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I Love The Law of Attraction

 I have dabbled in all kinds of Spiritual practices, from Hinduism to connecting with your Spirit guides, to Dr. Joe Dispenza’s metaphysical work to The Law of Attraction with Ester Hicks and Abraham and much, much more.

Abraham-Hicks is my go to for feeling better right now. Abraham is a group, a collective of nonphysicals that are channeled through a lovely woman names Ester Hicks. They are phenomenally popular world wide and if you ever go to one of their seminars I guarantee you will feel the really good vibe!

The premise of their work is that this world is based on what you think about you bring about- that there is no assertion only attraction. And what you think about creates your reality. You literally create your own reality. And as Ester/Abraham with “tongue in cheek” says,’ that sounds really good until you realize how you have been screwing it up’!
It is a huge responsibility to take on. Really? The Universe isn’t doing this to me? I am doing this to me? Whoa. One other interesting thing I will mention here is that they state that there is no “NO” in the universe. So if we go around saying I don’t want this or that, we are not repelling those things that we don’t want- we are attracting them. So we better start spending our time thinking about and talking about what we do want.

The thing I like most about Abraham-Hicks work is that they are ALWAYS uplifting, not too heavy and not too out there. They give love and practical advice. They are always encouraging us. It is never an emotionally heavy thing. Just listening to one of their talks on Youtube (about 20 minutes) while I am getting ready for my day or whenever I feel myself getting into a funk, can turn my whole day around. I have been listening to them for years and still quite often find myself digging up one of their “rampages” to raise my own vibration. As Abraham-Hicks always says “Nothing is more important than how I feel.”

~Thanks Ester and Abraham!~

Wayne Dyer On Spirituality

The one person I have come across in my research on this subject over the years that seems to be able to articulate clearly on this subject is Wayne Dyer. I will take pieces and parts from some of his books and others to give us “food for thought”. We can take what resonates with us and apply it to ourselves as we see fit because the bottom line here is that our spirituality is our very own. Nothing can be more personal.

Mr. Dyer writes in his blog “When we remember that we’re always connected to Source, we can summon the well-being of God. Each and every one of us represents God or Spirit revealing Itself here on our planet. Experiences of being in-Spirit are available to all of us. All of us emanate from a source of well-being.

During an interview called “Your Essence is a Spiritual Being” Mr. Dyer talks about the feeling of being separate, the feeling of aloneness. On this he states “Once you realize that you are a Spiritual Being having a human experience then you are connected to everything and everyone.”
More to come…

~Connectedness~

Even Bad Experiences Are Useful

When we find ourselves in despair over a current situation many people suggest that we should ask the question “what is the lesson here”? I do not find this useful at all. When I am in the middle of a seriously difficult situation, I do not have the clarity to get any response from that question. What I do get is more disturbed. More emotional. More confused. I am certain this is where the expression ‘Hindsight is 20/20’ comes from.

In the midst of a crisis, I can only step fully into it, feel it. Writing about the situation and how it is currently making me feel I find is very useful. It takes what is in our heads and in our hearts and puts it out there on a piece of paper that we can see and revisit as we need. As the days roll by and we write more about our feelings and however things may be evolving, including our emotional state, we can begin to see progress.

Progress is the most important word here. We must see the progress we are making so that despair can turn into sadness, and then into hope, and then actual change in the situation. We breathe a sigh of relief looking back at what we have written realizing that we are not as derailed as we were a few days or weeks ago. We can actually see that things are changing, that we are changing, and this begins to unveil the answer to the question “what lesson is this teaching me”?

Hindsight is indeed 20/20. We begin to realize the good in the bad. Perhaps, we are emotionally stronger now. Perhaps we have more clarity about the situation. Perhaps it forced us to make better decisions or to make the changes that we so desperately needed to make. And herein lies the gift.

Now we can proceed with more confidence, more clarity and regain our emotional foothold. We can state with conviction that this won’t happen to us again. We can pat ourselves on the back and move back into the flow of life, allowing good things to unfold. We are stronger, wiser, better than before. And probably we have more zest for life than ever before!
~VICTORY!~

The Present Moment

Reverend Michael B. Beckwith, founder of Agape International Spiritual community and one of the featured teachers in the 2006 documentary The Secret, talks about being available to listen to that which is beyond our ears and see that which is beyond our eyes. He encourages us via meditation to be present and available to the Divine Presence, that nonphysical yet undeniable part of us.

When we sit in silence and stillness, focusing on our breath, we are able to release all thought and be available to feel, to witness that which is beyond our physical senses. When get into the present moment we witness that connection we have “with all that is.” The poet Rumi reminds us, “You are not a drop in the ocean; you are the entire ocean in a drop.” It’s like that.

Being in the present moment is a common thread in many Spiritual practices. It is said that the present moment is all there is. If we truly get into this present moment there is no fear because our minds are not dragging us into the future. Our minds are not at work here, so grief, pain, and sadness from the past are not here either. We are just sitting, listening to our breath, being present in this breath and the next and the next. Paradoxically, we encounter that which is eternal. We begin to feel oneness with all that is or ever has been.

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

Eckart Tolle’s timeless book The Power of Now, is a very deep dive into this topic- both on a personal level and on a global humanity level. In my opinion, it is required reading for those who are on a Spiritual path or those who want to understand what the heck are we doing here and how can we do it better, with much more ease and even grace. I promise you it will lead you to a better understanding of yourself and it will lead you to living a much more peaceful life.

Healing Our Wounded Spirit

There are big lessons to be learned along the way of this thing called life. Experiences we have that really hurt, really knock us down. I agree with the idea that there is a lesson in everything that happens in our lives. Tough to swallow for sure, but in my experience undeniable.

When we talk about Spiritual healing- healing our wounded Spirit- we undoubtedly are talking about feeling better, emotionally and mentally. I think it is important to include the mental part as it is often our thinking about the situation that slows down the healing process.

I have found it very difficult but if I can change my perspective on the situation or at least be open to the idea that there may be another perspective, this is where I step onto the right path. The path where progress can be made. I don’t have to stay in this Hell forever.

To be sure above all else in emotionally painful periods we need to be very kind to ourselves. Yet, we also need to make sure that we don’t get stuck in victim mode- that is not going to get us anywhere but stuck!

This is where we begin to entertain the idea that this must have happened for a reason. It is much easier once we are on the other side of that despair because we can look back and see that we have gained some sort of knowledge or emotional fortitude from this. Or maybe it just broke our hearts open to be able to feel more love, more compassion, more forgiveness.

I have no answers here, healing on this level is the most personal experience of all. No one can give you a personal how-to, we just begin to open up to the idea that this wound is temporary, we may always carry the memory of it with us, but it does not have to define us, and we do not have to carry the burden forever.

~I truly hope this helps~

Compassion

Even Bad Experiences are Useful

When we find ourselves in despair over a current situation many people suggest that we should ask the question “what is the lesson here”? I do not find this useful at all. When I am in the middle of a seriously difficult situation, I do not have the clarity to get any response from that question. What I do get is more disturbed. More emotional. More confused. I am certain this is where the expression ‘Hindsight is 20/20’ comes from.

In the midst of a crisis, I can only step fully into it, feel it. Writing about the situation and how it is currently making me feel I find is very useful. It takes what is in our heads and in our hearts and puts it out there on a piece of paper that we can see and revisit as we need. As the days roll by and we write more about our feelings and however things may be evolving, including our emotional state, we can begin to see progress.

Progress is the most important word here. We must see the progress we are making so that despair can turn into sadness, and then into hope, and then actual change in the situation. We breathe a sigh of relief looking back at what we have written realizing that we are not as derailed as we were a few days or weeks ago. We can actually see that things are changing, that we are changing, and this begins to unveil the answer to the question “what lesson is this teaching me”?

Hindsight is indeed 20/20. We begin to realize the good in the bad. Perhaps, we are emotionally stronger now. Perhaps we have more clarity about the situation. Perhaps it forced us to make better decisions or to make the changes that we so desperately needed to make. And herein lies the gift.

Now we can proceed with more confidence, more clarity and regain our emotional foothold. We can state with conviction that this won’t happen to us again. We can pat ourselves on the back and move back into the flow of life, allowing good things to unfold. We are stronger, wiser, better than before. And probably we have more zest for life than ever before!

Panic Attacks and How to Handle Them

I have read a lot about anxiety or panic attacks but none of it is comforting or leads me anywhere useful. Yes, I suppose it can stem from childhood traumas. Yes, it can seem to come from big changes in life or from particularly stressful situations. But a panic attack is more urgent than that. We need to know to handle an anxiety attack naturally and right in the middle of it.

For me, it does not matter how much childhood trauma I went through or even why it happens. The most important thing in my opinion is first and foremost to have true compassion for myself when an anxiety attack happens and secondly to have some tools to use.

Having true compassion for ourselves is tricky. It forces us to treat ourselves probably in a way that we never have. Usually, I find that in the middle of a panic attack we beat ourselves up. Usually, it immediately causes some form of self-denigration, some form of self-criticism which just makes matters worse. “Why can’t I get a grip”? Or “why can’t I handle things like other people do”? That’s a dead-end road.

First, let’s talk about the kind of anxiety I am referring to here so we can bound the problem in a more effective way. Then we can talk about how to handle the anxiety. It is said that some anxiety is good for us. It keeps us from being attacked by a bear or something. This is not the type of anxiety that I am talking about here.

The anxiety I am referring to is much less “reasonable.” It grips us in fear instantaneously and we have no idea what to do about it, why it is happening right now, and we can’t think clearly enough to reason ourselves out of it. It just is, happened out of the blue, and “holy shit I can’t even think straight right now”! BOOM. Like that.

The first thing we must do is make ourselves safe. If you are driving pull over. If you are around people get to a place where you can be alone in silence. Second thing is to breathe. Focus on your breath. This slows everything down and gives you the chance of having a clear thought. I haven’t found that trying to figure out why I am having a panic attack useful. We’ve just got to get the biological functions working on our behalf here.

Once we get the breath under control, cognitive functioning starts to return. Then we can start thinking our way out of it. We start feeling our fingers and toes again. Our mind starts working again. We are out of danger. We calm down. The worst is over.

This is when we can begin to be kind to ourselves like never before. Maybe something traumatic has not happened, but our body thinks it has! Treat yourself as if you just jumped out of a burning 2 story building, because that is how your body feels. Begin by allowing yourself to feel how your body feels. Tired. Burned out. Strange. And then start thinking thoughts like ‘I made it”. ‘I am okay”. ‘It’s over’.

Now. I encourage you to do something different. Anything. Watch birds. Take a bath. Give your wounded self a great big virtual hug. Do ANYTHING you can do be kind to yourself. Take a nap. Say no to the rest of your day. Tomorrow is another day and you not only survived, but you also learned how to handle this, and you are OKAY. This is a HUGE accomplishment!

Pat yourself on the back and know that if it happens again, you will know what to do.

~YOU”VE GOT THIS!~

The Body Is One Whole, Not Pieces and Parts

It is very unfortunate for us Amercians who were taught about all of our anatomical pieces and parts but were never taught about the interconnectedness of all these pieces and parts. Today, in Western medicine, the condition of a foot for example, has nothing to do with the condition of the neck. And the gallbladder certainly has nothing to do with a vertebral subluxation at thoracic vertebrae T12-L1. A podiatrist is not going to look to your neck to fix an ankle problem-ever! But guess what? A Bowen Therapist would! And, yes, a Bowen Therapist just may be able to remedy your sciatica by working on your jaw.

I know, this is where people think “oh brother, here we go…” but at least read a little about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) before closing your mind. I use TCM as an example because hopefully it at least carries enough weight for some consideration outside “The Box.” It’s been around for many thousands of years, much longer than Western medicine.

TCM, above all, sees the human body as an organic whole, a complete system made up of physical structures, emotions, mind, and spirit. It does not separate your body into parts, nor does it just treat one part of your body. In the TCM view, everything in the body is seen as woven together into a seamless whole; all parts have a relationship with one another.” TCM World

It is the same with Bowen Therapists. We understand that the connective tissue structures in the body are continuous and interconnected in a multitude of ways. The very same connective tissue that runs down the right side of the head also runs down the left side of the body. Low back pain can absolutely be caused by a problem in the cervical (neck) AND vice-versa!

It would behoove us Westerners to embrace this idea. We would benefit greatly- we would be taking less pharmaceuticals and having less surgeries and enjoying all of our pieces and parts working and playing together in one WHOLISTIC, highly functioning and pain-free body.

Simply put, in Bowen therapy we are releasing restrictions in the soft connective tissues in the body. When there are restrictions in these structures nerves get pinched, joints get compressed or pulled away from their natural track, and subluxations occur. This is what causes the pain and inability to function.

Once tensional balance is restored to these structures, everything is allowed to return to a normal position thus eliminating pain and dysfunction. Sounds and looks simple but it is not. There are often layers of dysfunction that must be identified and “unwound”. Sometimes results are immediate, but more often than not is takes some time.

Understanding the complexity of how these structures are interrelated has been my endeavor, my expertise for many years. I teach Bowen therapy to massage therapists in private practice and in massage schools. This system of bodywork is brilliant. It is effective and efficient and most times a handful of weekly treatments is all that is required to achieve complete recovery!
Need Help? Locate your nearest Bowen Therapist!

Spiritual Awakening

According to Deepak Chopra, awakening happens when you are no longer living in a dream world where you filter everything through your ego focusing on the future and the past. Instead, you have an almost simultaneous awareness of your individual self and the connection between you and everything else.

Take, for example, the metaphor of a wave in the ocean. You are the wave, and you are the ocean. The poet Rumi reminds us, “You are not a drop in the ocean; you are the entire ocean in a drop.” The ability to maintain both separation and connection seems to indicate a different level of spiritual evolution.

When you look across faith traditions, there is a common thread that describes this state as nirvana, enlightenment, or awakening. This consciousness happens when you stop being the observer, and instead you ask yourself, who is observing? (www.chopra.com)

So far so good. Having made meditation a daily practice for over two decades, I have and often do, have the experience of watching myself meditate. It used to be weird, now it’s normal.

There is a witness as Eckart Tolle tells us. This “witness” appears to be watching us meditate. This in itself would send many people running, because we do not understand what is going on here. I just happen to be curious enough about my own existence, knowing innately that I am much more than my physical body, that I keep at it in hopes of gaining clarity about the nature of me.

I know now that I am more energy than physicality, that there is more of me that is nonphysical than is physical. I have had so many experiences during meditation that push me to ask for more. It is said that we all have spiritual gifts and that at some level we have some thread of memory of who we truly are- much more than flesh, blood, and bones. Much more than wishes and dreams and emotions. So I keep at the pursuit of understanding.

Along the way I have learned much about myself- who I am, what I am all about. I have also “met”- seen in my mind’s eye, heard messages, and felt energy that is not physical. It is all something else. Angels? Spirit Guides? God? My higher being? My inner being? Maybe all the above, definitely not of my imagination- too real for that. I can actually say that some of those experiences have been more real than “real” life like cooking eggs for breakfast or walking my dog. I can say that and at the same time can state with absolute conviction that I am still sane.

What’s the point? Learning. Awareness. Understanding. Since I have taken on this endeavor life has become richer, more multidimensional and therefore tremendously more satisfying. I know that many (I would say most) people are completely content to just live in the 3D. Period. None of this airy fairy woo woo stuff. Good for them!

They get their education, get their job, stick with it until retirement and then go fishing. I have absolutely nothing derogatory to say here. I am certain that it is a much easier way to live! There is less unknown- one can create a predictable path. It is a straight line from point A to point B and there are plenty of directions along the way.
I simply am not built that way.

I am a Pisces. It is said that Pisces, being the twelfth sign of the zodiac, are the most Spiritual of all of us. Not sure whether that is true but it obviously is for me as I am always chasing that esoteric, more meaning to life kind of stuff.

For those of you still reading, welcome to the Spiritual journey. Just be warned, there are no directions, there is no straight line, and you can’t go back once you know this stuff. I believe this journey is eternal, always was, always will be and I believe it enriches our lives in ways that we never dreamed.

~Keep On Keeping On~

Finding Gratitude

Gratitude is the emotion that I find absolutely the most useful of all emotions. It expands us, it lifts our heart, raises our vibration, and can bring us out of any funk or despair. It opens us up to the possibility of a better, brighter mood at the very least and perhaps a happier day, despite our current circumstances.

Sometimes we must start small- very small. Just the smallest positive thought, especially first thing in the morning when the day is still full of potential. This time gives us the best chance of improving our day before the negative thoughts and emotions take us over. Abraham-Hicks says if we can just start with 16 seconds of positive thinking, we can springboard from there and create our own personal “rampage” of positive emotion.

It does not matter how dismal our current life circumstances may be. Truly it doesn’t. If when we open our eyes in the morning, we train ourselves to think positive- maybe it’s as small as “my heart is beating”, “I love my bed”, or “it’s so nice my cat is curled up with me”. Simple things. Seemingly little things. From there we can train ourselves to keep it going in this emotionally upward direction, raising our vibration, giving ourselves at least the opportunity to have a better day. It’s like flexing our happy muscles.

Like any kind of training, it takes conscious effort, a bit of discipline or at least a positive attitude. Once we establish a routine even for a few minutes when we first wake up, we find that it takes hold. And lo and behold we find that little-by-little we are in less despair, our pain is more manageable, the doom and gloom is not as big.
At the very least it gives us the potential to experience life on a lighter note.

For me, magical things started to happen. I saw more beauty around me. I enjoyed my morning walks with my dog more. I saw bunnies and flowers. Then I didn’t hurt so much. Then people were friendlier. Then my circumstances started changing. My health improved. I started attracting more positive things into my life. My life started to morph into something more, something better. I noticed I spent more time feeling okay and more opportunities for healing and happiness opened up.

It does take on a life of its own after a while. I don’t even want to imagine where I would be right now if I hadn’t committed to this exercise. Certainly, I would not be as happy or as healthy or as prosperous or joyful as I am today. This is called conscious living or as some say, creating your own reality.

Your thoughts are incredibly powerful- start choosing them wisely!

~Happy Flexing!~