Turning Pain Around

What do we do when bad things happen to us, like an unexpected diagnosis or a broken marriage? We can ask ourselves, ‘how can I be powerful in the face of this problem or trauma’? We have to remember that we are still powerful somewhere deep inside. We have to remember that the Power of God is always surrounding us.

As I am writing this, I have a painful frozen shoulder. It keeps me up at night. What I know about excruciating pain is that the first thing to do is call on God for help. We are not alone. Everyone has had pain at one time or another. No one gets out of this life without pain.

When we are vulnerable, remember that God is available 24/7. God specializes in urgent care. Pain stresses the body. And when the body is under stress the mind can’t think clearly. We need to move forward in our minds to a place of love, touch and connection.

We can dig deep within our inner being and rely on our own courage, strength, and grace, to face something seemingly unbearable. Painful and traumatic experiences offer us an opportunity to learn to empower ourselves and to become more compassionate and resilient. The great French artist, Cezanne painted many masterpieces throughout his pain.

We must remember that pain eventually ends and that something inside of us, from the moment we are faced with that seemingly impossible experience, is already working to make us stronger, and healing us. We have power over how we react to the painful times in our lives.

That is the great hero consciousness in us. All we have to do is tap into the power of God. And we will find more love than we could ever take in. When we are vulnerable and we look for help, we often find unexpected angels everywhere.

Visualize the desired outcome even though we can’t see our way out of this pain yet. Believe in a Higher Power more than ever before, knowing that we can heal from this pain, no matter how long it has been going on. Start seeing the gifts in whatever you are going through. One fine spring day you will be able to pass the pearls of your hard-earned wisdom onto others.

                                                             Action Steps

  1.  Visualize yourself as whole, happy, and having a Higher Power flow in and through you. See it, feel it, tap into it.
  2. Believe with your whole heart that you can heal.
  3. Know that you will get through this time in your life, and when you do, you will share your wisdom and compassion with others.

I believe in the hero in you. Love heals. Open your heart to that love and let it pour in.

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Stepping into the Winner’s Circle

What makes you feel like a winner? You already are a winner. You have everything it takes. You have natural God-given intelligence. Inside of your body, every cell has been perfectly crafted. There are limitless possibilities inside of you. That already makes you a winner in this game called life. The odds of you even being born were 400,000 trillion to 1. (source Huffinton Post, Are you a Miracle, June 2011, Dr. Ali Binazir)

And yet you made it.

You graduated successfully from infant to taking your first step when you were a toddler. The world was full of wonder. Everything you touched with your small fingens, every fragrance that you smelled, everything that you put in your mouth was a joy, a delight, an amazing wonder. You were learning by reaching out into life itself to see what was around you that was so delightful.

And then something happened. As we got older, life in all of this wonder and glory somehow seemed ordinary. We have fallen under a spell of seeing this glorious life as no big deal. All it takes again for us to open our eyes again to wonder is changing our perspective. Changing our thoughts. Life is meant to be creative. Life is meant to be powerful. In order for us to feel like a winner we have to visualize ourselves in the winners’ circle.

We have to direct our thoughts. We have to visualize the outcome that we want. And keep focused and never let anything or anyone put us off our focus. Just like an athlete, we must practice taking our thoughts higher and higher until we glide right over obstacles.

Like a swimmer, we have to dive into the water and keep doing strokes to get where we want to go. Easy, buoyant strokes. We have to remember that the power of God is in every breath we take, every stroke our arms make. Notice how the clear water supports our bodies, effortlessly, once we know how to swim.

Swimming is a process. If we don’t understand the process, keeping the rhythm  is hard, but then as we learn the timing of breath and strokes, it gets easier and effortless. Our thoughts are like that. Untrained they go willy-nilly, to whatever is in vogue at the moment. Winners take charge of their thoughts. They say things to themselves like, ‘I am successful. I am a winner I have everything I need to be in the winner’s circle.’ Every day in so many ways you build your identity bit by bit through your thoughts. What thoughts are most dominant in your life right now?

All we have to do to change our perspectives in step up into the Winner’s Circle

 

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Tapping into the Hero in Us

Who among us does not want to be loved, honored, and respected in our lives? We all have those same basic needs. We all want to be loved by our families, respected for the work we do, and in some way honored and acknowledged for something we are proud of in our lives.

We all want to be a friend and have friends, and do something that matters beyond our own lives. We all want someone who is loyal to us through the ups and downs of our journey on earth. We expect our lives to be happy and successful. When something other than that happens to us our families, we have to be able to get back up dust ourselves off and start all over again. That is the hero is us.

We have to trust in God even in hard times. When we lose a job or a business, when we have health issues that have gone on for way too long, it is only natural to be afraid. When something goes awry in our lives and particularly when it has been going on for too long, we simply want to return to health and happiness. If we don’t, we often get depressed or blame those around us or ourselves. We can’t quite see out of the fix we are in to be able to tap into God’s power in our lives.

That is where the power of resilience kicks in. When life is going well, and you are happy and successful and on top of the world, it is easy to take for granted all of the gifts given to you by Life itself. When something bad happens unexpectedly, like what feels like an earthquake in your life, it is especially imporatant to tap into the power of the Divine, to affirm over and over again, ‘my life is the life of God. It is filled with  courage, strength, and discipline and everything I need to get through this.’

It’s time to renew our minds and dig deeply, and affirm, ‘Life in it’s fullness is forever flowing around us. All the help that we need is around us’. The Spirit of God is all around us providing us with everything we need. We have to trust God as never before.

We have to create a new attitude, remembering that we are triumplant beings. We must return to faith and love, to be especially conscious of doing our affirmations. Our thoughts become things in the world around us. Say to yourself, ‘I am reslient. I am healing. I am getting better. I am strong. I am courageous. I will go forward into this new day showing my strength and tap into my hero consciousness.’ Watch how your life turns around. When it does, we’ll be able to inspire so many people with what we have been through. That’s the beauty of life.

 

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Listen to Your Heart

“Listen to your heart. Listen to your instincts. Listen to your inner voice. It is your true self. It will guide you to make the right choices.”― Lailah Gifty Akita, Ghanaian author

What do you love with all your heart? Love is more important for us than the air we breath. It keeps us alive. We all want to be honored, loved, and respected, whether we are six or sixty. It is critical for us, whenever we feel confused or uncertain to listen to that Guiding Force. It will never steer us wrong.

It is important to have guidance from a Higher Source, whether we call it Buddha, God, or Divine Mind.  We can rely on our hearts to point the way, when we don’t see any way out of the situation that we are in. Our hearts know the way, just like the Global Positioning System (GPS) in the finest Lexus, God knows the way from where we are to where we dream of going. And God can see further. She knows what is up ahead.

It is sometimes difficult to trust God, when our bank accounts are low, or when we are looking for a new job. When so many people seem to overlook us, or don’t acknowledge our value, or don’t seem to see us for who we really are.  Life can be so disappointing.  That is when it is especially important to turn within, get quiet, and simply listen for that still small voice, right inside of us. Our hearts are a direct pipeline to that ever flowing Source of Wisdom, which all of us can tap into.

For example, I long to be creative, work and use my life productively, using my skills and my mind in the way that I was trained to do, to inspire people and to make their lives better.

When I get really clear, my Inner Wisdom says to me, ‘you already have everything you need to be successful right now. You are already creative and resourceful. You have many people in higher places who love and respect you. All I am asking, is for you to believe in yourself, the way I believe in you. Nothing in this world can keep you from living your destiny. You are ageless, timeless. You have all the power of God right inside of you.’

How I love that lion-like voice. It has saved me from fear time and time again. That is the voice of confidence, of power. We can rely on it. It is time to throw open our hearts and our arms to a Higher Power which is right inside of us and say, “I am ready for all the good life has to offer me.”  We will be guided and protected every step of the way.  And so it is!

 

Dr. Carol Bliss

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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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