Cryin’ shame.

What if a rosebud immediately opened and bloomed when you spoke kindly to it? Imagine.

What if ALL businesses closed to “keep us safe,” or “save lives”? Imagine.

What if we save the unborn then created bureaucracy that led their families down a poor economic path, so their choices were limited, or minimal? Imagine.

What if we punished people (to the point of death), when they made mistakes? We do. It’s not right, if we choose Life.

What if you had to choose between a mother’s life and the life of her baby, during the process of birth? Choice happens. No blame.

What if most suffer due to the choices of a few? It happens. Seems insane.

What if a rosebud immediately opened and bloomed when you touched it? Imagine.

What if a rosebud immediately opened and bloomed when you spoke kindly to it? Imagine. ❤️🦋🌀

Today, a poem

Today, a poem

Whether you work or play,
Reach for the highest vibe today;

For when you glide in graceful flow,
Effortless work you will always know.

Whenever I feel confused or low,
I look at a tree and find its bow.

I muse and wonder why the branches bend,
providing shelter to birds, a godsend.

Often we stand 180 degrees apart,
Yet listen to understand when we open our heart.

I don’t always know the answers, my friend,
But I believe we all will, in the end.

Sheila Murrey, Spiral Sister ❤️🦋🌀

Integration Diet

Integration Diet

Intro

Right from the start, let me tell you that I’ve been gently releasing the excess weight I’d gained during the COVID lockdown, by eating all different kinds of foods and challenging my former thoughts about what foods I should eat. It has really surprised me! And those “surprises” challenged me to analyze what was going on and how I could sustain on going weight loss (as I’d been overweight, technically obese), BEFORE the lockdowns.

Food History

I’d lost 20 pounds during 2019 with the help of a modified Keto diet as suggested by my chiropractor, restricting certain foods, and eating out less, or with much scrutiny of ingredients when we did go out and I got hungry (sometimes I just went out to socialize with my husband and not even eat a meal). I had taken a lot of supplements too, to help balance my hormones.

When I say I am not unfamiliar with diets, it’s true. I’ve done so many different diets over the course of twenty years, it’s not funny. It’s really sad. I didn’t even learn throughout all of those diets, how to tell when I was hungry, until I was ravenous (belly gurgling with hunger pangs)!

So, what I’m about to share may shock you. It has, and continues to shock me!

Food List

Here’s a list of some of the foods I’ve eaten and seen the number on the scale DROP the next morning, foods I wouldn’t have eaten a year ago:

  • Steak
  • Barbecue sauce (I found one brand that works for me. Yes, ONE.)
  • Cheese (I found a couple types that work for me.)
  • Half and half
  • Canned soup (I drink an extra cup of water after to help flush out excess salt.)
  • Rice (rinsed very well before cooking)
  • Soy sauce
  • Pasta
  • Potatoes (even potato chips! gasp! I know.)
  • Dark Chocolate (small portion, on a fancy plate)
  • Margaritas (homemade, no sugary mixer)
  • Red wine (limited to 8 ounces a night, though depending on my meal, I’ve had more)
  • Universal Yums (a monthly subscription of snacks from around the world-tiny servings)

Tracking

I owe my recent success to the Omada program (that was offered to me by my health insurance program: Florida Blue), because they sent me a free scale, which communicates back to their app and diet coach, via blue tooth technology (so, I am held accountable). I weigh in every morning, nude, and before drinking any water and after going to the restroom. I’ve also integrated this into my morning meditation ritual which includes a brief gratitude ritual and Qigong activity to release any gas in my body, and stress.

Tying these activities together has been a huge advance in my ability to stick with the weigh ins and track my journey. In three months, I’ve released 17 pounds. I’ve communicated with my coach on the days I gained a pound or so, and worked through the mental hoops and associated feelings. I’ve also incorporated small celebratory actions that do not involve food, as a new way to thank my body for following through on my desire to lose weight.

The Omada program also came with an app, which has helped me focus on the size and health of my meals, rather than the calories of the food (as I’d tracked before in the LoseIt! app). Now, I watch for the trends of how many veggies I’m eating in a week, and what I’ve eaten the day before I see the number go up or down on the scale. It’s a pretty cool bio feedback loop and is definitely working for me.

NOTE: If you’re not in the Omada program, you can still do the weight loss portion of my Integrated Spiral program, because I have found even better blue tooth scales that measure 17 health markers! I’m gonna get one if and when my Omada scale fails. 😉

Supplements

Aside from the liquid supplement that both my husband and I consume daily, when we moved off grid, I pretty much quit taking any other supplements, except Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc, and Magnesium. But when I first stepped on the Omada scale and saw how much I had gained from February to September, I started looking into anything and everything I could take to support my weight loss journey. For the first time in a long time, I felt desperate.

I tried a few supplements, which I won’t mention here because they didn’t work for me. And every time I took them, I’d gain ounces the next day. I think my body is so sensitive, that I gain a bit of weight anytime I introduce something new to it. That’s a theory I am tracking via my food and weight log (which, circles back to why tracking is sooo important)!

There are a few supplements and weight loss aids that have helped me, and I’ll be writing reviews here regarding those products in the coming days.

I’m not including any supplements in my Integration Diet per se, because I don’t want you to feel that you have to take certain supplements in order to participate in this program. Take It Upon Yourself, as I always say, to do what works best for you. Plus, I’m attempting to keep all product reviews on my other blog. 🧐

Portions and measuring

I’ve found that my 1/2 C measuring cup has become my best friend in the kitchen. I scoop out chili and soup with it, and measure rice and pasta with it too. If I am in doubt, I measure. And I don’t just “trust” my eyes and brain with that “eyeball” method of measuring food, because that has been known to fail me.

The limit I set for myself on these kinds of foods is 1 C at a time. If for some reason I absolutely find that I need or want more, I go back for 1/2 C more. But, in three months, that’s only happened twice.

You gotta serve somebody. Just include yourSelf!

Timing

One trend I’ve noticed is that when I stop eating anything by 6pm, the number on the scale goes down the next morning.

I’m a big fan of intermittent fasting, but for it to work for me, I’ve observed that I need to go to bed on an empty stomach. I’ve tried all the other ways to do intermittent fasting, and no other combination works for me except going to be feeling hunger pangs. And for me to do this long term, well, it takes a real commitment and mindset. I’m not always successful, but I am committed.

Another trend I’ve noticed is that if I abstain from night time snacking, I can eat the same snack midday the next day (after lunch), and it doesn’t make the numbers on the scale go up, like it would have done, had I ate it at 9pm. Weird, but that’s what I’ve observed as true for my body.

Creating the habit

All of this has been about helping me establish good habits that I can maintain for life. I know walking daily, or not, is a choice.

And honestly, the number on the scale has gone down on the morning after I didn’t walk and I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because I need to rest and allow my body time to repair and reduce the inflammation that came from my walking the day before. I don’t know. I’m continuing to monitor that.

Sustaining habits or subconscious practice

So far, I’ve had the best outcome from tying two or more tasks or practices together. This is why I formed my Integrated Spiral transformational, small group, self-coaching program.

I know in order for me to make the commitment to a healthy, whole, and vibrant body means I must be held accountable. By serving others, I will serve myself. And in Bob Dylan’s famous words, “You gotta serve somebody.”

I know spiritual types that aren’t in touch with their bodies. And I know body conscious types who want to learn more about Spirituality. I think (and feel), I can serve both.

Learn more about my Integrated Spiral program here:

Integrated Spiral transformational coaching 

A bit about me, your Spiral Sister

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available on Amazon.

I would love to speak at your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural fair or festival. I support healthy lifestyle businesses. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

After 13 years of research and work, my health book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available at: https://read.barnesandnoble.com/book/take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

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Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Chakra Balancing:Yoga to Balance Mind-Body, Spirit and Soul

I am sooo glad I attended this aWEsOMe class four years ago:

Chakra Balancing:
Yoga to Balance the Mind, Body, & Spirit offered by Dr. Ronald Porter in St. Petersburg, Florida

In the yogic tradition, the chakras are known as wheels of spinning energy found throughout the body.

Usually, energy has the ability to flow though us with ease. However, the situations we encounter in life can often leave our energy blocked and unable to flow freely.

Gentle way to bring healing to your body. It’s as close to you as your breath.

Working with the chakras through yoga is a means of restoring a healthy flow of energy throughout the subtle energetic body, therefore bringing balance to the physical body.

Dr. Ronald K. Porter proved to me (during the workshop) that through movement and breath, I could partner with the Energies in my body to heal it!

In the class, we explored both the meaning of the chakras and subtle energetic body, and engaged in a yoga practice specifically focused on balancing the chakras.

Practicing yoga in this way, and incorporating it into my soul helped me realize I was also doing some very deep soul work too. Thus, why I added Soul to the title of this post. ❤️🦋🌀☯️

I found relief in my body, as I did the breathwork to move Energy into spaces and places I had not focused on in years, if ever.

Specifically guiding my breath, brought immediate healing to one of my knees, and kept the energy medicine working on it for several days later! I knew I had found a healing method I was going to continue to use for the rest of my life.

I now incorporate basic elements of this in my transformational self-coaching program, Integrated Spiral. Won’t you join me?

Learn more about it here:

Integrated Spiral transformational coaching

A bit about me, your Spiral Sister

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available on Amazon.

I would love to speak at your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural fair or festival. I support healthy lifestyle businesses. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

After 13 years of research and work, my health book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available at: https://read.barnesandnoble.com/book/take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Do you think Jesus was a Shaman?

Was Jesus a Shaman?

Think about the following list, in comparison to what we think of when we hear the word, “shaman,” perhaps Jesus was a Shaman.

Story of blind man – Jesus instructed the man to put mud on his eyes

Tempted? Jesus purportedly said it would be better to pluck out your eye (if you couldn’t control your own lust) than lose your soul

Faith – touching hem of his garment (energy flowing through him encompassing his clothing – aura)

Fasting much

Prayer – all the time and in every thought

Solitude – Spent 40 nights in the wilderness

Preaching outside – walked and taught to people where they were, typically to people who did not attend church

Overthrow money changers in the temple – honor God – disruptive – he condemned the corrupt and greedy religious hypocrites

Jesus proclaimed things that were counter to what the priests in the synagogue were preaching, and spoke with authority

Essential oils – used natural elements

Alchemy – changed water into wine

Walked on water and calmed seas – controlled and “partnered with” nature

Jesus ate with publicans and so-called sinners, to the point that some labeled him “evil.”

Jesus was disruptive. ❤️🦋🌀

Perhaps, we can each be our own shaman.

Perhaps, digging in the dirt when I plant seeds in the dark, moist soil, doesn’t make me a shaman, but when I repot a root bound plant, I consider how I am disrupting it for a moment, so it can have more room to grow. And somehow, that makes me feel like a shaman—at least a little bit.

And we can each, grow through the dirt. ❤️🦋🌀☀️🌚💦🌱

Thoughts?

Do you think it’s time to disrupt religions?

God Omniscience IN us, not us IN church. You know, like when Jesus threw those moneychangers OUT of the temple. 🧐❤️🦋🌀🎼☯️🙏☮️

A bit about me

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available on Amazon.

I would love to speak at your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural fair or festival. I support healthy lifestyle businesses. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

After 13 years of research and work, my health book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available at: https://read.barnesandnoble.com/book/take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Power over Force or Sheila’s Theology

Power over Force or Sheila’s Theology

Just read a story on Facebook titled, HOW THE FORCE CALLED “SATAN” CREATES AN ISRAELITE!

And I had an immediate response, which I thought I’d share here.

This is not ALL of my thoughts on theology, but the following list are the pieces that align with several main points in the aforementioned story:

  • There is no literal Satan-the adversary is human EGO;
  • Lust, greed, 7 deadly sins etc. stem from bloated human EGO;
  • No need ever for blame or name-calling;
  • Redemption and arrival of Messiah occurs in conjunction with our own Awakening;
  • No need to worry, be sad, or fear because those attitudes distract and deter us from taking responsibility to USE our own POWER and BE Empowered/accountable (which, when we ARE EMPOWERED, raises the vibration and consciousness of ALL).

I really love the end of the story!
❤️🦋🌀🎼☯️🙏☮️

Now, I’m not sharing the Facebook story here because I don’t have permission, but you can perform a Facebook search (Title: HOW THE FORCE CALLED “SATAN” CREATES AN ISRAELITE) and find it if your curious. It was posted originally by Billy Phillips.

A bit about me

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available on Amazon.

I would love to speak at your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural fair or festival. I support healthy lifestyle businesses. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

After 13 years of research and work, my health book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available at: https://read.barnesandnoble.com/book/take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Raising Consciousness: Dense not Dark

Raising Consciousness that darkness is density

While it is hard to look at the inhumanity that occurs, I know it’s important to not bury our heads in the sand and ignore. Dark and heavy subjects are so difficult to write! I choose to look on the positive things in life, but I know there is a dark side (lower dense vibrations), and because of that, I strive to help others by raising our vibrations and expanding consciousness. I do this by offering what I write, from listening to and reading what others write, and offering prayers (full of belief that ALL really is well), and by emitting unconditional love, and compassion whenever possible.

Shamanism

I have been one of those people (in an attempt to keep my vibration high), that ignores drama and tragedy—at least that’s my desire (admittedly, not always possible).

Now, as of Feb. 29th of this year, I have been drawn to the Shamanic path that includes observing the dark, as well as the light. Previous article about this here.

I don’t know, of course, where my shamanic path will lead, but as long as it enables me to expand my ability to help others and offer the most compassion I can muster, I feel that it will be a good pursuit. ❤️🦋🌀🙏

Yes, (winking)… Shamans take that “Rise” shit literally.

Shamans take that “Rise” shit literally.

Observing density

I wish we could ALL drop the word “Dark” and replace it with the word, “Dense.” Density of vibration (lower vibration) is typically what is being referred to when someone is talking about a painful topic.

When one describes a color as dark, that really has to do with color saturation, or the absence of light. But too often people infer that when anything is dark, it’s wrong, bad, sinful, painful, and so on.

I observe the same color, in low light, and the color itself doesn’t change, only my perception of the color changes.

Expansive (and unifying) Reminders

“Don’t place religion above God.” (I don’t know why any of us insist on knowing what we know or being “right” about anything, when God only knows.)

Sisterly Tapestry

As a peacemaker, and a Spiral Sister,

Consciousness, as a topic and in all of its aspects, beckons me to study it further, not out of mere curiosity as much as out of this fantastical question of “where do I stop and you begin?” –and because of my mother, aunt, and grandmother all suffered with Alzheimer’s dis-ease. I am a sleuth of sorts, always and in ALL ways forward-thinking to try and solve the riddle of why we’re here.

You may also like my post, Expanding Consciousness here.

In Closing

About the word. “Love” – you may love someone, (unconditional), or “like,” lust, or infatuation, which many use the word love instead, though it really isn’t love.

Love is patient. Love is kind. All the time, not just when it’s convenient.

Love is caring. Love is being supportive and having another’s back (not back biting).

Love doesn’t require anything. ❤️🦋🌀🙏

The Universe is always (ALL ways) listening!Synchronicity: when you think or do something and someone else shows up in your experience saying or doing the same. Or when you think of someone and within minutes they call you.

when you pray

From fellow blogger, George Wahl. Totally knocked my socks off with the alignment (All One) and clarity of spirit (never alone) it brings…

pray to the God that is already within you God is already a part of who you are he is not separate – he never was – he was only hidden from your …

when you pray