Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Fire that Burns Within Us

The greatest fires that burn within us are those fires that illuminate our spirit. It is the fire within us that lights our way and lets us see with our inner vision, the fire that describes our passion and our desire to create our future in the way we see it. 

We have heard the expression that someone has a burning passion. That passion expresses in romantic relationships, and it also expresses itself through us when we are doing work that we love, and it expresses through us when we are engaged in any activity that we love, whether it is a sport, hobby, a creative activity or things that we just enjoy doing because they are so much fun. Any of these activities or relationships that bring us joy stoke the fire in our life. 

There are fires for cleansing, fires for inspiration, fires for cooking, fires for gathering friends. Let us light all of these fires to purify ourselves, to heat our homes and to inspire our passions.

We light a candle to add atmosphere to our space. We write on a paper those things we want to eliminate from our life, whether it is a bad habit or goal we are going to let go of, a memory or thought process it is time to put to rest. We give them to the fire, so that as they symbollically go away, and their physical and mental hold on us is gone with the ashes into the fire.

When we expose our selves to heat like in a sauna or a sweat, we release our tensions, pains and fears into mother earth for recycling. As the sweat drips from us, so does the weight of the things we carry.

As we light our homes,the fire chases the cold away. There is nothing like the warmth of a home cooked meal on a cold evening to warm the spirits. Remember that laughter raises vibrations and lights creative fires the same as smiles on the faces of our guests when we are sharing good food, drink, music and the company of those we include in our life.

Our friends gather around all of these fires, and when we are out in the woods, around our campfires where we drum, dance, tell stories and sing. My current residence does not have a fireplace, but candles burning in the living room creates the same kind of ambiance as sitting around a campfire. Since the time of the cave people, we have enjoyed the hypnotic and warming effect of gathering around a fire. When I lived in places where I had a fireplace, I would have it going all fall and winter. Where I live now there is not a fireplace, but keeping candles burning in the living room can create that same kind of ambiance. The vibrations that are raised through laughter, the sharing of food, drink, playing and music are the same experience.

February 14 is Valentine's Day, which is one opportunity to express our fire. The origin of this day was the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, which was much more rowdy than today's expressions of sentiment with greeting cards and boxes of chocolates. So do not get lazy and stale. Think of ways to add the fires of inspiration to your relationship. The name of the month was Februarius to the Romans, and that was a month of cleansing, clearing away the debris that we are done with so that there is room for new growth in the spring. Use the fire in whatever ways inspire you to clear and renew.

Keep in touch with your inner fire. Keep feeding it fuel so that life is always fascinating and always inspiring. Focus your vision on your passions and see how much every aspect of life lights up. Our fire lights the way that keeps us on our path and illuminates aspects of the path that we may have been overlooking. 

In what ways do you want to change your life so that it becomes more aligned with your vision?

It is always fire that illuminates our life, the fire without and the fire within.

Sometimes it is useful to consult with a mentor to help tend and feed your fires so that your visions can be brought into focus more powerfully and then into reality. This is something I help people do. If you feel that this is something you want to explore, this is a good time to do it. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Our fires light the way to our future.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Strange Angels and Other Helpful Spirits

Some people think that angels always look like either cherubs, or thanks to Doreen Virtue's angel cards, a bunch of hotties with wings. This is not a shot at Doreen. I met her and interviewed her, back when I was a magazine editor and she was a blonde. She is a very sweet and good hearted person. She was about lightworkers and angels back then, but this was before she became the Empress of Angel Cards. I like her.

I'm just saying that that's not what my first otherworldly encounter looked like. He looked like a Chicago cop. A burly, uniformed cop.

You see, many years ago, I used to drink a lot. Those of you who know me now see that I only drink a little. When I go out with other people I will volunteer to be the designated driver.
So what led to my encounter was this. A buddy and I went fishing down by the lakefront, back when I lived in Chicago. We didn't catch any fish that night and drank a few beers. That night we only split a six pack but we had both been working long hours, so we were kind of tired already. So early in the morning, he got in his car and I got in mine, headed home. 

On the way my eyes closed and I found myself crashed into a huge old oak tree. I was not wearing my seat belt, and my head knocked out the windshield, but I had nothing more than a few tiny cuts on my forehead which required no stitches and left no scars. Miraculously, I had no injuries. The cops came and I didn't have my wallet with me, so they locked me up and I called my wife to bring my ID down to the station so they would release me. Back in those days, they didn't give breathalyzers or anything and a DUI ticket was just a ticket. That was not just a Chicago thing years ago. 

One time when I was in Los Angeles, I went out bar hopping, first to a concert at the Troubadour to hear Jimmy Buffett and Hoyt Axton do a show and then stop at a few more places to flirt, fool around and drink scotch. On the way home, a cop stops me for the proverbial missing tail light. He asks "Are you doing drugs?" I say "No sir, just drinking. Just heading home now." He says, "That's good. Have a safe trip." And he lets me go without a ticket. I kid you not.

When I lived in Atlanta, I remember reading a story about a guy who had 22 DUI tickets and still had his license. This was before laws changed. 
But back to the Chicago story. So while I am waiting for my wife to bring my ID, this uniformed cop walks up to the cell and says, "Hey Dan, how are you doing? I just had a few beers with your dad the other night." I said "That's not possible. My father died a few years ago. You couldn't have had a drink with him the other night." He said, "Your father's name is Mike and he works in construction, right?" "Yes, that was his name and he did work in construction, but he has been dead a few years now." The cop just smiled and said "Don't worry, you will be out of here soon," and he walked away. I didn't catch his name and I did not recognize him.
You probably don't know this, but my last name is not all that common, not even in Chicago back then. I know because I used to look in the phone book back then just to see how common the name was. So the odds of there being another Mike Liss who worked in construction with a son named Dan are virtually non-existent. Back then, there were only a couple dozen people with my last name in the Chicago phone book. Over the years, I have met a few other people with the same last name and we always are interested in meeting each other for that very reason. In recent years, I have been doing a little family research and found some fascinating things, and that still verifies that there are not that many of us. I have written to a couple of famous people with the same last name, and amazingly, they answered. As you probably know, sometimes when you write to famous people, they do not answer.

So was this a hallucination? Did I imagine this cop? Was he just there to deliver a message? Was he an angel who protected me from death or  serious injury? Was he trying to tell me to quit drinking or cut back? Well that did not happen for many more years. Was this my father looking out for me from the other side? Or was his message simply that it was not time for me to die yet?

Messages are not always clear.

Here is another story I do not tell often. Back in the 90s, I met a Brazilian healer named Mauricio Panisset, who was living in Georgia. He died a few years after I met him. When he worked, he would chant the word "energia" over and over, and each time he did what looked like lightning bolts or strobe lights would flash from his mouth. I was laying on a massage table and he touched his finger to my third eye and lightning flashed inside my head. He said that he had been gifted with this special ability in childhood, and I took that bolt to my third eye as an initiation into a shamanic, if you want to use that word, sort of healing. And that was not my first or only initiation.

There is a long tradition of amazing spiritual healers in Brazil, and it was not until many years later that I heard of John of God, who is also Brazilian. And shortly after I heard about him from a Brazilian woman who organized trips to go visit his healing center, I was invited to join them and experience this for ourselves. I still have a healing crystal that I bought at his center which I wear at special times. It is cut in the triangle shape which is a sign he uses.

One of the rituals we did down there was to visit a small healing waterfall, which was for purposes of spiritual cleansing. We took off all our clothes and took turns standing under this waterfall. Interestingly, one of the guys who took a turn before me was very scared of water. He said that he was afraid he was going to drown, even though the waterfall was only about 8 feet tall and we were standing in ankle deep water, because the rest just all ran downhill. When it was my turn, they said that my aura turned all kinds of colors and the water running off me was not just one color, but a full spectrum. It felt great. It was cold water even though the temperature down there was quite warm. I did not have any of those visuals of myself, but that is what they all told me.

Today, there are a couple nurses who, in spirit form, help me do my healing work. People who do healing often have things like this happen. There are lots of ways to make these kinds of connections. Back when I used to do a lot more drumming, I met and drummed with people whose spiritual path practiced drumming to invite the spirits of their tradition to join them at their rituals. The drummers of the Santeria tradition were some of the best I have ever drummed with. The drummers of the African traditions also create powerful vibrations as do some of the Japanese drummers of the Kodo traditions. These are all big heavy drums, but I also studied with Layne Redmond who specializes in the much softer sounds of the tambourine type drums that date all the way back to ancient Egypt. And these drums are the kind I still use. Tambourines are regarded as one of the greatest spirit calling instruments of all time, partly because of their long history of being used in sacred ritual, and that is why they are so common when you see clip art of people doing spiritual rituals playing them.

So back to the nurses. As I mentioned in previous newsletters, the building where I lived for several years until this past fall was originally housing for the nurses who worked at Longmont Hospital. I had a good feeling about that place from the moment I walked in. I sensed a very nurturing energy which is why I was very stressed out when I had to move because the building was sold and going to be remodeled. During the period of transition, when I was looking for a new place to live, my blood sugar numbers were ridiculous. They were so high I did not know they counted that high. I was getting 400-500 on my home readings and my A1C hit 14. For those of you who are not familiar with diabetes numbers, my home readings should be about 100 and the A1C under 6.

So there are two spirits who used to be nurses when they lived here, and I asked them if they would move with me. I can see them as well as feel them. They did, and two more things happened. One is that they helped me find a good new place to live. The other is that I started working with a doctor of Chinese Medicine, and I feel certain that this helped me lose weight and lower my numbers. I also have been getting lots more calls for reiki and energy work in recent months. Today my blood sugar readings at home are near what they should be. And clients are reporting that they really feel the currents of healing energy moving through them very powerfully.

There are more stories about this that I do not feel that it is time to tell yet. But I will say that the nurses are helping me to heal both myself and others better than ever. Another sign that the nurses help me? When I was looking for a new place, there were many and I was not feeling good about them. When I found this place, I liked the energy right away. This property is also owned by the hospital. So without knowing this either time, I went from one hospital property to another, but both times I felt that the energy of the place was good. I take that as a sign that I am part of a community of healers in a greater dimension.

You see, our angels and spirit helpers do not always look like we think that they are going to look. But we know when they are there. And I fully acknowledge my spirit helpers in doing my work.

All initiations that we undergo are part of our movements to another level of consciousness, and in doing so, we experience life in new ways and see things differently. In accepting this challenge, we will be called on to shift our lives and the benefits are felt in many ways. One of the vows I found myself taking is that I would use my abilities to help anyone who calls on me. And I also let my spirit guides know that I both need and want their help in order to do this well and be of service to everyone. 

Isn't is fascinating that our spirit guides do not always look like we expected them to look or thought that they would look? 

Yet, they all have the same job. They are here to protect us and help us. We all have them, but our consciousness about all this has everything to do with our experience. It is a whole new world. And it involves how we see our selves and our place in this life. We always have the opportunity through our free will to make changes. And when we do choose to make changes, we are opening ourselves to surprises and unexpected developments. I have found that welcoming these changes has profoundly changed my life and I am happy to be here and be of service. 

You see, I think that we live more than one life in this lifetime. If you had asked me years ago what I would be doing in the future, I had no idea that it would look like this. Yet here I am. And here you are.

Friday, December 30, 2016

2017: The Power of One

In numerology, the year 2017 is a 1 year, which means that it will be a year of new beginnings. And these new beginnings can take many forms, either as a radical departure from the recent past or perhaps taking up new interests or creating new relationships that move us in a new direction. New beginnings are often intertwined with periods of expansion in our lives. New beginnings create new openings. As we strive to make things different, we are also making our lives larger because we feel that expansion giving us new freedom as well as new focus. When we decide to focus on a new beginning, we are freeing ourselves from the things we are done with in order to make room for what is next. Remember that nature abhors a vacuum, so we need to move new energy in when we take old energy out if we are focused on changing our patterns.

New beginnings can also serve to expand our consciousness and elevate our interactions with others while we are making other changes. It is natural that as we evolve, our circle of friends evolves too. And so do our other perspectives on life. For example, now that I have used the services of various health care providers such as massage, chiropractic, herbalism, aromatherapy, Chinese Medicine, energy healing, and other methods, I could no longer go back to thinking about health only in terms of allopathic medicine.

And now that I have a great deal of experience with various psychic methods of insight, intuition, visualization, tarot, runes, past lives, dream interpretations, dowsing tools, clairvoyance and more, I can not go about my days as if I do not know about these things.

The famous quote by Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes speaks to this point perfectly. "Once a mind has expanded to embrace a new concept, it can never shrink back to its original size."

In my life, I have lived through several periods of expansion, and each of these has brought about major shifts in my life. I grew up in Chicago, which experienced constant robust growth during that time. As I completed college and began working for a large corporation, I was transferred to Charlotte, North Carolina, just as it began its boom. I watched old buildings downtown being imploded so that the banking giants could build new skyscrapers. I had no friends or relatives there, just the job, so I joined Sierra club, went on a lot of hikes with them and made new friends that way. There were tennis courts in the apartments where I lived and so we played a lot of tennis and made new friends that way too.

Then I was transferred to Los Angeles when orange groves and vineyards were being bulldozed to make way for new subdivisions and the LA metro area was expanding to include adjacent counties. There were hikes not only on weekends but weekday evenings, and I was within 15 minutes of trail heads in the mountains, and could be down at Venice Beach within an hour. Some weekends, we went cross country skiing on Saturday and down the beach on Sunday. Or maybe we would bicycle through orange groves on Saturday and sail over to Catalina Island on Sunday. A single hike could include hot and sunny weather at the base and snow once we got up higher. Or we could hike in the desert on Saturday and ski on Sunday. All of that variety gave me a deeper appreciation of nature, and like many others being out there brought a very spiritual appreciation of the environment.

From there I went to Atlanta, and during the time I lived there, the metro area grew from 2 million to 7 million people. There I also did some hiking but the major transition I witnessed was in the urban structure. When I arrived there, the most exotic restaurants were Chinese, but as the city grew, you could find almost every kind of ethic restaurant, art galleries, nightclubs and theaters blossomed from old factories, warehouses and schools. Farmland was gobbled up by new housing subdivisions, shopping centers and office buildings. New highways were built and maxed out. What used to be little country towns or mountain towns became suburbs. Companies moved there from all over the country and other countries and with them came more diverse populations, cultural festivals and expansions into new mindsets.

During that time, I got interested in metaphysics by the simplest method possible. Each time I arrived in a new city, I had to reinvent myself, make new friends, find new things to do. One day I was looking for something to do and in the paper I noticed a little ad for a psychic fair. I had no idea what that was, but I had nothing else to do, so I went. And getting readings in that environment opened my mind in bigger ways than going to art festivals, music festivals or other events. Later on, I first became a writer for a metaphysical monthly, and then went on to become the founding editor of two more, and that process introduced me to all manner of things that I had never even heard of before, as well as introducing me to some of the leading lights in that field. Once again, my life changed radically. As a freelance writer, before I began metaphysical writing, my clients were often real estate developers, builders, architects and interior designers, some of the real drivers of external growth. Then I began writing about people who were the drivers were internal growth, the psychics, shamans, witches, healers, artists, musicians, ministers, monks, gurus, and free spirits who engaged with the world in ways that were new to me. 

Now here I am in the Denver metro area of the Front Range, and once again, the boom area is all around me. I no longer work for corporations but work full time as a metaphysical reader, healer and teacher. Once again, I am watching rapid population growth, new industries emerging, and small outlying towns becoming suburbs. This stage of evolution is in my life once again has expanded my own development. My business is now about helping other people cope with changes in their lives, to find some healing, peace of mind, see the world in new ways and exploring ways to live their vision. Our vision is evolving, our way of living is evolving, our way of seeing ourselves and our relationships, our work, our goals, is all evolving.

The boom in real estate out here forced me to move this past September, and at the time, it was very stressful. I really liked where I used to live but when the new owners took over I had to move fast. It was a lot of work, a lot of extra expense, and I had to spend a lot of time looking at properties to find a new place to live. I kept my focus on finding a good deal in this town, and I did. Now that I am settled in, I like my new place even better. Sometimes the things that make for a new beginning are difficult at first, but then the problem becomes a blessing. Challenges often open up to new opportunities.

Each move into an expansive area challenged me to grow. Twice I moved to small towns, thinking that it would be a refreshing change and twice I only lasted there a few months. I need the energies of bigger populations and growing environments.

In addition to the things I have mentioned here, there were many turning points at which I could have chosen differently and taken my life in a different direction. We always have opportunities. It is our free will that is instrumental in making those choices. Knowing what I know now, I would have to add that it is always our spirit guides who help us make those choices. The more we develop our relationships with them, the more help we can get when we need it.

In drumming circles, there is a saying that if you somehow get lost in the sound, to find your way back, go back to the one. The one is the first beat of any rhythm. Where does a cycle start? If you listen, you can always find it. One of the drumming teachers I studied with says that anyone who has trouble with drumming has trouble with listening.

As we listen to our own lives, and our own stories, where is our one? Where is our source of inspiration? Where is our source of power? Who are the people we are making music with? What is the rhythm we are comfortable living in?

In this year of new beginnings, we must listen for our one. In what ways do we need healing or growth? What knowledge, insight or perspective will help us enjoy our life more? What will help us cope with all the changes in our environment?

Will it be something totally new and different? Or will it simply be building on some interest that has kind of been on the back burner but just never goes away? Will it be leaving some old interest to make room for a new one, whether that is a new course of study, acquiring new skills, spending less time with old friends and more time with new ones? Will it be stripping down to a simpler life so that we can put more focus on what we now decide is most important to us?

There is a strength in finding our one. At one time, my job was managing a department in a major corporation with 60 employees and a million dollar budget for my department. At another time, I managed  monthly publications with a small staff that served over 100,000 readers and sponsored events and expos. At one time, I was teaching creative writing to classes of adults three nights a week. At one time, I led drumming circles every week for large gatherings of people. At one time I went from my office job to very athletic activities. At one time, I lived in a house where I had a fertile garden with more than 100 kinds of plants blooming in the yard. At one time, my career took up most of my days and metaphysics was a part time hobby. Now metaphysics is my full time engagement.

Now, I only manage myself and I have my hands full. I still enjoy nature and I still engage in physical activities, yet the metaphysical evolution, the cultivation of my spirit is my one. Sharing that with others is part of my one. Most of the time now my private sessions are focused on working with people one on one, rather than teaching large classes like I did in the past.

The power to make change always starts with the one. We are our one. in this one year, we will be feeling it even more. How we respond will set the tone for the years to follow.

So if your spirit is giving you signs that it is time to change, you are picking up on the energy of the year. How you respond will depend on your return to your one. Tune in to what is important and that will create the new rhythm of your life. It is not always easy, but it is always worth it. In this year of expansion and new beginnings, how can we use this energy to make our life better? We are the ones who define our one. What shape will our vision take? And then how will we grow into it? I wish that all of us have a wonderful new year. If there is any way I can help, please ask.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Dancing with the Light

One of the most beautiful aspects of December is all of the beautiful lights we see. They are beautiful on the surface and they are also symbolic.

During this darkest, coldest time of the year, all our celebrations are about bringing the light into our lives and celebrating it. As we enjoy cozy evenings at home we have time to reflect on what daarker aspects of our life that we want to let go of and what we would burn in the Yule fire. Even if you do not have a fireplace, you can take a bowl and then write on a piece of paper all of the darker aspects of life that you want to let go. These could be various fears about love, relationships, money, career, health, spiritual paths or any other life quests.

This process is also about letting go of bad habits, behaviors that hold us back, attitudes we need to let go of, any impediment to our progress. Each of us knows what that is for us.

So when you write these things on paper and then burn them, we are symbolically cleansing ourselves.

Then we replace what was removed with our hopes, dreams, desires, and visions for the future. With each candle we light. name one of those things you want more of in your life. This simple ritual brings more light into your life and brightens your prospect for the near and longer term future.

This small personal ritual is a mirror of the bigger dance of light we see all around us.

When we invite people into our homes for holiday parties, we are bringing light into the house. We literally light our lives with electric lights, candles, fires, and other means, but the biggest light of all is that which comes from sharing joyous moments with our friends and family, with conversation, story telling, dancing, singing, music, special seasonal foods and drinks.

The presence of these people is the greatest source of light of all.

So as we balance the quiet moments at home with our thoughts, reflections and feelings, our musings on our selves and our recent developments, we have time to meditate on all these things that matter to us and quietly set our thoughts and feelings in order to create a positive atmosphere and opening for the entrance of the light.

Then we join with others and celebrate our hopes and dreams that will return with the new light, sometimes growing so subtly and slowly that changes are not obvious, and then eventually we see the greater opening and the flood of light that greets our new developments.

If you do this personal ritual in your home as you celebrate the spirit of this season you will find yourself uplifted and energized with great prospects on your horizon.

Do the dance of the light and dark. Burn off what you want to let go, and light lights to symbolize what you welcome in.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

How many lives do we touch?

A few weeks ago, when I was getting ready to have my cataract surgery, I posted a small simple request on my Facebook page and said that I would appreciate any healing energy or prayers that anyone would want to send me for a successful surgery. Even though my sister had the same surgery with the same surgeon and was happy with the results, it still was a strange thought to have someone cutting on my eye, so even though I trusted the surgeon, it was a strange unsettling thought. So I got ready by reaffirming that I trusted him to do his job on me excellently as he had done on many other people, and that everything would go well and I would be able to see clearly again.

So I thought that perhaps a handful of my friends would respond. Then during the next couple of days nearly 100 people wished me well and said that they would send prayers and healing energy.

I was totally blown away by this response. I had no expectation or preconceived notion of what would happen, so this just opened a whole new window for me to see through.

Among the responses were acknowledgments from people who I had helped in some way, some of whom I had forgotten about because I thought what I did for them was small. But obviously to those people, what I did for them was memorable. Some of that may have been as simple as sending them healing energy when they needed it. For others, it was a reading that confirmed or clarified a tough choice or difficult situation they were facing. For others it might have been that I helped them feel better when they really needed it or encouraged them to pursue their dreams rather than settle for something else.

The important lesson here is that every day we touch the lives of others, and we may not be conscious of how much that may mean to them. I think that we all have a tendency to keep the big things in mind but what is small to one person may be big to another person.

Every day, I affirm that I am here to be of service to others through the work I do, and I promise my spirit guides that I will help whoever they send me, and that I will need their help to do all this. I consciously acknowledge this help, which is how I stay in the flow. I know that everything will get done because they are helping to get it done. And that is why some things may seem small to me, because they helped me to do it, and the flow of energies just eased everything along.

This enormous response has made me even more aware of all these interactions, and in so doing, has increased my commitment to do even more. This was a simple, yet powerful demonstration that the good energies we put out in the world come back to us, so we always need to be aware of the energies we are putting out. Having a positive attitude every day makes a difference.

Things people have said recently really touched me in profound ways because it had been years since the original contact. Or things that transpired between us that flowed in the course of a day's work for me, yet it was something that had a memorable effect on someone else. It is always my intention to be helpful to whoever comes to me for whatever reason, my vow is to be of service. Sometimes I know how that helped and sometimes I don't. Being acknowledged in this way affirms the value and efficacy of my work. That moment of realization is stunning and life affirming. Thank you for that.

How many lives do we touch? Are we conscious of how we touch them?

What lessons do we learn from each of the people we meet? Sometimes these are great lessons, but remember even small, simple lessons can be great. If we each help others when we are able, the whole world becomes a better place, one person, one action at a time.

At this time of year, of course, there is always a frenzy about shopping and gift giving. This is part of our culture. But let me shift your focus just a little.

How would December be different if we all just realized that we are the real gifts we give each other? Yes, of course, some goods would still be exchanged, and there would be many parties, concerts and grand celebrations.

Focus on this thought for a moment. What if we considered that every person we interact with, every person who is part of our lives, even if only for a few moments or a few hours, as a gift? How would we treat each person differently?

We have probably all experienced times when just a kind look, a friendly smile or some act of generosity helped make someone's day. Or when someone asks for help or advice and you just do that with their best interests in mind. Doesn't that feel good?

How do our interactions change if we begin each encounter with an assumption that we are all here to help each other? Everything would flow better, wouldn't it?

What would happen if you took a few moments to express your gratitude to those who are and have been helpful and kind to you? What waves of good energy could we stir up and all it would take is a word, a call, an email, a message to let those people know that you appreciate them. If we are all giving and receiving this kind of energy, what kind of world would we be living in?

If you would like to find out, try this simple exercise. Having been the recipient of this lately, it has been a very heart opening experience that is still shifting my feelings and ideas. It is both humbling and encouraging.

Yes, since my eye surgery, I am learning to see again.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Power of Gratitude

All of us appreciate when someone expresses gratitude to us, and when we express gratitude to others, we put in motion a good feeling that always comes back around. Thanking someone else for what they did for us can make their whole day sometimes. We all have our work to do and in the course of a day, how often do we really express appreciation to each other? I mean sincere appreciation, not just thanks and duck out the door. When we know we have done good work for someone and they take the time to acknowledge us, it can make our day. And we can make their day.

What a simple, yet powerful act, and we all have the ability to stir up these wonderful feelings in ourselves and others. When we express gratitude to others, they are, in turn, inspired to express it to others.

Knowing that others appreciate us is important. Of course we all work for money because that is the medium of exchange in our culture. And yet, it really stirs up good feelings when gratitude is expressed.

This same energy exchange works with people at work, people we have intimate relationships with, business dealings with, casual acquaintances, and those in spirit. Express appreciation for our various caregivers whether they work in our doctor's office or the stores where we shop.

So even from a selfish point of view, if you would like other people to treat you like that more often, treat other people that way more often.

Extend those feelings to your spirit guides as well. They help us by advising and protecting us. That is their job, but we really keep those channels of communication open, like a dialogue, a two way street with them when we do.

Some people's concept of prayer is that you engage in it when you want something. No. It is good to say thank you to your spirit guides, ancestors and angels every day.

Think of it this way. If you have a friend who only calls you when you want something, you will tire of getting their calls and not want to answer. So if it goes both ways, then you have a good friendship. It is the same way with spirit guides, ancestors, angels. Take a few moments every day to thank them for all the good things that are happening to you. Everything. Who do you think gives you good ideas and accurate instincts? Who helps keep things running? Who helps keep you healthy and safe? Who helps us get more out of life?

Thanksgiving to me has always been the best holiday because it is so simple. We get together with family and friends to share a good meal, some conversation, some games and music and just appreciate each other's company. What a great way to spend a day!

We have always invited some people in addition to family to join us and lots of other people have this tradition as well. Years ago, when I moved around the country a lot for business, people would always get orphan dinners together. That was a word they used for all of us who were transferred in from some other place just for the job and had no family or friends there. So a bunch of us would get together, everyone would bring some food or beverage to share and we would have a good time hanging out that day.

It is in our nature as people to want to enjoy social relations with others, the same way as it is in our nature to help other people.

So enjoy your holiday and know that I appreciate all of you. Every one of you have added something to my life just by your presence.

And I look forward to seeing each of you again whenever you feel that the time is right.

May you all enjoy much light, love and happiness every day, and especially now.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Creating Our Better Life and Future

t was 13 years ago that I made a journey to Brazil to visit the internationally famous healing center where the man named John of God does his work. 
The triangle illustrated above is the symbol that he uses in his work. It is on his literature and on the front wall of his healing center. It is made out of wood and is nailed to the wall in such a way that people can slip pieces of paper underneath it to request healing for themselves or others. During that trip, I made no requests for myself, but I put in a request for my sister who was undergoing treatments for cancer at the time. She is still alive and no longer fighting cancer. I do not claim that this action cured her, because she was receiving all kinds of help at the time, including distance reiki from me as well as the radiation and chemo. My sister has said that she was happy to accept whatever kind of help she could get. 
At the healing center, they sell citrine crystals cut in the shape of this triangle and so I got one for her and I have one that I wear. The citrine is mined and cut down there. I had a local artist wrap the stone so that I can wear it on a necklace.
What is significant is the meaning that John ascribes to the sides of the triangle, which is a version of what people in magical traditions refer to as the triangle of manifestation.
In Catholic religion, they teach of the three virtues of faith, hope and charity. John changed it to faith, love and charity. I resonate strongly with the change. Hope, to me, seems to carry a resonance of doubt and desperation. In other words, things are not good but we wish that they would get better. However, by replacing hope with love, we are affirming that we will make things get better. When we make choices out of love, things do get better.  
If we go back to the concept that all our choices are rooted in either love or fear, he is encouraging us to choose from love. And if you think about it, if we keep choosing our thoughts and actions from a perspective of love, look at what good comes into your life. 
Think about this for a moment. For example, how many times do advertisements sell from a basis of fear? They try and tell us that we will not be safe or successful or good looking enough unless we buy this or that. They are coming from a negative basis. 
So look at it from another perspective. What if we make all our choices from a basis of love? In other words, doing things we love to do, acting out of love. What would our life be like if we do work that we love to do? Have hobbies or activities that we love to do? Support charities, arts organizations or causes that we love? Express love for the people we are connected to? I simply want to clarify here that expressing love is not limited to romantic connections, friends or family, but all those with whom we interact with regularly.

There are student/teacher relationships. There are the mechanics who we entrust with our auto repairs. There are stores where we like to shop because we get good merchandise and good service there. There are caregivers who take care of ill and elderly people. There are people who deliver our mail and packages. People we trust to repair our phones and computers. There are our doctors, chiropractors, massage and other kinds of therapists and healers and veterinarians and caregivers for our pets. And so on. If we appreciate those people, we have more love and gratitude in our life every day. Next issue of this newsletter I will focus on gratitude and one of our greatest holidays, Thanksgiving.

When there is love in everything we do, everything works better. 
Since I mentioned the triangle of manifestation to you, let me explain a little bit more about that. One note about John of God's use of the word faith. People of all different kinds of religions and spiritual practices have visited his healing center, so this word does not apply to any one religion. It is about having faith in spiritual guidance and practice, no matter what religion you choose or participate in. While the religion of Brazil is predominantly Catholic, the Brazilians are very metaphysical and have a long tradition of magical healers. In his youth, his talents were discovered during his participation in a spiritualist group.
A simple way that I like to explain the triangle of manifestation is that the three sides of the triangle represent our goal or vision, our desire to achieve this goal and our willful actions taken to achieve our goal. Any time we are not getting what we want, one of the three sides of the triangle needs to be strengthened. When all three sides are strong, we have a great building block. Picture the pyramids. Triangle on every side. If you look inside the dome structures designed by Buckminster Fuller, they are supported by a frame that is a network of triangles. You can find more if you look around.   
In traditional metaphysics, in four positions, the triangle represents the elements of earth, air, fire and water. Air and fire are masculine and water and earth are feminine. When these energies are brought together, we have the six pointed star, which this diagram calls the Unity of Balance and long ago was also known as the Seal of Solomon, the ancient Hebrew king who was reputed to be a great magician. 
If you think about it, there is great sense in this because when we combine masculine and feminine energy with the elemental energies we are aligning the energies of all life in the universe to support us in our efforts. The fifth element is spirit, which not only refers to divine beings, but the divinity in each of us. 
So there are masculine and feminine triangles, symbolized by the difference of point up (masculine) or point down (feminine) and so when, for example, a man and woman are working together, our alignment is multiplied. Think about the axiom of one plus one equals three. In other words, when two of us put our minds and energies together, we can produce more than the results of two individuals. In another metaphysical concept, this is the basis for mastermind groups.
So give more thought to choosing from love and increasing your focus in order to create a better life and a better future. The results are very deliberate. You can use a vision board to reinforce this as well as simple triangle illustrations. We can create better lives and futures for ourselves if we put these principles into action, instead of just hoping that things will get better. Choose from love, not fear. Your life will get better.  I have noticed significant changes from putting more love into everything I do and it really works. 

I have settled into my new place and it is really nice. It has a little more space. So if you are coming to see me in person, please remember to get my new address.