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Sunday, April 8, 2018

When the Healer Needs Help: Accessing Your Ability to Self-Heal

When I arrived in Ghana this past October, I received the news that one of the healers in the Cape Coast community had died at the age of 50. I heard the accounts of the events leading up to her death from several other colleagues in the wellness field who were close to the sister. As I listened to each person's story of what happened, it dawned on me that the issue of eating healthy and the idea of what people think of themselves based on what other people think of them is still a problem among those who are proclaiming to be holistic health professionals. I also gathered that this sister starved herself to death with a coconut water diet to lose weight.

The addictive and dysfunctional eating habits that American people have been afflicted with runs deep in the psyche. It is very few people, health conscious or not that develop a lifestyle of eating and caring for themselves that is completely holistic. Unfortunately, many wellness providers also struggle with this. Knowing what to eat, how much to eat, which variety of foods to consume can all be overwhelming and confusing. In this confusion, even healthy eaters who are not mentally, emotionally and spiritually sound in their attempts at a holistic lifestyle can make their food obsessions and weight problems a matter of life and death.

Changing to a healthy frame of mind about the body takes not only physical commitment, but mental restructuring, emotional healing and a certain level of spiritual elevation. If these things are missing, transformation can never be complete. I often ask healers that I meet who have issues plaguing them about their support systems, who their go to person or people when they need help with their journey, and I have found that too many professional holistic health providers solely rely on themselves in their times of need. If this is going to be the pattern that healers of our current generations take, then there must be a formula in place for this type of self-care to be effective. I propose the following:

1. Check your mental health for a completely peaceful disposition. If you are not at peace with absolutely everything in your life. Get some help.

2. Check your emotional health for mastery of the 3 second formula on emotional awareness. In Natural Health and Wellness I teach that if you hold on to any emotion positive or negative for longer than 3 seconds, it is considered a sign of emotional dysfunction. Get some help.

3. Check your spiritual health. If you have been unable to remain consistent in mastering a program of spiritual ascension for a minimum of 5 years and you are still experiencing mental and emotional turmoil with problem after problem piling up, it is time for you to rely on your community of healers for some assistance.

4. Finding the right help for you. Question: Does the person you are seeking to help you have all of the above working in their favor? Peace of mind and a love for life. Emotional balance with unconditional love. Spiritual balance that has them living a life of peace. There are many healers who have done the work and reached these levels of ascension. They are light workers here to help you. Ask the universe for what you need and it will come.

Take care of yourselves Beautiful Ones.
We need all of the healers we can get who are whole and healthy.

Light and love,
Dr. Akua
April 8, 2018
Houston, TX




About the Author: Dr. Akua Gray, ND is the author of numerous books on wellness, naturopathy and vegan nutrition. Her latest series of education manuals include Naturopathic Reiki Volumes 1, 2 and 3 and Detox Therapy: Detoxing Should Feel Good Too are available through bojakazhealthnetwork.com or Amazon. She is currently the primary curriculum developer for A Life Of Peace Wellness Education Institute and teaches an annual series of Naturopathic courses online and in person. Visit www.alifeofpeace.org 



Sunday, February 4, 2018

When Service Becomes Sacrifice

When Service Becomes Sacrifice 
5 Tips to Maintain a Good Relationship with Your Clients

Recently I read a social media post by a community healer that spewed out a long complaint at her clients and potential clients by saying from this point forward she would no longer answer questions or provide any free services to anyone and that they should book an appointment for a paid consultation. Now this is just a summary of the content, but the rant went on and on about how she was tried of people always wanting something for free, etc. As I read this comment my heart went out to the young lady because she is a classic example of a healer on the verge of burning out. Most healers who think this way have never taken a business course or had any marketing training, otherwise they would know how to organize their pro bono work and see every client as a divine reflection of themselves with something to offer in the mission of their purpose.

I have seen many healers go this route of resentment and frustration because of financial strain in trying to maintain living expenses and run a successful holistic health business. It is possible to provide service to your clients and still make a comfortable living. In Holistic Health Business 101 a course offered by A Life Of Peace, healers are taught the art of doing their healing work with joy and learning to take care of Self and all clients. Here's how...

1. The first step in the learning process is developing a spiritual and financial vision for your business and your life as a business owner. You have to ask the universe for who you want to serve in your business. Call them and they will come based on the energy of loving receptivity.

2. Take a marketing class, read books on marketing or get a marketing consultant that understands the wellness business that way you learn how to develop a business avatar and you never have to be concerned about how walks through the door. I highly recommend Creating an Abundant Practice by Andrea Alder and as a marketing consultant, Better Marketing Mastery, Brother Ankh Akhu.

3. Learn and practice good money management skills which include budgeting, saving, giving and enjoying the fruits of your labor. My best reference for this is Secrets of a Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Ekher.

4. Tap into the metaphysics of business growth and progress by mastering the internal requirements of success: vision, repetition, clarity and self-healing first. If you are a healer who has truly worked on yourself and have taken your ideology into actual living, the negative emotions of frustration, lack, and feeling unappreciated will be nonexistent. Instead your primary emotion in all your business transactions paid or free will be GRATITUDE, but you have to do the work.

5. Always take a break from business to rejuvenate yourself. Once a month, once a week and once a day. Give yourself some loving free time to just be. It will work wonders in your ability to work with every client or potential client that comes your way.

Oh, one last note true healers don't air their business frustrations on social media, they take them into meditation or to wise council as a form of self healing and growth.

K. Akua Gray
February 4, 2018
Takoradi, Ghana


About the Author: Dr. Akua Gray, ND is the author of numerous books on wellness, naturopathy and vegan nutrition. Her latest series of education manuals include Naturopathic Reiki Volumes 1, 2 and 3 and Detox Therapy: Detoxing Should Feel Good Too are available through bojakazhealthnetwork.com or Amazon. She is currently the primary curriculum developer for A Life Of Peace Wellness Education Institute and teaches an annual series of Naturopathic courses online and in person. Visit www.alifeofpeace.org 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

7 Ways to Improve Wellness in an Underserved Community

Is your community a wealth of information, resources and businesses that promote wellness and holistic health? Probably not. In fact, most communities in the world do not have adequate access to the systems of healthcare of any kind. If you look round the community you live in and it frustrates you that there are limited to no natural wellness providers, healthy eateries, no wellness therapy businesses, no natural pharmacies and no holistic health education centers, then it may be time for you to take the lead in beginning the process of change for your community. It only takes a critical mass to make an extraordinary difference.

Do you have a desire to make a difference in the world through wellness? Do you possess the creativity to address multiple issues with limited resources? Can you make the commitment too serve a specific group or community? Serving the underserved requires an advocate for your interest group.

An underserved community is defined as areas of populations that have too few care providers, high poverty and a high older adult population which face cultural, economic or linguistic barriers to health care. However, in holistic health the underserved are not always those in poverty, the majority of the underserved in wellness is due to a lack of education in the laws of nature to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

First, decide who you want to help by choosing an interest group. This may be the youth, either boys or girls, women, men or the older population. Second, assess the skills you have o assist this group consistently. Third, do a field study to determine if there are others working in the community with your chosen group and what is being offered and can a collaboration be established to benefit the group more.

As you move with confidence in your divinity to provide a service to your community, use any or all of these 7 proven offerings that will ensure you reach those who are destined to receive the gifts of health and wellness.

1.       Create a day of service monthly or quarterly.
2.       Offer free education events.
3.       Mentor a leader of the interest group.
4.       Provide sample health products.
5.       Obtain a community grant or sponsorship to launch a seasonal wellness program.
6.       Join with an organization that has access to your interest group and serve diligently.
7.       Emphasize attainable lifestyle changes and prevention to you interest group.

All of these wellness endeavors can also be translated over to business models that prove successful in the initial launches within the community. For example, a monthly day of service can also include the sale of affordable wellness products. Offering free education classes can include low cost advanced classes on the subject of the initial free class. Mentoring a leader of the interest group can spawn into a community training program for others who wish to teach. Providing sample health products can be the beginning of nurturing interest in a community coop health foods market. The possibilities are numerous with the creativity and consistency to nurture growth of your vision.

K. Akua Gray
January 4, 2018
Central Region, Ghana


About the Author: Dr. Akua Gray, ND is the author of numerous books on wellness, naturopathy and vegan nutrition. Her latest series of education manuals include Naturopathic Reiki Volumes 1, 2 and 3 and Detox Therapy: Detoxing Should Feel Good Too are available through bojakazhealthnetwork.com or Amazon. She is currently the primary curriculum developer for A Life Of Peace Wellness Education Institute and teaches an annual series of Naturopathic courses online and in person. Visit www.alifeofpeace.org 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Guest Post [Why You Shouldn’t Wear A Bra… Science Says So by Dherbs.com]

Why do women wear bras? Some might argue that social norms or pressures demand that women wear bras to be perceived as presentable, dignified, and regular. All women know that they can wear what they want. In fact, some women feel empowered when they release the straps and hooks to free their breasts. There is even scientific evidence that says wearing a bra could actually decrease healthy breast development.

Some women think that the bra was an amazing invention, while others think it is a torture device thought up from the evils of an unspeakable place of hatred. A sports scientist named Jean-Denis Rouillon, who researches at the University of Franche-Comte, conducted a 15-year study on the effects of bras. The study consisted of 330 women, all aged 18-35.

The study revealed that wearing a bra from an early age did not prevent back pain, support the chest, or prevent the breasts from sagging. Women who voluntarily stopped wearing bras during the study actually had a 7-millimeter lift in their nipples compared to the bra users. Basically, breasts don’t benefit from being denied gravity.

Bras can actually decrease circulation to the breasts, which may reduce natural growth and breast tissue development. Young women who don’t wear bras can develop healthier breast tissue and tone. Both of these things help lift a developing breast. Women could possibly have a natural breast lift if they didn’t wear bras from such an early age.

Women should also avoid wearing bras when they go to sleep. The decreased circulation to the breasts can induce itching, irritation, and impaired sleep. Some women may even experience skin depigmentation or black spots.

Whether you wear a bra or not is entirely up to you. These are preliminary studies and more research needs to be done to have succinct, conclusive evidence about the advantages of not wearing a bra. So far, however, the results seem to be heading in a positive direction.

Sources:
http://healthylifetricks.org/5-reasons-stop-wearing-bra/
http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/no-bra-day-special-are-bras-bad-you/

2017-04-17T16:58:53+00:00
Dherbs.com

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

World Vegan Tour 2017 - Atlanta, GA is Hot for Vegans!

We are still on the World Vegan Tour 2017. When I travel my first choice in dining has to include the word vegan in the restaurant description. It is very hard to trust chefs that do not understand the requirements of preparing real plant-based meals. Vegetarian and veggie selections in a restaurant that serves animal flesh does not guarantee cross contamination or the use of products that don't look like meat such as butter, animal based oils and animals based seasonings. The selection of vegan restaurants across the USA and the world have increased 10 fold over the last five years.

This summer Dr. Chenu and I spent more than two full weeks in ATL and we were excited to get to some of the new vegan spots we had heard about. Just a decade ago you had only a few choices in vegan foods in in ATL, so when I visited, I found myself just going to the same places and having the same meals that were to my liking. However, on my recent visit, there were more than a dozen choices in VEGAN cuisine from VEGAN grab and go to upscale VEGAN dining with full course meals! I wanted to try them all but just got around to five of them that appealed to me the most.

Let's start with the grab and go first and then work our way up the scale. Sevananda Natural Foods Market held some very nice vegan surprises in their deli section. Sometimes a quick prepared meal is necessary on a busy work day. I enjoyed fresh broccoli salad, raw pizza, kale wraps, and a really delicious sweet potato pie. This is a fabulous improvement in their deli department I even took an egg-less salad to go with a slice of vegan chocolate cake. Oh My Goodness, I had to spell that out because the savory flavor were truly to be remembered!


The few days later we visited one of my favorite parts of town the West End for lunch at the Caribbean Vegan Restaurant Healthful Essence. I understand they have been around for a long time and offer both cooked vegan and raw vegan. Being a real Ghana woman now, I can always appreciate any restaurant that has fresh young sweet jelly coconuts! In addition there raw selection included several salads that were very nice and a raw brownie for dessert. Our take away for later included a curry chickpea, pumpkin, collard greens roti! Oh my Goodness, I had to spell it out because the chef knows her stuff with raw and cooked West Indian foods.


Moving on up the scale, the next day involved a Lyft ride up to Buckhead to a quaint and cute little restaurant call Cafe Sunflower. They had a nice international selection of vegan foods with best wait staff. They had salads, but no raw selections beyond that. So we decided on BuffaloLollipops that offered a nice sugar cane surprise at the end of the dish, we also had the Sesame Vegetable stir fry which was also flavorful and the avocado tacos.WARNING: If you have a sweet tooth, do not go to this restaurant. (smile) They bring out a dessert tray that is totally irresistible, every kind of cake and pie in a vegan's dream is on the plate. We enjoyed some and took some to go.



In my past visits to Atlanta, I ate at the next raw vegan restaurant so much that I could tell you everything on the menu, but I couldn't come to Atlanta without paying the wonderful brothers and sisters over at Lovin' It Live a visit and supporting this great vegan raw foods pioneer. The menu was the same and it was nice to reacquaint our taste buds to fresh, organic cuisine that has always been made to order with love. My favorites include the stuffed avocado, the raw tostados, and taco salad. Still the same friendly faces and the same great taste.

I love upscale vegan restaurants because I like quality service. Atlanta now has a jewel in upscale vegan to brag about. Herban Fix Vegan Kitchen has the right location, the right decor, the right wait staff and the right food. I must tell you we ate here at least 4 times to try the delicious varieties of Asian and fusion vegan raw and cooked cuisine. We also came to the lovely Sunday Brunch Buffet that had many different items than on the regular menu. The prices are also reasonable and in alignment with the service, quality and presentation of the food.

Also to prepare great vegan foods at home try Veggie Delights: Recipes for Holistic and Akwaaba: Dr. Akua's Ghana Vegan Cuisine recipe books. Order your copies at Bojakaz Health Network.

Akua Gray
August 14, 2017
Houston, TX

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Belize Buzz


Belize, Belize, Belize has been an international buzz for a few years. You've heard about it, cheap rent, cheap land, close to the U.S. and an English speaking country. It's all true. I visited Belize for a month this year and learned quite a bit about the country and Central America in general.

Belize in May was the first international trip for my granddaughter. We enjoyed first the natural beauty of the country with the fascinating natural habitat zoo, the pristine waterfalls in the Mayan mountains, and the lush river front swims and of course the big beautiful ocean that seems to follow us everywhere.

Belize is very family friendly, calm, and peaceful. It reminds me of village life in Ghana. The cycle of the days and nights leave you with a sense of timelessness. No rush, just enjoying the fruits of the earth, the natural essence of the sun, and the flow that comes with the simple things in life.

I think the best way to get to know a country on a first visit is to do some tourist things to get to know the history of a place and Belize has at the core of its history the Mayan culture legacy. The pyramids of Central America are still a site to see even in their simplicity compared to Ancient Kemet. The spiritual energy of what took place in these temples, villages, arenas and homes is still prevalent. For the spiritually conscious you will be surprised.

The people of Belize are very welcoming and eager to make sure things go well for you during your stay. We visited several areas including San Ignacio, Bullet Tree Falls, Belmapon, Belize City, and Hopkins Bay. It was very easy to get around, but the private shuttles were way over priced for the service. As far as the most economical transportation, use the local taxis and the long distance buses. Both are great for seeing the country sides. You might even see some familiar faces as there are quite a few ex-patriots who are now calling Belize home.

We also looked at the land possibilities and found that there is a big difference in the lands around the city areas and the rural lands. Most land in the cities are real US dollar city prices, so if you go to Belize looking for inexpensive real estate you will have to move further south to the rural areas where you can still get several acres for a real deal.

If I had to rate my visit to Belize I would give it a 8 on a scale of 10 of places to consider living outside of the USA. It's definitely for those who want quiet country living to relax, grow your own food and just enjoy the beauty of nature. The general population is poor and the country still needs quite a bit of development. Another good thing is that your dollar will go a little further in Belize too. The current exchange rate is 2 BZE:1USD which makes the living easy.

I look forward to going again to continue to explore and relax in a beautiful place just two and a half hours flight from my home town! Yep that's another plus, Belize is close to where you're from.


Akua Gray
August 8, 2017
Houston, TX

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Spiritual Healing: The Energy Medicine with the Side Effect of Perfect Health

Spiritual healing is achieved through the force of consciousness. Not the consciousness of the mind, but the consciousness of cellular energy. Energy medicine centers on the ability of the therapist to internalize and be a conduit for the natural flow of ki. To heal the spiritual body is the ultimate factor in perfect health because everything that has a physical presence has come from the spiritual realm. Energy healing comes with the benefit of complete positive effects. It is the breakthrough in healing that so many are trying to find which makes the work of the energy medicine healthcare providers a mission in world healing.

Spiritual healing gets to the core of all ailments, and once this concentrated vibration has access to the internal confines of the body it makes a distinct determination. Is healing the necessary component or is this the point of no return based on the person’s cellular construction that is determined by their physical, mental and emotional health. If there is an equilibrium between the mind (thought/consciousness), emotions (cellular stimulation) and the body (an optimum health lifestyle), then the consciousness that is present in every cell of the body will freely yield to divine energy to share in its perfected state.

Spiritual healing should be the first line of therapy whenever any physical, mental or emotional problem is identified. Because the body flows like a river and is constantly in motion it is the natural flow of energy that will assists with rebuilding the body. This makes the mechanics of therapies like Reiki and Pranic Healing ideal. When the client has been nurtured with meditation, visualization and is at rest, the neurotransmitters have a free-flowing channel to disseminate the current state of mind to every cell. If this state of mind is developed and becomes the norm for the client it will help to maintain the physical health of the body without fail. The physical body represents the health of the spirit.

Inner Causes of Disease
There is so much to deal with in life today, but is it any more than the ancestors had to deal with in the millions of generations past? That question is relative to the thinker and can be answered with both a yes and a no. However, the relativity of the question is irrelevant because those who are seeking to spiritually evolve are also practicing living in the moment. It is the mastering of this living in the moment that is a hindrance to a disease-free body.

The mind can create disease with negativity and self-defeating thoughts. When a person worries about being sick, which most sick people tend to do, it sends out overwhelming signals to the brain that restructures the cellular “thinking” through the energy patterns that are being received. Therefore, the body responds by reproducing the dominant energy vibration that maintains and expands the sickness. Unfortunately, the same works for a person who is trying to remain positive and hopeful in the face of disease, but the people around them are constantly sending out negative thoughts and worries. Their amalgamation of these energy waves can be powerful enough to program the cells for disease expansion. This is too often impulsive behavior, and unless all parties surrounding the diseased person are synchronized in their thoughts of healing, it will be like an energy seesaw in the healing process, up and down, not knowing which way the game will end. Negative thinking confuses the complete energy body.

The emotions can create disease by drowning the cells in the chemical reactions of the hormones. This overwhelming internal contamination causes every part of the body to be saturated with often negative emotion. When a person expresses anger, the liver is most affected by this response, however the heart, the lungs, the pancreas, the stomach, the bones, the joints and the delicate tissues of the brain also become angry. Having any emotion permeate the body for an extended period of time is unquestionably detrimental on a cellular level because cells are energy with matter built around them, they can configure wellness or disease. The body must repair itself after each excessive emotional episode.

The body is the place that divine energy has come to for a material experience in the world.  Unhealthy physical conditions of the body will only become evident when the energy is messed up, the mind is perverted with negativity and the emotions are toxic.

Eliminating the Cause
Naturopathic Reiki has become a preferred therapy in the world of energy medicine to assist those who are ready to make the necessary changes for optimal health. The protocol of every good Reiki healthcare plan is spiritual health evaluation, aura assessment, chakra assessment, breath therapy, meridian therapy, and the application of Reiki therapy techniques relevant to the specified imbalance. The benefits of Reiki are so numerous that it should be one of the first therapies for any ailment. Reiki is a subtle vibration healing therapy that gently promotes balance in body, mind, and spirit.  Reiki restores synergy and relieves stress of every type. Most people at some point in their day to day busyness need the beauty of silence; a Reiki session will calm the mind, expand inner awareness, enhance transformation, and promote positive growth. It harmonizes and optimizes the body/mind processes by unlocking creativity, accelerating spiritual growth, and it encourages positive change in life. The results of therapy can be instantaneous or could require multiple sessions depending on the state of disease progression, which range from mild to fatal.

It is important to realize that disease often takes time to manifest because spirit is constantly “fighting” to maintain balance. Therefore, disease also takes time to be corrected which requires consistency and patience. Over time Reiki can enhance stamina, intuition, meditation, and spiritual evolution. This is not a guarantee that someone will be relieved of any ailment with a single or multiple Reiki sessions, it does however help all medical treatment. 

We are holding free Naturopathic Reiki Community classes all year long in 2017. 
To learn this wellness therapy in a hands on training with Dr. Akua Gray visit www.a-life-of-peace.org/reiki-certification to register for this complimentary community class. (2017 cities include Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Savannah, DC, Chicago, Detroit and NYC)



Dr. Akua Gray
March 19, 2017
Houston, TX