That was fun. Let’s do it again!

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” ~Albert Einstein

What are you doing that makes you happy?  Look at the past month and ask yourself what you were doing when you were  happiest, when you felt the most alive.  Just think about it for a few seconds.  Was it when you were eating some sweet ice-cold watermelon while you watched the kids splash around?  Was it when you were laughing with a friend over something only the two of you would find hilarious?    Was it when you were sitting by yourself reading a book that was so good you didn’t it want to end?  Was it when you were walking in the woods with your dog?  Was it when you were holding your baby?  Was it when you were painting or writing or running or swimming or sitting looking out at the magnificent wonder of nature?  Whatever is was, do it again.  And, again.

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Doing what we love and feeling the wonderful emotions of joy and appreciation will cause a spectacular domino of fun and happiness to fill our life.   A waterfall of joy pours over you.  A wave of fun carries you.  A road of abundance is laid before you.  In feeling happy, contented, and completely fulfilled we invite more happiness, contentment and fulfillment into our perfect life.

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We are rewarded for accepting rewards.  We get what we deserve.  We get a life that is perfect for us.  Do what you love.  Wash, rinse, repeat.  Often.  And when, in your perfect life, you notice something that is making you feel good, remember it, do it again.  When in your life you find yourself not so happy, remember that time and smile and the feelings will start, more happy memories will surface for you to enjoy, and the universe will respond.  We can always turn our frown upside down with just a few thoughts and memories.  Use you bongo for good thoughts and feelings.  Love yourself.

Some happy affirmations:

  • I open my heart to gifts from God.
  • I deserve a life of abundance.
  • I monitor my thoughts and beliefs and I only choose good ones.
  • My life is filled with pleasant surprises.
  • I have a lot of fun.
  • I laugh a lot.
  • I have good friends.
  • I’m a very lucky person.

Close your eyes and think of something really fun from your childhood.   Imagine you are a child now, what would you do?  Fun thoughts, huh!

Don’t Do What You Hate!!!

“The only real valuable thing is intuition.” – Albert Einstein

I’ve decided that I’m going to use my intuition to write this post. I have no idea what I’m going to write about, but I’m going to have faith that Albert was right about intuition and that the perfect topic will come to me as I keep writing. I’m hoping for that wonderful feeling of Satori to kick in. Satori is a Japanese word and it describes what happens when you are taken over by a creative project and time is seemingly irrelevant. You are acting out of time and out of ego, simply channeling the creative force of who you truly are, the Divine Creator!

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So, today I keep thinking of the Gospel of Thomas. You remember Doubting Thomas, one of Jesus’ disciples. He’s the one who asked for proof that Jesus came back, that’s another story which I kinda doubt happened, the way it’s presented anyway Thomas admitted that he really didn’t have much of a clue as to what Jesus was trying to say with his parables and metaphors so he decided rather than trying to interpret Jesus’ words or tell Jesus’ story he would simply write what Jesus said and let people make up their own minds.

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Of course, we don’t get the opportunity to read Thomas since he wasn’t included in the New Testament. Why the Nicene Council of the Holy Roman Church decided to edit the gospels is anyone’s guess? Mine is that they chose the gospels which worked best for their agenda to control the Roman Empire, but I digress, the perk of following intuition!
So Thomas, in his humble innocence, simply dictated Jesus’ words. You can find them all online, but the one that really hit  me, WACK, right in the face was what Jesus said when asked what people should do.  Jesus said, “…don’t do what you hate…”
Wow, if there are any words to live by, strangely written in the negative, but for a good reason, it is those five words.

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DON’T DO WHAT YOU HATE!!!!!!  This seems simple enough, but how many people kill their spirit by doing what they hate, for their whole lifetime?  They do it out of responsiblity often enough.  They have children to raise and send to school, children whom they don’t see enough because they work too much, bills to pay, plastic toys to buy which they don’t get to use because they work too much, huge mortgages to pay on houses they spend little time in because they work too much, big cars to pay for to drive to and from those jobs.  These words come to mind.  Futile. Striving. Endlessness. Broken. Exhaustion. Depression. Isolation.
Is this any way to live? DON’T DO WHAT YOU HATE!
Ah, but I have to pay for all this stuff.  Let me tell you something, Sir!  I lost my job about 8 months ago, hence the blog, and I was making half the money I made working.  I stopped buying what I call plastic toys, which is all the unnecessary crap we buy, and I managed to make my mortgage, make my car payments, pay off my credit cards, eat healthy organic food, and did this for six months.

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Here’s the kicker.  I can’t go back to my old job.  It was killing my spirit.  So I am going to have faith that the universe will provide my perfect life for me. (Don’t be surprised if I add a donate button on the side, someone has to subsidize these posts!)  I am not going to live in fear.  Do I want to teach my children that they must do a job they hate for the rest of their lives so that they can buy all the conveniences they wouldn’t need if they had more time, or if they did what they loved and had less money, but lived simply?  Sometimes intuition leads to jumbled sentences, but you get the drift.
You are the teacher of the next generation. Do you believe that the universe is friendly?  Do you believe the universe conspires to make your dreams come true?  Prove it!  DON’T DO WHAT YOU HATE.  IT WILL KILL YOUR SPIRIT!

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This experiment in intuition seemed to work, the time passed in an instant, and some sense was even made (I hope).  Now it’s your turn to follow your intuition and do what you love. Follow your dreams in faith. Know that you deserve to be happy. You are a perfectly made you with your own special desires and talents.  Follow your purpose.  Follow your DNA!  It was made with you in mind!  Yes, perfectly you.  Don’t live a perfect life, live your perfect life.

Your perfect affirmations:

  • I deserve to live a life which fills my soul with joy and purpose.
  • I happily pursue my dreams with the faith that God wants me to be happy.
  • I have enough stuff.
  • I am enough.
  • My children are happier with my time than with my money.
  • I love my life.
  • I live my perfect life.

Close your eyes.  In your mind, take a walk in the woods and when you come to a clearing you will see yourself doing what you love to do.  Enjoy it.  Now make it happen

Why it’s so fabulous to be poor and depressed.

“Wisdom is not a product of schooling, but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”  ~Albert Einstein

Yes, it is fabulous to be poor and depressed.  It’s great to be unemployed, unhealthy, undesirable, unloved, misunderstood,  or just plain lost.  If you were rich, beautiful, healthy, and comfortable, if you had everything that you desired then why would you want to change?  You wouldn’t.  Oh no, you’d think that all of this stuff was the cat’s pajama’s and you would feel no desire to rock the boat.  But, all of our boats need to be rocked.  We’re not here for the easy ride, we who have struggled.  We are here for the roller coaster, the ups and downs, the overs and unders, the roundabouts.  We don’t want a straight path to Easy Street.  Much too boring for us adventurous types.  We don’t want things handed to us on a silver platter, we weren’t born with a silver spoon.  If we had wanted that particular life, we would have ordered that particular life.  No, no, no.  That wouldn’t do for us.  We wanted to make some major changes in this lifetime.  We wanted to learn many, many hard lessons to spur us on to higher realms of spiritual insight.  We wanted SPIRITUAL GROWTH!  So we ordered the Twists of Terror ride, the Death and Destruction ride, the Please Make it Stop ride.  Yes, we are not too bright, but we make up for it in persistence, committment, and passion.  We want to know the truth.

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The Truth will set us free!!!

 

Yes, the Truth.  But, if you want to hear what that is again, and maybe this time it will stick (I’m still waiting for that to happen), here it is.  The truth is that you are the one that has made your life and only your own beliefs can change it.  Only when you truly believe that you are one with the Creative Force of the universe and able to manifest everything by being who you are, until you believe that, then the crazy ride continues.

Unlike popular belief, and my previous misguided notions, you don’t have to visualize every aspect of your life to get it.  The Creative All, this Energy of Pure Love, knows what your perfect path to happiness is.  All you have to do is believe and work towards what you think you want.  Oh, and it must be something that doesn’t hurt anyone else, it must be approached with love, and it must be what you love to do.  Do not do what you hate!!!   Never, never, never!!!  This is so very important.  If you are doing what you hate you are out of sync with the Pure Energy of Love!

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Yay for happiness!

If you feel irritated, angry, frustrated, or uneasy in any way when you are doing something then it’s not what you should be doing.  But, you can fill mundane occupations with love.  Like cooking supper.  I may not feel really excited about it, but I can change my thinking and infuse it with love.  I can use chopping vegetables as a meditative exercise.  I can think of the love I have for my family as I drop the veggies in the pot of soup.  I can appreciate what I have as I clean the house.  (okay, I’ve gone too far), but you know what I mean.  There are things that need to be done.  Do them with love, do them in a mindful way.  Know that you are heading in the right direction.

All in all,be thankful that we are such screwed up flawed individuals on our way to perfection!  Isn’t it fabulous to be poor and depressed?  It’s a study in the perfect motivation to grow spiritually.  Change is good.

Some perfect affirmations:

  • All of my “problems” lead me to greatness.
  • My life is the result of my beliefs.
  • I believe that the Perfect Life Force of the universe directs me to happiness.
  • I do everything with love.
  • I have complete faith that the universe is my friend and conspiring with me to perfect my life of health and  happiness.

Close your eyes and know that God loves you unconditionally and all you have to do is ask.  Then ask.

Signposts on the New Jersey Turnpike

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.  We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”  -Albert Einstein

Many years ago my boyfriend, his mother, and I were driving to visit their extended family in New Jersey.  We had made the trip a few times before, but I had never driven.  He was feeling tired and asked me to drive.  He told me the directions and I took over while he slept.  After a while we came to some beautiful country side, rolling farmland and lovely vistas.  Then I was driving through a state forest.  To my surprise there were deer visible from the road.  Some deer were even resting on the ground, calmly looking out at the cars going by.  It was really beautiful.  I started to realize though, that none of this seemed familiar.  I woke my boyfriend up and found that we were very much off course.

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He was very angry.  I had followed his directions, but he had failed to tell me about an exit I should have taken.  He called me stupid for not knowing that I should have taken the exit.  It was not a pretty scene.  We finally got back to the exit and continued on to New Jersey and his family.  The drive turned into the New Jersey Interstate.  New Jersey is a beautiful state, even called the Garden State, but the main turnpike is a wasteland of chemical plants, electric companies, highway rest stops, and factories.  It is rather ugly and depressing.

Needless to say my boyfriend and I didn’t have the best relationship.  It was not encouraging, supportive, or loving.  This drive was symbolic of our life together.  If I continued on his path then my life would not be beautiful.  It would not be peaceful.  It would not be a picture of calm and harmony.  The interstate, representing my path if I continued going his way, was a scourge on the landscapre, a depressing picture of industrial waste.  My path, the “lost” path,” was a beautiful and serence journey.  I had discovered another way, a more beautiful and peaceful way, while he slept.

Our life often brings us messages like this.  If we are open to our intuition and what it is trying to tell us then we can use instances like this to help us steer ourselves in the right direction.  Just like dreams, our waking lives send us portents and symbols to lead us to the best path for us.  Interpret your life just as you might interpret a dream.  Especially if you have strange occurrences or feelings about a situation.

If I had continued on the road of life with him, my life would have been less than it is now.  It may have been a life of ugliness and function.  When I took my own path it became a life of beauty and peace.  My life is so much better now that I am on my own path.

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When we are on a path with a partner it can be a beautiful thing filled with love and fun.  But, we must be sure that this path is one which is nourishing to us.  It must be a path that fills our soul with a feeling of joy.  Using our intuiton and recognizing the symbolism that we bring into our lives is an important part of living in right action.  Had I dismissed this incident as simply another one of life’s pitfalls instead of looking more deeply into it I may have continued on that road for even longer than I did.  That would have slowed down my growth and with it my happiness.

If something unusual happens in your life, try looking at it as a sign.  See how the symbolism of it fits into your life and use it to grow.  We are given many opportunites to “read” our lives and make change where it is needed.  Take advantage of these signposts.  Read them and learn from them.  Be open to signs and symbols in your life.  When we can learn from easy lessons lke this it is not as painful as forcing change.  It helps us to make decisions.

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If you ever feel that you must make a change and you are not sure what to do, do nothing, but look for the answers within your life.  You will manifest answers using signs and symbols.  Don’t worry, signs and symbols will keep appearing to you if you miss them.  Be especially aware of repeated patterns.

If you feel anxious and connot wait for these signs then try the exercise in A Cottage in the Woods.  This is a good way to connect with the Collective Consciousness.

Seeing and using the circumstances of your life as signs to help in your decision making is a very helpful tool.  Being mindful of these symbols helps us to recognize them and use them.  Take your road.  Be the director of your own life.  You know, deep inside, what is best for you and when you can use these signposts (that you have manifested) you can more easily live your desired life.  I may have been lost for a while, but I was directed to my best life and my highest self.

Some directed affirmation:

  • I clearly see the messages I send myself in the form of life events.
  • I am the driver of my destiny.
  • I use the signs and symbols in my life to help me make good decisions.
  • I am aware of my emotions and use them as a tool to grow.
  • I am living my perfect life.

Do the Cottage in the Woods exercise again.  It’s worth a re-visit.  Take a relaxing walk in the woods.

People don’t change.

“It is difficult to say what truth is, but sometimes it is so easy to recognize a falsehood.” ~Albert Einstein

Haven’t you heard that expression, ” People don’t change?”  And , if you take a look at people you see that, for the most part, it’s true.  People don’t change.  They live their whole lives doing pretty much the same thing.  And, why is that?  Come on, you gotta know this by now, if you’ve read even a few of these posts.  Yes, that’s right, it’s because they maintain the same beliefs, keep thinking the same thoughts, and having the same feelings.

Our consciousness produces our lives.  But, even more so, our subconscious produces our lives.  Our subconscious is the cradle of our beliefs which are formed when we are quite young.  If we don’t explore those beliefs and question them, seriously question them, then we will not change our patterns.

Are you exactly where you want to be right now in your life or do you crave a more fulfilling life that corresponds with your beliefs, integrity, and dreams?   If you are exactly where you want to be then you are thinking and feeling along the lines of growth and happiness.  If you’re not there, then it’s time to do a life review.

Sounds like way too much work, doesn’t it.  It is work, dammit!  You have to start asking questions, the hard ones, like “Why am I in the same type of situation that I always seem to end up in?”  Whether it’s your love life, home life, or work life, if you keep finding yourself having the same issues and predicaments then it’s time to take a good hard look at your thoughts and patterns of response.

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Do you want to change your profession, but every time you start to form plans for change the desperate voice of fear and failure lures you back into complacency?  It’s time to have faith!   You’ve done this before and too many times, at that!  Open yourself to the truth that the universe wants you to be happy and if you can see yourself happy and doing what you love then it will happen.  Allow the universe to flow through you.  Stop resisting with your negative feelings.  Open up to miracles.

Do you want to have a happy relationship but every time you meet someone they turn out to be less than what you want?  Start knowing how much you deserve to have a wonderful partner.  You won’t attract a healthy partner if you don’t believe you are worthy.  You are the most loved and adored being in the universe!   If you don’t believe it check out the link.  You are important to the consciousness and awakening of the whole world!  Until you believe this you will attract only those that would use you.  When you know your worth you will attract those who value you.  Then it is up to you to continue to believe in your excellence and not let fear creep in and tell you that it can’t be true, it won’t work out, you’re not good enough.  If you let this happen you will sabotage the relationship.  This happens when we first meet someone who is fabulous, then we freeze up with fear.  We either sabotage it or come up with excuses why it won’t work, such as we’re not in a good place, or we are too busy, or we start to nitpick at their personalities til we convince ourselves that they aren’t what we really want.

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If your home life is less than ideal, look at how you are thinking about your family.  Are you expecting love and respect or are you expecting mistreatment and victimhood?   Are you giving love and respect or are you looking for the negative and always finding it?

Be grateful for all you have and more will come to you.  Be aware of your feelings.  This is the most important step in changing your life.  When you feel bad it is a sign of negative beliefs and thoughts.  Use your emotions as you would use a GPS system.  If you feel bad, change course.  As you think so you become.  Be a brilliant light for yourself and for those with whom you hold influence.  People do change.  We just need to know that change is needed.  We need to review and make those changes.  You are fabulous!  You can do anything.  Now, change!

Affirmations with love and respect:

  • I hold all beings in love and respect.
  • I give to others that which is most important to them.
  • I deserve to have a happy and fulfilling life.
  • I live the life I desire.
  • All good things come to me.
  • I have an embarrassment of riches.

Imagine you are on a wonderful vacation with the ones you love.  You are all glowing with the love you feel for each other.  Life is amazing and you made it this way.

Forget about pills. Get over here and give me a hug!

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” ~Albert Einstein

Unless it’s from your creepy, sweaty Uncle Buttkiss, hugs have no down side.  Hugs are warm, joyful, melting, expressions of love and happiness.  We have all known that for quite a while and science is finally catching up.  According to scientists at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, hugging for twenty seconds, along with hand holding for ten minutes with your partner, reduces stress levels.  Indicators such as blood pressure and heart rate were used against a control group that did not hug or hold hands.  You don’t have to hug with a partner; hugging a friend or even a massage has the same effect, it’s the magic of human touch.

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We humans have a complex system of stress relief.  Just under our skin are teeny, tiny little discs called Pacinian corpuscles.   These little transmitters are linked to our vagus nervous system.  They initiate the response the body has to touch from another human.  We start to produce oxytocin which is the bonding hormone.  It makes us feel affection and an emotional connection.  It is the hormone that mothers produce during birth so that they forget all about the pain of labor and simply fall in love with their babies.  It has a calming effect on men, making them more affectionate and more likely to be monogamous.  Increased hugs would equate with increased faithfulness and fidelity!  Kissing and hand holding work the same way.  

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Hugs slow the release of cortisol which is the stress drug.  It’s the hormone that causes anxiety and even weight gain.  Hugging will keep you slim.  Hugging will keep you relaxed.  Hugging can replace antidepressants!   When we hug dopamine is released.  Dopamine levels play a huge part in depression and are also linked to Parkinson’s Disease.  Dopamine helps keep us motivated and feeling good and positive.  It’s the feel good drug!  I like Dopamine!

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Touch makes all the difference in your life.  Babies who do not get the benefit of touch do not thrive.  The effects of neglect on the brain are the same as those of physical abuse.  It’s amazing how much we benefit from, and even need, physical expressions of love through hugs, cuddling, hand-holding, and kissing.  Couples who only kiss when they make love are more stressed than those who spontaneously kiss during the day.   It releases endorphins, another feel good hormone.  It helps to relax you and you can forget about your problems. A kiss is a mini-vacation!

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Hugs give us a sence of self-worth and self-love.  This is especially true for children.  If our parents are very cuddly with us we do much better.  These physical demonstrations of love we receive as children imprint on us and are carried through our life.  Whenever we hug we have the feeling of love we received from being hugged and cuddled as a child and baby.  If your parents weren’t all huggy and cuddly you can still start being more affectionate now.

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It’s hard to start hugging when you came from a family that didn’t hug or physically demonstrate love for each other.  But, you can do it.  Start with short hugs.  Talk with your siblings about the fact that you grew up with out many displays of affection, but that you’d like to change that.  They probably feel the same way.  Tell them you want to hug more.  Then hug!  Start a habit of hugging every time you see each other.  Talk about the twenty second hug rule with your friends and family!  They’ll love it, believe me!

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Raise your children with hugs and cuddling and lots of physical expressions of love.  It helps them love themselves and deal with stress far better.  Hugs are practically the only prescription you need for a healthy life.  Okay, eat well and exercise, too, but hug, hug, hug!

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We get our sense of connectedness with others through physical affection.  Our energies connect as well as all the chemical reactions we enjoy from touch.  We are all one and hugging reminds us that we are part of this greater whole.   If you can do it without being creepy, touch people.  Connect with people.  In this day and age where people are afraid they will be held liable for a hug it is often tough.  Schools don’t allow children to hug each other.  Even five-year olds are punished for hugging their friends.  This is ridiculous!  Hug!!!  Encourage your children to show how they feel.  Encourage them to hug each other and to hug you and their extended family.  Start a legacy of hugs!

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I’ll leave you with the greatest hug master of our era.   Please check out this short three-minute video because there’s another great thing about hugs, watching others hugs has many of the same benefits as if you were doing the hugging!   When we see acts of kindness and love our bodies release the same chemicals as if we were a giver or recipient of the love!  That’s how powerful love is!

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Go out there and love.  Start your own free hugs campaign!   Get over here and give me a hug!

Some huggable affirmations:

  • I express the love I feel for people through words and hugs.
  • I find it easy to show people through physical affection how I feel about them
  • I hug every day.
  • My friends and family and I hug when we greet each other and say Good-Bye and just for no reason at all.
  • Hugs are wonderful and I enjoy them.

As you are on your way to visit a friend or family member, imagine that when you get there you give them a great big hug.  Doesn’t that feel great.  Now do it.

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Now, imagine a world where everyone got many good long warm hugs everyday.  No hugs, no peace.  Know hugs, know peace.  Okay, so it doesn’t make perfect sense, but you know what I mean!

 

 

 

Dancing to your own music.

“I believe a simple and unassuming life is good for everybody, both physically and mentally.” ~Albert Einstein

I’ve held a theory for a long time that everything on earth has a divine purpose and a manifest purpose.  I use the word manifest to describe a purpose created by “man” in this instance, not as the verb, meaning to materialize a thought.  The divine purpose of a deck of cards would be to help people make choices and give guidance through divination.  The manifest purpose of cards would be for gambling.  The divine purpose of hemp would be for health purposes, environmental uses, and replacing plastics.  The manifest purpose would be drug abuse.  I’m not saying using cannabis is necessarily abuse, but it can be abused.  Don’t eat the whole pan of brownies by yourself!

When you see the beauty in a painting and purchase it, you are doing it to remain in presence.  Whenever we recognize beauty we are immediately brought into presence.  At that moment there is nothing but the beauty.  It is usually only momentary, but it is a perfect moment.  We buy the painting, in this instance, as a symbol of presence.  Usually we can tell if something is being used in the manifest purpose because ego is involved.  For instance when we purchase art as an investment and status symbol it is a manifest action.  We identify with the idea, the thought, that we are superior because we own this expensive painting.

Growing a garden can have a divine purpose or a manifest purpose.  Growing a garden for food and beauty is divine.   Sharing beauty (and the harvest) is divine.  Growing a garden for show and awards is manifest.  We know what bragging and boasting are.  Are we using something to validate or promote our status or are we using it to enhance the world?

A home has a divine purpose as a safe haven to abide in love and peace; it is a place that welcomes and embraces friends and strangers.  If it is used as an ornament or fortress, it is being used as a manifest tool to separate the owner from others, whether by social status or as a symbol of power and control.

We can ask ourselves how things make us feel or why we want them.  We can really dive into the value we place on objects and why we value them.  Do we want to use things for their highest purpose or as a status symbol?

Some times we buy things just for fun.  Fun is a wonderful thing and is definitely divine!  Sometimes we buy things to show off, a bit egoic, n’est pas.  When we act from ego we are separating ourselves from others.  We are trying to be better than them.  This is not an action of love.  So whenever we are acting from ego we are cutting ourselves off from the Collective Consciousness.  Whenever we cut ourselves off from the Collective Consciousness we are slowing down our growth and we are slowing down the manifestation of our dreams.

We can always sort out our motivation by asking a few questions. If you are thinking of a purchase the questions “Is it useful” or “Is it beautiful” come to mind.  If something is of no use to you or you don’t find it exquisite then you should probably get rid of it.   Even then you can get carried away with “collecting.”  I have a love of 1930’s era American pottery.  It got out of hand.  I had to choose one color that I loved.  I chose white.  Now I only buy beautiful old white 1930’s American pottery, and I do that rarely.  I must really love the design.  It makes me happy.  Some people don’t get it.  That’s okay.

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I have recently been sorting through my house and getting rid of stuff.  I made four trips to the dump.  Most of the stuff went into the Swap Shop at our local dump where one’s man’s trash is another man’s treasure.  It feels good to get rid of stuff.  It’s liberating.

But, it felt so good that now I’m thinking of getting rid of everything.   Seriously.  I have too much stuff.  I’m thinking of getting rid of my too big house and joining a commune where one only uses about 10% of the resources that the average American uses.  Doesn’t that sound kind of divine?  10%!  That sounds like 10% of the worries, head aches, cleaning, shopping, driving, maintaining, and working.  I could live like that.

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I wouldn’t even have to invent the wheel.  There are places like this all around the world.  I’m especially taken with the Dancing Rabbit EcoVillage.   This appears to be a place of community and sharing and less judgment.  No one cares if you drive a brand new car because the 75 people there share 4 vehicles.  No one cares if you look like you’re 25 because they don’t buy into the false body image ideals of the corporate/consumer driven media.  No one cares if you make tons of money because no one accepts the superficially contrived establishment-based lifestyle of most Americans.  Has anyone noticed how far off topic I’ve gone?  Nobody at Dancing Rabbit cares if I go off topic!   Ha!

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The thing is we don’t need so much.  We can use things as they are intended to be used, for purpose and beauty and hopefully both at times.  We don’t need to consume and throw away.  The world is meant to be revered, used in a symbiotic manner, and protected.  Not consumed and spit out.  We must cherish our planet and know that we are a part of it, not the ruler of it.  Nature is us and we are killing ourselves.  Off topic again!  I cannot focus today.  That’s okay.  What needs to be said is coming through.

All I am ever really saying is Think.  Think about why you are working so much.  Is it to pay your bills?  Not quite worth it in my humble opinion.  There has to be a better reason for working 40+ hours a week.  If you thrive where you work that’s a different story.  You might be happy working 80 hours a week.

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Is there a simpler way to live?  Yes.  It is to live with more self-sufficiency and more sustainability.  It is to live with less.  Less is less.  Less anxiety.  Less cleaning.  Less scheduling.  Less crappy processed convenience foods.  Less work.  Less driving.  Less TV.  Less fatigue.  Less stress.  Less is also more.  More time.  More relaxation.  More smiling.  More swimming.  More walking in the woods.  More playing.  More dancing.  More gardening.  More cooking.  More friends.  More family.  More happy.

More affirmations:

  • I do not need the approval of anyone.
  • I am enough.
  • I am perfect just as I am.
  • I love my life.
  • All my needs are simply met.
  • I live simply and happily with less.
  • I live in joy!

Imagine living within a like-minded community of souls who value time and play over  stress and work.  Imagine putting more value on fun than minivans.  Imagine spending your time supporting your life and not an invisible entity.  Imagine freedom from conformity.  Imagine dancing to your own music.

 

Domo Arigato, Dr. Emoto.

“Imagination is everything.  It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”  ~Albert Einstein

Have you heard of Dr. Emoto?  He’s been all over social media and consciousness documentaries like What the *Bleep* do We Know?  If you haven’t heard of him yet, or still want to hear more, then this is your Dr. Emoto primer.  First of all, can I congratulate you on your name, Dr. Emoto.  Are emoticons named after you?   For a man who has determined that inanimate objects respond to emotion your name (in our ethnocentric western world) is just perfect.

First a little on the inimitable Doctor.  Masuru Emoto is a Japanese man who started out with a degree in International Relations then studied Natural Medicine in India.  I haven’t read his book, The Hidden Messages in Water, so I don’t know why he started his study of the effect that outside abstract influences have on water.  In his study he used high-speed photography to take pictures of water that was frozen after having been subjected to written words, typed words, music, intentional emotions, and concepts like peace and anger.  How can a word taped to the outside of a glass container of water make a difference in how the  water inside behaves?

In quantum mechanics it has been shown that objects, like electrons, will act differently when being observed.  The observer influences the actions of the observed.   That’s pretty amazing when you think about it.   Dr. Masuru Emoto has taken that observation to water.  First, he studied water from different sources and found strong differences in how they formed crystals when frozen.  Some water, from polluted sources were unable to form crystals.  Now this all makes perfect sense to me.  There were probably pollutants in the water that inhibited crystal formation.  It’s what he did next that didn’t make sense in the scientific way.

He took two samples from the same source of water and exposed them to music.  The water exposed to the beautiful music formed a lovely crystal.  The water exposed to heavy metal music did not.  It was unable to form the typical hexagonal crystal of water.  We’ve all heard of the experiments in which plants were subjected to various types of music and how they responded, so this, too, is not beyond our ken.

 

 

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So, he continued to expand his research.  Next he tried using written words to influence the crystallization of the water.  this stretches the scope of our belief systems.  How can written words affect water.  He had containers of water from the same source and he attached different words to each container.   There were quite dramatic results.

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You make me sick, I will kill you.

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Love and encouragement.

 

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Thank you.

He used prayer on water.

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Dr Emoto tried many different way to influence water, from music, to written words, to thoughts and prayers and his results showed that there was a direct influence on the water.  It gives a whole new meaning to saying grace before meals.

And you know, the science community is calling it a lot of hooey.  And there are no experiments done by any others to corroborate, but I believe it.  Because I know that what we think and do affects everything in our lives.  So, call me crazy, but my Brita water pitcher has a peace sign and a heart and a smiley face on it.  I try to remember to realize that all my food is perfect for me.  I infuse love into my life and what goes into my body.

Is it real science, what Dr. Emoto does?  I don’t know.  I don’t care.  I just know about the transformational power of energy.  I know that the consciousness we focus on an object changes it.  I know that thoughts become things and that what we focus on is what our life becomes.  So, I’m going to focus on the positive and go from there.  I’m going to put some Mozart on for my water now.

Crystal Affirmations:

  • I know that my thoughts affect my life.
  • I use positive feelings and thoughts to improve my life and others.
  • I feel love, gratitude, and kindness towards myself and others.
  • I forgive myself and others.
  • I encourage myself on the path that brings me delight.
  • I see the best in people.

Before you eat or drink, infuse your food with love, gratitude, and perfection.  You are what you eat.

 

 

 

Dead Man Talking.

“Mysticism is in fact the only criticism people cannot level against my theory.” ~Albert Enstein

“The words of the language, as they are written or spoken, do not seem to play any role in my mechanism of thought. ” ~Albert Einstein

When I was 28 years old I was at a family gathering.  My sister and her husband showed up with a deck of Egyptian Cartouche cards.  They were divination cards, similar to Tarot cards.  They were playing with them, trying to do a reading,  and then handed them to me to try out.  Well, I started reading the cards and it was like I had done it for years.  I felt an energy come over me as you would when you are completely engrossed in a creative project.  They couldn’t understand how I was doing it and neither could I. After a little while my sister’s husband said, “You’re on fire.  Keep the cards.”  So began my life long activity of card reading.

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Why was I able to use the cards so easily the first time I tried them?  I don’t know.  Perhaps because I was open to the idea.  Perhaps because I had been meditating and was open to the Collective Consciousness more than a lot of people.  Whatever the reason it was a whole new interesting growth experience for me.

Divination cards are filled with archetypal symbolism which, even if you don’t understand the cards, works within your subconscious to facilitate growth.  The more I used the cards the more I was open to messages for the people I was reading.  I’ve had some interesting experiences with the cards.  One woman asked if she could ask a question of the cards without saying it aloud to me.  I told her we would give it a try.

When I laid out the cards for her I suddenly got a vision of two dogs driving in a convertible.  Both of the dogs were dressed up, really dressed up.  The male dog was driving and the female in the passenger seat.  I remember that she was wearing a polka dot scarf and sunglasses.  They were very happy.  Now I was a little wary of telling my client this.  It sounded crazy, but I try not to edit what I see, so I told her.  She said. “If you hadn’t told me that I wouldn’t have believed a word you said.”  She went on to tell me that she and her son had each had a dog and on Sundays they would dress them up and take them out for a drive in the car.  The dogs had both passed away.  They had come into my consciousness to let her know they were fine and having fun.  How strange is that?

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A few years after I started reading cards a new friend said that she thought I would like channeling.  Channeling is communicating with those who have passed on.  I said I would give it a try.  We set up a date with two of my friends and her.  She said a little prayer of protection before we started.  Then she told us to close our eyes and that if anything came up, even if we didn’t know who it was for, to share it.  I almost immediately had a vision of an older couple.  I spoke up and said that I thought they were here to see my friend, N.  I described them physically and told her they were standing in front of some very dense woods.  I also said that I thought the woods meant something.  She said that the physical description sounded like her aunt and uncle.  I gave her their message that even though they fought like cats and dogs when they were alive that they were very happy now.  The messages did not come in words, just a knowing of what they wanted conveyed.  N said that was exactly what they were like.  I reiterated a couple of times that I thought the dense growth of trees meant something.  I went on to tell her a few more things that they wanted to say.  Then they left.  Right after that a little Jack Russell Terrier started barking at an open door.  I told N that the dog was here and that he was very excited to see her.  She responded that they had owned a Jack Russell terrier and that it must be their dog.  I once more brought up the trees and N said, “Well, their last name is Forest.”  Then I knew that they had been trying to tell me their name.

N then shared a visit with the father of the woman who had brought us together.  She told her her father’s name and that he had succumbed to lung disease.  She said she saw him with an inhaler.  This was all true.

Amazing things happen in this world of material substance.  We so often only trust what we can discern with our five senses and write off anything we can’t prove.  Even though most people have experienced moments of foresight they are still unwilling to entertain the idea of our ability to go beyond the physical plane while still living in it,  As William Shakespeare said,  “There are more things in heaven and earth, dear Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

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Albert did not believe in any of this stuff.  He would be surprised to see where his equation has brought the understanding of energy and matter.  He began something with his theories that would probably confound him now!  The ideas of a holographic universe.  The concept of energy in the form of thoughts, emotions, and imagination producing matter.  All of these leaps of the mind and consciousness that have become more accepted because of his theory.  Wow.  Thanks, Albert.  Even if you didn’t believe it, you helped to realize an expanding awareness in the world, a whole new way of looking at God-consciousness.

I have had experiences with precognition.  I’ve had experiences with spirits.   If I had a closed mind I wouldn’t have been open to these encounters.

I think that divination cards are a useful tool.  The symbols and archetypes contained in them work on a subconscious level to bring us to a higher awareness.  They work in a very similar way to dreams.  I would recommend that anyone picks up a deck of these cards to use daily.  It is not necessary to learn how to read the cards.  I would just pull a “random” card from the deck every day, study the card and read the description in the book.  Most decks come with a guide.  The cards, even though you “randomly” selected them, will not be random.  Even if you see no connection between the card and what is happening in your life, there is a connection.  You could ask a question before pulling out a card.  You will get a card that will help enlighten you on the issue.

I would suggest the Angel cards of Doreen Virtue.  They are very uplifting and give great insight into your life.  I own the Archangel Oracle Cards, but she has many other decks that would be wonderful.  Any deck you see that resonates with you is perfect.  If you have any recommendations please leave them in the comments.

Don’t doubt that you can do anything, you are connected to the All.  Be open to anything.  Visit with friends and family passed.  They often visit in your dreams to let you know they’re okay.  Sometimes they will tell you that they’ve been away and are having a great time.  We see images that work with our physical reality, but their message is often that they are in a place so beautiful and amazing that they can’t describe it in our earthly terms, only in our “symbolic language.”  Be at peace concerning those who have passed on.  They are happy.  Believe me.  I get messages of joy with everyone who visits me who has passed, including animal companions.  The biggest messages are joy and complete freedom beyond any definition we have here.  An unlimited joyful, exuberance that can’t really be described.  They’re in heaven!

Open your mind to all possiblities and everything is possible.

Some impossibly wonderful affirmations:

  • I have powers of cognition beyond my five physical senses.
  • I am connected to source.
  • I am one with the intelligence of the universe.
  • I go forward in courage knowing that I intuitively choose right action through my connection to source.
  • We are all one in spirit.

Remember times when you knew what was going to happen, or a dream you had about someone you loved who died and  came to visit you.  Think of times when you knew things that you had no reason to know.  You have great gifts, open your mind to receive them.

 

 

Did you really just hit your kid for hitting a kid?

 “…you do have a father who loves you more than anything else and is constantly thinking of you and caring about you.” ~Albert Einstein

I finally got started in a new book group.  So excited, I haven’t been in one for years and this one is called Book ‘n Brew, and we’re not talking coffee.  It’s fun to discuss books while enjoying dinner and a glass of wine.  The group is sponsored by the local library and is led by a wonderful woman who works in the Children’s Library and loves books.

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Last night was the first group I attended.  We deconstructed a book of well over 6oo pages.  There were about a dozen people there and about a half of them either didn’t like the book as a whole, while the other half really enjoyed it.

Because the book was so long and the plot so disjointed (not my words!), our leader thought it might be a good idea to discuss the book’s characters as a way of figuring out the author’s theme and intent.

We finally got to the meanest, nastiest, most unlovable character in the book and started to tear him apart.  Who could possibly like this man who beat his wife and son for years, deserted his son when he needed him most, spent his life trying to track his son down (now a fugitive) to make sure he was punished for a terrible mistake that he made as a young man?   Wow, what a sweetie.  Glad he wasn’t my father.

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This character was a General in the U.S. Army.  Some one in the group said,”How could anyone treat their family that way?”  If you look at it, though, the majority of this man’s life was predicated on the paradigm that violence is a way to deal with conflict.  Of course, someone else said that may be well enough, but why bring it home, why not compartmentalize his life and leave the violence where it belongs.

And here’s the big question.  Does violence belong anywhere?  In a world filled with violence, how can we change anything?  We can’t change anyone else?  We can try, occasionally someone will see the light, but we can really only try to make ourselves better people.  We can only be peace to promote peace.  We can only be the change.  Sounds so trite and simple.  But, isn’t the simplest way always the best?    We can begin at home.  Whenever a child is punished with  violence, whether physical or verbal, we are showing them that violence is a solution to a problem.  Imagine at work if you got hit or beaten for making a mistake or doing something wrong.  Imagine if your boss yelled at you and sent you to the corner to take a time out.   I know I’m going to get a few raised eyebrows on that, after all time out is one of our biggest forms of punishment for children right now, but I don’t think it’s right.  Give me a minute and I’ll explain.

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Do we need to punish children at all?  Has anyone ever asked that question?  When they do something which we consider bad is it because they are bad or because they haven’t yet developed the emotional or intellectual tools to deal with a situation in a way that doesn’t hurt anyone or cause a problem?  Children learn from modeling after their role models and from what they are told.  Unfortunately, for us imperfect souls, they model what they see us do for the most part.  If only they would do what we say and not what we do!  So, how can you blame a child for having a tantrum when their father loses control and screams at them or hits them or throws furniture around.  They are only following his lead.  How can you expect a child not to hit another child when Mom walloped them just last night for breaking another dish?  How can it be wrong and right at the same time?

There are, also, things children do that don’t seem to be behaviors they’ve learned.  A child might steal something.  Why would a child do this if they didn’t learn it from modeling?   If it’s not out of hunger or another strong physical need, then why?  Stealing would symbolize the fear of lack.  It may be that the child perceives a lack of love or a lack of acceptance for who they are and they are trying to fill that need with things.  It may be that their parents talk about money, or the lack thereof, in the child’s presence and so the child always feels insecure about money and possessions.  Generally though, I think that stealing is symbolic of trying to fill an emotional need.

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We can often ask a child until we are blue in the face why they did something, such as steal or lie, and they won’t answer us or they just say they don’t know.  That is often exactly the case.  They don’t know.  As adults we do things so often without knowledge of our motives, we do things by rote, completely unconscious of the belief, thought, or emotion that lead us to the action, and yet, we expect an eight year old to understand the psychology of their behaviors.

As parents we need to be more aware of our behaviors than at any time ever before in our lives.  It’s not just about us anymore.  Whenever we do something in front of our children that is not acceptable to our concept of good behavior we must bring it up and explain to them why what we did was not acceptable.  If we yell at our child we must apologize and tell them that it was wrong because we didn’t show them respect, because we frightened them, and because there is a better way to deal with our anger than yelling.  We can then go on to discuss a better way to deal with our anger.  When our child misbehaves we should take the same steps with them.  We can talk about the behavior and why it was unacceptable.  We can ask them about their opinion on the behavior you saw as unacceptable and see if they can switch places and imagine themselves as the person subjected to their behavior.

When our child makes a mistake, and they’ll make plenty, we can accept the mistake graciously and give them the same kindness we would give a guest who made a mistake.  Sometimes it’s easy to forget that children don’t have the motor skills and mental skills that we have developed.  We can be a little more patient and understanding when we feel they are too slow, there’s a lot of new, exciting stuff out there for them to see.  Instead of rushing them, let’s give them a little more time to sightsee on this amazing planet that is their new home.

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What if your child continues a behavior that you feel you have taken a lot of timing explaining to them the reasons why it is unacceptable?  You just have to take more time.  Try a different way of explaining.  We all process information differently.  Ask them why they keep doing something that is a problem for others and often, themselves.  And ask yourself if it really is a problem.  Maybe they’re not intellectually ready to understand the construct of what you are saying to them yet and it will just take a little more maturity until they can grasp it.  They are doing their best.  Just like all of us.

What about time outs?  If we have a child sit by themselves as a punishment we are telling them that quiet time alone is bad,that  it is not desirable.  Quiet time is not a punishment in the real world.  Ask any adult, it’s a vacation for most!  So let’s not use time outs, but instead, sit with our child and use reason and love to overcome unacceptable behavior.  Talk about safety, kindness, or whatever issue is associated with the behavior, but don’t make a child sit alone, often not even understanding why.

If a child becomes overly emotional (screaming, tantrum, sobbing), we can sit quietly with them and show them how to control their emotions.  Most children are frightened by their heightened emotions and don’t think they can control them, especially if they see their parents lose control at times. We can show them how to calm themselves, simply by being very calm ourselves, and by giving them techniques like deep breathing or walking away from an emotional situation to get their bearings.  Show them that they have the power they need to control themselves.  Empower your children whenever you can.  Let them know they have control over their behavior and emotions without holding them responsible for the things they still can’t control.

I once read an article by a child psychologist, so long ago that I have no idea who it was, but she said that when a child is yelled at for spilling something when they are very young they don’t understand it because they think they didn’t spill it, their hand did.  Apparently they don’t have the control over their physical bodies that we think they should or do at very young ages.

Children are often emotionally fragile, especially with their parents, because all they want is your love, really.  If they know they are loved and not judged, even when they’ve done something that isn’t acceptable, then they will grow up to be happy and loving.  Our words and actions as parents are the biggest contributors to our child’s well-being or lack thereof.  Let’s make it the best we possibly can.  Let’s raise our own consciousness and that of our children and the world at the same time.  When we are love, we raise love.  When we are loving parents, we raise loving people.

Some loving affirmations:

  • I treat children with the same love and respect as adults.
  • I do not judge children for their actions, knowing that they are learning who they are.
  • I treat all people with love and respect.
  • I respond to misbehavior with calm love and reason.
  • All action comes from fear or love.  If someone acts from fear, I respond to it with love.

Imagine yourself as a child.  Do you remember a time when you were misunderstood or punished?  How could it have been handled differently so that everyone felt loved and accepted?