Home business, home education and health challenges: what makes us tic?


We have peace. It is a gift. If we don’t FEEL it, it’s because we’ve chosen not to use or receive that gift.

Whenever someone gives you something, you have two choices: accept it or reject it.
If you accept it, you have two choices: be gracious, or be ungracious. Be grateful or be ungrateful. It stands to reason that gracious gratitude is ALWAYS the right answer.

Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right.

Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.
- Henry Ford

If you graciously accept and appreciate the gift, you still have two choices: open it, or don’t. (Obviously, implied in the initial acceptance of a gift in this context, there’s the idea that you KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GETTING. Although even when you know what you’re getting, you don’t know what you’re getting. But anyway…)
If you DON’T open it, there’s not much point in having it. It might look very pretty in its wrapping, but it’s just going to sit there being ornamental, not doing anything.

So, you open it. Now (you guessed it) you have two choices: use it, or don’t use it. Gifts are a bit like well-intentioned advice in that way.

If you don’t use it, all you have is an ornament. And that’s most of us with peace. We HAVE it, but we don’t use it. Why not? Well, maybe we don’t know how. It could be that we haven’t read the instruction manual, or that we read it but it was too confusing to put into practical action.

If we don’t use the gift of peace and it’s not a “couldn’t-understand-the-manual” thing, we’re fooling ourselves when we say we want peace. We don’t. We love the drama. We feed off it. It’s all we really know and understand. It makes us feel whole. it’s familiar, and peace would be strangely unsettling. Perhaps we even fear that it would be dull. I know I’ve done that.

But let’s say we have peace (and we do). We’ve graciously accepted this amazing gift. We’ve OPENED it, and we’ve even read the manual. Now what? How do we put that learning into action?

There’s something about peace that is very important to understand: it passes understanding. In other words, your thoughts can get in the way of your peace if you let them. Don’t believe me? Let’s do an experiment. Try this for the next five days: every morning the minute you wake up, every evening, just before you sail off to the land of nod, and every single time you feel even the faintest flutter of anxiety, panic, anger, fear, stress, worry, sadness, loneliness or concern, repeat these words:

I am serene and at peace.

Say them at least ten times, out loud if you can but in your head is fine, too.

Easy, right?

There’s a catch, though (you knew this was coming) … allow yourself to BELIEVE it. This is just for five days, remember. What have you got to lose? But if you SAY “I am serene and at peace,” but you THINK “as if! I WISH I was serene and at peace but there’s way too much chaos for that EVER to be true!” well, you’ll be right. You won’t have any peace at all.

Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.

So, for just five days, CHOOSE to think you CAN.

Let me tell you how this is working out for me. I have a reputation for being highly strung. I’m a control freak, and I have continual little flares of anger and frustration every moment of every day, because nothing in my life seems to conform to my will. In “You Can Heal Your Body” by Louise Hay, she links acne and cysts to continual flares of anger, and playing that old, painful movie over and over in your head. Since I have had a lifelong battle with acne, I decided to give it a go. That was about ten days ago. My skin is almost completely clear, and everyone comments on it. In fact, last week someone told me I had “beautiful ivory skin”, and asked me what my secret was. An unexpected benefit has been that I tic and twitch MUCH less than before. Sometimes I think about that, and think I should be even MORE serene so that I can tic even less, and then I get tense about not being serene, so I tic even more, and so it goes. The main key to remember is that it is a process, and you need to trust the process.

Here’s another affirmation that is really working for me: “Be still, and KNOW that [He] is God.”

Just let that sink in for a bit. Just think about what God means. Good. Infinite. Love. All those things, and He’s on OUR side. How incredible is that. If you just gently, lovingly meditate on that, with no preconceived notions or judgements, for at least five minutes, you’ll be amazed at the serenity that floods your life.

Give it a go. I’m keen to hear your results.


joyWe need to enjoy our lives. We need to rejoice: rejoice in every breath, which is always there when we need it, yet taken utterly for granted. We couldn’t exist for three minutes without breath, yet it never crosses our minds to utterly revel in the miraculousness of it.

Each moment is a gift. Each moment, BE in the moment. Notice things. The birds. Traffic. Dogs barking. Sun rising. Sun setting. Daylight streaming through the windows. Stars glittering though the heavens. Artificial light which literally gives us the gift of MORE TIME. Just think about that for a minute: a light switch is a GIFT, giving you more time – to work, play, share time with family and friends – BE.

We can rejoice in the good things that happen to those we love, too. True joy is absolutely absent of jealousy. There’s no comparison to be made. Ever. Each person has their own trials, and we surely wouldn’t want those. And just so, each person deserves their own happinesses, and it behooves us to delight in those with them. We can revel in their blessings in pure, untainted bliss and truly enjoy their success.

bitternessRecently author Elizabeth Gilbert shared a beautiful post on Facebook. She was quoting from the book “Women Who Run With Wolves”, and talking about the point most women reach in their middle years when they face a choice: to be bitter, or to be better. Her choice was to be better. To let the bitterness go. And her advice, so poignant and perfect and beautiful, was that we should actively, passionately, desperately seek out the joy in our lives. Every ounce of it – every moment, even the tiniest speck of bliss, should be tweezed out of our memories and collected in jars of living ecstasy, gazed on often, relished … we can immerse ourselves utterly in the happiness of living, and become so full of joy (which is both self-perpetuating and contagious) that it becomes the key defining attribute of our lives.

Surely each of us can point to a happy moment in our past? Even just the one? Find it. Hoard it. Cling to it. And share it ABUNDANTLY, because that is how to make it grow.



loveWe need to love ourselves. Once we understand some basic principles, we have the tools we need to love others.
We are loveable. Every human is loveable. So loveable, in fact, that God thinks we’re to die for.

Just think about that for a bit.

It’s not about being good or kind or fair or generous or helpful or forgiving or any of these things … it starts with LOVE. He LOVED us. And He keeps on LOVING us. Forever and ever and ever amen.

We are loved.

Each person is so very loved that, even if that person was the ONLY person on earth, He would have died for them. He would have died for me – and only me – if I was the only one. He loves me THAT much. He wants to be with me. He made me to love me. He made all of us to be loved: to love Him, to be loved by Him, and to love one another. The Word says that’s how we’ll be recognised as His: by our LOVE. And yet, how often are Christians characterised by their LACK of love? We fight. We judge. We nitpick. We’re hypocrites and we hate. We don’t even love ourselves. We buy into the lie that we’re worthless and evil.

Yes, we’re sinners. In other words: we make mistakes and we think thoughts that result in pain and misery in our lives. Sin is making a mistake. It’s natural and human and INFINITELY forgiveable. How do I know? Because I’ve been forgiven by the Infinite One. He teaches me to forgive and, above all, to LOVE, by ACTIVELY SHOWING me how it’s done. If the Infinite, Perfect,
Inimitable God of the Universe can love me, who am I to hate myself?

He MADE me what I am. How dare I not LOVE it? How dare I not revel in it? How dare I not be inexpressibly grateful for every cell and breath and thought and emotion and skill and personality trait and talent and inclination ever? It’s all from Him! He made it!


But instead, we complain. We hate what we are and we resist it and we try to change it and we reject it. We don’t love ourselves. Not even a little bit. Not even at all. We just hate-hate-hate. We don’t accept the gifts we have – from the smallest toenail to the longest hair on our heads. We try to change every part, like ungrateful prigs returning heartfelt Christmas gifts.

We need to learn to LOVE ourselves – I need to learn to love myself – … in a daily, ceaseless flow of gratitude for all that we are. I can do that by meditating on the truth of Him: my Maker, my Creator, my Sustainer, my Substitute on the Cross, my Saviour.

When I fully grasp how loved I am, how loveable I am, it becomes to easy to love others. Love casts out fear. Love makes forgiveness EASY. Love sets us free. We can easily love when we are loved. Everything becomes beautiful and clean and perfect and loveable.

You Live, You Learn

to learnWhat are we here for?

To learn.

To grow and become the best possible version of ourselves.

Life on earth is prep school for life eternal.

So, what are we here to learn?

A good place to start, to me, seems to be the fruit of the Spirit. Are these things to work toward, or the gift we get at salvation? I’m inclined to believe that they’re gifts. We have them. We need to learn how to use them.

Let’s recap:

  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Goodness
  • Faithfulness
  • Gentleness
  • Self-control

Actually, when I look at the challenges my body is presenting to me, the way it’s highlighting parts of my life that need work, the primary things I need to work on seem to be FEAR and FORGIVENESS.

Perhaps these Fruit will address those.

The Trappings of Success

Why do we call it “trappings”? Because we know what it is. Deep down inside, somewhere under all the layers of materialism and bling, we know.

It’s a trap.

Here’s what we’re taught success really looks like: STUFF.

To be successful, you need to have lots of money. Or at least, you need to look like you do. You need to have a big fancy car. Or two. Or three. You need fancy clothes, and a big-ass, paid off house. Or at least, a big ol’ house. No one needs to know if it’s actually paid off. That’d be telling, right?

To be successful, you need to work jolly hard. All. The. Time. Like, sleep is for losers, dude. Dead, broke, dead broke losers.

Your kids should go to school – private and expensive, for preference. And they should (obviously, duh), go to school for ALL twelve of the pre-defined years determined by the standard western Prussian school system. Or more, if they “fail” a year. (And let’s not forget Kindergarten. And Pre-K. We even have a triple K over here. Does no one else find it a little sinister that children start formal schooling at age THREE – and it’s called KKK?!)

And then they should go to University.

And then they should get married, get a house, get a car … or two … or three. And work really hard. All. The. Time.

Meanwhile, their kids go to school until they start the cycle again. You, on the other hand, retire at the end of a nice little set of double decades. Your fourth, in fact. (The first is becoming a grown up, then teaching your kids to be you, then working some more.)

Your last two decades see you barely seeing your kids. You understand. They’re establishing themselves in their “adult” lives, just like you did. Besides, you’re all used to not seeing much of each other. That’s what it’s been like since you had them and sent them to fancy schools and worked yourself to the bone to give them all the things that YOU never had. Including yourself.

This is life.

We rarely see each other at all. The people we spend most of our time with are the people we work with – bosses, colleagues, clients and underlings. And, no matter how we ever feel about any of these people, or the (potentially soul-destroying) work we do, we can never, EVER express our true feelings. At least, not at work, where they are formed and where they belong.

So we take them home.

The few precious hours we have with our nearest and dearest – the people we’ve CHOSEN to spend our lives with, and the people we’ve MADE, are squandered on homework, and work-work, and unloading all the frustration and bile we’ve accumulated throughout the day.

We get a few weekends together from time to time, but most of our “down time” is spent catching up: housework, shopping, socialising, family commitments, sporting events … busy-busy-busy.

And the rare holidays we manage to “steal” often include a guest appearance from the family’s cell phones, laptops and, critically, a WiFi connection. We do connect, sure – just not to each other. We connect to the web and tune each other out.

And for what?

So that we can go back and do it all again. And again. And again. Until e’re too old to keep doing it (as if 65 is old!), and we’ve taught our kids and grand kids to do the same darn thing.

Not for me.

I propose an altogether new approach to success.

What if (wait for it …) being successful meant being HAPPY? What if being labelled “a success” was based on how strong your family relationships are? What if your personal worth and achievement could only EVER be measured by YOU, and the only criteria was one simple question: “Am I fulfilled?”

Do you love what you do? Maybe parts of it. But do you love doing it all day, every day? Do you love HAVING to do it at set times, for a predetermined duration? Do you relish having to “look busy” for swathes of time while there’s no “real work” to be done? Do you enjoy those panic stations when all your clients realise – at the same time – that the deadline is tomorrow and they need you to finish their stuff FIRST?!


I didn’t think so.

If we didn’t work around the clock, would anyone die? (Nurses, I’m not talking to you here ;).)
If we kept our own hours and politely let people know we’re simply “unavailable” at certain times, would that be so bad? In fact, would it make any difference at all?

I doubt it.

And what if we chose to work just two or three hours a day? Studies show that the average western employee is only PRODUCTIVE for about that long every day anyway, so why do we waste the other five sitting at uncomfortable, life-expectancy-diminishing desks, PRETENDING?

We shove our kids into little boxes and teach them to sit at those same ergonomically-challenged desks and chairs for many more hours than a small, growing mind and body should ever be expected to be able to do. And at the end of the day, when we share our homes with strangers who refer to us as mom and dad only when they need money for the movies (we naively hope), we seem surprised.

REAL successWe made that.


So that they can go out and do it all over again? So that they, too, can be labelled successful?

If that’s what success is, I don’t want it. In fact, from now on, that’s a dirty word in my mind. If success doesn’t mean being happy, satisfied, fulfilled, connected, engaged, living life fully, having adventures, seeing new places, doing new things, meeting interesting people – well, I don’t want success. I want a new word for all these things, and then I want that new word for me. And I want it for everyone I love … especially my children.

What should that amazing, incredible new word be?

I have a suggestion: Lifefull. What’s yours?

You can heal your life

Last weekend I had the privilege of meeting a phenomenal artist. Just as an aside, she lent me a book called “You can heal your body”, by Louise Hay. I’d never heard of the book or the author before. Oh my word. Mind: blown.

It’s amazing. There’s a long list in the book showing what your physical symptoms and ailments are the result of, and how to change your thinking to fix them.

So, because I’m in that “heal-y” place I mentioned before, here’s the list of our family’s most common ailments, what caused them (most likely) and how to heal yourself with thought. (Yes, I wrote them all out. Three times, actually. I am COMMITTED!)

I’ll keep you posted on the results.

You Can Heal Your Life – The List

(Download the .pdf)

Problem Probable Cause New Thought Patterns
Abdominal cramps Fear; stopping the process I trust the process of life. I am safe
Accidents Inability to speak up for the self. Rebellion against authority. Belief in violence. I release the pattern in me that created this. I am at peace. I am worthwhile.
Aches Longing to be loved. Longing to be held. I love and approved of myself. I am loving and lovable.
Acne Not accepting the self. Dislike Of the self. I am a divine expression of life. I love and accept myself where I am right now.
Addictions Running from the self. Fear. Not knowing how to love the self. I now discover how wonderful I am. I choose to love and enjoy myself.
Adrenal fatigue Defeatism. No longer caring for the self. Anxiety. Sever emotional malnutrition. Anger at the self. Overproduction of crushing ideas. A feeling of being overpowered. mental imbalance. I love and approve of myself. It is safe for me to care for myself. I lovingly take care of my body, my mind and my emotions. I lovingly balance my mind and my body. I choose thoughts that make me feel good.
Alcoholism What’s the use? Feeling of futility, guilt, inadequacy. Self-rejection I live in the now. Each moment is new. I choose to see my self-worth. I love and approve of myself
Allergies Who are you allergic to? Denying your own power. The world is safe and friendly. I am safe. I am at peace with life.
Ankles Inflexibility and guilt. Ankles represent the ability to give and receive pleasure. I deserve to rejoice in life. I accept all the pleasure life has to offer.
Anal itching Guilt over the past. Remorse. I lovingly forgive myself. I am free.
Anxiety Not trusting the flow and the process of life. I love and approve of myself, and I trust the process of life. I am safe.
Apathy Resistance to feeling. Deadening of the self. Fear. It is safe to feel. I open myself to life. I am willing to experience life.
Appetite – excessive Fear. Needing protection. Judging the emotions. I am safe. It is safe to feel. My feelings are normal and acceptable.
Arthritic fingers A desire to punish. Blame. Feeling victimised. I see with love and understanding. I hold all my experiences up to the light of live.
Arthritis Feeling unloved. Criticism, resentment. I am love. I now choose to love and approve of myself. I see others with love.
Asthma Smother love, inability to breathe for oneself. Feeling stifled. Suppressed crying. Fear of life. Not wanting to be here. It is safe now for me to take charge of my own life. I choose to be free. This child is safe and loved. This child is welcomed and cherished.
Athlete’s foot Frustration at not being accepted. Inability to move forward with ease. I love and approve of myself. I give myself permission to go ahead. It’s safe to move.
Back – lower Fear of money. Lack of financial support. I trust the process of life. All I need is always taken care of. I am safe.
Back – middle Guilt. Stuck in all that stuff back there. “Get off my back”. I release the past. I am free to move forward with love in my heart.
Back – upper Lack of emotional support. Feeling unloved. Holding back love. I love and approve of myself. Life supports and loves me.
Bad breath Anger and revenge thoughts. Experiences backing up. I release the past with love. I choose to voice only love.
Belching Fear.Gulping life too quickly. There is time and space for everything I need to do. I am at peace.
Blackheads Small outbursts of anger I calm my thoughts and I am serene
Blood pressure – low Lack of love as a child. Defeatism. “What’s the use? It won’t work anyway.” I now choose to live in the ever joyous NOW. My life is a joy.
Body odour Fear. Dislike of the self. Fear of others. I love and approve of myself. I am safe.
Bowel problems Fear of letting go of the old and unneeded. I freely and easily release the old and joyously welcome the new
Breast problems A refusal to nourish the self. Putting everyone else first. Over Mothering. Overprotection. Overbearing attitudes. I am important. I count. I now care for and nourish myself with love and with joy. I allow others the freedom to be who they are. We are all safe and free.
Breathing problems Fear or refusal to take in life fully. Not feeling the right to take up space or even exist. It is my birthright to live fully and freely. I am worth loving. I now choose to live life fully.
Buttocks – loose Loss of power I use my power wisely. I am strong. I am safe. All is well.
Candida Feeling very scattered. Lots of frustration and anger. Demanding and untrusting in relationships. Great takers. I give myself permission to be all that I can be. I deserve the very best in life. I love and appreciate myself and others.
Canker sores (mouth ulcers) Festering words held back by the lips. Blame. I create only joyful experiences in my loving world.
Car sickness Fear. Bondage. Feeling of being trapped. I move with ease through time and space. Only love surrounds me.
Carpal tunnel Anger and frustration at life’s seeming injustices. I now choose to create a life that is joyous and abundant. I am at ease.
Cellulite Stored anger and self-punishment. I forgive others. I forgive myself. I am free to love and enjoy life.
Cold sores Festering angry words and fear of expressing them. I only create peaceful experiences because I love myself.
Colds Too much going on at once. Mental confusion, disorder. Small hurts. I allow my mind to relax and be at peace. Clarity and harmony are within me and around me. All is well.
Colon Fear of letting go. Holding onto the past. I easily release that which I no longer need. The past is over, and I am free.
Colitis Insecurity. Lack of ease of letting go of that which is over. I am part of the perfect rhythm and flow of life. All is in Divine right order.
Congestion Inflamed family environment. Arguments and yelling. Sometimes silent. I declare peace and harmony within me and around me. All is well.
Conjunctivitis (pink eye) Anger and frustration at what you are looking at in life I see with eyes of love. There is a harmonious solution, and I accept it now.
Constipation Refusing to release old ideas. Stuck in the past. Sometimes stinginess. As I release the past, the new and fresh and vital enter. I allow life to flow through me.
Coughs A desire to bark at the world. “See me! Listen to me!” I am noticed and appreciated in the most positive ways. I am loved.
Cramps Tension. Fear. Gripping, holding on. I relax and allow my mind to be peaceful.
Crying Tears are the river of life, shed in joy as well as in sadness and fear. I am peaceful with all of my emotions. I love and approve of myself.
Cysts Running the old painful movie. Nursing hurts. A false growth. The movies of my mind are beautiful because I choose to make them so. I love me.
Cystic Fibrosis A thick belief that life won’t work for you. “Poor me.” Life loves me, and I love life. I now choose to take in life fully and freely.
Deafness Rejection, stubbornness, isolation. What don’t you want to hear? “Don’t bother me.” I listen to the Divine and rejoice at all that I am able to hear. I am one with all.
Depression Anger you feel you do not have a right to have. Hopelessness. I now go beyond other people’s fears and limitations. I create my life.
Diabetes Longing for what might have been. A great need to control. Deep sorrow. No sweetness left. this moment is filled with joy. I now choose to experience the sweetness of today.
Diarrhoea Fear. Rejection. Running off. My intake, assimilation and elimination are in perfect order. I am at peace with life.
Dizziness Flighty, scattered thinning. A refusal to look. I am deeply centered and peaceful in life. It is safe to be alive and joyous.
Dry eye Angry eyes. Refusing to see with love. Would rather die than forgive. Being spiteful. I willingly forgive. I breathe life into my vision and see with compassion and understanding.
Dysmenorrhea Anger at the self. Hatred of the body or of women. I love my body. I love all my cycles. All is well.
Earache Anger. Not wanting to hear. Too much turmoil. Parents arguing. Harmony surrounds me, I listen with love to the pleasant and the good. I am a center for love.
Edema (fluid retention) What or who won’t you let go of? I willingly release the past. It is safe for me to let go. I am free now.
Endometriosis Insecurity, disappointment and frustration. Replacing self-love with sugar. Blamers. I am both powerful and desirable. It’s wonderful to be a woman. I love myself and I am fulfilled.
Epilepsy Sense of persecution. Rejection of life. A feeling of great struggle. Self-violence. I choose to see life as eternal and joyous. I am eternal and joyous and at peace.
Eyesight: farsighted Fear of the present. I am safe here and now. I see that clearly.
Eyesight: shortsighted Fear of the future I accept Divine guidance and am always safe.
Fainting Fear. Can’t cope. Blacking out. I have power and strength and knowledge to handle everything in my life.
Fat Oversensitivity. Represents fear; shows a need for protection. Covers hidden anger. Shows resistance to forgive. I am protected by Divine love. I am always safe and secure. I am willing to grow up and take responsibility for my life. I forgive others, and I create my own life the way I want it. I am safe.
Fat belly Anger at being denied nourishment It is safe for me to create all the love I want.
Fat hips Lumps of stubborn anger at the parents I am willing to forgive the past. It is safe for me to go beyond my parents’ limitations.
Fat thighs Packed childhood anger. Often rage at the father. I see my parents as loveless children and I forgive easily. We are both free.
Fatigue Resistance, boredom, lack of love for what one does. I am enthusiastic about life and filled with energy and enthusiasm.
Fibroids Nursing a hurt from a partner. A blow to the feminine ego. I release the pattern in that attracted this experience. I create only god in my life.
Foot problems, pain Fear of the future and of not stepping forward in life. I move forward in life with joy and ease.
Frigidity Fear. Denial of pleasure. A belief that sex is bad. Insensitive partners. Fear of father. It is safe for me to enjoy my own body. I rejoice in being a woman. Sex is life force
Fungus Stagnating beliefs. Refusing to release the past. Letting the past rule today. I live in the present moment, joyous and free.
Gallstones Bitterness. Hard thoughts. Condemnation. Pride. There is joyous release of the past. Life is sweet, and so am I.
Gas pains Gripping. Fear. Undigested ideas. I relax and let life flow through me with ease.
Genital problems Worry about not being good enough I rejoice in my own expression of life. I am perfect just as I am. I love and approve of myself.
Glandular problems Poor distribution of get-up-and-go ideas. Holding yourself back. I have all the Divine ideas and activity I need. I move forward right now.
Gout The need to dominate. Impatience. Anger. I am safe and secure. I am at peace with myself and others.
Gray hair Stress. A belief in pressure and strain I am at peace and comfortable in every area of my life. I am strong and capable.
Halitosis Rotten attitudes, vile gossip, foul thinking. I speak with gentleness and love. I exhale only the good.
Hay fever Emotional congestion. Fear of the calendar. A belief in persecution. Guilt. I am one with ALL OF LIFE. I am safe at all times.
Headaches Invalidating the self. Self-criticism. Fear I love and approve of myself. I see myself and what I do with eyes of love. I am safe.
Herpes simplex (cold sores) Burning to bitch. Bitter words left unspoken. I think and speak only words of love. I am at peace with life.
Hip problems Fear of going forward in major decisions. Nothing to move forward to. I am in perfect balance. I move forward in life with ease and with joy at every age.
Hirsutism Anger that is covered over. The blanket used is usually fear. A desire to blame. There is often an unwillingness to nurture the self. I am a loving parent to myself. I am covered with love and approval. It is safe for me to show who I am.
Hyperactivity Fear. Feeling pressured and frantic. I am safe. All pressure dissolves. I AM good enough.
Hyperventilation Fear. Resisting change. Not trusting the process. I am safe everywhere in the Universe. I love myself and trust the process of life.
Hypoglycemia Overwhelmed by the burdens of life. “What’s the use?” I now choose to make my life light and easy and joyful.
Indigestion Gut-level fear, dread, anxiety, Gripping and grunting. I digest and assimilate all new experiences peacefully and joyously.
Ingrown toenail Worry and guilt about your right to move forward It is my Divine right to take my own direction in life. I am safe. I am free.
Insanity Fleeing from the family. Escapism, withdrawal. Violent separation from life. This mind knows its true identity and its creative point of Divine self-expression
Insomnia Fear. Not trusting the process of life. Guilt. I lovingly release the day and slip into peaceful sleep, knowing tomorrow will take care of itself
Itching Desires that go against the grain Unsatisfied. Remorse. Itching to get out or get away. I am at peace just where I am. I accept my good, knowing all my needs and desires will be fulfilled.
Kidney stones Lumps of undissolved anger. I dissolve all past problems with ease.
Knee problems Stubborn ego and pride. Inability to bend. Fear. Inflexibility. Won’t give in. Forgiveness. Understanding. Compassion. I bend and flow with ease and all is well.
Laryngitis So mad, you can’t speak. Fear of speaking up. Resentment of authority. I am free to ask for what I want. It is safe to express myself. I am at peace.
Lymph problems A warning that the mind needs to be recentered on the essentials of love. Love and joy. I am now totally centered in love and joy of being alive. I flow with life. Peace of mind is mine.
Menopause Fear of no longer being wanted. Fear of aging. Self-rejection. Not feeling good enough. I am balanced and peaceful in all changes of cycles. And I bless my body with lvoe.
Menstrual problems Rejection of one’s femininity. Guilt, fear. Belief that the genitals are sinful or dirty. I accept my full power as a woman and accept all my bodily processes as normal and natural. I love and approve of myself.
Migraine headaches Dislike of being driven. Resisting the flow of life. Sexual fears (can usually be fixed by masturbation) I relax into the flow of life and let life provide all that I need easily and comfortably. Life is for me.
Miscarriage Fear. Fear of the future. “Not now – later.” Inappropriate timing. Divine right is always taking place in my life. I love and approve of myself. All is well.
Mono Anger at not receiving love and appreciation. No longer caring for the self. I love and appreciate and take care of myself. I am enough.
Mucus colon (spastic colon) Layered deposits of old, confused thoughts clogging the channel of elimination. Wallowing in the gummed mire of the past. I release and dissolve the past. I am a clear thinker. I live in the now in peace and joy.
Nail biting Frustration. Eating away at the self. Spite of a parent. It is safe for me to grow up. I now handle my own life with joy and ease.
Narcolepsy Can’t cope. Extreme fear. Wanting to get away from it all. Not wanting to be here. I rely on Divine wisdom and guidance to protect me at all times.
Nausea Fear. Rejecting an idea or experience. I am safe. I trust the process of life to bring only good to me.
Neck problems Refusing to see other sides of a question. Stubbornness, inflexibility. It is with flexibility and ease that I see all sides of an issue. There are endless ways of doing things and seeing things. I am safe.
Nervous breakdown Self-centredness. Jamming the channels of communication. I open my heart and create only loving communication. I am safe. I am well.
Nervousness Fear. Anxiety. Struggle. Rushing. Not trusting the process of life. I am on an endless journey through eternity, and there is plenty of time. I communicate with my heart. All is well.
Nose bleeds A need for recognition. Feeling unrecognised and unnoticed. Crying for love. I love and approve of myself. I recognise my own t true worth. I am wonderful.
Nose – runny Asking for help. Inner crying. I love and comfort myself in ways that are pleasing to me.
Nose – stuffy Not recognising the self-worth. I love and appreciate myself.
Osteoporosis Feeling there is no support left in life. I stand up for myself, and Life supports me in unexpected, loving ways.
Overweight Fear, need for protection. Running away from feelings. Insecurity, self-rejection. Seeking fulfillment. I am at peace with my own feelings. I am safe where I am. I create my own security. I love and approve of my self.
Pain Guilt. Guilt always seeks punishment. I lovingly release the past. They are free and I am free. All is well in my heart now.
Parasites Giving power to others, letting them take over. I lovingly take back my power and eliminate all interference
Phlebitis Anger and frustration. Blaming others for the limitation and lack of joy in life. Joy now flows freely within me, and I am at peace with life.
Plantar wart Anger at the very basis of your understanding. Spreading frustration about the future. I move forward with confidence and ease. I trust and flow with the process of life.
Post-nasal drip Inner crying. Childish tears. Victim. I acknowledge and accept that I am the creative power in my world. I now choose to enjoy my life.
PMS Allowing confusion to reign. Giving power to outside influences. Rejection of the feminine processes. I now take charge of my mind and my life. I am a powerful and dynamic woman! Every part of my body functions perfectly. I love me.
Prostate problems Mental fears weaken the masculinity. Giving up. Sexual pressure and guilt. Belief in aging. I love and approve of myself. I accept my own power. I am forever young in spirit.
Psoriasis Fear of being hurt. Deadening the senses of the self. Refusal to accept responsibility for own feelings. I am alive to the joys of living. I deserve and accept the very best in life. I love and approve of myself.
Rash Irritation over delays. Babyish way to get attention. I love and approve of myself. I am at peace with the process of life.
Rheumatism Feeling victimised. Lack of love. Chronic bitterness. Resentment. I create my own experiences. As I love and approve of myself and others, my experiences get better and better.
Rheumatoid arthritis Deep criticism of authority. Feeling very put upon. I am my own authority. I love and approve of myself. Life is good.
Round shoulders Carrying the burdens of life. Helpless and hopeless. I stand tall and free. I love and approve of me. My life gets better every day.
Sagging lines Sagging lines on the face come from sagging thoughts in the mind. Resentment of life. I express the joy of living and allow myself to enjoy every moment of every day totally. I become young again.
Sciatica Being hypocritical. Fear of money and of the future. I move into my greater good. My good is everywhere, and I am secure and safe.
Seizures Running away from the family, from the self, from life. I am at home in the Universe. I am safe and secure and understood.
Shoulders Represent our ability to carry out experiences in life joyously. We make life a burden by our attitude. I choose to allow all my experiences to be joyous and loving.
Sinus problems Irritation to one person – someone close I declare peace and harmony indwell me and surround me at all times. All is well.
Skin protects our individuality. I feel safe to be me.
Skin problems Anxiety, fear. Old buried guck. I am being threatened. I lovingly protect myself with thoughts of joy and peace. The past is forgiven and forgotten. I am free in this moment.
Snoring Stubborn refusal to let go of old patterns. I release all that is unlike love and joy in my mind. I move from the past into the new and fresh and vital.
Sore throat Holding in angry words. Feeling unable to express the self. I release all restrictions and I am free to be me.
Spasms Tightening our thoughts through fear. I release, I relax, and I let go. I am safe in life.
Spastic colitis Fear of letting go. Insecurity. It is safe for me to live. Life will always provide for me. All is well.
Spinal curvature The inability to flow with the support of Life. Fear and trying to hold on to old ideas. Not trusting life. Lack of integrity. No courage of conviction. I release all fears. I now trust the process of life. I know that life is for me. I stand straight and tall with love.
Stiff neck Unbending bullheadedness. It is safe to see other viewpoints.
Stiffness Rigid, stiff thinking. I am safe enough to be flexible in my mind.
Stomach problems Dread. Fear of the new. Inability to assimilate the new. I digest life with ease. Life agrees with me. I assimilate the new every moment of every day. All is well.
Stuttering Insecurity. Lack of self-expression. Not being allowed to cry. I am free to speak up for myself. I am now secure in my own expression. I communicate only with love.
Swelling being stuck in thinking. Clogged, painful ideas. My thoughts flow freely and easily. I move through ideas with ease.
Teeth problems Long-standing indecisiveness. Inability to break down ideas for analysis and decisions. I make my decisions based on the principles of truth, and I rest securely knowing that only right action is taking place in my life.
Thrush Anger over making the wrong decisions. I lovingly accept my decisions, knowing I am free to change. I am safe.
Tics and twitches Fear. A feeling of being watched by others. I am approved of by all of Life. All is well. I am safe.
Tinnitus Refusal to listen. Not hearing the inner voice. Stubbornness. I trust my higher self. I listen with love to my inner voice. I release all that is unlike the action of love.
Toes Represent the minor details of life. All details take care of themselves.
Tonsillitis Fear. Repressed emotions. Stifled creativity. My good flows freely now. Divine ideas express through me. I am at peace.
Ulcers A strong belief that you are not good enough. What is eating away at you? I love and approve of myself. I am at peace. I am calm. All is well.
Urinary Infections Pissed off. usually at the opposite sex or a lover. Blaming others. I release the pattern in my consciousness that created this condition. I am willing to change. I love and approve of myself.
Vaginitis Anger at a mate. Sexual guilt. Punishing the self. Others mirror the love and self-approval I have for myself. I rejoice in my sexuality.
Varicose Veins Standing in a situation you hate. Discouragement. Feeling overworked and overburdened. I stand in truth and live and move in joy. I love Life, and circulate freely.
Viral infections Lack of joy flowing through life. Bitterness. I lovingly allow joy to flow freely in my life. I love me.
Vomiting Violent rejection of ideas. Fear of the new. I digest life safely and joyously. Only good comes to me and through me.
Weakness A need for mental rest. I give my mind a joyous vacation.
Whiteheads Hiding ugliness. I accept myself as beautiful and loved.
Yeast infections Denying your own needs. Not supporting yourself. I now choose to support myself in loving, joyous ways.

Supplementing for healing

I’m in a very “heal-y” place at the moment. It started when I read the package insert for Goldilocks’ tic medication.


For a while, when we first switched to SCD and Paelo, I used to hate medication of any kind. I wouldn’t take any or give any to my kids. We were the hippy, holistic family who home-schooled their alternative kids. I’m not that way any more. Much.

In fact, Goldilocks has been on these meds for three months already. What’s more, I’d already looked up Clonidine on the web and it seemed okay. Also, so far we’d seen no side effects.

But when I read that insert, I realised there was no way I was giving any more of that to my baby girl. For starters, the insert says, “strictly not to be given to children or adolescents.” Um. Yeah.

So I did what I do when I need to fix stuff: research.

I looked up the main things we struggle with, and what dietary shortages they’re symptomatic of. (Sorry about the conjunction at the end of that sentence but … yeah. Not sorry.)

Then I looked up the foods with the highest concentrations of those nutrients.

Then I made a table of the two. As you do. Here it is. (You’re welcome ;))

(Basically: eat lots of oily fish, spinach, and lentils. Oh, and chocolate. Lots of chocolate).

Vitamins for tics, concentration and skin

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Food Vit. A Vit. B1 Vit. B2 Vit. B3 Vit. B5 Vit. B6 Vit. B7 (Biotin) Vit. B9 (Folate) Vit. B12 Vit. C Vit. D Vit. E Magnesium Omega 3 Potassium Zinc TOTALS
Oily Fish 2 10 7 10 8 8 3 8 9 4 8 9 4 90
Mackerel/tuna/salmon 2 10 6 10 8 8 1 8 9 4 8 9 4 87
Kale/Spinach 8 1 1 1 10 8 8 9 10 1 9 7 73
Seeds 7 2 2 2 10 7 9 1 6 46
Pork 9 4 8 5 6 1 3 3 39
Beans,lentils,chickpeas 1 1 1 1 1 10 7 10 2 34
Red meat 8 5 4 4 4 9 34
Legumes 5 1 3 1 9 2 10 2 33
Avos 1 7 2 1 5 6 5 3 30
Mushrooms 3 4 10 8 2 1 28
Chicken 1 9 3 7 1 3 24
Eggs 1 5 6 1 7 2 2 24
Cod Liver Oil 10 9 19
Dried fruit 5 5 2 7 19
Dried Prunes 5 5 1 7 18
Carrots 9 9 18
Liver 7 1 1 9 18
Squash 7 4 1 6 18
Dried Apricots 5 4 1 7 17
Cheese 5 4 3 2 14
Brocolli 1 4 6 2 1 14
Sweet peppers 3 10 1 14
Pure yoghurt 1 1 3 2 2 2 2 13
Dried Raisins 3 1 7 11
Sweet potatoes 10 1 11
Berries 5 5 10
Flaxseed oil 10 10
Guava 9 9
Potatoes 1 8 9
Bananas 3 3 1 7
Oranges 2 4 6
Dark chocolate 1 4 5
Cantaloupe melon 4 4
Mango 1 3 4
Olive oil 3 3
Tomatoes 3 3
- Dates 2 2
- Figs 2 2
Butter 1 1
Califlower 1 1
Fruit 1 1
Ham 1 1
Onions 1 1
Orange juice 1 1
Papaya 1 1
61 50 44 60 62 69 44 44 36 48 44 36 62 43 87 37
If you crave bread or wheat products, you probably need more: If you crave chocolate, you probably need more:
- fibre - magnesium
- protein - zinc
- omega 3
- carbs
- vitamin B
- manganese
- selenium
- omegas

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