Sunday, October 19, 2008

Live the Life You Love: In Ten Easy Step-by-Step Lessons

This is a book by Barbara Sher, also the author of Wishcraft. I particularly like several of her processes, which I've used for years without ever realizing it was a process.

The Wish/Obstacle Solution:

Tell as many people--friends, colleagues, people on the bus--what you wish and what is the obstacle you face.

For example, "I wish to go to the Himalayas (wish) but I need to talk to someone who has been there first."

Her premise is that our minds go into problem-solving, even when we don't plan on it, because we're natural problem-solvers.

Inadvertently, I used this technique years ago when I thought I might have to have hand surgery. I asked everyone who was the best hand surgeon. And a consensus from disparate places began to form.

Later, turned out that this eminent hand surgeon agreed with me (without my ever saying anything). He said the surgery could cause me more harm than good. After that, a number of doctors reversed their diagnoses to match his.

Sher gives several examples, including one where someone stands up in a workshop and declares that it's her dream to dance with Patrick Swayze. Turns out that another woman knew he'd be at his mother's resort on Thursday night, and the woman was able to meet and have that dance.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Finding Meaning In the Second Half of Life

Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life by James Hollis, Jungian Analyst

Your life asks you a number of questions. Here are some that I selected from Hollis' long list.

1. What has brought you to this place in your journey? (this moment in your life.)
2. Whose life have you been living?
3. Why do you believe you have to hide so much from others, from yourself?
4. Why have you come to this
5. Why is the life you are living too small for the soul's desire?

Why is now the time, if it is to happen, for you to answer the summons of the soul, the invitation to the second, larger life?

Finding Meaning:

Question we are more starkly faced with after age 35: What does the soul want?

By this age we've done our best to conform to social and societal needs, family directions and expectations, and now something presses from within.

The soul wants a larger life. We all walk around in shoes too small for us," renowned analyst, Carl Jung said.

From an energy point of view, we could say that the soul does not want to be confined to the limits of the physical body. Typically in the journey of a soul, one will meet up with betrayal of or from the body, a loved one, a job...Generally it is from the area where we've placed our strongest projections.

(I would further define that area to mean the one where we are the most vulnerable.)

"Suffering is the first clue that something [within] is soliciting our attention and seeking," says Hollis.

Our "task is to ask what the psyche wants, not what the parents want, not what the parent complexes want." We must risk giving ourselves the larger journey. (Hollis uses psychic interchangeably with soul.)

He leads us to Job's realization that being compliant did not obligate God to treat him well. Betrayal, Hollis tells us, breaches our hope that the world might be manageable and predictable.

As children, were were given the message that the world was big and powerful and we were small and dependent. We had to learn ways to deal with that.

Hollis reminds us that "Courage is always demanded of those who wish to live a life with some integrity." He labels most of our guilt-driven or compliant behavior as anxiety management.

In an ideal world, the family would support the growth and freedom of each of its members. It would not be used to serve the narcissistic needs of the parents or any other member. This level of early support would take us far more gracefully into the second half of life.

In the second half of life there is a greater need to live authentically from inner verification rather than submissive behavior constructed to deal with a neurotic culture.

"The soul has no interest in social adaptation," Hollis reminds us.

In the second half of life we experience the overthrow of the ego's understanding of the world. "Nothing from the outside can spare the periodic encounters with confusion, disorientation, boredom, depression, disappointment..."

These difficult states are intended to move us toward healing and wholeness. Hollis reminds us that our suffering can bring wisdom, depth, dignity, and ultimately spiritual enlargement.

Increased understanding of one's self leads to a richer life.

"Only through making the meaning of that suffering and its agenda for spiritual enlargement conscious can we ever emerge from [Dante's] dark wood.

In the second half of life, we're ready. We've learned from history, and our emotional resilience and level of insight are more acute.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Joan of Arc in the Plains of Abraham

Quebec 2008

Point du Lac 2008

Point du Lac 2008

Quebec 2008

Quebec 2008

Quebec City 2008

Looking at paintings

Rue des artisans in Quebec City

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Meeting the Trance Channel Sur le Seine

While I was in Paris, Guy Corneau, one of the presenters at the Jung in Ireland conference, took me to a houseboat afloat on the river Seine and introduced me to a trance channel, Marie Lise Labonte.

He wanted me to learn how Marie Lise balances her highly sensitive energy and see how I might incorporate what she's done.

Not only was the company of Marie Lise enchanting, so was her home. It was like being inside a beautiful candle lit shoe, cozy and also conscious. Conscious because the air was not filled with old, unwanted thoughts. It felt clean and calm.

If not for the rocking sensation of the water, I might have easily relaxed. Seated on the white couch, I glanced out the windows as the search lights from the Bateaux Mouche illuminated the water.

Marie Lise, with soft golden brown hair framing her serene face, slid into a chair to my right. She actually looks like Emma Thompson.

Guy, who seems to emanate a kind of artistic elegance, sat on the couch to my left.

How Marie Lise transformed from proper therapist to angelic trance channel? She was unexpectedly "struck by grace" one night as she was lecturing doctors and nurses about healing.

"I felt an energy enter my crown chakra with such a force that I almost lost consciousness. What scared me was that this energy was trying to communicate something to the doctors which was altogether different from what my brain was trying to communicate."

She managed to regain her composure for the evening but her life was never the same.

"Immediately afterwards, I felt inhabited by an energy which was coming from higher planes."

She struggled with this phenomenon for over two years.
"I discovered that I had become the channel for an angelic energy of healing, The Angels Xedah."

Still loathe to risk her reputation as a prominent therapist and respected author, another year passed. Ultimately through the power of synchronicity and perhaps the angels' tenacity, she relented.

What I learned that night:

She explained that psychics have an extra tube that goes through their crown chakra and when not working, psychics need to shrink the tube so they are not picking up on all the random information.

She suggested that I meet with her colleague Manon Verrette in Montreal. Manon would work on my energy bodies, specifically balancing the sushumna.

Sushumna has to do with the kundalini energy and there are divergent schools of thought on how to work with this. (see link below to learn more)

Like Edgar Cayce, Marie Lise does not work work alone. As a trance channel, her personality leaves when she transmits information so she has assistants with her.

To maintain a private life, she sets personal boundaries and maintains them. By shrinking that psychic tube she is not constantly working.

This certainly circumvents the unreal expectation we have that psychics should know everything all the time. To function with that high level of receptivity is a responsibility which requires self care.

Just as we would not expect a painter to crank out master works 24 hours a day, we have to allow ourselves to be restored.

Psyche means "of the soul." And we are largely receivers who need to clear our channels so that information can flow through us.

Physical exercise, which brings us back into the body, and strengthens it, is important as is our connection with nature.

Books in English by Marie Lise:

Wings of Light: The Art of Angelic Healing by Marie Lise Labonte and Nina Prevost ie=UTF8&tag=wwwlorriekazc-20
Conversation With Angels ?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwlorriekazc-20

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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Lana Turner has collapsed!
I was trotting along and suddenly
it started raining and snowing
and you said it was hailing
but hailing hits you on the head
hard so it was really snowing and
raining and I was in such a hurry
to meet you but the traffic
was exactly like the sky and suddenly I see a headline
there is no snow in Hollywood
there is no rain in California
I have been to lots of parties
and acted perfectly disgraceful
but I never actually collapsed
oh Lana Turner we love you get up

from Selected Poems of Frank O’Hara (1926–1966)

Monday, March 3, 2008

Soul Contracts

I'm currently listening to Caroline Myss's recording, Sacred Contracts (from Sounds True). Myss is so great for sound bites. Though she sounds as if she's inventing the material, the issue of Soul Contracts is very old.

The idea is that during our interlife (the period before we incarnate in this existence) we make contracts with other souls about what we will be for them. Therefore, if you have an issue with someone in this life, it may well be a soul who contracted with you before you were in a body.

For instance, someone who breaks your heart might have contracted to help you find your true voice. What changes did you make in your life as a result of having your heart broken? Hopefully, it wasn't to simply become cynical and embittered.

If we look at all our relationships through this archetypal light, we can actually save ourselves a lot of pain and resentment; we simply take the lesson for the upset, make whatever changes to enhance our own lives, and move on, trusting that this soul had volunteered to be our "judas."

Myss also directs the listener to create an archetypal map of her own life and cast it along the astrological wheel.

To do this, one lists the different archetypes on small sheets of paper, and makes another list of the astrological houses. Then the direction is to draw a house card with your left hand and an archetype with your right. The process is intended to be synchronistic.

Hence, you'll have the first twelve archetypes to connect with before moving on to a wider arc. So, as an example, if you drew the prostitute archetype in your 7th house of relationship, you would ask yourself where you were willing to sell yourself out for love? Or for another kind of relationship.

Myss came to work with archetypes after decades of doing psychic readings. As a reader she observed certain patterns people were dealing with and it became clear that she could share some powerful ways in which clients could become exceedingly conscious and transformed.

Her method as a reader is to offer guidance rather than answers. I certainly relate to this. We want to know if we're going to get what we think we should have this week or by tomorrow but there's a much bigger soul process at hand.

Sometimes that kind of guidance is entirely overlooked by a client who is struggling with looking for an answer in the wrong place. I've certainly been on both sides of that dilemma. Ultimately it's the higher guidance that leads one out of the problem because the problem may be there so we will have to seek guidance.