March 31, 2009

Doubting our Dreams

Filed under: My Thoughts — jodi @ 10:10 am

key.jpg    And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count,
it’s the life in your years.    (Abraham Lincoln)

I was listening to an interview with Marcia Wiedner, America’s Dream Coach, yesterday, and it was wonderful to hear her positive spin on how to pursue the things we want in life.  I particularly enjoyed the way she clarified two of our inner voices–the dreamer and the doubter.

The dreamer is the part of the self that believes all things are possible to those who believe.  Turn up the volume on the voice of the dreamer!  It enthusiastically embraces challenges as openings to potential.  And, as she so brilliantly stated, “Without dreams, all you have is reality.”  Ugh!

In order to achieve our goals, Wiedner couples intention with integrity, reminding us that pursuing our intentions or goals is an agreement with the self that should not be denied.  She takes it one step further when she suggests it might also be our agreement with God.  I agree.  In fact, the people I see suffering the most in their current jobs are the ones who have been ignoring their true passion for years–sometimes decades!  I ask these same people to remember what they wanted to be when they were children, because, most often, the dreamer was alive and well in early youth.  We all came into this earthly experience with unique gifts and talents, and if we don’t include those passions in our day-to-day lives, we are most likely suffering in one or more areas of our lives.

One of the best ways to push towards making dreams reality is to share the idea with others.  Often, a coaching partner can be hired to cheer the dream to fruition.  If that is not possible, then family and friends can be let in on the goal…but be sure to only share with those willing to support you.  In any case, putting the idea in front of others causes the dreamer to become somewhat accountable.  Others are now expecting a follow through.  It’s time to make a plan.

 Accessing the voice of the dreamer is, according to Wiedner, a 3-fold process:

  1. Get clear about what you want in life.
  2. Believe in yourself and your dreams.
  3. Take action to prove you believe in your dreams.

Left to the creative voice of the inner child, the dreamer would merrily go about his or her way, gratefully including dreams in each and every day.  However, the adult voice soon overrides and squelches that of the child.  Those three words, “but what if,” enter the picture.  Remarkably, it is not money nor time that is the biggest obstacle to success.  It is doubt.

When the voice of the doubter takes over, it immediately creates a list of obstacles.  Where will the money come from?  How will there be enough time?  Who will take over the current duties?  Why would anyone want what I have to offer?  The initial enthusiasm is now replaced with worry and fear.  At this point, many people throw in the towel and wave the flag of surrender all the way back to their boring office job.  What if, however, we used the voice of the doubter in a positive way?

Wiedner suggests the doubter is not the enemy.  In fact, she says, it is a great way to discover areas of weakness and strength.  Rather than let these doubts demolish the dream, they can be used to formulate a strategy.  Suddenly, the doubter is no longer screaming in our heads, but is quietly discussing.  We can embrace the concerns of the doubter, coming from a calm and rational place, and, as we identify areas of concern, we can devise plans to overcome these obstacles.  This is not, however, the time nor place to lower our expectations.  We must hold our dream with highest integrity, and formulate strategies that meet the dream at that level.  In other words, if we are asking “but what if,” we answer with the ideal situation or reply.

At this point, the dreamer needs to reemerge–not coming from the mind, but coming from the heart.  When we look for evidence to support our goals, we need look no further than how we feel when we fantasize about it.  If it feels right…it is.

This is not the time to put dreams on the “to do” list.  That is where dreams die.  If the overall goal seems too big, it can be broken into smaller projects…ones that can be accomplished in one month or less.  In this case, the steps are not stalled and going backward, the idea is moving forward.  Small steps can result in big payoffs.  One by one, the steps reveal progress and the dreamer becomes more and more excited.  As the dreamer compiles evidence to support the possibility of this goal, it becomes clear the dream is not only possible, but probable.  Now is the time to put together the “dream team.”

I love how Wiedner calls this part of the process “enrollment.”  As the dreamer becomes excited about his or her idea, the enthusiasm spills over into every conversation.  Nothing is more contagious than passion!  As the dream is shared with others, fans begin to emerge.  At this point, the dreamer must begin to build a team of supporters, willing to invest in his or her passion.  This is accomplished in four steps:

  1. Establish rapport with those who can help by noticing, complimenting, and supporting them in what they do.
  2. Prove the value of their investment by showing them what is in it for them.  How will they benefit from helping you?
  3. Overcome objections by referring back to the value of the investment.  Knowledge, through research, is key!
  4. Secure an agreement with them to support you in whatever way they are able…information, money, time, etc.

Wiedner then offers a million-dollar question that can easily get a foot in the door.  She suggests the best way to get investors to listen to your proposal is to simply ask this question:

“Would you be willing to explore the possibility of ____________________________ (whatever role they play in helping you achieve your goal)?”

Putting the question in that format gets you in the door, but doesn’t make them feel obligated.  In most cases, this question results in a positive response.  Once an appointment is set, it is up to the dreamer to make the presentation of a lifetime!  Coming in with facts, research, comparisons, projections and unbridled enthusiasm is the best way to build a dream team.

If these steps are followed, there is no reason why any dream cannot be attained.  It is true, “where there’s a will, there’s a way.”  Living in the heart of a dreamer, we find all things are possible to those who believe.

Once we achieve our goals, it is time to pay it forward.  If we are blessed enough to be living the life of our dreams, it is important to reach out to others to help show them the way, as well.  Only in offering a life of service can we find real happiness.  We need not fear competition, because we understand there is but One Source of supply, and it is a fountain overflowing for all.

If you find yourself stuck on any of the steps outlined above, I strongly recommend the use of EFT.  It will clear away blocks and remove obstacles in your path.  Once those negative doubts are dissolved, the dream finds more and more space to expand into your current reality.  When those opposition factors rise up to challenge your new belief, EFT can quiet them down and help you to refocus in the direction of progress.  To date, I have found nothing faster or easier than tapping to clear the way to success.  If you haven’t tried it, I just want to know one thing….what are you waiting for?

Your life is calling.  Who will answer–the doubter or the dreamer?

I AM…Jodi
www.godisaverb.com/blog

March 30, 2009

The Cat’s In the Cradle

Filed under: My Thoughts — jodi @ 9:52 am

cat.jpg  “Lulled by stupefying illusions, the world is asleep in the cradle of infancy, dreaming away the hours.”  (Mary Baker Eddy)

It’s hard to look at the world “out there” and not see it as reality, but the truth is, it isn’t as it appears to be.  We don’t have the capacity to view the whole picture, so we have been dutifully working on correcting the image.  Imagine trying to edit a movie by working with the image projected on the screen!  That, in essence, is what we’ve been doing.

The problem with the outer world we see is that we perceive it as separated items in solid form.  Because we don’t understand the relationship of one to the other, we focus only on one part of the whole at a time.  This will never work because we are missing out on the bigger picture.  Newtonian science is largely responsible for this dissection method, because we were told in order to understand the whole we had to study the individual parts.  That doesn’t always work, however. 

For example, when Karl Lashley, a scientist of the 1920s, removed different portions of a rat’s brain in an attempt to delete a particular memory trained into the rat prior to the surgery, he failed miserably.  He discovered the memory was not stored in just one particular place, but was somehow woven into all parts of the brain as a holographic idea.  This idea of our universe being holographic has surfaced, again and again, in recent years, even to the point of disproving Einstein’s theory that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light.  When human DNA responds to the emotions of the donor who is thousands of miles away at the exact same moment in time, that rule completely collapses.  Obviously, something beyond our physical reality is operating in unity, not separation.

I’ve been doing my best to communicate to my clients and followers that the world “out there” is an illusion.  It is not a lot of separate items that behave in individualized manners.  It is a mirror that is reflecting back to the One who is all of it.  In other words, when it appears that my friend, James, is suffering from heart disease, I need to stop looking at that situation as his problem.  It is MY experience.  He and I are the same One.  If it appears James is suffering from this disease, the reality is I am suffering from some form of heart disease.  He is trying to show me something I haven’t been able to see in myself.  I need to check my experience and ask myself why this is showing up in my world.  Is my own heart in pain?  What dis-ease am I holding in my heart?  You see, James didn’t randomly show up in my world so that I could see his problem.  He showed up with the problem because I couldn’t see it in myself.  I either projected onto him or I have repressed it into my unconscious mind.  He is merely calling it out.

A couple of weeks ago, I was in San Marcos at the book study class.  Various situations happened which proved to be very interesting.  The projector and computer would not work properly, so we were unable to watch the entire video sequence planned for the night.  After a lot of collaboration, it finally did come together, and we watched a portion of what was planned, but the DVD kept getting stuck in certain places.  The interesting thing was that, to my knowledge, only two of us in the room understood that the problem wasn’t owned by a single person–the one who was having difficulty getting it to work.  The problem was in the experience of everyone in that room!  All of us should have been asking ourselves what the message of that experience was.  Why were we, as a group, stuck and where were we, individually, stuck?  Unfortunately, most of the people attending that evening didn’t understand how that situation was for all of us…not just for the one who seemed to be struggling.

There is nothing…no thing…happening in my world that isn’t about me.  If the clerk at the checkout counter is rude or if the child next door breaks my window, that is for my benefit.  If my boss is fired and my husband gets a promotion, that is for my benefit.  Why?  Because “they” are me.  There is but ONE of us.  Everything that appears to be happening outside of me is coming from within me.  The reality of the world “out there” is nothing but an illusion.  It isn’t really out there…it is in here.  I’m the projector of the movie of my life.  Everything in the movie is coming from the one producing it.  The characters and situations I wrote into the script are there for my own understanding.

More and more, we are beginning to recognize that things aren’t always as they seem.  In time, we will start to grasp this idea on a deeper level.  For example, I can look outside my patio door and see the reflection of a large oak tree in the windows on the porch.  The tree sways in the wind.  Birds perch on the branches.  It looks like the reflection is the reality.  However, if I look a bit closer, I see another tree that looks and acts in that exact same manner.  It appears there are two trees, both moving in the breeze, in identical fashion.  In time, I realize there are not really two trees…one is real and the other is merely “the image and likeness.”  It can do nothing of itself.

Not long ago, when I was teaching my middle school Sunday school students about how things are not as they appear, one bright young girl with an inquisitive look in her eyes asked this, “If the world we see is really nothing but dots of light translated into images in the back of the brain, doesn’t that mean the brain is also just photons?”  Exactly.  So, where does that leave the brain? 

Michael Talbot says it best in his article (Mind Power News) on The Holographic Universe.  He writes:

If the concreteness of the world is but a secondary reality and what is “there” is actually a holographic blur of frequencies, and if the brain is also a hologram and only selects some of the frequencies out of this blur and mathematically transforms them into sensory perceptions, what becomes of objective reality? Put quite simply, it ceases to exist.

As the religions of the East have long upheld, the material world is Maya, an illusion, and although we may think we are physical beings moving through a physical world, this too is an illusion. We are really “receivers” floating through a kaleidoscopic sea of frequency, and what we extract from this sea and transmogrify into physical reality is but one channel from many extracted out of the superhologram.

I think the message is this:  Don’t take life so seriously!  Nothing is out to get us.  We are the ones responsible for the movies of our lives, and all that appears in that movie is there to benefit us, not to harm us.  Heck, it isn’t even real!  What we are meant to get from what appears to be out there is nothing more than “the moral of the story.”  What does it all mean?  What can we take with us after the experience passes?

And most importantly…never forget…there is only ONE of us.  Knowing that, we might want to back off of that gossip or back-stabbing, huh?  After all, we are only talking about ourselves.

I AM…Jodi
www.godisaverb.com/blog

March 27, 2009

Does It Last?

Filed under: My Thoughts — jodi @ 8:25 am

One of the most common questions I get about being healed from fibromyalgia is “Did it last?”  I know it seems hard to imagine, but the answer is YES.  After returning from filming the movie, Try It On EverythingI have never had the problem return.  The other question I often am asked is “How did you do it?”  Because the movie doesn’t show the entire process, there is confusion as to exactly what Rick and I did.  I will address that in a later blog, because it involves more detail (and, as you know, I’m in the process of moving my parents right now, and that is why I’m unable to post my usual blogs).

When EFT is properly applied, the results are permanent.  The reason is because the underlying core issue (the cause of the disease/problem) was addressed, and thus the effect vanishes.  For many people, however, this is not a “one minute miracle,” because there may be many aspects to your problem or you may have psychological reversal issues.  A good practitioner should be able to help you locate these, but in many cases, it is damaging to put a time limit on this, because in essence, you have psychological reversal issues when you do that.  All limiting beliefs will sabotage your efforts.  Root them out and remove them! 

Gary Craig addresses this question in his EFT Manual, which is a free download on his website.  If you have not read the manual, I recommend you do.  Hey, it’s FREE!  I included his answer to the question, “Does it last?”, below.

I AM…Jodi
www.godisaverb.com/blog

Q. Does it last?

This question is usually a

companion to the above “quick fix” question. After all,

the “logic” goes, any problem that can be relieved that

fast must be temporary. Lasting results, at least in the

minds of most people, must take time to produce.

Not so. EFT’s results are usually permanent.

The case histories in this course are filled with

people who have had lasting results…even though the

problem was relieved in moments. This is still more

evidence that EFT is addressing the true cause of the

problem. Otherwise, the remedy would not be so long

lasting.

Please remember, however, that EFT doesn’t do

everything for everyone. Some problems seem to

reappear and that is usually caused by different aspects

of the original problem showing up at a later time. The

experienced student of EFT will recognize this and

simply reapply The Basic Recipe for this new aspect.

The experienced student will also break the problem

down into specific events and apply EFT to those

underlying causes. In time, after all aspects and specific

events have been addressed, the problem usually goes

away completely and does not return.

March 26, 2009

What It Takes To Be Happy

Filed under: Guest Contributions — jodi @ 7:34 am

Enjoy this article from Gary Glasscock’s “Manifesting Your Life” Newsletter!

I AM…Jodi
www.godisaverb.com/blog

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What It Takes To Be Happy

Happiness is such a relative word. Your state of being happy is
certainly different from others. The things that could make you
happy could ironically make other people sad.

This is why happiness seems to be elusive. It appears to be
something so near but still unreachable. But hey, being happy is
always achievable. Here is a guide to help you achieve happiness,
no matter how abstract it may seem.

1. Be content with what you have. Happiness may be fleeting because
you never really become content with anything you have achieved and
acquired. It is okay to set higher goals. Just don’t deal with them
so much that you’ll break down if you don’t attain them.

2. Change your view on things. Instead of looking at a glass of
water being half empty, think of it as half full. Be positive. A
person with a positive mind set goes to further heights than
somebody who isn’t.  As Zig Ziglar says, “Your Attitude, NOT your
Aptitude, determines your Altitude.”

3. Control your emotions. Contrary to what others think, it is
possible to control what you feel. You can always choose to be calm
instead of angry. You can choose to be happy other than sad; and
most of the time, it all depends on you.

 4. Surround yourself with happy people. Happiness is contagious
and you have to admit that. It is hard to stay lonely in the
company of genuinely happy people. But if you are surrounded with
equally gloomy individuals, being happy is almost next to impossible.

5. Love and be lovable. It won’t matter if you are old and alone.
Love is something you simply cannot stop having. If you love a
person, then chances are, you will be loved back. Moreover, the
thought and feeling that somebody loves you should be enough to
make you smile most all day long.

6. Share. How can sharing make you happy? Well, the look of that
small child that you shared your cookie with, or the smile of a
person in the bus you shared your seat with, should all be enough
to make you feel light all throughout the day.

These are good ways to achieve happiness and keep it that way.
Happiness is not elusive; it is just a matter of partaking in it.
Being sad is a burden. It is harder than being happy. Try it. Work
to be happy. Once you feel it, you won’t like to let go of it again.
 
Remember, Happiness is a state of mind.  What’s yours?

Click HERE to go to Gary’s website!

March 25, 2009

Act Fast To Get Half Price TIOE Deal

Filed under: Announcements — jodi @ 9:25 pm

Dear Friends and Family,

My friend Nick Ortner, producer of the documentary film, Try It On Everything, about the amazing and life-changing process called Emotional Freedom Techniques, or EFT, has created something very special that’s only available for a short time.  I just had to share this opportunity with you, but act fast if you want in on this deal.

In honor if all those who have supported his powerful film, that follows ten people’s journey through the EFT experience and which features EFT experts, medical doctors and such visionary thought leaders such as Jack Canfield and Bob Proctor, Nick has created a Gratitude and Appreciation event, and you can get a full 50% off of their best-selling DVD and Companion book package…

Check out how you can get this package for half off here:  CLICK HERE!

And when you purchase this program, Nick’s EFT Angels program kicks in, and they will donate another copy of the Try It On Everything DVD to a social organization or needy family.  They have already donated over 7,000 DVDs to prisons, halfway houses, women’s shelters and other social organizations. 

So, you can help yourself, your family and friends and anyone else you might want to forward this email to, get half off and also give back to others in need.  It’s a win-win-win all around!

Just visit this link to learn all about it, but remember, the Gratitude and Appreciate Event only lasts through midnight, Friday, March 27…

CLICK HERE!!!

We look forward to continuing to serve you…

God Bless–
I AM
Jodi McDonald
jodi@godisaverb.com
www.godisaverb.com

Resolving Conflict

Filed under: Guest Contributions — jodi @ 8:20 am

Enjoy this Q&A from the Trans4mind newsletter (Cultivate Life! by Peter Sheperd)

I AM…Jodi
www.godisaverb.com/blog
 

How can my family and I resolve conflict with a difficult family member?

The questioner’s philosophy: I believe in God or something bigger than myself.

The questioner’s hopes and aspirations: To live a fruitful life and feel less conflict in some relationships.

Question: How do I enable less conflict with my sister-in-law? She causes conflict with everybody.

My sister-in-law and I were friends prior to my relationship with her brother. We got along really well and I knew she was intense then, however whenever we spoke I used some of the communication skills I have gained to help her see things differently and she would not lash out or feel on the attack.

Since being in a relationship with her brother and after moving away from the family base for a year I have found it difficult to communicate with her. She is always on the attack and makes family gatherings uncomfortable as she always causes a conflict with someone over nothing.

Sometimes my partner speaks to her and tells her straight to “bring her head in” and she is good for a couple of weeks and then it starts all over again.

She has a partner who loves her, but he is at his wits end as to what to do to stop these outbursts. She has a step-daughter who is scared of her and stutters when she has to think of the consequences if she does something as simple as drop a toy. She also has a 6 month old daughter and another on the way.

I am concerned for her well-being as it is coming to the point that her family do not want to invite her or to attend any event that involves her. She does not have Turrets or any psychological diagnosis. Her family has done “intervention” with a mediator, but nothing has improved.

I am of the belief that family is important, but it is coming to a point that we feel like cutting her off. How do I (we) face the challenge of resolving conflict with a difficult person?

Wallace’s reply: The answer is very simple! You maintain your center and send out love. What do I mean by this?

When your sister-in-law is on the attack, do not attack back, or defend yourself – be still. It takes two to cause a conflict and it is impossible to be in conflict with someone if you are spiritually enlightened.

What does it mean to be spiritually enlightened with an aggressive person? When with an aggressive person the spiritually enlightened are like air, impossible to get hold of, impossible to wound, ephemeral. How can one become like air? Completely desist from defending yourself. It is the ego that feels the need to defend. The ego needs to protect and maintain its pride, dignity and its need to be right. Give these up completely and you will no longer need to defend yourself against attack. Then you have become like air and no one can fight with you. You have won a great victory – a victory over your lower self.

Then while maintaining your center send your sister-in-law love. When you are with her or late at night before you go to bed or early in the morning, imagine pink rays of love streaming from your heart and surrounding your sister-in-law. Imagine these rays coming from the source of love (God) and flowing into you, through you and out to surround your sister.

You will be pleasantly surprised how surrounding your sister-in-law with love while maintaining your center will nurture your relationship.

I wish to encourage you to continue to include your sister-in-law in family gatherings. I myself have a very aggressive sister. Although she is agressive with many people, she is never aggressive while with me and we are great friends! Aggressive people are given to us so that we can learn to go beyond our ego and love from the heart. Your sister-in-law will help each member of your family integrate their ego self with their Higher Self by learning to love your sister-in-law in the way I suggest.

Consequently I suggest you share my reply with other members of your family who find themselves in conflict with your sister-in-law. Even if they do not take it up you can. Then you will be completely free of conflict with your sister-in-law.

You will have mastered the challenge of resolving conflict with your sister-in-law, because by adopting the approach I recommend, there will be no possibility of conflict!

March 24, 2009

Olny Srmat Poeple Can Ra ed Thsi

Filed under: My Thoughts — jodi @ 4:55 pm

Hey Beautiful People!

Have you watched the LEAP! movie, yet?  If not, you can click on the link to the right, under DVDs and buy it now!  Don’t miss out!  I got this message, below from the “Leap Guys,” and it was such fun I thought I would share it with you.  Enjoy!!

I AM…Jodi
www.godisaverb.com/blog

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Dan Millman from Leap! sent us this Cambridge
University fun. Read it really fast.

Olny srmat poelpe can ra ed this.
I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was
rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a
rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in what oredr
the ltteers in a word are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is that the
first and last ltteer be in the rgh it pclae. The rset can be a
taotl mses and you can still raed it wouthit a porbelm.Tihs is
bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but
the word as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?! Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot
slpeling was ipmorantt! If you can raed th is psas it on!
Hey Creator, have you ever wondered how to move from

YOUR REALITY to ACTUALITY?

Something to ponder after work today,
-The Leap! Guys

March 23, 2009

Time Out!

Filed under: My Thoughts — jodi @ 7:25 am

Hello Dear Readers….

I’m taking off this week, helping my parents get moved into their new home.  Please take this opportunity to go through the nearly 300 archived posts on this site to see what you might have missed.  I know one of them is bound to be perfect for you.  When you get to the bottom of the page, be sure to continue by clicking on the “next page” arrows that will show more blogs for each month.

Thanks for all your loving support and kind comments.  I am honored to be a part of your journey.

Take care….I’ll be back soon!  P.S.  I may pull up some guest contributions during this next week…so look for those as well.

I AM…Jodi
www.godisaverb.com/blog

March 21, 2009

Seek+the+Source+of+Self-Perfection

Filed under: My Thoughts — jodi @ 9:15 am

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March 20, 2009

The Mind Body Connection

Filed under: My Thoughts — jodi @ 6:48 am

office-desk.jpg   I recently watched a video of Dr. Joan Borysenko that was very interesting.  I’d like to share some of what she was saying, along with my personal thoughts.

She began by saying that approximately 75-90% of all illnesses can be traced back to stress.  Genetics and the environment account for the remaining problems.  It also appears that people who feel isolated have the most unhealthy immune systems, while those who have a fair amount of social contact seem to have the least.  In short, if we feel accepted by others, we tend to feel healthier.

The primary reason stress plays such a major role in disease is because of the body’s response to the “movies” we play in our minds.  We often forget that the mind cannot distinguish between what is imagined and what is real; thus, if we are constantly replaying old tapes of bad memories in our minds, our bodies assume each incident is a new and separate one…not just a recurring memory!  Even more shocking, scientists know that EVERY thought we have affects the immune system…either in a good way or a bad way.

Neuro-peptides are responsible for carrying information from the brain to the cells of the body.  If we feel sad, “sadness” neuro-peptides flood the blood stream and are picked up by matching receptors.  Therefore, it is our emotions that link the body and mind.

Although one might assume just the opposite, the stress that results from the most traumatic circumstances causes the least damage.  In other words, if your house is on fire, and you kick into high gear with that “fight or flight” response, that damage seems to be minimal.  It is chronic stress that is hardest on the body. 

Those who operate from belief systems of low self-esteem, feelings of worthlessness or feelings hopelessness and helplessness do tremendous bodily harm.  Chronic sufferers test high in cortisol, which is known to damage the heart, decrease the immune system response and cause memory loss.

Dr. Borysenko goes on to say that in recurring tests scientists have shown that people who are given a placebo and are told it relieves pain have pain reductions between 50-60%.  Since the pill is not reducing pain, it becomes clear that it is the power of belief doing so.

In the early stages of medicine, people were amazed at how pharmaceuticals could not only provide relief, but could also cure diseases that had been fatal up until that time.  Because medicine was new and promising, we began looking at the body as a machine.  We treated it that way, as well, forgetting earlier methods that clearly demonstrated the mind-body connection.  Too bad.  There were some brilliant techniques lost in that process.

Recently, major universities began to include spirituality in the medical fields.  They could no longer deny that there was a link here, as well.  When groups of patients were divided into two studies–one group prayed for and the other group receiving no prayers–the evidence was undeniable.  Those prayed for (without knowing about it) did better in 17 different areas including rate of recovery and response to medications.

Another study proved an even more amazing mind-body connection by placing a camera in waiting room with an observer in an adjoining room.  When the observer was not looking at the people being filmed, there was no physical response.  However, when the observer merely watched the other person’s image on the screen, the person being watched seemed to sense someone was looking at him/her.  Often, the hairs on their arms and neck would stand up, while the person glanced around the room to see if anyone was looking.  How was it possible for the observer to have this effect on the one being watched when that person had no idea anyone was looking?  Most all of us have had this experience, at one time or another…that feeling of being watched.  What is that about?  Apparently, we can only conclude that our individual minds are not so separate as we believe.  Somehow, they seem interconnected.  I laughed aloud when she said, “God has one huge case of multiple personality disorder!”

Dr. Borysenko shared a story about the scientist, Pavlov, that most of us don’t know.  We relate him to the salivating dogs, but there is a much more fascinating experience he is known for by a few people.

Pavlov had contracted a serious bacterial infection and was told by his doctor that he had a very short time to live.  Basically, he should get things in order quickly and say his goodbyes, because the clock was ticking away his remaining moments on earth.  In spite of his weakened condition, Pavlov did not choose to spend his last moments in remorse.  Instead, he asked his assistant to perform a rather odd duty.  He instructed him to go to the river bank and gather up some warm, slightly wet mud in a bucket.  He was to return to the sickbed after doing so.  The assistant did as told, although he couldn’t imagine what this was all about.  When he handed the bucket of mud to Pavlov, he witnessed something he could not have foretold.  Pavlov began making mud pies!  Remarkably, hours later, the fever broke and Pavlov made a full recovery.  The assistant had to know why he had made mud pies in what should have been his waning hours. 

Pavlov explained that he knew in order to heal himself he needed to feel good.  So, he recalled his best childhood memory and did what he could to put himself back in that feeling.  When his mother would wash clothes in the river, he, as a young boy, would sit on the river bank, making mud pies.  It was one of his favorite times in life, and when he felt the warm mud on his fingers, he began to feel the joy he had felt as a child.  That, he explained, is what healed him.

Borysenko, herself, had a miraculous healing when she was 10-years-old.  She woke up one day to find herself in a desperate state of psychosis, accompanied by obsessive-compulsive disorder.  There was no explanation for this, and no hope for recovery.  In those days, all doctors could offer was sympathy and a bit of counseling for the family.  Lost and feeling hopeless, she fell to her knees in prayer.  Although she didn’t know how or why, she understood that something bigger than her had the ability to heal her.  In the moment she realized that, she found herself in a state of being where she saw everything as one.  It was an intense feeling of love and connection.  She was instantly healed.

At the end of the video, Dr. Borysenko said something I found incredibly inspiring.  She said, “There is a difference between being cured and being healed.  To cure something is to have whole function restored, but to be healed is the restoration of the sense of connectedness.  Curing is temporary, but healing is eternal.”

When I work with my Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) clients, that sense of connectedness is what I strive to reveal.  There is nothing more important to restoring our health than the understanding of how we are made in the image and likeness of perfection…and when we find ourselves struggling in life, it is only a false belief separating us from perfect wholeness and health.  Once we remember that eternal connection, miracles manifest.

To me, stress is the result of having in-congruent beliefs.  When we pit our subconscious beliefs against our conscious beliefs, they must be aligned to stay in the flow of acceptance.  If they disagree…we feel stressed.  Sadly, stress seems to occur most often when people sit at desks, repetitively doing the same tasks, day in and day out.  Sometimes this involves working with computers, and other times it means we talk on telephones or sort through piles of paperwork.  As we become mesmerized by the robotic conditions around us, we forget to move about and to breathe properly.  We slump in our chairs and tense the muscles in our necks and shoulders.  We seldom take time out to relax or to go outside to shake us out of the stupor.  We operate from collective consciousness, because we don’t pay attention to the signals our bodies are giving us.  Because our non-serving beliefs are held in the subconscious mind, and because it is running 90% of the day, we are mostly replaying the old tapes of the past.  Hour after hour, these beliefs are clashing with our current ones.  Day after day, we are unconsciously pouring toxic chemicals into our bodies as we inadvertently fill our minds with thoughts of woe.  It doesn’t take long before these stress factors begin to emerge in physical symptoms.  Why?  Because, unfortunately, that is often the only way we will pay attention to the messages being sent.

If stress is showing up in your life, take time out to notice what signals you’ve been ignoring.  Your body is not trying to hurt you…it just wants you to pay attention.  Those signals are the only way you will be able to notice the resistance you are holding onto.  If the body aches…if it feels negative emotions…it is talking to you.  Listen! 

Be sure to take many time outs every day to find your place of joy and connectedness.  Get out and play!  Your body will love you for it.

I AM…Jodi
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