Some people's lives tend to unfold with relative ease. Of course we all have the normal human setbacks: illness, loss, death and heartbreak. However, some people have lives where it seems like mental, physical and or emotional turmoil is the norm rather than the exception.
In many spiritual traditions that acknowledge the reality of reincarnation it is believed that some particular lifetimes are meant to be difficult in order for the soul to accelerate its learning. These are called "working lifetimes". In working lifetimes, which are believed to be one in every ten lifetimes, the soul may experience heightened difficulties and challenges (as well as heightened spiritual understanding) in order to speed up the soul's evolution. Read More
Keeping your body clear of impurities goes far beyond eating and drinking pure and organic foods and staying away from toxins. Favorite media buzz words like "antioxidants" and "free radicals" would have us believe that staying healthy is primarily physical endeavor. And while yes, ensuring that what you put into your body is of high quality and has essential nutrients and vitamins is important, it's not the whole story. Read More
The human energy system is highly suggestible. So while your liver and kidneys respond to various toxins and process and eliminate them according to their level of functioning, the human energy field or aura can often do the same thing. There is plenty of evidence of the aura for those interested in the science of it all. Particularly experiments done to photograph the energy field around plants and their reaction to various positive and negative stimuli.
It's Halloween, and we all know what that means: sugar comas, ghosts, witches, horror movie marathons, and for some, the obligatory sexy nurse/firefighter/zombie/tooth costume (yes, I saw a sexy tooth costume...I wish I were joking).
Anyway, Halloween is the perfect opportunity to explore all manner of creepy, mysterious phenomena that 364 other days of the year barely get a cursory consideration. Most of those explorations are in good fun and relatively harmless; just a fun way to get a cheap scare. Some of those explorations can have some undesirable effects. I'm speaking specifically about Ouija (or spirit) boards, which seem to be particularly trendy with the hipsters these days. Read More
There are three worlds. No, I don't mean in the alien sci-fi kind of way, and I'm not crazy (okay, I'm a little crazy but that's inconsequential at the moment). I'm referring to the three spheres of reality that interact and overlap the physical reality we typically acknowledge. The fun thing about these worlds is you don't have to drugs to get there (although some have had some pretty interesting experiences using umm...chemical methods to experience these spheres, although I'm not advocating drug use While i'm on the topic stay in school, don't do drugs and only you can prevent forest fires and all that jazz).
Anywhoodle, In many spiritual traditions, complex metaphysical philosophies and even quantum physics there is the notion that there are 3 planes or spheres that categorize existence, all of which house different levels of information and require different forms of "technology" to understand. Read More
In times of unrest it can be helpful to zoom out and look at what is going on through the lens of a holistic system. Not all systems are useful, but there are those that expose and reveal truths at a level we may have intuitively understood but were unable to integrate without the organization of the system itself.
With the impact of this week's government shut down on the minds of many, paired with the multitude of emotions, thoughts, ideologies and opinions that swirl at times when things feel tenuous and uncertain, we sometimes need something to help allay the anxiety of societal disarray.
I'm not here to launch any kind of political diatribe or rant. I do however want to reveal a new way of looking at structures like societies and their governments that can help to understand why they function in a particular way. Read More
I was never terribly gifted in science. I thought it was interesting, but because I have a bit of a math deficit, there were aspects that were really difficult for me to understand....like, why did I need to learn how to calculate chemistry equations? Anyway, my interest always went back to the ways in which science explains what i understood intuitively about people and the world. I think there is a correlate in the scientific measurable world to most (not all) "supernatural" phenomena, and I picked up on this as a child.
Nonetheless, most of us learn about "natural laws". You know, things like "what goes up must come down", "every action has an equal and opposite reaction", etc. these natural laws have been at the forefront of scientific philosophy for hundreds of years, because they appear to "work". However, there are other natural or Universal laws that are vitally important and may even be more readily important in our everyday lives (even though admittedly gravity tends to play a significant role in keeping us from tumbling off the planet). Read More
Diamonds are said to be "a girls best friend", right? Well besides the statement's sexist and misogynistic undertones, it never made a lot of sense to me. In the words of Fiona Apple, "I don't understand about diamonds or why men by them, what's so impressive about a diamond except the mining?"
Okay they are pretty sometimes, but what is impressive about the diamond is that it's said to be a great blocker of electromagnetic energy from computers and cell phones. they are natural detoxifiers, and because of the collective thought patterns around diamonds they can help fortify and enforce fidelity, commitment and the manifestation of abundance. Conversely, There are a lot of negative associations with diamonds as well, hence Fiona's lamentation. Read More
One of the things that I'm continually amazed by is how many people are blissfully unaware of how they're presenting themselves. Aaron and I watch a fair amount of television. Yes, a lot of it is reality television. Now, before you stop reading and click out of this page hear me out. We like reality TV because I'm kind of a glutton for reading people's personalities and body language.
On reality TV people tend to be less aware of their spontaneous presentation, even if they are playing a role (it's impossible to hide your genuine microexpressions). I still have to remind myself to be aware of how I'm coming across to others (partially because I can get a little irreverent about it and partially because it's easy for me to forget). I used to always, and sometimes still do, get feedback that I look pissed off or sad. Read More
I have to admit if I listened to my what my body was telling me to do all the time I'd probably be on the cover of Men's Health. Every time I hear a part of me say "eat some asparagus" and I make mashed potatoes instead, I feel a little cringe because I know I'm ignoring my body's wisdom. I think it's fairly common for people to ignore the wisdom of their body and we all feel the effects through fatigue, weight gain/loss, illness, depression or a host of other cues that something is off.
The amazing thing about being a living organism is that our evolutionary tendencies have equipped us with amazing abilities for self-healing and self-preservation. There is a reason we have cravings for things. Sometimes those cravings are brought on by an imbalance in chemical compounds in our bodies (like yeast or gluten) but sometimes those cravings are an indicator of an imbalance that needs to be corrected. I see so many people ignore the "right" kind of cravings in favor of a strict diet based on a mental principle or idea of what they should be eating, rather than physiological need. Read More
Ok so we've all had that moment when you hear about some miraculous event and you think "that's not scientifically possible". You know, those stories where somebody was dead for 2 days and comes back to life, or some kid predicting the time and place of a deadly catastrophe, or people who claim to be able to diagnose a medical ailments by looking at them.
In the Western world science has become the marker of what is a reasonable and acceptable. If you don't want to be looked at with cock-eyed suspicion or pity you don't walk around telling people that you can see their aura. Yes, folks Newton's tried and true laws of physics still rule our collective consciousness and with good reason, they work and make sense to us...more about Newton later. But what happens when a belief in science becomes fanatical and oppressive? Read More
I wanted to write about self esteem because I think we often only look at it from one angle. However, I find that for myself that self esteem issues tend to be isolated in certain spheres or areas of our lives.
So while I may think I'm the "ish" at cooking eggs benedict or understanding people's motivations, I may feel like a complete loser when it comes to expressing my emotions or showing vulnerability (a very big problem for many men).
I like to look at things from a holistic point of view. So I thought, why not address self esteem in the same way. I hope others can find this holistic approach to self esteem issues as helpful as it was for me to write this post. Read More