Being Or Becoming Light

The last few posts have been about the slow process of detoxification I’ve been on and at the moment I have nothing much to say in that regard. All I’ve been doing recently is eating a lot more raw stuff (green smoothies and big salads) and continuing to avoid sugar, though have relaxed the strickness around dried and fresh fruit. I will do another post on the physical when I’ve undertaken some more “extreme” measures!

In this post I’d like to address the concept of being light. This is my term for a way of being and a way of living that encompasses several different aspects of the journey towards spiritual embodiment. The term covers the state of becoming more of a Light Being and what needs to be lightened or enlightened. As in the cells of our physical body undergoing radical transmutation and through this process switching on awareness of our twelve strand DNA and the spiritual evolution that grows with this awareness. Also, the process of clearing the rest of our bodies (emotional, mental, etheric and spiritual) that is required in order to allow more Light into our being.

Aside from clearing the bodies and a lighter, cleaner diet there is of course the extensive library of practices, initiations, knowledge and realisations, the deep knowing of self in all forms, meditations, balances, healing, uplevelling substances, objects and devices and so much more… All of this contributes to the process of lightening up towards ascension embodiment.

I’ve been on this journey for over thirty years and my main passion in life is the spiritual. The process of Ascension, or the Initiates Path, has been part of my life since the mid 90’s. I’d been interested in and undergoing training in healing and emotional release for several years prior to that but couldn’t have told you why I was interested or what was going on, I just knew I felt driven! What I have noticed in so many spiritual seekers since then are two major tendencies that hold most back – one of them is the area that I’ve delved into the most, to the point almost of obsession and that is the processes of clearing. So many tend to shy away from the extent of clearing necessary for the ascension process, this is the bulk of the transformative work needed. Without a deep realisation of what’s there, and the heaviness of that, we ain’t going nowhere! What happens though when you are on this path is that what is there to be cleared is unavoidable; it will show up within you and in your life no matter what. As the reality of revelation increases, i.e. nothing is hidden anymore, we don’t need to dig deep for stuff, it’s all right here in whatever you are experiencing in any moment.

Traditionally, the first thing most people began with, deliberately or not, is childhood issues, usually triggered by the events of life or through therapy training. This is often where many people have gotten stuck or just stopped. I’ve often thought of this phase as the birth process of personal growth; if we imagine Ascension as that of becoming the wise tribal elder and think about all the phases of life before then the release of childhood anger and pain takes us to perhaps the development stage of a one year old! This may give you an idea of the vastness of what we hold in our fields as stuck energy and programming. Our upbringing in this life is one tiny aspect of the immensity of all our experiences here on earth and the myriad influences steering us. It also of course holds many clues and opportunities to the deeper parts that need healing. I want to make it clear though that I’m not glossing over the fact that many have experienced childhoods of trauma and abuse that most people couldn’t handle even hearing about and the healing of that is sizable.

What the details of the layers and parts of the whole self are I will cover in future posts but for now will just note where much of that debris can be stored or stuck and manifesting in your life as issues with relationships, money, work, health, all the parts of self we struggle with, stress, the unacknowledged shadow is here, all the people, traits and things we judge and criticise, have a problem with etc. This all comes from not just this life but from past and in some cases parallel lives; ancestral/genetic influences; on a Soul level are occasional imprints of strong belief or programming; bulk deposits of trauma or deep seated belief structures we have stored somewhere – this could be our Akashic records or the Caves of Creation within Earth that hold a record of all we know (wherever or whatever it is, when I go there it looks to me like a storage warehouse with units that hold several lifetimes worth on a particular theme!) This, so far, is our personal stuff. Add to that the collective consciousness imprints of ways of programmed thinking and belief we agree to in order to become the extremely limited beings we have been for millenia here on Earth, I can’t overestimate the immensity of this aspect of our makeup. There is the energetic debris we pick up from others. There are the unresolved karmic repercussions of all we have done in this and other lives – you cannot exist on Earth without accruing karma! Though at this point we are transcending karma as its been in the past, the process of karma has sped up, often being instantaneous. Of course karma itself is neutral – it is positive or negative depending on the action.

I mentioned two tendencies spiritual seekers have that halt progress and this second tendency is that we give our power away to, well, everything…

How we do that in all the ways that we do is the subject of another post!

Supplements and Going Off diet

On Easter Sunday I shared a meal with some friends, I had three glasses of wine, cakes made entirely from refined produce, normal chocolate and a very rich veggie lasagna (full of white pasta and dairy!) All delicious of course but the next two days I felt so tired and headachy…

It’s always fascinating to me how potently we are affected by food when we cut things out for certain periods of time. I do not want to be one of those people who are rigid about what they eat all the time (outwith allergies and philosophies of course). It makes for miserable or annoying social gatherings, I’m aiming to adhere to a healthy and clean way of eating most of the time. I’m also fairly certain that one of the reasons I was so tired was because there is obviously not just candida overgrowth still to clear but the process I’m undergoing has yet to go deeper. The next phase I will go on is to focus on the liver and when the weather warms up (in Scotland at the moment it is freezing – weird weather, this time last year it was lovely) I will begin to explore fasting. This is where I expect to really see results, if I’d started with this I think I may have been ill! I also would not like to fast in the middle of winter; apart from the discomfort (I get very cold when I’m hungry) it doesn’t feel right, spring is traditionally when cleansing is done – inner and outer.

Anti-fungals

But onto the other point of this post and that of supplements. When tackling candida overgrowth the two main supplements to take are some form of antifungal and a strong probiotic. In my case the anti-parasite herbs I’d been taking acted also as an anti-fungal. (Link to that post – https://wordpress.com/post/catherinestrang.com/1982 ) Some of the main natural antifungals are – caprylic acid, oregano essential oil, garlic, goldenseal, barberry, grapefruit seed extract, olive leaf extract, black walnut, cloves, ginger, turmeric and even apple cider vinegar. This list is by no means exhaustive and there are many formulations on the market that combine several of the above and more. The main advice I could give is do a little research and go for quality as much as possible.

Probiotics

Probiotics naturally occuring in the body are the good bacteria that keep our gut and digestive system in good working order. As outlined in the last post, when the balance between the bacteria and yeasts in our gut is disturbed then health problems will ensue. When this balance is disturbed many conditions can arise due to the incidence of leaky gut syndrome; as healthy yeasts keep the bacteria balanced then certain bacterial infections can arise as well as those conditions that are a result of the candida overgrowth. There is an extensive list of possible physical issues due to an unbalanced gut biome but some of the most common are frequent urinary infections, more prone to infections in general, IBS and intestinal issues in general, fatigue and brain fog, itchy skin, fungal infections, skin problems, bloating and also mood swings – anger and not coping with stress are the main ones.

The reason taking a probiotic supplement is recommended is to repopulate the bowel effectively, without them recovery could be long and slow. Probiotics are not meant to be taken long term, they are a short term supplement to heal an urgent problem.

The market is rich with probiotics and the recommendations are that a strong, multi strain one is used, I would mainly say do some research into the different manufacturers or sellers; how knowledgeable are they, how much personal experience do they have with what they are selling or making? There are many out there but one particular person I would recommend as he has had his own poor health to deal with, been in the health market for 3 decades and has amassed a wealth of knowledge is John Claydon, there is a lot of info on his site so is a good place to start – or stay! https://www.regenerativenutrition.com/

I’m not affiliated with anyone so anywhere I recommend is based on preference!

Other Supplementation

The above are specific to candida but as your immune system will need support to heal the proliferation of candida spores then I recommend extra vitamins and minerals, particularly immunity boosting ones such as Vitamins A, B12, C, D, E and folic acid, minerals zinc, iron and selenium. With these, again I recommend the best quality you can afford. I take a multi vitamin oral spray plus extra vitamin C, I also take Oxylift which is a an oxygen enhancing product containing minerals and enzymes in ionic form – this means they enter the cells of the body quickly and efficiently. I take extra zinc, selenium and occasional iron. I muscle test myself for amounts and how often to take. The three minerals specifically recommended for candida as it’s believed a deficiency of these may have contributed to candida are zinc, selenium and chromium picolinate. As far as I know no science backs this up as it’s channelled information. I muscle tested strong for taking this combo so will take them in the meantime!

I hope this has been helpful and again if anyone has anything to add please do so in the comments.

How I’m Healing Candida Physically

In the last post I wrote about the emotional causes of candida overgrowth, and while looking at that is key to a full recovery we cannot overlook diet. In the next couple of posts I will cover what I’ve been doing physically but as there’s no shortage of info about food out there I will mainly cover how to go about changing our eating habits without feeling too deprived.

Two big changes I’ve noticed since starting this cleanse are that I’m finally getting up early every day, at first it was great to be up by 8.30am as before I’d felt so wiped out each morning this year it was an effort getting out of bed before 9.30, now I’m up at 7.30am and I aim to go even earlier. The other change is that I no longer crave really sweet, manufactured products. I noticed this yesterday when I had a good excuse to buy an easter egg for myself as part of an online meditation. I didn’t and instead made one from some little treats I’d made for myself from 85% chocolate, ground brazil nuts, coconut cream and dried coconut, I then coated it in a thin layer of some more 85% chocolate. It was pretty messy looking but to me tasted very rich and quite sweet! Other treats I make myself are chia seed puddings with a very small teaspoon of maple syrup – even that now tastes sweet!

When we give something up that we are addicted to, that we crave, there needs to be something to replace with it otherwise the need for that substance never quite goes away. For many of course that replacement is good health and a feeling of well-being or at least the promise of better health when at the end of your rope regarding disease. When the need to change is based less on physical discomfort and more on simply knowing a change is needed that replacement needs to be internal. For me this has been paramount as I still have some days when I feel worse than I did before I began this cleanse!

This brings me to a third change and that is how different I do feel internally. It’s beyond feeling released from any emotional issue feeding the candida as I’m well used to letting go of stuff, it’s more a feeling of increased lightness within and this is what I was aiming for, the reason I finally began this cleansing process in an in-depth way. I’d gotten to the point where it felt as if my spiritual progress was being held back by my physical state. In other words, there is a certain amount of Light our cells can hold alongside all the toxic sludge that is part of living here and what is considered a normal diet. I can sense that I have cleared a certain amount of that and in the process have “lightened up” more. I have also noticed an increased sense of spiritual richness and clearer communication with the higher realms when I meditate or ask for guidance. This is all very welcome and can only increase as I deepen the cleansing.

What are some of the physical changes necessary?

In no particular order of importance as they are all important, here is what I have done. I have not been really strict as you can probably gather as I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary – I want to slowly but permanently change aspects of my diet, not be extreme and then bounce back into some rubbishy ways of eating. (My basic diet is still much healthier than the average person but as pointed out before I had developed quite a sweet tooth, was eating too much and was also not as clear of convenience foods as I’d like)

Eat less – yes, really… We do eat so much more than our parents or grandparents generation, if you don’t believe me visit an antiques or good second hand shop sometime and look for old dinner plates! I remember the size of dinner plates as a child/teenager as being much smaller and looking through cookery books written up until 1980 portion sizes so much smaller too. I want to make it very clear that I’m not talking about weight loss diets and health plans – this is about ordinary everyday food, standard meals and the way we eat permanently. Nowadays this is talked about as a health plan or the 8-16 rule or whatever, instead of just being how we sustain our bodies, without sacrificing taste and enjoyment of course. Food seems to be an obsession, a lifestyle, an entire entertainment industry. I’m not judging or putting it down – I’m entertained by it, and currently watching the Great British Menu! Just pointing out the changes that have taken place. In order to do this, simply eat a little bit less incrementally and if you’ve been really active then adjust according. If you find yourself with strong hunger pangs after three days of making changes then again adjust a little. Give it time though as our stomachs will have gotten used to a certain amount of food and will protest at first – ride it out if need be.

Why eat less and what does it have to do with candida? When we eat more than we need it puts a strain on the digestive system (you will know if this is true for you as in being uncomfortably overweight, have no energy or feel out of sorts after a meal). There are several ways this strain manifests. One is through the build up of colon plaque due to a high proportion of refined foods, these adhere to the intestinal walls and build up over time. It makes it increasingly difficult for the digestive system to extract all the nutrients from food and the desire to eat more (with false hunger pangs) will be there as your body is craving proper nutrition. In this case the most pressing concern is cleansing the colon, colonic irrigation is the most thorough but products utilising high concentrations of magnesium oxide are good. In my twenties I did a cleanse with a product I don’t recall the name of now, I was thin at that time with a fairly healthy diet and even though I looked exactly the same after a three week course of this stuff I remember weighing myself before and after and being dumbstruck at the evidence that I’d lost 5 pounds! 5 pounds of what?

Link to a similar product that also explains how and why this particular formulation of magnesium works – https://www.thefinchleyclinic.com/shop/colosan-capsules-120-caps-e-25.html?gclid=CjwKCAjwu5CDBhB9EiwA0w6sLWVohAzyMzhLj_kjMoavXWE0r2pnn_5HIeBtDF2SHsovqd2twc4tQxoC47MQAvD_BwE

Digestion requires huge amounts of energy, energy that could be utilised elsewhere such as the immune system – most of which resides in the gut. Too much food can knock out the delicate balance between the good bacteria and yeasts, causing candida to proliferate or bacterial infections to get out of hand instead of being dealt with by our incredible natural defences. Too much food, and the type of food that accompanies overeating, leads to fatigue and can impact mood, the mind and emotions, all of this affects our ability or willingness to do exercise or engage in healthy practices such as yoga, tai chi or regular meditation. The reason this matters is in the compromising of the immune system, we need our immune system to work effectively to help dispel candida spores that have travelled through the body. We also need a fairly strong sense of self and of positivity in order to continue healing the body of candida. As mentioned before this is a tenacious condition that needs a multi faceted approach.

Food intake itself – obviously the number one thing to cut out is sugar and refined carbohydrates, this directly feeds the fungi that have proliferated. The other is alcohol, again it directly feeds the fungi and the spores that have entered the bloodstream. Any substances that may contain mould, yeasts or is fermented need to be considered, this includes products such as kombucha, kefir and sauerkraut. While these may be beneficial in sensible amounts they will only add to the candida overgrowth so it’s best to stay clear until the gut biome is balanced. Dairy produce is another food that feeds the candida overgrowth so only in very small amounts or cut out altogether.

Many diets will advise that all fruits, especially dried as this is more concentrated in fruit sugars. are to be cut out. I have cut out dried fruit but eat one small portion of fruit each morning with my homemade muesli (the muesli is half oats to a mix of ground sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, a nut of choice and toasted coconut for flavour). Eat a lot more vegetables and salad, protein is whatever you would normally eat but no ready made stuff! I have almond milk instead of cow’s milk, I still eat eggs but in the past two months have barely eaten cheese.

Next post will cover supplements.

Emotional Causes Of Candida

Candida overgrowth, caused by unbalanced gut flora, leads to the condition of candidiasis. As the candida albicans yeast grows out of control it begins to make it’s way through the gut walls (leaky gut syndrome), invades the blood cells and makes it’s way into several systems and organs of the body.

If we merely take the dietary route it will take 6-12 months to bring under control and usually when the person comes off the extremely restrictive diet the symptoms will return. The reason for this is the candida yeasts that are are a healthy part of the gut function turn into mycelial fungi and invade the rest of the body as candida spores. These spores, when an anti candida diet is followed, go into hiding, the symptoms go into remission and it seems as if you are healed. However, as soon as their prefered food is reintroduced the candidiasis flares up again. I have known people who have suffered in this way for many years, despite trying every approach they could find. The missing link for most people is healing on an energetic and/or emotional basis and I will cover these first and in the next post the physical modalities such as supplements, nutrients and diet. With candida a multi pronged approach is needed.

Regarding the energetic; there is a company online who produce an anti-candida spore product that has been enhanced with energetic frequencies that not only kills the spores but renders them harmless so they leave the body through the usual routes of elimination without one having to go through the dreaded candida “die-off”.

Link here – https://winyourbattleagainstcandida.com/product/candxpel-2/

However the products are expensive and would have to be taken for at least 6 months. I am sure they work but are out of the reach of your average person cost wise. I am very curious as to other ways of dealing with candida using energetic means – Homeopathy? Plant and gem essences? Sound healing frequencies?

If anyone knows more please let me know!

I mentioned in the last post the potential emotional causes of candida – I believe this is a key part and probably the one which which I am the most familiar /qualified to talk about! As mentioned before the two most common underlying states for candida to proliferate is unworthiness and resentment but as I also mentioned it’s best with all physical healing to not be too prescriptive. These two causes have a wide variety of ways in which they can manifest and for myself although I have healed myself to the nth degree of many things including layers of self worth issues and buried anger from the past I discovered a relatively recent cause that had self worth stuff and lingering anger. The anger was fairly obvious and was held in place by the more subtle hooks in which unworthiness was being held, not in an obvious “I am unworthy” kind of way but more a kind of shame at myself for allowing my sense of self to be taken over and manipulated in this particular ongoing situation. This I think may have led to a sense of unworthiness/undeserving. Which has been a vague in the background thing for the past year or two which I haven’t – until now – gotten to the bottom of.

I relate all of this as a way of illustrating the sometimes hidden or subtle nature of what can be there contributing to something – it is always worthwhile digging down into the subconscious and having a look around! A sense of unworthiness may not present as a convenient, clean cut thought such as “I am unworthy”. There are many ways of being and thinking that stem from this and most people I think have at least some unworthiness in at least one aspect of their life. As I say it takes digging around or making positive statements about what you feel you deserve and observing your response. How much abundance do you deserve in the areas of health and well-being, relationships, work/finances, spirituality, living space?

As far as resentment is concerned I believe that resentment in itself stems from a sense of unworthiness. Resentment is old anger, suppressed or simmering rage, blame, victim consciousness. When we know we are inherently worthy of receiving an abundant life in every sense of the word we move out of victim consciousness and into creator consciousness which is one of absolute responsibility for oneself and the world we inhabit.

Of course many will have these issues and be candida overgrowth free and that is the unique and uniquely personal nature of disease; why one person succumbs to something and another will not is individual. In the case of candida of course there’s the added, as with many conditions, burden of dietary choices.

In my case with the candida clearing it has taken a bit more work involving making changes to other aspects of my life – inner and outer. Including being disciplined with the thinking patterns involving how I think about the candida and the symptoms itself. And I’m very pleased to report that I am feeling much better – I’ve had two to three weeks of brain fog, lethargy and overwhelming fatigue, from candida die-off I think.

So the next aspect of emotional or energetic healing is about installing a new positive mindset. Once clearing has been done you don’t want to just remain in neutral, you want to take it up a notch, employ affirmations, new ways of thinking, reprogramme yourself for health. In fact it can be very helpful to do this from the start. For the wording of these I suggest you visit, or revisit, the post I wrote during the 28 Days to Peacefulness series of posts about using language to enhance your life.

Link here – https://wordpress.com/post/catherinestrang.com/1832

Meanwhile here are some suggestions:

I Am radiantly healthy

Every cell in my body is expressing health

My entire digestive system is in perfect balance

Visualisation

Employ visualisation – picture yourself doing what you love to do with vigour and flexibility or go right into your cells and imagine perfect health replicating throughout your body. Please find below the audio I recorded last year for self healing through the body

Flow and Flexibility

I also recommend energy medicine for enhancing flow through the body – flow and flexibility is one of the changes I’ve realised I need to become disciplined about, in my case mainly in the form of yoga but incorporating a few minutes of daily Donna Eden practices.

Do Most Of Us Have Candidiasis?

Candida overgrowth, sigh… This has been an issue I have had, I now realise, for probably a couple of decades with a few respite periods. There are many symptoms of candidiasis and because I have no serious health concerns I have ignored the on and off niggling little things like background fatigue, bloating, brain fog (my mind definitely used to be sharper!), skin rashes, in particular a sort of eczema in my ears and a vague not as healthy or vigorous as I could be. Except when I worked up in the North of Scotland, outdoors throughout the winter, for nine months – I think the daily ongoing contact with nature in a setting that just felt right made this condition go into remission. The other clue to having candida overgrowth is that everytime I’ve done a cleanse of some sort I get a flu type cold – congestion, sneezing, could sleep for 12 hours, total brain fog. I’ve had three of these in the past year, all classic symptoms of toxin and candida spores die-off.

What is Candidiasis?

Candidiasis is when the balance between good bacteria and healthy yeasts in the digestive tract breaks down, causes what is known as leaky gut syndrome and spreads throughout the bloodstream. As a result many systems and organs of the body are affected. The most obvious for most people is thrush, oral, genital or in the fingernails. But what happens when you don’t have these obvious and irritating conditions but many other symptoms that are attributed to something else? Or as is usually the case in allopathic medicine, symptoms that are treated as a lone condition? As for thrush, for the most part by the time one does get this ailment the candida is fairly systemic.

What is Candida Albicans?

Candida Albicans is part of the healthy flora of our gut biome, it’s function is to keep harmful bacteria in check, without it we would be defenceless against many pathogenic bacteria. Our gut is also home to several strains of good, or “friendly”, bacteria and these good bacteria help to keep yeasts such as candida in balance and our digestion working optimally. When candida yeasts get out of balance they turn into mycelial fungi, the state known as candidiasis, and begin to invade the body as noted above. The entire digestive tract is a system with a fairly precarious balancing act to keep. The fungal overgrowth known as candida albicans has been well known for several decades and the subject of a vast library of books, articles and research papers; however in the past few years I’ve noticed a move away from focussing solely on yeast overgrowth and an emphasis on the health of the gut biome, the balance of gut flora.

Of course years ago this got commercial with the advent of at first reasonably healthy (but largely useless) products such as Yakult, then all the flavoured, sweet yogurt drinks hit the market with their promises of healthy intestines and digestion… Worse than useless!

It is reckoned that about a third of the population suffer from candida overgrowth and intestinal imbalance which is hardly surprising given the average person’s diet and lifestyle. Most people assume that candida overgrowth is merely characterised by oral or vaginal thrush and itching or rashes in various places. The danger with this assumption is that one may have full blown candidiasis without thrush or itchiness, in fact this is probably more likely and would explain why candida carries on being a problem without the person being aware of it. The list of conditions candida overgrowth contributes to, and perhaps causes, is staggering, I will simply provide a link to one fairly comprehensive list here https://eliciamiller.com/systemic-candida-symptoms-causes-cures/

The main causes of candida overgrowth:

A diet rich in sugars, this includes artificial sugars, these actually kill off good bacteria or cause imbalance to the gut microbiome, which in many will also lead to weight gain and difficulty losing weight. Apart from the obvious sources of sugar there is sugar in so much of what we take for granted such as toothpaste, medications, convenience foods and ready made meals. Sugar is used as a a preservative in most processed food, so just avoiding obvious sweets won’t do it. We over consume sugar on a massive scale and as it’s highly addictive can be a hard habit to break. Drinking a lot of fruit juice can also contribute as this, although natural, is a concentrated form of fruit sugars.

Antibiotics – like sugar this isn’t as clean cut or obvious, there is of course antibiotic use for infections but what most don’t realise is that we are consuming antibiotics through meat and dairy, and in our water supply as all that goes into agriculture enters the water table.

Pesticides – these contribute to gut imbalance and are in virtually all that we eat unless strictly organic.

Typical Western diet – all of the above of course but add to that the low consumption or fresh fruit and vegetables. Vast research over the past few decades has proven that a predominantly plant based diet is what keeps our gut healthy and functional. The absence or low consumption of what is called “resistant starch” leads to poor gut function. Resistant starches are foods such as potatoes, pulses, slightly unripe bananas, green beans, wholegrains. As these starches travel through the small intestine they don’t fully digest so by the time the colon is reached they ferment and serve as a prebiotic; prebiotics feed the healthy bacteria. I will write more about plant based eating in later posts as the newest findings are incredible.

Excessive alcohol – alcohol of course is rich in sugars and yeasts

Medication – Particularly steroids and the contraceptive pill

Now for two other causes of candida overgrowth we rarely see in the literature; these are the absence of certain nutrients and certain emotional issues. First the nutrients, candida is kept in balance not only by a healthy diet but through a sufficient amount of a trio of minerals, these are zinc, selenium and chromium picolinate. As far as I know there are no scientific studies on this though of course it’s well documented that zinc and selenium are needed for healthy immune functioning which is needed to keep the gut balanced and that chromium is indicated in maintaining blood sugar balance and insulin control. It has been found that a candida overgrowth greatly adds to or perhaps mimics diabetes or diabetic like symptoms.

Candida, as with all health issues, often has an emotional cause, which diet will usually worsen. What this illness is is often unique to the sufferer but there a few general indications – one (this comes from Theta Healing) is that resentment is a trigger, according to Louise Hay, frustration and anger (similar to Theta) but also being scattered and demanding. Unworthiness and feeling as if you are being taken advantage of, a victime type mentality – from several sources. That’s quite a lot to start with and it’s important when dealing with emotional causes to not be too prescriptive. How do you feel about the candida, what specific emotion do you feel; this could be a clue as to cause. If it’s been with you for a long time then what else has been a part of your life for a long time? A sense of unworthiness, of not deserving a full life? Or long standing anger about something? (resentment is anger that has gone cold) Or do you feel as if there are “parasites” in your life? That is things, people, events/ongoing situation or institutions that are sucking the life out of you?

How do you know if you have candidiasis?

This post is about candida overgrowth itself and it’s symptoms, I will write about dealing with it in another post. If you suspect you have it after looking at the list of possible symptoms then there is a simple at home test you can do for free known as the spit test. Here’s the link to the symptoms list again – https://eliciamiller.com/systemic-candida-symptoms-causes-cures/

The spit test

Many people will say this test is unscientific but if coupled with several symptoms it may be a pretty certain indication of a candida problem.

First thing in the morning, rinse your mouth with water only, let saliva gather (not mucus) and spit into a glass of water. After a few minutes, if you have candida overgrowth, you will see one or more of the following:

If within two to three minutes after spitting into the water, you see “strings” hanging down, cloudy particles in the water, or “debris” sinking to the bottom, you most likely have an extensive overgrowth of candida.

If it takes longer than five minutes for anything to show up, the candida is not likely as extensive as it could be and will be easier to treat

The reason for the Spit Test is, if you have candida overgrowth, it will show up in the saliva which is a friendly environment for yeast.When you spit into the glass, the aerated saliva is lighter than water. However, as candida is heavier than either then signs of an overgrowth will begin to show up. Whether it sinks as “legs”, falls to the bottom, or floats around in the water, all are indications of candida. The more you see, and the faster you see it, the more systemic the infection. Candida concentrates in saliva overnight hence it being most accurate first thing in the morning.

Detox and Parasites

A few times during the 28 Days of Peacefulness series I mentioned that I’d embarked on a lengthy physical cleansing process and that I’d write about it after the series was completed. So here it is. I will write updates about my progress and information on what I am doing and why I’m doing this for anyone who is also thinking of or undertaking a cleanse.

Disclaimer

Of course I have to point out that I am not a qualified health provider so everything I write about is from personal research and experience. If you wish professional expertise I would recommend a Naturopath. If you have an actual health concern then see your doctor for a check up. I recommend a Naturopath for professional help on detoxification because they will have spent several years studying health, how to enhance health and treat disease through natural means. In contrast to a medical doctor who will over their 7 years of training have spent about a day or two worth of lectures on nutrition, diet and health. This doesn’t surprise me but it is a bit shocking!

So, what have I been doing and why? First, in the interest of my true passion which is the embodiment of ascension I will cover the why. In my twenties and a little in my early 30’s and 40’s (I’m 55 now) I did some serious detoxing but in the past decade very little, add to that a diet fairly high in sugar and a glass of wine most nights, plus an average of once or twice a week convenience food and I’m no longer as healthy as I used to be. I did a cleansing diet for several weeks last spring during the first lockdown but not much else. Now my diet by average UK standards is still fairly healthy, I have always eaten a lot of vegetables, mostly veggie or vegan meals and drink a lot of filtered water (I think about 2-3 litres a day) Also I’ve always been reasonably physically active. I’m saying this to point out that a reduction in sugar and refined carbs would have been enough for me to coast on for quite a while longer!

However, apart from wishing to feel a lot fitter and healthier my main concern has been the spiritual one. During January as I took advantage of the massive revelation wave and the other powerful influxes of Light pouring into this planet I found myself going very deep and not just clearing the last dregs of several issues but also found new ways of being that involved more light pouring in than usual. I’d done a lot of that over the years but this felt much more profound and all encompassing, almost overwhelming. And with that overwhelm I finally had to admit to myself that I couldn’t take this much further – if I didn’t radically cleanse my physical body I’d become ill.

As said before everything is interconnected we have four main bodies here on Earth – the physical, emotional, mental and etheric – what we alter in one affects all. I’d spent years focussing on the last three and it was time to really focus on the physical as it felt to me now that this was holding up the fullest penetration of Light I could handle. I will write about this in more detail in the future but I wanted to just give a background as to motivation. Motivation, unless you are already used to self discipline regarding health, has to be strong for real change to occur.

I began by ordering a few books and doing some online research before starting. One area I had been very interested in and had made a half hearted attempt at last year was that of heavy metal cleansing. I’m now very relieved my attempt was half hearted as this has to be approached with caution, the body, it’s systems and internal organs need to be quite thoroughly cleared before tackling heavy metals. After a couple of weeks of reading and taking notes I made a plan, the plan was that this period of cleansing would last from the end of January to probably May and would target each phase and part of the body systematically.

The phases of the detox plan:

If you read most in-depth literature on detoxification it will state that it begins with an intestinal cleanse. I know from a colonic about 4 years ago that I have no build up of colon plaque etc. anymore. This is due not just to past cleanses (including colonics in my 30’s) but because I drink a lot of water and eat a lot of veg and roughage so if you are embarking on a deep cleanse for the first time then this has to come first, it can be dangerous to your health if a colon cleanse is not taken into consideration. There are many ways of cleansing the colon – a quick search online will point you towards a wealth of info on this topic. What I have started with is a parasite cleanse, apparently most of us will have intestinal parasites at some point especially if you have pets, do gardening, eat a lot of raw food or have been abroad extensively. I was also intrigued by one of the symptoms of intestinal parasites which is sugar cravings! There are several foodstuffs that will help kill off parasites and most of them are in the image at the top of this post. I have included a lot of these in my diet since January (I’m adding a lot more garlic to meals and am making my own muesli rich in coconut, pumpkin and sunflower seeds for instance).

There are many parasite cleanse supplements and I eventually went with the supplements in the link below as it seemed quite comprehensive, a set of four separate boxes but sold as one set. You take them twice a day on an empty stomach/two hours after a meal. Take one clove capsule, wait half an hour then take one capsule each of the other three – wormwood, black walnut and grapefruit seed extract. They are sold as digestive bitters, effective against candida overgrowth but all are also helpful for the elimination of parasites, especially cloves and wormwood. They are taken for 10 – 14 days then a week off. This is repeated three times. The time off is important for two reasons, first is that wormwood is quite a potent herb, toxic in large amounts or with prolonged use so needs to be used sensibly. The second is that the time off is to coincide with the larval life of intestinal parasites so when you begin the regime again the cloves will take care of the eggs and larvae and the other herbs take care of the hatched parasites. During this cleanse it is important to avoid sugar as far as possible as this is what parasites feed on.

When you do research online you will see many, ghastly, toilet pictures of expelled parasites! I’m relieved to report that nothing like that happened to me, if I did have parasites they were small. I did however find that my brain was clearer, my mood very good and my sugar cravings abated after a week. This could of course have been due to the anti candida effect of the herbs and my stricter diet. I am fairly sure I have had a candida albicans overgrowth for several years, not severe, just ticking along in the background.

I am on my third run of the parasite herbs and am now combining this with an anti-candida overgrowth regime. I have experienced a certain amount of unpleasantness with this one! Tackling Candida, it’s symptoms and die-off is the topic of the next post.

The supplements I took to clear parasites:

Strong Herbal Bitters set: GSE, Wormwood, Black Walnut, Cloves

Day 28 – I AM Peace

I wanted to record a guided meditation on deep peacefulness for the last post in this series but have decided to postpone this for now. The reason is that my voice is off. I’m well in myself so I think it’s the result of all the detoxification stuff that I’m doing. I started to record something and my voice sounded either croaky or weak…

Instead, I’ve included some of the affirmations I was going to incorporate into the meditation. These affirmations have been made in the spirit of using conscious language more fully. And at the risk of repeating myself on this subject do try this way of using words on other aspects of your life, the sentences below can be altered to fit whatever you have a concern about or a desire to manifest.

Our consciousness is everything; it is our most valuable commodity, the more we elevate consciousness and feel this the more power our words have and the more influence we have over our life. One way of doing this is to use I AM statements whenever affirming a positive, and if saying something negative being careful in the use of I am or I’m. Or more subtly the use of the word “not”. An example I could use with the word “not” regarding spirituality is the classic use of the statement “I have a mind but I am not the mind” to deepen healthy detachment. I was meditating on this a couple of years ago and realised it just felt wrong. Though if someone is a beginner to meditation and the act of quieting the mind it’s a good starting point as it usually will throw a question into how much we revere the mind and believe what it’s telling us. There are a few of these forms of statements in classic spirituality that could do with an overhaul… The reason is that we are halfway through the process of metamorphosis into a new paradigm and this requires new ways of thought, the re-examination of what we are saying and doing that no longer serves us in an expansive or uplifting way and certainly does not serve being peaceful.

In case you’re wondering what I did with the above statement as a meditation, I changed it to “I have a mind but I AM so much more than the mind”. Which I find has a more expansive affect as opposed to the effect of curtailing expansion. Again all I can do is suggest you play around with statements you usually make and notice whatever arises as a result.

So now to end with some affirmations for peacefulness:

“I choose to Be peaceful. I choose my peace”.

“I AM peaceful. I AM Peace”.

“My peacefulness is ever-present. My peace is eternal”.

“The peace I AM at my core is unwavering and unshakeable”.

“The peacefulness I AM is always here, now, in each present moment”.

And if you wish to centre yourself within the heart and say these words to yourself – “From the deep core of Peace that I AM, I radiate Peace throughout every cell of my body, through every layer of my Being. I feel Peace, I embody Peace, I AM Peace”.

Day 27 – Staying Peaceful

If you’ve read all the posts so far on being peaceful, thank you and I hope you have discovered a deeper level of peace within yourself. I have enjoyed writing this series and one part in particular has had an affect on me and a resolve to take it much further, that is this week’s posts on the way we use language (see Days 24 and 25). I have played around with words a lot more these past few days and made more impact within myself around the way I set goals and intentions or use affirmations. It’s been quite eye opening to observe that despite years of knowing the power of how to use words as a way of self motivation I still use them in a way that’s lacklustre. I have been inspired this week by a reading a book called Conscious Language by Robert Tennyson Stevens, I’d come across his work before but hadn’t delved into it in any significant way. I’d recommend his book if interested in this topic.

As we are nearing the end of this series I thought I’d just recap this week’s posts. As noted above language is immensely important in the way we go through life so I’d highly recommend looking at that more – Day 24 – https://wordpress.com/post/catherinestrang.com/1832

Also of importance is the energy within and around us we often overlook, the energy we may be absorbing from something or someone outside of our self that may be affecting the way we feel and even think. The link to that post is here – https://wordpress.com/post/catherinestrang.com/1827

And the energetic systems within our bodies, when these are unbalanced or cease to flow in harmoniuos ways ill health and low energy can be the result – Day 23 – https://wordpress.com/post/catherinestrang.com/1830

Paying attention to any of this, but especially the energy medicine exercises from the video on Day 23 is highly recommended and can make a significant different to your health and experience of life.

See you tomorrow for the last post in this series!

Day 26 – Finding Peace

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There’s nothing new to do today! There’s been a lot of information and exercises this section so all I’m posting today is encouragement for any action you’ve decided to take. Whether that’s choosing to look at the way you talk to yourself about being relaxed and peaceful or taking action on a health, fitness, home improvement, work or any other goal.

So, well done for whatever you are doing to improve the way you feel!

And here’s a quote by Eckhart Tolle:

“You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realising who you are at the deepest level”.

Day 25 – Taking The Fear Out Of Action

Yesterday’s post looked at taking action from the beginning point of first getting clear then observing the language we use around our statements of intent and in general conversation.

Today I’d like to look at the actual doing bit of taking action and any fear that may arise and cause self sabotage. What can you do today, now if possible, to begin, to make a start? If there’s confusion or a blank then maybe research is needed through an online search or book purchase in order to outline a plan, this can be fun and energising. Or the confusion could be an indication that the actual thought of taking action now is a shock. Your language around your intent will give you a clue as to which; if the language has been vague or contains words that indicate lack or failure then that action may never get taken or it will be half hearted. Of necessity here I am condensing a large subject into a couple of small posts but I hope that if you have been struggling with feeling stuck it provides a starting point. (I’m also available online in a therapist/coach capacity if you feel very stuck!)

Before I outline an exercise for releasing fear specifically related to taking action I want to say a little more about language. Our self talk is one way of keeping the potential swirling mass of emotion at bay around certain aspects of our life. One key to accessing exactly what is going on is through our use of language or specific wording, there are several ways of doing this, methods that use questions for instance, but in this post I am continuing with yesterday’s subject. This involves no questions just statements. We can use, as illustrated yesterday, statements in a different way to make our intentions more clear and positive but we can also use this to elicit emotions that may be a barrier to what we wish to have. For instance I mentioned vagueness yesterday, if we change to being specific we get more real with our self.

Let’s take being peaceful as an example; if you were going through a period of anxiety, stress or overwhelm and wished for something different the kind of wording that would most likely come up around being peaceful would be “I want to be peaceful” or “I need more peace in my life”. As mentioned yesterday this does nothing, merely re-enforces the lack of peacefulness at this time. Say these two statements out loud and see how it feels for yourself – don’t just take my word for it!

Now play around with the following statements and see what happens. “I choose to be peaceful”. “I choose my peace/my peacefulness”. ” I have my peace/my peacefulness”. These statements not only make your subconscious mind search for the peacefulness that is already there but if it’s so deeply buried it can’t be found a response or reaction to the above will make itself felt, this response will be a clue as to why the peacefulness can’t be found. Why is this? The reason is that you, first of all are making a choice, introducing the idea of possibility, but then by inserting the word “my” you are taking ownership of your own unique experience and inherent knowing of peace. You have gotten very specific and your internal self has to react. It will react with a lessening of tension, with relief or with painful feelings. Whatever reaction you experience is good as it brings you closer to your authentic self. Play around with these types of wording with something that is personal to you right now, with the key emphasis on specificity.

Another example of vagueness and one that covers up deep emotion is the use of what could be termed grandiose wording. I use the following examples to illustrate this but of course this could be applicable to any personal subject, what may be causing distress, discomfort or is a question to you right now? The examples are – “I want to help everyone”. ” I want to find my purpose and serve the world/humanity/the light etc.” These statements are actually quite empty as there is nothing for the subconscious mind to hook onto – in other words, the statement is made and does not quite register as a statement of intent, it disappears. Yet these, on the surface are of course legitimate concerns, who wouldn’t want to know that they were on purpose and being of help or service? I have observed over the years, decades even, sadly, that people who make the above assertions regularly never find out what that purpose is or what form of help is needed. If the wording and intent become extremely specific then not only does purpose and unique skills become apparent but instead of asking what your purpose is you find you are actually doing it.

Perhaps by playing around with language some feelings have arison, if fear is present about a goal that you have then try the following simple exercise as a way of directly contacting the fear and through the following way of working through it come to a place of knowing about what action is needed.

Heart based exercise for processing fear around taking action:

  • Take a couple of deep breaths and place your hand on your heart – this brings attention into the heart and body.
  • Focus your attention in the present moment
  • As you think about your intention/desire ask – “what am I afraid of?”
  • Continue to direct the questioning to your heart as you ask – “if I weren’t afraid what would I do”?
  • This allows the heart to respond to you as you move through the fear. What this means is as you allow yourself to feel and breathe through the fear, the innate wisdom or knowing that is within you will provide answers.

Taking Action

  • Make a note of these answers as soon as this exercise is completed and from this determine what your first action step, today, will be.
  • No matter how small, take some form of action everyday if possible and imagine what can be achieved by this incremental movement towards your intent.
  • When fear arises, or any emotion, repeat the above exercise or first acknowledge the emotion and release it. Again resist the impulse to push the emotion away or ignore it – this denial of what’s there is what has caused the non-action in the first place!