Dealing With and Healing Fear

There are different ways of doing this, of course. I’m simply sharing what has worked for and with me, and hopefully it’s useful to you as well!

  1. The biggest single factor that has helped me dissolve my fear is being (Capital-T) Tired of it! I’m talking SO OVER IT. Just disgustingly tired. Then it’s like getting to an inner place where you turn a corner on the fear. I don’t want to say that you’ll never experience the same fear again, but it’s more manageable each time. It’s just. so. old. and. over.
  2. Another tactic to employ is to work at ‘numbing’ yourself out, in order to not feel the fear. This can be achieved in different ways, and it’s important to focus on positive, healthy ways of doing so–like meditation and conscious breathing. NOT alcohol and other depressants. Exercise can be a good way off achieving this feeling of just being kind of ‘blank’ inside, also enjoying music and hertz frequencies.
  3. In working to get to a place of calm, also work on SHIFTING THE FEAR FEELINGS. How to do this? Well, you can practice different visualizations–for instance, picture a dome of bright, BRIGHT, white healing light over, around, and within you, surrounding you and filling you with this antibacterial light as bright as the Sun! It’s disinfecting all the muck, yuck, mold, etc. in your mind, heart, body, and soul. 🙂 Another thing to do is to consciously relax the different muscles in your body–many of us are very stressed, and the muscles in our bodies reflect this. Physically learn how to relax, and mentally learn how to relax too! Do the research to figure out what techniques work best for you–it’s an individual thing, remember! GOOD LUCK AND KEEP IT UP! Prayers asking for help and protection are huge, so always remember the connection to and with God / Universal Energy!
Rainbow sky effect

The Badass Octopus!

I’ve recently started watching “My Octopus Teacher”, a documentary about a snorkeler’s close friendship with an octopus that he visited daily in the kelp ocean garden where she lived. It was an amazing reminder of a post that I wrote many years ago, which I’ve included in its entirety below.

Before you read it however, I wanted to mention another story that highlights the intelligence of octopuses. One named Inky escaped from a New Zealand aquarium some years ago, and the off-hours break-out involved a multi-leveled plan. This included removing the lid from his tank, scooting down the hall and then entering a small pipe that led him to….the ocean! They tracked his wet trail the next morning. The aquarium staff said that he was a very adventurous and curious octopus, so it was fitting with is personality!

So, without further ado, here is my old article that I wrote:

“The other day I saw this video of an octopus escaping a ship’s deck by squeezing itself through a small hole. The fisherman who had caught it allowed the octopus to leave, and filmed its process of returning to the ocean.

The fisherman claimed that the octopus could ‘sense’ where the ocean is, and make its way back to it through a small hole in the side of the deck, and that’s exactly what happened. The fact that the animal could transform its shape to ooze through the opening didn’t surprise me as much as my husband—after all, they’re known for squeezing into small cracks and crevices in coral and stuff. It was the other video that we clicked on after that surprised me.

That’s when I learned how smart octopi really are. In this video, some scientists were studying their problem-solving and learning abilities, and apparently these cephalopods are a lot more intelligent than their general mucousy blobbiness would lead one to believe.

The scientists designed a box that needed to be opened in a certain way in order to retrieve the food (crab) inside, and the octopus in question would learn to do it and retain that information. Other octopi, not familiar with box, could watch the first one’s actions and learn how to do it themselves. They learn by watching, and can repeat the action.

This all got me thinking: what sort of wisdom is there to take away from the octopus? I love the symbolism in that one’s struggle to make it back to the ocean, and freedom. The persistence, patience, and dedication shown in reaching its goal is my personal take-away. Also the fact that it can plan things, and uses tools. It sounds like my own personal to-do list: Plan things. Use tools to achieve goals. Go toward freedom.

Thank you for your gifts, oh Octopus, Thinker of The Ocean.”

Ocean, filled with wondrous life and beauty

Prayer for Healing!

During a very difficult time in my life, this was my daily prayer. I’m sharing it with you to help with your healing, too!

“Dear God, Universal Energy,

Thank You for all of my many blessings. Please help me be and stay calm, centered, and grounded today. Please help me say and do all the right things at the right times. Please help me conquer my fears and addictions, and instill happiness and inner strength within myself. Please help me realize and utilize my talents and skills to the best of my abilities. And please help me help myself with these things!

In the original definitions and intentions of the words, Thank You, Blessed Be, Amen.”

Healing Mother Tree

Going With The Flow!

What does this saying really mean? In googling it, different meanings referring to “the flow of happiness” come up, as well as going with the majority, and/or being agreeable to the conditions favored by most.

The way I have come to think of it, however is being able to relax in the energy of the world as it presents itself to you. In the Osho Zen Tarot deck, the Ace of Cups is titled “GOING WITH THE FLOW”, and features a figure floating in water imagery. You can see the water floating around them, and they are relaxing in to it, even going so far as to stick an arm behind their head in a classic relaxed pose!

I am also reminded of the importance of ‘going with the flow’ in other water-themed situations, like when dealing with riptides: “If you cannot swim out of the riptide, float on your back and allow the riptide to take you away from shore until you are beyond the pull of the current. Rip currents generally subside 50 to 100 yards from shore. Once the riptide subsides, swim parallel to shore and then back to shore.” (popularmechanics.com). It’s important to relax at first, because otherwise energy will be wasted. This, of course, contributes to the danger of the situation. So we use of heads, remember what is happening, and relax.

I’m also reminded of what can happen when we get slammed by a wave in the ocean. As surfers know, sometimes you just have to hold your breath and relax in to it as you get tossed and tumbled by the waves. Eventually, there will be a break between waves in which to pop up and catch a breath!

As I’m writing this, theme words are popping out at me. Words and phrases like: relax, waves, flow, energy. There is a lot of symbolic imagery that can be used for this time of change and transformation that is 2020, and let’s learn from it! Think of how you can relax into something, and take a higher perspective. Let’s all try to be a little more flexible and focus on taking the occasional collective breath as we ride these waves!

H-A-L-T (E-D)

When recovering from an addiction or addictive behavior, it’s important to monitor times when we feel crappy, and do a check in regarding certain things: are we hungry? Angry? Lonely? Tired? Generally, these can contribute to us feeling out of sorts, depressed, and grumpy.

I’d like to add another two: Energy? And Dehydration? With the first, we could have negative and heavy energetic residue that we need to clear out. I kind of look at it as ‘brushing’ our auras, and removing yuck that might be stuck to us! There are different ways to do this, so do your research and try it out. The second has to do with the fact that so many people are chronically dehydrated nowadays, perhaps more than ever with the extreme heat occurring. Make sure you’re drinking enough water (and clean water, too)! Otherwise, we can be very irritable and feeling yucky.

Taking personal responsibility to care for our heath on the most basic levels is very important as well as necessary. Keep it up!

Lovely water

Fighting with our reflections

Something happened the other day that brought to my attention the importance of really being aware of ways in which we fight, work against, and possibly hurt ourselves through subconscious self-sabotage.

I noticed a bird that was perched at the back of our car, and it was regularly fluttering and pecking at the rear window. I saw this off and on all day, and after looking throughly to make sure it wasn’t distressed about babies or hunting for bugs, figured that the bird was likely upset with its reflection.

This theory was confirmed when googling it, and my husband and I found out that this aggressive behavior is due to the bird defending his territory. Unfortunately, birds who confront and attack their reflections are at risk of exhausting and injuring themselves! So we did what the article recommended, and covered the window with paper. And it worked!

This got me thinking: how often do we risk exhaustion and injury to ourselves by fighting dreams, shadows, and reflections of ourselves within? It’s time to pay particular attention to any feeling of anger turned inward, and remember to be gentle with ourselves. Remember that we are stronger than we know, and that using our energy constructively is the way to go, vs. pecking / picking at our reflections. SELF-LOVE, not self-sabotage!

So, in times in which we are tempted to have negative self-talk, visualize papering your mind over with brown-paper-bag, secure it all with packing tape, in order to keep yourself protected from pecks!

Sending you love and peace, and may you be safe and well–

The World and The Toilet Bowl

The World and The Toilet Bowl

In today’s podcast (titled: “Counting Blessings” and Completion), The World card announced itself in the ‘Guidance Card Pull’ portion. When I read the positive descriptors that go along with this particular tarot card, my head rolled back, my tongue rollsed out Homer Simpson-style, and I literally salivated.

Phrases like: “achieving your heart’s desire, seeing dreams come true, taking pleasure in life, enjoying peace of mind, getting satisfaction, finding contentment, etc.–reading the words tickles me. Maybe it’s because I’m starting to feel this level of satisfaction in my life, on a level never experienced before.

I feel good today. I consciously realized it and took a moment to feel it more fully so as to remember it. I want to remember what it feels like in my body, so that I can call it back when I fall into a ‘muck and yuck’ mindspace.

The funny thing is, I had this personal epiphany as I was cleaning the toilet. Once I realized that, I tried to shift my thoughts for reasons that I don’t entirely understand. Did I think that I wasn’t giving the experience enough respect? God / Universal Energy / Source / Spirit doesn’t care if I was cleaning a toilet! God would love the fact that I’m thankful for receiving blessings and feeling good as I clean—talk about cleaning up my ‘muck and yuck’!

So I was left with this abiding lesson: when we feel good (which we do and will), really soak it up and marinate in it, so that it can linger and / or you can more easily recall it and feel it again when dealing with harder times during our personal work. We want to clean up our s*it, and feeling good while doing it helps on all levels.

The lotus flower blooms in the deepest of muck

“An Easy Guide to MEDITATION”, by Roy Eugene Davis

Meditation or medication? That is a quote that I read long ago, and it’s stuck with me. I truly believe in the positive benefits of meditation, even as I struggle to do it on a regular basis myself! The thing to remember is that however often we do it, and for however long we do it, WE WILL BENEFIT IN A POSITIVE WAY. Even if you sit for 1 minute and try to clear your mind.

This being said, I discovered an old pamphlet that was written in the 70’s and is now offered for free download online at: http://csa-davis.org/sites/?q=easyguide

I encourage you to take the time to read and digest the information in it, and have recorded an auditory podcast of it if you prefer: https://www.buzzsprout.com/925804/3788828-an-easy-guide-to-meditation.mp3?blob_id=14307206&download=true

Go for it! Who wouldn’t want an increased sense of calm, less stress, and a positive improvement in life? It’s important that we all research and try different things and experiences to find out what works for us personally. I wish you well; thank you for reading this, and thank you to all who helped this particular meditation manual be made free and available to us all!

lotus flower beauty

Daily Morning Prayers

Here are a few of my regular prayers that might be helpful to you too! Yes, they can be quite wordy, but it feels right and it doesn’t take that much more to say it, so there ya go! Enjoy.

Morning Prayers:

1) Dear God / Universal Energy, Thank You for all of my many blessings. Please bless me and only allow in energy that is for my Highest Good and the Highest Good of All, my Most Benevolent Outcome and Most Benevolent Outcome for All, on all levels of my being, known and unknown, past, present, future and beyond, in the original definitions and intentions of the words. Thank You, Blessed Be, Amen.

2) Dear God / Universal Energy, please protect me and keep me safe from anything that intends me harm or would cause me harm on any of my levels of being, known and unknown, past, present, future and beyond, in the original definitions and intentions of the words. Thank You, Blessed Be, Amen.

3) Dear God / Universal Energy, please let all actions, reactions, energy and information that comes to me and through me be grounded and surrounded in energy for the Highest Good of All, Most Benevolent Outcome for All, in the original definitions and intentions of the words. Thank You, Blessed Be, Amen.

Praying, grounding and surrounding with love