This question is not about your grocery list or your “TO DO” list. It is a list about you. It may be a list you have yet to make.
Let’s back up a little and first learn about Ruth’s story. She and her parents were in a concentration camp in Germany near the end of World War II. They suffered severe hardship until they were freed by the Allies in 1945. They were poor; they had no savings; they had no home. They had lost all contact with their relatives. Somehow Ruth’s parents found work and received help from different groups.
After they had recovered physically, mentally, and emotionally to some degree, the family made their way to the U.S. and settled in New York City. They worked hard and saved enough money to open a clothing store and a few years later, a clothing factory. Ruth worked long hours beside her parents, but she was grateful. She was safe and free to live her life.
When a coffee mug slips out of Celeste O’Connell’s hand and shatters on her tile floor, she realizes something is terribly wrong with her. The recent stumbles on the stairs, the deepening of her voice, the weakness in her right arm and leg, are part of a mysterious pattern of frightening changes in her body.
Celeste is diagnosed with a terminal illness. She struggles to accept her fate and the loss of everything she loves—her husband, her college-age children, her work, and the rugged, spectacular Montana environment in which she lives. She creates a bucket list and tries to complete everything on the list, but as her symptoms worsen, she finds she cannot. A startling dream leads Celeste to a therapist who helps her explore her dreams and long-neglected beliefs about life and death.
Celeste thought about the Ten Commandments. How many had she broken? She had not committed adultery (though tempted twice), nor stolen, nor murdered anyone. Well, maybe in her heart once or twice. She had certainly taken the name of the Lord in vain, swearing more times than she wanted anyone, especially God, to know. She definitely coveted her neighbor’s gorgeous log home on a knoll high above the river. And what about the first commandment? ‘Love the Lord thy God with all your heart and soul,’ that one. Not even close. How could she obey that first commandment when she wasn’t even sure God existed? He or She was an idea, not a reality.
A common theme of separation has woven its way through the lives of my clients this past year. In addition to the loss of relationships, the pandemic has created even more isolation. This phenomenon was foretold to me in a hypnosis session of mine in 2018. I was shown a metaphor comparing our souls to small sticks and the Earth to a giant log. This log was covered in glue, and the sticks were cast onto it, fusing together in a crisscrossed, jumbled heap of karmic ties.
My guides said that, now, this glue is beginning to crack and the sticks are breaking loose; however, it is up to each soul to free him or herself completely. We must uncross ourselves from these karmic relationships and learn to stand alone. Once all sticks are free standing and whole within themselves, we will come back together in a nice, neat bundle and ascend. I believe this is the existential purpose of the solitude we have all been experiencing.
Dolores Cannon—the founder of the Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique that I practice—foretold of a split in realities in her book, The Three Waves of Volunteers and the New Earth. Her thousands of clients were shown a future probability during their hypnosis sessions. The similarities in each account are uncanny. The Higher Selves and Spirit Guides of these clients explained how those who were a vibrational match would ascend to an ethereal realm while those who still had 3rd dimensional lessons to learn would remain in this world to participate in a slow evolution.
As Thanksgiving rolls around, our hearts turn to all that we are grateful for—even after such a turbulent year. For most of us, there’s an animal or three in our lives where the thankfulness goes both ways. We are indeed grateful for the incredible animals that are in our lives now, those that have shared the past with us, and those that will be a part of our future. We also appreciate the vast array of nature’s bountiful benefits that are provided to us every day, including Mother Earth’s medicine chest. Let us remember to be thankful for all we have in our lives, including the little things.
Thank your animals for their presence, for being there for you. Tell your animals out loud that you love them and are grateful they are in your life. You can even be specific and tell them what they bring to your life, such as love, happiness, laughter, companionship, comfort, and protection. Thank your pets and also the wild ones for the important lessons and messages they have given you. Be grateful that, at any time, you can learn holistic animal care and call on your innate ability to speak intuitively to animals and to nature.
We live in such extraordinarily hard times! With the advent of Covid-19, fear is rampant, masks and distancing are mandated, and many are experiencing sorely diminished income and travel restrictions. Wild natural phenomena—floods, fires and hurricanes—are destroying homes and displacing animals and lives. It seems we are beset on all sides by seemingly endless wars and famine in the world, and by civil and political unrest and divisions. It’s such a challenge to find peace amidst all this chaos!
We each have a sacred task during this time, and it’s up to us to recognize it and take action. We can all serve others as we access loving responses to stress, stay in the present moment, and speak with conscious awareness. In addition, there are those who, if not caught in trauma-shock, are feeling called to engage in the world as never before. Some forge ahead on the front lines of social justice.
DAnimals play a huge role in intuition. From your pets to wild animals, they want to help guide you in your life. When you become aware of how animals are trying to reach and teach you, you have an awareness about life that is simply profound.
Intuition is also about nature. On a hike, the majority of people go from point A to point B. If they used their intuition, they could tune in to animals, along with Mother Earth and her elements, and receive their messages. When you strengthen your connection with animals, nature, and Mother Earth, your intuition increases and creates a ripple effect in your life in wondrous ways, such as:
You can learn what animals, nature, and Mother Earth are trying to tell you.
You have more of a feeling of self-worth, while standing in your truth.
You have more clarity in your daily life, and your path and purpose seem more defined and accessible.
At the Hearts Center, we have practiced different techniques for breathing and meditation, all of which provide great benefits for our lives and the lives of those around us. What are the benefits of practicing Buddha Breathing regularly? Consciously breathing in light, prana or chi strengthens the immune system, brings physical vitality and health, emotional well-being, mental clarity and spiritual upliftment.
The practice of breathing meditation draws our attention to holding a powerful focus of love within ourselves, which we can offer wholeheartedly for the healing and wholeness of family, friends, colleagues and all others across the entire Earth. There are no limits to the expanse or the inclusiveness of our loving embrace.
It reminds us to use the challenges we experience in our own lives to connect with the challenges others are experiencing, and to actively assist them through our focused intention to cope with and transform those challenges.
We become powerful generators of love, light and joy for happiness and contentment across the planet.
On a recent hike in the mountains, I saw with great pleasure the abundance of wild flowers, blossoming trees and plants. Some were tall, some short, some were colorful, and some were many shades of green.
Nature has an infinite capacity to create and restore. Each plant has a unique niche in the greater ecosystem, and each has its own purpose in order to maintain the balance of life. We human beings have much to learn from nature.
We are each the same as all other human beings physically, mentally, and emotionally. We are the dust of creation. We share DNA with everyone else. We have the same body organs, arms, legs, ears, and toes. As human beings, we even share 42 common viruses in our bloodstreams.
Who is Byron Katie? I personally love her healing method, which teaches us to question and challenge our thoughts and beliefs. It’s what she calls doing “The Work.” I find myself using her turnaround method daily, especially with all the issues coming up and being triggered, both personally and also globally, where we are presented with so many opportunities for both our individual and collective healing. The Work is a method I prefer to use in place of the old and archaic coping strategies that sadly tend to add to, rather than heal, life’s cumulative pain.
Katie teaches that our triggers, activated by situations or others, are really disguised “mirrors” for us, that reflect back to us our own “shadows,” which point out our (often similar) unhealed pain. This often takes much courage, first to even see, and finally to be able to “sit with” (versus numbing and resisting) these unhealed wounds. Before we had access to these tools, we would get triggered and then act out their feelings in negative ways, or used other coping mechanisms to avoid facing them. None of this brings true and deep healing to our “earlier similar” pain or past trauma.