Why Setting Intentions Works When Resolutions Fail

Most people start a brand new year off with at least one resolution.  We also know that resolutions rarely stick but think it’s because we lack willpower or some other form of self discipline.  I actually believe there are deeper spiritual reasons resolutions don’t work very well. Resolutions often have an overtone of “I should” attached to them.  “I should exercise more” or “I should cut back on sugar.”  Throw in the word should and you instantly feel restricted or limited from what you really want to be doing.  That’s the secret to why resolutions usually fail.  If your subconscious knows that you really want to eat that cupcake even though you are telling yourself you should cut back on sugar, you have an internal battle going on that you may not even realize. The subconscious can be quite effective at self sabotage and your desire for that forbidden cupcake will become irresistible. Now for the good news.  There is a kinder, gentler route to self improvement. Intention, on the other hand works at a subconscious level and greatly improves your chances of success.  Intention works with the subconscious, turning it over to your higher self to bring your desire into reality without struggle.  When your subconscious is working on your behalf, resources will suddenly appear to help you, support will show up just when you need it and while effort will be required, you will find yourself supported in your goals not sabotaged. In the example of the desire to cut back on sugar.  First, it must come from a genuine place of self love and self care as opposed to guilt... read more

Psychic Function Explained

” It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea. I work with it and rely on it. It’s my partner. ~Jonas Salk In one of my classes recently we had a discussion about the various methods and terms surrounding intuition.  Due to a certain amount of confusion about the differences, I decided to share my explanations with all of you. First, it’s easiest to understand that receiving is receiving, no matter what the purpose. All psychic impressions are either visual, audial, *knowing* or other sense perceptions. The only thing that changes is the outer expression.  First I will describe the tools then I will explain the differences between psychic readings, mediumship, remote viewing and psychometry. The tools. Clairvoyance– literally means “clear seeing.”  This describes all visual impressions, including dreams.  The term clairvoyant is often confused with the term psychic.  A psychic may or may not be clairvoyant, but this is the most common tool used by psychics.  Clairvoyance is also used by remote viewers, mediums, psychic detectives and psychometrists. Clairaudience– defines the skill of  “clear hearing.”  This describes all impressions that come in sound or thought form, including telepathy.  Clairaudience is often overlooked and mistaken for our own mental thoughts.  Asking oneself a question and then receiving a thought in response is clairaudience.  Hearing a song playing over and over in your head is also a form of clairaudience.  Another example is the fairly common experience of hearing your name being called.  A psychic detective may hear shots being fired, for... read more

Breaking Free in 2015

Feeling stuck is no fun. It’s exhausting, actually. Unrewarding relationships, unfulfilling jobs and even homes or locations you dislike can drain your energy faster than a fire hose can fill up a baby pool. If you could change just one thing about your life in the new year what would it be? What if “it” could be replaced with something else by this time next year? Stop and consider that delicious possibility for a moment. Maybe it’s a small thing, like the hideous rug in the living room or spending lunch hour at your desk working between bites of sandwich. Maybe it’s major like an unhappy marriage, unfulfilling career or geographical location. As soon as you relax into the warm and wonderful possibilities of removing the unpleasant situation, five reasons why it can’t happen probably flooded your consciousness, washing away your optimism and once again leaving you feeling stuck and hopeless. Am I right? Did you think, even for an instant, “I can’t because…”? It’s tough being human. I know. #thestruggleisreal We get stuck because we can’t see past the obstacles holding us firmly in place and fear of the unknown can be downright paralyzing. Sometimes though the obstacles are excuses in disguise and fear is the little plastic chair holding us back. Obstacles can be real, of course, but most of them can also be overcome. Obstacles are hurdles not stop signs. Fear is no small hurdle and maybe it’s the biggest block of all. The cool thing about fear though is that you can master it, rather than let it control you. Right? Right? If you don’t... read more

The Science of Meditation

Everyone can benefit from the daily practice of meditation and there is a growing body of scientific evidence supporting the benefits of meditation and mindfulness on our emotional, mental and physical health. Research suggests meditation helps people manage symptoms of Anxiety disorders Sleep disorders Depression, including bi-polar depression Asthma Heart Disease High blood pressure Pain Inflammation Cancer Memory loss Clinical studies have shown beneficial effects on inflammatory disorders and is supported by the American Heart Association as a preventative intervention.  A new study by researchers in the U.S., Spain and France reports the evidence of specific molecular changes in the body following an intense period of mindfulness practice. “To the best of our knowledge, this is the first paper that shows rapid alterations in gene expression within subjects associated with mindfulness meditation practice.”  says study author Richard J. Davidson, founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconcin-Madison.  Most interestingly, the changes were observed in genes that are the current targets of anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs.”  Says Perla Kaliman, author of the study and researcher at the Institute of Biomedical Research of Barcelona, Spain, where the molecular analyses were conducted. A key result in the Davidson study is that meditators experienced genetic changes following mindfulness meditation that were not seen in the non-meditating group after other quiet activities- an outcome providing proof that meditation can lead to epigenetic alterations of the genome. According to Dr. Bruce Lipton, gene activity can change on a daily basis.  The perception in your mind is reflected in the chemistry of your body,... read more

Surrender is Not Giving Up

Have you noticed that life goes more smoothly when you let go of control and stop trying to micromanage everything and everyone? The moment you mentally drop to your knees and utter “I surrender” maybe even shaking your fists at the sky, the pieces suddenly come together more brilliantly than you ever could have plotted, planned or predicted.

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