I don’t know about you, but I’m a person who gets their teeth into a topic, and holds on for dear life with the most extreme curiosity. This is almost always the case, when that topic is Spirituality or Religion.
There are questions I need answering, things that just don’t seem to add up. So here I am throwing those questions out into the arena – questions I’m daring to ask. Those who have been following my work will know, as a Buddhist God is not recognised as the creator. However, I’m in full acceptance, that many religious denominations recognise God in this way and also that my viewpoint may be disproven. So here are my Spiritual dilemmas……
Is God a person or an energy?
I raise this question, because some people say he is a person and refer to him as the father. Others say God is a supreme energy Omnipresent & Omnipotent. Whatever the description of God, many people believe in him as the creator of the universe and everything in it. But if God created the universe, surely he would have to exist somewhere to do it? Where could this be if he hadn’t yet created the universe? This now brings me on to whether God is a person or an energy. So let’s explore the two in relation to God having created the universe. If God is a person, which seems to be the case for many people even if this person is classed as a celestial being, he’s still referred to as the father. So if God is a person, then he must have been born of a mother or a father. Even if this was not the case and he was created in some other way, there has to be a root cause for his existence. Many people will have heard of cause and effect, the law of causality or the law of karma? This is a very Buddhist thing, but in a nutshell it means that anything which exists must have a root cause. This is the case whether its phenomenon, material or human etc it must have come from somewhere. Anyway back to the God question…..So if God is indeed a person, then he or she must have been born or created from somewhere. Therefore it kind of throws into question God’s creation of the universe. If he was indeed born of parents, they would need to have existed in a universe before God created it if that makes sense? However, some say God isn’t a person, but an energy that’s all around us and inside us. This is an interesting theory, because if God is indeed an energy it also throws into question, his creation of the universe. After all, an energy must exist somewhere in order to manifest.
So I’m sure you can see my dilemma? But here’s something further to think about… God is believed by many to be both omnipotent and omnipresent. Here are definitions of the two from the Oxford dictionary.
Omnipotent: Having total power; able to do anything – an omnipotent God.
Omnipresent: Present everywhere
So here we have God who is able to be everywhere at the same time, having total power to do anything. So how is this actually possible? And at the risk of cracking that old nutshell once again-why then does he allow such cruelty to happen in the world? Some would say this isn’t God’s will, its man’s will but even if that’s the case, You’d think this loving forgiving source would be horrified to the point of intervention, if only to offer some guidance wouldn’t you? But let’s say, a logical explanation exists to explain God’s lack
Why is it, we always expect things to go badly? Often without any valid reason, our minds jump and attach themselves to the worst possible scenarios. Consider the following examples – Do they sound like you?
We put ourselves through so much stress, anxiety, and mental anguish because we dwell constantly on the negative aspects of life – what could go wrong & fearing for the future before things have even happened. Many, even find themselves having to resort to anti – depressant medicines because of it. I’ve often wondered why our minds don’t automatically jump to the positive outcomes instead. Why do we always fear the worst? What are your thoughts on the subject? I’d love to hear them.
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There’s something about the silent early morning sky, when a sense of peace comparing to nothing else falls upon the Earth.
Some people find only lonliness in solitude but me! I find this time of day wonderful – a time to ponder or reflect. Although I find the chirping and tweeting of the little birds an outstanding melodious orchestra of glorious sound, for a millisecond I must confess my annoyance as it punctuate the silence.
What are your thoughts on silence? Please share & let’s ponder 😊
Haven’t tried Cupping yet? – Here’s 5 reasons why you should!
It’s a great pain reliever
It’s quick and you can even fit it into your work break
Cupping promotes healthy blood flow
It works on a much deeper level than many other treatments
It compliments conventional treatments to make them more effective
What is cupping?
Cupping is an alternative therapy thought to have originated in China. Glass or plastic cups are placed on the skin to create suction which can bring about healing with blood flow. In China, it’s believed the suction from cupping regulates the flow of “qi” or life force in the body. Qi means life force a Chinese word meaning life force. Cupping is believed to have been around since A.D. 281 to 341 & it’s widely used to balance yin and yang (negative and positive) This helps significantly with the body’s resistance to pathogens & its ability to increase blood flow and reduce pain. Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed, which in turn, can help speed up the healing process.
The two main categories of cupping performed today are:
* Dry cupping a suction-only method.
* Wet cupping may involve both suction and controlled medicinal bleeding.
Your practitioner, your medical condition, and your preferences will help determine what method is used.
What happens during a cupping treatment?
Depending on which type of cupping you have, the procedure will be slightly different.
For Dry Cupping
Plastic cups are most commonly used. You will be lay down or seated depending on the area affected. After a quite detailed assessment, small plastic cups will be placed on or around the affected area and a suction pump is used to draw up the skin. This also draws toxic or stagnant blood to the top of the skin which allows healthy blood to circulate. This helps to speed up the healing process quicker and more effectively. In certain areas where the blood is drawn up, colouring may be darker than in other areas, almost like bruising. This is healthy as it shows most of the stagnant blood has been moved. Any discolouration usually disappears in approx 10 days after treatment.
For Wet Cupping
For wet cupping, small glass cups are usually used. This is because fire is used to create the suction and of course the plastic cups would melt. Prior to wet cupping being done, the practitioner will apply plastic cups for a few minutes. Once the cups are removed, the practitioner will use a small scalpel blade to make small scratches on the skin. People often describe this process as a tickling feeling, not uncomfortable at all. These are only very tiny superficial scratches in the affected areas. Then a small piece of cotton wool soaked in surgical spirit is set alight. Very quickly it is put in and out of the cup to create suction and applied over the scratches. Once the cup is firmly in place, a small amount of blood will be drawn up into the cup. The blood drawn up will be stagnant and so appears thick & darker in colour. The cups are usually left on for around 10 – 15 mins before being removed.
This form of therapy produces very few side-effects. It does however depend on the person undergoing treatment, how quick the healing process takes place and there are certain precautions you can take such as drinking plenty of water after a treatment.
Some side effects you may experience are:
Circles on the skin where the cups have been applied (These usually disappear in 3 or 4 days or so)
Slight dizziness or light headedness
Slight itching as the scratches heal.
For best results, you may also want to fast or eat only light meals for two to three hours before your cupping session.
What conditions can cupping treat?
Cupping can treat a wide variety of conditions. It may be particularly effective at easing conditions that create muscle aches and pains. Some conditions where Cupping is effective are:
- facial paralysis
- cough and dyspnea
- lumbar disc herniation
- cervical spondylosis
For advice on cupping therapies or to book an appointment – please contact me at my email address below…
Don’t you feel sick & tired of ….well feeling sick & tired? Have you just had about all you can take of painkillers, side-effects and then more drugs to counteract those side-effects?
Ladies I know exactly how you feel! As a therapist, I’m visited by so many women who are trapped in this cycle of pain, discomfort and mental anguish of feeling trapped in the medication system. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not opposed to conventional medicine, in fact I’m a supporter of it in the right context. Just recently however I’ve been visited by so many people needlessly caught up in something which started off as a trivial imbalance and ended up taking them on a really frightening journey. If this sounds like you, don’t worry because I’m here to help you. After spending many years coming and going to & from from India, completing various courses in Traditional Indian Health Care and Wellbeing, it seemed only right to bring it back to the UK. So ladies! Here is where it’s all at. Based in Rochdale Greater Manchester I work by private appointment with ladies like yourself who are struggling with conditions relating to Mental, Physical & Spiritual health imbalance. Unlike the western philosophy, working in India has taught me the most imbalances and conditions come from the mind and how we perceive the world around us. The emotions we feel around situations, whether they’re positive or negative, have a huge impact on our physical well-being and vice versa. This is why Indian healthcare or Ayurveda, it’s such a valuable way to treat people. This form of treatment works with the whole body as a unit for example, in the west if you have a heart problem you go to a cardiologist, a stomach problem you go to a gastroenterologist and so on. in Ayurvedic healthcare however, we always look at the root of the problem and not the actual symptom. A really good example of this would be with stomach problems were lots of acid has accumulated. It’s really common to accumulate acid when we are feeling stressed, angry or afraid etc. Of course the diet we eat is a big part of the problem, but unless we deal with the emotion that’s underlying, it makes perfect sense to assume that no diet is going to cure the problem. Some of you reading this may never of tried traditional Indian treatments before and why should you? It’s very easy to take a painkiller or antacid tablet but believe me the problem will still be there, you’re only putting a sticking plaster over the top of it. Anyway enough from me, listed below are a range of treatments I offer. Please feel free to contact me by email to book an appointment if you feel you’d like to explore what else is out there.
Please Contact Me by Email for Advice or to Book an Appointment. Due to High Demand Appointments May Take Up to 14 Days
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HIJAMA or Cupping what exactly is it?
HIJAMA is an incredibly effective way to remove toxins from the blood. Many of my readers won’t be familiar with the name Hijama, but you made have heard about cupping therapy. These are the same thing, but why is cupping so widely used these days? And what are the benefits?
Well first of all, cupping therapy is not a new technique even though it’s fast becoming the ‘buzz therapy’ of the Western world. Like many other therapies and techniques, we Westerners adopt them as if we created them all by ourselves. After saying this, it isn’t always a bad thing to learn new ways of healing ourselves & others. Eastern therapies like cupping, are practised now more than ever before – let’s face it, we’re a pretty stressed out nation when you come to think about it. So what is HIJAMA?
Some say cupping is an ancient form of Chinese medicine, others say it’s an Islamic medicine. What we know for a fact, is that cupping is, and has been used in many cultures for hundreds of years but the Ebers Papyrus, written c. 1550 BC and one of the oldest medical textbooks in the Western world, describes the Egyptians’ use of cupping, while mentioning similar practices employed by Saharan people. In ancient Greece, Hippocrates (c. 400 BC) used cupping for internal disease and structural problems.
Hijama involves the application of cups on certain points on the body. There are 2 types of Hijama, Wet & Dry. First lets look at Wet Hijama. Wet cupping involves small incisions being made in the skin with a tiny blade, then glass cups are placed over those incisions to draw up the blood. The blood is drawn into the cup by a vacuum made by fire. The practitioner carrying out Hijama, will use a cotton wool ball soaked in surgical spirits and set alight. This will be quickly put in and out of the glass cup to create a vacuum before each cup is applied to the skin. The cup doesn’t get hot, but the vacuum will draw up the skin and of course the blood from the incisions. This all sounds really gruesome, in fact it’s completely painless. Dry cupping, works in exactly the same way except there are no incisions made in the skin. Sometimes a practitioner will use glass cups for dry cupping, but more often than not he or she will use plastic cups with a kind of pump to suck up the skin. The aim of Hijama, is to extract stagnated or congested blood from certain points around your body. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure). Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite. But because this therapy works on a very deep level, encouraging healthy bloodflow, means the body is able to heal quicker from other more serious diseases.
What are the benefits of cupping therapy?
* Improve blood flow.
* Improve immunity by increasing lymphatic output.
* Reduce inflammation.
* Calm the nervous system.
* Stretch muscles and connective tissue.
* Loosen restrictions and adhesions in the tissue.
* Provide relaxation.
* Optimize athletic performance.
* Remove toxic blood which carries disease around
* Allows the flow and circulation of health blood
To find out more or to book an appointment please contact me at Juliekellymail@gmail.com
In a recent conversation with one of my Christian friends, a really important question was raised. It seemed like a perfectly logical thing to ask.
She asked….. If our present suffering, is the result of past life karma, how can we logically cure it today?
if you want to know about your past life, look at the body you occupy today, and if you want to know about your next life, examine your mind.
My friend was looking at the issue from a single perspective. This being, if we are brought here with suffering from our past which we can do nothing about, how can we change it in the present? This quote makes perfect sense, and kind of answers the question beautifully. The remedy for changing suffering brought from past lives, is changing our mindset and the way we conduct ourselves in this one.
What are your thoughts on this wonderful subject?
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Forgiveness, is it the only way forward in our society today? Or simply a week watered-down solution to cover up the cracks that we have no answers to?
This is a discussion often had by religious leaders, about societies were violence is increasing.
Many people in my circle, know that I also for gave the man who murdered my husband back in 2005. Then there’s the inspirational Eva Kor, who lost all her family in the Nazi concentration camps after being horribly tortured & experimented on -but ended up forgiving her publically forgiving her captors. I Believe strongly that we are all victims of something. My husband was the victim of his killer & of his own karma & his killer was also a victim of his own karma, of society & of the values with which he was raised. Of course not everyone will agree with my views, and that’s why these debates are so wonderful. Some people will feel capital punishment is the only way forward, and that getting rid of the perpetrators is the only way to save the world in which we live. Others will be of the view that forgiveness should always prevail…..
Here I have two very powerful questions for debate:
1- what are your views on forgiveness?
2- Is there any real logic in handing out the death penalty to someone who committed murder?
Today I’m re-posting my latest you tube clip in honor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 84th Birthday. I did post it on his 81st Birthday and would you believe it’s been going around all that time? As many will know I qualified as a Laughter Yoga Leader in 2014 and have been running sessions up and down the country. So what is Laughter Yoga? Well it was born in India Mumbai back in 1995 by a medical doctor Madan Kataria. Dr Kataria wanted to look at the connection between joyfulness & good health. After a lot of research and practical work he came up with Laughter Yoga Clubs. I’m not going to talk too much about Dr Kataria’s work but you can find out more on the link below http://laughteryogasalonnyc.com/drkataria.html For now enjoy my video, join in have a good laugh and celebrate life!