A new chapter…

I’ve been a bit quiet on my blog lately and trying to get my body back into balance with having those nasty parasites. The effects of these parasites were really draining and took a lot of my energy. Thank fully after two herbal cleanses, eating well, sleeping lots plus a bucket load of energy treatments and visualising them leaving my body… they are gone. It feels wonderful that I no longer have them.

Having an upset tummy for six weeks though, didn’t help my gut and I noticed that my hair wasn’t growing in as fast as what it had been. So I made an appointment with  my naturopath and he conducted some functional tests. It came back that my gut was moderately leaky and my liver was really under functioning.

To help both these issues I started taking a l-glutamine supplement to support my gut, plus kept on taking two probiotics daily, along with bone broth, fermented foods and took digestive enzymes (if I ate a big meal with red meat, which is not often). My naturopath also made me up an “awful tasting” herbal tonic to help support my liver.

Initially my naturopath wanted me on a bunch more supplements for my liver but I have found over the last two years that my body is very sensitive, so it’s best to do less than more. I have also been massaging my liver meridian points on my feet daily.  Plus my acupuncturist also put me on herbs to support my liver. I think by targeting it from many angles, plus eating well, my liver is doing much better and this is showing in my hair growth.

Over the last month and a half, my hair has been growing back in fast and only has small strips at either side of my head to finish growing in. There are small dark, thin hairs growing here, so I know it’s coming.  After nearly 10 months of it growing in from nothing, this is what it looks like.

June 2017

I’ve gone from absolutely not one strand of hair and wearing a full head scarf or wig (which I hid myself under), to a scarf tied up as it grew back in patches and now only a small headband. I am nearly there.

I realised this week, that I am the girl with hair now and no longer think of myself as ‘the bald girl’ and lacking in any way.

This brought tears to my eyes after reflecting on what a journey I have been on during the last two years. Hopefully soon I will book in to get a hair cut. What an AMAZING experience that will be.

Without losing my hair, I would not be the strong, healthy person I am today. It has changed my life for the better and I can teach my kids to look after themselves and nourish their bodies with nutritious foods. I am also opening a cafe in September this year, and working with a chef to create healthy “eat the rainbow” food and will help other’s on their health journey too. I am beyond excited with this new chapter I am about to embark on and forever grateful that such a negative experience has turned into such a positive one.

Please keep on sending through your emails… I love getting them and helping you too grow back your hair.

Much love and light, Jo xoxo

 

 

 

Hair Update and a few nasty surprises…

So, I thought I would update you on what’s been happening with my hair.  Well, my hair it’s still growing in…it’s getting darker,  thicker and slowly growing down on the sides. I have about an inch to go and then it will be 100% covered all over.  It seems to be growing about an inch downwards every 8 weeks.  I also have all my eyelashes back on one side (most are still light but a they are turning dark) and the other side seems to be filling in, especially over this last week. I paint castor oil on them every night and I think this has helped them get thicker. Maybe I’ll soon be able to use mascara on them… toxin free of course!!  My eyebrows have a lot of thick white growth but nothing dark yet.  Patience is the key, plus appreciation for what I do have.

Here are some recent photos showing what my hair currently looks like. 

March 2017

A few weeks ago, I was getting disappointed that my hair wasn’t all over yet and my beautiful and always supportive Mum said to me “Have a look at photo’s of yourself back in July with nothing at all. If you could see back then, what you have growing now, you would be jumping with joy and not looking at what isn’t. You wouldn’t even notice those side bits, not quite there yet”. And she was right, I need to focus on what I do have and not what I don’t have… the law of attraction.

It’s now the two year anniversary from when I first noticed that I was losing hair on the cruise and during the last month I have been working at releasing lot’s of repressed emotions around this traumatic time. It was like reliving that time on the cruise again (and my son having a very bad asthma attack) feeling trapped, suffocated, very scared and not knowing why my hair was falling out. I have done this with the help of two very special healing friends and it felt so good to let everything go and TRUST that it will all be ok. I think this was holding me back in truly healing and now I just need to STOP worrying that something else terrible will happen to me again. I also pieced together all the missing pieces of the puzzle, knowing why it fell out. This has given me peace and answered many unanswered questions I had for two years.

I’m using lots of my DoTERRA essential oils to help with this feeling, including Helichrysum (an amazing healer of pain). It helps to restore confidence in life and in myself, after trauma or loss. I rub a drop of it on my throat chakra each morning plus night and only after a week, I can feel the difference.

I’ve still been eating amazingly but unfortunately caught two nasty parasites on a recent health retreat by drinking contaminated water… UGHHH! This is the last thing I need right now. But I am starting a detox to eliminate these parasites in the next few days and are hoping with the right herbal products, probiotics and looking after myself, plus eating right, that they will go fast. My acupuncturist can also help with chinese herbal medicine.

When I found out last week that I had these parasites, I began to panic and worry that it would make my hair stop growing or fall out again or stop. I’ve had to really not let it worry me. Once again had to dig deep and be reminded that losing all my hair has forced me to seek healing and completely change my life in every way, and funny enough, after a week of knowing I have these parasites, I’ve now accepted this is another part of my journey. It’s something that I have been forced to learn about and will once again rise from the challenge. I eat amazing, get lots of sleep, keep toxins out of my environment and look after myself, so I think it will all be OK.

It’s also made me get some updated blood tests which I haven’t had since last August and learn that my Iodine, B12 and Homocysteine levels are out of balance. I need to work on correcting these and I am doing so with further testing and the help of a Naturopath.

I’ll keep you updated on my progress with hair plus my two unwanted friends over the next few months.

Love and healing, Jo xoxo

Emotions and how they stop us from truly healing…

Can emotions hold our hair back from growing? At first, I didn’t believe they could, but YES, emotions can most definitely stop your hair from growing back in. It took me a long time to understand how powerful emotions are and the role they can play out in our bodies – around 70-80% of our immune system is located in our gut. “Emotions play out in the theatre of the body”.

For the first year of healing, I focused mainly on my diet and healing my gut and correcting any internal imbalances. But as time went on and I still had no hair, I began to realise that I needed to deal with any stressful or traumatic past life experiences I had experienced (including losing my hair on that cruise and the feelings and emotions that came with that). Even for years prior to my hair falling out, I would always put on a brave face and never address any of my emotions properly. I would bury them deep, hoping they would go away. I wouldn’t cry or let any anger or upset out, so gradually over time, these emotions just built up and got bigger and bigger.

If we hold onto too much pain and hurt over a long period of time, we can become sick. I remember visiting Nici (for Natural Energy Balancing) for the first time and even in the nutrient deficient state I was in, plus had no hair, “repressed emotions” was the first thing that came up on the list to treat me for. This was the first time I had properly ever really thought about “how I was really feeling” and not bottle it up – I realised this was a huge part in my life that I needed to address.

“If we can bring harmony between our body, our mind and our soul, this will result in the relief and cure of disease”.

You might ask, how do I work through any emotions I have? Well, this is much easier said, than done and I have needed the help of friends and also energy healers to dig through the many layers of emotions. Recently I went on a Yoga and Meditation Retreat with a beautiful friend and spent three days meditating, practising yoga, eating delicious organic vegan produce, getting massages, being out in the natural bush setting, massages, epsom salt baths and swims plus just stopping and listening to the sounds all around us… I found that I truly let go and found what I was looking for. Which was peace within me – loving myself exactly as I am. I also learnt, that to grow, I need to open my heart fully (even if at times it can be scary) and to truly feel, see, smell, touch and taste, the beauty in everything around me.

Kundalini Yoga and meditation has also helped me greatly in healing, as well as, daily affirmations like – “I am beautiful” plus “I love and accept myself”. The daily meditation for Alopecia (located on my home page) states quite a few affirmations that you say about aloud and by practising it everyday, you begin to believe these are true. Try doing this meditation for a few weeks and see how things change inside. My essential oils also help to release emotions and just the smell of them, triggers a positive emotional response in our bodies.

To truly heal and fulfil your life’s purpose, you must first heal your physical body and your heart, plus release any limiting beliefs plus increase your spiritual awareness and connection. I have come to realise after working through these levels of healing that it is my life’s purpose to help others heal and give them hope – this is why I set up this blog. It brings me peace, knowing where I’ve been and where I am going in life and by helping other’s, I am also healing myself. And funny enough, after addressing my health, heart and limiting beliefs, my hair began to grow.

It’s funny looking back and reading what I have just written above and realising how much I have changed. I have turned a very traumatic event into something that I am very grateful for, plus I can now pass everything I have learnt onto others. I saved this powerful saying on my phone over a year ago –

“The soul always know what to do to heal itself… the challenge is to silence the mind”.

This is very appropriate during my final stages of healing.

Love and healing, Jo xoxo

The 10 most important things that have helped re-grow my hair

Over the last 22 months of healing, I’ve come to realise that whilst food and maintaining a healthy diet is extremely important, there are so many other factors that are equally important in healing your body. So, here’s a list of the top 10 most important things (including food) that I feel have been essential in helping me grow back my hair –

    1. Find ways to eliminate STRESS. When we are constantly under stress our immune system knows it. Our adrenals produce stress hormones that impact sleep cycles, hunger, body temperature and lots of other functions. Long periods of stress will cause our immune systems to become overactive, causing autoantibodies to attack the body and more importantly our hair. Choose to take time out for yourself and find something that you love to do. Over the past six months I have really been trying to eliminate stress and since becoming really aware of it and managing it, my hair began to grow back. I also love practising meditation morning and night (just 12 minutes twice a day), going on beach walks and swimming in the ocean, practising Kundalini Yoga, listening to music, reading a good book or one of my favourite magazines. If you can’t manage this on your own, get help if you are feeling overwhelmed. I regularly see my Energy Healer who helps me keep my emotions and stress levels down.
    2. Eat whole, unprocessed, fresh foods. Pick the best quality fruit, vegetables, eggs, nuts, seeds and meats you can find. Visit your local farmers markets for fresh produce and remember that you’re supporting a farmer in your local community by doing so. Foods at these markets can be organic and free of pesticides, added hormones, antibiotics and herbicides, thus reducing toxicity in your body. Every Sunday morning, I visit our local farmers markets with my family and it’s become a favourite weekly trip. I love chatting to the farmers and store holders and picking the freshest most colourful produce. By eating clean foods, your refined sugar intake should be eliminated or greatly reduced.  I do not eat any processed sugars, only natural sugars found in fruits. Most importantly, I have eliminated gluten and dairy from my diet as both were causing inflammation to the lining of my small intestine. I will never, ever eat gluten again but maybe small amounts of dairy in the future, when all of my hair is back. If you are not sure what foods to eat, see a nutritionist who can help you. I found an amazing nutritionist who has taught me how to nourish my body and what foods to eat on a daily basis.
    3. Address any imbalances, yeast, vitamin deficiences, bacteria issues, digestive distress, etc. You might need to find a Functional Doctor in your area that will help you do this. I had a parasite plus SIBO and went on an intensive cleanse to eliminate these. Most importantly, if you have any gut issues, like I had, take a good probiotic. I had one morning and night for a long time and have only just cut this back to one in the morning. Don’t supplement with pills just because you read it’s good for you, first make sure that you actually need it first with your doctor. You can get all your vitamins and minerals from a clean, fresh healthy diet if you are absorbing everything correctly.
    4. Drink plenty of WATER daily. Consider filtering your water to remove impurities like metals, chlorine and fluoride. Water keeps us hydrated and is essential for the proper circulation of nutrients in our bodies. I drink at least two litres of water a day and always use a glass drinking bottle/cup to drink from. Plastic bottles can leach chemicals into the water.
    5. SLEEP well. When we sleep, our bodies heal. Before my hair fell out, I would get to bed late, not sleep great and wake early. Now I try and make sure I am in bed by 9.30pm and get plenty of sleep. Lavender essential oil is perfect when I’m laying awake and trying to sleep. I also find meditating right before bedtime really helps me get to sleep fast and stay asleep.
    6. ACUPUNCTURE and Chinese Herbal Medicine. This has really helped to free up blockages in my body and allow the energy to flow freely. Please see my recent article on acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine and how it’s helped me with my hair growth.
    7. Reduce toxicity in your environment. Our skin is the largest organ in our body and anything we put on it goes straight to our bloodstreams. The importance of getting toxins out of our bodies cannot be underestimated. I started by replacing all my skincare and cosmetics and buying non toxic alternatives. There are many great websites like http://www.nourishedlife.com.au that have some fantastic beauty and skincare products. Essential Oils have become my part of my daily routine and have helped me reduce toxicity in my body (see my recent article on Essential Oils for more details). Also use non-toxic cleaning products around your home. I make lots of my own products using essential oils, vinegar, bicarb soda, apple cider vinegar etc. Most store bought cleaners are loaded with toxins and chemicals that become airborne and we inhale them or absorb them through our skin.
    8. Get OUTSIDE and move more. Gentle exercise boosts immunity. I regularly go on beach walks and get out in the sun. The sun is the best natural source of vitamin D and is essential for strong bones and good health. I try and get at least 20 minutes of sun each day and I think this has helped with my hair growth.
    9. Eat healing foods daily, like bone broth, kombucha, saurkraut and kefir. Every day for nine months I drank a cup of organic bone broth which I had cooked in my slow cooker for 48 hours. Sounds gross, yes in the beginning I hated it, but you get used to the taste pretty fast. Now most of my hair is in, every 3-4 months I cook up a batch and have it everyday for two weeks, just to nourish my body. Most mornings, I eat coconut kefir yogurt with wild organic blueberries plus seeds, nuts and other fruits. Probiotic foods are so healing. Eat fresh turmeric, this helps boost your bodies immune response. Zinc helps facilitate immune cell function and is found in so many animal products, beans and nuts. I sprinkle a handful of pumpkin seeds over my breakfasts and salads and eat raw almonds daily.
    10. Live in gratitude. When my hair first fell out, I was so angry that my body was doing this to me. Over time, I have realised that my hair falling out has been a blessing and have changed so many things in my life for the better. Each day, I thank my body and are so grateful for being taken on this wonderful journey into knowing who I really am. I am now surrounded by like minded friends who are inspiring and positive, and we all boost each other’s energy.  This week in a Kundalini Yoga class, three beautiful friends and I, took part in a powerful healing meditation afterwards. It completely changed my day and I’m still feeling the benefits days later. How blessed I am to be a part of such a special group of amazing people. Every night before bed, I run through what happened during the day and always give thanks to anything good that’s occurred, even crappy days I thank, as that’s normally when you learn the most and can be grateful that certain things have come to your attention. Always be aware of your thoughts and live in gratitude not anger.

Most of all believe that your body CAN heal and you CAN get your hair back. It isn’t an easy journey and it does take time, but I can guarantee you, you will be rewarded with your hair back.

Love and healing, Jo  xoxo

Letting go and enjoying the simple things in life…

This has been a major challenge for me during my journey…how to truly let go, be at peace and trust that everything will be ok in the end. I recently found a saying “Everything will be OK in the end. If it’s not OK, it’s not the end.” 

These words have given me comfort, especially during the last leg of my journey in growing back my hair. I know this is not my life forever – it will pass and one day I will look like ME again. The funny thing is that life will never be the same again. It’s changed me in many ways but in every way for the better. No longer do I worry about the small things in life that once bugged me.

I remember in past years, not wanting to swim at the beach and get my hair wet, because I didn’t want to wash it. Sounds crazy, hey. Not thinking of the amazing feeling splashing through the waves, plus the fun that I’d be having with my kids and the healing effects of salt water on my skin.

On a recent trip to Bali, with absolutely no hair, I sat on the sand watching all my family and friends in the water, carefree and having the time of their lives, just wising that could be me. I could have easily gone in but I didn’t want to go in the water in front of everyone and have people staring at my bald head. We are planning another trip back to Bali this year and I cannot wait to be out there in those waves, feeling happy and free.

During a beachwalk a month ago, I stood and looked at the water and the waves and decided that is what I needed to do – just dive into the ocean and feel free. So that’s just what I did and it felt amazing. I cannot believe after all these years, it took me to lose the hair on my entire body for me to enjoy something so simple. Now, most nights after dinner, my husband Roy and my kids head down to the beach and enjoy a swim together. It’s become a treat and something we all look forward to.

I also make sure I go on regular beach walks, as this helps to ground me and I feel at home walking on the sand – another thing that I never did and we have the beach right at the end of our street. Now, it’s something that I can’t wait to do in the morning. Walking barefoot on sand is also really good for inflammation, which I had a lot of in my body and I think my walks have really helped in reducing it. Beach walking also gives me time to truly be grateful for living in such a beautiful part of the world. Sometimes I take the kids with me and we know where all the good rock pools are that carry the most colourful starfish, which rock pools have the largest shells laying around and what time of day is the best to see both of these. We have three huge glass jars full of the shells we have collected on our walks and I smile every time I look at them and think of our adventures.

Another favourite thing I like to do, is just sit outside in the sun and just look and listen… listen to all the sounds around me, like birds singing in the trees or flying past, the wind blowing the hedges, watching the clouds and just being grateful for everything. Never before did I stop and just say,  thank you for my amazing life and have such gratitude. Now I do.

I’ve learn’t to just breathe… breathe so that you can feel your belly moving up and down – deep breathing so that it is all you focus on. If I ever have some emotions coming up that I’m having trouble letting go of, I find a quiet place, normally my bedroom, lay down and just BREATHE.

Working through my emotions has been hard at times and quite often it’s something that I have needed help with. I regularly see a beautiful lady, Jeannine Verriest from http://www.essencepower.com.au, who helps keep me in balance. Jeannine works with your energy field and helps to remove barriers, limiting beliefs, sabotages in our lives that may arise through the environment, other people, and emotional stresses. She has become my life coach, friend and I really look forward to each visit.

Jeannine has put me in touch with my “inner self” and helped me be the best person I can possibly be. Each visit, she re-balances and re-aligns my energy field. I still don’t quite understand how she does this and how she knows what emotions are coming up for me before my visit, who I’m carrying energy for and what needs balancing. All I know is, that it works 100% and she has given me a whole new insight into myself that I had no idea even existed.

I have never been this in-tune with my body and it’s a great feeling. Don’t get me wrong, I still have everyday frustrations like running around crazy with the kids, gritting my teeth when my 4 year old won’t clean up his mess or when our cheeky miniature dachshund Hope won’t stop barking at everyone who walks by our home, but I am much calmer, happier and at peace. So much more so, than when I had all my hair. I wouldn’t have dared to believe losing my hair would turn into such an amazing learning experience. THANK YOU…

Here are some more phrases that I saved along the way – 

  • Be proud of yourself for how hard you’re trying.
  • Don’t compare your life to others and don’t judge them, you have no idea what their journey is about.
  • No-one is in charge of your happiness, except YOU.
  • You did not come this far to walk away without the victory.
  • You get to say what happens next.
  • Everything is exactly the way it’s supposed to be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restoring balance in my body…

 

Natural Energy Balancing (NEB) therapy is used to identify and clear energetic imbalances and sensitivities in your body. It highlights the root cause/s of your health issues and restores balance. NEB has been a huge part of my healing journey and I have been very fortunate to meet Nici Verriest through a friend and have her help to heal my body. You can find out more about her journey at  http://www.naturalenergybalancing.com.au

NEB uses muscle testing to determine imbalances in food, emotions, body organs, etc. It has always corresponded with my blood tests. Each treatment uses massage on particular acupressure points on your body, whilst you hold a vial with the energy of the suspected substance in your hand. It sounds kind of weird but it actually works.

At the beginning of my journey, in April 2015, Nici got to the root cause of my hair loss. She found there were multiple reasons and not just one. These included: environmental toxins, previous infections, long term stress, poor diet, lack of sleep and not looking after myself. All of these issues set up many imbalances in my body, especially from lack of many vitamins and minerals due to gut issues causing inability to absorb them from my food. This became the perfect storm leading to my hair loss.

At my first visit, Nici advised me to eliminate gluten and dairy from my diet, as wheat was causing more inflammation in my already inflamed body and both gluten and dairy were both irritating and damaging to my gut. Nici also told me that, yes, I would grow my hair back but I needed to rebalance my body first for that to happen. This meant healing my leaky gut. I also had adrenal fatigue, have the MTHFR gene and autoimmune diseases run in my family.

Each week (sometimes even twice a week) I would see Nici for a treatment. At the start, I would ask Nici to include the “Alopecia” vial in the treatment, but she needed to first get my body to absorb many vitamins and minerals first before she put in the Alopecia vial. It’s like jumping the queue… you need to fix a,b and c before you get to d.  Patience is been something I’m still working on, but it’s definitely improved!.

Nici has taught me that “food is medicine” and showed me the importance of eating lots of vegetables. She has taught me to eat a mostly alkaline diet, which is eating mostly vegetables and some fruit with small portions of meat, chicken and fish and other proteins. Eating alkaline keeps away the inflammation. I’ve also eliminated all processed foods, sugar and alcohol from my diet for over 12 months now and feel amazing. I now eat a “rainbow” of vegetables every day to keep my body in balance, not just because I have to, but I really enjoy my new way of eating.

It’s been 19 months since my first visit, I stopped seeing Nici a few months ago as I am healed. My body is finally reaching a state of balance and my hair is growing back nicely. Initially I didn’t think it would take so long, but it just showed me how many years of damage I had to undo in my stressed out body.

For those of you who are new on this journey wanting to get your hair back, yes, going gluten and dairy free (or the AIP diet) is a great start but having someone get to the root cause of my hair loss, including emotions and lifestyle, is just as important. Nici has helped my body to restore balance and I get all my nutritional needs from my diet, so I do not need many supplements.

I remember visiting Nici last year with a whole bag of supplements and having her muscle test me for what I needed to be taking. I had so many supplements, as everyone I saw recommended I take a new vitamin and I had no idea what my body really needed. Nici couldn’t believe how much money I had spent on all these supplements, that I didn’t actually need. The only supplements I take now are a probiotic and turmeric (if I can’t buy it fresh) and Chinese herbs daily from my acupuncturist.

Nici has become a lifelong friend and I wouldn’t be where I am today without her love and support.

For more information, please visit Nici’s page http://www.naturalenergybalancing.com.au

How can the Alopecia Meditation help?

I hope you have listened to the Alopecia Meditation on my home page and joined in with us every day at 8.10am Sydney, Australia time. Below is some information that will help answer any questions you have on meditation and help you grow back your hair. These have been lovingly written by my amazing friend Indra Prem.

“Thank you Indra Prem, I am so grateful to have you in my life”.

I have tried everything! Why will your meditation grow back my hair?
Meditation heals the body by getting the conscious mind out of the way, allowing the subconscious mind to heal. It is a simple tool that puts you in control of your health.

Why do affirmation work?
Simply put – A repetitive thought becomes a belief, and all beliefs impact the body. For example, if you say to yourself, “I am not beautiful,” and you keep repeating it, it becomes a belief. Your subconscious mind wants to prove to you that that belief is correct, and it will do so by giving you acne or putting on weight or losing your hair. Your mind is saying, “See I told you I am not beautiful.” But the reverse is also true, if you can get your conscious mind out of the way (through meditation) you have direct access to the subconscious mind. Then by repeating affirmations, the subconscious mind will want to prove to you that what you are saying is correct and so the acne goes, the weight diminishes and the hair grows back. The affirmations in this meditation are specifically for many of the beliefs people with alopecia have.

Is this meditation guaranteed to work?
That depends on you. How committed are you? If your hair is not growing back then do the meditation more times a day. The more you do it, the quicker you will believe the affirmations and the sooner your hair will start to grow.

What if I am committed and my hair still doesn’t grow back?
A contributing factor to alopecia is stress, and when your hair falls out the stress is then compounded. Like a flame to an ice block, meditation dissolves stress. So at the very least you’ve taken away one of the contributing factors.

Beliefs are another contributing factor. In this meditation I have addressed the most common reasons why hair falls out. If this meditation isn’t working it means the underlying issue hasn’t been addressed. For instance, one cause of alopecia can be that you are missing a loved one. Look at who it is and then work out how you can bring that person back into your life or choose to let them go. Come up with your own affirmation about the situation.

If I don’t believe this meditation is going to bring back my hair, will it still work?  Yes. But you must be committed to doing it daily. It is not so good if you do it once every now and again. But even that is better than nothing.

How do I do this meditation?
Lie on your back in your bed or better still, outside somewhere amongst nature. Make sure you will not be disturbed. It is preferable to listen to this meditation using head phones, noise cancellation ones are best. You will be asked to repeat specific affirmations, do it with as much feeling as you can. For example, “I am beautiful.” Feel yourself as being beautiful.

What if I don’t believe I am beautiful?
All the more reason to say it. If you can’t repeat the affirmation, start by listening to it, work up to whispering and from there – say it. The more you repeat the affirmation with feeling, the sooner the mind believes it, and the sooner your hair will grow back.

How often should I do this meditation?
At least once a day, for a minimum of 40 days.

What if I don’t have the time to do this meditation every day?
If growing your hair back is a priority then make it so. One option is to get up earlier in the morning. The meditation takes only 13 minutes of your time. Is getting your hair back worth that?

What happens after the 40 days?
Keep doing the meditation. If you miss a day here and there it is not as important.

When is the best time to do this meditation?
It is preferable to do it first thing in the morning before the mind starts its chatter. The mind generates thousands of thoughts per second and they are often negative. If you can meditate saying positive affirmations, you will start your day positively and this will carry you through the rest of the day.

It is also preferable to practice this meditation with your local alopecia group. The Sydney group meditate at 8.10am every morning. There are also groups in the USA and UK.

What is the advantage of meditating in the morning?
Your mind is clear after the nights sleep, so it is very receptive to new information. It is advantageous for you to have your alarm set for the same time each morning. This then becomes a routine and prepares the mind for relaxation, which makes the experience effortless. Also it shows commitment, if you don’t have a set time, the mind can come up with many excuses on why you should not do it.

What is the advantage of meditating as part of a group?
People who meditate in groups get into a deeper, more profound state and most can feel the connection to the others. Through this connection you are able to raise each other up. When you meditate as a group, whether you live in the same suburb or the other side of the world, the effect becomes multiplied by the number of people participating.

There has been a lot of research on the effects of group meditation. To give one example: In England there was an experiment done – it was called The Maharishi Effect. Two groups in two different towns were assembled, one was to meditate on dropping the crime rate the other was the control group and did nothing. Later when the two towns were compared they found that the town with the non-meditators had the same crime rate. However the other town, which had 1% of the population meditating at the same time each day, had a dramatic decrease in crime. It went from the third highest crime rate in England to the lowest. Meditation has the power to change the world.

The meditation says, “Feel the connection to the others in this group.”  Plus later in the meditation it says – “See yourself in a room with all the others in your group.” What if I can’t feel or see the group, does it matter?
Just by hearing the words your subconscious mind has connected you. It doesn’t matter if the conscious mind gets it.

With the time zone differences, what if the meditation group is not doing it first thing in the morning?
It would be advantageous to do the meditation first thing in the morning AND again with your group. The more you do this meditation the better, it has an exponential effect. If you don’t have the time to do both, see if you can start up your own group in your time zone or you could form a group where everyone meditates on their specific health issue.

If I have to chose between the morning meditation and the group one, which one should I chose?
Do the group meditation, but on awakening do a mini meditation and repeat some of the positive affirmations.

What if I fall asleep?
It is better if you stay awake so that you can repeat the affirmations but if you do fall asleep your subconscious is still listening.

What if I don’t enjoy meditating?
This meditation should make you feel blissful. If it doesn’t, keep doing it, you will start to enjoy it over time. If you can’t concentrate and your mind drifts, don’t worry, it is still doing it’s job.

Can meditation be bad for you?
No. At the very least, it will make you feel less stressed.

Is there anything else I can do to help my hair grow back faster?
In this blog you will see an article written by me about the healing power of a mother’s touch. Please read it. If you do the meditation while your mother has her hands on your head, it will be so much more powerful.

What if I am out and I don’t have your recording, can I do my own meditation?
Yes of course, and it is not limited to visualising yourself looking into the mirror. Two other examples could be:
1. You are walking along a nature trail and you see a pond, you look into it and see your reflection, you admire how wonderful your hair looks.
2. You are at a party and all your friends are coming up to you and admiring how beautiful your hair is.

Try and include as many senses as you possibly can. See the people – who is there? What are they wearing?… Smell the air – what is that aroma? Fresh bread, eucalyptus trees…Touch your head, how does it feel. The mind cannot tell the difference between your imagination and reality, so when it experiences something, it then brings it into reality.

How long will it take for my hair to grow back?
Depends on how vigilant you are in doing the meditation but also on how deep the beliefs are. Nine year old Holly had alopecia for 2 1/2 years, only one week of doing this meditation, new growth was seen. Children are faster to heal, so if you don’t see results as quick as you expected, please don’t lose hope, it is working. The most important thing is to trust yourself and the process, your hair will grow back in its own good timing.

Why do children respond faster than adults?
A child has had the belief for a limited amount of time, whereas an adult has walked the same track over and over in their mind for years, often decades. The deeper the groove and the longer it takes to heal.

How do I get my daughter with Alopecia to do the meditation?
Have her lie down with her head in your lap, place your hands on the area of her head where you wish the hair to grow. Listen to the meditation and repeat the affirmations with her.

I am so upset that I have this disease, sometimes I get in quite a rage. What can I do about it?
You have two choices:
1. You can be mad with your body and feel that it has betrayed you. But the more you fight something the more it hangs on – what you resist persists. Or….
2. You can thank your body. It has shown you that there are stored emotions that need to be dealt with, how lucky are you? Deal with the emotions and your body will respond positively.

What can I do to see alopecia as being a positive experience?
Get a piece of paper and write down all you have learnt from it. Maybe you found out who your friends really were, maybe you have taken to a healthier lifestyle, maybe you have found spirituality. The more reasons you list on why alopecia has been a blessing, all the better. Here are two to start you off:
1. I have come across this blog and have found how great it is to be part of a community.
2. Through doing this meditation I will discover the power of my subconscious mind. If I can bring hair into existence, what else can I create?

Who are you? Why should I believe you?
My name is Indra Prem and I am a Kundalini Yoga teacher. In March 2015 I had an amazing experience, because of it I found I knew things about people and was able to heal them. So, to my surprise, I became an intuitive healer.

A year later I met Joanne Mussalli (the woman who has put this blog together). She expressed to me the frustration of having Alopecia, I did a healing on her which helped some of the emotional issues she was going through.

Later I met 9 year Holly who also had Alopecia. I told the young girl to meditate every morning for 11 minutes and her hair would grow back. I passed the information onto Jo and recommended she do the same. She tried it but reported back that she found it difficult to concentrate and remember the things I had told her to say to herself.

A few days later I awoke 1.30am, I grabbed a pen and paper and madly wrote down all the affirmations that needed to be said for the Alopecia Meditation. I was also told that certain fruit and vegetable juiced can help hair growth. I checked with Google, which confirmed all the ingredients given to me were, in fact, beneficial for making new hair. I was also told that it would be best if I recorded a meditation, using my voice. I have never done anything like this before but how hard could it be?…A lot harder than I expected. I spent a day trying to make the recording. I had every interruption under the sun; dogs barking, grandchildren thumping, kookaburra’s laughing, a coughing fit, etc etc. At 11pm I finally gave up.

Next morning I awoke at 1.30am (again), I couldn’t go back to sleep so I meditated. After two hours of the deepest trance I knew it was the right time to record the meditation, and it was done. The crystal bowls you hear playing in the background were played by myself and a close friend (who is also a healer), we asked before playing them that we be guided to play the right notes to help people grow back their hair.

I have spent an enormous amount of time on this and there is no monetary gain in this for me whatsoever. I just want is see people who are in the same situation as my beautiful friend Joanne, regain their hair, and with it their self esteem. I believe that we are all connected, so as each individual is raised so too is humanity.

I would love to hear your progress. In fact, PLEASE share all new growth with your group or on this blog. When others hear of your success it excites them and gives them hope.

Wishing you all the very best on this exciting ride, called life.
Indra Prem

How Acupuncture has helped grow back my hair…

Acupuncture has been around for five thousand years and is part of a medical system called Traditional Chinese Medicine. It views a person as an energy system in which body and mind are unified, each influencing and balancing the other. Unlike conventional medicine which attempts to isolate and separate a disease from a person, Chinese Medicine emphasizes a holistic approach that treats the whole person.

I started Acupuncture in April 2016 and had no idea what to expect, other than little needles being poked into your body. My Acupuncturist is a Chinese Master and has been practising it for over 40 years, he is amazing and I love chatting to him during my visits and learning more. What I’ve come to learn by going each week is that there is a universal life energy called qi (pronounced “chee”) present in every living creature. This energy is said to circulate throughout the body along specific pathways called meridians. As long as this energy flows freely throughout the meridians, health is maintained, but once the flow of energy is blocked, the system is disrupted and pain and dysfunction occur. I had lot’s of blocked meridians and each week the needles restore normal function by stimulating certain points on the meridians in order to free up the qi energy and unblock them.

During each visit, I have my pulse on both wrists checked for blockages and the colour of my tongue examined. My acupuncturist then places the needles in my body on those Acupuncture pressure points relating to where the blockages are. In the beginning it hurt, sometimes a lot, but over time and as the blockages began to flow, they no longer hurt and mostly I don’t feel them anymore. During the treatment, which takes about and hour and a half, I have needles on my stomach, down my legs, on my feet and arms and a stack over my head. The needles on my head now, are just focused on the sides where the hair hasn’t come through yet.

I also have Chinese Herbs daily to support these blocked meridians and have 150 ‘tiny black round ball’ herbs each day. Yes, 150…. sounds like a lot and I remember questioning my Acupuncturist that I heard him correct the first time.

I’ve been visiting my Acupuncturist weekly and each week I can see the new hair growth. I feel this has made one of the biggest differences to my hair. In April 2016, I had no hair what-so-ever, by July 2016 I could see fine white fluffy hair over my head and now January 2017 it’s over 80% back. My acupuncturist initially diagnosed my hair loss as auto-immune related and now he say’s it’s no longer auto-immune. My healthy diet has also been key in reversing this.

Healing the root cause (like everything I’ve come the realise during this journey) is not an overnight process but happens slowly over time. For those of you who want to give Acupuncture a try, you must give it time and not expect results straight away. Patience is key…

Acupuncture January 2017

 

 

 

A Mother’s Touch

Never underestimate the value of physical contact from mother to child.

Once the baby is born, the mother is able to hold her child, and a whole language based on mutual skin-to-skin sensation begins, it is vital for the baby health and well being. As the infant grows into adulthood nothing changes. A mother touching her child has proven to have an impressive healing effect, like no other.

If you are an adult with alopecia and your mother is available or if you have a child with alopecia please do the following –

Put on some nice meditative music that both parties enjoy. The person who has alopecia lies down with their head in their mothers lap. The mother places her hands on the hairless part of the head. Both visualise the hair growing. Feel the roots making their way through the skull. To reap the full benefits continue for 11 minutes. However even a couple of minutes here and there makes a difference.

If your mother is not available then anyone who loves you is effective as well. It could be your spouse, child, girlfriend.

This has been written by my loving friend Indra Prem.