Welcome to Kala’s Quick Five, where I chat with fascinating authors, artists, teachers, and researchers and ask them five questions about their work. My guest today is Hazel Courteney. In 1994 Hazel Courteney became the UK’s first Alternative Health Agony Aunt in the national press, with her column What’s The Alternative in the Daily Mail. In 1997 she moved to the Style Section of the Sunday Times and was thrilled to be voted Health Journalist of the Year. In 1998 Hazel left the Sunday Times to concentrate on writing more books. In 2000 she made her own TV show for Channel Health, and has appeared many times on TV and radio, and regularly lectures around the UK and overseas.
Kala: Hi Hazel, welcome to Kala’s Quick Five. A near-death experience literally changed your life. What happened during this time?
Hazel: Before Easter in April 1998, whilst shopping in Harrods, the famous London store, suddenly and inexplicably I suffered severe chest pains and started hearing a voice in my head that I knew was not ‘me’ talking to myself. My doctor thought I had suffered a heart attack, yet my heart was fine. Within hours I began experiencing phenomenon such as being telepathic, seeing energy fields (auras), giving intense healing energy which started pulsing through my eyes, affecting electrical equipment and much more. On Easter Saturday I underwent a near death experience with a medical doctor present – and the course of my life was irrevocably changed.
Kala: In 1994 you became the UK’s first Alternative Health Agony Aunt in the national press, with your column What’s The Alternative in the Daily Mail. What inspired you to write this column?
Hazel: It began when my husband Stuart jokingly asked, ‘What is your disease of today?’. His remark made me realise that at the age of 32 I had rarely experienced a healthy day in my life, which was dogged by considerable amounts of surgery, plus a host of conditions from Glandular fever, Chronic Fatigue, Candida and Thrush – to hemorrhages, broken bones and more. My husband’s words inspired me to research how diet, lifestyle, state of mind and taking the right vitamins and minerals can help prevent and/ or heal 85% of most chronic health conditions. Friends starting asking for my advice and when one night I distinctly heard the word ‘write’ in my head – it felt so right – the next morning I decided to start sharing what I had learned with others. Within 8 months aged 43, with no previous journalistic experience I became the UK’s first Alternative Agony Aunt in a national newspaper !
Kala: In your book, Countdown to Coherence it says “Coherence denotes everything coming together as one and scientists have demonstrated that if we all want to become more enlightened in every sense of the word, then it’s crucial that we learn to become more coherent at every level of being.” What tips can you offer on becoming more coherent?
Hazel: We need to take more responsibility for ourselves and our world at every level, beginning with our diets. By eating healthier foods we become healthier. Watch your thoughts as they create. The average person has 40,000 thoughts daily. Thoughts are ‘things’ that contribute to the collective ‘whole’ mind of which we are all a part. It’s crucial at this time to think and react as positively as possible on personal and global levels. Meditating and chanting help the brain to synchronise and become more coherent in its functioning which offers us access to non physical realms of existence. We urgently need to start thinking ‘How can I help Others’? rather than ‘What’s in it for me’?. And, being kinder and less judgemental will all help us become more coherent.
Kala: You mention in your book that according to your insights, enlightenment does not occur in the pineal gland and that it’s possible to be reincarnated at any period of time. Can you explain to our readers part of the process of enlightenment and reincarnation as described in your book.
Hazel: Scientists at the Center for Cognition and Consciousness in Iowa have demonstrated that the brains of truly enlightened men and women function at a coherent level all the time, in that all areas of their brains act as a synchronised ‘whole’. This is the basis for what the rest of us would term ‘miracles’. They have also shown that when a person meditates regularly as well as triggering many health benefits – it helps to further ‘awaken’ an area within the center of the brain known as the Thalamus – which is linked to our senses; sight, smell, hearing etc. And as our brains work in a more synchronised fashion, our intuitive sixth sense kicks in.
Regarding re-incarnation, several scientists including Prof Gary Schwartz at the University of Arizona have demonstrated and concluded that consciousness survives physical death – after which we exist as a unique field of consciousness no longer constrained by our linear space/time reality. Physicists now state that it would then be possible for these unique fields of consciousness to re-incarnate into any period in time ! We are re-cycled energy and information and there are many realties.
Kala: Beyond your work Hazel, how else do you Explore Your Spirit?
Hazel: I meditate regularly by sitting quietly and tuning into the space between my thoughts. I love walking in nature which helps me tune into my intuition more. And when time allows I love reading spiritual/ science books from people like Lynne MacTaggart, Drunvalo Melchizadek, Dr Miceal Ledwith, Professor Michio Kakuand a host of others which helps me see other perspectives and thus expand my horizons.
Kala: Thanks Hazel for joining us here on Kala’s Quick Five. More about Hazel Courteney and her book Countdown to Coherence can be found on her website at: http://www.hazelcourteney.com/
Noted wisdom teacher, author, intuitive, inspirational speaker, and host of the Explore Your Spirit with Kala Show, Kala Ambrose’s teachings are described as discerning, empowering and inspiring. Whether she’s speaking with world-renowned experts on the Explore Your Spirit with Kala Show, writing about empowering lifestyle choices, reporting on new discoveries in the scientific and spiritual arenas or teaching to groups around the country, fans around the world tune in daily for her inspirational musings and lively thought-provoking conversations.
Kala is the author of three books including the award-winning 9 Life Altering Lessons: Secrets of the Mystery Schools Unveiled (Reality Press 2007), Ghosthunting North Carolina (Clerisy Press 2011) and The Awakened Aura: Experiencing the Evolution of Your Energy Body (Llewellyn Worldwide 2011). A highly interactive teacher on a mission to educate, entertain and inspire, Kala presents workshops nationally on the Mind/Body/Spirit connection including Auras and Energy Fields, Developing Business Intuition, and Wisdom Teachings at the Omega Institute, the Learning Annex, LilyDale Assembly, and online in Webinar presentations including John Edward’s InfiniteQuest.