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It has been awhile since I last blogged. My energies are still focused on healing and spiritual growth but my blogging here has taken a backseat for the time being. I still have plenty of online presence. These are the Web sites and Social Media pages where you can find me.
Three certified teachers of the Transcendental Meditation TechniqueTM, Anne Dietrich, Pushpagandhi Nayagar, and Olivia Lopez greeted me warmly at the door as I entered Meeting Room B at The Burlington Public Library this morning shortly before 10 AM.
This morning I woke up with anticipation because it was my plan to attend a free introductory lecture on Transcendental Meditation, as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Lucky me, I didn't have to travel anywhere, because four separate lectures were being offered through the day in my home town (Burlington IA). Normally, attending this type of presentation involves a road trip. I enjoyed the lecture, the informative presentation was easy to listen to. I must say that the serenity paired with the enthusiasm shown by the instructors when speaking about practicing TM twice each day (morning and evening) was very moving.
I've known about Transcendental Meditation for many years and have flirted with the idea of exploring various meditation techniques (TM, Zen, or even Vipassana) but have never seriously sought out to take meditation instruction. I knew Maharishi Peace Palace offered TM studies in a neighboring town of Fairfield (Vedic City), and have even eaten lunch at The Raj
However, committing to studies which involve even a short commute hasn't felt ideal to me in recent years. I'm too much of a homebody anymore to get too excited about day trips any more. Not that I've never done it. Burlington has offered few opportunities for someone with my interests, as a result my studies have been at a distance geographically or through online classes. Regionally, I traveled to Iowa City for weekly evening classes in 1996-7 to train under the guidance of Barbara Brennan School of Healing Graduate, Tom Carbone, to learn about balancing chakras and energy medicine in general. Within the same time frame I drove to Davenport over a period of six weeks to study under my Reiki Master Teacher, Beverly Voss, in order to get my Reiki MT certification.
Now, an opportunity arises for Transcendental Meditation classes to be taught in Burlington. The classes will involve a commute, but not for me, the teachers, who are partnered with the Global Mother Divine Organization, are planning to travel from their homes in Fairfield as a service to my community. You can read more about plans to make Burlington a testing ground for establishing more meditation centers across the country in The Hawkeye: Instructors to teach meditation classes and also "like" the new Transcendental Meditation Center in Burlington on Facebook
Will I take the classes? I haven't decided yet, but I'm definitely leaning heavily toward taking the leap. There is a cost hurdle to consider, but once I get past that hurdle I'm thinking it could be a positively wonderful experience. Who can argue against a practice that reduces stress, improves your wellbeing, expands your brain power, and increases your creativity?
Note to any local residents who read my blog, if you missed your opportunity today, not to worry, next Wednesday, May 26, the same lecture will be presented again at Noon and 5PM at the City Hall & Service Center.
Being Grounded in Your Body
An experiential workshop led by Debra Morrill
Sunday, March 21, 2010 • 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 • 6:00-8:30 p.m.
The Reiki Studio
2212 E. 12th Street, Suite 310 • Davenport, IA
(in the Pierce School Mall in the Village of East Davenport)
For many of us, being outside our body is a familiar place to be. As children, leaving our body kept us numb and held the pain at bay - whether it was physical or emotional pain. For some of us, being out of our body becomes a habit, and we remain numb to our body as we mature, not realizing that as an adult we have many more life experiences and tools for coping. Learning to stay present in our body is an essential part of the healing process. Our body is the safest place for us to be. When we're present and in our body, we can protect ourselves and provide the care, love and nurturing that our inner child is yearning for. We can also choose our actions from a place of centeredness and work with the wisdom of our body.
In this two-hour experiential workshop, you will:
• tune in to your body and listen
• practice techniques to help you be grounded in your body
• track for cords and obstructions which prevent grounding and do energy healing for the root chakra
• identify agreements around being out of your body and set your intention to be in your body
No previous experience necessary.
Come and learn to be grounded in your body in sacred space!
Debra Morrill, B.A., has a shamanic healing practice in Bettendorf, Iowa, and Prairie du Sac, Wis. She specializes in ancestral healing, soul retrieval and helping clients connect with their inner wisdom for healing. She also leads the "Accessing Your Wisdom Keeper" weekend workshop and the "Healing with the Five Elements" series.
Suggested donation: $25-$50. Register early, space is limited to 12.
To register, contact Debra Morrill at 608-279-4319 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants, please bring: an eye covering such as a bandana, scarf or eye pillow
(there will be some extras available); comfort items such as blanket and pillow
to journey on the floor; water and a notebook and pen.
Questions? Call Debra at 608-279-4319 or email email@example.com.
I think this video depicting a water droplet dropping onto a puddle of water that a dear friend emailed me the link to today (thanks Michael!) demonstrates how many of us resist the universal truth that we are "one with the universe." We cling onto to our false "separate" identities. In the video, which is amazing BTW, you will see a drop of water literally bounce off the top of the pool of water, only releasing a portion of itself at each bounce until it finally has no choice but to totally immerse itself into the body of water and is no longer visible as a separate entity.
I began reading Dreaming While Awake yesterday. It is not an easy book to plow through, but I've been doing my best to digest it. I'm half way through... Mindell explains lucid dreaming (not to be confused with the Westernized definition of lucid dreaming) as a way of becoming more aware of the core energy of life and our connection with every living thing and every object around us, including our shoes, the toothpaste, the neighbor's dog, the air plane flying overhead, the moon, a blade of grass, etc. Mindell's method of 24-Hour Lucid Dreaming is intended to help you get a better sense that everything around you is actually an extension of your SELF or community.
Subjects he writes about in Dreaming While Awake include shamanism, psychology, Buddhism, enlightenment, quantum physics, divination, lucid healing, and time travel (past life explorations).
On Fridays (in this week's case, Saturday) I share healing information or inspirational quotes gleened from random pages found in my personal home library. This week's featured random page is from Dr. Arnold Mindell''s book Dreaming While Awake.
Sentient Symptom Exericise
Mindell gives a meditative exercise for focusing on a body symptom in which your mind follows the sensation (headache, cramp, burning, or etc.) as a means to discover the root of its creation.
"Imagine that weakness, feel it. If you feel pressure, go ahead and imagine some sort of pressure maker. If you have a sharp pain, let that sharpness unfold itself, see it as a knife, for example. If you sense something growing within you, let the growing something pictorialize itself in your mind. Use you own body sensations and let them create images....
Find the roots of the symptom experience, its essence, the very origin of the symptom, before it became a symptom. Imagine the sentient essence behind the symptom, the tendency it was before it became a symptom....
Feel the symptom and go backward, get to the essence at the base of the symptom before it appeared...
Use you own meditative awareness to explore the sentient root of your symptom. Now focus on this essence, using your lucid attention..."
Dreaming While Awake: techniques for 24-hour lucid dreaming ~ Arnold Mindell Ph.D.
I've been experiencing feeling "less than positive" about my ISP for the past few weeks. I've actually said "I Hate Mediacom" outloud at least a dozen times. Pretty silly, actually. I've been aggravated by recent outages, intermittent disconnects, and slow (anguishing SLOW) downloads of web pages. I even joined the I Hate Mediacom fan page on Facebook for a few days. I've since "removed myself" from its membership. I visited there initially to see if others were experiencing similar issues with their service. But, the place was basically toxic... lots of complaining. Some of them had legitimate complaints about the lack of service, but I dunno, I simply felt my anxieties increase when reading the rants so I left.
I hung up an evil eye amulet in my home office directly facing my computer to deflect negative energies. I dialed tech-support and after having to jump through hoops of listening to and responding to pre-recorded commands I finally got to speak to a live person. Helpful "Brian" scheduled a tech to visit the house and hopefully resolve the problems. I also was given a two-week credit on my account. Computers and ISPs can certainly be aggravating, especially to those of us who depend on them for work. But, if you stop and think about it, technology is really amazing. I am grateful for this miraculous way to communicate.
This week I received several inquiries from hypersensitive people asking me how to go about using energy shields or suggesting other ways for them to protect themselves from absorbing negativity from other people or places. My general response is to point them to my article What Does it Mean to be Hypersensitive? which explains what it means to be be highly sensitive and includes links to several resources helpful for empaths.
At About.com I blogged about a new website that is in the making. Failin.gs invites "friendly" criticism. Now, why would anyone want to invite criticism?
Stop Projecting Toxicity
Rather than inviting criticism I think we would all be better served if we became more cautious when choosing our own words and reactions that get projected onto others (our co-workers, siblings, spouses, children, etc.). Protecting others from our toxic thoughts would be a good step toward creating less toxicity out in the world.
On Fridays I share healing information or inspirational quotes gleened from random pages found in my personal home library. This week's featured random page is from Sandra Ingerman's book How to Heal Toxic Thoughts.
Using Symbols and Inspirational Pictures to Stop Habitual Reactions - When we meditate on a symbol, a process begins in the depth of our being that we might not have an intellectual explanation for. A symbol or a picture can change our state of consciousness... it can lift our mood just by its beauty... put one or more inspirational pictures up in a place where you tend to lose yourself to negative thoughts and emotions... Put up pictures that make you smile and inspire a joyful state... Surround yourself with symbols such as hearts, the moon, the sun, the earth, stars, or or your favorite flower that remind you of beauty and the preciousness of life.
How to Heal Toxic Thoughts: Simple Toos for Personal Transformation ~ Sandra Ingerman
January is "get-fit" month as a result of the holidays ending and new year resolutions firing us up to improve our habits and live healthier. Counting the days until February arrives. February is when the uncomfortable itch for Spring settles in. Wintertime can be a difficult time to stay focused on living in the moment when strong desires for warmer weather keeps cropping up.
My mother told me last week that she was SO ready for winter to be over, but not really, because warmer weather would only deliver yard work. And my youngest sister couldn't resist buying a bouquet of yellow tulips earlier this week to bring some Spring-chi into her home. Spring fever hit me this week as well as I was browsing my library for a book to feature for my random pages post. I curled up on the couch this afternoon with an herb book to help cool my Spring fever symptoms. I bought Backyard Medicine last fall but haven't given it much more than a glance since then. Although, Iwas impressed enough with it from that brief glance that it did get a priority "top shelf" placement among my favorite reference books. Backyard Medicine is filled with many color pictures of various herbs, harvest how-tos, and herbal recipes. Love resourceful books!
I also dug out my copy of J.D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye after reading about his recent death in the morning paper. I may just re-read it tomorrow. It will be my fourth time reading it if I do. I own a hardcover edition put out by a book-of-the-month club I was a member of in the early seventies.
On Fridays I share healing information or inspirational quotes gleened from random pages found in my personal home library. This week's featured random page is from the herbal medicine book Backyard Medicine.
Herbal honeys - Honey has natural antibiotic and antiseptic properties so it is an excellent vehicle for medicines to fight infection. It can be applied topically to wounds and burns... Honey is naturally sweet, making it palatable for medicines for children. It is also particularly suited to medicines for the throat and respiratory system as it is soothing and also clears congestion.
Backyard Medicine: Harvest and make Your Own Herbal Remedies ~ Julie Bruton-Seal & Matthew Seal
For a while now I've been feeling a bit bummed because I don't always allow myself the time to enjoy my HUGE collection of books. I love books, and yet much of my time is spent in front of the computer writing, not reading. I am also aware that I've been neglecting updating this blog, This is primarily because I focus considerable amounts of my energy for my About.com Holistic Healing readers. But, still, it is important to care for personal needs and also tend the home fires, right? This blog is my home, yet About.com, Facebook, and Twitter have been keeping me away from home.
Last evening an idea came to me to start posting weekly blog entries each Friday. I've decided to call my weekly postings "Random Pages." If I stick to my plan I'll be fulfilling two areas of my life that have fallen through the cracks. I will get the pleasure of fondling and reading my beloved books! Yea! And, sticking to doing this weekly will be my attempt to keep the blog active. Wish me luck in keeping to my new plan.
I'll be sharing "bits of wisdom" from my treasured library. So, starting today and hopefully each Friday I will share healing information or inspirational quotes from "random pages" from within my books. Primarily I'll be posting worthy "excerpts" from random pages.... but I will also try to share my thoughts too. Okay, 'nuff explaining... here's today's book excerpt.
One-Minute Retreat -- Let There Be Light
The symbolism of light is present in all religious faiths, and is perhaps one of the most powerful images for invoking the divine. Simply repeat the phrase "Let there be light" at any time during your day and feel the light within you.
20-Minute Retreats: Revive Your Spirit in Just Minutes a Day with Simple, Self-Led Practices ~ Rachel Harris, Ph.D.
Welcome to today's edition of the Carnival of Healing. The carnival is a weekly round-up of blogs across the Internet featuring information about healing, self empowerment, and spirituality. The carnival home is on my About.com Holistic Healing GuideSite.
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I sifted through quite a few submissions that were spammy, link farms, and prostheletizing tools, which were immediately deleted. Brought to you are the best carnival attractions, nothing less. Here they are:
Daylle Deanna Schwartz continues her Law of Attraction themed posts. This week she discusses taking control of your manifestations. Daylle says "When you feel out of control, it's hard to lose weight, achieve goals or manifest good stuff because of the message you send to the LOA. But you can slowly take control and attract everything you want by changing the message you put out to the Universe."
Anthony Freeman's contributed blog post felt a bit disjointed to me at first, but yet it still grabbed me. I ended up reading it twice to fully get the gist of what I believe he was trying to convey. I guess you could say that this dinner guest wasn't shy about requesting a second serving. What I took away from Fear, Feted at the Dinner Table was Anthony suggesting we take a closer look at whatever frightens us. We should invite our fears to dinner and shine a magnifying light on them so we can watch them dissolve into unimportant matters. And, not only that, but he wants us to also take a closer at our goals and ambitions to find out if these things are really what we want. Surely there is something ever bigger or better to aim for. Well, at least that's the message I got out of it. His post may very well speak differently to you though.
This week Kaushik Cholkshi shares some strikingly intimate details about his Indian heritage and his upbringing in Africa before fleeing to an Austrian refugee camp with his parents when he was a teenager. These were not his darkest days though, his days of discontentment followed him to the United States and reached out far into his adult years. Kaushik feels that advesity brings us to an awakening... Awakening is a continuing theme of his blog, Beyond Karma. Kaushik is a frequent contributor to this carnival. I always look forward to his posts.
On a lighter note, Elisha Webster Emerson ponders ever widening rings in her thoughtful meanderings about circles encountered in our lives: body shapes, coming full circle life cycles, crop circles...
Alvaro Fernandez educates us on the "working memory" or rather the "working memory deficits" that contribute to ADHD in children and adults as indicated in a scientific study. Alvaro compares working memory training and medication treatments for ADHD. He says "Results from this study indicate that working memory training yields greater benefits in WM for children with ADHD than are provided by stimulant medication treatment. Furthermore, memory gains following training persist for a significant period. Because adequate WM functioning is critically important for children's academic success, ..."
Nutritional advice from carnival contributors this week include:
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