How Bionic Woman star Lindsay Wagner transformed from Hollywood pin-up to holistic healer
17:58 GMT, 27 September 2012
She's best known for her role as a tennis pro who is saved by bionic surgical implants after a life-altering accident in popular 1970s TV series The Bionic Woman, so it seems fitting that actress Lindsay Wagner now dedicates her life to healing.
The actress, who still looks fabulous at the age of 63, says the secret to staying young and healthy as time goes by is maintaining balance.
Lindsay has been adopting a holistic approach to life since the age of 19, when profound teachings by two American doctors helper her recover from a severe case of ulcers and gallbladder problems and avoid surgery – the traditional treatment for the problem.
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She now passes on the approaches to wellbeing she learned as a teenager through her contact with Co-founder of the Center for Spiritual Healing, Dr William Hornaday, and holistic health practitioner Dr Omar Fereed, with Quiet the Mind & Open the Heart experiential workshops and retreats.
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TV star: Lindsay as tennis pro Jaime Sommers, who is saved by bionic surgical implants
'It’s something that keeps us from exploring the present moment and what’s going on in the present.'
In her retreats, Lindsay covers 'different ways to approach getting back to your centre and start to change your body chemistry.’
The first tip is about ‘maintaining and regaining balance’, she explains. The simplest way to do this, she says, is ‘simply to breathe’.
‘Our breath gets
shallow and ineffective when we are in a stressed state,' she adds. 'I advocate
stopping whatever you’re doing for a couple of minutes five times a day,
closing your eyes and taking deep breaths.
The second tip is about acceptance.
is using an acupuncture point to clear yourself of negative energy
while focusing on acceptance. When we shift our perception, our
we think about whether we like or dislike something (mind chatter), and
judge it, that creates stress rather than just going through the
experience,' says Lindsay.
‘Just think “It’s happening”, relax and let the feeling complete itself. Don’t worry. Do the best you can in the moment. Be in the present.'
Lindsay recommends an exercise called The Global that can help the process. 'Take your finger tips, and circle the soft area above the left breast while your say to yourself the following two sentences:
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‘“I deeply, completely and profoundly accept myself with all my faults, problems and limitations.” Keep circling and continue: “I deeply, completely and profoundly accept myself with all my gifts, strengths and abilities to love.” The two sentences must be said three times each.
The other seven ideas are:
Several times a day, remember to think about something for which you are grateful. It can be anything small or large. Let the feeling of gratitude build in your heart. The practice of gratitude keeps you open to the flow of creative energy that manifests things to be grateful for.
Invocation of Oneness
Use the following invocation at the beginning of meditation, or any time to centre and call to your highest potential.
Lay the fingers of either hand on the centre of your chest. With gentle pressure rub this area with a circular motion.
THE NLR SPOT: Acupuncture tapping points
Repeat the following words three times:
'I open to oneness, to causeless peace, joy, creativity, health and unconditional love; and I am grateful, I am grateful.'
Allow your real self to emerge
Practice tuning into the courage to dis-identify with who you think you are and allow the experience of who you really are to emerge. You’ll be surprised.
'Every moment holds the potential for new beginnings. When you find yourself thinking or speaking negatively about yourself or life, always add these three words.'
‘UP UNTIL NOW!
'One of my teachers said, “All people and situations that appear in our lives are there for our spiritual growth”. If we accept the events in our life this way, it makes it easier to embrace the perceived difficulties as opportunities to grow.'
Recognise your worth
'How much are you willing to receive How much are you willing to give Choose a lot; you deserve it. Not because of who you think you are but because of who you truly are.'
Centre once a day
Choose a daily meditation or practice that helps you get centred and be in the present. It can be for 10 minutes or as long as you like. The key is to make it a daily practice so that you become more and more familiar with that state and realize that it is your potential waiting for you to awaken to it.
Lindsay will be taking part in the Health & Wellness Retreat in Saint Lucia from 4 – 7 October. Visit www.saintlucianow.com/hw for more information.
Spreading the message: Lindsay is taking part in a Health & Wellness Retreat in Saint Lucia next month
Relaxation: The retreat will feature wellness seminars, beachside fitness clinics, healthy cooking demonstrations and sunrise mediations
More information on Lindsay is available on her website: www.lindsaywagnerinternational.com