Earlier this month we celebrated my son’s 21st birthday and it made me stop and realize how quickly time passes. Milestones such as his recent birthday, always seem to be a time for reflection and remembering. Remembering our little baby so cute and innocent. Remembering how grateful I was to be his mother and the wonder of bringing another life into this world. Reflecting upon the way we brought him up. The things we did or didn’t do. What was helpful and what things may not have been the best. Looking back and reflecting on these things provides me the opportunity to see what lessons we could learn from all we have done. Did we learn from these lessons? What did we learn and how did we apply that new knowledge.
At the dawning of the New Year we hear all about resolutions and goals. Interested in another way to focus energy on what you desire and to help you keep your focus? Why not prepare a vision board! A vision board is a poster on which you place photos, words, phrases, drawings of things that you would like to manifest in your life. The emotions and feelings you have attached to that specific item on the board are what make it such a powerful tool. It helps you to sense and feel the vision as though you have acquired it. The process also helps to release unconscious blocks that are holding you back from achieving your vision.
Scriptures about peace are found in every religion around the world. A common bond between all religions. James Twyman has become known as “The Peace Troubadour.” In 1994 James gathered the Peace Prayers from religions around the world. Inspired to use the prayers as lyrics it took James less than an hour to composed the music for what has become known as “The Peace Concert.” He began performing this concert around the world receiving invitations to come to war-torn areas such as Bosnia, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Serbia, Israel, Iraq. Coincident with these concerts there were Peace meditations for with millions of people from around the world simultaneously meditating for peace in the area. In 2 instances in particular it appeared that the potential for peace agreements were in jeopardy. Within 3 days of the concerts and focused meditations the peace treaties were signed.
Did you know that your words, your thoughts and your actions all have an impact on your immune system? Negative thoughts, words and actions weaken the body. If the body is weakened it is not as able to fight infection as a body that is in a stronger state. In essence, negativity has a negative impact on our immune system and our overall health. We harvest not only what we sow but also what we say, see, hear and feel.
We are born with only 2 fears
- Fear of falling
- Fear of loud noises.
All other fears result from our experiences, exposure, folklore, traditions and superstitions. All are learned responses. A child does not instinctively know that a bear is dangerous. People are not born with the fear of snakes. Whether a fear is instinctive or learned the end result however is the same. When one is exposed to something they fear the brain releases chemicals that elevate the heart rate and breathing rate. Muscles get energized and the fight-or-flight response begins to kick in. The body starts to shut down certain body functions to allow for more energy to be diverted to the muscles and organs that will be needed to respond to the fear. There is no need to be digesting food if you are preparing to run from a vicious dog that is charging your way. Merely thinking of something they fear can often times can stimulate these biological responses.
I was first introduced to the work of Adam: The Dreamhealer about a year ago. A friend suggested that I might find his work interesting as he uses intention and visualization to help with the healing process. As soon as I started reading Dreamhealer 1, I was intrigued not only by the successes he has had but also by the familiarity of the whole visualization process. It was like I was seeing an old photo album that had been tucked away in a cupboard and finally pulled out again. I just resonated at a very deep level with what he was writing and the descriptions of the visualizations he was giving. What really intrigued me was that Adam was able to heal his mother’s Multiple Sclerosis and free her from the Trigeminal Neuralgia pain with which I too have suffered on occasion. I was drawn to read more about Adam and recently attended his live workshop held in Toronto.
Everywhere you go these days it seems that people are talking about self esteem and loving ourselves and taking care of ourselves. But what does it mean to love yourself? How do you love yourself?
Some suggestions I have heard over the years include:
- Take a break and go away for the weekend and forget about it all.
- Go and have a pedicure and manicure. It is so relaxing to get time away from the office of the house.
- Take a nap (I especially liked this one and have tried it as often as I can.)
Anyone who knows me knows that I love to travel. Unlike many people, I enjoy travelling by car, driving for hours on end. I think this love really started during our first trip driving out west to visit family in Banff, Alberta. Our children were small, just 6 and 3 years old at the time. People thought we were crazy to head off on such a long trip. I have to admit that I was a little uncertain as to how things would go. To make the drive easier we would start out early each morning around 5 or 6 a.m. The children and my husband would quickly fall sound asleep and we were able to get about 3 or 4 solid hours of driving in before we would stop for breakfast. This early morning driving time was my shift. Although I am not normally an early riser I cherished this time as it gave me the solitude during which I was able to enjoy the beauty of the sunrise and the landscape surrounding me. It was during one of these early morning drives when I found my first “Sacred Space.” It was about 6 o’clock in the morning and we were going through the prairies. Other than a garbage truck I had not seen any other vehicles on the road since our departure about an hour earlier. I was suddenly overwhelmed with joy as I was witness to the most beautiful sunrise with a full spectrum of glorious colours. The rays of the sun touched the vast and beautiful lush green fields and yellow fields. The view went on forever in all directions. I felt my heart opening up like the petals of a beautiful flower opening for the first time then reaching out to capture the suns rays. The comfort of knowing that I was safe, with my family and that we were part of this beautiful creation was overwhelming. I actually started to cry with tears of joy. Writing this now, almost 20 years later, I can still feel that beautiful state of total bliss that I experienced that morning.
Is the world flat or is it round? Is the Earth the centre of the universe or is the sun? Ask anyone of the millions of followers of Chris Hatfield and they will all tell you that the world is round. Ask any 6th grader and they will tell you that the sun is the centre of the universe. We all know however that years ago it was believed that the earth was flat and that it was the centre of the universe. These types of changes in thoughts and beliefs are known as paradigm shifts in which “one conceptual world view is replaced by another.” (Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolution, 1962)