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OHI offers a holistic healing program based on ancient spiritual disciplines that promotes healing of your body, mind, and spirit through all-natural, non-medical practices.

Vocal Toning: Healing Through Sound Vibrations

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Quieting the mind and focusing your energy is an important part of the healing process for your whole body. Practicing Alpha or meditation is one way you may work to achieve a peaceful, balanced state of mind, and it can help you tap into the art of vocal toning. It has long been understood that sound vibrations are beneficial to the mind and the body, and vocal toning takes advantage of these mental and physiological effects.

What Is It? Toning is a gentle form of sound healing that helps us to heal on all levels by using certain notes and vowel sounds. The vowel sound is held for a certain number of minutes at the same pitch, unlike singing where you may vary the pitch. While there are multiple types of sound-based meditation techniques, those using a person’s own voice have been found the most effective. As the tones are sung, the chakras or our body centers respond. Using sound to resonate each center helps to “charge” those areas by increasing circulation, energy, and vitality. Quantum physics is suggesting that possibly disease in the body originates with disturbances in the electromagnetic field. Toning 3-5 minutes at each energy center helps “smooth out” the energy fields.

Getting Started in Vocal Toning

Once you learn about vocal toning and how to use it, you can incorporate it into your private or group meditation sessions. Guided meditation classes are the best way to learn vocal toning and then the techniques learned can be practiced at home with CDs to provide a peaceful, soothing background melody for your sound healing experience.

Who Uses It?

More and more and more people are finding healing through vocal toning. Sound healing has become a popular and well-respected field in mind-body medicine. Some pioneers in this field are: Steven Halpern, Jonathon Goldman and David Ison. The Optimum Health Institute uses the CD, Sing the Body from Dorian Carter in their toning class. You can order this CD by calling the OHI store at 888-643-7867

Vocal toning is one of the many classes incorporated into the holistic healing program at the Optimum Health Institute. These teachings take place through three-week-long courses that can be  taken independently or consecutively. Learn more about the OHI program by calling (800) 993-4325 or visiting OptimumHealth.org.

Recognizing the Many Aliases of Sugar

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With today’s processed foods and eating-on-the-go culture, sugar is making an appearance in all types of foods marketed as healthier options. It may be somewhat difficult to spot the saturation of sugar in all types of foods you might eat every day, so you should learn the other names that sugar can take on as you take control of your health. Below are some of sugar’s many disguises that you might encounter on food labels.

Syrup

Agave, corn, maple, and rice syrups are all commonly used ingredients in foods that pose as health food choices. Because their names are of vegetable and plant sources, it is often assumed that these sugars are better for your health than simple cane sugar. In reality, these types of sugar are just as fattening as table sugar, and they have none of the nutritional value of the plants they come from.

Sucrose

When you read food labels, it is rare that you will actually come across the word ‘sugar.’ Instead, you might see sucrose, which is the scientific name for the familiar white powder more commonly known as table sugar. Fructose and glucose are the components of sucrose, and these are more words to watch out for.

Fruit Juice

Fruit juice is one of the most deceptive forms of sugar, because it is assumed that the juice takes on the nutritional qualities of the fruit it comes from. However, fruit juice is mostly a source of sugar and not much else. Even if some vitamins remain present in the juice, it no longer contains the fiber found in whole fruit which can help digest the sugar properly. All kinds of juice—from concentrate, organic, and 100% juices—are big sugar sources that should be traded in for the whole raw fruit.  

Evaporated Cane Juice

Prepackaged foods are carefully designed for trickery, and the use of the words, evaporated cane juice” is proof that labels can be deceiving. Evaporated cane juice is exactly the same as regular sugar, but it sneaks into many diets because of this misleading wording.

At Optimum Health Institute, we will help guide you through the proper steps to take in eating and preparing food so that you get the most out of a vibrant raw diet to cleanse your body. The holistic healing program at Optimum Health Institute consists of three-week-long sessions that can be taken consecutively or independently. The sessions interlock classes and activities drawn from 24 ancient spiritual disciplines that promote healing of your body, mind, and spirit. Along with learning how to cleanse and nourish the body with diet, fasting, and exercise, guests learn how to quiet and focus the mind with journaling and meditation, plus renew and awaken their spirits with study, prayer, and celebration. To learn more about the OHI program, call (800) 993-4325 or visit www.optimumhealth.org.

Surrender to Serenity

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God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change

Courage to change the things I can

And wisdom to know the difference.

This prayer, attributed to American theologian Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr, has taken on a life of its own since Niebuhr first used it in a sermon seven decades ago.

It brought comfort to countless military personnel during World War 2, when it was published in 1944 in a Federal Council of Churches book for army chaplains and servicemen.  Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs have made it an important part of their meetings.  It’s used at funerals, in hospitals and hospice, at graduations, or during private contemplation.

What is it about the Serenity Prayer that gives it such lasting power, and makes it appropriate for so many circumstances?

It’s because the prayer makes us a humbled yet hopeful partner with a loving God – a God who won’t magically make challenges disappear, but who, at our request, will give us the spiritual strength and discernment to understand and then handle any situation which may arise.

It offers a course of action when we feel we’ve screeched to a painful halt, and places us directly in the flow of divine grace, love and peace.  The prayer acknowledges that sometimes, the only way to release our anger, or fear, or impatience, or shame about something in our lives is to merely let all those harmful emotions go.  It helps us surrender to the reality that what’s done is done, what is, is, and perhaps the only possible thing about it that can change is the meaning we chose to give it.  On those occasions, when surrender is the only option, the prayer reassures us that heart-felt surrender will result in a positive emotional shift, and a blessed peace.

The prayer speaks to the spiritual warrior in each of us by calling on God for the sheer guts to bravely confront what’s out of balance in our lives, and set it right.  Whether it’s an issue in our personal or professional lives, a health opportunity, or a worthy cause that speaks to our heart and soul, we’re not asking God to just handle it – we’re asking God to partner with us, to have our back while we charge ahead with prayerful resolution to make the world a better, more loving place.

And finally, the real power of the prayer is its acknowledgement that sometimes, the line between knowing when to surrender, and knowing when to keep fighting, can be hard to discern.  Only through the divine grace of a loving God can we truly learn which is the right course of action.  While ‘knowledge’ about an issue can be all tangled up with ego and less than entirely positive motives, ‘wisdom’ comes straight from the heart, and straight from the hand of God.  Beseeching God for the pure insight and good judgment that comes to those who ask is a powerful, positive way to take the right path.

May you know the peace that flows to us only by surrendering to God.

When your body, mind, and spirit are aligned, you can achieve good health. If you are looking for a holistic healing program, in San Diego or Austin, visit Optimum Health Institute. We can help you achieve your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual goals for optimal health. Call us at (800) 993-4325 to learn more.

Sprouting Part II: Sprouting Alfalfa

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If you have begun to incorporate sprouted foods into your diet, alfalfa may be one of the first foods you start sprouting at home. Alfalfa is a natural choice for sprouting because the fully grown alfalfa plant is too rough and bitter to eat. However, the tender sprouts of alfalfa seeds offer a multitude of nutritional benefits, along with a pleasing earthy flavor, and they can be grown right at home.

Why people sprout alfalfa:

In eastern cultures, the health benefits of sprouted foods have been recognized for centuries, but it was not until the WWII era that Americans started to realize the goodness of sprouting. During this time, sprouted foods like soybeans and alfalfa emerged as a cheap, wholesome, and easy-to-grow food source that could nourish troops located in even the roughest conditions. Soon, sprouts became more common to western cuisines, particularly alfalfa sprouts. These are among the most commercially available sprouts found in grocery stores, but many people prefer to sprout them at home so that there is minimal risk of foodborne illness or contamination. Call the OHI Store at (888) 643-7867 and inquire about our full line of seeds for sprouting, sprouting equipment and sprouting books.

Why alfalfa sprouts are so beneficial:

Sprouts are a critical component of a raw food diet, because they supplement vitamins and protein that many people consume through animal sources. Alfalfa sprouts in particular offer lots of protein, vitamin B, and vitamin K. Plus, these tasty sprouts have virtually no sugar or fat, so they are filling and satisfying enough to support cleansing and weight loss. Another added benefit of alfalfa sprouts is their effect on cholesterol, as they have been shown to help clean the arteries of bad cholesterol that can lead to heart disease.

How to include alfalfa sprouts in your diet:

Most people enjoy alfalfa sprouts in simple applications like salads. They can be easily added to almost any recipe; because they are palatable with no strong flavors, they blend well into raw dishes. Alfalfa sprouts can be cooked, but their full nutrition is better preserved in the raw state.

Find out more about how sprouting can transform your diet with Optimum Health Institute. The holistic healing program at Optimum Health Institute consists of three-week-long sessions that can be taken consecutively or independently. The sessions interlock classes and activities drawn from 24 ancient spiritual disciplines that promote healing of your body, mind, and spirit. Along with learning how to cleanse and nourish the body with diet, fasting, and exercise, guests learn how to quiet and focus the mind with journaling and meditation, plus renew and awaken their spirits with study, prayer, and celebration. To learn more about the OHI program, call (800) 993-4325 or visit www.optimumhealth.org.

Listening to Body Wisdom

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Your colleague takes credit for a report you’ve been working on for weeks.  A few days later, you wake up with laryngitis.

While you have the nagging feeling you should be meditating more, there just isn’t time – especially since you might have to make a doctor’s appointment because your left ear feels blocked up.

After a challenging childhood where you were shown little love, you still have trouble trusting people.  And your recent medical tests showed you’re pre-diabetic.

What’s going on here is your body is showing you there is a literal and very strong connection from what you think, to how your physical self responds.

While we at the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) teach about the body-mind-spirit connection, you don’t have to go any further than your own frame to see the proof.

We are spiritual beings having a human experience.  When something happens on a spiritual level, for instance, like you feel you’re too busy to meditate and pray regularly, that spiritual imbalance must become denser so you’ll pay attention.  It drops from a spiritual issue to a mental one – you began chastising yourself that you haven’t made time to pray in you can’t remember how long, but you still put it off. 

If the mental obsession still doesn’t produce the desired shift, the issue must become denser yet, and manifest in the physical form as something like a plugged ear.  When you’re consciously aware that the body will signal spiritual imbalances, you might be able to make the connection – the left side of the body represents the feminine and spiritual aspect of taking God energy in, while the right side represents the masculine, and how you direct your energy in the world.  So difficulties with the left ear can signal you’re not listening to the spiritual messages you’re being given.  Slow down, mindfully meditate and pray for spiritual direction, and see if that ear might not just “open up” on its own.

When you either willingly or unwillingly yield your power to someone else, like letting your dishonest colleague take credit for your work, your throat – the center of communication and how you use your will – will usually signal the imbalance.  Coughing, a sore throat or even completely losing your voice can force you to face the consequences of not speaking up and blocking that truth that desperately wants to be heard.

What about the onset of diabetes? In her fascinating book, You Can Heal Your Life, author and spiritual sage Louise Hay suggests that people who don’t have enough sweetness in their life can experience an insulin imbalance, and develop that particular health opportunity.

Louise’s book lists just about every medical issue you can imagine, and the corresponding thought process that very likely either caused, or greatly contributed to that particular health opportunity.  She also offers readers specific affirmations geared to shifting the mind’s past attitude towards an issue to facilitate healing on every level. You can purchase from the OHI Store by calling (888) 643 -7867.  As Buddha said, “What we think, we become.”  Affirmations, meditation and prayer are powerful spiritual tools for quieting and redirecting the mind to focus on balance, positive new behaviors and optimum health.

When we can begin to see physical challenges as an indicator that there’s a deeper truth to the situation, and an opportunity to learn more about ourselves, we can truly appreciate how the body-mind connection is a powerful spiritual gift.

When your body, mind, and spirit are aligned, you can achieve good health. If you are looking for a holistic healing program, in San Diego or Austin, visit Optimum Health Institute. We can help you achieve your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual goals for optimal health. Call us at (800) 993-4325 to learn more.

 

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