Reishi Mushroom: The Elixir of Immortality

Lingzhi or ReishiReishi mushroom is also known as Ganoderma Lucidum, it is one of the most ancient organic and natural mushrooms made use of in todays medicine. It has been used for 100’s of years in China as it has been thought to aid people with a large selection of medical conditions. As the mushroom was scarce and highly-priced treatments were reserved for royalty. Through technological advancements growing Reishi Mushrooms has now turn out to be a actuality thus decreasing the cost of this mushroom making it available to the everyday man or woman.

The Reishi mushroom is considered to enhance the body’s immune system and aid in rehabilitating the immune system if needed. While some of todays traditional western medicine basically don’t work as well after a time period with Reishi Mushroom the entire body nerves seem to fully get used to the effects that is has , thus promoting a more robust immune system.

Pipa // Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum)
Pipa // Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) (Photo credit: Valter Jacinto | Portugal)

People who have allergies may find some relief when using Reishi Mushroom. In addition people who suffer from simple mental problems such as stress, concentration problems, fatigue and sleep deprivation have also found the mushroom to be of tremendous aid.

Reishi Mushroom has also been known to prevent health problems that may lead to more serious problems such as heart attack or other heart conditions. It is claimed that it can also help people with liver disorders, blood circulation , lung disorders and even help with symptoms of HIV.

The Reishi Mushroom also is known to have wonderful effects on the skin as it helps to increase the delivery of nutrients to the skin. It may also help control acne and minimize fine lines and age spots which can only make you look younger!

Pipa // Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum)
Pipa // Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) (Photo credit: Valter Jacinto | Portugal)

As with all types of treatment one should always consult with the medical practitioner before starting any type of therapy, we suggest you check with your doctor should you want to try alternative remedies.

Reishi Mushroom is also known as the “elixir of immortality” because of its advantageous properties on the body. It is also known as the “King of Adaptogens” with its ability to improve the immune system, stamina, and circulatory system.

Mushroom of Longevity in Changdeokgung
Mushroom of Longevity in Changdeokgung (Photo credit: Nathan (Mushroom Nathan))

Reishi Mushroom is known to help restore the organs natural functions. People who take Reishi Mushroom have been known to improve mental clarity, skin, and overall body functioning. This can be taken for short and long term benefits. Not only does it restore the body’s overall vitality like Ginseng, but it also has a “fountain of youth” effect for those who take this supplement on going.


Rules for Illness – What You Need to Know If You are Ill

by Ellen A Mogensen, Past & Now Forward Holistic Counseling

For Those in Illness

Just in case you wondered if there are rules for illness there are…

The truth is the illness rules listed below operate very impersonally just like any other physical phenomena.

Follow these rules and you will heal. For these rules will put you on the road to recovery. Ignore them and you will continue to be ill.

No one is free from them ever. So either you decide to work with these illness rules or you will constantly bang into them.

The choice is yours.


The first thing anyone asks once they have contracted a serious illness is “Why me?” The question gets asked without the person expecting the answer. Yet there is an answer and it is “you agreed to it in advance for your own growth”. This is directly contrary to the strongly held societal belief that illness is something that “happens to us”, that somehow it is outside ourselves.

The truth is that your illness has everything to do with you. Your illness has been directed at you by spirit. Usually you agreed to it before you incarnated here. Or more often you contracted it while you were “down here” because you strayed from your path. Your illness is meant to propel you on a journey of self-discovery. If you cannot accept this, then your illness will be harder than it has to be.


If you have ever noticed that most people seem to be in a perpetual state of complaining about their lives, it is because they have “forgotten” why they are here. People are here on Earth to learn lessons and, in general, have chosen to accept experiences that are harder than they can handle – hence the complaints.

This usually manifests as a profound state of dis-ease with their life. This feeling of dis-ease, if deep and long standing, manifests as illness. Thoroughly joyful, ecstatic people are usually in great health. If they do have serious illness, it is because they have chosen it at the level of spirit to advance their learning (and they know it!).


When we are babies, most of us are bathed in love. Babies are totally focused on getting and giving love every moment of every day. Often, they get touched, hugged, and kissed more as babies than they will for the rest of their lives. In return, babies are absolutely not afraid to give love or to get it.

As we grow older, we are taught to fear getting or giving love. Love becomes associated with pain and we narrow the circle of those we allow to come close enough to us to exchange love. Yet love is as important to our health as the air we breathe or the food we eat. When we are chronically unable to give or receive love, the lack of this vital nutrient always manifests as illness in our bodies or minds.


Even when we are receiving and giving our minimum daily requirement of love, we still can be starved for another vital nutrient. This is the inherent need in each one of us to find purpose and meaning in our lives.

At some point as we grow older, we must ask ourselves: “Am I leading the life I want to lead?” and “Am I the person that I want to be?” If the answers to these two questions are “No”, this never fails to induce a profound state of dis-ease in our lives. Either we take the action that is needed to turn those “No-s” into “Yes-es” or illness will manifest in our bodies-minds.


It is amazing how readily when can accept that this is true for other people and not for ourselves. It makes sense to us that women we know, who cannot accept their femininity, contract breast and/or ovarian cancer or that men who, struggle with their masculinity, contract prostate cancer. Or that those who have been inflexible all their lives manifest the rigidity in their bodies as arthritis. Or that those who have difficulty speaking up for themselves end up with throat cancer.

Yet, we all have a blind spot when it comes to ourselves that keeps us from seeing how our conduct is helping or harming our overall health. The truth is “the fault lies not in our stars, but in ourselves…”


Everything you think and speak, in essence, is a command to the universe. So if you are always thinking and saying “I’m tired”, then you should not be surprised when you always are. Of if you are always thinking and saying “I’m going to die before my time”, then you will. So watch your thoughts and your words for these are your spiritual commands that will manifest in your body-mind.


Unless you are on the brink of death, before you seek a cure by chopping (major surgery), burning (laser/radiation), or poisoning (hard “drugs”) your body or mind, first give peace a chance. You owe it to yourself to seek cures that work with your body and mind instead of against them.

Do energy work, meditation, visualization – anything you can – to avoid the drastic measures that chopping, burning, and poisoning present. Since you are all energy, the problem and the solution healing to your illness begin and end in your energy field. For more, see the “Rules for Healing“!


If you are looking for a miracle cure, here it is: “Choose to love at every moment: forgive everyone, everything.” This magic cure will speed you through whatever lessons you have to learn. When you have learned your lessons, the clouds of illness hanging over you will magically part – with one important exception. That is where death has been deemed as the ONLY way for you to learn. Yet we are all creators here so anything is possible. See the “Rules #1 for Being Human”…


In the spirit worlds, those on the Earth plane with serious illnesses are called butterflies. This is because illness has put them into a cocoon of survival. To keep on living, the “butterfly” must struggle and force it’s way out of the cocoon by learning the lessons that life has to teach. The more serious the illness, the greater the need to change ways of life that no longer serve the individual.


Illness used to be the greatest excuse in my arsenal for not living. As long as I ignored it, illness clung to me. Once I “listened” to it, my illness fell away. So no excuses: just choose to live!!! For more, see the “Rules for Recovery”!


The saying the “ignorance of the law is no excuse” is never more true than when it comes to illness. Illnesses run like trains on a predefined track with predetermined timetables. While you choose to ignore the illness, it keeps going, chugging on schedule down the track. Ignoring it never stops the illness train. What stops it is a conscious desire on your part to switch to a safer length of track.


You are the only one who lives inside your skin: 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. When it comes to diagnosing and treating your condition, the difference between you and your doctor/healer is that they have read more books than you have and they have more practical experience with healing dis-eases than you have.

When it comes to caring about and understanding your condition, never forget that only you really care and only you really understand because only you are living with it. You can always learn more about your condition but your doctor can never live inside your skin. So until they do, you will always know best. So listen to the doctor but be sure to follow your heart and your gut.

If you are not covinced that these rules are for real, see how they relate to the Top 10 Causes of Death… take a few minutes to save your life.

Spiritual Reasons for the Top 10 Causes of Death

by Ellen A Mogensen, Past & Now Forward Holistic Counseling

Below are the Top 10 causes of death in the United States of America, but for accident (“there are no accidents in a universe run by agreement”) and suicide (usually the result of an overload of spiritual challenges relative to the person’s ability to handle them).

For each cause, the spiritual reason for it is given. If you have one or more of these conditions, I urge you to look inside and see if – maybe – this applies to you.

For each cause, the spiritual reason for it is given. If you have one or more of these conditions, I urge you to look inside and see if – maybe – this applies to you.

Failing to Love and to Learn to Love Yourself (and Others)

The heart “is the first thing in us to have life, and which has dominion over all the body.” So it “should be the first and the last to love and worship God, both when we begin and end our actions, be they spiritual or bodily, and generally in all the affairs of life.” The heart was designed to receive and give love unconditionally.

Love is as vital a nutrient to our heart as anything we eat or drink or do for exercise. Since we all have come to the Earth to grow in our ability to give and receive love, it is not surprising, that when we are unable to do so, we develop problems in our hearts. Usually, this is caused by our inability to love ourselves.

We all are constantly picking up so much “negative programming” from our families, our friends, our schools, and our society, that it is no wonder we fail to love ourselves. For if we are not as successful as Bill Gates or as gorgeous as a Barbie doll, we feel somehow “less”. It is these long standing feelings of internal dis-ease in our minds that invariably manifest as disease in our hearts.

Failing to Take Action to Solve Long Standing Life Conflicts

In the inner worlds, cancer is known as the “butterfly disease”. Like a butterfly, the cancer patient has to struggle to break out of the “cocoon” of their disease or die in the attempt. More often than not, the cancer “victim” has a pattern of long standing life problems that have been “eating them up inside”.

Their inability or unwillingness to effectively deal with these problems is what created the cancerous cocoon to begin with. Often, cancer is the manifestation of the person’s conflicting desires to escape the situation and to “keep things as they are” because change would be too painful. Cancer becomes the means of escape that many take by doing nothing to stop it from leading them to a “final solution”.

Failing to Honor One’s Body-Mind

Stroke should be renamed to “strike” for strokes are invariably caused by the body-mind going on strike against the individual’s lifestyle. To those around the individual, strokes are seldom a surprise because they can usually point to the ways in which the person has failed to honor themselves.

Stroke “victims” generally have not consistently honored their bodies by giving them the proper food, drink, exercise, sleep, and other things “which everyone knows” they should do. They do not honor their minds by consistently getting the “time off” they need to play, “re-charge”, and “re-create” themselves.

It is “no accident” that since stroke “victims” do not honor their bodies or minds as the temples of spirit they are, the temples collapse around them. Unfortunately, it is only when the temple of the body and mind are permanently damaged by stroke that they learn this lesson – in this life if they are lucky, in the next if they are not.

Failing to Face Overwhelming Fears and Challenges

Just as cancer is the inability to deal with long standing problems, fatal bouts of pneumonia and influenza usually result from an individual’s inability to handle multiple fears and challenges overwhelming them in a shorter, more compressed timeframe. Usually the person is drowned in the flood of emotions (fear, anxiety, panic) that engulf them. The “internal floods” manifest as severe lung congestion which cuts off their connection to breath and ultimately their connection to life.

Failing to Connect with Joy and the “Sweetness” of Life

If diabetics had their own theme song, it might be this one from Henry Purcell: “a person of sorrow and acquainted with grief…” Many diabetics will tell you that the restrictions they endure with this disease are cause enough for their sadness. And yet it is the sadness from many lifetimes that has usually caused them to contract this disorder. The bodies of diabetics cannot handle sugar because they cannot connect with life’s sweetness. Aside from love, it is joy and happiness that are the most necessary “spiritual” nutrients that are required to sustain life. So the best advice for diabetics is to “stop worrying and get happy”.

Failing to Love and Accept Oneself for Who and What One Is

In the course of many lifetimes, we have been and will be all things – from a mass murderer to a saint (and yes, it is possible for the same individual to have had incarnations as each… one is personally known to me!). It is no accident that AIDS and HIV originated in the gay community as the primary lessons of those in “alternative lifestyles” is self discovery and self acceptance. Those who become “tired” of constantly fighting off the rejection and criticism from others manifest this weariness in their bodies. At the same time, their bodies become unable to fight off threats from the environment and become “self” rejecting. The inevitable result of this self rejection can be nothing but fatal, nothing but death.

Failing to Accept What One Has Made of One’s Life

Cirrhosis of the liver is the ultimate disease of choice. For those who get it have chosen consistently to “drown their sorrows in a bottle” rather than facing them. For those in life situations or places in the world where hopelessness, misery, and despair are the daily diet getting drunk may seem a sensible alternative. And death that lies waiting at the bottom of the glass may seem to be the only true hope.

Failing to Be Open and Receptive to Life

More commonly known as “hardening of arteries”, this disease is caused primarily by the “hardening of the attitudes”. The entrenched attitudes which narrow and restrict the mind manifest as hardened and constricted arteries in the body. Cutting off the flow of new ideas and ways of thinking literally reduces the body’s ability to flow and circulate life energy properly which then results in hardened arteries.

Failing to Transmute Negative Emotions (Anger, Hate, etc) Properly

There is a common misconception that the body is a machine and that the organs handle only physical functions. The truth is the organs also process an individual’s emotions and can get easily overloaded when the individual is emotionally “out of control”. This is especially true of the often besieged kidney whose job it is to remove waste from the body. The most toxic emotional waste products are anger and hate which are lost opportunities to move a person toward forgiveness and tolerance. If these toxic emotions are “indulged” in excessively and consistently, they will deluge the kidney and cause it to fail.

Failing to Fully Take in Life due to Feelings of Unworthiness

Every moment we make a choice of how much life we take in by every breath we take. Air contains the only vital life force that we need constantly (ten minutes without air and most people die). Significantly our breath is also the only physical function that we have complete and conscious control over. That happens because by choosing the quality of our breath we are given the opportunity to choose the quality of our life. When we breathe deeply, we nourish our body profoundly. When we fail to do so, we slowly starve ourselves.

Breathing disorders, like eating disorders, are a reflection of an individual’s beliefs about their worthiness to receive the nourishment that gives life. Those who cannot breath deeply cannot live fully. Those who cannot live fully usually come from a place of mistakenly believing they are not worthy. The truth is everyone is a child of God and it is that and that alone that makes everyone worthy of life.

Credits: adapted from information from the United States National Center for Health Statistics, Louise Hay’s Book “You Can Heal Your Life”, and channeled information