All posts by Dr. Karen Michelle Ricci

Dr. Karen Michelle "Shelly" Ricci is a Doctor of Traditional Naturopathy, Biblical Wellness Counselor, and writer who has endured a life long struggle with auto-immune disease which eventually ended up in an 8 month long paralysis (transverse myelitis). This struggle prompted her to seek out natural healing methods. Her approach is simply to look at the person as a whole: mind, body and spirit, and point them back to the natural things Yahweh has created to help them on their healing journey.

From Stressed to Shalom

Have you ever stopped to think about how much our lives have changed in the last 30…20…or even 10 years? This is something that has been coming up more and more in conversations with my husband…not just because we’re getting older (we ARE but that’s besides the point *ehem) but also because, as children of the 80’s and 90’s, we remember what life was like before smart phones, the internet, and amazon prime. I am not totally against technology as it has provided a degree of convenience to modern day living. But let’s face it – things were simpler “back in the day”.

On top of that, the different seasons of life are something that none of us can escape from. College, career, parenting littles, raising teens, caring for elderly parents, etc – each season brings with it a new challenge and demands our attention.

I haven’t even mentioned bills, schooling, juggling career and housework and all other things that fall under the heading of: ADULTING.

At the end of the day, we often find the cry of our heart is for PEACE!!!

Thankfully, GOD makes this peace readily available to us. In fact, Philippians 4:7 mentions a peace that passes all of our understanding. The Complete Jewish Bible puts it like this:

“(Then) God’s shalom, passing all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with the Messiah Yeshua.” (Jesus)

WHAT IS SHALOM?

But what exactly is shalom? You may have heard it used as a greeting, the same way that “hello” or “good-bye” is used. Oftentimes, it is used as a replacement for “peace” as in the above verse. But is there more to it than that? After all, when looking at words in the Hebrew language, one must consider all the possibilities of its meaning, which is often multi-layered.

Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance (#7965) states that “shalom” means: completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.

Shalom comes from the root verb “shalam” (#7999 in the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Some of the meanings listed for shalam are: safe, well, happy, friendly; health, prosperity, and peace.

There are 237 instances, in the Bible, where “shalom” is mentioned. The fact that it is mentioned so often tells us that it is important to God. Anything that is important to the heart of our Father God is worth paying attention to.

Clearly, shalom is so much more than just a greeting or a general state of peace. It is a blessing of health, wholeness and prosperity in every area of our lives: in a health sense, an emotional sense, a financial sense, a relational sense, a spiritual sense – everything!

Perhaps we could say that shalom is a concept that is holistic in nature. If you prefer, we could even say that shalom is a concept that is “whole-istic” as it is a blessing that ought to affect every area of our whole lives.

The thought that we should have shalom in every area of our lives may sound, at first, a bit overwhelming. After all, how does one even begin to go about achieving this?

Do we, first, have to live a life of perfection and then shalom will appear? Rather than thinking of shalom as a state of being that we must work to achieve, perhaps we should think of it as a force that we can choose to receive and lean into – a tangible force that we can move, flow and live in when we embrace the Creator’s ancient Ways.

WHERE DOES SHALOM COME FROM?

“And God, the source of shalom, will soon crush the Adversary under your feet.The grace of our Lord Yeshua (Jesus) be with you.” – Romans 16:20 (CJB)

In the above verse, we see that God, Himself, is the Author of shalom. Yes, He alone is the Source of shalom. The amount of counterfeit offers of peace, vying for our attention, are numerous.

Many good, well meaning people have been sucked into false religion, and ideologies, due to the “promises” of peace and enlightenment. Of course, the enemy of our souls sprinkles a bit of truth into every lie. This causes us to put our defenses down and sometimes we overlook the red flags of warning. Before long, we will find that we have gone way off course – down a road that is far from Creator’s Ways.

We must use discernment in these matters and research the root – the originalsource – behind such non-biblical (often mystical) beliefs. As hard as we may try, peace cannot be conjured up or manufactured by counterfeit religion. Even satan has been known to masquerade as an “angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14-15).

The truth is: we cannot think, medicate, or meditate ourselves into a state of shalom. It comes from Creator God alone!

PRACTICAL WAYS TO FLOW IN SHALOM

If you currently find yourself in a season where shalom seems out of reach or if you simply desire more of this powerful blessing, from GOD, below I have listed some practical ideas to consider:

1. Start your day with Creator God. Regardless of the current season you may find yourself in, your ABBA Father wants to spend time with you. He delights in you and is waiting for you to come to Him, everyday. Never underestimate the power of time spent in prayer, praise and in the Word.

2. Trust in Creator God. We were not designed to carry burdens. Lay them down at your ABBA’s feet, trusting Him to care for your every need.

3. Get rid of the old. Any old thought patterns, behaviors, or habits that don’t line up with GOD’s ways need to be kicked to the curb. Getting rid of the old junk opens up more room for the better things that your ABBA Father has planned for you.

4. Unplug. Spend more time with loved ones and nature…and less with tech.

Shalom is not an ethereal idea. It is tangible and something that we all can live, and flow, in. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your healing journey. Shalom!

The Choice Is Yours

QUESTION: Why do some people, when exposed to a sick person, always walk away sick while other people walk away fine?

ANSWER: Immunity – weak vs.strong. Regardless of the extent of how communicable COVID19 may or may not be, it is still a “virus”. Viruses don’t go around jumping on folks and biting them willy nilly.

Simple immunology tells us that the difference between getting sick and staying well is the condition of your immune system. The real issue that we’re dealing with is a spiritual heart issue. How you choose to respond will reveal you to be weak or strong. #ShalomDoc

NEWSFLASH: COVID 19 – Hoax, Hype, or horror

When a crisis, of any kind, becomes entangled with politics, the media, and massive amounts of fear and panic…one must ask themselves if the majority’s response is equal to the actual risk. Is there even real risk involved here and to what extent? Is this whole thing a hoax, hype, or horror? Truly there are very few other possibilities. Please allow me to break down, the solution for each of these option:

Hoax: If COVID 19 is indeed a hoax, meaning that it is not even a reality, and is being used as a cover-up for something else then the last thing you need to do is give into the spirit of fear and begin to panic.

Hype: If COVID 19 is indeed something real, but is being hyped up by the media and world governments, then the last thing you need to do is give into the spirit of fear and begin to panic.

Horror: If COVID 19 is indeed the literal horror that the media and world governments are portraying it to be (and most of us are pretty much already dead because of it) then the last thing you need to do is give into the spirit of fear.

Concerning the above options, I am NOT saying it’s okay to be reckless when leaving your house. I am NOT saying to neglect your health because you will automatically be fine. And I am certainly NOT saying that I am endorsing one of the above options, exclusively.

What I Am Saying: Fear IS a spirit and NOT a spirit from God. For He has not given us a spirit of fear. Fear can get you out of a life or death situation. But it is not something that we, as humans, were meant to sustain on a daily basis (ie. anxiety, panic attacks, etc). It is detrimental not only for our mental health but our physical health as well.

NEWSFLASH: When you choose to entertain fearful thoughts and feelings, you have taken a step away from the Spirit of God, lowered your shield of faith, and become vulnerable in the eyes of the enemy. You are literally placing your faith in the object of your fear rather than in God.

Do NOT get stuck in fear. Instead, invite YAH into the fear and allow His love and Word to dispel it.

WE WERE NOT MADE TO BE AFRAID!

Now is the time to stir up the God given gifts, within you, and look for opportunities to bless others. Now is the time to lay down your own schedule, and agendas, by choosing to reconnect with God and your loved ones. Now is the time to truly rest in Him.

“Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

– 2 Timothy 1:6-7

Why “Shalom”?

Shalom is more than just a general greeting or a well-wishing of “peace”. 

Strong’s Concordance #7965 states that “Shalom” means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord. 

Shalom comes from the root verb “shalom” meaning to be complete, perfect and full. 

So when we say “shalom” to someone we are breathing life into them, speaking peace and health over them…and blessing them with wholeness in every way that Yahweh can bring wholeness to us: in a health sense, an emotional sense, a financial sense, a relational sense, a spiritual sense…everything.

And what IS Naturopathy? 

“Naturopathy is a philosophy which encompasses a view of life, a model for living a full life. The word naturopathy is a Latin-Greek hybrid which can be defined as ‘being close to or benefiting from nature.’” — Stewart Mitchell, Naturopathy: Understanding the Healing Power of Nature

Welcome!

If there’s one thing most of us have in common it’s this: we are busy. That’s life, right? I get it. I really do.

Something else we have in common? The need for peace. I get that, too. In this hustle and bustle world, it’s easy to ignore our own needs. Sometimes we even forget who we are.

Shalom Total Wellness is about providing solutions to your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual needs. It’s about providing a safe place to be uniquely, YOU! Not all healing journeys look the same and neither do the solutions to health and wellness.

I’d be honored for you to peruse this site. Make yourself at home and enter into Shalom Total Wellness!