Category: depression

Speaking Out for Your Soul’s Survival! The Big Picture…

You can’t turn on the news or look at Social Media without an onslaught of posts about Sexual Abuse #metoo confronting you. I wonder about the big picture.

For an example, when we think of the mutilation of African women so that men can enslave and brand them, this news disturbs the deepest part of our being. Why? Is it just that we have compassion. Or has this news invoked a feeling of insecurity and being unsafe for you?

Picture of a woman tortured in Uganda

My guess these kinds of stories about anyone (animals included) cause an equal amount of both feelings—compassion and empathy for our own need for security. However, when droves of men and women (mostly women) gather together to find strength to speak out against the male majority running the country, who have tried to enslave women and take away rights from any minorities, even in notably free country such as the United States, we must look a little deeper to see the real cause and the rush to speak out!

When I think of what the ultimate feeling of happiness would feel like, I imagine having the physical things I need to feel comfort, having loved ones, but most importantly I would need to feel an underlying feeling of peace and safety. No one can feel truly happy or joyful without feeling safe. This would be like having the largest diamond in the world, but having to live in a vault with the diamond, always afraid that someone will rob you of your valuables and your intrinsic value. But are our valuables material things?

When we dig deeper, we find that most of our own lives and the majority of the people we know have never had a solid foundation of security.

I review my own childhood and see this clearly. I don’t have to dig too deeply to see that my greatest prayer is always to experience peace and for my husband and family to feel secure their own lives. I pray for this because I know there is no true joy without security.

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I recently spoke with a very famous man who had everything he desired in the material world, but had absolutely no peace. He had sacrificed his entire life for wealth and fame and never once thought about the toll it had taken on his and his family’s lives. After he had decided to retire a few weeks back, he looked like an entirely different human being—a smile, weight loss, a ruddy color in his skin, and most importantly a glimmer of peace in his eyes.

I asked him how he felt about leaving the material world that had supported him for so long. His answer was met with unexpected tears. He said, “I pray everyday that I will find what really makes me happy and will bring me peace. I don’t have this… Not yet. But, I now know that I am going in the right direction.”

This man’s story speaks of finding peace as his primary goal. Underneath his cries and our cries for truth, transparency, power, human and animal rights, we feel an underlying need to know with the deepest sense of our authentic self that we are Safe—safe from terrorists, safe from Super Egos, safe from governmental mistakes, safe from narcissistic choices that affect everyone of our lives, especially those who are much less fortunate than we are.

When you prepare your signs for your next protest or support a loved one who is speaking out about being treated unfairly, say a quick prayer that whoever is marching, being interviewed, speaking out finds the peace he or she searches for!

Namaste.

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Portals to Happiness!

Many people believe that there are many paths to happiness: money, love, sex, drugs, a bevy of friends, hard work, prayer, meditation, spirituality, etc. I could go on and on. The truth is that there is only one door to happiness.

When we recognize that we are an infinite spirit, housed in a finite body, this is the first step to walking through the door toward peace and happiness. 

There was a client who came to me riddled with cancer. She fought through the storms in her life to maintain health for a little over 1o years. She discovered, though, a week before our visit that the cancer had metastasized. She was told she didn’t have long to live… perhaps 6 months.

As we talked about it, a peculiar smile spread over her face. I didn’t understand, so I asked her why she was smiling.

She replied, “I have had a good life. Yes, there were struggles. But mostly I have had peace in the past 10 years. Everyday since I first found out I had cancer, I had promised myself to live this present day as if it were my last—never looking back with regret. I feel fortunate to have had 10 years to live freely and unrepressed by my past and fear. I have lived a life that most people never live in just these past 10.”

I asked her, “So, what do you think the secret to happiness is?”

She responded, “First, take care of the loose ends in your life. Fire those who don’t benefit you and have been dragging you down! Get rid of all that no longer serves you! Then you must must must STAY focused on the present.

No happiness exists in the future or in the past. Happiness is happening right here and now. Make friends with all that is in your life now, whether you perceive it to be good or bad. Make laws against living in what you can not change. Float on your human life, as if you were sailing in a boat led by the winds of grace!”

This conversation left me speechless. Even though she was a client, I couldn’t speak for a few minutes. She understood that every session was for the healing of the One Mind that we both share.

I hope this helps you live within the fullness of your life today.

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Is Every Moment in the Now a Memory of the Past? Read on:

In the first lesson of A Course in Miracles we learn that a chair is not just a chair. An image of a chair can only be a chair because of all the chairs you have seen in the past. In fact, if you were consistently beaten on a cane back chair by a childhood abuser, you probably feel a modicum of that pain every time you see a cane back chair.

What the neural pathway is going on here?

Can we ever get out of the loop of the past, or is everything from the present based on the shapes and forms that we have once witnessed and learned? 

The question of living in the NOW without the past is a difficult question to answer and an even harder one to live. I have spent the past few years trying with much appropriate frustration casting down the negative thoughts from the past, denying them, and reinforcing my current New Thought belief. I do this only to find that some new ideation from the past comes up—one that’s even harsher and harder to digest. So, once again I spit out that old thought like a rotten grape I mistakenly popped into my mouth. “What the hell was that? Why did that rotten thought come up?”

It seems as though I’m asking myself this question more and more often? Is battling your own subconscious mind a good thing?

You better believe it!

If you want to make change in your mind, you must constantly assess the myriad of thoughts that float through the mind. Perhaps, you don’t have to consider the thoughts that sweep through your mind with out consideration, but the ones You Chose to Settle on! are meant to be dissected, swallowed, or spit out.

If someone knocks at your door, you don’t automatically open it to every person there. Your thoughts are the same. They are a sea of possible thoughts in the universe and because there is only One Mind, we are quite probably basking in the consciousness of society, family, and whatever is on the television at the moment.

The thoughts that you should consider and deliberate are the ones that sound like the following:

  • you’ll never be good enough. Someone is so much better than I am;
  • I’ll always be poor. I don’t deserve any more than I have;
  • Just getting by is a blessing. I should be happy with what I have and not wish for more;
  • I’m ugly and will never attract someone into my intimate life; and
  • having faith in my future and in positive thoughts is just crap; it never works!

I’m here to tell you—to bear witness to the fact—that
positive thinking works!

It not only works, but it changes lives. When you get stronger, wrestle and win against your personal demons, and prosper in your daily life, the entire world gets one step closer to the Light. If we are all part of the energy of the One Mind in Spirit, then we had better believe that every moment we spend learning our daily lessons is going to bring the entire universe one step closer to freedom:

  • freedom from messy government,
  • world war,
  • ignorance,
  • family drama, and
  • simple foolish bickering for the sake of boredom.
  1. Today, take the time to look at your thoughts. Assess them as if you are standing on a bridge watching them float beneath you, as if they are goldfish. Watch which thoughts  float to the top and which ones you feed with your brain.
  2. Decide why your life must hold on to that thought in that moment.
  3. And when you discover you no longer need that mess from the past, say to it: “I release and let go of all thoughts that no longer serve my life! I am open and willing for Peace!”

Namaste

 

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