Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Integration and Wholeness

As we enjoy the health fairs this spring and attend to our physical health, let’s not forget to put our efforts into the broader context.  Exactly why are we doing this?  The goal of health and wellness is to have our complete being operating without dis-ease (WOW what a goal).

To me this means paying attention to my thinking, feeling and spiritual wellness too.  Not a month goes by when we don’t see a major article on how our thinking is related to our physical health.  Articles abound about positive thinking, living with intention, reducing stress (which is how we respond to our environment), or eating better.

Let’s look at one important part of all of this.  How does our Subconscious work?  Well, for one thing it takes information literally.  For another, it is not part of our conscious processes.

So?  Well when we say, or think, something like: “Life is hard.”, our subconscious takes that literally and stores that as FACT.  It can’t discern that we might be talking about a task, or about today rather than life as a whole.  Make enough comments like this and it becomes the background screen for the subconscious to process everything.

So?  So when we have a great day, our subconscious stores that as an anomaly, a fluke, an exception and gives it little meaning.  After all, “Life is hard.”  On the other hand, if I am consistently saying things like “life is fun”, or “I enjoy life.”, then it is the tough day that is an exception.

This is critical because it is the subconscious background screen that determines the meaning of our moment to moment experience.

Clue – if you find yourself wondering why you don’t enjoy life more, look for that subconscious background screen.  Hint – you can’t “see” it, so you have to take its existence from your experience.

Solution – listen to the words you think and speak, correct yourself when you hear negative generalizations (all, never, etc.) and practice (a lot) affirming the truth of your positive experience, the gifts in your life and treasure what you have.

Carmen Iacino is a Certified Energy Medicine Specialist, a licensed psychotherapist, a spiritual explorer and, more simply, an individual committed to experiencing all the love and joy that life has to offer along with feeling free.  You can reach him at, 970-309-3467, or

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

What’s Love got to do With It?

There is a plethora of health information on the heart and how it operates. All this information can be very confusing or lead to a lot of misunderstanding. We often talk of broken hearts.  We have the expression of bleeding hearts. To use a pun, your heart is at the heart of many of your thoughts, conversations and, the focus of either pain or joy. How are you caring for your heart?
Most of our medical information on the heart focuses on heart disease and prevention. However, your heart is so much more than just an organ that beats and moves blood around to your various body parts. Treating your heart as only a mechanical device limits understanding of the huge potential of your heart.
I recently heard a talk by Gregg Braden. He discusses the energetic, electrical, and magnetic qualities of the heart.  He says the field of the heart stands out 5000 times greater than other physical energetic fields of our bodies. Because we are all electrical and magnetic and energetic beings, this is important information for us to know.
Your heart has the capacity to bring you into coherence with who you are, as well as being a crucial and vital component of love, forgiveness and transformation.
When you experience the emotion of love, your heart is the only place where a unique substance is produced. For lack of a better descriptor, scientists have named this substance as substance “L”. You literally produce a substance of love in your heart.
The emotion of love is one of the most beneficial emotion for health and healing that we possess. As we move beyond February, a month of heart centered focus, let’s take some time each day for a minute or two throughout the day to experience love.

What’s love got to do with it?  It has everything to do with a healthy heart—healthy life, healthy relationships and healthy spiritual connection.

Written by Dr. Stephanie Stanfield who has a private practice in Glenwood Springs. You can find Dr. Steph at and on her weekly podcast at Blogtalk Radio.