Intuitive Eating: Food Journal

Nutrition therapy is about making changes that improve your relationship with food and your health. Food journals are one of a variety of therapeutic tools used during treatment for an eating disorder. Food journals or logs are also referred to as food records which can take many forms. Some people prefer to write things down free form in a personal notebook while others do best filling out the prepared charts provided by their nutritionist. Many others have gone tech-friendly by using an app on their phone to track info and share it. Regardless of the form it takes, a food journal does much more than track your food. A helpful format for food journals that include the time of day, a description of the snack or meal, the food and beverage intake, setting of the meal and, most importantly, the individual’s thoughts and feelings before, during and after eating.

 

Completing food logs and reviewing them can be a pretty powerful part of the recovery process. Not surprisingly, and perhaps because they can be so powerful, many individuals also experience some resistance to using them. If you’ve ever been encouraged to complete food logs as part of your treatment for an eating disorder but had trouble starting or committing to the process, we thought it might help to know why a nutritionist would recommend doing them and the specific ways in which they can assist in the recovery process.

 

Keeping a food journal provide insights into your bigger picture and provide a way to monitor progress. The journal communicates specific details from each meal, but they also show trends and patterns over the course of the week related to meal times, location, situational triggers and thoughts. Small weekly goals that create momentum towards overarching goals and bigger changes over time takes the pressure off of you to recall from memory the details of your food and symptom use from the past month.

 

Returning to a normal and healthy relationship with food means appropriately responding to hunger and fullness signals. It’s impossible to do that when your signals are broken from chaotic or disordered eating. The best thing to get your digestive system and metabolism back on track is structured eating which means adequate amounts of food with adequate frequency. Food journals aid in structured eating accountability, and structured eating over time sharpens your signals and helps you get to a place of intuitive eating.

love, #krishna

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5 Fun Ways to Surprise Your Husband

A surprise gift could easily be the best way to surprise your husband as birthday celebrations are approaching or if you just want to do something sweet for your man, read our five fun ways to surprise your husband. He will love it!

 
1. Create a photo slide show or music mix mp3 for him. Pull together some of his favorite photos and select the music that both represents your relationship.

 

 

2. Give him a ‘just because’ gift. You don’t have to spend tons of money to come up with a creative gift he will love.

 

 

3. King for a day. Let him write down his perfect day for you, what would be written on that list? Then spend an entire day to do as many things on that list as possible.

 

 

4. Make a love trail. Use rose petals, or his favorite candy, whatever he loves to lead him to a special place where the two of you can be alone under the full moon in the beautiful moonlight.

 

 

5. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Throw a dinner party and invite his favorite people to come celebrate him with you. It could be his closest friends, colleagues, family, and others he’d enjoy having dinner with and who love him enough to celebrate.

 

 

Every woman, once in a while, could surprise her husband. Little surprises will not only make your husband happy, but they also add spice and change up the routine in your marriage.

love, #krishna

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Intuitive Psychology: Anxiety and Intuition are Interconnected

Intuition is a sense, a sixth sense, feeling and physiological signal in the body that may or may not be connected to something that we understand consciously.

Anxiety is referred as a feeling of nervousness, a feeling of worry, and unease, usually about an uncertain outcome or event.

 

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Anxiety and intuition have shown that they are deeply connected to one another. A keen sense of intuition became intertwined in a way that people often don’t realize. Sensitive intuitive people are tuned in to the emotions of others. It’s important to realize that when you experience anxiety, it isn’t always a bad thing. Anxiety is a signal that something there is imminent danger, and it can help you to further your emotional growth as well as help others.

Throughout my life, anxiety has been a challenge and have learned to use it as a secret weapon. I now know that anxiety is a superpower that helps yourself to help others.

 

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The ability to think, to reflect on ourselves and our behavior and
to plan ahead, is the feature that most defines us as humans, and evolution.

Sometimes people get stuck in it. People are often consumed with
the past, ruminating about events and repeating them over and over. Others
get paralyzed thinking about what lies ahead. Both forms of overthinking
consume the brain’s limited capacity for attention, bring the mind
to a stop and it and compromises mental health. One form is known as depression,
the other anxiety. And both conditions are rampant in our culture
today.

Intuition can be thought of as almost the polar opposite of either.
And it is a reliable way of knowing, and valuable in many
circumstances.

There are many ways to define intuition, but all present a kind of
conundrum. The act of reflecting on intuition is precisely what intuition
isn’t. Intuition is really your brain on autopilot, performing its
actions of processing information outside of your awareness that
it’s operating. It’s nonconscious thinking.

It’s often safe to rely on automatic nonconscious processes
for parrot-fashion tasks, but what happens when it is complex situations?

Nonconscious processes operate all the time in complex
decision-making. Often enough, we just don’t give them credit.
Sometimes we override our intuitive gut-level reactions altogether,
ignoring our native responses in favor of ways we think, for external
reasons—such as to coincide with the judgments of others—we
should be reacting. The truth is that all of the
factors that influence our reactions just aren’t available to our
conscious selves.

love, #krishna

 

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Intuitive Psychology: Making Sense of Autism Spectrum Disorder

We are slowly beginning to understand that while there may be differences between children with ASD, (Autism Spectrum Disorder) this condition represents significant social, communication and behavioral challenges for children. In a sense, ASD is a single condition with multiple co-occurring problems. These typically include anxiety, attention disorders, and extreme sensory sensitivities. The majority of children with ASD demonstrate developmental concerns well before three years of age.

 

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The term Spectrum is used to define this condition as this reflects the unique manner in which each child can be affected. The term Spectrum also suggests multiple and varied outcomes based on a combination of different symptoms, qualities within the child and, most importantly, experiences at home and in school. The central problem for children with ASD is their inability to interact with and learn about the social world. ASD is truly a social learning disability. Children with ASD have difficulty reading social intention. They have difficulty taking the perspective of others and solving social problems. As such, the day in and day out interaction parents have with children with ASD—whether their symptoms are mild, moderate or severe on a spectrum—makes a significant difference in that child’s life today and into the future.

In Autism Spectrum Disorder research has demonstrated that ASD is best conceptualized as a combination of three core problems: 1) difficulty with socialization and communication; 2) odd interests and behavior; and  3) problems with attention and self-regulation.

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a complex developmental disorder that affects the brain’s normal development of social and communication skills which include impaired social interactions, impaired verbal and nonverbal communication, problems processing information from the senses, and restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior. ASD is an umbrella diagnosis, in the DSM-5, for the four pervasive developmental disorders (autistic disorder, Asperger’s disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder)

Autism is found in every country and region of the world and in families of all racial, ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds, making up roughly 1 percent of the world population. This wide range points to a need for earlier and more accurate screening for the symptoms of ASD. The earlier the disorder is diagnosed, the sooner the child can be helped through treatment interventions. Pediatricians, family physicians, day-care providers, teachers, and parents may initially dismiss signs of ASD, optimistically thinking the child is just a little slow and will catch up. Although early intervention has a dramatic impact on reducing symptoms and increasing a child’s ability to grow and learn new skills, it is estimated that only 50 percent of children are diagnosed before kindergarten.

Symptoms

Social Deficits

Most children with autism have enormous difficulty engaging in everyday human interaction, and even in infancy-the stage in which most babies tend to want to touch and explore other human beings-they keep to themselves and avoid eye contact. They may resist basic forms of affection and may not show anger or pleasure when the parent leaves or returns. Research has suggested that although children with ASD are attached to their parents, their expression of this attachment is difficult to read. To parents, it may seem as if their child is not attached at all. Parents who looked forward to the joys of cuddling, teaching, and playing with their child may feel deeply disappointed by this lack of the expected attachment behavior.

Children with autism have difficulty understanding unspoken social cues.

Subtle social cues—whether a smile, or a wink, may have little meaning. To a child who misses these cues, “come here” always means the same thing, whether the speaker is smiling and extending her arms for a hug or frowning and planting her fists on her hips. Without the ability to interpret gestures and facial expressions, the social world may seem bewildering.

An autistic person may also lack ability to understand things from another’s perspective, making them unable to comprehend or predict other people’s responses to their own actions. Some people with autism also might have difficulty regulating their emotions; they may tend to be physically aggressive or have a lack of impulse control, particularly when they are frustrated or in an overwhelming environment. They may throw things, break things, pull their hair, and hurt themselves or others.

Language Deficits

 

 

Without meaningful gestures or the language to make simple requests, people with ASD are at a loss to let others know what they need. As a result, they may simply grab what they want or scream. Until they are taught better ways to express their needs, ASD children do whatever they can to get through to others. As people with ASD grow up, they can become increasingly aware of their difficulties in understanding others and in being understood. As a result, they may become anxious or depressed.

Sensory Perception Issues

Autistic children tend to be incapable of accurately taking in sensory perception or merging the stimuli into a coherent picture, leading to a baffling experience of the world. Many children with autism are highly attuned or even painfully sensitive to certain sounds, textures, tastes, or smells. Some children find the smell of a certain food cooking so distracting that it becomes their entire focus. For others, a gentle pat on the head may be terrifying. Some sounds—a vacuum cleaner, a ringing telephone, a sudden storm, even the sound of waves lapping the shoreline—will cause these children to cover their ears and scream.

 

 

 Diagnosing Autism

For a diagnosis of autism, problems in at least one of the areas of communication, socialization, or restricted behavior must be present before the age of 3. The diagnosis requires a two-stage process. The first stage involves developmental screening during checkups; the second stage entails a comprehensive evaluation by a multidisciplinary team.

Parents may notice their baby seems different from birth, unresponsive to toys and people or focusing intently on one item for oddly long periods. Yet autistic signs can also turn up in a toddler. Several screening instruments have been developed to quickly gather information about a child’s social and communicative development within medical settings. Among them are the Checklist of Autism in Toddlers (CHAT), the modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT), the Screening Tool for Autism in Two-Year-Olds (STAT), and the Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ; for children 4 years of age and older). Some screening instruments rely solely on parent responses to a questionnaire, and some rely on a combination of parent reports and observation. Key items on these instruments that appear to differentiate children with autism from other groups before the age of 2 include pointing and pretend play. During the last few years, screening instruments have been devised for Asperger’s syndrome and higher-functioning autism. The Autism Spectrum Screening Questionnaire (ASSQ), the Australian Scale for Asperger’s Syndrome, and the Childhood Asperger Syndrome Test (CAST), are some of the reliable instruments that identify school-age children with Asperger’s syndrome or higher-functioning autism. These tools concentrate on social and behavioral impairments in children without significant language delay.

Treatments

One point that most professionals agree on is that early intervention is important; another is that most individuals with ASD respond well to highly structured, specialized programs. Treatment may also include medication as monitored by a medical professional.

Before you make decisions on your child’s treatment, you will want to gather information about the various options available. Learn as much as you can, look at all the options, and make your decision on your child’s treatment based on your child’s needs. You may want to visit public schools in your area to see the type of program they offer to special-needs children or having a shadow program. Which means a Behavioral Therapist shadows the child in a mainstream school setting. This is exactly what I do for a living and have seen all my children move onto to the next grade and remain in a mainstream school setting. In all my years of working in the school setting. California has one of the best programs to facilitate a child who has been diagnosed with Autism and can have one on one assistance from Kindergarten through-High school. This is from the insurance policies that again, California is the best in the USA for Autism Spectrum Disorder. To select the right treatment for your child, consider how successful the program has been for other children, whether staff members have training and experience in working with autism, how the activities are organized, how much attention each child receives, and whether the program enables the parent to continue therapy at home.

Three Major Therapists that are suppose to be the core team

ABA Behavioral Therapist

Speech Therapist

Occupational Therapist 

 

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Working with a BCBA. Insurance pays for this right after diagnosis 2 years old until 18 years old. This is how intervention helps. Get your child this intervention immediately and you will have it all throughout school years. California, Colorado and the Pacific Northwest are really the ones leading the way with this specific type of technique and assistance. Move if you have to these states and get your child the correct professional treatment for behavioral intervention.

(ABA), Applied Behavioral Analysis which has been around for more than 50 years. It is a highly structured, scientific approach that teaches play, communication, self-care, academic and social living skills, and can reduce problematic behaviors. There is plenty of research showing that it improves outcomes for children with autism.

The basic core of ABA is that we can break down skills into component parts and, through repetition and reinforcement, encourage learning. The approach relies on observing a situation and defining what would benefit a child, even when he or she may still be focused elsewhere. Through ABA we choose to teach them skills because we recognize their long term value. Yet behavioral therapy, as time intensive as it may be, remains the foundation of skill building for most children with autism.  For any child with autism, when skills appear behind peers or behavior remains disruptive, reconsidering the amount and type of behavioral therapy received is a fundamental first step towards a solution.

love, #krishna

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Intuitive Psychology: Why can’t people just be nice?

It is easy to understand the motivations to get along with others. Humans are incredibly social beings who need positive relationships. There really would be no chance of a society if people did not, by and large cooperate with each other and get along.

Yet, people quite often harm each other, on purpose.

But why is this? Why can’t people just be nice? Why do people so often want to hurt and harm others? Being mean, and for it to come out of the blue is like an emotional bullet, similar to a psychic Attack. Decades of research indicates that there is much truth in the belief that people are mean to others in order to feel better about themselves.

 

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People have a need to feel unique from others in positive ways. As humans naturally form community, groups, this need for positive distinction extends to the groups we all belong to. That is, we tend to view community or our in-groups more favorably than out-groups (groups we do not belong to). And as a consequence, we tend to see people who are not part of our group less positively than people who are. This is especially likely to occur when there is competition between the groups or when people feel like the identity of their group has been challenged.

 

Naturally people make comparisons to others. And these comparisons can often make us feel worse about ourselves or better about ourselves. As we generally prefer to feel good, we are prone to making downward comparisons, or comparisons that enable us to look down on other people. On this theory also supports the notion that people are more negative towards others when they have been insulted or belittled, and that this can make people feel better about themselves  or when compared to being told they were attractive, they rated others not only as less attractive, and also less intelligent and less kind, being insulted made people more likely to demean others.

 

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Ego Threat has also been discovered that it threatened self-esteem that drives a lot of aggression. In other words, it doesn’t really matter if people feel good or bad about themselves in general. What matters is that people, in that moment, are feeling worse about themselves than usual. This line of research has found that threatened self-esteem is associated with a wide range of heightened aggressive behaviors. When people are insulted, as opposed to praised, they are more likely to force another person to listen to obnoxious noises.

Whether it is as a means of promoting our social groups, or ourselves, we tend to be more aggressive when our self-worth has been challenged and we are not feeling particularly positive about ourselves.  When our self-esteem is threatened, we are more likely to compare ourselves to people we think are worse off than us, to see other people as having more negative traits, to degrade people who aren’t members of our groups, and to become more directly aggressive towards people in general.

When you insult or criticize someone else, it may say more about how you are feeling about yourself than the other person. And it is Insecurity over ourselves that drives much of the cruelty in the world.

To Healing,

love, #krishna

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Being In The Flow

When you practice intuitive living, you automatically feel more in the flow.  You’re in the right place at the right time more often, you talk to someone who gives you the answer to something you were questioning, opportunities come your way that align more with what you want.

love, #krishna

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How Do You Tell Someone Your Husband is a Sociopath?

What do you say to people who want to know… Why you left? What happened? Do you miss him or her? What happened in your marriage? And How do you cope when a loved one has a serious mental illness and chooses to do nothing about it because they think that there is nothing wrong with themselves? These are the questions that can not be answered and this is why many go along suffering in silence.

 

Relationships can be wonderful but challenging under the best of circumstances. Many times, the partner without a diagnosed disorder or left untreated can become even more complex. When two people get married, they make vows to love each other for better or for worse, but what about when “worse” becomes too much to bear? When you suspect that your husband is a sociopath, you certainly have cause for concern as well as grounds for divorce. Being married to someone who is a sociopath can be quite the charmer in pursuing what they want. A man who is truly a sociopath is bound to be a charmer. According to The Hare Psychopathy expert, Robert Hare, a true sociopath is manipulative and cunning. They are also normally intelligent people who have a way of getting out of trouble, getting what they want and appearing and acting normal, for the most part. Only a mental health professional can diagnose a sociopath. In the meantime, if your husband is displaying the signs of a sociopath, it is best to get out of his way and encourage him to seek help for his problem. With a major in psychology none of these behaviors are shocking or foreign and as one adjusts to the emotions and stresses of loving someone with a serious mental illness, it’s important to identify sources of support. Often, some of the best support comes from others who are in your shoes. Consider joining a support group to meet others experiencing similar challenges. To find such a group, ask your community mental health agency, or contact your local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Participating in family programs, in which you participate in education and treatment sessions with your loved one, can also be beneficial. That is only if your loved one is “willing” to face treatments. Most importantly is learning how to cope.

 

When you discover a loved one is ill, and chooses to deny, it’s often hard to focus your attention on anything else. But it’s important to take care of your own needs. Making time to do things you enjoy will help you keep your stress levels in check. You’ll be better able to support your loved one if you take steps to maintain your own physical, emotional and mental health.

 

Serious mental illnesses often present logistical challenges as well as emotional ones. A sociopath also known as antisocial personality disorder, these individuals may date someone who is wealthy, has great job connections or is a means to obtaining something desirable.

 

They do not relate to someone on a human level and to these individuals people are like pieces on a chessboard that are moved around to achieve a more advantageous position or are eliminated.

 

Sociopaths enjoy the sense of power and control over others. They particularly are cruel to vulnerable people and feel no remorse for their action. A spouse experiences coldness, and gaslighting. You’ve probably heard the term floating around but what is gaslighting, really? In short, it’s covert and acts as an undercover relationship manipulation that turns into a total mindgame.  If your partner is making you feel crazy and accusing you of being too sensitive to make the “crazy” label stick, do not ignore your intuition because the problem might not be all in your head. Gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse in which the one doing it tries to get power over his or her victim by making them think they are crazy, out of sorts and off. The gaslighter lies, manipulates and questions the other person for control. And though it can happen with your husband, boss, a parent or friends, it’s most common in romantic relationships. In male-female couples, it’s often the man in the abuser role and the woman as the co-dependent victim, but it can work the other way around too. These can be dangerous marital partners but the question still remains… How do you tell someone this?

 

Serious mental illnesses often have a biological component. They are not the result of bad parenting, and they probably couldn’t have been prevented by anything that you, as a spouse, friend or family member, might have done differently.

 

Grief is common. It’s not abnormal to feel ashamed, or hurt, or embarrassed by a spouse whose behaviors can be difficult to understand and deal with. Many people also feel anger at the circumstances and though it may not be logical, loved ones often engage in some degree of self-blame. Such feelings of shame and anger also go hand-in-hand with feelings of guilt.

 

 

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Sociopaths lack a moral compass. They do not take responsibility for their actions. If you feel hurt, then that is your problem, not their concern. They commit verbal, emotional, and psychological abuse, since nothing is their fault and keep physical abuse out of the picture because physical abuse isn’t invisible the other forms are to the public eye but not behind close doors.

When troubled fiances occur, and other issues, sociopaths quickly tell you these happened because of your failings. You may start believing that you are worthless or incapable of handling the simplest of things. They want you to feel weak and stupid so that you are easy to manipulate.

 

The most difficult truth to hear is that Sociopaths are not going to be monogamous. They see themselves as victims when not everything is going their way. They place the blame on others and this includes you too. They blame co-workers or the boss for them not succeeding career wise or may state that you are dragging them down socially.

 

Not everyone who lives a double life is a sociopath. Some people, like spies and undercover cops, are doing their jobs. But for all those people who don’t have a legitimate reason for creating an alternate existence.. why do they do it?

 

Sociopaths are social predators who live their lives by exploiting others. When they live double lives, the prime reason is because it enables them to exploit multiple people simultaneously. This is especially true of the parasites that sponge off of their romantic partners. I’ve heard of many, many cases in which sociopaths, both male and female, are involved with two, three or even more romantic relationships at once, and taking from all of their partners- money, sex, cars, entertainment, reputation, and essentially they are looking for supply, the more sources of supply they have, the better. Another reason for double lives is the promiscuity of sociopaths. Most sociopaths have a high appetite for sex, amazing stamina, and get bored easily. Consequently, what they really want in their sex lives is variety. So they hook up with a variety of people, in a variety of places, and engage in a variety of sex acts.

 

Often, however, they don’t bother to tell the truth about what they’re doing. The sociopaths simply pursue their sexual agendas with multiple people, but keep everyone separate. Sometimes this involves elaborate ruses and manipulation.

 

Since they perceive themselves as perfect, there is no need for therapy. You cannot fix something that is not broken, in their eyes. They are not open or amenable to marital counselling. If you do manage to get them to attend, they may try to team up with the counselor to point out those problems are your fault. A sociopathic spouse can appear very sincere and are excellent at acting. They will lie about their infidelities even when you have hard evidence proving it to be true.

 

Two classic films on this theme with a sociopath is 1944’s “Gaslight” with Ingrid Berman and 1960’s “Midnight Lace” with Doris Day in London. Watch it when you can, a spouse who is a sociopath is not going to change.

 

According to psychopath expert and author of “Without Conscience,” Robert Hare suggests that all psychopaths act impulsively and without thinking at times. They are unlikely to spend much time weighing the pros and cons of a course of action or considering the possible consequences,” he says. ” ‘I did it because I felt like it,‘ is a common response.” He also suggests that this impulsive nature will cause them to change their plans often as well, as they don’t give too much of a thought to how their current plans will affect their future. This may include making decisions about the household or even spending money from your joint account without accounting for it.

 

If your husband is, in fact, a sociopath, he is bound to display violent tendencies in bursts. He may tantrum into fits of rage and then appear like nothing happened and true sociopaths are difficult to treat and are not quick to sincerely seek treatment on their own.

 

It is a decision that you have to make about whether to stay or go. Taking your time getting to know someone and seeing how they treat others can lessen the chance of getting entangled with a sociopath. So the question still remains… and recovery for the target, can be long and challenging.. In the meantime, the sociopaths simply move on to another life.

 

As it is suggested to ask yourself what lessons you are being offered in the situation and if you are learning them well? How are you responding to the challenges of your life? And to keep in mind that we choose partners that will challenge us to grow and this is no exception. Understanding is better than ignoring the reality and the truth is that if two people love one another and are willing to make things work, they can with good process and impeccable communication.

To healing, #krishna

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It is important that you do not disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking professional therapy support because of information you have read on Intuitive Magazine’s Website, the blog, newsletter, social media, ebooks, programs, webinars, or other information you have received from Intuitive Magazine and Bliss Medium on Etsy. It is important to note that although Kelly Krishna Khalsa is a Licensed ABA Therapist and Board Certified Music Therapist, and though she provides Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy to individuals on the Autism Spectrum specific. Kelly Krishna Khalsa is not a Dr. or Psychologist. She is a Licensed ABA Therapist + Intuitive.

 

 

 

 

Third Eye Inspiration

Third eye opening is an intuitive training and it is probably not going to be what you expect it to be. The third eye is the ability to see what might be: In other words the third eye is our ability to see.. Spirit represents the motion and connections to everything around us. When people begin to see images from their third eye, it can be so real, they automatically begin to wonder what the next steps can be. Many people assume third eye training will match something out of a spiritual martial art movie.

What you are seeing isn’t reality but rather potential. The real part of third eye practices is learning how to understand and shape that potential. Many people can learn how to use the third eye. 

Understand the path is one that requires patience and balanced practices such as yoga, or qi-gong, balanced diet and many other considerations to help a person maintain a healthy lifestyle within. 

love, #krishna