“It’s remarkable just how many celebrities use hypnosis—how many CEOs and heads of production companies,” says Dr. Steve G. Jones, a hypnotherapist based in Savannah, Georgia, who charges $25,000 for two hour sessions with top executives, actors, directors and producers. “…It’s sort of a secret weapon for a lot of very successful, very wealthy people.”
If you are reading this you are on the new website. I have been at this for a while. Keeping up with the world wide web ever changing specifications is a learning experience. As a web developer I do so know what I am saying.
Or, meditate in the presence of someone trained to help you relax mind and body, to interact with your subconscious mind and assist you in changing habits. The hypnotherapist as an advocate for you, and as a means to learn how a deep meditative state feels.
Meditation is something that appears throughout this website. Simply because it is so important in integrating the whole of each person.
Meditation is taught throughout the world and is a tradition in most spiritual and religious traditions (a google search brought up 130,000,000 results. I have a page on this website that shares two meditation techniques. Link>
“Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day,” says study senior author Sara Lazar of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program and a Harvard Medical School instructor in psychology. “This study demonstrates that changes in brain structure may underlie some of these reported improvements and that people are not just feeling better because they are spending time relaxing.”
I went off to the swamp on the southeast side of the property. Sometimes I just need a little adventure. So I took the camera, camera bag and tripod and set off into the domain of the beaver and other creatures. When you don’t maintain a road for years it tends to almost disappear. That would describe the state of the road leading to my ultimate destination, a little pond up the hill aways.
It is rather mystical, the forest, it seems empty but animal trails are everywhere and so too were the bones of a devoured creature. The bones lay in the shape of a x or a cross, depending on your point of view.
Up at the pond my suspicions were confirmed, beavers. Beavers were clogging the drainage points. I cleared one by hand hoping it was the one I wanted. Alas, I cleared the overflow drain pipe. I wonder if the beavers had it repaired by breakfast. They are quite amazing. On one hand they are the best flood controls you can have. On the other hand they can raise the winter water table significantly near their projects.
Every life has its share of experiences, ever changing, ever emotional. For a while my mind has remembered a story I read about a woman in France who lived to be one hundred and twenty three years old. Now of course, people would ask her for her secret to this long and healthy life. And before telling you the secret, I must add, she smoked, she smoked for about one hundred and ten years.
Her secret was simple, and I paraphrase, if she could not do anything about something that is happening somewhere, she would not stress about it, she would stay calm. I believe her calm allowed her body to be in harmony, to flourish, for a body to flourish, there must be peace.
The rains have returned to Washington, you can’t help but notice. I hear it as a constant companion as I move through the house. It sounds different sitting in my office as it comes down on the skylight. Different in the bedroom where the sound of water moving through the drain pipe has center stage. Over by Janice’s office it is coming through different piping and splashing on the sidewalk, another different sound. In my music room it falls on the pavement and off of the deck onto the pavement, two unique sounds that merge into one. Living in Washington you learn to recognize the many varieties of rain. Today we had the deluge. It began with hail and rain coming down, coming down so fast no one goes out in it if they can avoid it. And a person might as well just sit still for a bit, as this kind of rain is rare, and doesn’t last long.
Living a life we learn to recognize the many varieties of experiences. We experience love. And we know that each love is unique while also seeming familiar.
I googled revelation because I have always thought of it as a good thing, a heavenly pronouncement. To my surprise it isn’t necessarily a good thing.
rev·e·la·tion 1. a surprising and previously unknown fact, especially one that is made known in a dramatic way.
(Surprise, you won a million dollars, or, surprise, the pictures you never wanted to get out are out)
2. the divine or supernatural disclosure to humans of something relating to human existence or the world. (You shall be blessed with abundance, or I’m warning you Noah, build an ark)
It is evident that there is no particular qualitative characteristic for the word revelation. Therefore, may all your revelations be blessings!
Suffering comes in so many shapes and sizes and we hear of it all the time. It is how others describe their dilemmas and how we listen. It builds a resonance. Should we avoid it? Good luck. How can we avoid one of the central experiences in all human life? I was reading recently someone saying that suffering is truly what refocuses us from the illusions back to the things that are important. The other day my wife, Janice, said: “I feel bad for everybody”. Everyone seems to be suffering in some way. As my parents aged I hear from my parents about the suffering of their peers. Now I am old enough to see it in my peers.
I once read that no suffering is greater than mental suffering. That is probably true. If we truly are composed of mind, a spiritual being inhabiting a physical body, the mind, thought is our core.
Suffering is perhaps best regarded as opportunity and comes to us to offer us possibilities of growth. To resolve suffering without change in outlook is to invite the same suffering back.
“Suffering is our best teacher because it hangs onto us and keeps us in its grip until we have learnt that particular lesson. Only then does suffering let go. If we haven’t learnt our lesson, we can be quite sure that the same lesson is going to come again, because life is nothing but an adult education class, If we don’t pass in any of the subjects, we just have to sit the examination again. Whatever lesson we have missed, we will get it again. That is why we find ourselves reacting to similar situations in similar ways many times.”
Ayya Khema, from Being Nobody, Going Nowhere
I marvel at the polarities on this planet. Everything has an opposite. I have long believed because of the opposites, everything has an antidote. All manifestations have an opposite that renders things into a neutrality. This is demonstrated throughout all of our three dimensional world.
In our current medical model we rely primarily on science, we treat the symptoms. If someone has cancer, success is determined through the elimination of symptoms. It is possible that removing symptoms can be a sign that the root cause of a problem may be resolved. Most often the temporary removal of symptoms is followed by new physical problems. In the distant past I learned that symptoms are the result of thinking, that mind is the creator. Without changing the root patterns of thought there is no real healing.
Arthritis, as an example, comes from a mental pattern of criticism of self and others. Changing that pattern to accepting and allowing others is necessary for healing to follow.
Of course, from a certain perspective, arthritis may serve a purpose not apparent to the conscious mind.
When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.
Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.