|Posted by Beverley Anne Freeman on July 28, 2019 at 7:40 AM|
There has been a lot of talk recently about self-love, loving yourself and I wonder if people really understand what self-love is and why its important. After all, didn’t Jesus say, ‘love thy neighbour’, so how do we love ourselves and everybody else at the same time.
To understand the concept of self-love, we really need to look at the ‘laws of the universe’. The universe works on a set of principles which are complex, diverse and perfect and yet when broken down are also incredibly simple to follow and work with. It’s the understanding of them which creates confusion amongst humans. To a large extent, humans often try to describe a set of non-physical principles in a physical way, this is how these ‘laws’ become misconstrued.
Let’s look at Karma…. The law of cause and effect…..
Now most people think that if you do something good or bad then some invisible force will create the same situation coming back to you. So, if you do lots of charity work, you will in effect get more abundance back in your life. If you murder someone, you will get bad things coming into your life, etc. I suggest you look at Karma in a different light.
The law of karma does indeed, suggests that what you give out you get back, the less accepted information suggests that it’s our creation. We create situations in accordance with our karma by how we think or feel about certain situations. If you have done something that you feel guilty, embarrassed or anxious about you will create a situation that reflects this. This will be a reoccurring pattern that will continue until we heal the emotion in ourselves. The same goes for the positive, if we feel we have done ‘good’ we will create more opportunities to ‘feel’ good in our lives, by doing this we are learning to accept (or heal) love and abundance.
This leads us to ‘The Laws of Attraction’…………..
As with the law of karma, the laws of attraction will continue to work perfectly in alignment with our deepest beliefs and fears about ourselves, our lives and the physical experience in its entirety. This means that what we belief about ourselves on a deep subconscious level will manifest itself into a physical reality for the purpose of learning and ultimately, healing. All laws of attraction and karma are for the purpose of healing the soul. The soul has little concern for the physical experience, only that the physical is a tool for spiritual growth. Spiritual growth occurs through learning experiences, that ‘force’ us to heal on a deep soul level. This is what is meant by ‘pain is your greatest teacher’. Painful experiences are the gifts we gift to ourselves to reach a more enlightened state of being, or at least depending on our ability to learn and heal, the opportunity for this to happen.
“There is nothing ‘wrong’ in the world. It is all working perfectly in balance with the laws of nature and the universal principles.” Abraham Hicks
So, if what we believe about ourselves on a deep subconscious level manifests itself into the life, we are living then it’s time to look at what is in our subconscious. Most of our subconscious beliefs are formed in our childhood years in addition to experiences we have as we move into adulthood. After this, everything both good and bad is a manifestation of those beliefs we create.
Sorry to tell you but those failed relationships, negative experiences, horrible bosses and co-workers and health problems are manifestations of our subconscious mind in accordance with the natural spiritual laws.
So how can we change our deep-seated beliefs and childhood programming? Its basically a case of looking deep within ourselves, looking at what has embodied itself there, how that is impacting your life in the present moment and how you have created and manifested your life experiences so far. Only by healing the root cause and then creating practices to re-programme the subconscious mind can we make changes for the better.
At the root of all negativity in our life is a desire to heal something. Its like a big wake-up call that shouts out to us and says, ‘come on now, its time to get straight and be happy’. The most powerful emotion in the universe is love. If you have a difficult situation send love, if you a behaving in a self-destructive way (i.e. addictions, etc.) then send love to yourself, if you are ill, send love to the part of your body which is affected (this is truly what healing is anyway), if a person is causing you misery, send them love. The only true healer is love.
Self-love is a state of knowing (or remembering) who you truly are. A divine spark of God, a pure light having a physical ‘learning’ experience. In this sense you are actually infinite, untouchable, indestructible…. Eternal. If you can remember this you will never be in a state of ‘pain’, because you cannot be in pain, you can be only ‘love’.
To be able to fully heal you need to dig deep into your thoughts, feelings, behaviours and pathology. Change the subconscious re-programming that occurred from conception to seven years old and start to implement a state of self-love to move forward in a more blissful existence.
Self-love is honoring your feelings, teaching others how to treat you with respect, its loving who you are with all your imperfections, total acceptance of who you are and what your capabilities are. Quietening of the ego and always listening to the place in you which is love. Self-love is not about seeking God outside of yourself but knowing that God is within you.
Sex outside of a loving relationship, eating processed foods, over consumption of alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, laziness, tardiness and indulging in relationships with those who do not make us feel good are all ways we seek happiness outside of ourselves. When we do this it becomes a ‘temporary feel-good solution’ that in no time at all wears off. This cycle of behavious ultimately leads to co-dependency, depression and a constant craving for new experiences.
When we learn how to love ourselves fully and completely, we no longer require these external validations but instead feel a sense of peace and wellbeing in all that we are.
Self-love does not go against being of service in the world. We can give to others in service to humanity, it is possible for every single person to contribute to raising to the vibration of the human race. The most profound and powerful way to be of service is to step into our authenticity and life life purpose, using your unique talents and skills for the furtherance of good. Only in this balance of self-love and service will you ever create, manifest or experience your fullest and most abundant life.
|Posted by Beverley Anne Freeman on January 2, 2019 at 7:15 AM|
Blog – Why Set Goals 2019
So this time of year is a perfect time to set yourself new goals and challenges, although, to be honest we can set ourselves goals throughout the year. If you set unrealistic goals or don’t have an action plan behind them your likely to fall short of your targets. This article is a simple guide to setting goals and making sure you reach them, making way for new challenges and goals thereafter.
Why would you want to challenge yourself at all?
The human brain is wired to make life easier for us to do day to day activities, these form habits. Our habits shape our experience and our experience creates our emotions and beliefs about how life is. These ‘beliefs’ actually work with the creative energy force of the universes to create our future. If you are happy with the way your life is going right now, then it’s important to keep consistent in your creative mode. However, if there are areas of your life which you feel need either a tweak or a complete overhaul, then read on….
A challenge is something outside of our normal behaviour and should encourage a more productive set of behaviours that can form habits. In Lally's study, it took anywhere from 18 days to 254 days for people to form a new habit. In other words, if you want to set your expectations appropriately, the truth is that it will probably take you anywhere from two months to eight months to build a new behaviour into your life — not 21 days.
Goal setting will enable you visualise the final results and break it down in to achievable short terms goals, so you don’t feel overwhelmed.
Remember the only failure is not to try at all.
So here is a common goals you may want to set yourself for 2019 and a breakdown of how to get there.
1. Health & Fitness Goals
Overall Target May look like one of these:
• Lose 1 stone in Weight (or gain if your building)
• Get body fat percentage down to 22%
• Reduce BMI by 5%
• Lose 3 inches from chest, waist and hips (or if your building it may be gains)
• Decide on a 1-month goal, a 2 month goal, 3 month goal, 6 month goal and a 12 month goal.
The obvious place to start here is with 2 areas:
Diet Action Plan:
First 7 days
• Join a slimming club
• Get help from a professional like a PT or a nutritionist
• Devise your own plan by calculating your micros and use a tracker like My Fitness Pal – If so, do your calculations and download App.
• Get a book to record your results, this will depend on your target.
• Take photos front on and side on
• Buy a small amount of the foods set out in your plan, try not to go too much outside your regular eating otherwise your likely to feel deficient and give up. You can always add more healthy foods and set yourself tighter challenges as you go along. Swapping nuts for crisps could be a small goal towards a healthier life style.
Fitness Action Plan
• Decide what exercise you enjoy, don’t join a gym if you’re never going to go. Instead try something like walking or join a dance class and commit to going for at least 8 weeks.
• If your walking, download some tunes or an audio book to listen.
• Organise your diary to make time for exercise, make sure is achievable.
• You may enlist the help of a personal trainer or coach to help you train and motivate you.
• Join classes like Tai Chi, Yoga or Pilates, Zumba or aerobics, swim or do a home fitness DVD.
• Whatever you choose, commit to doing it on set days at set times, try to do some activity every single day, even if its just a 15 min walk.
• Record your results in a book and take photos to keep you motivated.
After 1 – 2 months
• Review your results
• If you’re overall goal was to lose 3” of body fat and you have lost 1.5” make a new goal for the next 4 weeks.
• If you result has been under what has been expected tweak your action plan.
• Decide on your long-term goal
• Break it down into small achievable goals
• Create an action plan
Attitude Is Everything
This is my favourite story which tells you attitude is everything.
Jerry was the kind of guy you love to hate. He was always in a good mood and always had something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, "If I were any better, I would be twins!"
He was a unique manager because he had several waiters who had followed him around from restaurant to restaurant. The reason the waiters followed Jerry was because of his attitude. He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Jerry was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.
Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to Jerry and asked him, "I don't get it! You can't be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?" Jerry replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, 'Jerry, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood.' I choose to be in a good mood. Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining, or I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life. Attitude is everything."
"Yeah, right, it's not that easy," I protested. "Yes, it is," Jerry said. "Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people will affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It's your choice how you live life."
I reflected on what Jerry said. Soon thereafter, I left the restaurant industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.
Several years later, I heard that Jerry did something you are never supposed to do in a restaurant business: He left the back door open one morning and was held up at gunpoint by three armed robbers. While trying to open the safe, his hand, shaking from nervousness, slipped off the combination. The robbers panicked and shot him. Luckily, Jerry was found relatively quickly and rushed to the local trauma centre.
After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Jerry was released from the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his body. I saw Jerry about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he was, he replied, "If I were any better, I'd be twins. Wanna see my scars?"
I declined to see his wounds but did ask him what had gone through his mind as the robbery took place. "The first thing that went through my mind was that I should have locked the back door," Jerry replied. "Then, as I lay on the floor, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live, or I could choose to die. I chose to live."
"Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?" I asked. Jerry continued, "The paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the emergency room and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read, 'He's a dead man.' I knew I needed to take action."
"What did you do?" I asked.
"Well, there was a big, burly nurse shouting questions at me," said Jerry. "She asked if I was allergic to anything. 'Yes,' I replied. The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, 'Bullets!' Over their laughter, I told them, 'Look, I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead."
Jerry lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude. Attitude saved Jerry's life. Attitude is everything.
I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully. Attitude is everything. We can choose our attitude look on the positive side. Face the sun and let the shadow behind and you will in good mood every day.
|Posted by Beverley Anne Freeman on December 27, 2018 at 6:45 PM|
"All shallow roots must be uprooted, because they are not deep enough to sustain you"
~ A Course in Miracles
New year is always a time for reflection and this year I have been incredibly blessed. I have also felt immense love and support from clients old and new. I closed my beloved business in Cheshire in October 2017 to embark on a journey to pastures new with my long-term partner in Portugal. Well, as many times in my experience, that did not turn out as planned. The many problems we had in our relationship over the previous six years accumulated to an inevitable separation, all within three weeks of my arrival.
2018 was spent strolling endless sunny days in Portugal, walking the beautiful Algarve beaches and around 4 hours of meditation per day. During these self-indulgent, reflective and healing 12 months of my life I embarked on a deep spiritual peregrination. Through prayer, meditation, reading thought provoking books and watching inspirational talks I pieced together the layers of my life. I started to form a deeper understanding of Self and in turn, a peace that only love can deliver. A love experienced through a deep awareness of that which already Is.
All days rolled into one and time became irrelevant, knowing only light and dark; day and night. Initially I went to a familiar spiritual practice for me, meditation. Spending many hours on the beach, listening to the rolling waves, lifting myself higher to become the glorious, solid rock formations that surrounded me. I became lighter and lighter as I my consciousness floated up into the clouds. During these meditations I started to feel a deep connection to my own soul. I saw myself as a huge reflective being that had the ability to create as nature creates. I understood that all in the physical existence has the ability to create, reflect and perceive whilst being completely connected.
As hours, days and months unravelled so did the conditioning of my mind. Once I had felt the warmth and love of my soul I started to move into the expanded awareness of collective consciousness and the oneness of all. Meditation allowed me to hear the heart beat of all humans, all trees, plants, animals and birds. To transcend beyond the veil of the illusion into the reality of all that there is. I understood completely that the physical reality is filled with illusions that cause so much sadness and yet can equally give us a perception of joy. I understood that only love is real. All is pure love energy expressing itself in different forms to ‘experience’ at various levels of consciousness.
Meandering the streets of Portimao I started to see myself in all that surrounded me, every face I met, every voice I heard and every landscape and building. Looking at the outside world to understand your inner world gives a lighter look at situations, knowing that the creative life force energy within you, the true essence of who you are and the ‘God mind’ is experiencing as you experience.
Meditation led me to a deep love for God and all that was around me. This led me to prayer and prayer led me to gratitude. Daily spiritual practices enhanced my understanding without saying a single word. All the knowledge I had gained of some 30 years of reading spiritual books could not have given what a year of deep, extended periods of inner work had (and continue to do so).
You maybe be wondering how I afforded to pay my bills and do all this inner work. Well, once I felt the pure unconditional love that was me, my creative juices flowed beyond anything I had experienced before. I started to transform my business from the UK high street to a global online business through creative marketing and new concepts. Once I walked into a place where fear did not and could not exist, I began to ‘download’ ideas at a rate so rapid that I could barely keep up.
Online projects that in previous years had only drifted in like shadows. Books that needed writing, courses, new teaching methods and other products and services that felt perfectly in alignment with my soul. When working with clients online, I was downloading information and involuntarily using ‘inspired speaking’ to nurture, inspire and coach. I sat for trance and gave distance healing to people 1000’s of miles away in far off countries such as Africa, Australia and America with reports of extraordinary results. I met amazing people, made some life long friends and felt only beauty and joy in interactions with others.
When I moved into my apartment in Portimao it was a relatively new build with open spaces of over growth and wild, unruly flowers and trees, entwined with recalcitrant weeds. This was not only a reflection of my relationship but of the torrid state of mind I had been convincingly (to most) holding together for many months. The cluttered, unorganised, oppressive and unattractive view was a reflection of my own self-worth. It was showing me how chaotic my life had become, and the relationship was toxic like the weeds, taking my breath and binding me from physical and spiritual progression. During my remembering process that I was indeed unconditional love, a miracle occurred. In spring bulldozers came and started to clear the wild plants which surrounded my apartment. A direct reflection of the healing and inner cleansing I was doing. Within weeks the landscape changed from unkempt foliage to flat, smooth, clay coloured open views.
By summer 2018 a new apartment block was erected, showing me how I had started to rebuild the parts of me which required it and mirroring the creative life force which now flowed effortlessly through me. As the summer started to end and September dawned, new paths were built, small plants which would become great, beautiful trees formed gardens which represented it was time to move forward. I have successfully moved from a perceived shadow to a realisation that all life is an expression of God’s love in a physical form.
I now have more than an intellectual understanding of ‘spirituality’, but I have experienced a light so bright that it is not visible to the human eye. I light born of and unto love. Not the superficial romantic love of the earth plane but a deep connection with something that has no concept of time, space, judgment, hatred or greed.
So why are we here and what should we be doing? Questions pondered by humans since time began….. whenever that was. Well, the way I see it, is that we are all an expression of God trying to find our way back to its original source. The path to this is by the giving and receiving of pure love. ‘Pure’ love doesn’t hold judgment, nor does it have preferences. This means we must give authentic love to all people and things, regardless of what our human conditioning has taught us. We can not judge people by their actions, thoughts, speech and beliefs, but instead see and ‘know’ that all is a reflection of Self. Every person is an extension of the other (and an extension of you). This means that no one person can ever reach enlightenment until all reach enlightenment. If just one person is out of balance, we all are.
You must start by giving unconditional love to yourself. Meditation and prayer are essential to rekindling the love we have forgotten, love for who we are inside. Talk to the highest place in yourself and then listen to that same place to deeply understand. Steer away from hate, judgment and malice and instead practice love ad forgiveness. Only by doing this can you repair what has been broken. Be the creative process you desire and rather than seeing darkness in anything external see the world as your mirror. Work on yourself in order to right the wrongs of the world. To create a world with harmony we must first be the harmony. To create we must be that which we desire to be created. For truly, you are both healer and the healed.
Practice love, because love is the most contagious energy in the world, love creates miracles. May 2019 be full of miracles.
Beverley Anne Freeman
|Posted by Beverley Anne Freeman on August 21, 2018 at 4:10 PM|
I have been doing ‘psychic readings’ for around 20 years, I didn’t start doing readings professionally (i.e. charging people so I could make a living) until about 13 years ago. What I mean by a psychic reading is to sit with a person and with the assistance of cards tell them about themselves, their situations in current life and future predictions. I would estimate my overall success rate of predictions and accuracy at about 80%, meaning that about 80% of the time clients told me I was either accurate about the past, present or the future once it had happened. In addition to ‘psychic readings I have also communicated with spiritual realms where I have been able to provide people with relevant information about their deceased loved ones. I have done this in several ways; in the spiritualist churches giving demonstrations of mediumship, via private face to face readings with clients and over the internet and radio.
I have been teaching others how to develop for around 10 years and during this process have been learning about the process of these readings and their importance in society and the existence of the universe in general. My perception over the years has changed drastically as I have learned more about spirituality and science which studies ‘the unknown’ or non-physical realms of existence.
One thing I know for sure is that it is possible for all humans to delve into these areas of life as they are both innate and available to each of us. There are two things that will prevent a person from accessing the non-physical realms of existence which is: a lack of belief in the spiritual or in their own abilities and a lack of desire to explore these areas. Anyone who believes they can and is willing to try will develop both psychically and mediumisticly.
This is because we are made from the physical and the non-physical. The physical being the part of reality we see, feel and hear, that which we perceive to be ‘real’. The non-physical is the intangible, creative life force energy which we tend to call God or Spirit (both of which are just words made up by humans so neither having any relevance to the energy itself). To explore both psychic predictions and mediumship is to explore the realms of the non-physical which is a huge part of our existence.
Let’s start with psychic work. The psychic energy is consciousness and belongs in the ‘quantum field’ of energy. The quantum field theory (QFT) is the theoretical framework for constructing quantum mechanical models of subatomic particles in particle physics and quasiparticles in condensed matter physics. QFT treats particles as excited states of an underlying field, so these are called field quanta. In quantum field theory, quantum mechanical interactions among particles are described by interaction terms among the corresponding underlying quantum fields. To access the psychic part of a human is to access the ‘quantum’ energy of consciousness which holds within it all the knowledge and information surrounding all of existence.
If we look at theory of time and matter then we are simply just vibrational energy which looks like solid matter, therefore what we perceive to be real is actually an optical illusion. To work fully with a person’s ‘psychic energy’ is to see through the illusion of perception and into the vibrational energy of the person you are reading for. The subconscious mind already has a connection to our pure consciousness which speaks to us as intuition.
The energy vibration we resonate at (or the calibration of the energy) will feed into the non-physical realms (the universe) and look for a matching vibration, thus creating the perceived reality. This is how we subconsciously shape and create our future.
It is therefore my understanding that to successfully read for a person on a psychic level, we simply need to enter the quantum field and access the knowledge the universe holds on this person whilst accurately reading their current energy vibration which will tell us what they will create in the future. This is why we don’t need to be sat in front of a person, in the quantum field time and space do not exist, in fact nothing exists except consciousness. A person will create their future based on their energy vibration at any given time, if a person’s energy creates a dramatic shift in perception, for example, they heal from serious depression or abstain from an addiction, then the future will change. Their energy vibration will change and in affect so will their future. This is why a psychic can only give an accurate prediction based on the current energy vibration of a person. Hence, why as discussed earlier only around 80% of my predictions have been completely accurate. In some cases, only elements of the future will change in accordance to subtle changes in energy vibration.
Speaking to loved ones in spirit, I feel, is misunderstood by many. We are born from light and will go back into the light when we leave. Part of us never really leaves the light either. As the part of us which is God always remains in the light, only the human experience which is felt (the illusionary perception) resides here. Therefore that which is God, or the spirit world is nothing only pure love and consciousness, a place without physicality and individualism. When the consciousness of our loved ones connects with us (or a medium), they give us an impression so that we may know who is communicating. So you may speak to a medium who will tell you I have a gentleman here with me who is giving the name John, he looks like, such and such, he tells me such and such…. This is so that you will know who is communicating but its not an accurate description of what he looks like now. He’s more likely to look like a mass of pulsating light. When we return to pure love we go back to our original form which is ‘pure love’. Even whilst we are having this ‘experience’ we are only really ‘pure love’ it’s the true essence/form of us.
Again, to enter the place of spiritual energy is to move beyond the physical experience we call life and enter the ‘consciousness’ or ‘quantum’ realm, again knowing nothing of time and space (both human descriptions to make life ‘feel’ more real). Its completely natural here. Its who we truly are. The memory of this is what draws us near, it’s the memory of home which makes us curious of the place our loved ones now reside, the ‘memory’ of this is our intuitive guidance system. That’s why is completely natural to ‘tap’ in to this psychic and mediumistic awareness.
I have developed 2 plans to help people understand this more. Either you can develop the natural psychic and mediumship tendencies you already feel, or you can develop your spiritual self and create a better awareness of the non-physical side of your being. Both plans consist of 10 one-hour sessions via Skype video or Zoom video meeting. If you feel confused by what your experiencing or wish to create a greater awareness of it, or if you love spiritual subjects and want it to enhance your life, contact me today at www.beverleyannefreeman.com.
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|Posted by Beverley Anne Freeman on August 16, 2018 at 1:05 PM|
There has been a huge focus on healing yourself with the power of the mind and I wanted to delve deeper into this subject. I am a great believer in the power of the mind and also the creative force of God or source energy to produce anything in this current experience we are having. I believe we have the power to heal anything in our life, whether it be the body, our mind, relationships, financial abundance, etc. We have the power to change, that which we created.
A huge question though is why do we create illness and at what point? In addition, why would a child suffer/create illness or abuse and at what point is it created? Are we completely responsible for this life we are living? Can we blame things such as cancer on the food we eat, genetics or our environment? Is all cancer or illness caused by stress and fear? These questions although scary, should be brought into the forefront of spiritual teachings, these after all are the fundamental issues which we should be addressing as a race.
I like to think I have a high level of understanding of the laws of attraction, the manifestation process and the spiritual concepts which make up the belief systems that the universe ‘creates’. I am an elementary student of “A Course in Miracles” and take time to, not only study and learn from the resources available to us in the physical but also, to converse and blend with God on a daily basis to learn more. However, the questions above are never really clearly defined, only touched upon with explanations that to believe, mean that we must accept that by nature human beings are as ‘self-destructive’ as they are ‘self-loving’.
Let’s look at the universal principles and the brains ability to create. Most of us by now know that we are creating our lives based on our thoughts and feelings. The thoughts and feelings we have affect our brain waves, which create our energy vibration. Our energy vibration is alive with creativity and is an infinite power (meaning it has no end), the vibrations we give off move into the world, seeking out other vibrations that are a match, meeting up like old friends and excitedly creating new things together. This is how we shape our lives and bring forth experiences which we ourselves give meaning to. We have the ability to perceive every experience as either good or bad, the universe does not have opinion, only we can decide if an experience is enjoyable or not.
If we think positive or negative we create more of it as the energy vibration from these thoughts go out into the universe and seek out more of the same. Fear creates more fear, etc. Our body is a physical representation of our soul in the physical reality and therefore responds, reflects and re-iterates what is going on in you. It’s the subconscious mind which will be the control room of the body. If a child experiences suppression of say their voice, it could be that the same adult will then create a ‘fear’ of speaking up, the physical representation could be a thyroid issue or throat cancer. If the control room (the subconscious mind) can create the condition, then it almost certainly has the power to take it away.
So, to believe we can heal anything with the mind is also to believe we create that which we do not want. This actually upholds a massive responsibility on us as individuals, but it is also a ‘mass consciousness’ responsibility as well.
Let’s use cancer as the example, simply because its one of the prominent concerns at this moment (however, the same principle can be applied to any condition of the mind or body). Cancer is on the news, cancer is on the radio, cancer is on the wall in the waiting room, cancer is on social media, cancer runs in the family; go for a check-up, give generously, check for lumps, he/she died of cancer…..on and on is this culture of the word cancer. Cancer is a word, made up by humans but we have given it a meaning ….cancer could mean ’a death sentence’, or a challenge, it could mean
chemo, going under the knife, well its whatever meaning you give to it. If you told a child cancer was a chocolate bar, they wouldn’t know any difference. So, its not the word ‘cancer’ it’s the fear it creates which activates a response in the mind and the body. The world is actually creating a fear, a perception and in turn its creating more cancer in the world. If you happen to bring cancer into your physical experience, then you have to be a vibrational match for it on some level. Otherwise it wouldn’t be in your experience at all.
“There is a greater belief in the world today that cancer kills, than there is in the power of God to heal.” Marianne Williamson.
Its very interesting that when genes were studied in relation to cancer, not only children of the biological parents developed cancer but adopted children also developed cancer within the same family. In actual fact, cancer isn’t contagious, thoughts are. It has been discovered that genetics are not responsible for illness running in blood lines, but belief patterns within the family.
Children do not create chronic illness, adults do. It’s a response to a collective thought process in the human race today. We are all responsible for the next generation, not just those with children. That’s why its so important that as a race we take responsibility for our thoughts, perceptions and actions. The only way to stop children being born with cancer, HIV, and other such horrific conditions is to change our perception from Fear to Love. Treating not only yourself with kindness and compassion but those around us is the only way to eradicate human suffering. It’s the individual where we start, but it’s the collective where it will make the biggest difference. Since there is no place where I start, and you end we are all in this together. ‘Infinite’ doesn’t mean I stop with people who believe what I believe, or people who are the same colour, those who have table manners or don’t swear… ‘infinite’ means no end. To end suffering and illness in the world means to extend love to all.
Can someone with MS, fibromyalgia, arthritis, cancer, thyroid, diabetes, lyme, etc, etc. cure themselves with their mind? Yes, they can. I actually thought that understanding where it came from was the first step to healing, but to be honest, its really more about reprogramming the mind to health than understanding the illness. The first step is to take away the power from the illness and give the power back to yourself as the creator of the illness. Then its important to love every part of yourself, including the illness and the symptoms. The next part is the reprogramming back to health, this can take time but with love, compassion and kindness to yourself from the inside out, all things can be healed.
Medicines can also be important in the healing process if they help you to believe that healing is occurring. If a person developed a tumour, it maybe that they wish it to be removed before they start the self-healing process further. The reason for this, is that in their own mind, the tumour must be cut out of the body to find the necessary peace to move forward. However, it’s not entirely necessary. Working with a coach to help with the mind reprogramming can work with the assistance of medical intervention, although the mind has the power to heal the body alone. The real focus here, should not be about healing but wellness. Create a healthy relationship with yourself and healthy things occur in your life.
|Posted by Beverley Anne Freeman on July 16, 2018 at 12:00 PM|
The Secret Behind ‘The Secret’
Many people read ‘The Secret’ in awe, bringing forth this new revelation into their lives. A secret to a bigger house, a faster car, an amazing new job and the perfect relationship. The steps were simple, repeat affirmations, create a vision board and think positive.
It worked for some; the big house, the car, the relationship and the promotion. For others it wasn’t so easy. Some people no matter how hard they tried, affirmed and glued their vision boards together, they still didn’t get what they asked for. The universe just wasn’t listening……..or so it seemed.
Let me enlighten you on something, whether you get what you ask for or you don’t, the real question should be are you happy? Why would gaining all those things you asked for not make you happy? Well, because the ‘law of attraction’ means that you always get more of what you put out. If you are asking for ‘stuff’ you will create ‘more asking’, if you keep on asking, you create ‘more want’ and if you create ‘more want’ you get more ‘lack’. In other words, if you ‘want more’, you ‘lack more’. What you are very effectively creating is discontentment.
The ‘law of attraction’ and ‘the secret’ are correct in what they teach but the way in which it is taught is inevitably going to have you running around in circles of creation. These circles of creation will create a feeling of dissatisfaction, of never having enough or in the case of those who have failed to manifest very little, complete despondency. Despondency is a dangerous place to be because it is a fear-based emotion which can grow into dis-ease of the physical world.
It’s important to understand the dynamics of creation and the existence in which we are having this physical experience. The whole of the physical world is made of vibrating molecules which are made up of indivisible atoms. The atoms are vibrating at a frequency which our receptors in the brain evaluate with a sophisticated ‘memory code programme’, this in turn creates how we see the vibrating atoms. This all happens rather quickly so we see a bunch of vibrating atoms and our memory bank tells us ‘it’s a coffee table’. However, if our memory bank told us it was a sofa, since we would have no reason to doubt our memory bank, that is the experience we would have. Therefore, the whole world is based on what our perception of it is. Our perception gives meaning to the world around us based on our past experience or memory bank. If we have no previous memory of something, then we either learn about it or attach it to the nearest memory we can. In fact, all of the physical world is simply that which we give meaning to and is therefore much more illusionary than reality.
This should help you to understand that its our perception of the physical world that creates our reality and makes the things around us believable. These ‘believable’ images around us create feelings towards the perception, which in turn works with the creative life force energy (which is our ‘true self’) to continue to create ‘the experience of life’. The experience we have which we call life, although appears to be shared is actually our own based on the that which we create through our illusionary perception. Remember those vibrating atoms? In a nut shell ‘we’ create the life we have based, on our thoughts, feelings, passed experiences and creative life force energy. Therefore, as described in ‘The Secret’ we ARE capable of creating anything which we wish to bring in this ‘experience’ we are having, although from a deeper perspective than which the secret would have us believe.
Unfortunately, the information in ‘The Secret’ was well intentioned but was huge mis-education to many people who started to ‘manifest’ the material things they desired. These people are now in one of two places:
a. They got more discontent, manifested more ‘lack’, more ‘need’ and more ‘desire’; subsequently giving up on ‘The Secret’ entirely.
b. They had measured success, continued to investigate manifestation on a deeper level and are either on the journey towards or have discovered the truths of manifestation and abundance.
The secret behind ‘The Secret’ lies not in the understanding of the laws of the universe but the knowing that you ARE the universe. When you understand fully that you are not just inherently a creative being but are in fact an extension of all creation, you can fully appreciate your power. When you understand your power you also understand the responsibility which goes hand in hand with that power.
It actually puts theories like ‘fate’ and ‘if its meant to be, it will be’ and ‘whatever is God’s will’ completely out the window and down the garden path.
You can begin to understand that you create it all; from the bed your sleeping in, to the brand of toothpaste you use, the bus driver who takes you to work and your conversation with the receptionist as you arrive. Are you creating from a place of love, peace, gratitude and stillness? Or are you creating from greed, fear, lack, guilt and shame? Most people flip between the two places which is why they have a ying and yang experience of reality.
Understand that your outer world is a reflection of your inner world and you can start to appreciate that the self-destructive relationship, the boring job, the bills that need paying and that little baby which makes you smile, all come from your ying and yang belief systems.
People talk about default and conscious creation. It’s my belief that we create by default 100% of the time. Always creating from the heart means that what ever your heart is filled with is what will come out, thus creating your physical experience.
What does this mean for you? It means what you fear it means… it means that you are creating by default based on your inner world and deep-seated beliefs that you hold about yourself and the world around you. So, if you suffered abandonment, neglect, trauma – your world is most likely in trouble.
Doing the work to heal your inner world is the only way to create joy and happiness in your physical reality. It takes work and a willingness to let love in and is a far cry from affirmations and a vision board.
What I am suggesting is that if you look at the deepest, darkest place within yourself and then send love and light to those places you will indeed start to allow love and light into your physical reality. I’m talking about facing your fears, practicing forgiveness and giving unconditional love to all places in your mind. Its only by understanding that you are the unconditional love you seek will it start to show up in your life.
I was walking up hill with a heavy shopping bag, I was tired and hot. I felt for a moment detached from my physical body. I felt transported into the clouds and then I heard God’s voice (or what I perceived to be God’s voice) and its said to me “You are enough”. Of course, in that moment of complete clarity I realised that, I am enough! I can’t truly ever need or want more than what I have got in this present moment, because if I truly needed something I would have it. The feeling of wanting more is actually an illusion created by my own false self.
The real secret behind ‘The Secret’ is that you will always create from internal, from true self, from the heart and never will you create from your false perception. Which is why when people want to manifest winning the lottery, if they do not feel truly deserving or truly at peace with winning the lottery it will not happen. If you wish to manifest money you have to go deep within your self and heal any feelings of unworthiness you have ingrained within you. If you wish to create a mutually loving and beneficial relationship, you need to heal the way you are loving yourself and if you wish to create a family then you have to forgive anyone who broke your trust. We manifest our lives from the inside out. This is the true secret, that which is not really a secret at all, but indeed a divine truth. If you wish to create perfect health, wealth, love and happiness then you have to be all those things inside. You have to love your body, let go of all fears of money and material possessions and know that you truly deserve happiness. As God is manifested within you, so shall you be.
|Posted by Beverley Anne Freeman on February 28, 2018 at 6:20 AM|
As a traditional psychotherapist, Dr. Brian Weiss was astonished and skeptical when one of his patients began recalling past-life traumas that seemed to hold the key to her recurring nightmares and anxiety attacks. His skepticism was eroded, however, when she began to channel messages from “the space between lives,” which contained remarkable revelations about Dr. Weiss’s family and his dead son. Using past-life therapy, he was able to cure the patient and embark on a new, more meaningful phase of his own career.
A graduate of Columbia University and Yale Medical School, Brian L. Weiss M.D. is Chairman Emeritus of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami. Dr. Weiss conducts national and international seminars and experiential workshops as well as training programs for professionals.
I participated in a 4 day training programme with Dr Brian Weiss in London in 2015 where we learned much more about past lives and past life regression therapy. Having read all his books starting around 1995 to the present time, I was excited to train with the doctor. I qualified in Clinical Hypnosis in 2016 shortly after completing the course.
The 4 days were filled with regressions, stories of regression from the Doctor and exercises to aid 'experiences'. I myself had 4 or 5 past life experiences, extremely vivid and emotional. Some were ordinary lives but which still had a profound affect on my soul, another one saw me witness the crucifixion of Jesus. What became apparent was not so much the lives themselves, but my feelings towards them. It was in understanding my feelings that the 'therapy' occurred.
The Benefits of Past Life Regression Therapy
The benefits of past life regression therapy (PLRT) are numerous and often transformative. PLRT can heal deeper and get results much more quickly than many other therapeutic approaches.
Here are just a few of the advantages you can realize:
Clear emotional stress, trauma and physical issues
Calm feelings of anxiety and/or depression
Heal troubled relationships
Understand and change behaviours, patterns and tendencies
Uncover dormant past life gifts and talents and actualize those in this life
Reveal past life souls you know from this life
Mentally, emotionally and spiritually unify past life experiences with your soul’s life lessons
Reconnect with your Spiritual Centre
Receive spiritual guidance and direction
Experience universal wisdom and peace not always available to us in our Earthly bodies.
The Goal and the Process
Everything you’ve seen, felt and experienced in this life…as well as all the memories of your previous existences are housed in your subconscious…and then brought to light in your current consciousness during this process.
Even if You’ve Forgotten, Your Body Remembers
One of my past life therapy clients was a 68 year old man suffering with chronic pain in his left leg. This pain in his leg had been troubling him for years.
In our work together, he visited a past life in which he was a German soldier injured during the Franco-Prussian war. In an attempt to save his life, they cut off his leg, but he died shortly afterward in excruciating pain. That experience imprinted itself on his unconscious and manifested itself as a troubling pain in his leg in his current life. There was no organic origin for the pain in this lifetime.
That leg pain began mysteriously in his late 20’s. During his regression therapy session, he realized he was about the same age when injured in his past life. This often happens. An issue carried forward from a past life may not surface until the age of impact in the past life.
With that past life memory in his consciousness, he was able to recognize that the pain and the event were in the past and had nothing to do with his current life.
Almost miraculously, the pain that had bothered him most of his adult life was 90% gone. There is a good likelihood that there is another lifetime in which his leg was injured. If he continued to do PLRT work, and uncovered that lifetime, there’s a good chance he could be rid of the remaining 10%.
Traditional Therapy Doesn’t Always Work
When conventional therapy doesn’t work, there may be one simple reason. The therapist is looking for the trauma or problematic event (that caused the psychological issues) in the wrong place--or should I say time.
Almost every type of therapy assumes that traumas and important events from an individual’s past influence the present.
PLRT assumes that as well, the only difference is that the unconscious mind goes beyond this lifetime. It carries forth the events and repercussions from events that go beyond early childhood, prenatal and birth periods right into past existences.
You can see how it can be difficult to find the triggers if you don’t search back far enough. PLRT finds the root causes and therefore heals more deeply and quickly than traditional therapies.
When Past-Life Therapy Can Help
The release of old energetic blocks generates a flow of wonderful mental and emotional clarity, revealing the life-lessons needed to achieve happiness in this lifetime, while also advancing the course of future lifetimes.
Some of the more significant areas in which past-life therapy have traditionally been used are:
Troubling behaviour and attitude patterns that have persisted over time, despite attempts to change
Relationship dynamics that seem to have a life of their own (intense attraction/aversion to another person, deep-seated issues that defy resolution)
Phobias – intense fears, such as fear of heights or fear of water, that seem unconnected to an experience in the current life
Some chronic physical ailments, sensations and pains
Dominant attitudes or emotions that seem to persist throughout your life
Ingrained beliefs such as: “Leave me alone”, “No one understands me”, “Life isn’t fair”, “I have to do it alone”
There are other exciting ways in which past-life therapy is being applied.
We focus on the positive, rather than going after traumatic or troubling memories. PLRT is used to enhance one’s life by allowing individuals to ‘own,’ reclaim or rediscover gifts, abilities and talents from past lives; and to carry forward wonderful emotions for both healing and growth.
It Helps in Rewarding Areas as Well!
Accessing strengths and accomplishments from prior lifetimes can be brought forward to increase confidence and effectiveness in the present.
Re-experiencing a happy, successful lifetime; this can bring a sense of balance and peace when undergoing difficult times, fortifying us to work through our temporary difficulties
Clarifying direction and life purpose by viewing one’s ‘blueprint’ for this lifetime
Finding prior lifetimes shared with current loved ones, bringing a great sense of reassurance that we are indeed never parted from those we love
Accessing the wisdom, peace and guidance that is available from the spiritual realms between lifetimes where our higher mind and/or guiding ones can assess our progress and give direction to us for our current lifetime
Strengthening the clarity of the spiritual nature of our existence.
When you think about it, it’s freeing. Past life regression can bring you peace as it shines a light on the complicated tapestry of your total existence and your purpose as an evolving soul.
Life makes a lot more sense when you have a deeper understanding of the bigger picture.
|Posted by Beverley Anne Freeman on February 11, 2018 at 10:15 AM|
Health Goals for 2018?
Top Health Tips for 2018
So how many of you have decided that one of your new year resolutions for 2018 will be to engage in a health kick? Lots of you right? You maybe aware that in 2017 I completed my levels 4 & 5 in Nutrition and completed my Personal Training Level 3 certificate. I also engaged in a personal journey of healing with diet and fitness, overcoming thyroid and high blood sugar health issues. For me the journey continues daily, but I have learned a few things along the way. I have listed my top health tips to help you reach your goals for 2018. Use all of them daily or cherry pick your favourites!
1. Forget fad diets and ensure your diet has a balance of proteins, fats & carbohydrates but choose these carefully to ensure your feeding your body not feeding disease.
Below is a list of great sources of all three:
*Choose Organic, grass fed meat Peas
Root Vegetables such as; carrots, Parsnips
Full fat Greek yogurt
Grass Fed Butter
Oily Fish - salmon, mackerel
Dark Chocolate & organic Coco
2. Try eating within an 8 hour period, allowing for a daily 16 hour fast which has been found in scientific studies to improve over all health and energy levels (The 8 hour diet by David Zinczenko is a great book).
3. Eat 5 small potions per day, try preparing meals in advance and ensure you have healthy snacks on hand to avoid reaching for sugar filled snacks between meals. Things like hard-boiled eggs, a stick of cucumber or a hand full of nuts are good to have readily prepared to snack on if you feel peckish.
4. When eating out choose protein rich meals and ask for vegetables or salad on the side instead of chips, potatoes, pasta or rice. Say no to the complimentary bread roll at the start of the meal.
5. Drinks can be lethal, and you may not be aware of how many calories per day you are consuming in what you drink, My Fitness Pal App is a great way of tracking your micros and calorie consumption. For example, a coffee with milk is around 20 - 40 calories where as a Starbucks Latte is around 187 calories. Avoid fizzy drinks at all cost as they are full of sugar or artificial sweeteners, both of which are not good for you. Try fizzy mineral water with lime juice squeezed into it and a slice of cucumber as an alternative.
6. Start your day with boiling water, add a slice of lime, a cap full of raw organic mother apple cider vinegar and a sprinkle of sea salt, drink this every morning before you consume anything else.
7. Sprinkle cinnamon onto food to help control blood sugar.
8. Avoid 'white' foods which have been bleached such as white pasta and flour including white bread, this is especially true if your trying to shed body fat. Avoid white sugars and corn syrup as they serve no nutritional purpose in your diet, increase hunger and cause long term health problems.
9. Have relaxing baths at least twice a week. Add lavender, Epsom salts and Himalayan sea salt to baths before bed.
10. Vitamin supplements can be great and although you should aim to get all your nutrients from your food first, there are some essential vitamins and minerals you may wish to supplement. Choose a good organic brand without added ingredients. Multi vitamins rarely cover the correct amounts of each element so its better to take individual supplements.
Vitamins & Minerals
Slow release Vitamin C
Vitamin B complex
Omega 3, 6 & 9
Vitamin D3 (known as the happiness pill)
Branch Chain Amino Acid supplement
11. Probiotics and Prebiotics ensure a healthy gut and can be found in one capsule; I recommend Innopure brand from Amazon. Digestive enzymes are also a great way to ensure gut health, take one before meals.
12. Exercise daily doing whatever it is you enjoy, make time for some kind of body movement every day. Gym, weight training, yoga, Pilates, dancing, cycling, swimming, running, walking are all great forms of body movement. If you struggle; run up and down stairs for 20 mins every day, start by doing 5 mins and gradually build it up. If you don’t have stairs, take a brisk walk round the block for 20 mins daily.
13. Be careful of the sugar content in smoothies. Make your own and try using lots of vegetables for sweetness rather than fruit as these contain more sugar than recommended.
14. Smile - it’s a great facial exercise and being happy and thinking positive thoughts add massively to your overall well being.
Smoothies, recipes, and daily health plans all coming soon, thanks for subscribing.
|Posted by Beverley Anne Freeman on February 11, 2018 at 10:15 AM|
Can Science Prove Spirituality is Real?
So I was sat in a cafe the other day and got chatting to a quantum physicist; we got into a conversation of the theory of quantum physics proving that unknown realms exist. So can science prove the existence of other spiritual practices? Here's what my research found.....
The Science Of Spirituality: 7 Studies That Prove Being In Tune With Yourself Changes Your Life
To be spiritual is to value your mental and emotional experience more than you do your physical one. Though may conjure images of crystals and incense and slow, velvet-sounding talk of world peace, there is a ton of research that backs up the practical importance of spiritual practice.
1. Meditation physically changes the brain.
Harvard studies concluded that practicing meditation increases the density of grey matter in your brain – the cell bodies that govern muscle control and sensory perception such as seeing, hearing, memory, emotions, speech, decision-making, self-control, etc. These changes affect your memory, sense of self, ability to empathize, and cope with stress, among other things.
2. Positive thinking has been shown to increase opportunities in life.
Barbara Frederickson’s benchmark research on positive psychology found that consciously choosing to focus on the positive and therefore, inducing positive emotions each day not only improved quality of life, but external opportunities as well. She argues that positive psychology is actually a mind-training practicing that aims to intervene on the “hedonic treadmill effect,” which the idea that we return to a “baseline” happiness despite major positive or negative life changes. Essentially: you can re-write your inner “shift” and change your overall emotional experience for the better.
3. Being outside in nature changes the way you think.
Studies show that people who are outside more often (or who do not live in heavily populated cities) have lower levels of stress hormones and less activity in their subgenual prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that governs abnormalities in mood disorders. This is because people who are outside more often think differently – they have less external stimuli to remind them of something to brood over.
4. Deep breathing affects the heart, brain, digestion, immunity, and possibly even the expression of genes.
While it would make sense that deep breathing is your body’s built-in stress-reliever it also creates far more physical change than just a sense of calmness. Deep breathing is associated with improvement in heart function, digestion, the immune system, and even gene expression. Though the research is new, the practice isn’t: the yogi term for deep breathing, pranayama, means to control the life force and affect the body and mind.
5. Happiness is a collective phenomena: our emotional states are driven and created by those whose energies we are “open” to.
It’s easy to recognize how happy and unhappy people cluster together – whether socially or culturally. But longitudinal statistics suggest that these “groupings” are actually the result of the way happiness “spreads” between those we are open to having an emotional connection with. When we are receptive to other people’s energy (if you will) it changes our own. Research has shown this as the effects of connectivity creating happiness fades with time and separation, and does not apply between co-workers (to whom you do not have a personal connection).
6. Emotional intelligence is the key to personal and professional success.
Working on your emotional intelligence is the route to the success you desire – even when it doesn’t seem as though ‘emotion’ has anything to do with it. Being emotionally intelligent is to be able to perceive, use, understand and manage emotions, and both makes you receptive enough to respond to others (making you more aware of interpersonal relationships both at home and in the workplace).
7. Materialism has a direct link to low self-esteem; minimalism and simple living are associated with increased mental and physical well-being.
Spiritual practice traditionally rejects materialism in favor of something more ‘real,’ and science backs up the idea that physical items are in fact emotional buffers for dealing with a lack of self-esteem. People who live simply and minimally report an overall better quality of life as they are focused on what is truly important to them, and people who value money and possessions over other things are significantly more depressed
|Posted by Beverley Anne Freeman on February 11, 2018 at 10:10 AM|
Health Focus - The Amazing Benefits of Grapefruits!!
Grapefruit is a tropical citrus fruit known for its sweet and somewhat sour taste.
It's rich in nutrients, antioxidants and fibre, making it one of the healthiest citrus fruits you can eat.
Research shows that it may have some powerful health benefits, including weight loss and a reduced risk of heart disease.
Here are 10 evidence-based health benefits of grapefruit.
1. It's Low in Calories, Yet High in Nutrients
Grapefruit is an incredibly healthy food to include in your diet. That's because it's high in nutrients, but low in calories. In fact, it's one of the lowest-calorie fruits.
It provides a decent amount of fibre, in addition to more than 15 beneficial vitamins and minerals.
Here are some of the major nutrients found in half of a medium-sized grapefruit
Carbs: 13 grams
Protein: 1 gram
Fibre: 2 grams
Vitamin C: 64% of the RDI
Vitamin A: 28% of the RDI
Potassium: 5% of the RDI
Thiamine: 4% of the RDI
Folate: 4% of the RDI
Magnesium: 3% of the RDI
Additionally, it is a rich source of some powerful antioxidant plant compounds, which are likely responsible for many of its health benefits
2. It May Benefit Your Immune System
Eating grapefruit regularly may be beneficial for your immune system.
It's prized for its high content of vitamin C, which has antioxidant properties known to protect your cells from harmful bacteria and viruses
Additionally, several studies have shown vitamin C to be beneficial for helping people recover more quickly from the common cold
Many other vitamins and minerals found in grapefruit are known to benefit immunity, including vitamin A, which has been shown to help protect against inflammation and several infectious diseases.
Grapefruit also provides small amounts of B vitamins, zinc, copper and iron, which all work together in the body to promote immune system function. They also help maintain the integrity of your skin, which acts as a protective barrier to infection.
3. May Promote Appetite Control
Grapefruit contains a decent amount of fibre — 2 grams in half of a medium-sized fruit
Research shows that a diet high in fibre-rich fruits is beneficial for inducing feelings of fullness. This is because fibre slows the rate at which your stomach empties, increasing digestion time.
Thus, consuming adequate amounts of fibre may automatically help you eat fewer calories throughout the day by keeping your appetite at bay.
4. It Has Been Shown to Aid Weight Loss
Grapefruit is a weight loss friendly food.
It has several properties linked to weight loss, especially its fibre content, which helps promote fullness and reduce calorie intake.
Additionally, grapefruit contains few calories but lots of water, which is another characteristic known to help with weight loss.
One study in 91 obese subjects found that those who consumed half of a fresh grapefruit before meals lost significantly more weight than those who didn't.
In fact, those in the group that ate fresh grapefruit lost an average of 3.5 pounds (1.6 kg) over 12 weeks, while the participants in the group that didn't eat grapefruit lost less than 1 pound (0.3 kg), on average.
Other studies have found similar weight-reducing effects. For instance, one study found that participants experienced a reduced waist size when they consumed grapefruit daily with their meals
This isn't to say that grapefruit will produce weight loss on its own but adding it to an already healthy diet may prove to be beneficial.
5. Grapefruit May Help Prevent Insulin Resistance and Diabetes
Eating grapefruit regularly may have the potential to prevent insulin resistance, which can lead to diabetes.
Insulin resistance occurs when your cells stop responding to insulin.
Insulin is a hormone that regulates many processes in your body. For example, it's involved in many aspects of your metabolism, but it's most commonly known for its role in blood sugar control.
Insulin resistance ultimately leads to higher insulin and blood sugar levels, two primary risk factors for type 2 diabetes.
Eating grapefruit may help control insulin levels and thus can reduce your likelihood of becoming insulin resistant.
In one study, subjects who ate half of a fresh grapefruit before meals experienced a significant reduction in both insulin levels and insulin resistance, compared to the group that didn't eat grapefruit.
Furthermore, eating fruit as a whole is generally associated with better blood sugar control and a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.
6. Eating Grapefruit May Improve Heart Health
Regularly consuming grapefruit is thought to improve heart health by reducing risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol.
In one study, people who ate grapefruit three times daily for six weeks experienced significant reductions in blood pressure over the course of the study. They also showed improvements in total cholesterol and "bad" LDL cholesterol levels.
These effects are likely due to the important nutrients that grapefruit contains, which play a role in keeping your heart functioning properly.
First, grapefruit is fairly high in potassium, a mineral responsible for many aspects of heart health. Half a grapefruit provides about 5% of your daily potassium needs.
Adequate potassium intake is associated with a reduced risk of high blood pressure. Additionally, it has been shown to lower the risk of death from heart disease.
Second, the fibre in grapefruit may also boost heart health, given that a high fibre intake is associated with lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Overall, researchers claim that including fibre and antioxidant-rich fruits like grapefruit as part of a healthy diet helps protect against conditions like heart disease and stroke.
7. It's High in Powerful Antioxidants
Grapefruit contains a few different antioxidants that provide various health benefits, including a reduced risk of several diseases.
Antioxidants protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals, which are unstable molecules that may cause harmful reactions in your body.
Here's an overview of the most important antioxidants in grapefruit:
Vitamin C: A powerful, water-soluble antioxidant that is present in high amounts in grapefruit. It may protect cells from damage that often leads to heart disease and cancer.
Beta-carotene: It's converted into vitamin A in the body and thought to help reduce the risk of some chronic conditions, including heart disease, cancer and eye-related disorders like macular degeneration.
Lycopene: Known for its potential ability to prevent the development of certain types of cancer, especially prostate cancer. May also help slow the growth of tumours and decrease the side effects of common cancer treatments.
Flavanones: Their anti-inflammatory properties have been shown to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of heart disease.
8. May Reduce the Risk of Kidney Stones
Consuming grapefruit may reduce your risk of developing kidney stones, which result from a build-up of waste materials in the kidneys.
These waste materials are products of metabolism that are normally filtered through the kidneys and removed from the body in urine.
However, when they crystallize in the kidneys, they become stones. Larger kidney stones may cause a blockage in the urinary system, which can be incredibly painful.
The most common type of kidney stones is calcium oxalate stones. Citric acid, an organic acid found in grapefruit, may be effective at preventing them by binding with calcium in the kidneys and flushing it out of the body.
Also, citric acid can increase the volume and pH of your urine, producing an environment that is less favourable to the formation of kidney stones.
9. Very Hydrating
Grapefruit contains a lot of water and is, therefore, very hydrating. In fact, water makes up most of the fruit's weight.
There are almost 4 ounces (118 ml) of water in half of a medium grapefruit, which accounts for about 88% of its total weight.
While drinking lots of water is the best way to stay hydrated, eating water-rich foods can also help.
10. Easy to Add to Your Diet
Grapefruit requires little-to-no preparation, so it's easy to add to your diet.
Even if you live a busy, on-the-go lifestyle, you can still enjoy grapefruit on a regular basis without worrying about it taking up too much of your time.
Here are some ways you can enjoy grapefruit:
Snack on grapefruit slices alone.
Eat it as an alternative to unhealthy dessert foods.
Blend it into this smoothie with other fruits and veggies.
Include it in a healthy breakfast parfait like in this recipe.
Grapefruit Is Not for Everyone
There are a few reasons why some people may need to avoid eating grapefruit.
For some people, consuming grapefruit and its juice may lead to medication interactions (44).
This is because it contains substances that inhibit cytochrome P450, an enzyme your body uses to metabolize certain medications.
If you eat grapefruit while taking these medications, your body may not be able to break them down, which could cause an overdose and other adverse effects.
The medications most likely to interact with grapefruit include:
Most calcium channel blockers
If you are taking any of these medications, talk with your doctor before adding grapefruit to your diet.
Tooth Enamel Erosion
In some instances, eating grapefruit may lead to tooth enamel erosion.
Citric acid, which is found in citrus fruits, is a common cause of enamel erosion, especially if you consume it in excess.
If you have particularly sensitive teeth, you may need to avoid acidic fruits. However, there are some things you can do to preserve your tooth enamel while still enjoying grapefruit:
Never suck on grapefruit or other acidic fruits and avoid putting them directly against your teeth.
Rinse your mouth with water after eating the fruit and wait 30 minutes to brush your teeth.
Eat cheese with the fruit. This helps neutralize the acidity in your mouth and increase saliva production.
The Bottom Line
Grapefruit is one of the healthiest fruits on the planet. It's rich in important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
overall, grapefruit is delicious and incredibly easy to add to your diet.