I Can’t Believe What I Heard

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I’m reposting this, because there is a lot of cognitive dissonance going on right now.  The important thing to remember is that your truth is that which resonates within you.  Does it make you feel good or does it make you feel bad?
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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.

Sanity Is Within You

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So many people are feeling out-of-sorts, stressed, angry, sad, and even slightly nutty.  We should all give ourselves a break considering the wild ride of the first half of 2020.  Messages of doom and gloom, inciting fear, added to conflicting information, comes rocketing at us from every direction.  You can’t help but feel a little bit insane, and begin to doubt yourself.

Stop that crazy train and take a good long look at your life.  Up until January, what has your life looked like?  Have you been in a career?  Are you able to support yourself?  Do you have a family?  Do you have a home and are you able to provide food and other necessities for yourself and your family?  If you answer yes to one or more of those questions, then you’ve have likely led a reasonably normal life.  Maybe your life is still like that, in spite of the outside world.  Seems pretty sane to me.

Then everything changed.  And you have talked about it with everyone.  Maybe differing opinions have entered your conversations.  Maybe discussions have been heated.  Maybe even you are not on speaking terms with some people.  Maybe words like “I don’t understand you” or “radical” have been tossed around.  And doubt is now roiling around in your gut like bad pastrami.

It’s not them, and it’s not YOU.

The planet has been building up a pile of sh*t for eons.  Every angry word, every incident of disrespect, every act of putting someone down, every moment of shame, blame and guilt, everything that is harmful to another, has been stuffed down and suppressed for our entire existence.  And like bad pastrami, it’s gotta come out.  (I know, disgusting analogy, but you can agree it’s effective.)  The time has come to . . . deal with our mess.

Just as you would if you had an upset tummy, you spend some time alone.  You rest, turn off the television or other noise, drink some tea, and maybe soothe yourself by soaking in a warm bathtub.  In other words, nurture yourself.

All that outside noise, is just that: NOISE.  Tune it out and stay out of the fray.  Don’t get sucked into a nonsensical battle with your nearest and dearest, because all of this is just temporary.

The world is going through a change, and the present insanity is a necessary part of the process.  How can something become better if you don’t clean out the bad plumbing?  It was destined to happen, and it will all be for the better, so the less you resist the easier it goes.

If you are the warrior type, then find a positive place where you take action.  If it is angry and fearful, that is not where you want to put your energy.  If you are the behind-the-scenes worker type, then put your energy into helping others.  If you are just trying to manage your life, then fill yourself up with the energy of Love.

What is the energy of Love?  Honoring yourself and your needs.  You are lovable and valuable.  You treat yourself as you want to be treated.  Loving yourself is not selfish – it is NECESSARY.  When you fill yourself with Love, you light up like a beacon.  People are drawn to your radiance, and it shines outward to everyone you come in contact with, thereby changing their frequency to that of Love.  What do you think would happen if everyone did this?  Think about that for a moment.  Pretty spectacular, huh?  The insanity, kinda like, disappears doesn’t it?

How ’bout we start right now and agree to fill ourselves with Love every single day.  I’m in.

Thought For Today – June 27th

Stay neutral.  Many people are stressed and snappy with all that is going on.  Don’t get sucked into their emotional turmoil.  Take a deep breath and let it roll off of you.  None of it is about you.

Weather Or Not

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This past Saturday, Denver experienced a massive windstorm.  Large trees uprooted, billboards and power poles blown over, and broken branches everywhere.  Thankfully, we did not have any damage and the neighborhood had minor.  Tree companies are everywhere, turning once beautiful trees into firewood.

Mother Gaia is a bit upset with the human population right now.  Storms are Her way of letting everyone know that she has had enough and damages are a way of getting our attention, as well as cleaning house.  Even if we don’t like it.  Kind of like a human mother delivering a swat when her children morph into squabbling hellions.  The hellions don’t much like it either, but they settle down rather quickly to avoid another swat.

The weather report indicated that last night was going to be stormy.  High winds – again – along with thunder, lightning and possibly hail.  Storms make me very anxious.  I suppose it comes from growing up in the tornado belt of Iowa.  I remember many a dark night huddled in the basement with my family, while twisters tore through the area.  I’ve seen significant devastation and family homes leveled.  I was never in the midst of the destruction, and I’m quite grateful for that.  Last night escalated those worries into fear.

So, I did what I tell people to do when they are in fear mode: Pray.  I asked Archangels Michael, Ariel and Jophiel to protect me, my property and my neighborhood and calm my thoughts.  I happened to be reading Alberto Villoldo’s book “Mending The Past And Healing The Future With Soul Retrieval”, about a shaman’s healing tools.  It also just so happened that I had reached the section about “tracking a new timeline”.  For example: you have just received a life-threatening diagnosis.  The shaman’s view of your timeline, or soul path, shows a 99% probability of this transpiring, but outside of that finality a 1% possibility of something different exists.  The shaman helps the patient “track” into this possibility for a different outcome.  Sort of a variation of the timeline.  There was a case study of this in the reading, where the patient’s illness subsided and he made changes to his life that basically erased the probability.  Pretty amazing.

So, I thought, why couldn’t I envision a possibility of a different outcome last night?  I created a picture in my head of a much lessened storm, good sleep and a calm morning.  And knowing that Mother Gaia controls the weather, I prayed to Her and told Her that storms scare me.  I accepted that she needed to “clean house” and release some steam, and that I accepted whatever She brought about.  I welcomed rain as it brought much-needed nourishment to plants and trees.  Then I went to sleep.

I woke up around midnight and it was raining.  No noticeable wind, nor thunder and lightning.  I woke up a couple other times in the night to a steady rain.  This morning it was still raining, and then subsided.  It is still cloudy, but the sun is poking through and the energy feels calmer.

Do I think I changed the weather?  Well, I know from living in Colorado the weather changes quickly and often.  It could be just one of those things.  If you have ever watched the tracking of a hurricane, then you know those crazy things can do anything very quickly.  I’m sure the meteorologists have explanations for this.  But I don’t discount the power of prayer.  A few years ago, a hurricane was heading dead-on to Hawaii.  A mass meditation and prayers were called for.  Within a day, the hurricane avoided the islands.

I don’t think we really know how much power we have within us.  Prayers changing medical outcomes are well-documented.  I believe we are awakening to our energetic power and need to learn how to use it.  However, we must be conscious of how we direct it. Focus on what you want, and not on what you don’t want.  It is the Law of Attraction in action.

All I know is that my fears were calmed and I slept like a baby in the arms of Mother Gaia.

I Can’t Believe What I Heard

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Image by Fathromi Ramdlon from Pixabay

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.