Erika’s Pandemic Health Tips & Research – Updated 10.19.2020

October 19, 2020
COVID19 and the ushering in of a new season has caused me to think about change and its importance.  I want to share a few spiritual concepts about it that I hope will help you cope with changes in your life that you can and can’t control.

Change in life, and day to day, is one thing we can always coung on.

Great unhappiness comes from resisting change, but there’s great benefit to embracing change, to accepting changes, especially those we can’t control.

We each have the power to change things we wish to change, but need to recognize what we can change and OWN that power.

Radical acceptance of WHAT IS is the first step toward allowing the universe to help us change what we can.  It really works!

What uncontrollable changes can YOU stop resisting?

What can YOU begin to change through radical acceptance?

June 6, 2020
Ever since I lost my husband when I was 39, I’ve worked very hard to see the silver lining in the clouds of the difficult experiences in my life. I have also strived to really integrate the lessons that I was meant to learn from those experiences.

I am doing the same with respect to the world pandemic that we’ve all been living through together. Just a few of the blessings that I see coming from the pandemic include:

A complete reboot. We’ve been given an opportunity to slow down, contemplate, and stop over-doing.

More time with family members that we felt we didn’t have before.

More time to spend in nature to grow to appreciate this amazing world we were given to enjoy and protect.

More time to explore our creativity through various outlets like cooking, baking, gardening, and jewelry making.

An opportunity to find ONENESS, a common bond with our fellow humans, to replace our usual focus on our differences.

I hope this helps you cope with some of the difficulties you’re facing now. Please leave your thoughts in the comments about what silver lining you see in your own or our world’s pandemic experiences. I’d love to know your thoughts!

April 21, 2020

These tools are so powerful that I wanted to share them here. I hope they will help you feel more certain at this incredibly uncertain time.

TEN ACTIONS YOU CAN DO TODAY TO START TAKING BACK YOUR LIFE

Action 1
Take a walk, notice something, and decide how you would describe it.
Time: 10+ minutes
Expected Result: Calming, increase in energy.

Action 2
Concentrate all your attention on a single object for a period of two minutes.
Time: 2 minutes
Expected Result: More focused, relaxed

Action 3
Choose an automatic gesture you make and repeat it deliberately until it comes off automatic.
Time: 5+ minutes
Expected Result: Insights, self-control

Action 4
Pick a frequent worry and outline the sequence of thoughts that lead up to that worry. Deliberately think the thoughts in sequence until the worry fades.
Time: 5+ minutes
Expected Result: Recovered energy.

Action 5
Deliberately smile until you feel happy.
Time: 2+ Minutes
Expected Result: Sense of well being

Action 6
Make a list of all the incomplete projects you have. Prioritize the list.
Time: 30+ Minutes
Expected Result: Recovery of attention

Action 7
Take a walk and count forms until colors appear brighter.
Time: 30+ Minutes
Expected Result: Extroversion, sense of being alive

Action 8
Climb one or more flights of stairs and before each step whisper something you are grateful for.
Time: 30+ Minutes
Expected Result: Sense of Grace

Action 9
Deliberately do a good deed for someone without being found out.
Time: 30+ Minutes
Expected Result: Increased sense of self-respect

Action 10
Breathing in, notice something far away. Breathing out, notice something close. Repeat at least ten times.
Time: 5+ Minutes
Expected Result: Recovery of perspective

Harry Palmer, author of The Avatar® Materials
©2018 Star’s Edge, Inc. Ten Actions You Can Do Today To Start Taking Back Your Life
Avatar® is a registered trademark of Star’s Edge Inc. All rights reserved.

March 31, 2020

Johns Hopkins University’s Information Regarding the New Coronavirus
I thought it worthwhile to share this information since there is so much out there to wade through, and this message is rather easy to digest. I have altered it only slightly (grammatically, and for organizational purposes) from the original document distributed to residents at Duncaster, a retirement community in Bloomfield, CT. My added comments and notations are in italics.

  • What is the Coronavirus? The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular (eye), nasal, or buccal (oral) mucosa, changes their genetic code and converts them into aggressor and multiplier cells. Since the virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity, and type of material where it lies.
    • Environmental Factors. The virus molecules remain very stable in external COLD, or in air conditioners in houses and cars. They also need MOISTURE to stay stable, and especially DARKNESS. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm, and bright environments will degrade it faster. The more confined the space, the more concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less. UV LIGHT on any object that may contain it breaks down the virus protein. For example, to disinfect and reuse a mask is perfect. Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is a protein) in the skin, eventually causing wrinkles and skin cancer
    • Survival on Surfaces. NEVER shake used or unused clothing, sheets, or cloth. While it is glued to a porous surface, it (the virus) is very inert and disintegrates only between 3 hours (fabric and porous), 4 hours (copper, because it is naturally antiseptic, and wood, because it removes all the moisture and does not let it peel off and disintegrates), 24 hours (cardboard), 42 hours (metal), an 72 hours (plastic). But if you shake it or use a feather duster, the virus molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours and can lodge in your nose.
  • Washing Hands, Clothes, Surfaces, Etc.
    • The virus is very fragile, and the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat. That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy. The foam CUTS THE FAT. That’s why you have to rub so much, for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam. By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.
    • HEAT melts fat. That’s why it is so good to use water above 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit) for washing hands, clothes, and everything. In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful. (This differs from CDC guidelines, which have not specified a need for hot water.) You have to wash your hands before and after touching mucosa, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote controls, cell phones, watches, computers, desks, TVs, etc., and when using the bathroom.
    • You have to HUMIDIFY HANDS, dry from so much washing, because the molecules can hide in the micro cracks. The thicker the moisturizer, the better. Also, keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.
  • Alcohol, Bleach, Hydrogen Peroxide, Bactericides. Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ANY FAT (the CDC has recommended 60% minimum), especially the external lipid layer of the virus. Any mix with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein by breaking it down from the inside. (But note that research studies have shown that bleach exposure compromises lung function. This is particularly concerning since COVID-19 has severe lung symptoms.) Oxygenated water helps long after soap, alcohol, and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein. But you have to use it pure and it hurts your skin. NO BACTERICIDE SERVES. The virus is not a living organism like bacteria. They cannot kill what is not alive with antibiotics. Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat. NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, serve. The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol, and you need 65%. LISTERINE serves! It is 65% alcohol.

March 30, 2020

Overcoming Fear & Negativity

A number of people have recently told me that they’re having a very difficult time with their feelings of negativity and fear at this time. They’ve asked me what I’m doing to stay emotionally balanced, so I thought I would share some of what I’ve learned during the intense spiritual journey that started when my husband died in 2003. These are just a few of the tools I use on a daily basis:

Don’t take anything personally. (Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements) Most of what people do and say have nothing to do with me. We all walk around with our own past experiences and personal challenges. The way a person behaves with one person is the way they behave with and react to all people. It’s NOT personal!

Decide NOT to be offended. (Harry Palmer, Seven Pillars of Enlightenment, The Avatar Mini-Courses, Pillar 5: Compassion-The Forgiveness Option) Even if someone intends to hurt or offend me, they can’t if I DECIDE not to be offended. This passage from Harry Palmer strengthens me:

”The final step of forgiveness is realizing that continuing the hurt costs far more than forgiving and moving on to a new day. It is better to focus on the future than the past. . . . One realization that you may want to carry with you is that since you have the choice of whether or not to forgive, you also have the choice of whether or not to take offense. Not choosing to be offended is proactive forgiveness. One of the beauties of forgiveness is that the more people in the past whom (sic) you forgive, the fewer people there are in the present who seem offensive. Also (sic) releasing old injuries cuts down on the reactive dramas of life and leaves your attention free to concentrate on reconstructing the life you prefer.”

Maintain an Attitude of Gratitude. (Al-Anon) When I focus on the blessings in my life, I can’t possibly stay negative. When I list my blessings, I start with basic things like clean running water at my fingertips and being born an American in this era. I then consider the beings who have graced my life: my father and mother; my many spiritual mentors; and the fur-babies who rescued me right back after I rescued them. The material advantages, for me, tend to come last, but are still significant: a home that I love; a purposeful business that affords me the opportunity to serve others; and my education.

Recognize that every challenge is a growth opportunity. (Al-Anon; Harry Palmer,The Avatar Course) I have come to understand that I am a co-creator with Source of all that happens in my life. I create experiences that enable me to grow and learn, that allow my soul to expand and achieve a higher vibration. I strive to convert every challenge into an advantage, even the untimely death of my husband. Had I not lost him, I would not be anything close to who I am today. I would not have the tools and capacity to cope with life that I do, or the ability to help others as a result of my challenging experiences. With really hard work, I have converted even the greatest difficulties of my life into gifts.

Acknowledge and call on the army of angels that surrounds me. (General Metaphysics) I’m not sure where, (perhaps from my friend Dana B.?), but I learned long ago that we each have an army of angels at our beck and call, just waiting to help us through every life challenge. We simply need to ask for help and acknowledge with gratitude the help we receive. Try it! You’ll be amazed at the magic of life that will unfold!

March 28, 2020

Maintaining a Healthy Viewpoint for Well-Being
Yes, I admit it, occasionally I read my horoscope just for fun, to see if there’s a message there that may resonate and relate to what is going on in my life. This is one from yesterday that applies to everyone, and is a really valuable reminder for these times. It’s something I have been living by and teaching for the past few years. Watch for the magic that will develop when you do this!

Your best asset today and in the days ahead will be a hopeful, open mind.
If you choose to see each new development as a wonderful possibility, and
each twist and turn in the road as an amazing opportunity, you can’t go wrong.
No matter what you face, it can be life-affirming, fulfilling, educational, and enjoyable,
if you decide it is so. No matter what transpires, something valuable can come out of
it but only if you maintain a mind that welcomes that way of thinking. You can do
that!

March 27, 2020

Ibuprofen (Advil) vs Acetaminophen (Tylenol) for COVID-19 Fever?
It appears from the very limited reliable (but also confusing) information available that ACETAMINOPHEN (TYLENOL) is the most cautious choice over IBUPROFEN (ADVIL) or other NSAIDS (Aleve, Motrin, Aspirin, Celebrex) for COVID-19 symptoms, especially if there is a pre-existing health condition. Also, the late Michael Dworkin, PD, CCN, with a doctorate in pharmacy, used to caution against using ibuprofen/NSAIDs for any fever and instead recommended acetaminophen. But note that, though research on the very new corona virus is developing, there has not been enough time for evidence to be presented in the scientific literature proving that taking ibuprofen will be harmful or make COVID-19 symptoms worse. This is why the WHO recently reversed its recommendation to avoid ibuprofen. Before making any changes to your OTC medication, it is best to consult with your doctor or pharmacist. I hope this is helpful!