Thursday, February 25, 2010

Lessons from a Child: Snow shovel fun

Because I live in snow country, much of this winter has been spent shoveling large amounts of snow. Most days, I bundle myself and my son up in snowsuits, boots, and other snow apparel and brave the cold and snow.

Once outside, my son makes a beeline for the shovels. Yes, he has his own shovel --- a toddler-sized blue snow shovel that is perfect for his size and ability. While I'm still picking up my adult-sized green snow shovel, he's already begun making furrows in the snow on the front step a few feet from me.

Amused and not to be outdone by a one-year-old, I join him, lifting big shovelfulls of snow up and dumping them on a ever-growing pile in front of the house. Eagerly, my son shovels and scrapes with gusto, usually sending more snow into my freshly-cleared path. It's his way of helping. And much like when we wash the dishes, he seems to play much more than he works.

In his puffy snowsuit and stiff snowboots, when he walks he has a slight waddle similar to a penguin. He pats the snow, scooping it with his mittened hand, then bustles around with his shovel swirling more snow around. My busy worker bee.

Already, at his tender age, my son is showing a good work ethic, a willingness to participate in chores, and a team attitude. Even on days we won't be shoveling, when we exit the house he heads toward his shovel. That is how ingrained the concept of helping has become for him.

I wonder . . . as children, were we all such willing helpers?

My son is a reminder for me to joyfully engage in 'work', to make 'work' playful, and to participate in the events of life --- one shovelful at a time. *smile*

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Peanut Gallery

Quite often when a group of spirits show up for a client's session, they are full of opinions ---sometimes differing, sometimes humorous --- regarding the people and situations around a client.

When this happens, I affectionately refer to them as "the Peanut Gallery".

For example, a client's mother, father, brother, and grandmother (all in Spirit) showed up for the reading. When the conversation meandered into the subject of the client's current life situation, the mother and grandmother agreed with the client, but the father did not agree and the brother abstained. "Just like when they were here," my client commented.

When this happens, I frequently remind and strongly suggest to my clients the following:
  • keep in mind the personality and essence of your spirit family and friends (introvert vs extrovert, comforting vs bossy, etc)
  • the relationship you have with them may be different from the relationships they have with each other
  • your loved ones in Spirit can only offer their opinions (not 100% certainty) regarding a situation or possible future outcome
  • listen to your own soul's guidance
  • you have free will to choose your reaction to events

Those in spirit can be generous or stingy with their advice. And keeping the above in perspective can assist you in understanding how Spirit works in your life, including their limitations and their glorious support.

How wonderful it is that thru mediumship we have the opportunity to reconnect with our loved ones in Spirit and have a conversation of sorts with the Peanut Gallery!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Astral travel

Q: What happens during astral travel?

A: During astral travel or an out-of-body experience, the soul stays attached to the body via an energetic bond (aka the Silver Cord) and can safely travel great physical and dimensional distances.

Astral travel can occur during altered states of consciousness, such as meditation, coma, or dreaming. I have noticed that sometimes people with Alzheimer's or dementia will astral travel, too.

When I look at people in these kinds of altered states, I will occasionally see their soul hovering slightly above their physical bodies. Other times, I just know they are not "in" their bodies.

The soul of an unconscious or dreaming person can astral travel to visit special people and places; it may even toe-dip on the "other side". Clients have reported visitations from a loved one or told me of their visits to others. Puts a whole new spin on the concept of teleportation, doesn't it?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Lessons from a Child: Playing with blocks

Wooden blocks are a staple of almost every child's toy box. They provide hours of imaginative time building architectural wonders and other designs --- sometimes more for parents than children in the first years of child's life.

I have experienced this first hand.

When we get the blocks out, I sprawl on the floor next to my toddler son and proceed to construct an array of small houses, skyscrapers, and bridges. Sometimes my son adds blocks to the precarious assortment, toppling the whole thing over. "Oh well," I say, "Let's rebuild."

Other times, he pushes the new buildings down like a baby Godzilla devastating everything in his path, sending the wooden world crashing down. When this happens, I say firmly, "No! Play nice with the blocks". I remind him about not throwing and crashing with the hard wood blocks and I model gentle play.

Most of all, I try not to get too upset even though something deep within me feels a small pang of despair. I worked so hard and now my efforts have been destroyed. Perhaps this is a small reminder of other failed plans in my life or other events where I thought someone's actions made my life unhappy.

Something in me rallies. I am in charge of my reaction to this event. Amid the rubble are the remains of a beautiful construction. "Oh well," I say, "Let's build something new."

I don't want my beautiful constructions or plans destroyed, but such is the way of toddlers and other people in our lives. They show us the non-permanence of our physical worlds. Occasionally they show us that we are taking ourselves too seriously.

More importantly, they show us the choices we have with our emotional, physical, and spiritual reactions to events.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Welcome to the Year of the Tiger

Today marks the first day of the Chinese New Year.

Here is a synopsis of what I know about it and what I feel are the significant points. If anyone has knowledge to share, please post a comment. :)

For the next 15 days, people will pour out their money to buy presents, decorations, food, fireworks, and clothing. Traditionally, every family thoroughly cleans the house to sweep away any ill-fortune in hopes to make way for good incoming luck. Windows and doors will be decorated with red paper and sayings with popular themes of “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity”.

From what I understand in my reading, each day has its own special significance and suggested food delicacies symbolizing the themes of the occasion. Affirmations are used (I like that) and blessings of prosperity and joy are exchanged (I like the sounds of that too).

This is a special time of year to wish others a healthy and happy new year, and give and receive money in red paper envelopes. The Chinese New Year tradition provides a way to reconcile grudges and to sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone.

According to the Chinese calendar, a cycle is completed every 12 years with each year having a certain totem animal, whose characteristics are said to influence worldly events for that year.

This year is represented by the Tiger. Colorful, dynamic, and attractive, the tiger's energy offers enthusiasm, courage, optimism with tendencies toward impulsiveness and competitiveness.

For those of you interested in what significance the Chinese believe the Year of Tiger will have, here is an excerpt from 'The Complete Book of Chinese Horoscopes'.

The Tiger Years announce themselves with a roar and bring conflict . . . and upheavals. The daring and brave fare best in Tiger years. Grand schemes and extravagant gestures are the order of the day. For the impulsive, risks may backfire, but those with nerves of steel will find that the thrill of danger sharpens their appetitites and hones their claws. Emotionally, this is a year for passion and intrigue . . .

Seems like a year of bold leaps and meeting challenges head on. If I had to pick any buzzwords out of this . . .
  • Bravery
  • courage under fire
  • enjoying the opportunities of Life and Love
Whether we choose to place significance on the above or not, I feel that given the fact that 2010's Chinese New Year synchronistically falls on Valentine's Day (the national day of celebrating love) the year of the Tiger will take on more significance for those working on understanding many aspects of Love, such as:
  • romantic love
  • family love
  • divine love
  • unconditional love
With this in mind, I have a positive statement of intention to share with you --- May the lover in you awaken to the infinite possibilities of expressing divine love, not just romantic love, in your life. Each of our divine selves is experiencing Love.

I wish all of you much happiness, love, and prosperity! Have a grrrrrrrreat Tiger year!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A stub of the toe

Have you ever noticed ...

When you stub your toe, it hurts horribly. You're screaming in pain and your toe is throbbing its own sob story. And then a few days later if someone asks you how your toe is feeling, you pause a moment and think "my toe?"

You pause because you FORGOT ABOUT IT. Then, you remember.

Oh, that's right ... my toe was hurting so bad that I yelled, cried, and perhaps punctuated it with a few choice words. Reports of screams heard in at least a 2 mile radius have surfaced. But now, it's only a vague memory.

Funny how life is sometimes.

If you think back to other moments in your personal history, you may have that same vagueness about other painful events that seemed sooooo important at the time --- even people or situations that effected you in bigger ways than a toe-stubbing. Some events should.

My point is that we don't have to live from the pain of a moment from the past anymore. It is gone. We can triumph over it by letting it go and by allowing good events and good attitudes to carry us forward to healthy expressions for our mind, body, and spirit.

Bottomline: You are an amazing healer. If you are going through a painful time, just know that you will find good in another moment. You will find that next space of Light in your Life. Your life will be so good that when someone asks you about your 'toe-stubbing' you will have forgotten it.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Miraculous survival in Haiti

I would be remiss if I didn't mention some of my thoughts regarding the Haitian survivors of the earthquake, especially this survivor . . .

One survivor, a 16 year old girl, was pulled from the rubble in Port-au Prince more than TWO WEEKS after the earthquake. She is a surprise for the doctor who said that her survival was medically inexplicable.
We cannot really explain this because that's just [against] medical facts," Dr Evelyne Lambert said. "We are very surprised by the fact that's she alive . . . She's saying that she's been under the ground since" Jan 12.

One who didn’t seem surprised was the girl’s mother, a poor rice-and-vegetable peddler.

“I never thought she was dead,” Kerline Dorcant, 39, said. “I always thought she was alive. It’s God” hearing a mother’s nonstop prayers, she said.
I think her mother is absolutely correct. It's God. Divine right timing and divine right order. With 90% of the buildings destoyed in Port-au Prince and uncounted thousands of people "entombed in a landscape of broken and heaped-up concrete, wood and metal," prayers and divine intervention made this girl's survival possible.

Divine intervention came in the form of a French search team that refused to go home when others did. The French rescue squad was brought in after neighbors heard a voice weakly calling from the rubble and alerted authorities.

Prayers came from a faithful mother and all of us. I've been keeping Haiti in my prayers and thoughts each day, as I'm sure many of you have. This girl's astonishing rescue is a moment of joy in a grieving city and a reminder of miraculous life for everyone.

As a side note: If you are looking for a GREAT organization to donate money or supplies for Haiti, I personally recommend The Mission of Love. It is a humanitarian-aid organization that provides disaster relief and assistance to third world countries and the US. It was among one of the first responders to Hurricane Katrina. To see what the Mission of Love is already doing for the Hope for Haiti Relief, click here to watch it on You-Tube.

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Auras 2

continued from Auras: Part One . . .

The human aura is usually egg-shaped and typically extends eight to ten feet in circumference from the solar plexus. In general, the healthier you are, the more vibrant the energy of your aura will be, the brighter it will look, and the farther the egg shape will extend from the physical body.

Within this egg shape are circles of increasingly finer matter representing layers of the aura. The conventional and universally accepted layers of the aura are as follows:
  1. etheric

  2. emotional

  3. mental

  4. astral

  5. etheric template

  6. celestial body

  7. causal

I will go more into depth on each layer in future posts. Rather than imagining them to be like peeling away the layers of an onion, I want you to visualize Russian nested dolls. The energy of each layer extends from the center of the being outward so that the first layer is encapsulated and incorporated into the second, the first and second layers are encapsulated and incorported into the third, and so on until the seventh (last) layer.

to be continued . . .

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Auras 1

The emanations of your aura are unique to you. As I described in my Energy Signature post, "Each soul has its own energy signature, much like a fingerprint. As my soul interacts with your soul, we are recognizing each others' energy signature and are more likely to recognize the energy signature again when we interact a second time, a third time, and so on." The aura is part of the energy signature.

The aura is usually a fluid thing. Changes occur in your aura with every change of thought, every move, every meeting. These changes can cause your aura to expand or shrink, to change color, to become denser or lighter.

As an aura develops and changes from day to day, colors and symbols float in and out of it. Sometimes loved ones and guides gel up in the aura, so to speak, and predominating thought forms can become somewhat fixed in the aura, like a jumble of knickknacks and sentimental photographs compacted on a mantel piece.

As your aura contacts other auras, you are attracted or repelled based on the compatibility of the energies. By understanding your own aura, you can learn to adjust your relationship with others to achieve harmony.

to be continued . . .