Monthly Archives: April 2016

Finally Flowing Again!

I felt the flow come in strong this afternoon and couldn’t resist making another little video. The subject is Prayer… and Silliness! They CAN go together, believe it or not!

Blessings, everyone!

Six Impossible Things

Impossible2Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said. “One can’t believe impossible things.”

“I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”    – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

This is my new spiritual practice each morning: I am committing myself to write six seemingly impossible things to believe in. Silly? Maybe, but I think not. I think the White Queen was on to something. More than ever, it seems to me, we need to wake up to the potency of our imaginations and harness that creative force for good.

It takes concentrated practice to retrain our imaginations away from worry, from herd thinking, from the entropy of negativity. This is hardly new news, but everyday we need to remind ourselves…to wake ourselves up! As a hypnotherapist, I am particularly attuned to the level of hypnosis we are all in, daily. Years ago, I stopped putting people into trance and refocused my energy into waking them from trance, myself included!

We joke about this – the trance of Facebook, the internet, television…the news! But its really no joking matter anymore. I’m firmly convinced that the reason Zombies and Vampires are such a trendy subject is that we relate to them so much. Metaphorically, they are us!

I just got back from a trip to the deep south, and once again saw so clearly how there are cultural trances as well. We buy into the mindsets of those around us, because we are relational creatures. Returning to California and to my home, I could literally feel the shift of one “galaxy” to another. (California is a cultural trance as well, Californians!) One of the characteristics of hypnosis is that it is so obvious from the outside in, but from the inside out it feels like reality!

Wake Up CallSo here’s another wake up call, people! You’ve probably had two or three others already this morning! Count yourself up and out of hypnosis! 1-2-3-4-5. Eyes open, wide awake!

And once awake, get creative! Get your imagination in gear! Don’t worry about how to do the impossible just yet. First, decide to do it! The how will then present itself, one step at a time. That is the magic of our spiritually creative inheritance.

NOTHING is impossible! Now let’s get busy!

Cowabunga, Baby: Getting Back on the Board

CowabungaHi, everyone. It has been weeks since I wrote or shot a video.  Because I started the year out with this big burst of FLOW energy, you might wonder what the heck happened. Did I fall off the wave? Absolutely! Did I get back on the board? Absolutely! Did I wipe out again? Absolutely!

That’s the energy of the world these days…extreme rides, crash-and-burns, recoveries. Even the most excellent energy “surfers” (of which I’m not yet one) come off the board. That’s how they know they are going for it! And if the waves are large enough (as they certainly have been) the tumble is as spectacular as the ride.

And here is another fun fact about FLOW: it can’t exist without its less popular twin, EBB.  Even if you are not plummeting in a news-worthy nose-dive, there still comes a time when the high-ride ends. Until the next one.

This is all obvious stuff I’m telling you, but in the metaphoric sense, we tend to think we have done something wrong if we are falling or ebbingAnd in truth, we might be spending too much time watching from the safe and sunny sand. Or conversely, we might be somewhat addicted to the adrenaline of wrestling with sharks. Those are worthy questions to ask, but we also need to remind ourselves that there are phases in flow. Energy, by its very nature, moves.

I am finishing a huge, six-week kitchen renovation, and it has been a wild ride, let me tell you, with multiple highs and lows. From budgeting and design deliberations… to ripping out and building back. From household chaos, noise, dust, fumes and family stress…to delicious, delightful transformation. From power-brokering with contractor and crew…to finding balance and acceptance with my own, often overwrought, perfectionistic vision and the real-world of compromise and letting go. But I built something. I built something beautiful.

Today, it’s gray and moody here in sunny, southern California. Rain is in the forecast. And there’s no one in the house but me for a couple more hours. Writing weather! So here I am, paddling out, getting back on the writing board.  It’s not a big one, but I’m in the water!!!

Gnarly, dude!