“Patiently and persistently the whole universe is constantly changing.”
~ S.N. Goenka
In early 2017, when I had been delivered some devastating blows about my future and my current reality was not all that, I went to the 10-day Vipassana meditation retreat and this quote, from its teacher, is what gave me hope and stuck with me.
Over the last eight years of breast cancer, there have been many ups and downs but one thing I know for sure is that things change over time. There are always new developments. There is always hope.
So whatever you are going through, please know this.
The whole universe is constantly changing!
Sometimes I’ve had to stop trying so hard, for sure.
Like, I’ve done the asking. Now it’s time to relax, have fun, meditate and get into alignment, girl.
Last week, as I shared on my Instagram Story, the skin on my face went really dry and aged 20 years in two days because of medication I’m on. A chemo tablet. It’s called chemo because it targets the DNA.
I have to take it for two weeks and then I get two weeks break.
When I started on it in March, the same thing happened to my skin. But I made adjustments and it got much better.
Generally, my skin is better than when I was in my late twenties (now I’m 43) and I’ll share what I do for this too.
The tablets, though, make my skin sensitive to the sun and it normally isn’t. I know I’m lucky in this respect. Most people in Australia get burnt if they aren’t properly protected.
Last week, like in March, I got ten times more freckles on my face and my skin was pink, even though I put on suncream three days in a row and sat under an umbrella. It was so dry it looked like a dehydrating apple. On Friday, I put on moisturiser and suncream, then drove ten minutes to my parents’. By the time I got there my skin was parched again!
What’s a gal to do?
The photo above, with good light but no filter, makeup or touch ups, is from after after art class yesterday and I’ll explain the connection too.
How Did I Manifest Beautiful Skin Again?
1. I prayed.
This is what I did first and already noticed a difference when I got up in the morning. Usually I pray by saying “May I please..?”. Last week I watched this clip about praying and the magnetic field. In it, Karen Curry Parker says to ask questions in prayer. Like, “How can I..?”, “Should I..?” and “What would you have me do?”.
2. I felt.
I was panicking but I gave myself some time to feel it, so I could naturally feel better. I share how I do that here.
3. I affirmed.
As I was putting on my cream in the mirror. I’d say “I love my beautiful skin!”. Remember that experiment about the two bowls of rice and the one where they said positive things to didn’t decay half as much as the bowl they said negative things to. So it is with us. Words cast spells.
4. I scrubbed.
I take a handful of coffee grounds and rub it on my whole body in the shower including my face. When I was reading books on the mitochondrial theory of cancer in 2018, one expert mentioned she used coffee as a scrub because it actually does tighten the skin. I say a handful because it can clog the drain. You don’t need much and it really does work!
5. I rolled.
I have a rose quartz roller set. I don’t normally use it too much but it was so lovely. The roller feels cold, clears puffiness and brings blood to the skin.
5. I oiled.
I do have a serum from Isagenix, but actually I find coconut oil to be very moisturising. I put it on before the moisturiser. That made a difference!
6. I moisturised.
I really love the Isagenix Celletoi Anti-Aging Cream. I heard about it from Gina DeVee and started using it when my skin went to shit in March. The packaging is beautiful too.
7. I focused.
In meditation, I put attention on my skin. Because energy flows where our attention goes.
8. I tapped.
I did some Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT/Tapping). I like to do it for the positive statements as well.
It may sound like a lot but mostly it required a little more intention and not much more time. Then we have to let it go and place attention on the body, like in meditation. Because the feminine is the receptive mode and this is in the body, not the mind.
I share how I meditate here.
And since I’m on the subject of skin, not an expert, but an experimenter and observer, I’ll share what I believe is the secret to good skin for me, besides the usual water, suncream and shade advice. See if you agree.
What’s the Secret To Good Skin?
- Inner Peace.
This is the difference between my late twenties and now in terms of skin. Peace seems a lofty goal. 20 minutes of daily meditation is do-able. It will change you.
2. Fruit and vegetables.
A la The Medical Medium, I like to eat a red apple a day when in season and whatever else is around. I have 2-3 pieces/ servings of fruit a day. In warmer weather, I have a daily smoothie of a cup of organic blueberries, the juice of a lemon, a little rind and a frozen passionfruit cube. I feel like that’s a big part of having good skin for me.
I take daily Spirulina, a Probiotic, Berberine, Milk Thistle, Glutamine and Lion’s Mane. It’s just for general health. But it must be good for the skin too.
4. Washing with Water.
Recently I got an Isagenix cleanser, but for many years I only washed my face with water or with coconut oil to take off makeup. I started doing this because, about 10 years ago, I was watching a clip on YouTube where they were asking women on the street in Paris about their facial routine and many said they only used water to wash their faces. So I started it.
Then after seeing the Gucci movie, I was watching an interview with Salma Hayek where she said she doesn’t wash her face in the morning because her grand-mother taught her that this is when the collagen is produced. I think she must have meant, with cleanser. Because who wouldn’t wash their face in the morning?!
5. Foundation Free.
When I was 29, one of my friends said, “at our age you can’t go out without foundation, right?” and I was like “Yeah.” So I started wearing it every day and noticed, after a while, that my skin quality decreased. When I do want something, I use BB Cream by a more natural company. Like Raww or Nude By Nature. But it’s not often.
6. Speak No Evil.
You will (I dare say) never catch me saying negative things about my self, especially not physically. What we affirm, we make firmer. What we focus on, grows. Body Love is where beauty is at.
“Exercising muscles need more blood. And in response to regular exercise, they actually grow more blood vessels by expanding the network of capillaries. In turn, muscle cells boost levels of the enzymes that allow them to use oxygen to generate energy…in people who exercised regularly, age had a much smaller effect.”
In the last few months I’ve done dry fasting a few times, where we don’t eat or drink for 24 hours. This creates autophagy, where the old cells are eaten, and the body repairs itself. I learned about it from detox coach Charlie Magginess and, while I didn’t do it for this reason, I noticed that my teeth were whiter and skin brighter! At art class, I am so absorbed in what I’m painting that I sometimes don’t eat or drink for the three hours and I wonder if it has some effect because my skin looks better afterwards.
So that’s the summary of my tips and techniques for manifesting beautiful skin!
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Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions or comments. Which tip are you incorporating? What do you have to add?