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I believe in the healing power of nature. If we take a moment to immerse ourselves in an image of nature we will feel rejuvenated, renewed and revived. Studies have shown that what we look at not just affects our mood, but also how we relate to others and our attention to detail. So if your feeling stressed, run down or just deserve a break, look at the images under "Healing Art" and immerse yourself in them.
My new line of photo gifts enables you to have Healing Art with you wherever you go and also to give as gifts to those who may not be into wall art.

The photogifts include watches, clocks, clothing, hip flasks,keyrings, usb sticks, phone covers, ipad covers,kindle covers, cushions, cards, stickers and so much more. Click on the tab that says Photo Gifts to see them all.

I send out an e-newsletter to anyone who wants one, including a free monthly image to use as a screensaver or desktop image to help in your healing and to lower your overall stress levels. I also let you know what I am up to and include any specials or coupons. To subscribe please send me an email at jules@juliaharwood.com with "Subscribe" in the subject line.



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Hi, I am a photographer & mixed media artist who has learnt the healing power of nature. I am also a Reiki master. I live with osteoarthritis & fibromyalgia, so live with constant pain. Nature & art have given me hope & help me to be grateful for life even such as it is. My desire is to help others on this journey and to help everyone to decrease their stress and increase their wellness through my "Healing Art". I have a blog at http://www.juliaharwood.com & my art is available for purchase as a gift to yourself or to others at  http://juliakharwood.redbubble.com/ I look forward to connecting with you & hope my images bring you peace, health & happiness in an imperfect world.
I also put out a newsletter each month in which I also give you access to a subscriber only section of my website. If you would like to receive this newsletter please sign up at http://www.juliaharwood.com
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Sunday, December 26, 2010

A Beautiful Prayer

I asked God to take away my pain and bad luck.
God said, "No, it is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up."

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole,
God said, "No, his spirit is whole, his body is only temporary."

I asked God to grant me patience,
God said, "No, patience is a by product of tribulations, it isn't granted, it is learned."

I asked God to give me happiness,
God said, "No, I give you blessings, happiness is up to you."

I asked God to spare me pain and depression,
God said, "No,suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me."

I asked God to make my spirit grow,
God said, "No, you must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful."

I asked God for money and all things that I might enjoy in life,
God said, "No, I will give you life, so that you may enjoy all things."

I asked God to help me LOVE others, as much as he loves me,
God Said...."Ahhhhhh, finally you have the idea."

Today is yours, don't throw it away.
 May God bless you

To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.

~unknown~

I leave these words with you that they may bring you hope and encouragement.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Something about you're health everyone should know...

There is something that can turn your health around, but not many people know about it, so let me enlighten you.

A machine called QXCI/SCIO.

The SCIO/QXCI machine saved my life…. it sounds a bit far fetched, well here’s my story.


I was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder in 2000. As a result I ended up on a huge cocktail of medications, which was giving me a quality of life, but the side effect was that after six years my organs began to fail. My thyroid wasn’t working, my liver was barely functioning, my kidneys were at about 25 per cent and my cholesterol was through the roof.   The doctors were in panic mode. If they did nothing I would die, if they took me off my medications I would end up confined to a mental institution … not much of a choice.

I had heard of Tamara, Harmony Health, and the machine so, in desperation, decided to give it a go. The first thing the machine picked up was that I was bipolar. That in itself was amazing as there is no medical test they can do to diagnose Bipolar, it is diagnosed by a psychologist. Tamara explained she hadn’t treated anyone for Bipolar, so she wasn’t sure how effective it would be.  Her honesty was refreshing but I had nothing to lose so said: “Let’s give it a go”.
All I really wanted was for my organs to be working again so I could keep taking my medication.
After a two hour session on the machine the readings said my thyroid was fully functional, my kidneys were at 75  per cent , my liver at 50  per cent and my cholesterol lower. I went away happy that I could keep taking my medication and the machine would help keep my organs functioning. Well the best was yet to come.

After three days I started to feel really drugged, something that had never happened to me before.  I rang my psychologist and told him what I had done and what was happening. He said I needed to decrease my medication.  I did this under his supervision over the next month and at the end of that time I was drug free and mentally stable.

Many people who suffer with mental illness think when they are well that they don't need their medication. This was not the case for me, if I missed even one dose I was a mess and usually ended up in hospital. For me to even decrease my medication was a huge step.

I was astounded, as were my family and my doctors. I went on the machine every two months for the next year and saw my psychologist regularly. After 12 months my Psychologist said he couldn’t say I was cured because there was no such thing as a cure for Bipolar but I didn’t need medication and I didn’t need to see him anymore.

This was actually a very scary moment as I relied on my psycologist, he was my rock and my safe harbour. I said, "What if I NEED to see you". He said, "If you need me I am here, ring, but I don't think you will."

That was five years ago. I am still medication- free and have not had any bipolar episodes. In that time, I have moved to a country town, leaving my son and friends behind, my husband has retired, my granddaughter was diagnosed with leukaemia , my husband was told he has a incurable bone marrow disease and I have travelled, all things which would normally trigger an episode. I still go on the machine once every six months and, as I live in the country, have been treated a number of times in “sub space”, this means from a distance and not attached to the machine, using a saliva sample.

I would recommend that everyone goes on the machine, even if it is just once for a diagnosis and initial treatment. We spend time and money getting our car serviced and we can replace that.  How much more important is it to service our bodies and minds which cannot be replaced? Even if you use it just as an early warning system. The early we recognize a problem the easier it is to treat.

Patients go through a process similar to a virus-scan on a computer, looking for potential stressors such: as viruses, deficiencies, weaknesses, imbalances, abnormalities and food sensitivities.
It reports on the biological reactivity and resonance in your body and indicates needs, dysfunctions and vulnerabilities. The information provided is fundamentally different from X-rays or blood tests, as it tells us about the energetic state of your body and the direction in which the body is focusing its energy.
The QXCI/SCIO can measure and balance your individual stress response to over 9000 stressors. These include but are not limited to: pathogens (bacterias, fungi and parasites), organ tissues, emotional factors, hormonal and spinal imbalances. The system feeds back a gentle rebalancing frequency to redress these stressors and bring the body back to its natural balance point. The initial consultation generally takes one hour with follow-up consults the same.
Like many new concepts, QXCI/SCIO has its detractors. Patients have found the information presented to be beneficial.

I would add a note of caution here. It is the machine in the hands of a qualified specialist that is the key. Check out the person who is using the machine, check their credentials and ask for some testimonials.

I can only share with you what my experience was and also the others I have referred to Tamara. I could share story after story of how it has worked. For more testimonials see http://harmonyhealth.net.au/

I do not receive anything for sharing this information, it is just something I think everyone should know about.

The man who invented this is Dr William Nelson, he worked for NASA and was instramental in bringing Apollo 13 back to earth safely.
To read the story of the man who invented this go to http://thevitalityspa.com/services/biofeedback/the-inventor-bill-nelson/

Required Disclaimer: The SCIO system is to be used as a Biofeedback Multimedia System. It is designed for stress detection and stress reduction. The device does not diagnose or treat. Only a Licensed Practitioner can diagnose a patient. For the diagnosis or treatment of any disease please contact your licensed physician. No claims are made of the system or of its results.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Art Market Online

Yay, I have just been listed with a Margaret River Art Gallery.
I am excited to be part of this new venture.
Please check out my art and also the other artists in the gallery.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Rare Phenomenum, Uluru in the Rain

Okay I have a real treat for you all!!!

Most longtime residents of Central Australia know that the sight of rain
on the rock is a rare phenomenon.
Some say less than 1% of visitors ever get to see it in the rain!!!

Many wait years and never get to see it.

I was there during a rain storm in August. We were getting ready to leave and the rain started coming down. We took off out there from Yalara, caravan and all. As we approached the rock the sight was truely spectacular. Uluru in the mist, covered with waterfalls.
Uluru appearing out of the fog with waterfalls pouring off her.A truely rare and spectacular penomonum!


Create a Healing Place

What is a Healing Place?

To me a healing place is somewhere you can go to take time out. A place of quite or soothing music. A place you can be on your own. A place that is nurturing to the body, mind and spirit.

I am fortunate, my healing place is the beach. I have a beautiful beach down the road which except during holiday season is deserted. I walk down on the white sand and it massages my feet, the wind gently blows my hair as the suns rays warm my skin. I look out across the vast ocean and know that all is well in the world. I am at peace.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Surviving Christmas

Hi,

I wanted to introduce you all to Kimberley.
She runs the Centre for Authentic Self Development.

If you are like me, you would like to be your authentic self always, but often spending time with family over the holiday season makes that seem impossible. So often we try to be who our families want us to be, or what we percieve they want us to be, or we fall into the age old patterns that were part of our growing up.

These are some of the tips Kimberley emailed me to coping with the holiday season.
1. Take time to remember why your celebrating in the first place. (It would be very lonely if family weren't there)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Gaze at the Moon

I have reacently heard that a good way to inprove the health of your eyes is to stare at the moon. Who would have thought moon gazing is actually good for you. Apparently if you gaze at the moon for 5 mins each night it will improve the health of your eyes. It is also recommended as helpful for floaters in your eyes.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Christmas gifts for all ages

Christmas is nearly here and people are finishing their Christmas shp. Ususaly it's the hard to buy for that are left till last. I was listening to a programme on the radio the other day and they had a young man, 25, on and he was saying that as he lived in a unit, he didn't have room for lots of stuff and it was difficult to know what to do with things people gave him. I was interested to hear this as it was also a comment I had heard from a lot of people in the older demographic who had downsized, so what do you get them????
Some ideas that came out of the discussion were
  • Art - it could be hung on the wall and was something good to remember people by.
  • Experiences - Something that they could do that they might not otherwise think of or have the funds for.
  • Dining out vouchers - giving them time they could spend with their loved one.

One thing that a couple had received was a weekend away, nice gift, but out of the price range of a lot of people. He said it was great to get in touch with nature and have some time to de-stress, which is fantastic if you can manage the time off. But what do you do for those you know can't get time off or can't leave the kids, how can you give them a gift that will help them?

One answer is "Healing Art". Art that goes on the wall, so doesn't take up floor space and that gives them the healing gift of nature without them having to even leave home.

Studies have shown that spending time looking at images of nature helps you to de-stress and gives you a greater sense of community, so you are then more likely to make time for your family and friends whereas otherwise it may not have been a priority.

So if you are interested in experiences I would recommend Red Balloon or if you would like Healing Art then check out Red Bubble.

My site on Red Bubble is http://juliakharwood.redbubble.com so you can check out my healing art, but there are also lots of other great artists on there too. They also sell gift vouchers.

Remember at the end of it all if you are feeling stressed and worn out, give yourself a gift by allowing yourself some time out in nature, even if its sitting outside with a cuppa or if your stuck in the office, have a look at some nature images on your computer and allow nature to work her magic!!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Wellness Continued

This is part two of Wellness. To recap;

Wellness is the pursuit of the best health possible through fit body, balanced mind and peaceful spirit.

  • Increase self esteem, self worth, optimism and confidence
  • Help forget your own physical or emotional pain
  • Help decrease stress and acts as a stress release
  • Improve immune response
  • Decrease feelings of depression and self doubt
  • Increase sense of balance and over all well being
Step 4 follows on from number 3.
Increase self esteem, self worth, optimism and confidence. As we decrease depression & self doubt we also increase self worth and optimism.
What is self Esteem?
Your self-esteem is the way you look at yourself. If you have good self-esteem it means that you like yourself and you believe that you are as 'OK' as everyone else.

Wellness

Wellness is the pursuit of the best health possible through fit body, balanced mind and peaceful spirit.
  • Increase self esteem, self worth, optimism and confidence
  • Help forget your own physical or emotional pain
  • Help decrease stress and acts as a stress release
  • Improve immune response
  • Decrease feelings of depression and self doubt
  • Increase sense of balance and over all well being

Whoa! I hear you exclaim, that's a pretty tall order.
Lets break it down into more manageable pieces.

I'm going to change the order a bit here too.

Firstly, I think that until we can decrease the stress in our lives and find something that works as a stress release for us we are unable to focus on the other things as it all becomes too overwhelming and just another list of things we can't quite find time to get to.

So lets look at stress.
What is it?
Anything that poses a challenge or a threat to our well-being is a stress.
Stress is your body's way of responding to any kind of demand. Now we need to understand there is good stress as well as bad.
Our bodies react by releasing chemicals into the blood when there is a new demand on it.
These chemicals either give us more energy and strength, which can be a good thing if their stress is caused by physical danger, or a bad thing, if their stress is in response to something emotional and there is no outlet for this extra energy and strength.
So basically good stress is when we have a demand on us and our body produces the chemicals to help us deal with this demand. A bad stress is when we peceive a demand and the chemicals are released, but we have no way of using these chemicals and so they build up in our system.
An example of bad stress is worrying. We think something bad 'might' happen and so our body releases chemicals to help us deal with the actual situation, but it hasn't 'actually' happened, we have just imagined it might happen, and so there is nowhere for these chemicals to go and so our body gets stressed.
Some common stresses today are survival stress, internal stress, enviromental stress & work stress. To read more about these go to http://www.mtstcil.org/skills/stress-definition-1.html

People under large amounts of stress can become tired, sick, and unable to concentrate or think clearly. Sometimes, they even suffer mental breakdowns.

We need to find ways to release this stress.