Communicating With Nature

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Yesterday I spent two hours raking and bagging leaves, branches and dead grass from my front yard. Several times  I heard geese, but when I looked up I couldn’t see any. Still, I knew they were flying somewhere nearby journeying to Canada on a course that takes them over Chicago as they head northwest to their breeding grounds. This morning I did the back yard. It only took one hour. Right in the middle of my work I heard geese again. This time I saw them directly overhead. There were fifty or sixty of them flying slowly, waiting for individual geese to catch up and join them. It was a beautiful sight.

During lunch I thought about the geese again and how they rely on their instinct to lead them to their summer home up north. I realized, perhaps for the first time, that their migration was a great analogy  for my own situation in recent years. Some people are practically born knowing what they want to do in life. Not me. I always admired those people; perhaps I was a little jealous too. I loved my wife and children, but during most of my life I felt like a fish out of water at work. I enjoyed telecommunications and project management; especially I enjoyed meeting with customers and getting their systems installed. But at the end of the day I didn’t feel like I had contributed significantly to the human race. I was caught up in the artificial system we call business and its focus was on money. It was simply mundane. I can remember wishing I would find a vocation that was more oriented toward helping mankind.

As they say, be careful what you wish for; my problem was solved in 2001 when I got downsized. After that I was a free as a goose, and as well paid. I had to avoid a financial meltdown, figure out how to survive until I had more income, and then decide what I would do with the rest of my life. I turned inward, to my inner self. Like the geese, I found help from within. Once I began spirit walking I began finding a wonderful sense of direction.

Now, when I see groups of geese resting in a field or on a lake, I like to think at least one of them, perhaps all of them, are doing their own spirit walking. They are meeting with their spirit counterparts, receiving information about the next day’s flight, what to look for, where to turn, and where they will find shelter for the night. The obvious lessons here is (snickering), “As above, so below.”

Four Dreams, Mana Cards and ChakraDance

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On Monday I promised I’d let you know when I had more info on my Mana card reading. This is it. But I have to start back at March 2nd and the first dream that is tied into the past Monday and Wednesday nights. Sometimes it takes a while to realize how things are interconnected. I’ll be brief.

On March 2nd I had two dreams which I did not previously mention.  In the first dream there was a woman representing my mother; she appeared carrying a baby. The baby was me. I was also there in my adult form. I had a bottle of milk in my hands. She gave me the baby (me) and I fed myself the milk. Second dream: A woman was showing me how to create a picture. She placed a large piece of art paper flat on the table in front of me. I held my right hand palm down, fingertips, heel of my hand and base of my thumb touching the page. I moved my hand to the right and a small picture of a woman appeared. I did it again and the picture got bigger. The picture was more like blue shadings than a sketch. I did it a third time and the woman’s head filled the page. She had dark hair and dark eyes and I felt my heart reach out to her.

On Monday, March 24th I had the (3rd) dream I blogged about in which I was skating. Later in the day I did the Mana card reading looking for an interpretation of the skating dream. The Mana card indicated I should focus on strengthening my ties with Haumea, the Hawaiian version of Mother Earth. In the evening I said a prayer that I would learn how to establish this reconnection.

Wednesday evening, March 26th, my friend Razena held a chakra class that I attended, called ChakraDance. For information, you may send her an email. Her address is razena@razena.net. It’s more than just a class because it included guided meditations on each chakra and a dance that helped us connect with our chakras. I thoroughly enjoyed the class, felt relaxed, danced, and really connected with my crown chakra, the one above the top of my head. At the end we created our own mandala based on our experience.

Wednesday night I had a sound sleep, but it included a (4th) dream where I kept seeing a dark oval. Every time I saw it my heart was flooded with energy and love. Toward the end of the dream I saw a gorgeous brunette with black eyes and I immediately fell in love with her. She reminded me of my wife, Marilyn; but it wasn’t her. At first I believed she was Mother Earth, in a form more beautiful than any I had ever seen. Razena believes the image is my feminine side or anima. I now believe the image is both: my anima and my  connection to Mother Earth. I don’t see her as a simple dream image. She is a real part of me and she is a relationship I will explore. May God continue to bless us and Mother Earth.

 

Meditation: What’s In Your MInd?

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I once worked with a man who thought that people who meditated were ‘going off into la-la land’. Gently, I corrected this misconception, but I don’t think he ever tried it for himself. He is like many Americans who don’t see the value in meditating. It has not yet become an important part of our culture. People usually indicate they don’t have the time, ten to twenty minutes twice a day, to spend on it. Instead they spend most of their day in negative self-talk and fear of what might happen.

Meditation is like a small stone covered in mud. Even if they notice it laying on the ground, people don’t stop to look at it. If they did, they would find out that the mud, our own ignorance, was covering up a beautiful gem and that this gem would give them riches beyond their imaginations.

The true value in meditation is that it trains our mind to stop jumping from one thought to another, like a chattering monkey jumping from tree to tree. Instead, meditation teaches us to focus on the present moment and be aware. Our awareness may focus on what is happening around us, or on the words a friend or lover are saying to us. But the real value is that it teaches us to listen to our self-talk.

After meditating daily for three or four weeks, we start to hear our mind talking. Some of the things it says are, “You’ll never accomplish that”, or “I’m afraid I’m going to lose my job”, or “My father always told me I would never amount to anything”. I’m sure you can come up with more negative self-talk from your own experience. These messages are self-defeating. They focus on losing. They prepare us for the worst the can happen. But they do not prepare us for reality. In reality, only 15% of the things we worry about ever come to pass. So we waste 85% of our time focusing on negatives that do not eventuate.

Meditation is the ONLY WAY to change our minds. There is nothing else. It is a choice of our own free will. We can have chattering monkeys jumping from tree to tree, or we can have a calm mind that sees the negative thought and realizes it is based on fear, not reality. To paraphrase a current TV commercial, “What’s in YOUR mind?”

A Dream

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Two nights ago I had a dream that I was skating on ice at nighttime. I was warmly dressed. I was trying to escape, but didn’t know what I was escaping from. The skating seemed to go on forever. It was exhausting. When I awoke, I felt like my heart should have been beating fast, but it was normal. I’ve thought about the dream for a couple of days but couldn’t decide what its meaning was.

Today at noontime I decided to consult my Mana Cards rather than the traditional Rider-Waite Tarot. Lately I have felt a strong connection with the Mana Cards. According to Mana Cards: The Power of Hawaiian Wisdom, by Catherine Kalama Becker, Ph.D. and Doya Nardin, Mana is the spiritual power that flows through the universe. In the Introduction, page 1, they state “The cards help you explore your spiritual path or relationships, clarify goals, and manifest dreams.” I decided to use the Kukui Draw spread; only one card is drawn. The Kukui is a tree nut that symbolizes enlightenment.

Before I perform a spread, I always say a prayer asking God for assistance, for my spiritual benefit, and for the good of all concerned. Then I shuffle the cards together three times, cut the deck into four piles and reassemble it. In this case I only picked the top card of the reformed pile. The card was #32, Haumea, referring to the concept of sustenance. Haumea is the Hawaiian version of Mother Earth; the pregnant Mother of Creation.

Since I’m still new to the Mana cards, I referred to the book for the proper meaning. The book referred to needing a source of support. One of the words it used was enduranceremember my dream, skating on and on … exhausting. The book went on to explain that I need to re-connect with Mother Earth to claim my inheritance; my needs would be provided for. Mother Earth will help me find a way to restore my connection to Earth’s abundance.

So now it’s up to me to pay attention to my feelings and any natural signs. In the meantime, I will meditate on my connection with Mother Earth. Let’s all be patient but confident that I will get an answer. I’ll let you know what happens. Amama Ua Noa!

Native Americans: The Afterlife

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Rather than focusing on life after death, Native Americans focus on their connection with and participation in the cycles of the natural world. When they cease to live in this world, they believe they will simply move into the world of spirit. Everyone goes to the world of spirit; death is a simple change of worlds.

Of course they grieve when they lose loved ones, as everyone grieves. Some tribes placed personal possessions in with the body of the loved one in the hope that it would help sustain their spirit in the next world. In their grieving process, they view all human beings as an integral part of nature. When the body dies it is buried and becomes the dust that nourishes the plants and animals; just as the plants and animals nourished the humans.

In order to remember loved ones, some tribes would make up medicine bundles containing a bit of hair of the deceased, intimate articles they used, and possibly parts of animals that were related to the family’s spiritual traditions. These bundles were kept in the family dwelling for up to a year after the loved one departed. In this way, the family felt the loved one was still with them. This extended the grieving period and allowed family members to feel that their member was emotionally or spiritually present.

While white people want to see the death of a loved one as part of God’s plan, Native Americans saw every death as fulfilling their destiny. Their bodies contributed to the ongoing life cycle of creation. Their fondest hope was that they would be reborn into future generations so they could continue to live productive lives as members of their tribe.

These thoughts were all taken from chapter ten of God Is Red, by Vine Deloria Jr.

Healing: Our Self – Part 3, Why Ho’oponopono Works

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It is important to have the intention of healing foremost in our mind when using Ho’oponopono. We must focus specifically on what we are trying to do, namely heal ourselves. The reason intention is important is because we are communicating with our subconscious; you can think of it as our Inner Child. Our Inner Child needs to understand our wishes without any confusion. Intention satisfies that requirement.

There are three aspects of ourselves we are dealing with in Ho’oponopono: our mind or intellect; our Inner child or subconscious; and our Superconscious, which we can think of as our soul. The mind is based in rationality. It is there we make the conscious decision to seek assistance. This is where we are exerting our free will; making changes or decisions that will affect our life. This is where we formulate the thoughts that we use to request the assistance of our subconscious or Inner Child. Those thoughts should be conveyed in a manner which shows love and respect for our Inner Child. When we ask in this way, our Inner Child will always respond.

Our subconscious, or Inner Child, is that part of us that governs our automatic processes: breathing, our heartbeat, and all the other functions that make our organs and body parts work in unison for our health. The interesting thing about our Inner Child is that it does not question the requests we make. It accepts them and acts upon them without hesitation. And it accomplishes this by attracting to us whatever we think about. As you may imagine, this can be good, or bad. As I said, our Inner Child does not question what it has been told to do. Our Inner Child also communicates with our Superconscious or our soul.

When we tell the subconscious to eliminate negativity in our minds, it communicates that to our Superconscious or soul. The Superconscious may also be thought of as our Higher Self, some might call it our Guardian Angel. This is our direct connection with Divinity. Our petitions to the Inner Child are funneled to our Higher Self and then sent to God. God then decides how our prayers will be answered, and when. God’s decision is based on what will be the best answer for us and when the best time will be for us to receive it.

If you wish to ‘cleanse’ more quickly, you may simply say to your Inner Child “I love you” and “Thank you.” It will understand this is a shorthand method of communicating and will act accordingly. If you don’t specify a particular problem, it will automatically choose one, so you will still be accomplishing self healing. As a side note, I find it interesting that these two  phrases are so powerful. I am reminded of my blog from September 9, 2013 about The True Power of Water. If you remember, the experiments in that book showed that the two most powerful words in the English language were love and gratitude, the same messages we are sending our Inner Child. May God bless all of us with health and harmony!

Healing: Our Self – Part 2: Cleansing

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On March 10th I wrote about the process for healing our relationships with others: 1.) I am sorry, 2.) Please forgive me, 3.) I love you, 4.) Thank you. We use the same steps to heal ourselves. We aren’t talking about a one-time or even an occasional healing, but rather a setting up a daily practice that will become automatic.

The are five basic principles of using Ho’oponopono: A.) our negative memories are stored in our subconscious and replayed there frequently, even when we are not consciously aware of this activity, B.) these memories must be erased because they cause us problems, attract more negativity to us, and delay our spiritual progress, C.) we do not have to focus on a specific problem for this to succeed; in fact, we might be unaware of what is causing our problems, D.) we must accept responsibility for eliminating this negativity from our lives, and E.) once we have trained our subconscious to eliminate negativity, it will do so automatically.

This process is not something our intellect easily understands. Therefore, in order to make this work, we must use it many times until we are comfortable with it; then stand back and see how it affects our lives. The steps for cleansing are:

1.) When we become aware of a problem we must accept responsibility for the fact that we are attracting this problem and say, “I am sorry. Please forgive me and remove from me whatever is in me that is attracting this.”

2.) In a spirit of love and harmony tell yourself, “I love you.”

3.) Say to yourself, “Thank you.” This indicates the issue is now closed.

4.) Be patient. Forget your expectations of how or when this will happen. Let go and let God. Remember the saying, “Man proposes, God disposes.”

I finish with a quote from Mabel Katz on page 131 of her book: “Ho’oponopono helps you let go  of what is not you, so that you can find out who you really are and fall in love with yourself. Only when you love and accept yourself, can you love and accept others.”

Next blog: Why self-healing with Ho’oponopono works.

Healing: Our Self – Part One

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I’m writing about healing our self because we are the source of much of our physical, emotional and psychological problems. We tend to think that our problems are caused by other sources, people or diseases, but the truth is that the harm is done when we internalize issues, create hateful thoughts, and refuse to give them up. I firmly believe that every thought we have, good or bad, affects our health. They affect health when they become a permanent part of our psyche; a mental recording associated with a person, place or event. Good thoughts create health. Bad thoughts create illness.

In the case of bad thoughts, every time we see that person or place again, we remember what happened and reconnect the thought to our negative feelings. This may happen on a subconscious level. We relive it as though it was happening again, like the replay of an old movie. Eventually these ‘replays’ cause negativity to seep into our physical bodies, down to the cellular level. That’s where the illness begins. If it settles in our immune system, we catch the flu, or worse. If it goes to our heart, we start having a heart condition, etc.

Obviously physical exercise and proper eating help improve health. Exercise relieves tensions and promotes muscular and heart health. Good eating provides the proper nutrients for a lean, healthy body. But what do we do to combat those negative recordings we have made part of our lives? We must understand the mind-body connection in the sense of bad thoughts causing bad health. Then we must realize the thoughts we created, I repeat, the thoughts WE created, are now causing negative reactions in our bodies.

So how do we get rid of these thoughts? There is a Ho’oponopono technique described as ‘cleansing’ that we can use. I will provide that in my next blog, “Healing: Our Self – Part Two”. In the meantime, if you are interested in reading more about it, I highly recommend The Easiest Way: solve your problems and take the road to love, happiness, wealth and the life of your dreams by Mabel Katz. Mabel learned Ho’oponopono over a ten year period and now teaches the subject. This is not a get-rich-quick book. It is a get-healthy-quick book. Healthy blessings to you, your friends, and your family!

Native Americans: Creation

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In my blog on February 24th this year I wrote how Christian beliefs are time-based and Native American beliefs are based on space, specifically location or place. This accounts for differences between the two groups on the issue of creation. Note: I’m focusing on these differences in order to provide information about Native Americans, not to generate controversy.

While both groups believe in a Creator, they differ on creation. Christianity believes creation happened at a specific point and moves through time until the end of the world and a final judgement. Most tribal religions focus instead on the interrelationship of all things and see our Creator as a kind of tribal grandparent. They do not see a need to establish a personal relationship with the Great Spirit.

In the New Testament, Genesis states that man is given dominion over the rest of creation. We know that this command included the responsibility for the proper care of nature. However it has been misinterpreted all too often as being given free reign over the earth and everything on it and as an excuse to ‘subdue’ it to our human will. This is not what was intended, but is the result of egotistical calculations to gain power and money.

For Native Americans, their relationship with each other and the various manifestations of Nature is like an extended family. It is a recognition of their dependence  on these relationships for their very existence. In his book (page 87) God Is Red, Vine Deloria Jr. writes, “The task of the tribal religion, if such a religion can be said to have a task, is to determine the proper relationship that the people of the tribe must have with other living things and to develop the self-discipline within the tribal community so that man acts harmoniously with other creatures.” He continues on page 88, “Other living things are not regarded as insensitive species. Rather they are “people” in the same manner as the various human beings are people.”

To elaborate on this theme, Deloria later quotes James Jeans in his book Physics and Philosophy, “Space and time are inhabited by distinct individuals, but when we pass beyond space and time, from the world of phenomena towards reality, individuality is replaced by community. When we pass beyond space and time, they [separate individuals] may perhaps form ingredients of a single continuous stream of life.”

Healing: Ho’oponopono (Hawaii)

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Ho’oponopono is a Hawaiian method of healing. As with many Hawaiian words, Ho’oponopono is a combination of words. Ho’o means ‘to make’ and pono means ‘right’ or ‘correct’. Together they mean ‘to make correctly right’. There are principles that form the basis of this healing: For every cause there is an effect; Everything is connected to everything else; and, Everything is vibration. If you believe these principles, then you must believe that our every thought, word and action has an immediate effect on everything in the universe. Everything means ourselves, our families and our friends, as well as the world of spirit. Ho’oponopono is a way to heal ourselves, others and the whole world.

The process of Ho’oponopono consists of four sentences: 1.) I am sorry, 2.) Please forgive me, 3.) I love you, and 4.) Thank you. The sentence “I am sorry” includes the  harm we have done and our responsibility in the conflict or problem at hand. Even if we are the victim, we are still responsible for our part in the conflict; we are the only ones who can recognize and dismiss the feelings we have about the issue. Forgiveness originates within us.

“Please forgive me” is recognition that we have acted in ways contrary to love and harmony. If we are the victim, we must let negativity go. If we are the aggressor, we must seek forgiveness for the wrong we have done. Most of the time, we are both victim and aggressor because we have responded negatively to what we perceived as something negative done or said to us. We often fulfill both roles simultaneously.

“I love you” is recognition of the spirit of love and harmony that must prevail. When we say ‘I love you’ we are also saying we love ourselves because everything is interconnected. To love you is to love me. We are One. This love must be the love Our Creator has for us and for all of creation. There are no conditions associated with this love; it is the basis of the universe.

“Thank you” signifies that the issue is closed from the speaker’s point of view. It is a recognition that the miracle of reconciliation is already under way. We give thanks for the opportunity to regain harmony and love for ourselves and for the other party or parties who are going through the forgiveness process with us. They are, in turn, sending love, harmony and forgiveness to us. We are now free from the bonds of negative emotions and thoughts that were harming us. The problem has been settled forever and will not be discussed again.

We must view conflicts and problems correctly, as the helpful opportunities which life sends our way. I say helpful because it is through overcoming them that we become better human beings, physically and mentally, as well as better spiritual beings. Being healthy in body, mind and spirit is how we were created and how our Creator wants us to live.

My prayer: May everyone who reads these words give and receive forgiveness, and live in peace, love, and harmony. Amama Ua Noa! (Translation: My prayer has flown! It is free!)

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