Archive | June 2016

Pure Presence

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Heart Centeredness is a way of being.  It’s a way of being that allows us to be in touch with ourselves on a very deep level.  It’s a state of being where we’re connected to Source, connected to the One, Universal Chi, The Divine, God, Creator.  It’s a state of being where there is no judgment, because we’re embraced with Divine Love.

It’s a state of compassion and gratitude which cultivates deep and lasting inner peace.  Simply said, it’s a state of Grace.  When you live with a higher consciousness, a Heart Centeredness, you’re in touch with your own self-love, and you’re connected to every one and every thing and you know on a very deep level that you are One.  This feeling of Oneness is the very nature of your Heart.

When you live with Heart Centeredness, you see and experience yourself, as your Essence.  You also experience the Essence of everyone and everything.  It is this deep connection to your Essence that allows you to experience a profound deep and lasting inner peace.  It’s a feeling like a warm blanket of love being wrapped around every part of your being.  The warmth and love penetrates deep into every cell of your body.  I call this moment of deep connection your Pure Heart.

As you cultivate this Pure Heart Presence for yourself, you soon realize there is no fear.  There is only Love.  For you can not be in Love and fear at the same time.  They hold two completely different vibrations and they don’t occupy the same space.  In any given moment, you are either in Love or fear.

When you’re in this state of deep connection within yourself, you’re FREE.  Your mind is quiet and still and your Heart is open to experience the Infinite.  The clarity, focus and Higher Wisdom flows easily and simply.  Your Heart just Knows.

In this Pure Heart state you can hear the Divine Intelligence speaking through your Heart.  This is the place of your deepest Knowings.  It’s the place where you Know without knowing how you Know.  When your Truth comes from your Pure Heart it is your Soul’s Truth, your Soul’s Knowings.

What does this have to do with healing from cancer? Everything!

The cancer journey for most people is filled with lots of ups and downs and hundreds of emotions.  There is one emotion in particular that serves us the least… that emotion is fear.  We must learn how to dance with fear and not let it takes us down.  The simplest way to dance with fear is to embrace the present moment.

Fear is a result of living in the past or worrying about the future.  Neither one of these is healing or helpful.  We must learn how to embrace the present moment – the pivotal point between the past and the future.

Fear does not reside in your Heart.  Fear is a result of your thought patterns. The very nature of your Heart is Love.  Love and fear do not exist in the same space.
I learned the best way to remain calm and focused on my healing was to spend more of my day in my Heart space than up in my mind.

Every time I received news of any kind that caused me stress I would take a deep breath and dwell my consciousness into my Heart space… and stay focused on feeling well.  News from scans and blood tests can be especially upsetting.  Don’t dwell there.  Acknowledge it and move on.  Your Heart’s Intelligence and Wisdom can handle anything with grace and ease.

What is the Gift

Receiving The Gift in Every Experience

cancermiracles15Sometimes life goes the way we want it to go and sometimes it doesn’t.  In every experience there is a gift which brings us the opportunity to grow. Experiences, problems and challenges draw us to a higher awareness.  When we can see the gift or underlying purpose behind all that happens in our lives we can grow in ways we never thought were possible.

Recently I met a wise man who gave me a very important task.  He told me to get a journal and to spend quiet time each day answering this important question…
“Why did I get Cancer?”

Several people had asked me that same question but this time I heard it differently.  I was ready to be that honest with myself.  So I got a special journal and began writing everything that was coming to me about the question.   Each time I thought I had the answer, I dug a little deeper inside until I finally arrived at what feels like Truth.

My answer to this important question is…

“I got cancer because it is bringing me into Wholeness”.  By Wholeness I mean knowing from the deepest part of me that I am loved, I am lovable, I am a Divine Being filled with light and love.  I mean knowing that I am fine just as I am and that in this moment all is well.  I mean knowing that God loves me.  I mean loving myself unconditionally. I mean feeling a deep inner peace that never leaves me.

Being open to the gift in every experience in life serves to guide us to higher levels of transformation.  Problems are not a form of punishment for something we have done wrong.  Problems are an opportunity for growth and evolution.  Your greatest problem can become your greatest gift.

The following is a simple exercise you can use to begin to understand the gifts inherent in some of your problems or challenges in your life.

  1. Bring your problem or a challenge into your awareness by thinking about it
  1. What feeling do you feel when you think about your problem
  1. Where do you feel this feeling in your body?
  1. Gently focus on this feeling and breathe deeply
  1. Allow a picture of a small child to form in your mind’s eye
  1. Begin to dialogue with this image, this small child

Ask this child  “What are you trying to tell me?”   “What do you need”?

  1. Listen carefully with love, compassion and understanding
  1.  Acknowledge The Gift of Greater Understanding
    the gift of self love…  thank this child for sharing with you
  1. Journal your experience

Open Your Heart To Love

 Allow Yourself to Receive

When I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer suddenly I became the center of everyone’s attention and concern.  Family and friends were eager to help in any way they could and the love from them was amazing. There was a little part of me that felt uncomfortable with all the love and care.  I wasn’t used to it.  I wasn’t used to letting others help me for I was the one who always helped others.

Helping others (often at the expense of my own self care) was an old habit of mine that got me into trouble with my health.  I was a giver…
I was always there giving my time, my love and my energy to assist others whenever they were in need.  It was a sobering moment when I heard the news that I had cancer.  Time stood still… and I was forced to take a good long hard look at every area of my life and make some serious changes if I wanted to live.

I wanted to live more than anything so I cut out all stress in my life and began to focus only on my healing.  Nothing was more important to me than getting my health back.  My wonderful husband and I became solely focused on me getting well.  I let go of taking care of my elderly parents, I took a sabbatical from my work, I radically changed my diet, I created a healing space in my home for practicing daily qi gong and meditation and I learned how to dance with fear and not let it take me down.

facebook29One of the greatest gifts on my journey was learning how to receive love.  I learned how to feel worthy of the amazing Love that was all around me and how to let it into my Heart.  Opening to love is a process of surrendering any desire to control things and letting go of old hurts and stuck emotions. It’s a gentle release of any guards or shields around your Heart and just being present with Love.

One of the best ways to open your Heart is to spend a few minutes in quiet meditation with the intention to receive.  Begin each morning in quiet time dedicated to You.   This will allow you to receive the energy of life, the energy of the breath and the energy of healing.   Once in a quiet state, you will then be able to receive the energy of your Heart and let love in.  Love is the greatest healing energy of all.

The unconditional acceptance of your Heart can accomplish any goal, and inspire the manifestation of any dream… no matter what.   Your Heart can heal you.

 

 

Infinite Intelligence

“We can all sit in a circle and suppose
while the secret sits in the center and Knows”
                              Robert Frost

Infinite Intelligence

blogbutterflyMonarch butterflies
, the large black, orange and yellow beings of nature, live and frolic in the warmer weather.  When the cold begins to set in these butterflies migrate where they join all other Monarch Butterflies in a journey to a particular haven in the southwest.

The interesting fact about these butterflies is that they never make it to their destination in the southwest.  Only their offspring do.  You see, the parent butterflies die off shortly after giving birth and it’s their offspring that make it to the haven in the southwest.  Somehow, without ever having made the journey before, the young butterflies make it to the exact destination their ancestors were headed for.

All of these butterflies are guided to meet at a place they have never been before… guided to journey down a path they have never traveled. Yet they all make it!    How is this so?

There is a magnificent wisdom that guides the entire Universe, every one and everything is a part of this energy.  Just as the Monarch Butterfly is guided, so too we are guided.  This Universal life force lives in all of us… and in everything.  Just like the Monarch Butterfly, we are infinitely intelligent… we Know the way.

When you connect deep within your Heart and access your Knowings, clarity will come to you and you will be able to make good, solid
decisions that serve you well.  Your Knowings are what will carry you through the darkest nights and help you celebrate your birghtest
days.

 

 

The Power of Deep Breathing

facebook9Deep Breathing

Deep breathing, otherwise known as diaphragmatic breathing, has been practiced for centuries. Some think that this type of breathing is reserved for Yoga masters, Spiritual teachers or people that have practiced this “art” for years. But we are beginning to realize that anyone can practice this calming and balancing skill.   I practiced this skill consistently throughout my journey back to health.

Why be concerned about deep breathing?

Great question. Some believe that they are already breathing properly. If you ever feel stressed or frustrated, try the simple test below.

Breathing Exercise
Find a time where you won’t be bothered by people, the kids, or any other interruptions (including phones). Begin by laying down in a comfortable space (a flat couch or the floor will do, even in your office! – or, if you can’t lay down the first time you read this, just try it while sitting comfortably – then print this out and remember to come back to this and practice -especially if it seems to be difficult for you the first couple of times – this means you really need it!).

As you close your eyes…

begin by taking a deep breath…

then focus on your exhalation as your breath slowly releases…

Place your hands on your belly and notice if – as you breathe-in does your belly move in and out? Or are you breathing from your upper chest? Try noticing this over several minutes… there’s no hurry…

blogkittenIf you discover that you are breathing from your chest, you will really love how this will help you! Picture for just a moment, how a little baby breathes. You’ll notice how their little bellies breathe in and out, kind of like a lullaby. For those of you that don’t have kids or nieces and nephews, watch a little puppy or kitten as they sleep. You will notice how they breathe from their little tummies.

They breathe from what’s called the diaphragm. A natural pump in your lower abdomen or belly that acts as a balloon. As the breath flows in and out, the diaphragm act as a vacuum – pumping what’s called the lymph from your bloodstream, organs and tissues.  In fact, deep
breathing massages the Heart.  It’s like a natural cleansing waterfall inside you that’s always able to purify and open up your energy, help you relax, detoxify your body and help bring inspiration to your work, family and play.

The greatest athletes use this method to bring in enough oxygen to more than just the lungs – they instinctively breathe all the way into the diaphragm which supplies the entire body with a rich, natural source of clean energy that we can not do without!

Historically, in the world’s greatest cultures and languages, the word breath means Spirit. Could it be that all along we have known this timeless secret but have only forgotten to use it?  Could it be that in this quick-fix world we live in that we’ve somehow gotten dis-connected from the very thing that can help breathe life back into us?
A Return Home
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Close your eyes just for a moment…

Breathe in and feel your breath as it fills every cell in your body

Ask yourself, How do I feel when I breathe like this?”
Does
breathing deeply help me? In what way does this help me?

If you feel the difference that most people do, then promise yourself that you will re-member to do this basic life-renewing exercise daily… (especially when you’re stressed)

 

Heart Centeredness

blessingswomangolden silenceThis is what I practice every day…

Heart Centeredness is a way of being. It’s a way of being that allows us to be in touch with ourselves on a very deep level. It’s a state of being where we’re connected to Source, connected to the One, Universal Chi, The Divine, God, Creator. It’s a state of being where there is no judgment, because we’re embraced with Divine Love.

It’s a state of compassion and gratitude which cultivates deep and lasting inner peace. Simply said, it’s a state of Grace. When you live with a higher consciousness, a Heart Centeredness, you’re in touch with your own self-love, and you’re connected to every one and every thing and you know on a very deep level that you are One. This feeling of Oneness is the very nature of your Heart. When you live with Heart Centeredness, you see and experience yourself, as your Essence. You also experience the Essence of everyone and everything. It is this deep connection to your Essence that allows you to experience a profound deep and lasting inner peace. It’s a feeling like a warm blanket of love being wrapped around every part of your being. The warmth and love penetrates deep into every cell of your body. I call this moment of deep connection your Pure Heart.

As you cultivate this Pure Heart Presence for yourself, you soon realize there is no fear. There is only Love. For you can not be in Love and fear at the same time. They hold two completely different vibrations and they don’t occupy the same space. In any given moment, you are either in Love or fear. When you’re in this state of deep connection within yourself, you’re FREE. Your mind is quiet and still and your Heart is open to experience the Infinite. The clarity, focus and Higher Wisdom flows easily and simply. Your Heart just Knows. In this Pure Heart state you can hear the Divine Intelligence speaking through your Heart. This is the place of your deepest Knowings. It’s the place where you Know without knowing how you Know. When your Truth comes from your Pure Heart it is your Soul’s Truth, your Soul’s Knowings.

Remember to take time each day to quiet your mind and connect to your Heart.  This is your greatest resource, your Wisest teacher… your best friend.  It was the connection I have awakened within me, deep within my Heart,  that pulled me through the dark nights.  You will see that as you practice moving out of your head and into your Heart, you will awaken clarity, deep inner peace and your Knowings.  It is from this powerful place you should make your decisions about your health.

“Your Heart will never fail you… for it is the source of your Being.”  Dr. Bruno Cortis  – Spiritual Cardiologist

The Heart is The Bridge

blessingsendingYou Can Trust Your Heart by Susan Castle

The Heart is the channel for Universal (Divine) Love. This Love is what the Buddhists call Mahakaruna (“the Great Compassion”), Christians and Theologens call the “Christ Consciousness” and the spiritual seekers call the Immortal Divine Soul. When the Heart is open, the Higher Self, Higher Wisdom and Divine Truth is able to be easily channeled.

When the Heart center has been fully opened, it becomes the channel for Divine (Universal) Love;  what the Buddhists call Mahakaruna or “the Great Compassion”, and Christians the “Christ Consciousness”. Once opened, the Higher Self is able to work through this Heart center.

The Heart is the center of your being and it’s the bridge between your human-ness and your Divine-ness, located in the very center of your body.  The color that resonates with the Heart center is pink and at the very center of the Heart is pure white light—the light of Love.  The essential oil that resonates with the Heart center is rose. The Heart is the center from which feelings of love emanate. It is also associated with other virtuous emotions, such as infinite peace, joy, happiness, honesty, respect, compassion, understanding, and generosity. It is also the center for self-love and the presence of Divine Love.

Divine Love is the very Essence of the Creator and of all that is. It is an experience beyond human love. It’s an expansion of the Heart. It’s real, profound and tangible much like electricity. It’s a Love so profound, a Love free from any judgment, a Love that accepts us just as we are in the present moment. It’s a Love that allows you to meet the unknown with total comfort and ease. Divine Love is a Love so vast, so expansive that you can never be apart from it, for it is always with you. It’s the deepest Love you are able to experience on this physical plane having a physical experience. It’s the “Heaven” on earth. It’s the Love found deep within your Heart. It’s your deepest connection to your Creator.

This Divine Love heals all!!!  Call upon your inner Divine Love – through your Heart- and set the Intent your body, mind and Spirit are Whole, Healthy and Healed.

Your Heart’s Wisdom

blessingsheartbeachDiscover the Amazing Wisdom of Your Heart… by Susan Castle

Your Heart is an infinite source of Intelligence.  In fact, according to Dr. Paul Pearsall, your Heart is much more powerful than your brain, 5,000 times more powerful.  The electromagnetic energy of the Heart has been described as a creative, connective energy that seems to hold everything together.  It seems to be one of the strongest connecting forces of energy in the entire Universe.  This energy, strong and constant, functions to allow the Heart to pump biochemical nutrients to the body and Spiritual energy to nourish the Soul.

There is a magnificent wisdom within each one of us, an infinite Intelligence, that knows just what to do when to do it and even how to do it.  This infinite Intelligence takes care of us, guides us and flows through our every being.  This Intelligence knows how to heal your body.  Right this very moment infinite Intelligence is flowing through you as you listen to these words.  Creative ideas and feelings are moving through you which will bring a richness to your life and a warmth to your Heart.  It’s all in Divine Order.

The secret is allowing this in and trusting infinite Intelligence to flow through your life.  Our infinite Intelligence serves us well when we allow it to speak to us… through the Heart.  Your Heart is far more than just the organ itself.  It is an energetic Center within the human body.  The energetic Heart Center holds the essence of Divine Love, and Higher Wisdom.  It is associated with the experiences of joy, respect, happiness, compassion, grace, honesty and self love.

Your Heart center is located in the very center of your body behind the sternum.  The Heart center radiates an energetic and is associated with the Heart, thymus, lower lung and circulatory system.   Your Heart speaks the language of Love… Your Heart holds your deepest Wisdom.

The mind speaks the language of patterns, based on memories, like a skipping record.  You might notice that some of your thoughts on any given day are the same thoughts you were thinking the day before.  In fact, 97% of our thoughts in any given day are the same thoughts from the day before.  So that means there is about 3% of new fresh thoughts in a given day.  When we are under stress certain thoughts repeat themselves over and over again.  This stress causes imbalances in our body’s energy system and can lead to dis-ease.

When we’re under stress trying to solve a problem with our minds, we are just going around in circles.  Problems are best solved by the Heart because it’s effortless.