About Gillian O'Shea

Mission: to live my authentic truth with abundance - to love unconditionally- to share with like minded individuals -have fun and laugh, a lot. My interests are healing, cooking, marketing, creativity, sustainability, organic farming, teaching, travel, indigenous gardening, and playing with energy.

Be more like a tree

I wish I knew this when I was younger. Boy, things would have been easier!

How do you feel when your friends or family use you as a sounding board and barely take a breath to stop and ask you how you are doing?

Or when ‘friends’ freeload at your home by the sea under the guise of wanting to spend time with you lol.

Or those clients that drain you for free council and advise in social settings instead of honoring your worth and booking a consult.

Or the parent that seems to criticise every choice you make, veiled in the coat of love.

Or that friend you do so much for who just never appreciates you.

Or when your youngster comes home crying because school friends behave horridly towards them.

We all have many different scenario’s that make us feel less than or that rob us of joy.

But it does not have to be that way.

We have the power to choose how we behave and feel about any given situation. No matter how another behaves, or treats you, or appreciates you, or not…YOU have the choice to allow their behaviour to affect you and define you.

If you know who you are, know your worth, and your self worth is not defined by the appreciation, acceptance or validation from another, then you will not get angry, disappointed, heartbroken by their choices and behaviour. You will not allow external factors to dictate your happiness and worth. You will not get sick from pent up hurt, frustration and anger.

I have found it to be so. The more I make it an intent to have no vested interest in a specific outcome, no expectation on another, I can just allow them to be them and the situation to be what it is, without it affecting me. And I can be me.

And the more you are grounded in who you are, the healthier your personal boundaries will be.

More tree quotes

You don’t have to give every time. It’s okay for you to take some time for yourself, as well. In fact, if you want to have enough to give to others, you will need to take care of yourself first. A tree that refuses water and sunlight for itself can’t bear fruit for others. – Emily Maroutian

“A tree has roots in the soil yet reaches to the sky. It tells us that in order to aspire we need to be grounded and that no matter how high we go it is from our roots that we draw sustenance.” – Wangari Maathai

“Storms make trees take deeper roots.” – Dolly Parton

“Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.” – Bruce Lee.

“Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.” – Rumi

And lastly this beautiful bit of advice from a tree…

Dear Friend,
Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of a greater source
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The Energy and Birth of Spring
The Growth and Contentment of Summer
The Wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall
The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter
Feel the wind and the sun
And delight in their presence
Look up at the moon that shines down upon you
And the mystery of the stars at night.
Seek nourishment from the good things in life
Simple pleasures
Earth, fresh air, light
Be content with your natural beauty
Drink plenty of water
Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes
Be flexible
Remember your roots
Enjoy the view!

by Ilan Shamir.

Need some help in creating the happy, healthy life you desire?
I’ll show you the steps I took to creating the life I desired – where
I am happy everyday, I have wonderful clients who appreciate
me, loving relationships, abundant energy and health. I only do
what feels good and life always goes my way.

Trending – Complementary health therapies

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Trend watchers all over the world have predicted for many years now that more and more people are looking to complementary and integrative health modalities for their health. This will be even more so in 2022.


People are becoming more conscious of the reality that we are vibrational, frequency, energy beings.
Complementary health therapies address the mental, physical, spiritual and emotional energy imbalance within us when we experience dis-ease symptoms.

Specialised Kinesiology
Specialised Kinesiology is a complementary health therapy based on eastern and western teachings, which essentially makes use of muscle testing to assist a person in getting to the bottom of their energy imbalances, in order to get back to homeostasis and optimal health.
Kinesiologists use muscle feedback as a stress monitor to identify imbalances in their client’s structural, chemical, mental and emotional energy systems. By correcting these imbalances the kinesiologist is able to re-activate the body’s built-in healing ability as well as identify external factors affecting the client’s well-being.


Kinesiology does NOT diagnose, prescribe or treat in any way, medical conditions or named diseases; nor does it attempt to keep people away from doctors, drugs, surgery, or the skills of any heal professional when they need them. Kinesiologists do not treat diseases or ‘conditions’. The best form of treatment for a client is integrating complementary treatment with their traditional, medical treatment programme.
Kinesiologists believe that when you are experiencing discomfort, it’s merely your body trying to ‘talk to you’. Instead of suppressing symptoms (messages), an alternative approach is to try kinesiology to establish what the cause of the issue is.
Specialised Kinesiology has shown to be really beneficial for:
• Headaches
• Emotional problems
• Depression
• Stress
• Learning difficulties, ADD, ADHD
• Pain – Neck pain, back pain, muscle pain, joint pain
• Insomnia
• Low blood sugar
• Sinusitis
• Food allergies and sensitivities
• Recurrent infections
• Fatigue, chronic tiredness, lacking energy
• Relationship difficulties
• Low self esteem
• Phobias
• Addictions
• Skin problems
• Digestive disorders, chronic constipation, stomach pain, colitis
• Menstrual problems

Tap in to tune in to what’s causing stress and imbalance in your life. Your body is the messenger and holds the answers.

Gillian O’Shea | Specialised Kinesiologist in the Western Cape | http://www.gillianoshea.com
For more information on Specialised Kinesiology
https://gillianoshea.com/2010/01/07/125/
For a directory of kinesiologists in South Africa
www.kinesiologysouthafrica.co.za

Turn your dreams into reality! World Dream Day 25 September

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Spring is the perfect time to activate those seeds of ideas, dreams and goals within you. The world needs dreamers and doers. Held within each dream is hope for the future. Held within each dreamer is wealth of potential.


Saturday 25 September is World Dream Day. It is also Heritage weekend. And, what better time than Spring, to unleash our human potential and by doing so, to transform the world.


Identify and declare a dream that will make a real difference in your life, family, business, community or the world. Join us for a fun day where we will creatively turn these dreams into action!
We will guide you to creatively turn those seeds of dreams into reality through a fun creative workshop. You will get to enjoy a traditional South African lunch while taking in the breath-taking views of Knysna, from Sirius Lodge at Simola.


Lots of other surprise activities and prizes lined up for this Dream Day. So, put on your best Spring outfit, bring Your Big Dream and join us! Let’s transform the World One Dream at a time!

Times: 12pm to 4pm

Cost: R240

Where: Sirius Lodge, Simola

To book: Aysha 083 277 5649 or gillian@gatewaytowellness.live

*This is a fundraising event in support of Changes of Knysna, an NPO making a difference in the Knysna Community.

Guard your thoughts…

Guard your thoughts because everything you do flows from them.

Our emotions are created from our neurotransmitters which are mainly in our gut. Therefore, what you eat, the state of your gut health will have an impact on your emotions, which create thoughts. The everyday stressors you perceive in your life also will affect your emotions and thoughts. So, will your core beliefs.

And so, your thoughts and emotions are not always originating from your true higher self. You are always connected to source (God, Gaia, Muhammed, whatever name you choose). Even when you forget this.

Practices of stillness, meditation, conscious focussed breathing, gratitude/appreciation exercises like daily journaling of all your blessings, prayer, walks in the forest or on the beach (nature) will be opportunities for you to connect to Source. From this place you can trust the feelings and thoughts that come.

Use your emotions to feel your way back to Wellbeing.

Esther Hicks.

We are all vibrational, energy beings. Whatever you give your attention to causes a vibration. Then by law of attraction that will come to you.

This may seem like a strange concept to you, but I know this to be true. You get what you think about whether you like or not. When you are worrying you are planning when you are dreaming you are planning. Try it.

May you be Happy, may you be Healthy, may you be Well

Fungus, mold and yeast -effects on your health

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If you have been following me for a while you will notice that it is my belief that all imbalance and disease is caused by 3 things namely stress, pathogens, and toxins. That is why I address all three in my Radical Transformation in 90 days Programme.

If you live in the Garden Route (or anywhere near water or high rain fall and humidity areas) you may be more susceptible to fungal and mold exposure.

Mold and fungus are two types of organisms that belong to the kingdom Fungi. The main difference between mold and fungus is that mold is a multicellular, filamentous fungi whereas fungus is a unicellular or multicellular organism with a chitin cell wall. Fungi include molds, mushrooms, and yeast.

Here is more information on the effects of on your body. So many of these symptoms get misdiagnosed.

They give off Mycotoxins, poisonous chemicals that help defend its territory from other microbes. Mycotoxins can be very harmful to you — even in low concentrations.

Mycotoxins are more harmful than pesticides.

Some scientists believe.

Some common mycotoxins and ways they may impact your health include:

Aflatoxins: These are produced by Aspergillus flavus and some penicillium species, among others. Aflatoxins are linked with an increased risk of liver cancer.

Ochratoxin A: These mycotoxins can suppress your immune system. They can also damage your nerves and impair brain function. Some of this could be due to the oxidative stress — also known as free radical damage — that it triggers.

Trichothecenes: These are produced by black mold (stachybotrys), as well as some other molds. They can interfere with your cells’ ability to make proteins your body needs. They can also impair your immunity, trigger oxidative stress, and damage nerves.

Mycotoxins can also harm your mitochondria, kidneys, and lungs.

Some factors that may affect your susceptibility include your toxin load in general, your health status, and length of exposure. Genetics can also make a difference.

Signs of toxicity

There’s no “clear-cut” list of signs and symptoms that specifically point to mold illness. You may not even recall or be aware you’ve been exposed to mold. But one possible clue is a sudden, unexplainable downturn in your health.

This can lead to a series of doctor visits. You may be given a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia, or irritable bowel syndrome. But this is overlooking the root cause.

For example, in a study of people with CFS, about 90% had spent significant time in a water-damaged building. And, 93% of the people had at least one type of mycotoxin in their urine. In contrast, healthy people had no detectable urine mycotoxins.

The researchers theorized that mitochondrial damage from mold toxicity was causing fatigue in the CFS group. Aflatoxins, ochratoxin A, and trichothecenes all can cause mitochondrial damage. That can lead to reduced energy production.

Mold can also trigger inflammation. One study found that people working in damp buildings produced anywhere from 2 to 1,000 times more inflammatory messengers.

Brain scans of people with mold illness suggest inflammation can lead to structural brain changes and nervous system dysfunction. That may contribute to hypersensitivity to foods, chemicals, and other items that didn’t previously bother you. This is part of chronic inflammatory response syndrome, described next.

Chronic inflammatory response syndrome

An ongoing inflammatory response to mold or other biotoxins can lead to chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS). It’s also referred to as biotoxin illness. In this condition, inflammation affects multiple systems of your body.

Chronic exposure to a water-damaged building is the most common trigger of CIRS. Chronic Lyme disease is another cause. Some people have both. That’s a double whammy to your system.

The following signs and symptoms are often found in CIRS due to mold-induced toxicity:

Brain function: Brain fog, memory loss, trouble finding words, difficulty concentrating, problems taking in new information

Digestive system: Metallic taste in mouth, nausea, vomiting, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, leaky gut, food sensitivities

Eyes: Blurred vision, eye irritation, itchy eyes, sensitivity to bright light

Energy: Excessive fatigue, thyroid dysfunction

Immune system: Poor immunity, autoimmune conditions, over-reactivity to foods and chemicals, flu-like symptoms

Mental state: Anxiety, depression, irritability, mood swings

Muscles and skeleton: Muscle pain, joint pain, morning stiffness

Nervous system: Headaches, “ice-pick-like” pain, static shocks, dizziness, poor balance and coordination, seizure-like events, tremors, numbness, tingling, skin sensitivity to light touch, temperature regulation problems

Respiratory system: Cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, chronic sinus congestion, new-onset or worsening asthma, shortness of breath, chest tightness

Scent sensitivity: Unpleasant symptoms upon exposure to fragrances, chemicals, and other odors (multiple chemical sensitivity)

Skin: Rashes, dryness, irritation

Sleep: Insomnia, frequent waking during sleep, night sweats

Urinary system: Increased urination, urgency, incontinence

Weight: Appetite swings, weight gain or weight-loss resistance

Many of these symptoms could also be due to reasons other than mold toxicity and CIRS. That’s why mold illness is often overlooked or misdiagnosed. The specific effects depend on your body’s unique vulnerabilities.

Signs and symptoms of mold illness include the following areas:

History of mold exposure: Do you recall spending significant time in a water-damaged building (regardless if you had symptoms at the time)? Or, did symptoms start when you moved into a different home/apartment or workplace?

Continual infections: Do you have recurrent infections, such as sinusitis or tonsillitis? Or, do you seem to have a weak immune system? These can be early signs of mold illness.

Sick-building syndrome: Do you feel worse when you enter certain buildings, such as your home, office, or school? Do you feel better when you spend a few days away from these buildings?

Chemical sensitivity: Do you have symptoms — such as nausea, headache, or cough — when exposed to various chemicals? Examples include perfumes, detergents, cleaning products, tobacco smoke, printer ink, paints, varnishes, hair products, street dust, and exhaust fumes.

Odor sensitivity: Have you developed a hypersensitivity to smells, particularly mold? For example, you may smell mold on other people’s clothes or develop a keen ability to smell mold in buildings.

More serious symptoms which some studies are showing are linked to toxicity include cancer, seizures, strokes, liver and kidney disease.

I suggest also checking and cleaning your washing machine inside, check showers and remember mold grows within 24 hours in your fridge. As a rule I don’t eat left overs which have been standing in the fridge.

Candidiasis

Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by a yeast (a type of fungus) called Candida. Some species of Candida can cause infection in people; the most common is Candida albicans. Candida normally lives on the skin and inside the body, in places such as the mouth, throat, gut, and vagina, without causing any problems. Candida can cause infections if it grows out of control or if it enters deep into the body (for example, the eyes, bones, bloodstream or internal organs like the kidney, heart, or brain.) Candidemia, a bloodstream infection with Candida, is a common infection in hospitalized patients.

Symptoms include:

Oral thrush

Fatigue

Deficiencies of vitamin B6, essential fatty acids and magnesium

Recurring urinary or genital infections

Digestive issues

Sinus infections

Skin and nail infections

Joint, pelvic or lower back pain

Fever, chills, headache

If you have any of these symptoms, I strongly suggest doing a complete pathogen cleanse before resorting to long term chronic disease management with medications. I am not a medical practitioner and as such this is just my personal advice based on what I have experienced over the 17 years practicing as an energy medicine practitioner. Please consult your doctor if you are considering a pathogen cleanse and you have any concerns.

To read more click here https://microbeformulas.com/blogs/microbe-formulas/could-you-have-mold-toxicity-symptoms-diagnosis-and-solutions

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/candida-symptoms-treatment#TOC_TITLE_HDR_9

*Case study fungal infection relation to stroke symptoms (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32265138/)

Ischemic stroke secondary to CNS fungal infections should be considered in patients with recurrent or progressive cryptogenic stroke, regardless of immune status and cerebrospinal fluid profile. CNS yeast and mold infections have slightly different stroke and laboratory characteristics and should have a distinct diagnostic method. Depending on clinical suspicion, a thorough diagnostic approach including spinal fluid analysis and biopsy should be considered.

*Case study Candida may affect brain https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324106#How-C.-albicans-affects-the-brain,-memory

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Kombucha

Scoby (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast)

Pics of one of my workshops and the yummy Kombucha on tap I used to sell back in the day when I had my organic deli.

How to make

Instructions for making 3 litres:

1.Boil filtered water. Add to a cup of sugar and 4 teabags in a 3 litre glass jar.

2.Mix until sugar is dissolved and let steep.

3.Once cooled, remove teabags and add scoby.

4.If making from scratch add a tablespoon of vinegar. Otherwise add a cup of previous kombucha to new batch.

Seal with a paper towel/cloth and elastic. Your kombucha needs 10-14 days to ferment completely.

Only use plastic or glass utensils which have been washed in vinegar. Wash hands with vinegar too if handling scoby, never soap. Don’t use aluminum and steel items.

Once your kombucha is ready, remove the scoby to make a new batch, repeat above instructions to make a new batch.

Give it some fizz!

Use your fermented Kombucha to make a lovely fizzy carbonated drink. You can add flavours like ginger, cinnamon, coconut, lemons, fruit, herbs to your kombucha for taste but only if its organic otherwise it will kill the healthy bacteria.

Place in sealed jar for up to 3 days. This will create much more fermentation and carbonation so be careful when opening the lid.

Kombucha is a living product and will continue to ferment. If left to ferment it makes a lovely vinegar for dressings. If left to ferment over a longer period it becomes a lovely astringent cleaning product, so you never waste any.

Keep in fridge to slow down fermentation process. Never keep your scoby’s in the fridge.

History

Kombucha originated in Northeast China (historically referred to as Manchuria) around 220 B.C. and was initially prized for its healing properties. Its name is reportedly derived from Dr. Kombu, a Korean physician who brought the fermented tea to Japan as a curative for Emperor Inkyo.

In 1857 the French chemist Louis Pasteur first described the lactic acid as the product of a microbial fermentation. During this time, he worked at the university of Lille, where a local distillery asked him for advice concerning some fermentation problems.

Per chance and with the badly equipped laboratory he had at that time, he could discover that in this distillery, two fermentations were taking place, a lactic acid one and an alcoholic one, both induced by some microorganisms.

He was for example the first to describe fermentation as a “form of life without air.

According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Kombucha has effective anti-microbial properties against several harmful micro-organisms including salmonella, staphylococcus, H. pylori, E. coli etc. Kombucha tea has a nice refreshing taste similar to apple cider and has been praised for supporting natural balance and vitality of the body for centuries.

Benefits

Lactic acid, another key element found in Kombucha, acts as a probiotic, helping to maintain healthy microflora that is essential for a strong immune system. It is recommended after the use of antibiotics.

It is believed to help fight off harmful bacteria and pathogens by regulating the level of acidity in the digestive tract. Kombucha tea also contains live enzymes and is rich in antioxidants. Over the centuries Kombucha has been used as a folk remedy to increase vitality, improve digestion, relieve constipation, detoxify the liver, lose weight, reverse the aging process, thin the blood, control appetite, prevent and treat cancer, arthritis, asthma, acne, high blood pressure, bronchitis, candida, high cholesterol, chronic fatigue, depression, colds and flu, diarrhea, gout, kidney problems (including stones), psoriasis, rheumatism, menopause, hair loss, graying, and so much more!

You can buy Kombucha from Natural Healing in Knysna and many other outlets. You can drink from 150ml to 250ml a day to feel the benefits.

Kombucha is not a replacement for medication. Please consult your professional health care provider before using Kombucha.

Some additional information

Benefits of fermented foods

There are countless health benefits to probiotics, (pro- “for” + biotics “life”).  These remarkable microorganisms, which outnumber our bodily cells 10 to 1 contribute over 95% of our body’s total genetic information.

They are also:

•          are rich in enzymes

•          break down highly toxic chemicals which your body is either incapable, or only partially capable, of defending itself from

•          creates a protective lining in the intestines and shields against pathogenic factors like salmonella and E. coli

•          lead to an increase in antibodies and a stronger immune system

•          regulate appetite and reduce sugar cravings

•          improve digestion

•          restore the proper balance of bacteria in the gut

•          increase vitamin content

•          assist in the absorption nutrients

However, what many people do not realize is that it is not appropriate to consume fermented foods while there is a gut infestation of molds, parasites, bacteria and viruses as you create havoc. (symptoms like boating, nausea, diarrhea etc) as it could make symptoms worse.

I recommend you first do a pathogen cleanse, maybe even a heavy metal detox and live flush and then make these powerful probiotics part of your lifestyle.

Happy Brewing!

Together, we will change the world

2021 brings us essential energy to help us build an equitable, sustainable, and peaceful world. We can’t just imagine and wish for a better world. We must do the inner and outer work of dismantling old structures, destroying outdated beliefs, and demolish the institutions and systems that no longer reflect our evolved understanding of the inherent value and beauty of all life on the planet.
We are learning to clear the inner effects of our conditioning that have clouded our vision. We are releasing old beliefs and seeing the truth behind the stories and myths we have embraced our entire lives, as a part of our old identities and as aspects of our cultural mythology. We are remembering our personal value, and this memory of the preciousness of who we truly are is helping us see the value in all people and, as such, the importance of all life.
We are consciously and deliberately crafting a new personal and collective narrative. This new narrative inspires us and calls us forth from the void we’ve been drifting in. We cannot afford to descend into the luxury of victimhood, blame, old patterns, or responses. This is powerful, transformative energy inviting us to find gratitude in the moment, to receive the lessons we’ve been given with grace, and to keep move forward
We were born for this work.
We were born for this time.
We are transforming our economy and reconciling our relationship with power and money. With a brand-new metric of value, we no longer measure value on the material plane, but instead, the currency of our new economy is discovering how we can amplify our well-being and use it to increase the quality of life and well-being for others.
We can no longer afford to see ourselves as separate from others. We are building a global and eco-centric economy. To take the first vital steps laying the foundation of a more equitable and sustainable world, we have to humbly admit that we are intricately and inextricably entangled with each other.
This year we begin to build a world filled with collaborative and co-creative possibility. Everything begins with self-responsibility. From a place of wholeness, we can enter into agreements without hidden agendas or the need to prove our value.
We must approach this year with the question: How can I best serve the world?
Once we reclaim our value and gifts that only we can give the world, we can see our irreplaceable role in the cosmic plan, and we can then commit to serving the world at our highest level because this place of service is also the place where we experience the deepest joy. This is the natural response to doing the inner work.
We are playing a long game. We must be patient and continue to keep the long-term vision in mind. We must remember to place our hands on each other’s backs and ride the wave forward together. We will all win when we ALL win.
It will take tremendous courage this year to look at the dismantling and trust that, once we take things apart, there will be something better to build in its place. We must be willing to collaborate, explore, and experiment. We will be taking giant leaps of faith.
Our blessings this year will be amplified when we are willing to transform our old stories into a narrative that is truly worthy of who we are. We must trust our own intuitive awareness and be willing to do what feels right even if our logical, conditioned minds are fighting against what we once knew as “correct and aligned.”
Faith stabilizes everything. Faith gives us the power to face potential emotional volatility and to trust that we can slice through the intensity bringing harmony to situations that feel unstable while we keep the “big picture” in mind. We must endure, even if we are in unfamiliar territory, questioning our definition of momentum and progress. Always trust that there is a bigger story unfolding.
We are on the cusp of a Creative Revolution that will, in time, be compared to the Scientific Revolution. We are on the edge of building the world we’ve been dreaming of since we were children. Innocence and joy are our key elements of creative power. It is from the playfulness of possibility thinking that the leading edge of a revolution and our evolution in consciousness will be advanced forward. We must act from the place of playfulness, believing—knowing—that evolution in consciousness will advance all of humanity forward.


2021 is the year we must do the inner work of clearing our old karma in order to be better able to translate Truth into action on the planet. Together, we will change the world, one shift in consciousness at a time. Once we make these vital shifts, the next right action steps will be revealed.
As always, take care of yourselves. Be generous to yourself and fill your own cup so that you have more to share. Trust in abundance and “enough-ness” and keep doing the right thing, even if you’re—especially if you’re—quaking in your boots.
From my Heart to Yours,
Karen Curry Parker
https://understandinghumandesign.com/

*Exerts from Karen Curry Parkers ‘Your End-of-Year Planetary Transit Guide’. I found her message to be profound and I am sharing it in the hopes it can move others so that we can gain momentum in order to collectively translate this truth into action in our world.