I left Portland, Ore. a little over a week ago feeling confident, excited and ready for my spiritual journey, especially in regards to visiting the healer, John of God.

But, when Wednesday morning rolled around and I was to receive my first-ever energetic surgery, I was terrified. What had I gotten myself into?? I felt woozy–the energy in the casa instantly made me feel light-headed.

I followed roughly 15 other individuals from all over the world into a small room for our surgery. I sat down and followed the instructions given by a lovely Portuguese woman. She told us that the entities (the non-physical beings that heal through John of God) would begin giving us an anesthetic so that we would not feel pain during our surgery.

I remember thinking how cute that was–they were really trying to make this “real” for us. And let’s remember–I totally believe in this stuff but even I was feeling like it wouldn’t be THAT big of a deal! I only expected that the energetic surgery would feel like an intense healing session, where you leave feeling a bit blissed out and sleepy.

Oh, how wrong I was.

Then, the surgery began. This entailed the lovely woman telling us that we deserved to be happy and free along with some other wonderful words. Immediately, I started CRYING–it was completely beyond my control. Emotions started surfacing quick and fast. Then, I began feeling energy swirl in different parts of my body–my right knee, left wrist, heart and back. I didn’t have time to think too much about the energy shifting and swirling, along with the crying–it all happened in what felt like minutes.

Before I knew it, this incredible calm came over me and the surgery was done. We filed out of the room and were told that we had just experienced major surgery where up to 9 different procedures can be performed. Yikes! We were to spend the next 24 hours in bed doing nothing–no reading, music or interacting with others.

Frankly, I felt fine.

But, I wanted to honor the process, so I followed the instructions precisely. I was wired and also blissed out. I lay in my twin bed (I’m having the college dorm experience I never had!) and did nothing but think (also described as torture). I thought about:

-people I like
-people I don’t like
-what it would be like when I returned home
-how I didn’t want to return home
-if I should get a cat
-where I would put a litter box should I get said cat
-what my dream beach house looks like

You name it, I thought about it. I was brought blessed soup (a daily casa staple) and lunch. I ate a TON (it was the only thing I had been looking forward to) and couldn’t imagine how I was going to get through the afternoon and night.

Then, something funny happened–I got sleepy. Finally. An hour an a half later I woke up.

And it was bad. I mean, REALLY bad.

I felt like every ounce of energy had been drained from my body. I could barely move. I was too weak to do anything. Crap. This WAS real. I mean, really real. Not woo-woo, not crazy fantasy stuff, but real life stuff. Non-physical beings DID perform surgery on people–on ME. I felt it from the inside out.

The bummer was, I wasn’t expecting this. I was anticipating a lovely 2 weeks filled with spiritual epiphanies, great meditation and bliss. I did not expect pain and real surgery. My ovaries (what I had come to heal) were on FIRE and I felt a deep soreness in pretty much every part of my body.

My friend Kerry was gone and the pousada was quiet. I started to panic. What if I die at a Brazilian pousada in a twin bed??!! Seriously. That’s what I was thinking. Dramatic? Yes, but that’s how scary it felt waking up in such a state.

I lay there waiting, praying and hoping to God that somehow I would be okay.

An hour or so later my friend returned and I squeaked out the news. She went to get the naturopath who was synchronistically staying at our pousada (he is also a guide and knows everything there is to know about all of this). He smiled at me and said that the anesthetic had worn off (OMG–there actually was anesthetic–they weren’t just being cute!) and that’s why I felt so awful. I had had major surgery and needed to heal by resting. Then, he told me to enjoy.

Enjoy?! I felt like hell–and that’s NOT what I signed up for (or so I thought). I spent the next 2 days lethargic and feeling rather awful. I spent even more time thinking and some very big realizations began coming my way. I prayed more than I have ever prayed in my entire life–it made me feel better when nothing else would.

By day 3 of the ordeal I was angry. Apparently, spending 3 days in a tiny room will do that to a girl. I wanted to go home and never experience anything like this again. But I couldn’t deny that some really amazing things were happening, such as:

-I would see or imagine that someone would come to my room and tell me something, and they did a few minutes later.

-I would pray for something small to happen, such as “Please God, shut that damn rooster up!” and before the words left my head, it stopped.

-Bizarro synchronicities that are too numerous to recount, but include Portland, Ore. connections in our New Zealand travel group (it’s my friend and I at the pousada while the rest are New Zealanders–I’m having a love affair with their accents!).

-I could feel energies working on my body throughout this time. It wasn’t scary, only remarkable.

-My dreams were vivid and detailed, and usually included a reference the next day.

-After doing a healing visualization (during a4-hour MEDITATION-more on that later)–I forgave a person who had hurt me, and then received an email from that person the next day telling me that they loved me.

And the hits just keep on coming…my anger is gone and has been replaced with joy and contentment. I’m living in the NOW more than I ever have before. It’s hard to believe that its only been a week. I promise to write more as I have time (I had no clue that a spiritual journey would be SO MUCH work!), but stay tuned for more stories involving:

-Crystal baths
-John Lennon
-Wild roosters, dogs, cows and toliet paper

Much love to you all!
Heather 🙂

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I had to share with you some of the AMAZING people I have met in Brasilia. Outstanding people with warm, big overflowing hearts. Above are some pictures of some of the friends I´ve made along the way (and check out the beer dispenser–I was shocked the U.S. doesn´t have these…yet).
From top to bottom:
-Our host and government official, Neide Setim. Wisest woman a girl could meet. Has been married to the love of her life for 43 years. She shared with me just how one makes a marriage work for so long and I promise to share it with you in the near future…Absolute goddess this woman–I love her!
-Making love to a mango tree while sipping coconut milk.
-Beer Bar (that´s the official name!!) in Brasilia. A popular night spot on the lake. Check out the cylindar beer dispenser. Ingenius!
-One of the many caipirinha´s consumed thus far on the journey (after seeing John of God, one cannot drink for 40 days).
-Posing with the coconut milk lady. She was not as thrilled as I was, as you can tell…
-Harrassing the guard at the Brazilian White House. He rolled his eyes at me!
-Ah, Brazilian hunk, Daniel. He spoke little English and is only 23. If I were 7 years younger, I would be taking him back to the states with me!
-Josemar, Kerry (my travel companion), Daniel and I. On the newest bridge in Brasilia–such a sight to see.
More to come in the future…
xoMuch love,
Heather 🙂
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So, this seems like a big “duh”, right? Well, it´s one thing to know something logically and it´s entirely another to feel it in a dramatic way.

We visited the Temple of Peace (Paz in Portuguese) in Brasilia this week, where visitors walk a gratitude shaped path, and once in the middle say a prayer under a huge crystal that has been magnetized for healing. While doing so, a beautiful choir sings behind you, and energy healers work on visitors. The energy in this space was intense. I had a very clear revelation about my life (it´s been far too exhausting this last year) and my intent (to clear the clutter and create space for LOVE).

After finishing the prayer, drinking the blessed water and receiving energy healing, we were able to connect with the crystal elements. Putting our hands up to the crystal (see picture above), resulted in the feeling of an incredible vibration. I had a cut on my finger and it began vibrating dramatically once my hands were placed in front of the crystal.

Beautiful artwork was everywhere, along with a Portuguese saying that art brings us closer to the god force. The entire time, I felt complete one-ness with everyone there; and the space itself was filled with peace and love. The revelations from this one experience alone are too many to tell here, but I had to share this much. And besides, I still haven´t gotten to the overall one-ness part…

Later that evening we went to a beautiful Catholic church. Mass was in session, and as we walked up the steps, with the choir singing, I immediately felt the overwhelming presence of love and one-ness–the very same feeling I had in the Temple of Peace. Since then, we have visited numerous other holy sites, all of varying religious backgrounds and all of them containing the feelings of peace, love and god.

This whole notion that we are all separate, and that there is only one “right” way to believe coudn´t be farther from the truth. We are all different and unique, so different forms of spirituality will appeal to each of us, and that´s it. That´s the only reason for a multitude of religions. In truth, god (however you believe) appears in every faith, in every temple and in every individual.

To feel this was so intense and beautiful, my words here do it no justice.
All I can do is share my experience and hope it resonates with you in some small way…

We also spent some fun time sampling a variety of caipirinhas…delicious. I was also able to swoon over gorgeous Brazilian men (and women — they are ALL in skinny jeans and heels even in 90+ temps!). Thus far, the journey to Brazil has been truly magical. I can speak a handful of words in Portuguese and I learned quite a bit about their sentiments towards Americans (none of which are too shocking).

1) They believe American women are all promiscious and aggressive. Ha!
2) Americans in general are very arrogant.

This saddens me, but also made me laugh. I mean, my mom thought I was going to be kidnapped by guerrillas if I went to Brazil, so again it shows our delusions of what reality is. I suppose we can thank TV for that! It also shows how hard we all work to keep one another separate, which is a total illusion. We are all connected and my experience here has only solidified that fact.

More to come as the journey continues–tomorrow morning we join a dear friend and head to Abadiania. We will go before John of God on Wednesday morning. Please send loving, insightful and life-altering thoughts my way! 🙂

Wishing you much continued peace, love and joy,

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This weekend I was completely captivated by the book Dear Lover: A Woman’s Guide to Men, Sex, and Love’s Deepest Bliss by David Deida.

Deida has the amazing gift of lyrical writing, along with the ability to explain men and women in a way that honors both.

I found myself saying “Yes!” at almost every turn, as Deida describes exactly the kind of fulfilling partnership women crave, that also honors men. He calls for more openness, as well as the expression of the divine feminine (it’s about time!). He encourages women to embrace their femininity and to let man’s masculinity complement it. “When you feel deep into your heart, you feel love…” It’s a beautiful thing.

I can’t say enough about this book. If you’re seeking to understand what a spiritual and symbiotic relationship between a man and a woman might look like, this is the first book you want to read.

Side note: Deida’s writing style is so captivating, it will inspire you to be a better writer. I couldn’t help notice how much more pizazz my writing had this weekend with Deida’s words whispering in my ear.

That’s the beauty of reading – it inspires you to be an even better writer!

Writing Song of the Week: U Want Me 2 by Sarah McLachlan–I’ve got it on repeat. 🙂

Happy Writing!

BLOG UPDATE: Starting next week, I’ll be in Brazil. Stay tuned for updates, as I go on a spiritual journey to see John of God (oh, and watch Brazilian men play guitar while drinking Brazilian wine of course!).

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It’s literally been over 15 years since I’ve had fish and chips.

But, those days are over with the Hawthorne Fish House. It is a MUST for any Celiac or anyone eating wheat-free. The fish is delish and is breaded with rice flour. Pure genius!

The entire establishment boasts gluten-free offerings, including desserts (coconut rum torte anyone?) and fish tacos. You can’t go wrong with this place.

Oh, and be sure to substitute sweet potato fries (YUUUUMMMM!!!) with your order. You’ll love it.

Have a favorite wheat-free restaurant?
Give us all the scoop here!

Happy Eating!
Heather 🙂

BLOG UPDATE: I’ll be in Brazil over the next few weeks, so blog posts may be intermittent. I hope to find some great gluten-free dishes while away though and promise to share!

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01 Sep / I Love You

I am sorry.
Please forgive me.
Thank you.
I love you.

And that’s it. That’s what it takes to get to peace, or zero limits, as Joe Vitale and Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len describe in the book Zero Limits.

Not surprisingly, and quite synchronistically, this book came to me literally a week after I identified that my core objective in life is to 1) feel peace and 2) share it with others.

What I learned in Zero Limits is that peace is completely possible, and it requires one thing of each of us: we must take 100% responsibility for EVERYTHING that is in/and comes into our lives. No more blaming, pointing or seeking to explain or justify.

The only thing we need to do is clear and heal ourselves. And as we do, those around us will be cleared and healed. There is no more “out there”, there is only within.

It would be impossible to describe all of the life-changing information I received from this book, so you should definitely just order it right now and read it yourself. 🙂

Using a Hawaiian process called Ho’oponopono, Dr. Len healed a ward of criminally insane mental patients in Hawaii–without ever seeing one patient. He simply cleared (using the statements you see at the beginning of this blog) whatever was within him that fed into the illusion that the patients were a problem. Eventually, the ward completely closed down and no longer exists today–all but 2 were healed.

So far, I’ve been using the process for a couple of days, and the healing and synchronicities are tremendous. Most of all, there is an additional element of peace within me. And when people or situations come up, I take responsibility for them and use the Ho’oponopono process to clear them. In addition, I recommit to staying in the flow, allowing life to happen as it’s meant to and only taking action when inspired to do so.

I also discovered that on Oct. 11th & 12th there will be a Ho’oponopono class in Eugene, Ore. Curious about learning the process and how to clear out the old programs playing in your mind (that disturb your ability to achieve peace)? Then, check it out. I’ll report more as it unfolds for me…

Wishing you peace beyond all understanding (my new sign-off, thanks to Dr. Len),
Heather 🙂

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Try this ultra-simple pasta dish for chillier Fall days (it feels like October here in the Pacific NW – how is it in your part of the world?!).

Wheat-Free, Dairy-Free Turkey Pasta

1 lb. ground turkey, organic
1 can red marinara pasta sauce (Try Trader Joe’s Tomato Basil – organic)
1 pkg. brown rice elbow pasta (Trader Joe’s has the best!)

Brown turkey in a skillet until cooked through. Season with salt and pepper. Pour pasta sauce in with turkey. Cook until comes to a boil, then reduce to simmer. In a separate pan, cook noodles according to directions (don’t cook more than 10 min.), drain. Spoon sauce and turkey mixture over noodles.

Voila! You’ve got a hearty meal in minutes.
Serves 4.

Do you have a favorite brand of wheat-free pasta or sauce? Leave your recommendations here.

Happy Eating!
Heather 🙂

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I made the above commitment a few months ago at a seminar facilitated by the amazing Jennifer Powers. I said I would push myself boldly out of my comfort zone in order to grow. At the time, it sounded like a fantastic idea.

Then, the work began.

As one writing contract wound down, an opportunity presented itself to grow my skills in another, powerful way–coaching. It would require going to an office, learning brand new skills and creating another way of being. It would require leaping far out of my comfort zone so that I could have more of an impact on people. So that every day, I could support individuals across the country in achieving their dreams. It has been an amazing and rich experience, as I’ve spent the summer success coaching non-traditional college students through an incredible company, InsideTrack.

And this was just the beginning.

Since committing to “feeling the fear and doing it anyway,” I followed my inner guidance to walk away from relationships that no longer serve my long-term growth, move into a home that would allow me to be (and “be” in my favorite part of Portland!), and allow new people into my life in new and surprisingly different ways.


In addition, my writing began to evolve. I started writing poetry again. I began pitching to editors on articles I was passionate about. My book project (passed in the final review by Lyon’s Press — you guys are missing out!) has taken on new life, as my coauthor and I refine it AND stay true to our vision.

This feeling the fear thing is not easy. It’s uncomfortable. It hurts. It makes me scream and cry and in general act like a 5-year-old. On the flip side, I am living – I am feeling. Every day, I’m discovering my truth in a fuller and deeper way.

I’m leading the life my life deserves to live:
-Connecting with like-minded individuals on a daily basis who inspire me.
-Supporting and coaching amazing people.
-Writing what I love.
-Engaging only in relationships that serve my highest good (and the highest good of the other).

The clincher to all of this? I never imagined it would be so fraught with intensity, emotion and grand ephipanies. It is richer, deeper and more heart-chakra expanding than I ever anticipated.

Isn’t life grand?!
Leave a comment here about how you’re feeling the fear and doing it anyway…

Happy Writing!
xoHeather 🙂

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Let’s be honest, chocolate is delicious. But, when you’re eating wheat-free, dairy-free and low sugar, chocolate isn’t exactly the best idea (and god forbid you pick up milk chocolate–that’s a total nightmare!).

Attune Foods has created a delectable gluten-free, dairy-free and good-for-you chocolate bar. The bars are packed full of probiotics, which are necessary for proper digestive function. Typically, though probiotics come in pill or icky tasting supplement form. So now, you can bypass all of that drama, eat chocolate and get your probiotics. Genius!

I’m a HUGE fan of the chocolate crisp flavor – it tastes sinful, even though it’s completely legit.The dark chocolate isn’t too bad either, but the chocolate crisp tastes more like the real thing.

Currently, Attune has a printable coupon offer on its site and is giving away 100 bars a day, so be sure to take advantage.

And let’s hear it for chocolate that’s good for you–YAY Attune!

Happy Eating,
Heather 🙂

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One of the great things about Portland is the variety and depth of talented musicians living in our city. It’s an absolute mystery to me how someone as talent-less as Britney Spears or Fergie can make it big, while our city is filled with celebrity-status musicians that the world still doesn’t know about.

Real musicians can actually play instruments (shocking!), sing beautifully AND look hot! Who woulda thought?

Last night I had the pleasure of discovering Tony Smiley at the Buffalo Gap off of Macadem Ave. Picture Johnny Depp (a good combo of 21 Jump Street, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas and Pirates of the Carribean), with a sexy hot voice and amazing musical skills. Not bad, right? You’ve got to check this guy out. He’s incredible!

So, get on Myspace, make him your friend and go visit his next show. You won’t be disappointed!

-Heather 🙂

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