Connecting with The SUPERNATURAL
Practice makes perfect, right? While there is no perfect here, there is a need to practice becoming more aware of and trusting in the REALMS OF THE SUPERNATURAL. They are very much a part of our world. Take some time each day to choose an activity and a give it a whirl. You might be surprised where Alice’s Rabbit Hole will take you!
Becoming Aware of The Realm of The Spirit
It is one of my favorite things to practice awareness of the spirit realm. I love to focus on the signals I get from my intuition. Intuition is, after all, the sense we use to connect with realities we cannot “see.” Of all the four points of connection, I find that modern culture has made this one the most difficult to maintain. I am sure that many of you reading this book must be well connected to your sixth sense, but I think you will agree with me that it is not openly encouraged in most first world countries. It is vital, however, to our health and well-being.
I recently watched an interview with a shaman in the Amazon rain forest. He lamented that, without a strong connection to the spiritual plane, mankind falls into all kinds of misery including depression, anxiety, fear, violence, and war. It is our connection to Spirit that puts us in touch with the Love that is the energy that holds all things together. The more aware we become of this Love, the more full and secure we feel. Unfortunately, when we are unaware of it, we ARE aware of the void that the unawareness leaves. We feel unbalanced, empty, and anxious even though we are not quite sure why.
I believe being present and in a constant awareness of this Love is the first and most important step in becoming aware of the world of the Spirit. This Love is the source energy that flows through everything and when we become in tune with it, our awareness of all things connected to it is easily and naturally heightened. Our intuition, our ability to feel and understand different types of energy, and our ability to sense and recognize beings that exist on parallel planes all come more clearly into view. That is good news, because it means that instead of being overwhelmed with a myriad of confusing ways to hone our spiritual skills, we can simply focus on becoming increasingly present in Love.
Here is a simple meditation that was taught to me years ago by a woman from India who is so filled with this Love, and so tapped into the realm of Spirit, that if she simply hugs you, you are changed.
Find a comfortable, quiet place to sit. Lay your hands, palms up, on your knees. Let your fingers relax and gently touch your thumbs to your forefingers. Close your eyes and take a couple deep cleansing breaths, breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth each time until you feel relaxed. Then allow your breath to become more natural and steady, breathing in for a count of about 4 and out for a count of about 8. As you breathe in, direct your attention to the Source of all Creation and say in your mind, “Fill me with Your love.” Imagine that the air coming into your body is the physical energy of tangible love. That love is coming into your lungs and then spreading through your entire body, filling you completely.
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Do this for a few minutes several times a day. You may find it so relaxing and fulfilling, that you naturally begin to increase the time you spend doing it. If you do this, it will have marvelous consequences in your life. You will hardly notice it at first, but little by little you will find yourself becoming aware of signs that speak to you during the day. Your dreams will increase, and you will begin to understand them better. You will begin to feel more in touch with and confident in your intuition, trusting it and consciously engaging it more often. And you will begin to become increasingly aware that a world of other-world beings that always surrounds and supports you.
Feeding Your Intuition
INTUITION IS VITAL TO navigating daily life. My guess is that some of you reading this have well developed intuition and some don’t. So, I am going to start with the basics. Having good intuition is part of your birthright as a human being. It is your sixth sense and you were born with it. If you grew up in a home where logic was revered, and intuition was dismissed, you may have been programmed not to trust it. Also, if you were exposed to toxins like fluoride and chlorine, your pineal gland—the seat of your intuition—may be damaged. Fortunately, BOTH of those things can be overcome.
In my time living in Middle America, I have noticed that most people here have good intuition. They use it regularly and with skill. They rely on it just as much as you relay on your eye sight or your hearing. In fact, if they could get in your head, they would feel confused and wonder why you are not using your intuition.
Most of the people I have met don’t look for logical explanations to everything. They just know things and if you ask them how they know, they just shrug their shoulders and say, “I don’t know how. I just know,” and they accept it without worrying why. They accept it. They trust it implicitly, and they use it without really thinking about it at all.
Here is a good example:
There was a guy named Good Times who lived in the islands of Panama. People called him Good Times because he was always trying to sell a free newspaper called The Good Times. He was a nice guy, and I didn’t mind talking to him, but sometimes I avoided him because I didn’t want to buy his free newspaper.
After trying to avoid him several times and doing it unsuccessfully, I finally learned the avoidance trick. If I saw him and didn’t want to fork out a few bucks for something I could easily get for free, I had to immediately turn my attention to something OTHER than him. If I even THOUGHT about him, it didn’t matter how slick I was, within a minute or two, he was standing in front of me waving crinkled paper around and asking for money.
One day, I was walking down the street past the park. It was a small park and it was easy to see the parallel street that ran down the other side. It was also easy to see Good Times about a half block away walking AWAY from me. His back was turned toward me. There was no chance what-so-ever of him turning around, seeing me across the park, and running all the way over to try to sell me a newspaper. Ummmm….wrong. I was wrong. The minute I noticed him, the minute I put my attention on him, thought about how I did NOT want to explain to him why I didn’t want to pay for a free paper, he felt it. He whipped around, looked right at me, and came running.
After that experience, I tried an experiment. Whenever I saw Good Times, I immediately thought of pink elephants. I averted my eyes, did not look in his direction, and pictured pink elephants in tutus dancing to Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. And guess what? He never noticed me. If I forgot to avert my attention in the first millisecond, he was on me, paper waving and the whole bit.
Good Times was picking up on my attention when it was focused on him. He could easily feel it and he responded quickly.
Have you ever been in a room full of people and you felt funny, turned around, scanned the area, and found someone looking directly at you? Or have you ever been looking at someone, maybe on the beach or in a grocery store, and they turned around at looked directly at you? Caught! They felt you.
Going through life without actively using your intuition is kind of like going through life blind. You were designed with SIX senses, not the five you learned about in school. Your intuition feeds you lots of important information and, if you don’t use or trust your intuition, you are missing out on all that information.
Some interesting research done by Dr. Rick Straussman linked intuition/spiritual sight to a chemical known as Dimethyltryptamine or DMT. This compound is produced naturally in your body and is processed in your pineal gland which is a tiny, pinecone shaped gland in the middle of your brain. Many cultures refer to this gland as your “third eye” and, interestingly, it has rods and cones and is light sensitive just like your eyes, even though it is in the middle of your brain. I like this because it means that your intuition has a biological source that scientists are familiar with and actively studying. It is not just some woo-woo thing that can’t be explained.
I mentioned earlier that its possible your pineal gland may be damaged. This is how that happens. You ingest neurotoxins—especially fluoride—and the pineal gland acts like a sponge and absorbs them. This causes the formation of tiny, hard crystals in this little but very important gland. This process is called calcification. Calcification is when your pineal gland gets hard—calcified—and eventually becomes less usable, or in some cases, almost unusable.
Think about this for just a minute. Young children often see things adults don’t see, particularly ghosts or angels, or maybe imaginary friends. Why on earth do we assume, when a toddler is talking to something that they clearly see and we don’t, that they are just talking to something in their imagination? Can you allow space for the possibility that the toddler still has a fully functioning pineal gland because they have not been drinking fluoridated water for thirty years?
Here is something really interesting. Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua do not have fluoridated water. Zero percent of these populations are drinking water with fluoride in it. Guatemala has a small amount of fluoridated water and approximately 13% of the population is drinking it. Panama also has a small amount of fluoridated water and about 15% of the population is exposed to it. For the most part, the people living in these countries have well developed intuition. The United States, on the other hand, has fluoride in most of its public water supply and a whopping 64% of the population is exposed to it daily. And get this: A study done 30 years ago reported 40% of American children under the age of 17 were found to have pineal gland calcification in process. Pretty revealing statistics!
Drinking fluoridated water literally disconnects you from your intuition and your spiritual sight by calcifying your pineal gland. BUT, you can reverse this process by eliminating fluoride consumption, getting sun every day, and eating foods that detox your body from heavy metals.
Your copy of FEEDING YOUR INTUITION is packed with information to help you re-set your natural intuition. It includes some great tips, tons more information, PLUS a list of foods (I am copying it at the end of this section for you) that will help you detox and restore your pineal gland health. Take some time to read through it. You will find it very enlightening.
PLUS…it is full of yummy recipes you will want to add to your kitchen repertoire. All of the recipes in the book are designed to make as much use as possible of the ingredients in the INTUITION BUILDING FOOD LIST. So, make sure to check it out!
Notice, I said, “intuition and spiritual sight?” They really are the same thing. It’s your intuition, based in your pineal gland with the help of naturally occurring DMT, that allows you to see other realms. Ideally, you should be like that toddler who is waving at his great uncle who is hovering in the corner of the room, just stopping by to say, “Hi!” You should be able to see with your third eye.
So here are a few things you can do help your pineal gland function and boost your intuition. By now, we have already added most of these practices to your daily routine. (Yes, I’m sneaky that way)
Stop drinking water with fluoride
Try to get at least 15 minutes of sunshine every day
Eat foods high in vitamin C
Eat foods high in iodine
Sleep in complete darkness
Keep electronics out of the bedroom
Keep light to a minimum after the sun goes down
Add tamarind, raw cacao, and cilantro to your diet
Use fluoride free toothpaste
Here is a list of foods that will help de-calcify your pineal gland by eliminating toxic heavy metals from your body. There are also foods on this list that help pump up your pineal gland activity. Between detox and activation foods, you will be well on your way to healthier spiritual vision!
Third-Eye Happy Foods
Apples, Apricots (dried), Bananas, Blueberries, Coconut, Cranberries, Dates, Grapes, Lemons, Limes, Mangoes, Oranges, Peaches, Pears, Prunes, Raisins, Strawberries, Tamarind
Avocados, Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Celery, Corn, Kale, Olives (black & green), Onions, Potatoes (skin on), Romain Lettuce, Spinach
Beans, Nuts, & Seeds
Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Cashews, Chia Seeds, Chick Peas, Coconut, Flax Seeds, Hazelnuts, Lentils, Peanuts, Pecans, Red Kidney Beans, Sesame Seeds, Walnuts
Cheese (any kind, as long as it’s all-natural), Plain Yogurt
Meat, Fish, & Eggs
Anchovies, Bone Broth, Chicken, Cod, Crab, Eggs (especially the yolks), Flounder, Haddock, Lobster, Tilapia, Trout, Turkey, Salmon, Sardines, Shrimp, Squid
Oils & Sweeteners
Coconut Oil, Coconut Sugar, Honey, Olive Oil, Molasses, Sesame Oil
Herb & Spices
Basil, Black Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Chamomile, Chili Powder, Cilantro, Cinnamon, Dill, Garlic, Ginger, Ginseng, Himalayan Salt, Lavender, Licorice, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sea Salt, Thyme, Turmeric
Apple Cider Vinegar (raw), Cacao (raw), Jamaica (hibiscus flower), Seaweed, Spirulina, Wheatgrass
By the way, everything on this list is indicative of the way most people in Middle America live. They drink fluoride-free water, spend a lot of time outdoors, eat tons of fruit (vitamin c), and a lot of eggs, canned and fresh fish, yogurt and cheese (all high in iodine). They sleep in total darkness because they are in small villages without much ambient light and many don’t have electricity or have limited access to it. They have few or no electronics. They go to bed early and don’t use a lot of light after the sun goes down again because of lack of access to electricity. And they eat tamarind, cacao, and cilantro regularly (these are great heavy metal de-toxers) Interesting, isn’t it? And they have great intuition.
Go through the list of “third eye happy foods” and pick some things you would like to add to your cooking routine. Many of the same foods are on both food lists, so you should already be enjoying a lot of the foods that will help you detox your intuition. Notice raw cacao is an important one…. YUM! You “get” to eat chocolate!
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Add as many intuition-building foods to your daily routine as you can. Your copy of FEEDING YOUR INTUITION is packed with recipes you can try. You can also look at the FB page where I will be posting more yummy, intuition-happy recipes. AND you can post your own and share them with everyone else too!
If you are on city water, make the change to bottled water. You can buy a filter if you like. They are easy to find on-line. Make sure it filters out fluoride from your water supply.
Get rid of any Teflon pans you might be using. When Teflon is heated, it releases fluoride into your food!
Feel the Vibration
I PULLED A STOOL UP TO the beach bar and sat down next to a Mexican woman with long, silvery hair pulled back in a ponytail. We quickly struck up a conversation, and though I am loathe to say I cannot remember her name, I do remember the conversation vividly.
She once lived in Puerto Morelos, but years ago moved to Cancun for the sake of her daughters’ education. She was a single mother, working hard and doing her best for her two young children. And at the time, moving to the city felt necessary, despite the fact that she loved the little town on the beach. But, years had gone by and her girls were grown. She was ready to come home.
“What do you love about Puerto Morelos?” I asked her.
Without hesitation she answered me, “The vibration is better here.”
Which brings me to an interesting observation about the people here in Mexico and all through Middle America. Overall, they seem very in-tune with the energy of places.
Today’s exercise is about feeling energy. Before you can change the energy in a place, you need to be aware of it.
This activity is to help you compare how the energy feels in different places. The point is to focus on a sense that you may not practice much. Your sixth sense. Your energy antennae.
Different people “feel” energy in different ways. You may get different sensations in your body. Or, you may find yourself experiencing emotions. You may even picture something in your mind. The idea is to be open to changes in the way you feel.
Pick a room to start in and stand in the middle of it. You can close your eyes if you like. Notice how you feel. See if you can give that feeling a name. Relaxed? Lighthearted? Nervous? Do you notice any sensations in your body? Tightness in your chest? Warmth in your hands? Do you “see” anything in your mind’s eye? A color? An image?
Now go to a different room and do the same thing. See if you notice any changes. You may notice a feeling coming from something specific in your house. It could come from a stairway or a closet or even a piece of furniture. If you do, tune in to it and get familiar with how it feels.
It can actually be easier to do this in an environment that is not your own. Your own home is so full of your normal energy that it can be hard to feel it. So, if you are up to it, you can do this walking or driving through a neighborhood (obviously not with your eyes closed!) Pay attention to how you feel as you pass homes, green spaces, and businesses.
The changes in how you feel can be very subtle at first. If I pass a place with very negative energy, I typically get slightly sick to my stomach. Sometimes, I feel like there is a dark cloud hanging over the area. I might even feel a bit claustrophobic, like I really want to leave. The stronger the energy, the stronger my feelings. When I am in a place with good energy, I feel very lighthearted and happy. It seems like I notice the beauty in everything and everything makes me smile. I might even feel a warmth in the center of my chest.
Sometimes, a place has very high energy. I might feel like I can’t sit still or I might even feel a bit zingy, like energy is running through my body and I don’t quite know what to do with it. I often get this feeling when I am in or around the cenotes on the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. Cenotes are water-filled caves that are considered sacred. There is something very special about them.
Occasionally, I have been places that make me feel sad. One time I was walking through China Town in Montreal and I literally burst out crying for no particular reason. It was just an intense feeling of sadness. When I turned the corner and the scenery changed, the feeling lifted immediately.
So, just take note of how you feel today. Pay attention to the changes. If you want to write down your observations, that’s great. Becoming aware of energy is very important. It is already there, and it is already affecting how you feel. You may just not have made the connection yet. Once you make the connection, you can take steps to improve the energy around you. But we will save that lesson for another day.
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As you go into places throughout your days--shopping malls, work spaces, friend’s homes--try to be more aware of how the energy of that place feels. Just make a mental note to check in with your intuition throughout your day. This isn’t really about doing anything. It’s just about noticing, becoming more aware, of feeling energy.
Keep a small notebook with you to record differences in energy that you notice as you are moving about your days. This can be a really great way to train your intuition to be in the “on” position more frequently. Write down the date and time, where you are, and what you feel. Add any other notes you feel are important.
Clear Negative Energy
PERHAPS YOU LIVE IN A PLACE where the general approach to life is through reason, logic, and materialism. The evaluation of circumstances through observation of what can easily be measured and understood on this physical plane is considered the only sensible way to view the world. When you have trouble in your life, you look for answers you can see. But, I am sure you are aware (as we all are at some level) that there is more to this existence than what meets the natural eye.
One major difference in the cultures of the United States, Canada, and many northern European countries and the cultures in Middle America and Mexico, is the stance, or position from which life is observed. While northern countries tend to see life from a logical, even industrial, viewpoint, Meso-American countries tend to see it from an intuitive, even spiritual, plane. Therefore, when a problem arises, the answer is often found in places that you can’t see.
Middle Americans have grown up in a culture that recognizes the subtle energies of life. Ever since they were children, these people have been encouraged to develop their sixth sense, or intuition. They are very aware of all manner of things beyond the veil of the physical world. They take the realm of the unseen very seriously and have learned how to work with it.
I was sitting at a little beach bar in Puerto Morelos, just south of Cancun, one day and happened to mention that I wasn’t sleeping well. Right away, five or six local people animatedly began offering suggestions to help me overcome my sleep deprivation.
No one suggested I purchase a better mattress or buy dark curtains to block out all light. No one suggested I take a sleep aid or go to therapy to discover what was stressing me out. All the suggestions were on a spiritual level. And almost all the suggestions surrounded the idea that there was some negative energy in my home. Solutions ranged from burning different types of incense, to adding special potted plants, to prayers and declarations, all of which could be done to drive out any negative energy and or entities and fill my space with something positive so that I could sleep.
Just in case you are wondering, I did follow some of the suggestions, and guess what? They worked.😊
So how DO you clear negative energy from your home? Here is a simple pattern you can follow. Of, course there are other things you can do, but this is straight forward and easy to do, and it works well for me.
You will want some incense or sage. Sandalwood, palo santo, nag champa, and copal incense are my favorites. Use something you feel good about. You are going to use the smoke to “clear” the area. I thought this was interesting: A paper published in the Journal of Ethno-Pharmacology titled, Medicinal Smoke Reduces Airborne Bacteria, claims that research shows smudging to be a powerful antiseptic.”
A quote from the article says, “We have observed that one hour treatment of medicinal smoke emanated by burning wood and a mixture of odoriferous and medicinal herbs on aerial bacterial population caused over 94% reduction of bacterial counts by 60 min, and the ability of the smoke to purify or disinfect the air and to make the environment cleaner was maintained up to 24 hours in the closed room.”
How cool is that!
With your burning sage or incense, stand in the middle of your house and relax. Think about how this is YOUR home. It belongs to YOU (It doesn’t matter if you own or rent or have a bedroom in someone else’s house. It is YOUR space). The point of this is that you have the right to affect the energy in your home. If there is something there that you don’t want, you have the right to clear it out.
Feel yourself taking charge of your space and feel your intention and energy pushing out anything you don’t want there.
Now take the burning sage or incense and walk through your house working your way toward each window or door. You can say something simple like, “This home belongs to me. Negative energy and anything set against me or my family, you must leave.” You want to speak out loud. Words carry vibration and are the very stuff of creation. They are powerful. Claim your space and tell anything negative to leave. You can speak directly to it as if it were a person. It might feel a bit funny to do that since you don’t see anything, but it is real, so it is appropriate to address it directly.
Work your way toward each entrance and window in your home and visualize the negativity leaving. You can picture it as a grey cloud if you like. If you feel like opening doors and windows to let it out, that is fine too.
As you work your way through your home, stay open to becoming aware of anything that might be causing the negative energy or opening a door to it. You might see an object in your home that you want to get rid of. If you do, just take it outside while you are doing this, and you can get rid of it later.
When you are finished clearing your home, you will want to fill it up with something wonderful. After all, there really is no such thing as a vacant space. When you clear something out, something else will come in.
Go back to the center of your house now. You are finished with the sage or incense and don’t need it. Close your eyes if you like. It can make it easier to visualize things. Relax and picture brilliant light coming in through your doors and windows. Again, you will want to speak out loud. Invite love and joy and peace into your home. It doesn’t really matter how you say it, just speak directly and invite in the things you want to have in your home.
When you are finished, you can take some oil and go to each opening in your home and seal it. Just dab a bit of oil at the edge of the door or window and say something like, “This is my home. Light and love are welcome here.” You can anything that means something to you or relates directly to your situation. What is important is that you are defining what can come through the openings in your home. It is YOUR home and you can control the energy there.
Repeat this whenever you feel the need. If you start to feel yourself struggling to maintain your peace, if you feel negativity creeping back in, if you are having trouble focusing, if you seem on-edge, or if you start not sleeping well, or are having troubling dreams, clear and fill your home again. After a while, you will see peace staying longer and the atmosphere really stabilizing.
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Repeat this whenever you feel the need. It isn’t something you need to do every day. But try to be aware of your general-overall state of mind when you are at home. If you start to feel yourself struggling to maintain your peace, if you feel negativity creeping back in, if you are having trouble focusing, if you seem on-edge, or if you start not sleeping well, or are having troubling dreams, clear and fill your home again. After a while, you will see peace staying longer and the atmosphere really stabilizing.
Objects of Power
WHEN A BABY IS BORN IN Mexico or Middle America, some parents tie a slender, red thread around the baby's wrist. Its purpose is to protect the child from the evil eye or Mal de Ojo.
I have a friend who is from Canada and her husband is from Yucatan. They live in Mexico. When their youngest son was born, and as tradition suggested, they tied a red thread around the baby's wrist. The thread was secure for almost a year, but time eventually wore it thin and it broke. Within 24 hours, the baby fell several times and hurt himself. Of course, his mother quickly found a new red thread and tied it on the baby's wrist again.
There are countless traditions people follow for good luck, to attract money, to attract love, for protection, to balance energy, to provide creative inspiration, to provide strength, and all kinds of other reasons. A shaman I met in Costa Rica wore a necklace of special stones, cacao beans, and crocodile teeth. He told me the teeth helped him to channel the strength and cunning of the crocodile. A Rasta guy I know in a little beach town in Mexico wears a beautiful strand of huge pieces of Mexican amber. He says they are for good energy. I believe him!
I’m sure you know people who adhere to similar practices, or maybe you have your own. The belief and the intention are what give these items their power. What you believe is central to what you create in your life. Your expectations affect your reality on a quantum level. I am sure you have heard of the placebo effect. Two groups of sick people are given pills that look the same. One group has the real medicinal pills and the other has sugar pills. Both groups are told they have the real medicine. Results show that both groups respond equally well to the pills and sometimes, the ones taking the sugar pills actually respond BETTER. This demonstrates that it is our BELIEF in the ability for the medicine to work that makes it work.
That's cool. But here is something even cooler. A man named Thomas Young did a very famous experiment called The Double Slit Experiment. The idea was to look at the properties of light as a particle and as a wave. What they did not expect was that the EXPECTATIONS of the person OBSERVING the experiment CHANGED THE OUTCOME! What's more, American physicist John Wheeler proposed to expand the experiment by doing something he called the "delayed choice" experiment. Almost unbelievably, the experiment demonstrated that particles of light responded to choices observers made about what would happen to the light in the experiment BEFORE they even made the choice. "It is as if nature knows not just if we are looking, but if we are planning to look."
This information gives incredible weight to the importance of what we believe. It shows that matter actually responds to our expectations and CHANGES based on what we are thinking. I love this stuff because it demonstrates that the beliefs of the indigenous peoples are valid. They really DO have a profound effect on our reality. So, if you believe wearing a red thread on your wrist will keep protect you from the bad intentions of the evil eye, then it will. And it you believe that wearing amber will surround you with good energy, then it will!
So, what would like to DO about it?
Take a few minutes to thoughtfully answer this question: What do I want to bring into my life? Your answer will likely be something simple like: positive energy, love, good health, or happiness.
When you have your answer, you can do one of two things:
Do a little research and find out what things are generally believed to attract what you are looking for. See what resonates with you and then obtain that item and carry it with you or wear it on your person.
Spend some time relaxing and allowing your thoughts to wander on the idea of something special you already own that came from a family member, from a significant trip you took, or from some important time in your life—something that would represent what you desire to draw to yourself. I have a pin that was given to my father when he was in college. It represents creativity to me since he was very gifted with creativity. Find a way to keep your item with you or wear it on your person. You might be able to repurpose it, use it to make a bracelet or necklace, or even sew it to the inside of your wallet or purse.
As you are going through the motions of bonding whatever item you choose to yourself (ie, putting it on if it’s a necklace, sewing it into the inside or your purse, or setting it in a special place near where you sleep) put your intentions into it. In an easy fashion, give thanks for the item and tell it what you expect from it. For example: While hooking my father's pin to the lining of my wallet, I can say, "Thank you dad, for passing your wonderful creativity on to me. And thank you, little pin for reminding me and supporting me in the release of that creativity!" Then every time you think of it, touch the object and thank it again for drawing to you the thing you desire. You will be amazed at your results....if you believe!
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Carry your object with you or have a special place for it in your home where you can make contact with it in some way every day. I have a rock by my bed that is smooth like a river rock. Before I go to sleep at night, I hold it in my hand and think of all the things I am thankful for that happened during that day. I can feel, after all this time of holding that rock and putting “thankfulness” energy into it, that it has become a very powerful object indeed!
Connect with The Divine
Prayer is an important part of every day living in the jungles and rain forests of Central America and Mexico. Many families are Catholic now, but they have not altogether given up the old ways. Because of this mix, prayer comes in many forms never-the-less, it is still pervasive.
One of the things that has such a huge impact on my in my time with the indigenous people, was just how powerful their prayer lives seem. In, all honesty, I have seen more supernatural, prayer-related events in the out islands in Panama and in the caves of Mexico than in the pews of American Churches.
And I finally think I know why.
I grew up in church and I met many people who believed they had wonderful prayer lives, but they never seemed to get the results. It seemed like they were doing a lot of begging and crying, or sometimes a lot of thanking, but still in a desperate I-am-being-thankful-because-they-told-me-that-is-how-to-get-my-prayers-answered sort of way. But for all their talk about believing in answered prayer, they really had a very low success rate.
It was really discouraging to me.
So, imagine my surprise when I saw people in tiny huts on palm-tree-covered islands having real success in prayer.
In fact, I even spent some time on the mission field in Africa, but from my observation, the people of Middle America had the best prayer results of anyone I had ever met.
I believe the answer lies in the way they view life. They take things at face value. They don’t over-think things. While I am asking a million questions, they are simply trusting. And I mean really trusting.
Even the Bible says, “If you believe, you shall receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Matthew 21:22
But it also says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith, without doubting, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.”
Now this is a really interesting quote. Let’s compare it to what we learned yesterday about Thomas Young’s Double Slit Experiment. In fact, let’s expand on that a bit.
Light can act as both a particle and a wave. A particle is matter, like a small pebble, which is solid. Waves are energy, like the concentric circles of waves moving outward that are created when you throw that small pebble into a still pond. It is pretty amazing that light can act like both the pebble (the thing that creates the waves) AND the waves (the thing that is created by the pebble) in the water.
Thomas Young’s experiment went something like this: He saw that when a beam of light was shined through two side-by-side slits in a piece of paper, it had the potential to create two different patterns on the wall behind it. One pattern was the pattern of a particle (two lines of light, one for each slit in the paper) and the other was the pattern of a wave (many lines of light which are caused by the waves hitting each other after they go through the two paper slits which creates an interference pattern on the back wall.)
The really fascinating part is that WHICH pattern was created DEPENDED ON the EXPECTATION of the person WATCHING the experiment! The belief or expectation of the observer had a direct effect on whether the light behaved as a particle or a wave.
So, what does this have to do with our Bible quotes? It’s pretty simple, really. What you believe is what you get. The Bible says that if you believe, you will receive. It also says, if you doubt, you will NOT get what you are asking for.
So, what is doubt? Well really it is just a different belief, right? It is the belief that there is a reason or variety of reasons that what you ask for will not come to you. So, we could rephrase this all like this:
If you ask for something and believe you will get it, then you will get it.
If you ask for something and believe you probably will not get it, then you probably will not get it.
The Double Slit Experiment actually PROVES this to be true! When one person expected to see a wave pattern, he saw a wave pattern, but when another person expected to see a particle pattern, he saw a particle pattern. Creation itself CHANGED based on the belief of the person observing. WOW! In fact, DOUBLE WOW!
So, let’s go back to the indigenous people living in remote villages. Why do they seem to get such GREAT results in prayer? Because they BELIEVE in it. Life is simple for them. Things are straightforward. They exist in a world that plays by the rules of cause and effect. If you plant a mango seed, you get a mango tree. If you ask for rain, you get rain.
I completely understand that going from your current mind-set to a simple one that just takes everything at face value is almost impossible. You were not raised in a bamboo hut. (Well, maybe you were. If so, I would LOVE to hear your story!) Our modern thinking provokes us to question everything. In some ways this is good, because it allows us to make scientific discoveries and come up with new inventions. But in other ways it is not so good because it makes it very difficult for us to simply BELIEVE.
We want proof. We like experiments. We want to test theories and see if they hold up. We say, seeing is believing where the people in jungle villages would be more likely to say believing is seeing. In other words, if I believe it, then I will see it …instead of, if I see it, then I will believe it.
This sets us up for a real problem in seeing our prayers answered. And in all honesty, this is a HUGE problem because it keeps us in a place of feeling disconnected from God, disconnected from any love-filled power outside of ourselves. And that leaves us feeling isolated and alone in a huge and unpredictable world.
I really want to help you with this. And I think we can back-door the issue and bring you to a place where you can approach prayer in a way you can really embrace and understand. Ultimately, a place that you will really get RESULTS!
It’s obvious that Jesus had a wonderful understanding of how the Universe works. He taught principles that are taught in many other cultures and religions. Principles that WORK. He did a lot of miracles. He also said that we would do these same—and even greater—miracles. He knew that if we would understand and implement the principles that He was teaching, that we would have great results.
When you begin to break it all down, what we see is that the only reason we use the word miracles to describe the things Jesus (and other great spiritual leaders) did, is because we did not yet have the knowledge to understand how they worked. If you took a cell phone and went back just 100 years, just imagine the response you would get. Talking to people on the other side of the world with just the touch of a button and even being able to see those people’s faces would sure seem like a miracle. But now, with the advent of quantum mechanics (the double slit experiment and others like it), we are beginning to understand what is really happening when we pray. And what we see is that we are much more involved in the results of prayer than we think. In fact, we might even need to re-define what prayer is.
If you believe, you will receive. YOUR EXPECTATION is what is changing matter.
You see, Jesus was teaching us that the PRINCIPLE of prayer is a constant. It works like gravity. If you BELIEVE when you ask, you will receive.
So, there is one little detail here that seems contradictory. If you can change matter simply by believing you can change it, then how does God factor in? You might think you can just believe you are going to get what you want and throw the idea of it having anything to do with a benevolent being out the window.
But look at this: Everything is energy. And that energy IS God. You might say that everything is MADE UP of God. Like the chair in your living room and the water in the pond are made from God molecules when you look at them up closely. And the Bible says that faith (belief) pleases God. So, when you believe, God obliges by rearranging Himself for you. The Universe is not some inanimate conglomeration of objects. It is alive. It IS God. The second part of the Double Slit Experiment that we talked about yesterday, The Delayed Choice Experiment, demonstrates that creation itself has consciousness. The light knew ahead of time what the observer was going to choose. How is that even possible? Because the light was aware. 1 John 1:5 says, “God is light.”
So, lets do a little experiment of our own, shall we?
Today we are going to ask for a sign. It can be any sign you like. A butterfly, a mushroom, a kite flying in the wind. Go with the first thing that comes to you. The very first thing that popped into your head (because I am sure something already did).
All you need to do is say this, “God, You who are the very fabric of the Universe, please show me a ……………” And you fill in the blank with whatever that thing was that popped into your head.
Once you have done that, don’t think much about it. Let it go. Just go about your day and see what the energy of LOVE conspires to do for you.
Add to Your Daily Routine
Begin to make prayer a part of your day. This is nothing formal, but rather just a running conversation. God IS everything and so is always around you, encompassing you, and in you. Talk to this wonderful energy that is love and light. Share your thoughts and feelings. Share your desires and your dreams. And see your world begin to change.
Believe in Elemental Beings
Just for fun…..or not?
I HAVE PERSONAL EXPERIENCE in this area. Imagine tiny, wet footprints—too small to even belong to a baby—going all the way down your tiled hall. Sometimes we see things we have no explanation for, but because we are humans who are so well domesticated from birth, we dismiss anything we can’t understand by default.
If you saw a huge red dragon with sparkling silver sequence on his wings flying overhead, what would you think? My guess is you would rub your eyes to see if you are dreaming, then maybe pinch yourself to make sure you are awake. Then you would think back to see if you remember doing any kinds of drugs, legal or illegal. If you answered yourself, “No,” then you might look at the angle of the sun and any reflections to see if you saw something that LOOKED like a giant red dragon with sparkly wings. Barring that, you would probably just assume you were having a momentary mental breakdown and promise yourself you would never tell anyone because you did not want them to lock you in the loony bin and throw away the key.
The problem is, you have no grid for sparkly dragons. It’s OK if they are in story books, but not if they are flying over-head, unless they are beautifully decorated hot air balloons. When you were a child, you could easily have believed your own eyes, but now your domestication is complete. You were a wild little thing, but your parents, your teachers, your aunts and uncles and older brothers and sisters trained you very well. They taught all about your world, and you believed them.
They used a system of reward and punishment to do this. If you did things the way they believed you should do them, they rewarded you with approval. If you did not fit yourself into their expectation-box, they punished you with disapproval.
This held true for pretty much everything in your life. Even things as simple as eating with a fork. Your mother showed you how to “properly” hold a fork. If you lived in the United States, she showed you that the proper way to hold a fork was in your right hand with the tines pointing up. But, if you lived in Australia, she demonstrated that the correct way to hold a fork was in the left hand with the tines pointing down.
Take just a minute to think of other cultural differences you know of. It’s true, isn’t it, that what is accepted in one area of the world is not accepted in another? Well, that definition of correct behavior also extends into correct thinking and correct believing. You are taught what to think and what to believe from the time you are born. You are rewarded with approval thousands of times for demonstrating that you are successfully incorporating what your parents see as “correct” thought patterns and beliefs. This training is extremely powerful. Did you know research suggests that we more easily believe a lie than believe that we have been lied to? Once we are convinced that a thought pattern or belief system is valid, it is almost impossible for us to change it. It can and does happen, but it takes either a catastrophic event, or a conscious effort and a lot of time to change these things.
So, let’s go back to the tiny wet footprints in the hallway. They were seen by myself, my adult daughter, and her adult boyfriend. We all agreed that they were not made by a human or animal (we had no small children or pets) The footprints looked very human, but they were very, very small. My daughter’s boyfriend was Mexican. While my daughter and I were mystified by the tiny prints, my daughter’s boyfriend had no doubt at all in his mind as to what they were.
“You have an alux,” he declared with a considerable amount of confidence.
An alux is a small, human-looking elemental being. Sometimes it appears dressed in traditional clothing, sometimes it appears like a small child running around naked. By small, I mean between 18 inches and 2 feet tall. It is playful, sometimes mischievous, is territorial and often will protect the land it lives on. Sometimes, if you try to build on a piece of land that already has an alux on it, you will run into big trouble. The alux will not allow the building project to go forward until you and the alux have made an agreement.
As I am explaining all this to you, I bet you are not receiving this information as if it were about a cute and interesting animal, like a prairie dog or an otter. My guess is that you are receiving it with a fat dose of skepticism or downright disbelief. But, when my daughter’s boyfriend shared the information with me, he shared it as if he were telling me about a racoon that had taken up residence in my house.
If you ask someone who is Yucatec Maya if he believes in aluxob (plural for alux) he will respond in the same way as if I ask you if you believe in racoons.
Why is this?
If you ask the same person if they have had any personal encounters with an alux (also known as duende), they will almost certainly tell you, “Yes.”
This brings me to a very interesting thought. If an alux is real (and I had one in my house, so you know where I stand on the matter) and an alux is an elemental being (it is air), then what OTHER elemental beings might be out there?
The word elemental comes from the word element—as in earth, air, fire, and water. Traditionally, most cultures have stories of elemental beings. Dragons are fire, mermaids are water, trolls are earth, and fairies are air. You were probably taught that these are all mythical creatures, stories for bedtime. But, what if you had been raised in the Yucatan? You would have been taught lots of real information about these beings and how to deal with them.
Can you imagine that?
It’s OK if that seems difficult. What I want you to get out of this is that it’s possible to hold space for things you may never have considered before. What if elemental beings are real? What if there is a whole dimension out there that you never knew existed? This chapter is supposed to be about believing in elemental beings. We KNOW that many of the local people of Middle America believe in such things, but what if they are real? What if there is a whole plain of existence you are unaware of? I had wet footprints going all the way down the hall of my house. It forced me to look at things I had never considered before. And by now, I have heard so many stories about elemental beings that I have changed my programming. It took time, but it is super cool to know that there is an entire realm of existence I never knew about before!
FIRST: Think of your favorite elemental beings from all the fairy tales and stories you heard growing up. Maybe it’s a red dragon like mine with silver sequence covered wings, or maybe it’s a fairy that wears a tiny blue dress and leaves fairy dust wherever she flies. Maybe you fell in love with mermaids when you were a child. What does the perfect mermaid look like? Maybe she has a shimmering green-scaled tale, long blonde hair, and sea shells for a bikini-top bathing suit.
In Norway, they have little reminders of their beloved trolls everywhere. In Hawaii, the local people believe the menehune are fabulous crafters and build temples, roads, and bridges deep in the flower-filled forests. As you think of your favorite elemental, imagine all the details about how they look, what they are wearing (if anything) and how they behave. Let your imagination run wild and get as detailed as possible
NEXT: Now, imagine that your elemental is real. What would it be like if you actually saw them? Close your eyes and create a scenario in your mind, complete with as many details as possible. How would you encounter them? What would happen next? How would you feel? If you like to write, you can write a story about your encounter, complete with as many details as possible. If you love art, try drawing, or painting, or using 3-D art to depict your experience. The more time you spend thinking about your imaginary creation, the more space you give for it, or something like it, to exist.
FINALLY: After you do this exercise, keep an eye out, because you may find yourself having some interesting experiences. If you do, keep an open mind and allow space for something new, something that was not in your previous programming. You might be surprised at what comes to you!
Week FOUR Review
Well, Congratulations! You made it to the end!
Now that you have added these things to your daily routine, try to keep it going. Naturally, there will be some things you are drawn to more than others. But be aware, some of the things that DON'T sit easily with you might be the very things you need to keep doing the most.
So here is what your daily routine might look like if you have added everything in this course.
Wake up and lay in bed, eyes still closed. Listen to the birds singing.
Open your eyes. Ask yourself the questions about how you feel. What do you See? Hear? Feel? Smell? Sense?
You close your eyes again and breath deeply for a minute or two. You imagine the warmth and comfort of all that is the Great Power of Love in the Universe and as you breathe in again, you silently say in your mind, "Fill me with Your love." You repeat this a few times.
Get up and get in the shower. Start with warm water and gradually turn the temperature down to cool so you feel energetic and invigorated and ready to start your day.
Scrub your body with a wash cloth dipped in herb and flower infused coconut oil
You brush your teeth with all-natural, homemade toothpaste
Get dressed and put on at least one thing you love to wear.
Make yourself a cup of Bribri Chocolate with raw cacao powder in it
Sit down and sip on it while you watch a short funny video, read a comic strip, or check your email to read something funny from the comedy list you signed up for.
Make a yummy breakfast with happy foods like a fresh egg omelet stuffed with spinach, mushroom, and feta cheese with sliced tomatoes sprinkled with chili powder and sea salt on the side.
Turn on some music (or listen to it in the car on your way to wherever you are going) to get your blood pumping and your happy going and start your day.
Head to the grocery store and go to the fruit and veggie isle. Find a vegetable you have never used before and notice a women near you is buying three of them. Say hello. (talk to strangers) and ask her how she prepares this new veggie. (Collaborate) Tell her the recipe sounds delicious (encourage someone) and that you plan to try it!
As you reach into your wallet to pay from your yummy food, you notice the little power object you tucked in there. You touch it briefly and remind yourself of why you put it there.
As you walk back in your door, when you get home, you notice that the atmosphere in your home feels a bit zoo-y. Things have been busy and your home seems to be reflecting that busy energy back to you. So you light some incense, open the windows for just a few minutes, and let all that unsettled energy be swept outside along with the wind.
You call a friend when you get home and tell them about your new discovery. (Call a Friend) Suggest they come over for a "let's try new foods" evening. (Plan something fun)
Take a break in the afternoon and go for a walk. Turn your face toward the sun and breathe in the fresh air.
Ask yourself what you feel, hear, see, smell, taste, and sense and bring yourself into the present moment.
You look down and notice a late blooming flower standing boldly against the wind. A big smile spreads across your face because you had asked for a flower as a sign.
Find a quite spot to stretch out on the ground as you finish you walk. Prop your feet up on a rock and allow energy to sink into your core and refresh your whole body and clear your mind.
As evening settles in, listen with awareness to a family member tell you about their day.
When a family member asks how your day was, be open about how things went, even if it means saying you struggled a bit.
You enjoy yummy inspiration supporting foods for dinner
And you finish out your day and snuggle up in bed in a blissfully peaceful, dark bedroom
Drift off to sleep thinking of all the wonderful things you did during the day that made you feel good about yourself
You have a surprisingly real dream about a fairy who whispers secrets to you and you wake up the next morning with the feeling that everything really IS right with the world.
I am So Happy you have come to this place.
I know you have touched things that will stay with you.