The P Word

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Prayer. Sometimes more difficult to say than the F-word. Why is that? I think that many people associate prayer with a religious affiliation. Nothing wrong with that, but it might mean that people don’t understand what prayer can do.

Have you ever shrieked “Oh, my God!” when you witnessed something scary? Or whispered “help me!” when you were alone and afraid? Those statements are prayers.

Scientists and doctors are providing data that when someone is ill and receiving prayers, their recovery is much quicker.

You see, you don’t have to be in a specific place or be in a spiritual state of mind to pray. Praying is just talking to the Universe or Spirit, or any other name – or not – that you choose. It’s saying thank you when you’ve had a good day. It’s asking for help for a friend when they are in need. It’s asking for the good health and recovery when you or anyone else is experiencing an illness. It’s praying that the planet pulls its collective head out of its a$$ and gets on the path to a gentler, kinder and more cooperative way of life.

So, get down on your knees or not, and have a conversation with the Universe. God knows, we could use the help.

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.

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.

Dissed

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Distant.  Discontent.  Disassociate.  Dishearten.  Disrespect.  Disabled.  Dislike.  Dishonest.  Distort.  Disagree.  Disbelief.  Disaffirm.

DISCONNECT.

Dis- is a Latin prefix meaning apart, or having a negative, reversing effect.  Using dis in front of any word would describe our current state of disorder.  It is certainly creating a multitude of negative thoughts.  I know have succumbed to them.  I also know that it is our Ego struggling to wrest control of our subconscious from the Light, keeping us feeling separate and afraid.

The dark, negative energies hate to be disrespected and will swallow you up if you allow them.  Give your Ego a smack and remind it to stay the f*ck, 6 feet back, and practice mental distancing.  You, your soul, is in charge.

If you are feeling a little lost or uncertain and don’t know what to believe, then you are disconnected from the Source.  Shut off those news channels, stay away from crabby social media posts, go to a quiet little corner of your home, yard or other outdoor space and tune back in.

All around you, and all around and on this planet are legions of Angels, Ascended Masters and all other Divine Guides ready and waiting to help you.  All you have to do is Ask.  Any time, anywhere, all the time.  Just Ask.  “Help me turn my thoughts positive” is a good place to start.  Suck in a deep breath and feel your heart expand.  This physically opens you to higher energy.  Pour out your feelings and thoughts to your Guardian Angels.  Allow yourself to experience your feelings.  Sadness, hopelessness, anxiety and worry get stuck in your cells and keep you in negativity.  Practice a little handwashing on your cells by doing a little mental “sudsing” to get the junk out of you, and then allow your tears to wash it all away.  Your Guardian Angels and all the other Divine Beings are there to help you through this.

Not only will you feel cleansed, but able to open your Crown Chakra and feel the Light pour back into you.  There is no social distancing with the Light, only peace and contentment.