Archive for January, 2014

Can Bars Save Your Brain?



Nothing is as vital to the enjoyment of your later years and your quality of life than the three pounds of gray matter between your ears. Yes, your brain.

This was dramatically illustrated by the state of Ronald Reagan, once considered one of the most powerful men in the world, who was reduced to lying in bed wearing diapers before his death from Alzheimer’s disease, the disease that perhaps best demonstrates how essential the brain is to quality of life.

Naturally, as baby boomers age, the question arises: how best to maintain the viability of the brain? The key to activities that improve brain function is something called transferability.  According to Newsweek, doing crossword puzzles improves your ability to do crossword puzzles and not much else.  Which kinds of activities transfer from that specific activity into general brain health and alertness?

Newsweek narrows it down to three types of activities: exercise, meditation, and playing one well-researched computer game called Space Fortress.

What do practitioners of Access Consciousness, dedicated to taking a different point of view on everything, know about this subject that publications such as Newsweek magazine, that also covered this topic, doesn’t know yet?

Access has a different point of view on exercise.  Newsweek states that 45 minutes of aerobic exercise 3 times a week is enough to stimulate formation of new neurons and neurotransmitters, as well as the chemicals that promote neuron formation.  What can Access’s awareness contribute towards this step toward anti-aging?

“Bodies hate to exercise,” observes Access Founder and #1 best-selling author Gary Douglas.  “But they love to move.”  The word “exercise” sounds suspiciously like “exorcise” to our bodies.  If we changed our points of view on exercise, might we be more likely to engage in this life-enhancing activity? What if describing it as movement and enjoying the process of it could make it a lot more fun and inviting that something that sounds so much like exorcise?

Another factor in creating anti-aging effects is meditation, described as “mindfulness-based mind-fitness training, which requires concentration on one object.”  A neuroscientist has found that this can enhance mental agility and attention by creating more efficient brain processes.  If mindfulness-based mind-fitness training is not available on a street corner in your neighborhood, how else might you give your brain the anti-aging effects of meditation?

One process that is available nearly worldwide is a simple hands-on practice called “the Bars.”  In a typical bars session, a trained practitioner places their fingers on a series of 32 different points on your head over the period of about an hour. In that one-hour session, up to 10,000 years of accumulated thoughts, feelings, and emotions that are creating limitations and obstacles to your life can be released.

During the Bars session, practitioners claim that the electrical functioning of the brain is changed.  Doctors of different disciplines who are trained in biofeedback have confirmed this, by reporting the changes in their own brain wave function while receiving a Bars session.  Activity typically moves from the normal waking state of Beta through Alpha into Theta brain waves of deep relaxation.

While Newsweek assumes that it was the focusing aspect of meditation, which created the anti-aging effects on the brain, studies done by Dr. Carl and Stephanie Simonton on cancer survivors suggest that the act of relaxation, which is provided effortlessly and to a very high degree by the bars, is a key to survival.

If relaxation is truly a key contributor to longevity, then clearly the Bars process can make a major contribution.  Bars practitioners say the worst thing that can happen during your session is that you’ll feel more relaxed than after a fabulous massage. The best that can happen is your whole life can change.

Learning to do the Bars is available to everyone.  No anatomy or medical training is required; in fact, children can be trained to do them, and often do so even more effectively than adults!   Some 400 Bars facilitators are available to provide individual sessions, with more being added around the world every day.  Their locations range from Abu Dhabi to Turkey, with more available in the US, Canada, Australia, Sweden and Turkey.  You can locate classes and bars facilitators near you by searching the website

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What if  IF YOU DRINK 10-20 OUNCES OF FRESH PURE WATER IMMEDIATELY UPON RISING FIRST THING IN THE AM, YOU CAN FLUSH OUT THE BODY AND START THE DAY MORE BALANCED? IF YOU MAKE IT A HABIT, YOU WILL BE DOING YOURSELF A HUGE FAVOR AND YOU WILL BE SPEEDING UP YOUR REJUVENATION PROCESS.Drinking your water is VERY important. You will be amazed if you actually do the amount suggested. Sip it continuously throughout the day. A straw may help.Set out the entire amount for you to drink in the AM and make sure its all gone by about 6pm. Drinking later than 4 hours before bedtime may get you up in the night and interrupt your slumber.








1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.







2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so 

weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.


3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's 

metabolism as much as 3%.


 4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger

 pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a

 University of Washington study.


5. Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.


6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses

 of water a day could significantly ease back and

 joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.


7. A mere! 2% drop in body water can trigger

 fuzzyshort-term memory, trouble with basic math, and

 difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a

 printed page.


8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the

 risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the

 risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less

 likely to develop bladder cancer.









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8 Tips for Staying Well while Traveling

You may be spending the days prior to and after the Christmas holiday traveling across the country, sitting in heavy traffic, busy public places, and crowded buzzing airports and planes. All of this mingling around with the general public means contact exposes you to many of the cold and flu germs that are being passed around right now. Your immune system may be challenged due to stress, lack of sleep, too much Holiday Cheer and an altered diet (usually poor food choices this time of year).

All of this is good reason to do what you can to keep your immune system healthy and strong this time of year. That will help insure your health and happiness and keep you ready for any festive events you may have planned when visiting family and friends!

With this in mind, I have compiled Top 8 tips for staying well while traveling. During all the hustle and bustle, remember to make yourself a priority and take the time and make the extra effort to keep yourself well!

1. Frequently Wash Your Hands – This is KEY when traveling. Airplanes are known to be one of the worst places for germs and bacteria, as are airports and other heavily traveled areas. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands, as these are portals for germs to enter the body. This is also true when eating out in restaurants, especially after touching the chairs, booths, menus, salt & pepper shakers, which are all known to be havens for germs. Carry Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier with you at all items. When you touch a handrail or another area you know to be heavily used, pull it out of your pocket, backpack or handbag and USE IT! Use soap and hot water to wash your hands frequently, then follow with Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier. Keep in mind, however, that for most airlines each liquid in your carry-on bags must be in a bottle or container with a maximum volume of 3.4 oz. Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier is only 1oz. so you should be fine to carry it in your purse or carry-on bag.  

2. Stay Hydrated – Drink plenty of pure filtered water prior to entering your gate, where you know they have strict rules about liquids. Once inside, unfortunately, you will have to purchase the super-pricey bottled water to satiate your self during your flight. Drinking plenty of water can really make a difference in keeping your immune system strong throughout a busy vacation. Avoid coffee, black tea, and alcohol which can all lead to further dehydration. Pack a small bag full of various herbal teas to use on the plane and in restaurants. I keep a bag of teas in my purse at all times, traveling or not, for this purpose. That way you only need to request hot water to make yourself a healthy beverage! My favorites are: peppermint, chai rooibos, and ginger. Another great travel tip is to pack a small bag of chia seeds. Add a few to your bottle of water and drink throughout the day for added energy throughout the day as well as a dose of healthy Omega-3 fats and antioxidants! The chia seeds will actually also help to stabilize your blood sugar, an added bonus! Also, pack a fresh lemon in your bag and squeeze the juice into your water or tea to alkalize your body and for an added boost of vitamin C.

3. Bring Snacking Supplies – Be prepared for day-long trips and travel munchies by topping off your carry-on bags with apples, cherries, carrots, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, almonds, homemade trail mix, avocado, quinoa salad, raw food bars, dark chocolate, flax crackers, rice cakes, or other snack foods you might enjoy. Bring a small container of almond butter for a nice spread or dip. Stay away from the airport and airplane offerings which may contain high fructose corn syrup, pesticides, preservatives and other poisons, and which can impair immunity. Before you leave, research where to find fresh organic food options once you get to where you are going and make a point to hit up the store upon arrival to keep yourself stocked with healthy options for the duration of your trip.

4. Plan Your First Meal        
- A very common mistake for most people is waiting until the last minute to get everything together and then rushing out the door without eating. This leaves you hungry and sitting in the airport or in heavy holiday traffic with only access to super-processed off-the-highway or airport industrial food, which is not only less tasty than real food, but also sorely lacking in nutritional value, and potentially harmful to your immune system (your whole body!). If you have to eat some processed food along your journey, look for as “close to the source” options as you can find such as mixed nuts or dried fruit. Avoid easy go-to’s like potato chips and pastries. If you have to leave super early, make yourself a breakfast burrito, an almond butter and banana sandwich or green smoothie (or both) the night before and store in your refrigerator overnight. Leave yourself a note on your bags so you don’t forget to grab them on your way out in the morning. Your tummy and your conscience will thank you for planning ahead.

5. Remember to Breathe – When joining the millions of other people traveling this holiday season, patience can make the difference between a pleasant trip and a stressful one. Prepare yourself for delays in advance so that if things go smoothly and on-time you are pleasantly surprised! Understand that everyone around you is also going somewhere and that being impatient is only going to negatively effect your own energy balance as well as potentially that of others around you. Utilize your breath. When stress starts to build, take a moment to breathe in deeply through the nose, hold for 3 seconds, and release. Repeat. Deep breathing has been shown to be one of the best ways to lower stress in the body and anxiety of the mind. The best thing about this is the deep breathing can be done anywhere and costs nothing! Once you reach your gate or airplane seat, continue to calm your mind and de-stress your body through quiet meditation. The holidays are supposed to be a time of love and compassion for others (ideally so is every day life), not a time for projecting your personal stress on to strangers. Deep breath, in and out…and on with your day.

6. Pack Layers & Dress Comfortably
- This one may seem like a given, but many people forget how cold those overhead air vents on the plane can make your flight experience, even if only the person next to you is using it. Also, temperature changes from outside to the plane, to wherever you are going can lead to uncomfortable situations and added stress, so remember to wear something warm and comfy. Bring a zip up jacket or small blanket. The airport or the car are not the places to be worried about fashion, just make yourself cozy and you are more likely to remain comfortable and pleasant throughout your trip.

7. Eat Well – Just because you are leaving home for a few days or weeks, doesn’t mean you have to let go of all your typical food habits. Don’t beat yourself up for having a piece of pie or Christmas cookie, but believe me when I say, it’s no fun to make yourself sick by going overboard with things you normally wouldn’t eat. I made this mistake earlier this year: on vacation in California I decided being at the ocean wharf meant eating a large bowl of fresh clam chowder would be ok, even though I have avoided dairy for over two years now. MISTAKE. I ended up feeling terrible and dizzy, and spending the next 10 minutes after our meal in the bathroom trying not to throw up the meal I’d just enjoyed. When we start making positive changes to our eating habits, our bodies adjust to this new way of eating, and your body doesn’t know the difference between holiday vacation and not, so just be smart. Let yourself have a little fun, but don’t make it a point to go back on all the positive progress you’ve made. You’ll be happy you stuck to your conscious eating throughout the holidays, I promise. 

8. Consume Garlic – Garlic is highly immune-boosting and a perfect addition to meals during the cold and flu season. When I start to feel a sickness coming on, I make sure to get plenty of garlic (cooked and raw) into my diet to give my white blood cells the support they need to fight off germs! Another good tool to have in your germ-fighting tool box, by the way, is Thieves Hard Lozenges. Packed with the power of anti-bacterial, anti-fungal essential oils, they are perfect for travel and fit nicely into a purse or pocket.

So, that’s it! Do what you can to relax and have a good time. The most important thing to remember is to NOT STRESS. Everything will work out as it should, and the best thing you can do for your health and happiness is to take deep breaths, practice expressing gratitude and appreciation, and remember that you are beautiful and amazing. Have a Wonderful Holiday and Happy New Year!

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Would You Like a Tool that Really Works to Change Your Money Situation?

by Access Administrator

Is changing your money situation high on your list of New Year’s resolutions?  A popular opinion poll in the US, the Harris poll, suggests you are not alone.  Money is top of the list for more people than any other subject.
If this includes you, a phenomenal tool to achieve that target is offered through the Access Consciousness® shop. It’s a product called, How To Become Money Workbook.
If your target is financial fitness, then this book could be the personal trainer you’ve been looking for.  The heart of the book is 11 questions, complete with blanks to fill in.
The key to optimal use of the book is NOT to write in the book—write on a piece of scrap paper, or even a journal, so you can do the book again two weeks later, and another two weeks later, and another two weeks later, and watch how your points of view about money morph before your eyes.
What does your point of view about money have to do with money?  Only everything!  As Dr. Dain Heer says, “Your point of view creates your reality, not the other way around.”  In other words, it’s not your lack of money that is getting you down—it’s your attitude about money that’s creating the lack of money.  The good news is that your points of view about money can be changed as quickly as every 10 seconds!
Does “becoming money” seem like a strange thing to aim for, when what you’d really like is to have money to spend?  That’s a point of view you might wish to change.  As How to Become Money says in the beginning:  “What you are, what you would have, you must first BE.  That which you do not have in you, you cannot have at all.  If you see money as outside of you, you cannot have it.  If you see money anywhere besides within the being of you, you will never have it at all and there will never be enough from your point of view.”
This is not your usual “think and grow rich” book.  The being Douglas channels is quick to make fun of such approaches.  “You think, you do not grow rich, you grow limited,” he says.  “Throw your brains away, they get in the way of you!  You get that thought process in the way and then you are diminished, you have limited yourself on what you are going to achieve and what you are going to get.”
The workbook aspect of the book allows you to get to the heart of your own limiting beliefs about money.  Many of these are represented also in the discussions with the people participating in the original class from which the book was drawn.
The language of the book is a bit quaint.  It is Access Consciousness® Founder and best-selling author Gary Douglas’s first book, written when he was still channeling.  The language is the language of the channel, which can be a bit less direct than we’re used to these days.
But it’s full of gems.  Here’s an example for you to try.  Close your eyes and imagine money coming at you.  Put energy into it until it’s real.  Now, from which direction(s) did the money come?  Every single direction tells you something different about what your points of view, spoken and unspoken, conscious and unconscious, are about money.  And guess what, even the points of view you aren’t aware of are busily creating your money situation as you read this.  This book is all about changing it.
Where did your “imagined” money come from? What does it mean?  I’m not telling—you’ll have to get the book to find out!
How To Become Money is available from the Access Consciousness store.  Many other products including the books Money Isn’t the Problem, You Are; Right Riches for You; and many recorded classes on increasing your money flows can also be found in the online shop.

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