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How Forgiveness Can Impact Spiritual Growth and Higher Consciousness

17. December, 2018Blog Posts, Spiritual HealingNo comments

what are the benefits of forgivenessA few months ago, I wrote about The Power of Forgiveness and that part of forgiveness is coming to terms with who it is that we must forgive. The greatest difficulty forgiving someone else is that we must also forgive ourselves. This is true whether we were the victim or the transgressor. When we are hurt, we blame ourselves. When we hurt another person, we also judge ourselves. Always feeling if we were only better, smarter, kinder, ‘it’ wouldn’t have happened.


Hawaiian Prayer of Forgiveness is an ancient practice in many Polynesian cultures. It rests on the understanding that illness arises when we hold onto anger and grudges or have not atoned for our own misconduct. The translation is simple: Read more

How Can I Feel Connected to the World?

8. November, 2018Blog Posts, Spiritual HealingNo comments

I’ve been writing newsletters for 6 years, avoiding political discussions because I believe everyone has a right to their perspective and good people hold many differing views. Recently, I saw a video of a demonstrator screaming, “You are not welcome here! We welcome everyone!” It wasn’t humorous, she meant what she was shouting. Sadly, the contradiction in her message reflected accurately the underlying belief of many people today. That is, we believe in

oneness but only for those who agree with us. While we may struggle to listen to viewpoints that seem incompatible with our own, it isn’t the other guy’s fault. All intolerance is within us and it is there and only there that we can find harmony with reality. Only when we are at peace with ourselves can we be at peace with the world. Read more

The Power of Forgiveness: How To Forgive Someone

14. September, 2018Blog Posts, Spiritual HealingNo comments

the power of forgivenessAnger and resentment are part of a human life. Most of us are stuck harboring some long-held grievance from childhood or later in life. Minor irritations that arise repeatedly also collect over time affecting our relationships and happiness.

Grievances are part of the spectrum of human feelings that result naturally when events or people don’t behave as we want. The worst are the situations that hurt deeply – betrayal and insults. It is human and truthful to acknowledge that these feelings can fester within us even when we push them aside and move on, wanting to forgive and forget.

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Overcoming Harsh Self Criticism To Embrace a Life of Joy

8. May, 2018Blog Posts, Spiritual HealingNo comments

overcoming harsh self criticismWe create our lives with every thought, feeling, opinion and conviction we hold. Whether conscious, semi-conscious, unconscious or denied, every level of our awareness has an effect. While most of us would agree that we affect the course of our lives, we shy away from acknowledging the extent of our power.

We shrink from the reality because we are reluctant to accept that we have a hand in negative and painful events. In fact, such realization can be the source of self-punishment and blame that is terribly counterproductive.

Harsh self-criticism is itself a negative emotion that blocks us from creating a joyful life. It is an example of the underlying conflicting beliefs and feelings that we have about almost everything. As a result, what we create is equally confused and contradictory. Read more

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


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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.


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