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Do You Trust the Universe or Push Your Way Through Life?

13. December, 2017Anxiety, Blog Posts, Depression, MeditationNo comments

do you trust the universeEvery word spoken or harbored in thought, creates your life. Emotions festering internally or unleashed in our surroundings affect the substance of the universe and create our lives. What are you creating? Are you conscious to the process or asleep?

Too easily, believing we are awake, we are more like robots pursuing a pre-programmed image of what our lives should be. The images come from powerful emotional experiences in childhood or later that impress on us. A woman who idealized both her father, a doctor, and Mother Theresa, devalued her life as a wife and mother. She believed a ‘real’ contribution would be ministering to and saving others.

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Spirituality and Life: Why Do Bad Things Happen?

2. November, 2017Blog Posts, Spiritual HealingNo comments

spirituality and lifeRecently it seems many catastrophic events have competed for headlines. Deadly and damaging hurricanes, devastating wildfires, an horrific mass shooting, and bombings of frightening proportion. When such events occur, many people ask why. Why do bad things happen? Why does God allow them?

I suggest this is the wrong question and to address the matter we must back up and begin, as always, with ourselves. We see the world through our own eyes and in the same manner as we view ourselves. We perceive ourselves as imperfect, believe we need to improve and constantly strive to ‘be better’ than we are. From this vantage we see the same about the world: there is something wrong here and we need to do something to make it work better. In our private lives we respond as though there is something defective in ‘me’. With public events we do the same – there is something defective in how the world is running.

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Feeling Helpless About Yourself or Others? Try “Yes”

10. October, 2017Blog Posts, Relationships, Spiritual HealingNo comments

Perhaps we would all do well to ‘just say yes’ more often. There’s an aspect of human nature that we consistently resist reality. We want life to be other than it is. We want our lives to be other than they are. We want events to turn out differently than they do. And so, we excuse ourselves to feel victimized, cross our arms, stomp our feet and say, “No.” There is a misconception that such resistance is powerful. It is not. Any behavior based on the belief that ‘I am a victim’ or ‘this should not be’ is untruthful and lacks power.

Why is that so and what is the difference between effective and ineffective behavior?

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Building Self Acceptance: I Am Not Special

21. August, 2017Blog Posts, Depression, Spiritual HealingNo comments

Self AcceptanceWe all want to be special. Starting as children, clinging at least unconsciously to the belief as adults. We want to be known as someone or something ‘more’ than everyone else. It fills a deep need to reassure ourselves that our own worst fear that we are not good enough is not true. And we are terribly afraid that others will find out how unworthy we really are.

It is a cruel self-criticism that says we aren’t worth anything without some notable accomplishment if our lives are lived in obscurity unknown and unaccomplished by comparison to others. That I am special is the secret that saves and gives my life meaning.

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Embracing Change and Redefining Power: The Metamorphoses of Life

18. July, 2017Blog Posts, Spiritual HealingNo comments

embracing change and redefining powerRecently, seven sailors died in an accident at sea. I read their names. They came from all over the United States. It hit me hard. The older I get, the more I mourn that those who die young and haven’t gotten a fair share of life. It isn’t true of course. We all die in precisely our own right time, neither sooner nor later, but still, I wish for them that they had more.

We cannot know when we will die. If we are fortunate, we age, and only gradually does death present itself. Nonetheless, we resist the inevitable.

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Speaking the Truth: Recognizing & Agreeing to Reality

20. June, 2017Boundaries, Spiritual HealingNo comments

speaking the truth When you are upset, about anything, you are not in truth. When you are angry, ranting, yelling, you are not in truth. You are fighting what’s so and what’s so is the truth – reality. Recognizing reality relieves misery and brings peace. Not necessarily the outcome you prefer, but clarity and calm. Frenzied angry actions are not behaviors consistent with reality.

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Spirituality and Stress: Tips to Manage Frustrations & Social Expectations

18. May, 2017Meditation, Spiritual HealingNo comments

spirituality and stress managementWhen did ‘go with the flow’ become common to everyday speech? Its origin is sometimes attributed to

Shakespeare and its present meaning is to follow the crowd. I connect the expression to the hippie culture of the 1960s and 70s. It meant to take life at an easy pace, don’t get stressed, be cool. In that context, the saying conjured images of people opting out of the rat race and moving back to nature. It connoted the desire for a simple life and escape from the frustrations and stress of societal expectations. Read more

Whose Karma is it: Neural Pathways, Constellations and Karma

18. April, 2017Blog Posts, Spiritual HealingNo comments

whose karma is itEver since the emergence of ‘alternative’ healing in public awareness, conventional medicine has questioned the efficacy of treatments not based in Western science. As research has begun to catch up ancient medical treatments such as

acupuncture, herbs and teas are being validated. Now, researchers are expanding our knowledge about the human brain, how it develops and the impact of individual experience not only on the individual but on subsequent generations. This, too, is consistent with alternative healing processes. Read more

How to Find True Happiness in Your Life

21. March, 2017Blog Posts, Spiritual HealingNo comments

How to Find True HappinessBeyond survival, we seek happiness. It’s a human desire brought on, perhaps, by prosperity and disposable time, like disposable money, seeking a place to be spent. We evaluate our feelings and want more of that ‘feel good’ feeling more of the time. Better yet, we want it all the time. Our search consists of wanting something or person that we believe will satisfy our expectations.

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Understanding Fear in Your Life and Learning to Embrace It

22. February, 2017Blog Posts, Spiritual HealingNo comments

understanding fear in your lifeOccasionally recurring riddles emerge in my life. I call them personal koans. The word koan (approximately pronounced ko-ahn) is Japanese and its meaning is something like ‘case study’. Koans were historically used by Zen masters as life puzzles for their students to ponder and, eventually, to gain insight into the nature of life and into themselves. An old but fairly well known koan is this one: “Show me your

original face before your mother and father were born.” To some extent, such puzzles demonstrate the inadequacy of strictly logical thinking. Logical thinking also fails at understanding fear in your lifeRead more

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The wisdom of a thousand generations guides you today. Only listen. Without a sound their voices reverberate in your cells. Settle within and choose your path.

All of us come from strength, fortitude, perseverance. No matter how difficult their lives, our ancestors made it through and passed on life for the next generation. Over and over, until it came to you. The intelligence that guided them has also come to you.


To Thine own Self be true.

If I could present you with a single blessing, it would be the gift of Mindfulness. Awareness of yourself: body, emotions, and self-talk, all the time. Our immediate experience is the ultimate exploration that only grows richer with time. What we do or don't do, and the roots of our behavior, are accessible with the simple practice of noticing immediate experience. It is this practice that makes it possible to know and be true to ourselves.

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