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I believe in a spiritual world, one whose inner

most truth we draw breath from.

I believe in a majestic world, full of magnificence

and boundlessness, an outburst of possibility

drifting on an undercurrent of matter, toward

nowhere and everywhere simultaneously.

I believe in a world where I Am that I Am,

a living God and self-actualized Master

who radiates Divine Love.

I believe we can co-create this in a world,

For everyone; Together, Spirit, You and I…

Love Always and Always with Love,

Carol Lefevre

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Happy Holidays, Blessings and Wishes for 2016

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Mesothelioma and Lung Leavin’ Day

I must admit that when I was asked by Cameron Von St. James, Husband of Mesothelioma Survivor Heather Von St. James if I would participate in Lung Leavin’ Day I wasn’t sure how or what to blog. I certainly could feel empathy for Heather, Cameron and daughter Lily Rose.

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I have had several clients who have had cancer and have been at their bed sides. It certainly is not an easy challenge for anyone, whether you are the victim of this cruel disease or the care giver of a loved one with the disease.

I have been blessed to be cancer free to date and after being diagnosed with Hep C and experiencing the treatment, I do have some idea of how ill, depressed and painful certain treatments can be. Several of my friends have family or close ties who have had lung cancer several times, some are continuing their battle today.

After doing a little research on Mesothelioma Cancer I discovered that it is the most serious of all asbestos-related diseases. The lungs are very delicate organs, they fuel us with oxygen, the body’s life-sustaining gas. The lungs process air, and are the only internal organs that are constantly exposed to the external environment. This means that anything you breathe in can affect your lungs. Germs, tobacco smoke and other harmful substances can cause damage to your airways and threaten the lungs ability to work properly, and let me tell you, there are some real nasty toxins in our environment today.

Mesothelioma can be a difficult malignancy to diagnose because the symptoms of the disease closely resemble other respiratory conditions. To make matters more complicated, these symptoms are also associated with other types of lung cancer.

My neighbour passed away of lung cancer 3 years ago now. Unfortunately it was detected too late for him. A common dilemma encountered by so many lung cancer victims is that the disease mimics so many other illnesses. Doctors will usually pass off early symptoms as allergies, possible bronchitis or even asthma first. Testing for these issues takes precious time the patient may not have, as in the case of my neighbour Barry. He had to undergo so many tests before they finally decided to test for cancer, by that time it was too late for him. Anyone who is having constant congestion, wheezing, shortness of breath or coughs should follow up with a doctor. Trust me, sometimes that nagging tickle and little cough can be something more.

In my years of doing bio-energetic analysis for clients, I have found asbestos to be in a wide variety of individuals. According to the allopathic community, “there is currently no known cure for mesothelioma, but treatments such as surgery and chemotherapy can help to improve the typical mesothelioma prognosis.” Fortunately for my clients Hanna Kroeger created a homeopathic remedy to remove this dangerous toxin. Again, the issue is finding it and getting to it on time.

Asbestos is a dangerous and toxic chemical that can still be found in many places. Someone could simply doing a simple repair in the basement of their home and unknowingly set it airborne and voila, a few months later, mesothelioma!

Scary right? I found this list on a great website:

Common Home Building Products That May Contain Asbestos

Common products that might have contained asbestos in the past, and conditions which may release fibers, include:

  • STEAM PIPES, BOILERS, and FURNACE DUCTS insulated with an asbestos blanket or asbestos paper tape. These materials may release asbestos fibers if damaged, repaired, or removed improperly.
  • RESILIENT FLOOR TILES (vinyl asbestos, asphalt, and rubber), the backing on VINYL SHEET FLOORING, and ADHESIVES used for installing floor tile. Sanding tiles can release fibers. So may scraping or sanding the backing of sheet flooring during removal.
  • CEMENT SHEET, MILLBOARD, and PAPER used as insulation around furnaces and woodburning stoves. Repairing or removing appliances may release asbestos fibers. So may cutting, tearing, sanding, drilling, or sawing insulation.
  • DOOR GASKETS in furnaces, wood stoves, and coal stoves. Worn seals can release asbestos fibers during use.
  • SOUNDPROOFING OR DECORATIVE MATERIAL sprayed on walls and ceilings. Loose, crumbly, or water-damaged material may release fibers. So will sanding, drilling, or scraping the material.
  • PATCHING AND JOINT COMPOUNDS for walls and ceilings, and TEXTURED PAINTS. Sanding, scraping, or drilling these surfaces may release asbestos.
  • ASBESTOS CEMENT ROOFING, SHINGLES, and SIDING. These products are not likely to release asbestos fibers unless sawed, dilled, or cut.
  • ARTIFICIAL ASHES AND EMBERS sold for use in gas-fired fireplaces. Also, other older household products such as FIREPROOF GLOVES, STOVE-TOP PADS, IRONING BOARD COVERS, and certain HAIRDRYERS.
  • AUTOMOBILE BRAKE PADS AND LININGS, CLUTCH FACINGS, and GASKETS.

Where to Look for Asbestos Hazards in the Home

  • Some roofing and siding shingles are made of asbestos cement.
  • Houses built between 1930 and 1950 may have asbestos as insulation.
  • Asbestos may be present in textured paint and in patching compounds used on wall and ceiling joints. Their use was banned in 1977.
  • Artificial ashes and embers sold for use in gas-fired fireplaces may contain asbestos.
  • Older products such as stove-top pads may have some asbestos compounds.
  • Walls and floors around wood burning stoves may be protected with asbestos paper, mill board, or cement sheets.
  • Asbestos is found in some vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives.
  • Hot water and steam pipes in older houses may be coated with an asbestos material or covered with an asbestos blanket or tape.
  • Oil and coal furnaces and door gaskets may have asbestos insulation.

From another perspective…

In the West we tend to think of illness as being only in the body. If we look at illness holistically and metaphysically, when an illness manifests itself in the physical body, we are actually seeing a dysfunction in the Mind and Spirit. The energetic bodies of Mind and Emotions can manifest in the body.

The concept that we create our own reality is more widespread than ever before. In our parent’s generation and before, this concept was known only to a few. Those few were mainly mystics and shamans. Now discoveries and experiments in quantum physics prove the truth of this concept. Mystics, shamans and some quantum physicists know that we create our reality by our thoughts, beliefs and perceptions.

We are actually more powerful than we can even imagine. For most of us, though, our experience tells us something entirely different. We feel that we are at the mercy of an outward reality, the victims of circumstances beyond our control. We work harder and harder, thinking that if only we have more money, more time, the right pill, the right family, more love, or a better job that we will finally be whole and happy. We try to change and control the circumstances and people around us in order to feel empowered.

Louise Hay is known as one of the founders of the self-help movement. She was able to put her personal philosophies into practice when she was diagnosed with cancer. She considered the alternatives to surgery and drugs, and instead developed an intensive program of affirmations, visualization, nutritional cleansing, and psychotherapy. Within six months, she was completely healed of cancer.

She has since written several books, her first book, Heal Your Body, was published in 1976, long before it was fashionable to discuss the connection between the mind and body.

Louise explains how our beliefs and ideas about ourselves are often the cause of our emotional problems and physical maladies and how, by using certain tools, we can change our thinking and our lives for the better.

Louise Hay’s list of the common illnesses and diseases and suggests the possible metaphysical cause.

Cancer:  Deep hurt. Longstanding resentment. Deep secret or grief eating away at the self. Carrying hatreds.

Lung: The ability to take in life. Depression. Grief. Not feeling worthy of living life fully.

In closing I would like to encourage you all to participate in Lung Leavin’ Day which will be celebrated for the entire month of February.

Blessings of much Health, Vitality and Love,

Rev. Carol Lefevre  B. Msc.

Luxury Living with a Modest Investment

Our Experience

I wanted to share with you the experience I had living in a condo vs a manufactured home. I moved into John’s condo and lived there for almost 3 years. Until the last year, I was perfectly fine with it. It wasn’t the cozy 864 square feet that got to me as much as what was happening outside the complex that got to me.

I thought that all of the exterior stuff was someone else’s responsibility.  If the roof was damaged or leaked during a thunderstorm, we didn’t have the responsibility of repairing it ourselves.

It didn’t take long for me to become disillusioned with condo living. I soon discovered the “cons” especially when it came to forking out money for the repairs I didn’t think we needed to worry about.

The building we lived in had no real curb appeal.  It made me think  it would be nice to create a garden in the front or back of our own home. As a condo owner, your have no ownership of any specific outside area so it can be frustrating.  I just wanted my own backyard, my own patio, where I could sit in the sun, plant some flowers and do whatever I wanted.

We had two small bedrooms and before I moved in one was used for storage and John had his office in the living room. It was too cramped so we decided to rent a storage locker, and make the second bedroom into a shared office space, which worked out well.

Having to go back and forth to the storage locker weekly became an issue…ugh

Our space didn’t really have any room for projects, arts, crafts, that sort of thing and if we wanted to do something it meant using a small dining room table or the balcony, which was a no, no for strata.

God, I just wanted our own garage…and workshop…or storage space.

In the condo we constantly were triggered by people throwing out the trash and overflowing the dumpster, the recycle was a complete nightmare. I often joked that I should go stand by the bin and give recycling lessons on what could in fact go in the recycle, lol

It might sounds bizarre, but when you live in a house, you have the convenience of organizing and controlling your own garbage cans. You put the right items in the correct bins and then once a week, you roll your garbage cans out to the end of the driveway, voila.

People really didn’t get or care how easy it was to wipe their feet at the front door before dragging mud and who knows what through the lobby, down the hallways and into the elevators. My goodness I got so tired of hearing myself complaining about things other people were doing. I felt so negative.

I never realized how great it was having mail delivered to the door until we moved here, another “con” was having to go downstairs to get my mail.

We had a wacky neighbour who would knock on our door at all hours of the night, “why?” you ask…”not sure”

In a condo you are in closer proximity to your neighbours. They could be smokers so when you open your sliding door to the balcony to enjoy your day the smell comes into your suite. Other times your neighbour could have a dog that sits on his balcony, barking and howling all night.

And…make no mistake, for those of you who think condos are more secure, break-ins occur regardless of security and often.

And…

And…the list goes on, but here’s the real kicker folks; for John, purchasing his unit was the best thing he did, so he thought!  When the engineers came in and did an evaluation, and announced that our repairs would be $5.5 MILLION, yup…MILLION, the reality hit him like a blunt instrument over the head head. The truth is that his condo purchase ended up being the worst decision he could have ever made! Not only had it cost him two roofs, now we were on the hook for $55,000.00…for our share of the renovations.

If there was a condition called “ condo remorse.” John and I certainly suffered from it. We did not want to take out another mortgage just to pay the renovations needed for a building that was about to have a 3rd roof in 19 years. We just want others to know how costly and damaging neighbours and stratas can be to your bank account and quality of life. The strata and restoration crews can squander your money, time and inconvenience you with each and every incident. In the end we sold the condo and took a $20,000.00 loss in the value due to the engineers report. Some would say we were lucky to have sold.

We have friends who live not far from where we were, in a condo. They insisted we were crazy to sell and that the value of our home would go up. When we heard their strata was going to have an engineers report done, we shared our experience and wisdom with them. Unfortunately  they didn’t heed our warning, so guess who’s paying over 40,000.00 for their share of renovations now?

I just read this in an article on the Global BC site called “Vancouver’s housing prices 2nd most unaffordable in the world” By Peter Meiszner

The article states, “The average house price in Metro Vancouver is $670,300, which would require 80 per cent of the average median household income to service the mortgage. That’s more than 2.5 times the 32 per cent guideline set out by Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation.”

That being the case, we found the perfect solution for us. We bought a manufactured home in a mobile park. It took some looking, there’s lots out there but most of them haven’t been maintained well. Some are dark and dingy, some are old and smelly, some just have a bad layout and some are just too ugly for words.

When we found ours, we paid  more but it is like a dream come true for both of us. It is 400 sq. feet bigger than the condo, and has approximately 1000 sq. feet of storage space…yahoo, no more running back and forth to that darn storage locker.

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I love our ever so large soaker tub that fits two comfortably, the condo had a small tub with those stupid glass doors. I hated them and rarely took a bath because of them.

OMG, and we have two bathrooms, it really makes a difference!

OMG and the en-suite has two sinks, with cabinets on each side and even more under the sinks. Pure luxury from our tiny little condo bathroom.

We chose to make the second bedroom an office, so now we each have our own space to work. My office doubles as a meditation space and guest room when needed. It’s big enough to comfortably put up a queen size bed for guests. We bought an OBUS Forme® that is sooooo comfortable. It sits on its own collapsible bed frame that has a bed skirt and everything.

OMG and we have a huge covered deck, with loads of flowers and we BBQ almost every day, all year round. I truly am pleased and grateful for our beautiful home.

There are soooo many things I love about this place (this link will show you pictures)

  • Gigantic Open Concept Living Room
  • Gorgeous En-suite
  • Master Bedroom…two closets, one is a walk-in
  • Two bathrooms
  • My bathtub
  • Gigantic Kitchen with Island I can do my art projects on
  • Cupboard space beyond
  • Back Yard
  • Storage and more storage…
  • The Pool is clean without too much chlorine
  • The Park has tons of trees, is pretty and is walking distance to everything you need
  • Good Community Spirit

And most of all, it was affordable. It is so like being in a house and everyone who comes here is very impressed when they see what the inside is like.

We adore our home, take pride in all we’ve done to create a beautiful living space and environment. It is unfortunate that we are leaving BC, but sometimes sacrifices need to be made. We are already looking at other manufactured homes to move into. I can only hope that we find something comparable to ours…so far it isn’t looking good, but we are pretty good manifestors so fingers crossed.

Carol Lefevre

Here’s our For Sale Ad and link:

Are you a Slave to the size of your Home, Mortgage or Rent?

We were…and found secure Peaceful Living without stressful financial sacrifice when we moved to this impressive mobile property in this highly desired area of Surrey. Just $204,000.00 for a rare and excellent opportunity:

  • Want to keep more of your money?
  • Want some outside space/yard/garden/workshop/pool?
  • Want to have a valuable asset?
  • Want more autonomy in regards to your space?

Then this just might be the answer you’ve been looking for!

Property Description:

1248 Square Feet livable space PLUS 10′ x 8′ storage/laundry, 8′ x 4′ garden shed, 14′ x 14′ covered deck, over 1000′ sq. ft crawl space suitable for storage

Exceptionally well maintained and tastefully renovated double wide home in one of the most upscaled manufactured parks in the area. This home has a large, bright open-concept living room/dining room/kitchen separated only with small wall, as well as vaulted ceilings, large double paned windows & corner gas fireplace, comfortable dining room with a built in hutch. Astounding, spacious kitchen with skylight, very big island, tons of counter space, cabinets and attractive grey laminate flooring. Updated bathrooms, en-suite complete with soaker tub, separate shower, skylight & a crazy amount of cabinet space. Large master bedroom has 2 closets, one is a walk-in. Other bedroom has nice grey laminate flooring and its own entrance.  Ceiling fans throughout, 5 appliances and air conditioner in good working order, considerably large carpeted and covered 14′ x 14′ deck which is great for entertaining, laundry/storage off deck with covered access has lots of heavy shelving, 8′ x 4′ garden shed, easy care and manicured yard, large carport with a driveway that can fit 2 additional vehicles. Quiet location and secure grounds. Bus stop 1 block away, 2-3 blocks to all other amenities. Small pets welcome. One of a kind opportunity. Rarely available on the market in such a quiet & well kept community.

Upgrades incl: new laminate floors in kitchen and one bedroom, kitchen appliances, home security system, new sinks/taps/shower/lighting in Master bathroom, new kitchen counter top and fresh paint. You’ll love this home!

This 27 years old home has:

  • Living Room 23′ x 17’4
  • Kitchen  11’3 x 10’3
  • Dining Room  11’3 x 7′
  • Master Bedroom  15’8 x 11’7
  • Huge en-suite 5 piece bathroom
  • Bedroom 11’3 x 10’7
  • 3 piece bathroom
  • Den 8′ x 5′
  • Covered Deck 14′ x 14′
  • Storage/laundry 10′ x 8′
  • Garden shed 8′ x 4′
  • Crawl space 24′ x 50′

Bus stop 1 block away, 2-3 blocks to:

  • Newton Wave Pool and Recreation Center
  • Superstore/Costco/Save-On Foods
  • Several Banks
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Produce Stores
  • Canadian Tire
  • Dollar Store
  • Craft Stores
  • Platinum Fitness
  • Restaurants/Pubs
  • Liquor Stores
  • Health Food Stores
  • and much more…

 

To: Vilcabamba With: Love and Gratitude

Wow, I can hardly believe I’ve been home from Ecuador for 22 days and haven’t blogged one thing about my trip. I guess there is so much to say, so many experiences to share and so many energies to describe I really didn’t know where to begin.

And then, just like magic it all came flooding in this evening after coming home from a much needed yoga class.

The Place: Healing Movements Yoga Centre     or on   Facebook

It has proven to be my sweet oasis, a safe and healing place that allows me to nourish my body and being on so many levels.

The owners are loving, kind, nurturing and conscious. They have worked hard to create a sacred space where we join together as a community to learn one of the oldest, most powerful and sacred teachings of all time.

It’s the perfect space for those with extensive knowledge of various healing modalities, meditation and yoga, yet comfortable for newcomers who are ready to enter a path of spirit development and de-stress their lives.

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The Instructor: Patricia.

A breeze of fresh air. I peek up and see that she watches the entire class, paying close attention to their body, breath, life force and movement, all while teaching and holding the energy for each person to receive exactly what they require. Magnificent!

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As I lay in Shavasana at the end of the class in complete gratitude, in comes “spirit” with a message. “Gift your necklace to Patricia”. The necklace is made with a tagua nut seed and crushed rhodochrosite crystal inside. It has kind of a hipster look, not something I’d normally wear but once I put it on, wow! I’m like, “WHAT…I just wore it for the first time today and I fell in love…You gotta be kidding!”

It is said that the meat of the tagua nuts and it’s seeds have the strength and intelligence of an elephant, thus natives of South America call it vegetable ivory. Because of its sanctity and healing properties, tagua has occupied an important place in every aspect of life.

Indigenous healers use tagua to replenish vitality and cure diseases caused by low energy and a weak immune system. It has a direct bearing on our bone marrow.

Tagua corresponds to the sun and the energy corresponding to the solar plexus, and therefore is especially good for enhancing vitality, boosting the immune system, and cultivating will power and determination…Nice, right!

My mind immediately went through all the back and forth arguing and detachment stuff that comes with surrender, then I finally chose to follow my guidance. Something felt off, like it wasn’t a piece she would wear, so after everyone left, I asked her if she would wear a necklace like this, and much to my delight and confusion she said NO. Delighted that I wouldn’t have to give it up, confused about why my guides were telling me to give her this necklace.

Maya was in the car, hungry and ready to go, so I told Patricia that when I got home, I would dowse to see if there was a crystal in the piece she needed. I made it to bed around 10:00 or so and as I began my evening rituals, in the back of my mind, still wondering what was going on, I was given a very cool message…”It’s not the energy of a crystal Pat needs…It’s Vilcabamba”.

And that my friends is how my instructor Patricia inspired me to finally write this blog, here goes…

It’s hard to explain the magical energy of a little town called Vilcabamba in Ecuador. I will start by saying that I have yearned to go to South America for over 30 years, so finally getting to go was a dream come true.

Ecuador, has a wide-range of scenery. Hills and mountains, huge cities and quaint towns, interesting wildlife, amazing flowers and trees, big bugs and beautiful coastlines with wide sandy beaches. I was so fortunate to have seen so much of the country. Transportation in Ecuador is inexpensive and so convenient. You can sit and enjoy the view while others are at the helm. I will blog about other parts of Ecuador in my next blog, for now let’s talk healing.

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Nestled on the edge of this remote town sits an oasis, Vilcabamba. I found Vilcabamba to have a deeply spiritual and unique international community that thrives in this “Valley of Longevity.” From a spiritual perspective it is the hard to explain but the energy there is different, it’s a feel good kinda place, the kind that makes you want to be more yourself, more present and in tune with source.

In metaphysical terms:

  • The veil is thinner, so if feels as though you are closer to spirit
  • There are orbs everywhere
  • Thought forms manifest especially fast
  • Synchronicity is unstoppable
  • Almost everything is spirit directed
  • The energy field is clean and pristine
  • It touches a specialness deep within you
  • It transcends boundaries of all types
  • It embraces and connects you on many levels
  • It’s like giving yourself the biggest most loving hug ever

After travelling to over 19 countries and living in several of them, I am confident in saying, “there’s magic in the air”, quite literally in Vilcabamba. I have seen a ton of ET activity and multi-dimensional cross over’s, still, nothing like this.

There’s a cosmic force and a new kind of ET activity happening there. One with a Conscious Rising that is unique and brilliant one that changes perspectives and lives very quickly. I met some great new friends; David and Liz (she is Ecuadorian) who live in Vilcabamba. They say “It’s high energy that will swallow you whole, chew you up and spit up out”. So if you’re looking for change, to get closer to the Divine and really work on yourself and many aspects of your being, this is the perfect place to be. The individuals there, truly are “meant to be there” and a very interesting cast and crew I might add.

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I have often wondered how little old me could reach more people, share more love, raise more awareness, somehow open a door for the masses to experience gifts they may never discover on their own. Well, the energy of Vilcabamba allowed me to do just that. I met soooo many awesome people, and one in particular who touched my being and inspired an aha moment…Nelson Denman

Remember the unstoppable synchronicity and transcending boundaries of all types I mentioned? It turns out that with a little support from the cosmos, added with a sparkle or two of fairy dust and an open heart, Nelson and I co-created a simple and effective way to raise the consciousness of groups of people. How you ask? Through Reiki; I had the pleasure of initiating Nelson into Reiki.

He is currently writing and composing a folk opera entitled: “The Rights of Nature.” Nelson is an accomplished musician and cellist. He is spiritual, with real heart and creative inspiration running through his being. If you follow the link you can stay up to date with his project.

Nelson’s accomplishments are many, he performs and teaches guitar, bass, violin and cello and has collaborated musically with Paul Winter, Larry Littlebird, Peter Kater, Robert Sequoia, Consuelo Luz, Richard Russell and many others. He plays cello on the CD of the World Premiere of Voyages by Paul Cisze. He has completed 2 CDs of music: Earth Doctor, The Chakra Mode Cycle, and is working on Slack Key Cello.

Now every time Nelson plays to an audience or anyone, that Reiki energy is going out there with his intention, passion and music…Well Done! I was also guided to activate and initiate his three fold flame (Love, Power and Wisdom) so that when others hear his music theirs will also be activated. As Vilcabamba and Nelson magic would have it, Dominique and I were the first to receive and experience the gift of Nelson’s cello and new vibration that day. How enchanting. I so encourage you to hear him play.

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Vilcabamba inspires you to touch a specialness deep within yourself in remarkable ways:

  • I had the pleasure and company of two amazing individuals, then I taught them (David and Liz) how to activate their 3 breath Merkabah, now they can really shake things up in town, lol.

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  • It was a delight to work with another awesome, high vibration woman named Ann.

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  • I taught 14 year old Cort how to dowse and spend a touching evening with his parents.

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  • We played and prayed with orbs in the woods at night.

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  • I learned how much commitment is needed to deliver great photographs from Paul, not many people can snap a great picture of me. Kudos Paul.

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  • Most importantly I re-connected with Dominique, a beloved friend who I hadn’t spent real quality time for years., It too was magical in many new and powerful ways. Wow, did we do loads of spiritual work and have tons of fun!

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Dominique and I stayed at a place called Rumi Wilco. It was a 15-20 minute walk to the centre of Vilcabamba. Rumi Wilco is an Ecolodge that provides a human habitat within the only remaining semi-natural protected setting in the valley. We stayed in one of the River Cabins which are located in the midst of nature, a healing river and surrounded with 12 trails to explore. The cabin was the perfect size for us, with a well equipped kitchen and the most comfortable beds you can imagine.

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Every morning we wake up to the sound of the river and songbirds in the background. We had a gorgeous path through the forest daily, encounters with donkeys and cows, a river filled with quartz crystal, cool stone walls and domes in the middle of the forest and vibrant butterflies… fairly normal stuff for our daily trek to town and back.

Vilcabamba, is remarkably free from most kinds of pollution: electromagnetic, air and water. No planes overhead dropping chemtrails on the population, either. The ground water is amazingly clean because it’s recharged from rainfall on the nearby Podocarpus National Forest, where water flows down into the valley on a regular basis. It creates a unique situation for several types of healing. This leaves the air remarkably clean and energetically perfect for a great night’s sleep. I haven’t slept that well in 12 years…seriously.

Another grand design and wonderful manifestation was the convenience of our friend Paul, staying in town at Le Rendez-Vous. A quaint, beautiful hostal with gardens and mountain views from each adobe style room. After our 20 min trek through the forest with backpacks on in the heat, we were grateful to have access to Paul’s space. We were always welcomed with a warm smile and a glass of water. We had access to his Wi-Fi so we could skype with loved ones and change from our sneakers and damp clothes into our flip flops and sundresses before heading to the main square. Thanks Paul!

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Practically every restaurant around Vilcabamba serves fresh, raw fruit juices. Organic food is everywhere. I have to say that the environment energetically supports self development and spiritual awakening, whether you see it coming or not. The people in Vilcabamba are relaxed, welcoming, helpful, considerate and oh ever so interesting.

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Food production in the Valley of Longevity is so easy and abundant that it’s almost hard to believe. In mere weeks, you can grow a huge garden full of vegetables from the rich topsoil. In a few months, you can grow papayas, figs, babacos and berries. And…believe it or not, in a few years, you could have your own orchard of oranges, macadamia nuts, jungle almonds, noni fruit, avocados and much more if you wanted to. This is one of the reasons that Dominique is thinking of selling her beautiful home in Salinas, to buy a farm in Vilcabamba. We were lucky enough to experience some great fresh fruits and veggies while staying with Elizabeth (Liz) and David, they have amazing gardens, fruit trees and animals. I know it is a lot of work, and Liz certainly loves it and puts her heart and soul into it daily.

Dominique and I did most of our own cooking. We did our big shop in Loja 4 minutes from town before we arrived. It was hilarious watching 7 bags of groceries and two suitcases being packed in a wheel barrel through the bush to get to our cabin. The Sunday markets, both in Vilcabamba and Malecatos are amazing, check out the photos from Paul below.

 

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The essence of Palo-Santo loomed everywhere, in shops and from venders in the square. Palo Santo is a mystical tree that grows on the coast of South America and is related to Frankincense, Myrrh and Copal.  In Spanish, the name literally means “Holy Wood”.

It is an uplifting scent that raises your vibration in preparation for meditation and allows for a deeper connection to Source.  It is also said that Palo Santo enhances creativity (sniffing it now as I write, lol) and brings good fortune to those who are open to its Magic.  It is burned in ceremonies by Shamans and Medicine people for its energetically cleansing and healing properties similar to Sage. I am so grateful that I brought some home with me, the smell is a reminder of the energy and essence of Vilcabamba.

Wow, writing this blog and emailing my new friends, makes me want to move there…No wonder Pat’s spirit wants to connect with the vigour and power of Vilcabamba…who wouldn’t?

I’m glad to have so many reminders that hold this sacred energy with me. I asked the river for a rock, it surprised me with two. I asked Mother Earth for some clay and she gave me a wonderful stone buried within the clay. I asked for cleansing I received Palo-Santo. I asked for strength and vitality and I received a beautiful tagua nut seed necklace. All these gifts hold the energy and magic of the “Valley of Longevity” within them and reminders of the heart connections I made that will forever remain in my soul.

A: Vilcabamba Con: Amor y Gratitud

Carol Lefevre

Respecting Traditions while Embracing the Future

What is tradition? It is a belief, ritual or behavior passed down within a culture or civilization with symbolic meaning that connects with our origins in the past.

Traditions often persist and evolve for thousands of years. They lay the foundations and structures of how we live, express and experience this reality. One theory of social science is that tradition is often contrasted with innovation of entire societies. This contrast in thinking can be confusing. We are currently experiencing the expansion  of social change, one where societies progress from being traditional to being more current or progressive.

Unifying traditional  beliefs, objects or customs implemented or believed in the past, with enlightened and accelerated views and information in the present assist us to change paradigms,  breaking the bonds that confine us.

The problem for many is that while they are attempting to create new paradigms they have become somewhat flippant of past traditions. Some individuals are saying that the Master of the past are set in their ways, that the information is out dated.

As a teacher and spiritual coach I believe in setting up strong basic structures and foundations to build on. For instance, A basic structure such as the 7 major energy centers in the chakra system, will always remain a foundation. The traditional colours and the new energies they bring, will change and new ones will open.  The Blue Ray will always carry the energy of The Will of God, although the expression of that Ray and how it activates us may change.  Archetypes will always be created by the mass consciousness, however those archetypes will change and evolve into new ones as we begin to change our paradigms.  DNA will always be contained in the human form, although it’s components, form and expression will evolve to match our consciousness.

I believe that there are many of us who strive to change our current paradigms and be the “Oneness and Love” that the spiritual realm offers us. In order for us to change our paradigms and those of society we must first begin to change the neuro pathways in our brains that dictate behaviour and emotional response. Anyone who channels knows  the fasted way to change those pathways in not by creating  new ones, because creating a totally new neuro pathway can take years. However re-routing the old neuro pathway patterns, creates new realities. This is the reason we see paradigm shifts taking so long on a mass consciousness level.

If we respect and honour tradition, while embracing newness we begin to re-route our pathways. After all the foundations of our bodies and energy systems have supported us for eons. I like to think of it as doing a renovation. We often keep the foundation and upgrade or build onto it with innovative technologies and/or modern decor.

For those out there saying, “the Masters are set in their ways and the information is old”, I say, “interesting, that’s not my experience.” The information and teachings I receive from the Masters has changed and evolved considerably over the years. It was Kwan Yin and her disciple Beishu who provided me with the information and techniques to chakra colours over 14 years ago which I called The Beishu Method ™. Then St. Germain who taught me how to do paradigm shifts and create the new technology in Magic Max XL. It is St. Germain and another Master (who will remain nameless for now) who is teaching me a new technique that moves the double helix DNA encoding to a triple helix and instils new neuro pathways by re-routing the old ones through evolving archetypal patterns…cutting age stuff and new information needed for our conscious evolution!

The Masters continue assist us to adapt and evolve to new energies, they have after all made their ascension and as such have an advanced perspective which is not egocentric. In other words, “been here, done that.” Lived on the earth plane and acquired complete knowledge, skill, techniques and disciplines that benefited them in the ascension process. Are they the only ways? No, they are simply foundations of truth that can be built upon.

Remember the words, “I am that I am”?  You can call it your God-Self, Creator-Self, Divine-Self or I Am Presence whatever you choose, the concept and foundation is still the same it is only the words and or view of that aspect of self that has changed. It seems to me that, old concepts are simply being re-labeling and presented in a new way, then passed on as “current” while discrediting our foundations and traditions.

In my humble opinion, if we want to receive information from those who have come before us, and laboured to assist humanity in not only finding by simply choosing enlightenment, disssing them is not the best approach. By showing honour and respect to the Masters and the fundamentals they have strived to initiate, we open ourselves to becoming vessels on new knowledge, information  and up dated tools that assist our evolution in a broader way than our egos can see.

As one of my precious clients said to me this morning, you wouldn’t re-invent the wheel would you? So my question to you is, has the wheel been re-invented or simply modernized and remodeled to be more efficient for the changing times?

 

Respectfully Yours,

Rev. Carol Lefevre

New Foods for Surviving Hep C

Hi All,

I thought I’d better get back at it, people are beginning to wonder if I’m OK. I am in my 8th week of therapy and I have to say it certainly hasn’t been the wonderful walk in the park I was expecting. While trying to come up with a perspective or way to explain the many feelings, emotions and symptoms to a friend, I came up was is an analogy that is little odd, but most people at some point and time in their lives can relate and  understand this…

I looked at her, cocked my head and said, “Have you ever had a really, really bad hangover, the kind that takes you 3 days to recuperate from? You feel so sick, barely getting out of bed, wanting to eat junk food, ’cause it’s easier than making a meal, somehow a salad and the work that goes into one just doesn’t cut it? The kind where you lounge around or sleep, watching mindless TV, then the guilting yourself out for the poor use of your life-force, time, expression and flogging yourself for the beautiful weekend you just wasted begins.” She looked at me and shook her head in acknowledgment and added “oh, yes, I know that one and…whenever I have done it, the good times hardly justified the days after pain that followed!”

So I feel like I’ve had a major hangover for 8 weeks. Yes I can function, my mornings being the most productive. The other issues can be a little more wearing, the constant headaches, feverishness and sudden energy drops. My body also appears to need food, when it needs food…like NOW or…you’re gonna crash! I’ve discovered that the weird thing I feel in my stomach that is a mixture of nausea and some funky sugar/adrenaline rush means “eat NOW, or suffer.” I’m not talking about suffering down the road, if I do not consume food within 10 minutes of that signal…I’m down, laying on the ground, rolling around suffering, headache, fever, nausea and I can’t even begin to describe some of the other symptoms…so I got to learn to listen to my body pretty well if I want to have life while treating this virus.

I have been a very conscious eater for at least 20 years. So when someone (nurse) says, “you need to eat 20 grams of fat before you take your medication.” I have to admit it’s been a challenge. The first week realized, wow we are low fat eaters, how am I gonna do this? John would say, “Have almond butter and toast.” I check it out, 1 gram of fat in the bread we buy, 8.5 grams in a tablespoon of almond oil, 2 grams in the yogurt, God, it was hard.

It’s easy finding unhealthy fat…bacon, eggs, toast…hmmm, hash browns! The real challenge finding healthy fats without consuming sooo much food.  Remember the weird hangover systems…not wanting to cook, having prepared food, too sick to get off the couch? This is the issue with this medication I’m on. The thought of eating is bad enough, but having to get up and cook it, yikes…I likely wouldn’t be eating much if I didn’t have to have the 20 grams of fat with my medication twice daily.

I decided to come up with a few dishes that can be made with healthy fats, taste good and keep well either in the refrigerator for a couple days or I can freeze. I do my interferon injection on Thursdays now, that way I function somewhat normally during the week and my two worst days are Sat. and Sun. On those days it’s takes every ounce of consciousness just to keep myself hydrated and food is the last thing I care about…some days I say, “Grill cheese with onions on sprouted bread, cooked in olive oil…ketchup, please, oh and I need it 5 minutes ago.” Yes on those days, just making myself a sandwich can be tough…ugh! John has the patience of a Saint, maybe I’ll start calling him St. John!

So here’s a few things I have come up with that might help the rest of you with healthy, tasty, nutritional food that had fat…but the good kind.

I created this base that I could use in other things. o be honest I didn’t really measure anything but I don’t think you can go too wrong with it. You begin by caramelizing onions in coconut oil in one frying pan, do the same with tomatoes in another pan. I added some salt, pepper, thyme, and xylitol as a sweetening agent. While they were frying I slice some zucchini and fried that as well. I added all three together and tossed with olive oil to finish. It is tasty and a good way to add something with fat to another dish to add flavour.

zuc, onion, tomatoThe same day I made a vegetable bean salad and used 1/2 the beans to make a bean dip. I love the magic bullet for stuff like that!

For the salad, just put in whatever veggies you prefer and add beans. I added lupins, chick peas and white kidney beans. I use a simple dressing of balsamic vinegar, linseed oil, olive oil and Italian spices. It lasts 4 days and is fast and easy to grab when you are in a hurry.

veg and bean saladThe bean dip is simply the same beans with sun dried tomatoes that come in olive oil, lemon juice, brags seasoning and then blended in the bullet…sometimes you have to add water to get the right consistency.

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Lets see, oh the pizza is a great way to get fat, and some healthy veggies too. We use sprouted grain tortillas as the crust. The trick is to use cornmeal on the pan so it gets crunchy, coconut oil between the tortillas and cook at 425 for 15 minutes. I used some of the zucchini, onion, tomato mixture on mine. Check it out:

I tried my hand at chicken lettuce wraps as well. They were awesome. I froze some in containers for later. I guess you could add dry noodles or a tortilla instead of the lettuce if you wanted to. This is the recipe I used: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Chicken-Lettuce-Wraps/Detail.aspx?evt19=1

I added more veggies than it called for and more healthy oils.

food art 010I don’t eat much pasta but decided it would be another way to make something different that I could add health fat too. I just made a spelt pasta and added olive oil, asiago cheese, roasted garlic, kale and some of the zucchini, onion, tomato mix I made previously…added some prawns for protein.

pasta with prawnsSmoothies are a good way of getting all your nutrient in at once and I simply add my fat to it as well. They become boring and take some time to do right but, they are far better than that weird “On the Go” stuff the drug company tried to pawn off on me. You’ll get the idea when you see the pictures. I usually include my bio-K, flax oil, protein and supplements all at the same time with some frozen fruit.

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And last but not least I did the homemade chia and organic spelt flour muffins. I usually bake 24 and freeze them so we have them on hand as needed. I have attached both recipes from my candida blog in case you want to try them…they are good.

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Well that’s about all I can get out for today, getting that signal from my body to go eat…NOW, so off to have some bean dip on celery while my soup warms up. OMG, have I got a story for you on the next blog…will try to get going on it in the next few day…stay posted!

Enjoy some of these new food ideas, till later in the week, over and out…

Caroll

Hep C, OMG it’s only been 5 weeks!

Greetings All,

It’s been 10 days since my last blog and here are my findings. Thank you all for your words of wisdom, meals, love, healing and phone calls.

My last appointment with the Hep C specialist was great. For those of you who have been reading you know that I have been made to jump through hoops, deal with incompetency and knowledgeable people. I was frustrated beyond and vented on my last blog.

I am trying to run 2 businesses, get a job and be as well informed as possible. Receiving a much more informative package from my Specialist or Hep C nurse would have saved me precious hours  of research.

However that being said when I arrived for my appointment on Friday the receptionist Ashley could see that the waiting room was full and offered to call me on my cell when I was next in line I thought that was awesome since I felt so crappy and there were no seats in the reception area. It was like some miracle, I was ecstatic! Upon meeting with Dr. Karen it was obvious that he had done some research on the virus, medications and my blood work. He was very friendly, courteous and explained several situations to me in a way I understand. What two miracles in 30 minutes…brilliant.

During my research in investigation phase I have collected what I believe to be some of the best information on Hep C, the side effects and some tips that would help people. I put these together in a professional Handout and offered it to Dr. Karim as a possible viable option for future clients. I explained to him that I had only received several loose, re-photocopied pages that were not formatted or easy to follow. I had to pick through to try and figure out what was what and how they fit together. I then offered him a tracking sheet for his clients which was much more practical and client friendly than the booklet offered by the pharmaceutical company. He seemed grateful for the information and I’m hopeful that he will use it for future client’s.

After researching my case Dr. Karim has decided to reduce my interferon injections  from 180 mg to 135 mg and I’m hopeful that this will bring down several of the new side effects I have developed.

My white blood count, platelets and low red blood cells are currently being hit hard. I have dropped into some real lows and I am very concerned. My have double low neutrophil counts!

I see now why I feel soooo much worst! I can still make it through a day OK, my will-power for getting my commitments met is stronger than the virus! I suppose the commitment to paying my bills comes into that driving force as well. Good Lord, couldn’t the universe just throw a measly $10.000 my way to help!!!! After all I am doing God’s work…ooops, off track…this is a side effect moment, sadness and depression!

That being said when I crash and burn, it is spontaneous and I am hit hard. I am currently trying a few new things to help.

Skin rash (two thumbs up)

I have been getting these weird skin breakouts, hives and rashes. They would heal so I tried A.Vogel 7 Herbs Cream it Relieves cracked, chapped and flaky skin, diaper rash and crusts in the nostrils. Ideal after shaving. This stuff is absolutely amazing. I told the Specialist about it, as a possible choice instead of creams with steroids.

Nausea and vomiting

Nausea is a common side effect of hepatitis C therapy. It can be caused by both interferon and ribavirin. This one is a challenge and I don’t want to add another chemical medicine to my regimen. I have been using fresh grated ginger in hot water and a new ginger tea called “Feeling Soothed.” A better choice for me than Gravol.

Shortness of breath

When taking interferon and ribavirin, many patients will feel a little more short of breath than they usually do. This is a common side effect of therapy. It usually happens because of the low red blood cell counts (anemia) caused by ribavirin.

Shortness of breath can be scary, so if there are times when you find it difficult to catch your breath, you should seek prompt medical attention. Your doctor will want to be sure you don’t have asthma, a lung infection, or other problems that require specific medical treatment.

I had to stop going up the stairs from the beach 4 times yesterday, yikes! I am currently researching ways to oxygenate the blood which might help.

There are many proponents of rebounding who recommend that patients undertake about two minutes of gentle bouncing every hour—I have a rebounder and realize now I have to get back on the program. I was up to 20 min a day for  the longest time and noticed a difference in my overall health before I got sick.

I am back to doing my deep breathing exercises and my kundalini breathing.

Activate your Kundalini and Rejuvenate your Body, Mind and Soul

Kundalini is a cosmic energy that lies coiled in the Base or Root Chakra which corresponds to the base of spine, in your body. This cosmic energy is your life force, which keeps your body alive. When awakened, Kundalini begins to move upward within the pranic tube or the central channel, piercing the chakras and initiating various cleansing and clearing processes, which bring about total purification and rejuvenation of the entire being.

I have included and/or increased the following: Vitamins A, C, D, and E

I have added 20,000 IU of Vitamin A, 800 IU of Vit E every second day, Vit D to 2000mg and increased my Vit C to 4000 mg daily.

Vision changes (two thumbs up)

Changes in your vision that cause you to not be able to see clearly are uncommon. This was a very serious issue for me, especially since I am blind in one eye and can’t afford to have poor eye health. I started the A.Vogel Sharp Vision  and have already noticed a visible improvement in my sight!

Blood tests

My blood work is being monitored every week while you are on treatment with interferon and ribavirin. They want to be sure that the medicines are not lowering my blood counts to unsafe levels. Following are some things that can be found by blood tests.

Low red blood cells

Ribavirin is harmful (toxic) to red blood cells and can damage them. Interferon leads to fewer red blood cells being produced. This results in low red blood cells, or “anemia.” Unfortunately I have had all these symptoms and they suck!

  • Anemia can make you feel tired: I have increased my two life lines Biostrath and Vital Energy and have added Folic Acid 1mg daily. I might have to find a reliable source of liquid iron.
  • Headache and Shortness of Breath, Specifically with Exercising
  • Dizziness (Common)
  • Insomnia I am thinking of adding: A.Vogel Deep Sleep Valerian and Hop Tincture
  • Cracks at the Corners of Your Mouth, Soreness of the Mouth: A.Vogel 7 Herbs Cream
  • A Pins and Needles, Tingling Sensation in Hands and/or Feet. For me I am getting these weird sensations of being bitten by no see ems…you know that feeling of a mosquito bite, but there are NO mosquitoes here! I have also developed hives, which are very itchy…still on a search for the best nature remedy for this one.

My options so far are:

  • Baking soda battles itches of all kinds. For widespread or hard-to-reach itches, soak in a baking soda bath. Add 1 cup baking soda to a tub of warm water. Soak for 30 to 60 minutes and air dry. Localized itches can be treated with a baking soda paste. Mix 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water. Apply to the itch, but do not use if the skin is broken.
  • Aloe vera is a must for burns, but how about itches? The same constituents that reduce blistering and inflammation in burns also work to reduce itching. Snap off a leaf, slice it down the middle, and rub the gel only on the itch.
  • I found some other solutions that involve using teas as a compress, but honestly when I feel sick the least amount of energy I have to put into something the better.

Low white blood cells

Interferon slows your body’s production of white blood cells. This leads to lower amounts of an important group of white blood cells called “neutrophils”, which fight many different infections. Low neutrophil counts are at risk for infections, such as pneumonia or skin infections.

Symptoms of low white blood cell count include; redness, swelling, pus formation at injury sites, cough, sputum, nasal discharge, high temperature, chills, unexplained discomfort, sore throat, sores in the mouth, bladder infection, and a white coating in the mouth, your body will be susceptible to a range of infections, skin problems, viruses, fever, gastrointestinal problems etc. Sounds yummy…for the gastrointestinal problems I use Molkosan, what a difference!

I am currently taking 4000 mg of Vitamin C daily. It is more popular as a cell protector, immunity booster and powerful antioxidant. Ligaments, tendons and collagen rely on Vitamin C to stay strong and healthy. Another benefit is that it helps iron absorption. Iron is essential to maintaining clear and healthy skin, a fresh complexion and healthy teeth. It is also necessary for the function of all glands and organs. Iron also aids in relieving both psychological and physical stress.

Low platelets

Platelets are clusters of proteins that act like bricks to form blood clots. They are produced by cells in the bone marrow. Platelet counts often drop if you are on interferon and ribavirin therapy. This can put you at a higher risk for bleeding.

Increase in the count of platelet may a little tricky than it first looked because no food is specified to increase the platelets production. It is believed that taking healthy foods and mainly organic and fresh foods will stimulate the mechanism internally and thus the platelet counts will also be increased. Flax seed is known for strengthening the immune system and also for reducing the inflammation. With this, the circulation is also improved in the body.

Tomatoes and cherries are for its good property of antioxidant. They are very good in vitamin and mineral contents and the production of platelet is boosted. Some of the other food items that improves the production of platelets are citrus fruits, green gram, fenugreek leaves and gooseberry.

Here’s a short video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OB94KdW-O4

So, I continue, on days to be hopeful and on others I can’t imagine having to go through another day let alone 6 months of this torture. My partner is awesome, and I give gratitude for his support every day. He’s getting pretty good at reflecting the angry emotional responses and doesn’t take them personal then he comforts the tears. He really is a wonderful spirit. In closing I’d like to leave you with this Irish Blessing.

May you live a long life
Full of gladness and health,
With a pocket full of gold
As the least of you wealth.
May the dreams you hold dearest,
Be those which come true,
The kindness you spread,
Keep returning to you.

Irish Quotations, Irish Blessings, Irish Proverbs and Irish Toasts

 

Sincerely,

Carol