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3 Mar 2020

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Het Cranio Sacraal Systeem bestaat uit de hersenvliezen (de meninges) en het hersenvloeistof. De meninges omgeven de hersenen en de ruggenmerg in een soort van kikkervis-vormige zak, ook wel de durale zak genoemd, dat zich onderaan de ruggenmerg hecht aan het staartbeen. Deze zak is gevuld met hersen-vloeistof welke wordt aangemaakt in de hersenen.

De hoofdfunctie hiervan is schokdemping en bescherming van hersenen en ruggenmerg. Een nevenfunctie, maar niet minder belangrijk, is de transport van voedingstoffen en afvoer van afvalstoffen. De hersenvloeistof wordt aangemaakt in de hersenen en weer afgevoerd naar de hersenen, waar het de hersenen als het ware schoon wast. Deze functie wordt belangrijker naarmate we ouder worden aangezien het de ophoping van eiwitplaque en tangles verhinderd. He...

17 Feb 2020

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As I mention on the home page, the spiritual path is not for everyone and it requires courage and perserverence. Contrary to popular belief, the spiritual path isn’t all love, compassion and feeling exhalted all the time. Yes, the spiritual path can be serendipitous, magical and full of beautiful experiences, but it can also be full of uncertainty, doubt and hidden traps. 

In the previous blog post, I talked about embarking on the spiritual path. It is an inner calling to meet our True Self. The ego (our identity or the subconscious mind) is the mask that we have put on to survive in this world. The ego is borne out of separation and as a result, we constantly compare ourselves with others to see whether we measure up or not.

When our ego is running the story tha...

15 Feb 2020

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 When we embarke on the spiritual path, it comes from an inner surge, the arising of a need to grow and evolve and to experience the Truth of who we are. It can happen as a result of tremendous trauma or difficulty or we may finally come to the realisation that our automatic ways of being are no longer working in our lives, but are actually becoming a hindrance to getting what we say we want. In a sense, we are driven by something to something "else". What that something is, we do not know, but it is driving us nonetheless. Consider that it is our Soul, Higher Self, the unseen, energetic spirit consciousness that is part of all of Life (whatever you want to call it). 

It is our higher self's desire to experience that which helps us become aware that separation is an illusion and th...

23 Feb 2015

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Almost every day, I pick a card from the "Daily Challenges for Spiritual Growth" developed from the teachings of Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (also known as Amma). Two days in a row now, I have picked the card that says: "Today I practice humility".

I've since been wondering why I picked this card at this time in my life and what humility really means.

Contemplating humility, I realized that I am not a victim of that which is happening TO me. Everything that happens in our lives is the result of Karma, either destined or permitted. In this context, humility comes from the understanding that I am solely responsible for that which is happening in my life in this moment. My thoughts, words and actions in the past (either this lifetime or previous lifetimes) have created an energy residue, which...

8 Jan 2015

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Personal challenges can prevent us from seeing things clearly. We may then try to solicit the help and advice of others; people we trust and respect. But answers can never be found outside of ourselves, no matter how knowledgeable or helpful people are. 

Everything we experience is a reflection of our inner believes and perceptions. Therefore the answers to that which we experience as challenging on the outside can always be found inside. We must go to the root belief we hold about ourselves, and the way we view the world around us. 

A talented CST practitioner can help us find these answers by listening to the signals which the tissues and rhythm are providing. These signals will guide your therapist to help you by way of questioning and dialogue with you to (what I call) a therapeutic e...

12 Oct 2014

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When I left India in January of 2014 to go back home to Canada, I had promised myself that I would be back that same year to spend more time at the Ashram with my Guru and teacher. Throughout my preparations to move to Holland and after I settled in with my parents, that promise and longing did not leave me. Within a month after moving to Holland, I started making plans to be in India and to be with Amma again for a longer period of time this time.

The initial plan was to travel around India for a bit and end up in the Ashram. I also knew I wanted to spend some time in silence at one of the Dhamma centers. At these Dhamma centers there are opportunities to serve those who come to meditate by preparing meals and helping where ever help is required. This selfless service is called Seva in Sans...

3 May 2014

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My decision to give up my apartment and take a sabbatical left me homeless as of April 1, 2014. My personal belongings were safely stored with two wonderful friends. In the end, help came from the most unlikely place and I will never forget the help and support I received from those people. It is not that I ever doubted the integrity and loyalty of these two people, but their generosity still surprised me. 

It was a stressful time for me and I could not have done it without the support of craniosacral therapy. During those last two months I received 3 craniosacral therapy treatments from Nadine Saxton who has become my mentor and dear friend since I had my first treatment from her in 2011. These treatments were healing on so many levels as they provided insight into the huge step I...

30 Apr 2014

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In India, I was introduced to Vipassana meditation, a style of meditation rediscovered by Gothama Buddha more than 2,500 years ago. Vipassana means to see things as they really are and is "a way of self-transformation through self-observation. It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body, and that continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind. It is this observation-based, self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body that dissolves mental impurity, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion." (from the website www.dhamma.org).


As soon as I arrived home, I researched the Dhamma.org website to find a centre near me a...

27 Apr 2014

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On January 12, 2014 I arrived back in Toronto after I spent a month at my Guru's Ashram in India. Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, simply known as Amma, or Mother is a fully awakened master and the embodiment of unconditional Love. In Her presence the unconditional love that lies dormant within us begins to awaken and one will get a glimpse of one's own true essence. Amma has dedicated Her life to relieve human suffering around the world. 


My time at the Ashram was very healing. The word healing is often loosely used to describe many things. In the medical world, it means physical recovery from illness and disease. In the psychiatric world, it means processing emotional scars and traumas and in the holistic and spiritual world, it means letting go of old belief systems that cause pain and su...

30 Sep 2013

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I came across this beautiful article written by Thich Nhat Hanh today. It was an article entitled: Imagine a Pine Tree, published in the January, 2012 issue of the Shambhala Sun. This is at the core of CranioSacral Therapy, which is why I share it here with you today in my blog. 

In CranioSacral Therapy, we work with the client's intention and desire to heal, not only on the physical level, but also on an emotional and spiritual level. When we bring attention to the pain, fear and anger inside of us, we start to heal on all levels and the physical body naturally follows. When we heal our childhood wounds and our erroneous perceptions of who we think we are, who we think others are and what we think the world is, we heal the wounds in our bodies as well, whatever ways they tend to show up. An...

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