THE FIRST TRANSFORMATIONAL LEVER: HEALTH & WELLNESS FORECAST
7 Ways to Health and Wholeness
In 2024, let’s restore the word “health” to its original meaning of “wholeness.” Words like health,heal, hale, hail, hello, welcome, well come, holy, and whole all share the same root word, the Indo- European word “kailos” which means “whole, uninjured, of good omen, and undivided.”
Come to full health. Be whole. As Mystics, see the One Truth across East and West; through ancient and modern times. Mystics are not bound by time or place. We see the invisible and the essential; the One Truth. Slowly the modern world is changing. The wisest among us know technology and research validate, not invalidate, ancient wisdom.
1) Food as Medicine
The idea of food as medicine comes from Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, who was influenced by East Indian (Ayurvedic) and Chinese medicine. Modern mystics, with their global food and health practices, return Western medicine to its original roots.
Food (and sunshine) flood our bodies with energy and fuel, boosting productivity and absorption of nutrients. When you try new foods – maybe that purple potato from Okinawa or banana leaves from Central America -- you treat your body to a variety of tastes, colors, and nutrients.
Explore healthy foods and cooking methods. In the warm months, I’m lucky enough to shop at Marra Farms/South Park Farmers Market, one of America’s last urban farms. Recently, I steamed homemade tamales (made without lard) in green leaves. The healthy phytonutrients and antioxidants in the fresh leaves infused my tamales with a delicate scent and taste that lingered for days, and dramatically lowered my blood pressure after just one meal, with much greater efficacy than Western medication alone.
2) Curiosity as Medicine
Curiosity is key to science and medicine. Curiosity is key to solving problems of all kinds, including disputes. (If locked in an argument with someone, unblock the situation by being curious, seek understanding toward mutual solutions. It’s better than forcing the issue).
Put your curiosity on display. Don’t’ hide it, too afraid that you will appear ignorant, vulnerable or weak. As a society, no one has all the answers. For example, only 5-15% of the 250,000 to 750,000 known plants have been analyzed for vitamins, minerals and other bioactive compounds. (And that’s just the known plants, let alone plants that aren’t yet catalogued. Plus plants constantly change, adapt, and evolve.)
So stay curious. You’ll live longer and be happier.
3) Forgiveness as Medicine
Forgiving has health benefits, yet it’s hard to let go. I know. Once, there seemed no chance I would forgive an ex. I had returned home from a trip to find a boyfriend cheating. I thought it would be easier to bring peace to the Middle East than forgive him. I was not kidding.
Then a funny thing happened. Three things, actually. I crossed a street in downtown Seattle. There was no traffic, but I had a sudden vision of being struck by a car and lying in the street, my soul floating out of my body. My first thought? My ex. I realized then we’d incarnated for karmic reasons.
A few months later, I thought of him again. Instinctively, I waved his energy away, shouting an odd phrase “Abraxas!” Later, I found out that “Abraxas” is an ancient counter-curse.
Time passed. Years later, I heard a lecture on forgiveness. Speaker James O’Dea, then-President of the Institute for Noetic Science (IONS) spoke deliberately, like an actor in a slow motion clip. Stretching each syllable, he commanded everyone in a deep bass voice, “Y-O-U.....M-U-S-T......... F—O—R---G—I—V—E.”
Well, that did it. In an instant, I forgave my ex. Like ripping off a Band-Aid or taking a cold plunge, the shift happened so fast, it was painless. Three days later, I heard from my ex. He sounded frantic, profusely apologetic. He said, “I have been trying to reach you for three days. I am so sorry!” Three days. I realized that the instant I forgave him, he must have felt it.
Grudges can live deep within our subconscious. Or we may feel an ancestor’s experience through our DNA. If you want insight about past lives and the present, see an advanced reader. Lindsay Pera, Priscilla Stephan and many other authors in this Almanac (including myself) are skilled at seeing past lives and the period between lives. Also, I highly recommend author/national speaker Donna Hartley (donnahartley.com) who has accurately discerned several past lives for me. Her
profound gift of seeing past lives comes from soul agreements made during three Near Death Experiences (NDE’s).
4) Laughter as Medicine
Whether it’s Buddha’s practice of “Laughter Yoga” or the Biblical Book of Proverbs, high level spiritual practitioners heal with joy and laughter. “A merry heart doth a spirit, soul and body good like medicine.” (Proverbs 17:22)
Be like children, who laugh hundreds of times a day. Laughter boosts our immune system, raises endorphins and other “feel good” chemicals. Laughter is good for our hearts, opening blood vessels, lowering blood pressure and our risk for heart attacks. Laughter forces us to take deep breaths naturally. It can even helps us lose weight. Laughing for 10-15 minutes burns up to 40 calories. (Hahaha!)
5) Body Wisdom as Medicine
Your body knows. A client once swore she rarely ate, yet her obese body would not shed weight. She blamed her weight as an excuse not to date, a situation which made her highly anxious.
Her doctor said, “You gain weight because you’re starving yourself.” She disagreed. So I suggested we ask her body by muscle-testing. “Was starvation the cause of her weight gain?” YES! Until we muscle tested, her subconscious had figured out the perfect alibi. She could claim her struggles to lose weight, all the while gaining weight (from starvation). Yet her body knew the real Truth. By muscle testing, we then figured out the REAL reason for her fears, so she could move forward.
Interoception is a relatively new field that studies body-brain messaging. Our brain continuously interprets signals like our heartbeat, gut sensations, skin reactions and more. Practice listening to your body e.g. measuring your heart rate so your body-brain connection recognizes the feel of good health, and you can begin to tune into increasingly subtle signs.
Mind over body connections can be strong, much more than commonly believed. My most profound experience of this happened in my teen years. (I have to note here that one study names teen girls as the most psychic of any group, followed by women in their fifties). At any rate, I once got bored during my middle-school music class and focused on changing the temperature of my body. I successfully willed my left side icy cold, and my right half red hot. That ability probably came from a past life, as I learned later that it’s a technique of advanced yogis. That experience taught me the power of mind over body, and the importance of honoring healthy body communication.
6) Routine as Medicine
According to research at Tel Aviv University, routine is healthy. Every time you make a decision, you add stress. To reduce stress, put your core health routines on auto-pilot: Fresh air. Nature. Exercise. Diet. Hydrate. Sleep. Meditate.
Exercise (or do active housework) 2-1/2 hours a week. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate activity weekly or 75 minutes of vigorous activity. Women need 2,000 calories a day, or 1,500 to lose weight. Drink more water and sleep less, according to revised health recommendations. The American Dietetic Association (ADA) says the average women requires nine glasses of water daily plus two more glasses in the form of food. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) says adults need seven hours of sleep, not eight, as previously thought.
7) Choose Health
Most people know what’s healthy, but they don’t take action. The choice is yours. Let me share a story. I once traveled to sacred sites in Britain, including remote villages where locals still talk about the legendary King Arthur and Merlin as history. Near Merlin’s Cave in Tintagel, a certain crystal called to me. When I brought it home to Seattle and meditated, it silently “spoke.” Curious, I asked, “Who’s speaking?”
“Merlin? THE Merlin? Show me a confirmation,” I said.
On that clear, quiet night in Seattle, thunder reverberated on an otherwise calm summer evening.
Not a cloud in the sky. “All right,” I said meekly. I needed no other proof.
Here is Merlin’s message, quite relevant to our times:
“See the light among the clouds. You must banish the clouds, not simply wait for them to dispel... You cannot see the light? You must decide to see it. Thus will you gain mastery. Thus will you gain might. Not the might of ruthless military plunder. Rather, the precious “might,” its meaning allayed with ‘possibility.’ The might of vision.”
“If you listen inside to the quiet, you are grounded to receive the mightiest of roars. Stillness pervades, and calm brings readiness. So the loudest thunder will not shock those who can hear the stirrings of silence.”
“Do not fear vulnerability, of self or of others, for in acknowledging it, you become aligned with the greatest of powers. Power for any other purpose is misuse and in time, diminishes strength and will. Ultimate dark power creates only a victim, a prisoner who may feel power, in the sense that brutal stupidity passes for cunning intelligence. Thus, the paradigm that oft confuses the weak at heart. For striking at others instills fear, the fear of being deposed or devoured oneself. Whereas
the certainty of love endures.”
In 2024, Choose Light and the Right Use of Power. Choose Health and Wholeness. Don’t let bickering, politics, or side distractions rob you of wholesome peace. Step into the Unknowing and Shine!
ABOUT Deni Luna, M.A.
Deni Luna is a psychic medium, diviner and intuitive coach based in Seattle. She teaches people to tune into their highest guidance, feeling heaven on earth. She practices multiple disciplines including astrology and Lipsology (the art and science of reading lip prints). She has entertained for several Fortune 500 companies.
Deni believes in the power of joy and the collective good. As the Golden Rule instructs: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” No higher law exists.
Visit deniluna.com to view her videos and writings on past lives in historic times—from ancient Egypt to 6th Century Wales under King Arthur.
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