Monthly Archives: February 2012

Ghosts In Everyday Life

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First, it’s good to be back. Thanks to the generosity of good friends, I have a new (to me) laptop to add to my collection. Now I can send my other two computers to the doctor without missing a beat. Life is good.

This will be the first in a series of articles on ghosts and my experience in dealing with them. Ghosts are a real phenomenon, and I hope to show them as a natural part of life and as something we don’t need to fear. I see the fear of ghosts as a result of ignorance and misunderstanding. Ghosts are sensationalized in the media and in literature out of fear and also because ghost stories make good money. Even reality TV exploits the fear of ghosts.

What is a ghost?
Very simply, a ghost is a soul without a body; someone who has passed on from this world. I don’t like to say “died” because they are very much alive in spirit. The only difference between you and a ghost is your body. When most people pass on, they go on to other opportunities in other dimensions. To illustrate this, let me tell you a story.

Moving On
After my father passed on, I dreamed about him from time to time. In some dreams, he gave me advice. Other dreams showed him working with lots of people. In one, he was carrying boards, like 2X4s, from one place to another. He was part of a large group of people who were building a house, or houses. These dreams meant that he was getting ready for his next opportunity in spiritual growth and in service to others.

The most profound dream I had, about five years after he passed on, seemed to be the last in a series. He and I were flying over rooftops. It was dark and I was in the lead. Finally we came to our destination, a house in the suburbs of a city. He stayed there, and I flew on and the dream ended. When I woke up, I knew there was something important about that dream. In meditation I received the message that I had led him to his next earthly lifetime. He was to be the youngest child of four (a boy) in a family located somewhere in France. This, after a lifetime of responsibility in which, from childhood, he took care of his sisters and his father after his mother died and became an exemplary husband and father after an adventurous life at sea.

My understanding is that people don’t usually take up another lifetime on earth so soon after leaving the last one. But I remember lifetimes with my father in which we were members of religious communities. It could be that he had had many lifetimes in spiritual environments and was ready to come back sooner than most.

Getting Stuck
Some people pass on in a state of confusion. They are not aware that they no longer have a body. They are trying to experience life as if they are still in the physical, and they become stuck in the patterns that were most influential in their physical lives. Any disabilities or diseases they had while in the physical can attract them to the places or people who were instrumental in their treatment. People can get stuck in the places where they died; for example, hospitals, houses, battle fields, and other places. If someone passes on in a high state of stress, it increases the possibility of becoming attached to the place where the incident occurred.

These are the souls we think of as ghosts. We have learned, through fear, to give them power they do not have. In reality, we have the power to influence them. For example, in my beginning days as a student of metaphysics, I was working for a man who told me he had a ghost in his house. He wasn’t afraid of the ghost, but it was upsetting his life by moving things around in the house, and he didn’t know what to do. I suggested that he tell the ghost (I don’t remember if he had a name for it or not) it could stay in the house as long as it behaved with respect for his property. If the ghost wasn’t willing to leave things alone, it had to leave. My boss told me the next day that he told the ghost what I had suggested. He didn’t have any more trouble from the ghost after that.

Next time, I’ll talk more about who influences whom, and how.

Live your purpose every day.

Funny Fashions

1970s Family Picture

These fashions from the 70s will either make you laugh or cry. Those of us who are old enough to have lived through the 70s will wonder how we ever talked ourselves into thinking we were cool. Those of you who are younger won’t believe your eyes. Make sure you scroll down to the very last picture.

Have a great weekend, and live your purpose every day!


Internet (Photo credit: hdzimmermann)

My computer is half-down. That is, it freezes up after accessing the Internet, but word processing works fine. Until I get it fixed, I will be accessing the Internet through alternative means (another computer). The weird thing is, this is happening on both my desktop and laptop. And my modem is working perfectly.

Oh well, nothing to do but learn from this. Hm. I was considering the life lesson(s) that may be in this as I watched the mouse arrow skipping, rather than gliding, across the screen, a signal that the computer was about to freeze up. The message that came to me was, “Start, stop – start, stop.” Could I be doing this in my life some way? Yes, I could, I thought. Starting new things is always exciting to me, but I tend to lose interest as soon as the newness wears off, or when I begin to doubt myself (all tendencies reflected in my Chaldean Soul Chart).

Another message came through as I contemplated the mouse’s arrow – “Focus.” I’ve been having challenges focusing lately. The message made perfect sense.

I now have two lessons to learn from this unpleasant surprise. More lessons may come forward as I explore these. I’ll keep you posted.

In former times, I would have been wringing my hands and loudly lamenting my bad luck. But I have gradually transformed issues connected to this type of situation and experienced the advantages of making other choices. Not easy, but the effort has paid off in undreamed-of ways.

Meanwhile, I may not respond immediately to your comments, but I will do my best to keep up with you. I hope all goes well with you and your computer, and thanks for your support.

Funny Business in the Office

Stock broker hard at work

The business world has its moments of hilarity. These are true examples of idiocy from job applications and resumes, again from “Will and Guy’s Funny Clean Jokes,” Go head, laugh yourself silly.

Funny Gaffs from Real Job Applications

1.   I procrastinate, especially when the task is unpleasant.

2.   Personal interests: donating blood. Fourteen gallons so far.

3.   As indicted, I have over five years of analyzing investments.

4.   Instrumental in ruining entire operation for a Midwest chain store.

5.   Note: Please don’t misconstrue my 14 jobs as ‘ job-hopping’ . I have never quit a job.

6.   Marital status: often. Children: various.

7.   Reason for leaving last job: They insisted that all employees get to work by 8:45 am every morning. I couldn’t work under those conditions.

8.   The company made me a scapegoat, just like my three previous employers.

9.   Finished eighth in my class of ten.

10.   References: none. I’ve left a path of destruction behind me.

Extracts from Funny Resumes

1.   I demand a salary commiserate with my extensive experience.

2.   I have lurnt Word for Widows, computor operations and spreasheet progroms.

3.   I received a plague for Salesperson of the Year.

4.   Wholly responsible for two (2) failed financial institutions.

5.   Reason for leaving last job: maturity leave.

6.   Failed bar exam with relatively high grades.

7.   It’s best for employers that I not work with people.

8.   Let’s meet , so you can ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over my experience.

9.   You will want me to be Head Honcho in no time.

10.   Am a perfectionist and rarely if if ever forget details.

11.   I was working for my mom until she decided to move.

12.   Marital status: single. Unmarried. Unengaged. Uninvolved. No commitments.

13.   I have an excellent track record, although I am not a horse.

14.   I am loyal to my employer at all costs….Please feel free to respond to my résumé on my office voice mail.

15.   I have become completely paranoid, trusting completely no one and absolutely nothing.

16.   My goal is to be a meteorologist. But since I possess no training in meteorology, I suppose I should try stock brokerage.


Have a great weekend, and live your purpose every day!

Getting What You Want

The Sorcerer's Hat in Disney's Hollywood Studios.
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Manifesting Intentions

Many years ago, at the start of my metaphysical training, I learned how to manifest intentions. I’d never before purposefully used my thoughts to get what I wanted, and I was excited to learn. My first experience involved moving.

I wanted to move to a particular apartment building in my neighborhood, which was not easy to get into. It seemed everyone else wanted to be there, too. It was a small building with only four units, and the apartments were very attractive. You had to watch the rental ads like a hawk to see when one was available.

I had looked at an apartment in this building before, and had just missed getting it, as it had been rented earlier that day. I was really disappointed, but I decided to apply what I was learning about manifestation to make sure I got the next one that became available.

Taking Action

I enlisted the help of my son, who was 11 at the time, and we visualized ourselves living there. We talked about the mirrored living room wall that I loved and went shopping for kitchen accessories and furniture. I watched the neighborhood paper closely for the ad that would surely show up for us. After a few weeks, I stopped looking. I can’t remember if I was distracted by other concerns, or whether I became discouraged, or I just forgot.

Letting Go

One day at work some time later, I happened to pick up the paper, and there was the ad I was waiting for. I immediately called the number and told the landlady not to rent that apartment to anyone else. I would be there after work to sign the contract. When I arrived, she told me the ad had gone into the paper that day, and I was the first to call.

I was overjoyed. The process was so easy, it seemed like magic. The hard part was waiting. I think eventually forgetting to look in the paper was a way of letting go and allowing the universe to bring me what I wanted at the right time. I’ve learned if I want to manifest an intention, I need to trust that the universe is working with me on it.

Your experiences?

Live your purpose every day.

The Vegetarian Question

pet plant
pet plant (Photo credit: Michael Sarver)

I really miss not posting yesterday. I got highjacked by the vicissitudes of life a few days ago, and have finally broken free. Happy Valentine’s Day. May you experience the love this day symbolizes every day of your life.

I’ve been thinking about vegetarianism the last few weeks, and all the issues it can bring forward. Some people seem to think it’s not good to eat meat because animals have souls and should not be killed. But what about plants? Do they not have souls?

What I read in “The Secret Life of Plants,” by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird, made me ask some questions along these lines. In the book, I learned that plants are sensitive to their environment, including the people in it. Some interesting experiments were conducted in which plants were connected to a polygraph and were observed leaning toward people who treated them kindly and away from people who treated them unkindly. It was noted that they actually made little plant screeches when someone approached them with scissors. The experiments are considered to be pseudoscience by some. But what if they aren’t?

After much rumination on the subject, I have come to the following conclusion. I don’t know whether being highly sensitive to their environment means plants have souls or not. To me, that’s not the point. The point is that we live in a predator-prey environment. Every creature eats another creature. Humans are the top predators in the food chain. Therefore, humans can eat whatever they want. We are not the biggest, but we are the baddest, if you subscribe to the paradigm of raw power.

This situation is not pretty or sweet or kind. It just is, like Spirit just is. I think Native Americans had the right idea. Treat everything on earth with respect, including the animals and plants we kill and eat.

What are your thoughts?

Live your purpose every day.

Friday Funnies – Engrish

Tron Guy & Tikva

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” Victor Borge.

I love this quote!

I found a site that has only clean jokes on it. It is called:

 Will and Guy’s Funny Clean Jokes

Will and Guy’s Funny Clean Jokes, Short Stories and Amusing Pictures

 You can tell by the name of the site that Will and Guy are English. But that’s okay, because some of these jokes are actually funny (sorry Brits, but sometimes we just don’t get your humor).

Here is what Will and Guy have to say about Engrish.

 Engrish is the name for the occidental writing which appears on Japanese signs.  The companies, or their sign writers, wish to give a product cachet, but the result is a funny English phrase.  To the Japanese readers, the Engrish words are meaningless since most speak English about as well as most westerners speak Japanese.  Little do they know that the English translation has a fatal flaw.

And there you have your Engrish lesson for the week. Have a great weekend!

P.S. Sorry about the terrible formatting (this part was supposed to be at the bottom). I need someone who knows how to do this stuff.

 Live your purpose every day.


You Were Born That Way

This was the original title of my book until someone suggested it might be interpreted in a way I hadn’t intended. For instance, some people might

English: Newborn infant, 4 hours after birth D...
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think the book was about the things they didn’t like about themselves or that it could be an excuse for some people to act like jerks. So I changed the title to “You Were Born to Succeed.”

And you were also born that way – that is, with certain characteristics and qualities that make you unique. If you were a computer, it would mean that all your programs had been automatically installed before birth. And they would all be up and running from the minute you came out of the womb. Some of your programs wouldn’t be evident until you reached a certain age, but they would be there nonetheless.

Your programs, installed some time after conception and before birth, would consist of all your spiritual knowledge and wisdom in addition to all the information needed to build your physical body. Unlike a computer, your programs would grow and develop with experience. As a newborn, you knew who you were, where you came from, and where you were going. Following the rules of the game on earth, you forgot all this a short time after you took your first breath.

But the information is still there, and easily accessible if you choose to uncover it, in the letters and numbers of your birth name and birth date. If you are one of the few who have learned to live in your heart and trust your instincts, you don’t need this information. For you, it’s backup in case you lose your way, since you are automatically following your life purpose. If you are not one of these few, you may want to look yourself up in your own personal book of life by learning to use Chaldean numerology through my book (click on the Select Authors image) or by contacting me, and I will open the book for you.

My wish is that everyone on earth lives a successful life by following their purpose. My intention is to help as many people as I can to accomplish it.

Live your purpose every day.

I was recently privileged to be interviewed by Nandini Deka, author and professional musician based in Bombay. Check out her web site: Thank you, Nandini. It was a pleasure.


Hello Everyone!

We are delighted to have author Nancy Fairbrother amongst us today at Musikdiv India Online Magazine at our Special ‘Authors Festival’ interview series to tell us about her new book You Were Born to Succeed: Finding Your Purpose Through Numerology !
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Have you ever wondered if you have a divine purpose in life? This book shows that you do and reveals how to discover it by using the ancient science of Chaldean numerology. The simple, easy process of creating your Chaldean Soul Chart reveals the life you planned, with the assistance of your spiritual helpers, before you were born.
This is a book that demystifies numerology and explains in simple terms your life’s adventure as a soul on earth. It tells the story of how science is catching up with ancient wisdom as the unseen is revealed through quantum physics. You will learn that…

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Two Laughs and A Wonderment

Friday Funny Animals 8
Friday Funny Animals 8 (Photo credit: DrJohnBullas)

You will be glad you took a couple of minutes out of your busy day to watch these videos.

My technical in-expertise prevents me from fancying up this page with hyperlinks. So just click on the links for some good laughs and an awesome performance.

This teacher did what so many of us would love to do. Aggravation can be a wonderful thing.

If you have never seen a singing donkey, you will love this.

Just beautiful …..

Oh, and click on “P is for Parrot” below.

Have a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend!

Live your purpose every day.