Life is not an accident. It may sound cliché, but “everything DOES happen for a reason.” I believe this to be true, and I see that our reason or purpose for existence is to learn.
Since I was a young child, I have always loved to learn new things. An excitement would flood my being and my eyes would glow with curiosity. Although the desire to learn was in my heart and intentions, a pattern soon arrived. I would begin a swimming lesson, and soon after quit. I would attend a tumbling class or two, then quit. Same goes for piano, guitar, soccer, basketball, volleyball, diving, dance… the list goes on! Was it the lack of desire for each of these growth-filled and fun sports? I have a trusted feeling that it was not.
A similar pattern was seen in my formal education. I would express curiosity and a joy of learning with most every subject taught in school, yet would easily lose interest and would move my attention into my imagination. This pattern resulted in low test scores, poor grades, and even led to the concerns of my teachers and my parents — that I may have had ADHD. Although my parents were aware of this concern, I was not made aware of this until my senior year of college.
While earning my bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, this lack of concentration pervaded most of my experiences, whether in class, extra curricular activities, group projects, or social interactions. Some of the byproducts of this lack of concentration resulted in low self-esteem, insecurities, over-thinking, and a doubt of my abilities.
I had a few friends who had prescriptions for Adderall, a combination medication that is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. I eventually began taking doses of this medication to keep my attention focused while completing assignments for school. In the beginning, I loved the feeling of being able to concentrate and study material for 5 to 6 hours at a time. Yet, in addition to the laser-focused attention came little to no appetite, poor sleep patterns, sometimes sleepless nights, heightened emotions, and physical shaking within my body. I knew that this could not be healthy for my natural flow and energy within my mind and body, but I felt desperate.
Every spring, the University hosts a health fair, inviting all kinds of healing, from traditional, to holistic, to pure well-being. I was led to a table where a woman stood, representing the School of Metaphysics and interpreting dreams. I was intrigued by this woman’s love for dreams, so I gave her my contact information and walked away. Little did I know that this moment would forge a whole new vision for myself at a later date.
It was approaching the end of summer, and I received an unexpected call; it was a woman inviting me to a new class in Applied Metaphysics at the School of Metaphysics. I said yes and told her that I would be there. Not knowing a thing about metaphysics — or even what the word meant — I still felt an urge to go to this class.
At the first night of class, all of the students were told that if we remained disciplined and consistent with the practices taught in the course of study, we could expect an expansion of our awareness, deeper relationships, greater self understanding, improved grades, and an improved image of self. Although I knew very little of what I was getting myself into, I continued to come to class every week, week after week.
We received teachings and exercises intended to aid us in our ability to concentrate that we were asked to practice everyday. I noticed improvement within my grades, I noticed improvement within my ability to communicate with my friends and peers, and I saw myself changing for the better. The simple skill of concentration not only aided me in earning better grades for myself, it also enhanced my ability to direct my attention where I wanted to.
Through the practice and application of concentration on anything we desire, we build a discipline within the mind. It is the practice of concentration that has aided me to still my thoughts to receive guidance from my inner self, to relax the body at will, to perceive the need in my experiences, and — most of all– to understand the purpose of my existence. With constant practice of concentration exercises, breathing techniques, and stilling of the thoughts, anyone can build a greater knowledge of who they are and why they are here. This experience in the world is here for us to learn who we are, how we are creating, and to experience the joy and bliss of an awakened consciousness.
Concentration is a powerful tool in gaining self-awareness and achieving goals for yourself. Through the use of concentration, all of our attention can be directed to a single point. If we lack the ability to concentrate, we allow our mind to wander aimlessly. As we learn to concentrate, we learn to direct our thoughts to a state of well-being. Our thoughts influence our well-being and health. The more directed our thoughts are toward health, healing, and wholeness, the more those aspects in our life will be enhanced. This is true for most anything in our experiences. What we give our attention to grows. The more attention we give to the plants in our garden or house, the more the plants thrive and grow. This is the same for our quality of thoughts. When we give attention to our goals and desired way of living with deep concentration, our desires manifest, and we can know and understand the power held within our mind.
An exercise in concentration on a daily basis can change your life. Here is a practice that you can endeavor if you choose:
1. Sit relaxed in a straight back chair. Taking deep breaths will help you to relax and release tension held in the body.
2. Hold a pencil to eye level and about 10 inches away from the face. Placing a pillow underneath the arm may be helpful.
3. Gaze at the sharpened tip of the pencil for 10 minutes. A gaze is gentle and relaxed. Your eyes may cross, and that is natural. Intensely staring at the pencil tip may cause some strain in the eyes, so just softly gaze.
4. Your physical eyes as well as your mental attention should be given to the tip of the pencil. Anytime you notice your thoughts drifting to anything outside of the present moment of you and the pencil, guide yourself back to your point of focus. Every time you bring your attention back, you are building self-direction.
5. Practice this everyday for 10 weeks, 10 minutes a day and you will notice a shift in your consciousness.
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Dear angels, God, ascended masters, Entities of Light, saints, Mother Earth . . . and any and all beings for the good of all concerned, thank you for another day and for being a part of it.
I am relieved to be leaving 2017 behind. It was a good year, but a challenging one. It was a year of facing some “demons” (some that I am still facing) and closing some doors, and I am ready to start fresh.
The highlight of my year was the intuitive reports I received (prosperity report, health analysis, and past life crossing with Brian), and my walk on the Camino this past summer. They reawakened the traveler/adventurer within and helped me re-connect with my true self.
2+0+1+8= 11. It is a master number, and in particular it is my numerological number, so I anticipate feeling at ease this year. I ended the year with a bang, co-hosting the workshop “New Year, New You 2017” in a packed room, and I’m starting off the year with a bang, marrying my partner Brian of 10 years in my original dream location in California.
In the spirit of the workshop, I’d like to reflect back on what I’m leaving behind in 2017, and what I bring/add to the new year.
- 3 jobs: closing down Early Education Enrichment, ending hours at the FranCenter, and leaving Prolympian
- 4 organizations: Coopvertising Network, BNI, completing training at the Life Mastery Institute, and finishing up the year with the World of Wealth Mastermind
- an “engaged” relationship status
- some credit card debt
- many e-mail subscriptions
Bringing In/With Me:
- new relationship status: married!
- reviving the study of a healing practice
- reading the Akasha
- continued work with “A Moment in Life”, Facebook Videos, and Youtube Videos
- coaching/workshopping, tutoring, and working at the Kirk Center
- plans for mini-vaca’s with Brian and the pets
- a renewed meditation practice, and weekly “Autofonix” listening, wealth script affirmations, re-visiting my vision, and journaling
- daily walks/Zumba dancing
- homemade meals
- date night
- becoming trilingual with Esperanto
- paying off credit cards
- reinventing “Joyedian”!
- memories of travels: San Diego, Las Vegas, the Camino (Spain and France), Atlanta, and Cleveland.
Though some challenges follow me into 2018, I welcome them for the lessons they bring me, and I am grateful for the support of others who also embark on journeys of growth as they strive for lives of their dreams.
What do you bring with you into 2018? Much love and many blessings. ❤
I’ve been wandering a bit, looking for a direction for this blog. I think I’ve found it. I’m a Lightworker and Adventurer, and here is my journey. I hope you may find some benefit for you.
Adventuring: The Kumano Kodo (Japan)
Last Fall I was inspired by the documentary: Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago to walk the Camino de Santiago, 500 miles through northern Spain. I got a few minor and major kicks from the universe to get going on that journey, sooner rather than later, so in spring of 2017 I set the date and gave myself 2 months to prepare. I left for St. Jean Pied de Porte, France on July 26th and embarked on my 31-day journey.
When you are working on a dream, you must have one ready in the wings, and I received my next inspiration while still walking the Camino. Some travelers spoke of another long walk — the Kumano Kodo — in Japan, also ancient, also spiritual, and 750 miles. I was hooked. Some weeks after completing the Camino in Spain, I declared my intention to walk the Kumano Kodo. I set the date for the summer of 2019.
While driving to a Mastermind Retreat this past Friday I reflected on my goals and fixed on the Kumano Kodo. I thought about the Camino and the manifestation process I’d experienced. Yes, I had gone, I had made it until the end, and it had been a fantastic trip — and yet it set me back a bit in my finances. And the Camino is a fairly economical walk. From the research I’d done so far on the Kumano Kodo, the expenses would be higher this time, and this time I would not be walking solo — my fiancee was determined to join me on this trip.
So, I decided it’s time to push myself to the next level on this one. New goal: going sponsored on the Kumano Kodo, including: travel to-and-from Japan for me and my fiancee, food and accommodations, updated hiking equipment, possible pet care expenses back at home, expenses for documentation of the journey, and work stipends.
My next thought is that I might approach Japan. I read an article that the Japanese reached out to Spain to learn more about the Camino, wanting Japan’s Kumano Kodo to experience the same popularity. I could help market for them by documenting my journey!
My next thoughts were:
- I know 2 people from Japan.
- I’m reading Tools of the Titans by Tim Ferriss, and I just got to the section entitled: “Hacking Kickstarter.” I could copy those pages and start from there.
And that’s as far as I’ve gotten so far. . . If you have any other ideas, please share the love! But before I go, I also have some news in the Lightworker arena.
Lightworking: A Little “Healing Touch”
I was inspired over the past few weeks to pick up my Healing Touch manual again. I was certified in Level 1 Healing Touch a few years ago. A therapist at work just received Level 3 certification in Healing Touch, and I received a wonderful healing from her. And just this past week I received a sound healing/Reiki/massage that was also just what I’d needed.
I’ve been certified in Level 1 Reiki and Level 1 Healing Touch, and I’ve attended the Hands of Light weekend workshop. I’ve also been told in multiple intuitive reports that I have the “healing touch”, and that it would be beneficial to use it. It finally feels like it’s time.
Saturday I practiced the Self-Chakra Clearing and felt a difference. I then practiced the Chakra healing on two family members who also felt a difference. (My goal is to do the clearing on myself every day and to do it for others at least once a week and possibly my pets.) I’ve also been reading The Healing Energy of Your Hands by Michael Bradford and am really enjoying it (half-way done).
I feel I have more direction now. I am a lightworker and adventurer: manifesting adventures, spreading the word of self as creator, and embracing my abilities as a healer. I thank the Great Spirit, angels and all entities of light for their continued guidance, love, and protection. And thank you for another day.
Much love and many blessings. ❤
If you ever have a chance to sit in on an intuitive report session, I highly recommend it. This past weekend I was thrilled to be able to visit the School of Metaphysics in Palatine, Illinois to witness 2 live intuitive report sessions and hear multiple reports. The first session of reports was exactly what I needed — chockfull of insights that I needed to hear. The second set had some pleasant gifts and surprises.
Intuitive reports come from the Akashic records, basically an inner level (of the mind) library that has records of anything ever thought, said, or done. Some, like Edgar Cayce, have delved into the records alone. Those in the School of Metaphysics train as partners. The “conductor” guides the “reporter” into the deeper levels of mind and asks the important questions. The “reporter” then serves as a conduit for the information to be spoken through.
What follows is the notes I took from Saturday’s session, for those things that interested me or resonated with me. It is a mish-mosh of ideas from past life reports and past life crossing reports (reports of a relevant previous lifetime shared by the same two people). See if anything strikes you. If you would like me to expound on any, please comment below (or message me), and I can go deeper:
- Meditate on the cycles of nature.
- Connection with nature and connection with others.
- We are not in a race; we have everything we need where we are NOW. It is a deepening we must do, not a going outside oneself.
- Stream of consciousness writing until getting to what one loves. — Forming new identity.
- Trust that the answers are within.
- Express self and understand situations this one was in.
- Being true to the inner nature.
- I am. . . statements.
- This one may see this as a “persona” at first, but it is her true nature.
- Meditate on “What is my true nature?”
- “Emergence of the butterfly.”
- Purity of thought and action — works of Confucius; Start with Confucius and expand further.
- QUITE the mind.
- Scattering of attention to find answers = not productive
- FOCUS — Resonate with high vibration.
- Bodhisattva in the past!
- Talks, workshops, teaching, writing.
- Do not “get ahead of the self”
- Grounded, authentic, true = concentration and settling and deepening
- be aware/wary of tendency to scatter self in ideas
- Make a commitment to spiritual growth.
- Entrainment with highest good
- If attention scattering and emotions high = be wary, it’s distraction
- If feeling less than, not as far along as would like to be = look in the mirror; look past the mind and the physical into the mind and heart
- Connect with the heart, live from the heart.
- In the heart there is no greater or lesser, only giving, loving, and receiving.
- Connect to what is within.
- PROJECT giving, loving, receiving. (Beneficial to others always.)
- Focus on the heart for intuition — it will come forward on its own.
- Wanting the best for the other helps the self grow; grow on its own and bring together; develop self to greater degree; excel separately to bring back to the relationship.
- Expansiveness through sharing of perspectives.
- Exploration creates the doorway to open one’s own nature, advancement, growth, fulfillment, expansion.
- The desire to understand is a strength.
- Atlantean report! — In Egypt in “The Temple Beautiful” — sound, voice, physical movement, string and wind instruments — 4th cycle of Atlantis
- This one has the power to shift.
- Meditate and concentrate on compassion — Kuan Yin stories.
- Focus on “Highest Thoughts” — Highest view of humanity
- Responsibility for choices made = Karma
- Friendly competition, only.
- Truly love and care for well-being of others == way to open heart.
- Greatest Needs — What are people asking for? What this one does affects others. Be a force for good for others.
- Focus on self-understanding and understanding the other.
- Based upon well-being of one for the other.
- Give to the relationship, to the well-being of both; this will build the relationship this one desires.
- Expectations detract from true love.
- Want to understand the other; openness to receive the other
- Power = Cooperates, Builds, and Evolves
- Enlivens, strengthens, look to those who fought for peace or justice: Gandhi, MLK, Mandela
Much love and many blessings. ❤
I wonder how often I have precognitive dreams. I have not yet been able to fully understand the ones I’ve had so far. One or two were blatantly precognitive. For some took me a while to make the connection. None of them have been exact replicas of the future, which makes them harder to recognize. They are often symbolic, like my other dreams — but instead of replaying scenes from my past, they show me possible scenes from my future.
This morning I dreamt of one of the patients at the healing center where I work as an office assistant. In “real life”, his family had grown up knowing my family, and we reminisced and connected the last time I saw him.
This morning I vaguely remembered having a dream about him. I believe he was at the center, and I knew in the dream that he had scarring and was receiving healing/treatment for serious damage done to his body after delivering his baby.
It didn’t even occur to me until a couple of hours ago that I had SEEN HIM today in real life!
I’m not sure what to make of this dream yet. If I take it a part and look at symbols and themes, what strikes me first is the symbols of “baby” and “birthing”, and also the damage done to the body. Birthing the “idea”, damaged the one birthing it. What also strikes me is what should strike anyone — a male gave birth to a baby! In the School of Metaphysics we speak of the opposite sex in dreams as the inner , subconscious aspects of Self. Whatever this idea or concept is . . . it’s seems to be something to be cautious about. I feel it is saying something about not sacrificing or damaging the body or the Self, the vessel, in pursuit of goals/dreams.
Much love and many blessings. ❤
I’m remembering my dreams again! Let’s run with it!
I dreamt I was participating in a murder mystery dinner play — except maybe no murder, and there were two of us to dinner. I was playing the roll of the hostess, inviting a gentleman to dinner. I remember asking the butler what his name was and trying to remember it. Then I was thinking about what my name should be and settled on “Teresa”, though I didn’t really like the name for it. At one point there were a group of mostly men huddled around by the couch talking about someone who had gone missing, but I think they waved me away to get focused on my guest. I remember my guest arriving, but I don’t remember much about him. A little later I ended up back in an attic-y looking side dressing room. People were changing into Halloween costumes, and I debated whether I should as well. I remember there being some antique-ish crafts in the room, one a house, and I believe it was falling apart a bit. I remember passing a mirror and looking at what I was wearing, a bit disappointed. It didn’t seem very fancy (more hippy-like, as I look back on it.) It was a single-toned tank, maybe pink or salmon, and a long sherbety, matching floor length skirt and puffy skirt.
There was another dream, but all I can remember is that there was some kind of talk/presentation with a prominent woman leading it. There were many folding chairs in the audience, and one of the women in the audience was looking to connect with the leader afterwards.
The first dream draws my attention. What strikes me most about the first dream is the imaginative quality of it. It’s not real. We were playing at the whole dinner. This may be related to a few things: having a movie on right before bed (Brian was watching part of Fellowship of the Ring), my recognition that my perceptions are sometimes projections from my own head (not reality), and/or my continued effort to activate my imagination when creating vision in my life.
What also stick out to me are the changing of my identity (name) and the focus on dress and costume. In the School of Metaphysics, dress was recognized as a symbol of an outward expression of self. In this dream I was playing at a new identity and a new self-expression — and I wasn’t really satisfied with either choice! This makes sense, as I am seeking to identify the ideal image of my future profession and have also been working on expressing myself more (and now expressing myself more clearly.)
Happy dreaming! Much love and many blessings. ❤
If you happen to have caught me on Facebook: “Teri Karl Joy”, I promised to share about some interesting dreams I’d had this week. I’ve been blessed to remember a lot of my dreams this week, but I’m PARTICULARLY excited about the spiritual dreams I had (even one just today!)
I dreamt I was at my parents’ house. A cat had gotten in, a white and orange one (female). I was annoyed at this and shooed it back out the balcony door. Then I remember being below on the porch and seeing a black and white male cat looking forlorn. Then he saw the female cat emerge and was happy again. They actually sat, hugging each other.
Also today, something about a guy or two who were guides for me somehow. (like tour guides). I remember sleeping next to one (not sexual).
ALSO, I was at some kind of event, maybe a workshop. There were a few people that I was acquainted with, and I gave them a quick hug, but then I recognized Mary Morrissey (one of my mentors) in the group. When I got to her, I have her a big, long, real hug. She told me that there was a secret to the universe in each of the slides (Powerpoint Presentation), but it would only last a second.
I believe today was also the night I dreamt that there had been severe flooding, and I’d driven my car into the water, and it had gotten stuck. (I’d lost it.)
EARLIER THIS WEEK
I dreamt I was high up, mountain climbing. I suddenly realized what I was doing, where I was, and I became a little terrified. I was a little careless and knocked down a bolder. My dad was some lengths below me, and didn’t get hit by it (but I was struck upon reflecting later how careless I’d been about it.)
There was a tarantula following me around everywhere. I was in the dining/living area of my parents’ house. I wasn’t frightened, just mainly annoyed. At some point I immobilized it (maybe even killed it), but I don’t remember doing it. It may have had something to do with the legs.
And THEN I dreamt I was leaving a space because there was a stampede of animals coming behind us. I had scooped up these two small animals that had legs that were limp like rag dolls. I entered this area where people were all sitting around, in a circular formation, and something came out toward us. At first I thought maybe it was a unicorn or something, but it ended up being a person, a young man. He looked like he was high school level, and I think he had very curly hair. I think he was singing a song from Godspell. He was singing “All Good Things Around Us”. So, I started singing with him in harmony, because I was in Godspell in high school, and I knew the song. I told him this. He was excited about it.
Immediately following was another dream where I was in a setting like a university library. There were 2 women, an older woman and a woman around my age. We were sitting at a table together, and they took out a card. The older woman asked me about what cards I use, like which type they were. It seemed like she was asking if they were for good energy or lower energy. And I said, “Well, they’re angel cards.” So, that seemed to satisfy her. And then she pointed out a card, and there was a person on the card, and she was motioning toward the ankle, the foot. She said something about “purpose” or something similar.
The card dream is the one I am most excited about. If “feet” are spiritual foundation, as I learned in the School of Metaphysics, the woman (a wise, mentor-type figure), is telling me to make my spiritual foundation my purpose. I have gotten this message multiple, multiple times from my angels. But, sometimes it’s good to hear it through other avenues!
Godspell also caught my attention. It is a musical based on the Gospel of Matthew in the Bible. Back in high school I bought a karaoke version of the Godspell CD so that I could practice the songs, and I still have it now on my iTunes. Over the weekend I decided to put my iTunes on shuffle while doing chores, and I heard 4 or 5 Godspell songs back-to-back. I figured maybe I had accidentally just shuffled the Godspell album, but then the very next song was not a Godspell song. (The angels know that I love coincidences!)
When I asked out loud “How can I build my spiritual foundation?”, the answer I received was “Be still.” A beautiful answer. And it also occurs to me as I’m typing this that a little Godspell karaoke might also be of some assistance. 😉
OTHER SYMBOLS OF NOTE FOR ME TO CONTINUE TO WATCH FOR: Animals, teenage-aged men, parent’s house. These could be related to old ways of thinking, patterns of thinking, and developing subconscious parts of myself.
I’m going to get back into dream interpretation. (But in the meantime I would like to share a few more “Camino” posts.) The plan is to start a weekly video on youtube. I will share the link in my next post about dreams. If you have any you’d like to share, please do.
Much love and many blessings. ❤