HUGE SALE on Retreat Tuition thru Friday!!!

April 8th, 2014

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This is our biggest ever sale event on retreat tuition – must register before this Friday! Don’t miss out on this last opportunity to see Dr. Randine Lewis in person at a retreat this year. We will be moving forward with a new online retreat format this summer and not have another location event on the calendar!

Contact us for more details or if you have any further questions.

Live Call with Dr. Randine Lewis – April 8 @7pm EST

April 4th, 2014

Why Meditate

During our waking hours, most of us are dominated by the beta brain wave state, or the logical, rational mindset that tries to maneuver its way through life. This is great while on the job, but in this mental state, blood pressure and stress hormones are high; growth and reproductive hormones low. Blood flow to the essential organs is low; blood flow to the brain is high. We tend to be on alert; even in a state of fight/flight. And from this state, the reproductive system takes a back seat. This whole cascade is worsened when one is trying to conceive. Most women I know try to think their way into better fertility – searching out solutions through the medical profession and the internet. And the left hemisphere, beta dominant brain state takes over the body and puts them into an anxious, sub-fertile state.
More relaxed states of mind can be achieved even while being fully functional in life. We can still accomplish chores while the body/mind is under the kinder, more relaxed alpha state, and blood flow to the essential organs increases. Guided meditations and visualization processes can bring us into the delta brain wave state that we occupy during the dream state. And professional meditators can even even achieve the delta brain wave state where the mind is perfectly tranquil and still, like in deep sleep. In this state, the entire body regenerates. Blood pressure is low, blood flow to the reproductive organs, kidneys and heart is highest. Growth hormone output is maximized, and the body repairs itself. Think of it as rest and regeneration for the entire HPO axis, as if your ovaries are finally able to receive the needed replenishment.
This is one of the reasons I stress the importance of learning to achieve a calm state of body/mind through meditative exercises – still or moving, fully engaged or unplugged from the demands of daily life. In my experience, this is far more important than any type of medical therapy, be it interventional or natural. While external therapies are helpful at times, this is the only state where bodies heal themselves and achieve a change in ones reproductive potential. And it’s fully within your control.
Please join me for a free call, Tuesday, April 8th at 7 p.m. EST, where we will boost the recognition of this natural state of mind that you all have access to – at all times, in all places, no matter the circumstance.
Randine Lewis, Ph.D., L.Ac.
Author of The Infertility Cure, The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies, and
The Way of the Fertile Soul, Ten Ancient Chinese Secrets to Tap Into A Woman’s Creative Potential

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2. Immediately press *6 to MUTE your phone line (or use the Mute button on your phone) – this will prevent any unnecessary background noise and static on the line. You can press *5 to unmute your line once the call is opened up for discussion.

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Join Dr. Randine Lewis in Florida – April 25-28!

March 27th, 2014

Fertile Soul RetreatJacksonville, FL
April 25-28th
$250 off for Individuals
(use the code TFS250)

This retreat will be held at the newly renovated Hampton Inn Oceanfront – Jacksonville Beach, FL. Come and join Dr. Randine Lewis in beautiful and sunny Jacksonville Florida this April and leave your winter blues behind. Located on the white sandy beaches of Jacksonville, you’ll be sure to find some relaxation and rejuvenate on this destination get-a-way! Dr. Randine Lewis, author of the Infertility Cure, has helped thousands of women conceive, through her Fertile Soul retreat programming, both naturally and in partnership with reproductive medicine.

I am writing you bc I attended your retreat back in the spring of 2009.  I was in pure hell with RE & infertility.  I am compelled to share this back with you bc I know so many women are where I was then & I know you can help them.  I was told that I would never carry my own children and a long litany of other bunch of nonsense from one RE to the next.  I had my first child at 36, 11 months later a second, 2 years and 2 days later a THIRD! None of them through infertility treatments.
So I turned 40 and have had some hiccups with my cycle.  GYN says I am perimenopause & is pushing hormone pellets on me.  Went for a second opinion and I AM PREGNANT AGAIN! Hmm pretty big disparity between being pregnant & needing hormone replacement.
Please fellow Fertile Soul Sisters out there do not give up hope! M.

At the April Fertile Soul Retreat, you will spend over 20 hours with Dr. Lewis in lecture, movement and therapeutic group sessions. You will also have an in-depth Chinese medicine consultation on location and a nutrition and lifestyle consultation once home to support you in transitioning all that you learn into your daily life.  Your weekend retreat will end with a therapeutic acupuncture session with Dr. Lewis.
Payment plans are available at no additional cost.  For more details and to sign up please click here.

Grandmothering

March 24th, 2014

I recently became a grandma. I don’t even know how to talk about this. My grandson isn’t even 1 year old yet. His little personality is only starting to emerge. The love I have for my daughter, his mother, now rests, magnified, on her son. It obviously isn’t that I love him more than her. I couldn’t love anyone more than I love her. But when you are one generation away, you don’t have these bonds of being attached, like you do to your children.

What you don’t like in yourself becomes an obstruction to fully relating with your children. My oldest daughter will be 32 this year. I had her when I was 21. All of the hopes and dreams I had for her from the day I found out I was pregnant became filtered by that which I couldn’t recognize in myself. I loved her more than I loved myself. That, I promise you, is not a statement to be proud of. I could not give her what I didn’t have. So the lack of ability to give her what I wanted to give her turned to guilt. I always thought I could do better, I knew I could do better. I had two more children, when I was 34 and 38. With each one I had the same experience, to a lesser degree. I loved them more than I loved myself.

You can never be the type of mother who is good enough for your children in your own judging eyes. These amazing, perfect beings are always far more deserving than any separate human being can measure up to. And I know I didn’t. I couldn’t measure up because I saw them as different from me.

All three of my children are out of the house now – one in boarding school, one in college, and one married with a family of her own.  So the role of caring for my children’s day-to-day needs is history.

I had the great pleasure of being present for the birth of my grandson. And I have never had a prouder moment in my life, than seeing my daughter being able to bring forth life; watching the power of life’s longing for itself come through her. Her labor was prolonged and difficult. Her husband was a great coach – strong and loving. They were an admirable team. And about 24 hours later, this perfect little boy entered the world.

I can honestly say that I don’t love him more than myself. I love him as myself; as an expression of the love that I am. Without dreams or aspirations, without wondering if I will measure up to the task of being his grandmother. Without wondering if his parents will measure up to the task of being his parents. I watch them being the perfect parents for him, loving themselves through each other, and through him. And I watch in awe, how Kahlil Gibran describes:

Their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

Mothering

March 18th, 2014

Mothering is not a role; it is love. The role of mothering can be from love, but doesn’t have to be. You can look around the world and see women in the roles of mother, whom we can easily judge ought not to have this privilege. Animals, as well, occupy mothering roles as they care for their offspring just until the little ones are capable of surviving on their own.

When the role of motherhood is coveted more than the ability to express our inner love, it can become an energetic obstruction in the body/mind. We want what we don’t have, and don’t want what we have. This produces a tremendous amount of stress in the body/mind, which the energy of love does not produce. At our last retreat, one woman stated that her highest aspiration was to learn to love herself. Within two days, she had recognized and began living from the strength of this self love.

I recently was discussing with a friend of mine how I didn’t occupy the role of motherhood very gracefully, as far as conventional standards go. Each of my three children would agree that I wasn’t a typical cookie, soccer, PTA mom. They would also agree, that I did not put my children first. As much as I was able, their needs were cared for. They were and are fiercely loved. And I hope from this modeling they learned to pattern the ability to always put themselves first. I know this is not highly valued in our society. Women especially are taught that it is esteemed to put others first: your spouse, your family, your children, your boss, your work, your friends, your reputation, etc.

It comes as a great shock to step out of these roles that have become carriers of your esteem. What if you were none of these roles? What if your worth came only from yourself? Some wise sages throughout the ages have made this very declaration:

Be a light unto yourself.

Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven. The kingdom of heaven is within.

To thine own self be true.

Do not lie or do what you dislike.

Be as you are.

Attend only to the sense of your own being.

Can you imagine what it would be like if you were to be fully and wholeheartedly responsible only to the truth within? You would be responsible for your life, your health, your fertility, your happiness. Do you really want this? When one learns to live from this inner truth, the world tends not to be so problematic. Our minds tend not to cause us disturbance. But the price is we no longer can blame anyone or anything for our unhappiness.

NEW! Connect with Dr. Randine Lewis Live on Tuesday, March 4th at 7pm EST

February 26th, 2014
Falling Pregnant:
The Fertile Soul Method vs. Western Reproductive Medicine:
Which Medical Approach is Best?

I consider it almost irrelevant to find the dividing line between natural treatment and medical intervention. Your body is a reflection of your thoughts, feelings, dietary intake, actions, and sleep patterns. Hormonal and ovarian output, as well, is a manifestation of your lifestyle. Therefore, what you do to enhance your lifestyle, will invariably impact the overall health of your body. If you live in such a way that enhances your wellbeing and vitality, it reveals itself in a harmonious endocrine and gynecological environment.

Yet, if there have been patterns of imbalance along the way that have left you with medical diagnoses that might impact ovulation or implantation, there may be some confusion as to how to address them. Many people get stuck here: do you treat it naturally – change your diet, lifestyle, go to acupuncture, take herbs, consult naturopathic medicine, etc., OR do you opt for a visit to the reproductive endocrinologist?

And, because of the advancing clock, they are most afraid of not doing anything, and act from fear, jumping into medical intervention without addressing the most obvious, natural course. Why not do both?

Most of the people who come to retreat or meet with me individually arrive at the place where there is no conflict. They adopt certain lifestyle modifications, stress reduction, dietary adjustments, and natural supplements, as they calmly look into whether or not medical testing or intervention is necessary. This tends to breed much less fear, resulting in hormonal balance and better ovarian output.

I work with women who are concurrently undergoing diagnostic methods or treatments from mini-IVF to pharmaceutical IVF, donor IVF, or are using gestational carriers. They do not throw out their natural, balanced approach while purchasing interventional methods. One improves overall health and well-being; one does not. One is meant to be a short-term procedure; the other is not.

When you broaden your approach to your reproductive care rather than narrow it, your options tend to open up.

Looking forward to connecting with you all on March 4th,

Randine

To join in dial 605-475-4000 then access code 794774#

Those calling from Canada should call 805-360-1075
and then you will be prompted to enter the original
number and access code.

1. Please DON’T announce your name when you dial in – there will be many callers on the line and theconference call may have already begun.
2. Immediately press *6 to MUTE your phone line (or use the Mute button on your phone) – this will prevent any unnecessary background noise and static on the line. You can press *5 to unmute your line once the call is opened up for discussion.
3. There are only 100 callers allowed on the call - make sure to call-in early to reserve your space.
4. Please keep topics and questions during the discussion related to the specific call.

Connect with Dr. Randine Lewis Live on Monday January 27th at 7pm EST

January 22nd, 2014
Staying Focused on the Journey:
Following A Heart-felt Path

Every time the longing for a child surfaced in me, it brought forth a feeling of joy and passion, like a secret treasure of hope emerging from the depths of my heart.  Yet, it was so easy to lose the heart-felt joy and sense of “rightness” when the journey didn’t seem to be taking me where I wanted it to. Month after month of negative pregnancy tests, anovulatory cycles, and the frustrating symptoms of hormonal imbalance turned the joy into sorrow, and rightness into downright anger. My mind led the desperate search for answers as I was brought deeper and deeper into the realm of “It’s not f*(%@ working!” As my mind remained in control, the more my emotions vacillated between hope and despair.  If I couldn’t figure it out, maybe the doctors could. They couldn’t – they could only offer intervention. What?! You can’t tell me what’s wrong, but you can offer me a drug anyway? That makes no sense!

It wasn’t until I was brought into a state of surrender that my mind gave up and my heart started to lead the way; first back to me. Then to a child.

The journey toward parenthood can and should be a pathway of love and joy, free of fear or ambition. Ask yourself, right now, before you start thinking: Is there enough joy in your life? This may require deep and scrutinizing self-honesty. And to answer this question truthfully, you cannot lay the burden or your happiness on whether or not you get pregnant. Ask your question of your heart, not your mind. With or without a child, right now, is there enough joy in your life? Yes or no?

If the answer is yes, congratulations. You are on the right path. If, however, the answer is no, which I suspect for most of you it is, ask yourself what brings you joy?

This is not a selfish question; for when your heart is filled with joy, it opens, and its energy flows outward, spreading love and joy throughout your life. Harmony returns, and balance is restored, chemically and hormonally.

When you have a decision to make, ask yourself, “Does this direction/path strengthen my heart?” And intuitively attend to the embodied feeling of presence in your own heart. There is an unmistakeable sense of rightness that comes from following the current of truth that flows through your heart.

If the answer comes with justification, more questions, ifs ands or buts, it is coming from your head. If the answer has a heart-felt feeling of rightness, it means yes. If the embodied feeling is closed off and contracted, the answer is no. It is that simple.  The journey toward more peace, joy, and love is always a path of heart. If you want control and assurances, this path isn’t for you. But if you want to live a miraculous life of untold bounty, you may be asked to sacrifice control for moving into the unknown. Only then can you experience the incalculable riches that life has in store for you.

Looking forward to connecting with you all on the 27th,

Randine
Randine Lewis, MSOM, Ph.D., L.Ac.
FABORM
To join in dial 605-475-4000 then access code 794774#

Those calling from Canada should call 805-360-1075
and then you will be prompted to enter the original
number and access code.


1. Please DON’T announce your name when you dial in – there will be many callers on the line and theconference call may have already begun.
2. Immediately press *6 to MUTE your phone line (or use the Mute button on your phone) – this will prevent any unnecessary background noise and static on the line. You can press *5 to unmute your line once the call is opened up for discussion.
3. There are only 100 callers allowed on the call - make sure to call-in early to reserve your space.
4. Please keep topics and questions during the discussion related to the specific call

Do GMOs Effect our Qi?

January 13th, 2014

Qi is the vital life force of life. Without qi there is no warmth, no animation, no breath, no heartbeat, no life. Although there are more divisions, for simplicity sake we can divide the vital life force into three major categories: original qi, nutritive qi, and protective qi.

Original qi is the primary energy necessary to give and sustain life.  It is the basis of kidney qi, and makes up the entire yin and yang functions of the body. It gives rise to the reproductive and primary organ functions. Once this original qi combines with the energy we receive from food and breath, it is refined into two other functional categories: nutritive qi, and protective qi. Nutritive qi is similar to blood, and circulates through the meridians, feeding and nourishing the internal organs. Protective qi is a little more surface, traveling throughout the skin, muscles, and mucous membranes, keeping us protected from the outside world.

Although they all function together as a whole:

Original qi is essential to core functions and reproduction.

Nutritive qi is crucial for nutritient and qi delivery throughout the internal organs.

Protective qi defends us from external influences and pathogenic factors.

We could say that the nutritive qi is the pivot between the original and protective qi.

Now that you have had this basic introduction in the vital life force, let’s introduce the topic of genetically modified foods like most of the corn and soy on the market. In making the plant hardier, it is genetically engineered to have greater protective effects against pests, and a greater ability to withstand the effects of pesticides. In other words, it strengthens its protective qi. These genetically modified plants, however, are no longer able to reproduce. So farmers have to purchase new seeds with the capacity to seed.

When we view this scenario through an energetic lens, we can ask what energetic function is being disrupted. In this situation, the genetically modified plant has sacrificed its original qi for extra protective qi, while retaining the ability to provide its nutritive function. Because of this, the Department of Agriculture gave GMOs their stamp of approval. Laboratory animals seemed healthy and without any untoward effects after 90 days on GMO diets.

However, four, six, 18 months later, the laboratory animals had challenges reproducing, developed alterations in their ability to suppress tumors, and developed overactive immune systems.  Similarly, many of our reproductive issues stem from alterations in our environment. Pesticides, pollutants, and dietary toxins all contribute to ovarian failure, poor sperm production, PCOS, autoimmune infertility, implantation failure, endometriosis, and fibroids.

What can you do? The spleen qi diet asks you to avoid sugar, refined carbohydrates (especially wheat), and dairy. Add corn and soy that have not been labeled “non-GMO” to this list. Eat organic fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and non-GMO grains as much as possible. Try to avoid farm raised fish and animals that have been fed GMO grains as well. While it may sound daunting, this type of eating plan reduces the likelihood of infertility, inflammatory processes, diabetes, and cancer.

The Spirit of Emergence

January 8th, 2014
The Spirit of Emergence:
New Years Resolutions and The Wood Horse

by Randine Lewis

In Chinese astrology, the next new moon will move from the year of the water snake to the year of the wood horse, representing new beginnings, growth, and emergence. The spiritedness of the horse demands respect, not force; love, not fear. We will continue this theme in our February retreat.

How are your New Years resolutions going? I know – it’s only been a week, so chances are they are still strong. Maybe you’ve vowed to stay on the spleen qi diet and are carefully avoiding sugar, refined carbohydrates, gluten, and dairy products. Good for you. Perhaps you have resolved to focus your efforts more intently on baby making, reducing stressful work obligations in preference to more enjoyable and life enhancing pursuits. Great!

Eat better; sleep more; play more; stress less; more sex; less TV; walk everyday; quit drinking coffee; find a new church; no more wine; put more intention into how to get pregnant. Add whatever you want to the list; manifesting can be a powerful tool. It’s an art, really. Whatever you really set your mind to, you can accomplish. Chances are you’ve done it all your life.  Apply yourself at school and you are rewarded with a good education. Apply yourself on the job and you are rewarded with a good paycheck. Apply yourself to the dating scene and chances are you’ll end up with a partner. The New Year brings about new hope, new possibility, and a chance to do things differently this year.

My guess is this is not your first time around making resolutions on the baby scene. And maybe your resolve is wearing thin. Will it work this year? What has been done wrong? What needs to be done better? And the effort mounts, only to leave you where you were last January.

Why don’t the efforts of intention work so well when it comes to pregnancy? When the power of manifestation moves from an activity geared toward what you don’t have to an effortless art within the flow of your life as it is. The art of creation involves a feeling in your heart – the same quiet urge that longs to bring forth life. It is silent and non-demanding. The mind interprets this deep longing as something missing – and goes about in mad pursuit of it. That’s the problem when it comes to creation – the mind’s interpretation. When you are in pursuit of a job or more money, that usually isn’t problematic, because a stressed body goes right along with getting what you don’t have. But the opposite is true when you wish to bring forth life. When the mind grabs hold of this desire it puts the body into a state of fighting for what it wants; and stress hormones prevent its receptivity.

Go back to the feeling in your heart. Feel its presence. Be with it. Tend to it. Be grateful for it. Have confidence that it isn’t there by mistake. Feel it in every moment of every day – prior to any activity that you undertake in pursuit of it. Trust it. Look at any conflict that arises in the mind (which will then be manifest in the body), which puts you in a state of stress.

The last element to this successful art is getting back into the flow of your life, as it is, with indifference to how this desire will be made manifest. Do not give your attention to your mind’s imaginings – you do not need to concern yourself with how, or when. No need to think about babies or pregnancies or have dreams of toddlers dancing in your head. The Chinese character for Intention belongs to the soul, and it means resonance with the heart. If what is true within your heart is rooted within your “jing” or essence, your life becomes a walking magnet of intention. If it is not rooted within the jing, it will fly off, leaving you bereft. Jing Shu means, If you have to defend what you believe, it is not in your heart. Remember – respect, not force; love, not fear. Do not break your spirit trying to control the life force. Become aligned with it.

So, eat well. Rest well. Play more, work less. Make the rest of your life how you want it to be. And attend to the origin of life, which resides in the heart. Trust it with assurance, and let go of everything else. Be prepared to meet your life as it is, fully, and do all that is required of you as the granting of your desire unfolds. Trust this feeling in your heart and become its instrument. It is not there by mistake.

Please contact us at info@thefertilesoul.com with any questions and sign up here for our February retreat. If you would like to take advantage of our payment plan please select it at the checkout.

With love and blessings,

Randine

Competition

December 9th, 2013

Who doesn’t love a good competition – whether it be a ballgame, quest for expertise, or to have a physical edge? We have been conditioned to be in pursuit of excellence, and to admire achievement in ourselves and others. This is the stuff the modern world is made of. And it has its roots deep throughout history: War games, hunting parties, territorial superiority – competition is in our blood and DNA. Leaders were chosen for their physical prowess, and their ability to overcome an opponent.

Although I loved to play this masculine game in worldly affairs, it was not native to my makeup. I never liked group sports because competition wasn’t very strong in my nature. But I learned to compete in areas where I could excel, namely academic, and worked my way up to medicine. I learned to put on the edge physically, and took up running and working out. I tried to polish the exterior to perhaps look just a bit better than the girls I was hanging out with.

Have you ever noticed when you are in pursuit of a goal or in competition how your adrenaline flows? The stress hormones course throughout your system to keep you on edge. This is a great testosterone booster, but can absolutely destroy a woman’s receptivity. Competition and goal setting are not estrogen-dominated games. In fact, the goal of a child is counter to our fertility. My last conception, the most challenging one, occurred not the month that I got everything right, but when everything had gone wrong.

When I was in medical school, my most challenging class was pathology. I usually made high B’s on my exams. The best grade I ever got, however, was on a test I planned to “toss out” because I had a migraine headache the night before and was unable to study for the exam. I was given a pill that knocked me out, and woke up just in time to make it for class, unprepared and unstudied. I was not on my edge, I was not in competitive mode, I was in “Oh well, this won’t count” mode.  I took the exam in minutes, and found out I had aced it.

There is another way to open up to what we want most, and that is to let go and become receptive. This is not an effort-based game. Effort is a sign of conflict between incompatible desires. Every time we are in pursuit of something, fear of not achieving it is equally strong, contracting access to our creative powers within. It can push us into conquering the world, but we don’t conquer the source of life we carry. We open up to it, leave it alone, and let it flow.