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Think Positive

Posted on: August 16th, 2013 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

“When you say ‘it’s hard’, it actually means, ‘I’m not strong enough to fight for it.’.  Stop saying it’s hard.  Think positive.” ~Unknown

Arguing with Reality

Posted on: April 14th, 2013 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

One of my favourite authors is Byron Katie.  Her book, Loving What Is, offers wonderfully challenging concepts about how we think about our present circumstances.  One of her quotes that continues to be relevant for me, is:

“When I argue with reality, I lose—but only 100% of the time. How do I know that the wind should blow? It’s blowing!” Byron Katie

This winter was a challenging one for me.  It seemed long and intense, uttering its last cold breaths until the very end….even this past mid-April weekend.  Throughout the last 4 months, I would often wake up, fairly frustrated that the snow and cold were still around.  It’s end of March, I thought, it should be warmer…it’s now April, April should not have snow and cold apart of it.  But as Byron reminded me, I was arguing with reality and when you do so, you always lose.  This was the reality of the season, a late and long, cold winter.

How often do we argue with reality?  We think things should be different or better, that reality should offer something other than what is.  But the seasons are helpful reminders for us to continue to accept what life offers.  This is challenging when faced with pain, illness, unrest, stress, etc…but Byron Katie reminds us,

“The only time we suffer is when we believe a thought that argues with what is. When the mind is perfectly clear, what is is what we want.” Byron Katie

I encourage you to play around with this concept for things you have no control over.  For me, I’ll start with the weather, embracing a snowy mid-April day for what it is.

What If I Could Tap Into

Posted on: June 14th, 2012 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

Poem by Bozena Niediezla, Osteopath and Homeopath.


What if I could tap into

What I will know in the future

Since everything already exists.


My youth would be wise

My old body young

My ignorance turned into insight.


Einstein says

Time can curb in the Universe

Time is not a linear phenomenon.


Why is it so

Even though we know everything

We do not access what we know.


Immediacy of senses blinds us

To see one type of reality only.

Intuition however, when active

Reaches beyond time and space dimension.

Being one with the Devine

A pray-full occasion

Opens doors to virtual world

Of geometric energies

Moving into a strange dance

Laden with symbols.


Dance of information from stellar dust

And from the forces in between.

Waves we cannot measure and easily receive.


The star dust knows everything

And we come from it.

Our body has every information

The star dust possess.

We know everything there is…

From the beginning to the end.


Why don’t we tap into it…


Bozena Niedziela

5 Elements Poem

Posted on: November 6th, 2011 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

This poem was written by Bozena Niedziela, the Osteopath and Homeopath at our office.  It is a tribute to the 5 Elements that govern our environment and our bodies.  A great reminder as we transition into another season.



God, ground me to the Earth

With water element in rivers and veins

In clouds and lakes and underground caves

As life principle filling each of our cells

And quenching our thirst for fluidity

In body and soul

Filtered by precious kidneys

Alkaline minerals from acidic waist.


Ground me to yourself Mother Earth

By means of shooting off my roots

Into your spleen-wood element

By sprouting oaks, maturing, reaching skies

Through leafy crowns of red, green and browns

By old age, embracing the young

To still and instill them with an exciting calm

Called wisdom and balanced fun.


Ground me, God, to the Earth

Through metal element

Turned onto jewelry of the world

Silvery and golden flakes, coppery and yellowish grains

In the soil of soils of fields, mountains and volcano depths.

Helping my lungs breath and my guts cleanse.


Connect me to the Earth through the fire element, God.

The fire that comes from the heart

Circulating blood, red and turbulent with flammable oxygen

Giving expression of liveliness in our eyes and gait.

Being able to steal the fire of gods

Ingenious ideas descend into human brains.


God, raise me to the air element

Where the crown chakra meets divine eternity

That in a sparkle of practical intelligence

We can translate your primordial language

Into earthly lives to understand all your messages

About abundance of love and nature for us

And act accordingly.

Bozena Niedziela

The Alchemist

Posted on: June 22nd, 2011 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

Today was an incredibly beautiful day – the sun was shining, the temperature was warm and there was a wonderful cool breeze.  The only thing to make this better was a good book to read alongside the day.  One of my favourite reads, is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. If you have not heard of this book, I highly encourage you to pick it up and see why it has won the Guinness World Record for most translated book by a living author.  It has been translated into 67 languages and has sold over 65 million copies…and there is good reason why.  This book is a life changer, a motivator and a real inspiration for those who are wondering what their purpose is.  This fictional story is full of wisdom and insight…encouraging us to tap into that part of ourselves that knows truth and steers us in the direction of what is best.

It has made a sincere difference in my life and I would like to share some quotes from Coelho to hopefully inspire you.

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

“In order to find the treasure, you will have to follow the omens. God has prepared a path for everyone to follow. You just have to read the omens that he left you.”

“In his pursuit of the dream, he was being constantly subjected to tests of his persistence and courage. So he could not be hasty, nor impatient. If he pushed forward impulsively, he would fail to see the signs and omens left by God along his path.”

“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.  You’ve got to find the treasure, so that everything you have learned along the way can make sense. “

Our Deepest Fear

Posted on: August 31st, 2010 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

I was recently discussing this poem with someone and felt the need to share it. We often think of fear being associated with negative emotions and feelings. This poem is a lovely twist, reminding us that even good and noble things can evoke fear. I hope it becomes a reminder of all the goodness that is in you and the courage to let it shine.

Our Deepest Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear
is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness,
that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous?
Actually who are we not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people
won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine as children do.
We were born to make manifest
the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And when we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

- Marianne Williamson

And Be Done With It

Posted on: April 30th, 2010 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

It is the end of another month and with that I generally seem to reflect on all that has been. It reminds me of a quote that I think is relevant and helpful, encouraging us to say goodbye to what has been and ready and open to receive what is to be. Enjoy the turning of your calender tomorrow and with it, I hope for a wonderful May.

“Finish every day and be done with it…You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it…serenely, and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

April is National Poetry Month

Posted on: April 9th, 2010 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

In Chinese Medicine, we often speak of the Yin Yang Balance that governs health and wellness. This concept looks at the duality in all things, appreciating that both are needed for wholeness.

Here is a poem, reflecting on this thought.

If you want to become whole,

Let yourself be partial.

If you want to become straight,

Let yourself be crooked.

If you want to become full,

Let yourself be empty.

If you want to be reborn,

Let yourself die.

If you want to be given everything,

Give everything up.

Tao Te Ching

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