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The Weary Warrior

The constant influx of unimaginable evil and violence is designed to numb you and keep you from taking meaningful action. Fight the impulse to do nothing at all. Fight the good fight. Even in the face of defeat keep fighting. Someone has to do it and that someone is you!

 

The heaviness grows

The weight of a thousand years

Weary of fighting the same old wars

Eyes unfocused and shoulders droopy

We trudge together

Together not in life

But together in defeat

Some fall behind

But a few march steadily forward

Will we be greeted by victory

Or crushed by defeat

We know not

But march we will

Because we know not how to retreat.

 


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Of Scars and Other Decorations…

The entire nation is abuzz with talks about gun rights and regulations and I’m not particularly interested in this debate. But one bit of news got my attention and it was about Gabby Giffords speaking up about the need for gun control. Her whole life was turned upside down by one gun shot by a deranged man. Her condition was critical but she survived only to live a half-life. One side of her body is paralyzed forcing her to quit her job in the Congress. She finds it hard to articulate but has decided to advocate gun regulations. And here is the beauty of it. She doesn’t have to say a word – her very presence in a gathering is thunderous. She has turned the worst experience in her life to her purpose. She probably never understood any of it until now.

I can’t quite compare myself to Gabby but I did have a close brush with death. I never quite understood why I had to go through depression at such a young age. Why me? And then years later I knew why. A person came into my life who was going through the exact same thing that I went through. I could be there for that person like nobody could ever be there for me. You see it takes a person who has experienced it first hand to be able to really empathize in the true sense of the word. Depression is not about being weak. It’s not something you can just snap out of by thinking happy thoughts. Nor is it a life sentence. And no way are you a failure. You can come out of it and go on to live a wonderful life. I knew that because I had been there and I had come out of it.

I had to figure it all out for myself and God knows I wished for someone who could understand what it was like. So it was liberating to help someone in the same limbo. I don’t think any of my ‘advice’ helped. But I’m sure the fact that I got through it was hope enough for my friend. For here I was, happily married, the mother of two kids and no one would have guessed that I almost died at the age of 21!

So are you hiding your scars? Ashamed of them? I know I was. I never spoke of my depression to anyone. It was my dark, ugly secret. I didn’t talk about it until I heard about my friend. It took me back to the place I was in my life many years ago. A great surge of empathy propelled me to share my struggles. I never realized that in doing so I was giving myself the greatest gift. In owning that part of me that I had denied for so long, I was whole again. My creativity which lay bottled up with all the pain and the shame came gushing out. Long story short, here I am writing this blog!

Embrace your scars and own every one of them. In doing so you are empowered and rise above being a mere victim. For the Universe makes no mistakes. In the dark and the ugly is the seed for greater purpose. And by the way, they are not scars but medals of honor. You survived those struggles and are here to tell your story so others may find hope through you.

Gabby Giffords was asked, “Isn’t it ironic that a strong spokesperson like you is struggling with her speech?”   A very harsh question if you ask me and I really thought she would break. But she smiled with one half of her face and said, “ It stinks!”  But I’m sure she is aware that her mere presence is enough for gun advocates to sit up and listen to the few words she has to say.

You and I are not Gabby Giffords and our struggles will probably never make it to the National News. But in a small way we do impact all the people we come in contact with. If you survived a testing phase in your life, you can offer support to people who are going through a similar crisis in their life. Turn the worst thing that happened to you to the greatest blessing ever for you and for others.


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Global Consciousness is For Real!

I wrote about collective consciousness a year ago, right after a basketball game (See http://www.punctuatelife.com/2012/06/07/collective-consciousness/). I could sense how the fans’ energy was making the players score and almost tie the game. When PBS aired a show this week about measuring coherance or in other words the collective energy emanating from the Boston Red Sox fans at Fenway Park, it blew my mind. For all you people out there who don’t believe in such a thing as thought energy this is all the proof you need. Scientific proof. A small group of people have been measuring global consciousness by using random number generators all over the world and have been analysing and recording the results.

It is not my intention to go into the details of this global consciousness project. You can learn more on the Internet. But it is my intention to show you that the time has come for you to actually regard every thought as an energetic entity that is powerful enough to change the outcome of any situation in your life. Or powerful enough to create any desired outcome in your life. It may not be easy for many of us to do this but with patience and practice you can work your own miracles as I have.

If you work better with a team then know this – many people sending out the same thought frequency have greater power to control the outcome. That is the reason prayer groups really work miracles. Every time my grandma went to the hospital with a serious malady I used to send a prayer request to the Reiki Center and every time she came out of the hospital perfectly fine. I still send prayer requests on behalf of my friends and I’ve seen it work time and again. Praying together as a family or simply sitting together and stating your intentions with a good intention is also very powerful. Trying to get my 8-year-old and 10-year-old to sit still is quite challenging but we are getting there!

The technique can be applied at work and even sports teams greatly increase their chances of winning when every player is resonating at a winning frequency. Here is the funny thing, if enough of them are on a winning frequency the rest of the team automatically picks up that frequency! It’s like that physics experiment with the tuning forks or pendulums. After a few rounds all the forks are vibrating at the same frequency or all the pendulums are in sync.

There is also such a thing as power places. Places that soak up all the energy of several centuries of prayer, rituals and healing vibes so much so that just going there can work miracles for you. We feel it in a small way whenever we enter a place of worship. We feel intense peace and come back with a good feeling that lingers for a long time. Imagine an energy 10,000 times stronger – now that can really change your life!

Energy is a palpable force that is changing our physiology every minute without us even knowing it. It is changing our reality and what we create in our lives. Today, I see a world where people are not happy with what they have created and are coming together to pool their energy to create a better world. Better energy, better world. It’s that simple.

Remember, it all starts as a tiny thought inside you head which then creates thoughts in the same frequency as that first thought. Before you know it your thoughts are crowding your brain, changing your physiology and your emotions and creating every second of your day. So what will you think today? Make it a happy thought!