Creating Waves of Awareness
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We all have stresses in our lives. Our past history, what we consider our biography tells our life story. The things we say illustrate our inner conflicts and struggles. These clues help a homeopath or any healer determine a course of action to assist the person on the healing journey.
We can look at icons who live in the limelight and relate to them in our own lives.
Let's review a few details and see where it takes us.
A beautiful and talented Olivia was born in Wales, the youngest of three children, the family moved to Australia when Olivia was still very young.
Olivia’s special gift for singing and dancing was apparent from an early age, her inspirational quality developed and matured later.
Today she is just as well known for her iconic sexy movie character, Sandy in “Grease,” and her song “Physical” as for her environmental causes and inspiring those who battle cancer through her music and her Cancer Awareness campaigns.
She is one of the presenters of the “Healing Quest” a weekly TV program on PBS that investigates and encourages research into the latest holistic health products.
Together with her husband, John Easterling, the founder of major natural health brand himself, they have campaigned and raised money for Breast Cancer Healing Centre due to open later this year in Melbourne.
Olivia has had an incredibly prolific career, and just by looking at her discography we can trace her life history:
The first albums we find an Introduction to Olivia; first a formal introduction in 1971 with “Olivia Newton John“, followed by a friendly teaser, “If Not For You,” then in 1972 a more close up and personal “Olivia”.
In 1973 she was talking about the things she loved: “Music Makes My Day”.
In the following years, her albums tell us about a homesick Olivia forging a career in England, but with her heart in Australia where her boyfriend was: “Let Me Be There" (1973), “Long Live Love” (1974), “If You Love Me, Let Me Know” (1974). Olivia’s puppy love was not encouraged by her mother, who Olivia says kept cancelling the many tickets she booked to visit her boyfriend.
By 1975, Olivia was transitioning from her teenage years into a fully developed and more assertive young woman: “Have You Never Been Mellow” (1975), “Clearly Love” (1975), “Come On Over” (1976), “Don't Stop Believin'” (1976), “Making a Good Thing Better” (1977), and “Totally Hot” (1978). Following these hits, she finally became one of the biggest sex symbols of her generation and the most good looking aerobics teacher anyone could wish for in “Physical" (1981).
In 1983 Olivia was stalked and received life threats from a convicted killer who was caught the following year and remains on death row for the murder of five of his family members.
“Soul Kiss" (1985) was like an annunciation of the new soul about to enter Olivia’s life: she was pregnant with her daughter Chloe!
"The Rumour" (1988) was her comeback album after having dedicated herself completely to Chloe for the first three years.
This was a remarkable time for growth and transformation in Olivia’s life, as she had to recreate herself from her sex symbol identity and transform into being a mother. The next album was about a lullaby collection for parents and babies, “Warm and Tender" (1989).
1992 was a very difficult year for Olivia:
Working hard to promote her “Back To Basics - The Essential Collection,” she attempted to revive her career whilst shifting her image from sex symbol into motherhood. Her business enterprise was forced into bankruptcy as she coped with her father dying of liver cancer. All these stresses took their toll on Olivia’s own health and she was diagnosed her breast cancer on the very day her father died.
“Gaia," produced two years later, carries a message of healing, when Olivia knew that she was not a victim but a survivor. She started writing her own songs to inspire and to help others who were going through cancer.
But there more hard times lay ahead, as Olivia’s marriage was breaking down she divorced Chloe’s father in 1995.
“Back With a Heart," (1998) sets the tune to the new love in Olivia’s life: she and her new partner McDermott were to live an on and off relationship for the next nine years, until his disappearance in 2005 under mysterious circumstances.
There were several albums of Christmas songs in the following years: "Tis the Season" (2000), "The Christmas Collection (Olivia Newton-John album) (2001 and 2002).
"Indigo Women of Song" (2004) was another inspirational and healing album for breast cancers survivors around the world.
With “Stronger Than Before,” (2005) Olivia had overcome emotional hurts and physical illness and this made her stronger. She would need all her strength to face what was coming next, her long term partner disappeared and all suspected he drowned during a fishing trip. Meanwhile, Olivia was on the other side of the world at the beside of her goddaughter, who was in coma following a road accident. Her goddaughter recovered, but McDermott was never to be found.
After a few months of hiding away from the public and suffering from depression, “Grace and Gratitude” (2006) was Olivia’s way of healing herself again by making a come back.
"Christmas Wish" (2007) Olivia’s heart was healing, and the following year she was to marry John Easterling in two private ceremonies just for the two of them in a spiritual Incan ceremony followed by the official ceremony a few days later.
She recorded “A Celebration in Song,” on that year, and led a three-week, 228 km. walk along the Great Wall of China joined by various celebrities and cancer survivors throughout her trek to raise funds to help build the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, Australia.
In 2010 she produced, “Grace and Gratitude Renewed” and we can see that once again there is true grace in the way Olivia has led her career path and her healing journey.
She and husband John will be opening the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, Australia later in 2012.
Olivia’s cancer diagnosis and treatment:
She used Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Yoga, Mediation, Nutritional supplements, Buddhist chants and catholic prayer together with Chemo in her recovery.
At the time she was also grieving for her father who had died from liver cancer.
Olivia reaction to emotional trauma:
She experienced two very traumatic events:
In 1983 she received a serious life threat from a stalker. She hired a Hollywood private detective who specialized in similar cases, De Beker and he took her into hiding for a few months until the stalker was arrested.
In 2005 her long term boyfriend said to be an alcoholic, suffering from depression and from financial problems disappeared under mysterious circumstances while on a fishing trip. Olivia hired De Beker to try to find him. She isolated herself at first, refusing to talk to the press or to set the record straight regarding the mental state of her partner or the causes for his possible suicide. She became severely depressed and she was on medication for a while.
She said that she was “still praying he will return” but has decided to continue with her tour because, “it's what Patrick would have wanted".
She also said on a TV interview that listening to her early albums had eased her pain, "It's almost as if I wrote the songs for myself."
She is a quiet person who suffers in private whilst putting on a brave face to the public:
At the time of McDermott’s disappearance she appeared calm and collected in public, but privately she was shattered and depressed in a bad way and on medication.
On the day she was given the news about McDermott disappearance she left a bedside vigil to attend a Plant a Tree Day event where her warm smile did not betray her worry and anxiety for her goddaughter who’d suffered a road accident and was in coma.
A few facts and quotes:
Better for walking: enjoys walks with her husband and her dogs. Has led a three walk along the Great Wall of China to raise funds for Cancer. Says: “I don't know what my path is yet. I'm just walking on it.”
Likes to live in the countryside, away from the city and near the water.
Enjoys beach walking.
Likes animals in general, she’s campaigned to save dolphins and sharks and she has pet dogs.
Loves nature and is an activist for environmental causes.
Foods: especially fond of white toast and chocolate.
Likes massage: “To me luxury is to be at home with my daughter, and the occasional massage doesn't hurt.” she said when her daughter was little.
Loves dancing and singing.
Better for stretching, used Yoga to recover from her illness.
Religious, and spiritual: she has mentioned praying on difficult occasions on her life. She mediates. Married husband John in Cuzco on an Incan Traditional ceremony.
Generous sharing her money with others.
Very proactive, she runs several projects at the same time.
Considers herself a happy person, says: “I live every day to its fullest extent and I don't sweat the small stuff.”
She is a light sleeper. Sleeps six hours a night and is an early riser: “I love that quiet time when nobody's up and the animals are all happy to see me.”
Long lasting solid friendships, she has kept friends for all her life.
Has never abused drugs or alcohol.
When emotionally hurt tends to go into seclusion from public view but surrounds herself with close friends and family.
Keeps a pristine appearance on both her clothes and hairstyle.
Looks young for her age.
Memories: “My memories are inside me - they're not things or a place - I can take them anywhere.”
Having Someone Who Believes In You
There is no doubt that Olivia has been very supportive of both her mother and her daughter, but there have been some issues surfacing along the years and they might be useful when trying to define Olivia’s psychological profile:
We can sense that the relationship between Olivia and her mother was not a very close one. At 14 years of age, Olivia won a singing competition in Australia, the prize was to come to London to perform. Olivia didn’t want to leave home, but her mother was determined that she should, so the following year Olivia came to London with a friend. While in London she missed home terribly, especially the boyfriend she left behind, but who was perhaps unsuitable for her, at least according to her mum, so every time Olivia booked her return ticket her mum back in Australia cancelled it, forcing her to remain here in England.
About Olivia’s daughter, Chloe. As a proud mum she put her daughter in the limelight since a very early age. Chloe however has resented this, and has spoken against the unwanted fame she got and the lack of privacy it has brought her. She has suffered from anorexia in the past.
And a couple of intriguing facts:
Olivia was once reported to have a very expensive lunch:
Back in November 2005 whilst making a comeback from depression and isolation, she was out with an old friend: Sir Cliff-Richard and Lord and Lady Ashcroft. Together the group ordered Kolbe Beef, Truffles, Risotto and expensive wine: their bill totalled $9,500 and they left a tip to match: $1,400 for thrilled waiting staff.
Olivia has a prize possession that she will never sell or give away…can you guess?
The famous skin-tight trousers she wore in 'Grease'.
She keeps the satin pants neatly folded in the bottom of her wardrobe.
She says: "I hardly ever get them out unless I have friends over and they beg me to have a look at them.
"There's no way I'd ever sell them. I mean, I might not be able to fit into them anymore but I like to look at them and remember when I could."
So what do you think? We have all experienced some of these same life stresses growing up, but maybe not to the same magnitude. We may not have had a rise to fame, but in our own little circle, we strive to achieve. We all want to be loved. We have endured sickness and suffering and found our own means to respond.
Disclaimer : This hypothetical case used as an educational example is not a medical prescription for any real person living or not living. Always seek medical attention when in need of care.
If a person who had undergone these types of stresses in their life entered your consulting room right now, based on their set of symptoms, would you prescribe a nosode, an organ tissue remedy, a plant, a mineral or an animal remedy? And why?