Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Are You On The Right Path

I was watching a previous broadcast of an episode on OWN with Oprah interviewing Caroline Myss.  Caroline Myss is the author of books such as the Anatomy Of The Spirit and Sacred Contracts.  While I have heard of this author before, it is the first time I really became acquainted with her work and got to see her being interviewed.  There were so many good parts from this episode and if you can, try searching them on google or YouTube.  However, in this post, I'm going to focus on one important point that was discussed.

How do you know when you are on the right path?  That was the question that Oprah posed to Caroline Myss.  It is a question many people ask themselves.  Her answer included the following points.  First, have no judgement about your life.  Second, have no expectations about your life. Third, give up the need to know what happens tomorrow.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Buck Brannaman And The Horse Knows

In a recent interview from the website, www.cowboysindians.com, some great insights about horses were given that apply to people in so many ways.  Buck Brannaman is known by many things, but the thing that I enjoy seeing is just how real he is.  Yes, he works with horses and he understands horses like few people do, but because of his life's experiences, he knows how to be true, real and honest.

When a horse wants to be around you, that is when Buck feels safe with the human.  It is amazing to think about, but since I come from a farm background, I understand what he is saying.  We had sheep growing up and if you weren't a safe person, the sheep did not want to be around you.  I remember trying to get the sheep to go in the barn one time with my father.  They would just run around scared, confused, nervous and doing anything but what we wanted.

Finally I realized that it was my father who was causing the problem and asked him to go to the house.  He did not like that of course, but deep down I knew that the sheep didn't trust him.  Once he went to the house, they almost walked in single file like it was no big deal.  Animals can tell instinctively what a human is like.  They react to what they sense and see, not what the human tries to portray.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Have Faith Things Are Going To Change

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Every day we all wake up and struggle to put one foot in front of the other with no promise that at the end of the day, life will be any better. But you get up anyway. You keep breathing and hold on to faith that somehow, someday things are going to change for the better. Probably when we least expect it. - 1929 by M.L. Gardner

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Gratitude That I Exist

I saw this quote from Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor on Twitter recently and just had to share it.  How better of a way to view gratitude then by something that is so simple and easy to grasp.  So without further ado, here is the quote.

I wiggle my fingers in front of my face and for this present moment I smile from within from gratitude that I exist at all 

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is the author of "My Stroke Of Insight" which is a very good book!  You can also read my review on her book.

Friday, July 27, 2012

The Importance Of Breathing

I'm sure you may be wondering why I am writing about this topic in this way.  After all, we know as humans, that if we don't breathe, we don't function.  We all know how important breathing is and if you haven't figured out what breathing is all about by now, you're probably not able to read what I'm writing here. 

However, breathing is very important and not just from a breath in, breath out perspective, but in how we function and how we deal with stress and pain in our life.  Through our breath, we can relieve so much stress, tension, and pain.  Unfortunately, all too often in our lives, we pay very little attention to breathing and our breath.  We function in our day from our brain, instead of our body.  When we function in this way to get our daily tasks completed, we are shutting down the vital part of our body that makes us human.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

I've Had Enough Of Life

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There are many people who feel beaten down in life by circumstances that seem to be out of their control.  After months or years of unemployment and struggling to retain the basics in life, it becomes too much for us.  We often say, 'I've had enough" and "this cannot go on forever!"  Yet, sometimes that feels as nothing more than words.

Hopefully, we get to the point that we say "it doesn't matter how long it takes, no matter what I'm going to change."  This is a difficult part to get to at times where we really feel things can change and improve.  It is easy to sometimes mouth the words but to truly believe it deep inside of us is another story.

Of course, all kinds of well-intentioned people come along and give us unsolicited advice.  They mean well and most of what they say is good advice.  However, unless you have walked in the shoes of the person going through what they are dealing with in life, most likely your words sting and hurt, rather than support.  It is a fine line to be there, but sometimes just being there in support is all the person needs.  We need to be careful and mindful of what we say because there is no need to make things worse for the person suffering from life's circumstances even if it is unintentional.

On the other hand, if someone continues to focus on the circumstances and takes on the "poor me" mindset, they will continue to struggle.  The "poor me" mindset involves feeling like you can't get anywhere and that there is no hope or answers for your situation.  This mindset also sends us looking to external sources for answers to our questions and problems.  The answers though do not lie in brick buildings, the sky or in various practices.  The answers are within us.

Sometimes when you are facing the storms of life and not sure what the next step is, you need to take safety in the harbor, away from the high seas.   There is no sense fighting the fierce waves if you can make it into calmer waters.  Take your time and rest while you ride the storm out.  Don't keep pushing against the waves because most likely you will just be wasting precious energy and time.

Step back and evaluate where you are at.  Look at things from all perspectives and see if there is some aspect or side to the circumstances that you are not seeing.  It may be a shift in your reality that is needed to find the way forward.  Often when we are in the midst of the situation, we lose site of the bigger picture.  There is more than we can often currently see, and sometimes we need to take a step back and observe it from a different vantage point.

Begin to focus on what these circumstances are teaching you in life.  There is some lesson to be learned or truth to be discovered.  It may feel rough and painful going through these moments, but in the end, when you can look back, there is generally something to be gleaned from the experience.  It may not be easy to look at the circumstances in this light during this time, but if you focus on what can be learned, it will help shift the perspective.

Our mind and our thoughts create actions. Whatever we place our mind on in our day, is what creates our actions.  Together with our feelings and emotions, we either have the mindset we want for our life, or we are playing the old tapes of life.  All of us have forged together neural pathways that fire automatically in our brain.  The secret though is to use the neural pathways for our benefit, not to our detriment.  You don't need to enter the false sense of fantasy land to change your thoughts.  Stay grounded in what is real and felt within your body, to find the thoughts that create the positive actions for your life.

Last but not least, realize that you don't know everything.  While everyone seems to agree with this, we often fail to practice it.  We are so in love with the neural pathways of our beliefs, that new thoughts, ideas, and concepts become enemies.  What you may know up to this point in your life, may not be the best thing for you.  You may need to go in and evaluate everything with intensity to discard those things that are opinion and belief, to make room for truth in your life.

Everyone going through difficult moments in life will find their way through the current moments they face.  There is no path that is the same for everyone.  Each person is different, unique and has the ability to find their own path.  Don't go looking for it from external forces, but learn to go within and find the answers for your life.  Let your mind and body be your guide as you discover all the potential you hold within and discard what is no longer useful for your life.  It isn't always an easy job, but it is definitely worth it.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

When Life Was Taken Away

Since writing the blog post about Focus On What You Want, I've been thinking about how I view the lack in my life.  In fact, I talked about in this blog post that when everything was taken away from me, it changed me from there on in life.  Nothing was the same and it laid the foundation for what I was would know throughout my life.  It was not something I consciously hoped and wished for, but I was dumped into.

It all started when I was a young baby and my father was in the hospital for hepatitis.  Why he was struggling with this, I don't know, but it was so contagious that my mother had to make a choice between seeing me or seeing him.  As the story goes that I was told, she chose him.  I was left to be taken care of by the nurses in the hospital.  While I was not quite old enough to remember this in plain detail, I'm sure it was one of the earliest moments when life was taken away from me.  Imagine being a small child that is left in the arms of strangers to nurture and love you, but who were busy taking care of others.  Imagine how a small child would view that, knowing their basic necessities were only attended to when someone had a chance, not because they were loved and desired.

Of course, the next time when life was taken away was when at the age of 5, I wake up to a nightmare of laying in a pool of blood as my father tried to quickly clean me up, acting as if nothing happened when  my mom came home.  From there, I feared everything about life including pain and love.  For everything had been taken away from me in life and nothing was safe and secure.  Other moments would fill in the cracks and crevices should I forget such as going through my days with little food and having my stomach starve for the slightest thing to eat. The moments of shivering in the cold of the house from the drafts of the winter winds and inadequate heating or the time my older brother felt a whack in the head with the end of the round point shovel was warranted.  School was no more of a refuge as I was constantly picked on and made to feel like I was not one of my other classmates since math was beyond comprehension for me.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Focus On What You Want

The other day I selected a card from my "Healing With The Angels" card deck by Doreen Virtue.  I often do this because the cards that appear are just what I need to hear in that moment.  They are inspirational messages designed to get me to think about something positive, rather than focus on my negative thoughts that love to engulf my mind and body.

This particular card was titled, "focus".  It went on to say that you need to think about what you want, not what you don't want.  Guard your thoughts carefully because they create your experiences.

It is all too easy to focus on what I don't want in my day.  Those thoughts seem to come easy because I think in many ways, I don't always see myself as worthy to have things I do want.  While I don't want to readily admit this in public, I still live in that moment of life where all was taken away from me.  From that point forward, I had no control it seemed from what people larger than I in life would dictate for my existence.  To this very day, I still operate as someone running from the tigers of life while desiring the complete opposite.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Sandusky and the Paterno Statue

This story has ignited passions and comments throughout the internet.  If you read the trending on twitter today, it is ranking high because they took down the statue of Paterno early this morning (Sunday, July 22, 2012).  While Penn State is trying to move forward and distance themselves from this horrible stain of blood on their university, it will be forever remembered what happened to many children.

Everyone wants to believe that child molesters are some evil looking people hiding in the bushes waiting to pounce on innocent children.  No one wants to think about the child molesters that are normal looking people in places of power, position or influence.  Time and time again, we see this happen from the Catholic, Mormon and Baptist churches to our schools, communities, Boy Scouts and summer camps.

It doesn't stop there though as this happens within families all the time.  The fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, cousins and other relatives that molest their children often go unseen and unheard.  There is a culture of molesting children, while family and friends look the other way.  What Joe Paterno did at Penn State is no different then what happens each and every day in our world.  Far too many people look the other way acting as if nothing is happening.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Mind Body Breath Connection

Breathe.  When things get stressful and frightening in life, don't forget to breathe.  When you think that all is lost and there is no hope, breathe.  Just stop and breathe.  Notice your breath, the rise and the fall.  Notice how deep or shallow it is.  Observe the rhythm of your breath. Embrace your breath and when you do, you will discover another dimension of the mind body connection. - Don Shetterly

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Faith That Things Will Change

Every day we all wake up and struggle to put one foot in front of the other with no promise that at the end of the day, life will be any better. But you get up anyway. You keep breathing and hold on to faith that somehow, someday things are going to change for the better. Probably when we least expect it. - 1929 by M.L. Gardner

Friday, July 20, 2012

Ignite Electrons In The Mind Body

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Do you ever stop to think what possibility does to an expected outcome or future event?  If you don't think you impact and influence events in your life, you're missing the bigger picture.  While sometimes it is hard to believe, we do create events in our life based upon the focus within our mind and body.

In the book, Breaking The Habit Of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza, he states the following.
Just as the wave of possibility of the electron manifests as a particle within a specific momentary event, we observers cause a particle or groups of particles to manifest physical experiences in the form of events in our lives.

Let's break this down a little bit.  When we have a wave of possibility, it ignites electrons to fire.  Of course when we hold that we have no possibility in some event or in our life, it also ignites electrons to fire.  When these electrons fire, we put into motion, a group of particles and chemicals within our brain and body that carry that ignited electron to a result. 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Let Aaron's Wish Be Your Example

I came across a recent news article that touched my heart and obviously many other people felt the same way as I did. It is one of those moments where you see that there is good in this world and there are other people who want to make a difference as well.  All too often, we are possessed in this world by those who are only out to get all they can get and enhance their own lives out of selfishness and greed.  In this case, it shows the humanity of this world.

You may have heard of Aaron's wish that he left in his will.  Of course, you can read his story by going to the website his brother set up for him, www.aaroncollins.org .  One of the things that Aaron wanted to do after he died was leave a generous tip of $500 to a waiter or waitress.  This was intended to be a tip to a server for a simple meal or in his words a pizza.  He intended to really impact a person's life in a way that would be memorable and change their life.

You can see the following video of how the family did this where they found a waitress at random and gave her the $500 tip.  She was over joyed at the gesture and was speechless.  You can see her reaction in the video on YouTube of Aaron's Last Wish.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Therapeutic Listening For Suicide And Depression

Sometimes we all just need somebody to listen, to care and to live for in our life.  Sometimes, just having that much is critical to keeping our lives going during difficult moments of life.  Suicide and depression are all too ugly truths that we don't want to talk about, but yet for those that suffer through these things, they can mean either life or death.

I was reading a book recently called 1929 by M.L. Gardner.  While it is a fictional book, one of the characters had faced enormous upheaval and change along with feelings of great failure and disappointment.  Just before the stock market crash of 1929, he was riding high on the top of the world and had more money and people working for him than he could keep up with.  In a matter of a few hours, he went from his mighty empire to being completely broke and trying to figure out how to exist with the basics in life.

Through this time, he felt like he had failed so many people including himself.  Growing up with a father who expected and demanded so much out of him, he thought he was worthless.  Even though he tried to put on a good face and tried to do what everyone expected of him, he felt so lonely and worthless inside.  On the eve of Christmas, his best friend found him moments before he pulled the razor blade across his wrist.  At that moment of severe depression, his only thought was committing suicide.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

People Are Too Quick To Criticize

One of the plagues upon our civilization is how we treat each other as humans.  We spend way to much time tearing each other down, than we do building them up.  People are too quick to criticize each other, rather than finding the good in one another.  The positive things in others is always there, even if we have to unearth a couple of rocks to find it.

When we focus more on tearing each other apart and being quick to criticize, we are really degrading ourselves as humans.  It is a strong reflection upon how we view our own life and so the problem does not lie within others, but it is completely at our feet.  We are the masters of how we view our life and those around us.  It is not something that is wrong with everyone else, but where we fall deficient in our own life.

Lately, I've had experiences where I did worthwhile and creative projects only to be dished by criticism.  While I try hard to not do it for what others think of me or what they think of the project, I would be lying if I said that their feedback didn't impact me.  Maybe it is due to my own struggle with self confidence, but if you create something and no one cares, I have to wonder if it truly matters.  Most likely it does matter, but never-the-less, it is difficult when you get no positive feedback from your creativity.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Quit Blaming And Start Changing

Some days I get philosophical about life and look at my own life in relation to the overall big planet we live on.  There are so many times that I don't feel like I fit in this world. I have felt this way from a very early age in my life, and sometimes today I still feel that way.  After all, I don't understand most of the human population, or why people act the way they do.

When you look at the people who just bury their heads in the sand, hoping that somehow what they are currently doing in their lives won't matter, I feel sorry for the sand.  Either they chase neon rainbows of bright pretty colors, or they see just how much they can disrespect and harm one another.

No one really stops to think about how their actions impact those around them or the rest of the world.  They just go through their day oblivious to everything taking place, acting as if they are the only ones that matter.  If they inflict a little harm here or there, they claim it is all done in the name of love or they act as if they are the ones with all the answers.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Peaceful As A Cat

There is nothing more peaceful than watching a kitten lie on its back with its eyes closed, oblivious to the cares and concerns of the world.  Breathing slowly and deeply, it relaxes into the floor as if there nothing else to be concerned with in that moment or in any moment to come.  It is an example of lasting peacefulness, grace and ease for their life.  In the same way, we can become like the cat if we so choose. - Don Shetterly

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Ride Out Storms Of Life

When the going gets tough...  grab the oars, put on your life jackets on and ride the storm out!   For if you don't, most likely you'll lose the oars and the ability to navigate after the storm passes.  Without a life jacket, you had better be prepared to tread water.  Do these simple things and you will be ready to ride out a storm in the boat of your life.   - Don Shetterly

Friday, July 13, 2012

Tomorrow Land

Recently on a trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, I enjoyed one of my favorite places in the park.  The one area that I really enjoy is Tomorrow Land because it helps take us from our momentary existence and pushes forward into possibility.  When you walk through there, you can't help but think of how things could be and the potential that exists in our world.  You see, in my tomorrow land, there are many things that I hope will exist.

Peace is one of those things that I hope will exist in my tomorrow land. I want everyone to see each other with respect, acceptance and humility, rather than domination, control, and self-righteousness.  I want to see people at peace within themselves, not using the war within them to view the rest of the world.  For when we begin to understand who we are and find peace within ourselves, it is then that we can open up to the world.  Please keep in mind that this is not a fake it until you make it approach, but one of true genuine peace within where you can connect your mind and body together as one.

Advancing where we are as humans is one thing I hope to see in tomorrow land.  We all have so much potential, but it seems like we do the same things over and over every day of our life.  We reinvent what already has been invented.  We take the easy way out when it comes to creativity and problem solving.  We just accept the status quo and go on with our lives, failing to connect with all that we are.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Brighter Days Are Ahead

Right now, moments in this country and world are difficult for many people.  Difficulties ranging from financial stress to health concerns seem to outnumber the sands on the beach.  Unfortunately ocean waves can't wash all these things away like they do the sand.  However, we must keep hope no matter what that brighter days are ahead.  If we lose that hope, then we've lost our tomorrow.

One of the ways that I try to keep hope going is just by allowing my mind to focus on the thought that things will get better.  It isn't easy and if you're facing eviction or starvation, the last thing your mind wants to focus on is that brighter days are ahead.  Yet, if you give into the doom and gloom of your mind, you will end up fulfilling your own fantasy of the world before you.  It isn't hard, but when we are hit by the storms of life, we must not quit.

Another way I try to keep my focus on brighter days ahead is just to allow myself to have patience with the struggles I face, knowing I don't have to solve everything all at one time.  My mind tends to try and solve everything at once and it won't stop until I either exhaust myself or reach this goal.  Unfortunately this takes a toll on my sleep, relaxation, and just the normal functioning of my mind when faced with difficult moments and decisions in life.  It isn't easy to just be patient with myself because I usually place high demands upon my reality, but it is something I keep striving for in my life.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Sliding Down Difficult Hills Of Life

Some days life reminds me of an experience I had when I was learning to drive on snow and ice.  It was many years ago now, but we had a small little 1980 Ford Pinto with tires that weren't so good.  On the way home from church, we got one of those unexpected snow and ice storms in Iowa, which was beginning to make the roads very slippery.

Leaving church, we went our regular 17 mile journey home.  Due to the road conditions, my father thought it was a good time for me to get some practice in on how to drive on snow and ice.  I was not very comfortable with this plan because of the hilly roads we had to take.  Yet, there was no way to say no to my father and get him to understand that this was probably not a good idea.

As we left Jefferson, Iowa, we crossed the bridge to the river and began heading up this steep incline and curvy road.  It was difficult enough to navigate when the road was normal, let alone when it was covered with a slick layer of snow, ice and slush.  My hands were glued to the steering wheel, my neck was as tense as could be as I began the journey up this hill.  I could barely breathe for fear of the steep drop off to one side.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Serenity Now

Have you ever watched the Seinfeld episode where Frank Costanza practiced a saying to help him deal with stress in life?  You probably remember it as "serenity now".  In this episode, every time Frank would get stressed about something, he would raise his hands in the air and shout this phrase.  Frank even got Kramer doing this and actually had Lloyd Braun doing it until he ended up in the mental institution.

Even though Lloyd Braun kept telling Jerry and others that saying serenity now was not helping anything, they kept doing it.  He tried to tell them that it was just bottling things up inside and one day they would crack under the pressure.  Of course, no one listened and they just kept saying the phrase.

In the end, it shows that Kramer after practicing "serenity now" just finally had taken too much in his life and he cracked.  The next thing we see in this episode is that he is smashing all the computers that George had stored in his apartment.

We act the same way in our lives.  We try to say "serenity now" through all types of methods such as positive thinking, praying, meditation, alternative new age practices, drinking, drugs and whatever else you can name here.  Some of these things might be considered good things, but in many ways if they are done without a true mind body connection, it is just shouting into the wind.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Love Between Two People - Bridegroom

I know there is a debate going on within the world about marriage equality.  Some people are adamantly against it while others understand it.  To me, love between two people is a sacred concept of humanness regardless if everyone in the world accepts it or not.

Some time ago there was a YouTube video posted on the internet about the story of these two guys who are gay.  It is a real life story that touches your heart (if it is a functioning heart), in a very real way.  This is not fictional.  It is what happened to two people.  Regardless of your own beliefs on this issue, you can't help but be touched by this story.

I'm going to leave the link to the kickstarter page where they are trying to raise money to help produce this movie.  It appears to be a very highly produced and well thought out project.  I hope you will take a look at it and see how it touches your own heart.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Survival Response In The Natural World

In the natural world, the survival responses we've been discussing are normal, healthy, and to the animals advantage.  When animals experience life-threatening events, they quickly move beyond the initial shock reaction and recover.  Their reactions are time limited and do not become chronic.  Observing this behavior can give us an understanding of our own instinctual ability to successfully overcome trauma.  We can also learn more about how not to interfere with our instincts.  Pg 86, Waking The Tiger

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Choosing Truth

By choosing truth each time we encounter these hidden pictures in our mind, we take back our power from them.  Instead of allowing our past memories and others' opinions about them to control our destiny, we begin to choose which way to go to fulfill our purpose.  One way or another we must fulfill our purpose, but we have total freedom in how we choose to go about it. - Pg 166, You Are The Answer

Friday, July 6, 2012

Why Won't Men Get Help

Getting help is sometimes very difficult to do.  Asking for help is sometimes something that humans won't do, especially men.  I know this first hand because I was one of those men that wouldn't ask for help or seek it out.  In fact, it took me to the point of a conversion disorder before I finally acknowledged I needed help.  

I still remember when I was getting ready to move away from my therapist and she told me that I had come so far during our time of treatment together.  I was struck though by something she shared with me.  She stated to me, "most people don't go far enough with therapy.  They often come in for a few sessions and quit, just before they really get to the point where they have a breakthrough."

As boys, we are taught to have the answers, and man up or show that we are growing up to be men.  Men feel that they have to be the ones in control, never relying upon anyone for anything.  It is taught throughout our society in the same way we are taught to breathe - automatically.  Unfortunately, when we do struggle and need help, our innate learning prevents us from finding healing for our mind and our body.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Shower Hatred With Love

A friend of mine relayed a story to me that happened in a recent Sunday morning church service.  I found it sad and painful to hear the experience and account of what transpired.  All of it happened because the minster of this church is lesbian.  While I've not had this particular experience, I've had other experiences that have caused great pain in my own life.

The story goes that as they were doing a time of prayer requests in the church, some lady that no one knew came walking into the church.  This lady made it clear and in no uncertain terms that this minister was an abomination to God and she needs to stop living this way.  The lady told everyone that God had told her to come across the country to tell her this.

My first thought is that this lady needed to engage her brain before she engaged her mouth.  After all, if you're following voices in your head that involve hatred, I'm not sure that is God speaking to you.  You might want to see your doctor and have your medication adjusted.  Just sayin,,,

But more importantly, we as a civilization need to learn how to engage our brain first, then engage our mouth only as a last result.  It means we need to look at the bigger picture in life and that our views and beliefs or opinions, may not be the only thing.  Often when we get dogmatic in our opinions and beliefs, we are making up for our own insecurities.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Religious Fanatic Laughs At Conversion Disorder

Sometimes I read stuff that makes my blood boil.  Sometimes I wonder if people that write and spout rubbish actually have enough working brain cells to function in a day.  I'm sure you're probably wondering why I am so upset and angry.  If you read what I did moments ago, you would most likely feel the same way especially if you have suffered from conversion disorder.

This religious fanatic starts off talking about conversion disorder and what it is all about, especially when it comes to the Leroy, New York case.  Unfortunately, as much truth as he begins to write about, he then goes and jumps off the cliff with his ridiculous statements.  While I would love to put the link on here, I do not want to give him any traffic from this blog.  His ridiculous blog does not deserve much attention.  If someone wants the link, please contact me.

“Conversion order” – that is the term I know. It describes what happens when a person is converted by the grace of Jesus Christ and brings order to life."  - this quote is directly from his blog.  

Please now - you care nothing about science or trauma or treating conditions that are experienced in the brain?  Of course, he bases all his conclusions on a few stories in the news and throughout history.  His entire answer to this condition is the grace of Jesus Christ.

While I fully believe there is a higher spiritual force present in this world, you can't have things both ways.  Just to act like knowing God makes everything perfect and whole, is about as baseless as claiming water never freezes.  To denigrate a higher spiritual force to spread this dude's whacked out ideas is disgusting.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Vulnerability At The Dentist Office

Last week, I had a big dose of vulnerability that wasn't easy to handle.  Whenever events like this happen, I'm always reminded of Brene Brown's talks on vulnerability.  It never seems like it is easy to be in this place and the emotions run high from moments like this.

In one of the last episodes of the Glee Project, their subject was vulnerability.  You could see some of the pain in each person as they experienced moments of vulnerability.  It wasn't easy for them and I'm sure took a lot out of them emotionally.

My latest experience was at the dentist office.  If you have read my blog post for some time you will see that I've endured some pretty rough moments at the dentist office and to read past blog posts on the dentist, click here.  Last week I had to go into the dentist because my denture that I wear, broke in two pieces.  It was not an option as the only way I could wear it, was to get it fixed and without it, everyone would be able to notice it was missing.

It is always a challenge to make an appointment and walk in the door.  The past trauma I have been through that is connected to this denture is almost unbearable.  The emotions of shame and sadness come to the forefront and are stronger than a bulldozer pushing a mountain.  On top of this, financial constraints made this a nightmare because I knew just how expensive of a situation I was facing.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Phantom Doorbell Ringing And Nightmare Dreams

Ugh, last night sucked.  It really did.  Not once, but twice I get awakened to the doorbell ringing in my sleep.  The only thing is, the doorbell actually didn't ring. You could not have convinced me of this last night except for others in the house not hearing a thing.  So once again, the phantom doorbell rings in my sleep and in my dreams.  On this particular night, the doorbell rang and woke me up twice during the night.

For some reason, it seems like my bad and scary nightmare dreams tend to happen in the 4 am hour.  Last night was no exception.  Yet, when I was awakened the first time by the doorbell, I felt so frightened, scared and as if something was in the house watching me.  It isn't the first time I have felt that way and these frightening dream states tend to be less frequent then they once were.  However, it seems like I cannot escape them.

It was around midnight in my dream when the event happened although the actual time was around 4 am.  Since it was night time, most of the houses around us were dark, except for ours.  We had the usual lights on and in this dream, instead of having a solid front door, we had a full length glass door.  When the doorbell rang, I went to the door and had nothing on but a t-shirt and boxers.  I would never answer the door dressed like this, but in my dream I did.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Brain And Nervous System Can Change

But new findings reveal that many aspects of the brain and nervous system can change structurally and functionally—including learning, memory, and recovery from brain damage—throughout adulthood.)  From Chapter 5 of the book by Joe Dispenza, Breaking The Habit Of Being Yourself


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