HOLISTIC HEALTH WITH MARTHA DENSMORE
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Martha is an RN and acupuncturist. For years, Martha watched her mother work on gift baskets and projects for war veterans. Stories told by troubled Iraq Wart vets and a June 2008 TIME magazine article: “Prozac, the Military’s Secret Weapon”, set Martha in motion. She joined the DAR, organized resources and the foundation of IRAQ ROSE INC. and opened LAVA (Los Angeles Veterans Acupuncture) pilot clinic in Santa Monica. Martha created a model for integrative medicine and works to advance and promote enlightened health awareness.
Raven Drum: Hello Martha! Thank you so very much for being here with us today. We have all been looking forward to chatting with you.
Raven Drum Community: I would love to learn more about acupuncture and chronic pain…whatever you can share
Martha_Densmore: Life is an ever changing flux of more or less, whole and unwhole.
Martha_Densmore: With natural medicine we come in at any point and look to see what is excess or less than we wish. Dreams fill in the pieces. Signs from heaven fill in the missing…it is to be aware that is the goal
Raven Drum Community: My dad has larynx cancer and I really don’t know what to do
Martha Densmore: Your dad may not be open to help or ideas for cancer. Most people die from the treatments for cancer. You learn to understand where people are at. I only help those who seek my help.
Raven Drum Community: How important is chakra balancing before healing rituals begin?
Martha Densmore: These are all pieces…chakra balancing…this remedy or that. You can’t generalize any of these things. It depends who or what you are working with. It comes first from awareness, a desire to seek.
Martha Densmore: Healing is about looking at your life, what is in balance or not. Body and mind are together. Sounds cliché, but most people are running on auto pilot.
Martha Densmore: If I say this remedy or that, most folks will still go on and do it their way.
Raven Drum Community: So how does one get the mind and body in sync with each other?
Martha Densmore: Music, Drums, oils, nature, feelings… the right brain and left brain need to balance, this is wholeness.
Martha Densmore: Speak to the right brain in its own language…often hidden mystical. The right brain is tossed to the wind in every day life. Drumming depends on the beat…if the drums are soothing or cathartic---all healing works with rhythms.
Raven Drum Community: It sounds very beautiful, but how do you make that also practical?
Martha Densmore: vibrations are the essence…the person’ vibrations in parts and as a whole in the environment of parts and whole… then we see/feel the situation. Is there harmony or disharmony?
Martha Densmore: The circle is our model for healing as well, rather than top down. Our society is built top down now…that leads to disease from lack of integration.
Raven Drum Community: What about anger?
Martha Densmore: Anger that is excess, meaning anger that hangs around and disrupts in rage is usually from deep childhood trauma. One of the ways to release this trauma is through integrated holistic means which envision as a drumming/music circle with breath work and movement along with about 25 other things we could add on. The deep rage is very hard to access. The person must want to release it and the person must abstain from many behaviors.
Martha Densmore: The best source other than healing the trauma, for dealing with just the rage behaviors is www.angerbusters.com.
Raven Drum Community: How about removing that person from your life for good. You have to let go of the negative. It just brings you and everyone else down.
Martha Densmore: Building a healthy whole often begins with letting go of very old patterns. That’s ok not to speak. We have to see the world as it is and create the vision for our own life.
Raven Drum Community: How do you let go?
Martha Densmore: With a million ways Make a decision, Make a plan, Strategy is always good. Then use tools to make yourself stronger. I strength train to get in balance. I use essential oils and we sell them through Iraq Rose. Small steps or one step at a time…turn up the music or down…scent is very powerful.
Martha Densmore: What/who supports you and what/who does not…that is the question. Healing the soul is an ongoing journey step by step.
Raven Drum Community: Martha, do you think by surrounding yourself with positive can help heal the wounded soul?
Martha Densmore: Surround means environment. You build strength through healthy habits and then you have a shield.
Raven Drum Community: The guilty ones don’t feel guilt!
Martha Densmore: Guild is something to heal. We are all here for only a short while. The guilt is no help so transcend it.
Martha Desnmore: No disintegration, ebb and flow, is the way of energy. Some days you are up, others down, can be hormones, mood, cosmos energy…so you can tune in to what is happening…ask yourself…what is my energy telling me? Sometimes you even just need to eat or talk with a friend to shift the energy.
Raven Drum Community: When my heart breaks, it’s nuclear… I’ve yet to learn to deal with grief.
Martha Densmore: Do you use oils or scent? What do yo do when you feel like that?
Raven Drum Community: I run
Martha Densmore: Grief is normal. It is one of the five phases. Allow yourself to grieve, cry, move through it and the waves hit you. Exercise is part of whole living. Running is great! Movement moves you through blocks…shaking breaks through trauma. Ever seen how a dog shakes after it does something uncomfortable?
Martha Densmore: Connecting with others brings wholeness. So who are we connecting with…influences the state of wholeness. The best I can do is direct you to tools I use. I designed a tarot deck called the serenity deck. This deck was designed by a famous rock and roll artist, Terry Lamb. It depicts the Hero journey and is about wholeness. You can learn about it at www.wholewife.com