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  • A Love Note to Self

    Posted Apr 26th, 2013 By in Blog With | No Comments Daring and Mighty LOVE

    A Guest Blog Post by Katie Phillips

    Welcome to my guest blog on the thing I am most moved by…LOVE

    Or more specifically –

    SELF LOVE!

    The thing is, when I make a decision to understand the nuts and bolts of something, and then teach it, it becomes a life long purpose which reveals layer upon layer upon layer of deeper learning and truths.

    Just when I think I have a handle on it. Just when I think I have the best juicy nuggets to share with you, I find ‘the’ best bit. Then I discover some more! And, I just keep on learning.

    Self love is miraculous and literally life changing.

    More LoveIt wasn’t an easy path for me to reach it. It was my holy grail. So, once I had it, I was determined to hold onto it. It simply was not an option to lose what I had found and yet I was nervous that somehow I would revert to the way I was – empty and lost. I wondered how I could keep my balance and focus on what is real and true when I live in such a busy, demanding world. That would be the true test.

    Little did I know that tapping into that great power of love within was just the beginning and now that my spirit was running the show, there was no going back – so I actually had nothing to fear!

    But I did fear. The thing I feared most was whether I could stay in love with myself when I had and wanted others to give my love to. Was there enough to go around?

    Loving the Self

    I have a young son whom I LOVE…DEEPLY

    Katie's BoyPre-self-love-affair though, my experience of loving him – although a wondrous thing – left me bereft of any love left for myself, let alone anyone else.

    When I discovered that there was something equally wondrous inside me, that deserved my love and attention, miraculously my ability to love in general increased. I had a greater capacity for myself and my son. I have been able to love him in a consciously deeper way without losing anything of myself. And, because I love myself, I am pretty sure he feels my love for him in a healthier more dependable way.

    Not only do I have a healthier, more loving relationship with my son, I also have happier, more loving friendships in general. I have a home that is brimming with love. I have work that is completely heart and love centred.

    Lots of evidence is mounting up to show me that there IS enough love to go around and that the more I love…the more I love!

    The more I give love and the more I give it to myself, the more I receive it from others. It is abundant and limitless. And, even cooler, the energetic vibration of love is the highest there is, so it literally has the power to create anything I want. When love is in charge, love expands to touch and support every part of my life and every dream becomes a possibility.

    A Love Note to Self

    I have written this post as a NOTE TO SELF because I need to remind myself of the FACTS

    Katie PhillipsYou see, I am SINGLE!

    For the first time ever, I am very happily single. And have been for a while now:-) It has been a blessing. I always thought ‘comfortably, happily single’ was for other girls. It was another holy grail.

    Lately though, I have been wondering if I am ready to invite an intimate relationship back into my life.

    Is there enough love within and around me to hold the vulnerability and connection of intimacy?
    Can love hold the space when a new energy comes in to alter my tidy, ordered life!?
    Will I be able to do the work I love, with the same level of passion if I am giving my passion to another?

    You get the drift.

    If I love someone new, will I still be able to love myself?
    Can I have it all? The holy grail trifecta?!
    Cups that runneth over?

    AM I DARING & MIGHTY?

    Heck Yes!

    Be Daring & Mighty

    Katie PhillipsKatie Phillips created Daring & Mighty to support you on your journey of change and growth. She is passionate about encouraging and inspiring you to dare to live a mighty life!

    Katie has a beautiful range of gifts to affirm where you want to be and how you want to feel – from Wall Art to Gratitude & Dream Journals to iPhone covers!

    To discover more about Katie’s work and beautiful products, please click HERE

    Limited Edition Journals – A Gift for YOU!

    The LOVE JournalTo celebrate Naked Dragon’s 2nd Birthday, Katie has generously designed and commissioned a limited number of these stunning journals.

    Handmade using re-cycled leather, these are truly one-off limited editions – never to be printed again & not for sale anywhere!

    The words on the cover of the journal describe Katie’s new book, ‘How to be Daring & Mighty’ which is being transformed into an intensive 3-month course and an on-line programme which will be released in a couple of months.

    This beautiful books are included in the stunning gift bags of Dragon Delights being offered to the first people to book their tickets to Naked Dragon’s birthday event with energy master Jason Chan on Wed 15th May.

    For more details and to book your ticket – and to bring your friend for FREE – if you book by 30th April…please click HERE

     

  • Meet Your Old Friend…Panache Desai!

    Posted Mar 29th, 2013 By in Latest News With | No Comments meetpanacheprayer

    Be Your Own Guru

    Spiritual teacher Panache Desai insists that he’s not a fan of the term ‘Guru’. Instead, he believes that each of us has the ability to Be Our Own Guru.

    Recently featured on Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday, Panache Desai is a self-styled emissary of Divine Love who says, “I am not a Guru, I’m not a teacher – I am simply an old friend that you asked once, a long time ago to remind you of your own inner magnificence.”

    Meet Your Old Friend 

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    Recognizing the Gift of Our Infinite Potential

    Born and raised in London - UK, Panache Desai has always known that he was different in some way. From a young age, he possessed an innate kindness and love rarely experienced from one so young. Recognized by visitors and teachers as gifted; by adolescence he was profoundly aware of having come here to do something special.

    During his final year at university, Panache began to feel an inner yearning to leave everything behind to be on retreat. For six intense months he began a life altering schedule of meditation and prayer; finally emerging from his life in seclusion as a different man.

    Determined to fulfill his life’s purpose, he informed his mother that it was time for him to go out into the world to share what he had come here to do.

    The Call of America

    Moving to America in 2001, Panache met many gifted spiritual teachers and leaders during his travels; all of whom had miraculously been expecting his arrival. As he learned from their tutelage and wisdom, a powerful expansion occurred within him as he began to remember his own gifts and abilities.

    Panache’s journey culminated in 2003 with a profound and life-altering experience of our (mankind’s) true potential. Having been told from childhood that he was here to shift consciousness, Panache asked God whether this was truly what he was brought here to do – and if so – then God needed to show him what GOD is.

    In response to his question to God, Panache began to experience the joy of unlimited and expansive love and the recognition of our infinite potential.

    Panache says…

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    The day I experienced the divine was the greatest moment of my life. I experienced God as an infinite ocean of love, light and energy with no beginning and no end, and a love beyond description.

    A love that even the greatest poets could not describe in words.

    Our potential is infinite. Every man, woman, father, son, mother, daughter – every person – is infinite. Our potential is only ever limited in the way that we say it is, or in the way we allow it to be.”

    This transformational experience brought with it an ability that allowed Panache to help people to move through their sadness, anger, or fear and to re-connect with their infinite potential.

    Today Panache is dedicated to awakening that same potential and cultivating in those around him the same vibrational transformation that he experienced all those years ago.

    No matter someone’s life experience; spiritual background, or role in life; Panache can help anyone to Experience Their Infinite Potential.

    Oprah Winfrey & Panache Desai: What is God?

    OprahWhat is your definition of God?

    Panache – Stays Silent and Smiles 

    Oprah – Smiles Back

    PanacheI’m answering with silence because there isn’t a definition for God. Any words that I would use to answer this question would diminish what God is.

    OprahThat’s actually the best answer I’ve ever heard!

    Soul to Soul with Oprah Winfrey 

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    Meet Panache in London – May 17th-19th

    ndlogoPanache will be returning to his hometown of London this May for his first ever UK event!

    For further information about his special weekend event: The I AM Experience – in association with Naked Dragon – Please Click HERE

  • Reflections: The Yogic Journey of Life

    Posted Mar 23rd, 2013 By in Blog With | No Comments dearcreator1banner

    Dear Creator… A Guest Post by Tao Porchon-Lynch

    Dear Creator, who travels through the planet, the oceans and the atmosphere which pulsates within the heart of every atom. Make the breath flow throughout the universe with every body of water across plains and plateaus.  Through every plant and every tree in constant flow is the river of life. No matter the strength of every creature and every inhabitant between earth and heaven, you are omnipresent, omnipotent, for if you can move mighty mountains and mighty oceans, cannot you move and cleanse all that is negative within us and around us?

    I asked you at this very moment to help me accomplish my dreams, for it is not your wish that a few have all and so many suffer. You made us, you are around and within us, and you can open the door. This I believe, not of tomorrow, but today.

    Ganesh, all powerful, who represents all good, listen to my request and open the door to grant it. Welcome my soul into the richness of the universe.

    What do I wish?

    To help others.

    To help myself so that I represent for them your  power within me.

    To make possible the power to wipe out all obstacles.

    To feel the dance of life without problems.

    To become the very essence of yoga. Understand it so I live and teach it every day.

    If we work in harmony with Nature, we get results.

    In spite of the wide gaps that still exist in our research of why we are on this earth.

    For the glory of renewal blows away the darkest clouds of yesterday and the soft breeze of dawn is the melody of the renewal of life.

    Chinese claim that the magnetic forces rise through the soles of the feet, which act as a receiving channel for the life force to flow upwards and blossom.

    So, don’t look downwards, or backwards, but rise with the sun and you will see the beauty burst across the heavens and into your life and body.

    I thank you for helping me move through the stages of my life to enact my dreams and to pass them on to others. I am “Om,” one without a second with “You,” and the whole universe.

    Look to this day for it is Life

    So look to this day for it is life, the very essence of life. In its brief course lie all the verities and realities of your existence. The bliss of growth, the glory of action, the splendor of beauty. For yesterday is already a dream and tomorrow is only a vision. But today well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness. And every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well therefore to this day. Such is the salutation of the dawn.

    Then all your dreams become a reality

    Asato ma sad gamaya

    Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya

    Mrityor ma amritam gamaya

    Lead me from the unreal to the real.

    Lead  me from darkness to light.

    Lead me from death to immorality.

    Om Shanti  Shanti  Shanti.

    Shalom. Shalom. Shalom

    Namaste

    -From Tao’s Reflections: The Yogic Journey of Life

    *** Join Tao at Her First UK Yoga Retreat: 28th-30th June ***

  • What’s Made Me Who I Am?

    Posted Mar 21st, 2013 By in Blog With | No Comments 600x200-ND-banner2-IAM 2nd Banner - Blog

    A Guest Blog Post by Panache Desai

    Who Are You?

    Your story? I am a victim of abuse… a social wall flower…  a type A overachiever…  chronically sick… the black sheep of the family….

    Your role?  I am a bad mother… an unmotivated worker… a frustrated spiritual seeker… an unemployed breadwinner… an exhausted caretaker….

    Your past? I am a divorcee… a high school dropout… an alcoholic…  a sufferer of depression…. 

    From the moment you were born limitations were spoken over you. Most conveyed unconsciously through the fear-based judgements of others. What self-limiting statements did you grow up hearing? You’ll never be as good as your brother… You were always frail… You’re a failure at maths… You don’t know how to get along with others… You’re as clumsy as an ox… You were born angry….

    The repetition of these judgements, at first by others and then not surprisingly by yourself, cause them to become ingrained in your subconscious.

    The Power of Connection

    In how many areas of your life have you allowed these  statements to define and limit who you are?

    As you think of them notice how you feel.

    Ready to hear how powerful you truly are?

    Because you vibrate these beliefs, life’s experiences echo these limitations back to you at every turn.

    Are you experiencing an ‘Aha’ moment right now?

    Is life today a reflection of these limitations?

    Awareness opens the door to the eradication of unconscious binding judgements.  You’ve just taken the first step to radically shifting your life. At the deepest level of your being – your vibrational expression – you are something far greater than you’ve ever allowed yourself to be.

    You are whoever you say you are.

    The power of I AM makes it so.

    I Am more than I’ve ever allowed myself to be.

    Will you receive it?

  • Three Magic Keys to Unlocking our Soul’s Purpose

    Posted Mar 6th, 2013 By in Blog With | 1 Comment threekeys

    Three Magic Keys

    Witnessing some of the changes that other people are going through during these times of great change inspired me to identity these Three Magic Keys and to explore how we can use other people’s experiences to begin Unlocking our Soul’s True Purpose.

    FIRST KEY ~ LET GO

    article-1179969-021046A1000004B0-742_468x383TEN years ago I was offered an amazing work opportunity in the Middle East which involved having less than two weeks to pack up my home; say goodbye to my friends and family; let go of almost all of my possessions – and leave behind my life in the UK.

    With very little time for my fears and doubts to take hold, I followed the guidance of my heart and a couple of weeks later I was sitting on the plane feeling lighter and freer than at any other time in my life. It turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life and was a great lesson in the joys and benefits of travelling light!

    The wonderful music maestro, Tim Wheater, recently announced on Facebook that he had reached a “Milestone Zen Moment” and had decided to really let go by selling his house and nearly all his possessions to create the space his soul required to follow his path of creativity to seek and develop a new language of sound that will vibrate globally.

    His words seemed to resonate with many of his fans as the response to his heart felt words created a wave of good wishes and expressions of longing to find the courage to take their own first steps towards personal freedom. Tim also reminds us of a quote from the  inspirational writer, Julia Cameron, when she says, “Take the Leap and the Net will Appear.” And so it will when we trust in the universe to support us as we choose to simply Let Go…and Let God!

    SECOND KEY ~ LIVE SIMPLY

    R4630-may-i-liveLIFE is so much more enjoyable when we stop chasing our own tails in pursuit of whatever it is that we think is missing in our lives – or what we believe we need more of. Once our basic needs of warmth, food, shelter and community are taken care of, anything else we may acquire or experience is just the icing on the cake!

    Last week I had the pleasure of hearing Rev Peter Owen Jones talk at Alternatives in London when he shared his story of How to Live a Simple Life; a process that he demonstrated during the BBC TV series of the same name after being given the challenge of following in the footsteps of St Francis of Assisi and living for three months with no money, no home and no obvious means of support.

    His story is a real inspiration and one that you can hear for yourself during his talk at Naked Dragon next month.

    THIRD KEY – LOVE YOURSELF

    cute girlWE can only truly express Love when we understand what it means to Be Love. And this starts by learning how to love and accept ourselves unconditionally.

    Without a strong and healthy sense of Self-Love we can become needy and form attachments to other people in a mistaken belief that their love for us can fill a hole in our hearts which only the power and grace of self-love can truly heal.

    One of Naked Dragon’s favourite speakers, Dr David Hamilton, has recently turned his attention to exploring the health benefits of Self-Love with his new course, I Heart Me: The Science of Self .

    David’s scientific research into the power of our thoughts to heal our lives has led him to believe that Loving Ourselves is the most powerful and transformative thing we can do for ourselves.

    Living from the Heart

    Since identifying these Three Magic Keys and starting to Unlock my Soul’s Purpose, I have begun to experience some wonderful shifts within my inner and outer worlds.  There is a real sense of ‘coming home to me’ and it feels really good to know that I am finally on the right path towards Living my Life Simply…and From my Heart.

     

  • Duvet Days – 10 Great Things to Do in Bed!

    Posted Jan 5th, 2013 By in Blog With | No Comments duvetdaysbanner

    A Gift of ME Time

    Writing a post on Facebook this morning stating that I was enjoying a morning in bed getting better acquainted with the joys of my new i-Phone, I realised that it has been many years since I’ve consciously given myself permission to enjoy the wonderful delights of a Duvet Day!

    And what better time to indulge in such pleasures than at the start of a New Year when the weather is cold and grey outside and my body is keen to stay in hibernation mode for as long as possible!

    In the past, the only time that I would only have given myself such a gift was when I was feeling under the weather for some reason and felt that I could justify what I would normally have perceived as being a ‘waste of valuable time!’

    And yet, giving ourselves permission to ‘escape’ from the world for few hours…or even a full day…can result in one of the most productive days we’ve had a in a long time as we allow ourselves to SLOW down a little and to create the SPACE to listen…and really HEAR…the whispering of our heart’s desires.

    Time to Just BE

    In today’s fast paced world, it is good to stop and just BE for a while. And if we should choose to DO something within the narrowed down confines of the world of our bed; then we can choose to make the Doing more of a Mind-Full process.

    Or in my case, as I sit here on my bed with my laptop resting on my knees, munching on a rather large bowl of home-made popcorn – it is really more of a Belly-Full process!

    So, after giving this subject some ‘slowed down’ thinking space, I’ve come up with a top ten list of my favourite Duvet Day activities otherwise known as…

    My Top Ten Favourite Things to Do in Bed!

     1.                  Daydream – This is one of my favourite activities and a wonderful time to  remind myself that if I can Conceive It…and Believe It…then I CAN Achieve It!

    2.                  Meditate – Although I meditate on a regular basis, there is something even more special about mediating whilst sitting on my bed and being surrounded by the comforts of my lovely bedroom.

    3.                  Read a Good Book – I’ve always been an avid reader, although since life has become so fast paced I am often so tired at the end of the day that I rarely get to read more than a few pages of my book before I fall asleep, so it is a real gift to have some quality time to really engage with the story.

    I’m currently reading a brand new spiritual novel from the Hay House stable called ‘Men, Money & Chocolate!’ by Menn Van Pragg. Definitely one for the girls – and a good fun read to boot!

    4.                  Eat and Drink! – Having just polished off the previously mentioned bowl of home-made popcorn and drowned a rather large mug of coffee; my attention is now turning to the idea of tracking down some Chocolate – thoughts which I’m putting down to the influence of the aforementioned book!

    (However, thoughts of Men & Money can wait until my next Duvet Day!)

    5.                  Snuggle up with a Loved One! – Given the current absence of a furry cat, dog, budgie(!) or another human to snuggle up with; my much loved teddy bear fits the bill admirably!

    6.                  Phone a Friend – It’s always good to talk…and even better when you can give someone your full attention without having loads of everyday distractions going on around you.

    7.                  Sleep – As I am already in bed, I may as well take full advantage of being able to indulge in the luxury of having a quick snooze every couple of hours!

    8.                  Write a Blog or Gratitude Journal – Having this quiet time to think is a great opportunity to do some creative writing in the form of a Blog or to make some entries in my Gratitude Journal

    9.                  Create a Vision Board – Okay, maybe not create an entire Vision Board as having a pair of scissors, a tube of glue and a large piece of cardboard in my bed is probably taking the idea a bit too far! However, it is a great opportunity to browse some magazines to find suitable images for adding to my vision board at a later date.

    10.              Go with the Flow – No plans. No agenda. For one whole blissful day I have no-one to please but myself.  What joy!

  • Christmas Roses by Lisa Todd

    Posted Dec 6th, 2012 By in Latest News With | No Comments Christmas Rose Banner

    Painting with Dystonia

    I am delighted to introduce you to the beautiful and very talented Lisa Todd who has kindly donated this gorgeous original painting to raise additional funds for The Dystonia Society and McMillan at our Blissful Christmas Concert with the ‘Voice of Hundred Thousand Angels’ – Lucinda Drayton – on Sunday 16th December in Wraysbury, Surrey.

    Please click HERE for further details of Lucinda’s event.

    Christmas Roses

    This gorgeous Christmas Roses painting has been lovingly created by Lisa using a selection of mixed mediums. It measures 50 cms x 40 cms – including the mount.

    The painting will be auctioned on the night of Lucinda’s event. However if you are unable to attend the concert and would still like to make a bid to help us raise money for our charities, please send an email with the amount of your bid to:- julie@nakeddragon.co.uk

    Please note that there is a RESERVE PRICE on the painting and bidding will start at £75.00 and above. 

    About Lisa

    Lisa ToddLisa trained at Hornsey College of Art and Middlesex University.

    Following a successful career in interiors, Lisa rediscovered her passion for painting after an accident resulted in Dystonia.

    She loves colour, pattern and working with a vibrant palette.

     

    Lisa’s ArtWork

    Since being diagnosed with Dystonia, Lisa has been busy creating an ever growing collection of stunning artwork.

    Some of her paintings are featured on a range of greetings cards; a selection of which can be found in Fenwick’s in Bond Street, London and other selected outlets.

    Contacting Lisa

    For further information, please contact Lisa by:

    Email: lisatodd1961@gmail.com
    Tel: 01753 859098
    Lisa’s Facebook Page

     

     

     

     

  • Dancing with Dystonia

    Posted Dec 2nd, 2012 By in Blog With | No Comments dancingwithdystoniabanner2

    What is Dystonia?

    Dystonia is a malfunction of the part of the brain (basal ganglia) that controls different muscle groups. It is a movement disorder that causes the muscles to contract and spasm involuntarily.

    The neurological mechanism that makes muscles relax when they are not in use does not function properly and opposing muscles often contract simultaneously as if they are ‘competing’ for control of a body part.

    These involuntary muscle contractions force the body into repetitive and often twisting movements as well as awkward, irregular postures. There are approximately 13 forms of Dystonia, and dozens of diseases and conditions include Dystonia as a major symptom.

    There is also thought to be a link with Parkinson’s which originates in the same part of the brain (basal ganglia).

    Watching this interview with Michael J Fox (who also suffers from Parkinson’s) as talks about his facial Dystonia, I felt huge admiration for Michael’s courage in sharing his story in such a public way. I am very grateful to him for doing so, as he has given me the confidence to stand up and begin sharing my own story.

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    The Numbers

    Unbelievably, there are more than  70,000 known sufferers of Dystonia in the UK alone – the same number as Clinically Obese people – and yet very few people have ever heard of this chronic condition that affects so many lives.

    There are also many thousands of others who have been misdiagnosed due to the current lack of knowledge about Dystonia.

    In North America there are known to be 550,000 people diagnosed with some form of Dystonia; although it is believed that the real figure is more likely to be in the region of 1,000,000.

    That is a huge number of people to be suffering from a condition for which there is currently no effective treatment – or hope of a cure – from a medical establishment that really knows very little about the condition.

    Funding is also very limited thereby affecting the amount of research taking place. The main reason for this shortage of funding is a lack of awareness. 

    Dancing with Dystonia – My Story

    My personal Dance with Dystonia began in 2008 whilst I was working in Europe. My position as head of a team of operations staff carried a great deal of responsibility and often required a great deal of hand written work.

    During the first week in my new role, I noticed that I was beginning to experience problems holding my pen. It kept slipping out of my hand and across the page, requiring me to re-write many pages of work.

    As this began to occur more frequently, I became very self-conscious as I couldn’t understand what was happening – or what I could do about it.

    My hands continued to misbehave for the next couple of weeks before beginning to ache like crazy. I would awake in the mornings with both hands curled into a ‘claw like’ grip and it would take best part of an hour for them to uncurl.

    I was unable to lift the kettle to make a cup of tea, get myself dressed – or even wash my hair. Basic manual tasks were almost impossible until I regained some sort of control over my hands and the reflex spasms that were causing me to lose my grip on simple objects.

    During the day, my hands would begin to shake and I would have to walk away from my desk and do another task before my colleagues began to notice the spasms and start to question my ability to do the job.

    I was becoming very distressed, particularly as hand-written creative writing is one of my passions and my growing inability to write more than a few words was beginning to rob me of one of my greatest pleasures and joys in life.

    Obviously something wasn’t right…but as the symptoms didn’t fit within my limited range of medical knowledge…I just tried to ignore them in the hope that they would go away.

    Sadly that wasn’t to be and over the next three months – as the discomfort and pain became steadily worse – I decided to return to the UK to be referred to a neurologist.

    The Diagnosis

    I was finally diagnosed with Focal Dystonia in November 2009 – a condition for which there is currently no known cure – and only limited options for treatment – most of which are pretty ineffective.

    It was the first time I had heard the term Dystonia, even though my younger brother had been suffering from Cervical Torticollis for the previous five years – a different form of Dystonia which causes his head to be permanently twisted to one side.

    Not once had I heard my brother refer to the condition as being called Dystonia, so it came as a real shock to find that we were both suffering from the same condition. He has now been in agony for many years as his body continues to twist and distort and pharmaceutical treatment has so far proved to be totally ineffective.

    It is hard to observe my brother suffering in this way and even though he tries to stay upbeat I can sense him smiling through the pain. I have so much love and admiration for his bravery in agreeing to be a ‘guinea pig’ for the medical establishment by giving his consent to try out new drug treatments for a condition they still know very little about.

    Sadly, none of these treatments – including the most common form of treatment –Botox injections – have had any beneficial effects and he has now drawn the line at subjecting himself to DBS – Deep Brain Stimulation – which is often offered to sufferers as a last resort due to risks involved in the procedure.

    We have also recently come to understand that our Mother’s long standing throat condition could be due to Vocal Dystonia.

    The On-Going Journey

    My personal journey with Dystonia has progressed since my diagnosis three years ago and the condition now affects my eyesight, my neck and right shoulder - and just recently my stomach muscles have decided to join in the dance!

    As I strongly believe that the body has the ability to heal itself, I have refused all offers of the same type of treatment as my brother, as it is my belief that a natural cure – or treatment – for this distressing and painful condition will be found in the near future.

    Since the diagnosis, I have been exploring a natural and holistic approach to managing my condition; whereas my brother has chosen to walk the pharmaceutical path – so far without any noticeable success.

    I am now on a personal quest to explore the many holistic approaches to self-healing with the intention of discovering a natural and non-intrusive approach to managing and ultimately finding a cure for this extremely debilitating condition.

    A Natural Approach to Managing Dystonia

    Having explored many different therapeutic forms of treatment, the most beneficial approaches I have so far found for managing and REDUCING the effects of my condition have been;

    1. The McTimoney Technique - a gentle Chiropractic treatment 
    2. Sound Healing – powerful healing sound vibrations, particularly with The Gong
    3. Reflexology sessions – combined with the use of a range of hand-made, aromatherapy based and kinesiology tested Natural Foot Creams
    4. Vegetarian Diet
    5. Homeopathic Treatment
    6. Daily Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness - nourishing my body and mind with positive loving thoughts
    7. Researching and implementing the findings of some of today’s leaders in the fields of NeuroplasticityQuantum Physics and the Re-programming of the Mind,

    This includes the work of…

    Dr Joe Dispensza
    http://www.drjoedispenza.com/

    Dr David Hamilton
    http://drdavidhamilton.com/

    Dr Deepak Chopra
    http://www.deepakchopra.com/ 

    …amongst many others.

    With the amazing work these people are doing, my intuition tells me that their valuable research will ultimately hold the key to unlocking the mystery of Dystonia and other similar neurological conditions.

    Moving Forward

    It is my dearest wish to play a small part – on behalf of my brother, my mother, myself – and the millions of other sufferers worldwide – to raise awareness of Dystonia and to fulfil my dream of moving us all towards Dystonia Free Life.

    It is my hope that by continuing to share my story, someone else with a similar condition will be inspired to find the support and encouragement they need to take charge of their own healing and to improve the quality of their life in some way.

    After all, Miracles DO Happen Every Day!

    Dancing the Dance

    During 2013 I will initially be blogging about my on-going exploratory journey to find effective ways of managing my condition, before launching a not-for-profit organisation called ‘Dancing with Dystonia’ as soon as the support and the funding is in place.

    The organisation will share knowledge and the latest scientific research, as well as promoting a holistic approach to managing and ultimately - finding a natural cure – for this debilitating condition.

    It will help to build supportive online and local community groups, and provide an educational resource for those affected by Dystonia and other similar neurological conditions.

    THANK YOU – for reading this far – and for giving me the opportunity to share some of my story with you.

    I would love to hear from you if you know of any effective natural therapies - or treatments - for this condition…or of any other pioneering work being done in this field.

    If you would be interested in playing a supportive role in helping to create the new organisation, please email me at: julie @nakeddragon.co.uk and we can start the conversation!

    Or if you are affected by this condition, know someone who is…or would just like more information on the different approaches I am using to manage my condition, please feel free to contact me on the email address above and I will be delighted to help.

    A Little Reminder that The Dance resides in All of Us.
    Look out for the Dancing Sheep half way through this great video!

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    Support Dystonia this Christmas

    Naked Dragon’s special Christmas Concert with the Voice of 100,000 Angels – Lucinda Drayton – on Sunday 16th December, is being held in support of The Dystonia Society and MacMillan.

    If you would like to join us for this evening of beautiful music, please book your ticket asap as these are selling out FAST!

    Further details of this magical event can be found HERE

    We will also be holding a raffle on the night to raise additional funds. A full list of our fantastic prizes can be found HERE

    Further Information

    Further information about Dystonia can be found from The Dystonia Society

    http://www.dystonia.org.uk/

     

     

     

  • Plaudits for Prizes

    Posted Nov 20th, 2012 By in Latest News With | No Comments banner

    Fantastic Raffle Prizes to be WON!

    Many thanks and heartfelt gratitude to all of our benefactors who have kindly donated the following prizes for our Charity Raffle to raise funds for The Dystonia Society and McMillan.

    All of these great prizes can be won by purchasing a raffle ticket at our  A Blissful Christmas Concert event on Sunday 16th December.

    The winning tickets will be drawn on the night of the event.

    Our Great Prizes Include:-

    The Twelve Angels of Atlantis Greetings Cards

    The Twelve Angels of Atlantis Greetings Cards with personal messages from the Angels, lovingly inscribed by their Medium – Stewart Pearce

    “Julie’s amazing creation of NAKED DRAGON in 2011 provides the wonderful people of Surrey with the opportunity to receive high calibre spiritual education right on their door-step – this jewel personalizes rather than mechanizes each persons love for information about the soul. God bless Julie.” STEWART PEARCE – Master of Voice, Sound Healer, Angel Medium.

    One Year’s Membership of Barefoot Doctor Global
    Worth $270

    Barefoot Doctor Global – helping you find more freedom, fun & fulfilment

    “Julie and her Naked Dragon crew are doing a fine job of spreading conscious awareness beyond the M25 through a rich, varied array of events, in the organization and hosting of which they conduct themselves selflessly generously, graciously and warmly throughout, making it a pleasure doing a turn there. More power to her elbow and blessings on all her endeavours ” BAREFOOT DOCTOR

    A Pair of Tickets for Love in the Darkness with
    Katie Rose – Wednesday 19th December

    Come and join the beautiful Katie Rose for this wonderful evening of Healing Sounds courtesy of Naked Dragon! 

    This special evening of song, chant and soundbath, will allow you to unfold the petals of your heart and soul and voyage into the depths of midwinter.

    Katie Rose will lead a vibrant chanting and sounding session followed by a performance of her songs and a soothing, resonant sound bath.

    Shiva’s Rain & The Singing Tree

    Win one of Katie Rose’s hauntingly beautiful CD’s. 

     ”All gratitude and appreciation to Julie and the Naked Dragon team for creating such beautiful events. Every detail is attended to with such love and commitment. It was an absolute honour to co-facilitate the Alchemy of Sound retreat with Aidan and Tim in such a wonderful location – I felt completely transformed by the experience! – and I look forward to celebrating Solstice with you all too.” - Katie Rose

    Two Great Bundles of Books & CD’s

    Don’t miss this chance to win one of these great prizes thanks to Medium and Astrologer – David Wells.

    The first bundle consists of a set of two past lives titles and CD and the second bundle consists of a selection of two psychic titles plus David’s Moon Signs book

    “Talking at Naked Dragon is always a pleasure. Julie creates a magical and sacred space that helps speakers and students relax, able to connect at a deeper level. Love the Dragon! ” David Wells

    A Pair of Tickets to the London Premiere of
    3 Magic Words

    Join a host of celebrities – including the lovely Lucinda Drayton – for the London Première of the film of the year – 3 Magic Words – on Friday 21st December with this pair of tickets worth £100.00!

    With tickets for this fantastic event selling out fast, this will be THE PLACE to be on this auspicious December date!

    How Long is Now?

    Win one of these 2 x signed copies of How Long is Now? by best selling author Tim Freke

    “I had the privilege of being the first speaker for Naked Dragon and I knew straight away this organisation was going to be a powerful force for goodness in the world.  They take real care to make their events a great experience for all those who are drawn to come.  So I am not surprised they attract such wonderful people to enjoy the feast of inspirational speakers they offer. Tim Freke

    45 Minute Skype Reading

    Join Inspirational Guide and Dream Whisperer Davina MacKail for an up-lifting and transformational personal reading. Davina has a well deserved reputation for the accuracy of her readings and the session will be recorded for you.

    “Naked Dragon events are the absolute best to talk at because every one of their team makes you feel special from the moment you walk into their embrace. They ALWAYS set the space up beautifully and they really care about their speakers – it’s a great feeling to be really looked after in this way.” Davina MacKail

    Beat Your Resistance – 4 CD Set

    This professionally recorded and edited 4 CD set from best selling author and Inspired Entrepreneur Nick Williams, is an invitation to make your true purpose more important than your resistance

    Perhaps more than anything else, resistance is what can stop us realising our capabilities and cultivating our creative and entrepreneurial flow. Now is time to take your rightful place as a creative, artistic and entrepreneurial soul.

    “Julie has created a lovely atmosphere with her Naked Dragon Community. There is a feeling of warmth, mutual support and friendship that is precious. Thank you Julie.” Nick Williams

    Discovery Session

    Join Lifecoach, Mentor and Inspirational Speaker, Louise Presley-Turner for this 45 minute Discovery Session during which you will:-

    • Discover what life coaching is all about and how it can help you create your perfect life • Determine what areas of your life are working and what areas aren’t • Decide on the areas of your life where improvement is most needed • Define between 1 and 3 really exciting goals for you to start working on straight away • Create a wonderful vision of how you want your future to look • Create a renewed sense of energy and excitement

     A Gift Bag of Treats for your Feet!

    Your feet will thank you if you are the lucky winner of this great prize donated by The Aromatree Company.

    All products from The Aromatree Company are hand-made with LOVE using an array of essential essences. These divinely scented creams are made from 100% natural products and they are all kinesology tested.

    A Personal Nia Dance Session

    Join our favourite Queen of Sparkle - Cim Bartlett - for a Personal Nia Dance Session.

    Nia Dance is a holistic and mindful exercise given in informal dance classes. It is a fun and motivational way to keep fit and feel more invigorated.

    And the great thing about it is anybody can do it; from beginner to athlete!

    A Session of Usui Reiki

    A Usui Reiki or Spiritual Healing session with Healing in the Workplace is an extremely pleasant, holistic method of healing which will leave you feeling calmer, happier and very relaxed; resulting in an overall feeling of emotional, mental, physical and spiritual well-being.

     You will feel the benefits immediately in terms of calmness and relaxation!

     Indian Head Massage

    Lay back, relax and enjoy this wonderful Indian Head Massage courtesy of Holistic Therapist, Sangeeta Handa.

    Indian head massage is based on the ayurvedic system of healing which has been practiced in India for over a thousand years. The aim of Indian head massage is to release the stress that has accumulated in the tissues, muscles and joints of the head, face, neck and shoulders.

    Gratitude & Dream Journals

    Win one of these beautiful leather bound notebooks kindly donated by the lovely Katie Phillips of Daring & Mighty

    Katie’s website is the ‘Home of Inspirational Gifts’ where you will be sure of finding that perfect present for your loved one. With a lovingly crafted range of Inspirational Wall Art, Stationary and Accessories; there is something on offer for everyone.

     And More Again – Designer Clothing Gift Voucher

    Many thanks to Penny Bishop - one of our favourite clothes designers – for this Gift Voucher worth £20.00 to be used to purchase one of the wonderful creations from her And More Again range. With such reasonable prices, plus a range of styles and colours, there will be a great choice of items to select from using your prize voucher!

    Exploring China – A Culinary Adventure

    Join Ken Hom & Ching-He Huang on their culinary adventure thorough China in this beautifully written and illustrated book kindly donated by Catherine Boyd.

  • Global Love Festival – Sunday 8th July 2012

    Posted Jun 28th, 2012 By in Latest News With | No Comments banner

    Naked Dragon are proud to be a sponsor of  the debut

    Global Love Festival

    London
    Sunday 8th July 2012

    The Global Love Festivals are a platform for coming together to celebrate humanitarian love and its unifying power with many facets – from the fun to profound.

    These one-of-a-kind events fuse music, creativity, inspiration and hearts, with many unique love fuelled attractions and entertainment.

    Fostering love, peace, joy, harmony, and respect in an on-the-ground community experience, thier intention is to create a positive impact that ripples out at individual and collective levels.

    The Global Love Festival launch extravaganza on July 8th 2012 in London will be a fun-filled, inspirational, soul-enriching experience.

    This event promotes ‘Love in Action’ through contribution with all ticket profits going to charity.

    What to Expect

    Day-time delights include an incredible medley of acts and entertainment, live music, the random huggers, alchemy sound baths, followed by an evening with live comedy, performing arts, poetry, gratitude dance, bands, DJs and more!

    There will also be the Love Lounge, Love Potion Tea Bar, Venus Healing Temple, Love Alchemy Foods, Chocolate Love Temple, Cloud Nine Massage Zone, and many other love and fun-fuelled features and attractions.

     The Vision

    The vision for the Global Love Festival began in a night-time dream by Aine Belton, founder of the Global Love Project, in which she was organising a festival. Along with a number of other event company owners, the Global Love Festival intends to be the first of many of its kind with a future trajectory of festivals around the world, promoting a message of love as a catalyst for positive change on the planet.

    Win a Pair of Tickets

    We are delighted to offer 3 lucky winners a pair of tickets – worth £100.00 - to the Global Love Festival.

    To enter this great competition, simply check out our ‘Aspects of Love’ retreat page and send a quick email with the names of the retreat facilitators to: namaste@nakeddragon.co.uk

    Competition entries close at 6pm on Sunday 1st July and winners will be informed by Monday 2nd July.

    Times & Venue

    2pm – 11.30pm

    “That Venue”
    (near the O2 Arena)
    338 Tunnel Avenue
    London
    SE10 0PF.
    (5 minutes walk from North Greenwhich tube – Jubilee Line)

    Booking Tickets to the Festival

    If you cannot wait to see if you are one of the lucky competition winners and want to guarantee your place by purchasing a ticket for this great event, there are still a few Early Bird Tickets available at just £29.50 per ticket.

    And if you enter the code, “NAKEDDRAGON” at the checkout, you will save an additional £7.50 off the Early Bird ticket price, bringing the cost to just £22.50 per ticket.

    All profits from this event will be going to charity.

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