Monthly Archives: February 2011

Meditation – What is it Good For?

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To a lot of people, meditation is a mystery. To a lot of people, meditation seems an impossibly intricate process that requires years of practice; something they could probably never master. Many people see no value in learning meditation; it is too complicated and there’s just no time. And what are the advantages?

Yes, meditation can require a great deal of discipline and time. Fortunately, there are different types of meditation for different purposes. Many people find fulfillment in meditating for an hour or more every day. They use different methods according to their preferences and purposes. They sit cross-legged and use aids such as bells, bowls, mantras, candles, incense, water, and music to help them focus.

There are other people who meditate for maybe 5-10 minutes every day. They may sit in a chair, lie on a couch or bed, or sit cross-legged on a pillow or the floor. They may use some of the aids mentioned above to help them focus, or not. Some may meditate for 2 or 3 minutes while on the move; walking in the park, walking to work, jogging, or walking the dog.

In my view, there is as much value in a relatively short meditation as there is in a longer meditative experience. In my opinion, meditative style is determined by one’s personality and lifestyle. Meditation is a practical tool that everyone can use to strengthen them and brighten their day.

Meditation is a solitary experience. The primary purpose of meditation is to relax the body and experience the inner peace, calm, lightness, and joy at the center of our being. It allows us to center ourselves in our hearts where we can connect to our source. We all hold a place inside that is deeply peaceful, where nothing can disturb us. When we experience that place inside, we are refreshed and energized.

What are the benefits of meditation? Meditation can strengthen us to face challenges, we can learn from our experiences by meditating on them, and we can get answers from our inner guidance in meditation. Meditation is like a railroad track to our inner wisdom. It takes us to the place inside where our answers are.

If you are new to meditation, I invite you to try setting aside a few minutes before you start your day. Here is a simple, effective meditation that anyone can do.

To start out, I suggest sitting in a comfortable chair with your back straight and both feet flat on the floor. As you progress, you can experiment with positions to determine which one is right for you. Lying down makes many people fall asleep.

Next, clear your bioelectric energy field. One way is to close your eyes and imagine a white light filling your body and expanding to form a bubble of white light all around you. You can also rub your hands together and pass them over your head and the back of your neck. Notice the feeling of alert relaxation that comes over you as you clear.

The next step is up to you. If you are looking for an answer, ask the question, sit quietly, and notice any impressions you receive. If your mind wanders, gently focus back on the white light. If you don’t get an answer, you could ask for a sign to appear some time during the day that would enlighten you. Another thing you could do is set an intention for the day, such as, “My intention is that today be light, easy, and joyful.” Or, you could simply absorb the feeling of relaxed alertness that you experience.

Finally, clear your energy field again. Always begin and end your sessions with clearing.

You may want to try different meditative processes, as well. There are many good books, CDs, and videos that can teach you other styles of meditation. Meditation can be an intricate experience filled with ceremony or it can be a simple few minutes taken to refresh and energize you. I encourage you to try it. You may be surprised at what it does for you.

Finding Your Purpose Can Improve Your Health

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So many of us put our dreams on the back burner for the day when we will have time to get them out and play with them. Many put their dreams on the back burner because they seem impractical or because others have told us they are a waste of time. We have so many responsibilities, like earning a living, caring for family, getting an education, raising our children and so much more that indulging in our dreams often seems frivolous. We try to distract ourselves from endless routine with amusements that only temporarily satisfy us. Yet our lives can become boring, stale, dried-up emotional deserts if we deny our self-expression.

I used to be one of those who denied her dreams. I stopped telling people about my dreams because they would pooh-pooh and tell me I was silly. Eventually, I forgot about my dreams. Even though I am naturally optimistic and good-natured, my life became a chore and I became angry. I blamed others for my unhappiness, and I couldn’t seem to rid myself of a feeling of emptiness.

Eventually I discovered that I have the power to change my life. I reconnected with my dreams and felt as if I had come home. When I cast my Chaldean Soul Chart, I laughed and I cried. I was flooded with confidence. I had the proof that my dreams were not foolish, but were the very core of my life purpose. I was so excited. I felt like a child again.

Statistics show that people who live their purpose, who live their dreams, are healthier and live longer than people who do not. People who repress their self-expression have more stress in their lives, and stress causes the body to break down, cell by cell. By the time a repressed person reaches the age of 50, his or her body has endured so much stress that symptoms such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, arthritis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart trouble, diabetes, cancer, insomnia, and other symptoms begin to appear. It is proven that disease originates in the emotions long before it is expressed in the body.

How do we live our purpose when we have so many other things vying for our attention – when we have others who depend on us? How do successful people manage to become so successful? How do we know that we have an important purpose?

I believe we were all born to be successful and happy. Not only is it good for our health to be happy, it is good for all the people in our lives and all the people in the world. When we are happy, the world is a better place. Happiness raises the vibration of the whole planet. Happiness is one of the most powerful vibration-raisers there is.

Do you have a definite purpose in life? Yes, you do. There is something you do better than anyone else, something that is a benefit to others as well as to you. And it is something you love to do. It can be anything from gardening to playing basketball. Have you ever noticed that successful people are so enthusiastic about what they do they would never think of not doing it? I think we need to be more like them; to never think of not doing what we love to do. Are you feeling empty inside? Is there something missing in your life? Perhaps it is the dream you have forgotten or put away for later.

How do you live your purpose when you have so many responsibilities? One way is to make as much time as you can to do what you love to do. At first, it may be only a few minutes a day or maybe some time on the weekends. If you start, you will notice a difference in the way you feel about life. Once you begin, you can find ways to become more involved in your dream. You have the power to change your life.

Part of my purpose is to help people find their purpose and inspire them to live it. I love living my purpose. You will love living yours, too.

A Spiritual Life – What is That?

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There are so many different notions about spiritual living; living as a nun cloistered behind walls, living as a clergy person caring for your flock, as a monk in a cave or monastery, as a hermit, as someone who spends an hour a day in meditation. Does it mean spending hours in church, in synagogue or mosque? Does it mean living perpetually guilt- and error-free? Obviously, it means different things to different people.

Here’s what it means to me. We are all living spiritual lives every single minute of every single day, because we are spiritual beings living a physical experience. We are spirit eternally, physical temporarily. That doesn’t mean that one is better than the other. Many religious people believe that the spiritual is better than the physical. I think we’re smarter than that.

I don’t know why spiritual beings would choose a realm to live in that was inferior to the one they came from. My opinion is that the physical realm presents many challenges and many ideal opportunities for spiritual and emotional growth. It is the perfect place for the expression of joy, fulfillment, and success of all kinds. Many of us need to get past the worry and fear of failure before we can experience the joy, fulfillment, and success. But, no big deal (it really is a big deal; the secret is not to worry about it).

To me, a huge reason (I can’t say the only reason because I don’t have all the answers) we become unhappy is that we are not living in alignment with our spirit and its expression for this lifetime. I’m talking about life purpose. Have you ever noticed that highly successful people are having more fun than anyone else? I mean, just think about celebrities like Martha Stewart, Donald Trump, or whoever you pay attention to. They talk about how they love what they do. They have boundless energy and nothing seems to stop them from accomplishment. These are the people who know what they’re here for and pull out all the stops to express it. Maybe you know someone like that, and you think how lucky they are.

Maybe you have days when everything goes right for you and you can’t imagine ever having any problems. For me, no matter what challenges come forward in my day, when I write, it’s a great day and I’m happy. It’s like living on chocolate and hot cross buns – nothing can beat it.

How many of us take those days seriously? That is, how many of us see to it that we have days like that every day? How many of us even think having one day like that is possible? I’m not suggesting you quit your job, run off to Tahiti, or find some other way to drop out. We all know that’s unrealistic. But what if we found a way to give ourselves a few minutes each day for some expression of enjoyment? Something we love to do. Maybe reading a book, learning about something important to us, spending a few minutes focused on our loved ones with no distractions – you name it. It doesn’t have to take up a lot of time unless you have a lot of time. Those few minutes could turn into your next career or into a hobby that sustains your spirit.

For too long, we have entertained the thought that, as grownups, we have to be productive no matter what, and being productive is all business. If we’re not what we call “productive” we are failures. We are over-worked, over-stressed, over-irritated, over-weight, over-something, and it’s not fun. We are too important to ourselves, our loved ones, and the world to continue this downward spiral. Maybe part of being productive is making time to find more enjoyment.

Happily, we are also becoming more aware of the importance of taking better care of ourselves – of paying closer attention to the Self within. Many are wondering what their purpose in life is.

There are different ways to learn what your chosen purpose is. You can pursue your interests until you find the one that you can’t live without – the one that becomes your passion. This could take a while. I prefer the direct route. For me, that was Chaldean numerology. My Chaldean Soul Chart confirmed the inner awareness I had been ignoring for years because of my limited perception. My Chaldean Soul Chart woke me up. It showed me the path of maximum fulfillment, and I became excited about my life.

To learn more about your purpose, click on the Lulu button at the top of the page and download my book, You Were Born to Succeed: Finding Your Purpose through Numerology. It will start you on the adventure of a lifetime.

Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner?

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My choice is breakfast. My decision is based entirely on food, as opposed to other considerations like time of day or social aspects like who I’m eating with, where I’m eating, etc.

I am not a morning person; I can eat breakfast at any time of day because breakfast is comfort food, and it includes coffee. Comfort is something I need in the morning. And coffee is one of my favorite things on planet earth. I am not a social person in the morning. I like to enjoy a cappuccino in peaceful isolation first thing in the morning while maybe reading a book or watching the dark turn to light. No talking, please. Just a quiet smile.

I am ready for breakfast at around 9 or 10 A.M., and my favorite breakfast is sweet bread of some kind, fruit, and black coffee. I make very good hot cross buns, turnovers, and other breads when I’m feeling ambitious or so deprived I have to feed myself something extra special. I also love Pepperidge Farms cherry turnovers. Yum.

Something more substantial, like bacon and eggs, an omelet, pancakes, waffles (especially the Belgian kind) is wonderful at lunch time, dinner, or at midnight or later after a night out.

What could be better than breakfast? I don’t know.

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How I Found My Purpose

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One of the most important questions for me in my spiritual search was, “What is my purpose on earth?” It was a great mystery to me for years. I learned so much about the talents and potential we all possess. I learned how to develop my intuition and use it in practical ways in everyday life. I learned how to be a practical psychic, and I taught others what I learned. Still, I sought a straightforward statement of the exact path I needed to be following. In spite of all the fulfillment in my life, I was left with unanswered questions. I felt I was missing a piece of the puzzle.

When I discovered Chaldean numerology, everything came together for me. There was my blueprint! It brought formerly amorphous feelings into sharp focus and showed me why life unfolded for me the way it had up to that point. I felt empowered to direct my life from that point on; to do my best to bring out the most positive expression of the elements that combined to create my future. I’ll give you some examples so you can see how important it could be for you to do everything possible to know more about yourself and your path.

My Purpose number is 3, which is the number of self expression; essential for 3s to survive. Enjoying life is the main pursuit of 3s. I naturally seek happiness and I do best when I’m enjoying myself. These are traits that I formerly took for granted and didn’t pay much attention to until I created my Chaldean Soul Chart. Since I’ve learned the importance of these traits, I respect them by making sure I have fun and enjoyment in my day. If I have a boring chore to do, I might listen to music while I’m doing it or reward myself with a treat after it’s done.

An important expression of the number 3 is creativity. Earlier in my life, music and art work, also previously taken for granted, were essential to my fulfillment. Later on, public speaking and writing became important. (By the way, I saw in my Chaldean Soul Chart the time in my life when speaking and writing would come forward). Self expression keeps 3s balanced.

Number 3s also like to see others enjoying themselves and are natural entertainers. A bit of drama in telling a story makes people laugh or amazes; it can draw people out and get them to participate. Number 3s think everybody should have fun, and many become professional entertainers.

My Direction number, 11, influences me to express inspirational messages in an unconventional way. So here I am enjoying writing about the spirit from an occult/metaphysical, rather than religious point of view.

Something revealed itself with stunning clarity through the interpretation of a number that is both a challenge and an asset for me. My Inner Self number (what motivates me) is 2. One aspect of the 2 is that I desire balance and harmony above everything. When I’m in balance, I am a negotiator, always seeking a win-win solution – a natural diplomat. I also have the 2 as a Challenge number. When this challenge is active, I become a pleaser, sacrificing my own peace of mind to cater to others (peace at any price). This nudges my 3 energy out of balance, and I become a drama queen, among other things.

Seeing the dynamics of my life purpose expressed in numbers has enabled me to use my strengths, illustrated in my Core Quality numbers, to help keep me in balance. I learned more ways to take care of myself so I can take care of others.

Everyone’s purpose is important. Everyone has something of value to contribute. Over and over again, we hear, “Follow your bliss,” but too often we perceive that we’re too busy living our lives to take the time. So many of us take ourselves for granted and miss opportunities for fulfillment. We have the notion that something as easy as doing what we love couldn’t be the solution we are seeking.

Can anyone have too much happiness? I think not. What about you?

I’m Just Your Everyday Psychic

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Oh, yes I am. And so are you. I’m non-preaching this for the rest of my life because I think it’s important for everyone to know that they have a gift inside that likely hasn’t been opened yet.

Many people don’t believe they are psychic, but they readily admit to having intuition. We all have intuition, and most of us can remember at least one intuitive impression we have had, and have even acted upon. But the word, psychic, scares a lot of us.

My theory is that the term, psychic, has received bad press because it refers to not only  inner impressions, but also to a multitude of unfriendly things beyond the physical range of perception like ghosts, eerie predictions of the future, mysterious rituals, evil spirits, etc.

The word, psychic, comes from the Greek word meaning “of the soul,” a pretty neutral definition, but all the drama attached to it has provided abundant fodder for the media to scare us with. The term, intuition, seems comparatively non-threatening because it refers only to our inner impressions; no outside entities involved.

Our psychic impressions are very important to us; and some can save our lives. I remember speeding one day with my boyfriend in his car on winding country roads as he gleefully experimented with seeing how fast we could go around the curves with all four wheels remaining on the ground. Suddenly I had an impression that around the next bend was another car headed directly for us. I am grateful that he slowed down and moved over to our side of the road when I told him this as the other car careened past us, or we might have been another teen-age traffic statistic.

My mother had a psychic impression when my sister and I were in first and second grade, respectively. My sister and I walked to and from school together every day. This was when we lived in the city. One day there were some bigger kids around who were giving the little kids a hard time. My sister and I were afraid and tried to be inconspicuous. Suddenly the big kids started pushing us around. They shoved us into someone’s front yard, up against the house, and threw a dirty old rug over us. We cowered there, crying, with the smelly old thing over our heads. After what seemed like ages, the rug was thrown off us. There stood our mother, who had become anxious when we hadn’t shown up at home when expected. Afterward, she told us she knew something was wrong. Ordinarily, she allowed us leeway on our arrival from school, but not that day.

I could back off and substitute the word, intuition, for psychic, but I would be insulting your intelligence. The more we understand something, the less we fear it. Maybe you could start thinking of your intuition as your psychic ability working. It’s a part of everyday life that you might develop into one more thing that could serve you.

Power-hungry people have been presenting psychic abilities as threatening to the rest of us for millennia. Maybe it’s time we used our common sense and made it a choice to acknowledge or not to acknowledge our psychic perceptions based on whether we’re interested or not rather than avoiding them based on fear.

I love writing about this stuff, and I hope you enjoy reading it. I would love to hear about your experiences with psychic perception and intuition. Maybe you would favor us with your story.