I Can’t Believe What I Heard

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Cognitive dissonance occurs when you suddenly hear completely conflicting information about a long-held belief.  It causes stress and anxiety, and can change your brain pathways to that which resemble someone with PTSD.

A good example of cognitive dissonance is someone who began smoking during the years that the Marlboro Man commercials were running.  Sexy, mysterious, the actor playing this role made smoking look cool and tough.  These ads were soon followed by Joe Camel.  Both depicted a habit that was thought to be completely acceptable.  And then. . .lung cancer became the new enemy.

Many smokers went into complete denial.  “That won’t happen to me.”  Some thought they should just cut back.  And there were others who probably thought “what the hell, I’m going to die someday, anyway” and increased their consumption.  These behaviors were maladaptive, in order to lessen the belief’s conflict.  Cognitive dissonance occurred when they encountered someone, or heard evidence of smoking-induced lung cancer.  Cortisol would flood the body and eventually contribute to chronic inflammation, the root cause of most diseases.

Cognitive dissonance can occur when a trusted source of information suddenly denounces everything they supported, or even removes evidence of such.  I believe we are in a time when such things are occurring.  So, how do you reconcile conflicting beliefs?

Avoidance can be helpful, but might be just putting your head in the sand.  Defiance, which may or may not get you into trouble.  Changing your belief, but you might want to perform due diligence of fact-checking both sets of beliefs.  But ultimately, it comes down to what do you feel in your gut.  Your gut is an extremely powerful sensory device.  You’ve had that sick feeling when you are around someone who makes you feel bad or is scary.  Trust that feeling.  Make time for meditation so you can tune into the Universe and ask for guidance.  Don’t worry if you don’t hear anything immediately.  The Universe will get the answer to you in multiple ways, even with a song playing over and over in your head.  When you feel inside that you have your truth, seek out like-minded individuals who will support you.

Just don’t make yourself sick over someone’s lies.

Happy Mother’s Day

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There are a multitude of sources regarding the origination of Mother’s Day, and all for good reason.  I like to think of it as honoring the nurturing aspect of a woman towards a child.  However, many women are not mothers, including me, but that doesn’t lessen the capability of nurturing.  Nor do I think it is limited to the female gender.

Nurturing is a deeply-ingrained capacity to care for another, and a full expression of love.  Anyone can act in the capacity of a mother simply through this self-less, generous expression.  The first step to nurturing is turning it inwards to yourself.  You cannot give to others freely, without first giving to yourself.

Nurturing is honoring yourself when you are tired, just as a father puts a cranky child to bed.  It is feeding yourself when you are hungry, as a mother nurses a hungry baby.  It is motivating yourself to fulfill your passions, as a parent encourages a child to build their skills.

To love yourself unconditionally by honoring your body, your needs and your very existence, all of which is learned in your early childhood.  If those needs were not met when you were a child, it is never to late to nurture yourself.  You act out when your inner child is not being cared for.  Ask yourself what you need and do that.  Give yourself a hug and tell your child-self that you are loved and cared for and protected.  When you begin to mother yourself, you will no longer seek it outside of you.  Your relationships will become more meaningful and your total well-being will feel happy.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of us.

Thought For Today – May 8th

If you don’t know which direction to go, turn around and look where you came from.  Maybe you are where you need to be going, or maybe you just need a new path.

Extra-Introvert

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I haven’t had the motivation to blog lately.  I’ve seen this mentioned on another site I follow, so I guess I’m not alone.  I would guess that lack of motivation for anyone would be a current problem.

Still, it bugs me and I had to think about it for awhile.

I know that I am an introvert.  I “recharge” my energy by alone time and doing something relaxing, like reading.  Extroverts need their people time to feel better.  So, it has occurred to me that I am getting a big extra dose of relaxation time, and without any big amount of stress in my life – like what came with my former job – I don’t have the “urgency” to get things done.  Hmm.  I suppose this is what comes with job retirement.  I shouldn’t feel disturbed by that, and I’m not really; it’s just different.  It is something new to adjust into, so as they say “practice makes perfect”.  I’m still in the process of developing my daily routine and I like it.

I have been working on my next book, so that is productive.  I am following the same theme, but taking it to the next level and making it a journey through healing.  I guess the blog got set aside due to that work.  I also know that creativity of any kind has an ebb and flow rhythm.

Just wait until the tide comes in.

Spiritual Distancing

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I have been in a retreat.  Who am I kidding, most everyone is.  The stay-at-home order has most of us confined to our spaces, often with only our thoughts to occupy our time.  Not a bad thing, because when was the last time you actually got to sit down and really focus on something.

Choose your thoughts wisely.

I tend to be an introspective person anyway, so this gives me more time to hone in on my interior world.  I have been able to focus on shifting my energy to a higher frequency, which not only benefits me, but a significant portion of my community.  As my Heart Chakra expands, it helps others to expand as well.

I have time to connect to the Higher Realms for guidance and support, and sometimes just to let go of my fears and worries.  I spend time researching and reading what the spiritual community has posted to increase my knowledge as well as my spiritual gifts.  I then reach out to others with support, guidance and Light in order to assist with the transformation of our world.

Earth, and everything in, on and around it, is going through a change.  There is no stopping what is going on.  It is all changing for the better, so why would you want to resist?  Use distancing as your opportunity to raise the frequency of your Inner Light.  You will have heard the names of public figures who support spiritual guidance.  Find their websites and social media pages.  Read, study, research, anything you can do to support your inner wellbeing.  When you can focus on peace, self-nurturing, creative expression, and time in nature, your path through this transformation will be easier.  Spiritual distancing will represent the space that your bright Light encompasses.

Be well and shine your Heart Light.

The Ascension

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Easter, or Pascha is Sunday April 12th and will be celebrate by millions, most likely at home in a virtual gathering.  Whether it is Passover or of Christ rising from death, a Pagan ritual, or any other significant meaning, it is the celebration of life defeating death.  In Christian terms, it is Jesus teaching us that we are more than our physical bodies.

I won’t go into a theological discussion of this ritual, but the main theme is birth or rebirth.  There is really no coincidence that the current state of the planet happens to be at a peak during this Easter season.

Every living thing on this planet is going through rebirth, or an ascension into a higher dimension.  Our DNA, our cellular structure, our energetic bodies are going through an upgrade. Sort of like going from a four-cylinder engine to a high-performance racing version in one day.  All of us.  At the same time.  Believe it or not, the Universe is trying to make this a little easier by forcing us to stay home.   A little test drive, so to speak.

We aren’t getting a choice in this upgrade, even if you think you can resist.  “What you resist, persists”, as the saying goes.  The Lightworkers are actively working the collective energy patterns to help everyone assimilate the change.  Those who are enlightened, but not active Lightworkers, have already made adjustments to their lives and are just moving through the changes.  Then there is the group who is fighting it every day, thinking that life will just go back to the way it was.  It won’t.  But it will be better than it was.  They’ll suffer and maybe become ill, then blame it all on the government or some such.  But they will still change.  Then there are the wonderfully blessed souls who made the soul agreement to become violently ill and pass on.  These beautiful ones have agreed to absorb the grief and negativity in their corner of the planet and take it with them into death, in order to rapidly shift the energy.  I hope their spiritual rewards are truly wonderful.

If I’ve managed to keep your attention this far, you might be wondering what to do.  Maybe you already know, but are reading along for validation.  Look to this time of isolation for the answers.  We are being given the gift of “pause and reset”.  Dig into your heart and soul and ask yourself what matters and how you want to live.  What are you doing without that no longer matters?  Has your life suddenly become less burdensome by staying at home?  Do you have more time for your family? Have you discovered time to follow your passions?  What changes are being made in your life – might there be something better?  Creativity is being heightened now; what does this mean for you?  Now is your opportunity to design or refine your life path.  Envision what it will look like and you will manifest it into being through guided action steps.

For those of you ready for the next step; look to spiritual teachers for information.  Many of the authors on Hay House publishing have websites with spiritual practices.  Try meditation for starters.  If you have studied the Chakra body, then begin to work through the fifth dimensional version, because this is what is being re-wired within you.  It is seriously more powerful than what was.  The energy to be developed, or ascended, is what will lead you through the planetary changes.  You will need to work on releasing old beliefs, grief, negativity to move into ascension.  The following is a brief explanation of your new energetic body.

The Twelve Chakra System:

Eighteen inches above your head is the Stellar Gateway.  It vibrates gold and is the receiver of all information from the Creator or All That is.

Six inches above your head is the Soul Star, which vibrates magenta.  It carries the blueprint for all your spiritual gifts, in all your lifetimes.

The Causal is offset to the rear of your head.  It connects us to the entire Angelic realm and vibrates moon white.

The Crown Chakra is the top of your head and is the connection to your Higher Self, which is a receiver for the upper three.  Formerly violet, it now vibrates liquid gold.

The Third Eye is in your forehead.  The vibration has changed from indigo to emerald crystal.  Your Crown and Third Eye have integrated their energy through the pineal gland.  It is our point of manifestation.  “As Above, So Below”; or what you envision becomes your reality.  Once this is activated, manifestation is more powerful than ever.

The Throat Chakra has intensified its blue color and takes the vibration of our thoughts into words.  It is very powerful.

The Heart Chakra in the center of your chest and has expanded to the width of your shoulders.  It is resembles a flower and has 33 petals, each with their own heart lesson.  The energy has shifted from green to white, and radiates the most powerful vibration of all: Love.

The Solar Plexus is between your ribs and navel.  It has shifted from yellow to bright gold.  I have always referred to this as “your inner bullsh*t detector”, because it acts as a sensory device for your surroundings.

The Naval Chakra is newly formed, vibrating bright orange.  This is the connection between you and all other life forms on the planet, helping you to create a cooperative society.  Sharing and caring will be the new norms.

The Sacral Chakra has changed from orange to bright pink.  Pink has always been associated with love, so the energy shift is crucial for this chakra.  All our emotional sh*t is carried here, and is totally being affected by our ascension.  Clearing out the old, the negative thoughts and beliefs, is very important during this pause and reset.  Many will struggle, but an enormous amount of support is available.  If you can work through your inner enemies during this time, the transition will be less stressful.

The red Root Chakra is now the shining platinum Base Chakra.  The energy is very powerful and establishes your presence on Earth as: I AM.

About twelve inches below your feet is the Earth Star, your grounding to the Earth.  Once you have made this connection, you will continuously stay grounded.  Your soul path information is stored here.

Take time during your meditations and start to connect with each Chakra.  Focus on them individually and gain insight to their messages and energy shifts.  Fully visualize their new form and allow them to support your physical body.  As you work through them, they will connect and begin your ascension into a fifth dimensional being.

There is nothing about this to be frightened of.  Nor is there anything to resist.  You are awakening to a higher vibrational self.  This energy will fill you with light, love, contentment, peace and joy.  Can there be anything better than that?

A beautiful pictorial of the chakras can be found at:

New Moon Art by David Essery

Good Grief

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We are going through a collective change as our planet moves into a higher frequency of light energy. Changes are happening and more are coming, but they will lead us in a better direction providing we do our inner work. Spirit is guiding us every step of the way so listen to your guidance.

It is interesting that the COVID-19 virus is affecting the lungs and breathing. The word “Spirit” originates from the Latin word spirare, which means to breathe. Slow, deep breathing helps us to access Spirit. If you read Louise Hay’s book “Heal Your Body” (1982, Hay House Inc), the mental causes for lung issues are: depression, grief, fear of taking in life, and not feeling worthy of living life fully. Unresolved grief lives deep within the lungs, and we are collectively being challenged to face our shadows. Grief is not limited to death and dying, but any unresolved emotional pain.

Healing grief can be a painful task, but trust me on this, it is worth every tear you shed. About 13 years ago, my life was in shambles. I was going through a divorce with a verbally abusive alcoholic, the country was starting its economic recession so we were forced to stay in our house for a year and a half until it sold at a loss. My relationship with my mother was never very good, but it got worse. I allowed people to take advantage of my kindness and hard-working ethics. Basically, I hit bottom. I kept asking myself why I let this constantly happen. So one day, I stripped myself naked and stood in front of my full-length mirror and took a good look at myself. What was I lacking? What was wrong with me? I mentally catalogued my physical faults and then did the same with my personality. And then came the behavior patterns. I didn’t like them. Then I made myself catalogue all my good stuff. I knew that I was basically a good, kind-hearted, generous woman, but my boundaries and lack of self-worth made all that look weak. I was determined to change. And I did.

It took about five years of intensive self-work. I did most of it myself, but I know that is not for everyone. I love to read and research, and by doing so, cements the knowledge in my brain. I learned to love myself. I learned that not having contact with my family stopped the mind-f*ck dialogue I had to endure. I learned how to be my own mother, by nurturing my lost inner child. I learned how to allow people to help and support me. I learned how to say No. I cried a lot. Sometimes deep, lung-burning sessions that I thought would never stop. I grieved for what I lost and what I never had. And you know what?

It worked.

Trust me on this. It worked. I am not the same person I was ten years ago. I am content with my life, and most days I feel joy within. I am in constant connection with Spirit for guidance on my best life. If it weren’t for Spirit’s guidance, we wouldn’t be living in our house across the street from a beautiful urban lake and within walking distance of groceries and take-out food, all of which is allowable during our current stay-at-home status. I know that my energy frequency is ascending, and it will help me hold the light of Divine Love within my heart in order to assist with raising the frequency of the planet.

As I write this, I can feel the healing energy spreading. If you would like to increase the healing energy, do your grief work. Use this time of rest and retreat to face your inner demons. Nurture yourself as you would a newborn baby. Allow yourself to grieve for whatever losses you have faced and maybe are now facing. Letting it wash away with your tears can only be good grief.

Dumf*ckistan

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I am sure that most of you have seen the photos of the Spring Breakers lounging and cavorting on the beaches in warmer states. There can be absolute beauty in defiance, but history has shown that it can make you sick, dead and sometimes burned at the stake.

I think in this case, it might result in deportation to an as-yet-unknown new country populated with those who just don’t have a clue.

Yes, I am scathing in my response to this craziness. Maybe you agree, and maybe you don’t, but is it worth putting your life at risk? In a little more than a week, my Sweetie and I would have been boarding a plane for a week in Grand Cayman. It was my retirement trip, and we were looking forward to soaking up sun and surf. That’s all gone now, cancelled because of this pandemic. Who knows when we will get to go, but right now I can’t fuss about that. I am more focused on keeping us functioning at optimum health and avoiding exposure.

What makes people defiant? Trying to achieve something, prove a point, make a case for something that matters. And occasionally, just being dumb. What did this get you? A moment’s worth of fun traded for weeks, maybe months, of recovery? I just read that a number of students who attended Spring Break have tested positive for the virus. I hope that was the only thing they contracted, as Spring Break is known for STD outbreaks. Such carelessness with the glorious human body.

I did say there can be beauty in defiance. We have only to look at history to see the faces of those who stood up for what they believed in, creating positive change for everyone. If you want to be defiant of this pandemic, put on your hazmat suit and go out and help those in need. Deliver groceries to the elderly. Take medicines to those who are sick. If you have medical training, support your brothers and sisters. Keep the economy going by purchasing takeout food.

Practice SOCIAL DISTANCING, it is reducing the spread of illness.

WASH YOUR HANDS WITH SOAP. I read that this is an enveloped virus and has a lipid (fatty) layer. Soap breaks down and destroys this layer so it can’t be transmitted. If you are going to overbuy anything at the grocery store, make it soap and use it constantly. For those of you out there in Dumf*ckistan, soaping yourself up before frolicking on the beach is not the answer.