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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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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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How To Overcome Your Fears And Trust Life

25. August, 2014Anxiety, Blog Posts, DepressionNo comments

“No fear, no envy, no meanness.”

Liam Clancy, The Clancy Brothers

How-To-Overcome-Your-FearsBeautiful words. I heard them and a tight place in my chest let go. I was free of something I had not known I carried. These are words to live.

Fear is the crux of the matter. It holds us back from the truth of ourselves. It underlies the envy and is the source of our unkindness to others.

Without fear we rejoice in the good fortune of others and have no reason to be churlish.

So much misery is our own making. It comes from fear. We fear the one we love won’t love us; we fear the loss of youth, of pride, of status. We fear to be embarrassed. So, how do we overcome our fears?

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The Secret To Liking Yourself

10. September, 2012Blog Posts, Depression, Relationships, UncategorizedNo comments

What is the secret to liking yourself? After all, there are valid reasons to dislike ourselves. We aren’t perfect and all the self-improvement of a lifetime will not get us to that exalted state.

Oddly, we usually dislike ourselves for the wrong reasons. We dislike that we are quiet and slow to make friends; we get upset with ourselves for being overweight; we beat ourselves up for losing our temper.

We set almost impossible standards for ourselves in trivial matters, such as exercise (“I’ve simply got to hit the gym more often.”) or socializing (“I never know what to say.”). This sort of guilt eats up a lot of psychic energy. It distracts us. We are focused on issues that miss the heart of the matter. Yet, they cause us to feel personally insufficient.

So, what constitutes true guilt?

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Depression Because I Was Adopted?

16. February, 2012DepressionNo comments

Depression can be caused by various outside factors that we may not be aware of or think much about. This made me think of another factor that can, for some, create feelings of depression and it can sometimes have to do with adoption. When people are adopted feelings and questions can start to develop. Many times, children or adults feel confused, uncertain, about their adoptive status and are unsure where to turn.

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Understanding Depression, Relationship Issues and Family Secrets

18. November, 2011Depression, Energy HealingNo comments

Depression can occur for people where there have been secrets in the family. Secrets in the family can also cause issues in later generations. A case I can talk about was in England where a grandfather in the family had been involved in something that was never talked about. And a policeman had died. So just leave it at that. And he had had to leave and go to Ireland for a long time and then eventually came back, maybe a couple decades later. The family treated him like he was a great hero.

But then, a couple of generations later when you get down to the grandchildren there were all kinds of issues for them – feeling depressed, feeling they should commit suicide, feeling that they had to somehow atone for something and they had no idea what. And so you start to look at when there’s murder and it’s not been acknowledged or it is treated like this person is a hero, then later it’s almost as though there’s a soul to the family that seeks to atone for the crimes of an earlier generation. So that’s the kind of thing that can happen for people when you have secrets that don’t come out in the open. We all come from somewhere. And we bring it with us.

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Meditation: Sandra Egli
Music: Torey Ronhovde

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.


Sandra's graceful way of listening & non-judgmental demeanor allowed me to open up effortlessly. I was certain, as I left her office, that I had received precisely the healing I needed.

Female client, age 44
Phoenix, Arizona