Jul 072015
 

Loving Yourself to Great Health: Thoughts & Food--The Ultimate DietThis book, Loving Yourself to Great Health: Thoughts & Food–The Ultimate Diet by Louise Hay and Ahlea Khadro has a lot of meat to it! Or for you vegetarians/vegans, a lot of fiber. ;-)

I was delightfully surprised at the wealth of information which I’d not heard or read before. It’s very up-to-date and includes a broad range of ideas.

As someone with a chronic issue going on, I found it especially helpful. It’s in no way superficial, but offers information and philosophical approaches to in-depth practices that can truly turn things around.

As with all Louise Hay books, it includes quite subtle — yet powerful — suggestions for you to apply. Examples are being aware of — and turning around when necessary — your thoughts, attitudes, and emotions, especially regarding yourself. (Thus the title, Loving Yourself to Great Health.)

It includes quite a bit about diet (one way to love yourself), including leading edge research and findings.

It steps very thoroughly through our bodily processes and I learned a lot about our physiology, even though I’m already quite knowledgeable about it. This was and is a very valuable aspect of this book to which I’m sure I’ll refer again and again.

And yet … As much information as this book offers, one of its most invaluable gifts is that it includes methods and exercises for you to tune into your own body to learn what it has to say to you in particular, thus guiding you to customize your very own healing journey.

About half the book is dedicated to recipes and lists of various foods’ qualities. What I like about this is that it’s a great cross-section of different kinds of foods that might be hard to find elsewhere under one cover.

If you’re considering buying this book, but are afraid it might be a bit “Micky Mouse”, be assured it is not! I can’t imagine anyone reading it who won’t get something valuable out of it.

Many thanks to Louise Hay, Ahlea Khadro, and Heather Dane. It’s quite the impressive collaboration!

Recommended!

Note: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes and this review reflects my honest evaluation.

Patti

 

Aug 282014
 

You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter by Dr. Joe DispenzaYou Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter by Dr. Joe Dispenza is an excellent book!

And please don’t be misled by the title term “placebo”. This book is much more broad than how we often think of a placebo, i.e. in a medical/health-related context.

It addresses any and all situations you may encounter. Yes, anything! The book’s clever subtitle “Making Your Mind Matter” might even be a better title, as it’s all about consciousness as your mind being made into matter.

Corresponding to the division of its 2 sections, it’s both informative and transformative, with impressive substance on both counts.

Informative

The first section (including the author’s own story, which is just amazing) contains in-depth yet very well written (i.e. interesting and easy to understand) explanations of his concepts; both what they are and why they work.

It’s extremely well researched, includes helpful diagrams, and is one of the best books I’ve seen on the subject of working at the most subtle levels of consciousness to powerfully effect change in the physical world.

I especially liked his chapter “The Quantum Mind”. So often this type of information gets garbled or too complex upon explanation, but he does a beautiful job of describing the concepts, especially the ones that are relevant to his simple yet concentrated suggestion for applying the ideas.

He also does an excellent job of presenting all his ideas and experiences in a factual, believable manner. I so appreciate that it’s not presented as some fringe or New Age idea that many would disregard even before investigating, but rather as the proven yet leading edge idea that it actually is. I’m personally eager for mainstream to get with it, and I think this book will be a great help toward that end.

Transformative

The 2nd section is how to apply it.

It’s a concise but powerful part of what he offers, in that it first prepares you for a guided “meditation” process which he then proceeds to provide word for word. I so appreciate that!

From the verbatim text he gives you, you can read it or record your own audio and immediately begin to practice it yourself. (You can purchase audio CDs of the meditations, but I went to his website and instantly downloaded an MP3 version. So much easier than creating it myself and well worth the reasonable price.)

For anyone familiar with what I call “Quantum Consciousness” technology (for lack of a standard term), this book will add a lot to both your understanding and practice. There are many ways to effectively practice QC, and this book adds elements that I hadn’t thought of as integral to the practice. However, I’ve been using his meditation for several weeks now and find that although these elements may not be absolutely necessary, they do make it much more reliably powerful. I’m fully on-board with his suggestions for the time being.

One concept of QC that he repeatedly emphasizes is that your future doesn’t need to be your past, so when your old patterns shift, you’re beginning anew. You’re not even having to heal anything, you’re just letting that past go and literally beginning anew in the moment. He expertly guides you to explicitly let it go and open to a brand new future of your choosing.

My own ongoing sense with QC (including the method presented here) is that you are not so much fixing something, but actually replacing an old pattern of disease or disharmony with a new, more desirable pattern. And almost effortlessly!

His guided meditation is also very useful in helping you maneuver more deliberately and skillfully between pure consciousness and what you would like to manifest. I’m not sure this exact aspect is intentional but I find it fascinating and surely worth noticing.

My only quibble is that he sometimes uses the word “thought” for consciousness, and I think this can be confusing if not downright misleading. My experience is that the two are very different. (Are you familiar with Eckhart Tolle?!) Still, his explanations supersede this confusion, so I don’t consider this a big problem.

It Works!

Last but not least, I want to report that I already have first-hand experience that what he teaches here works.

And it will amaze you.

I’ve used it successfully with a few different situations in my life,  most recently with a back injury. After my first session with the back injury, I was stunned that it was significantly improved (like 80% better?), just in that one session! It was as if it had healed many days’ worth in just that one hour. I felt like a new person, and as you’ll learn, I actually was in many ways!

If I’m stunned after effectively practicing QC since 2007, you will be too. It was nothing short of phenomenal.

My husband has started using the meditation along with me for a chronic health issue he’s had, and even without reading the book he’s also noticed significant improvement.

Highly Recommended!

Get this book. Practice the suggestions he so thoughtfully packaged for you as a meditation at the end, and watch your life situation(s) improve. Spread the word and help humanity move forward. It’s time we all embrace what’s truly possible.

Many many thanks to you, Dr. Joe Dispenza. Your book is a priceless gift.

And thank you to Hay House for publishing this and offering it to me for review. I may not have even noticed this treasure otherwise.

Note: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes and this review reflects my honest evaluation.

Namasté,

Patti

Jul 252014
 

All is Well: Heal Your Body with Medicine, Affirmations, and IntuitionI can’t believe I debated whether or not I’d find value in this book, All is Well, by Louise Hay and Dr. Mona Lisa Schultz.

If you have any question at all, or are on the fence: Get it! It is fantastic!

Part of the book description states: “For the first time ever, they present scientific evidence showing the undeniable link between the mind and body that makes these healing methods work”.

I think I’ve had my fill of scientific evidence, so I thought most of the book would not be helpful to me. These methods work, let’s move on! I’ve been using these ideas successfully for decades and don’t care to spend a lot of time reading material written for people who still can’t embrace a holistic idea of our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual system.

But even though this book is very convincing, that’s not all this book is.

And in fact, the information that does show that “undeniable link” is fascinating; and more to the point, applicable.

Dr. Mona Lisa Schultz did an amazing job giving us exactly the kind of information that helps us connect the dots so that we can apply what she’s saying and easily expand upon it if need be.

It’s just the right amount of breadth and depth.

Because of that, I found a lot of insights as I read, even though I’m already familiar with the core ideas upon which this book is based.

Besides covering the interconnected nature of our amazing bodies and healing abilities (along with fascinating and useful biological/physiological details), it includes specific remedies such as herbs, supplements, pharmaceuticals, and supportive life style suggestions including various therapies and practices.

Along with that, it illustrates the value of heeding your own powerful intuition as you move through health challenges (and life in general, of course).

And last but not least is the abundance of affirmations that help whittle away at the stuck patterns near the root of it all. You know when you hit on the right one because you feel your energy shift immediately.

As always, I really wish it had an index (it doesn’t); I think it could double the usefulness of the book. There’s an affirmation table in the back organized alphabetically by “Problem” (similar to the tables in Louise Hay’s indispensable classic You Can Heal Your Life), but an index that includes some of the causes and remedies would be very helpful for cross reference.

But regardless, this is a great book, and I’m impressed.

Not only have I been able to apply some of the many helpful suggestions immediately, but I am grateful to have this book to refer to in the future.

I highly recommend this practical book to everyone!

Note: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes and this review reflects my honest evaluation.

In health and wholeness,

Patti

Jun 252014
 

Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender by David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.The process and concepts set forth in this book, Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender by David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph. D., can be life-changing.

I’m really excited about practicing the simple suggestions over time and experiencing their benefits.

Contrary to some reviews, I didn’t find it technical at all, much less overly-technical. It’s interesting and easy to read, with a nice balance of breadth and depth.

I also consider Dr. Hawkins a valid and impressive authority on this topic; not always easy to find or distinguish in these days of wildly proliferating “experts”.

He begins the book by explaining the mechanism of letting go. Since it involves emotions, he then follows by going into depth with each of the emotions he has already delineated in his previous books (most notably the fascinating Power vs. Force).

I don’t think he’d have had to include them in this book, but for those who don’t already have his other(s), or even just for reference, it’s helpful to have it all in one place. Plus, here his discussions of the emotions are more focused on the letting go process.

Along with his descriptions of the emotions and how their “hierarchy” comes into play, he gives great examples which help clarify and elucidate the letting go mechanism.

And if you’re like me, you’ll find that reading about the more difficult emotions will trigger in you some recollections and/or sensitivity to your own experiences with it, making it clear that it’s still lurking around.

And by this point, you know what to do next.

In fact, while reading one of the first few chapters, I allowed myself to go with what I was feeling at the time (i.e. using his letting go process), and although it didn’t even seem like a huge “cleansing”, I was astonished to find that the next day I felt remarkably better; lighter, happier, more prone to laughing, etc. I wasn’t even looking for a change, it just was impossible to not notice! It had to have been the process, proving to me that if it could have that effect even when done half-a**ed, imagine what might be in store if I actually do it more thoroughly and deliberately.

Wow.

So, as I said, I’m quite excited to have this book.

My only complaint is that he doesn’t go into the mechanism of letting go in as clear a way as I expected and would have liked. Since this is something you want to get in the habit of practicing regularly, it would be nice to have one part of the book to refer to easily.

Within his chapter “The Mechanism of Letting Go”, there are really only 3 pages that tell you how to do it. And even then, it’s really only a few paragraphs of that. And it’s not written as steps of a process, but rather just a few instructions (two, actually) without a lot of detail.

But maybe that’s enough. Sometimes the most simple things hold more truth, depth, and power than those that are complex. (And who would really do it consistently if it was too involved, anyway? Not me!)

But I find that as you read the rest of the book, some of the details become more clear, although I found some of the details a little contradictory to his simple description of the process. I can only conclude that perhaps you have to learn the subtleties on your own as you practice, i.e. how it works best for you.

So although it’s not written with the process described thoroughly and concisely in one place, it seems that the book ultimately gives you what you need.

Again, I feel lucky that this book crossed my path, and feel it’s potentially very powerful.

Definitely recommended.

Note: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes and this review reflects my honest evaluation.

Patti

Oct 092013
 

Interconnected OneLife has much more richness and depth to it when you can live it consciously. And a highly  rewarding and straightforward way of being conscious is to recognize the interconnectivity of everything.

At the same time, even  saying “every-thing”  implies that there are separate things — and of course, there are, in this dualistic dimension.

Interconnectivity & Oneness

But a better way to approach this idea is  to recognize that  everything is not just connected, it’s all one.

At that level, there isn’t even a thing and a no-thing, it’s all just one. One whole thing.

So it’s great if you can recognize at least the interconnectivity of everything, and better yet: the oneness.

And this means living in a holistic manner.

Knowing vs. Believing

It also helps to keep in mind that this doesn’t mean just thinking it’s likely so.

It means re-cognizing it, or “knowing it again”.

When you tap into the feeling and/or knowingness of this reality, of oneness, you can’t help but be more consciously aware.

Your antennae are on the lookout for connections.

And then, as you actively look for connections and interrelationships, you’ll notice that you have greater access to your own intuitive wisdom.

It means that those birds up there are not separate from what’s going on with your upcoming party. Hunh?

A Lesson from the Ravens

A few years ago, I had invited a group of people for a dinner party.

I was providing all the food and had been preparing for days. 7 people had RSVP’d, and I had planned accordingly.

But that morning, I was sitting in our outdoor jacuzzi, and suddenly there was a ruckus overhead. As I looked up, I saw 4 ravens flying right overhead.

Something about them seemed significant. Suddenly, I just “knew” what it was.

“Only 4 will be coming for dinner!” I gasped. Intellectually, I found it hard to believe — but I trusted that intuitive message.

And sure enough. 3 of the 7 people were no-shows. Didn’t even call!

So yes, those birds, and me, and the party, and the future, were all connected. Were all one.

Of course, holistic applies in other areas as well, or rather — framing that in a holistic way, where there are no “other areas”.

It applies everywhere to everything.

So, the whole supports being whole!

Holistic Health and Well-Being

We especially see this idea applied to health. And no accident, since both words, health and holistic (which has a related form, “wholistic”) come from the same root: whole.

It behooves us, when encountering any kind of health puzzle, to expand our vision from the part(s) to the whole. Open to what is going on in the entire system (i.e. body, emotions, environment, etc.) and often, just this opening reveals all kinds of ideas about how to make corrections and adjustments.

(I’ve got a great example I’ve been applying recently with what could have been a very serious health condition — but one story is enough for one post. I’ll just say that to my delight, I’ve confirmed that working with it holistically has turned it around 180°!)

Today:

Recognize, i.e. know again, the wholeness that is inherent in all … or rather, in the one. Allow (or even request) that knowing to reflect back to you whenever it’s helpful; whenever seeing the “whole” picture will benefit you.

You might even look for ways to apply this idea, for example: health conditions, situations that are occurring in your life, etc.

NOTE: I wasn’t even looking, but I just went for a short walk and couldn’t help but notice the ravens are super active today! I think they’re trying to say hello, and/or it’s the universe reconfirming today’s idea of its holistic nature. Anyway, so that you can be a part of it, I did a quick little one-minute video of some of their activity around here today. It will also give you a little taste of New Mexico. Enjoy!

So please take a look at how wholeness and/or oneness shows up in your life – and notice how that idea can be useful to you. :-)

Until next time!

Namasté.

Patti

Sep 122013
 

Communing with GaiaAs I sit to write this today, a fresh breeze is blowing gently through the window. The wind chimes tinkle softly and I hear a songbird singing outside. The sun warms the soil and the air, feeding the plants with its light, and the little lizards poke out of their hiding spots and scramble across the warm, red earth.

Aren’t we just incredibly blessed to live on this beautiful planet?

Today, do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a conscious connection with the being that is this place; with Mother Earth, also known as Gaia.

It’s not hard to do and it’s surprisingly satisfying. All it really requires is your taking a moment to consciously connect with her.

Let me tell you about an experience of communion that’s been unforgettable.

One day, I found myself emotionally distraught over something.

I’m fortunate to live in the high desert, surrounded by gorgeous red rock mesas. So I went outdoors, where all around the base of the mesa which looms above our home are various sizes of rocks — from tiny pebbles to giant boulders.

I lay face-down on a boulder that was beckoning me and essentially did the steps I outline below.

I was almost shocked how accessible the actual LIFE of the place, of Gaia, was.

I felt her actual presence loving me, supporting me, healing me into an awareness of my wholeness.

Even that so-called inanimate rock was alive and loving me.

I just cried and cried – out of relief … love … connection … amazement.

It was cleansing, grounding,  and revitalizing.

It was remarkable.

First, Notice the Gifts

If you have access to nature, or even just to outdoors, that can help. But even if not, and even if you’re in the middle of a city, you can still do this easily.

It’s not a mental thing but you can prepare by noticing how everything around you has been a gift from her.

If you’re outdoors, it’s obvious.

If you’re indoors, notice that everything there is a gift of the earth as well. Take your furniture, for example. It’s made from wood from her living trees, upholstery from her living cotton plants, or if it’s synthetic it’s produced using oil that’s made from ancient living beings.

It’s hard not to feel grateful and appreciate how all of it is simply given to us by her.

Next, Take These Few Simple Steps

In that spirit of appreciation:

1. Close your eyes.
2. Imagine the sphere we think of as Earth.
3. Feel her support underneath you.
4. Feel her embracing you. Loving you.
5. Love and appreciate her as well.
6. Feel the exchange of love and appreciation.
7. Hold that connection for awhile.
8. Notice whether there are any messages communicated either direction.
9. Gently thank her for the connection.

Now, don’t just read this and think it’s too simple to prompt a meaningful experience!

You have to try it!

I think you’ll be amazed at how the presence of this magnificent earth can nourish and heal you, body and soul. :-)

Patti

Apr 052013
 

Frozen Shoulder - Healed!Welcome to the 2nd article in my new series about the Open State.

(Click here for the first article which introduces the series and covers why the heck you should even care about the Open State.)

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I want to start with something kind of fun and amazing!

I’m going to show with an example why you want to care about this.

It involves a complete healing of my frozen shoulder.

I’m also including the audio from a private session I did on myself.

So you’ll not only see the usefulness of the Open State, but also open your mind to what’s possible, a super-helpful frame of mind to be in to really make use of the Open State.

If you haven’t been reading along up until now, you might enjoy perusing my last set of articles about the value and importance of an open mind.

It really is a prerequisite for making use of the Open State — at least when it comes to facilitating magic and miracles! (And who wouldn’t want to do that?)

If you can’t believe in *magical* possibilities, you’re not as likely to manifest them.
Open to the Possibilities and Emerge!

Can you let go of what you think you know and open your mind wide to all the possibilities?
Let Magic Be Your New Normal

This is about the dance between and open mind and the Open State, and how they both enhance each other.
Dance Your Way to an Expanded Reality

And here are some of my favorite books that can help immensely.
10 Books to Blow Your Mind Wide Open

Wow, You Really Healed Your Frozen Shoulder?

Actually … no.

Note I don’t say that “I” healed my shoulder. I simply accessed “The Field” (by entering the Open State) and let it do the rest.

Here’s the background.

Awhile back, I’d developed what’s known as a “frozen shoulder”, although I didn’t think about it that way. (Richard Bartlett says when we hook into a diagnosis, it’s like a curse. Think about it. You sort of set it in stone as your reality.)

I could barely lift it to be parallel to the ground, and for awhile, not even that. This was as good as it got, even after numerous intensive treatments by professionals. They had essentially given up on any significant improvement without expensive, ongoing physical therapy or surgery.

So that sets the stage, in a nutshell.

How the Healing Unfolded

Since I’ve already written about my healing process as it occurred, I’m listing the articles that contain the details.

Together these articles reveal the key to how it finally healed 100% using the Open State. (Search each one for “shoulder” to see what was going on at the time.)

They also have useful information and exercises you can apply right now.

This first might be outside your comfort zone about what our bodies even are, but it’s one of my very favorite posts. Even I still refer to it from time to time. ;-) Open your mind to the idea that our bodies may not be a “solid” thing. It has lots of great quotes by Deepak Chopra.
Your Magical Mind, Magical Body

Here’s a holistic view of what was going on with my shoulder. I took advantage of some amazing signs, synchronicities, and even a channeled message. They all played a part in some powerful guidance that helped get me on a healing track.
Does Your Guidance Have to Scream to Get Your Attention?

In this post I only mention it along with other things I’ve used Emergence for. I’m including it because you can see where the Open State fits into the entire Emergence process which is nicely summarized. (Pay attention to the section ”The Field” which is where I talk about “the state” which is what I now call the Open State. Toward the end is a link to a popular post that guides you into the Open State.
Activate Magic and Miracles With Me!

Here’s one where I use the “Magic Mirror” tool (suggested by my channeling guide) with much success — in fact my shoulder completed its healing as a result of this work, I’m sure of it. This post also tells exactly how you can do this too.
Heal Your Paired Body Part :: The Magic Mirror Tool

A Private Healing Session

And now … I’m sharing an audio with you of one of my private sessions with myself so you can get a feel for what transpires.

It was one of just a few sessions with my shoulder.

At that point, I could only lift my left arm about 45-90 degrees (so at best just parallel to the floor).

I was guided to stand in front of the mirror and do a session on “that person in the mirror” (oui, c’est moi!) as if for someone else.

You’ll hear me mention a two-point which is a Matrix Energetics technique.

I also have what I call “healing burps”. These started when I learned to channel and are indications that things are being processed and are shifting/healing.

Also, at one point (maybe two) you’ll hear me get suddenly emotional. That’s not uncommon and again, just shows that things are moving.

Patti does an Emergence session on her shoulder (Audio – 16 min.)
Listen below, or click here if you’re reading this in email.

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In the audio, I refer to two books. Just FYI,

• When I talk about giving to the universe vs. taking — and using the mirror as part of an exercise for that — I’m referring to something I learned from The Presence Process by Michael Brown. It’s an excellent book that walks you through a powerful process.

• And then, I mention a book that my eyes fall upon during the session. It’s Byron Katie’s A Thousand Names for Joy, and one of my all-time favorites.

So … I hope the combination of reviewing the story of my healed – yes, healed! – shoulder along with listening to the session itself has opened your eyes to:

1. What’s possible, and

2. How the Open State (which is the foundation for Holographic Emergence™) is super useful!

Until next time … Namasté,

Patti

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Oct 252012
 

Dying To Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True HealingDying To Be Me by Anita Moorjani is one of my favorite books of all time, and believe me, I’ve read a lot of books.

There is so much more value here than you might expect from a book about a near-death experience (NDE). You will find it not only comforting with regard to death (your own or those you love) but it’s an affirmation of life, and inspiring in general.

Just as important, you’ll find it helpful in many practical ways.

Is This Book for You?

You can benefit from this book if:

  • You or someone you know is facing death
  • You’re grieving the death of a loved one, including a pet
  • You’re facing illness of any kind, serious or otherwise
  • You’re experiencing challenging emotions such as depression or lack of interest in life
  • You want to feel more whole, healthy, and vibrant
  • You simply want to feel better in general … happier, more at peace, more purposeful, etc.
  • You would like an enlightened way to understand or experience life and your place in it

As you can see, I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. And it’s a book that I envision myself reviewing periodically for my own benefit.

How It Unfolds

Anita begins by setting the stage with a brief biography of relevant parts of her life. She describes the experience of becoming incapacitated with terminal cancer, and I love that she describes its unfolding not only on the outside but from “the inside” as well.

But fairly quickly, she jumps right into the NDE. This is the part I want everyone to read who has ever lost anyone to death, or is facing it themselves. The way she describes it is breath-taking and eye-opening. It’s beautiful, actually, and you’ll never forget it.

And just as extraordinary is the explanation of how she then “came back” and proceeded to completely heal. Yes, completely! And how she learned to allow for this “unfolding of miracles” as she puts it.

Life Even Through Death

So it’s not just a book about death and what happens at that moment.

It’s even more a book about life; about who and what you are; about healing and wholeness … and about allowing your whole world to transform.

It’s fascinating to read how you — as your essence — live even through death. And much more freely than you probably are now!

So what does that mean?

How can you live with that same freedom even as you live your life?

Insights and Practices

In her quest to help others through her experience, she shares her thoughts about how you can apply what she’s come to know.

From her expanded understanding of reality, she shares in a way that you can apply in everyday life:

  • Why she got sick and how she healed
  • How to connect with the soul of your magnificence
  • Experiencing profound freedom in your life
  • Trusting the wisdom of the infinite self
  • What it means to Be (allow) vs. Do — and thus experience vast inner peace and a beautiful flow in your life

You’ve really got to read it yourself since there’s so much more to it than I could even put words to; pretty apropos given its expansive nature.

And I’m sure you’ll find your own gems within it, probably new and different insights and practices each time you read it, depending on your perspectives at that time.

It’s got a richness and depth to it that I enjoy applying and know I will for years to come.

Also Recommended …

Soon after reading the book, I came upon her audio Deep Meditation for Healing. Just like the book, I love it. Anita does a beautiful job of taking you into a relaxed, receptive state and reminding you of your magnificence, freedom, and power. You’ll actually feel it and come away more whole and with a new perspective.

It doesn’t replace the book, but it’s an awesome adjunct to it, or it could even stand on its own.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes, and true to form, they encourage complete honesty in our reviews. Still — no matter what — you can always rest assured that any reviews on this site reflect my honest evaluation.

Until next time, thanks for reading!

Patti

 

 

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Would love to hear in the comments. :-)

Sep 072012
 

The art and science of consciousness technology.Whether you approach life with the right or left brain, as an intuitive or rationalist, this art and science of Emergence (a Consciousness Technology) can be both fascinating and helpful!

Art and Science

I remember making a choice in high school: Art or Science? Which direction to pursue?

I was very creative and a good artist, but I loved and excelled at math and science. Granted there are vocations that blend the two, but from where I sat at a tiny parochial school in a small town in the Midwest, I didn’t know that. I felt compelled to choose.

I ended up choosing a career as a software engineer, where I used logic all the time and got to work with some really smart people. It was a good choice for me since it was lucrative and I was able to raise my son (as a single mother) in the expensive San Francisco Bay Area quite comfortably. Of course there was a lot of creativity involved but my work was still primarily left-brained and logical.

Altered States of Consciousness

At the same time, I was interested in what’s often called “spiritual growth” as well. I learned my first meditation technique when I was 18 and studied many different disciplines, philosophies, gurus, teachers, methods, practices, etc. I continued to delve into all sorts of consciousness studies.

Admittedly, I also loved drugs, especially hallucinogens. I didn’t do LSD often like some people I knew, but I did it enough to find out that there are “worlds out there” that we can’t even imagine. Not necessarily the same as reaching altered states without the aid of substances, but not necessarily different in some important respects, either.

I also had a near death experience where I got a glimpse into yet another awesome world.

To this day I’m convinced that anyone who pooh-poohs the idea that there is much more to us and our world than meets the eye, then they are simply closed-minded and although they think we are foolish, they are only limiting themselves.

A Conscious Pragmatist

As a single mom (now grandma) and an engineer (now retired), I’ve always been inclined to deal with things sensibly and realistically. Not wholly but primarily left-brained.

I was always very pragmatic. I had to be.

But that didn’t mean that accessing and taking advantage of whatever these “other worlds” offered me contradicted that. In fact, doing so would be smart. So why not?

Why not a marriage of art and science?

Why not appreciate what our right-brain — and indeed, anything else we have access to — has to offer as well as the left?!

So although I’ve found that for me, drugs are not the answer (for various reasons), I am still wholly involved in raising and expanding my consciousness in natural ways. The difference is that now I approach it more experientially rather than theoretically, and suddenly it’s becoming clear in a way it never has before. Simple and powerful, it’s one of the most satisfying and meaningful areas of my life.

I’m also more than happy to take advantage of the naturally resulting expanded awareness and heightened intuition in order to access practical information and guidance that helps in everyday life. This delights me as I’ve always known intuition exists, and seeing how easy it is to access now is icing on the cake.

A Powerful Combination

When I first learned Matrix Energetics 6 years ago, I had no idea it was related to consciousness per se. And even after taking several seminars, it was only my own putting pieces together and adapting it to my life and my understandings that I began to see that consciousness is, indeed, an integral part of the technology. (At least the way I practice it through what I call Emergence.)

That’s why I like using the term Consciousness Technology (CT) rather than some of the other terms I’ve heard used. (This technology is popping up in various forms but is in such a new stage of life that it doesn’t have a well-known name yet.)

Sometimes it’s referred to in quantum physics or quantum mechanics terms, such as quantum or holographic, or it incorporates terms such as the Zero Point Field (or Matrix, or Energetics ;-) ) or related concepts. This is how it was presented to me, and I’ve done my share of research and reading from that perspective too. This is great when you come at it from the scientific angle.

But I continue to verify for myself that in a simpler and more experiential approach, it’s essentially based on consciousness.

And yet, the outcome is ultimately practical and useful.

The whole point of Emergence is to enhance our lives in meaningful ways, including — but not limited to — those primarily related to consciousness itself (such as attaining inner peace).

But what’s my point?

Emergence for Everyone

You, too, can come at this practice from any or all directions, such as consciousness, science, or even pure pragmatism.

So you may already be interested in developing an expanded or higher consciousness. You may have been interested in consciousness for some time and have an understanding of and experience with various modes of consciousness.

Or like me, maybe you’re a product of the (in)famous 60′s and have had expansive experiences a la Timothy Leary with LSD and other hallucinogens. Maybe you simply like playing around with altered states.

Or you’ve studied various “New Age” means of manifesting … or are familiar with the power of manipulating energy … or  already appreciate the “healing arts“.

Or maybe you are simply interested in being able to get useful results in the material world. Perhaps you’re an  engineer or white-collar/blue-collar worker who puts a lot of weight on what you perceive through your senses. You’re a cut-and-dried pragmatist who merely appreciates the power of intention and hard work.

Or you value science and like my physicist friend, you are fascinated and intrigued by this practical application of  quantum principles.

No matter.

Whichever direction you approach Emergence from, you’ll find value in what it offers.

No beliefs or talents are necessary in order to benefit from it. (In fact, strong beliefs can be a disadvantage.)

And if you want to actually practice it, there are no parts of it that are hard to learn, no matter what your background. And even though consciousness is an essential part of this technology, you don’t have to be a guru or master in order to begin to see results right away.

So if you are even wondering if Emergence is for you, then the answer is a resounding yes.

Yes!

You can benefit. And if you want to do it, that’s possible too.

The fact that you are intrigued is a good sign that you ought to stick around. (Get my posts via RSS feedreader or RSS email or sign up for my newsletter!) If you want to join the growing number of fans of this fascinating

Art and Science of Transformation

then I welcome you!

Patti

 

 

Are you an artist or a scientist, intuitive or rationalist? Both like me? I’d love to hear your thoughts or questions about Emergence. (Leave a comment, I’ll reply!)

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Aug 242012
 

Super-Charge Your Power to ManifestWhen I do

Holographic Emergence™,

I use a cutting-edge

Consciousness Technology

to super-charge our

power to manifest.

A few days ago, someone emailed and said “Can I ask you please – what is Consciousness Technology and can I read about it on your site? I don’t recall seeing that.”

Doesn’t recall seeing that?

Gasp!

Apparently, I’ve done a terrible job making it clear what this blog is about. Jeez!

This blog is primarily about what happens in one of my Holographic Emergence sessions (based on Consciousness Technology) and how you can do it too!

Here you learn:

  • Just what a “Consciousness Technology” is
  • How and why it’s so cutting edge
  • What makes it a whole new paradigm
  • How it transforms, shifts — and rocks ;-)
  • How it’s integrated with the zero point field (ZPF)
  • How it relates to words like quantum, holograph, and fractal
  • What it has to do with presence, awareness, and being
  • Why it’s not about doing, adding, or fixing
  • Why it’s not even about healing as it’s traditionally thought of

But most importantly, you learn:

  • How to apply it to manifest in a whole new powerful way
  • How to watch your world transform before your very eyes

It’s just the most powerful healing I’ve ever been through, Patti.  I’ve never experienced anything like this, it’s like a floodgate.

Manifest with Consciousness Technology

I’m struggling a little with how to present my main topic because most people don’t know this new paradigm of manifesting even exists!

What we do here is so new that it doesn’t even have a recognizable name. That’s because one hasn’t exactly been agreed upon by the various people playing and working in this field, but some have taken to calling it “Consciousness Technology”.

So it may take me some time to get it right, but to begin to make it more obvious what this blog offers, I’ve created a permanent area in my sidebar which I will update periodically.

Right now, it’s a subset of this:

The blog itself

An overview and birds-eye view of what this blog offers:
Overview (Start Here)

Sort of a Table of Contents for where things are (and will be) on this blog:
Blog Structure

For posts themselves, you can use the “Post Topics” section in the sidebar. It has links to posts that match your topic of interest.

Consciousness Technology

An overview of components and process:
Overview (Start Here) (this is the same as the blog overview, above)

What is a Consciousness Technology (CT)?
Activate Magic and Miracles With Me!
What Consciousness Technology Is Not

My version of a CT: Holographic Emergence

The basics and benefits:
Introducing My New Life-Shifting Service: Emergence

More about my unique adaptation of a CT:
Holographic Emergence™ Sessions

I’ll also write more about how I see things fitting together and unfolding, and how it is we are “emerging” holographically into our lives … naturally. Here’s a recent post that touches on that.
Empower Yourself by Illuminating Your Belief Patterns

Experience the benefits yourself

Free group Holographic Emergence sessions or “Activations”:

What are they? Here’s a good description.
Spring into Manifesting: Free Activation!

An example: What happened during the Creation Activation this summer?
Consciousness Tools for Manifesting

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Believe it or not, participants are actually encouraging me to charge for these because they find them so valuable! You might want to join us for the next few while they’re still free.

I let you know about these when they happen but if you want to make sure you’re notified, then subscribe to my newsletter. Subscribers get lots of specials and freebies, and also opportunities to volunteer to try out services and products I have in development in exchange for just feedback.

Or get your own private, individualized, interactive session

Holographic Emergence™ Sessions

Book a Session

Do it yourself – instructional steps

These topics will be populated as time goes on. They can be organized like this.

1.  Expand your mind

Here I mostly recommend you check out some of the books I list in my Amazon Store. Some of them will blow your mind!

But here are a few sample posts about expanding, applying, and getting results.
What Box? (Or How to Be More Creative and Intuitive)
What If This Simple Question Could Change Your Life?

2.  Intend (& let go!)

A good example of this:
Are You a Door or a Doer?

3.  Plug into “The Field” consciously by entering “The State”

Here’s a step-by-step how-to:
What “The Field” Is – and Why You Care

But also, check out any of my posts about Consciousness.

4.  Play

These posts are too numerous to list here, but you can use the “Post Topics” panel in the sidebar. Most of these are currently listed under Intuition, Guidance, and Channeling topics.

Here’s a recent post that’s fun and effective:
Heal Your Paired Body Part :: The Magic Mirror Tool

5.  See what’s different!

So far I present the details of this idea mainly to clients via a Tipsheet they get to optimize the benefits of their session. (I see I need to do some posts about this!)

For now, here’s a recent comment from a client as she noticed what was different.

You can’t put a value on something like this. There’s just nothing that compares to the peace and the tranquility that I’m feeling right now. It’s not drug induced, it’s not alcohol, or anything. It’s pure God and energy that you’re able to plug into and … oh, it’s amazing. I can see endless potential for my life now that I didn’t feel before. It’s just amazing.

For a little more general info on all of the above:

About me, this blog, its topics, and my services:
About

So that should give you a better idea of what this blog is about and what you gain by visiting.

Thanks for your patience as I work toward making it so crystal clear that you won’t have to email anymore asking if I actually write about my main topic, LOL!

Til next time,

Patti

 

 

Questions? Requests? Please, if you have any, either leave them in the comments below or email me. It’s because of several recent emails that I saw the need to clarify these things. I’ve also been asked about classes and am beginning to develop some ideas for some. If you want them to address your needs and wants, then you need to let me know what they are! ;-)

Jul 282012
 

Believing that something can heal, or even that it might be possible, is often one of the first steps to healing it.

But sometimes, try as we might, really believing it can heal is hard, if not impossible.

Here’s a really fun way around that.

It’s a new way to apply my Emergence process that I stumbled upon a few months ago, and the best part is that it works like a charm — and even for serious issues.

A Desperate Need to Heal

I’d been having serious problems with my left shoulder for about 5 months.

It had gotten progressively more rigid, to the point where it was almost unusable. Simple but important tasks like getting dressed and fixing my hair were actually challenging. Worse, there were a lot of other activities I wanted or even needed to do that were simply impossible.

I’d gone to myofacial release therapy for awhile, but after several months of regular (and painful) treatments, I still could only get my arm about parallel with the ground, maybe slightly higher. The therapists were certain I needed a lot more visits.

I’d also been going to my “magic” chiropractor (plus plus). He’s an amazing holistic healer but even he was certain I’d developed calcium deposits and would never get my shoulder moving again without surgery.

So I was at a point where nothing was improving it anymore.

I decided to regroup and tune-in to my own intuition.

I got a strong sense that it was time I use my own proven “tools” on myself. Duh.

So I discontinued the expensive myofacial release, and decided my next chiropractic treatment would be my last.

Because my Holographic Emergence™ sessions are a combination of most of my skills (and certainly of the ones I most enjoy using), I decided to start there.

The Magic Mirror Tool Revealed

So I did an Emergence session which ended up including some channeling, and during it I got the message to do some mirror work.

I wasn’t sure what that meant exactly but once I was in front of the mirror I realized: If I lift my right arm (which I could do perfectly), the mirror image makes it look as though I’m lifting my left arm.

So in other words, I was able to see my “left” arm working perfectly!

It was an odd little mind-shift but I was able to momentarily “trick” myself into perceiving it that way, and even believe it to some extent.

This was pretty cool! It was super easy and it made me feel better somehow, so I repeated that simple little mind trick a few times over a few week period.

In addition, I did a few regular Emergence sessions at the mirror, using my reflection as a surrogate for me, as if I were doing them on that person in the mirror. (Surrogates are something you’ll learn more about in future articles.)

Long story short, it all worked!!

I am absolutely thrilled to say that I have recovered use of my left arm 100%. Yay!

You Can Heal Yourself

So I firmly believe that this is something you can apply when you’re having an issue with any of your “paired structures”, i.e. those symmetrical pairs of matching body parts like shoulders, hips, arms, eyes, etc.

All you have to do is this:

  1. Decide to open to the possibility that pretending can be useful, effective, and powerful.
  2. Get in front of a mirror where you can see both matching body parts.
  3. Get into “the state.
  4. Take a moment to do that little mind-shift that I described and operate your matching body part so you “see” your compromised body part work perfectly.
  5. Repeat this every now and then. Don’t stress out about it, just do it when you’re called to.

And that’s it!

Don’t dismiss the possibility that you will notice an improvement immediately.

I noticed increased range of motion that very first day.

And as time goes on, you want to watch for anything different. Anything at all.

As I tell people after a Holographic Emergence™ session, consciously acknowledge whatever new developments you notice. It may be that something that seems unrelated comes up, such as a friend recommending a new treatment, or you see something on T.V. that might be helpful, or you get a new idea about it.

None of this actually is unrelated of course. It’s all part of the holistic way that Emergence works.

And by the way, since everything’s interrelated, trying this out doesn’t mean you don’t do other things that common sense (or your doctor) suggests. Do continue with whatever you’re already doing, or if you feel you need more, do that! I continued doing my shoulder exercises (though honestly, not as regularly), treating my trigger points, taking certain supplements, being diligent about my posture, etc.

It all works together, naturally. That’s the beauty of it.

Disclaimer: Holographic Emergence™ and the information received during sessions does not replace medical treatment or diagnosis. I am not a medical practitioner and I do not diagnose, treat, prescribe, or offer medical advice. Contact your medical care-giver for all health concerns.

Do you have any thoughts about this? Questions? If you’re in a position to be able to try the Magic Mirror, please tell us about it. Did you get results yet?

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Apr 232012
 

Want to expand your world? Your mind?

Ready to experience life like you’ve never even imagined it?

This is the place. And this is the time.

I’m about to blow your socks off, and you’ll love the freedom of living without them!

And though your feet will be firmly on the ground, your mind will open and expand.

A Tighter Focus

Yet I have to contract so you can expand.

So we can all expand!

If you’ve been following this blog, you know that I write about quite a lot of things, most of them related to energy and consciousness, and mainly because that’s what my interests are, and consequently what my services offer too.

From now on, this blog is going to be more focused – on just one of my interests – gasp!

I’ve been resisting having to choose, but it’s been trying to happen for a long time. Then a wise blogger friend pointed out to me recently (thanks, Angela ♥) that as a reader you probably want to know what the hell my topic is from day to day, right? Like, pick one already!

And so I have. It was a no-brainer. It’s the one that turns me on the most, and which is working its way into all of my services anyway (funny how that happens).

The Field of All Possibilities

Ok, so the field of all possibilities probably doesn’t sound like I’m paring down, does it? LOL! But I am, I promise. ;-)

I’m going to limit myself to writing about what happens in one of my Holographic Emergence™ sessions — and how you can do it too! (Holographic Emergence found its beginnings in my Matrix Energetics training.)

You will learn:

  • Just what a “Consciousness Technology” is
  • How and why it’s so cutting edge
  • What makes it a whole new paradigm
  • How it’s integrated with the zero point field (ZPF)
  • How it relates to words like quantum, holograph, and fractal
  • What it has to do with presence, awareness, and being
  • How it transforms, shifts — and rocks ;-)
  • Why it’s not about doing, adding, or fixing
  • Why it’s not even about healing as it’s traditionally thought of

But most importantly, you’ll learn:

  • How to apply it to manifest in a whole new way
  • How to watch your world transform before your very eyes

You’ll transform your life, inside and out, and no areas are off-limits. ~ Click to Tweet

And it’s easy!

But the best news of all, is that:

  • Nothing new has to be added to your to-do list!
  • It’s really just an expanded way of being. You’ll see!

It’s about BEing, not doing. ~ Click to Tweet

So BE Lightspirited with me! ~ Click to Tweet

Let’s Get Started!

So you’re going to see my entire blog transform … slowly but surely … to reflect these changes. (And because that’s what naturally happens in a hologram.)

Of course, I’m still offering all of my services (Holographic Emergence, Vedic Astrology or Jyotish, Intuitive Channeling, and Animal Communication) because I love doing them and because you find value in them.

But my blog topic? Contracted … so we can expand.

Are you ready?

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Jul 162011
 

Ok, maybe you don’t get burps (or maybe you do), but did you know there is often some indication when you are processing or healing something? And just to be clear, I don’t mean signs like running to the wine cabinet or grabbing a bag of potato chips. ;-)

I bet if you start to pay attention, you’ll notice your own version of healing burps.

Last week, my husband and I attended a memorial service for a remarkable woman who contributed greatly to our little mountain community. It was held in the zendo at the nearby Zen Center and the house was packed, as they say.

Partway into the ceremony, I found myself having little burps. Then bigger burps. (Of course I was very discreet, sweet thing that I am.) Just then, I noticed my husband doing the same thing. (Although on a manly scale. Enough said. Just kidding.)

I looked at him and we kind of smiled at each other. Of course we knew what was going on. We were “processing”. Who knows exactly what. Who cares?

It was a good thing.

Examples of Processing

Have you ever paid attention to this? I never used to, but now it’s so common I can’t miss it. I’m not sure if it’s because I process more now or if it’s just that I notice it more now. I think it’s a combination of both.

Especially if you are empathic, you will often do this for others. It happens in situations like that memorial service where processing is going on at many levels. Or it can happen if you’re talking to a friend on the phone who’s going through a rough patch.

I always do this when I do an Emergence Session. It happens during and it happens quite a lot right afterward. It’s kind of like when you jog and then stop — there’s something moving that keeps moving even though you aren’t anymore.

It often happens during my Channeling Sessions too.

When I learned Reiki many years ago, my Reiki Master insisted on having her clients sign something before their session saying they would not get embarrassed and suppress their bodily activities during the session. Burping and farting were encouraged! She did a lot of burping herself, as I recall. (And she was good, what powerful sessions!)

Same with my channeling teacher. Lots of burping.

And it happens a lot in everyday life. I’m not talking about the times when it makes sense to burp because of something you just ate or drank. It comes out of nowhere when processing is obviously going on.

Here are some things you can watch for.

Processing Situations

These vary widely from formal “healing” sessions to everyday activities.

They can be things like:

Sessions with clients
• Consciousness shifting sessions (like Emergence Sessions)
• Healing sessions (like Reiki, massage)
• Counseling situations (like intuitive sessions, channeling sessions, etc.)

In my experience this doesn’t happen so much when I’m “in my head” or very focused (e.g. during a jyotish astrology reading) as when I am in a softer space and more open intuitively. Do you have a different experience?

Contact with loved ones
• Open hearted in-person discussions
• Being near or with someone who’s having difficulties
• Phone calls
• Just thinking of that person

Once you get good at recognizing the signs, you’ll realize that it’s a reliable signal that your loved one is going through something, and you can offer your support, either directly or indirectly.

Random contacts
• Group gatherings (like the memorial service)
• Being in public (this doesn’t happen much for me because I’m usually in my head and relatively less porous)
• Crowds

Your own stuff
• When you’re doing something that is evoking emotion (e.g. writing in a journal, listening to music from when you were a teenager, etc.)
• When you are open intuitively to access personal guidance
• When you are intentionally working through something

Processing Indicators

There’s a range of these and I have had or done most of the following. I find that they each have a somewhat specialized purpose, but in general they are still “processing”.

You will have your own indicators, with one probably being most common.

They will always relate to some kind of movement.

Here are some common ones:

• Burping
• Yawning (very common! can also indicate changing state of consciousness)
• Sighing
• Sweating
• Tummy or intestinal rumbling (more common in healing modalities)
• Farting (ta da, I said it!)(also more common in healing modalities)
• Sudden sleepiness (this can also be an avoidance tactic)
• Sudden heat in your body (this happens a lot when I do Reiki) And believe it or not, this can even be valid for menopausal women. Start to watch what’s going on when you have your hot flash. It can be very revealing.
• Crying (duh)
• Hiccoughs
• A quick shiver or chill (sometimes this acts as a confirmation more than processing, but can be both)

This isn’t an exhaustive list and I’m sure there are more. But I know from experience that these things help process. When I have healing burps, my clients can feel things moving and so can I.

Lots of you work in similar fields as me and have clients of your own. Do you do this? How does yours manifest (if not toooo embarrassing)?

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Jan 122011
 

As we’ve all learned by now, when it comes to colds and flu, the first line of defense is common sense. It involves not only good hygiene in public especially, but also keeping yourself humming along in a nicely balanced and relatively happy state.

But even with our best efforts, the best and most healthy of us sometimes succumb to the occasional cold, even if it’s only once every 3 or 4 years.

That was me over this last holiday season. I’m so not used to it and don’t have a lot of patience for it.

Here’s how I knocked it out in 4 days flat. (Of course, you don’t need to do all of these, just use whichever ones appeal to you.)

Note: I am only skimming the surface of most of these fields of healing. This is out of necessity else I’d have to write a book. If you look down the list I’m sure there will be some things you can apply right now depending on your level of knowledge, and I do offer a few links for more information.

1) Take homeopathic aconitum napellus

This is always my #1. This is the first action to take once you get the itty-bittiest hint that a cold might be coming on. I am convinced that this is the reason I only get a cold once every 3 or 4 years. This stuff is like magic. You feel the beginning of a symptom, you take an aconitum, no more symptoms. Voilà.

2) Use other homeopathy as indicated

It’s rare, but every now and then the cold gets a good enough hold of you that the aconitum doesn’t do it. At that point you may use a few other homeopathic remedies depending on your symptoms.

For me, I had some post-nasal drip so used kali bich and hydrastis candensis. I also began taking the Schuessler cell salts regularly.

All in all, over the whole 4-day period, as symptoms shifted slightly, I’d also used pulsatilla, influenzinum, occillococcinum, rhus tox, nux vomica, and bryonia alba. (Note: Some of my symptoms were more flu-like than cold, so I was hedging my bets. Since I don’t do flu shots, it could have been either or a combination.)

3) Get adequate vitamins and minerals

Vitamin C and zinc are good to be taking all the time, either in your diet or as supplements. I make doubly sure I am getting these if/when a cold is coming on.

4) Drink water

Drink lots of water! This can’t be overemphasized. On about my 3rd day I forgot about this and could feel the cold getting worse again. As soon as I picked back up on the water intake, the cold began to recede. Amazing stuff.

5) Keep your throat relatively germ-free

This is important early in the process but also good during, since you can actually reinfect yourself even as you recuperate. But the idea is that your nose and throat are often where the virus enters your body and if you can keep these areas clean you are likely wiping out a good number of those troublesome little partiers.

3 effective ways to do this are:

  1. Use a tongue scraper — very satisfying (these are good to use all the time, not just when you feel a cold coming on)
  2. Gargle periodically with water that has a drop of tea tree essential oil in it
  3. Take a zinc lozenge such as a Cold-eeze™.

6) Decongest

If you’ve got head congestion (and who doesn’t when a cold is starting?), there are several things you can do to minimize it.

  • One effective way is to put a drop of tea tree essential oil in a pan of water on the stove and gently breathe in the steam (not too close!)
  • Use 1/2 a drop of ravensara essential oil behind each ear
  • And one of the very best decongestant herbs is mullein. It grows wild around here and I collect/dry it to use, but you can get it at a health-food store. Just make a tea from it and drink it periodically throughout the day. You’ll notice a difference.

7) Drink ginger tea or spicy chai

This is based on the principals of Ayurveda, but a cold in the body is usually a kapha condition, and consuming food or drinks that help increase pitta is helpful. (If you want a reference book about Ayurvedic remedies, Dr. Vasant Lad’s The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Remedies is a good one.)

I like to do this by making some ginger tea; it’s fast and easy. All you do is grate some ginger root into a pan (I use the equivalent of about 1/2 a large carrot) and add 2 qt. of water. Simmer this for about 20 minutes. After it’s almost cool, add a touch of your (wholesome) sweetener of choice and strain it into a pitcher. Drink warm cups of this with soymilk added throughout the day.

The other drink I like is homemade chai. You can find my delicious recipe at the end of this article.

8 ) Stay warm

A cold is called a cold for a reason. It’s important to stay nice and cozy warm while you recover.

Sometimes I will use a heating pad (I know, this isn’t “natural” but it’s easy and I recommend it) but the very best thing is to take a nice hot bath with some epsom salts (they help pull toxins from your body) or a jacuzzi if you have one. Ahhh! This is especially helpful before going to bed.

9) Get a lot of sleep

When I have a cold, my sleep is disturbed. Even when I sleep, it’s lighter than usual and I wake up feeling like I was awake all night. Very odd.

Besides following general guidelines for getting a good night’s sleep, flower essences can help. I like the combination that is the equivalent of the Bach Sleepytime formula: White Chestnut, Rock Rose, Clematis, Impatiens, Cherry Plum, and Star of Bethlehem. I have a spray bottle of it and I also have drops which I put in my water glass near the bathroom sink, to sip if I get up during the night for any reason.

If I’m really not sleeping well at all I will sometimes resort to taking an antihistamine. Your body will not get deep natural sleep that way but in my experience it’s better than nothing so I do keep those on hand. Nothing’s better for healing than a good night’s sleep.

10) Avoid sugar

I had some type of sugar (a cookie or something, I don’t remember) and could immediately feel it in my body. It was as if I got set back to when I was feeling my worst. I suggest avoiding big doses of processed sugar if you can.

Subtle But Effective Remedies

I began by saying I would tell you how I managed to knock my cold out, but to be more precise, that’s not exactly what I was doing.

11) Get the message: You’re out of balance

First, don’t be mad at or feel you have to attack the cold. A better way to think of it is that the cold is a sign that you’re somehow out of balance or you wouldn’t have gotten it. It’s a messenger of sorts. And so, we get the message and take the actions that counteract our particular imbalance.

12) Think about what might have brought it on

I don’t mean that lady who sneezed on you at the grocery store. I’m talking about your life situation, especially some type of disturbance.

For example, this time I had just gotten a box of old diaries out of the closet. There was other old stuff in there that I started going through; old letters, some photos, cards I’d saved, etc. That is exactly when I first felt the cold symptoms. And they weren’t as obvious as sneezing or a sore throat (although they might be for you); it was just something “not right” with my body. But bingo, that was it. So make a note of that as it will be helpful as you move forward.

13) Do affirmations

Louise Hay wrote a book ages ago that I have gotten some great insights and benefit from. It’s called You Can Heal Your Life and toward the back she lists affirmations for each illness. It’s based on what she learned about the source of disease.

I looked up “Colds” and the probable cause she lists for that didn’t resonate with me (Too much going on at once. Mental confusion, disorder. Small hurts. “I get three colds every winter,” type of belief.) I looked up “Post-nasal drip” (yes, this gal gets specific) and that one did (Inner crying. Childish tears. Victim.) The moment I read it I felt an immediate  clutching in my heart area and felt like crying.

So I wrote the affirmation for that one on a piece of paper and repeated it often. Over the next day or so, and as I considered when my symptoms started, I realized that the probable cause for colds was a definite match too.

Here are the two affirmations I did, from her book:

Colds: “I allow my mind to relax and be at peace. Clarity and harmony are within me and around me.”

Post-nasal drip: “I acknowledge and accept that I am the creative power in my world. I now choose to enjoy life.”

As I look at these now, I see they might seem trivial, but if you’re familiar with the power of affirmations, you know they can pack quite a punch by addressing unconscious hang-ups.

14) Write or talk with someone

As you become more aware what emotional state is causing or related to your cold, it’s very good therapy to process that to some degree. I find writing in my journal is extremely enlightening and cathartic. Seeing the issue in black and white helps get your head around it, and solutions flow onto the page as well. I highly recommend it.

15) Use flower essences

I’m especially fond of the Bach Flower Essences. Although there are others I’ve played around with, the Bach set seems complete and sufficient for everything you might run into.

It’s helpful to use whichever essence will support you in healing whatever related emotional issue you’ve uncovered above. If you’re not familiar with these — or even if you are, I think Mechthild Scheffer’s book Bach Flower Therapy is one of the best available and pretty much the only one you need.

Two that I remember using were Crabapple and Rabbitbrush (this one is not Bach but I made it myself years ago and it’s for overwhelm, which matches Louise’s possible cause for colds, above.)

16) Practice Tolle’s method of being present in your body

In Eckhart Tolle’s book The Power of Now, page 103, he gives a process for enlightening your cells with presence.

Essentially, you “flood” your body with consciousness. Close your eyes and choose a part of your body to focus your attention on briefly at first: hands, feet, arms, chest, etc. Feel the energy or life force inside those parts as intensely as you can. Stay with each part for 15 seconds or so. Then let your attention run through your body like a wave a few times, from feet to head and back again. Do that for a minute or two. Then feel the inner body in its totality, as a single field of energy. Be intensely present in every cell of your body. Do this for a few minutes.

This is a preventive tonic for the immune system and can also work as “medicine” for any current disease. It’s powerful. You can actually feel the difference immediately.

Specialized Techniques

If you have access to or are trained in these next/final modalities, I highly recommend you practice them since they may be the most powerful of all.

17) Reiki

I am a Reiki practitioner so I gave myself some Reiki treatments. Full-body is best and in the beginning I also focused on the swollen glands in my neck area. There are also some good books about which areas to focus on for certain ailments.

So here’s a reminder if you know how to do this. And if you don’t, you may consider getting a treatment. These can be done long-distance, even while you’re cozy in your bed.

18) Matrix Energetics

I am trained in Matrix Energetics and so I used this to help shift the imbalance into a more “useful” condition. There’s nothing magic here, even though it’s so surprisingly powerful that it seems like it sometimes, and I will be sharing over time some techniques you can use yourself.

I will also be offering Matrix Energetics related services pretty soon. Stay tuned.

19) Connect with healing guides

I actually have a few particular guides who show up regularly when healing is called for. I always feel a shift as they work with me, sometimes with the condition clearing up completely.

If you know how to connect with your guides, invite them to help you or ask them if they can usher in some other guides who specialize in healing.

If not, then you may want to get a session with someone who can call this help in for you. (The Matrix Energetics related services I just mentioned above will include connecting with guides as well.)

20) Actualism

My husband trained in and practiced something called Actualism lightwork for several decades and he led us through a session related to the Divine Mother energy. Powerful and soothing.

If you have any experience at all with using energy, light or consciousness to heal, now’s a good time to practice it! If you don’t, but would like to, stay tuned to this space since being able to effectively develop those skills is a large part of what I am here to share with you.

My Chai Recipe

These measurements are approximate. You want it to be fairly concentrated.

  • Ginger root (about 1/2 of a large carrot’s worth, grated)
  • Star anise (whole, about 2 T)
  • Cinnamon (1-2 sticks, or 1-2 t powdered)
  • Fennel seed (about 2 t, ground in a pestle)
  • Cardamom seed (about 1 t, ground in a pestle)
  • Black pepper (about 15 twists from a grinder)
  • Clove (about 1 heaping t whole or 1/8 – 1/4 t ground)
  • Nutmeg (about 1/8 t, grated)

Put all ingredients in a pan with about 2 qts. of water. Simmer, covered for about 25 min. After it cools some, strain into a pitcher. Sweeten just a touch with agave nectar or your sweetener of choice. Serve hot (Ayurveda would technically say warm) with soy milk (I use vanilla soymilk). Yum, and so good for you!

Here’s to a happy and healthy winter! (Or summer, as it may be. ;-) )

I know there are lots more natural/vibrational remedies; these are just the ones that popped into my mind over those 4 days. Do you have any favorites you’d like to share?

Disclaimer: These suggestions are not meant to take the place of medical treatment.

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Dec 032010
 

Potent mediSometimes our healers show up in the most unexpected places.

Several years back, I found myself grieving deeply after suddenly losing our 6-year old yellow lab, Zak, to cancer. I knew I needed to heal and was searching desperately in all the conventional nooks and crannies, but to no avail.

I’m sure you’ve been there, to some degree. You don’t need to be on this planet for long before you experience loss of some sort. We look around for something, anything, to help fill that hole, to help us feel complete again. And sometimes we give up even looking because we’ve grown so discouraged and apathetic.

Fortunately, healing doesn’t require our looking in order for it to quietly enter our lives and begin to work its magic.

Out of nowhere, something mundane and ordinary happens.

And there it is.

Or rather, there it was. Because often, we don’t even know our healing has begun until we’re whole enough to recognize it.Kelsey

My healer came into my life in the form of a 14# bundle of fuzzy-faced love. And there I was, thinking she was just a puppy. Silly me!

And little did I know I was about to embark on a healing journey that would guide me out of the depths of despair and lead me dancing into the sunshine.

The cure that helped bring light back into my life was discovering the joy of fostering rescue animals, in my case dogs.

I’m thinking about this today because my first guest post has just been published on that very topic. It’s about The Rich Rewards of Fostering Dogs, and you can read about my healer Kelsey, as well as Rosie whom I also mention in my entry below.

It just so happens that the healing I experienced through fostering is touched upon in a few short journal entries I have from those days (I’ve kept diaries for 42 years now).  I decided to illustrate a bit of my experience by sharing them with you.

Here they are, and I’ll let them speak for themselves.

Journal Cover

Black journal with cover photo of Zak's grave

Journal entry

That was the last entry in the black diary.

Don’t you think it’s interesting that the healing juncture I’m telling you about happened in the junction between two diaries #26 and #27?

From the black and gloomy to the colorful and bright.

Journal cover

Journal entry

This was a major turn in the road for me.

So you see how remarkable the healing power of fostering animals can be? Not only do you get to experience the open heart I refer to in my guest post, but getting out of ourselves and being of service has great value, too.

And somewhere in that mix is where the healing occurs.

Note: Many thanks to Barbara Barth of Confessions Of The Unfaithful Widow for inviting me to guest post and share a little of what I know about the joys of fostering dogs. Visit her blog and also check out the gorgeous premier edition of her online dog magazine Writer With Dogs. It’s amazing! (Pssst: This is the only time it will be free, so hurry!)

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Nov 012010
 

Beauty can lighten depression, cure the doldrums, and uplift a heavy mood.

If you’re already happy, it can burst your heart wide open and send you soaring to new heights.

Whenever I make a list of things that are important to me, beauty is always right there at the top. I don’t know if I could live without it — or if I would want to.

To me, beauty is as vital as the air we breathe.

I see it with my eyes as I look around this beautiful red-rock canyon where I live in the high desert of northern New Mexico. I hear it with my ears as I listen to the birds singing, or our sweet dogs crunching contentedly on their nightly biscuits before bed.

I see it over and over as I browse around in the blogosphere. You boggle my mind with your amazing talent at expressing yourselves so beautifully, either with your words or your creations.

And I feel it as I digest your messages and appreciate the beauty of your spirits.

Sharing Beauty is Awesome

And now I get to share some beauty with you.

I was recently touched to receive the Beautiful Blogger Award from the lovely Christopher Foster of The Happy Seeker. Thank you, Christopher! It’s especially welcome coming from someone who is himself so beautiful. He offers up such a nice space that I find myself drawn to return again and again.

As a condition of receiving this award, I’m asked to:

  • Share 7 things about me that you probably don’t know
    (easy since I am pretty new here)
  • Pass the award on to 5 other beautiful bloggers
    (easy even though I am pretty new here)

Here goes!

7 Things You May Not Know About Me

  1. I had a near death experience when I was in my 20′s. I didn’t die all the way and come back like some people do, but it was remarkable and something I’ll never forget. Indescribably peaceful.
  2. I’ve had a diary (aka journal) all my life, and still do. It’s a real-time record of my hopes and dreams, struggles and triumphs. I’m sure I will incorporate some of it into this blog when it’s helpful. At one point I laughed noticing that if anyone read it they would think I had a horrible life, because for awhile I used it as a way to work out my issues, and it got ignored when things were going well.
  3. I used to think astrology was ridiculous until it actually helped me through a rough patch, and with flying colors. I wondered how it could have possibly been so accurate and helpful and got so fascinated trying to answer that question that I jumped right into a serious study of  it. And here I am now, a certified Vedic astrologer!
  4. In fact, I’m an avid do-it-myselfer. I’m endlessly curious and I love to learn. Combine that with my natural frugality and most of the things I think I can benefit from frequently I just learn how to do myself. That was the story with my astrology and channeling, and it’s been true of my holistic healing modalities and dozens of other things as well. Right now I am in the throes of learning about blogging and I enjoy the learning so much that I barely have (okay, make) time to actually DO it!
  5. I haven’t washed my hair in 3 years. Really! But it’s not as gross as it sounds, I promise. The book Curly Girl became my hair-care “bible” and I learned to not use detergents (aka shampoo) on my hair. I do use conditioner mixed with water and lemon to wash my scalp and I do clean my hair but with water and conditioner, bla bla bla. I’ve never had more compliments in my life.
  6. I’m a born catalyst. I had a past life reading a few decades ago, and was told that being a catalyst is one of my main roles this time around. I soon began to notice how obviously true it was (even before the reading) and continues to be even today. I have been THE impulse for major life change for lots of people, some of whom are close and some of whom have just passed through briefly. It’s very rewarding.
  7. I’ve gone without T.V. but prefer to go with it. I very much enjoy good films and good comedy. I lean toward foreign and independent, not so much blockbusters but I am taken by these new 3-D movies. (Did I mention I used to love hallucinogens?) I can hardly stand that Project Runway is over for the season (so FUN!) and I think they blew it big time by not recognizing the über talented Mondo as the CLEAR winner… agree?

And now I get to pass on this award!

5 Beautiful Bloggers

Here are some beautiful blogs and even more beautiful bloggers — how else could they be expressing such beauty?!

Breathe these in…

  1. The very first blogger I thought of because she so epitomizes the word “beautiful” with her blog was Cristina Colli of Positively Beauty. Everything about her is uplifting and her blog is a luscious treat. Cristina has the most beautiful photos and her design series is phenomenal!
  2. Another beautiful person with a beautiful blog is my friend and sister-in-law Silke Powers of Metamorphosis. I almost didn’t list her here because not only does she already have 27 blogger awards but one of them is this one! But that was from waaay last April, an eternity in the cyber-world, so I think it’s time it comes around again. ;-) If you go take a look, you’ll see why she is so beloved. Her whole blog, including her artwork, knitwear, and photos are so beautiful, and I can testify that she is too — inside and out. (Yes, her husband Daniel is my very talented brother. Daniel’s work is awesome!)
  3. And then there is Eliza Fayle of Silver & Grace. This is now an e-magazine but I discovered her with this post and I was hooked. Don’t you agree she and her blog are beautiful?! I just love this movement of embracing the aging process not to mention the resultant product (yes, that’s us!) Yay!
  4. Kara Thompson of  Conduit of Joy is a beautiful spirit and her blog is wonderful. I returned often to keep up with her fascinating interview series “Coming out of the Psychic Closet”, and now she’s a happy habit. I also enjoy running across her thoughtful comments which seem to be sprinkled all over the web!
  5. And finally, there is Michelle at The Creative Healing Studio. I’ve only just recently discovered Michelle but as with the others the beauty of her blog and the parts of her that shine through it have attracted me, so I will be a regular visitor for now. See if you agree — her artwork alone is worth a look!

And so, congratulations to these 5 ladies and all of you creative beauty-bearers who are reading this right now! Thank you and may you continue to share your abundant good work for as long as it fulfills you.

And now, please share these beautiful links with others — and do leave a little of your own beauty behind for us here in the comment section!

The world is a more beautiful place because of you.

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Sep 152010
 

Just because color has no weight doesn’t mean we should underestimate its power to help us balance our lives — or to knock us off balance, for that matter!

Let’s see what kind of energy is connected with each color and which colors you can increase or minimize to influence yourself positively.

Note: This post shows you which colors to use in your environment and when. Lots more ideas about how to use them are offered in last month’s companion post.

The 7 Main Colors and Their Influence

Each of these main colors could easily be a post on its own, but this is intended as an overview. I will describe each one in the simplest of terms and you will see that even the most fundamental understanding can be immediately useful.

Red

Red is about energy: physical & sexual energy. It is very life-promoting. It’s hot. It’s related to primal energy, survival, our tribe, security, survival instincts, and the stage of kundalini that represents potential. It rules the sex glands or gonads.

Red is connected to our first center (or root chakra) near our coccyx at the base of the spine.

Use or increase this color if you want to have a lot of energy for something physical. It’s a great color for sports & exercise.

Too much may make you feel overstimulated, aggressive, and impulsive. Avoid or minimize this color if there is inflammation, fever, or a lot of heat/energy already, or for doing activities that are not physical or require calm. It is not a good color to use prominently in a bedroom, at least not for sleeping ;-) .

Orange

Like red, orange is about physical & sexual energy, but with an emotional element added. Whereas red is primal and more about the individual, this is dual. It’s about partnership, relationship, procreation, making choices, and our ethics. It is related to intuition, especially where others are involved. Orange is warm and provides a grounded creative energy, sociability, courage, and joy.

It rules our hormones plus ovaries in women and our resonance with this can be easily affected by birth control pills and menstrual cycles.

Orange is connected to our 2nd chakra in the abdominal area.

Use or increase this color if you want to socialize, do a combined physical/social activity (e.g. taking a walk with a friend), or do physical creative activities, including those related to earning or using money. This color can help you perceive others’ emotions and gives or receive sexual feelings.

Yellow

Yellow is the color of  sunshine; it’s bright and cheerful and can help us be optimistic. This color activates your personal power center where personality,  ego, and self-esteem reside.

This center is located at your solar plexus (3rd chakra) in your stomach area, which also happens to be your psychic radio.  It increases or activates your ability to be intuitive and as you might guess from the location of its center, to get “gut feelings”. This area receives energy or information that is relevant in the moment.

Yellow can be a powerful color for increasing our intuition, but it can easily increase that ability to where we are bombarded by too much information. More accurately I should say that intuitive information is always available, but we typically filter most of it out. When we wear or are around yellow, we are much more sensitive to it.

Use this color if you want to increase your ability to access information intuitively. Avoid or minimize its use if you are already highly sensitive since it can be very uncomfortable and make you too vulnerable to others’ energy as well. Yellow kitchens can be difficult first thing in the morning for sensitive people.

Green

Green is an interesting color in that it is good for balancing in general. Think how good it feels to be outdoors in a lush green landscape. It relates to fertility, growth, and abundance. It is grounded and reliable, and reflects a calm strength.

Green is connected with our heart center and our heart, lungs, and thymus gland. It can be very healing (or “whole-ing”) as it helps tone down our upper centers (thinking) and our lower centers (physical) and bring them together and into balance.

It relates to love and compassion and thus empathy, as well as a simple friendliness. It is from here that we perceive and project most emotion.

Use this color if you are feeling either overly physical or overly mental; you’ll find it very comforting. Likewise, if you are feeling spacey or ungrounded it helps bring you back to earth.

Because this is such a balancing color on its own, it’s difficult to get too much of it, but do watch it if you find you are over-giving to your own detriment.

Blue

Blue is a cool color that relates to practical mental functions (analytical and logical) and rational choice. It is calming, quiet, serious, and soothing. It cools the physical and can counteract too much red. I recently saw a program about using blue visually to help reduce pain (which is related to heat and the color red) even more effectively than pain medications.

Use this color if you need to focus your attention or to help stay on track with your intentions. Blue is good for mental focus and also for resting. It will help you be alert but not in a physically activated way. It is a natural tranquilizer and actually slows down the heart rate. It can be a good color for a bedroom or study.

Blue is connected with the 5th chakra located near the throat which it rules along with the thyroid gland. This area is the will center as it relates to personal will (vs. higher will).

Indigo

Indigo is related to creative thinking, open mindedness, imagination, and symbolic sight.

It is connected with the 6th center or chakra located near the 3rd eye area (between and slightly above the eyebrows), and also rules the pineal gland.

The frequency of indigo is quite high and subtle. Use this color to help increase your connection with the higher or subtle realms. Whereas yellow is good for intuitive perceptions related to the moment, indigo can be helpful for gaining foresight, or when you are wanting to access your natural clairvoyance.

This color can also help with creative thinking so can be put to good use when you are working on the inspirational stage of creative projects of any kind. (Orange, as mentioned, will help you at the more physical stage of creative projects.)

Too much of this color can cause you to be unrealistic, ungrounded, or simply spaced out. Much emphasis is put on these higher centers these days, but it’s important to remember to keep a balance: head in the skies, but feet on the gound!

Purple

Purple is related to inspiration, spirituality, universal consciousness, and transcendence. It is connected with the 7th center or chakra which is located near the crown of our heads and rules the pituitary or master gland.

Use this color when you are involved in activities where these elements are important such as when you pray or meditate, or when you want to connect or harmonize with your guidance systems.

Just like with indigo, too much of this color can easily cause an imbalance making it difficult to stay grounded and operate in the 3-D physical world. As suggested, keeping a balance between the subtle and the solid is recommended.

A Dose of Black & White

The color white is a combination of all colors, so it can be used whenever you want to help bring yourself back into overall balance. The mantra OM has a similar effect and can be chanted at any time with wonderful balancing results.

On the other hand, black is the absence of all color. It can be used for protection in the sense that it absorbs color/vibrations. So, for example, if you are quite sensitive and will be around a lot of people who have all their various “vibes” going, wearing black can help you not take on their miscellaneous moods and projections.

Colors’ Interplay With You – A Balancing Act

The descriptions I’ve given are guidelines and there will be variation for each individual. Red, for example, will affect you slightly differently than it affects me. Also, different cultures may respond differently to colors than others due to the cultural conditioning of certain colors having special meaning.

Besides the variance each individual color has, there is also variance in the amount of each color which is optimal for each individual. With any/all of us, a few colors will be more prominent than others. This is natural. But there always needs to be a balanced (not necessarily equal) combination of all of them in order for us to function at our best. Athletes, for example, may function optimally with a 30% red balance, but that would be way too much red for someone who has a sedentary desk job requiring calm focus. And note that that athlete still needs some amount of all the other colors as well to function in an effective way.

And I’m sure you can also see why you may operate best with one combination at one time, and need a different balance at another.

So as you apply these ideas, keep in mind that I have provided general  descriptions, and you will want to pay attention to the nuances of how these colors interact with you and what your own, unique balance might be at any given time.

Tips and Ideas for Using This List

If you are feeling uneasy or out of balance in any way, take a look around and see if the corresponding color — the color that causes that dis-ease or imbalance — is playing a dominant role in your environment (including your clothing). Or see if the color that would aid in the way you want to feel is missing altogether. Then either add or subtract the affecting color as appropriate.

When you use these colors, it’s best to use a nice clear color like I’ve shown in the column on the left. That way, the colors can vibrate at their purest resonance.

If it’s difficult to place that color in your environment, you can simply visualize the color clearly for a similar effect. If you do this, it can be healing to see how its corresponding center feels in your body. Can you envision or feel the clear version of the color there? If so, good! That indicates a good amount and quality of that energy in your field.  If not, you can work with that color for awhile, either by placing it in your environment or visualizing it like I just described until it’s easy to get a clear, clean feel of it.

And as already mentioned, I’ve given a few more ideas for how to use these colors here.

Off to the Balance Beam

Okay! Well, this is just the tip of the iceberg but I’m sure is enough for you to play with and see how helpful applying these ideas can be in your life. Here’s to your balance and mine!

I’d love to hear what you think and your experience with this, so please do share with us! Or if you have anything to add to my list of how colors can affect us, let us know that too.

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Aug 242010
 

Color is our way of perceiving vibrations that are affecting every one of us all the time. For the most part, this is going on below our level of consciousness. But if you will begin to pay attention and learn how the different colors can be applied, you can benefit in a wide range of areas.

This is such a broad topic that I could write a book, so this one post is nowhere near comprehensive in breadth or depth. More details and how-to’s will follow since applying this type of awareness is exactly what this blog is about!

Right now I just want to point out how many areas of your life you can make the use of color more conscious so as to harness its power and apply it to your benefit. This awareness alone can be very helpful.

Applications range from applying color, i.e. putting it out there into the world so as to elicit a particular result, to perceiving and then interpreting color as a means of better understanding our world. (We can think of this as output and input.)

A little example: A few weeks ago I impulsively chose a whole new color scheme for this website. Whereas before it was mostly purple and blue, I found myself suddenly and without warning changing it to a strikingly different bright golden yellow with some burnt orange and a warm brown. What possessed me, I wondered. And hmm, I wonder if this will be as appealing or more so and to what effect? As I did a little research into this new color scheme I not only saw that it will, indeed, have a quite different effect on visitors (output), but that it also revealed a bit about me and how I feel about what this site represents as a part of my own expression (input).

Let’s take a look at some areas of application.

Marketing: Make the Right Impression

This was the area that got me thinking about writing this post (which is why it is listed first), yet is the area in which I am the least familiar with the specific uses of color. Color can be used online and for printed material to make a particular impression and to invoke particular responses. (In fact it will make certain subliminal impressions so it behooves you to know what they will be!) I will get more into the specifics of individual colors in an upcoming post, but here is a useful and succinct article I ran across about the use of color in marketing, and this one was interesting too.

Influence Yourself Positively

Colors can be used to influence your mood and to help support you in whatever activities you are wanting to take part in. For example, blue and green are helpful for writing and study, whereas red and orange are good for physical activities and sports.

Enhance Your Life Situation

Jyotish (Vedic astrology) is one system I am very familiar with so I will use this as an example of a system that uses color to effect broad and surprising changes. In some ways, Jyotish can be thought of as one of the more complex oracle systems, and color is an integral part of understanding not only how various symbols relate to the greater whole but also how to apply them and their respective colors to encourage certain practical effects. (Some other oracular systems incorporate color as well.)

An example is something I recently posted about strengthening Venus energy which is weak in the world right now. Among other things, Venus represents art and creativity, relationships (especially with our beloved), beauty, comfort, and luxury. Venus’ colors are pastels and variegated colors, especially pink. Simply using or being around Venus colors will strengthen most or all of those areas that Venus represents. It’s kind of unbelievable, but it really does work.

If you think about it, what you are doing when you expose yourself more often to a certain color is you are increasing and strengthening a particular vibration. And the vibration of pink relates strongly to the vibration of love, for example. So looked at like this, it all makes a lot of sense. (This is how seed or name mantras work as well, and in fact, much of what I am saying about color holds true for sound as well.)

Boost Your Healing Powers

This is related to influencing yourself, but in considering healing, I think of color’s influence as taking place over time and having a more long-term influence.

Colors in Our Environment

The locations where we spend a lot of our time are very important to consider since they have an almost constant influence on us. We can use this to our benefit, or unbeknownst to us, these areas can be causing problems for us or our families physically, mentally, or emotionally.

If you usually feel calm, upset, phsysically energized, lethargic, etc. in a certain location, notice the predominant color and see if you think that is a major factor.

Clear and Strengthen Body Centers or Chakras

This is a powerful use of color as visualizing a center’s corresponding color (and/or using it in conjunction with the corresponding note on the musical scale) can strengthen and clear our body centers. Each center relates to how well we function in certain areas. For example, our root chakra relates to how secure we feel and using a clear, pure red to treat this area can go a long way toward alleviating our fears about finances, death, etc.

Eat Every Color Every Day

To tell the truth, I don’t think this relates so much to the idea of color as vibration as it does to simply variety but I like it and it sort of fits here! The idea is that every day you eat food of every color and you will have a nice variety of tastes, textures, and nutrition. Fun! But hmm… Now that I think about it, since foods’ colors must at some level represent their vibration, eating them must influence in similar ways as the colors in our environment, don’t you think?

An Integral Intuitive Element

Perceiving color with our subtle senses or our mind’s eye is a great way to increase our knowledge about our world.

The Aura

If you are one of the lucky ones who is able to see auras (either naturally or through practice), you know that they can be extremely informative. They can indicate a person’s (or animal’s or plant’s) condition physically, emotionally, and mentally and sometimes in great detail.

There are standard lists of what certain colors may mean in an aura (or certain patterns of color) yet it’s recommended that you use these only as a starting point and put more weight on what you learn through experience that the colors mean to you.

Body Charts for Intuitive Work

An effective and fun way to investigate someone’s condition is to use a body chart that is drawn on a piece of white paper. As you focus on that person (or animal or plant) you will begin to see patterns of color with your mind’s eye which in turn indicate meaning to you. This practice is used similarly to that of seeing auras but can be done even when separated by great distances.

Get a Reading on Yourself

Noticing if there is a pattern or strong desire for a certain color (e.g. what color you are drawn to wear, or what color you are strongly attracted to in general) can be very informative. Sometimes it will be because you need help in that area or sometimes it’s because you are very healthy in that area and wanting to express it.

Exercises

There are lots of exercises designed to help increase our intuition that use color. A simple one that we’ve all probably heard of or tried is using playing cards. You go through the deck, pick up the top card, and see if it feels black or red. They really do have quite a different feel to them and this can be used to increase our awareness of our subtle senses.

At this point, I’m realizing I could probably go on forever (okay, for a long time) about the many applications of color in our lives. But this is a good start so I will stop here for now. I wanted to lay a foundation and to set the stage for posts on more in-depth applications.

Also, knowing how each individual color affects us is a critical adjunct to this information so I’ll write about that very shortly, I promise! [Update: I've since posted that information for you here.]

I hope I’ve illuminated that there can be lots of benefits of paying a bit more attention to color, this common element of our experience that we all tend to take so much for granted. Start to pay attention now and besides reaping some immediate benefits, you’ll be well positioned to jump into specific tools and exercises when we get to them.

In the meantime, I’d love to hear your observations about this!

[Photo: Tanti Ruwani/sektordua]