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An energy reading and a very detailed interpretation of the reading were presented to me by Janet Nestor, holistic healer and author of Pathways to Wholeness.

Janet is a supporter of Just a Cloud Away, Inc. Journal offering articles not typically accepted by mainstream society. If you are willing to open your mind to the possibilities, please do consider speaking with her regarding your losses.

Because my son died at birth, any memorabilia, pictures, descriptions are very much welcomed. A few photographs were taken of him at birth, clipping of hair, ashes, foot and hand prints and it just isn’t enough for a mother. Below is an energy reading where Janet connected with my little angel on August 3rd, 2010.

Tanner, son of Diana Gardner-Williams

Tanner has a whole lot to say. His senses are all operational from the spirit realm. His is connected to spirit, his listening ears are wide open for communication. He has a lot to say about a lot of things.

The blue orb at the third eye…inner eye. He is like a magnet. He intuits everything and is able to process through the center better than any others. His vision is full spectrum vision. He sees everything on all at once….many levels of seeing and understanding and had the ability to communicate what he sees and understands.

Colors:

Peach-he is social. Likes to be part of the mix. Also patient and kind and you can feel his love and compassion without hardly trying. He is shadowy in structure, but when he communicates you can hear and communicate with him.

Light pink/lavender-He is vibrant. He has a lot to say/intuit/process. He likes where he lives and is exactly where he is supposed to be. This is his world. He is comfortable within his world. He knows his way around.

The light blue in his energy field-it is his level of permanence. He is ever-present in your life, will remain ever-present in your family life as long as this family exists. He is part of the family and enjoys his interactions. He has a sense of humor. He can pop in and out and does.

His spiritual body seems to be a thought form. He is light and airy. He has great wisdom, which he will share if you listen to what he has to say. It is not infant wisdom, but wisdom of spirit that is collective in nature. He really does not seem to be identified with his human body at all. He is identified with his spiritual being and that life.

Notice his eyes and the fact that they appear alert. They are alert. The line through his eyes is a boundary of sorts. Reflects his deep insights. He will not interfere in what is not his to see and hear. He stays back unless invited. He is not hesitant. But he is respectful of privacy and of his role. As a child one might have called him timid, but not silent. Shy, but not withdrawn. Funny, but not a clown and center of attention.

The only thing he misses is the ability to cuddle. He would have loved touch and still likes touch although it is not the same. He will snuggle in close to you if he can…almost feel like a part of you. You might notice when he is around because he likes to be so close. He would loved to be noticed in those moments, but he does not seek to be noticed.

He is both child energy and very wise energy all rolled up into one spiritual being. His identity in this life is one of infant child. His spirit identity is ages old. A lovely mix of innocence and aged wisdom.

I cannot thank you enough Janet. These words are precious to me and gives my being another purpose and understanding of my child. This is tangible and will be cherished upon my alter for him.

 

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Question from Theresa of Oak Ridge- “Janet, what exactly is an energy reading?”

Thank you for your question Theresa, an energy reading is an intuitive interpretation of an individual’s energy field.  The energy field consists of the aura, the energy that surrounds our body, the chakra system and the meridian system.  Chakra understanding originated in the country of India and Meridian understanding originated in Asia. 

All of our life experiences are stored within our energy field and everything we do, say, think, feel and experience impacts our field.  Our relationships with our life partner, our children, friends and other family members are recorded in our energy.  Our medical issues, physical and emotional, begin somewhere within our energy field, usually in our aura. When the problem shows up in our chakras or in our meridian system we are feeling some kind of symptoms, either physically or emotionally.

We are the healthiest when our energy field is flowing and flexible.  When it becomes stagnant, we develop an uneven pattern of energy within our physical body.  This uneven pattern of energy or energetic imbalances causes us physical, emotional or spiritual distress. A person giving an energy reading is able to pick up on these imbalances and discuss them with the person seeking the reading.

Reiki, Healing Touch and other energy healing modalities, including Energy Psychology, help us balance out our energy field.  The balance is what causes us to feel physical relief, heal from illness and leave a session feeling positive change. I hope this helps… Janet Nestor

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Tiny Belle Arina Brings Joy-For The Second Time

 Her bluish colored tongue was lying on the lap of the frantic driver rushing to the hospital and her head seemed to be attached to her neck by only her skin. The two-and-a-half-pound Yorkshire Terrier had fallen three feet off her owner’s lap onto hard flooring after hearing the doorbell ring. Tiny Belle Arina lay lifeless as children Luke (13) and Caroline (7) were hysterically screaming. Their mother Tricia, grabbed car keys and the paralyzed pet and ran to the car to head to the closest veterinary hospital.

 

On the seemingly longest drive of her life, Tricia prayed for the recovery of their family pet. She kept crying, “I will praise you every day of my life if you let her live.”

 Tricia kept thinking how traumatic this would be for her children to witness such a horrific ending to a beloved member of their family.

 Before reaching the hospital, the limp body of Belle moved as she took a small breath.

 

With a glimpse of hope, Tricia and her husband waited for the x-ray of Belle to be interpreted by the doctor. The report was not positive and they were told to go immediately to the emergency veterinary hospital. Belle was then put on oxygen to help her breathe.

 Tricia prayed for 20 minutes and then the doctor came in and said Belle was fine and could be taken home. They had no explanation for Belle’s condition, and Tricia truly believes this was a faith building event and a sign from the Lord. When they returned home, Luke was in the front window on his knees praying to spare Belle her life.

The family is much richer in faith and love because of the smallest member, Belle Arina.

Greensboro chapter of the American Red Cross offers CPR classes to save the lives of our pets.

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Her Bleak Future Lasted 15 Years

It felt as though she could jump out from behind the glossy image to give me a big wet kiss. This beautiful creature gave more to her owner than unconditional love. Kayla was the underdog of a litter with a number of unseen health problems.

Terry Rader is the proud owner of Kayla, an Australian Shepherd, aka “Blue Gypsy Spirit” who was set free August 27th 2009 after 15 years of companionship. Letting Kayla transition to the other side was Terry’s final gift to her beloved pet. Kayla was a soul mate to Terry and fueled her passion to continue to help others with pet loss and grief, beyond her life. Terry has been helping dogs holistically for almost a decade, based on her experiences with Kayla.

At six months of age, Kayla had been diagnosed with CISD (Chronic Immune System Disease), and allergic to everything. At 7 years old, Kayla’s kidneys started to fail and were accompanied by other aliments; arthritis, heart murmur and hip dyspolasia. Terry knew there had to be another alternative to cortisone shots and other medications to help Kayla and found her first solutions in a book by Dianne Stein called, “Natural Healing for Dogs & Cats”. Terry also worked with Dr. Charles Loops, DVM who practices homeopathy on animals. “Choosing to take care of an animal holistically was not an easy task, since many vets were not open to alternative options back then,” stated Terry.

 

The last year of Kayla’s life involved constant care and communication by using hand signals and telepathy after Kayla lost her hearing. Terry reassured her that everything would be OK and needed to explain to Kayla that she could not occupy to her old body after being cremated as her spirit was now set free. The upside-down squirrel on the screen window during our interview was one way that Kayla showed me how she returns to visit Terry. Nature is the medium for their communication where Terry composes beautiful poetry and stories embracing eternal love.

 

Terry also believes in the philosophy of the Mayan’s regarding crying. By releasing tears for a loved one, we are filling up the river carrying the canoe to the other side.

“Give your pets and yourself the most natural diet and holistic healthcare you can find. Don’t pretend a treatment is okay if it doesn’t feel right to you, but realize that Western medicine does some good things too. Be as loyal to your four-legged companions as they are to you. Every step we take to live more naturally brings us more in line with living in harmony with the Earth.” from Earth Harmony: Loving Our Pets- Holistically and Unconditionally by Terry Rader as published in AWB Summer 2007 issue, read full story at http://www.doedreamers.com/EHstories.html#6.

Thank you for sharing your story of Kayla with the community.

Peace Love and Hugs

Diana

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Earth Harmony: Healing Foods for All written by Terry Rader as published in AWB Winter 2006

Terry Rader enjoys connecting people to nature helping them find their personal creativity and vision. She has been an avid lover of  plants and trees since childhood and is a self-practicing wellness herbalist. Terry makes custom herbal tea blends, tinctures, custom flower essence blends and other home remedies used in treating herself and her family (pets included) since 1994 and has continued to expand this work into the community since 2003. Please visit her site www.doedreamers.com for additional information.

As we drove away from the city, I settled into a calmer state of mind. I looked forward to getting outside and spending some time in the country. I welcomed that warm, comfortable feeling that penetrates my soul each time I get away and allow my spirit to expand. We drove past the pastures and lakes and woods – oh for the love of the trees! Rounding one last curve, we pulled into the driveway of our friend’s farm. The dogs came running, free and full of life, to greet us. The farmhouse stood strong against the big blue sky as it’s doors opened and our friends emerged to join us. We took off across the land, past the fruit trees and barns, to the gardens. Walking down the path, my eyes soaked up the light, dancing on the sweet majestic corn tassels swaying in the country breeze. With each step, I felt more grounded with the Earth. We picked some plump red tomatoes, crispy green peppers, golden sunny squash and purple earthy eggplant. I found myself wishing for a garden to tend, feeling such admiration for these stewards of the land.

As my heart exhaled a great sigh of expansion, I felt my blood connect to the dirt of the fields and remembered what one of my shaman teachers had said to me: “The land is crying out and sometimes the land chooses people to tell the story of its pain. You are one of those people, so keep telling the story.” I stood there holding the brightly colored summer harvest in my heart, tears glistening on my cheeks in the warm sunshine. I wondered how I could share this feeling of living in harmony with the Earth? I’m not a farmer. How could I help others understand the value of the land? Today, I am still receiving answers as I continue to ask the questions. Earth Harmony is just one answer. If it ignites your inner desire to want to make changes for the sustainability of Earth and mankind, it is a garden worth tending. We are all a part of this beautiful bounty and I am honored to help it grow with these simple seeds I sow.

One thing we all have in common is WE HAVE TO EAT. The food we eat is the foundation for all natural medicine. If you are feeling out of balance, perhaps the first thing to consider is your food. If you are not eating pesticide-free or organically grown food, you may be loading your liver, kidneys, heart and lungs with more chemicals than they can process. If you are not shopping from local sources for your food, meat, bread, cheese, milk, honey, etc., then you are supporting the loss of our Earth’s precious fuels to truck your dinner in.

By supporting your local farmers, you build community – you contribute to the healing of the Earth, which in turn continues to feed you with healing foods. Some people believe that organic foods cost too much. When you add up the nutritional value, it far outweighs the cost. You’d have to eat extra large portions of processed food to get the equivalent nourishment. And that’s exactly what Americans are doing, eating more than they should, seeking satisfaction from food that is simply not healthy. Pat Bush of Handance Farms explains: “How can you have a healthy community if you depend upon other places to grow your food? The life-force energy of the food we eat is what makes us healthy. Most foods begin to lose life-force as soon as they are picked. I am always awed when I see the life-force of the food we produce – it glows! This comes from a combination of healthy, balanced soils and planting with celebration and ceremony … this is what supports a healthy community … When people ask me what makes your food so different, I reply with this: You know how you say grace before you eat? We say grace before we plant.” You can find Pat and Brian’s remarkable produce at The Greensboro Farmer’s Curb Market.

I know first-hand what she is saying to be true. Her foods and flowers have an energy that is missing from the store-bought varieties. Soups made with her veggies are like Medicine soups, they are healing and satisfying. You walk away from a meal made with fresh food feeling nurtured, like you would after eating at your Grandmother’s house. Part of the reason that Grandmother’s meals were so appreciated by our bodies is that she cooked with foods that were in season. Our bodies have a connection to the time of year that certain foods are harvested. When we eat with the seasons, we connect to an ancient form of gratification.

January is a great time to make a commitment to healing yourself and the community with the purchase of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). CSAs are formed by a group of individuals who agree to support a farm by purchasing a CSA at the beginning of the growing season. The CSA subscriptions allow the farmers to buy their seeds and supplies upfront. And the farmers provide CSA members with a weekly share of the harvest.

Begin the New Year with healthy food from local resources. You’ll have lots of choices with all that is available today, not to mention the fun and fellowship that goes along with shopping in a bustling year-round market with unique products such as Goat Lady Dairy’s wonderful goat cheeses. Steve Tate shared this: “Our goal at Goat Lady Dairy is to build a sustainable way of working and living. We believe that the food we produce improves in quality as we nourish our partnership with the land and animals here.”

Feed your community as you feed yourself and your family – keep the circle flowing. Doing this today will mean a greater harvest for us and for the Earth tomorrow.

Thank you for this wonderful article Terry and I’ll see you at the Farmer’s Market.

Peace Love and Hugs

Diana

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Grief is a healthy expression of pain

 When our loved one dies, we feel pain.  There is not a detour around the grief.  Grief is the physical and psychological expression of pain.  Grieving is a very painful process, and it can feel overwhelming.  It is hard work and diminishes our energy, leaving us exhausted, without any desire to engage in our daily activities.

   Grief doesn’t have a set timetable.  Individuals grieve in different ways, and members of a grieving family many times find it difficult to support each other.  Although it is accompanied by intense emotions, grief itself is not a feeling.  It is a process that can take a lifetime, a slow journey toward acceptance and peace.

   When my daughter died, I was devastated.  My life shattered and I had to force myself to get out of bed in the morning and engage in my daily routine.  My daughter’s death not only impacted my life, but family life too.  It was very difficult to communicate, especially with my son who was only 16 years old.

   I have always believed in the healing power of the written word, so I sought solace in literature and books about spirituality.  I believe what has helped taken one step at a time.

    Time, hard work, and the awareness and acceptance of my pain have helped me reconnect with life again.  So be aware that this will be a long and difficult journey.  Just when things begin to look better, the calendar slaps you with another reminder of your loss.

   How can you cope with your grief? Don’t set any timetable for yourself.  The physical and Psychological impact of a loss will affect each person differently.  Like any other psychological process, it will follow its own course and will depend on the beliefs, values and inner resources of each person at the time of the loss.  Don’t shut out your pain.  The feeling you will bury will not go away.  They can hide below the surface for years, but sooner or later, they will erupt without warning in ways that can affect your physical and mental health.

    Allow yourself the time and space you need to grieve.  Learn to say “no” to people who invade your privacy. Ask them to respect your need for solitude. Let them know when you are ready to establish contact with them again.

    Praise yourself for each small step you take.   Remember it can be two steps forward, three steps backward.   It doesn’t matter.    What matters is that you are determined to walk through that dark and frightening tunnel, knowing there is a light at the end.

    Use any resources that can help you cope with grief: therapy, support groups, friend and family who are willing to listen to your story, prayers, literature and journaling.

    You must understand your loss will never go away.  You learn to live with it. You incorporate your loss into your life.   There will always be a hole in your heart, a void that cannot be filled, because it belongs to your loved one.  But slowly as you walk the path of grief, you will start to reconnect with life again.

    You will fill your heart and soul with new experiences, with a new life.  One day you will look at yourself and realize you have walked a long way.  You have walked the dark tunnel of grief and found the light at the end.

This article was written By Gisela Lujan.

 Peace Love and Hugs

Diana

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If you are grieving a loss, there are certain rights Dr. Alan Wolfelt has documented.

 Though you should reach out to others as you do the work of mourning, you should not feel obligated to accept the unhelpful responses you may receive from some people. You are the one who is grieving, and as such, you have certain “rights” no one should try to take away from you.

1. You have the right to experience your own unique grief. No one else will grieve exactly the same way you do. So, when you turn to others for help, don’t allow them to tell what you should or should not be feeling.

 2. You have the right to talk about your grief. Talking about your grief will help you heal. Seek out others who will allow you to talk as much as you want, as often as you want, about your grief.

 3. You have the right to feel a multitude of emotions. Confusion, disorientation, fear, guilt, and relief are just a few of the emotions you might feel as part of your grief journey. Others may try to tell you that feeling angry, for example, is wrong. Don’t take these judgmental responses to heart. Instead, find listeners who will accept your feelings without condition.

4. You have the right to be tolerant of your physical and emotional limits. Your feelings of loss and sadness will probably leave you feeling fatigued. Respect what your body and mind are telling you. Get daily rest. Eat balanced meals. And don’t allow others to push you into things you don’t feel ready to do.

 5. You have the right to experience grief “attacks”. Sometimes, out of nowhere, a powerful surge of grief may overcome you. This can be frightening, but is normal and natural. Find someone who understands and will let you talk it out.

 6. You have the right to make use of ritual. The funeral ritual does more than acknowledge the death of someone loved. It helps provide you with the support of caring people. More important, the funeral is a way for you to mourn. If others tell you that rituals such as these are silly or unnecessary, don’t listen.

 7. You have the right to embrace your spirituality. If faith is a part of your life, express it in ways that seem appropriate to you. Allow yourself to be around people who understand and support your religious beliefs. If you feel angry at God, find someone to talk with who won’t be critical of your feelings of hurt and abandonment.

 8. You have the right to search for meaning. You may find yourself asking, “Why did he or she die? Why this way? Why now?” Some of your questions may have answers, but some may not. And watch out for the clichéd responses some people may give you. Comments like, “It was God’s will” or “Think of what you have to be thankful for” are not helpful and you do not have to accept them.

 9. You have the right to treasure your memories. Memories are one of the best legacies that exist after the death of someone loved. You will always remember. Instead of ignoring your memories, find others with whom you can share them.

 10. You have the right to move toward your grief and heal. Reconciling your grief will not happen quickly. Remember, grief is a process, not an event. Be patient and tolerant with yourself and avoid people who are impatient and intolerant with you. Neither you nor those around you must forget that the death of someone loved changes your life forever.

Center For Loss & Life Transition

http://www.centerforloss.com

DrWolfelt@CenterForLoss.com

office 970-226-6050  mobile 970-217-7069

Thank you Dr Wolfelt and I know our community will benefit from your article helping those supporting bereaved families.

Peace Love and Hugs

Diana

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