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Alternative health is far more familiar now as Eastern medicine has traveled west. Terry Robnett heals both as a Registered Nurse and a Reiki Master. Her new book “The Lightworker’s Guide to Getting Started (Volume 1),” which she co-wrote with Amy Scott Grant, found a familiar audience while it was still in pre-launch. People have seen the light and are eager to begin their new journey.
“I went through every event you touch on in this book,” one reader exclaimed. According to advance feedback, the book “answers so many of the basic questions newbies have.” They describe it as “a fun, readable, instructive, and supportive how-to guide for newbie lightworkers.” Some fans can already “see this as a movie.”
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Robnett is an author, speaker, and master intuitive healer. Her book defines “Lightworker” as someone who works with energy toward a positive end, a calling more and more people are becoming attuned to. “This book will finally show people they are not all going crazy. There is validity in our Divine Compass and we are bound in our journeys to be the facilitators to these souls so that ‘spiritual flow’ can happen without hiccups,” a reader comments enthusiastically. “It is our responsibility to get to them as soon as possible. This book will help a lot of people!”
The fears of unknown practices have all but disappeared as alternative modalities like Acupuncture, Chiropractic’s, Reiki, Prayer, Essential Oils, Meditation and Yoga have gone mainstream. From “Modern Family” to “Roseanne,” Netflix to HBO, the new age information pours in all the time. But who has time to make sense of it all and make it work? Robnett and Grant see the book as the start of a movement for positive change.
“It started out as a book, but it is turning into a whole lot more,” Robnett explains. The co-authors’ private Facebook community, which shares the same name as the book, takes on many of the questions and challenges in a real-time forum. But “having this as an actualized book will help many people. Both who are just coming to learn their gifts as well as others who have found them for a long time and not really known what they mean,” says a reader. “Identifying and enhancing peoples personal practice, giving them tools to grow. These are beneficial gifts to offer others, in this day and age.”
Readers were most moved by “the personal stories” which they found “really adds a nice, relatable feel that many other books may miss.” Spiritual sensitives “like to hear that we are not alone and someone else ‘gets’ it, because they’ve been through a similar experience.”
“Where was this when I was beginning my journey,” one read asks. The answer has been here all along. “The Lightworker’s Guide to Getting Started (Volume 1)” is currently available on Amazon in print format, with the Kindle version scheduled to follow in a few months. This is the fourth Spirituality-based book Robnett, who is is known as the “Whole Being Enhancement Specialist,” published under the Liberto Press imprint in Castle Rock Colorado.
There is a before and an after when people have a life changing discovery, even more when that change comes from an unexpected place. Such was the case of Cornelis Reiman, who never thought would become a healer capable of healing people without even touching them, a man that changed when he visited a remote Thai temple with his wife, a man who shared his story with and which I would like to invite you to know.
How was your life before you became a healer? Was there any sign that you’d be one in the future?
My life was normal before I became a healer. I can add that I am still normal, although I do abnormal things.
Previously, such things as living, education and work for me were not unusual although, in hindsight, I can see how strange things were dismissed because these occurred occasionally. Then, the so-called signs became unavoidable. The problem for me was that I did not know anyone who could help to explain what was happening. Consequently, I learned everything from first principles, thereby letting life and my experience teach me. I wrote about this developmental phase in an e-book on Amazon entitled ‘Getting There’.
More specifically, with regard to healing, people felt calm when with me, whether physically or if speaking on the phone. As well, people often came to me for advice, and that gave them obvious benefits. For instance, an Islamic woman stopped seeing a psychiatrist after spending an afternoon speaking with me. I also remember stopping another woman from continuing with her want to commit suicide.
Then there were assorted things that happened, and about which I had no clue until I assessed what was probable and true. As an example, I see the state of health of people by way of specific colours glowing on their body. More correctly, their body glows, say, red for good health, or it glows with shades of yellow to brown for degrees of illness. But, none of this was useful in as much as I saw a health problem generally, but I was unable to do anything about it at the time. Even so, I can admit to touching the forehead of people to take away their headache, which happened instantly.
Clairaudience and clairvoyance also came to me during this period.
Frankly, any so-called signs of me being a healer did not lead me to be one for quite some time.
Do you follow any tradition or healing system?
When healing, do you feel weak and tired? How do you heal without eroding yourself energetically?
I do not feel weak or tired. I can heal all day, all week and all year without it having any effect on me.
I heal effortlessly by being apart from the person and their problems. It has always been like this, even when I touched a patient. Initially, I did touch people because that was what someone said was the way of it. But, I can admit that I haven’t touched anybody in years, yet the effectiveness of my healing increased. Interestingly, people want to touch me because they receive a surge of energy from my body, even when they are at a distance. It makes them feel great. Feedback from patients indicated that they felt energy flow through them from me. I thought it should be the same for everyone, but that was not the case. It could be cool, warm or hot, and this was not because of me making it happen, but because of what was necessary.
How do I heal? It just happens. I don’t even think about it. It is more about natural will, rather than any actual effort. I don’t need to look at people now. I don’t need to know what is wrong with them to fix everything.
Why did you go to that temple that transformed you?
I went to the temple because that was what my wife wanted to do after we returned to Thailand following some time away. She is Thai. Helping out at a temple is a good thing for Thai people to do. I didn’t care about any of that. I accompanied her, and I kept myself busy with personal projects.
The temple did not transform me. It had no role to play. However, it did put me in touch with patients who came there for healing, and that meant I was able to practice what I knew, which grew rapidly in terms of skill breadth and depth.
Initially, I only considered the physical form of a person. It was all about the muscles and bones. Then, I saw inside the bodies of people. Later on, I replaced organs. The next stage of learning for me was seeing whether I could take thoughts out of a person’s mind that made them think they were still sick. Complete calmness came to them because of this.
Soon after, I knew that spiritual impact was real. Spirits could be embedded in a person or remain attached. I saw these and could remove them, too. Then, if all of this wasn’t strange enough, I saw karmic problems and was able to remove all karmic debt.
Basically, I cleanse people at physical, mental, spiritual and karmic levels. I do this without touching anyone. I can admit to disbelieving that any of this was possible until I saw it happen to the people who came to see me.
I know that all of it would have occurred no matter where I was. Simply, Thailand became the place where this unique skill set accelerated.
What got you interested in Buddhism?
I am not interested in Buddhism. I am not Buddhist. I am just me. Even so, I advise monks, nuns and laypeople who come to see me in relation to them being better Buddhists.
Could you describe a common day in this new life you have as a healer?
My wife is active in planning, managing and hosting events at the temple. She is also the person relied upon by others there to fix various management issues. Subsequently, we are at that temple most days, although not always. For instance, we spend more time there when my wife has to work on a particular event or special occasion.
I participate in any temple event when my wife asks me to do so. Other people at the temple, being those who stay there for teaching or healing, are busy all day. They do early morning chanting, give alms at dawn, and they end a day of specific activities with nightly chanting that finishes at around 11 p.m.
A normal day for me is going to my office, which is in a small building constructed expressly for me to meet people. I heal patients elsewhere, as per the temple routine. Even so, my healing is not restricted in any way. It happens wherever I am, and sick people have arrived at my office to ask for help.
People come to see me individually, or in groups. Mostly, to see me, they ask for a time slot a few days or weeks in advance. I also meet with anyone who comes to the temple on the day and who knows about me. Sometimes, a temple person will bring a tourist to speak with me. Lately, Thai people and foreigners only come to see me, and they do nothing at the temple otherwise.
A former patient, a German man, is flying to Thailand next week to spend twelve days of his annual leave with me. An American man flew from Hong Kong just to see me, and did nothing else while in Thailand. He came from the airport, we spoke for a few hours, and he went back to the airport. He brought other people to see me in much the same way, with that happening three times in as many months. This sort of thing happens regularly.
I also answer requests for help from people locally and globally who connect with me through email or internet messaging. As well as all of that, I communicate with otherworldly beings who keep me company.
Each afternoon, at 4:30 p.m., I see patients that temple people have selected for me to see. Those patients tend to be the sickest of the people who come to this temple. I see anywhere from five to thirty people each day, with this depending on how many patients are in the healing program, and how many of these are carefully chosen to see me.
I sit on a platform. Patients arrive one at time and sit with their back to me. A translator reads out details from the patient’s card. These include the age, and days already spent at the temple, as well as whether there is any black stuff, such as the worshipping of malevolent beings. Also, I am told if there is any baby spirit issue, which comes from an abortion. Then, I hear about the physical problems and illnesses.
When I first began seeing patients, I spent ten or fifteen minutes with each one, and I would see them three times in as many days. As I learned, gained skills and grew stronger, this time fell away dramatically until everything was done when the patient looked at me. It was instant. The remaining two or three minutes that they stay entails them asking related questions, or because I might say something to them about their diet and lifestyle.
Often, I have nothing to do. That is when I check international news sites online to keep abreast of world events. Also, I write about anything that could be interesting to people. Several e-books on Amazon written by me include the Healer series, which begins with ‘How I Became A Temple Healer. I also wrote another series of books entitled ‘Thought For The Day On Your Way To Nirvana’, and these contain things I have told people when teaching them about a better way of living.
How can someone know a healer is really a healer? Even if we know nothing about healing and energy, is there a way for everyone to know if someone is not the healer they claim to be?
The simplest answer is whether someone has seen or has experienced something positive and lasting after connecting with a healer, whether that was physically or otherwise.
I must admit that, for the first four months or so of me seeing patients at the temple, I did not believe I was doing anything to help them. I thought this way even though they told me how good they felt. Then, on a pleasant tropical morning, one of them told me she had just been to the hospital where doctors found no cancer in her body. That was when reality struck me. I had removed cancer. Since then, I know that many people are alive because of what I have done for them.
As well as taking cancer and disease out of people, which they know, I have fixed many life-threatening problems. I have also taken away such things as the bipolar disorder from people, which meant that their lives changed for the better, and forevermore. In addition, women have wept with happiness when falling pregnant because of what I did to fix them, which was especially joyous for those who were told by doctors and psychics that they would never have children. I have seen people walk to me with immense difficulty, and dance happily after I fixed them.
Cheerful people have paid their respects to me, and they have even shown me their hospital records, as well as telling me how their doctors are amazed at how well they had become.
What are you more focused on right now, healing or corporate advising?
I am not focused on anything. I just respond to what comes my way. It is healing presently, and that might continue.
Admittedly, my healing provides a significant benefit to the lives of people, and that is not possible if I spent my time in any other way, such as consulting in business. The obvious outcome of my healing is pleasing, although it does not drive me. Nothing drives me. I exist, and I do not make anything of myself. Circumstances unfold. People come to me. They need help. I provide it. They are improved.
I do not pursue healing. I not pursue business outcomes. These arise because of what people bring to me. Among those who do seek my help are business people. So, I give them the answers they need when there is no direction evident for them, or if they have confusion about what is possible.
Note that I am no longer on the Board of any organisation, although I remain on the Editorial Board of two journals. Plus, I do an occasional consulting assignment when asked.
If someone wants to become a healer and have you as a mentor or a teacher, would it be possible? What would be the first step in order to be a healer?
Yes, that is possible. I have helped people in ways that remove obstacles. This ties in to what I do in sweeping the habits of thinking away from them. Calmness, clarity and stability follows. Actually, I do this for everyone who sees me. This means that all of these people me will be able to help others more so than before, although only to the extent of their natural abilities.
Many people have expressed their keenness to be healers. I help any who have the potential, although there have only been a few who show promise. For instance, a German healer spent a few weeks speaking with me most days, and that helped her a great deal. In the case of yet another woman, who was also from Europe, I saw that she had talent to be a healer. But she wasn’t focussed sufficiently, even though she asked me to be her guide. I also helped an Australian woman who has healing potential. The constant onslaught of voices coming from the spirits of departed people overwhelmed her. That stopped because of me, and she was able to help people subsequently.
It is important to realise that someone who want to be a healer cannot be distracted. In fact, they must be certain of what they are seeing and what they must do. This cannot be done effectively if they have thoughts held in mind. That approach has improved those who are healers in a more general context, such as medical doctors and massage therapists.
Cornelis Reiman doesn’t ask for any kind of payment for what he does as a healer, teacher or mentor, and can be visited at the temple Wat Trivisudhidham, located in the province of Suphanburi, Thailand. People who see him might make an offering to the temple when they visit or stay, being this their choice.
Bader Saab is a digital journalist and self-published writer; a solitary, eclectic Wiccan interested in the darker side of magic and divination; a gothic guy that tries to educate whenever he cans. Hopefully, someday he will succeed in one of them.
The Guide to Modern Cupping Therapy: Your Step-by-Step Source for Vacuum Therapy
by Shannon Gilmartin, CMT
Shannon Gilmartin is a licensed and Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and Certified Vacuum Therapy Practitioner and Educator. She has almost 20 years of experience in therapeutic bodywork. After apprenticing for several years, Shannon created her own unique version of therapeutic cupping. Putting her own spin on cupping therapy (aka vacuum therapy) has produced many positive outcomes for patients. In this book, Shannon shares all of her professional and hands-on experience, so that everyone can participate in the positive benefits of cupping. This book contains nearly 200 step-by-step photos and full color pages, making it easy to follow her expert instruction. The book is broken into three parts for ease of understanding.
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Part One provides an in depth, yet understandable, history of cupping. Shannon brings cupping from the ancient times into today’s world. Then she describes how cupping affects the human body. The human body and individual body systems are broken down into smaller sections where the therapeutic benefits are described in detail.
Part Two is all about using cupping methods in bodywork therapy. Using proper equipment, actual use of cups, safe cupping and assessing skin after treatment are covered in this section. There are many safety points listed throughout. It is very important to read all of these points to prevent injuries. Improper use of cupping sets can be very painful and could cause problems if used the wrong way. That definitely can be avoided by paying attention to each step, using the photos as guidelines, correctly following along and heeding the safety points.
Part Three reviews treating common conditions, for both therapist and novice, with cupping therapy. Specific body areas are reviewed in detail. This section even includes lymphatic drainage and advanced applications for therapeutic cupping.
The best thing about this book, are the clear images of every part of the body and where to place each cup. There are so many different purposes for these cups, such as helping to relieve pain and even reducing stress during the process. I really enjoy these visuals and being able to easily learn and understand each step of the process.
I have seen cupping therapy performed by a nationally certified massage therapist. It looked painful but the person receiving the therapy assured me it was not. The cupping left a large purple, circle shaped welt on her body when therapy was completed. Despite the purple mark, she reported that her neck pain had decreased significantly. This really sparked my interest in cupping.
I have had my own cupping set for years now, the same one shown in this book. I did use it a few times in the past, but not recently. Although I am a registered nurse and understand human anatomy, I have always been a bit scared to use the cups. I did not want to injure myself or anyone else. This book has changed all of that for me. With clear explanations and safety guidelines, I feel that I can confidently perform vacuum therapy on myself or others and produce a therapeutic benefit. This book makes it easy for anyone to perform cupping therapy with the right tools.
In order to perform therapeutic cupping therapy, practice is very important. This book makes it simple to learn the process and obtain excellent results. After reviewing the different body areas that I could treat in this book, I pulled out my cupping set and tested her methods out. The cupping was easy and successful.
Overall, this book is a great reference guide on cupping therapy. Anyone can learn to do cupping at home, as long as the safety guidelines are followed. When in doubt, please contact a professional for guidance.
About the author:
Shannon Gilmartin, CMT, is a licensed and nationally certified massage therapist, certified vacutherapies practitioner and educator. In addition to her focus in massage cupping, she has over 15 years of experience in therapeutic bodywork, including: medical massage, myofascial release, neuromuscular, craniosacral, soft tissue injury rehabilitation, Thai massage and visceral manipulation. She has taught all over the United States and abroad and practices in Virginia Beach.
About the book:
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Robert Rose; 1 edition (October 31, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0778805832
- ISBN-13: 978-0778805830
About the reviewer:
Leigh Ann Tatnall is a retired RN who specialized in geriatrics, hospice and wellness. She has completed a Doctorates in Naturopathy and is a Certified Wellness Counselor. When not reviewing books, you can find Leigh Ann cooking, exercising, teaching wellness or crafting therapeutic essential oils. For more info, you can visit her on her website: http://www.purfumeessentials.com/
by Tim Stoddart
As I sit in the waiting room, I can feel a lump building in my throat, and my palms are getting sweatier by the moment.
“Dr. Kim will see you now.”
You might think I was waiting for a colonoscopy, but it was just another therapy session. Man, did I dread those things. I kept going because I thought it was the only way. I knew I needed help for my crippling anxiety, and I didn’t know how else to get it.
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I have to admit, I often thought about skipping these sessions and just becoming a hermit. After all, I didn’t have any anxiety over staying home. But if I didn’t go to work, I’d lose the house and have a whole new set of things to be anxious about. So, I kept going.
I thought if I just showed up every time, it would eventually get easier. I know it works that way for many people, but it didn’t work that way for me.
Not only was it difficult for me to talk about my problems one-on-one, but there was also the matter of a $50 copay every session.
After just a few weeks, I knew I needed an alternative.
Therapy works wonders for so many people, but I know there are others like me who need an alternative. If you’re among them, check out these effective substitutes for traditional therapy:
Meditation isn’t exactly a mainstream remedy, but it has been practiced for centuries longer than traditional therapy. There have been so many studies done on the benefits of meditation that researchers at Johns Hopkins University were able to sift through nearly 19,000 of them to form a conclusion on the topic. Forty-seven trials met their criteria. In the end, researchers concluded that mindful meditation is effective for easing psychological stresses like anxiety, depression and pain.
Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine that has been used for ages to treat various illnesses, including general anxiety disorder (GAD). A recent review of the research found high-level evidence to support using acupuncture as an anxiety treatment for pregnant women. More research must be done before we can come to any definitive conclusions about acupuncture for anxiety and depression, but it’s worth a try. If it works for you, it doesn’t matter how many studies support the method.
In alternative medicine practices, there are a few herbal remedies that people use to treat anxiety and depression. One common herbal remedy has a growing body of evidence to support its use. Although you will find some conflicting studies, herbal remedies may have an impact on symptoms of anxiety and depression.
- People have been using St. John’s wort in other parts of the world for thousands of years to treat anxiety and depression. There are conflicting studies on its efficacy, but one review of 29 studies shows that St. John’s wort may be better than a placebo and as effective as a standard prescription at treating mild to moderate depression.
St. John’s wort, Hypericum perforatum, is a wild plant that is widely prescribed to treat depression in Europe. It’s available as tinctures, pills and powder. If you’re thinking of giving this natural remedy a try, you should first talk to your doctor. This herbal remedy has many drug interactions, so it’s best to be on the safe side and get an approval from your general practitioner.
- Ginkgo biloba is best-known for its memory-enhancing properties, but it is also used to treat symptoms of anxiety. In fact, some research has shown that gingko biloba is effective for treating PMS, mood swings, headaches and anxiety.
Much like St. John’s wort, there are drug interactions you should know about before taking gingko biloba. This plant extract is available in tea form, tinctures and pills.
Emotional support animals (ESAs)
Do you know how good it feels to hug your pet? That’s the idea behind emotional support animals. These pets don’t need any special training, but they should be well-behaved around people, including kids, and other animals. If you already have a pet, you can see about getting it certified as an ESA. You simply need to get a letter from your doctor.
You can take an ESA in the flight cabin with you and you can have these pets even if your apartment doesn’t allow pets. But if you want to take things a step further, consider getting a therapy pet. These dogs provide unique therapy for their owners exactly when they need it. In the case of someone with severe anxiety, a therapy pet may know to go for help during a panic attack. They may also be trained to get medicine and provide affection whenever their owner gets anxious.
Modern medicine provides anti-anxiety and anti-depression medications that can help quell your symptoms. These medications also come with scary side effects (e.g. increased risk of suicide).
Consider for a moment that your anxiety may come from a nutritional deficiency. This isn’t always the case, but we shouldn’t rule it out before investigating.
If you’re feeling depressed or anxious, talk to your doctor about supplementing with the following:
- Vitamin D
- Fish oil
- B-complex vitamins
In addition to supplements, be sure you’re eating a well-balanced diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables. It’s always best to get these vitamins and minerals from their natural source. Also, consider taking a probiotic. Studies have shown that gut health can have a major impact on your mood. So, if your gut flora isn’t well-balanced, it may be at the root of your symptoms.
Traditional therapy works very well for many people and it has numerous benefits, but it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. It wasn’t the best fit for me, and I don’t think I’m alone.
Personally, I found that a combination of alternative therapies work best for me. If you’re interested, consider trying a few therapy substitutes to find out which combination is right for you.
About the author:
Tim Stoddart is the co-founder and current president of Sober Nation. Tim is a big believer in the power of thought, positive living, health, and kindness. A recovering addict and admitted adrenaline junky, Tim has found new and healthier ways to fill the void. He gives credit for his “spiritual awakening” to his loving family, meditation, and reading thought-provoking books.