Saturday, May 21, 2022

If You Want to Know the Back Story . . . Part 3

      I'd like to share some highlighted sections from Anita Moorjani's book, Dying to Be Me.  

     On what she learned about herself during the near death experience:

This was a rather surprising realization for me, because I'd always thought I needed to work at being lovable.  I believed that I somehow had to be deserving and worthy of being cared for, so it was incredible to realize this wasn't the case.  I'm loved unconditionally, for no other reason than simply because I exist.

      On what she was to learn from being ill with cancer:

It was then that I understood that my body is only a reflection of my internal state.  If my inner self were aware of its greatness and connection to All-that-is, my body would soon reflect that and heal rapidly.

     On our true purpose in life:

If we're all One, all facets of the same Whole, which is unconditional love, then of course who we are is love!  I knew that was really the only purpose of life:  to be our self, live our truth, and be the love that we are.  

 

Saturday, May 14, 2022

If You Want to Know the Back Story . . . Part 2

      Last week I was raving about Anita Moorjani's book, Dying to Be Me.  I found myself highlighting and dog-earing section after section while I was reading.  One of the main lessons that she learned from her near-death experience was that we are all part of the One, and are wonderous, luminous beings of love.  Given that, one of our main priorities in this life is to acknowledge that and to love ourselves.

     Moorjani's upbringing taught her to deny herself and put others first.  She found that, after spending her whole life trying to please people and squash her individuality, she was deeply unhappy and did not love or honor herself.  She felt that one of the reasons she was given the near death experience (NDE) was to change all that.

   Of course, that wasn't all that she received from her NDE.  Her body, which was so riddled with cancer that her organs were shutting down, quickly returned to full health and she soon returned home, completely cancer free.  She believes that she was given another chance in this life to spread the word about her NDE and what she learned.  This books is what resulted.  Its message will stay with you a long time.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

If You Want to Know the Back Story . . .

      Last month I was raving about Anita Moorjani's wonderful book for empaths, Sensitive is the New Strong.  I plan to re-read it sometime very soon.  Yes, it was that good, with plenty of useful information that goes far beyond the "surround yourself with a white bubble" advice that never really worked for me.

     Although she gives part of her story in this book, I wanted to read her first book which details how she nearly died and had a near-death experience.  If this interests you, I highly recommend this book, Dying to Be Me.  What I most admired about her account is how she found the words to describe in detail what she experienced on the other side.

     As her body lay dying, she reports that her spirit was able to travel to see the doctor speaking to her husband down the hallway from her hospital room, she was able to see doctors and nurses working on her body, and she was able to see her brother on an airplane flying to be with her.  After that, her spirit went to another place where she met with her father and best friend, both of whom were already deceased.  

     Her description of that place, and her feelings about her own self, are beautiful and almost poetic.  She reiterates again and again that her spirit is part of the One and that it is wonderous beyond all imagining.  That is one of the main lessons from her experience there -- that her spirit is far greater, luminous, and magnificent than she ever dreamed.  And that is her message to us all -- that we are beautiful, amazing beings of light and love.  A fascinating book.


                                                         

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Some Quotes for Today

Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there.  Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.  (The Dalai Lama)

Not one of us can rest, be happy, be at home, be at peace with ourselves, until we end hatred and division.  (John Lewis)

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.  (Jimi Hendrix) 

 




Saturday, April 23, 2022

A Must-Have Book for Empaths, Part 3

      I wanted to share a couple more quotes from this fabulous book, Sensitive is the New Strong, by Anita Moorjani.

     On how we empaths deplete ourselves:

"I want to stress again a few of the common ways we deplete our life force energy, which may either lead to an illness or prevent our bodies from healing from one:  We give of ourselves until we're drained, but we don't know how to receive.  We don't know how to recharge our batteries.  We feel guilty when we feel happy or do something good for ourselves.  We don't believe we're worthy or deserving of positive things.  We're stressed out all the time, perhaps by our relationships, our finances, or our jobs.  We're lonely or grieving or suffering a trauma of some kind that goes on for a prolonged period of time."

     On how to fix that (this is fleshed out much more in the book, another reason to buy it!):

"It's not what you do -- it's what that activity does for you.  Everything that nourishes your soul and recharges your light is a spiritual activity." 

     Moorjani stresses over and over that the key to keep from depleting ourselves is to love ourselves first.  That's hard for many empaths, who have spent their lifetime putting others first.  But this is crucial, the author argues, and spends a good part of the book showing how we can do that.  I can't recommend this book highly enough. 

Saturday, April 16, 2022

A Must-Have Book for Empaths, Part 2

      Last week I was discussing Anita Moorjani's must-have book for empaths, Sensitive Is the New Strong.  I'd like to share some snippets of wisdom from the book.  Perhaps they will speak to you as well.

     On why we are here:

"Empaths are highly advanced souls being incarnated on earth in increasing numbers to shed light into the darkness during this time of transformation."

     On the struggles of empaths:

"Our downfall, or our curse, is our inability to distinguish other people's needs and emotions from our own, and our need to make everyone else feel good before we can feel good ourselves.  This is what draws us out of our inner sanctity and into other people's dramas, and why it feels like we carry a heavy burden on our shoulders.  We also struggle, as we've seen, with trying to fit in to a world that's not geared toward us -- we're six-sensory beings living in a five-sensory world." 

      On how to keep from being unbalanced by other people's emotions:

"It is not your job to absorb everyone else's energy.  It is not your job to rescue people at your expense or convince them of what is possible if they don't believe you.  Your only job is to empower yourself, to stay connected to your center, and allow your presence to inspire others so they know what is possible in order to heal, if it's their fate to do so."

 

 

Saturday, April 9, 2022

A Must-Have Book for Empaths

      I stumbled upon a book that struck me like a lightning bolt -- a book that I wish I had met years ago.  I speak of Anita Moorjani's Sensitive Is the New Strong.  What a wealth of understanding and wisdom!  I would urge you, if you are an empath, to check this book out.  

     If you do not know Moorjani's story, she had a four-year battle with cancer, which she almost lost in 2006.  Her organs were shutting down and she very nearly died.  She had a Near Death Experience.  But then after experiencing the unconditional love and wonder and enveloping lightness of the Other Side, she came back to life in this earthly plane. It changed her life.  Not only mentally and emotionally, but her cancer-ravaged body spontaneously healed and she recovered fully from the cancer.  

    Her return to normal life, however, was difficult because she was so fundamentally changed.  She learned that she was an empath, and had been a sensitive person all her life.  However, those very traits had some dark sides, such as being a people-pleaser and a door mat.  She spent most of her life trying to make others happy at the expense of her own happiness.

     And she believes that this trait is what caused her to become ill in the first place.  So, she had to learn how to be an empath, and embrace all those gifts, but not at the expense of her own happiness.  That is what this book teaches -- how to use the powers of the empath without depleting ourselves.  Get this book.  




Saturday, April 2, 2022

April Fool's Day

      Did you ever wonder about the origin of April Fool's Day?  I just happened to be thinking of that and decided to do a bit of research.  Here's what I found:

     Back in 1582, when Europe decided to switch from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, the new year was officially moved back 4 months.  You see, in the old Julian calendar, the new year fell on the spring equinox, around our current April 1st.  So when the switch came and the new year was moved back to the dead of winter, the people who still celebrated New Year's in the spring were called fools because they hadn't caught on to the new calendar.  

     These poor uninformed people became the targets of hoaxes and pranks, such as having paper fish affixed to their backs and called "poisson d'avril," or "April fish," meaning that they were as gullible as an easily caught fish.

     Some people think that April Fool's Day is also linked to the pranks played by Mother Nature as she foists unpredictable weather on us poor fools during spring.  Who knew?  

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Saturday, March 26, 2022

Give Peace a Chance, Part 4

      And from the master wordsmith on the subject of peace, Martin Luther King, Jr.:

Violence is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all.  It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding; it seeks to annihilate rather than convert.  Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love.  It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible.  It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue.  Violence ends up defeating itself.  It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers.

 We will not build a peaceful world by following a negative path.  It is not enough to say we must not wage war.  It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.  We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but on the positive affirmation of peace.  We must see that peace represents a sweeter music, a cosmic melody, that is far superior to the discords of war.  Somehow, we must transform the dynamics of the world power struggle from the negative nuclear arms race, which no one can win, to a positive contest to harness humanity's creative genius for the purpose of making peace and prosperity a reality for all the nations of the world.  In short, we must shift the arms race into a peace race.

Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war. 

If we have a will -- and determination -- to mount such a peace offensive, we will unlock hitherto tightly sealed doors of hope and transform our imminent cosmic elegy into a psalm of creative fulfillment. 

     Amen and amen. 

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Give Peace a Chance, Part 3

      More beautiful words to ponder:

In a time of unprecedented challenge and evolutionary transition we must heal the wounds of the past, engage fully in the transformation of present conditions, and create a future of unparalleled dignity and beauty for all beings and for all life on Earth.  (James O'Dea)

I was once asked why I don't participate in anti-war demonstrations.  I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I'll be there.  (Mother Teresa) 

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.  (Margaret Mead) 

 

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Give Peace a Chance, Part 2

 More quotes on the subject:

Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

If you want to end the war then instead of sending guns, send books.  Instead of sending tanks, send pens.  Instead of sending soldiers, send teachers.   (Malala Yousafzai)

I truly believe the only way we can create global peace is through not only educating our minds, but our hearts and our souls.  (Malala Yousafzai)

 

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Give Peace a Chance

      "Enough, already."  That's my contribution to the plethora of quotes about peace and the stupidity of war.  But others have been much more eloquent.  Let's savor their thoughts and words on this subject:

Take your light and take your love into the world as the only weapons that we need to make this world truly glorious, truly beautiful, and astonish all of life.  (Hafsat Abiola)

To replace the old paradigm of war with the new paradigm of waging peace, we must be pioneers who can push the bondaries of human understanding.  We must be doctors who can cure the virus of violence.  We must be soldiers of peace who can do more than preach to the choir.  And we must be artists who will make the world our masterpiece.  ( Rev. Paul Chappell)

Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.  (Albert Einstein)

 

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Saturday, February 26, 2022

'Tis the Month for Lovers, Part 3

      I'd like to offer a few more bits of wisdom from Thich Nhat Hanh's book, The Art of Communicating.  Here, he talks about the six mantras of effective and loving communication.

     The first mantra is "I am here for you."  This sets the tone for deep, compassionate listening. 

     The second mantra is "I know you are there, and I am very happy."  You can use this when you are with someone you love, or even like a little. 

     The third mantra is "I know you suffer, and that is why I am here for you."  This helps diffuse a tense situation and allows the other person to vent while you focus on your breathing and compassionate listening. 

     The fourth mantra is "I suffer, please help."  This is used when you need to vent and have another listen to you with compassion and understanding. 

     The fifth mantra is "This is a happy moment."  This is used when two people are together and are sharing a positive experience. 

     The sixth mantra is used when someone praises or criticizes you.  For example, when they tell you that you are the best at doing something, you think of your many mistakes, and answer, "You are partly right."  Or if they criticize you, perhaps unfairly, you think of your successes and answer, "You are partly right."  It helps keep your ego in check.

     I found myself highlighting and bookmarking many pages in this book.  Perhaps you will find it helpful as well.  Highly recommended.

     

Saturday, February 19, 2022

'Tis the Month for Lovers, Part 2

      A couple of weeks ago, we were exploring the wonderful book by the recently deceased Buddhist monk and peace warrior, Thich Nhat Hahn, The Art of Communicating.  For anyone in a serious relationship, or anyone who wishes to have greater insight into how to communicate better with fellow Earth-dwellers, this book is for you.  

     Here are a couple of highlights:  

"When we say something that nourishes us and uplifts the people around us, we are feeding love and compassion.  When we speak and act in a way that causes tension and anger, we are nourishing violence and suffering."

And:

"I define happiness as the capacity to understand and to love, because without understanding and love no happiness could be possible.  We don't have enough understanding and love, which is why we suffer so much.  That is what we are thirsting for." 

Saturday, February 5, 2022

'Tis the Month for Lovers

      February is the month for lovers, and I have a book I'd like to recommend for anyone who is in a serious relationship, whether with a lover, a good friend, a co-worker, or a family member.  In short, this book has good advice for anyone who does not live full-time in a cave.  

     What is this book? you ask.  It's The Art of Communicating by Thich Nhat Hanh, who passed away January 22, 2022 at the age of 95.  He was a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who wrote several books, showing how to put mindfulness practice in various life situations.  You may also want to check out some of his other books as well.

    It includes wisdom about how to communicate with ourselves (and we so often fail to do so honestly, don't we?), communicating with others, how to practice loving speech, how to communicate mindfully at work, and communicating in difficult situations.  Very helpful and practical advice!  Highly recommended.

                                                       

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Manifesting, Part 2

      Last week we were discussing the proper attitude to take when manifesting our desires.  We always must keep in mind that we work as co-creators with the Universe and must submit our wills to whatever is best for our spiritual evolution.

     That said, I think a lot of instructions for manifesting miss two key points.  First, it is important that we always remember that our desires, if manifested, will affect others.  I think it is best if our desires will affect them positively and help bring healing and growth to all involved.  For example, if you desire to manifest a million dollars, how will that affect your family?  Your friends?  Your city?  The needy ones in your life?  It's good to consider those things.

     The second things that many manifesting instructions miss is the role of emotions.  The Universe, it seems, is attracted to strong emotions.  So, as you build the picture of your desires, be sure to involve your emotions.  If you desire a new car, what will it feel like to drive it for the first time?  How will you feel when you look at it in your driveway?  What sort of fun could you have with it carrying your friends around?  How deep is your gratitude for it?  Hold those positive emotions for at least a minute every time your build your mental image of the desired thing or situation.

     At this point in our world, I would hope that we could all spend some time visualizing a better future for others besides ourselves.  What would a better city look like?  A more just society?  A healthier environment?  A healed Earth?  We need so much positive direction and healing, in so many ways.

     Please be a part of that.

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Manifesting

      You have probably seen all sorts of ways to manifest things that you desire to see in your life.  While I have trouble with the idea that the Universe is a giant gumball machine, giving you whatever you want if you put in the right tokens, I think that you can act as a co-creator with the Universe.  Let me explain.

     First, we are not totally in charge of our future.  To think so is contrary to the notion that life here on Earth is for learning life lessons -- we dwell in Earth School.  If we were totally in charge of our life, we would never experience those negative things that help us to grow.  We would never get sick or die or experience natural disasters, and so on.  That is simply not the case.

     Rather, we can step into the role of being a co-creator with the Universe.  We put forth our desires and acknowledge that the Universe has the prerogative to allow it to happen -- or not.  Humility is key here.  

     So, as we create a better life, hopefully, for all, let's keep in mind that we are still students of life and remain open to experiencing those things which helps us to grow and evolve as spiritual beings.  After all, that is the whole point of being here, isn't it?

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Goodbye, and Hello

      I don't know about you, but 2021 was a really tough year.  For me, it was full of stress, grief, difficult changes, and hard choices.  You, too?  I'm sorry.  Let's bid the old year a not-so-fond farewell.

     Now, here's the new year, bright and shiny and full of possibilities.  Many of the psychics and seers that I've read say that last year was a time of tearing down and eliminating old structures in our lives and societies.  This year, they say, will be a time of rebuilding and renewal.

     So, what do we do?  They suggest that we envision what we want to see in our lives.  Picture in your mind what it is that you would like to see.  Get all of your senses involved and really build that desired future fully in your mind and hold it for minute or more.  Or, if you're a primarily visual person, create a vision board.  Or write out a description of what you desire.  Do it consistently and hold it deep in your heart with a strong, positive feeling.  

    Let's create a better year.  Let's create a better life for ourselves.  Let's create a better, more just society.  Let's create a better way to treat out planet.  Happy new year.

Saturday, January 8, 2022

A Poem for the New Year

 Driftwood


Remembering the past

now in this garden

I stack high

a fuel for my new year

the difficult driftwood of the Truth.


(Saigyo, translated by Meredith McKinney)

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Happy New Year!

 May the new year bring you

peace, health, and prosperity.


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