Preparing to Hear

I was browsing the Learning Light Foundation‘s newsletter and read about the event “Hearing God as an Actual Voice Within” with DavidPaul & Candace Doyle. The idea seems rather cool. Anne Reith, the instructor of my Psychic Development class, has said that channeling God is better than any drug. I imagine hearing God as a Voice within is pretty much the same thing. The Doyles have a website where you can sign up to receive 1o free mailings over the course of a month with links to audios of exercises for hearing the Voice of God. The Doyles also wrote a book: The Journey That Never Was: A Guide to Hearing God’s Voice Regardless of One’s Faith, Religion, or Personal Beliefs. Supposedly, it was inspired by A Course in Miracles. I figure the practice of hearing the Voice of God will be useful preparation for Psychic Development class the last Thursday of the month when we channel.

Hot Hands!

When I woke up this morning, my hands felt HOT as if they were on fire. This is so unusual for me. I usually struggle to keep my extremities warm, particularly when it is cool out. (It doesn’t get cold here.) But this morning, my hands were hot. I had to take them out from under the covers to let them cool off. I’d been told in Reiki class that this would happen. At the time, I took a “we shall see” attitude about it. Even now in the early afternoon, my hands feel warm and even a bit tingly. I was also told that I would have vivid dreams. I’ll say mine were vivid! I still remember what they were about this late in the day. I was told I could experience a number of physical and emotional symptoms over the next month as my body adjusts to the attunement. I’m hoping the hot hands are the worst of it.

Reiki I

I am now a Reiki I practitioner. Imagine that. Reiki works with the energy fields of the body. If you want to get an idea of what I’m talking about, try this:

Hold your hands in front of you about 3 feet apart. Now slowly bring them together. Pay attention to the sensations in your hands. As they get closer together, before they actually touch, you may feel something akin to electricity in the palms of your hands.
This energy that you feel is the type of energy that a Reiki practioner works with. The Reiki practitioner acts as a conduit for directing energy into a recipient and also for removing negative energy. All of this can be done without ever touching the recipient. I am told that Reiki cannot be used to harm but only heal.

Dominos

We read Dominos in Psychic Development class last night. I’m still rather rusty in my psychic intuition. I used to be better at this. It’s been a while since I’ve done much with it.

The point of reading Dominos was that just about anything can be used as a psychic tool if the ground rules are set. One student suggested that even a TV can be used for readings. One poses a question and then changes channels until one feels it’s right to stop. Something in the broadcast will give a clue as to the answer. If I do this, I’d probably have to close my eyes while changing channels so that I don’t see the bar that says what’s showing. Actually, I don’t see myself reading the TV.
My favored tools are still Tarot and the I Ching with Runics coming right along. A pendulum is also handy for yes/no questions and verification of readings. I’ve been having some fun with my new Runics set. I’ve done a couple readings with it already. The first was on psychic ability. The gist of it was that I have potential to possibly make some money at it. My husband may have his doubts, but he may come around when he sees that the work makes me happy. My instructor reviewed the reading and thought I did a good job of it. I did a reading on the Star Princess (on which we’re booked), but that reading hasn’t been reviewed yet. As you may have heard, there was a fire and a fatality on the ship a couple nights ago. The ship looks ghastly. At this time, the cause appears to be a cigarette in one of the rooms. From the picture of the damaged ship, it appears that the cabin we booked is not in the burn zone. We’re hoping we’ll be able to sail when the time comes.
I’m looking forward to a Reiki I class this weekend. Supposedly, the class helps jumpstart psychic development. If so, this should help me get more out of the classes on Thursday nights.

Keeping Busy

I’ve been quite busy the last several days. On Thursday I started taking a Psychic Development class from Anne Reith at the Learning Light Foundation. The work gave me a headache! It’s been a while since I’ve done any of this, so I’ve got some attunement to do. Friday I was doing a bit of work to help pay for the classes. Saturday I went to Anne Reith’s Runes & Runics© class. Runics© is a system using multiple runes sets together with various crystals. In class we made a set of runes from wooden disks and a mat to cast them on. I bought a set of glass runes that the instructor had made. Since then I made a couple more sets of glass runes for myself and found 22 crystals to add to them to make a Runics© set. Those crystals in the picture are what I’ve added. I’m not too fond of the amethyst I’ve got in there. When I find a better one, I’ll replace it. I’d like a better piece of amber, too, and maybe a different moonstone. For now, what I’ve got will do. Sunday I will be taking a Reiki 1 class. Supposedly, Reiki can help jumpstart psychic abilities. If so, it’s probably better to take the class sooner rather than later.

In addition to all this, I’ve still been reading books for my spiritual weight control project. Of course that’s been a little slower going with all the other activity going on.

Psychic Fair

I had a fun day today. I went to the Psychic Fair at Learning Light Foundation. I attended several free lectures. The lectures are short introductions to topics taught by the teachers in longer lectures and class series. I’m seriously thinking about taking classes again at Learning Light Foundation. Valerie Rogers shared her paintings and talked about her intuitive process. Anne Reith talked about her psychic history and gave pop readings from runes. Her class is general psychic development. Jade talked about reiki healing and did a very quick demo on me. I’d like to explore all these topics further. I also had a couple of readings done. The theme of the readings was change.

Expanding the Idea

I continue to read The Weigh Down Diet by Gwen Shamblin. The book is very distinctly Christian, but I don’t think the concepts necessarily have to be approached from that perspective. Don’t get me wrong–Christianity is a good and valid path; it just isn’t the only way to approach God. I have a book in my library, Oneness: Great Principles Shared by All Religions by Jeffrey Moses, that quotes various world religions on various topics. Religions represented include Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Jainism, Confucianism, Sikhism, Shintoism, and Sufism. There may be more now, maybe even quotes from my religion? (It isn’t in my copy of the book, but it is on that wheel in the illustration.) My copy of the book was published in 1989. The latest edition was published in 2002; apparently it has been revised and expanded. I think it would be really cool if Gwen Shamblin’s concepts on approaching and falling in love with God (which, in her book, is the core of how to feed the heart) could be expanded to include other religious and spiritual perspectives.

How to Feed the Stomach

The following is from The Weigh Down Diet by Gwen Shamblin.

  1. Wait anywhere from one to thirty-six hours on your first hunger, and then it will be approximately one to three times a day. Do not fear–you will love the energy you feel from this and the delight from being able to wait.
  2. Hunger is a polite burning sensation, the feeling of a knot inside your stomach. If you have to bypass hunger due to work or social conflicts, the sensation will come back around in forty-five minutes. While it is normal to skip hunger once in a while, do not make it a habit. If you haven’t felt hunger within thirty-six hours, eat a small meal and wait for hunger again. You should feel it soon. After your first attempt, do not keep waiting thirty-six hours. Continue to decrease your food daily until you feel stomach hunger. Do not be legalistic. We are working on reducing food intakes to normal amounts for your body.
  3. Family meal time. If you are hungry before dinner, just bypass hunger. If you are full at normal mealtime because of an irregular eating schedule or because you tasted all your cooking–several times–then just drink a glass of non-caloric tea and talk to the family.
  4. Drink non-caloric beverages to help the sugar levels drop normally so that you can get the hunger signal. Continual intake of sugar through drinks prevents you from sensing hunger.
  5. Sip your drink between bites. Stop eating when you are satisfied.
  6. Rate foods. Decide which foods you like best and eat those first, saving the least favorite until the end. Generally, leave desserts until last.
  7. Wrap up leftovers. You can have them the next time you are hungry.
  8. Use carryouts when eating out. Restaurants serve such large portions. Some foods, especially pastas, taste better the next day. Some just turn green in the fridge, and then you can easily throw them away!
  9. Do not serve yourself a five-course meal just because a medication must be taken with food. Food needed with pills can be small amounts like one to three crackers. You do not need a banquet unless the physician orders that.
  10. In the Weigh Down Workshop, expect your food consumption to decrease 1/2 to 2/3 of what you were eating as an overeater. As you progress, you may expect your desire eating, or desire for food, to decrease over time.

Spiritual Weight Control

 “DROP 100 LBS WITHOUT DIETING: Arizona State researchers I.D. the mental habit that transforms body chemistry to melt fat super-fast!” So proclaims the cover of the latest issue of one of my favorite magazines, First For Women. I took a look at the article and found that the “mental habit” mentioned is prayer. The article refers the reader to a couple of web sites: First Place and Weigh Down. These are both organizations for weight loss based on Christian principles. While I am not specifically Christian, I figured it could be worthwhile to dig a little deeper and find out more about their approach. I checked with my local library system and found that they had a book by the founder of Weigh Down: The Weigh Down Diet by Gwen Shamblin. The beginning pages of the book speak of how we are born with two empty places in our bodies: our stomachs and our hearts. Problems arise when we try to satiate heart hunger with food. Love is for the heart, and food is for the stomach. And so begins that reading journey.

As I looked through resources relating to spirituality and weight loss, I was reminded of The Joy of Weight Loss on the Beliefnet site. When I looked for other items about weight loss on Beliefnet, I came across an article about mindful eating. How often do we grab something on the run and eat it unconsciously without really paying attention to what we are doing much less where the food came from or how it got to us? Another article on Beliefnet, Getting Fit for God, has some good ideas to work with as well.

I would like to glean good concepts from these readings about spiritual weight loss and put them together in a more generalized form. It isn’t to secularize them but to separate them from specific religious references. I like the idea of calling on Higher Power to assist with goals and will definitely incorporate that into what I do.

I’ve had some odd cravings lately: I want unsweetened passion fruit iced tea, salmon, and plain yogurt. That sure beats my usual cravings for candy and cookies. Maybe mindfulness is beginning to work?

I’ve read enough of The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle now to know that I will want it for my personal library so that I can refer to it often. It’s actually helping me to make sense of A Course in Miracles.

Enlightenment: The End of Suffering

I am reading The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. On page 10, Mr. Tolle says that the Buddha’s definition of enlightenment is the end of suffering. As I read this, I thought back to the time when my son was diagnosed with leukemia. If I suffered, it was only for a few days. After that, I came to the realization that this (the process of treatment) is what we are doing now, and I ceased to think about it. The way was smooth. I did not suffer. My son “had” the disease for only a very short time. As soon as treatment began (which was almost as soon as its discovery), he was “recovering from” the illness. The days passed, and we did what was needed. If there had been thinking, it had already been done. We were informed about the cues for action (fever) and the methods of treatment. We were told and we did. There was no thinking about it; it was simply assumed that we would do what was needed. Another thing I recall about it all: I did not engage in dreaming about what would happen when my son was cured. When it came to my son’s recovery, I was in the NOW with it. The only thing of importance was what needed to be done right then. There was no difficulty or hardship or even fear. Situations and conditions in support of the recovery fell into place. I am amused when I hear people talk about the bravery of those touched by cancer. It isn’t bravery that got us through it all; it was acceptance. We did not fight the disease because he did not “have” it. Recovery was assumed; we simply acted in support of that recovery. I should ask my son if he suffered. I don’t think he did, at least not much. There were times when he did not want to take the pills or whatever else the nurses wanted him to do, but eventually I think he got it and realized that the way through it all was to just do. So I think I have had a glimpse of what it is to not suffer at a time when suffering is expected, and perhaps our way of dealing with the recovery was enlightened.

The image is the Ace of Water (Emotions) from the Osho Zen Tarot.