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 most excited today about taking a bath. I haven’t had a bath in years (YES showers, though, no worries!), and I forgot how wonderful they are. For years I gave away bubble bath gifts and packed away epsom salts, wishing I had a working bathtub. And then this year I thought — why not?? I HAVE a bathtub — how hard can it be to replace this faulty stopper? Well, apparently it is pretty darn hard actually, but thanks to my absolutely wonderful future father-in-law, I now once again can take baths. And I took one. And it was soooo wonderful. I seriously felt like a little 5-year-old again, playing in and soaking in the steamy water.
In other news — I’m bringing some things back. I’m slowly introducing myself as a “Joyedian” again. I was starting to miss it a bit, and a friend said: “Why don’t you just bring it back?” So, I thought, “Why not?” I’ve also started up a healing practice again. I performed some chakra clearings (from Healing Touch Level One) on my mom and sister over the weekend and posted on Facebook that I’m looking for others to serve. So far I haven’t gotten any bites, so I may start heal tackling my fiancee Brian for practice. (Kidding! Of course I need permission before any healing.) Well, let’s see. . .
“Brian, do I have permission to heal tackle you?”
“HEAL TACKLE ME? What is THAT?”
“I just tell you I’m going to heal you and heal you.”
“What you talking about ‘heal tackle me’? You can’t tackle me!”
“So, is that a no then?”
“Well, sure, why don’t you go ahead and try. We’ll see who really gets tackled.”
Ok well. . . maybe I’ll just stick with my mom and sister for now.
I’ve begun meditating again! And actually wanting to and enjoying it. This is huge for me. For the past few years most of my meditating was done for the School of Metaphysics so that I could check it off my exercise log for class. I was thinking about the exercise log this week and also thinking I should bring it back. But instead of pressuring myself to fill it out 100%, I would use it as more of a guide and observational tool. I would list various activities that could add to my spiritual practice for the day and keep track of which I use from day-to-day. I think I will start brainstorming on that today and report back tomorrow.
In still other news, I’ve been kind of dark lately. I’ve gotten caught up in my “story” and felt very, very stuck the last few months. Thankfully, I decided to go ahead with my original plan and last weekend I gifted myself an intuitive report for Christmas. My previous School of Metaphysics teachers (now married!) Golbahar and Brian performed it. I got a past life crossing with my fiancee Brian, and it was AMAZING! One of the parts that really stuck out for me was the advice that I need to believe in “miracles.” What was particularly neat is that I went back and listened to one of my recent coaching sessions with Lorilei, and I realized she also mentioned a focus on “miracles.” I almost cried!
My dreams have continued to be a little odd and interesting. In this morning’s dream I actually used the world “holographic”, but it was referring to being trapped in an alternate reality created by an apparently nefarious male in my dream. Alternate realities. Life is but a dream. Good stuff.
This is pretty long now, so I’ll end with the final suggestion from last week’s report: if you’re in a relationship, why not make a vision board of your life together? I LOVE collaging, but since Brian is not as big a fan, I told him I’d get the board set up, and we could add little-by-little as we go (see this pic for this blog entry). I took a huge cork board that he’d gotten from work and covered it in strips of white poster paper (for a less-distracting blank slate look). It’s now sitting in our bedroom, ready to be tacked with images!
What other dreams will be painted today? Much love and many blessings to you all! ❤
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 was traumatized by my dream this morning. It put me in a funk that completely threw off my morning routine. I actually talked with my sister about it before I posted it here because it involved her.
I dreamt that my sister was killed by a train. I saw her from above, out a 2-story window. She looked to be a little out of it and was walking along the tracks, sometimes on the tracks, then to the side and above the tracks, and back. I wanted to warn her, but I think I was afraid she wouldn’t hear me. A train came by and somehow missed her. But then another train came by, and after it passed I saw splattering on the track and knew she was dead.
I remember feeling completely devastated in the dream, that my life had might as well be over. I no longer wanted to live. I thought I had to tell my dad, and I remember going to talk to him. I asked him if he was sitting down for this (though I could see him in front of me), and then I told him. I figured he’d be very upset, but he seemed to take it in stride, even telling me that one of Brian’s aunts had predicted that my sister would be killed by a train!
I’ve often thought of my sister as my conscious mind. In the School of Metaphysics we say that our fiancee/husband is representative of our entire subconscious mind, so since my sister is the very closest female in my life, I’ve seen her as my entire conscious mind. Death = change. So, I believe my dream is telling me that my entire conscious mind is changing, and an organization (symbolized by the train) is affecting that change (perhaps the Coop or my DreamBuilder/Life Mastery training).
This makes sense to me. I’ve been making some major shifts, particularly in my relationship with a higher power and in spiritual writing. I’m also overcoming perfectionism and putting more attention on being positive. These are major changes. That a very religious/spiritual aspect of myself was the one who predicted this change makes a lot of sense.
Have you ever dreamt of the death of someone extremely close to you? Occasionally that is a precognitive dream, but often it symbolizes a major change happening within a part of yourself. What internal changes have you been making recently? (If there was a death in your dream, what would that signify for you right now?)
Much love and many blessings. ❤
The 2nd habit of Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is begin with the end in mind. I read this years ago, but today I finally made the metaphysical connection. The “end” that Covey speaks of is the same “what” that Mary Morrissey speaks of in her DreamBuilder and Morning Mentor programs. As Mary says, our inner mind understands pictures, and the more clearly we can image our goals, purposes, and ideals, the more the universe can bring together the “how”s to make our “what”s happen.
What does this mean? We get clear on what we want, what we really want. What are our dream? We see these dreams as clearly as if we are living those dreams today, as I’m learning in DreamBuilder. We step into those dreams. And then we shine the light of our attention on those dreams, just as I’ve been learning in the School of Metaphysics in the visualization lessons. (I love how everything I’ve been learning is coming together!) Meanwhile, we don’t worry about how it’s going to happen. We focus on clearly presenting what our dream is to the universe, so that our subconscious mind (inner mind) can do what it does best.
As we clarify our dream, we keep ourselves open and receptive to what the subconscious mind has brought for us. (It may come in unexpected ways!) I love the story of the man praying to be saved from the flood: As the waters began to rise, he prayed to be saved. A neighbor in a canoe came by, but he said “No thanks, God will save me.” Police came by in a motorboat, but again, he waved them on. Finally, the waters were so high that he was forced onto the roof, and a helicopter dropped down a rope. The man insisted that he was trusting in God and stayed put. So, the man drowned. When he got to heaven he questioned God about this, and God replied, “I gave you the canoe, the motorboat, and the helicopter!” We may have a goal or dream and put our attention on it and pray and pray and pray for it to happen, but if we don’t keep our mind open to the possibilities — the subconscious mind is full of infinitely amazing possibilities — we stay blindly stuck in our limitations and miss wonderful, fulfilling opportunities.
In today’s Morning Mentor, Mary encouraged her listeners to focus on 3 times in our lives when everything really came together for us. I’m going to list my 3 now, and I encourage you to do the same and then to reflect on this throughout the day:
- Studying abroad in Mexico. I could feel it. I knew I was going. I was scared; I didn’t know how all of the details were going to work out (and some I figured out after I got there!), but I knew I was going. I just knew it. And it was one of the best experiences of my life.
- Getting a 2nd dog. Brian planted the thought of getting a new dog in my head, and I ran with it. It was so firmly entrenched that I picked up “Leia” a few weeks later from the local animal control, and we all adore her. Though she was not the dog we’d originally imagined, and she turned out to be quite a handful, she fits in perfectly in our household.
- My fiancee Brian. A few months before Brian and I started dating I became entrenched in the idea that I was going to have an intimate relationship that year. I got what I’d wanted and more, a relationship that has lasted 7 years and that continues to blossom and grow.
What are your 3? (I would love it if you would share your stories in the comments below!) I wish you all wonder, blessings, and the fulfillment of your dreams.
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My mom, sister, and I love to watch Doreen Virtue. We’re very into angels and angel readings. Doreen says that October is a month of manifestation. I’m looking forward to this! I just got a phonecall about something on my 10 Most Wanted list and later found out my neighbor just today received a service that matched another item on my list. Could it be that things are starting to line up?
I realized that I am a part of 3 organizations that I believe in very much that all could use a boost in growth: Early Education Enrichment, the School of Metaphysics, and BNI. It’s kind of funny how pattern-like our lives can be! I keep feeling like I need to flip some switch. If I find it, all three will shoot off to the stars. But the switch is within me. Meanwhile, I continue to take consistent activity and expand my mind, peeling away limited thinking.
Speaking of thinking, I’ve been thinking about money a lot lately. It has a couple of slots on my 1o Most Wanted list. Things that I’m reading and messages I’m receiving from angels and Ascended Masters seem to be telling me not to worry about it, that my physical needs are taken care of. But, God helps those who help themselves, right? How do I have faith and also be responsible? I suppose I need to focus more on my life purpose and less on the actual counting up of funds. Align with the universe, and the universe aligns with you.
Have a wonderful rest of your weekend, everyone! Blessings. ❤
In the School of Metaphysics we study ourselves. I am quite a study! Recently I’ve become interested in my highs and lows. I laughingly attribute the duality to my Gemini moon, but I’m curious about it. How can I go so quickly from such a soaring high to such a deep low? I know that I have immense potential as a creator, and I would like to understand my ebbs and flows a little better, to ride the waves — instead of trying to tread water and then flailing in the extremes. I’m looking forward to receiving my Creative MInd report when I attend the Genius Code Spiritual Focus session next month in Windyville. I hope it shines more light on this. To be continued. . .
Do you experience something similar?
This song always brings me back to paradise:-) :
And of course this one . . .
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