You Are Only As “X” As You Want To Be

Here’s a phrase I’d like you to contemplate as we begin 2018: You are only as X as you want to be.

That means: You are only as happy as you want to be. You are only as wealthy as you want to be. You are only as successful as you want to be. You are only as healthy as you want to be.

It does not mean: You are as happy as you want to be. You are as wealthy as you want to be. You are as successful as you want to be. You are as healthy as you want to be.

In other words, although we may consciously want something, we also, often unconsciously, put limits on it. For example, we think we’d like to be much wealthier, but what do we really think of wealth or wealthy people? Most of us have various beliefs about wealth or judgments about wealthy people. Do we actually put a limit on how wealthy we’d allow ourselves to be?

Or what about happiness? Do we really think it’s okay to be very happy most of the time? Or do we, instead, think we should only be happy sometimes or only somewhat happy, because: Our friends or relatives are suffering in some way, so it would be wrong to be too happy? Our parents were never happy, so we can’t or shouldn’t be too happy either? We have the belief that too much happiness will bring misfortune? We believe we should actually be unhappy most of the time because we feel that the world is going-to-hell in a handbasket? (Indeed, many of us engage in misery-fests online with friends. As the saying goes, misery loves company!)

You get the idea. Often without knowing it, we may think we want something, but there is a part of us that wants the opposite. And that limits us unnecessarily.

Think about it. Does being happy really bring misfortune? Or, instead, does unhappiness perpetuate misfortune? Does being unhappy actually help the world? Instead, wouldn’t your happiness and positivity help bring more happiness to others and motivate you to help others in a positive way?

I began thinking about this whole conundrum while working with the Sedona Method about various anxieties I have. The Method suggests that, instead of just releasing an anxiety about X, begin by releasing “I want to have anxiety about X”. It seemed odd at first — of course I didn’t want to be anxious about X! That’s why I was doing this!

Or did I want that anxiety? Does being anxious actually serve some subconscious desire of mine? Next, the Method suggests going deeper by examining how a particular want is actually rooted in a deeper want — especially three types of wants: the want to be secure, the want to control, and the want for approval.

Did I actually want to be anxious about X because it made me feel more secure to be anxious? More in control? Or was it a subconscious way of getting approval because my mom was always anxious about X? (Although my mom has passed, it doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t think I need to be “loyal” to her by being anxious just like her.)

Interestingly, I found that releasing my unconscious desire to have an anxiety was more powerful than releasing the anxiety itself!

As you enter into 2018 with resolutions and desires for a better new year, ask yourself: Do you put limits on yourself? After all, you can only be as “X” as you consciously or unconsciously want or allow yourself to be. As I discuss in Active Consciousness, part of manifesting anything is releasing those things that put a break on that manifestation — whether it be doubts or actually not wanting it to manifest.

Finally, if you do discover that you impose limitations on yourself, I suggest you decide to dig deeper and take a hard look within. But don’t berate yourself! After all, we all limit ourselves. Instead, take it as an opportunity to further excavate inner truths and by doing so, allow yourself to find even greater freedom.

 

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Separating Fact from Fiction

In this world of “fake news” and conventional media outlets that constantly repeat falsehoods about subjects like homeopathy and vaccines, it’s hard to know what to believe. I’m afraid there are no easy answers, so all one can do is to diligently exercise discernment, while also keeping an open mind. Here are a few important recent items relevant to the world of health and homeopathy.

The Rate of Autism Has Gone Up — But Has Not Been Reported in the Media

I’m sad to report that the U.S Department of Health and Human Services and CDC have released the latest numbers on autism rates in the United States. 1 in 35 children (8-12 years of age) now have autism. This is up from 1 in 68 children reported in 2010. Since the rate in boys is higher than in girls (four times as high), that means that 1 in 28 boys (3-17 years of age) have autism. Moreover, more than 6% of our children (1 in 16) and 8% of boys (1 in 12) have a developmental disability.

The new report can be downloaded here. Amazingly (but perhaps not surprisingly), it states that the increase in autism rate from 2014 until 2016 is not very significant because it’s “only” up from 2.24% to 2.76%. But do the math. That’s actually a 23% increase between 2014 and 2016! It also means that on average, there is now one autistic child per average classroom. In previous newsletters I have graphed the rate of increase in autism. (See the graphs here.) It’s still a bit early to say for sure, but this new statistic indicates that we are following the exponential growth curve rather than the linear one. At this rate, 1 in 10 children will have autism by 2030 — just 12 years from now. What will this mean to the economic and social health of the United States and the rest of the world, whose rates are following close behind?

The Flu Vaccine Is Ineffective and Potentially Dangerous. Try Homeopathy for This Year’s Flu Instead.

Due to a strain mismatch, this year’s flu vaccine has been reported largely ineffective (10%), even by mainstream media. Indeed, there are various reasons why getting a yearly flu vaccine actually primes you to get more sick from the flu, especially if the strains don’t match (which has become increasingly common). For one thing, vaccines prime your body to fight a specific antigen, which weakens its ability to fight another. It also lowers the rest of your general immune response. And let’s not forget all the toxic ingredients in flu vaccines — including aluminum and mercury. You can read more about what Dr. Mercola has to say about this topic here.

But never fear! There is hope with homeopathy! There are many approaches to treating and preventing the flu and I have written about them before. According to Paul Herscu, ND, who does a particularly good job at tracking each year’s flu and what remedies seem to be working, Gelsemium (one of the most important classic flu remedies) was working initially, but Lycopodium (not as standard) has now emerged as very important. However, I have noticed that the flu this year has many different presentations, ranging from a stomach-type flu to a sinus-infection type flu and more. So please individualize as always! Herscu’s article provides some guidance here. Taking your constitutional remedy can also be very helpful. I also highly recommend using supports like Vitamin C, honey, a neti-pot for nasal congestion, and a humidifier for the cough (but don’t add menthol or eucalyptus — they antidote remedies.)

Is Access to Homeopathic Remedies in Danger?

There has been a lot of alarm circulating recently online saying that the FDA is about to essentially make all homeopathic remedies illegal because they haven’t been tested in formal modern drug studies. I felt very skeptical about these reports. Earlier messages circulating within the homeopathic community had simply stated that the FDA was thinking about cracking down on mixed remedies with a large number of high potencies (perhaps a good idea, since the practitioners who use these often don’t know very much about homeopathy), as well as nosodes (not such good news, especially since these remedies are very important in the treatment of autism and other serious diseases).

I contacted Dana Ullman about what was going on and he echoed my skepticism. As he told me, the AAHP (American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists) has an important statement on their website, and do not appear very worried, at least right now. Dana is also currently writing a report about this subject and is asking for your financial support to help him do so. Dana’s articles often appear in venues where they get a lot of notice, like the Huffington Post.

 

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Tending the Soul of the Earth

A version of this article first appeared in the December 2012 newsletter, but it remains timely! Enjoy.


The idea of “tending the soul of the Earth” was first brought to my attention at the 2012 Science and Nonduality (SAND) conference in San Rafael, California. In several of his talks, Sufi teacher Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee stressed something I had never fully considered up to that point: that the challenge of climate change is something that must be tackled not only on a physical level, but on a spiritual level as well.

This concept also brings together several key points that I make in Active Consciousness :

All things possess an energy body, at least on the etheric level, and many living things have energy bodies on even higher levels.
The Earth can be viewed as a living organism (sometimes called Gaia).
As beings who have evolved as part of Earth, we are all elements of and in many ways inseparable from the larger “holon” of the Earth.
As above, so below; and as below, so above. What is happening on the physical level to planet Earth is also occurring on all levels.

In his lectures, Vaughn-Lee stresses that environmentalists have been missing the role of the Earth’s soul in their battle to stem the tide of climate change. While it is clear that the body of the Earth is suffering and changing around us, and that we humans are a part of and even probably the primary cause of this change on a physical level, the soul of the Earth has also been crying and suffering as well. Indeed, what is cause and what is effect?

There was a time when humanity was exquisitely tuned in to the magic and soul of the Earth. Every tree, every storm, every sowing and reaping of the harvest, was imbued with spiritual meaning. Native people understood their spiritual relationship with the animals and plants around them. We blessed, thanked, and asked forgiveness for our interactions with and intrusions upon our fellow Earthers, both animate and inanimate. We understood that a balance had to be kept.

With the coming of the enlightenment and the rise of science came materialism and the complete disenchantment of the Earth. Many of us may not have forgotten our own souls, but we have definitely forgotten about the souls of the Earth and our fellow creatures. We ‘thing’ed them. And as we know from the fields of war and humanity’s holocausts, when we ‘thing’ someone or something, we feel free to destroy it. It is soulless to us. It is no more than a machine. It is merely matter, not soul.

But just because we do this ‘thinging’ in our minds does not make it true. The Earth and everything in it does possess a soul. To help our Earth, we must not only heal its body, we must also heal it on an energetic or soul level. Just as energy medicines like homeopathy and acupuncture and Reiki tell us, it is actually on this energy level that true disease originates and where true healing must occur. In fact, after healing at the energy level, physical healing usually follows. While completely healing the Earth on a physical level now seems almost impossible, leaving us in a greater and greater state of despair and hopelessness, perhaps there is still hope for healing the soul of the Earth. And if we do so, who knows what healing effects on the physical level may ensue? Indeed, this might be the precise “magic ingredient” or approach that we need to pursue for success.

That’s where each of us comes in. Each of us is part of the Earth holon. By healing ourselves we may be able to heal the Earth. By re-enchanting the pieces, we can begin to re-enchant the whole. You can start today in your own home, in your own backyard, in your own neighborhood. Bless your food. Talk to your plants. Thank your trees and hug them. Feel the energy of your flower garden and commune with it. Sense the soul of your street and send healing energy throughout your neighborhood. Sense the stresses and joys within your dwelling. Create a ceremony for the healing of your home energy. Tune into any intuitions about changes that may help ease tensions or contractions.

If each of us heals the soul of the small space around us, the healing of the whole can begin. And who knows? If we tend to the healing of the soul of the Earth, the body of the Earth may begin to respond as well. As above, so below! As below, so above!

 

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Homeopathic Bits and Pieces to Contemplate at Year’s End

As 2017 comes to a conclusion, here are some interesting tidbits to check out.

Interesting Articles:

  • Another interesting article by Dana Ullman full of compelling facts, figures, and scientitic studies that support the efficacy of homeopathy.
  • My own homeopath, Deborah Olenev, also runs a successful homeopathic creams company, FirstAidCreams. You might consider these creams as a holiday gift! Deborah’s personal practice website includes some amazing articles to check out. I have learned many things from them!

Consider supporting homeopathy in Africa by contributing to one of these organizations:

  • My good friend, homeopath Richard Pitt, has been running the Kenya School for Integrated Medicine. They are committed to providing educational opportunities for students from all backgrounds, so donations toward their educational fund directly contribute to a student’s education and future life possibilities. Check out the school’s website and donate here.
  • The excellent work by Camilla and Jeremy Sherr for over 8 years at their clinic in Tanzania. You can learn all about it at Homeopathy For Health in Africa.
  • The work of the Amma Resonance Healing Foundation, and their inexpensive PC remedies for AIDS, malaria, and trauma.

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The Uncertainty of the Now

Anyone who takes an interest in meditation and consciousness is probably familiar with the phrases “The Power of Now” and “Be Here Now” — titles of landmark books by Eckhart Tolle and Ram Dass (respectively). By letting go of our constant mind-jabber, which is usually focused on the past or the future, we can find healing power in simply resting in the present moment, exactly where we are.

But at turbulent times like these, many (if not most) of us find ourselves overwhelmed by the uncertainty of our world. What is really going on and what does the future hold for us? It seems like most people’s thoughts and emotions these days are dominated by fears and anxieties about climate change, overpopulation, politics, wars, never ending news about sexual assault and harassment, terrorist attacks, mass murdering sprees, police killings of innocent people simply because of their skin color or ethnicity, and attacks on our civil liberties. Indeed, the media storm that perpetually overtakes us each of our waking moments works hard to feed and exploit our fear, anger, anxiety, and sadness. I have found that any attempt to buffer oneself from this barrage (as my husband and I try to do) can be seen by others as naive or even dangerous.

In other words, it’s quite easy to feel nothing but uncertainty about the now!

In my January 2017 newsletter article I talked about the importance of letting go of this pattern if we really want to see positive change in our world. The truth is, living one’s life in a constant state of fear and negativity merely perpetuates the problems we face today. It only helps to create more of the same. The myth that we need to be “freaked out” in order to do something positive is backward! Yes, you don’t want to hide your head in the sand. But you will accomplish much more positive action by releasing the emotions that trap you in an unhappy state.

How to do that? There are lots of tools out there, many of which I have written about in Active Consciousness and my various newsletter articles. Of course, there’s meditation. Then there’s the Sedona Method, which I recently discovered for myself and have found to be truly life-transforming if you earnestly engage with it. Another is the healing power of gratitude. By focusing on what we are grateful for, instead of what we dislike, we become instantly transformed. Deepak Chopra and Oprah’s meditation series “Manifesting Grace Through Gratitude” can be very helpful in achieving a focus on gratitude.

But here’s the key point of my missive today: the inherent uncertainty of the Now also gives us reason for hope!

All of us here in Northern California (where I live) have recently experienced quite sudden, rapidly-spreading, and horrific wildfires in Napa and Sonoma counties. In fact, close friends of ours who were evacuated from their mountain-top home lived with us for a week. Luckily, their house narrowly escaped destruction. So as those who lost everything are now acutely aware of, life can turn on a dime.

Yes, tragedy can strike in an instant. But so can a change for the better. The smallest act of kindness or one person’s vibration of positivity (which inevitably — though perhaps subconsciously — is felt by everyone around them) can have an enormous impact — indeed, impact that is hard to predict. That is the great and positive news about the uncertainty of the Now.

If our world functioned like a machine governed by clockwork-like rules — or even if the most probable outcome always held sway, yes, there might be cause for dismay about the current state of our world. But we are all creators in the Now. The future may be uncertain, but because it is uncertain, it can be tipped toward the positive and become incredibly bright in ways we can’t even imagine right now!

Your take away message today is this: your personal state of mind can have an enormous impact! Certainly, it has a huge impact on your personal health. For that reason alone, it is important to work hard on transforming your state into one that is more positive and productive. It may take a lot of hard work and deep inner reflection, but it’s worth it.

As Thanksgiving approaches, let’s begin by focusing on gratitude — for nature, for the people we love, for the wonders of the world we live in, for the inherent good will of most people that keeps our society functioning day-to-day, for the smile of a stranger, for each act of kindness, for the food we eat and those who helped bring it to us, for the amazing entertainment available to us, for the beauty of a flower, for the rain and sun that brings life, for our very existence! By constantly reminding ourselves about what we are grateful for, we can literally transform the world.

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Death — or Transition?

With Halloween and the Day of the Dead upon us, it seems like a good time to discuss the topic of death. What really happens when our physical body dies?

While modern science and medicine is convinced that our physical bodies are all there is to us, every ancient culture and wisdom on Earth disagrees. When we die, they say, only our physical body dies. Afterward, another part of us moves on or transitions into another realm of being.

While hard-headed materialists say that belief in an afterlife is all wishful thinking, I tend to side with the wisdom of the ages. In my view, what’s the harm in doing so? Of course, one doesn’t want to waste one’s life on Earth focusing on or being manipulated by others, in the hopes of a better afterlife. But if nothing truly exists after death, what’s the harm in believing there might be? And if something does exist after death — well, believing otherwise seems an awful lot like spending your life feeling empty, scared, and depressed about something that never was true in the first place.

Actually, there is quite a lot of evidence for the afterlife, and I have a few personal experiences of it. Take, for example, the work of psychiatrist Dr. Ian Stevenson about reincarnation. He found many children who had memories of their previous lives — including obscure details that were later verified. There are even online videos and movies made about stories like this. (Just type in “child with memory of afterlife” to YouTube.)

Then there’s mediumship — the art of communicating with the dead. For a while, my husband Steve and I occasionally visited spiritualist churches, including a trip to the spiritualist town of Lilydale, New York. Spiritualism is a religious belief system whose goal is connection to the unseen realm of the afterlife. Adherents train themselves in the art of mediumship, as well as other psychic abilities. I believe there is a lot to be said for visiting a medium, even if the bulk of contact information is bogus. For example, contact with a recently-passed loved one can do an awful lot to lift debilitating grief; I myself had the experience of this.

Here is a description of one contact with the dead that was particularly convincing and noteworthy to Steve and me. While still in our car in the parking lot of a spiritualist church, I focused on the intention to contact my father who died in 1971 at the age of 72. Although I said nothing to anyone except Steve about this intention, the medium came to me during the service and told me he was receiving contact with an older man. The medium kept telling me he was being shown the image of a baby falling out of a carriage. I told him that this did not ring a bell for me, so the medium moved on to someone else. But later, Steve told me that this had actually happened!

Steve had forgotten all about it, but about 20 years earlier when our son Izaak was a baby, Steve was pushing him in a stroller but had forgotten to fasten the seat belt. When the stroller hit a bump in the sidewalk, Izaak fell hard, face-first onto the pavement. The odd thing was, Izaak didn’t cry at all and was unhurt, despite quite a bad fall. Steve was shocked at the time; he was sure Izaak was going to have some kind of injury. In fact, he didn’t tell me about the accident because he thought I’d be angry with him! When Steve and I told the medium after the service about this occurrence, he said that sometimes the dead tell us information like this to let us know that they had intervened to prevent an injury.

Now, had this medium really made contact my father? Or was he just psychic and “reading” a long-forgotten event from Steve’s mind? In either case, it’s rather amazing!

As I discuss in detail in my book Active Consciousness, spiritual teacher Rudolf Steiner taught the following about the death process. First, our physical body dies. Then, over the course of the next few days (Buddhists say three days), the energy or etheric body dissipates. The etheric body is likely related to the electromagnetic field and is the fundamental lattice upon which the physical body is built. It is also the primary realm of operation of energy medicines, like acupuncture and homeopathy.

After the physical body dies and the etheric body dissipates, the higher level energy bodies — the emotional astral body, the mental body, and the causal body — continue on. As I discuss in Active Consciousness, I believe that these higher (or deeper) parts of ourselves likely operate in higher dimensional space. They are also part of us when we are alive (even if we are not conscious of them), and give us access to things like psychic abilities and sudden inspirations. I also think that these three bodies correspond to the “Basic Self” (astral body), “Middle Self” (mental body), and “Higher Self” (causal body) of Huna, a spiritual system based on Hawaiian shamanistic beliefs, which I have written about quite frequently in past newsletters.

Although we now only exist as an astral/mental/causal being, we are still essentially “ourselves”. Although we don’t have a physical body living in three-dimensional space, we can create worlds that seem much like the one we departed. As I discuss in Active Consciousness, this isn’t suprising if we are actually operating in four-dimensional space. This realm of being is essentially like the one we sense in our dreams. In fact, Steiner said that our three higher bodies detach from our physical body during sleep or out-of-body experiences. Our primary memories of such experiences are largely those of our astral body.

A very detailed cosmology based on this kind of belief system is described in the work of Waldo Vieira and is taught by the International Academy of Consciousness. I took a couple of weekend workshops with this organization a few years ago and found it fascinating. One of their main focuses is on teaching people to have out-of-body experiences. The organization is based in Brazil, where beliefs of this type are much more common. In fact, a Brazilian movie, Nosso Lar (Our Home) is based on these ideas. I recommend it to all of you — it’s fascinating, and the music is great — written by composer Philip Glass.

There is so much more that I could write about this topic. I hope this short article has provided food for thought and ideas to explore during your Halloween season!

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Homeopathy — Ever Controversial

Homeopathy has aroused controversy ever since the time of Hahnemann — mostly because it posed a threat to the medical status quo. Yes, it has always been mocked as “ridiculous” by the powers-that-be within medical orthodoxy. But I believe that the outcry against homeopathy has been mostly motivated by the bottom line — that homeopathy has always achieved successes that conventional methods did not; that the underlying tenets of homeopathy point a finger at the dangers of (usually suppressive) conventional medical practices; that conventional doctors have been known to become homeopaths (at times in large numbers) when they realize its truth and efficacy; and especially, that the remedies, being essentially cost-free, pose a threat to those who manufacture medicines. 200 years ago it was the apothecaries that chased Hahnemann out of town because he was making his own remedies. Today it is the drug companies and the medical-industrial-complex that do all they can to undermine homeopathy. If homeopathy was a treatment of little or no consequence, this pattern would not have been constantly repeated for over 200 years, let alone still exist.

Several recent developments underscore the fact that this pattern is alive and well. The fact that things have been escalating may also indicate that homeopathy is gaining ground despite all efforts against it. Indeed, since modern science is getting closer to explaining the mysterious power of ultra dilutions, the threat of homeopathy grows ever larger.

A couple of weeks ago, I saw Just One Drop, Laurel Chiten’s new movie about homeopathy, at the Mill Valley Film Festival. I recommend that you visit the web site and check it out for yourself. Another filmmaker friend pointed out to me recently that the Mill Valley Film Festival is considered to be extremely prestigious. So the fact that they embraced Laurel’s film wholeheartedly (indeed, a film festival official spoke of his enthusiastic support to me personally) says a lot about both the movie and, perhaps, the future of homeopathy itself.

As I mentioned in my previous newsletter, I have been supporting Laurel’s valiant efforts to make this movie since the beginning, and I was thrilled to sit next to her at the film festival showing and have dinner with her afterward. Although Laurel interviewed and filmed many prominent homeopaths all over the world during the past eight years while she was developing Just One Drop, what eventually gelled the film for her was zeroing in on the ongoing controversy surrounding homeopathy — in particular, she ended up placing a special focus on the gross misconduct that apparently occurred during the development of a recent Australian study that dismissed homeopathy.

Of course, this kind of thing has happened before. For example, a third European meta-analysis of homeopathic studies that was negative, which was conducted after two previous positive meta-analyses, turned out to be plagued by fudging and subterfuge. In the case of the recent Australia study, a special effort seems to have been made to eliminate all positive studies of homeopathic efficacy from any consideration (even if they were extremely well-executed and highly regarded). Unfortunately, the world-wide media picked up and promulgated only the negative studies, while ignoring the positive ones. Personally, I believe this is due to the big money and influence that Big Pharma wields over almost all media.

While I might have enjoyed a greater focus on miracle cures in Laurel’s movie (though there were some), I was not the target audience of this film. Laurel’s goal wasn’t to play to homeopathy’s supporters, but rather, to provide a balanced expose’ to the general public. I think she largely succeeded. For example, my son Izaak, who lives in Australia and has many friends who dismiss homeopathy, felt that the film really has the potential to enable open-minded skeptics to open their minds just a little bit more.

Interestingly, another movie about homeopathy is also currently making the rounds — “Magic Pills”. This film focuses more on convincing case studies of homeopathic efficacy.

Support for homeopathy and alternative therapies in general has also recently emerged from some wealthy donors. In September, the University of California at Irvine (UCI) announced a huge contribution of $200 million from the Samueli family to create a new facility and program to study “integrative” medicine. Nary a moment had passed after the announcement of this gift when the most prominent quackbuster skeptics (among them Steven Novella, who also appeared in “Just One Drop”) pounced upon UCI with denouncements, with the mainstream press (e.g., the LA Times) quickly echoing them. In this case, it wasn’t homeopathy in particular that was decried but the fact that UCI would dare give quarter to any form of alternative treatment. You can read Dana Ullman’s insightful article about this event here.

It remains to be seen what happens after this backlash from the media. Although Susan Samueli is a big supporter of homeopathy and studied it herself, it’s possible that examination of homeopathy in particular will be excluded from UCI’s program. But it is quite interesting that at a time when many medical schools are making some effort at opening their doors to complementary and alternative modalities, even just a crack, the Samueli’s gift was met with such intense opposition. Once again, I sniff Big Pharma at work — a sign that they are more threatened than ever!

Yes, these are interesting times. But I have no doubt that homeopathy will continue to survive as it always has. The question is whether homeopathy will grow (with its power potentially becoming usurped by the medical complex), or it continues along its merry way as a small, persecuted therapy for those who know about and appreciate true healing.

 

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How to Make Happiness a Habit

Most of us spend the majority of our time in an emotional state of mind that my teacher, Gary Sherman, calls our “baseline state.” Usually, this habitual way of being is established in childhood, often as a reaction to the underlying tone of our family home or, perhaps, various childhood traumas.

The trouble is, our baseline state is so habitual, so “normal” for us, that we don’t even realize or feel what it is. But you might be able to identify it by getting quiet and tuning in — perhaps to physical tensions in your body. Your baseline state may also reveal itself in habitual thought patterns. Another way to discover your baseline state is to first tune in and then draw a little face caricature of your emotions. Or, imagine that you’re looking into the window of your childhood home and see yourself — what was your state?

For me, I tend to be in a constant, subtle state of free-floating anxiety. There is always a sense that I have to be on alert in case something bad happens suddenly. I believe this state arose from my father’s tendency to have quick and unpredictable bursts of anger, as well as several sudden deaths in my extended family that occurred during my childhood.

Certainly, recognizing one’s baseline state can be eye-opening in and of itself. But what I’d like to talk about today is our innate ability to establish new emotional habits. Lately, I’ve been reading a book called Life On Earth. The author, Mike Dooley, asserts that the underlying goal of our life here on Earth is to be happy. Yes, we might want wealth, love, or success — but it’s because we believe that these things will make us happy.

The truth is, however, that you can be happy at any moment, no matter what is happening. We all have the innate ability to shift our emotional state intentionally, if only for a few seconds. So why not try to create a new habit of shifting your state into happiness, at least for a few brief moments? It’s easier than you think.

How to establish a new habit? One way I’ve discovered is to link the desired habit to an existing routine. For example, over the course of each day, I have to do a series of six exercises for my weak ankle, each taking from 1-4 minutes to perform. I remember to do them by linking each exercise to one of my daily routines — making my hot cereal in the morning, boiling water for coffee, etc. I’ve done this for over a year now, and now whenever I boil the water for my coffee, I automatically do the associated exercise. It’s a habit.

Last week, while meditating, I received an inspiration to try and make happiness a habit. I then engaged in a happiness experiment. I decided to link “happiness” to a routine I do every 2-4 hours — going to the toilet. Each time I do so, I now take approximately 30 seconds to be happy. First I settle using the technique described in Active Consciousness — “Feet. Seat. Back.” That is, I get into the Now by sensing my feet, seat, and back. When I feel settled, I close my eyes and put a smile on my face. Almost immediately I feel a sense of peace and joy within me — indeed, a connection to my inner self. Another thing that can help is imagining something that brings joy — for example, a child or pet. Gratitude also can appear. That’s it!

I’m happy to report that my experiment was a success. I noticed that after “forcing” myself to do this for two or three days, my little happiness shift had become a habit. Now, every time I sit on the toilet, I sense that it’s time to get happy. I don’t need to remind myself. I haven’t yet determined what the net effect will be on my life, but it certainly can’t hurt to be happy for a few moments several times a day!

Do you think you could devote 30 seconds a few times a day to happiness? Try it out. It will only take a total of less than five minutes out of your busy day. Make happiness a habit!

 

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Coincidence, Con, or Kismet?

I thought my general audience would enjoy this recent article from the Ask Amy blog about the synchronicities that can occur when we make an important love connection.

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“Just One Drop” Is Here!

For many years, the Impossible Cure Newsletter has talked about a movie-in-the-making about homeopathy — “Just One Drop.” Laurel Chiten, the award-winning filmmaker of “Just One Drop”, has poured her heart and soul into this project for over 10 years.

Well, the time is now! The film has been premiering world-wide for months now, to rave reviews, and showings are now being scheduled in the USA too. My son Izaak attended the sold-out premiere in Sydney, Australia in July and said it really was great! He felt that it could change people’s minds about homeopathy and convince them to give it a fair go. I myself will be attending a showing at the Marin Film Festival in October.

Please support this excellent movie and make your plans today to attend a showing — or sponsor one in your city. Get your tickets today!

 

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