Monthly Archives: April 2013

John Denver Looking for Space – YouTube

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John Denver Looking for Space – YouTube.

I love this song and hadn’t heard it before. It seems to describe my path of my life, since early childhood. I saw so much beauty around me in the desert and mountains but also in my memories of past lives, the other dimensions I walked into, the music that filled my dreams all night, and the spirits I communicated with and yet I was told only the mountains and deserts were real.

I looked around me at the jealousy, dysfunction, and pain that wove itself throughout the good parts of my family, extended family and town, and wondered why we would choose to live this way. From early on I went looking for answers, leaving my parent’s church at age 8, traveling through other churches in town, and other spiritual paths from there. I spent years focusing on personal growth and healing and still do.

This focus became my path and my life, looking for truth, and yet also looking for my place in it. I’ve never felt particularly at home anywhere, except for the Navajo land where I briefly lived in the early 80’s. The community wasn’t welcoming but I remembered the land from other times. Otherwise I have mostly felt like a stranger in a strange land, trying to get back to or forward to that land, that home, the place within and without that I briefly was cocooned in during my early childhood moments.

Those moments were suspended a midst severe asthma attacks and hospital stays, family strife, and school yard rejection, but they were my heaven and it was real. And I know it will be real again and that it is THAT, that I have been attempting to help others find through my work with individuals and it is my work to share it with the world.

I truly believe that place of living in our truth, living in love, and living in our power as creators is where we are headed. We are on the cusp of stepping into the light, our light, the light of Spirit, the light of this world, releasing all the darkness so we all can shine.

Care to join me?

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Storms Of Our Lives

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I grew up with severe asthma, died a couple times, spent alot of my life in hospitals and emergency rooms up until I was 40. I also had several injuries, including falling through a hole in a floor in a store (sounds like a sitcom doesn’t it?) in 1971. For some years I cursed these inflictions but as the years went on, I learned to see them as gifts.

Doctors told my parents I wouldn’t leave to be 30 years old. My brother had already died at age 21 when he went into a hospital with asthma and the doctor gave him too much medication, thus killing him. So at age 22 I started studying TM meditation, the next year studied Silva Mind control and the next year started studying homeopathy, herbs, and other alternative health topics. In 1978 I was led to a reflexologist who finally took the pain away from my fall in 71, and it also helped my lungs, so I decided to learn it. Thus began my 34+ year career in holistic therapies.

Throughout my life as I searched for ways to heal myself or at least help relieve some of my symptoms, mental, emotional and physical, when I’d find therapies that were useful, I would learn them and add them to my tool box in my career. So I feel that my health challenges have led me to my career and also my destiny.

Most people with lungs like mine are in bed, or they stay home and do very little. I go for 5 mile hikes, sometimes every day. I know that all these techniques I have learned and my spiritual focus have been responsible for this. These health challenges have taught me patience, empathy, compassion, understanding, peace in the midst of struggle, and strength I never knew I had.

It is easy when storms arrive in our lives, whatever their form, to attempt to flee, struggle, or feel defeated. But I have found in my own life and the lives of many of my clients that these storms are often the impetus for change, opportunities for growth, wake up calls or the signpost to another path.

I have learned to love these parts of me, not to stay attached to the ailments but to be able to love the parts of me that chose this path of learning, seeing how it has served me, so when the time comes for my body to release them completely, the process will be a gentle exhale instead of a wrestling match.

Photo by Katelon Jeffereys. Storm from Lincoln Park, Seattle, WA

WARM BODIES – Trailer – YouTube

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WARM BODIES – Trailer – YouTube.

I just saw this movie last night and loved it! I found it funny, insightful, tender and thought provoking. I’d never seen a zombie film before although while being a participant in a stage hypnosis at one of my hypnosis meetings, I won best zombie walker 🙂

I was telling my friend about this movie today, talking about the plot that centers around a young male zombie falling for a human young woman and it bringing him back to life. She remarked that she didn’t like the message that so many Hollywood movies give us that leads us to believe that we can “fix” someone we care for, “change” them, thus leading us into unhealthy relationships. I understood, as I, too, have found myself in that unhealthy relationship pattern in the past.

But this movie wasn’t telling that tale. To me, the message of the film was that the fearless act of the young male zombie reaching past his limitations, conditioning and circumstances, to love and protect a human woman, rather than eat her, not only transformed him but it transferred to the entire zombie population.

(The movie description and the trailer allude to this, so I’m not spoiling the film for you)

I feel that this is the process we are in right now, to rise above our conditioning, our habits, our limiting beliefs, reach out to others and in that act, we are raising up humanity. Much has been said about the 100th Monkey phenomena, whereby once 100 monkeys on an island learned something new, monkeys on other islands started doing that action as well. When enough of us reach past our fears, open our hearts and minds, to connect with another, it begins to break that wall down for all of humanity.

I believe that it will bring us all back to love, back to the light, back to our divinity, back to our true natures.

Beginners – Official Trailer [HD] – YouTube

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Beginners – Official Trailer [HD] – YouTube.

I watched this movie the other night and really enjoyed it. The movie is about a Father who comes out as gay, after his wife of 40+ years dies; his relationship with his son; and his son’s attempt to successfully stay in a long term relationship. They are both beginners on their different paths for romantic relationships. But love is the same, no matter what the gender combination. The movie was magical, tender, touching, sad, and very honest.

I feel that in many ways, we are all beginners now. As we learn to shed all the ways we have been taught to believe about ourselves and the world, we are embarking on new territory. We have learned to believe in many institutions, history, and our path as humans through lies. Now that more and more of these lies are being exposed, now that we are waking up to the truth of who we really are and of what we are capable, we are stepping off one path and onto another.

We have left that old “house”, and we are in the process of drawing up the blueprints for our new one. In the meantime, we are on the sidewalk with all the possessions we have chosen to keep, after discarding many of the ones we are leaving behind..the ones that don’t fit anymore. Some of these “possessions” we have easily and gladly shed, while others had to be stripped out of our hands.

These times are uncertain and yet exciting! Let’s enjoy them as best we can and leap with faith and imagination as we create the new!

Giving Thanks For A Body!

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A long time friend contacted my yesterday to see if she could offer me some work from the healing work she is learning this weekend. So we did a session via skype. I could feel the work happening in my body and also had a profound shift in my understanding.

I grew up very severely ill and when I wasn’t ill I was very active, climbing everything I could find and taking part in other physical activities. I also sang and studied piano. So I was used to using my body but I don’t feel that I spent much time truly being “in” my body. Perhaps it was from being ill that I felt my body had betrayed me, I don’t know. And although I loved the beauty of this earth, I just never felt a sense of belonging here. My spiritual and psychic experiences weren’t received well by my parents and doctors tried to convince them I was crazy. It was confusing to me because what I saw with my spiritual sight made much more sense to me than the struggles and negativity that much of the world lived within.

I have used “grounding” and other spiritual visualizations and techniques to help myself inhabit my body more, and have certainly made great gains through this, but still don’t feel like I ever truly felt at home in my body. I grew up restless, too, which I partly feel is my true nature, but in other ways, I feel like this has been behind much of my moving.

Several years ago I took a Hooponopono workshop and Len, the leader, suggested that we thank everything…the chair we are sitting on, the shower stall we are standing in, the air, the water, our food, etc. I started the habit of doing this everyday to all the parts of my lodging, my walks, my car…all of it. But I never thought to thank my body, until today.

In the midst of an “activation” that my friend was administering, I had this strong tingling feeling in my legs and feet, and then this understanding that I needed to start honoring my body and thanking it for housing my soul. Later, my friend and I discussed how this honoring would perhaps lead to me not only feeling at home in my body, but me feeling a deeper sense of being home, belonging here. So we are both curious to see how this will shift other areas of my body and life.

Thank you beautiful body for your strength, amazing cooperation and team work that keeps me healthy, my food digested, my body oxygenated, and allows me to see/smell/touch/taste/hear this beautiful planet and all the creatures on it. Thank you wonderful body for allowing me to have a vehicle to use to share my gifts with the world and providing me a profession. Thank you my delightful body for allowing me to experience the joy of this planet and the bounty of Spirit.

All The Diamonds- Bruce at the Barrymore 5-21-2011 – YouTube

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All The Diamonds- Bruce at the Barrymore 5-21-2011 – YouTube.

I got introduced to Bruce in 1976 by my guitar teacher. He has been my hero, and inspiration ever since then. I own 29 or so albums of his. I grew up a severe asthmatic, in and out of hospitals and emergency rooms, and died a couple times. I never knew if I’d be alive the next day. At times I would struggle to breathe for several days at a time, sitting up, leaning against a wall. As you can imagine, it could get quite scary. Finally, I decided to put on Bruce music, and I’d close my eyes, picturing myself sitting across from him, playing my guitar and singing along with him. I was still having a hard time breathing but the visualization along with the music helped me to be more peaceful, surrender, and allow my body to heal again. Bruce became my lifesaver!

I am grateful that I no longer have attacks like that, but Bruce’s music remains my go to music for bringing myself back to center and to a place of peace.

Take A Moment To Use This Simple Stress Release/Re-framing Tool!

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I have been a holistic therapist/teacher/coach for over 34 years. My work can be very esoteric but I also focus on work that is practical and gets results. For several years I took workshops into companies and government agencies as well as teaching them publicly. I liked to teach simple tools that can be used in the moment to shift things so a person could get back to trust, peace, and clarity.

I received an email from a friend today whose daughter had been at the Boston Marathon but left an hour before the bombs exploded. I can understand his concern and fear when he first heard of the tragedy and didn’t know if his daughter was safe or not. But since he found out about her safety, he has been watching the news non-stop, has developed sores all over his body, hasn’t slept well, has been unable to work, letting the stress and fear overwhelm him and he has bought into the media hype.

Things happen in our lives, to us, and others. And yes, it is important to have compassion, and normal for us to have reactions to things. But when we let it continue to override our peace, we just end up making ourselves sick, and drawing more and more negativity to ourselves. We are left unable to contribute in any way or make clear decisions.

I’d like to share with you a tool that is on my website. What I love about this tool is that you can use it in the more detailed way to shift something that you are reacting to in the moment, or use it for something that happened in the past. When we react to something now or in the past, we attach an emotional charge to that event, make decisions about ourselves and life based on those emotions and will continue to script and live our lives from that emotional place, until we are able to be present and shift ourselves to make a new choice. So you can also use this tool in the moment, just simply using the hand holds as described and not going through the steps.

I hope you find it useful. Remember, you do have a choice, you are in charge. Choose peace!!!!

Shining Your Light

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When tragedy happens in our lives, our country, our world, it is easy to move into a feelings of fear, hopelessness, dis-empowerment, anger or hopelessness. It is also easy to just read the immediate signs, rather than looking for truth.

As the world goes through it’s transformation now and we are in the midst of taking back control from institutions, governments, companies, and policies that have served to enslave us for so long, keep us feeling weak, and limited; and as we as individuals are in the process of releasing habits, patterns, and beliefs that have kept us feeling small and kept us from the truth of our beings, it can be overwhelming.

Please don’t give up! Please don’t buy into fear within you or the fear that the media so loves to promote.

Please do keep on staying in your heart, feeling your courage, and shining your light for all to see!

Please do keep your mind, heart and soul pointed toward your deepest dreams for yourself and the world.

You will succeed! And it will be worth the effort, dedication and struggles you have gone through.

So when you need to rest and retreat for awhile, do so. And when you are ready, pick yourself up and shine out some more! The world is in need of your light!