Low Back Pain

A person approached me before chi gung class seeking help with lower back pain persisting for the last couple of weeks. A couple of weeks before, while trying to move my bedridden mom, I strained my back. To my surprise, the injury cleared instantly during body process energy work I was doing as part of my health routine. He was wondering if the body process might help him.

The process that was run on me is one of a hundred different specific energies. Being unable to find someone familiar with my preferred body process system, I’ve hired a Reiki practitioner to run the energy I specify. I don’t even remember which one we ran that day. I just remember, realizing that the discomfort in my back disappeared mid session.


Body Process Session

Would a body process help him?  Certainly.  Would a body process be the best medicine to fix his back?  I don’t know.

What would I recommend for a person that is showing health deterioration that often occurs in older people?

Strengthen and engage the core. This means exercises like sit-ups. In the case of my injury above, I was forgetting to pull my abdominal muscles in when I bent over my mom’s bed to change a diaper or tried to move her. Simply remembering to do this has “saved” my back.

Keep the tissue warmed up – After years of “throwing out my back” at least once a year and being bedridden for a two to three days I learned that using a jade stone heating pad for 20 minutes daily prevents my back from getting too tweaked out. You could also keep the back warmed up with hot tubs, stretches, saunas, chi gung.

Sometimes lower back pain is caused by digestive upset. For instance, my mom complained of intense back pain when she had an intestinal infection.

Figure out what muscles are causing your discomfort and do specific exercises for them. My old annual back pain was caused by a muscle that was in the butt, underneath the gluteals. A tennis ball to the butt kept it more relaxed. Other muscles that have contributed to back pain are the psoas and quadratus lumborum. Search for exercises specific to them. I can personally recommend Somatics by Thomas Hana

Physical problems are always preceded by blocks in life force energy. Chi Gung, acupressure, and yogic practices that move energy along the meridians will remove the blockages and allow the body to heal itself. Other modalities that work on the energy level are sound healing, Reiki and energetic body processes.

The lower back is ruled by the water element and the kidneys in Chinese medicine. The kidneys are responsible for our deepest stores of energy. Depending on lifestyle, these stores can become depleted. One old friend had debilitating lower back pain in his twenties. Using pulse diagnosis a Chinese Doctor prescribed beef. His vegetarian diet was not providing him with enough yang energy. His back issues disappeared with the addition of meat and he is now in his 60’s still working as a carpenter.

If the lower back pain is a result of low kidney energy, beef is a good addition to the diet. In addition, I would recommend power mushrooms such as Reishi or Lion’s Mane and Eleutherococcus senticosus or American Ginseng. All these will bring up the kidney chi.

Energy testing for beliefs

Of course, everything begins with the mind. The energy and physical bodies simple follow the beliefs held by the mind. Unfortunately, the conscious mind is only 5-10% of our mental activity and the seeds for disease are imbedded in the subconscious mind. Luckily we have ways to change the subconscious erroneous beliefs.

In the case of the lower back, I would first look at beliefs in being unsupported or wanting more support. Remove those first using you preferred belief changing modality or prayer method. Then ask if there is any other misbelief holding the low back pain in place. Follow that line of questioning to uncover anything else. Once the beliefs are gone and energy healing should clear up the issue.

In my case, with my back strain moving my mom, I realized a little feeling of needing more support and was able to resolve that first, perhaps letting the energy session clear me for complete healing.

My Money Reality

In the late 80’s my average monthly expenses after housing (rent/mortgage) was about $1200 a month.  Thirty-five years later that number was about $1600.  Since the cost of living had gone up, and my expenditures had not, that meant my standard of living had dropped significantly.  The cost of living calculator reports $1200 in 1989 would be the equivalent of $2313 in 2016.

Although I have always lived frugally, I found myself skimping on the quality of the food, household furnishings, and clothes I bought.  I was saddened that I was compromising my values in order to live within my means.  I accepted the compromise, since during the period of 2009 to 2014 my focus was primarily on my meditative practice.  I worked just enough to support myself during the periods where I was primarily meditating.money2

Part of my money story includes making a decision in 1995 to never be driven to do any activity because I felt financial pressure.  I had heard maxims that included “the universe will support us” and that if you “do what you love the money will follow”.  In my thirties, with a small nest egg, I felt secure enough to test out these tenets. I figured if they were wrong I still had time to recoup and if they were right I wouldn’t waste my life doing work that I wasn’t completely thrilled about.

My experiment resulted in me enjoying lots of leisure time, only doing work I loved, and always having enough money.  I have never been in debt, except for home mortgages.  I felt I was blessed by a stinginess with money that allowed me to enjoy saving more than spending.

That perspective on saving changed after my nest egg disappeared in 2000 during the stock market crash.  When I looked back on the money I could have spent and enjoyed – maybe on something frivolous like travel or entertainment – and saw that it had just evaporated with no benefit to me, I decided to put more value on using my money for me rather than saving it for later.  I learned that “later” might never come.

I started asking myself, “Do you want that?”  I made of point of getting myself everything I wanted.  I never told my self I could not afford something.  I knew that line was a lie.  I knew that it was always a choice.  Even towards the end of my “retreat”, when my standard of living was dropping, I was aware that I was choosing to spend my money on free time and valued that more than I did fancy organic food.

When I started to reenter the world in 2014 two questions came up.

What would I like to create?


How can I get the resources to create bigger than I have ever before?

To answer the first question I began exploring what was valuable to me.  Of course simple living and peace were the first things to come to mind.  My personal drive for freedom (enlightenment) is not something shared by many people.  Perhaps Mahatma Gandhi sums it up best:

There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.

Most people are not interested in ultimate peace, but they are interested in financial peace of mind, peace in their relationships, freedom from excess weight, freedom from unpleasant experiences, and more ease and joy.  I could see there were a large variety of ways I could contribute to people leading regular lives and offer people freedom.  It took me awhile to pick where I wanted to focus; that is another story.

The second question was about stretching beyond the money reality I was living in.  I knew I had a poverty mentality.  I lived in the ghetto and was comfortable there.  The values of my parents, the decrease in my standard of living, the money choices I was making, all contributed to a life of lack.  I was aware my vision of what to create was small and my financial vision was even smaller. I was also aware that I was capable of something bigger.  I seemed unable to stretch my vision bigger.

I entertained the questions:  What would it take for me to be like those people that produce big conventions or create big healing centers?  What would it take for me to be willing to “waste” money to create more?  What would it be like to be wealthy?  What would it be like to not worry when I throw out a plastic container that could be reused or recycled?  What would it be like to have employees and let them just do their job?

I was choosing to get beyond what my money reality had been.  I was willing to step away from all my judgments and conclusions around money and work.  With this choice and willingness I discovered tools that would assist me in the process of expanding my possibilities around money.  I got the most benefit from using the Access Consciousness tools that I picked up from classes, books and friends.

I have taken the advice of Gary Douglas that I heard on a radio show.  He told a listener that had phoned in about money issues that having money and wealth is just a choice.  If you desire to have money (or anything else you lack) then you have to tell yourself, “I am going to learn how to have money.”  Here is a blog where he gives similar advice:

I am still in the process of changing my money reality.  I am learning how to have money and how to be wealthy.  Part of my process is contributing to others that would also like to change their money reality.  So many times I hear people turn down opportunities (classes, vacations, and treatments) that would benefit them because “they don’t have enough money”.  I have done the same thing myself in the past without realizing just how much more ease the things I was refusing could have brought me.  I was asking the question “Do I want this?” and coming up with a “No” when better questions would have been, “Will this contribute to my life?”  “Will this make me more money?” or “What will my life be like in five years if I choose this?”

Would you like a different reality with money? What would it take for you to have more money than you have been able to imagine?  What if it was easier than you think?

Check out my upcoming How to Change Your Money Reality workshop.  Workshops can be attended in person or live-streamed from anywhere.  Only $36 so all you penny-pinchers can join also.


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Money Isn’t the Problem, You Are by Gary Douglas

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Urinary Tract Infection

I woke one morning at the end of May and noticed a slight discomfort and burning upon urination.  Familiar with urinary tract infection (UTI) symptoms I immediately suspected a slight UTI.  However, since I have never had an UTI as an adult, I felt confident that it would soon be gone.  This was simply an illness I did not get. I drank more water and gave myself a couple shots of berberis tincture (an effective broad spectrum herbal antibiotic) thinking all would be well.

After a few days, when the discomfort persisted, I decided to amp up my attack.  I dug out a bottle of Pipsissewa (Chimaphila umbellata) a plant that is used similarly to uva-ursi, but without the harshness on the stomach.  One of the main ingredients is arbutin, which is hydrolyzed to hydroquinone in the urinary tract where it exerts an antiseptic effect.

A week went by; the UTI persisted.  I went online and researched other alternatives.  D-Mannose came up high on the list, outperforming cranberry extracts.  It is specific for UTI’s caused by E. coli and, since this is the most common bacteria implicated in UTIs, it is effective for 90% of infections.  Since the pipsissewa and berberis did not work, I suspected that I had some killer bacteria, not some simple E. coli, but I ordered some mannose just in case.

To cover the 10% of infections caused uti-drugsby other bugs I used monolaurin.  Monolaurin is derived from coconut oil and it disrupts the cell membranes of gram positive bacteria such as Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, Corynebacterium, Listeria, Bacillus, and Clostridium.

Unfortunately, the UTI persisted and at the two week mark I headed to the doctor to get a culture to precisely identify who was wrecking havoc in my urethra.

Indeed I tested positive for UTI, but it would take a couple days to get the culture results back.  In the meantime the doctor prescribed a three day course of trimethoprim sulfamethoxazole as an antibiotic.  I decided to take the drug, since I thought it was worth a try, but by the third day it was clearly ineffective.  I needed the culture results.

There was a delay getting my results back.  On Friday afternoon, four days after I gave the lab my urine sample it became clear that I was going to go the weekend without a bacterial identity.  I eased off on the herbal antibiotics and focused on palliative care.  Two things had helped with the bladder discomfort and urethra burn during the previous weeks:  one was baking soda and the other was watermelon.

Watermelon is specific for easing the pain of burning urine and I had used it with my daughter when she was a child many years earlier.  Fast and effective.  You can use the entire melon – simply put watermelon slices in a blender: rind, seeds and flesh and then drink.  Or you can eat the melon as you normally would.

As for the baking soda I decided to use 1/2 teaspoon twice a day.  This raises the pH of the urine and can be soothing to the tissue.  Although not considered a cure, I had tried using it during the earlier stages of the infection in order to potentiate the hydrolysis of the arbutin in Chimaphila. I found it decreased the discomfort from the infection.

With the plan to get an antibiotic that matched my antibiotic resistant bacteria on Monday, I focused on offering my body relief from symptoms during the weekend.  I was surprised by what happened.  By Sunday night I was completely free of all signs of infection and had lost the five pounds I had gained in the previous week due to inflammation around the infected area.  My energy had returned and I felt great!

Then I was even more surprised by what happened next.  After enjoying sex on Sunday night, I awoke with all my symptoms back on Monday morning.  Within 24 hours I had regained three pounds in water weight also.  Sex can be a common contributing factor for UTIs since foreign bacteria can be introduced during the process.  This is why it is recommended that a woman pee and even wash after sexual activity.  Since I was being careful about UTIs I made sure that I not only urinated, but also washed after sex on Sunday night.  I was baffled.

Monday I got my results back.  I had an antibiotic resistant strain of Proteus mirabilis, a common intestinal bacteria.  The doctor prescribed a seven day course of amoxicillin with clavulanate.  Unfortunately, I arrived at the clinic during pharmacy lunch hours and had to wait.  However, that gave me some time to search on effective alternative treatments for Proteus spp.  I quickly found many research reports using essential oils in the treatment of UTI, especially in UTIs caused by antibiotic resistance bacteria strains.

Then I found a clue to how I had cured the infection over the weekend.  I had been traveling to Mt Shasta that weekend and when I filled up the water bottles for the trip I had added several drops of lime essential oil into each bottle.  In turns out that research by Prabuseenivasan et.al. shows that lime essential oil can effectively inhibit Proteus

I decided to hold off on the pharmaceutical antibiotics, because I sensed they would be more harsh on my body than natural products.  I also knew if I could clear this once, I could clear it again.  The research suggested that essential oils of cinnamon, lime and orange would be the most effective against the bacteria in my urinary tract.  I started using a few drops of these several times a day.

I saw immediate results.  By Wednesday, when my UTI test strips arrived, I showed no signs of bacterial infection, although I still tested positive for leukocytes.  Likewise, my pH was in the healthy acidic range (6.0).  My test results on Thursday also indicated the infection was gone.

Then Thursday night I had sex again.  This time I was even more cautious.  Thinking that perhaps my partner was introducing this Proteus, I allowed no bare skin contact of any of his body parts with my genitals.

This was to no avail.  Friday morning I awoke with obvious UTI symptoms and the UTI test showed off the chart bacterial activity and a high level of leukocytes.  My urine pH had soared to 8.5, indicative of Proteus mirabilis infection.

Enough was enough!  I made an appointment with Dr. Lynne Cockrum-Murphy, a talented ThetaHealer and intuitive consultant.  If physical methods will not cure something then there is an energetic pattern holding it in place.  In my case it was becoming clear that there was some connection between sexual activity and the recurrence of the UTI that extended beyond mere germs.

It is interesting to note that the only other time I have had an UTI was when I was five years old.  That infection was caught during the physical to enter kindergarten, I don’t actually remember having symptoms.  UTIs in children are a common symptom of sexual abuse and this is probably how I had contracted it.  Of course, this cause was overlooked in my case.

When I considered the energetic purposes that a UTI might serve, the obvious one was “The UTI protects me from sex”.  This Dr. Cockrum-Murphy confirmed.  As we explored the reasons I might want protection from sex, we found a lot of trauma responses from the five year old.  Beliefs like:  “sex hurts me”, “sex crushes me”, and “in submission I lose my life”.  None of these beliefs hold true today, but apparently I had triggered a layer of trauma that was ready to be released.  Once we cleared the beliefs regarding sex, the need for protection fell away.  I even tested it with a session of afternoon sex.  That evening I tested for the UTI again.  It was completely gone.  Even the leukocytes were at the lowest level that had been since I got the test strips.  I was amazed. I continued to do follow up with oregano essential oil, just to make sure there was not a physical recurrence.  It has been two week now, and my urinary tract is doing great.