With all the news happening currently around COVID-19 Coronavirus I thought it was time to reach out to you all with some positive inspiration on how to boost your Immune system naturally! These are unprecedented times. COVID-19 is all many people can think about right now, and with good reason. It's important that we continue to stay as informed as possible without getting sucked down the "rabbit hole," so to speak.
Just remember, FEAR can weaken the immune system in a big way. Please DO NOT panic. It is a proven fact that higher levels of stress invite disease, so remain calm and carry on (with a few simple adjustments for now). Fear stimulates your adrenals and therefore Cortisol, which can actually weaken your Immune system's defences. Set a good example for your children and those around you by being proactive and positive. Using the Resources, Tools, Herbs, and Practices mentioned below will hopefully give you some peace of mind. There are many ways you can be proactive about your health. It is really all you can do. This will help keep your body, mind and spirit healthy and THRIVING!
I am personally embarking on Andreas Moritz's Liver/Gall Bladder Flush (which I usually do twice a year anyway) along with several colonics. This will boost my immune system by clearing out any invaders in my bloodstream and from my main filter organ, the liver. It also helps to dispel the emotions of fear, anger, frustration and worry. Did you know that at least 70% of your Immune System is located in your GUT?Focusing on gut health is of paramount importance, especially right now! I am also going to be following the MicroBiome Diet from an inspiring book by Dr. Raphael Kellman. I have been looking forward to this protocol for many months so the timing couldn't be more perfect. If you would like more information about this please be in touch.
If your email inbox looks anything like mine then you are getting emails from every business, group, and email list you are involved with speaking about this pandemic and what they are doing (or not doing) to help. I have had emails ranging from Countdown, Air New Zealand to GreenMedInfo to my power company...some with helpful tips. I am compiling below all the helpful information that I have come across by some great trusted resources!
I really enjoy Dr. Aviva Romm's perspective. She is a Medical Doctor, Herbalist, & Midwife, amongst other things, and I highly value her level-headed and pro-active opinion.
Also check out this talk from Donna Gates of Body Ecology, an expert in the field of gut ecology and health: Click here to listen to the interview. Diversity of probiotics is key! Mother Nature's microbiome (present on fruits and vegetables) is far superior to anything made in a lab. Make your own fermented vegetables with a variety of different colors. The probiotics I have on offer are the most diverse and easily absorbed that I have been able to find...and I have searched! WHAT YOU BELIEVE BECOMES YOUR REALITY. The beliefs around anything, especially to do with your health, are 9/10ths of universal law. So follow belief constructs that encourage a healthy immune system and positive vibration. This will ripple out into the world at a time when the world really needs it...😊
At this stage Aroha Health Spa will remain open. As everyone is, we are practicing more stringent cleaning. I will be carrying on with sessions as they are health-promoting and very beneficial for the nervous and immune systems at this time. However, if you have been unwell or travelling recently then I ask you to please discuss this with me. I will describe in detail below what I am including in my PROACTIVE Immune Boosting Kits. I am honoured to share with you a few tools and insights from THRIVE Therapies.
Stay healthy, Stay aware, Stay Safe, BE positive and Don't forget to BREATHE! Sending Blessings and Arohanui, Shanti.
P.S. Please feel free to share this information with family and friends Honor your Health, Vibrance, and Well-being
Thrive Therapies PROACTIVE Immune Boosting KITS
Individual Immunity Booster Essentials Pack (2 to 4 weeks worth) $185 plus shipping Lugol's Iodine 50ml Herbal Remedy 200ml Hydrogen Peroxide 200ml ElderBerry 100ml Be-Nourished Fermented Vegetables 380g Jar x2
Family Immune Booster Essentials Pack (approx. 30 days worth for family of 4) $599 plus Shipping Lugol's Iodine 100ml Herbal Remedy 1000ml Hydrogen Peroxide 500ml ElderBerry 500ml Be-Nourished Fermented Vegetables 380g Jars x 6
Individual Immunity Booster COMPREHENSIVE Pack $325 plus shipping Lugol's Iodine 50ml Herbal Remedy 200ml Hydrogen Peroxide 200ml ElderBerry 100ml Be-Nourished Fermented Vegetables 380g Jar x2 Probiotics BePure Gut ReNew 120 Capsules On Guard Essential Oil 15 ml
Family Immune Booster COMPREHENSIVE Pack (approx. 30 days worth for family of 4) $850 plus Shipping Lugol's Iodine 100ml Herbal Remedy 1000ml Hydrogen Peroxide 500ml ElderBerry 500ml Be-Nourished Fermented Vegetables 380g Jars x 8 Probiotics- Immunity Fuel 150g AND BePure Gut ReNew capsules On Guard Essential Oil 15 ml
Here are all the individual goodies on offer that can be purchased singly if you like: *Lugol's Iodine -- $20 for 50ml or $40 for 100ml Iodine is essential to keep the thyroid gland healthy. The thyroid gland treats the entire body’s blood supply once every 17 minutes. If it has sufficient iodine it is able to kill germs and viruses contained in the blood and release clean blood, which is essential for good heath. Iodine increases mineral uptake and helps to remove impurities from the body such as fluoride and chlorine.
*Herbal Immune Boosting Tinctures/Remedies including Echinacea, Olive Leaf, Elderberry, Thyme, Sage, Andrographis, Astragalus....These are custom-mixed and blended with top-quality therapeutic grade herbal tinctures. $60 for 200ml, $145 for 500ml. 200ml will last one person for 2 weeks. 500ml will last one person 5-6 weeks. These are SAFE remedies for the WHOLE family that can be taken daily for the next several months.
*Handmade and locally-harvested Elderberry Tincture and Syrup -- 100ml $40, 500ml $130 (limited quantities available) See Herb Federation of NZ article below which states Elderberry to be one of the best herbs for treating Coronavirus
*On Guard Essential Oil Blend - IN stock $61 per 15ml bottle Similar to Thieves oil, doTERRA On Guard, provides a natural and effective complement for immune support when used internally. It protects against environmental and seasonal threats with essential oils known for their positive effects on the immune system when ingested. doTERRA On Guard can be taken internally on a daily basis to maintain healthy immune function and support healthy cardiovascular function. It can also be used on surfaces throughout the home as a non-toxic cleaner. When diffused, it helps purify the air, and can be very energizing and uplifting.
*Hydrogen Peroxide (3%) -- IN stock $20 for 200ml or $40 for 500ml or other sizes upon request. Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is simply water with an extra oxygen atom attached (H2O+O). Hydrogen peroxide therapy consists of methods of using the extra oxygen molecule in hydrogen peroxide (free radicals) to destroy harmful bacteria, viruses and other toxins in your body. Makes an excellent mouth rinse for killing harmful bacteria. It can also be used to clean/disinfect your house and whiten/brighten things.
To support the nervous system and manage stress: *Magnesium -- Natural Calm 225g $40. Experience a sense of CalmFULLness. Science has proven that Mg Citrate is the most readily absorbed form into your bloodstream. Magnesium is beneficial for calming the nervous system, cardiovascular health, muscle recovery, bone health and over 300 more cellular processes.
*Nervine Relaxant Herbal Remedies$50 for 200ml These custom blended herbs are designed to help you relax by calming the nervous system. Are you having trouble sleeping? Is the fear and anxiety just overwhelming right now? The herbs in the blend have been used for many many years to support our bodies and nervous systems through trying times.
*Classic Herbs that most people have in their gardens or nearby -- ROSEMARY, THYME, OREGANO AND SAGE. Use them as teas, in your cooking or in your bath.
*OREGANO OIL -- In stock in capsule or essential oil form *Keep your GUT functioning well -- Have a series of colonics and/or do a liver/gall bladder flush. 70% of your Immune System is in your Gut. Be sure to have at least one complete Bowel Movement daily. Eliminating your body's waste on a daily basis is very important! If you don't eliminate your waste daily, it turns toxic. This creates stress on your body, negatively affecting the Immune System. Remember the majority of your IMMUNE system resides in your GUT.. LOOK after it and it will look after you. Become really good mates with your MicroBiome! Get those friendly bacteria working for you!!! Ask me about the MicroBiome Diet
DIET and LIFESTYLE TIPS: *Eat HEAPS of fresh foods, light soups, juices, raw vegetables, and bee pollen *Zinc -- as a supplement OR eat Foods rich in Zinc
*Eat foods (un-cooked) that are high in Vitamin C such as parsley, oranges, rosehips, & most fresh fruits. The pith of citrus fruits is high in quercetin and bioflavonoids. Other FOODs high in Vitamin C *Consume foods RICH in probiotics such as yogurt, kefir, un-pasteurized miso, sauerkraut and fermented vegetables. Also, consume foods rich in pre-biotics that feed your probiotic bacteria such as asparagus, carrots, garlic, leeks, onions, dandelion, millet, quinoa, brown rice, Jerusalem artichoke, Jicama/Yacon, Legumes, Radishes, Tomatoes, kiwi, pear. I also have some pre-biotic powders in stock.
*Make your own fermented foods with beets, cabbage, and spices -- SO GREAT!
*Use heaps of turmeric, garlic, ginger, mustard, and cayenne in your cooking *Drink HEAPS of fresh water and herbal teas (especially elder flower/berry, peppermint, yarrow, rosehips, and ginger teas) *AVOID sugar, coffee, bread, starch, excessive carbohydrates, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, and dairy (just for now while your body is fighting off infection)
*Colloidal Silver -- can be used as a hand sanitiser as well as internally
*Ozone-- Kills viruses, protozoa and bacteria instantly upon contact. You can drink ozonated water or diffuse into the air in your home. Buy an Ozone machine. Click Here for more information.
*Keep the Body Alkaline! Most viruses and other invaders, including cancer, cannot survive in an alkaline, oxygen-rich environment. Drink alkaline water and eat alkaline foods.
*Get some good ol'fashioned SUN - your skin will produce Vitamin D and boost your immunity
*HAVE SAUNAS, especially INFRARED -- viruses are killed by high heat and saunas activate elimination through the skin.
*BREATHE ....Take deep long INHALES and EXHALES *Take BATHS to encourage the skin to eliminate impurities. If you don't have a bath then use a foot bath and just soak your feet. Use Epsom salts or try any of the following: *Cold and Flu bath--to soothe deep muscle aches that often accompany viral infections, stir a cup of Epsom salts into the bath, then add a washcloth or sock filled with equal parts fresh or dried ginger root, mustard seed powder, garlic, and pine needles. Or pour the bath as hot as possible, add one cup apple cider vinegar and one cup Epsom salts and stir. Soak for at least a half hour. Keep adding hot water. Place a cold cloth on the forehead and on the back of the neck. This bath is relaxing, and reduces aches, pain, and fatigue after exercise and when on purification programs. Epsom salts draw out toxins and feed the body with magnesium. Complete this bath with a cool spray and then wrap up in blankets so that the body perspires freely. It is also helpful to drink cupfuls of stimulating teas to encourage free perspiration from the skin. While yarrow tea is the strongest, Sage, Catnip, peppermint, or spearmint are also effective. *Detox bath--use these cleansing herbs in the bath to help rid the body of environmental pollutants and cleanse the lymphatic system. Add one cup of apple cider vinegar and one cup of Epsom salts to the bath, then fill a sock with equal parts fresh grated ginger root, rosemary leaves, sage leaves and seaweed. *REST if you feel UNWELL: Don’t do anything you don’t have to do *Work Reflexology points to boost immunity OR just work your entire foot and especially those areas that feel sore and tender.
The new Coronavirus may not show signs of infection for many days. How can you know if you are infected? By the time you have fever and/or cough and go to the hospital, the lung is usually 50% fibrosis.
Taiwan experts provide a simple self-check that we can do every morning: Take a deep breath and hold it for more than 10 seconds. If you do this successfully without coughing, without discomfort, stiffness or tightness, there is no fibrosis in the lungs; it basically indicates no infection. In critical times, please self-check every morning in an environment with clean air.
Serious excellent advice by Japanese doctors treating COVID-19 cases: Everyone should ensure your mouth & throat are moist, never dry. Take a few sips of water every 15 minutes at least.Why? Even if the virus gets into your mouth, drinking water or other liquids will wash them down through your throat and into the stomach. Once there, your stomach acid may kill all the virus. If you don't drink enough water regularly, the virus can enter your windpipe and then the lungs. That's very dangerous.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - CORONAVIRUS: 1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold. 2. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose. 3. This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26/27 degrees C. (About 77 degrees F.) It hates the Sun and SAUNAS! 4. If someone sneezes with it, it goes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne. 5. If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours - so if you come into contact with any metal surface, wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap. 6. On fabric it can survive for 6-12 hours. normal laundry detergent will kill it. 7. Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice. 8. Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but - a lot can happen during that time - you can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly and so on. 9. You should also gargle as a preventive measure. A simple solution of salt in warm water or hydrogen peroxide will suffice. 10. Can't emphasize enough - drink plenty of water!
THE SYMPTOMS: 1. It will first infect the throat, so you'll have a sore throat lasting 3/4 days 2. The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia. This takes about 5/6 days further. 3. With pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing. 4. The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You feel like you're drowning. It's imperative you then seek immediate attention.
Antiviral Diet Protocol from Donna Gates at Body EcologyDonna’s antiviral diet protocol has been hailed by thousands, and includes fortifying the immune system by introducing some or all of the following for prevention or at onset of a virus:
Add the right cultured foods and or drinks with the proper balance of bacteria and yeast to a diet
Restrict all acidic foods for a short period of time including animal protein, grains, sugar (including fruit), flour products, nuts + seeds
Good sources of protein to include would be miso soup, lentil soup, raw sashimi
Make homemade kefir (young coconut kefir as a non-dairy alternative)
Eat alot of raw, fresh and/or cultured vegetables (for those with SIBO, make a vegetable smoothie for easier digestion (no onion or garlic), and cultured vegetables will not be good at this time – cultured vegetables are not good for those with histamine issues either – this is where genetic variation comes in)
Apple cider vinegar with water may quickly alkalize the body
Periods of fasting (aka time restricted fasting or intermittent fasting) may help keep viruses under control and resolve inflammation. Autophagy occurs during this which is the body’s way of recycling the good and getting rid of the bad.
Try an enema. What you’re eliminating is toxic and toxins may affect the body. See a well trained colon therapist if you don’t want to do this at home on your own.
Introduce fulvic/humic minerals, trace elements, vitamins and amino acids since they are burned up very fast in the gut.
The idea is to get the body into an alkaline, mineral rich state so that the virus may become dormant fast.
CORONAVIRUS (2019-NcOv) from the Herb Federation of New Zealand
Coronaviruses are large lipid -enveloped single strand RNA viruses of the Nidovirales order and Coronaviridae family. Coronaviruses take their name from their crown-like halo when seen under the microscope. They are a family of viruses that are widely distributed among mammals and birds, causing respiratory or gut disease, but in some cases liver disease and neurological disease.(Lai and Holmes, 2001). These viruses were originally thought to be species specific however the viruses have modified over time to cross species barriers. The first diagnosed coronavirus disease in humans was in 1965 and so the disease previously confined to specific animal species is now “zoonotic”. Global outbreaks of coronavirus disease affecting humans occurred in the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) epidemic of 2003 and the MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome ) of 2012. SARS was thought to be spread by bats but then that spread was by infected civet cats, a delicacy in China. The MERS virus is thought to have been spread by camels. The Chinese Government reported this new (novel) coronavirus (2019-nCoV) to the World Health Organisation on 31 December 2019 after workers and regular visitors to a live animal food market – the Huanan Seafood Wholesale market in Wuhan, China, fell ill and the disease had begun to spread. The Press (Saturday, January 25, 2020) B2 World says many Chinese consumers like to buy their meat “warm”, that is, killed to order. It states that the South China Morning Post advised that the Huanan Seafood Market advertised live foxes, crocodiles, wolf puppies, salamanders, snakes, rates, peacocks, porcupines and koalas for sale. The disease symptoms has some similarities to SARS and MERS in that it affects the respiratory system causing fever, cough, shortness of breath and interstitial pneumonia which can be progressive and cause diffuse damage to the alveolar of the lung where oxygen is received and carbon di-oxide removed. While the disease can be spread human to human by droplet spread – coughing, sneezing or just breathing out – it can also be spread by touching items the infected person has touched (including themselves), and as with other human infections – doorknobs are a significant source of infection. In a few short weeks the disease has spread to thirteen countries and the death toll is rising. The virus, in a protective envelope, makes it difficult for the body’s usual defence mechanisms to detect- just as you don’t know whether a letter in the mail is a Valentine’s card, an invoice, or containing anthrax. Thus the body unable to discern danger lets the virus pass into its cells. Once in the cell cytoplasm the virus sheds its envelope and deposits its genetic material into the cell cytoplasm where it interrupts cell messages, replication, and control. There is not currently an antiviral pharmaceutical drug shown to be effective in treating Coronavirus (2019-NcOv). Since the SARS and MERS outbreak work has proceeded on developing drugs directed at viral proteases the virus needs to invade cells. These drugs are still in pre-clinical development. Structural biologist Rolf Hilgenfeld from Lubeck University in Germany has been developing such a drug and intends testing the drug on animals in Wuhan – where twenty million people are currently being held in lockdown in an attempt to reduce spread of the virus. There are plants with constituents that are natural inhibitors against coronaviruses. For example Yu, M.S et al (2012), identify the plant constituents myricetin and scutellarein as inhibiting coronavirus helicase protein. Myricetin is a flavonoid compound found in many vegetables and fruits, in combination with other flavonoids quercetin and kaempferol and present in many foods eg. onions ( particularly red onions and chives) kale, peppers, dill, dock leaves, fennel, loveage, sow thistle leaves, tomatoes, broccoli and parsley. Fruits with good quantities of Myricetin include blueberries, blackberries, cranberries and strawberries. ( Harnly et al, 2006). Scutellarein is a constituent of Scutellaria baicalensis, a herb which has been used to treat coronavirus infection. Chinese have applied for a patent for its treatment of coronavirus infection – for SARS and other related infection.(Patent application CN 200480040083). The patent application details its role in treatment of coronaviruses. Certain phenolic plant acids have also been identified as being effective against Coronavirus, such as those in Isatis indigotica ( (Liang-Tzung Lin et al, 2014) and Sambucus formosana Nakai contains caffeic, chlorogenic and gallic acids found to be active against human coronavirus NL63. (Weng ,2019). This Sambucus species has been found to neutralize the haemogglutin spikes present on viruses, and reduce the ability of the virus to replicate. In addition to inhibiting viral binding it also increases cytokine response to the virus. In New Zealand Sambucus nigra (Elderberry/flower) is a naturalized plant and unfortunately treated as a weed by some local authorities. It contains the same phenolic acids as Sambucus formosana Nakai and also sialic acid and myricetin, so would seem to be a good choice to use in preventing and treating coronavirus infections. (Viapiana, 2017). Liang-Tzung Lin et al,( 2014) also identify saikosaponins – present in the Chinese herb Bupleurum falcatum - as inhibiting coronavirus attachment and penetration stages. Hypericum perforatum (St John’s Wort), which in New Zealand is treated as a toxic weed and is being exterminated in the wild, has been shown to be active against enveloped viruses. (Birt, D. et al, 2009). Herbalists in New Zealand need to advocate more strongly to preserve this valuable herb . A variety of other herbs were used in other countries to treat SARS at the time of that outbreak and it may be that they may also be of use in this current emergence of another coronavirus. eg. Artemisia annua, Lycoris radiata (Red Spider Lily), Pyrrosia lingua (an epiphytic fern), Lindera aggregate fruit (Lauraceae family). See also the Broad spectrum antiviral table (Sohail et al, 2011) and natural compounds against flaviviral infections (Abubak, 2013)for more information on herbs with antiviral action. So despite the absence of pharmaceutical vaccine or antiviral treatment for Coronavirus (2019-NcOv) I suggest we in New Zealand have some plants which could help us should the disease arrive in New Zealand and preventive measures we can take to prevent human to human spread here. References: Abubakr, M.D. et al (2013) Natural Compounds against Flaviviral infection. Natural Product Communications Vol8, No 10. Pp 1487-1492. Birt, D. et al (2009) Hypericum in infection: Identification of antiviral and anti-inflammatory constituents. Pharm Biol. 47(8): 774-782. Lai, M.M.C and Holmes, K.. (2001) Coronaviridae and their replication. In Fields’ Virology. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. U.S.A pp 1163-1185. Liang-Tzung Lin et al (2014). Antiviral Natural Products and Herbal Medicines. Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine. Jan-Mar 4(1) 24-35.Sohail, M.N. et al (2011) Plants as a source of Antiviral agents. Asian Journal of Animal and Veterinary advances. Pp 1125-1152. Viapiana, A. and Wesolowski, M. (2017) The Phenolic contents and antioxidant activities of infusions of Sambucus nigra. Plant Foods Hum Nutr.March. 72(1) 82-87. Weng, Jing-Ru et al (2019) Antiviral activity of Sambucus Formosana Nakai ethanol extract and related phenolic constituents against human coronavirus NL63. Virus Res; 273:197767. November 2019.
Soap and Water Just the friction from scrubbing with soap and water can break the coronavirus’s protective envelope. “Scrub like you’ve got sticky stuff on the surface and you really need to get it off,” says Richard Sachleben, an organic chemist and member of the American Chemical Society. Discard the towel or leave it in a bowl of soapy water for a while to destroy any virus particles that may have survived. Bleach The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a diluted bleach solution (⅓ cup bleach per 1 gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per 1 quart of water) for virus disinfection. Wear gloves while using bleach, and never mix it with amonia or anything, in fact, except water. (The only exception is when doing laundry with detergent.) “Bleach works great against viruses,” Sachleben says. Just don’t keep the solution for longer than a few days because bleach will degrade certain plastic containers. Bleach can also corrode metal over time, so Sachleben recommends that people not get into the habit of cleaning their faucets and stainless steel products with it. Because bleach is harsh for many countertops as well, you should rinse surfaces with water after disinfecting to prevent discoloration or damage to the surface. Isopropyl Alcohol Alcohol solutions with at least 70 percent alcohol are effective against coronavirus. Do not dilute the alcohol solution. Alcohol is generally safe for all surfaces but can discolor some plastics, Sachleben says. Hydrogen Peroxide SUPER SALE NOW ON... I currently have LOTS in stock: $10 for 100ml, $40 for 500ml or larger quantities upon request.
According to the CDC, household (3 percent) hydrogen peroxide is effective in deactivating rhinovirus, the virus that causes the common cold, within 6 to 8 minutes of exposure. Rhinovirus is more difficult to destroy than coronaviruses, so hydrogen peroxide should be able to break down coronavirus in less time. Pour it undiluted into a spray bottle and spray it on the surface to be cleaned, but let it sit on the surface for several minutes. Hydrogen peroxide is not corrosive, so it’s okay to use it on metal surfaces. But similar to bleach, it can discolor fabrics if you accidentally get in on your clothes. “It’s great for getting into hard-to-reach crevices,” Sachleben says. “You can pour it on the area and you don’t have to wipe it off because it essentially decomposes into oxygen and water.”
An Imagined Letter from Covid-19 to Humans Stop. Just stop. It is no longer a request. It is a mandate. We will help you. We will bring the supersonic, high speed merry-go-round to a halt We will stop the planes the trains the schools the malls the meetings the frenetic, furied rush of illusions and “obligations” that keep you from hearing our single and shared beating heart, the way we breathe together, in unison. Our obligation is to each other, As it has always been, even if, even though, you have forgotten. We will interrupt this broadcast, the endless cacophonous broadcast of divisions and distractions, to bring you this long-breaking news: We are not well. None of us; all of us are suffering. Last year, the firestorms that scorched the lungs of the earth did not give you pause. Nor the typhoons in Africa,China, Japan. Nor the fevered climates in Japan and India. You have not been listening. It is hard to listen when you are so busy all the time, hustling to uphold the comforts and conveniences that scaffold your lives. But the foundation is giving way, buckling under the weight of your needs and desires. We will help you. We will bring the firestorms to your body We will bring the fever to your body We will bring the burning, searing, and flooding to your lungs that you might hear: We are not well. Despite what you might think or feel, we are not the enemy. We are Messenger. We are Ally. We are a balancing force. We are asking you: To stop, to be still, to listen; To move beyond your individual concerns and consider the concerns of all; To be with your ignorance, to find your humility, to relinquish your thinking minds and travel deep into the mind of the heart; To look up into the sky, streaked with fewer planes, and see it, to notice its condition: clear, smoky, smoggy, rainy? How much do you need it to be healthy so that you may also be healthy? To look at a tree, and see it, to notice its condition: how does its health contribute to the health of the sky, to the air you need to be healthy? To visit a river, and see it, to notice its condition: clear, clean, murky, polluted? How much do you need it to be healthy so that you may also be healthy? How does its health contribute to the health of the tree, who contributes to the health of the sky, so that you may also be healthy? Many are afraid now. Do not demonize your fear, and also, do not let it rule you. Instead, let it speak to you—in your stillness, listen for its wisdom. What might it be telling you about what is at work, at issue, at risk, beyond the threats of personal inconvenience and illness? As the health of a tree, a river, the sky tells you about quality of your own health, what might the quality of your health tell you about the health of the rivers, the trees, the sky, and all of us who share this planet with you? Stop. Notice if you are resisting. Notice what you are resisting. Ask why. Stop. Just stop. Be still. Listen. Ask us what we might teach you about illness and healing, about what might be required so that all may be well. We will help you, if you listen. -Kristin Flyntz 3.12.2020