep heart connection. I started to talk to him about the talk and how amazed I was by it, and the more we talked the more my heart started to expand. His words have this effect on you; they sink into your being. Why? Because they are full of kindness and deep inner truth.

It didn’t take long until my eyes started watering. I didn’t know what was happening there and then, but I knew it was pure magic.

Andy has this energy and the only way to explain it is to watch and hear from him in his interview:

I feel very blessed for having the chance to interview him. Don’t get me wrong, I feel blessed for everyone I have interviewed; every human being is very unique and wonderful. I truly think we are all the same, no one is better than anyone.

It is, though, very inspiring when you meet someone like Andrew, someone in this frequency shining his truth and speaking from the heart..

The very first thing that amazed me about his way of operating was the fact he is so switched on to everyone’s needs, empathising with their feelings. He has a way of acknowledging what you are saying and really listening; making sure his reply comforts you. It’s such a natural thing for him to behave in this way – I guess it’s part of his unconscious Gene keys characteristics.

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Andrew Fretwell _ OFT master and Gene Keys project colaborator

Another great thing I discovered by meeting Andrew is OFTOriginal Feeling Touch; which is a whole new subject, and I’ll be sure to write about it once I experience it. So far, I can say what I read about it: “OFT is a journey of discovery of unfolding what is inside of us. OFT is a reminder of what you have always known deep down in your being. In fact, OFT is Touching the Essence of You”.

I’m very interested in finding out more about this practice. Andrew Fratwell is a worldwide specialist in OFT.

To get in touch with Andrew, please visit his websites, only if you dare to discover the true magic inside yourself 😉

www.born-genius.com

www.oft-touch.com

www.wuji-gong.org

“The sacred is honouring the unknown, we are obsessed these days  with knowing and it’s the opposite, it’s about not knowing the more you embrace not knowing the more magical you life becomes”_ Andrew Fretwell

Thanks for reading,

Love and Light,

-Sabrina Santos 

Gene Keys Discovery Part 1- A Voyage Of Self Illumination

“Our own genomes carry the story of evolution, written in DNA, the language of molecular genetics, and the narrative is unmistakable.”_Kenneth R. Miller

So, for those who not know me, I’m a control freak. Well, not in every sense of the word, but I like knowing about outcomes, how things turn out, and playing with the hologram of the matrix manifesting everything and guessing it all. As I found out last weekend, this is not my “fault” (although everything is chosen by us), this characteristic is embedded in my very DNA.

Still, when life has its own way to show me magic, I love and enjoy receiving the gift of surprise and diving into it.

After interviewing Stacy Lynn Floyd, I was invited to attend a seminar/workshop in relation to Gene Keys and DNA activation. I didn’t really look into it or its details until I was actually there, I decided to just go and see what it was all about with no pre-conceptions.

So, on Saturday the 14th of March, I heard for the very first time about Richard Rudd and Andrew Fretwell, as well as the whole idea of the 64 Gene Keys.

Here is a video I made of Richard’s talk about Gene Keys.. I wasn’t prepared for this:

It made so much sense… It helped me to understand some of my most recent experiences with pure flow of energy.

So, while doing an inner child work with my Shaman one day around the first week of February 2014, I woke up in the middle of the night and had a big fright! I woke up and looked at my body, and it wasn’t really there.. it was all green light, pure energy! I immediately freaked out and asked for it to go away, I closed my eyes and I was back to normal. I didn’t know what to make of it, I didn’t know if it was good or bad.. I knew it wasn’t a dream… for some reason I thought it was all fine, and after praying and processing the experience I went back to bed. I told some friends, and my shaman associated this to Archangel Gabriel’s energy, since during that period I was also going through a massive heart opening.

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Don’t get me wrong, I believe in all sorts of stuff. I mean, I experienced a lot of weirdness, but sometimes my mind needs a bit more of an explanation. Therefore, it was just great to come across the Gene Keys and its in-depth studies. It’s very analytical and at the same time it carries a huge amount of information and ancient wisdom.

I’ll go into more detail about Gene Keys when I interview Richard, but for now I just wanted to let you know this project has a wonderful way of allowing you to understand yourself, to accept yourself and to unleash the greatness within your own being.

To start, you must determine your main Genetic Keys, and get to know your main shadows, gifts and true powers (called by Gene Keys Siddhi). Those are directly related to your date, time and location of birth.

Here is a link to establish your Genetic Key profile:

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Once that’s done, you can start looking into your genetic keys. I’d recommend you read the book Gene Keys written by Richard Rudd, and look at all your Keys.

Be prepared to have your mind shaken! Literally, this book has such intense vibration it shakes our entire body. It’s like your cells are downloading the information and reactivating it into their cellular memory…

While reading it, you may experience physical reactions such as headaches and the feeling of vibration.. Or maybe not; that was my own experience.

I hope you enjoy finding out about yourself and stepping into your truths, learning to be and accept your Shadows, utilise your Gifts and unleash the Siddhis/your truth powers.

Thanks for reading,

Love and Light,

-Sabrina Santos 

(PS : If you want to get a good glimpse of Richard’s knowledge, be sure to check his free webinars as well! You can find them on : http://www.genekeys.com/free-webinars/)

 

The Art Of Feeding The Soul With Stacy Lynn Floyd

So, I have a confession to make: I still eat junk food. Yes, I stopped drinking, I meditate every day, and I try to be mindful and have awareness. When it comes to food, though, I’m still not in the process of feeding my body with the best it requires.

Well, maybe I am. I’ve always tried to listen to my body and went for the nourishment that I thought I needed. But it’s no easy task letting go of some unhealthy habits and addictions that reflect emotional issues when it comes to food.

I have been reluctant to look into my eating habits and discover a link between those and my physical and spiritual health; although I have taken some detox diets in the past and experienced the countless benefits of it. It has been a problem of mine to embrace more mindful eating habits.

Speaking with Stacy has surely made me acknowledge that it might be time to look into what feeds the soul.

Feeding your soul; that’s certainly a very interesting topic, so let’s start with getting to know about Stacy and her Journey. Please click on the link below to find out more.

As discussed in the interview, everything is an illusion and nothing is real. But at the same time, we are still attached to the illusion and the collective consciousness behind it that inevitably brings a set of beliefs to it. Unfortunately, what we feed ourselves does have an impact on our body – good or bad – and that’s when a specialist like Stacy comes into action.

Stacy says “Everyone has a different need, and all dietary requirements vary from person to person. What may be good for me may not be good for you.”

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Stacy Lynn FLoyd – Holistic Health Coach

 

Our uniqueness as nature’s creations is also reflected in how we relate to food and how it affects us.

I’m still very new to the art of feeding the soul. I’m also no expert on all of the impact that processed food has on our body, and how that relates to ones spiritual wellbeing. I do have my superfood regime, which includes a glass of water with half a lemon mixed with Spirulina and Chrorella. I have that first thing in the morning, every day. I thought it was a very good commitment; but maybe it is time to look into food from a different perspective.

It’s really best to hear from Stacy more on the subject itself.

After so much to consider, I have a question for myself which you may share. Am I ready to start feeding my soul? There is one way to find out…. Getting right into it.

If if wish to get in touch with Stacy Lynn Floyd ,Certified Holistic Health C oach, visit www.stacylynnfloyd.com

Thanks for reading ,

Love and Light,

-Sabrina Santos

 

Meditation Talk With Marco Dean

I first met Marco Dean in February 2014; I was passing by this famous holistic shop in Covent Garden called Mysteries and looking for something interesting to do, maybe a new course, when I came across a free meditation class.

As I looked at the picture of this man, I couldn’t help but feel a bit curious about the whole thing.  “Mmm I wonder what this class will be like?”

Up to that point, I hadn’t had much meditation practise – apart from a few courses I had taken in the previous year (2013) – so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect or what kind of meditation he would be teaching.

Little did I know how much that class would dramatically change my life.

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“A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet. As the sun on rising makes the world active, so does self-awareness affect changes in the mind. In the light of calm and steady self-awareness, inner energies wake up and work miracles without any effort on your part.”_Nisargadatta Maharaj

 

Marco held a class on alpha meditation, with shamanic background; with very simple meditation techniques that can be practiced for as little as five minutes a day, and can definitely have an effect on your way of thinking. Not because it changes what you think, but because it enables your consciousness to operate on a better level.

It’s like exercising.. You exercise to have a healthy body, and you eat well, you brush your teeth to make them clean. Well, with meditation, you exercise your brain! It’s weird to explain, as it’s different for everyone.

Nonetheless, meditation has been scientifically proven to enrich and benefit your brain capacity as well as having various other related health benefits.

Quantum physics studies have also acknowledged the power of the mind in creating your own reality. Your thoughts are interacting with everything around you, down to the very atoms.

Therefore, when you start meditating and perfecting your consciousness, “things”start happening.

Anyway, everyone has to start from some point, and I was lucky enough to take part in this weekly meditation class for a year, and now I meditate every day.

Marco is a very interesting character, very mysterious and quirky; it took me a while to get him. That’s the thing with mystics; they make you think, they puzzle your mind, and they don’t give you any answers. Instead, they make you question everything and find out for yourself.

Here is our interview with Marco. I hope you enjoy it.

One of the things I love to hear from Marco in class is the freedom he gives you when you ask a question.

For instance, when asked “How do I know I’m doing it right? Have I reached Alpha?”

The Answer was always the same “You don’t, no one actually knows, it’s subjective, it’s different for everyone – there is no right or wrong.”

Here, you find another short video where we talk about meditation.

If I could have everyone around the world practicing something on a daily basis, it would be meditation. It helps to find yourself, your one truth, it makes you grow and connect to your inner powers and discover that life has much more to offer than what you thought it had.

It will change you into who you are meant to be, and it will open the doors for an amazing journey into self-discovery and empowerment.

For Alpha meditation techniques visit our tutorial links and how-to meditation videos.

If you wish to get in touch with Marco you can reach him through mysteries for readings  on http://www.mysteries.co.uk/index.html

Thanks for reading,

Love and Light,

-Sabrina Santos 

Life Coaching With Simon Crowe

Simon Crowe is a Life coach. That’s the best term to define his line of work.

The words life and coach put together always intrigued me. Do we need a coach to learn how to live?

Do we need help to find what is missing? To succeed? To strive?

I’ve always been a very “independent” person, says everyone who meets me. Maybe coming and “making” in a foreign Country so far away from my family is one of the give aways of my independency, but I had never had coaching before – or had I?
The homosapiens in the animal kingdom need nurturing. We won’t be able to talk, write, count or learn society rules unless we learn from one another. From the day we are born, we are interdependent.. We learn so that we can be independent, but just how independent are we?

Life doesn’t make any sense without interdependence. We need each other, and the sooner we learn that, the better for us all_ Erik Erikson

 

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At present, I have this theory.. See if you follow.. If we are the universe, God within ourselves etc., we can accomplish anything we want and we have the power for it within ourselves. However, if we were meant to do everything by ourselves, why would we have the need to have a whole external creation? If we were meant to learn everything from ourselves, there would be no need for the existence of other people in the first place. And if we are all ONE, they are also parts of ourselves playing different roles in this infinite of realities. This is not so straightforward.

Simon has a way of triggering some questions, questions we already had but maybe were afraid to ask; even better with his way of working, he enables us to have clarity and to look for the answers within.

I guess the best way to understand his work is to take a look at his interview, below:


It takes me back to a thing he said to me “Having a clear purpose is something very powerful, it creates an energy around it that drives things into being.”

It makes perfect sense to me. Thanks to people like Simon, if you are willing to commit and expand your dream into extraordinary proportions, you can have some help – life coaching.

Life is not straightforward at all, and thanks to our unique magnificence, we encounter the people we need in our path to encourage us along our journey.

I recently read an article written by Gary Z McGee where a balance between co-dependency and independency is crucial for spiritual growth.

“By reconnecting with the cosmos, by embracing your interdependence, you not only free yourself from the burden of slavery, you also free yourself from the burden of freedom. The world suddenly goes from being a thing that needs to be conquered to a thing that needs to be surrendered to. Indeed, it is when you embrace your interdependence for the first time that you discover, as Alan Watts did, that you’re no longer a victim of the world, you are the world. And that’s a spiritual connection like no other.” – Gary Z McGee

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To get in touch with Simon Crowe and find out more about his extraordinary way of working, please visit his website

http://www.simoncrowe.com/

Thanks for reading,

Love and Light,

-Sabrina Santos 

A Kundalini Journey With Maren Lander

“The purpose of life is to watch and experience living. To enjoy living every moment of it. And to live in environments, which are calm, quiet, slow, sophisticated, elegant. Just to be. Whether you are naked or you have a golden robe on you, that doesn’t make any difference. The ideal purpose of your life is that you are grateful – great and full – that you are alive, and you enjoy it.”  Yogi Bhajan

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I have to say I’m very new to Kundalini Yoga. I had my first class in October 2014. I had heard all sorts of things about it and read many online articles going on and on about it.. So I had to find out for myself.

I expected it to be a long process before I started experiencing the so-called Kundalini raising, but hey I’m a fast mover so I’m not surprised how quickly I got right into the Rainbow Snake rising fire!

London is a big place, so you would think it’s easy to find all sorts of things here, but it took me a while until I managed to find a good Kundalini Yoga teacher. It didn’t take me long until I felt so inspired by Maren’s words that I had to ask if she would give us the pleasure of interviewing her.

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Maren Lander Kundalini Yoga Teacher

 

Maren is one of those people that, as I like to say, carry light wherever they go! Her Aura has this encouraging and friendly glow to it.

Her journey is definitely inspiring. You can watch the whole interview here.

While I was interviewing Maren, (our very first interviewee for the Power Within Us) I could relate to her words and fast track changes she had experienced.

Like Maren, I too stopped drinking after I started to practice Kundalini Yoga frequently, and noticed a shift in my relationships. When you change, people around you may not understand what you are going through; a big part of society doesn’t understand ones need to break free and find their soul mission.

Some will never get what we mean; every experience is unique and very personal. When I heard Maren saying after her first Kundalini Yoga class that she had this amazing feeling and on the way back from it she was cycling home and singing Wahe Guru at the top of her lungs completely hooked, I could only imagine how she felt (I’ve had my own experiences with the practice which I’ll save for another article).

The point is, Kundalini Yoga is a very powerful tool towards enlightenment. It enables you to find yourself and your truth. If you struggle with Self-Love and Self-acceptance, you can also rely on Kundalini to guide you into a strong inner transformation. It will work with the very core of your being.

Maren has her own say about the Kundalini relationship and Self-Love. Here is another video with inspirational words about it.

Kundali and Love are directly related. Bearing in mind that Kundalini connects you to the source and the source energy is pure love, to experience unconditional love you must first love and accept yourself unconditionally. Therefore, Self-Love is the key to this process.

To get in touch with Maren please see her details below:
http://www.lebensart.co.uk/  or send her an email  maren@lebensart.co.uk

Thanks for reading,

Love and Light,

-Sabrina Santos

When You Surrender To Love

“Love doesn’t need reason. It speaks from the irrational wisdom of the heart.” _ Deepak Chopra

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In Conflict, that’s how we live most of the time.

Not with anyone else, but with ourselves. In fact, the only reason we have conflicts with others is because we first have an internal aspect of ourselves that we do not accept.

So, we grow into fighting with our own existence. We fight against time, every minute we live is a minute taken away from our life. Right? We are accustomed to the idea that one day “this life” as we know it will be over and it will no longer exist. So what is the point?

Since I was a little girl, I have had this crazy urge to know why we are here. If we are gonna die.. What is the point?  Okay, if we are spirits.. souls.. why are we here? Where did we come from? How was the universe created? Is there a God? Where is he/she?

What is the point? Where do we go? What are we?

So many questions…

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Well, there was a point I just pretended they were no longer there. I did like everyone else I knew and got on with my life – better not to think of such grand life mysteries.

Luckily for me, I chose a very intense way of learning more about the absolute truths of infinity.. My way was, and still is, LOVE.

I decided love was to show me the way and guide me into light itself (I’m only aware of my choice at present.. it wasn’t so clear in the past).

Enough with the philosophy talk.. let me try and get practical here .. If you read one of my previous articles and discovered my Valentine’s day odyssey, you will be familiar with my heart having a voice of its own and becoming an actual moving power.

So I had some sort of revelation about love, how it actually works when it comes from the heart, and how it liberates your soul..

See, I have been in love so many times.. and every time I had a different lesson to learn, many times I learnt nothing , many times it was just pain (and in those times pain was the teacher).

However, this time pure unconditional attachment-free love is the master and professor of my life learning experiences.

Let’s rewind.. to a week ago.

Tuesday evening, 24th of February, I was on my way to meet this person.. The one who triggered this nuclear chain of events.

Life has this way of teaching and showing us things, even when we assume we have it all figured out, it will show us another aspect that we didn’t quite know was there, or was even possible.

I’m a rather stubborn person. I used to be terrible, now I’m just stubborn (I’m sure along my path I’ll have much to learn about this particular subject).

When I’m convinced a person no longer deserves my love and attention, I completely move on and don’t look back, not even if a part of me says it might be a mistake. Now, I know this reaction is led by fear and Ego, trying to protect my feelings.

The truth is that if you have truly moved on, there is no need to avoid, run or ignore an ex, because they will no longer affect you. If you had to take measures to remove this person from your life and away from you, it’s because they still have some power over you and maybe you haven’t learned what you were supposed to.

… I’m making a point there I promise …

The fact is this: I honestly thought this guy was on his way out of my life and this door was just about to be closed forever.. I didn’t want to have anything to do with him.. no friendship or any kind of contact .. He has already moved on and there is no point in keeping in contact.

I was so very sure and very happy to say goodbye once and for all, wish him all the best and tell him how much I wish him well. So I can be totally open to new people in my heart.

So I’m on my way to meet Mr Nuclear (having in mind it would be a quick one), collect my favourite book  “Awareness” by Anthony De Mello  – which I bet he didn’t even open in the last 3 months – and say goodbye.

So, he says “ Hey, my meeting has been cancelled. Do you have plans? Should we have dinner?”

I wasn’t sure what to say, as I didn’t want to spend much time with him. It was a bit pointless, I thought..

But being polite and all, I told myself “surely it won’t kill me”, plus I have some things I would like to tell him..

We ended up at Vinoteca in Farringdon. If you are a Londoner, you might know the place. It has a rather cosy atmosphere – but this is far away from the point.

As we sat facing each other …. Discussing how things ended, it was hard to hear him as I was trying to focus and not let my tears come out … The whole event was very civilised, but there was something else, a feeling I’m still learning about … The feeling of doing exactly what I was meant to be doing according to my destiny and soul…

I went on and told him how much I have been through in my spiritual journey since I had met him, so many doors have been opened and how happy I am. In fact, I have never been happier and so sure of who I am and what my life purpose is.

I found my soul mission, and guess what, that’s one of the reasons you are able to read this article … because I now know what my soul desires, and this is only a small part of how I wish to communicate with the world.

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“There will always be a door to the light “- Shiro Amano

He opened so many doors… I was trying to explain to him about karmic contracts and this feeling of knowing him from before incarnating on Earth. The look on his face always amuses me… that “WHAT are you talking about?!” expression…

Does it mean HE Is The One? We are meant to be together? I have no idea what so ever…

I haven’t even had the chance to get to know him well in this life … (I want to, but only time will tell if I will). Would that be as friends or in a romantic way? Again, I have no idea!

The point is, it doesn’t matter … I love him for what he has done, I love him because I remember our agreement made before incarnating in this life … I love him with no reason for loving him, even though he has one thousand faults as well as his one thousand qualities. It is what it is. We both felt this ridiculous familiarity from the first day we met. It is something one can’t explain; it has to be experienced.

I love him beyond this life and I want him to be happy, with me or not, it really doesn’t matter.

I guess this is what happens when you surrender yourself to love. You set whom you love free, so you can experience Freedom itself.

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“I have no fear of losing you, for you aren’t an object of my property, or anyone else’s. I love you as you are, without attachment, without fears, without conditions, without egoism, trying not to absorb you. I love you freely because I love your freedom, as well as mine” – Anthony De Mello

Your Soul grows into light and awe. You are in Love with Love itself. Your happiness doesn’t depend on the person, it never did, this love makes everything clear and bright and you find yourself within it.

On that Tuesday evening, I had another magical experience, not because of him, but because once again I was fully in my path feeling and following my truth wearing no masks and talking and flowing from my heart  (if he is reading this he is surely saying, well he is the reason and the trigger of it all – it may be).

It seems like life still has some more lessons on this matter installed for me. What they may be, I don’t know, but I will be sure to share them all with you.

He said to me “Now What? It doesn’t feel like I’ll never see you again..  Don’t be a stranger, stay in touch”.

I still don’t know if he really meant it or not, or if I will actually even see him again..

As we walked out of the restaurant, we laughed about the whole thing, he said no one had ever written about him before.

I went to bed that night in peace, yet I kept waking up early in the morning and his face kept appearing in my dreams and morning meditation. I looked at the clock, it was 6:00 am, and I had that feeling.. that he was also going through the same sleep disturbance…

I texted him later that day and asked, already knowing the answer.. “Were you awake early this morning? On and off around 6:00 am?”

He said: “Yes”..

He doesn’t believe in these things.. But I know, I know what they mean.

I’m no longer in conflict, I’ve surrendered to it , I’ve surrendered to love.

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Thanks for reading,

Love and Light,

-Sabrina Santos

The Heart Opening Expression

“Wherever you go ,go with your heart”_ Confucius 

Silly Heart, Frenetic Heart, Wise Heart. 

Right, let’s do this. Probably not the easiest thing I have ever written about, but it certainly has to be expressed. I’m not even quite sure how to go about this experience; let’s say I’m just reporting it.

It was February 14th 2015; I was on my way home, looking forward to writing, and editing the videos and pictures of our Valentine’s Day filming, when I got this Facebook notification that totally messed up my evening.
It was pretty much like being at the edge of a cliff and left with no other option but to jump.

Maybe you need to know a little on the background situation here…

See, I really believe that the world is in need of love, and people willing to open their hearts to it.

Earlier that Valentine’s Day we were filming near Piccadilly Circus. Our task was to ask people to send love messages to their loved ones or to the world. The message with the best social media results was to receive an Amazon voucher as a prize.

Being such a Love missionary, I was a bit let down and disappointed by the fact that a lot of people didn’t want to send their love to the ones that matter in their life. Not even to friends or family, they were more interested in taking pictures with our massive heart balloon props. In fact, some wanted to pay to take a picture with the prop, but would refuse to send a small message of love on Valentine’s Day.

Here is the prop so you know what I’m talking about: (cute prop, I know).

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Okay, fair enough, people are afraid of expressing themselves – afraid of exposure. I just thought it would have been much easier to find people interested in sharing love on Valentine’s Day. At the end, we found some brave ones that were able to do it. Their videos are on our YouTube channel:

 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxq69eIrlpZGirt-C2SONeA


It sure got me thinking …


If I’m putting all this effort into getting people to open up their hearts and if they are refusing to do so, something must be wrong with my vibration. If the law of attraction is correct, and like attracts like… Right?


So, what was really happening inside myself? Why was I reflecting/manifesting an unsatisfactory result?


Back to the Facebook alert (right I’m doing this – courage).


So, my plans were to stay home or maybe meet some of my friends in Central London. I was quite happy to stay in and focus on writing and editing the videos for the website launch of the 
Power Within Us etc. (it’s a project I’m running). 

But when I saw on my notifications that the guy I have been “in Love” with for the past 3 months was nearby, things took a sudden turn of events… 


Something rather strange happened. 


My heart went totally crazy, it started vibrating, beating so fast and strong it was absolutely overwhelming. 

I could hear its voice loud and clear saying, “This is it! He is nearby, let’s go and see him. It’s Valentine’s Day, we must go and take a chance.”

See … I immediately panicked! I was pacing up and down my flat trying to calm myself down, I was alone at home and had to take full consideration of my heart’s request and make the right decision.


My first thoughts were:


 “Wait a second! We are no longer dating, you haven’t seen him in a month, things didn’t end well; and not only that, you already have a set date to catch you with him this coming week, there is no need to stalk the poor guy and act like a crazy person – you might freak him out even more. After all, he already stated he is no longer interested in you.


Reason was speaking now, and I was letting my mind analyse every possible outcome and try to predict losses and the impact of my actions.

But once again my heart spoke:
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“How pathetic of you Sabrina, preaching to the world that people should open their hearts and declare their love and feelings to others when you can’t even get past your mind and follow what I’m telling you to do.”

And BOOM! Something clicked! I wasn’t connected to my heart. 

You know those moments, right? When life rips off the blinkers?!


It was like a big slap in the face. Wake up, Wake up, it’s time to make the dream come alive. It’s time to live fully, to listen and follow your heart with no questioning, with no doubts!


Ohhh dear, it was so hard to see it. I was ignoring my feelings and needs, making all sorts of excuses in my mind to why I should not follow my heart and go after what I wanted. 


I thought I was losing the plot for a second. I had to sit down and ask again, try to connect to my inner truth (so called higher-self), you know.. Make the right decision.. 


So the question popped into my head, right from my soul:


“What is the only true thing stopping you from following your heart and not taking a chance to meet this person you truly want to be with?”


And here is the full honest answer: “FEAR!” Fear of rejection, fear of not having my feelings corresponded to, fear of been made fun of, or for acting in a way others would not understand.


Okay, so after this inner chat, there was only one thing to do.


Fear was the only real reason why I would not follow what my heart was demanding me to do. So it was time to be brave and to stop being such a hypocrite. 


It’s very easy to carry a massive flag with spirituality written on it, go around and preach:

 “Fear is the enemy, love is the answer to everything.” 
Then go and launch a project with the intention to change the world into a more open hearted place. But when it comes to you fully acknowledging and being aware of what is happening with your feelings and emotions. When it comes into your personal life and decisions it is not so easy to let go of the fear and do what you preach!

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Not this time.

No No, Not this time! 
I told my mind to f*ck off (sorry about the language). I said out loud: Fear is not controlling me. It’s my choice, it’s my life, and I’m taking over. And I screamed – AHHHHH!

“I’m listening to you heart, for the first time, I’m not gonna let any doubt, any question or any fear get in the way. I’m going after what you asked me to do and see what happens.”

Crazy? Maybe…

So, I got ready and marched in my truth. My heart beating so fast, I felt like a hummingbird, weird comparison I know.. I’m weird. I don’t care, that’s what makes me who I am, my full weirdness.

I was so scared and I had no plan, I just went for it. I didn’t know what I was going to say, I didn’t even know if he was still going to be there or if he had gone to another place.
What about if he was with someone else? No no, it did not matter… I was following my heart.

See, back in the day, that would have been a perfect time to have a big double vodka something, but I’m not drinking (I’m on detox) – exactly ! Haaaaarrdddd work!

As I walked in, with no plan and not knowing what was going to happen, I started to feel this inner bliss, I no longer cared for the outcome. I was so happy to be listening to my heart that whatever happened was not longer the point.

See, for once, I got what the enlightened say.. Happiness is in the path .. That’s what it means. It is the process, not the result .
It is to fully embrace your soul desires with no fear.

While I’m at the bar, looking at him from a distance, I didn’t know what to expect. I knew I had to say hi and that’s as far as what my heart had told me to do.

When he came by to talk to me, I could feel my whole body vibrating, what an amazing feeling.

It was so weird to hear his voice from the place I just came from, everything was crystal clear, pure and so bright. He was completely oblivious to what was happening to me in that moment, he had no idea whatsoever what all that meant to me, and how it was setting my heart and soul free.

What I felt was something absolutely new. It wasn’t bad or good. It was stillness bathed in the purity of the soul’s voice.

I didn’t know what was next, I had never taken a fully heart centred action like this before, my Ego has always been en-charge, this time there was no Ego, only love. Unconditional heart energy leading the whole process.

I wish he knew all the complexity that was going on in my universe, and how internal doors were being unlocked.

When he kissed me and touched me, it felt amazing, but again fear and mind started to rationalise everything that was happening. I was once again afraid of the results and what could happen. Nonetheless, I was living in the moment, so I was going to follow my feelings.

After we kissed we agreed to leave together, but just like the wind and fluidity of life, things changed. After a few minutes, something made him change his mind and regret his actions.. Was that a reflection of my second of fear and doubt? Or was it to do with his fear and his doubts? Who knows..
It was all too much for me to deal with. My heart was so wide open it was hard to breathe.

In any case, after saying goodbye and going separate ways, I left with this amazing bliss.

Yes, maybe the outcome was not what I was expecting or maybe I had no expectations.
It was all such a rush of new pure emotions that it was hard to understand what my feelings were.

Sure, it was amazing to have kissed him on Valentine’s day, after not having seen or spoken to him in weeks.. And even when he said he couldn’t be with me it hurt, but everything was so… REAL.

The whole experience was truly amazing.

I clearly remember walking home and my heart was vibrating in this new frequency.

Ever since February 14th, my heart has been cracked open.  I can no longer ignore its voice.

All I can do is to be thankful for finally understanding what it means and how it feels to be open hearted and flow from your heart.

You see, when you don’t live fully heartedly, it is as if you have been sipping life from a cup.. Taking small little sips and never fully tasting the flavour. You have only glimpses of the taste.
When you make the leap and have the courage to let go of everything else and follow your dreams, listening to your heart’s truth, you become life itself, you drawn in its flavour, connecting with the source. Everything is magical and so alive.

All I can say is that I wish you nothing less.

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart”          Helen Keller

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People have no idea how absolutely utterly completely undeniably amazing is to do something from your heart, something pure, something complete, that is your truth.

When you walk on your truth standing high and tall with your arms open and you listen to your heart without questioning, without judging, without letting anything else come between you and your heart and what you truly believe in –It’s just unbelievably amazing, there are no words, it’s just magical.

Thanks for reading,

Love and Light,

Sabrina Santos