Gratitude & The Art of Receiving
The majority of Americans are dependent on their televisions for news. Another group get their news from radio or podcasts of radio shows. A minority of Americans read their local or national newspaper, and an even smaller group get it from magazines. The smallest group of news hawks take the time to stay abreast of news through research on the internet, one of the greatest tools ever developed to link information from around the world.
When one person representing a nation pours their resources, creative intelligence, and their manpower to share empathy and love for another nation, that news should be covered in every form of media around the globe. Unfortunately, the incredible monument created by Zurab Tsereteli has barely been noted across the American media with few Americans being aware of it at all. What news I could find on this remarkable work of art, a generous gift from a man who gave it in the name of his nation, Russia with the full consent of President Putin, is marked by biting remarks and slurs.
Why is it that so many people must attack the gift giver as an individual with subversive motives.
Yes the cost is estimated at twelve million dollars, and that is quite a lot of money. But an artist who has such capital to gift remarkable works of art, should not be rebuffed for doing so.
It is unfortunate that human-kind are fraught with suspicion of generous acts.
To understand an artist, is to understand one's own spiritual essence. Soul is a passionate being.
I am certain there are many artists around the world who would love to have created monuments as a result of the tragedy, the deep emotional upheaval and the humane efforts, which will forever be remembered as 911.
The bombing of the Twin Towers in New York City on September 11, 2001 stands as a turning point in American and World history. Every form of media covered the event in its most grotesque and its most humane forms. But one of the most significant monuments given to America, as a witness to the pain, love and humanitarian acts of that day has not been covered in major US media.
Internationally known, Russian artist, and Russia's President of the Russian Academy of Arts , Zurab Tsereteli, cried for our loss. He felt a need to express the empathy of humanity through a monument of a giant tear drop, representing the outpouring of the world's tears. In an incredible act of love, this artist used his own resources (an estimated twelve million dollars) to create this magnificent monument, representing the bond of humanity to defeat terror.
Standing one hundred feet high, the impressive exterior is made of steel covered in bronze. Suspended from the center of a jagged, ripped opening in the stone-like structure, is a forty foot stainless steel teardrop.
This monument is nothing less than astonishing. It truly represents a ripping open the stone, cold, concrete world of business as usual, and the release of an international cry of pain.
Here is a picture of "The Monument to The Struggle Against World Terrorism", and short video from the dedication. Former President Clinton made the presentation at the dedication of this monument on September 11, 2006, he said:
"I would like to thank President Putin and the people of Russia for this gift of solidarity in the struggle against terror. I thank my friend Zurab Tsereteli for his ability to catch the feelings that cannot be expressed by words."Please take the time to consider how you respond to people who give gifts too expensive or too generous or too ___ whatever. The joy of giving, when one has a depth of emotion or a bond to a person or event, should be considered and accepted with joy and gratitude, for what it is, a gift!
In this season of giving, let us rejoice in our ability to give
and relish in the joy of receiving.
I, Michele Avanti, a U. S. Army Veteran, an American citizen for more than half a century, personally want to say thank you to Zurab Tsereteli and the people of Russia for their generous, heartfelt gift memorializing the events of 9/11.
We have the power to wield our worlds of creation. We must always remember that we are in this world, but not part of it.
This means that you are soul, an infinite, limitless, powerful creative being. You, the true you, has never left the world of pure positive energy. Soul is in a constant state of ecstasy, peace, and contentment.
The physical, mental and emotional states of consciousness that you adopt when you enter the worlds of matter, are yours to direct. When you understand this, you will realize that no outside force determines what manifests in your world.
Does that mean you will not get fired?
No it does not mean that. But if you have set a boundary in your universe that all things that come into your space are to your benefit, and that they only bring more knowledge, joy, contentment, security, wonder and abundance, then that is what a firing will bring.
You must cleanse all the thought patterns that come into your world. It is up to you to define your universe.
Once you accept full responsibility for your world, you can begin the process of cleaning out the old life-challenging thought patterns, and stabilizing the ones you want to manifest.
In this world of constant contact, you must stay aware of what your subconscious is taking in, and realign your thought patterns daily.
Monks in monasteries create a simple environment that allows for stable thought forms.
Individuals active in the world of chaos, are bombarded by every advertising, media, and political manipulation directed through television, radio, internet, billboard, published media, telephone conversations, workplace talk, street talk, shop talk, and even the thought forms that you do not see coming through energy fields from neighbors and traveling sound waves.
If you do not stay on top of your boundaries, you will be at the mercy of beliefs and thought forms you have not consciously chosen.
It is easy to go there. But it is not to your benefit.
A world of greed enters your home each time you turn on the television, radio or open a magazine, newspaper or the internet. We call it advertising.
Advertising is not designed to offer truth, but rather uses every form of subconscious manipulation to create an emotional desire for you to take action and buy. The only protection you have, is your own mental choice.
Children have no defense because their minds are still forming and thus they absorb the information much like your computer takes in new software. It takes the awareness of an adult to teach the child to identify truth from greed.
If the adult is unaware, the child will remain unaware.
What does all this mean?
Our subconscious mind absorbs, as facts, all the images suggesting that happiness, success with friends, family, and in love relationships, will be the direct result of whatever is advertised. This includes everything from what you drink (beer to coke), to where you eat (McDonald's to Carl Jr.), to what you wear (Old Navy to Macy's), to what car you drive (Ford to Mazda), to what cell phone you carry (AT&T to Verizon), to what computer you use, to what drug you take, and it goes on and on into every area of your life.
There is always something tugging at your belief system. And through media you have been trained to listen, and believe.
It is up to the individual to examine what is being fed to their subconscious mind, to eliminate the trash, and strengthen the boundaries.
When was the last time you examined what you believe?
Take the time at least twice each week to examine decisions you have made, and actions you have taken. Ask yourself; "Why did I choose to say that or do that?" Be completely honest with yourself. No one is watching you. You can honestly say, I felt pushed, I was tired, I was afraid, I was ashamed, I was...
Then take the time to assess your fears, your strengths, your energy, the degree you feel confident and proud of yourself.
Now you can start to uncover your beliefs. When you can look at your fears, you can examine what you believe. It is at this level you can find the hidden beliefs that drive you to react instead of respond to life.
Let's look at an example to help you clearly understand.
Looking back at the week, you find you still feel angry at yourself because you went out to lunch every day when you promised yourself you would not eat out more than once each week to save money to pay off a bill.
First observation, is you are angry with yourself. Second observation is that you did something you promised yourself you would not do. Now you must determine why you did not respect yourself enough to follow through. So you ask yourself, did I feel ashamed to say I was saving money? Did I feel pressure to show my co-workers I have as much money as they do? Did I feel a need to be seen out because of someone? Did you just feel the bill would get paid some other way? Or is there another motive that drove you to go against the promise you made to yourself?
Once you find the reason or reasons, you can unravel the fear that drove you to hurt yourself.
It is most likely a belief that comes from your childhood. It can be that your parents only took you out to eat when they had extra money, but your friends parents took them out to eat every week, and you felt poor. Thus going out to eat each day is a sign to you that you are not poor, that your are proving to yourself you can have it all. So this creates a belief system that says I am rich if I can eat out every day. Of course that is both false and forced. The feelings of being poor, were born out of comparing yourself to others. It has nothing to do with what being poor or rich is really about.
This is what I mean by digging into your belief system, clearing them out and reconstructing them based on what you want in your life.
Many people are 'packrats' not because they will ever use all they pack away, but because of a deep fear they will not have something they may need, when they need it. This goes to a belief system based on fear instead of a system of abundance.
Take the time to review each week and you will start to unravel the secret subconscious drives that cause your life to be fraught with fear, or full of joy and abundance.
Here is a note I recently wrote to a friend who is the main bread winner in her family, and is currently experiencing the fear of losing her job.
Please work with some EFT to calm your nerves. Fear is a magnet for things you do not want. It would be best for you to take 15 minutes to meditate each day to connect with the God force in you that manifests everything you desire. You need to come to that peaceful state, which knows you are secure and safe and that Spirit will put in your path everything you need and desire.
Using a prescription drug is fine for a temporary fix, but it is best to breath and do some kind of exercise to maintain balance and health. Being the bread winner in a difficult economy requires a steady mind and knowledge that you are always safe and protected. Practice knowing this. Go to a peaceful place inside where the angels embrace you and whisper all you desire is on its way. Feel it, breath it, know it. For what you believe you will achieve. You know this. But sometimes we all need to be reminded.
If you allow the turmoil of the current world economy to fill your life with fear, you join that belief system and open the door for loss. Let that belief system stay on the television, outside your door and in the hands of others at work. Remain knowing that each day is perfect. That changes that take place in your world will always be to your benefit. Loss of one job leads to a better job, and more happiness. You must take this in as you take in each breath. Breath it and know it.
To join the current frenzy is to join an illness and to build internal stress because of it can create illness. When we realize we are limitless, powerful, infinite, soul simply driving a human vessel, we free ourselves from the world's illusions.
Promise me you will take 15 minutes each day and allow the angels to embrace you and fill you with all the joy of knowing you are safe, protected and that all that is good and perfect is constantly provided for you.
With love to everyone - May you see the light in your own reflection and carry it to illuminate all you encounter.
"If you're always in a hurry, always trying to get ahead of the other guy, or someone else's performance is what motivates you, then that person is in control of you."
This is so true..it is the way of this time in history, more than any other time, that we give away power in so many ways, it is a wonder that people are not sick all the time.
Our personal power is centered through the choices we make. Every single time we choose we either strengthen or shrink our power.
To make this as plain as possible, when you say, "Yes." to anything half-heartedly, you have given away your power. Consider when someone asks you to go somewhere, or you mate asks you to get them something. If a part of you says "I don't want to," but you do it anyway, you have given away your power.
The key is to be aware. Then internally say, I choose to do this because I love this person. I am happy to do this because I love this person.
When you make a conscious choice, you center and empower yourself, while still doing something for someone else.
Hope that makes it clear. Comment below or write on my facebook wall - Michele Avanti, and I will help you with any mundane situation you want to discuss. I always keep people's situations anonymous on my blog. We all have challenges in our lives, but when we work together, we can work them out.
Hugs to all, we need to love ourselves and learn to be cause in our lives. When we do, we empower ourselves and thus strengthen the whole grid of life on the planet.
Here is the first of a set of videos from Wayne Dyer's seminar on the Power of Intention
Wayne Dyer - Power of Intention (Part 1/14) - Free videos are just a click away
2nd & 5th House Give Clues
Recently a Facebook Friend asked this astrological question.
"I love to collect beautiful things. Where do you find this in a chart?"
The chart always tells us what a person likes, what they will spend their money on, and what they value most. Additionally based on the signs involved, we can see if they like to collect these things, give them away, or hoard them.
So let's take a look at this chart and see what kinds of collecting, this FB friend may enjoy and why.
The second house has Gemini on the cusp indicating the individual values ideas, communication, and anything that communicates. This will usually include; people, books, and various forms of art.
Gemini is a Mutable Air Sign, and it does not hoard.
But we must look to the ruler of Gemini and its placement to learn more.
Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and we find it deposited in 7th house in Scorpio.
Scorpio is a Fixed Water Sign, and can be a collector, and may even be a hoarder of things. But it must be something the holds some mystery for the individual. Something that reveals a deeper meaning, or that transforms in some way would be valued by the individual.
Now let's look at the 5th house. This is the house of hobbies, and investments. Here we find everything that a person loves, from people to things.
The 5th house has Libra on the cusp, while Pluto is very close to the cusp, and Uranus is deposited here in Libra. (Also note it is at 22 degrees trining the cusp of the 2nd house.)
Libra indicates the individual falls in love with beautiful people and beautiful things. They also invest in beauty that builds conversations and relationships.
Libra is a Cardinal Air Sign, and is not known to hoard or collect specifically.
But when we look to Venus, the ruler of Libra, we note it is deposited in the end of the 6th house close to the 7th house cusp, and it is in the sign of Scorpio. So it reinforces the Mercury's trend from the 2nd house, and indicates the individual will be drawn to collect beautiful, intriguing, transformational, mysterious art.
The influence of Uranus adds a sudden fallen in and out of love with things. So from time to time the individual may find themselves releasing, or giving away, collections, as they suddenly fall in love with new ones.
The fact that Mercury is in the 7th indicates that they may be influenced through one-on-one conversations.
The fact that Venus is in the 6th indicates that they may find some of their collectibles through the workplace, or socializing with co-workers.
So after viewing all of this, I was not surprised that this FB friend enjoys Hatchlings & has beautiful apartment in Yoville!
With this information, now you can take a look at your chart or the chart of a friend, and discover if they are a collector and what they may like to collect. This of course can be very useful if you are buying presents.
If you have questions, please feel free to connect with me on Facebook (Michele Avanti), or on Twitter (@tamoor) and when time allows, I will add your answer right here on my blog, anonymously of course!
I have Spiritual or Other-Worldly Experiences but when I mention these to my family, they tell me it's only my imagination or a dream. I am sure they are real, but after talking with family, I find myself wondering.
Here is my reply:
As for family and what they think or say, time will eventually bring them around. Though that may be lifetimes later.
Never allow the limitations of others to influence you. Because their experiences are not yours, this does not make yours less real. There is a Spiritual Law that states: "When You Know - You Know." No one can take your experience from you - or for that matter, your power - unless you allow them.
Because you want your family to love you, and you equate their words with their love, you throw away your truth. Change this. Accept their love, and honor them. You need to realize that since they do not understand your experiences they automatically place them into a category that works for them. That is fine.
Compare this to working with a little child. You can explain to a child that the chill factor is this percent and the wind factor is that percent and thus the weather is developing into a rainstorm, but all they can hold in their mind is - I need to take an umbrella. All that other stuff is simply not part of their reality. So too, your family cannot understand your reality, thus they classify it into something they can understand - imagination or a dream.
Stand in your power, know who you are, be who you are, and love everyone despite how they respond to your experiences.
Eventually you will learn The Law Of Silence.
The Law Of Silence teaches you to abide implicitly by The Law of Non-Interference.
We invade someone's space when we give them more information than they are ready or willing to take in. Your family is not ready for this information. When they are, they will come to you and ask.
To give someone information before they are ready, is not only an invasion of their space, but it also can disturb their universe, thus creating a karmic issue for you.
It is much better to live by The Law Of Silence, give information when asked, share when the door is open, and leave the rest alone.
Since I believe this information may be helpful to others, I have posted here today.
Blessing to all, may you honor and love yourself.
You are a light to the world, the more you love and nurture you, the brighter you become!
The Spiritual Laws clearly state that what we think we will manifest.
In this video, Kelly S. Jones speaks from the heart and so clearly, that I wanted to share it with you.
If you want to change you life in any way, listen, the answer is directly connected to the dialogue in your mind and on your lips.
The tragic Jesusita Fire in Santa Barbara, CA brought two unsual enemies together - a fawn and a bobcat.
The fawn is about 3 days old and the bobcat about 3 weeks. They immediately bonded and snuggled together under a desk in the Santa Barbara County Dispatch Office for several hours.
The fawn was rescued during the wildfire. Animal Planet has reported the bobcat kitten was rescued near Arnold Schwarzenegger's ranch. It was dehydrated and near death.
Although wild animals, especially of separate species, are never placed together due to regulations; in this emergency situation, they had no choice.
During the mayhem of the fire, they were forced to put animals anywhere they could, since they had run out of crates large enough for the fawn.
The kitten ran to the fawn, and it was instant bonding.
I'm frequently asked on the radio and on the net, compatibility questions.
I always say it is much more complicated than Sun Signs. We are truly complex beings, so you will see successful marriages that make no sense by Sun Sign. You have to look deeper into a chart to get the truth about how compatible two people will be.
Additionally the stages of life are yet another factor. When people are young, the need for sexual attraction is imperative, it is the mating call of the species. Without strong sexual attraction in youth, there would be no reproduction. This does not mean the couple is really all that compatible, but they may marry, and all too often divorce later.
But in later stages of life you will find many different types of attraction emerge, and often a greater depth of compatibility is achieved.
No astrologer will say anyone has developed true maturity until they pass their first Saturn test - the return of Saturn to its original position in the birth chart, which happens around the age of 29 years. Thus many early marriages are more difficult to sustain, though of course some are the result of good karmic fortune.
At any rate, a pat answer to compatibility questions is not possible.
That said, the question on the floor is:
Will a Venus in Pisces Man, & A Mars in Libra Woman Be Compatible?
A man's Venus tells us what kind of woman he would be attracted to, while a woman's mars tells us what kind of man she would be attracted to.
Underlying both of these statements is the issue of love and energy.
Venus in Pisces tells us the man loves romance, dreaming, sleeping, spirituality or drugs, escapism, and has a love of merging with another. The type of woman he would love should have beautiful feet, wear feminine, lacy, ruffled, delicate, clothing. May be religious, spiritual or into some mind altering experience. May be a dreamer.
Mars in Libra tells us the woman uses her energy communicating to create balance, harmony and beauty. She may be an artist, a counselor, mediator, judge, or dating consultant. She wants a man who loves to communicate, is fair, and has an interest in relating to others. Might even be a bit gossipy and that would be fine by her.
How compatible is this Venus and Mars? Not all that compatible by astrological aspect. If both planets were in within a 5 degree orb: say Venus was 15 degrees of Pisces and Mars was between 10 and 20 degrees of Libra, then these planet would be in an inconjunct aspect.
Inconjunct is 150 degrees apart, and it is a very stressful aspect, each planet would be constantly re-assessing the other.
However to ask such a question is limiting, since this is not all that an astrologer will consider to indicate compatibility between two people.
There is much, much, more to consider. The relationship between the individual's Moons would be a better question, or the Moon and Neptune or Moon and Venus. These would say more than just Venus and Mars.
While the aspects between Venus and Mars may be stressful, these planets can find their balance through another planet or better yet, a luminary like the Moon.
Stressful aspects between Venus and Mars may create some attraction, but will result in an unsatisfying sexual connection, though this too could be mitigated in some way through other aspects or placements in the chart.
So where is your Venus & your lover's/mate's/husband's or wife's Mars?
Let me know, and I will tell you what I see.
Pit Bull Survivor
Three Legged Pony
Though I do not know who wrote this story since I received it in an email, I could not let it go unnoticed. It is heartbreaking, inspiring, and will once more show you how amazing divine beings in animal bodies can be.
Make sure to watch the video clip at the end of this blog to see Molly in motion.
Molly.a dappled charcoal gray pony who was abandoned by her owners when Hurricane Katrina hit southern Louisiana. She spent weeks on her own before finally being rescued and taken to a farm where abandoned animals were stockpiled. While there, she was attacked by a pit bull terrier and almost died. Her gnawed right front leg became infected, and her vet went to Louisiana State University for help, but L.S.U. was overwhelmed, and this pony was a welfare case. You know how that goes.
But after surgeon Rustin Moore met Molly, he changed his mind.He saw how the pony was careful to lie down on different sides so she didn't seem to get sores, and how she allowed people to handle her. She protected her injured leg. She constantly shifted her weight and didn't overload her good leg. She was a smart pony with a serious survival ethic.
Moore agreed to remove her leg below the knee, and a temporary artificial limb was built. Molly walked out of the clinic and her story really begins there.
'This was the right horse and the right owner,'Mooreinsists. Molly happened to be a one-in-a-million patient. She's tough as nails, but sweet, and she was willing to cope with pain. She made it obvious she understood that she was in trouble.The other important factor, according to Moore, is having a truly committed and compliant owner who is dedicated to providing the daily care required over the lifetime of the horse.
Molly's story turns into a parable for life in post-Katrina Louisiana ..The little pony gained weight, and her mane finally felt a comb. A human prosthesis designer built her a leg.
The prosthetic has given Molly a whole new life, Allison Barca DVM, Molly's regular vet, reports.
And she asks for it. She will put her little limb out, and come to you and let you know that she wants you to put it on. Sometimes she wants you to take it off too. And sometimes, Molly gets away from Barca. 'It can be pretty bad when you can't catch a three-legged horse,' she laughs.
Most important of all, Molly has a job now. Kay, the rescue farm owner, started taking Molly to shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers. Anywhere she thought that people needed hope. Wherever Molly went, she showed people her pluck. She inspired people, and she had a good time doing it.
'It's obvious to me that Molly had a bigger role to play in life,Mooresaid. She survived the hurricane, she survived a horrible injury, and now she is giving hope to others.'
Barca concluded, 'She's not back to normal, but she's going to be better.To me, she could be a symbol forNew Orleans itself.'
This is Molly's most recent prosthesis. The bottom photo shows the ground surface that she stands on, which has a smiley face embossed in it. Wherever Molly goes, she leaves a smiley hoof print behind.
Please share this story with anyone who questions the value of animals, as well as with any animal lovers you know.
On the day over 200 years ago, a tiny group of 56 men - representatives of the thirteen colonies mutually pledged to each other, their lives, fortunes and sacred honor.
Though astrologers and historians alike, will dispute the exact time that the Declaration of Independence was finally adopted, it is for certain that it was after lunch. A variety of surviving letters indicate it was in early evening, it was hot, and the flies had become pests.
I use the 2:21 pm chart rectified by Marc Penfield, and here it is for you to view.
This moon in this chart defines a nation that desires freedom, that will have unique and unusual families, and that will be a nation of properties that will cooperate together and be friendly to each other.
All of these statements are part of what our nation is about. We are one of the most unique countries in the world. Our families are mixtures of many cultures, completely different than the majority of countries around the world.
We are composed of independent states that cooperate seamlessly together, yet each is unique unto itself.
Pluto in the third house in Capricorn shows America thinks big, and works through idealistic international organizations or contacts. We empower them, we empower corporations, and we will struggle (Pluto opposed to Mercury in Cancer in the 9th) with international communication, often not appear as nurturing as we think we are. No doubt this is part of the reason we are often called 'The ugly Americans" by foreigners.
With Sun, Mercury and Jupiter in the ninth house, we are kings in the world of export/import. We rule the world through media, marketing, publishing, exports and imports.
With Jupiter ruling the 2nd house of money, conjunct the Sun, which rules the midheaven in this chart, we will be very successful with money and our position in the world will be seen as kings.
This chart is an amazing combination for a nation.
But at this moment, I just want to share the human factor of what happened once that document was adopted on that fateful day in 1776.
The 56 men who would ultimately sign the parchment would be hunted down by the British. Many lost their lives, their families and their fortunes.
Five were captured by the British tortured to death as traitors to the Crown.
Twelve had their homes destroyed, burnt to the ground.
Two lost their sons in the Revolutionary War.
Two lost their sons to capture by the British in the War.
Nine fought in the War and died from wounds or hardships.
So who were these men?
Twenty-Four were Lawyers.
Eleven were merchants.
Nine were farmers and plantation owners.
All were men well educated men of means.
Please take a moment today to think of these men, and their families, and all the sacrifices they made so that our nation - The United States of America - could be born.
Here, by State, are the names of the fifty six men who adopted and later signed the Declaration of Independence:
Americans back to work
We experience stress, and depression, as we reorganize, and realign with the American Dream
The President struggles to make change under the weight of heavy responsibilities, which include: war, unemployment and the decreasing health of the nation.
An opportunity to sign an international contract (treaty) is a balancing act for the president. The treaty has to do with imports, exports, and trading in international waters. It may involve petroleum, drugs, pharmaceuticals, fish, and even piracy. It looks like it may be a way to heal wounded friendships. There is public opposition or protest. It does not come from the people, but from corporate groups, like: bankers, mortgage brokers, makers of explosive materials, foreign investors, the congress, or may even come from a member of his cabinet.
A judgment, or public declaration from a judge, or Congress, calls for re-organization or re-assessment of the housing market, causing fluctuation in the economy.
The American people are going back to work. There is a new sense of security, and opportunity through government programs. Health care may be another area where there is opportunity to work and make money.
There is more spending going on during these three months, and the market is showiong signs of stabilizing.
One of the greatest fears humans hold, is the fear of death. Though it is nothing more than another doorway to soul, the human mind, with help from culture, religion, media, etc, has made death into something much larger, something to be dreaded, and never discussed.
To understand what happens when we die, there are many excellent books available, a new one, written by Stephanie Riseley, Love From Both Sides – A True Story of Soul Survival and Sacred Sexuality,will give you a wonderful perspective. It is a down-to-earth account of loss and renewal. Stephanie brings death into focus, love into focus, and even suicide into clearer perspective. Written in an engaging style, you will instantly find yourself a part of Stephanie's life, and the amazing transformation she experiences after her husband dies.
Today, I had the pleasure to interview Stephanie about her profession as a hypnotherapist, and about her new book Love From Both Sides.
Hi Stephanie, my first question; one of your quotes that I found interesting is you married at the age of 42 after being as you called it, Terminally single.' Did you actually use that language before finding your husband? Or did you change it shortly before you connected.
‘Terminally single’ is just a phrase I used in Love From Both Sides – A True Story of Soul Survival and Sacred Sexuality. In reality when I was 42, I was too busy to worry about it.I was in UCLA’s graduate film school, surrounded by darling, sexy young men, (some of them successful now!), worked 20 hours a week in the production store, had another job with Eve Arden. I barely had time to eat, let alone date! What I did do, however, was organize a group of girlfriends and we used what would now be called “The Laws of Attraction” to visualize our best future. I called what we did “Goddess Ceremonies,” and I was Head Goddess. It was so fun! On the full moon, we’d head out to the beach, sit in a circle and conjure our best future. I would essentially put everyone in a state of focused concentration (hypnosis) and then each “goddess” would visualize and verbalize her “Perfect Day” while the rest of us sent the intentions soaring skyward. And amazingly so much as what we visualized came true!
I have so many incredible turn abouts! I teach my clients how to reprogram their brains, and rid themselves of the negative self-talk and sabotaging behaviors and, because of that, everything in their lives changes for the better! I love what I do.Hypnotherapy opens the mind to all the powers of the subconscious, which I believe makes the hypnotherapist a prime candidate to hear and perhaps see dis-incarnate spirits. Did you have any experiences with beings not in physical bodies before your contacts with your husband?
Great question! Here’s exactly what happened to me directly from Love From Both Sides:
.... Dan’s dying was not my first experience with the “In Between.” I’d had others, but since I desperately wanted to be normal, I chose to ignore them. My first happened when I was 19. I had pericarditis with bilateral lung effusions, or in English, the sack around my heart, the pericardium, got inflamed and both my lungs filled with fluid. As one doctor would say, “You’ve got a literally weeping heart. It’s actually very poetic.” Poetic perhaps, but it made it so painful to breathe that I couldn’t lie down flat.
My parents had no interest in my health or anything besides their own passionate dance of destruction; so consequently, I sat alone and upright in a darkened room for almost two weeks.
When one of my mother’s friends opened my door, looked in and saw me, it was almost too late. They rushed me to the hospital, but after the nurses got me settled into bed, I simply wanted “out.” I remember closing my eyes, and it felt as if my hands were holding onto a bar just overhead, then I simply let go. Like magic, I slid easily down toward a warm, amber light. I knew exactly what was happening; I was dying and I felt relieved. But then out of nowhere, something grabbed me by the scruff of the neck and yanked me back. It felt as if my body screamed, “Hey, wait just a damned minute! You’re nineteen. You may not want to live, but all of us hundred-twenty trillion cells do! So get a grip, Girl!”
As it turns out, according to “Dan,” it wasn’t just my body, it was my “over soul” and my “guides.” It didn’t matter to me who or what brought me back, because there I was, in searing pain, and knowing that I would live, which at the time was not good news.
That was in April of 1967, long before Elisabeth Kübler-Ross published her book on death and dying, so like many people, I kept that experience to myself. But it changed me; it gave me the courage to ignore the doctors who told me I had five years to live. So I had systemic lupus? So what? People got over worse things, and somehow I knew I’d get over this. The following March, I managed to get myself into UC Berkeley, which still amazes me, since I’d barely bothered to show up at Hollywood High. After three years in Berkeley, I moved to New York City to study acting. I lived there eleven years, moved back to LA for seven, then back to Berkeley to finish up my degree in 1988, so UCLA would be kind enough to let me into their graduate school of film.
In the twenty years in between, I flirted with the alternative world, but kept my distance. It seemed too flaky, airy-fairy and filled with far too many spiritually smug people. Although, to be honest, Jane Roberts’s channeled books, Seth Speaks and The Nature of Personal Reality changed my life. Her books not only gave me doable exercises that helped me heal my damaged body; they also gave me a dynamically different perspective on day-to-day living.
Looking back on it now, I was connected to the alternative realm whether I wanted to be or not. For instance, while I still lived in New York, I heard a man on the radio talk about past life regressions. So I sat right down, followed his instructions, and wham! I saw myself as a nun – an ugly, French nun – sitting in my little cell, writing, and looking out onto a beautiful garden. I knew the time period – late Middle Ages – I saw her life, but I didn’t take it seriously.
Besides, I was too busy supporting my acting addiction, so I drove a taxi weekend nights to pay for the acting, dancing and singing classes that went along with it. One snowy, slippery night, when I got home at three a.m., completely exhausted, I put Beethoven’s Ninth on the stereo and curled up on the couch to unwind. I was still in my twenties, so I sat there wondering: What was life all about? What was its purpose? To do good work? Be a success? Find happiness?
When suddenly my whole insides filled up with that same radiant, amber light. Only this time a voice – a distinctly male voice -- boomed out, “Life is to be loved.” Implicit in that message was the realization, the deep understanding, that life wasn’t to be figured out or fretted over (my own unending “inner monologue”) -- life was simply to be loved. Since I come from a background steeped in American Protestant self-denial, “life is to be loved” was real news to me. I thought life was simply to be suffered through. I assumed my ability to stoically withstand pain was the path to spiritual redemption. It’s the “Brownie Points in Heaven” view of reality that most good little Christian girls are taught. Did the “Life is to be loved” message solve any problems? Did I pay attention? No, I had more important things to worry about. I studied acting with the amazing Stella Adler, and so I only asked the Big Questions, the questions that mattered -- What is Art? Truth? Beauty?
Life goes on (unless, of course, it doesn’t) and mine continued for years without any more nudges from the “In Between.” Then in June of 1988, my baby sister Gheri-Llynn committed suicide. She was eleven years younger and only twenty-nine. During her downward spiral into despair, I tried desperately to get her help. I finally managed to get her into UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI), where I’d worked for four years, but all they could do was drug her into a shaky-handed stupidity. She hated how that made her feel and consequently, she was determined to do what she wanted. And she wanted “out.”
The month before she died, while I still lived in Berkeley, finishing off twenty-eight units of undergraduate work, Gheri-Llynn drove up to say good-bye. It was my birthday and she handed me a beautiful pair of blue teardrop earrings and said, “These stones are three million years old. Some things last and some things don’t.”
I’m five-foot-eight and she was just barely five-three; I grabbed her by the shoulders, looked down into her deep brown eyes and said, “Gheri-Llynn, if you do this, I will never forgive you. I swear, I will hunt you down in the afterlife. I’m serious. You cannot do this.” She looked away, hugged me and kissed me good-bye.
The night before I was due to drive back down to L.A., (where I was going to try to get more help for her) my father called at one a.m. All he said was, “Steph?” and I knew she was dead. I threw the phone across the room and started screaming, “My baby! My baby! My baby!” I screamed for five hours.
I drove back to Los Angeles and stayed in a friend’s guest house the next night. As I lay there in the stunned disbelief that goes along with death, I turned and looked through two tall French glass doors out into the darkness. Suddenly, amorphous, scary figures of black men began to sail through the doors toward me. One held a knife, the next one held a gun, the next a rope, but they evaporated just before they reached me. Each one looked so real, so threatening; they were very specific people. I knew they weren’t real -- I knew it, yet I didn’t know it.
I’m not afraid of black men. As I said, I drove a cab in New York City for seven years, and since I was just out of Berkeley, I drove with my belief system in tact. Which means that I was one of the few taxi drivers who would pick up black people – black men in particular -- and take them to more challenging areas of the city -- to Harlem, the South Bronx, Bed-Sty, East New York -- to the places where many African American people lived. And believe me, in the late ‘70s at the height of the drug epidemic, those were dangerous destinations. But I drove in and out of these places all the time, so fear of black men was not an issue for me.
Gheri-Llynn, on the other hand, had been raped by a black man. She was only twenty-one when he climbed through her bedroom window at three a.m., then he held a knife to her throat while he raped her.
As I continued to watch these flying black men, I wondered what the hell they could be. Since I did field research evaluating the incidence of mental illness in the population at large when I worked at NPI, I knew that one of the key indicators of schizophrenia was seeing things that aren’t there. I kept my eye on these black phantoms, these threatening men, trying to think clinically, unemotionally. “Well, this is interesting. This must be what it’s like to be crazy.” Until finally it hit me. I’d finally broken. I was crazy. Then I filled with fear. I would be like Lily Tomlin’s Trudy -- one of the crazy people who roam the streets, chatting to the phantoms who keep them company.
And that’s when the leaping stream of black men stopped. They simply evaporated.
Then Gheri-Llynn “came through.” In real life, she was a tiny, determined, fireball of energy with a wicked sense of humor, and it was Gheri-Llynn, all right. “Wow!This is nothing like what I expected. You were right, damn it! That was so stupid of me. Nothing to do about it now. But those black guys? I just needed you to experience my reality. I needed you to understand why I couldn’t go on living. I was too scared -- all the time.” This happened in a flash, not in words, but in images and feeling tones. I tried to ask her what the Other Side was like, but she couldn’t tell me. Too complicated, she said. This was all she could do now.
Then she wanted to be held. I was lying still, my arms at my sides, and yet it felt as if I held my chubby, cuddly three-year-old baby sister. I hugged her and she hugged me. My body filled to the brim with so much love that I felt throbbing love-tingles in my fingernails, and then she was gone. ....
Everyone’s experience is different. For me? It took me four months of chest beating mourning, before Dan could “break through” the heaviness of painful emotion. Recognizing the different ways that “spirits” can communicate might be helpful.
According to many sources, spirits can turn lights on and off. According to medium Lisa Williams, for instance, spirits communicate though pennies – so look for pennies. Clocks break. When I think back on it, my watch broke immediately and so I was “compelled” to put on my newly dead husband’s watch, filled with his energy. When I started channeling, the energy came through the hand that his watch was on – my left. And what’s funny, or weird? This last May 9th, which would have been Dan’s birthday, I could “feel” him near me – I knew he was around, because I missed him so much… again. And then everywhere I went, there were pennies all over! It was literally pennies from heaven! Isn’t that funny?
I’ll quote from Love From Both Sides again, because it was a moment that explained our entire relationship:
.... Dan urged me to keep reading Journey of Souls by Michael Newton, the hypnotherapist who regresses clients to recall their In Between memories. A few clients told him about the “making of objects,” (an In Between activity) and about the “hierarchy of souls” by colors. They said that “Baby Souls” are white. Then there’s a progression that goes from off-white with yellow or gold flecks, on to gold. Then gold with blue flecks or streaks, to blue with yellow flecks, then to pure blue. Then the blues go on to purples in the same sort of progression.
I read over these sections and wanted to see what Dan had to say.
Sunday, May 26, 2002 -- 8:30 p.m.
Dan the man here – you sweet thing. I had a busy day. The making of objects took almost all my attention – what you just read was no coincidence.What color are you now?
White with flecks of yellow.How about Enoch?White with flecks of yellow. I am Enoch – Enoch is me. But that’s why I write “Dan the man.” It’s my Dan-ness you remember. It’s my Dan-ness you miss.
I began to cry, and when I cried, he couldn’t get through my emotion. I felt his annoyance.
It’s 5 months today, Dan. I still find it weird that 1) you’re gone and 2) you’re back. Of course, I doubt this every so often. And yet this is so real to me.
It’s real to me – but not at all weird. The weird thing seems to be your life now. (All I did was go to work, go to yoga, and come home. Period.)
But as I said, your body is still in shock and that’s why you’re tired. But you’re in bed and that’s good. Did you listen to those “History of Philosophy” tapes?
Some. Nietzsche was/is destructive garbage. Wish I’d never read him. Glad you didn’t.
The philosophers I think people on this plane think the most of are Emerson, Dostoyevsky and Blake.
Dostoyevsky especially – Prince Mishkin was always a favorite of mine and yours too. But I don’t think we ever discussed The Idiot.
That was so odd. Because he was right – I loved Dostoyevsky – I loved The Idiot, yet we’d never talked about it.
Hey! Wait. Have you seen Bea?
Just at her arrival. She’s busy with Arch and Steve.Yellow with flecks of blue – like you. You’re blue with flecks of yellow.
(Her husband and son.)
What color was she?
I could feel his energy pull back, as if his face scrunched up – just like in life when he had to admit I was right about something. I smiled.
Yes. You are more advanced than me. That’s why I had such a bad time adjusting. I “came in” with a teacher – you – then refused to be taught.
We both sat with that, and silently acknowledged how much that one sentence explained the dynamics of our relationship. In our life together, I felt compelled to share what I knew – what I had learned -- but he simply refused to listen. Since there was no fixing it now, I just sighed and changed the subject.
If I’ve been in training for 30 years, training for what?
To do the job of opening more the door of awareness.And I do that with my book?
Oh, great! I filled with frustration because I was having such a tough time writing it. First off, I was a screenwriter. What did I know about writing a book? Not one thing. Second, writing a book about sacred sex and marriage was a real challenge, considering I’d only recently discovered that my own marriage had almost killed me.
So I changed the subject again. ....
Through your experiences connecting with your husband from the other side, how have you changed?
Everything has changed! Nothing’s at all like it was. I now live in a completely magical universe where every moment is filled with joy – and appreciation! It’s what I teach my clients!
Are you now open to love again, or have you fallen in love again?
Oh, yes – I’m open to love but in a completely different way. I love everything now – I love my clients, I love my friends – I love the winds in the trees. But if you’re talking romantic love, I’ve changed there, too. I have no expectations about men, because I have so many male clients. Men are so fragile. But I appreciate what the universe offers in terms of physical closeness – and yes, I have someone who appreciates me.
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
If anyone had told me five years ago that I would be where I sit today, proprietor of my own business with a book published, I wouldn’t have believed them. I’m happier now than I’ve ever been in my life. So in the next five years, if I can just keep doing the work I’m meant to do, which is to help get the word out that death is not an ending. No one ever dies. Death is actually a beginning of sorts, or just another stop on the soul’s journey in learning how to love. And if I can do that, then when I die in this lifetime, I will have fulfilled my own purpose.
Is there anything else you want to share with our readers?
Enjoy your life now! Look at what brings you joy and go out and do it – that’s “soul work,” believe it or not!Love From Both Sides - A True Story of Soul Suvival and Sacred Sexuality
Bless you all, and I hope you buy my book! You’ll like it – it’s fun, really! And if you have questions, write me: Stephanie @ StephanieRiseley.com
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Below you can listen to an excellent interview with Michael Newton, hypnotherapist and author of Journey of Souls. He will explain how, through work with clients, he discovered what people experience in death, and what they do after they die. If you listen and embrace what he says, you will never be afraid of death again.
Here is a segment from Seth Speaks regarding: death, dying, incarnations, astral travel, out of body experience, and life after death.
To listen to more of the Seth audio/video series click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m58P9t3PNEE&NR=1
One of my Tweeple pointed me to this question on a site called Unexplained Phenomena.
Though I attempted to answer the question there, for some reason it would not take, so I decided to post it here.
Here is the question that was asked:
I am curious to know if there is any such thing as an anomalous reincarnation?
I mean, someone coming back to the wrong life/period of time?
It's something I've wondered about for years and just some incidents today brought it to the forefront again, so I thought I'd ask.
The issue is with the human mind, and the way the question is constructed.
There are no mistakes in coming into a physical body.
Soul does not make mistakes.
And there is no time or space - this is a construct of the lower worlds, the physical being one of them.
Thus when you understand this, you will realize soul can enter anywhere in time.
There are no parameters. This is not easy for the physical mind to grasp because the mind will create many reasons why, in its linear environment that this is not possible. But that is only the mind's limitation based on the cultural/societal/and family environment.
Hope that helps. I have taught metaphysics since 1972, traveled the inner planes since childhood, and stopped by because my Twiend @paranominal asked me to.
Wishing each you every blessing of joy and success.
Here are two amazingly different people, born on the same day in the same year, both attained stardom of enormous magnitude.
So if there is anything to astrology, how can they be so vastly different?
Here are their charts, you can listen to me discuss them by going to this link:
This is where the incredible facets of human personalty shine through the location of birth.
Though Andy Griffith and Marilyn Monroe were both born on June 1, 1926, they were born in opposite parts of the United States.
Andy was born in Mount Airy, NC.
Marilyn was born in Los Angeles, CA
For those of you who are new to astrology, this means they will have all the planets within seconds or minutes. Only the Moon might differ by degree.
But the position of these planets is vastly different because of the time of birth and the location.
Let's take a quick look at the charts:
Here is Andy's chart. Born with Pluto and the North Node at the Midheaven, in a Grand Trine to Mars, Uranus and Saturn, and in an inconjunct to the Moon and Jupiter.
While one part of this Trine is under attach - Saturn is in a T Square with Neptune opposing Moon and Jupiter.
Now Marilyn has these same planetary configurations but in different houses, so they tell a different story.
Instead of writing all about it, here it the audio about both Marilyn Monroe and Andy Griffith.
I was asked to do a radio show this morning, so this will be easier and you can download it if you like: http://bit.ly/kIuyI
I am going to start recording most of my blog here, because I can speak a lot faster than I can write, and I have received many questions from folks on Twitter & Facebook. I will post the charts and you can listen and look.