Visualize Healing

We have a natural ability called ‘neuro plasticity’, which means that if we learn new knowledge and have new experiences, we can develop new networks or circuits of neurons, and literally change our mind. ~ Dr. Joe Dispensa

Dr. Dispensa was a young chiropractor who had a very severe motorcycle accident. Several of his vertebrae were shattered in his spine and his physicians told him at the age of 25, he would never walk again.

Instead of giving in and accepting his new diagnosis, he used the power of his mind to visualize his spine healing every single day. After only nine and a half weeks, he had proven his doctors wrong and he began to walk. Now he gives talks on healing all over the west coast. His advice is to get out of your routine so you can see different things. When you see different things you allow, expand, and train your mind to visualize what you can’t quite see yet.

Through personal experience, I have seen the miraculous results of visioning every day that your body is healing, even while you are sleeping. I know firsthand the effects of the mind’s incredible connection to the body.  As I was healing from a brain injury, I did things my neuroligst said I would never do.  I took a vocal performance class at a local college. Despite the holes in my short-term memory and unclear speech from aphasia, I memorized three songs, one of them a Spanish lullaby, then sang them solo in front of the whole class and much to my surpise, I received an A.

Imagine if I had simply accepted the doctor’s diagnosis. I might have hung my head down low, as I was leaving the office, and said to myself, ‘I am limited.’ I would never have had the joy of seeing what I was capable of, singing in public in a concert hall backed by a Steinway concert grand and seeing the delight on the other students’ faces and hearing them clap loudly in appreciation. We will never know what we are capable of until we try.

Try imagining yourself successful at something you have never tried before. See it. Feel it. Believe it with your heart, mind, and body. Walk around with the idea of success in whatever you hope to do. If there is anything you would like to change in your mind or your body, visualize this too. If your body seems limited by anything, visualize yourself the way that an athlete would. Let nothing stop you from becoming the person who want to be.

The power of visualization does wonders for our minds, our bodies, and our souls. What are you visualizing for yourself today?


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The Best Things in Life are Free

Money has never made man (or woman) happy, nor will it; there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness.” –Benjamin Franklin

The best gifts in the world are not in the material objects one can buy from the store, but in the memories we make with the people we love. –Amanda Boyarshinov

So many of the important gifts in our lives are free. Things like health, loyalty, wisdom, life purpose, character, inner peace, self-love, confidence, empathy, and friendship.

I want you to close your eyes and place your hands over your heart. I want you to think of all the things money can’t buy. I want you to think of all the many experiences you have had that make you happy, like laughing with friends or creating something beautiful. Think of all the many adventures in life that have filled you with joy, such as simple things like going swimming or going out into the garden planting wild onions or raspberries.

Now I want you to imagine all the many small things in life that make you happy, like the smell of rosemary or pineapple, like sunflowers framed against a cobalt blue sky on a gorgeous spring day. Like sunshine, like the ocean wind blowing lightly over your skin, like the beauty of a crisp, cold winter day in Northern California.

I want you to think of the many friends that have loved and supported you throughout your life. Friends who make you laugh so hard you thought at the time you might cry, all the joy you got from that friendship. I want you to think of your beloved dog or much loved cat and how much pleasure and love you have gotten out of your relationships with them. Now, I want you to think of a beloved family member and how much his/her love means to you.

So much of life’s pleasures are free for the taking. Sure, it takes money to live and to be empowered but let’s not forget to be grateful for how many gifts we get when we are out in nature and from people.  God has blessed us with a supply is never-ending and constantly replenishing.

In this peaceful heart space, let’s turn our attention to remind ourselves to be grateful for all the awesome gifts we have in our lives. For the beautiful qualities in us like beauty, love, joy, laughter, our beautiful bodies and the sensory ways in which they feel so much.We thank you, God, for being awake, alive, and aware.

I am so grateful for you, my beautiful readers.

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Beyond Artificial Intelligence

“I am not a piece of data. I am a human being with rich and valuable experiences to share.” Reverend Dr. Carol Bliss

Have you ever tried to fit your work and life experience into an artificial online application? Life is too creative to narrow yourself down into a standard format. Online applications are created in one-size fits all format. They leave out so much. I am an artist, a painter, an author, a teacher and an inspirational speaker.

I am proud of my life experience. I have learned so much, from life, from people like my mother, my grandmother, and from my various careers. When I am asked to place my work experience into chronological years, I don’t know quite how to begin to sort it all out so a computer can understand.

While I was working, I was also out in the real world living. As our lives progress, we change, we grow, we transform. How is it possible to sort out our valuable learning outside of work? We have learned from so many different people and what we learned from our working experience.

I am a heart-based people person. I love to talk to people. To watch people, to feel their essence, their attitudes, values and beliefs. And to think about what their amazing life experiences have taught them and through what life influences they came to have those values.

I love real eye contact from people when they speak to me. I love real relationships, even the tough ones. I understand that people are not perfect. They are tender human beings. They love. They try. They hurt. They laugh. People have infinite capacity to grow, to learn, and to change. Just when you think you know what to expect out of them, they will surprise you beyond your wildest dreams.

Thank God for real people.


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What is Love?

What is love? Is there truly a definition of what love is? It can be perceived as different sensations. We love in many different ways. We can allow love to flourish and unfold by itself and delight ourselves with such an extraordinary experience. Love is also this exquisite feeling that brings a smile, a sense of joy to our lives. Most of us believe that love is the best feeling of them all. The Bible says what love is in Corinthians 13; the great poets talk about love, the great singers at one point of their lives sing about love. Amazing and extravagant writers try to explain what love is, and the feelings and sensations that it brings. I like to say and believe that love is the answer. With total faith, I believe that love heals.

Love changes the way we perceive situations. It generates excitement. It gives us that extra kick in the but that we need to go forward. There is also a fine line between love and disappointment. That line is so fine that sometimes it can be misinterpreted as heart brokenness. When in reality, it is just the disappointment of not having our expectations met. What if no one ever broke our heart? Instead, I like to remind myself they just didn’t comply with our expectations, leaving us with the sensation of being heartbroken.

Have you ever experienced so much sadness or found yourself in a horrible situation? When my father was murdered, I experienced so much pain, and so much sadness; I was almost unable to breathe. When we find ourselves in those horrible situations, we think that there is no way out. Eventually, we may meet someone who brings us back to love. He or she represents “love” in such a unique way that it is impossible to ignore. That representation of love allows us to keep going. We start to feed off the love that they are giving. We open our hearts again. He or she makes it possible to elevate our emotions so we can slowly start the healing process.

It has been scientifically proven that cuddling with a loved one also releases Oxytocin, “the cuddling or love hormone.” It also influences the digestive system as much as it influences the brain. It has been proven by numerous studies that oxytocin relieves headaches. Love does heal.

I like to emphasize the importance of not only loving others and allowing ourselves and experiencing that extraordinary feeling that falling that love brings. But, the importance of having that love for our own persona; to start looking in the mirror and say “I love you” That self-love allows us to respect ourselves so others can have that same respect toward our beautiful persona. Respect is an act of self-love.

How do we generate more love in our lives? Very simple “BE LOVE.” Let’s remember whatever we give out comes back to us. Love is an act of kindness and compassion. Being “love” also requires practice. Love comes from within. To be able to give and be love, we must feel it inside. Therefore, it will radiate in a way that when we walk into a room people will see and feel the love that we are. I encourage you to start engaging in this beautiful act of “being love.” Tell the people you love often, that selfyou love them. Tell yourself I love you. It may sound corny, but it does make a difference.

Martha Bass

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Everything We Need

“I have everything I need and more than enough.” Philippians 4:18-20

Everything we dream of is already within reach right now. God gave us amazing minds and miraculous bodies, which are capable of healing themselves and moving in any direction that we choose. We have everything we need to live a good life. We are surrounded by infinite intelligence and wisdom. We are surrounded by infinite love. Everything we could ever want or desire is around us already. The world has more food than we could possibly eat in our lifetimes. Our beautiful earth continues to grow even more.

There is more money in the world then we could ever spend. There is more love than we could ever know. There is more happiness than we could ever imagine. All we have to do is look around us. This world has everything we need to live a happy, healthy and prosperous life.

Our mind has an infinite capacity to think and to imagine. We can choose to use our minds to focus on all the positive things there are in this life, like happiness, beauty, and joy. We can use our minds to imagine the dreams that are calling to us. We can choose to stay far away from the negative, like negative subjects on the news or negative people. When we do come across negative people we can choose to turn the conversation around to focus on the positive, or simply walk away and bless them.

We can say, “Yes” to all the good life has to offer us. We can say, “Yes” to opportunity and adventure. We can say, “Yes” to living a life of abundace and prosperity. We can choose to live a healthy, happy lifestyle. When we say “Yes”, we are affirming to the larger Life around us that we are open and ready to receive all of the good that is already out there for us.

I am so grateful to God that we have the qualities to think for ourselves. To imagine, to dream of how we are going to live. And then to be guided by our hearts to take the action steps we need to make those dreams real.

Carol Bliss

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Great Careers/Unlimited Potential

I have had such a great time in my life, particularly in my various careers. Fortunately, my parents always told me that I could do anything. I learned so much from each of my jobs. In fact, I learned that we can do anything that we set our minds to do. If we just look around, we can see that the world is filled with unlimited opportunities. And we are filled with unlimited potential.

            My Great Careers:                                                 What I Learned:

Head Shop cashier                                              It was better to be the owner than the worker

Circus Merry-Go-Round Ticket Seller            I learned that I did not like to be locked up
Circus Coin throw worker                                      I learned that it was far better to be free
Junior accountant at the HD Lee Company      I learned that I did not like to sit in an office
Comptroller operator                                     How unsuitable punching machines was for me
Mattress factory worker                             How many mattress workers are hard of hearing
Soap factory worker                                                        What to do if I am bored
Slitter operator at can plant                      How to be very careful around machines that cut
Quality control inspector can plant                             I learned how to spot flaws
Apprentice mechanic at a drawn iron can plant      To copy people who knew more that I
Realtor                                                                                I learned that image counts
Brake shoe changer at the railroad                              I learned to be fast
Apprentice mechanic at the Union Pacific Railroad              To be careful around men
Apprentice welder and blacksmith at Union Pacific Railroad   To be careful around fire

Carman                                                                       To work long hours if I wanted to succeed

Car Foreman                                                              I had been promoted because of a quota
Faculty president’s assistant at Cal State Northridge      I leaned to work with my mind
College Student                           I learned how important it is to make myself more visible
Technical writer                                                       How to observe tiny steps in the process
Billboard Chart Trainer                                          How much fun a job can be
Record promoter                                                      How important contacts are

Temporary Worker                                 How differently some bosses treat their employees

Extra in Films                           What a beautiful and tedious process making a film really is
Owner of record promoting business                  How to create relationships on the phone
Copywriter                                                                 How to write in an exciting manner
Hannah-Barbera Copywriter                                  What geniuses animators are
Owner of Copywriting for Entertainment business                  How to hype
Recruiter for Carpenters Union                              How to reach blue collar audiences
Seminary Student                                                       How to act compassionate

Assistant Minister                                                      How to really be compassionate

Women’s Recruiter for Carpenters Union             Differences between men and woman
Teacher and Trainer of Apprentice Women for Carpenters Union   How to talk to women
Marketing Director at Claremont Graduate University     How to talk to the over-educated
Graduate Student                                                      How to think, do research, and act smug,
Professor at Claremont Graduate University     How to be creative in my teaching
Professor at Cal State Polytechnic University     How to have fun with my students

Author                                                                         How to write about life

I thought I had better capture these various careers before I forgot about all of them. They taught me so much. They made me who I am. I used to be slightly embarrassed that I had has so many careers. But now I see they taught me so much about life. They taught me so much about different cultures. Thinking back, I am so grateful for all of them. I was capable, and I was confident and I thought I could do anything that I set my mind to do.

That is what gives me so much belief in other people. We can all do so much more than we think we can. Be unlimited in your thinking. The world is filled with limitless learning and there are opportunities everywhere.

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Power and Self-Confidence

I was invited to a friend’s home to look at pictures of his late wife, Yolanthe.  Allen and Yolanthe had both been in my writers group for seven years so I knew them well. When I arrived, Allen had laid out 25 memory books and photo books, each one in chronological order. He invited me to look at the pictures and memories while he served strawberries and mini graham crackers.

My late friend, Yolanthe was born in Holland so all of the memory books and pictures were written in a beautiful white handwriting in Dutch. Neither Allen or I could read  Dutch, we just had to focus instead on the pictures. We could always spot Yolanthe throughout the years because of her self-confidence and empowering posture.

She grew more beautiful as she got older. We didn’t need the words; we could read her life story through her empowering posture. As time progressed, she opened up to let Love and the greater Life energy lead her on to amazing adventures. She became more confident, more open and these qualities showed up in her body posture. In every picture of her, she posed with her arms wide open. Her fingers were extended outward, like she was reaching and stretching toward a future of unlimited possibilities.

My friend always wore a big smile on her face, her head was tilted back as if she were expecting endless good from life itself. And that is the way she lived, in an expectation of so much good in her life from other people and the world around her. She communicated her openness to everyone through her body posture. Her poses had confidence and power.

Looking at the pictures, I saw her transform from an ordinary young girl into a striking, attractive woman. I taught communication and public speaking in college for 12 years so I am really attuned to body language and what it is communicating to others. I watched as my college students learned how to transform their body posture into the leaders that they would ultimately become.

If we consciously change our body posture, as my friend did, throughout the years, the world will react to us in a much more positive manner. When we discover that life is filled with endless possibilities, we can communicate with our body that we are open to recieve all the good life has to offer. We will find that the outside world agrees with us and reacts to us differently.

Let’s affirm in our minds that we are good enough for anything that comes our way. We are capable. We all have enough time to do whatever is on our plate today. If we meet life with open arms, we can see endless possibilities. We are capable of remarkable, incredible things.

Let’s use these affirmations today and let’s practice in front of the mirror moving our bodies in poses that say, “I am confident and capable today and every day. I have unlimited abilities.”

Carol Bliss

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