Expanding Awareness

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How Abandoning Belief Rocked My World

What I believe isn’t important.

The fact that I can put order to my thoughts, sort them into opinions and fan them into beliefs is hardly impressive. In fact, such thinking is unavoidable. It’s what our highly evolved human brains do. They compare and contrast and judge in an endless attempt to make sense of the world around us. Believing is as automatic as walking or talking or sneezing, and about as noteworthy.

There was a time when I considered my beliefs to be something more than just an assemblage of thoughts. I mistook them for something much more important. I thought they were me.

At various times in my life I believed I was a Catholic, a Unitarian, an agnostic and a secular humanist. I was a liberal, a feminist, an environmentalist and a pacifist. I took on new identities in search of a higher self and, down deep, I think, to distance myself from certain vulgarities that characterize the human condition - qualities like greed and aggression.

Suffering ~ A Path of Awakening: Dissolving the Pain of Incest, Abuse, Addiction and Depression

In June of 1997, I swallowed every prescription in the medicine cabinet (there were quite a few) and chased them down with tequila – after drinking all day with a “friend.” In the wee hours of the morning, wearing only a tee shirt and my underwear, I dragged my blankie and curled up on the railroad tracks out in the woods to die.

Somehow someone found me and I was rushed to the hospital and stomach pumped. I spent two days in progressive care and then four days in the ward where they take all sharp objects and shoelaces away and have only one handle on the door – on the other side.

For years I could not recall anything about that event but awareness began leaking into my consciousness. Now I know that I was crying out to and was praying for help like I had never prayed before - desperately, and from the depths of my soul.

Fast Forward to 2008

Paving the Way

The universe was trying to tell me something. But all I heard was noise–the commotion that was coming from across the street. My neighbor was demolishing his driveway. He was breaking old pavement into pieces with a jackhammer; I could feel the vibration in every room of my house.

There was no escaping the sound of reconstruction. No matter where I went, it followed me. Leaving home was not an option. My husband had taken our only car to run errands.

This was not the quiet Saturday I had planned. I couldn’t read my book or write in my journal. I couldn’t meditate or take a peaceful walk around the block. All I could do was take aspirin and pray for the noise to stop.

The project continued for hours; the noise was relentless. At one point my head was pounding, so I sat on the basement stairs, closed my eyes and made myself breathe. While I was covering my ears with my hands, thoughts surfaced out of nowhere. Maybe I’m hearing this noise for a reason.

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LOA & Manifesting My Perfect Job

Tell us about real experiences you’ve had with this LOA you say. I have many but I’ll tell you one. When I found my self job-hunting a few years ago, I knew I had the summer to create one. And getting it was against all odds.

I would go into a daydream repeatedly that was spontaneous. You see I didn’t have a clue as to what I wanted, but the daydream revealed it to me. I didn’t go into daydream with a plan to focus on the library. Rather, I let myself go to a place that I loved and did what seemed natural and pleasurable to do.

Daydream Revelations
Soon I found myself mentally roaming the stacks of my local library. From then on it was easy to fantasize. I lived that scene repeatedly all summer. I knew I couldn’t have worked at that library until I was working at the library. That’s what I did for 3 months – play at being a librarian in my mind.

Travels to West Africa & Home to Myself

We landed late in the evening and yet it was hot. A dry heat hugged me when I stepped off of the plane and first touched her. I know now why Africa is called the "Motherland".

I first truly felt her about 12 hours after we landed. She moved so slowly and deeply and anciently. I felt the vibration reach through me and touch a place within and deeper than my bones...a place I had not yet consciously visited in this lifetime. She felt more like the Great Great Ancient Primal Grandmother to me as I allowed myself to experience her.

This was not the vibration of Mother Earth that I was used to feeling in the mountains of North Carolina or at the edge of the ocean or even in the western US. This was deeper than the deepest resonance I had known.

She worked diligently in my bones the entire time and birthed my energetic and physical systems from new depths. Frequencies I had not yet experienced burst forth from beneath my flesh and moved through me.

Ancient Memories

Want to Sleep or Feel Better? Change the Energy

An example of Joey Korn’s Prayer Blessing:

To bring your Bed Pattern and Human Energy Pattern into balance, stand at the foot of your bed and say this prayer.

“If it be Thy Will, may the Powers of Nature converge to increase and enhance the beneficial energies and balance any detrimental energies within my being and in my living environment, especially here around my bed, to bring healing and balance to my (our) complete being(s), physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Work especially with the Bed Pattern and the Human Energy Pattern, for now and into the future, for as long as is appropriate. Amen.”

For further information, see the story "Dowsing: A Path to Enlightenment" on this site here.

Dowsing: A Path to Enlightenment — by Joey Korn

Dowsing: A Path to Enlightenment — by Joey Korn

When most people think of dowsing, they think of an old-timer using a forked tree branch to find a place to drill for underground water. That's what I used to think too. Now I see dowsing as a powerful tool for self-exploration, for understanding the natural forces of the Universe, and for working knowingly with the Divine and with Nature in our lives.

I learned to dowse in 1986 from a kindly old gentleman who helped me find our septic tank with a pair of cut up coat hangers. He had fashioned them into L-shaped wires (that's why they're called L-rods) and he walked with the long parts pointing ahead of him, using the short parts as handles.

Dowsing for Objects

The Wake Up Call — by Michael Levy

The Wake Up Call — by Michael Levy

Every so often an event occurs in a persons life that makes them wake up to the notion that what they believe in all their life may be false. To illustrate that point I can relate to an incident that happened a few years ago which helped a woman understand there is more to life and death than meets the eye.

One sunny day in spring, about ten years ago, an old friend from my hometown in the UK called me on the phone. I will call him John and his wife Jane to protect their real names. John told me his mother-in law was dying and she lived about 15 miles from my home. He and Jane were staying with her until she passed away and would continue to own the condo as a vacation retreat.

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Doubt, Transformation and the Law of Attraction

For years I seemed to have been impeded in my use of the Law of Attraction (LOA), by my strong doubt of it. I must have read 500 books on this subject (if you count the re-readings). I also attended workshops, watched videos, and listened to tapes and CD’s. I spent much time talking this over with friends. I also attempted repeatedly to enter a conscious dream so I could bring about change in my life.

Did it work? Yes and no. I often despaired of getting results which often came to me in disguise. Then occasionally I would hit a home run. The solid life-changers appeared after I had made sufficient internal adjustments to receive them. However, doubt often prevailed. I didn’t know what I was allowed to manifest, often afraid of offending God. Surely there was more to this than met my eyes.

Doubt Fueled My Growth

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Astrology for Barack Obama

Many astrologers, our own Belinda Dunn included, were very excited when Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama’s campaign released his birth information (complete with birth time for accurate natal charts—August 4, 1961, 7:24 pm, Honolulu, HI). As anyone who has had their own chart done, it is not all that surprising to find that Obama’s astrological profile validates what many already believe about him.


Barack Obama’s Natal Astrology Chart

While the Sun Sign is the most obvious element, it is not always the most important. This holds true in Obama’s case. So instead of discussing his Leo Sun, below are highlights from his chart that may influence whether he will become our next president.

Aquarius Rising

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Bright Idea - 8 Tools for Allowing Higher Vibrations

  1. Breathe.
  2. See the love behind our (and any other person’s) anger or angst. Focus on and energize this. From a higher vibration, clarity of action comes – especially when we ask for high guidance.
  3. Visualize a positive outcome. Simply visualize everyone involved smiling at the end of the ordeal, feeling connected, relieved and happy. If appropriate, see people hugging – in tearful, loving embraces. Perhaps see a celebration. Place this in future time, after the challenge has been met, and let the resolving unfold, as it will. Allow the highest to prevail. See it, feel it, know it.
  4. Remind yourself that whether the issue is big as in global or very personal, there is some divine perfection to it all – even if invisible to us. Human drama is the stuff of evolution and maturity as human beings. As above, so below.
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Freedom to Feel

In November of 2004, I suffered a grand mal seizure and was diagnosed with epilepsy. My life changed dramatically, and I began searching for answers. I read book after book with a hunger to find out more about the universe around me as well as the one inside my head.

I later realized that this was the beginning of my path toward self realization. All of my research on subjects ranging from physics to psychology, from cosmology to biology, from science to religion, lead me to the essence of my search: The answer to the question, "Who am I?"

During this period of time many people have come into my life offering me guidance of all kinds. This has always been the case, but I learned to welcome it because I knew there was a message meant for me in everything I experienced.

To paraphrase Eckhart Tolle, "Treat everyone you encounter as a noble messenger." I have done my best to heed his suggestions, as well as those of other spiritual teachers, in the search for my Self.

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Interview with Dorothy Maclean

What would happen if we let go of everything and committed totally to living according to inner guidance? How do we prepare for such a thing?....

Dorothy Maclean and Peter Caddy studied with a spiritual teacher who for years assisted in connecting with the Divine. Then one day, the teacher challenged them to expand their connection by letting go of their jobs and “find out what Spirit wants” them to do.

This is a story about Dorothy Maclean who, along with Peter and Eileen Caddy, traveled around the United Kingdom during the 1950s, meditated daily asking for guidance, and followed subtle promptings. From this practice, Eileen began to hear clearly ‘that still, small voice’ within, and later Dorothy could communicate clearly with Nature realms.

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Cocreating with Nature

My first exposure to cocreative gardening came in the early 1980s when I read The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation by W. I. Thompson. I didn’t understand it at first; my imagination was filled with visions of fairies, elves and all sorts of magical creatures hiding in the woods and pastures …

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Finding, Losing and Recovering Heaven on Earth: A Personal Journey

Like most people, I first witnessed Heaven on Earth as a child. Sublime beauty, sensuality, timelessness, serenity and wonder permeated creation. I needed no words for this experience and naturally assumed everyone shared my joy.…

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It's All Timing & Letting Go

Last year when I promised that this site would be up by the end of August at the latest, I really believed it. Soon after that announcement, however, the third web designer I hired apparently went on vacation. I hired additional help. Problem was, he didn’t know the software platform being used at the time.…

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