“As I walked through the white Canadian winter land I noticed my feet made a very satisfying crunching sound as they compacted the snow beneath them. It was a beautiful sunny day after the winter storm, even though it was below freezing outside. I went up the stairs to the lodge and took off my hat and gloves on the porch. The porch around the lodge up in the forested mountains had thick logs for main entry columns that must have been about a foot in diameter. I could smell the pine and feel the moisture in the air from fresh snowfall. As I walked in the door to the lodge the smell of fresh pancakes overcame me and with it the smell of hot syrup. I think the smell reminded me of gingerbread but they ended up being cinnamon buttermilk pancakes that day. Starting to get hungry with thoughts of bacon dripping with syrup and fluffy pancake piled on my fork I turned to go to my room. Then I heard my cell phone ding.
The text was from Michelle and she wanted a same day reading. I continued to my room to change for breakfast and answered her back that I could get to her today.
During our reading Michelle told me she was about to lose her mind. I had spoken to Michelle for a couple years and she had a twin flame Hank who was being elusive and difficult. In an effort to bridge the gap between them she had enrolled in a number of energy healing classes in her local area with a different instructor.
“When I try to concentrate on my work thoughts of Hank just pop up and with it feelings of pain, sadness or anxiety. I’m not sure if he is going through something right now because we aren’t talking at the moment but it is definitely him. Can you look into this for me?” Hank was indeed going through something difficult…”
Every year the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church hosts the Greek Festival of Dallas. I remember going when I was in high school way back in the 1990s, and I have not been back since. Of course I didn’t remember very much from back then so it was like having a new experience. I’ve been to multiple Greek festivals, most of which in California so I have some things to compare it to. Like many Greek festivals they had dancing by the school children, many food vendor booths as well as shopping. They had art, t-shirts and various items from Greece that you could buy. I ended up enjoying the lamb sliders the best as well as the almond cookies and baklava. This can be fun for the whole family as they have a children’s playground area for the kids. Opa!
This greek delight used 3 kinds of cheeses, egg and phyllo dough to make a yummy, crunchy, decadent cheese pie. I tried it first at the Greek festival, and now have made it home. Turned out great!
About 10 sheets of phyllo dough
4 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp salt to taste
6 oz feta cheese crumbles
6 oz ricotta cheese
6 oz cottage cheese
1 tsp dill dried
1/8 tsp black pepper
Start oven at 375 degrees F.
Combine all ingredients except salt in a bowl. Mix really well to combine the 3 cheeses and eggs.
Lay down a sheet of phyllo dough on a cookie tray. Lightly brush olive oil on top. I used light tasting olive oil but strong tasting is good if you prefer. If the dough crumbles that is normal, place the crumbled sheets down. It makes it extra crispy that way anyway.
Repeat the above bullet point 3-4 times for the bottom layer. Top with cheese mixture, about 1/3 inch thick.
Add another 3-4 sheets of phyllo on top, olive oil brushed each time. Sprinkle salt on the top layer to taste.
Bake at 375 for 30 minutes. In the last 10 minutes increase temp to 425 degrees F to crisp the phyllo on top. Remove from heat, let set for 10 minutes, cut and serve.
These taste like the real thing and are great with almond milk! Flax seed replaces egg, reducing fat and cholesterol. Margarine is used to reduce fat. Truvia is used to reduce sugar. Still tastes like a sugar cookie!
1 1/3 cup flour, all-purpose
1/4 + 1/8 cup truvia
1/2 tablespoon flax seed and 1.5 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup country crock margarine
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven 375 degrees F
2. Mix the flax seed and water in mixing bowl. Set to the side and let mix for 5 mins. This acts as an egg replacement.
3. After the flax seed has settled and developed in 5 mins, add sugar and butter. Mix until creamed.
4. Add vanilla to bowl. Mix. Add baking soda and powder. Mix.
5. Add flour 1/2 cup at a time. Mix until it is a dough and sticky.
6. Roll into 1 inch balls and flatten on a cookie sheet. I find the dough is buttery enough to not need a silpat but you can use one. Heat for 16-18 mins, keeping an eye in it. When it starts to brown in spots on the top it is ready. Cool on a rack so it doesn’t brown too much on the bottom. Serve warm with milk of choice. Enjoy!
By Andrea Knight, Copyright 2022, All Rights Reserved.
When doing psychic body scans for my client’s health, one of the most common things I receive during the session is the client has issues with vitamin and mineral absorption.
So what is nutrient absorption and why is it important?
Your body uses minerals and nutrients for energy, cell reproduction, repair, rest, and a host of other activities. Well, if the body and organs like heart, muscles, bones and brain do not get enough nutrients they don’t function or repair as well. *
Sometimes even though you may take the vitamin, supplement or eat the healthy food/drink you don’t absorb it effectively. Then you may be vulnerable to other issues, diseases or the break down of important organs.*
Luckily the answer is a google away if you know to look for it.
When eating or taking supplements make sure to match the macros (protein, carbs, fats) or vitamins with what helps them absorb in your system best. Some top absorption helpers are these 3:
Citrus (vit C)
Fat (use good fats such as avocado)
One important one is that Vitamin C or citrus which helps protein absorb 200x or better as long as 68 mg or more is ingested within 15-30 minutes of eating protein.* So add a half cup of orange juice or lemon juice to your water when eating your protein for better absorption. Here is a list of more:
Vitamin or nutrient – fat, water or vit C used to aid absorption
A – Fat soluble B3 – Water B6 – Water B12 – Water (many people with thyroid issues are B12 deficient) Bilberry – Water Bromelain – Water Calcium – Water + Vit D (25 mg+) C – Water Collagen – Vit C CoQ10 – Water D – Fat DHEA – Fat E – Fat K – Fat L-Argenine – Water L-Theanine- Water Lutein – Fat Magnesium – Water Protein – Vitamin C, 68 mg min Selenium – Water
If you have supplements and vitamins you take daily, google their name plus “soluble in water”, then write the answer outside your bottle (W for water, F for Fat, etc). My recommendation is to have a 1/4 avocado salad with 1/2 cup orange juice with your supplements every day. That tackles healthy fat, water and vitamin C in one meal!
Need a reading or health body scan of your own? Check out my readings or healings page to schedule today!
*Disclaimer: This website offers metaphysical information and services. Information and services provided here and by Andrea Knight are not a substitute for medical, nutritional or legal advice. Please refer to a licensed physician for medical, nutritionist for nutrition, or legal professional for legal advice.
First of all I can say this about the Seraphim. They are so selfless, that when I connected for a chat it’s never about them, they are always asking me how they can help me. Every time I connect during a reading to learn about them, I’d ask what do the Seraphim do, what they were responsible for, and what they wanted people to know about them. In no time they were analyzing me, my life, asking me what they could help me with in my life. Many times I’d be like, wait no, I’m here to learn about you! All of them did this, and that is partially, if not wholly, why this took so long to finish! I think Seraphim was one of the first levels of angels I started with, and turned out to be the last to finish. So, selfless would definitely be a word to describe the Seraphim.
1st Seraphim reading(s):
He/She greeted me with aloha! This was done a long time ago so unfortunately I don’t remember or see the name of the Seraphim in my notes (sorry!). This is what I received from one of the first Seraphim I spoke to:
They create control and order, I saw a visual of someone rearranging cords (creating order in the universe)
They are high level angels for God
They said they are not the highest level of angels, which if you look them up most literature refers to them as the highest
Humans don’t call on them generally, they can, but generally don’t. God can assign them if needed, I’ve asked for them from time to time and have received phenomenal results.
A name of one of the Seraphim is Seraphiel, I did ask to speak to him a while back. Most, if not all, the Seraphim I spoke to were very clear in a reading.
One article online referred to them as fiery beings. They didn’t represent as fiery to me. I asked if they are fiery, I received a no.
I see colors coming out of their hands here, they can affect how people feel, mend the wounded heart in different ways, not just love but grief
They make things positive, great transmuters
The moon does affect the ocean’s waves on earth but there is also a consciousness that some people tap into when the moon shifts
Astrology is not just made up, some elementals carry it out as in your experiences, feelings, energies connected to astrology
They are problem solvers
They are helpers
They travel quite a bit, they go between planes, I see one zooming around earth like superman, they monitor the world
They’ve reincarnated as many beings including humans, some animals as well
They can zoom into a family or an individual situation, and then zoom out looking at and helping earth in an aerial view (the forest and the trees!)
They protect people, care about others, they love people and animals, they also take care of earth as well as energies
They can work with elemental planes but there are high level beings on that plane that handle things on that level
Reading #2…or so
In a later reading with another Seraphim, who used the name Galadriel, I was told that a Seraphim may be made of many beings, and I see one being interconnecting with multiple others here. One but many concept here. They are powerful creators, they can create energy, thoughts, movements, they have enough energy to pass inertia, healing, they work with individuals in their earthly life as well as bigger universe projects, their focus is serving God. In this reading Galadriel said that “the earth needs help”, referring and showing me visually pollution and people abusing what we have on the planet.
Reading #3…or so
In October 2022, I spoke to a Seraphim named Joe. Here is some topics he brought up as well:
They are many beings in one, we are interconnected to many beings, to accomplish our tasks
They can be autonomous as well as take orders from God
They can help with hard diseases, ones with no cures, ones that affect mental, spiritual and/or physically
They may help with environmental issues, fires, floods, they would need to be a certain size and affect a certain amount of beings to get to a Seraphim level as there are other beings that may assist in those disasters as well. Even in another visual I see the sky, clouds swirling and moving here, with the concept of issues concerning heating and cooling of the earth. Seraphim are very concerned about pollution, healing spiritually, the earth, sky, ourselves, other angels
As for nature spirits and elementals, they don’t heal them generally, they have their own groups of healers and helpers on their plane
An interesting note, I also received that they heal God. Think of God at the spa with Seraphim putting cucumbers on His eyes, cotton balls between the toes, and exfoliating facial masks. Even God needs a little break.
Last but not least, I usually ask for a sign to represent the angel level. I was given a white flower, I saw 5 petals, some stamen in the center, but they said it can be any white flower. Generally how signs go is if you see a white flower and think of Seraphim then it is to remind you of them, to feel connected to All That Is.
*Disclaimer: The contents of this blog is for metaphysical, educational and entertainment purposes only. Before using or ingesting ANY herb or plant for health reasons please consult a physician for advice.
Motivation is something that is on everyone’s mind, from individual contributor to business owner. “Quietly quitting” isn’t really a new concept, but it puts a spotlight on the demotivated employee. How do we self motivate and how are we best motivated by others? This varies on a case by case basis, however to start the conversation we need to take a brief look at intrinsic vs extrinsic motivators.
Here is a short video that I believe explains extrinsic and intrinsic motivation in a thoughtful way:
Extrinsic motivators are usually an external motivation, something coming from outside of us. Some examples include fear, money, sex and food.
Intrinsic motivation is internal (honor, to find peace, curiosity, to make self or others’ better, caring)
Those with a masters degree or PhD may not be as motivated by fear and money alone, as I noted working alongside about 5 PhD’s in one job. Instead highly educated individuals usually need a purpose, challenge or responsibility to feel motivated.
Sometimes when all else fails obligation will get you through the day or at work.
Some examples ofExtrinsic motivators (video: “follower of rules”):
Earn an external reward
Avoid punishment or negative consequences
To please others
To impress others
To impress others is a strong motivator for some – ever been attracted to your boss? You’re a pretty good employee in that case aren’t you? However when applied to lifestyle creep it can put you into debt potentially, so be aware and careful. Use it when it serves you, not when it doesn’t.
Competing with another person
To be loved by another person
Some examples ofIntrinsic motivators (video: “thinks independently”):
To improve yourself
To improve a process or something else
It’s fun and enjoy it
To feel accomplished
Internal competition with yourself
To be happy
To feel good
To feel euphoric or get a high (mental, not drugs)
In reality most people, including highly educated individuals, need both extrinsic and intrinsic motivators at some point. Some sources lean on intrinsic motivators, however you won’t always want to do the task, lift the weights, help out your boss, and do an hour of cardio, sometimes you have to just do it. Using a combo of any of the above, extrinsic or intrinsic, may help drive you to your next goal and succeed.
Example #2: Taking out the Trash
Another good example I read once was a father trying to motivate their kid to take out the trash. When the father asked, the child would mope, slowly make his way, and mumble the entire time. The child would rather watch tv or play video games. Eventually the father started paying his son $5 to take out the trash weekly. While that initially put spring in the child’s step, he eventually went back to taking it out slowly and mumbling the entire time by the end of the week. One lesson here is while extrinsic motivators such as money may cause some increased positive mood and spring in your step, eventually the child takes the money for granted. The chore still is undesirable and the child would still rather do something fun.
The second lesson is when an extrinsic motivator is applied, subconsciously the child may assume the chore or task is undesirable. Even as more money is applied, the same pattern resumes. If this subconscious thought of extrinsic motivation is applied to undesirable jobs, then as the adult gets paid increasingly more money, some may become more demotivated over time, equating more money meaning the job is even more undesirable or increased risk.
This is one of the reasons why an employer knows that increasing someone’s pay indefinitely won’t equate to more productivity (yes, it’s not all because of the CEO’s greed). It helps when the employee knows how to motivate themselves (intrinsic motivation) as money is not always an infinitely enduring motivation for everyone.
“I don’t feel appreciated”
Sorry to hear that Buttercup. From now on I want you to create a folder in your email labeled “appreciation”. Every time your manager or someone on your team emails you “thank you”, recognizes you for accomplishing a task, says “great job”, put it in that folder. If something is verbal or done in a meeting, write it down in an email, email it to yourself, and file in that folder. Include paid birthday parties to you or the team, verbal thanks, free Friday morning bagels, holiday bonuses, free tickets, and corporate paid for lunches. I promise you, besides your paycheck which is appreciation as well for your work, you are being appreciated in many ways. Set a calendar event to review that folder weekly or monthly. Let it sink in the 2nd time or third time. You’ll start to see the appreciation more and more around you, because it is there. Negative thinking and a victim mentality may prevent it from sinking in the first time. We have to retrain our mind sometimes to think more positively and notice our blessings.
“Why does it feel like salmon upstream sometimes? Why do I not want to work hard like I see other successful people do?” If you look at our most closely related living relatives, the great apes such as chimps and gorillas, what do they do all day? Sleep, eat, play, relax, climb, forage. Some other activities as well but you get the point. It isn’t “natural” to work a 9 to 5 for someone else, to do cardio on a treadmill without the reason being about food or sex, to drive your daughter to band practice, etc. We are going against what feels natural to us by being so driven to look good, be successful, make a lot of money, and have a ton of friends on instagram.
The Hard Truth
One thing to note, even if you are working your passion, or for yourself, sometimes you won’t be happy. Throw out the need to be happy all the time to increase your productivity! Sometimes you will be able to motivate yourself to get out of bed with the thought of coffee, to go to work for the money, to do a half hour of lifting weights, but sometimes you will be in a low mood and need to force yourself through it. Don’t expect every chore, work environment or meeting to be a blast, sometimes we just need to get it done. When all else fails just obligation, such as needing to just show up at work at 9am, works.
Having your expectations in the right place will help you feel less lost (why am I not happy at work?), and less disappointed. Remember, those advertising on social media about their great lives still work or worked hard, and they are just showing you the flashy bits. You’re not seeing the boring aspects of their lives in pictures, such as years in an office at a desk, you’re just seeing the best parts. You didn’t see the hours and hours of sweat and weight lifting to get those perfect glutes and abs. You didn’t see the years of late nights to build someone’s business so they could afford that vacation or lakeside home. You’re seeing the end happy result of hard work. Think of that when all the usual motivators aren’t driving you that day, and you feel like you are not “living your best life”. For moments where I know something needs to get done but I don’t feel like it, I have a phrase etched in wood I look to that says “Suck it up Buttercup!” It makes me laugh and away I go to task. Go get it done!
Have you ever woken up after a night of partying and thought, never again! I’m quitting alcohol!
Then next week you do it all over again, 4-5 vodkas or beers later, and the next morning you say, I’m not drinking ever again! Why didn’t I learn from the last time?!
Do you wonder why your moods swing, and it’s like you can’t quite totally kick it for good?
For those of you that want the beauty, health and mental clarity benefits, not to mention the financial savings of quitting, keep reading.
*Alcohol is a Central Nervous System depressent and very addictive drug. It is also easily accessible (more available than toilet paper during covid!), and socially accepted.
These videos summarize why only 5 days of sobreity may not be enough to kick the habit, what happens to your body, and the benefits of quitting.
If you’re not ready to quit, keep scrolling, this isn’t for you.
But for those of you that want the beauty, health and mental clarity benefits, not to mention the financial savings of quitting, here are the summarized supplements from the videos that may help you get through the symptoms, which may last for 2-3 months (if you watched the videos now you know why it takes so long).
GABA – to help calm, helps with the jitters and anxiety post drinking
L-Glutamine – helps excite the nervous system, get out of depression or lethargy after you have had glutamine rebound (videos explain alcohol suppresses this stimulant hence why it acts like a depressant, then the body overcompensates by boosting it temporarily). After the anxiety of the rebound you will want to rebalance glutamine in the body. Glutamine is in my protein powder, so I find this really helps with recovery.
L-Theanine – for anxiety and to protect from alcohol’s free radicals. Take during and after drinking.
Probiotics – to heal the gut, as the videos explain, take the longest to recover from alcohol’s effects (whole food method – dark leafy greens, pickles, sauerkraut, yogurt and kimchi to name a few). There are also supplements.
Watch out for your triggers – if restaurants are the main cause of your over drinking, you may want to choose counter serve without alcohol for a while. Don’t sit at bars if you can’t order a soda. Find other meetup groups to socialize with. Don’t keep alcohol in the house. Review your friends and how they trigger you or don’t trigger you. Yes, that may mean you may need a shift in focus in your friend groups.
In short, alcohol throws your nervous system and biochemistry out of balance. This can create all kinds of issues, including gastrointestinal, mental, cardiac, and on the central nervous system. Not to mention the increased chance of heart attack, stroke, weight gain and cancers.
Lastly, I’d recommend meditating when you can, using grounders such as black tourmaline, or a full chakra set, to help calm you and get spiritual assistance with your journey.
Best of luck!
*These statements have not been reviewed by a physician or medical personnel. Please review with your primary care physician any changes in diet and if you need additional help with alcohol abuse. This article is not meant to diagnose any issue.
Modified without rice to make it low glycemic you can pre-make a batch of these and serve them with salad for a week. It feels like you are having something fun or different from the usual!
1 16-oz jar grape leaves in brine
Extra virgin olive oil (optional)
1 large red onion, finely chopped
12 oz lean ground Veal
1 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 cup each chopped fresh parsley, fresh dill, and fresh mint
1 to 2 tomatoes sliced into rounds
About 4 cups or more low-sodium chicken broth or water
Juice of 2 lemons
Rinse the grape leaves and let dry for 30 minutes on paper towels.
Next, heat 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet (or no oil in a non stick skillet). Add onions and cook briefly, about 2 minutes or so, tossing until translucent. Add the meat and cook till fully browned, tossing occasionally. Drain any excess fat, then season the meat with kosher salt, pepper, and spices. Toss to combine. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
In a mixing bowl, combine the meat and fresh herbs. Season lightly with kosher salt.
Prepare a dutch oven pot and lightly brush the bottom with extra virgin olive oil. Arrange a few grape leaves in the bottom. Top with sliced tomatoes.
To stuff the grape leaves, you will work one leaf at a time. Place one grape leaf on a cutting. Take 1 tablespoon of the filling and place in the center of the leave, then fold the sides over the filling and roll. Look up egg roll rolling technique for an example, it is similar here to fold over the sides first before rolling it up. Repeat with the remaining grape leaves or until you’re out of stuffing.
Neatly arrange the grape leaves in row, seam side down, in your prepared pot. Boil the broth or water and pour over the grape leaves covering them. Place a plate, inverted, on the top to keep the dolmas from floating up.
Cover the pot with the lid and cook over medium heat for 30 minutes until the liquid has been absorbed. Uncover and remove the plate, then pour juice of 2 lemons. Cover again with the lid (no plate), cook on low heat for 30 to 45 more minutes or until fully cooked.
Remove grape leaves from heat. Allow to rest uncovered for 20 to 30 minutes before serving.
Love trout, you can stuff it or have with butter. It’s good without a lot of flavoring as well. This is the healthy version.
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp parsley
1/2 cup water
Salt and pepper
Put the trout in a baking dish with 2 inch or higher walls. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Pour olive oil on top skin and bake for 15 minutes. Pour water into dish and bake another 15 mins. Take out of oven and cool for 10 mins. Remove skin and salt and pepper. Top with parsley. Add butter or other flavoring if you wish but fish is flavorful as is, try it with out and see how you feel. Enjoy!
I love Outback’s seasoning on their chicken, so one night after having it I looked up a recipe copycat. Since chicken is over priced at the moment, I’ve converted to pork chops which are cheaper by the each. Today I grilled them but they are just as good in the pan on the stove.
2 tbsp olive oil
1 Tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
1 Tsp chili pepper
2 pork chops
Heat your grill until hot. Baste both sides of the pork chop and cook on high heat for about 7-10 minutes. Flip and cook other side for 5 mins or until the center of the pork chops is cooked. Let rest on a plate for 10 mins. Serve with with sides or cut up and eat with pita. Enjoy!
I had a client come to me recently about an addiction and I thought I’d update my blog because much of what was brought up would apply to multiple addictions including alcohol, drugs, sex, smoking or food. I am busy these days, so I will make it a summary instead of a full blog. If you have questions or want to explore further reading and energy healing sessions can be found on my website.
Addictions are often a break, release, relax time away from the stress of the home/life. Many people at my old job in corporate started smoking cigarettes because it gave them work breaks more so than those that didn’t smoke.
Review your foundation – when did you first start the addiction, what was the stimulus (friends, party) and what was the reward?
Your relationship with your parents, are you prone to rebellion? Is it in your astrological chart to rebel?
Lying about the truth to your parent, teacher or partner – did you get away with it before, what were the benefits to lying, such as avoiding punishment, etc?
Reactance is the psychological term for rebelling and wanting freedom from rules or dominance.
healthy people prepping healthy food, healthy people doing anything on youtube (influence),
people in your life that aren’t healthy-review if you think of the people around you have the same addiction that make you feel hopeless, like its inevitable and hard to overcome. Find someone that proves otherwise, that doesn’t have it so it doesn’t seem like an uphill climb.
Also look at the statistics for that addiction, visualize that you’re in the statistic or demographic that doesn’t have the addicition, and affirm “I beat the statistics”.
Find a replacement – walk, exercise, smoothie, decaf tea, yoga
Go back to archangels, God and ascended masters, see them understanding, think “they’ve seen everything”, taking your hand and walking with you
Look at your triggers – “everyone is doing it”, friends, ads, tv, parents. Everyone is NOT doing it. There are those that don’t smoke, do drugs, drink caffeine, have alcohol, etc.
Use Logic to get out of the emotional brain, go to puzzles, numbers, count backwards
If you have any questions or need to talk to your guides about addictions, you can find my sessions on readings here or energy healing here. Energy healing will be cheaper by the minute for reference.
3/4 cups all purpose flour, and 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tbsp white sugar, I use stevia
½ teaspoon salt
Half of a 1/3 cup margarine, I use benecol for cholesterol, don’t have to defrost, ready to go!
1/2 cup milk
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt. Cut in butter using a fork until it looks crumbly. Make a dip in the center of the dry mixture and add the milk. Mix until a soft dough forms.
Roll or pat out on a floured surface to 3/4 inch thick. Cut into circles and place on a baking sheet. You can also do drop biscuits as pictured.
Bake for 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the bottoms of the biscuits are golden brown.