Friday, February 26, 2010

More Past Life Info

So, I participated in a past life regression session that the esteemed and super sweet Dr. Brian Weiss presented last night, through Hay House Radio. I highly recommend that you seek him out should you be curious or in need of assistance.

He said a lot of important things, such as, this work is a practice, the more you do, the more seeking, the more finding. I truly believe this. He and I both say the same thing - you go where you need to for healing to take place.

Just a bit of background regarding my experience. I am a skilled hypnotherapist and past life regression practitioner. I was taught in the way of Dr. Weiss, and my techniques mirror his. I have also had many past life experiences, led by skilled practitioners, with many wonderful and varied experiences that have shed light on my life and have given me substantial insights to help me in my health, joy and wellbeing.

My experience last night was interesting. Since it was a large radio group, not an in-person group, he led us all without following any particular person's thread. This makes it more fun for me, as I just went where I needed to and got a very deep experience.

He lead us first into a gentle place in childhood. I ended up in my Nanny's kitchen at her butcher's block center island. The meat grinder was set up and her brother, Uncle Eddie, a butcher, walked in with some meat for her. She began grinding the meat and I held the bowl to catch the ground meat. Believe me, this is a comforting place for me that I have gone back to before.

He then led us to the experience of our birth. I had a previous rebirthing experience with one of my teachers, Dr. Rafael Lugay, about 15 years ago, and this experience last night reconfirmed some of the details that I had experienced from a different perspective, as the two modalities are so very different.

I was born in 1959 to a very young mom. I am the oldest of 5 children, and my mom was 20 when I was born. My mom and dad were married when my mom was barely 19. With both of my therapeutic birthing experiences, I experienced an ambivalence and detachment that must be the surreal experience of many new first time mothers, especially in the twilight sleep of the 1950's. As typical for most men in this time period, my dad was not nearby.

In my particular experience, the team whisked me away to the metal table, as I was gasping my first few breaths of air, and cleaned me up. I got the distinct physical sensation of nausea, feeling uncomfortable and jostled, and the nurses' emotional need to make me presentable, and that they were rushing. I was put in warm things and rolled off immediately. My mom did not hold me until hours later. It ended there, but when Dr. Weiss' voice broke through with "feel the love" I just didn't feel it. My mom was knocked out somewhere else and the nurses were just doing their job, part-way into their shift for the day. I was just a job to be done.

I don't feel that this is a negative reflection on my parents, just a statement of a typical birthing experience of the 1950's.

I told my daughter, Jess that this was very typical of a past life regression. I didn't meet Quan Yin or Jesus, but I got what I needed.

Many of the group members were probably led to past life experiences, which I have also experienced in the past. Near the end of the regression, Dr. Weiss suggested that we are given a strand of pearls by one of our soul family, or a guide or teacher, and my strand was very long. He then said that each of the luminous pearls was a past life that can be considered, examined and enjoyed.

I highly recommend the experience. Lastly, I will caution, even as you may be puzzling about how that birthing experience could be beneficial to me, that there is something within that experience that is important to me personally. I can now take some time to consider what it means to me, and how it fits into the experience of my life.

Okay - Enough Snow - Thank You

Okay - I think we have enough snow now. It really is beautiful but I am ready for a little autonomy. I am trying to look at it from the perspective of our reservoirs - that we definitely need water every spring, summer and fall, so this is a good thing...and it is!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

What are Children’s Past Lives?

What are Children’s Past Lives? Typically, between the ages of 2-7, children may spontaneously regress, often during times of natural trance, such as right before sleep or in the car during a ride. They may also dream and report the dreams to you. See my previous post for information on past life regression.

How can you tell the difference between a child’s past life memory and storytelling? (or our own, for that matter). According to Carol Bowman, author of Children’s Past Lives, the four signs of children’s past life memory are:
1. matter-of-fact tone
2. consistency over time
3. knowledge beyond experience
4. corresponding behavior and traits

What should you do when this happens?
1. stay calm
2. acknowledge
3. discern
4. allow emotions
5. clarify past and present

For more information, contact Carol Bowman at her website.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Past Lives - What?

No matter whether you believe that you have a past life, sometimes dreams or memories that don't make sense pop into our minds anyway, or we have pain we just don’t understand. That feeling nags at us because while it may have no place in our life, it still rings true. These bits of information are our subconscious’ way of clearing away things we no longer need by letting us become aware of them, either in a real or metaphorical way. Maybe we meet someone for the first time who we feel like we have met before, or maybe we feel beholden to someone and we just don't know why.

I have worked with hundreds of people over the many years that I have been a hypnotherapist, helping them become aware or bring more light around these thoughts or impressions as they make themselves known. Regression sessions can bring a sense of peace and understanding. Sometimes we get stuck. Regression helps us resolve the past and move forward.

There is a new program on one of the networks called Past Life. While some of the information is authentic in the way past life information intersects with our lives, some is also sensationalized for the benefit of entertainment. For example:

· People do not always come right back after they die

· We do not always experience the past life immediately preceding the life we are experiencing now

· Individuals are usually not disturbed by past life information. In fact, it can be comforting and beneficial

· We do not always feel physical manifestations from that past time, though we can.

· We may or may not remember faces

· Memories are rarely violent or fear provoking. Some are joyful and fulfilling

Here is a little bit about what past life regression is, and how it can help:

Past Life Regression is a powerful tool for recognizing your destiny and fulfilling your deepest desires and needs. It is not necessary to believe in past life regression for it to work for you. Some people understand past lives as a metaphor for past experiences which hold them back from living the fullest life possible now. Shining light on those experiences brings the awareness and understanding, that aha moment, that illuminates the here and now, for joy and fulfillment today. It can also help remove physical maladies that have no basis in this life.

What Is Past Life Regression? Past life regression is an in depth exploration of past lives in which you will experience a journey back to a previous lifetime. It is not based on belief of reincarnation, but more the images, feelings and experiences the come to the surface during a trance state.

Why do we utilize Past Life Regression? We utilize past life regression in order to understand, recognize behaviors and old karmic patterns in order to release ourselves from unhealthy choices, recall many of the gifts and lessons from past lives, and heal through recognition and understanding. Fears, phobias and pain can be understood and released.

What about accessing the time between lives and how does it relate to Past Life Regression? We can access the time between our lives to become aware of our reason for being here on the earth, our soul’s purpose in this lifetime, our life’s work. Release blocks, understand karma, discover what is holding you back and learn conscious exercises to charge the energy centers to accomplish this most fundamental need. Connect with the people who are your supporters in this life and in between lives by becoming aware of who they are. We may have agreed to come into this life together. It is a joyous realization to become aware of these people who are our loved ones, teachers and family.

How many past lives do we have? We are not sure how many lives an individual may have had. Some people don’t believe that we have more than one life. That is okay. The subconscious mind shows us what we need to know, what we will benefit from at any given time, so more may be revealed over time.

Are there people without past lives? We do believe that some people are new souls, making their first journey on the planet.

The books of Dr. Brian Weiss are the seminal studies on past life regression, and highly respected. If you have interest in this topic, start there. His first book, Many Lives, Many Masters is a good book to start with. Or read more at my website.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Be ready for great things!

What do we do about people who don't vibrate at the same place as we do? I'll say the same thing I usually do, which, by the way, I did not create or write, "act as if". Act as if the person is no longer an obstacle, and the obstacle will no longer exist. Most obstacles exist in our mind, or our heart. Once in a while, an obstacle really is a giant rock in the middle of the road. In that case, you really should drive around it and not keep running into it to try to get it to move. Sometimes it is a big pile of something soft and easy to get through, like feathers or leaves, in which case you can plow through it. You can decide. Trust yourself to know the best way through the situation. You can ask for help, too!

To me, the other important part of this discussion is self. How are you? Are you vibrating at the level you want to be for yourself? To be ready to receive what you are asking for, be ready for it! Listen to this sweet quote from Abraham:

"...—and anything you ask for is given. If there is any price to pay, or if there is any giving back something, it must be in this category of finally bringing yourself into vibrational alignment with what you're asking for. You've got to be a vibrational match to what you're asking for."

Be ready for great things!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Julia has a hankering for kale!

Crunchy Kale

A recipe from George Villafuerte, massage therapist par excellence!

· 1 bunch kale, washed, deveined and chopped into bite sized pieces

· Olive oil

· Salt and pepper to taste

Cookie sheet

Preheat oven to 350o

Dry kale. Toss in olive oil and salt and pepper. Julia says it takes about 10 minutes in oven until crispy. Eat and enjoy!

Animals in the wild!

Some great photos near our home, including Jim and the doggies, Janey and Mickey as we were out for a walk just a short while ago.

Jess suggests easy fritatta

Hi All,
I'm at it again with the cooking! My daughter, Jess suggested an easy grab and go breakfast that can be made ahead, frozen and nuked. Here it is:

Jess' Individual Vegetable Fritatta

preheat oven to 350o

1 cup egg whites (carton egg whites are fine)
1 whole egg (for color)
1/3 cup Ricotta cheese
1/2 cup freshly finely grated parmesan or romano cheese, divided
1 tablespoon whole wheat flour (for a bit of body) or 1 tablespoon ground flax
salt and pepper to taste
about 1 1/2 - 2 cups of your favorite vegetables
(they can be left over or fresh)

I used 4 stewed tomatoes, chopped, 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion, 4 stalks asparagus diced, fresh, and 2 large flowers chopped broccoli left over from last night's dinner
Spray a non-stick pan with cooking spray (like Pam)and heat pan.
add raw veggies. In my case, I cooked onions on medium til translucent and added asparagus and continued to cook until asparagus was tender. Added diced stewed tomatoes and broccoli and cooked until no liquid (from tomatoes) remained. Remove from heat.

Pull out a 6 or 12 cup cupcake tin. Spray 6 cups with cooking spray (or use paper cupcake liners, if you prefer)

Fill the 6 cups 1/3 loosely with veggies. Let mixture continue to cool.
In medium mixing bowl mix egg white, egg, ricotta, 1/4 cup of parmesan, flour, salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and add to each filled tin until almost full.

Place in 350o oven for about 20-22 minutes or until cooked through.
Eat and enjoy. :)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Yummy Mole' from Sunny Anderson

chicken courtesy of Disney

I usually post my own recipes, but this one looked so good and so easy that I thought I would share. It is from Sunny Anderson's Cooking For Real program on Food Network. If you are in a rush, skip the brining of the chicken - just wash it well. If you are a veggie, substitute your favorite fake meat :) Even thought it calls for cooking it in the oven in a dutch oven or heavy pot, I'll bet you could also do a crock pot variety. The molten chocolate cake from the same episode looked awesome also, but I haven't tried making it yet. Will keep you posted.

How to recognize something important - a quote from Abraham

Anytime you feel negative emotion, stop and say: Something is important here; otherwise, I would not be feeling this negative emotion. What is it that I want? And then simply turn your attention to what you do want. . . . In the moment you turn your attention to what you want, the negative attraction will stop; and in the moment the negative attraction stops, the positive attraction will begin. And—in that moment—your feeling will change from not feeling good to feeling good. That is the Process of Pivoting.

--- Abraham