WOMB TWIN SURVIVOR AND BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER

Womb Twin Survivor and Borderline Personality Disorder

I found this amazingly interesting research paper so have included it as a whole for you to read.  Fascinating.  I have come across this before so wanted you to know about it.
“A risk of misdiagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder?

 

Althea Hayton

 

Introduction

A “Vanishing Twin” pregnancy only lasts a short time and one of the twins dies. This can be witnessed on ultrasound. Extensive studies of vanishing twin pregnancies have been made since the 1980s. (Landy, H. J. and L. G. Keith 1998) There are many signs that there was at some stage one or more additional embryos or fetuses present during the pregnancy.  The natural wastage of embryos at the start of pregnancy is considerable (Landy, H. J., S. Weiner, et al. 1986) A detailed study of many thousands of pregnancies (Boklage, C. E. 1990) revealed that for every live-born twin pair there are 10 twin pregnancies that end with a sole survivor. As approximately 1% of births are twins, that figure suggests that at least 10% of the population is made up of womb twin survivors.

 

Physical effects

The advent of ultrasound in the 1960s, and its widespread application in pregnancy by the 1980s, led to a new awareness of the frequency of this syndrome.  A new question arose: was there any deleterious effect on the survivor if they lost their twin before birth?  At first, there seemed to be no discernible physical ill-effects (Landy, H. J., L. Keith, et al. 1982; Landy, H. J., S. Weiner, et al.1986: Saidi, M. H.1988; Huter, O., C. Brezinka, et al. 1990; Landy, H. J. and L. G. Keith 1998) but by the turn of the 21st century some researchers were becoming concerned.  In 2001 a female child who had both male and female chromosomes was diagnosed as being the result of a vanishing twin pregnancy.  (Lloveras, E., J. M. Lecumberri, et al. 2001)  In 2002 it was suggested that there might be neuro-developmental consequences for the survivor, particular cerebral palsy   (Pharoah, P. O. 2002) or severe learning disability. (Pharoah, P. O. 2007). This idea remains current (Anand, D., M. J. Platt, et al. 2007, Harvey K. 2007)

 

Psychological effects

Because most twins are lost in the first trimester, the possibility of a psychological effect on the survivor of such an early loss has been dismissed as unlikely. The cerebral cortex of the unborn child’s brain, let alone the fetal brain, has been widely considered to be insufficiently developed, although various paradigms of non-verbal memory are considered possible by some. (Neisser, U. 2004) However, it is now recognised that babies are conscious at birth (Chamberlain, D. B. 1998) and with the help of hypnosis, memories of birth can be accessed and expressed with surprising clarity.  (Chamberlain, D.B. 1980/1999). More and more discoveries are being made about cellular memory, neural networks created while in the womb. (Wade, J. 1996) Birth and pre-birth trauma is constantly relived by the individual concerned, particularly in the case of lone surviving twins (Woodward, J. 1998).

 

Womb Twin

In the light of these new developments, a study was started in 2002 in the UK based on a website, www.wombtwin.com, which provided an online questionnaire for website visitors to complete. The questions were compiled from some of the most characteristic feelings, attitudes and behaviours which had been mentioned in communications from womb twin survivors from all over the world via the website. Over a period of five years, five versions of the questionnaire were created, as more and more characteristic responses were uncovered and later validated by other womb twin survivors by means of later versions of the questionnaire. In 2007 a full analysis was made of 225 in the fifth version, using only the results from 112 respondents who had clear proof of the previous existence of their twin. Only the very strongest responses were counted.  This enabled a tentative psychological profile of womb twin survivors to be created.From this research we have created a new hypothesis: womb twin survivors seem to spend their lives re-enacting the life and death of their lost twin.  Nothing appears to be more important than that, even life itself. (Hayton, A. 2008)

 

The psychological effect: a congruence with BPD

Unexpectedly, after analysis of the questionnaire and an extensive literature search, it became clear that womb twin survivors share most of the symptoms of what has been called “borderline” personality disorder (BPD.) Persons with BPD were once considered by psychoanalysts to be “on the borderline between neurosis and schizophrenia”- hence the name. (Langley M.L.1994)  BPD is a vague term: it has been observed that many personality disorders can be seen operating together in one individual, such as bi-polar disorder, substance abuse or eating disorders  (Zanarini M.C. et al.1998) so it is possible that these symptoms signal something else.  To demonstrate this congruence more clearly, I have set out below in a series of tables the results of the 2007 questionnaire survey with womb twin survivors described above, related to a list of headings taken directly from the list of BPD symptoms according to the DSM. (American Psychiatric Association 1994). I have included short quotes from womb twin survivors in their own words, to further illustrate the points made.

 

Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment

The Womb twin.com research has shown that nothing causes more pain to a womb twin survivor than to feel abandoned or rejected.  If we allow for some kind of pre-birth impression of twin loss, it can be surmised that abandonment or rejection is just a bit too close to that original experience of being left alone in the womb and losing forever the closest relationship that Nature can provide. Rather than be left to manage life alone, the survivor will remain in a relationship long after it is over. Some womb twin survivors pre-empt rejection by avoiding all attempts at intimacy. Some of the questionnaire statements reflect this tendency:

 

Abandonment

I fear rejection 72.9%

I feel different from other people 67.4%

Deep down I feel alone, even among friends 62,2%

I fear abandonment 64.2%

I find disappointment very painful 48.4%

I am afraid being alone in the dark 33.6%

I don’t let other people get close to me 32%

 

The womb twin survivor can feel alone, even among friends, and may find being physically alone very hard indeed, yet paradoxically they deliberately keep themselves apart from others, feeling alienated and different. They may avoid intimate relationships and may even re-enact the loss of their twin by sabotaging good relationships, so they are left friendless and alone.  To the survivor this is an uncomfortable but psychologically important form of self-isolation.

 

Unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation.

It is fast becoming clear that for womb twin survivors the primary attachment was to the twin, but the twin died before birth.  This creates an interesting complexity to attachments in born life, as the survivor seeks a substitute twin in all intimate relationships thereafter, and yet each time sabotages the relationship in an unconscious re-enactment of the original loss.  This unstable style of making and breaking interpersonal relationships is reflected in the following statements.

 

Unstable relationships

I always feel in some way unsatisfied but I don’t know why 56%

All my life I have felt restless and unsettled 55%

I am easily bored 48.7%

I get very intense and involved at the start of a relationship but then I sabotage it somehow 47.8%

I easily get into a love/hate relationship with individuals I want to get close to 40%

 

Many adult survivors report feeling restless, always changing their jobs, moving round the world and never staying anywhere very long. The search continues for Someone to make things right again and fill the empty space inside. Sometimes some short-term respite is found, such as in a satisfying job or a loving relationship, but very soon it is time to move on. This is the search for the lost twin – who was lost and can never be found.

 

Identity disturbance: markedly and persistent unstable self-image or sense of self

In a re-enactment of the short life of the lost twin, who didn’t develop adequately but was too weak to survive, the womb twin survivor takes on the characteristics of the twin who didn’t make it and remains in some way undeveloped and unfulfilled. Some womb twin survivors do not learn from their mistakes and do not get the best out of their situation in life but remain a shrivelled fragment of the person they could be. It was in fact their womb twin who ended up as the shrivelled fragment of what they may have become. Some of the statements on the womb twin questionnaire strongly reflect this fragile sense of self:

 

Unstable sense of self

 

I know I am not realising my true potential 69.7%

I suffer from low self esteem 51.8%

Deep down, I feel very vulnerable, as if it would not take much to totally annihilate me as an individual 50.2%

All my life I have been pretending to be someone else, and I know it’s not my authentic self 39.2%

I have been in an exploitative relationship with another person 34%

I have a strange irrational feeling that I don’t exist, that “I’m not really here”. 36.4%

 

A tendency to identify with the lost twin obscures a sense of the real self as the surviving twin. Womb twin survivors may appear to be enjoying a normal life, but inwardly they may remain in a child-like state, depending on others in their fragile “weaker twin” self, which can lead to being exploited or even abused, while their “strong survivor” self yearns for supremacy. The hypochondriac womb twin survivor, despite being perfectly healthy in fact, lives like a helpless infant, feeling weak and terrified of illness and death :- It was their twin who was too sickly and weak to survive.

 

Chronic feelings of emptiness

Womb twin survivors commonly report a vague feeling of “something missing.” The sense of something missing requires a pre-existing sense of “something there” which is now gone. As a way to heal this uneasy sense of emptiness there is a strong tendency in womb twin survivors to hold onto possessions, long-dead relationships, meaningless rituals, habits and entrenched, irrational ideas. There is a very strong resistance to making life changes or letting go of anything of sentimental value, as is clear from some of the questionnaire statements: (Table 5.)

 

Emptiness

 

I have been searching for something all my life but I don’t know what it is 68.4%

There is one room in my home, including a shed or garage, that is completely full of stuff 45.3%

All my life I have felt empty inside 48.4%

I find it hard to let go of unfinished projects 48.9%

 

This inner emptiness is experienced by the womb twin survivor as a void or a “black hole”, into which one can pour all manner of activities and energy but it remains an experience of emptiness.  It appears to be a constant re-enactment of the brief life and eventual death and loss of the lost womb twin.

 

Impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging

The search for some way to fill the sense of lack – the space left by the missing twin – may take the survivor into an eating disorder or an addiction.  Compulsive hoarding is particularly common. These activities appear to be an attempt to heal the emptiness and primal wounded-ness, but in fact they tend to perpetuate the pain and distress, which usefully keeps alive the memory of the twin. Some questionnaire statements reveal a distinct lack of self care:

 

Damage to self

 

I am addicted to substances or behaviours that are potentially damaging to my health, wealth or well-being 27.9%

I have a long term problem with food and eating 45.7%

I feel driven by “musts” and “shoulds” 41%

I want to succeed but I always end up somehow sabotaging my chances of success 44.7%

 

A frenetic, exhausting and self-sabotaging lifestyle is characteristic of many womb twin survivors. They tend towards “burn out” and, after an extended period of over-activity, will fall into a state of utter exhaustion and be unable to function at all for some time. It is as if they cannot allow themselves to be strong and healthy and long-lived. They seem to be testing their ability to survive to the very limit and do not seem to care if they mutilate themselves or even die in the process. To some womb twin survivors there is a kind of rough justice in a risk-taking lifestyle.

 

Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures or threats, or self-mutilating behavior

Characteristically, the womb twin survivor thinks a lot about death, to the extent of preoccupation. Ideas of suicide emerge early in life, frequently in childhood.  Some womb twin survivors describe having no desire to be born, as if they “don’t want to be here in this life.”  This preoccupation with death is clearly demonstrated in the following statements from the questionnaire:

 

Preoccupation with death

I have wanted to commit suicide more than once in my life 40%

I think a lot about death and dying 38.5

Somehow I know that I experienced death before I was born 36.6%

I feel very privileged, simply to be alive 31%

I have suffered for a long time from feeling vaguely unwell, as if I am slowly dying 30.1%

I compulsively self harm 11.2%

 

As the haunting memory of death intrudes into the everyday life of the womb twin survivor, it can be interpreted as a bodily weakness, unrelated to any medical condition, which feels very real and debilitating and can even be disabling. Conversely, the very idea of being alive is to some womb twin survivors a surprise gift – perhaps undeserved – and a great privilege.

 

Affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood, such as intense episodic dysphoria, irritability, or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days.

Womb twin survivors appear to be prey to intense emotions that seem to have no rational explanation. They suffer frequent changes of mood as they seek out explanations for the vague feelings of painful distress that haunt them all their lives. This affective instability is reflected in the following statements;

 

Reactivity of mood

 

All my life I have carried deeply felt emotional pain that persists, despite all my efforts to heal myself 54.8%

I grieve deeply and for a very long time when someone close to me (or a beloved pet) has died 49.6%

It upsets me if I am unable to reduce the suffering of others 42%

I am so intuitive and empathetic that it is a problem for me 48.1%

I often find it difficult to fall asleep, even when I am very tired 45.3%

I suffer from depression 48.7%

I sometimes feel unable to cope with life 36.8%

I get extremely upset about silly little things 29.8%

 

Womb twin survivors are in a constant search for rational reasons for the feelings they have, and may need to create fantasies of ill-treatment in order to do this. They are often unusually sensitive to the feelings of others, and this, coupled with their own inner sense of weakness and fragility, can render them frequently unable to cope. They can become so taken up with the feelings and affairs of other people that they can’t get to sleep at night.  They feel a great need to heal others of their pain. They usually work in the caring professions and often become therapists, but never for very long, as they tend to become overwhelmed by their clients’ distress.

 

Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger

The womb twin survivor is often angry but its not always clear to anyone exactly why. It is a defensive kind of anger, as if they are protecting themselves from a potentially hostile world.  Their defensiveness draws hostility from others, who are unlikely to be able to understand the paradoxical sense of inner fragility that the anger is designed to defend. The result is often a shouting match, which the womb twin survivor cannot afford to lose, for in the womb the weak go to the wall and only the strongest survive.  With their strong empathy and intuition, the womb twin survivor will willingly voice the hidden negative emotions for his or her whole family, to the benefit of all concerned.  This can be seen in the following questionnaire statements:-

 

Anger

I have a problem with expressing anger – either there is too much or too little 59.3%

I feel the pain of others as if it were my own 51.7%

 

For men, to be unreasonably angry, defensive or hostile can masquerade as a form of masculine strength. Such anger is driven by a fear of being perceived as inadequate, for to the womb twin survivor weakness means death. For women, to be angry is a powerful thing, and if she feels an inner sense of helplessness as she unconsciously identifies with her lost little twin, she will seek every opportunity to assert her power over others.

 

Transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms

Womb twin survivors are creative and imaginative people who inhabit an inner world of dreams. In their dreams is their lost twin so they are happy to dissociate from the world in order to search for it. They often create imaginary friends as children and may dream of their lost twin while asleep. For them the most important form of reality is their pre-birth experience.

 

Freud noticed that, for some individuals, two separate and contradictory versions of reality could co-exist and he called this phenomenon “splitting.” (Freud. S.1940) Some of the ways in which womb twin survivors dissociate or “split” are found among the questionnaire statements:

 

Dissociation

There are two very different sides to my character 55.2%

I have strong, inner imaginary life that I use as a coping mechanism 50.4%

I often feel torn in two between two decisions 51.8%

I make a lot of effort to protect my privacy 38%

I am always feeling paranoid about silly things 32%

I think I am psychic 27%

I spend a lot of time talking to myself in a mirror 18%

 

A sense of toxic shame

It has been thought that BPD is based in an overwhelming shame response. (M. Crowe 2004) Shame is also a major feature in the life of a womb twin survivor. There is a deep sense of being in some sense personally “wrong.”  This may feel like being an “imposter” or “sham.”  This can be interpreted simply as survivor guilt – a normal and natural response to being the survivor of a twin pregnancy. This sense of guilt was present in the questionnaire statements:

 

Shame

I have a prevailing sense of irrational guilt 38%

I am a perfectionist 35%

I feel personally responsible for events that have nothing to do with me 33%

I feel guilty about being alive at all 17%

 

Healing

Until a full explanation of the individual pre-birth experience is found, this carefully created fantasy, created out of vague pre-birth impressions, will seem more real than reality itself.  Our research has revealed that intuitively calculating the precise nature of the pre-birth loss, and validating this with some personal research into embryology and foetal development, is a vital first step towards healing.  It is a process of interpreting body memory, and can be facilitated by hypnosis and kinesiology.  It is a necessarily uncertain process, subject to many errors and misjudgements, but once the right explanation is found the individual experiences a sense of deep peace and inner certainty.

 

Conclusion

The above strongly suggests that this so called “disorder” in its various manifestations may not be a mental health problem at all, but a rational, intelligent response to a rather unusual pre-birth situation. In the absence of a rational explanation, the etiology of Borderline Personality Disorder has remained elusive and hard to define, but a certain group of people presenting with a specific set of symptoms have been noticed, and given this label. The congruence between the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder and the psychological characteristics of womb twin survivors (i.e. the sole survivors of a twin or multiple pregnancy) who number 15% of the population, suggests that they may be one and the same. Mental health professionals, at the initial assessment stage, could use a checklist of signs and symptoms in the mother’s pregnancy in order to discover if individuals are womb twin survivors or not. If these patients found to be womb twin survivors, then the risk of a damaging misdiagnosis may be avoided and an appropriate treatment plan provided.

 

© Althea Hayton 2013

 

(This article may be reprinted, but only in its entirety and properly attributed. Thank you.)”

 

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Chamberlain, D. B. (1998). The mind of your newborn baby. Berkeley, Calif., North Atlantic Books.

Chamberlain, D.B. (1980/1999). Reliability of birth memories: Evidence from mother and child pairs in hypnosis. In Selected Works of David Chamberlain, Journal of Prenatal Psychology and Health, 14(1-2), 19-29.

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Harvey K.  (2007) What vanishing twins may be telling us. In Hayton A (Ed) Untwinned: perspectives on the death of a twin before birth  Wren Publications

Hayton A (Ed) 2008  A Silent Cry; womb twin survivors tell their stories Wren Publications

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Both Kim and I have treated people with this condition in our clinic and are available for consultation if you feel you would like to investigate this phenomenon in your own life for yourself.

love and light
Katherine Bright

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CREATING SPIRITUAL MUSIC

One of the greatests gifts I possess is my innate ability to create spiritual music. Music is frequency and all life, emotion, colour and matter is made of vibrations and frequency.

Harnessing the emotional aspects of mood and environment into musical frequency is a process of beauty and extreme internalisation of resonance and beingness.  To create spiritual music you must be in tune to the wave of existence.

Below is a song and video I have created called “The Song Of Grace”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-Qy3Ys5Wdc

I remember years ago channelling amazing spiritual music where I was speaking in Cherokee of all things, channelling an american indian medicine woman.  The recordings of these songs done with two other musicians was awe-inspiring, natural and immediate without planning.   One of these songs has a link below to my dropbox of the recording.  It is on my album Spirit In The Key Of Rainbows and it is called Heartsong.  Click on the link below and you will be given access to this free.  There is a man on didgeridoo, a lady on piano and myself vocalising.  It was done one evening in my clinic room impromptu.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/4x63nr7f7iu7b26/3%20Heartsong%20Mastered.mp3?dl=0

Here is the link to purchase the album if you are interested in more of my music
http://katherinebrightaustralia.com/music/

I have placed some examples of beautiful spiritual music here below.
The link at the bottom is a clip I found on youtube called the Song of the Butterfly done improvisationally by a hungarian group.

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Use the tools you have and meditate when you are able.

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Namaste all

love and light
Katherine Bright ND

WHERE IS THE LOVE?

Why should be even need to ask that question?  Isn’t it normal to love?  Well for some people it is very normal and for others it isn’t.  What is unconditional love versus conditional love?

Unconditional love means you love unconditionally.  You give without the thought of needing to receive.

Conditional love means you love with rules and conditions which if not meant means you are likely to withdraw the love.

I have encountered both sorts of people many times.  The givers and the takers, the carers and the sacrificers.

Who are you in your own world?  Do you take care of yourself or do you sacrifice yourself?  What about others?

We can all have agendas in life.  Refugees, war, homeless people, unemployed people, rich people, religions, propoganda, politics and money.

Unconditionally we should be sending out high frequency vibes everywhere to help this world to assume the understanding and compassionate knowledge of loving unconditionally.  Make a little love,  make a little move towards peace and harmony.

If you are used and abused, say no more and give yourself the love you are lacking.  Do not make neglect your mantra, instead embrace the possibilities of the abundance of love.

This world has to learn to love before it thinks!

Use the tools you have and meditate when you are able.

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Namaste all

love and light
Katherine Bright ND


 

 
 

 

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THE SOUND OF SILENCE

Bring on the sounds of silence.  Beautiful restful nothingness.  Peaceful contemplation devoid of mind chatter.  A mental holiday.   The sound of zen in action.  The nothingness of spiritual existence which is the all and the everything combined with the nuances of silence and matter in chaos.

What a concept is silence!
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We never really hear it unless we are in meditation.  Why?  Because in all places there are frequencies, noises, people, cars, electromagnetic frequency waves, tvs, neighbours, clatter and hum.

To be in silence is to be inside your inner knowing with a sense of completeness.  This involves a journey into the core of the being.  To really journey into yourself without hearing the outside world and its demands and din, you need to be prepared to disassociate completely.

Even as you do this you will find your mind trying to bring to back to “reality” as you see it.  Mastership of zen contemplation takes time and is a gift to your consciousness and your peace of mind.

Practice silence.  Even if there is noise about you can do this.  Practice dissassociation of all your senses.  Imagine yourself somewhere away from the current environment in a peaceful space of clouds and air.  Let your mind wander to explore the new clouds and air and as you breathe make this the only sound you hear.  Let your flow of energy expand around you so you create your own consciousness buffer zone, where the outside world doesn’t exist.

Just breathing and listening to the breathe can eventually take you to a place of dreams and dissassociation from the surroundings.

To hear the sounds of silence you have to go after your own peace of mind.  But not in the actively moving sense.  In the sense that you know you are nothing, silence, peace and prosperity, calm and serenity and as you know it nothing else intrudes nor matters.  This is mastership of a different kind.  It is mastership of the silence within.  Then you are closest to God, source and the inner core where all divinity prospers.  

If you would like to meditate to this silence try these meditation links to help you.

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love and light

Katherine Bright ND

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ZINC DEFICIENCY

Zinc deficiency can occur in soil, plants, and animals. In animals, including humans, it is defined either qualitatively as insufficient zinc to meet the needs of the body and thereby causing clinical manifestations, or quantitatively as a serum zinc level below the normal range; however, serum zinc is not a reliable biomarker for zinc status in humans, as a decrease in serum concentration is only detectable after long-term or severe depletion

Typical signs of zinc deficiency in a person are loss of appetite, poor sense of smell and taste, tendency towards depression, white marks on fingernails, pale skin, frequent infections, low fertility, stretch marks, prostate problems, stunted growth, mental problems, poor wound healing, a poor immune system, diarrhea, mental lethargy, poor appetite, rough skin, weight loss, ache and greasy skin.

 Zinc plays an essential role in numerous biochemical pathways. It affects many organ systems, including the skin, gastrointestinal tract, central nervous system, and immune, skeletal, and reproductive systems. A lack of zinc thus has numerous manifestations, the most common of which are an increased rates of diarrhea, pneumonia, and malaria

To treat zinc deficiency, it is best to advise a person to increase foods that are high in zinc content within their diet. These foods are oysters, ginger root, lamb, pecan nuts, dry split peas, haddock, green peas, shrimps, turnips, Brazil nuts, egg yolks, whole wheat grain, rye, oats, peanuts and almonds. Pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed butter are excellent sources of this vital mineral.

If you have a metabolic disorder like Pyroluria for example, you have problems assimilating and converting the zinc from your food as easily, so supplementation with a zinc supplement is suggested as you do not retain sufficient levels for energy and good health.  

NB  if you choose a zinc supplement to replenish you zinc levels, please make sure you take it after meals as you can experience nausea on an empty stomach, which really defeats the purpose of wishing for better health and feeling vibrant!

To find out more about your own zinc status, see your natural health practitioner for a consultation. In my clinic I use a zinc tally test to ascertain your zinc status.  It is a simple taste test and gives instant results.

Till next week, eat, look and feel well.
Katherine Bright ND

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RECOGNISE STROKE SYMPTOMS

I found this article on facebook actually and it seemed so concise and straightforward that I decided to publish it here.  It came from wisdomtoinpirethesoul.com.  

“I URGE YOU ALL TO READ & SHARE THIS; YOU COULD SAVE A LIFE BY KNOWING AND PASSING ON THIS SIMPLE INFORMATION.

Stroke has a new indicator! They say if you forward this to ten people, you stand a chance of saving one life. Will you send this along? Blood Clots/Stroke – They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue.

 During a BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little fall – she assured everyone that she was fine and she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.

They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.

Jane’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital – (at 6:00 PM Jane passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us today. Some don’t die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.

It only takes a minute to read this.

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke…totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.

IDENTIFYING A STROKE

Thank God for the sense to remember the ‘3’ steps, STR.
Read and Learn!

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S *Ask the individual to SMILE.

T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (i.e. Chicken Soup)

R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke ——– Stick out Your Tongue

NOTE: Another ‘sign’ of a stroke is this: Ask the person to ‘stick’ out their tongue. If the tongue is ‘crooked’, if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.

A cardiologist said that if everyone who gets this message shared it with 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.”

Till next week, love and light
Katherine Bright ND

http://www.katherinebrightaustralia.com

 

Copyright © 2017 Katherine Bright  Lightworkers International, All rights reserved.

PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD ARE NOT SO DIFFERENT IN NEEDS

I consult with people from around the world on a daily basis.  Today in my clinic I conducted life coaching and medical intuitive work with clients in the USA, Wales and Australia.  Some days I consult with the UK, ASIA,  Canada,  France, Europe, Australia, USA etc.   What is the common denominatior?

The common denominator is people who have a common need.  Advice, life coaching, intuitive information, healing and insights.  People of different races and cultures may have differing traditions and practices but the thing that is worldwide is the need for healing, peace and community.

People in the western world may appear similar.  Similar iphones, dress, music and possessions.  They may also have common stressors like busy lives, dissasociation and dis-ease with life in a simple form.

People in asia have very similar likes and dislikes to the western world but some cultures are high pressure and some are laid-back.

Commonality of experiences and media exposure in most countries these days I find cause stress.  Visions of terrorism, poverty and aggression, politics and hopelessness must be tempered with visions of grace,, joy and abundance for us to survive a discontinuation of our social norms.  There is too much going on for everyone on the planet except for those blessed with isolation in some form.

Isolation is a form of detachment.  This can be healthy as well as difficult and unhealthy depending on its form.

Loneliness is an isolation which has disease effects.  Blissful isolation in a media free, natural environment is a form of disease release and comfort.  We are by nature animals of the Earth.  We need time in nature and freedom to breathe to be healthy.  People around the world are very common in a need for peace, happiness and community.

I embrace this need by providing insights and healing for people in my consultation environment.  Sometimes you only need a pair of eyes or a mirror to understand yourself and your environment.  This is the nature of good advice.  Impartial accuracy and compassion.  I love my work!

If you want to experience some of this for yourself and gain insight and peaceful freedom in your forward movement please feel free to contact me for a consultation.  You can also listen completely free of charge to the radio program I conduct weekly.  Links are on my website.  There are hundreds of hours of free advice and insight here.

Namaste.

Till next week, love and light
Katherine Bright ND

http://www.katherinebrightaustralia.com

 

Copyright © 2017 Katherine Bright  Lightworkers International, All rights reserved.

A SNAPSHOT OF LIFE IN THE MONTH OF MARCH

March has been a very busy month for me.  It is usually a busy life for me but I have been particularly busy this month.

We held a three day healing festival in Port Macquarie for my students,  I conducted three reiki classes and did the usual clinic, weekly radio hosting of my program on www.newsforthesoul.com called Connect To Creator, and wrote a lot of material for my new partnership business Scale It Up Now.

I thought about the juggle of the active mind.  I have a very active mind!  Sometimes it won’t be quiet at all and sometimes it is serene.  Yes I think if you could picture my mind you could picture a juggler with a series of balls, deciding which ones to allocate a topic or task you and then rotating them with skill.

I have a skillful mind.  I have an amazing soul that tirelessly works and invents for the greater good.  I have a human body which sometimes wonders what the heck I am doing?

Do you have that problem?  A mind full of tricks and inventions and a body with a finite energy source.  I look after myself and rest too.  Don’t get me wrong, I am no machine of work.  I am however actively engaged in life.  I sing in a barbershop quartet,  I am rehearsing in a musical for a broadway production, I am writing courses, material , hypnosis scripts,, books and music.  I even wrote a song this month and recorded it.

No I am not superhuman, stupidly driven or mad.  I am living the way I live.  I am guaging my surroundings, my life and my intentions, my soul purpose and finding ways to fulfil them.   Yes I do meditate and sit quietly.  Sometimes I vegetate in front of the TV.  I do all sorts of things to assist my peace.  I walk in nature and I swim in my pool.  I laugh a lot and I experiment with silly things that take my fancy.

A snapshot of the month of March has its own inclusions.   I bought new makeup called Yunique which I decided is marvellous.  It didn’t cause me excema on my eyelid.  Something eyeshadows can do.  Therefore I give it a plus.

My youngest son wrote new music on the piano. My other son showed me photos of his holiday with partner and son on facebook and I saw him loving fatherhood.  My middle son is building my new website and is often emailing me so we are getting lots of chats in.  My daughter is busy with six children so we don’t talk as often as could be perhaps, but I love seeing photos of the kids and the odd skype session.    Sometimes I pine for them and days when they were growing up that I saw more of them.  I did a bit of that in March.  Where did I get the time to combine all these things?  Sometimes in my dreams!

Life is full of dreams, abundances, joys and fortunate events. Life is especially full of these when you receive messages from friends, clients and family that say nice things about your efforts.

Abundance is life and where there is empowerment there is no fear.

I wish you abundance.

Namaste”

Till next week, love and light
Katherine Bright ND

http://www.katherinebrightaustralia.com

 

Copyright © 2017 Katherine Bright  Lightworkers International, All rights reserved.

AUSTRALIAN SPIRIT IN VANCOUVER EVENT

The Aussies are Coming!!!!!!!!  And much more.

Here is something very special.  A once in a lifetime exclusive Vancouver Healing Event, presented by Katherine Bright ND and Kim Bright accompanied by a selection of the Theta Resonance At All Levels network of healers from around the world.   You can enrol and pre-purchase on your early bird registration on this link now.

http://katherinebrightaustralia.com/product/australian-spirit/

More information:       Experience an afternoon of healing, light-work, music, FUN, awesome connection and time spent with the specialist Theta Resonance At All Levels network of healers and light workers who have travelled from Australia, UK and USA to be here.
Experience the Connect To Creator process and learn to connect to your higher self and Source to do healing. Experience guided meditation and one on one interaction in an intimate setting with these two internationally renowned spiritual healers, alternative therapists and life coaches.
Katherine is a renowned musician and author who can weave a wonderful event with joy, fun and laughter. Be part of a once-off special treat. Live coverage by Nicole Whitney on www.newsforthesoul.com for this event.
Public welcome. Come and say hello personally; Be part of the group and find your inner well-being in a safe and comfortable atmosphere.
Tickets will sell out fast so please be quick to reserve your place in this one in a lifetime event.

And for those in the network of healers and for those wishing to be, and wanting to have more in-depth connection with us here is further information on how you can join in with the exclusive group.  As we have people coming in from UK, USA and Australia already, you are most welcome.  PLEASE NOTE:  ENTRY TO THIS IS NETWORK TOUR IS LIMITED AND HEAVILY DISCOUNTED SO PLEASE APPLY IMMEDIATELY TO BE ABLE TO BE INCLUDED  IN THIS PART OF THE TOUR.  ONLY EIGHT PLACES LEFT.
Details of how you can join in are on this link below with the text written below for those of you who want quick access to the information specifically.

.http://katherinebrightaustralia.com/workshops/

INTERNATIONAL EVENT, VANCOUVER CANADA
OPEN Public Festival Event, This event will be attended and covered for radio by Nicole Whitney, www.newsforthesoul.com in Vancouver

DATE: 30 June 2017, 1-5pm Unity Centre, Vancouver, Ticket Price $50 AUD including refreshments.

Our group of Theta Resonance At All Levels participants will attend. Join us for a festival of Connection to Creator, Meditation, Music and fun! MEET THE AUSSIES ET ALL!

We have students from our network travelling from around the world to attend.This next section comprises an exlusive component for our Theta Resonance At All Levels workshop students, or those who have completed the Connect To Creator online course or personal mentoring directly with Katherine Bright ONLY. If you wish to participate in this section, please enroll and complete the Connect To Creator online course as shown here – www.connecttocreator.com

EXCLUSIVE EVENTS over the next few days will be:

Exclusive Working Party of Theta Resonance At All Levels students travelling over from Australia, USA and UK so far!. We are having a party!!!!!!

30 June 2017, Evening Star Show at the Planetarium, Space Centre, Vancouver. Experience the dome theatre experience and visit the stars!

We will be visiting Stanley Park. Vancouver. Katherine and Kim Bright will be personally guiding a small groupd to a special part of Standley Park and guiding you through a connection and meditation experience with the trees and land devas,

There will be a Guided Indigenous Canadian Indian cultural experience in Stanley Park. and much more on your own spiritual development to be had in this amazing forest and part of the world. Enjoy your own free time to explore and holiday in Vancouver after our events complete. This is your chance for an amazing spiritual experience with like-minded souls.

Oh the fun! Network of students invited by enrolment directly with Katherine Bright only. Numbers are limited. Please email me directly if you are interested.

Cost: This has been kept to a minimum and will be $1100AUD including GST and includes your festival ticket, refreshments at the venue and ticket entry to Space Centre and Stanley Park events. NB Deposits to secure your place should be forwarded asap to Katherine please as numbers will need to be accounted for exactly including pre-purchase of tickets etc.

NB Your are responsible for all yourself, your own personal costs, including airfares and accommodation etc. This is not a guided tour. It is a series of events held by Katherine and Kim Bright in Vancouver. No responsibility is taken or accepted in any way by Katherine and Kim Bright for your personal journey apart from providing you with a beautiful set of experiences during scheduled events.

Email me on katherine@katherinebrightaustralia.com if you wish to be included in the exclusive tour component.

Namaste xxxx

Till next week, love and light
Katherine Bright ND

http://www.katherinebrightaustralia.com

Copyright © 2017 Katherine Bright  Lightworkers International, All rights reserved.

MONEY VERSUS INTEGRITY IN EARTH PROTECTION

As humanity progresses on this planet, we seem to be having a large segment of the population who have become excessively focused on the profit at any expense mentality.  This is so below the possibility of human consciousness in the greater scheme of our universal plan.

Human beings have degenerated our planet at such a rate that it is almost impossible to have contemplated this only a few hundred years ago.  We are destroying rainforests, landscapes, rivers and oceans with practical disregard at an astounding rate.  Species are becoming extinct at an enormous rate.  What are we doing?!!!!!!

Why do we think we are immune?  Humanity is considered a scourge by Mother Earth in some places instead of a functioning proportion of an intelligent species, placed here to respect and function in integrous unity with all other species.

Many humans have become consciously aware.  Indigenous tradition respects and supports the breath of this planet of ours.  Yet as the enlightened and prosperous races continue to deny the simple energetics by which we are bound, the Earth suffers and our resources diminish.

We are finite, not infinite as a species and as a planet.   The time it takes us to die is really in our hands.  Denying climate change doesn’t change it.  Politicians cannot dictate how the Earth reacts except by condoning the use or lack thereof of force or chemicals.  Respect is being lost as it is replaced by greed and acquisition, prestige or consumerism.

Let us all pray for some commonsense to prevail and sustainable practice to be part of the common mindset in all races and places on our beautiful planet.  

Please take the time to watch this link.  It is one upsetting, but to me incredulous aspect of denial we are currently experiencing.  Eloquently and succintly put,  Robert Kennedy Junior speaks in fact about the Dakota Pipeline in the USA.  This is a prime example of lack of integrity and commonsense in profiting financially at  the expense of human welfare.  The Hopi Indians have a profesy about the Black Snake you may also look up on google which has been linked by the indigenous to this pipeline.

https://youtu.be/HI0vRptYlw0

If you are feeling overwhelmed by thoughts which make you distressed in the witnessing of these topics, please see this link which may have tools to help you.

http://katherinebrightaustralia.com/hypnosis-and-meditation/

Till next week, love and light
Katherine Bright ND

http://www.katherinebrightaustralia.com

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HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH STRESS?

Stress is something we all have to live with.  It is part of our everyday life in one form or another.  Stress  can be something very overwhelming, like an event or a traumatic incident.  Stress can be chronic, like living in a bad marriage or with people with whom you have nothing in common.

Stress is insidious.  We grow with our stress if we are not conscious of it mentally and spiritually.  Meditation is a fantastic stress buster.  So is consciousness.  Being aware of your everyday reactions and responses, tendencies, likes and dislikes can help you to overcome stressful situations.  

It is possible to be consciously aware enough to release yourself from those things which make your life stressful.  Sometimes it takes guts and determination to break moulds of conditioning.  It can also be a fact that you are in denial of stress and see it as inevitable, thereby condoning it in your life.  This is very dis-empowering in thought and action.  There are ways to manage stress.

Here are some of the ways in which you may return happiness to your day and sleep-time.

Stop and evaluate your routine.

Make constructive changes where you can, one thing at a time.  For example if you don’t get enough sleep, set your alarm to tell you it is bedtime a half hour earlier so you remind yourself to head to bed.  Your body clock will allow you little changes like this gradually enough that you won’t notice it so much.

Be prepared for change

Change can be one of the most stressful things you may have to deal with in life.  Moving house, break up of relationship, new school year begins, a new workplace, a change of friendships, someone you love dies.

Negotiate your changes in bite-size chunks if you can and plan for success and ease and grace to be part of your optimistic viewpoint.  Say yes to change and stop fighting it. This minimises stress hugely.  

Hang out in supportive situations

Make sure you have friends who are constructive and be grateful around them.  Allow yourself to be who you are and you will attract those people and situations toward yourself by default. It is very stressful if you feel you are not enough and are rejectable or abandoned.  You are enough so demonstrate yourself to the world by knowing you deserve support.

Thrive to be alive

Gratitude and optimism are gifts from God.  Use them and cultivate them.  Get excited and if you aren’t excited about your life and you believe it is always stressful, start doing some self-help awareness meditations or hypnosis, seek out a group or club that makes you laugh, read good material that inspires you and listen to happy music to relieve the doldrums that you are wedged into in this routine of the everyday stressors.    You cannot blame anyone else for your choices, and you don’t punish yourself if you find you made the wrong ones.  Who does that serve?  No-one.  so thrive to be alive and understand you are worth change for less stress in your life and abundance to exist.

Remember in all things, you are alive on this planet and that is the way it is.  You can choose healthy ways or you can choose stressful ways.  No matter your circumstances you can choose YOU!

If you feel you would like more insight on your stress blocks, please feel free to consult with me or my husband Kim in clinic consultations and get the support you need to move forward in ease and grace, recognising where and how to make change and support a well-being filled life, managing your stress constructively.

Till next week, love and light
Katherine Bright ND

http://www.katherinebrightaustralia.com
 

alive

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THE GORGEOUSNESS OF BABY ANIMALS

Oh the joy of babies.  All sorts of babies!  Baby people and baby animals.  But oh there is something so luscious about a cute baby animal’s fur and potential chubbiness.  I love the way they lick and chew your fingers, hug you with their funny little paws or mitts or whatever shape they take, and give you lovely looks with their innocence and truly accepting eyes.  Well that is not always true of baby reptiles, but it is of the warm blooded ones.  I love turtles, and even baby snakes,  especially the non venomous varieties.

Babies are just joy!  All babies have an accepting innocence which makes one remember what it must have been like before the world caught up with us in all its teaching experiences.

People do not always serve their grown up animals with as much unconditional love as they personally receive from them.  People, being the shallow animals we can sometimes become, may tire of their pets when the cute baby stage is done and the animal is not a source of fascination any more.  That is the saddest side of human nature and one we have control over.  If you have a pet, take some time to speak with it lovingly, cuddle it and make it understand that it is loved by you as much as it loves you in fact.

I teach people to speak with the higher self of their animals.  Both Kim and I medium people with their departed pets and also speak with their live ones as an intermediary.  Here is a link to my online courses which can teach you to speak with source and learn the communication skills, and then the next one which specifically teaches you how to communicate with and heal any sort of animal that is on the Earth.  Once you have mastered the skills in the first module you will be issued a password to take the advanced areas of animal communication.  Here is a review from some of my students on this course.


http://katherinebrightaustralia.com/product/connect-to-creator-course/

 

“Hi Katherine

Have completed this course and I must say that it was even more than I expected.
Even though I found it hard to do this course on line as I am a face to face person, the course structure and especially your audio tapes made it very easy…..
The fact of knowing that the connection is there and actually experiencing it has given me immense joy and a profound peace..Now with the tools from this course and your guidance am looking forward to the daily practice and mastery of this truly wonderful gift.
I am looking forward to the next course (when you think I am ready) and in continuing this journey with you.
Thank you so much”..        Dana Brovedani
and

http://katherinebrightaustralia.com/product/animal-communication/

“Loved this!! The way you explain the connection process, how to connect to an animal and the blue light filter makes it so easy to understand. Love the audio and visual together. I really had a lot of fun doing the exercises. It was really wonderful for me to go back to basics again, a great refresher for me and has actually rebuilt my confidence. A refresher for me on many levels.” ~Jane Gorton

So now to make your day, here is a wonderful link to some baby animals videos for you to enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBgMVtxrIN0

Till next week, love and light
Katherine Bright ND

http://www.katherinebrightaustralia.com
 

Copyright © 2016 Katherine Bright  Lightworkers International, All rights reserved.