Soul Mates

I keep seeing an article on Yahoo News titled “I love my husband, but here’s why I want to cheat.”  This woman rambles about how her husband is her soul mate. The romantic way they met and how she can tell him anything, but then she goes into some nonsense about meeting someone else and becoming obsessed and finally blames it on avoiding true love??? Really???

I have so many issues with this it is almost laughable.  To begin with, I understand that no matter how amazing your relationship is or how open and honest you are with your partner, you can and do still appreciate the physical attractiveness of other people. I look at models, actresses, etc. and can see why men look at them. I once told William to go ahead and look at Faith Hill, I look at her, she is gorgeous. This does not mean I would accept William wanting to cheat with her. Looking does not mean even wanting to touch, or experience, or take home. Just the opposite, appreciate her beauty, but also appreciate mine and the fact I am right here with you through thick and thin, good and bad, better or worse and only touch, experience and make your home with me.

A soul mate is someone who is your best friend and your lover. Someone who accepts your positive and negative, has your best well being at heart, is interested in constantly knowing you, experiencing you through your good and bad and still wants to be only with you.  But here’s the kicker, if this person is truly your soul mate, then you accept their good and bad, are constantly interested in knowing them at their deepest level, having their best well being at heart and still only want to be with them.

Also, sex is not love. Love is messy, complicated, multilayered, often requires work, and is even sometimes stressful. Love also induces feelings of comfort, safety, familiarity, passion and romance. Love incorporates elements of friendship and carnality together into a recipe of rapture. Sex is an energy that bonds all these emotions, the good and not so good into a physical expression of the level of commitment required to maintain an enduring union ( i.e. making love or love making).

Sadly, I believe that not everyone finds their true soul mate. Many people find good relationships, even great relationships. They find happiness, and are comfortable. A soul mate is more, so much more. I honestly believe if you think about cheating, are interested in deceiving your partner, or are bored and dissatisfied but do not care enough about your relationship to work on it, then either this person is not your soul mate or you are not emotionally healthy enough (healed from past traumas) or simply still too immature to be with a soul mate.

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Lone Wolf

Do you feel alone, like no one understands, rejected by family and friends, and as if there is no one else in the world like you? Have you felt this way for so long that you no longer share feelings, ideas, and dreams with others, much less the deeper more private beliefs? Take a deep breath because you are not alone. Many others feel this way, including myself.

I read an article recently quoting a Lakota elder who was expressing his dismay that so many of his people were selling feathers and sacred ceremonies to non-native peoples. But I garnered a deeper meaning from his words. In the article he suggested that while he understands that people are just looking for a connection, common ground or way to share spiritual experiences, he feels everyone should find their individual roots and ancestry for that connection and common ground.

I agree, but only to a point. I personally am half Irish, one-fourth Scottish and one-fourth German. My maternal grandparents remembered and honored the old Celtic ways, but the rest of my family did not (including my mother-their daughter). I was born with that deep, other-worldly knowing, but because my entire family had been in America for so long and so rigidly influenced by the Puritan Christian ways, the only person who didn’t make fun of me or think I was crazy was my maternal grandfather. I have searched my whole life for others who would even consider what I felt and believed might be true and real. Sadly, I have only found a very few and all but two have been so profoundly influenced by some formal organized group that they thought my beliefs were wrong because I didn’t follow their prescribed rituals, readings and ways of living in general.

The old Celtic/Druid ways are very similar to Native American ways. There are obvious differences in names of spirits, Gods, Goddesses and ceremonies; but the deeper meanings and desired outcomes are much alike. However, Natives really don’t trust Anglo-saxons. Honestly, I don’t blame them, the mistrust they have is earned and is deserved. Then there is the issue that most Celtic/Druid ways have been invaded and polluted with Christian undertones or is believed to be witch craft.And before you hang me or burn me at the stake, I have deep Christian ties, I believe in witch craft and know the two are not mutually exclusive.

So, this leaves me as a Lone Wolf. My personal spirituality is eclectic and includes spiritual longings from many belief systems and practices. Over the course of my life I have developed the gut instinct that no one way is the only way, that all spiritual practices have much truth. I also have learned the hard way that many religions are structured to hold souls hostage through guilt and fear. Or they are social clubs who pull you in with the promise of moral support and gatherings of like minded people.

Sometimes this is lonely, but at the end of the day, I can look myself in the mirror, I can be honest with all the Spirits I pray to, including the Great Spirit of all. When I commune with the spirits, I have no problem admitting to my faults or being open when I am thinking or feeling anything that would be considered by most as ‘not spiritual’. I know I don’t have everything figured out, yet, I also know when I cross over, everything will be explained to me without any insults or condemnation. I have made peace with the Spirits, my soul is content.

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Ghosts

Ghosts are nothing but energy. Do they have the ability to manipulate solid objects? Some yes, most no. Their energy is real and can be registered with the right equipment. Sometimes you will catch spirit orbs or even full images in a video or photograph. Usually these are harmless specters just passing through. There are times when a spirit will repeat the same action for reasons known only to them. Again this is harmless and people are frightened only because they don’t understand.

In areas where deeply traumatizing events occurred, the spirits involved will stay, possibly so we the living do not forget the sacrifice made by them and many others on that site (Wounded Knee, Trail of Tears, Gettysburg). My feeling is to leave them alone, and acknowledge their presence is keeping the area sacred. Sometimes energy from past events which occurred in a specific place lingers or echos over and over which manifests as ghosts but is only emotional energy that stuck and has changed the electromagnetic field of that area.

Do loved ones who have crossed over ever visit? Mine have. Not often, but yes, I have seen them, heard, them, felt them, or known they were sending a message. If this happens to you, don’t take it as a warning of doom. You are connected to people through energy circuits. Just because they have crossed over doesn’t mean the spiritual connection is broken. And, I believe that we continue to learn, evolve and resolve karma after we cross over, so if you didn’t have the best relationship with a relative, don’t worry about their spirit energy. It is very possible they have come to apologize, make amends or put right some unresolved issue with you.  If you had a good relationship with them, why would they not stop by from time to time just to check in and say Hi?

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Positivity

I started to name this post, negativity, but then I realized I was stooping to the level I was trying to rise above. I was trolling facebook this morning and all I could find was, sadness, brutality, chaos, fear, well, negativity. What really gets me about many of these posts is they are posted by people saying they do not want negative posts on their page. So, I have to ask myself, do we really know the difference between negative and positive?

Before I expound, let me admit there are times I am as guilty as everyone else. This is one of my faults I am working very hard to correct. Prayer is a biggie for me. Many spiritual practices teach to ‘pray’ about the illness, injury, fear, circumstance, etc. But when you pray about what you want to change, you are actually giving power to it. Then the question becomes how to pray positive. Well, for example, you have a cold. Instead of beseeching the spirits to heal your cold; instead, beseech them for health. Tell the spirits how happy and grateful you are when you are healthy and happy. Or say you have an unexpected expense pop-up and insufficient funds to cover it. Tell the spirits how grateful and free you are when all your bills are paid and there is still money left over. Sadness, depression, or hopelessness are hard because you need the opposite of these to seek the positive needed to change the other circumstances. Tell the spirits how comforting it is when you see beauty in the world around you. Or how consoling it is when nature balances your energies and you are at peace.

I know as well as anyone how easy it is to fall into the negative traps and focus from the opposite angle of where we want to be. So, this is my first remake of myself. Focus from the positive. Happy Sunday.

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Spirit Guides

We have all heard the miraculous stories of people helped or even saved by total strangers who then suddenly vanish. We have heard of the gravely ill who are visited by apparitions and then make amazing recoveries which defy medical science. I have read of children lost in the woods for hours, even days but were kept warm by an animal or led back home by ‘people’ no one else could see.These are extreme examples, but I believe are very true.

So what about every day struggles, just life in general. Have you ever been sad even depressed then as you are walking through a store a stranger’s child suddenly smiles, even giggles and acts like they recognize you? You have just been touched by the spirits. Ever have a bad day, your blood pressure is up, you are shaky and feel like you want to run? Then an animal comes up to you, you pet it, maybe give it a bite of something you have and suddenly your blood pressure goes down and for just a minute you forget how upset you were moments ago. You have just been touched by the spirits.

The definition of a spirit guide is based largely on the culture in which you were raised. But the spirits don’t care about your culture.  They will find you no matter what you believe and they will impart their wisdom, guidance, healing and protection whether you recognize it or not.

Spirits come in many forms. I personally have seen angels with my physical eyes. I have heard with my physical ears the prayers and guidance of spirits I could not see. I have been blessed with a comforting encounter by various animals and I have been reminded of my ability to share my spirit with birds, plants, trees, even insects and reptiles. Never take for granted any encounter when it comes from the spirits. They come in endless forms for endless reasons. Just know when they have your attention, when they cross your path, when you get that ‘feeling'; they are providing just what you need.

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Dreams

The brain is a complicated organ. There are multiple lobes which govern different aspects of our physical body, our mental capabilities and our emotional processes. There is a conscious process and a subconscious process within these different lobes. Basic physiology says that we have conscious control over most everything, but that the subconscious kicks in to maintain control over heart beats, breathing, cell regeneration, digestion and multiple other physical functions. Obviously both the conscious and subconscious are very busy with multiple, often overlapping responsibilities.

Medical science also believes that dreaming is a function of the subconscious brain. They have come to this conclusion based on tests performed on sleeping subjects. They monitor physical reactions during sleep when the subject is dreaming. But does this really tell us where the dreams are coming from or what actual process creates the dreams?

If I am watching television and see a commercial with an adorable child doing something funny, my brain waves probably change, but does the emotion I feel originate in my brain, or come from my heart, a physiological process in a different part of the body? Did the brain process the information, send a message to the heart saying, oh, look a cute kid and you love kids, squeeze the heart muscle to evoke an emotional response? Or, did the heart squeeze and evoke the emotional response and then the brain go, oh, I need to pay attention, the heart is feeling something sweet and gooey? Based on this question, I ask, are dreams a brain process or possibly a more spiritual process?

I don’t really have the answer to this question. I’m hypothesizing here based on meditation and experience. I believe dreams are a very spiritual process. When we’re conscious we operate in what we perceive as reality. There are multiple theories that we create our reality based on our thoughts. When we are subconscious (the physical body is asleep) we perceive a different reality. I can recall the same memory consciously or subconsciously (awake or asleep). I have solved problems in a sleep state (we’ve all heard, sleep on a problem for the answer). I’ve been meditating (a different thought process) and had resolutions come to me. And I’ve been fully awake when suddenly the answer was right there.

The energy we are exists with or without the physical body. Energy can be neither created nor destroyed. It can change form, but continues to be. Our energy current is measurable but has never been determined to be physical. It is assumed physical because it is being measured in the physical body by physical equipment. But if we put water in a container, the water doesn’t become the container, yet we can still measure the amount of water and it is still water if you pour it out.

My point is this, we are spiritual energy beings in a physical body. No matter what your personal spiritual beliefs are, you have an energy connection to a bigger energy source, separate and distinct from the physical body. When conscious, most of us are not focusing on this energy connection (making it a subconscious function?) yet the connection exists. My opinion is that dreams are part of the spiritual, energy we are and which we are connected to. Which then leads to the possibility that we are able to control the subconscious reality also. Perhaps dreams are the spiritual aspect of ourselves or that which we are connected to exposing other probable courses of existence for us and other possible realities available to us. A reality we create, a reality where we manipulate laws of existence and are able to manifest desires. Or a connection to an infinite library of information for use by our spiritual selves.

This is where I go spiritually when I interpret dreams for myself or others. I connect to an energy wisdom outside my physical body to divine the meaning of the subconscious information. No dream symbol is one size fits all. Each is unique to the individual, their past, their beliefs and their current circumstances.

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Paranormal and Supernatural

Any form of paranormal or supernatural information is a sixth sense or seventh or eighth, I do not know if there is an end to the levels of knowing a truly gifted person can reach. It is information divined with an energy connection separate from the five physical senses. A connection made to a higher self, angels, spirit guides, even The Great Spirit (God, Goddess, whatever name you are comfortable with). This information is an insight to possible outcomes or resolutions for circumstances, problems, fears or illnesses. The outcome is not cast in stone, if it is coming from a truly gifted individual, the information will offer multiple avenues for solving the issue(s) or reaching a desired outcome.

Astrology is reading the placement of stars and planets, and there is validity in how this affects your individual energy. The moon controls the tides here on earth, how can this not affect the fluid in our individual bodies. Likewise, stars and planets constantly moving affect the gravity and energy aura of the earth, and so, too, us smaller energy bodies. You still have free will in how you react to the energy from the stars and planets and how you express your individual interpretation of the energy from space. Tarot readers are divining energy then using cards to provide information for a solution. You are responsible for taking that information and using it for the best possible outcome. Psychics read your energy, possibly see your aura, the information they provide is much like other readings, it is only ‘read’ in a more unique way. Energy healers use a combination of reading energy and testing your physical reaction to energy to interpret the cause of the physical, mental or emotional issue. Once the cause is determined, then the healer knows if a massage, diet, meditation, exercise or some other type of change will bring resolution to the problem.  All a true psychic, tarot reader, energy healer or astrology expert is really doing, is offering guidance. Once the tarot, astrology, energy or psychic reading is done, you are responsible for using the information and doing the work necessary to reach the resolution or desired outcome.

You are and always will be responsible for your own healing. It is the same as going to a medical doctor, you can believe him/her, follow their advice, take the medicine they prescribe or you can get another opinion, or you can live with the issue that brought you to them in the first place. At the end of the day, only you will heal you through whatever means you choose.

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Good versus Evil

Recently I was having a conversation with a young woman about spiritual matters. She was mostly agreeing with me. At least as much as she understood my views. Suddenly she looked at me and said, “but what about the haunted places, the scary spirits, and well, evil?”  At that moment I learned something. For many people, the “spiritual” concepts are based more in evil. Even the basic Christian, Jewish and Muslim religions focus on what you should not do, how to not get into trouble, and the biggie, how to not end up in hell or have a really bad after life.

Humanity has taken a very natural concept (we are all energy beings, driving a meat covered skeleton, and one day the meat wagon will malfunction and our energy will move on to the after life) and we’ve turned this basic truth into something very scary. We try everything possible to prolong “life” for the body, we want to delay death, and we want to not be in trouble. We act as though moving on to the after life is some sort of punishment. I do not believe it is. Would you travel all day to your dream vacation site, and then refuse to get off the plane or off the boat or even out of the car? No, you would not.

I believe this is where the fear of crossing over, moving on, dying if you really must use that term, starts. But this post is not to expound on your personal afterlife. No self respecting yogi, guru, minister, spiritual counselor or psychic should expect to only reveal the gooey good stuff about the spiritual world. There are bad (yes, sometimes even evil) people in this world, so it is that there are bad, evil spirits in the spirit world and yes, sometimes they cross back over to our physical world. It is all about the balance of the Universe, including the Universe from the perspective of the spirit world.

If you are going to guide others in spiritual matters, to be truly effective and truthful, you have to include the evil aspects also.

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Patience

I’ve heard patience is a virtue. There have been many times in my life when I thought perhaps God, the Universe, or just other people were trying to teach me patience. But the lessons never took. Then I realized, maybe the lesson is not to cultivate patience, but to accept my inability to be even averagely patient.

My impatience gives me the ability to be more detail oriented, more of a perfectionist, told hold myself to a higher standard and to act quickly in a crisis without panicking. I have come to accept that patience is a virtue I will never suffer with and I am comfortable with myself and my impatience.

What virtue do you not suffer with and how does it help you?

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Brief History and Misinformation

Hemp is not marijuana. The hemp plant was brought to the continental United States by the British Colonies. The fiber lines, sails and caulking of the Mayflower were made from hemp. The hemp plant was so widely used the pilgrims were required by British law to grow it. Through the 1600, 1700, and 1800s hemp plants were grown and used to produce cordage, cloth, canvas and paper both here in the states and for export to Britain. The first drafts of the Declaration of Independence were written on hemp paper. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew hemp. Thomas Jefferson bred improved varieties of it and even invented a machine for crushing the stems when making fiber. Hemp was grown through the 1950s for the production of multiple products, including the fiber lines, sails and caulking of the USS Constitution, aka  Old Ironsides.

In the 1930s it became too widely known that certain varieties contained compounds which caused psychoactive affects when ingested and in 1937 the Marijuana Tax Act was passed. This moved control of the plant from the Department of Agriculture to the Department of Revenue. Eventually leading to it becoming illegal.

Recently there has been renewed interest in the plant. Depending on who you ask or what reference material you read the same plant contains varying numbers of natural compounds with just as many uses. Of particular interest is a compound called cannabidiol or CBD. CBD is not THC (cannabinol). In fact, medical research suggests that CBD counteracts the psychoactive effects of THC. Yet they both exist in the same plant but in different concentrations depending on the variety of  the plant. 

Medically right now CBD is being used for PTSD, social anxiety disorder, schizophrenia and Dravet Syndrome, just to name a few. Continued research is suggesting it may be useful in the treatment of everything from acne to cancer. And all without the psychoactive effects of THC. THC is also widely used for many medical conditions. Additionally, hemp seeds are edible. Yes, you can eat them. They are rich in protein, iron, magnesium, zinc, Omega 3, 6, and 9. I add hemp seeds to yogurt, oatmeal, salads, even sprinkle a few on a peanut butter sandwich.

A notable reason for turning to a natural plant compound over man made drugs is that the natural compounds have little if any side affects. While most artificial or man made drugs not only have unpleasant side effects but some actually do as much harm as good. Every listen to commercials for man made drugs and hear the list of side effects which is longer than the list of maladies they treat?

So, if you are dealing with a medical condition, you now have a life altering option, do you want man made drugs that may or may not help you while also possibly (probably) damaging your body in other ways. Or do you want a natural substance known for centuries to be safe and will potentially (probably) improve your health?

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