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Your Default Settings

September 4, 2013, 12:00 AM

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By: Betty Mahalik

 

 

Buy a computer – any computer – and it comes loaded with software automatically set to certain default settings. For example, the default setting for Word is Times New Roman 12-point. Last week, as I presented one of my periodic Best Year Yet(R) programs, I found myself referring to default settings of the human variety. Human default settings are those areas of life where we unconsciously cooperate with limiting thoughts and behaviors that keep us from living our best lives.

 

A default setting in our lives can be anything from automatically turning on the television set when we walk into a room, to spending too much time surfing the net or checking email…it’s usually brainless, time-stealing, and rarely does it add value to our lives. Deeply entrenched default settings become beliefs like: “I’m not smart enough, pretty enough, educated enough…”, (or any of a thousand variations). And just as documents preset with Times New Roman 12-point type have a consistent and readily identifiable look, our habits of thinking, our default settings produce results that are consistent with them as well.

 

 

Default thought: “I don’t have the right clothes (or whatever), so I can’t start working out.”
Result: Not working out.

 

Default thought: “I always have to be available for my clients.”
Result: No time to refill your own tank, ultimately leading to burnout.

 

 

Is it possible to change our human default settings? Absolutely. Is it easy? Not usually. But if you find yourself defaulting rather than designing how you want to live, work, or play, with commitment and consistency, you can override your automatic settings. Here are some steps to help you do it:

 

 

First, become aware of your default modes. You might start by making a list of things you do habitually that may not be useful or beneficial. Too much email or TV, not exercising, making excuses for not starting a project or growing your business, blaming others for what’s happening (or not) in life, working too many hours, not pursuing a hobby, and always saying yes when you want to say no are just a few examples of default settings that may be keeping you stuck.

 

 

Secondly, notice the amount of excuse-making and rationalizing you generate around your default modes. You’ll often recognize these monologues by their characteristic repetitive phrases: “I can’t,” “I have to,” “When I get X, then I’ll do Y,” “It’s only,” or “Just this once.”

 

 

Thirdly, see if you can drill down to the core issue that’s really at cause. A few years ago I realized that I was a victim of “yes-itis,” a behavior characterized by the tendency to say yes to everyone’s requests for my time. I realized that my default setting was based on a belief that in order to be liked I always had to say yes. When I recognized it, I created a new internal message for myself: “I say no to others so I can say yes to myself.” Then when my old default behavior came close to kicking in, I would remind myself of the new message. Eventually this became my default setting. And now, though I do occasionally slip, most of the time I at least stop to check my gut to ask whether this program or project is something I really want to do (is it a “yes” to myself?) before deciding to commit to it.

 

 

Finally, it helps to create options to steer you away from old, habitual patterns of behavior. If you have a habit of turning on the TV the minute you walk in the house, start by entering through a different door. If you tend to spend too much time on the computer, close the door to the room or office where your computer is located. If you work tend to work too much, schedule times to meet a friend that require you to leave the office earlier a couple of days a week. If it’s saying yes to your own detriment, develop the habit of requesting 24 hours to think over any decisions before making a final commitment.

 

 

Ultimately we all get to choose the life we want to live. For some it will be based entirely on default settings, never questioning the beliefs or behaviors that dictate the quality of their lives. This week, I challenge you to examine your default settings to see if they are really adding to the richness of your life or just the convenience of it. Trust me, I’ll be doing the same.

 

 

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By Kaleigh R Gramley

 

 

Did you know that stress is a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize?

 

Need some stress relief?

 

Everyone responds differently to stressful events. That stress response is part instinct and part to do with how we think. We can train our minds how to best respond to the stressors in our lives.

 

Stress does not need to be all bad. Some stress in our daily lives is good and challenges us to reach even higher heights.
This is dedicated to helping people, everywhere, to harness the stress in their lives and channel it into something that is beneficial and positive.

 

Identifying stress in your life:

 

Many people go through their days not aware of the stress in their lives. They might think, well, how serious can it be if I don’t even know it exists?

 

Regardless of how little or how much stress you have in your life, being able to identify it will be a big help to you. Once you are able to identify the stress in your life for what it is, you can then go about the business of dealing with it more effectively.
Make no mistake about it; if there is stress in your life, chances are you are reacting negatively to at least some of it.

 

Keep a stress diary.

 

When you commit to keeping a stress diary, you gain important insight into how you react to stress. This allows you to better channel your energy into performing as you choose to and not as the result of the unidentified stress that has a foothold in your life.

 

You will begin by recording, each day, information about the stresses you are experiencing. Your goal will be to analyze these stresses and then better manage them.

 

Here is an example of a day one entry:

 

Woke up late (alarm did not go off)
Got the kids off to school in an awful rush, very cranky.
Arrived to work without any breakfast, feeling like a zombie.
Short-tempered with co-workers all day.
Picked up kids from school and nearly bit their heads off.
Locked myself in my room.
Stayed in room entire night, sleeping and watching TV, had a bath.

 

Your stress diary will better help you to understand:

 

What causes your stress in more detail?
Level of stress that you operate at most efficiently.
How do you react to stress? Are your reactions appropriate and useful?

 

When you write your stress diary each day, you will gain valuable insight that will help you to manage stress more proactively.

 

So that you can best analyze your stress, include the following information:

Date and time of each entry.
How do you feel right now? On a scale of 1 – 10 with 1 being miserable and 10 being ecstatic.
Record your mood on a scale of 1 – 10 with 1 being low and 10 being very happy.
Record how effective you feel you are on a scale of 1 – 10 with 1 being very ineffective and 10 being highly effective.
How stressed out do you feel? On a scale of 1 – 10 with 1 being in a Zen state and 10 feeling like you are crawling out of your skin.
What stress symptom do you feel?
How did you handle the stress?

 

Analyze your stress diary.

 

Commit to making daily entries into your diary over a reasonable period of time. After a period of about 4 weeks, you should be able to start to see patterns. Some of your behaviors, which are provoked by stress, will be repeated on a regular basis. Make a list of those behaviors that you see most often. These will be the stressors in your daily life you will want to learn to control first.

 

Next, look at the causes of these obvious stressors. Also, look at how well you managed them on a day-by-day basis. When you can identify areas where you can learn to manage your stress responses better, list those. List all of the every day events of your life that cause you stress and list how these events made you feel.

 

By now you can see the contrast in what events cause you the most stress compared to what events cause you the least. You can now see at what stress level you can function best. Your goal now will be to lessen the stress in your life by managing how you deal with stressful situations and you can do this by responding to the stress in your life in a more proactive/positive manner.

 

There is no better time than to get into stress management to reduce stress today! Stress reduction is the best way to live life, stop feeling that stress and anxiety. Come and live the better life you deserve.

 

 

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About Time

August 14, 2013, 12:00 AM

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By: Alex

 

 

It’s interesting and curious that time is such a large part of our lives and yet we know so little about it. How would you describe time? We could say that time is the interval between two events, but that doesn’t really do justice to the question.

 

 

Einstein believed that time was relative. He said that a minute sitting on a hot stove feels like an hour, but an hour with a pretty girl seems like a minute. Einstein’s remark implies that one’s perception of time is relative to one’s conditions and one’s state of mind: if you are pleasantly occupied, time passes quickly, whereas if you are in a bad situation, time seems to drag. This seems to be borne out by peoples experience.

 

There seem to be many different kinds of time. I will discuss a few of them here and then talk a little about time distortions.

 

Let’s start with time in relation to work. Most people would rather be busy at work because when they are busy, time seems to pass faster. That’s pretty logical. People generally get bored when they have nothing to do.

 

 

On the other hand, people on vacation in a remote location generally experience a much slower pace of life. While on vacation, they go back to being temporally regulated by natural phenomena such as the rising and setting of the sun. Since the point of being on vacation is to escape from their ordinary lives, they leave behind most of the things that they had been regulating their internal time clocks to, and adapt to a different kind of schedule.

 

 

If their experience is strong enough, they’ll not only remember their vacations but in a strange way revere them. They will become exalted memories, cherished with photos and videos and other memorabilia (like souvenirs). They will talk about them for years to come. In this way, their memories of their vacations will stand “outside of time.”

 

 

When their vacation ends, these people are then jolted into a different kind of time, starting with the moment they get to the airport. They go back to “the real world”, “the rat race” and their normal routine, the work commute and so on. When they “get back to reality”, they enter a different world with a different set of temporal rhythms, which they must once again adapt to and embrace in order to compete effectively and survive.

 

 

Nowadays, I think most of our lives are governed by more of a “digital tempo”. With our prevalent electronic lifestyles, and having the internet available 24 hours a day, we have become more and more disconnected from the natural sequence of events that played such a large role in our lives prior to the invention of the electric light. I believe this has distorted our sense of time.

 

 

I call this “internet time”. Events in the internet time might be the time of a download, or the speed at which a web page loads. When it was first invented, the internet was so new and novel that people were thrilled to see web pages load at all. It was a form of magic. Nobody had ever seen anything like it. Then things like java were invented and web pages became even better. You could listen to music or watch videos on the internet as well. As time went by the best web designers and programmers found new ways to enhance peoples internet experiences.

 

 

Then people began to want faster modem speeds and would not tolerate long download times. This became a concern for website owners. If people didn’t want to wait for a web page to load, they would just click somewhere else. This led to significant demand for high speed internet connections. In the last few years the major commercial internet providers (phone companies mainly) have made a real push to get high speed internet access available everywhere.

 

 

The other technological development that has altered our use of the internet and increased its reach into our lives is the plethora of portable wireless devices which can stream internet content: phones, laptops, and tablets for the most part.

 

 

It’s interesting that relatively recent inventions such as the internet and wireless devices have affected peoples sense of time. So many people have adopted and use the internet that internet time has become a regulating force in many peoples lives. This is actually a very powerful thing to have happen.

 

 

I would contrast this with another kind of time that I will call “cosmic time.” This is not anything like “internet time.” On the contrary, cosmic time is on a much, much grander time scale than internet time, which is measured in milliseconds, and is based on things like computer CPU clock speeds, cable modem speeds and network bandwidth.

 

 

Cosmic time is what one would experience if they were able to slow down their minds completely and enter a deep state of meditation, which is something that seems hard to do nowadays. I think all great yogis and meditators have been able to access this kind of time. I think that by accessing cosmic time that it changes them somehow and deepens their experience.

 

 

I once studied for a year with a group of Buddhist students. At the end of the course, we had a meeting with our instructors. As I looked into my meditation instructors eyes, what I saw was very disconcerting.

 

 

When you look into most peoples eyes you know there is a person there. However, with this woman that was not the case. I felt like I was looking into infinity. It completely stunned me. She had the same look in her eyes that you would see in a statue of the Buddha. Cosmic time? Yes, of course.

 

 

One of Foretell’s psychics has commented on the distortion of time in her experience. Of course there is “normal time”, but then there are “time warps” (her words) where time is either extremely compressed or expanded. In compressed time, and incredible amount of things can happen, even things that are beyond what you would normally expect. And conversely, when time is expanded, time almost seems to stop. In that state you tend to lose all sense of time. And we have everything in between.

 

 

Time can also be distorted locally. I took a trip last year into the mountains to visit a friend in a town that I hadn’t been to in a long time. The time there seemed severely distorted. It was as if the clock had stopped millions of years ago. I did affirmations and prayers for the whole area so that it could be brought back into balance with the rest of the world. While this is highly unusual, it just goes to show that anything can happen.

 

 

We have been conditioned by our everyday experiences to experience time in certain limited ways, but I think there is much more to it than that. With all the changes the Earth is going through, it is natural to wonder if time is not changing as well.

 

 

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By: Office Staff

 

 

With summer in full swing and lot’s of people traveling, we wanted to give a bit of insight to those of you not sure where to go this summer. Plan your perfect summer getaway based off of your sign and you are sure to have a wonderful experience! Here are some of our recommendations for Water Signs; Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.

 

 

Cancer:

Plan on a vacation that would be very family-oriented. Either visiting family or staying in family-oriented establishments is the key. Locating something that has family history, family nearby, as well as water, would suit any Cancer and get them to enjoy the time away and really enjoy the vacation.

 

Recommendations:

US: Georgia (Savannah).

Internationally: Scotland.

 

 

Scorpio:

You can have a quiet, relaxing, well-thought out vacation when you are in the hands of this sign. As a sign that likes order, and everything just-so, this is the perfect vacation to really not worry about anything. It will all be taken care of perfectly. Be prepared to take sunscreen and all weather clothing because they like the water, out of the way places, and they don’t mind if you stay and relax by yourself. They will want to spend time alone, but they will also give you their undivided attention.

 

Recommendations:

US: Virgin Islands.

Internationally: New Zealand.

 

 

Pisces:

Going on vacation with this sign, you could be treated to lots of reflection, soaking in nature, enjoy the effects of yoga, or experiencing a mysterious religious retreat. This could be a short weekend of de-stressing, or a longer time of exploring the unique and unusual, out-of-the-way places at a slow pace.

 

Recommendations:

US: Nantucket.

Internationally: Tibet.

 

 

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By: Office Staff

 

 

With summer in full swing and lot’s of people traveling, we wanted to give a bit of insight to those of you not sure where to go this summer. Plan your perfect summer getaway based off of your sign and you are sure to have a wonderful experience! Here are some of our recommendations for Fire Signs; Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. Check back next Monday when our focus will be on the Air Signs; Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius.

 

 

Aries:

If you’re up for an adventure, this is a perfect sign to go on vacation with. These people tend to like the warmer climates and also all of the thrills that go with the weather. Bring a bunch of Vitamin D as well. You will need the energy to keep up with them in an action packed, never a dull moment time of your life.

 

Recommendations:

US: The Southwest.

Internationally: Australia or Greece.

 

 

Leo:

When vacationing with this sign, expect to be the follower. Not really in the adventure-seeking part of the vacationing, but more of the culture that show the hidden ‘glamorous lifestyles’ of others. Be prepared though to do everything in a first-class style that offers a lot of amenities that come with the vacation package.

 

Recommendations:

US: Nevada (Las Vegas).

Internationally: Australia (Sydney).

 

 

Sagittarius:

Known as the sign that “journeys of the body, mind, and spirit,” this adventurer will keep you busy on exploring new things, but learning something new in the process. This is a sign that is very adaptable to wherever you place them in the world, so be prepared. They do not like organized, group vacations, but something outdoors, with lots of space. When packing, pack clothes for exploring most of the time.

 

Recommendations:

US: Grand Canyon.

Internationally: Mayan ruins.

By: Office Staff

 

 

With summer in full swing and lot’s of people traveling, we wanted to give a bit of insight to those of you not sure where to go this summer. Plan your perfect summer getaway based off of your sign and you are sure to have a wonderful experience! Here are some of our recommendations for Earth Signs; Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. Check back on Wednesday when our focus will be on the red hot Fire Signs; Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius.

 

 

 

Taurus:

For the fun-loving and laid back Taurus, find something that is slow-paced, easygoing, relaxed with no set time schedule. This is a great sign to be with if you really need to unwind and relax because the comforts of home and solitude is what this sign enjoys the most to rejuvenate with.

 

Recommendations:

US: Pacific Northwest.

Internationally: Orient Express through Europe.

 

 

 

Virgo:

Down to Earth, this sign offers a very well planned and thought out vacation. Be prepared to enjoy your vacation by actually advancing your knowledge as well of whatever plans they come up with. Since Virgo’s typically like to cook, be prepared to learn something new for the kitchen by the time the trip is over.

 

Recommendations:

US: The Napa Valley.

Internationally: Italy (Sicily).

 

 

 

Capricorn:

As a Earth sign, they like stability, security, and safety. They enjoy taking charge of their own schedules and like to plan things on their own. They are into history, especially international history. If you want to experience history, vacation with this sign, but also read up on the destination so you can get an idea of what to pack for your grand adventure.

 

Recommendations:

US: New York (The Pierre Hotel).

Internationally: South America.

 

 

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By: Ann

 

 

Essential Oils:


Grapefruit – Our oil is cold-pressed from the peel of the common grapefruit. It has a fresh, sweet, bitter, citrus aroma. It is used to scent citrus perfumes and colognes, soaps, creams and lotions. Aromatherapy benefits: refreshing, cheering.

 

Bergamot – Bergamot oil is cold-pressed from the peel of the nearly ripe fruit. The aroma of bergamot oil is fresh, lively, fruity and sweet. It is an excellent deodorizer. It contains a constituent called bergaptene that increases the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. Bergamot BF means “bergaptene free.” Most of the sensitizing bergaptene constituent has been distilled out of this product but traces may still remain. Aromatherapy benefits: uplifting, inspiring, confidence-building.

 

Cedarwood – Red cedarwood essential oil actually comes from a type of juniper known as Juniperus virginiana, whose common name is eastern red cedar. The balsamic-woody aroma of cedarwood oil evokes a feeling of inner strength and centeredness. It is quite useful in times of emotional stress and anxiety to overcome feelings of powerlessness.

 

Cypress – The oil has a refreshing, spicy, juniper and pine needle-like aroma and is often used as a modifier in pine fragrances. It blends well with lavender, clary sage, citrus and Angelica. Aromatherapy benefits: purifying, balancing.

 

Eucalyptus – Of the 300 species of eucalyptus trees in the world, Eucalyptus globulus is the best known. Eucalyptus has long been used in topical preparations such as liniments and salves. Cineole is the major constituent. Aromatherapy benefits: purifying, invigorating.

 

Lavender – Lavender oil is used in baths, room sprays, toilet waters, perfumes, colognes, massage oils, sachets, salves, skin lotions and oils. It has a sweet, balsamic, floral aroma which combines well with many oils including citrus, clove, patchouli, rosemary, clary sage and pine. Aromatherapy benefits: balancing, soothing, normalizing, calming, relaxing, and healing.

 

Neroli – Oil of neroli is distilled from the flowers of the bitter orange tree. It has a very strong, refreshing, spicy, floral aroma and is one of the most widely used flower oils in perfumery. It is an ingredient in eau de cologne and blends well with citrus oils and floral oils. Neroli is also used in premium natural cosmetic preparations such as massage oils, skin creams and bath oils. Aromatherapy benefits: calming, soothing, sensual.

 

Rosemary – Rosemary is known as the herb of remembrance. The plant produces an almost colorless essential oil with a strong, fresh, camphor aroma. It’s used in many citrus colognes, forest and Oriental perfumes, and eau de cologne. Rinses for dark hair often contain rosemary, as do room deodorants, household sprays, disinfectants and soaps. Aromatherapy benefits: clarifying, invigorating.

 

 

Herbs:

 

Basil – Basil is a tender annual that has a strong, spicy flavor. Chopped fresh basil leaves are added to vegetables, salad dressings, eggs, and breads. The herb also tastes good added to homemade tomato sauce and steamed with rice. Basil compliments garlic and can be combined to make a delicious loaf of bread.

 

Ginger – Antioxidant, antimicrobial effect on sores and wounds. Colon cleanser, reduces spasms and cramps, stimulates circulation. Recommended for bowel disorders, circulatory problems, fever, hot flashes, indigestion, morning sickness, motion sickness, nausea, and vomiting.

 

Rosemary – Rosemary is known as the herb of remembrance. The plant produces an almost colorless essential oil with a strong, fresh, camphor aroma. Rinses for dark hair often contain rosemary, as do room deodorants, household sprays, disinfectants and soaps. Aromatherapy benefits: clarifying, invigorating.

 

Thyme – Antiseptic. Recommended for: croup and other respiratory problems, fever, headache, liver problems, cholesterol, scalp itching and flaking caused by candidiasis. Eliminates gas and reduces mucus.

 

 

Recipe:

Fennel, Grapefruit, and Apple Salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 bulbs fennel, trimmed and thinly sliced
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1 green apple, peeled and thinly sliced
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 red grapefruit – peeled, white pith cut off, and sectioned
2 tablespoons chopped toasted walnuts, or to taste
1 tablespoon torn basil leaves, or to taste
2 teaspoons lemon juice, or to taste
2 teaspoons lime juice, or to taste
2 teaspoons grapefruit juice, or to taste
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, or to taste
salt and ground black pepper to taste

 

Directions:

 

Layer fennel, onion, and apple slices in a salad bowl and drizzle apple with 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Top salad with red grapefruit sections, toasted walnuts, and basil leaves.

 

Whisk 2 teaspoons lemon juice with lime juice, grapefruit juice, and olive oil in a small bowl; season to taste with salt and black pepper. Drizzle dressing over salad and serve.

 

 

 

What Is Reiki?

June 12, 2013, 1:10 AM

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By: Awareness Institute

 

 

The other day I was pondering the most ‘healing’ people I had ever met and I was wondering what it was that made being in their presence such a balm. There was Sister Mary Malone, the charge nurse on a children’s ward, another nurse – a gorgeous Creole woman who called everyone ‘honey chile’, the Dalai lama and a few others. What they all have in common is that being with them you feel totally safe – no matter what, that everything’s ok. They generate a feeling of spaciousness, warmth and nurturing – that I could be anyone or thing and their love and compassion would never waiver for an instant; that they can see all of me and it is just fine. Where everything, no matter how frightening can just Be and people can trust themselves and their feelings more. They reflect back, not just the parts of my being that I reveal, or my pain and my stories, but All of me. In such spaciousness much is possible; there is a lot of freedom to move. We don’t need to hold onto our beliefs so tightly or our fears and anxieties or insist we are right. All too often we just focus on the bits we don’t like of our being. They offer a gift of whole self. These people teach me the value of simply ‘being with’ someone. That nothing really needs to be done except seeing the person for who they really are and acknowledge our common humanity. magine the relief and freedom at being with someone who’s not judging us in any way, not making assumptions, not wanting anything.

 

 

These people inspire me because they are so ‘real’. They seem to see the Truth of reality not just our facades and ojections. Their heart seems constantly open and not ‘pulling back’ or dodging issues. It’s the withdrawing or not seeing of all that people are, of limiting them with our perception that reinforces pain. Our attitude and presence is often more important than the modality we practise.

 

 

I was 20 when I met Sr Mary back in the mid 80’s. She inspired me and triggered off years of question asking: how can one stay in an open hearted space without being overwhelmed by the suffering and pain of others? What is ‘helping’ and is what I’m doing actually ‘helping’? In 1991 I found my way to a Reiki workshop and felt that I had touched a way that could help me find some answers to those questions.

 

Reiki is a form of spiritual healing. The word Reiki in Japanese simply means Universal or all pervading nature or ‘God’ force (Rei). ‘Ki’ represents the chi, prana or personal energy/vitality of the body.

 

 

In simple terms it means the merging of spirit with matter, the manifestation of spirit in physical form. Reiki as a practice and philosophy was created by Dr Mikao Usui in the early 1900’s in Japan. Combining different teachings and spiritual practices, Usui wanted people to be able to connect more with our true nature – that luminous being, the clear light nature of mind; to be able to acknowledge our Unity with all and deepen our connection with life. He wished for all beings to be happy and that people could be motivated by compassion to help reduce suffering for self and others. Mikao Usui wanted his teachings to be available for everyone and easily accessible, not limited to one particular spiritual tradition.

 

 

Although there is a Buddhist basis to much of the Reiki philosophy, Mikao Usui drew upon his martial arts background (he was born into the Samurai class), as well as upon Shintoism, Buddhism and Shugendo, which is an amalgamation of ascetic aspects of Buddhism, shamanism and Shintoism. (refer to Frans and Bronwen Steine’s book ‘The Japanese Art of Reiki’ for more details) The aim of Reiki practice is to break down our old patterns of being and perceiving, to clear our obscurations to recognising the true nature of our being and that of the world around us. It is also an invitation for us to understand that healing need not be an externalised process we receive from a practitioner but that one that lies within all of us. The only ‘prerequisites’ for practising Reiki are a body, an intent and choosing to practice being within a heart space.

 

 

Reiki is a way of connecting with the wisdom of the body. Reiki energy doesn’t ‘cure’, in and of itself but supports the body’s inherent vitality and healing capability. The energy always flows to the cause. Often people will say ‘oh I can feel the energy in my knee’, when my hands are on their head or elsewhere. As practitioners we need to leave our expectations and assumptions at the door. It is not up to us to decide what needs to be ‘done’ for or to a body. We don’t need to direct the energy flow. I leave that up to the person’s being, and focus on being as present as possible and centered in a heart space. As we ‘be with’ a person and acknowledge them as whole, just as they are, much can shift. The most profound gift we can offer anyone is to be fully present with them, to see them as greater than their issues and diagnoses. In this way we are not reinforcing a person’s perceptions and projections. Such neutrality allows an opportunity to shift many things. It is only our perception that creates limitations.

 

 

The role of intention, motivation and focus is very important. They are the guiding force of how we connect with another being, how we perceive them, the rapport we develop and enables us to ‘listen’ to their being, wholeheartedly. Every thought we have is generating pattern that is emitted into the world. Everything we do, every breath and thought has impact – and collective impact. We are accountable for what we’re choosing to communicate to another being. I like to think of practising Reiki not as ‘doing’ another modality but as a space of Being. As such, it enables us to develop further awareness of unconditional love and compassion. You don’t ‘do’ love, you are love. Unconditional love has no object. Such a space creates a profound invitation for us to recognise more of who we really are, the Truth of our Being and this allows the potential for much movement and change.

 

 

Energy is continually flowing through us, through our subtle anatomy, our meridians, through every atom of our being. Matter is composed of light and sound. All we are is energy, in constant vibration. With Reiki we are starting to work with frequency a little more consciously. Reiki is ‘taught’ by a series of attunements. These attunements don’t give us anything new or different but support an increased awareness of ourselves as energetic and spiritual beings. They provide an invitation for the heart chakra to open more, allowing the heart to be a balancing point of the body. This encourages our development of compassion and love and our ability to acknowledge the Oneness of being. The attunement process is not a magical ‘gift’ or makes a teacher ‘special’ in any way. All it is, is a reminder of who we really are.

 

 

As we start to shift our focus from the ways we separate ourselves from other people and experiences, then automatically there is a greater flow of energy through our being. We are already connected, already at One with all, the only thing that alters is our awareness of it. This is the gift of the Reiki attunement. I think of it like a tool or a vehicle to enable us to get from A to B, to go from dualistic awareness and the way we clutch onto some things and reject others, to a space of recognising that there is nothing that we are not, that all exists in Unity. Meditation techniques and other spiritual practices are also just as effective.

 

I think the reason why Reiki is so incredibly popular is because of the ease at which we can start to experience these insights.

 

 

As we still ourselves and bring our focus to connecting with the heart, energy flows through the practitioners’ body, ‘topping them up’ then radiating through the auric field, through the hands and other chakras. Reiki practitioners usually say that they feel less tired when working and more energised at the end of the day. This is because energy is continually flowing through us. We are not using our own ‘reserves’. Reiki can be of assistance in many ways for clients, animals, or plants. People commonly say that they’ve never felt so relaxed (many fall asleep) or it’s the first time they’ve been without pain (or in less pain) in ages. Reiki can be useful for some people in supporting pain relief.

 

 

Working with Reiki is a spiritual practice, not just something I ‘do’ when clients come in. It is something I can practice throughout my day, a state of mindfulness. It is so easy to sit on my hill and meditate and feel virtuous, it’s another to get off my cushion and act within this state; when stressed, with clients, when cleaning my teeth, driving. When we are centered in the heart and choosing to Act from within this space it impacts on our whole environment and all within it. I like to do ‘community service’ work by walking down the street or in Coles in this space. My intention is that it be an offering to be of benefit in any way, for anyone. Practicing Reiki supports the development of us learning to be kinder, more loving, generous and hopefully wise. To understand that we are not all separate but exist in Unity. As my own heart gradually chinks open a little further then I recognise the levels to which all beings experience pain and suffering in their lives. All that any of us really wants is to be happy. Reiki promotes alleviation of suffering not by addressing a ‘problem’ or by a ‘fix it’ approach, but by inviting us to recognise the True nature of reality, that we are all, always whole and don’t actually need to be ‘healed’. As we can acknowledge more that we really are then our perception can start shifting and our reactions and judgements. This has a flow on effect through our physical body.

 

 

Working in this Reiki ‘space’ of openheartedness enables me to practice being more present with other people in a genuine and more neutral way. Often we ‘pull back’ from the pain of others, out of our own vulnerability and fear of overwhelm. For me Reiki is about developing a fearless heart; a heart that doesn’t close down in any circumstances, so that I can be with anyone without withdrawing or going into judgements and reactions. Reiki teaches me how much support is available moment to moment. It’s never just ‘me’ but me plus all that is available. As I connect with this space it provides an invitation for others to tap into it as well. It’s a process of self empowerment. As you radiate joy and love it enables others to connect with their own joy, clarity, and love. For me, Reiki is Coming Home.

 

 

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By: Lauren Mincik

 

 

Before thinking about how to be more creative, let me begin point out some real barriers that some people seem to have when wanting to enhance creativity, have a think if any of these things are applicable to you and your life;

 

 

1. Lack of time. This is not as major as you may think. Linking thoughts and ideas only takes seconds. It can happen anytime, anywhere. Provided you are in the right state and pay attention to your own experience.

 

Creativity in my opinion is more about the quality of the time you have and being receptive to yourself. Though this does take some time.

 

 

2. Fear of being judged. When I worked for a national newspaper and we had brainstorming sessions, individuals were often scared of expressing ideas. Creativity results in unusual ideas and perhaps even being different in some way. They can be thought of as strange, odd or challenging. Fear of being considered weird, stupid or just different often kills creativity. If I feared people thinking any of those things about me, I would not bother getting out of bed in the mornings; I love the fact that people think I am all of those things!!

 

 

3. Lack of self-esteem. When you do something creative, you go beyond the bounds of what has been safe and familiar in the past, to yourself and maybe even others. When you are not sure about yourself, being different in any way can feel risky or make you feel vulnerable. The danger is that you give up your new insight to just blend in. Smash out of those shackles!

 

 

4. Fear of failure. This inhibits us. If you are making a new connection in your brain there can be no inherent “right” or “wrong” about it. Failure can only have two meanings really; firstly, that it didn’t work in the way you wanted it to. Secondly, Someone else did not like it. But so what??!! I have to tell you all that I get many comments on how I generate so many successful projects and am often asked how I do it. I always point out that these projects are actually only about 10% of what I have imagined. The other 90% didn’t work or didn’t get out of my brain.

 

Creativity is not reserved for genius only. Einstein was brilliant but he is not necessarily the best model of creativity for us. You do not need specialist expertise to be creative. The fruits of your creativity may manifest in many, many differing ways, in fact I expect so.

 

If at any time you doubt your ability to be creative, remind yourself that several times every night you create an entirely new dream, which you script, act in and watch, which involves all your senses and has effects that can last long after they are over. This creation is so very effortless most people don’t even recognise it as such.

 

 

How to be more creative.

 

Ok, so how does one actually go about getting more creative. Let me give you some ideas;

 

1. Find the right frame of mind. Explore what states you associate with being creative. Discover properly what it is that triggers and maintains you being creative. What’s your best time of day? The best environment? Do you need to be alone or with others or alone in the midst of others? Do you need sounds or silence or background sounds? Build a profile of your creativity state, then make time and space for it on a regular basis instead of waiting for some divine intervention and for it to just happen on its own.

 

 

2. Cultivate dreaming. Pay attention to your experience of life and attention to your existing creativity rather than dismissing day-dreams and dreams. Don’t allow yourself to waste what you may already be discovering by ignoring it.

 

 

3. Ask yourself “What if?” and “What else?” and “How else?” Always go beyond what you fist thought, find more and more different ideas.

 

 

4. When and/or if you hit a problem, pretend your usual solution is not available. This can work in many different ways. If your PC crashes today, how else might you do your work? If you usually argue face to face, what would happen if you wrote your feelings down instead? Some solutions may be no better than the ones you’re used to: others may offer you brilliant new opportunities. Do something different. I wrote about that idea in an earlier article entitled Do something Different, go check it out.

 

 

5. See how many different results you can get with the same ingredients. I am sure many of you know that there is a cookbook called “Recipes 1-2-3″ by Rozanne Gold, in which every recipe is made out of only three ingredients.

 

Some recipes use the same three ingredients but different processes or quantities come up with different results.

 

You can have some great fun by taking an every day object and imagine or think about how many other uses it can have, you can even think about how to combine them with other objects.

 

 

6. Think of different ways to do the familiar. Change the order in which you do things, use different things, use your less favoured hand; as soon as we break routine, we move from a state where we are on auto-pilot to one where we are alive and alert. You exercise unfamiliar brain connections and help build new links in your brain. A glorious feeling!

 

 

7. Look out for the difference that makes the difference. When you encounter something that strikes you as different, ask yourself what it is about it that is so different or new or unusual. Where does the key difference actually lie?

 

I want to mention a strategy that is well talked about in NLP circles and that I have used for many years and that is the Disney Creativity Strategy.

 

The Disney creativity strategy is for developing your dreams and giving them the best possible chance of becoming reality. It is named after Walt Disney, who often took on three different roles when his team was developing an idea; the dreamer, the realist and the critic. Robert Dilts, an NLP pioneer, modelled and developed this strategy as an NLP tools. Some of Robert’s articles that he kindly donated can be found at my website.

 

The strategy separates out these three vital roles involved in the process of translating creative ideas into reality so that they can be explored separately for maximum clarity and effect.

 

Many companies have specialists in each of the three fields and I have done consultancy work with companies myself whereby I have asked different team members to take on one of the roles. You can also play all three roles yourself as I often do in coaching or business consultancy, with your own wants, needs and goals.

 

 

However, the usual way to use it is to allocate three roles to different people (realist, dreamer and critic) to assess plans or tasks. Ask someone to act as the dreamer and tell you all the possibilities of the idea. Ask someone else to examine exactly what would be involved in putting it into practice (realist), and someone to take a hard look at it and really evaluate its strengths and weaknesses (critic). You may want to rotate the roles. If doing it on your own, be sure to keep the roles very separate and write them down. I do this with lots of my own ideas and with changes I want to make in my life.

 

 

You can even use this in a meeting broken down into three stages; Each role as a separate stage. Get everyone brainstorming and being creative first; then get them thinking about what would actually have to happen in practical terms; then get them critically evaluating the possibilities.

 

 

I suggest that you have some fun being creative and doing things differently to generate more creativity. It feels wonderful and if you have found that your progress to success or the outcomes you desire has been blocked or gone stagnant, then think about being more creative in how and what you are doing.

 

 

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Some Reasons To Go Camping

June 5, 2013, 12:00 AM

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By: Uriel Kane

 

 

We live in a developed world where cities are growing faster than the hair on your head. Trees are being cut every day and the natural habitat of many places is in danger. Industries and factories now dot landscapes which were once home to thousands of trees, birds and animals. If you look up from your home during the night, you will be lucky to see even one star in the sky.

 

 

Camping outdoors is a great opportunity to expose you to a myriad of unique experiences. You can get to enjoy the great mysteries of nature by exploring forests and mountains. The joys of sitting around a bonfire, listening to the music of birds and trees are simply fantastic. In addition to this, the clean air, noiseless atmosphere and soothing tranquility of open spaces does wonders to one’s well-being. There are just so many reasons to go camping once in a while.

 

 

Some people love to go camping because they enjoy contemplating on the various aspects of life during their silent travels during the forests. As a matter of fact, Einstein was famous for taking long walks in the woods. He felt his mind worked better and that he could understand the mysteries of this universe with more clarity.

 

 

Then there are some people who go camping because it keeps them humble. I remember once when I had gone camping, there was a thunderstorm brewing and when the rains finally started, we were huddled inside our tents. I kept telling myself that we stood nowhere in front of nature’s fury. That night helped me appreciate all that I had and be more grateful for all my gifts.

 

 

If these reasons seem mysterious to you, there is the economic angle to camping. It works out to be cheaper than booking a hotel and spending your money there. Camping is way cheaper and if you develop a liking for it, your gear can be used again and again.

 

 

3 mistakes to avoid if you are camping for the first time. Camping is all about discovering yourself and having a good time but there are some basic pointers which every first time camper should keep in mind. These are some common mistakes which you should avoid:

 

 

Get used to your camping gear – A lot of campers don’t know how to properly setup their tents. Ensure that you know everything that you need to know about setting up a tent. Practice it in your backyard so that you don’t end up looking like a fool when you are out in the wilderness.

 

 

Keep a diary – Another situation you would not want to be in would be to forget something important that you would need when out in the wild. Therefore, always keep a diary and ensure that you note whatever things you need so that you don’t miss any crucial thing.

 

 

Travel in safe weather – the last you want is to be trapped in a hailstorm. Therefore, ensure that you travel in safe weather.

 

 

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