Turkey Message

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The first thing I saw yesterday morning when I lifted the shade was a magnificent turkey, feathers puffed out in full regalia standing in the middle of my driveway, with a female laying down before him trying to catch his attention. They played out the mating dance as they moved out of my sight. Sightings like this are able to stir feelings of wonder and awe in humans because they summon up buried knowledge of our interconnectedness and the conciousness behind all living things.
To me Turkey represents harvest and blessings, and I believe he has shown up in my life to remind me to appreciate mine. We all lapse in that area occasionally. I live in a jobsite; a house under construction on the fifteen year plan. My husband Mark has taken work away right now and the mating dance reminds me that spiritually we are still together and committed to working toward our common goals. With Mark away I have been working hard as the new head landscaper, staying outside till dark in the evenings mowing, seeding and hauling gravel removed by winter plowing back onto the driveway. Turkey reminds me to stay focused on our long range plan.

Lung Advice

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Someone in my family has lung vulnerability and I decided to ask my own lungs for insights into this organ. This is what the lungs had to say:

LUNGS ALLOW YOU TO TAKE IN YOUR LIFE. THE DEGREE TO WHICH YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH YOUR LIFE IS THE DEGREE TO WHICH YOUR LUNGS CAN SERVICE YOU. THESE JOYOUS ORGANS WANT YOU TO LIVE YOUR LIFE TO THE FULLEST. THEY WANT TO EXPAND AND TAKE IT ALL IN BUT SOMETIMES MENTAL PATTERNS THWART THEIR GOALS. FEAR IS THE MAIN RESTRICTOR. IT TENSES THE MUSCLES ESPECIALLY IN THE CHEST.

Some of our fears are fairly obvious and we readily admit to them, things like fear of the dark or fear of heights. But some of our other fears are harder to perceive and we don’t even want to admit them to ourselves, such as fear of not being good enough, fear of failure and fear of rejection. I sense that this type of fear is the type that causes lung weakness.
Interestingly, this family member that I spoke of has become more comfortable with life, more in control of personal environment and lifestyle and grown in maturity, and the lung situation has improved tremendously and is not really much of an issue. I feel that in this case the lung problems used to be that body’s reaction to stresses in life, and that new ways of coping with stress were found. I have found it to be true that our bodies are our best link to our emotional states because they physically manifest emotional problem areas. You just have to pay attention.

What My Body Says

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I used to take my body for granted- my wonderful body that transports me around, allows me to experience sensual pleasures and to express myself. When I was ill and incapacitated in the aforementioned posts some of my meditations involved dialoguing with my body, regarding the body as an entity in its own right and asking it for advice and input on its condition. After a relaxation exercise I asked my body to comment on our relationship and it responded:

YOU USE ME WELL THROUGH EXERCISE AND DANCE BUT MY POTENTIAL IS NOT FULLY DEVELOPED BECAUSE OF SOME DETRIMENTAL PERSONAL HABITS SUCH AS EATING PATTERNS. IT IS NOT A PROBLEM TO ACCOMPLISH EVERY DAY ACTIVITIES BUT THE BODY YEARNS TO RISE TO AND EXPRESS THE NEXT LEVEL OF FITNESS. THE BODY HAS A STRONG DESIRE FOR DEEPER EXPRESSION OF HUMAN POTENTIAL.

I asked for more information on diet:

YOU HAVE INTRINSICALLY GOOD STAMINA BUT YOU ARE SOMETIMES CLOGGED BY EATING JUNK AND EMOTIONAL STRESS.THE DIET IS ADEQUATE BUT THE BINGE FOODS SHOULD BE ALMOST COMPLETELY ELIMINATED, AS THEY MAKE IT HARDER TO OPERATE. YOU NEVER TOTALLY TRASH ME BUT BINGES OCCUR THAT I MUST DEAL WITH, ALTHOUGH SHORT LIVED. THE REASONS FOR THE BINGES ARE UNDERSTOOD BUT THE BODY’S DESIRE IS TO RAISE THE VIBRATIONAL LEVEL OF THE ENTITY AND EXPRESS ITSELF AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL.

Besides diet what would help you perform better?

I NEED TO FEEL MORE CONNECTED TO THE EARTH. I ENJOY BEING THANKED ONCE IN A WHILE. NEGATIVE THOUGHTS ARE MORE DAMAGING THAN YOU ARE AWARE OF. I CAN CAPTURE AS MUCH ENERGY AS YOU CAN USE. DON’T SEE ME AS UGLY AND BE ASHAMED OF SOME OF MY PARTS. THEY’LL STAY THERE UNTIL YOU UNDERSTAND MY MESSAGE. ACT ON THE IMPRESSIONS I SEND YOU AND I WILL BRING YOU TO THE NEXT LEVEL AND THE OLD BODY WILL FALL AWAY LIKE AN EMPTY SHELL.

Since this meditation I have become much more considerate of my body. What a good friend it has been to me all these years. It has put up with some abuse that is for sure, and only complains occasionally. I try to treat my body as I would a good friend and I feel guilty when I mistreat it. Working outside in the yard lately reminds me of how my body allows me to feel so much self-satisfaction in my accomplishments there, and I do pause and say thank you every now and then.

This idea of asking my body was inspired by a suggestion from life coach Shirley Stone.

Dove Message

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A few months ago a friend of mine was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and that prompted me to examine the state of my own colon. I added pysllium husk into my diet as a fiber supplement, which I know from past experience has a beneficial effect on various functions of the digestive system. After a few days on the psyllium, I drove up my long gravel covered driveway and stopped short about 75 feet from the garage door because there were moving creatures pecking around that area. There were 25 or 30 plump pigeon sized gray birds and they were industriously rooting around in the gravel. I was able to take a couple of phone pictures of them before they noticed me and flew away. I showed the bird pictures to a some bird knowledgeable friends and they said that they were doves. Doves eat small stones as a digestive aid which helps break crush up the seeds they consume. I have not seen them on my property before or since, but this sighting I understood to be a message of validation that I was on the right track with the psyllium. When an unusual animal crosses my path I always look at that creatures habits to see why they may have been showing themselves to me. The natural world is a vast web in which we are all connected and I believe that our spirit guides use animals to communicate with us through the greater intelligence that oversees these creatures. By paying attention to them we can create a new kind of awareness.
My husband also had an interesting experience along these lines. He is the designer and builder of our current home and the construction is a long, laborious process when building it yourself. He went through a period when he was just so frustrated with how much work there is to do and how long it takes, all while maintaining a job outside the home to support the family. One afternoon while working on the outside of the house he was confronted by a huge turtle. He said it was as big as a toilet seat. He’d never seen one that large before. They regarded each other briefly and the turtle walked on. I asked my husband what creature could possibly be more fitting to pay him a visit? The turtle also builds his own house that he carries on his back, but the turtle takes his time, slow and steady as he goes, calmly putting one foot in front of the other. He is not plagued by deadlines and frantic thoughts of all that needs to be accomplished that day, because he knows that we will never run out of time. The turtle reminds us to relax our minds and not to let life get so hectic.

There is a very good book on this topic titled Amimal Speak by Ted Andrews.

Conversation with Advil

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During my 10 month body breakdown that included lower back strain, 2 frozen shoulders and a torn calf muscle, I was in enough pain that I had to sleep sitting up on the couch and was frequently awake at night trying to get comfortable. I would have found life unbearable at this time had it not been for over the counter pain relievers. For at least three consecutive months I took ibuprophen around the clock. This bothered me greatly as I had always had a holistic approach to dealing with illness. I was terribly afraid that I would ruin my liver and kidneys in their constant struggle to remove the chemical from my body, yet the pain was stressful and I could not relax enough for healing to take place. It occurred to me that I should make contact with the consciousness of Advil because I do believe that everything has a consciousness, even so called inanimate objects. There is some energy behind all the moving molecules that comprise all things. And I believe this energy has an intelligence.
After a deep relaxation exercise, I asked to be connected with the intelligence of Advil, and in my body I felt a presence, a heavy slow vibration. I asked:
I am in pain but I am afraid to keep taking the pain drugs as I am afraid it will hurt my organs. I felt a response:
WE ARE HERE TO PARTNER WITH HUMANS .WE ARE GLAD TO BE ACKNOWLEDGED. WE DO NOT WISH TO INJURE HUMANS. IT IS OUR JOB TO PARTICIPATE IN CREATING WELL BEING IN HUMANS. IT GIVES US SATISFACTION.
Will you work with me so that the drug does not harm me?
HAVE NO WORRIES. IT IS FINE FOR YOU TO TAKE THIS DRUG TONIGHT – IT WILL NOT HARM YOU.
When I am able to connect with a consciousness such as this one, I validate it based on how it resonates with my being, in the same way I would get impressions of a new person I might meet. In both cases, you can usually tell when an energy is pure and sincere.
After this meditation I was able to stop worrying about ibuprophen and it was not long after that that I was able to start reducing my daily dose. Now on the infrequent occasions that I need a pain reliever, I take it without trepidation but with a word of thanks and appreciation to the consciousness of the drug.

Healing Advice from the Animals

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This is another meditation that helped me very much during my body breakdown. I wanted to ask a couple of our animal friends for their thoughts and advice on how to accomplish my healing. Animals don’t have the muddled confused thoughts that we humans are subject to. They live by natural laws and instinctively do what is best for them. They are never confused about which diet is best or which lifestyle or type of exercise. In my mind’s eye I was walking in an expansive green meadow as far as the eye could see on a sunny summer day with wildflowers, butterflies and a gentle breeze. I strolled enjoying the surroundings waiting for a creature to show itself. In the far distance I see a cow and start to walk toward her. She is standing placidly chewing her cud. I greet her and ask her for a message. She replies: “Cultivate patience and calm acceptance; be the buddha of do-nothing. Eat the best possible food for your species and have the best possible physical conditions.” I think the cow was suggesting to me that challenging situations will always be a part of life and to try to control them is futile and will only result in tightness of the mind and body, and frustration. The cow’s wisdom suggests to me that it is healthier to first accept the situation, then work on a solution for it, learn to live with it, or walk away from it.
After thanking and leaving the cow I spot a horse prancing in the fields, looking noble and free. It approaches and I ask for a message. Horse says to be happy and express happiness. True, I have not been happy lately. I’ve felt justified in my sadness. The horse reminded me that a sad mental state does not promote healing. But how is one to get happy? Just drop that sadness like a hot rock. Horse inspired me to ride in this new direction with the help of some very funny movie DVDs.
As I am leaving the horse a small dog approaches, a friendly black spaniel. His message is to cultivate your friends and family relationships, to appreciate them and to concentrate on bringing happiness to them. Man’s best friend knows a lot about pleasing others and I found that taking the focus off myself and putting more on the others around me does help to reduce the pain, or at least reduces your awareness of it.
I have an impulse to look down at my foot and notice an earthworm crawling there. I wonder what such a small creature so unlike myself can tell me, but worm tells me that although it is a very small creature it is nevertheless a crucial part of the vast landscape and no less important than any other. Worm says that my illness is part of the ebb and flow of the whole, a necessary cycle, for all of life is composed of cycles. Worm knows all of life is perfect and reminds me that an illness is a teacher and learning to navigate through one and come out whole on the other end is a wonderful lesson and that we are all exactly where we are supposed to be.

Healing What Ails You with Your Own Inner Guidance

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A while back I had some medical issues. I refer to it as my body breakdown. It started with my back going “out” as they say. Then the compensation injuries set in including a torn calf muscle and 2 frozen shoulders. For 10 months I did not work or work out, dress myself or even wash my own hair. I spent months in a lot of pain, on NSAIDS and getting physical therapy. I am over that now and I found that the winding road leading me out of my condition had more to do with listening to my inner guidance than anything medical. I had a lot of time to think and meditate. I was up in the middle of the night struggling with the pain, sleeping on the couch as it was more comfortable than the bed, and wishing I was still small and had the comfort of my mother who had recently passed away. I closed my eyes and asked Mom for advice.

In my mind I saw my mother and father in a blank landscape sitting on a stone bench and went to join them. They were dressed in white robes and were elderly but peaceful and beautiful. I sat with them on the bench and we held hands. Mom suggested that we look at my life in the form of a living timeline. The line began with baby/childhood and we noticed the strong family support system, sensitive mother, dependable father. We looked at the teen angst years and college and early working years. During that period I had a bout with rheumatoid arthritis, coincidently also lasting 10 months, which I cured by changing my constitution with macrobiotics, teaching me that I am responsible for my own state of health. Then on to marriage and raising four children, and one by one seeing them leave home. At this point the timeline ended, as if there was nothing over the horizon. What was to fill in the next segments?

Mom asked me if I still wanted real estate sales in my life as it is a job I had been passionless about, keeping at it only for the flexible schedule. After talking about it we decided I should keep it but approach it differently, completely on my own terms, working mainly on referrals and going with my gut more on selecting customers to spend my time on. That became one branch off the end of my timeline. The second branch involved choosing an area of interest for fun and relaxation. We settled on working with animals and came up with a few volunteering ideas. The last branch we added was home and family. We decided I should pitch in and help my husband with one of the many projects around the house and indulge my interest in the domestic arts. To keep in touch with the children and go to visit them, and to maintain contact with my extended family as well, extending love and companionship to all of the above.

We then looked at the three new braches on my timeline where previously there were none. I liked how it looked and was excited. Then before Mom and Dad faded away I asked Dad why he did not speak at all and he said “Because you asked for your mother!” And that is true, I did. And Mom told me not to worry about the excessive amounts of NSAIDS I was taking for pain and just to take things one day at a time. I just felt so much better the next day.

I do believe my body froze up on me because I was going down a path in life that seemed dismal and depressing, to stop me dead in my tracks and force me to ask myself if this is where I really wanted to go. Eventually my issues all unwound themselves and have not returned except as small physical reminders when I get off my track.