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Aug/07

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Color your Life

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I love colors. I can stand and stare at colors anywhere for hours. Oh what a wonderful world this is.

Each color of the spectrum has unique properties.

Red promotes strength, vitality and alertness.

Orange connects you to your creativity.

Yellow releases stress and energizes your whole body.

Green promotes inner peace and balance.

Pink encourages self awarenss and generosity.

Blue and indigos help you communicate, plan and organize.

Purple and amethyst help open your psychic channels and free your mind.

You can use them according to your needs in any area of your life.

Here is what you are saying about yourself according to the color you wear:

Red: I am in control. Wear it when you want to be noticed.

Yellow: I am an optimist. It makes you appear outgoing and dynamic. Wear it to uplift your mood when you are feeling tired.

Green: I am down to earth. Wear it when you want to appear humble. It makes people comfortable around you.

Pink: I am caring and nurturing. It projects love and romance in a soft, unassuming way.

Blue: You can trust me. Wear it when you want to appear trustworthy.

Purple: I am creative. Purple says you are a deep thinker, artistic and imaginative. Wear it when you want inspiration. It stimulates the creative part of the brain.

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Use colors in your food. Make yourself a rainbow plate of vibrant Raw Food to nourish your body and soul and brighten your life.

Have a rainbow day.

Fatma

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Some excellent videos by Arnold Kauffman (Each one is between 3-7 minutes)

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Check out the following ones too.

Raw Food and ADHD

Raw Food and High Blood Pressure

Raw Food, Depression and weight gain

Raw Food and Candida

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Linda, Tonya, Robin at Toronto Sprouts

The Painting in the background is by Robin, who works at Toronto Sprouts.

Last week I went to see Tonya Zavasta who was speaking at Toronto Sprouts.

 Tonya was born with a hip deformity. She needed a lot of surgeries to be able to walk. After which she walked with a limp.

In high school, a beautiful friend of hers told her she would rather die than look like her.

Tonya set out on a journey to be beautiful. Today at 50 her strong spirit has achieved that and more. With an artificial hip she stands incredibly straight and strong. She speaks with much love wanting to share her secrets so that everyone can be beautiful. She looks stunning and is an incredibly entertaining speaker much like a one woman stage show. With her intelligence, charisma, beauty and love, she shared her experiences and knowledge and mesmerised everyone in the audience. Tonya has been 100 % raw for 10 years and does Bikram Yoga. She persisted with yoga despite her initial pain with her hip. Her husband Nick who was eating cooked food became 100 % raw 7 months ago and has lost 70 lbs. He was on hand to help her throughout, making and serving the pea shoots and mango pudding.

Meeting Tonya was an enchanting and inspiring experience.

Here are some gems from her:

Life on Raw Food is blissful. Your body becomes your greatest ally.

Beauty after 40=Health

Rawsome Beauty=Reflection of superior health

Thank you to Linda for the photograph.

Linda’s website – She is a superb illustrator

Tonya’s website – Check out her newsletters

Robin’s blog – Excellent blog or art, life and the raw lifestyle

To the beauty in all of us.

Fatma

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A butterfly is a symbol for transformation, joy, happiness, spring, rebirth, renewal, growth and change.

If you are not seeing butterflies everywhere, put up a picture of one to symbolise your own transformation. Suddenly you will start noticing them everywhere.

To round up this week’s post, here is a list of Tools for Transformation. As I was putting it together, I realized that in this abundant Universe just about anything can be used as a tool for transformation. I could easily write a a book about this.

Transformation does not happen overnight, so use all the inspiring tools you like to dance joyfully through the change.

Change is an essential part of life and is essential part of growth and accomplishments. It can be done with joy and ease.

Most importantly know what you want and focus on that. It is the Law of Attraction.

To understand more about change, I recommend Joan Borysenko’s book: Say Yes to Change.

I have not gone into details so as to keep this list simple.

Journaling

Decluttering your external – Make space for the new, create sacred space

Detoxing – more information in my September newsletter. To receive my newsletter, you can sign up here.

Exercise

Rest

Sleep

Silence, Reflection

Food, especially Raw Food.

Nature

Prayers

Affirmations

Anger, Fear – can be transformed into action, Use them to your advantage. “As heat conserved becomes energy, our anger can become a power which can move the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

Gratitude

Card decks. There are many like angel guidance cards, ask and it is given cards (manifest your desires) and many more. Choose one that you love.

Inspirational books and CDs to feed your mind and soul. Check out my Recommended books page. By clicking on each one you can get more information. I love books and could easily list hundreds. Also check out the Hayhouseradio icon in the sidebar.

Colors – have many healing and uplifting properties, Use them in your environment, in the clothes you wear, in your creative work, in your healing practices, in your food. There are many variations of color therapy that are helpful too.

Essential Oils have a direct effect on our emotions. Many oils can help with emotions. And I will talk about this in future posts. Here is just one of them. Young Living’s Transformation empowers and upholds changes you want to make in your belief system. By replacing old beliefs with new thought patterns, a transformation in behaviours, patterns and emotions is possible. It contains lemon, peppermint, clary sage, sandalwood, frankincense, idaho balsam fir, rosemary, cardamom.

Questions – The quality of your life depends on the quality of questions you ask. For if you don’t ask the question you will not hear or see the answer, even if it right there before you. A simple one you could ask today: What can I do to make a difference today? Choose any area you would like to make a change in. Write down your answer and take action. The action might be simply changing a belief or choosing one of the tools listed above. Today choose to listen to your answer and let it help you transform.

Take just one baby step today.

Keep shining and moving towards the light.

Love

Fatma

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 I love being  in the spirit of Gratitude. It is a way of life for me. Life becomes a magical pathway. A gift for eternity.

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Dr Masaru Emoto’s research on the effect of words on water is amazing. Beautiful words create beautiful crystals in water.  The picture is of the crystal forming when the words Love and Gratitude were put on the container of water.

 

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Love and Gratitude Crystal

Dr Masaru Emoto found this to be the most beautiful crystal of all. It changed his life for it taught him the impact of love and gratitude can have on the world.

With the human body and the planet being 70 % water, it is so understandable how words can impact us. Prayers have a cleansing and purifying effect on water and will also produce beautiful crystals.

 He asks if the keynote of our souls would be Love and Gratitude, surely this will enable us to become the most beautiful we can be? He suggests that having twice the amount of Gratitude as Love is the balance we should strive for. His book “The Hidden Messages in Water” contains more information on his research.

Look around and see that the world is full of so much that deserves our Gratitude.

Young Living’s Gratitude blend is designed to help soothe and foster a grateful attitude and a remembrance of all that we have to be thankful for.  It is wonderful in a bath or just used as a perfume. It contains Idaho balsam fir, frankincense, rosewood, myrrh, galbanum and ylang ylang.

Today start a Gratitude Journal listing at least 5 things what you are grateful for. It will help you become more conscious of all the good in your life. The more thankful we are  the more we have to be thankful for. If you are stuck for inspiration check out my first posting “Life is for living and living is free”.

In Gratitude

Fatma

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 Flying in the sky

Forgiveness is such a powerful healing tool. It is a gift we give ourselves. Whether it is forgiving yourself or others, I hope you will find some inspiration here to let go and move on. 

The beautiful “Instructions for Freedom” is from “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert. It was given to her by a poet from New Zealand during a stay in an Ashram as she was struggling to come to terms with her divorce. On the rooftop of the Ashram, at sunset with a warm breeze blowing and the evening stars starting to sparkle, she goes through the following process.

Instructions for Freedom

1. Life’s metaphors are God’s instructions.

2. You have just climbed up and above the roof. There is nothing between you and the Infinite. Now, let go.

3. The day is ending. It’s time for something that was beautiful to turn into something else that is beautiful. Now, let go.

4. Your wish for a resolution was a prayer. Your being here is God’s response. Let go, watch the stars come out – on the outside and on the inside.

5. With all your heart, ask for grace, and let go.

6. With all your heart, forgive him, FORGIVE YOURSELF, and let him go.

7. Let your intention be freedom from useless suffering. Then, let go.

8. Watch the heat of the day go by into the cool of the night. Let go.

9. When the karma of a relationship is done, only love remains. It’s safe. Let go.

10. When the past has passed from you at last, let go. Then climb down and begin the rest of your life. With great joy.

 Find your self a place of beauty to do this process for yourself. You might also want to try the Emotional Essential oil protocol that is in my August Newsletter. This process can be greatly enhanced by the use of Essential Oils. They have a direct influence on the brain as the sense of smell is directly connected to the brain. Olfactory nerves transport the aroma of the oil to the limbic system and the olfactory sensory center at the base of the brain. The impulses are passed next between the pituitary and pineal gland and move to the amygdala, which is the memory center of fear and trauma. Healing can then take place.

Young Living’s Forgiveness is a powerful blend to help move past the barriers by bringing them into higher spiritual awareness.

The ingredients in the blend are: Frankincense, Sandalwood, Lavender, Melissa, Angelica, Helichrysum, Rose, Rosewood, Geranium, Lemon, Palmarosa, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Jasmine

Peace

Fatma

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I have greatly simplified today’s post. There is much to say but I trust the essence of it will come over.

Our weaknesses can be powerful tools to transformation. They are part of our whole. Acknowledging them can bring forth new desires. If we are willing to look at them we allow for transformation to happen. If we resist we close the door to change and growth. In embracing and being grateful in the Now we clear the space for the new. It also means being in the Flow and in alignment with Source Energy.

Rumi is a Sufi poet from the 13th century. His poems are full of devotion and ecstasy. This particular one talks about  embracing your weaknesses or shadows for they are here to teach us something.

The guest house

This being human is a guest house
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

Rumi

Negative thoughts also arise from toxicity. Eating  pure foods makes the way to living a blissful life easier.

Another Mantra to cleanse, cleanse, cleanse is  from the Ho’oponopono (love the rhythm of that word) technique described by Joe Vitale in his book Zero Limit, co authored by Dr Ihaleakala Hew Len. This is an ancient Hawaiian process for problems solving.

Ho’oponopono is a simple process of “letting go” of any “toxic energies” within you and allowing a “new space” for the healing power of the true Divine. Sounds a lot like Rumi. And it sounds a lot like the Raw Food Lifestyle.

The Mantra is very simple.

I love you.

I thank you.

Please forgive me. (More on Forgiveness in tomorrow’s post)

I am sorry.

Dr Ihaleakala Hew Len explains:When your Soul experiences memories replaying problems, say  to them mentally or silently: “I love you dear memories.  I am grateful for the opportunity to free all of you and me.”  “I love you” can be repeated quietly again and again.  Memories never go on vacation or retire unless you retire them.  “I love you” can be used even if you are not conscious of problems. For example, it can be applied before engaging in any activity such as making or answering a telephone call or before getting into your car to go somewhere.

Drinking lots of water is a wonderful problem solving  practice, particularly if it is blue solar water. (Water put in a blue glass and exposed to the sun) It can be used as a rinse after a bath or shower. Fruits and vegetables love being washed in blue solar water! As with“I love you”and“Thank you”processes, blue solar water voids memories replaying problems in the Subconscious Mind.

My note: That is why swimming in the blue , sun energy filled ocean is so effective at making us feel wonderful.  Blue Green Algae is a natural blue solar source. Dr Len also recommends blueberries and strawberries for voiding memories. No wonder Raw Food makes you feel so good. It cleanses at cellular level making space for a new delight.

Today open the door, invite your guests in, love them and make space for a new delight.

Happy living.

Fatma

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Aug/07

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The Stories of our Lives

I see many clients stuggling with emotional, physical, mental and spiritual issues in my practice or at the events I attend.  This blog is dedicated to you. I trust you will find something to soothe and delight your soul in this week’s postings.

 

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This is an autobiography written  by Portia Nelson  describing life in 5 short chapters. We will recognize that it is also the story of our lives.

I walk down the street.
There is a hole.
I don’t see it.
I fall in.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes a very long time to get out.

I walk down the same street.
There is still a deep hole.
I pretend not to see it.
I fall in.
I pretend it’s still not my fault.
It takes a long time to get out.

I walk down the same street.
There is still the same deep hole.
I see it.
I fall in anyway.
It’s a habit.
I get out quicker this time.

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole.
I see it.
I walk around it.
I don’t fall in.

I walk down a different street.

Our lives are about taking responsibility for our experiences and our choices. How we choose to view those experiences will define the quality of our lives. Everday offers us the opportunity to see our lives from a higher perspective.  Do we see our glasses as half full or half empty,  as a sacred gift or a burden? Do we leave behind old beliefs and thoughts ready to embrace change and growth? Are we ready to walk a different street by choosing a new perspective, thought or action?

The events in our lives are really opportunities for soul growth. Beneath it all lies the gift and perfection of life.

Today choose to see the holes in your life from a different perspective. What are the lessons and gifts that they bring to us?  Are you using them to become more of who you are as you blossom into your greatest expression?

Write down some ways that can help you create a more peaceful heart and share it with us.

Upcoming posts:

Poem by Rumi

Instructions for Freedom

The Power of Love and Gratitude

Tools for Transformation

Fatma

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Aug/07

17

Love Raw Food

At Love Raw Food my philosophy is to empower, inspire and uplift you. I like to educate people on the healing power of nature including foods, herbs and essential oils. Live is incredibly giving and here I offer you some solutions and let you make your choices. You do not have to eat  raw but I love to open up to you the vibrancy, beauty and wonderful taste of raw foods. Life is about having  the best time ever. So I encourage you to

 

Follow your truth and blossom into your greatest expression. Enjoy the journey as you become more of who you are. And who you really are is always good and divine.

Step into a world of delightful tasting food.

 

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Green Zebra Tomato

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Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

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Zucchini Rollups

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Spicy Corn Relish

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Tacos

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Raw Lasagne

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Raw Strawberry Lime Mousse Cake

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 Raw Cookies and Cream Stack

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Raw Strawberry Choco Chip Ice Cream

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Raw Butter Toffee Pie

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Raw Chocolate Cream Squares

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Raw Chocolate Strawberry Layer Cake

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Raw Double Chocolate Cheesecake

Pictures by Tofu666 and RawYogaGoddess at Flickr. 

Fatma

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Aug/07

15

Coconut Milk

I remember drinking fresh young coconuts while living in Dar-es-Salaam  (which means Port of Peace, love that name) as a child. They are sold at many street corners where they are piled in a mountain. The vendor will cut them for you and once we had finished drinking we would give it back to have the creamy flesh scraped inside. My Mum stays in Dar-es-Salaam and at her place she gets a vendor coming right to the door to sell fresh coconuts every single day. She like most people has the vendor put the liquid and flesh in a bowl for her to consume later on. I even have a lovely black and white picture of my Mum holding me in one hand as a 6 month old baby and a Young Coconut in the other and both of us looking very happy. The picture was taken in Somalia where we lived for an year.

Coconut trees

 Coconut milk and young fresh Coconuts are a staple in the Tanzanian diet. The local people use coconut milk daily for cooking their vegetables and rice. The oil is used for skin and hair. They have lovely gleaming skin. The shell is used as a utensil and the husk of the mature coconuts and the leaves are used to make mats.  I remember the mature coconut meat being grated by hand on a

tool specially made just for that purpose. The grated meat is soaked in water and then squeezed by hand to get the coconut milk. The water content is adjusted to get the required thickness. The meat is soaked again for a second pressing which would be a diluted version and would be used to cook rice in. The grated meat is also used to make a coconut chutney which is used almost daily or dried in the sun for using in other recipes.

The coconut plants have many fruits per plant at any time, and the fruits are rich in calories and essential vitamins, minerals and electrolytes. Although Coconuts are thought of as a fruit or nut, they are really a seed. Coconut has been shown to benefit hypothyroid patients. Dr Mary Enig calls Coconut a functional food.

“Approximately 50% of the fatty acids in coconut fat are lauric acid. Lauric acid is a medium chain fatty acid, which has the additional beneficial function of being formed into monolaurin in the human or animal body. Monolaurin is the anti-viral, antibacterial, and antiprotozoal monoglyceride used by the human or animal to destroy lipid coated viruses such as HIV, herpes, cytomegalovirus, influenza, various pathogenic bacteria including listeria monocytogenes and heliobacter pylori, and protozoa such as giardia lamblia. Some studies have also shown some antimicrobial effects of the free lauric acid.”

Because a coconut palm can have so many different uses it is called the ‘tree of heaven’ or ‘kalpavriksha’ in India.

I teach my clients how to make Coconut Milk in a Vita Mix. (This blender is so worth saving for. You can call Sue at Vitamix with any questions you have, getting free shipping or buying a refurbished model at 1800 848 2649 ext 2308. She is so friendly and helpful).

I was delighted to find Peggy and Curtis  at Raw Inspiration had pictures of the whole process.

You will benefit most from it when taken in its raw form. There are an incredible amount of ways to use Coconut in the raw cuisine including smoothies, soups, desserts, ice creams, salads, thai style dishes etc. The flesh of the Young Coconut is cut into strips and used as a noodle replacement.

The Coconut can be cracked as shown below or after drilling the hole you can roll the Coconut in a towel and then break it up with a hammer. You can also just hold the Coconut in your palm over a large container and hit it with the hammer right in the center. The liquid will fall into the container. If any pieces of husk or shell fall into the liquid, just use a sieve to remove them.

You can also fresh Coconut Milk to make your own kefir using a kefir starter. This is especially benefical for Candida sufferers as they benefit from the probiotics in the kefir as well as the antifungal activity of the Coconut.

Here are the instructions from Peggy and Curtis.

Making your own coconut milk is easy! Here we will show how to process a mature coconut found in most grocery stores into a creamy, delicious treat.

Choose a coconut that is full of water (heavy). You should be able to hear it sloshing when you shake it. Using a wine key, find the weakest of the three “holes” and screw it open. Pull out the key and this should leave you with a nice opening.

Pour out the coconut water. You may have to jiggle the nut to get it all out. Taste the water for freshness. It should be sweet with a salty background flavor. If it tastes fermented then you may want to try another coco.

Take the coco outside and use a hammer to pop the nut open. I like to actually put the coco down on the cement and give it a good whack! I also like to meditate on the fact that the hammer is only a tool that opens the coconut. It does not define it. A healthy diet is also just a tool that opens me up to more vitality, not who I am.

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By giving it a few more whacks, it will be easier to pry out the meat. Use a butter knife and pry out the meat from the hard shell. Do not worry about the brown skin that is on the white flesh. Only remove the HARD shell.

Rinse the meat well and put it into your blender. Fill the blender up with filtered water. An option here is adding a little vanilla and sweetener like honey or agave syrup.

Blend well and I mean well. At least 30 seconds maybe a minute. Blend until the coconut meat is a fine pulp. Strain the mixture so the pulp is excluded from the milk.

Now you have a creamy delight! You can add this to smoothies or pour over some diced fruit, or just drink some. Also a deliciously decadent treat is to let the milk sit in the fridge overnight and when it separates spoon out the cream from on top. Add a little honey and vanilla to this cream and stir well with a spoon. It tastes just like whipped cream! Sooooooo good! Use the pulp to make a pie crust or raw cookies or whatever you can imagine. Have FUN!

Anybody have a Fresh Young Coconut? I love them but do not buy the Thai ones since I found out that they are irradiated :(. I will wait till I visit my Mum or my brother in Zanzibar. His hotel “Ahlan Palace” buys fresh produce from the local market every morning for making their dishes. Coconuts are found and used in abundance.

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Fatma

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