Cathleen L. Balfour

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Holistic Health and WellBeing 

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by Cathleen L. Balfour

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New Level

September 2020 

As September arrives, the new moon will offer us an opportunity to begin on a whole new level of self-creation. It is time to focus on this: Who am I? When am I in my power? How can I cultivate divine alignment with my soul? When these questions are answered, then we will strengthen our connection to our divine wisdom and move into the deeper heart and create a true transformation of Self.

I believe that with the simplest shift in perception, and by exploring these questions, we can create our own reality and truly understand our divine nature. We can then focus on our divine nature and live a healthy and joyful life.

This invitation is called attraction in its clearest form. We all can tap into this Universal Attraction which is a natural process of matching vibrations, frequencies, and densities that are similar.

When we hold on to the frequency of faith, we can lift others up and attract goodness in every situation. No matter what is going on around us there are always lessons within every circumstance, even if we can 't immediately identify them.

When stress, fear, or conflict threatens our peace of mind, remember that we have the power to choose whether or not to engage in this energy. We can be caring and supportive without taking part in this negative-thinking or fear-based behavior. By staying steady in our divine power, we can act as a calming influence.  Blessings c

The New Normal?

August 2020

Once in awhile, someone will ask me to ask Spirit what is the new normal. Who gets to decide what it is, what are the repercussions, and what will happen if I don't follow along with it?

Definition: Normal is used to describe individual behavior that conforms to the most common behavior in society (known as conformity).

How does one translate all that is going on in the world today into our consciousness, and stay centered in our moment-by-moment daily experience?

What if the new normal is not new at all. I have been teaching for years that we all must open our eyes, hearts, and minds to loving kindness and respect not only for ourselves but others as well. Living a mindful life of compassion and inclusion transforms all lives for the better and is a spiritual way of being.

Spiritual maturity is trusting that there is an understanding of a divine consciousness that lives in all of us and our world. This divine presence unifies all things in divine right creational action, and I believe that every human being has the capacity to show this side of themselves.

Mindfulness is intentionally observing the world around you from a place of calm objectivity, anchored in the present moment. You must stay grounded and be conscious of those around you without contributing to fear. Practicing and trusting this concept not only keeps you healthy, both physically and mentally, but it helps you better relate to the world around you and gives you a higher sense of purpose.

I am guided that true mindfulness of others will help us to be more patient and compassionate to each other. It does not mean you have to like other people’s actions, and you do not have to react to them.

How can we achieve this and not suffer any repercussions such as a feeling of being attacked or living in fear. We can achieve this by slowing down, becoming more conscious and aware of what is happening around us, not taking it personally, and at the same time not participating in mass hysteria. We can choose to act and speak from a place of kindness, love, compassion, and understanding. Be mindful and fully aware of the present moment. Most of all be open to the endless possibilities of positive change for yourself, others and the world. As a beacon of light do your best to serve. Do this by demonstrating respect and empathy to all individuals, cultures and society as a whole, no matter their beliefs. clb

Taking Back Your Power

July 2020

I was praying about what topic to write about in this month's newsletter and I was guided to revisit taking back our personal power. I know this topic can seem totally a little cliche because; well, it’s a pretty common topic in my teaching and in several of my spiritual articles.

I teach that personal power plays a big part in our ability to be successful and happy. It also helps us to manifest healthfully, be confident in our choices and feel safe. I always say, are you working for life or making life work for you? Everything in our culture (especially lately) teaches us to deny our personal power and give it to external forces.

Giving our power to outside forces can, and will, throw us off balance. Here are four signs that your life is out of balance: When you feel extremely chaotic and believe there is nothing you can do to achieve inner balance. You find yourself reacting to everything, including things that other people say and do, or being emotionally affected to conditions outside your control.

Your life has taken on an erratic flow and it feels as if life is “happening to you” and everything is at the mercy of your reaction to change.

You are too tired to recognize or enforce your own emotional, personal and professional boundaries.

I believe that having divine personal power is our God-given right. True personal power means having the ability to handle life's challenges with divine courage and by breaking free from inertia and from anything that holds us back and makes us feel mentally and emotionally powerless. clb

Appreciation is Fundamental

June 2020

Summer arrives here on June 20, 2020, and it is time for the sun to shine in every corner of our lives. Our next step in evolution is to hold the mind steady in the light. Everyday we have the chance to start over and appreciate who we are and what we have.

One of my favorite quotes about appreciation is from Amelia Earhart, “The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one’s appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship.”

Recognizing gratitude and appreciation may be one of the most overlooked tools for increasing happiness. Research shows these two words can be the most powerful methods of increasing happiness and joy in our lives. Each day we can choose to write a gratitude list with up to six things we really appreciate about ourselves, others, or even what we experienced yesterday. 

This writing exercise helps us to focus our mind on the positive and turn it away from the negativity of the daily grind. Showing appreciation benefits everyone. When we show gratitude and appreciation, it makes us happier and healthier. clb

Spiritual Restructuring

May 2020

I send light and love that you are all staying centered and balanced as we move further into the fifth dimensional energy. 

So far, 2020 has been an eye-opening year where we have been forced to "let go of the should of" having to do with this or that. These changes are happening not only within ourselves, but how we interact with others in our surroundings. This spiritual restructuring energy will help us transform into healthier human beings. This lighter relationship will better suit us, as well as our relationship with Mother Earth, and make way for many new beginnings.

This energy field, during the past few weeks, has helped us to be honest with ourselves and others. We are learning to distance ourselves and have the courage to flow with the changes and relax. Keeping a slower pace in our lives, in the upcoming weeks, is our invitation to restructure how we live, releasing fear and drama and creating our own true divine existence.

When we become willing to see a world beyond our physical sight, then life becomes easier. We feel safer, and we can access our own true power. By the end of the year, Saturn will have moved fully into Aquarius, showing us the deep truth and alchemy that has occurred after many years of stagnation. This has pushed us to release all our old behaviors and open up ourselves to a new awareness of peace. Worry not, we are ready for this new awakening. We, as humans, will feel more powerful than ever, more compassionate and loving. clb

Choose to Embrace Life

April 2020

Everything you need is right here. This down time is the time to cut out the distractions, open your eyes, and see that you already have everything in your possession to be happy, loved, and fulfilled.

It’s not out there; it never was out there. It’s just been covered up by all the external things we have identified as "needed" to complete us. We can feel overwhelmed by living in a material fast-paced world. This message might give you an alternative perspective. When all is said and done, the love and support we share is imperative.

I truly feel that when we send loving spiritual intentions to the world they are extremely powerful. If each of us takes one moment to visualize positive prayers wrapping the world in a blanket of peace, love and healing, together we can change our world for the better. It never helps anyone to focus on fear, sadness, or anger. I feel that only love and forgiveness is key.

I am guided that the care and empathy we share, through our prayers, is never lost. This can be shared through compassion, inspiration and service. Hope is never insignificant, so whatever we do to support each other over the next few weeks will show our true character. We can choose to share the feeling of love, understanding and kindness to all. This is an important way to stay balanced during this health situation.

The way to stop living in fear is to embrace life. I cannot say this enough. We can choose to stay out of the madness and drama; instead we can be mindful and create our own safe space. We must practice not to give our power to fear, but through intention return to peace of mind.

On January 12, of this year, Jupiter and Pluto joined in the ninth house of optimism and higher consciousness to shift all stagnant, unconscious, and fear-based teachings that no longer serve us. These beliefs and/or values can be applied to heal Mother Earth and her people. We must stand in our own true power and not be victimized by outside fear-based projections. I truly believe we create our own reality, and if we give in to the power of the outside sources we get out of balance.

To make life work for us during this disruptive time in our lives, we must think clearly, stay calm and take whatever precautions we need to make us feel safe. Most of all we have to stay centered and have faith that all is well in our world. By thinking positive thoughts, and setting our intentions to stay healthy, we can strengthen our immune systems and fight off sickness in any form. Within our spiritual beliefs, inspired by love, trust and prayer, we can feel and benefit from the essence of wholeness that leads to a healthier mind and body.

As a result, we are assessing and guiding our innate wisdom and truly trusting our divine connection to God's grace. When we love and trust ourselves, our unique vibration becomes elevated. Our conscious perceptions of who we are as unique individuals become stronger. We then, have more power over how we react to life. Be bold and reclaim your true identity. clb

Coronavirus - COVID-19

March 2020

I would like to address Coronavirus - COVID-19

First, please do not panic and do your best to stay calm. It is important to continue to live our daily lives. This is a form of the flu.

Second, know your sources when seeking information on the Coronavirus. Do your best to stay out of the collective consciousness of fear and turn off the news. I believe that news is toxic to our bodies. Fear constantly triggers the limbic system and releases cortisol. This compromises the immune system and slows hormones. In other words, the body finds itself in a state of chronic stress. This can cause nervousness and susceptibility to infections.

I get that the word "epidemic" can be overwhelmingly scary sending us into fear. I am guided that there is less to be afraid of than we may think, especially if we follow a few simple, common-sense precautions. This virus is a form of the flu and here are some things we can do to stay healthy.

Never give your power to fear; but I do understand that fear can get your attention. However, it is also impossible to think clearly when you are flooded with fear and/or anxiety. The first thing to do is take time out so you can calm down and think from a more empowered place. Think clearly and take whatever precautions you need to make you feel safe. Then you can become empowered and come up with a plan to avoid disruptions from both COVID-19 or the flu.

We all know the basic rules of washing and disinfecting our hands with soap and hot water for at least twenty seconds. If that option is not available use sanitizing gel or alcohol-based hand wipes.

We all know that our nose and eyes are the most common places for germs to get into the body. Avoid touching your face.

Get sufficient sleep. Getting a good night's sleep adds to a healthy immune system. Drinking Chamomile tea will support sleep and will help protect your immune system.

Eat plenty of produce and probiotics. Eating an immune system-friendly diet goes a long way to being healthy. Eat antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables (blueberries, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes) which basically strengthen your body’s immune system. Fermented foods like probiotic yogurt, kefir, and sauerkraut can also strengthen your immune system.

If you are sick stay at home. We all have a tendency to tough it out when we don't feel well, but this is one of our worst habits. If you do have to interact with people, be vigilant about washing your hands and not touching your face. If you have any symptoms at all and are worried contact your doctor. Knowledge is power.

If you do get sick—when you have to cough or sneeze, do so in the crook of your elbow, not your hands.

If you are healthy, wearing a mask is unlikely to help in most situations, especially if you don't wear a new one every time you go out.

Take herbs and vitamins. Vitamin C, B-12 and D’s are the best for boosting your immunity.

Vitamin C is one of the biggest immune system boosters of all. In fact, a lack of Vitamin C can make you more prone to getting sick. (Airborne or Emergen-C are two great products.)

Vitamin B-6 is vital to supporting biochemical reactions in the immune system.

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps the body fight off infection.

Elderberry is packed with antioxidants and vitamins that boost your immune system. They can help tame inflammation, lessen stress, and help protect your heart.

Turmeric or Curcumin (the natural compound in turmeric) is a potent anti-inflammatory compound. It has also been shown to boost immune cell activity and enhance antibody responses.

Stay centered. I am guided that staying positive and setting our intention to be healthy will help us fight off sickness in any form. I believe the true healing process many of us are undergoing is one of re-aligning one's self. Within our spiritual beliefs, inspired by love, trust and prayer, we can feel and intend the essence of wholeness that leads to a healthier mind and body.

As a result, we are assessing and guiding our innate wisdom so we know what is for our highest good, truly trusting our connection to God's goodness. When we love and trust ourselves, our unique vibration becomes elevated, and our conscious perceptions of who we are as creators become stronger and fear has less power over our lives.

If you have more concerns or questions 

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Cathleen L. Balfour, March 2020

Rise Up

March 2020

Calling all creators and risk takers. Come now, speak your voice, and find your wings to fly. March is the month to show up, be yourself, and be liberated. It is the time to be focused on your world and be the center of your reality as you stay out of the world's chaos. Take time to contemplate and reach in the direction you yearn to go; speak your truth and choose to live it unconditionally. When we choose for ourselves at a cellular level, we choose divine radiance and our lives flow in perfect balance creating a bright future. We can choose to live each day in harmony and divine consciousness. This attracts us to what we want to create, allowing us to be at peace with ourselves.

To create an optimal life we must redefine our values and strengthen our spiritual development. Set your goals and intentions in line with your values. Take a moment and ask yourself-- am I being authentic and in alignment with my truths. In doing so, be sure you know your reasons for doing it. Your creativity will guide you to take the proper action. Rise up, take action, and be fulfilled. clb

Blessings Cathleen L. Balfour, March 2020

Happy Valentine's Day

February 2020

The roots of Valentine's Day goes back to ancient times, when people paid honor to the Roman God of Fertility. This was known as the Feast of Lupercalia, and was celebrated even then on February 14th.

Exploring the Human Ego

For years I have been teaching and exploring the human ego. I feel by understanding and dissecting our ego, we can learn more about ourselves. By doing this we gain a greater understanding of how our unhealthy patterns function.

The ego is a perception of ourselves and controls whether or not we react through love or fear. This is also how we project ourselves to the outside world. How others treat us is a reflection of how we treat ourselves. Everyone has an ego; it is a natural facet of our human experience. How we invest in our ego has major implications of the way we act and what we believe. We respond to adversities such as criticisms, insults, values and failures by our ego's influence. It defines how we create reality and shape our lives.

Understanding how and when to invest our ego will give us better control over our emotions and judgment. This gives us insight to how other people behave and how we respond. By delving into the ego's influence we can use our understanding of it to gain a conscious divine balance of ourselves and we will ultimately have greater understanding of the world around us.

Blessings c

Happy New Year

January 2020

 Divine Truths

The year 2020 contains one of the most powerful divine frequencies of light we have seen in years and this is influenced by the alignment of Saturn and Pluto. This energy will peak this month, January 2020. The alignment of these two planets offer us a great opportunity to ascend to higher levels of consciousness, setting the tone for the whole year. This energy will allow our spiritual growth and manifestation skills to accelerate and, together with Mother Earth, harmonize this ultra-powerful energy and vibrating in the same frequency as the number 22.

This is a huge process of ascension and awakening, moving us towards a lighter experience.

The heaviness that we cleansed in 2019 has prepared us for this new wave of divine consciousness. That is why we had to release and let go of all our struggles and focus on the positive.

2020 will not necessarily be about delving into the darkness to "fix” it, but about rising above it. Rising so high that darkness has no choice but to disappear. The truth comes out in the light and it reveals our true honesty.

True honesty becomes the main objective and this encourages us to restructure our lives in order to live in our divine truth. We may be surprised by this transformation and will discover a new perspective filled with confidence, strength and intention.

So what is Divine Truth? When I think of Divine Truth, I immediately feel that deep within each of us is a space of perfection, beauty, innocence and unconditional love. This cannot be seen with the physical eyes, but is experienced with the inner spiritual vision. Connecting with this space, even if briefly, offers us a new way to understand ourselves and everyone else in our lives. It is an invitation to push a "reset" button where everything in our being is filled with the light of love and forgiveness. Then only light, love and innocence remain.

The place of Divine Truth has nothing to do with our age, gender, ethnicity, skin color, profession, or anything related to the personality self. Pure Truth is the place within us that cannot be changed or distorted by anything external.

Imagine that within us we have a storehouse of infinite energy, vision and bliss, and that can never be taken away. We can access them at all times by forming a connection to the true self, which to me feels like having an anchor that grounds me in my life. This allows me to be aligned both physically and emotionally. Blessings c

Happy Holidays​

December 2019

A Sense of Wonder

At this time of year, what if you took the approach of seeing the holidays from a "sense of wonder" instead of the overwhelming feeling that impacts us during this time. By shifting your consciousness, this allows you to return to your childlike wonder of grace, gratitude and love. Aligning this energy spiritually will inspire you to celebrate the season with family and friends in a relaxed and calming atmosphere.

In order to do this, you might need to change old patterns and practice self- control when it comes to buying gifts, entertaining and dealing with the commercialization of the holidays. This can be accomplished by listening to your loved ones needs- they can be very different from what you think or plan for them.

Here are three steps: First put things in perspective, second prioritize, and third do less.

These steps are a healthy way to deal with this time of year. This will ultimately lead to a healthier and joy-filled holiday experience. 

Have a peaceful Christmas season filled with love. clb

Fill Your Cup

November 2019

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

November is a time for filling your cup with abundant appreciation, and sweeten your senses by tenderly caring for body and spirit. It is a time to get creative about caring for yourself, and celebrate who you are. Paying attention and listening to your body as a source of wisdom will inspire you to maintain wellness in your life. Taking a moment in deep resting silence will set your spirit free from the demands of everyday life.

When your cup is full you will become comfortable in your own skin. This lets you pursue activities that make you happy, and let go of those that no longer benefit you. Being a free spirit allows you to take mindful responsibility for your actions and sets you free.

Living your life intentionally and creating positive outcomes will fill your cup to overflowing. When you live joyously in the moment it radiates to all those around you. You will feel empowered, and will be able to refocus your priorities, and simplify your lifestyle choices. 

Let this be your guide--it is time to celebrate! clb

Manifestation Equals Magical Moments

October 2019

Happy Halloween...

"One of my favorite words is magical, just the word itself reminds me to live my divine intention. By living in alignment, and strengthening my heart connection with the Divine, I am allowed to co-create something wonderful every moment . I believe, when choosing to manifest for the highest good for myself and others, the benefits are astoundingly beautiful. Beautifully aligned with good!” clb

Fall's magical energy is to cultivate a life full of health, integrity, love, honesty and goodness. Cultivating all of this involves being a conscious observer, or the spiritual witness, to our thoughts. By paying attention we can develop a deeper sense of stillness and truth. When we come to embrace the infinite space of peace within us, it becomes easier to let go of stress and being overwhelmed.

Empowering our inner space involves becoming the watcher, or the witness to our thoughts, and that develops a deeper sense of stillness. Through focus we come to understand this deeper space of goodness within. It becomes easier to let go of "fear" and lets our divine -based thoughts guide us instead. Being able to move into this internal space of now is how we can hold the space of our true nature, which is love.

Fall is a time of decisions, looking inward and outward, and choosing what to let go of. It may not always feel comfortable, but we must let go or we will get bogged down in the old belief systems from the past. By taking responsibility for our divine creation, and through the exploration of a consistent self-reflection and inner examination, we become more conscious, authentic and real.

Blessings c

Pure In Spirit for September’s Energy

September 2019

The symbolism of September “Is Pure in Spirit” and centers on refocusing our energies to create for the better. During this amazing month of September lets direct our intentions on healing the world around us. I believe that when we send loving spiritual intentions to the world they make a powerful difference. If each of us take a moment to visualise these positive prayers, wrapping our world in a matrix of peace, love and healing we can create an actual grid that will help cancel those focusing on sadness, anger or fear. I feel that only love and forgiveness transforms.

Since September’s energy is lucky, motivated, enthusiastic and contains a mystical, somewhat magical, vibration which caters for an ideal time for manifestation. Lets use this month's energy to share our love, prayers, intentions, actions, thoughts and words, because they are never lost. True goodness shared through our intentions and prayers are never inconsequential. Whatever we can do to hold the space of love and compassion, towards ourselves and others, is essential to create a better world. Blessing c

The Power of Adaptability 

August  2019

On my recent trip to India what stood out most to me was how different the everyday life in Padum India was compared to my lifestyle in Liberty Lake.

I could never have imagined the awe-inspiring journey I encountered. Going off the grid was like untangling myself from a fish net. Being free from technology, and my extremely engaged life, was like a "Get Out of Jail" Monopoly card! Don't get me wrong, I love my life and I am living the life Spirit destined me to create. Going to India reminded me to take a deep breath, step back, and take a good look at life. It also reminded me that I needed to have the ability to adapt to unusual or challenging situations, and become comfortable with the ever-changing circumstances in each experience. Living my life, truly in the moment, could influence my happiness, health, stress level, and general well-being.

So, how can you and I learn the power of adaptability so that we are ready and willing to take on any change, big or small, that comes our way? clb

What is Adaptability?

I believe that adaptability can be defined as our ability to move peacefully in a given direction at any time. This may mean physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. It’s our willingness to let go, flow, learn something new, make mistakes (and not judge ourselves for them) and stay in the moment. However, to do that we must be comfortable in making last minute adjustments, or be willing to change our behavior in each unfamiliar situation.

Most of us go into a new situation with our minds already made up about what we think is going to happen, or with expectations of how it should be. These thoughts are programmed in us from our past personal experiences, other people’s opinions, or simply mistaken beliefs. Each of us form ideas about what will happen based on these experiences or beliefs, and this usually affects the choices or actions we take.

"No matter what the change, all of us go into every situation with a set of expectations, (what we think will happen); requirements (what we need to actually happen); and desire (what we want to happen).

From "Psychology Today”

That being said, I always tried to live my life free of expectations and just go with creative flow as much as possible; however, being in India showed me that "trying" and "doing" are two different things. I had to consistently set aside my expectations and be fully in the moment. What I discovered gave me true power, and by adapting I let go of what I thought should happen and truly lived in the here and now.

How to Increase Your Ability to Adapt

Here are some things you can do right now to increase your ability to adapt. Change your perspective by looking at both sides of an issue. Break the mold by changing your habits and add spontaneity to your daily routine. Travel out of your comfort zone and take risks and face your fears; there is nothing you can't accomplish to become a more empowered self. Blessings c

Return From Zanskar 

July 2019 

Thanks to all of you who supported us going on the Zanskar project. Your generosity and encouragement made this happen and Paul and I will be forever grateful. We are still in the process of trying to absorb this life-changing experience. It has profoundly affected both of us in mind, body and spirit. Working with a different culture, in a foreign country, challenged us to adapt to the food; the extremely high altitude; travelling on undeveloped mountainous roads; unexpected weather (snow); and local customs. Both Paul and I did our best to adapt and to have no expectations (thanks Dr. Belinda). In order to work there, and to accomplish the mission, the medical team had to quickly adapt as Zanskar India is so different from the life we live in America.

The Tibetan people are optimistic, content, happy and uninhibited. Traditionally, most settled in small villages and farmed peas and barley. Those living in cities were taxi drivers, craftsmen or merchants. The main food in the region is Naan Bread(s), Rice, Dal Makhani (lentils), some mutton, and local dairy products. Although vegetables are scarce, we had potatoes, carrots, cucumbers and cabbage and a vegetable soup. Drinks include buttered tea, sweet tea and barley wine. Tibetan clothing is thick, warm and loose with a wide waist, long sleeves and skirts. The women mainly work the fields and take care of the children and animals.

This year’s team of 19 individuals (some who had been to Zanskar several years before ) pulled together and through hard work, tears, and laughter dedicated themselves to the mission. Additionally, the USA team was joined by providers from Brazil, and our faithful team of Zanskar translators. We could not have communicated with the Tibetan people, without them. My main translator was Stanzin Thinlay, a 25 year-old young Tibetan man. 

The clinic was up and running from June 10 to June 27. In that time the team saw 1174 patients. Basic medical care was provided plus cervical cancer screening, ultrasound, lab work, prenatal, holistic health therapy, physical therapy, Reiki, massage, herbal and Tibetan medicine.

Major health issues identified in this population are: H-Pylori, cataracts, arthritis, pneumonia, skin infections, acute stomach issues, worms, scabies, and GERD. The mortality rate for children under five is extremely high and is probably due to untreated respiratory infections.

Other patients requiring complex care and a follow-up were referred to services in Leh if possible. Many services are not available in Padum; therefore, patients have to travel to major cities for advanced medical care. Zanskar is isolated 8 months of the year, and it is a 2-day trip by Jeep to the nearest government hospital.

As the team closed up "shop" in Zanskar the satisfaction we felt in helping others out-shined any thing else we experienced.

 Blessing c

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