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There isn’t much to say about authors like Tracee Dunblazier, whose work itself speaks for the kind of writing specialists they are. An LA-based shaman, spiritual empath, public speaker and author, Tracee specializes in the teaching of energy dynamics and how they have the power to rule us. It is her ideas and words that make her such a popular and favorite person among her fans. This book too is a testament of the greatness and creativity that can be expected from her.

In her book, Tracee tries to bring every reader’s attention to their inner demons and how they are consuming the life we are given. She talks about being haunted by them and urges readers to identify what they are, why they are, and how we can fight them off. The reader is the slayer and the demons are – well, demons. Call it a self-help book or a guide, as it serves both purposes, Tracee wants her readers to understand and acknowledge the things that make them fearful. According to her,  acknowledgment of knowing you are fearful is half the success itself. She uses the multiple energy dimensions to help readers understand the profound power we all have in ourselves, but rarely know about.

She further goes on to explain how our relationships are affected by the choices we make – either to be brave or live the life of a coward. By knowing what holds us back, we allow ourselves a choice; either to stay a coward or go fully-charged into combat with our inner demons.

The readers will find that the number of methods, both ancient and modern, Tracee uses to lay evidence to her theories are indeed very believable. They all teach of how one can release themselves from the soul-devouring parasites within us.

Any reader who is in desperate need of some slaying or wishing or wants to help someone else slay their inner demons must get their hands on this book ASAP. Whether you start off with an open or closed mind, are at rush or at peace, reading with a light or heavy heart, Tracee’s book will always offer the direction you need in life.

Interview with Tracee Dunblazier, author of “Master Your Inner World: Embrace Your Power with Joy”

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What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?

The Self-Help Memoir has emerged from an entire generation of wounded healers who don’t just want to tell their story, they need to. I was born to re-live my ancient soul knowledge and share it with others.

How important is research to you when writing a book?

The stories of my spirit guides and past lives were channeled  and a part of the process was comparing the images I was receiving to what I could understand through research. I am so grateful to be a writer in the twenty-first century.

What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictation, computer or longhand?

Hands down: the computer. Writing with a keyboard helped significantly    in keeping up with the flow of information coming in. It makes the process so much easier for me.

What inspires you to write?

Life: the joy and suffering of others.

Writers are often associated with loner tendencies; is there any truth to that?

I’ve not found that to be true. I do think any creative person needs the time and space to process all of their experiences enough to be able to craft them into a product for others to consume.

Have you ever experienced “Writer’s Block”? How long do they usually last?

I don’t believe in “writer’s block”. I think that every story has a birth process and while you’re unable to focus enough to write, your consciousness is preparing every detail for retrieval, and when it’s ready, it will reveal itself.

How would you feel if no one showed up at your book signing?

Tracee, party of one? It’s a nice opportunity to get to know the fine men and women that make a bookstore run. To me, they’re the most important people in publishing.

Do you read and reply to the reviews and comments of your readers?

I do, and am grateful for the chance.

What did you want to become when you were a kid?

In my early childhood I wanted to be a nurse. Eventually, I moved to New York City to become a dancer. I think they were both showing me the ability I have to show others another reality through healing their spirits.

Do you recall the first ever book/novel you read?

The first book I can remember? Well, other than Amelia Bedelia? The Portable Dorothy Parker. Reading her work allowed me to laugh a little at the daunting craziness that was my life at the time.

How realistic are your books?

My books are as real as it gets. No matter what your beliefs, everyone can align or connect with something in the book.

It is often believed that almost all writers have had their hearts broken at some point in time, does that remain true for you as well?

Heartache is the pre-requisite for creativity and transformation. As an empath, my heart breaks a little every day. Sometimes for myself and sometimes for others.

When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or full-time profession?

Not at all. Although, I’ve always been a storyteller.

Poets and writers in general, have a reputation of committing suicide; in your opinion, why is that the case?

I think the old stereotype of the tortured writer, isn’t true for twenty-first century authors. Don’t get me wrong, when your heart breaks— it opens, but unlike any other time in history there can actually be a happy ending. The process of healing can be meaningful and powerful. The desire to commit suicide comes from an inability to see a future let alone, a positive life. It’s a devastating experience and must be looked at with compassion— recognized as a condition that touches people in all walks of life across the board, not just artists.

Do you have a day job other than being a writer? And do you like it?

I am a spiritual empath. Every day I get to help people excavate their soul for answers to their deepest questions. It’s a privilege, I love doing it.

From all that we have been hearing and seeing in the movies, most writers are alcoholics. Your views on that?

Definitely not so. It’s true, creative folks may have a propensity to self-medicate, but alcoholism is a disease that affects many and crosses all lines.

Do you enjoy book signings?

I love book signings! I enjoy traveling to new cities and meeting readers and book store staff. Every one has such a unique energy and experience for me.

Do you reply back to your fans and admirers personally?

I do. While I’d appreciate being way too busy to take the time, I think it’s important. If someone writes a note to my assistant, she can respond to that.

Do you believe attractive book covers help in its sales?

I don’t necessarily judge a book by its cover but, certainly, covers attract my attention and make me feel. So much more is communicated subliminally through a book cover than you can fit in a 30 second pitch.

Have you ever marketed your own books yourself?

I do all of my book marketing. I enjoy it and love to interact with folks on social media and in the press.

Have you ever taken any help from other writers?

I’ve taken a lot of help from my colleagues. I am more of a storyteller than a writer so am eternally grateful for my writer friends. I Couldn’t have accomplished as much without them.

Do you make your own vocabulary words in your book or resort to the existing ones?

I like the use of the word resort here. Appropriate. As much as I’m intuitive and love to make up words, I do my best to use the ones others will be familiar with. Most of the time.

Is writing a book series more challenging?

No, when you’re working with a topic like healing multiple dimensions of energy, there’s so much information and new ideas to be presented and explored.

Are you “there” where you wanted to be?

I am always where I wanted to be, even if I don’t always know it.

What do you do in your free time?

I enjoy coffee and people watching, golf, movies, nature, singing, and visualizing a planet where everyone is free in every way.

Was it all too easy for you – the writing, the publication, and the sales?

I always have beginner’s luck with any new project but this one was particularly magical. So many people were involved in making the process effortless by being where I needed when I needed them.

What is the secret to becoming a bestselling author?

I will let you know.

Writers are permanently depressed; how true is that?

Definitely not true. I think all creative people are generally reflective and hopefully self-reflective. That process looks a lot like depression.

What is your motivation for writing more?

I’ll write as long as I have stories to tell.

Was there a time you were unable to write, At All?

I worked on these books for fifteen years. And, by working, I mean: contemplated, collected data, experienced life, and tried several angles on for size before the final book design and flow emerged. For many years I didn’t even have the focus to journal my feelings. I was planted firmly in the whirlwind of my empathy and emotional experience.

How did you celebrate the publishing of your first book?

I had three book parties in my favorite cities with my favorite people. Doing that again inspires me to write.

Does it get frustrating if you are unable to recall an idea you had in your mind some time earlier?

It is, but I’ve learned that what comes out of the new thought is usually better.

If you die today, how would want the world to remember you?

If I died today, I’d want the world to remember me as the person who didn’t quit. Hopefully taking inspiration from it in times of weariness.

Do you believe you have done enough to leave a legacy behind?

I believe the legacy you leave behind is the stuff you’ve done not how much or what you’ve done. I’ve definitely done some stuff.

Do you pen down revelations and ideas as you get them, right then and there?

Yes, I definitely do. I don’t always use them but just the action of writing them allows for more information to enter into my consciousness.

Are you working on something new at the moment?

I’m currently working on the third volume of The Demon Slayer’s Handbook Series. It’s on karmic relationships.

Ever learned anything thing from a negative review and incorporated it in your writing?

I don’t think there are negative reviews, I think there are negative people. To me, constructive criticism is positive feedback and always appreciated.

It is often said that in order to write something, you must believe in what you are writing. Do you agree with that?

Not necessarily, but I believe in order to be a heartful writer you must know yourself and your topic. It’s always my goal to be a heartful writer.

What would you say is your biggest failure in life?

I don’t believe in failure. I think sometimes we set a goal to receive what comes with the process of achieving that goal. Not necessarily achieving the goal. Therefore, we’re always successful.

You don’t have to be a writer in order to be an author – how true is that?

Every storyteller will find a way to tell their story.

Do you need to be in a specific place or room to write, or you can just sit in the middle of a café full of people and write?

I enjoy writing anywhere; café’s, churches, home, in a hotel room. Busy places help me focus but the flow happens wherever it does.

In case one or any of your books honor the big screen, which book would you like it to be?

I think any book of the series will translate well to the screen, especially television. I would love to see Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson play my spirit guide, Nguvu Jabari. He’d be amazing.

Which book is the one you keep going back to again and again?

My favorite book of all time is, Return of the Bird Tribes, by Ken Carey. It’s given me immense inspiration over the years.

If you were to change your genre, which one would you choose?

Well, each book in The Demon Slayer’s Handbook Series is kind of a three-fer. Each part includes three genres; suspense thriller in parable form, self-help, and memoir. I don’t think I could do a straight novel.

If you’re writing about a city/country/culture you haven’t physically visited, how much research do you conduct before you start writing?

The parables in my book were channeled and researching historic times, places, and events was instrumental in helping me give a voice to the images in my head.

Have you ever written a character with an actor in mind?

No, but my spirit guide Star Bear, in Part four of Master Your Inner World was modeled after my friend Victor Aaron. He was an amazing actor.

Did you have a lot of differences with your editors in the beginning while you were still getting used to having your work edited?

For me, working with my editors was an amazing process of discovery. There weren’t any real differences, mostly they educated me on things I just didn’t know. And, gave me perspective on how my ideas are received. I am forever grateful.

How often do you go on book tours?

I make efforts to do 6-8 events a year. I really enjoy promoting my titles and getting to meet the folks for whom I’ve written them.

Tell us about an interesting or memorable encounter you had with a fan?

I meet quite a few folks who struggle with addiction or love someone who does. At one particular event I was touched when a man and his wife bought the book to read with their son who was struggling with the disease. They deeply wanted to create a common ground to help him heal. THAT is why I write.

Is privacy an issue for you?

Not at all, that’s not to say it’s always comfortable. I live my life making my decisions based on the highest good for all involved, not for who might find out about it.

Were your parents reading enthusiasts who gave you a push to be a reader as a kid?

Both of my parents were avid readers, although they never really directly pushed me to read as a child, reading was a central part of my experience as a child. I had a deep love for books and spent a great deal of time in our local library.

Do you think the charm of public libraries has toned down much in the last decade?

I definitely think they’ve lost their luster, through no fault of their own. I’d like to see more money invested in restoring or renovating our libraries so that they’re inviting to everyone.

Do you enjoy discussing upcoming ideas with your partner? If yes, how much do you value their inputs?

I definitely do. Sometimes a partner can express my ideas more clearly, without sentiment but with compassion. I do my best writing when I’m on the outside of the idea. My partner’s views help get me there.

If you were given a teaching opportunity, would you accept it?

Of course I would. I enjoy working with people who are committed to their own growth.

If you could live anywhere in the world, which country would you choose and why?

I love living in America. I believe it’s the heart of the planet, busy loving, breaking, and growing. As long as my work is here, I’ll stay.

Have you ever turned a dream or a nightmare into a written piece?

There are many dreams recorded in the pages of both books. Especially the second volume— Heal Your Soul History, due to be released next year. It’s central theme is past lives and how they impact your current one.

Were you a troublemaker as a child?

Maybe? I don’t ever think of myself that way, although I was kicked out of my Cadettes troop. I was a very obedient Girl Scout, with several badges and cookie patches. I was asked to leave the older girls troop for back talking. I don’t remember what I said, but I’m sure I don’t regret it.

What is that dream goal you want to achieve before you die?

I think I’d like to get married. I’ve dedicated my life thus far being in service to my healing and the healing of others. Yes, I think a happy marriage is the next appropriate challenge.

Do you think translating books into languages other than their origin forces the intended essence away?

No, currently my book is translated to Spanish, and in some ways some of the ideas are expressed with even more fullness and poetry.

Do you blog?

My blog, The Wedge, does not get the attention from me it deserves. I’ve had the privilege of writing relationship advice for a few dating sites and contributing to many other articles this past year which has taken up my blog time. I look forward to getting back to it! I like giving my perspective on the relevant topics that have our attention and concern.

If you had to pick one other author to write your biography, who would it be?

Well, I’d pick two. The contemporary I’d choose is Mich Albom. He has a lot of compassion, and anyone who’d tell my story would have to do so with an open heart. Secondly, I’d want Abe Lincoln to tell my story. When I see him, I’ll ask him.

Master Your Inner World

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Publish Date: May 6th, 2016
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A handbook for personal empowerment that concentrates on life’s demons and how to fight them.

The latest in Dunblazier’s (The Demon Slayer’s Handbook, 2015) series continues to offer personal anecdotes about her struggles as a psychic and spiritualist, as well as an account of the demons that she believes inhabit the mortal world. “There is a connection between people and demons,” she assures readers, and she structures her latest handbook around five parables (“the stories of the spirit guides that have worked with me in this lifetime and for some over many lifetimes”) and five “basic levels of perception”: physical, etheric, emotional, mental, and causal. Dunblazier focuses on encouraging her readers to remain vigilant in the face of the world’s evils, and to marshal the resources that are at their disposal, which include calm introspection, self-possession, and even good humor: “One of the things I know is that when you’re facing the devil head-on, or running for your life, fear is your friend—but not completely,” she writes in one of the book’s many pleasing, counterintuitive moves. “Your fear will eventually turn on you.” The author returns periodically to her own history with her spirit guides, but the main thrust of her book is a set of upbeat propositions about living in the moment and mastering one’s unruly inner world. These are aimed squarely at fellow spiritualists but are also applicable to a wider audience that’s prepared to see demons as metaphors. “Demons are energy, and energy doesn’t go away,” she warns readers, “it changes form”—hence, her emphasis on being alert and ready for anything. Using a potent combination of mystical concepts, including chakras and past lives, Dunblazier creates a guidebook that assures readers that they have the tools to defeat their own demons. The overall ideological framework can feel jumbled at times, but the central message of empowerment will appeal to spiritual seekers.

An encouraging playbook for would-be demon-slayers.

Embrace Your Power with Joy
From the “Demon Slayer’s Handbook” series, volume 1

Boo! Moving Into a Haunted House Have You Spooked?

Author Name: Ellena Fortner Newsom
Publish Date: Oct 31
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Fewer Americans think so than ever before.

Watching a poltergeist, possessed doll, ghost of a serial killer, or other ethereal, evil-minded entity terrorize a family at home gets a pretty consistent reaction from me.

“Why are they not packing their bags, selling the house, and moving already? Seriously, I wouldn’t spend another hour in the place,” I emphatically tell my husband. “They are just asking to get chopped to bits in the basement, and, then, there goes the resale value.”

Luckily, a poltergeist has never pushed me to test the veracity of my beliefs – unless you count the occasional strange noises, a menacing shadow or two, or simply mistaking my bathrobe for an ominous invader. So, in a purely empirical standpoint, I don’t know what I would do if I thought my house was haunted, but, according to a 2013 survey by and Move.Inc, 35 percent of respondents revealed they have lived in a haunted house. More than 1,400 respondents shared their experiences with spooky incidents, common “warning” signs, and expected discounts for haunted property.

Shockingly to me at least, 62 percent of respondents said they were perfectly fine – not a problem at all – with purchasing a haunted house.

“Survey data reveals that while the majority of consumers are open to purchasing a haunted home, many buyers conduct their own research on a home’s history to be aware of any weird incidences,” said Alison Schwartz, VP of corporate communications for Move in a Huffington Post article. “Data also finds that while some respondents are willing to purchase a haunted home at a discounted price, many say levitating objects, ghost sightings, and seeing objects move from one place to another would deter them from purchasing a home.”

Apparently, there are some “common” signs people on the market for a new abode can look to for an indication of whether their new dream house will turn into a nightmare, according to the survey. For instance, if the house is built on a cemetery, it could be haunted, which is like, “well duh” in my mind. Other signs include:

  • If the house is more than 100 years old,
  • If the house repeatedly and quickly attracts and loses new owners,
  • If the house is selling for significantly below market value,
  • Or if the house is near to an old battlefield site.

Even if a house meets all the above criteria, some people are willing to sign on the dotted line. Others need a little financial incentive, with 34 percent of survey respondents needing a nudge of up to 30 percent discount. The slightly-wiser minds among us – 19 percent – need a little bigger financial incentive of up to 51 percent or more.

Perhaps you are on the other end and trying to sell a house that gives you goose bumps in the night? Well, this isn’t something you can necessarily keep under your hat, even if your spook manages not to levitate a lamp or close a door. While laws vary by state, most require people who are selling a house to notify potential buyers of past traumatic events. This includes if someone is murder or commits suicide on the property and, most likely, encompasses supernatural events.

Of course, if the movies have taught us anything, there are a few steps you can take to rid your space of unseen influences. The Catholic Church springs to mind but, if the local priest is just a tiche too busy to perform an exorcism or if you aren’t a parishioner, there are professionals you can call, such as Tracee Dunblazier, a spiritual empath and long-time ghostbuster. Tracee, whose been helping spirits move on since 1996, says a spiritual infestations often are a result of a multiple influences, such as a receptive person moving into an area with spiritual energy attached.

“If people die in an abrupt or accidental or traumatic way, their spirit doesn’t always transcend,” said Tracee (@traceedunblazier). “It will attach to wherever it can find the most energy. Sometimes that’s a person, a house, or even a neighborhood.”

“That’s when you get things moving or lights flickering on or off,” said Tracee. “Often times, grandma who just passed away doesn’t really have the spiritual force to do those sort of things, but they can tune into a loved one’s grief, especially if it is a focused grief. This keeps them from moving on.”

Tracee, working in person or long distance, uses crystals, energy portals, and her experience as a grief counselor to help turn a “rich” house, or one with lots of spiritual energy, into a more mundane location.

Have you ever experienced a haunted house in your living room? Would you buy a house if it had a reputation for creeping its occupants out? If so, you are braver than I am, so kudos to you. For me, I’ll keep my hauntings to the horror movies, ones that I make sure to watch in the middle of the afternoon with the lights on and peering through my fingers.

Hey, I keep watching.

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Author Name: Charly Shelton
Publish Date: Oct 6th, 2016
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Life Improvement Courses Offered

The Church of Scientology Mission of the Foothills is offering variety of courses to better one’s life and relationships. Among the many courses offered are “How to Improve Relationships with Others,” “Successfully Raising Children” and “Knowing Who You Can Trust.”
Courses are $50 each. Call (818) 957-1500 for more information.
Courses offered at the Church of Scientology Mission of the Foothills, 2254 Honolulu Ave. in Montrose.
‘Good Grief’ Support Group at St. Bede’s
“Good Grief,” a six-week program for those who have lost a loved one through death, continues through Oct. 18 at St. Bede’s Parish Center, 215 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada. Sessions are from 6:30 p.m. to 8 pm. There is no fee.
The series includes information on the grieving process and an opportunity to share with others in small groups. Topics include: “The Tasks and Process of Grieving,” “What is Good Grief vs. Bad Grief?,” “Coping with Loneliness and Depression,” “Stress Management, Learning to Live Alone,” and “Re-emerging into Life with Hope and Purpose.”
When a loved one dies, people often ask themselves, “When will I get over it?”  The truth is never. A loved one will always be a part of their lives. Death only ends the physical relationship with that person.
Grief is about a broken heart but sometimes it feels like a broken brain because one usually experiences a range of emotions, such as anger, guilt, lonely and anxiety, and may have difficulty sleeping, etc. These are many normal and natural reactions to loss. It helps to talk about it in a small group and learn how to help yourself.
To register or for further information, call the Parish Center at (818) 949-4300.
Metaphysical and Artisan Faire at CSL
The Center for Spiritual Living-La Crescenta is hosting a metaphysical and artisan faire on Nov. 5. Holistic teachers, healers, artisan presenters and unique products will be combined in one event. Artisans include Nadiya Littlewarrior, Sharon Miller and Shelley Matousek. Speakers include Reiki master coach Kristin Dwan at 10:30 a.m. ($10 suggested donation), spiritual empath and author Tracee Dunblazier at noon who will host a mini workshop (suggested donation of $10), spiritual teacher, author, and healer David Hamilton Nichols at 1:30 p.m. who will present “Know What Your Soul Already Knows” ($10 suggested donation) and author Florence Ren Figueroa aka Ren Rasa Yogamaya at
3 p.m.
The attending general public will have the opportunity to gain knowledge about the various transformative, healing techniques from the presenters and have new experiences provided by the practitioners. In addition, handmade and unique one-of-a-kind products will also be available for purchase. The event promises to have a variety of vendors and products for holiday shopping and gift giving.
Scheduled throughout the day of the event will be six presenters speaking, sharing professional knowledge, experiences and offering possible solutions. Some of these presenters are from the local community and others are noted authors and alternative health providers.
The early bird deadline to participate as a vendor or presenter is Sept. 16 with the final deadline on Oct. 21.
Attendance to this event is free to the general public, with the presenters requesting a nominal suggested donation for exchange of their services while at the event.
For more information, contact Myrna Perez at
Grief Recovery Seminar
The unpredictable convergence of emotions after the death of a loved one will be addressed in a welcoming, comforting setting as the First Baptist Church at La Crescenta continues its six-week grief support group at 2:30 p.m. in the church library.
“Grieving is not a weakness for it is normal,” said the Rev. Dr. Peter Hintzoglou, who will guide the sessions. “And there is no timing that one can set when grief may be over. Often, we don’t get over it, we learn to manage it.”
This series is open to all in the community, at no cost, with each session lasting about an hour and 15 minutes.
Hintzoglou has extensive experience in grief support. He has been bereavement coordinator at Heartland Hospice for several years and has spent many years counseling families in the end stages of life and the journey of grief.

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Freaky Funerals: The Psychology Behind Out-Of-The-Atypical Physique Embalming

Author Name: Lizette Borelli
Publish Date: 25.04.2016
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The psychology behind why excessive embalming has developed into a well-liked pattern at funerals.

Funerals are designed to assist individuals come to phrases with loss of life. Seeing a beloved one in an open casket, sporting their “Sunday’s greatest,” and the organ taking part in within the background all helps to normalize the grieving course of by permitting household and mates to simply accept mortality. Now, a number of morticians throughout the nation, from Louisiana to Puerto Rico, have put their distinctive aptitude on funerals by providing excessive embalming, making it simpler — and possibly even enjoyable — to commemorate the lifeless.

Useless Or Alive: Excessive Embalming

The unconventional funeral pattern first made headlines in 2008 when the physique of a 24-year-old homicide sufferer, Angel Luis Pantojas, was tethered towards the wall in his household lounge in Puerto Rico. His funeral, often called “muerto parao,” or or lifeless man standing, was an web sensation and shortly set the tone for future “freaky” funerals. The concept got here from Pantojas himself after attending his father’s funeral at age 6, in line with the New York Instances. He advised his kinfolk that he needed to be seen on his toes.

Shortly after, one other homicide sufferer was propped on a bike, and in March, 26-year-old Fernando de Jesus Diaz Beato, who was tragically shot and killed, was seated on a chair — along with his eyes open — a funeral first.

Damaris Marin, proprietor of Marin Funeral Dwelling with areas in San Juan and Rio Piedras, explains households of the deceased wish to see their liked one as they had been throughout their life.

“We have now seen that the households want to see the lifeless males simply as they had been once they have been alive,” stated Marin, NY Put up reported. “I feel that this time was probably the most spectacular response to any of the work we’ve executed,” she stated, referring to Beato’s embalming.

Marin’s funeral residence is taken into account to be a pacesetter within the improvement of those funeral companies. They’ve achieved 9 excessive embalming funerals thus far.

This course of usually takes two days, and it’s not simple work, in accordance with Marin. “The key is within the embalming,” however she has not revealed the precise particulars.

Usually, in regular embalming, the physique is washed in a disinfectant answer, and the limbs are massaged and morphed to alleviate stiffness of the joints and the limbs, in line with the Funerals Shoppers Alliance. Roughly 16 ounces of fluid mixed with two gallons of water is an efficient dilution. Facial hair is shaved off, except the deceased wore facial hair.

Subsequent, the surgical embalming or beauty processes start with the removing of bodily fluids utilizing formaldehyde-based chemical options. The physique is then ready for viewing by styling the hair, making use of make-up, and setting the facial options. Embalming doesn’t present any public well being profit, in line with the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management. It’s solely obligatory for individuals who had died of communicable ailments, who have been to be transported by airline or different frequent service, or who had been to be buried greater than 24 hours after dying.

One of many first pioneers of maximum embalming was Bolshevik revolutionary and chief Vladimir Lenin. In 1924, he died of a stroke and coronary heart assault, and was then embalmed with an untested chemical course of to protect a life-like look. At the moment, he’s entombed in a granite and marble mausoleum in Purple Sq. the place his physique is maintained at 61 levels, with the humidity between 80 and 90 % in a sealed glass sarcophagus.

The development just isn’t restricted to Puerto Rico or Russia; Louisiana has additionally seen its justifiable share of funerals with aptitude. In 2014, a New Orleans girl’s funeral went viral for excessive embalming. Miriam Burbank, 53, was posed at a desk with a glass of Busch beer, a menthol cigarette, and a disco ball overhead. She was additionally recognizing a New Orleans Saints-themed manicure.

“Once I walked in, I felt like I used to be in her home and I did not damage a lot. As a result of it is extra of her, and it is like she’s not lifeless. It isn’t like a funeral,” mentioned Burbank’s sister Sherline, ABC Information 13 reported. “It is like she’s simply within the room with us.”

Eddie Journey, a resident psychotherapist at Goodpoint Counseling & Consulting Providers in Indianapolis, Ind., believes excessive embalming might be seen as a ritual whereby individuals are making an attempt to honor a cherished one’s reminiscences in methods which are extra in keeping with how she or he lived.

“If she by no means wore clothes and make-up in life, why would somebody contemplate presenting her this fashion in demise?” he instructed Medical Day by day.

The Psychology Behind Freaky Funerals

Unique funerals are merely rituals that play a job in serving to households of the deceased address dying. A 2014 research printed within the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Common examined the highly effective impact grieving rituals have on serving to folks cope with a chaotic affect of loss. Within the analysis, ritual was outlined as a symbolic exercise that’s carried out earlier than, throughout, or after a significant occasion to attain a desired end result, comparable to assuaging grief. The authors recommend that within the case of dropping a liked one, rituals, whether or not extremely formal or casual, assist folks relieve adverse emotions of loss.

Tracee Dunblazier, a religious empath and authorized grief counselor primarily based in Los Angeles, believes grieving the lack of an individual and their bodily being is about altering your relationship with them from the bodily to the non secular.

“Excessive embalming is a method of honoring that transition and celebrating their life,” she informed Medical Each day.

In response to Dunblazier, it may also be a method of making a chance to say what you need to say whereas the particular person was dwelling, or have one final phantasm of life earlier than the phantasm of dying takes over.

The unconventional ritual may also be plagued with cons. Whereas it will probably act as a grief coping mechanism, Claudia Luiz, a psychoanalyst primarily based in Massachusetts, suggests it could actually signify a denial of grief, and numbness to the ceremoniousness of each life and loss of life.

Luiz’s rule of thumb is to make use of your individual feelings as a gauge in the case of understanding what a selected embalming symbolically displays.

“Your feelings can gauge whether or not the embalming is completed within the spirit of ceremony, love and religious renewal, or whether or not there may be mockery, irreverence and hostility at base,” she advised Medical Every day.

Others, like Jorge Lugo Ramirez, president of the Puerto Rico Funeral house Affiliation, sees this rising pattern as an act of irreverence.

In an interview with the Washington Publish, he mentioned: “I see it as a problem to the authorities: ‘You killed me, however you did not knock me down.’”

He added: “These sorts of persons are surrounded by straightforward cash and weapons. We will not be selling that.”

Whether or not the deceased have been criminals or martyrs, the choice on how one can honor a liked one is on the household’s discretion.

In any case, funerals is usually a enjoyable celebration of life and demise.

15 Gorgeous Spiritual Retreats Around the Globe: the Ultimate Meditation Destinations

Author Name: Emily Monaco
Publish Date: October 19, 2016
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You don’t need to travel to far-flung places to meditate but why wouldn’t you? Beautiful locales around the world inspire you to relax, unwind, and really get in tune with your inner self, for spiritual retreats that leave you refreshed with a whole new outlook on your day-to-day.

We picked the brains of a few seasoned practitioners of meditation to uncover their favorite locales for spiritual retreats.

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1. The Grand Canyon

Tiffany Cruikshank (L.A.c., MAOM, RYT) founder of Yoga Medicine and author of “Meditate Your Weight” loves to meditate at one of America’s natural wonders: the Grand Canyon.

“The massiveness of it and the spaciousness there is really calming for me,” she says.

2. Cabrera, Dominican Republic

Rebecca Weible, founder of Yo Yoga!, loves to meditate at Playa Diamante Beach in Cabrera, Dominican Republic.

“The water is clear, calm and shallow for almost a mile out so you could choose to sit or kneel in the water for your practice,” she says. “Petite, gentle waves break right on the shore creating a quiet and soothing soundtrack, perfect for syncing with your breath.”

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3. Half Moon Bay Beach, California

Lauren Imparato loves meditating anywhere near the sea, from the front of a sailboat sailing through the Mediterranean to the cliffs at Half Moon Bay Beach, near where she grew up.

“There is a rhythmic nature to the waves and tides that not only mimics the breath, but helps me naturally fall into it,” says the founder of I.AM.YOU., a lifestyle company and yoga studio in Manhattan and author of “RETOX: Healthy Solutions for Real Life.”

Meditation is simply breathing, And the sea reminds me that that’s the only thing I really have to remember to do to be healthy and whole.”

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4. The River Ganges, Rishikesh

India is a popular locale for meditation given the practice’s deep cultural importance in the region.

Constantin Bisanz, the founder of ALOHA, a wellness-driven food company, had the opportunity to travel to the origin of the river Ganges above Rishikesh, which is where the Beatles famously delved into the historical and spiritual practices of mediation.

“I was up in the mountains in the Himalayas, overlooking the valley, seeing the River Ganges, and that was kind of, in a sense, a very special place,” says Bisanz.

Dr. Lynn Anderson, Naturopathic Doctor and Certified Yoga Therapist, had a completely different but no less rewarding meditation experience in Rishikesh.

“We think of meditation as something that is done sitting still and away from distractions,” she says. “But the true nature of meditation is to be mindful and present. As I took the 16 miles white water rafting expedition down the Ganges I was mindful of the calm water, the turbulent water and the twist and turns of the river bed. Life is like a river. To navigate it you need to be mindful and present.”

5. Monson, Maine

This tiny, 686-person town is Anderson’s other favorite place to meditate.

“My family owned a farm house which boarded a stream that flowed from the nearby mountains,” she says. “Down over the steep bank, hidden by the trees I would sit at the side of the brook and listen to the gentle babbling of the water running over the smooth stones. It was the only sound to be heard.

“Here I was at peace with the world and it is here that I would meditate. Surrounded by the colors, sounds and smells of nature the mind relaxes into a state of peaceful reflection.”

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6. Sedona, AZ

Tracee Dunblazier, spiritual empathy and author of “The Demon Slayer’s Handbook” series, shares that her favorite place to meditate is at Bell Rock, in Sedona, Arizona, a veritable meditation destination particularly given the presence of the McLean Meditation Institute.

“The first time I went, I hiked up about 100 ft to the first plateau,” says Dunblazier. “Once up there, at the very edge facing the beautiful valley and red rocks, I sat in the chair sized cubby hole in the cliff that fits one. I was immersed in the rich smells of dirt, desert sage–and the connection to other dimensions was off the charts. As I meditated an Eagle flew overhead.”

Elisabeth Manning, founder of Fertile Living, also loves to go to Sedona to meditate.

“Meditation is easy and accelerated because of the many vortexes,” she notes, citing the region’s famous locales where the earth is exceptionally alive with energy. “I love to meditate on Airport Mesa to calm/balance emotions and heighten my awareness.”

7. Atalaya, Santa Fe

Kathy Walsh, mindfulness and meditation coach and founder of Joyohboy, loves to meditate while hiking.

“When I go on a hike I often find a space that has an energy to it that feels heightened,” she says. “I will sit on the earth and allow the vibration to flow through my body. Specifically, I love the hike called Atalaya in Santa Fe. Half way up the trail turns and faces the mountain. I often meditate there.”

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8. Kemi, Finland

Debbie Vyskocil, President of Curative Via & CV Performance Institute, ventures away from the typical beaches and mountains to a unique spot in Finland.

“Meditating in Kemi, Finland in the Arctic Circle was my absolute favorite,” she says. “The clear, cool air made for the most amazing and kinesthetic breathing meditation. The crystal blue sky set against the pure white snow was an almost entrancing visual to let your eyes soft focus on. The warmth of the sun was penetrating since the air was so clean.”

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9. Easter Island

One of Kelsey Patel’s best meditation experiences was at Easter Island.

“The island is known for it’s Moai,” explains the meditation coach and owner of Pure Barre Beverly Hills, “But the actual magic of being on this tiny island, where there are more horses than humans, with the Rapa Nui people who almost became extinct due to civil conflict and wars on their own island and then sitting in front of these statues, which represent the actual human beings who populated the land at one point and were leaders of their particular village or tribe and feeling the energy of the land… it feels like you’re a tiny dot on the entire planet, which the island somewhat is, and I felt so much aliveness because the island is so far from anything, yet so palpable with life and energy.”

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10. Hawaii

It’s not surprising that Hawaii is so popular for so many of our meditation enthusiasts: it has a unique energy that draws many to its shores.

Bisanz loves Maui, which he calls a “place that’s kind of special for me, with a special energy.” It’s no wonder he used a Hawaiian word as the name for his company.

Patel loves Hawaii as well, “particularly mama Maui as they call her,” she says. “There’s so much incredible energy on the island.”

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11. Machu Picchu, Peru

The historical city of Machu Picchu — the lost city of the Inca — is a major draw for psychic Linda Lauren.

“It is a very spiritual, sacred place with a special energy that draws you to awareness and silence,” she says. “There are hot springs bubbling up from the caverns at it’s core, with waterfalls offering a cleansing experience. If you have a honed intuition, or already meditate regularly, expect to experience visions and feelings on the more intense side.”

12. The Sanctuary Belintash, Bulgaria

Yet another ancient locale with an enormous amount of history, this sanctuary in Bulgaria is one of Lauren’s favorite places to meditate.

“This ancient sanctuary is a huge rock and part of one of the three point formation of European energy zones,” notes Lauren. “The area creates a strong vibrational pull that visitors insist enhances the likelihood of anything paranormal. Visions, spirits, and physical sensations accompany your visit, and it would be fascinating to keep a journal on what your senses experience.”

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13. Mykonos, Greece

There’s no place like home, especially when home is Greece. Dr. Theodoros Kousouli D.C., C.H.t. always makes sure to spend some time meditating in Mykonos when he returns to his homeland.

“Every time I go there I can feel the ancients calling to me, the crystal clear waters inviting me,” he says. “Whether it is the break of morning or when the sun sets , by far my favorite place to meditate. My soul vibrates and feels as if it is singing- I feel most connected there.”

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14. Redwood Forest

It’s not only one of the natural wonders of the world — the Redwood Forest is also a great place for meditation, at least as far as meditation enthusiast and writer Erin Michaela Sweeney is concerned.

“One of my favorite meditation spots in recent months has been the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods, where I was an emerging writer in residency in August,” she says. “Situated four miles above the Santa Cruz boardwalk in the morning fog of Soquel, California, the WCR is a retreat where I practiced my meditation and my craft for two weeks. The peaceful environment allowed me to explore my creativity both with meditating and with writing.”

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15. The Alps

The beautiful mountains spanning French, Italian, Swiss, and Austrian borders are one of Bisanz’s favorite places in the world to meditate.

“Growing up in the Austrian Alps — my family lives outside of Salzburg in the mountains — I like  to be there, to find some peace there.”

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