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Become a Certified Holy Fire II Reiki Practitioner or Master

Posted on 21 December 2017 by Douglas Merrow

Learning Reiki is very easy and can be used for either personal or professional reasons. Holy Fire is a higher vibrational form of Reiki that offers empowerment, guidance, purification and healing. Patty Oliver, owner of Body-Mind-Spirit Healing Arts, is a Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki Master who has been giving Reiki sessions for eight years. She is now offering two classes at her Portland office, located at 4313 NE Tillamook.
Holy Fire II Reiki Level 1 & 2 will be held on January 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In this two-day certification class, participants will learn the history of Reiki, standard hand positions, Japanese healing techniques and three beginning symbols. There will be plenty of time for questions plus hands-on practice. Cost is $375 and no experience is required.
Holy Fire II Reiki Advanced/Master class will be held Monday through Wednesday, January 22 through 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Cost is $925 for this three-day certification class where attendees will learn two master symbols, several healing experiences and Crystal Grids. Participants will also learn how to teach and give Placements and Ignitions for all levels. Attendees must be a Level 2 Reiki practitioner for at least six months.

To register for classes, contact Patty Oliver at 503-369-7810, or visit

 Patty Oliver conducts Reiki, Reiki Classes and Akashic Record Reading & Clearings in Portland and Scappoose, as well as Readings worldwide by phone or Skype.

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The Future of Health Screening is Bright for Patients

Posted on 01 December 2017 by Douglas Merrow

It takes years for most cancers to develop to the stage that they can be detected with mammogram or ultrasound (dense enough for location and biopsy) so digital infrared thermal imaging (DITI or “thermography”) is ideally placed as a screening tool to identify changes over time in the early development stages, before there is more advanced pathology that can be detected with other tests.
So one has to wonder why mainstream medicine shuns thermography, especially since DITI locates inflammation and measures its temperature changes with an accuracy of 1/100th of a degree! Professionals agree that persistent inflammation precedes the onset of disease, yet our healthcare system does little screening for inflammation, preferring instead to heavily screen for specific diseases.
With thermography, one can locate and manage inflammation with diet and lifestyle changes. It provides truly early detection, before onset of disease. Inflammation detection with thermal imaging is 100 percent safe and non-invasive with no pain or contact of any kind.
At Radiant Body Thermography, a certified thermographer, following protocols, takes images with an FDA-registered Meditherm IRIS 2000 infrared camera, then submits images, along with the patient’s health history, to Meditherm. Within 48 hours, the patient will receive a report with images and findings, prepared by a medical doctor, whose name appears on the report. No referral is required.


Radiant Body Thermography, 1314 NW Irving St., Portland, 503-775-1812.

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ZenShi Wellness Holistic Healing Package for the Holidays

Posted on 01 December 2017 by Douglas Merrow

ZenShi Wellness announces a special healing package for energy balance and renewal to provide calm and strength through hectic holiday time and to bring clarity for the new year.
“Many of us are working so hard at our lives and not getting what we know deep down is possible. Additionally, holidays often magnify the tough areas of life and create stress. This is a great time to release what doesn’t serve and get conscious about what we want. Plus, it’s tremendously relaxing,” says Master Practitioner and owner of ZenShi Wellness, Heather Schmidt.
She adds, “By eliminating the interference of old patterns and blocks, the body can actually do its natural job of relaxing, healing and creating. This is where life and the body thrive.”
ZenShi’s holiday package provides two healing sessions using Reiki, Chakra balancing, EFT/Tapping and guided visualization. The offer is good through December 31 at a special rate of $150 for two one-hour sessions (normally $180).
An Usui Reiki Master, certified holistic EFT practitioner and Natural Awakenings’ “Holistic Practitioner of the Year,” Schmidt offers holistic energy healing and coaching in single and ongoing sessions. “When energy is flowing, not only the bio-energy field but also the subconscious, we are capable of harnessing our full healing potential enabling us to access our brilliant and limitless creativity, imagination and soul purpose,” states Schmidt.

To schedule an Energy Balance & Renewal holiday package or order a customized gift certificate, contact ZenShi Wellness at 503-826-4124 or visit

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A Longest Night Gathering

Posted on 01 December 2017 by Douglas Merrow

Intended to make space for those for whom the winter holiday season is not all sweetness, joy and light, A Longest Night gathering will be held on Thursday, December 21 at 7 p.m., at Saint David of Wales Episcopal Church, in southeast Portland. After the service, Threshold Choir will be offering personalized singing to people who would like that.
Threshold Choir is comprised of women who sing for people crossing life’s thresholds: birth, death, sickness, struggle, change and celebration. They choose songs to respond to the musical tastes, spiritual traditions and needs of those they serve. Their songs carry messages of love, strength, comfort, healing, peace and joy.

Event location: St. David of Wales Church, 2800 SE Harrison St., Portland. For more information, call 971-217-6071 or email

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Locally Sourced and Produced Raw Diet for Dogs

Posted on 01 May 2017 by Douglas Merrow

We all know that eating wholesome food is healthy for humans—but what about other animals?
To answer this question, renowned food blogger Rodney Habib visited Finnish scientists who were conducting a study on more than 8,000 dogs to determine the effects of a raw diet. The scientists discovered that both methionine and homocysteine (acids found in dog kibble) are linked to cancer in dogs. During the study, they found that when a dog was kibble-fed but switched to an all-raw diet, the levels of both dangerous acids were lowered. Additionally, the researchers saw health improvements when as little as 20 percent of a raw fresh diet was added to a regular diet.
Nutritional specialist Dr. Cheryl Morris formulated the unique balanced Meat & Bones raw blend that any dog will love eating and dog owners will love feeding, with confidence. Meat & Bones suggests trying their four-pound package first, if in doubt. Meat & Bones never uses synthetics in their food and they share all ingredients with consumers. Everything is locally sourced and produced in Portland.

For more information, visit

To learn more, follow Rodney Habib on facebook at to watch a video with Dr. Moore and Dr. Anna Hielm Borkman, from Finland, who conducted the research.

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Wellspring Offers Women’s Wellness Series

Posted on 01 May 2017 by Douglas Merrow

The Wellspring School for Healing Arts, in northeast Portland, is offering a Women’s Wellness series for individuals and health care practitioners looking to further their understanding of women’s health.
Series topics include: Healthy Menstruation on May 2 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.; Irregular, Painful Cycles & PMS on May 24 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.; Fibroids, Endo & PCOS on May 30 from 6 to 8 p.m.; and Navigating Peri/Menopause on June 20 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cost for each class is $45; discounts are available (see website).
The classes in the series can be taken individually. However, it is highly recommended taking the Healthy Menstruation class first, as this lays the foundation for the other classes in the series.

For more information, call 503-688-1482 or visit to register.

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Celestial Seeds Offers New Copper Product

Posted on 01 May 2017 by Douglas Merrow


The folks at CBD LOVE are at it again with a new product, Copper LOVE. Many people may not be aware of the benefits of colloids, or may have only heard about Colloidal Silver, which has been widely available. According to Celestial Seeds cofounder Thom, while colloidal silver has antibiotic and antiseptic properties, colloidal copper has many beneficial functions most people have never explored.
Dr. Werner Hangarter, a German physian, first noticed in 1939 that copper miners wouldn’t get arthritis until they retired. Working at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center in 1973, Dr. L.M. Klevay reported he had found a relationship between copper and cholesterol and also theorized that copper deficiency was a contributing factor in coronary heart disease. Famed psychic Edgar Cayce said that copper balances the emotions and aligns the mental state with a spiritual nature. More information is available at

Copper LOVE, Coloidal LOVE, and CBD LOVE are available at Receive a 10 percent discount when you include the code in this month’s ad in Natural Awakenings.

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Finding Inner Peace: Babaji Brings Meditation and Discourse to Portland

Posted on 24 April 2017 by Douglas Merrow

Baba Shiva Rudra Balayogi, who is recognized as one of the great self realized yogis of our era, will be visiting the Portland area April 28 through May 7 to conduct a series of free meditation classes and answer questions on meditation, self-realization and finding inner peace.
It is a special event and rare opportunity to learn from an accomplished Yogi. Portland will host evening programs with Babaji from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on April 28 at New Renaissance Bookshop and 7 to 9:30 p.m. on April 29 at Yoga Shala Wellness. From 7 to 9:30 p.m. on April 30, he will appear at Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon, Washington.
For those who would like to expand their meditation practice and deepen their experience, a three-day meditation intensive will be offered May 5 through 7 through the Columbia Gorge Meditation Retreat, in Stevenson, Washington. Participants can attend all or any portion of the intensive. Programs are suitable for beginner to advanced meditators.
The core of Baba’s teaching is, “People are suffering because they have forgotten the liberating truth of who they are. Among the thousands of thoughts that appear in our busy mind each day, there is one thing that is not a thought—our consciousness of existing. The silent witness to the mind is the true self. Without direct experience of this higher reality, it is not possible to stop suffering. By silencing the mind with meditation, we come face-to-face with the truth of existence, a state of consciousness in which supreme peace is the reality.”


Cost: Free; donations appreciated. Locations: New Renaissance Bookshop, 1338 NW 23rd Ave., Portland; Yoga Shala Wellness, 3808 N. Williams Ave., Portland; Yoga Samadhi, 177 W. Jewett Blvd., White Salmon. For information or to register for meditation intensive, call 503-297-3928, email or visit See ad, page xx

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Reset, Rejuvenate, Revive

Posted on 05 February 2017 by Douglas Merrow

Spring is the beginning of the fiscal year for nature and for our body. If we move in concert with nature, then our body will be ready to bloom in spring and let go of the toxins that could affect our emotions, mental clarity and immune system.

The Art of Digestion will be conducting a Spring Cleanse and Rejuvenation Series in March at New Renaissance Bookshop, in northwest Portland. This 12-day cleanse is about eating, moving and adjusting one’s life to give our body the support it needs during this critical seasonal juncture. Time tested protocols and recipes from the ancient system of Ayurveda will be used to support balance and health in the body. Daily cleansing and detoxification protocols, focused breath work, yoga for detoxification, plus group and individual support are included.

Cost for all three classes plus handouts is $180, and pre-registration is required. The Spring Cleanse and Rejuvenation Series will take place March 14, 21 and 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Location: New Renaissance Bookshop Events Center, 1338 NW 23rd Avenue, Portland. For more information, contact or visit

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Create Plenty: Stories to Change the Future

Posted on 04 February 2017 by Douglas Merrow

The future might not be a disaster—if we start telling the right stories about it . . . right now! That’s the premise of a short-story competition sponsored by Create Plenty, a Portland-area organization that trains young people in climate literacy and leadership.

Understanding the power of the story to make sense of what’s happening around us, Create Plenty came up with a powerful proposition: “The future might not be a disaster if we have the right stories to direct us. Your short story about a household living in a positive and possible future has a chance at cash prizes, publication, and influence over what the future may bring.”

Winners in both the Youth and Adult categories will win $250, four runners up will be awarded $50 each, and 20 authors will have their stories published. Submission deadline is February 28. For more information including guidelines, suggestions and information about how to submit stories, visit

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