Category: depression

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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What Is a Totem? Can They Be Signs About the Future?

By definition, a Totem is “a natural object or animal that is believed by a particular society to have spiritual significance and that is adopted by it as an emblem.”

How Do You Know if a Totem Is for You?

When I recognize something as a totem is when it sticks out from the rest of the world. For instance, I haven’t seen a centipede for about 5 years and have never seen one in Florida. Yesterday, one crawled right on top of my foot when I was in the bathroom. This, in my estimation, is a totem. I looked up the meaning, which was very significant for me in that moment.

How Do I Find Out the Meaning of a Totem?

If you have access to the Internet, simply search for Spiritual Animal Totem (name of what you saw) in Google or Yahoo Search. Many options will come up. Read all of them, or just the one that seems specifically appropriate for you.

Spirit Guides

I painted this for my mother-in-law. She loves angels and this was to show her our love!

If you ask for help from angels or spirits, you will inevitably hear from them, as they are waiting anxiously for your to tell them what you need and how they can help you build a healthier spiritual life. They are not slaves to humans, but helpers. They will indeed guide you. Just as, if you want Feng Shui to change your life by sticking a picture of a male in your relationship corner, you will eventually bring to your life that relationship.

The Power of the Human Brain When Connected with the One Mind

If we could get back to the power of a child’s mind, we would experience unlimited ability to manifest our Good.

The mind always brings into existence whatever it focuses on. If you think about positive ideas, you’ll probably have a healthy heart, with your blood pressure in a great range. If you think about hate and anger all of the time, you’ll bring about negative people and things in your life, including disease—usually to the heart and vital organs.

This is the entire idea of metaphysics in a nutshell. We are creators who learn (or don’t learn) to manifest on this Earth. If we learn to be like the Christ Spirit within, then we will do as the Christ did—create a better world for ourselves and others with compassion, healing and love.

If we keep ambivalence and negativity in our hearts, we’ll spread bad news and negativity to everyone we meet.

I had a dear friend tell me that he just recently realized how much negativity he had brought into his own life when he was younger. Now, as he looks back to his teens, the only time his life completely began to be positive was when he began to believe that the world could be better for him. If he had continued to believe in his old way of thinking negatively, he would now be on the same spiritual step as he was in his late teens.

We don’t grow until we recognize our own power in body and as spirit beings. When we recognize that we can create a better world by avoiding negativity, negative people, and especially negative thoughts.

I advise that you find an affirmation (a sentence or a couple of sentences that really resonate with your soul). When you find that affirmation, repeat it every time you seem to spiral into a negative place. For a long time I used the one below:

I painted this while waiting for Hurricane Irma to touch down on Florida.

“I RELEASE AND LET GO OF ALL THINGS THAT NO LONGER SERVE MY MIND, MY LIFE, AND MY RELATIONSHIPS. I AM OPEN AND WILLING FOR PEACE!”

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A Pocket Full of Grace and #CandyCrush

Grace is a subject we don’t often talk about these days, because we are more interested in getting certain people convicted of their crimes and removed from high ranking positions.

Let’s not be so concerned with other people, right now. Let’s discuss the grace you have offered yourself lately? In what ways do you administer grace in your own life, besides playing #candycrush?

An Example of Grace in My Own Life

When I lived in Nashville I had a very successful business, which included both music lessons (voice and piano) and a hypnotherapy practice of the clinical nature. I was used to people recommending my practice because of many successful reports from clients who had gone on to do great things in the music department and people who had had complete healings in the clinical hypnosis part.  I had been in practice for over 28 years in Nashville. My reputation and my successes had time to generate return business and also friends of friends would often recommend me.

When I moved to Florida, I assumed that I would be one of the frontrunners here because of all of my 35 years of experience in Nashville.

I understood the circumstance, though, of starting a new business. I have to remember that a long-standing reputation as a successful teacher and hypnotherapist doesn’t matter to people who don’t know you or your friends and family. Their judgments are harsher.

In Nashville I had people come to my practice with high recommendations from producers, agents, musical theater teachers, other students, band members, and recording studies. In a different city, those recommendations mean little to nothing.

Also, three years ago, I had decided that I was going to approach life through a spiritual microscope. I didn’t want to look at life as a business venture. I wanted to live everyday being led by my meditations and by the angels and spirits toward a more fulfilling, prosperous, and joyful life.

Recently, after much prayer about success, I heard a message in my spirit:

“Simply move forward with the opportunities that are set in front of you! Don’t hesitate. Many other opportunities will follow.”

Very soon after this prayer, many opportunities began to come my way. Here is the catch, though: When you ask for Spirit to lead you, you must be ready to be led away from some things as much as being led toward them. (This includes friends, home, some family members, places of work, and places you play.)

Since this prayer, I have gain a few clients every week, but some also leave or dismiss me as their teacher or helper. This is the part that requires grace.  I have had more of a turn over in clients than I have had in years. The people who stay are more than exuberant about the work we do together. However, the people who leave are also exuberant. It’s as if Spirit is saying “no” to me and to them immediately.

Most of the time I’m completely surprised at who leaves, because they have expressed to me how grateful they are and how I’ve helped them so much. Then, a week later, they quit.

I am personally left with a feeling of lack and a hit to my self-confidence.

You may ask: “How can someone who has been successful for so many years believe he is not good enough now?” The truth is in the physiology of your human neural pathways in the brain that are hit whenever you get triggered by an old belief of yourself. Your circumstance changes, but your thoughts and beliefs as you have learned your spiritual lesson should stay the same. But, often, you will find yourself in an old place, feeling depression and remorse.

This is the point of the story!

When you are triggered with an old belief about yourself, you must use every tool you know to keep yourself guarded from the negative thoughts of the past. Keep people around you who are full of positivity. Personally, when I’m not afraid to admit I’m losing confidence, my helpers immediately come to my aid, sharing the good news of “Who I Am” in the One Mind of God. I am  not who I was as a child. This is important.

Self-grace is even more important than you think.

I had an experience of this feeling recently. I took an entire day for myself. I cancelled everything and sat with my thoughts and with the uncomfortable feeling of being not worthy and not good enough. I walked down a dark road to meet the phantom voices of these thoughts. I stared them in the face and spoke my truth to the entities. Then I meditated.

 

I did this ritual most of the day, by myself, and fully exposed to spirit. By evening, I felt as if I was returning to normal. I was able to let go of the old thoughts completely and move forward again.

Had I not taken the time to be still and recognize the issues coming up, to be honest with myself, the feelings would have been oppressed and tamped down. Eventually, I would have gotten sick from the old, festering thoughts; and they would have manifested in negative ways.

I’m not sure that I won’t continue to feel some of these negative feelings again, but I feel well equipped with Spiritual Fortitude and great affirmations that will keep me on guard for the negativity of the past, if they do return.

We have the power to have GRACE for ourselves. We must use it. We can give all of our grace away to others. If we do so and save none for ourselves, then we will eventually end up disliking ourselves for the sake of helping others.

In this case, you might as well put down your bag of love, leave it on the altar, and walk away from all the good you do. Grace can’t come from a person who doesn’t forgive him- or herself. It comes from someone who understands and empathizes with the person experiencing negativity, even if (and most especially if) it is you.

Then and only then can you be a healer in this world.

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