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Endota Spa Eltham, Natural Therapeutics
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Inner Path is a Chinese medicine approach to Health and Empowerment. Dr Rachel Berners (Chinese medicine) is a Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist.

Contact:  0417 325 393.
@ Endota Spa Eltham, Victoria.
@ Natural Therapeutics, Brunswick, Victoria.
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The Importance of monthly Acupuncture Energy "Tune-Ups".

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Most of our waking hours, we are focused purely on our body, our environment and time. This is how we work, perform tasks and get things done. We often don't stop long enough to really tune in and become present to our energy. Even when we go to the doctor, our main concerns are that of our physical body function, less so about the way that we are managing our energy.

Yet it is our energy to which life responds, and it is our state of energy flow that governs the way our physical body functions.

Energy is what we are made of, and what connects us to all of life. In terms of Wellness and disease prevention, how we manage our energy is of vital importance.

As a practitioner of Chinese Medicine for over 15 years, one thing that i notice, is that once a person starts to manage their energy better, their life and physical health tends to improve.

So, how do we begin the process of better managing our energy?

The answer to this question lies deep in the natural cycles and rhythms of nature. Chinese Medicine appreciates that we are part of, and not separate from the earth, and in fact the entire universe. And one thing that nature innately knows how to do, is balance itself. Our bodies also contain this innate self regulating intelligence. In order to access this healing intelligence, we need to slow down, become very still, and allow our mind to acquiesce. We must let go of our body and mind, connect to this intelligence, and allow it to take over. This means that we need to make time for regular periods of stillness.

When you book in for your monthly Acupuncture "tune-up", you are taking this hour of your life to become still, re-centre and allow this intelligence to re-balance your bodies energetic field. This helps to dislodge built up day to day stress and tension, which, if not cleared, over time can manifest into physical symptoms and "dis-ease". You are also helping to clear any underlying emotional blockages which may be slowing down your energy vibration and causing mental agitation. Your monthly Acupuncture "tune-up" is your commitment to maintaining your own INNER BALANCE. By harmonizing body, mind and heart, you are maintaining yourself in your highest enegetic vibration, and over time will notice that you become more present and centred in your life. This will not only have direct positive effects on your physical health, it will also help you to become more empowered in all aspects of your life. You may notice that you start to feel happier and more confident. Your work performance may improve. Your personal relationships may start to flourish. You may start to feel more confident expressing yourself emotionally. Inner balance naturally results in outer harmony. When we get the inner right, the outer will naturally follow.

For energetic re-balancing and maintaining wellness (and prevention of disease), i strongly recommend Acupuncture "tune-ups" every 4-5 weeks. Do this for yourself. Make the commitment to yourself and your life. Why? Because you are worth it. This is body-mind medicine. This is the highest form of self-care. By maintaining yourself in alignment, you are emitting the highest possible version of yourself to the world.

Article written by Rachel Berners (Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Acupuncturist & Cat Lover).


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Where we place our attention (energy) and for how long, governs our experience of life.

We live in a world where everything is competing for our attention. If we are not careful, we can easily get sucked into the addiction of the outer world. With the global web at our fingertips, we have never been more connected, yet at the same time we are dealing with a never ending source of stimulation.

To live in harmony, we must balance the experience of our outer world (yang) with our inner world (yin).

If we spend too much time focused on our outer world (people, places, things, check-lists, deadlines, pay-checks, problems Etc), it signals our bodies fight or flight response (fear) and we start to experience the physical symptoms of stress. We tend to dwell on things that worry or concern us, yet when we continue to place our attention (energy) on the things that are creating stress, all we do is attract more of that experience into our field. Living in a perpetual state of distraction and stress signals our genes to up-regulate proteins that trigger inflammation and disease.

When we "tune in" to our inner world, we place our attention (energy) on our internal landscape, the rhythm and depth of our breathing, the feelings and sensations in our body. We start to develop a relationship with our inner most self. By tuning inward we are letting go of the outer world and entering a place of deep stillness. A space for us "just to be". Balancing outward time with regular inward time helps us to recover from activity and exertion, reduces stress, and promotes the bodies natural self-regulating and self-healing mechanisms.

Research by the Heart Math Institute shows that regular practice of meditation creates greater levels of heart coherence, which reflects a more orderly and harmonious synchronization among various systems in the body. Heart coherence is associated with increased composure, increased energy levels, clear thinking, enhanced immune system function and hormonal balance (*See Reference Below).

Abandoning ourselves for the world creates suffering and disease. When we take the time to "tune inward", we give ourselves the greatest gift that we can give, that of our own presence.


The Divine has Your Back.

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I see myself, as a tiny spec in the void. A tiny particle of matter. Way, way out in the distance. Like a single grain of sand, immersed in the vast darkness of infinite space. I see myself. As this little physical body. Sitting quietly. Legs crossed and eyes closed. I am so far away. Yet so close and connected.

I slowly extend a hand out into the void. I watch it travel through the blackness of space, moving further and further away. It becomes smaller, and smaller, and smaller, as it moves towards the tiny spec of my physical body. As i make contact, i gently rest this hand on my back, in between my shoulder blades.

Suddenly, i snap back into my physical body. Sitting here on the floor, in this room in meditation. As i sense the space around my body in space, i feel the presence of something behind me. It is moving towards me. I feel a hand gently resting in my middle back, in between my shoulder blades. I feel the presence of divine love. Its warmth and softness embraces me. Very slowly, it starts to move through me. Initially my body feels afraid. It resists and contracts. Clinging to the familiar. Without words it communicates with me;

"It's ok, you are safe, let go and allow me to move through you",

"Let Go, ..... And allow me to move through you".

I come undone. Emotions rise to the surface. Uncontrollable tears roll down my face as the past dissolves away. My body shakes as energy moves through me. I continue to let go and allow myself to merge with its presence. It is the greatest feeling of ecstasy i have ever known. I feel it in every cell of my body. My energy body is thrust upwards, out of my physical body. I am now floating in the vast blackness of infinite space. I am pure consciousness.

I am here. I always have been. I have had your back the whole time. But you have forgotten me. You have been trying so hard to do everything on your own. I know you are tired. I have been observing you. You have been tough out there. Trying so hard to protect yourself. Don't you know? You are me. I am you. We are not separate, but one. You are all of this. The whole of the cosmos lives inside of you. You are whole and complete. You always have been. You have never been lost or forgotten. There are no wrong turns. There are no mistakes. There are no accidents. Every experience on the physical plane has been perfectly timed to bring you to this moment. The eternal present now. Even in your darkest hour i was there, observing you. Reminding you.

Divine loving intelligence has our back at all times. It is not "out there", or unreachable. We do not need to pray to it, this only reinforces our separation from it. It is within us, and all around us at all times. When we become very still and surrender, it will reveal itself to us. It has been there all along. Waiting for us to come home.

Article written by Rachel Berners (Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner & Cat Lover).