Portsmouth A Love Story

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Death Transition - A Book Review

I decided to take a brief break from blogging about my book, Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be to tell you about a book titled The Death Transition.

I recently met the author, Cliff Aguirre, at an event that I was working. He told me about his experiences communicating with the spirits of people that he knew before they died. He went on to explain that they were insistent that he write about what they were communicating to him in relation to the transition from a physical state to a non-physical state, or as he calls it, the death transition. I wanted to read this book to see if what my sense of the transition is what came through for him. I would say that, in most part, the book has validated what my beliefs are about this process, although, I will confess that some of it is a bit different or a bit new to me. This, however, is not unusual for those of us who work in the metaphysical world. We all have our belief systems and filters through which information comes. I do recommend The Death Transition as it is a clear, concise description of the process.

The book does not delve into philosophy or religion. It is a straight forward recounting of what was transmitted to Cliff from those who communicated this information to him. He explains how he came to be in touch with spirits and how the information came to him in the Forward to the book. He has this to say in the Forward about death:

“Thus, life after death can be understood by opening our perception and minds to wider possibilities. Only now are people beginning to talk openly about such experiences [near death experiences and the like] and journey to the seven other rooms.”

By the seven other rooms, he means that life is like living in an eight room house but only living or experiencing it in one room. Death opens us up, so to speak, to living in or experience the other eight rooms, metaphorically.” (Page ii)

He then goes on to say:

“It has taken years of learning and experiencing to allow myself to write this book without misconstruing the information through the eyes of my old beliefs. Misconstruing information is one of the mistakes commonly and unwittingly committed by many writers on the subject of death, their misconception being emphasized by their beliefs and especially their fears.” (Page ii)

Cliff wanted to be sure that he was clearly and concisely transmitting the information given him rather than embellishing it or making it fit into the belief system that he had when he began to receive the information contained in The Death Transition.

He ends the Forward by saying:

“With each new awareness, we become closer to the awareness of God, however you choose to perceive God and our eternal selves. Life and death are all parts of our ongoing existence. With each new life and each new death we gain insight, growth, and wisdom.”

The Death Transition also talks about reincarnation and the fact that we have all lived many lives, what we learn in between human lives and how we process all this information when we transition back to a non-human existence. Please be aware that he uses the terms awake state and sleep state in a very specific way. He says:

“The awake state is the portion of time in which your main focus is within the physical reality. It is the time you are actively going about your physical life. The sleep state is in reference to the time in which your physical body sleeps and you are mentally active in other realities.” (Emphasis added.)

He uses the terms death, dying and the like as a convenience when talking about the transition. Cliff does not want to instill fear in anyone.


This guide to the transition at death, or rather to the non-corporeal state, is clear, easy to understand and concise as I said above. The sections are clearly labeled, and the table of contents is quite useful as you can quickly turn to a section of the book that you wish to read or re-read. The Death Transition chapter contains, e.g., the following sections: What Happens Upon Death, Pre-Death Guides, The After-Death Body, The Mourning Process and the Funeral, The Missing Body, and After-Death Environment (Heaven) Beliefs as well as other sections. There are also chapters called Pathways to Making the Transition, Communicating with Loved Ones, Reminders, Questions and Answers, and Selected Reading. Except for the last two, the other chapters also have clearly titled subchapters that allow you to browse by topic if you choose, or you can read the whole book through, possibly even at one sitting.

Much of the book is aimed at allaying fears that people might have about death. On page 48, Cliff writes:

“Death is simply the changing of your perception from one reality to another. There is no mysterious, evil force awaiting your arrival upon transitioning and this transition is not an end to consciousness nor is it an eternal sleep. Nor are there rewards of martyrdom or golden castles other than what you may temporarily perceive.”

I recommend this book as a validation for beliefs or as an education for those who are unsure about this phase of our lives. I hope that it meets his goal of alleviating fears for those who are fearful about death. You can purchase this book through the link contained in this post to Amazon.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kathryn Samuelson, as an intuitive, channels your angels and guides who are delighted to connect with you, and who are uniquely suited to answer your questions and address your concerns. She can receive information as to who your angels and guides are, as well as receiving information for you about family, health, job and career, and life path among other issues and concerns. In her life coaching practice, she welcomes all clients, but specializes in helping those who are undergoing a transition in their lives—whether it is a move, a job or career change, a loss of some type, or some other transition issue. She was certified as a life coach in 2007 by the University of New Hampshire. Kathryn also leads workshops based on the set of meditation images and text contained in the book called Opening the Heart: Meditations onHow to Be. She created this book with her friend, Linda Lewis. For more information: www.kathrynsamuelson.com, klsamuelsonATyahoo.com, or 781-799-733

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Nurture and Nature

In thinking about what to blog about next on Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be, I decided to blog about meditation image number 47, Nurture, and meditation image number 48, Nature, at the same time. 

This is meditation image number 47:

The accompanying text for meditation image 47 contained in Part 2 of Opening the Heart reads:

“The old debate is about whether nurture or nature has the most importance in a person’s development. The truth is that they are equally important.

Nurture means the providing of sustenance, the act of bringing up, educating, and helping growth and development. What in the way nurturance have others given you? What have you given yourself? What are you giving others? What do you and others need now, even in adulthood?”

This is meditation image number 48:

The accompanying text for meditation image 48 contained in Part 2 of Opening the Heart reads:

“The old debate is about whether nurture or nature has the most importance in a person’s development. The truth is that they are equally important."

What has nature given you? Where do you come from? What do come from? What gifts has this given you? What about this can you use now on your path?”

As with all of Opening the Heart, the seeming dualities or opposites exist at the same time and influence us and our paths. Nature and nurture can be so deeply entwined that, at times, it might be difficult to sort out whether something belongs under the “heading” of nature or the “heading” of nurture.

Wiktionary defines the noun nurture as:
  • The act nourishing or nursing; tender care; education; training. 
  • That which nourishes; food; diet. 
  • The environmental influences that contribute to the development of an individual…. 
Wiktionary says that, as a verb, nurture means to nourish or nurse; to encourage, especially growth or development…

I think, that for me, I can list the following under Nurture:

A mother and father who:
  • Loved me deeply and provided me what I needed but not necessarily more than I needed;
  • Provided me with a sense of discipline and a moral bearing;
  • Provided me with the opportunity for education and the encouragement to be the best I can be and, interestingly at the time, encouraged me to go to college and law school:
  • Nursed me through illnesses and cared deeply when I had heartbreak, along with countless other intangible things;
  • and, when it came time to move to Massachusetts accepted that I would be moving 900 miles away and encouraged me in that.
The also gave me two sisters who still care about me and provide moral support when I need it. My sisters have given me a terrific niece and nephew.

I had loving grandparents, great aunts and great uncles, aunts and uncles, and cousins. They all accepted me for who I was then, and those still with us accept me for who I am now. Acceptance by family and friends is deeply nurturing to me as I do not need to pretend about who I am or hide what I do from them.

Friends are part of what I consider Nurture for me. They help me laugh, help me sort out questions and problems, and do lovely things for me.

I include eating well and exercising as well as anything that I do to take care of myself as nurturing myself.
Wiktionary includes the following among the definitions of nature:
  • The natural world; consisting of all things unaffected by or predating human technology, production and design, e.g. the ecosystem, the natural environment, virgin ground, unmodified species, laws of nature. 
  • The innate characteristics of a thing. What something will tend by its own constitution, to be or do. Distinct from what might be expected or intended.
  • The summary of everything that has to do with biological, chemical and physical states and events in the physical universe. 
  • Conformity to that which is natural, as distinguished from that which is artificial, or forced, or remote from actual experience. 
  • Kind, sort; character; quality.
I think, that for me, I can list the following under Nature:

My DNA, RNA, all of my cells and that which makes up my body are the most rudimentary gifts that nature has to give me. They, at the most basic level, set the stage for my life and being. I include any innate abilities, such as being able to hear, read, talk, think, and the like that help me move through life. There are those who believe that personality is somewhat set at time of birth, or rather that we all have a tendency towards a personality given to us by nature. (Although personality is, of course, influenced by nurture.)

As with all of the pairs in Opening the Heart, the question is existing within the seeming duality of the pair, as well as using the pair to go deeply into our hearts to find out what lives there, what our hearts want to tell us about living and being in relationship to ourselves, others, the world, and the divine. The seeming duality is that it is not just either/or in life. Sometimes, possibly all the time, it is neither and both at once. How do we navigate our way in a world where it neither and both at once, yet at the same time possibly either/or without it being crazy making, causing us to not be fully in the world or to keep us from having our hearts fully open.

What did you receive from Nurture? How do they interplay to make you who you are? What can you learn from this seeming duality to help you in your life and to heal your being?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 Kathryn Samuelson, as an intuitive, channels your angels and guides who are delighted to connect with you, and who are uniquely suited to answer your questions and address your concerns. She can receive information as to who your angels and guides are, as well as receiving information for you about family, health, job and career, and life path among other issues and concerns. In her life coaching practice, she welcomes all clients, but specializes in helping those who are undergoing a transition in their lives—whether it is a move, a job or career change, a loss of some type, or some other transition issue. She was certified as a life coach in 2007 by the University of New Hampshire. Kathryn also leads workshops based on the set of meditation images and text contained in the book called Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be. She created this book with her friend, Linda Lewis. For more information: www.kathrynsamuelson.com, klsamuelsonATyahoo.com, or 781-799-733






Sunday, June 1, 2014

Life is a school. Learn from it.

My most recent blog post was about the meditation image 15 from Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be that says: “Life is a song. Sing it.”

The companion meditation to meditation image 15 “Life is a song. Sing it.” is meditation image 16, “Life is a school. Learn from it.”

I read an interesting quote from the poet William Blake on the Poetry Daily website the morning that I started work on this post. It is: “Without contraries there is no progression.”

In some ways, this epitomizes Opening the Heart which is based on a number of the seeming dualities of life.

The second contrary or seeming duality of this pair of meditation images is about learning from life, while at the same time, the other part of the pair is about singing life. It seems to me that, in one sense, Blake’s quote could mean that he was talking about learning from contemplating the contraries or seeming dualities, although I understand that there is at least one other interpretation of this quote that is possible. That would be that we progress from learning from life’s difficulties that come one at a time. But, both interpretations lead us to the conclusion that life teaches us, life is a school, and part of our task in life is to learn its lessons.

Meditation image 16 is:

The accompanying text for meditation image 16 contained in Opening the Heart is:

“Many believe that part of each our incarnations here is to learn specific lessons, or merely to remember Source. Even if that is not part of your belief, living seems to take constant learning—from the day-to-day tasks that come our way, to interacting with others, to lessons of the soul. What do you choose to learn? Being presented with all this wonderful knowledge is a gift. Accept this gift and use it.”

I remember my school days—some were easy and some were hard. But I believe that I learned something even on the days that were easy. Sometimes it was about interacting with others, sometimes it was about myself, and sometimes it was literally facts and figures that helped me pass tests, helped me move from grade to grade, i.e., to move forward. And, eventually to pass the Bar Exam and be able to practice law to make a living. 

I do know that life’s lessons did not stop just because I left school. I believe that I am still learning. In fact, I have said on any number of occasions that it is a good day if I learn something. I do reflect on myself as I was earlier in my life and realize when I do how much I have learned, how much I have progressed and moved forward. Each job that I held helped me learn something about my former profession, being a lawyer, and taught me something about the area of law I was practicing. Just as when I was in school, some days were easy and some were hard. Some were fun. Sometimes I learned something every week and sometimes I learned something new every day. 

That, however, in some sense, was learning on the most superficial level. However, on a deeper level, I learned how to listen to others, how to ask questions that reach to the heart of things, how to analyze facts, and how to advise about solving problems. I learned to look at things from new perspectives, sometimes turning things on their head, so to speak, to reach clarity about the situation. I learned to ask the question “Why not?”  in place of “Why?” when it was appropriate. 

These are all skills that I use in the work that I do now as an Angel Reader and Life Coach. I use these skills to listen deeply to what the Angels and Guides are giving me to pass on to my Angel Reading clients as well as to what my Life Coaching clients are telling me. It all helps me to show my clients the possibilities and the ways in which they can transform themselves and their lives. 

I learned more and more about writing, a skill I used in writing Opening the Heart as well as it being a skill I use in writing these blog posts. I learned that language has meaning—that it colors how we see ourselves, others, and the world, even the divine. Learning to change our language can change how we see. 

We speak to ourselves and we learn from language, dreams, meditations, images, and, yes, well all of life. 

One thing that I believe that I have learned is that to truly learn we need to have an open heart, because when we close our hearts we shut down. It is as if new knowledge, new ways of thinking and new ways of being bounce right off of us. I believe that our hearts have to be fully engaged in the learning process as well as our minds to truly learn from life and integrate what it wants to teach us. 

The meditation image is a water lily, fully open and ready to receive what nature sends its way. The center of the water lily looks as if it is reaching out with antennae to grasp what life has to give us. Can each of make our hearts as open as this water lily, ready to receive and use what life’s school sends our way?  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kathryn Samuelson, as an intuitive, channels your angels and guides who are delighted to connect with you, and who are uniquely suited to answer your questions and address your concerns. She can receive information as to who your angels and guides are, as well as receiving information for you about family, health, job and career, and life path among other issues and concerns. In her life coaching practice, she welcomes all clients, but specializes in helping those who are undergoing a transition in their lives—whether it is a move, a job or career change, a loss of some type, or some other transition issue. She was certified as a life coach in 2007 by the University of New Hampshire. Kathryn also leads workshops based on the set of meditation images and text contained in the book called Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be. She created this book with her friend, Linda Lewis. For more information: www.kathrynsamuelson.com, klsamuelsonATyahoo.com.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Life is a song. Sing it.

I had originally thought that I would use a different meditation image to contemplate to write a post for Explore Beyond the Usual, but it came to me this morning that I should write about the meditation image with the text: “Life is a song. Sing it.” This is meditation image 15 from Opening the Heart: Meditations on How toBe. I believe this for two reasons. One, I managed to lose the text of the other post I had started writing.

Two, I am listening to a CD that I bought as a present for my father a number of years ago. I was singing to my dad when he was hospitalized with a hematoma on his brain. I asked him what his favorite hymn was. He told me that it was “Uncloudy Day.” I bought him a CD with a version of this old hymn on it as present at one point because of that brief conversation. I kept it after both my parents died. 

A number of the songs were songs that we sang in church or in the car on road trips. I remember songs such as The Little Brown Church in the Wildwood and others that I do know that names of—the one about Noah and the animals coming into the ark “two by twoey”, e.g., as well as other old time hymns. We sang, at times, through life. 

This also reminded me of how my sister, my niece and I would sometimes spontaneously start singing to the radio as we drove around the Chicago area. I have known myself to sing CDs and the radio when by myself, at home or in the car. I think we deeply surprised a boyfriend of mine one time when the three of just suddenly sang along with the radio when we were driving somewhere. I have even occasionally started singing along with the piped in music in stores, albeit somewhat quietly.

I have sung through heartache and pain as I know that others have. Singing is not just for fun, it is also for grief, sadness, and let us not forget joy and praise.

Meditation image 15 is:

 The text for meditation image is:

“Everything in the universe has a frequency or harmonic at which it vibrates, including you and me. That means, in essence, each of us is singing a song at all times—it is just one that we cannot necessarily hear with our ears. We can also learn to sing a song that can be heard at all times, if we choose. Can you find your frequency? What harmonic or tone resonates with you? What do you want your song to say about you? What do you want to sing? “

I went to Ireland in 2002 on a trip based on women’s spirituality. One of the things that we did was to “tone.” I had not heard of this before. My first experience of it was out in the open, in a circle and in front of all the other tourists present at the Cliffs of Mohr. Toning is the practice of finding a tone and “singing” it out loud. Sometimes you hold at that tone or you can slide up or down to other tones until you find what truly resonates for you at that moment. I suppose you could call it a form of wordless chanting. It certainly helped open up my throat chakra. It was, and is, a means to sing who I am at any moment, matching my frequency or harmonic and allowing it to be heard out loud. I would find myself walking around downtown Chicago, where I worked at the time, humming to myself as a means of discretely toning. I knew that, with all the noise on the street, very few people would know that I was toning myself out into the world. 

I spent a weekend at Rowe Camp and Conference Center in Rowe, MA at a work shop led by Molly Scott. The entire weekend was based on toning your story, i.e., telling your story without words. I remember that, the first evening of the workshop, she had us go around the circle and sing a tone before we introduced ourselves. I believe that we possibly said our first names next, then a word about ourselves next. We did not talk in an in-depth way about ourselves at all that weekend. The connection was entirely about our story through sound. 

She gave us a technique to use during stressful interactions with others. This is to hum very, very quietly to the other person. Have I used it much? No, because the trick, of course, is to remember to do it when you find yourself in a confrontation with someone. But, this strikes me as being similar to quietly radiating your frequency out from your heart.

I came home from that weekend and found myself looking at myself in the bathroom mirror and toning out loud with the intention of singing my story, whatever it happened to be in that moment. 

All of these can be ways to get in touch with yourself, your heart, and then to send it out into the world. Singing, chanting, toning can change your relationship to yourself, can change how you see the world. At least I believe so. 

Can there be many ways for you to sing? What would those be? Can finding your inner peace and radiating outward from your heart be singing? I think so if you are radiating your harmony out into the world.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Kathryn Samuelson, as an intuitive, channels your angels and guides who are delighted to connect with you, and who are uniquely suited to answer your questions and address your concerns. She can receive information as to who your angels and guides are, as well as receiving information for you about family, health, job and career, and life path among other issues and concerns. In her life coaching practice, she welcomes all clients, but specializes in helping those who are undergoing a transition in their lives—whether it is a move, a job or career change, a loss of some type, or some other transition issue. She was certified as a life coach in 2007 by the University of New Hampshire. Kathryn also leads workshops based on the set of meditation images and text contained in the book called Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be. She created this book with her friend, Linda Lewis. For more information: www.kathrynsamuelson.com, klsamuelsonATyahoo.com, or 781-799-7332

Most Benevolent Outcome Stories for May 2014

INCLUDED IN THIS BLOG:

· BP TO HELP BARBER FIND CARD
· MBO FOR PARKING SPACE
· MBO TO RENT HOUSE
· MBO FOR CAR PROBLEM
· MBO FOR PLUMBING PROBLEM
· MBO TO START LAWNMOWER
· MBO FOR CAR FINANCING
· MBO FOR BURNED HAND
· MBO FOR SAFE DRIVING
· MBOS BRING PEACEFUL, EASY FEELING


Welcome to the Benevolent Outcomes Blog, and welcome to everyone who subscribed in the past week. This Blog is for people just discovering how to use a very simple, yet powerful and effective spiritual tool you can use every day the rest of your life. It will lessen the stress and fear of life in general, and will make your life easier. It’s so simple a lot of people say “It can’t be this easy,” but it is, because IT WORKS! This reconnects you with your Guardian Angel, or higher power, or whatever your belief is. You simply say, “I request a Most Benevolent Outcome for…….., thank you!” When you read the stories below, sent from all over the world, we use the acronym MBO for Most Benevolent Outcomes, GA for Guardian Angel, and BP for Benevolent Prayers (what you ask for other people).

SPECIAL NOTICE: 

All my books are sold on Amazon.com in both print and ebook formats, if you wish to buy them that way, http://tinyurl.com/kmggzoc. You can read SAMPLE CHAPTERS of all the books at http://www.thegentlewaybook.com/chapters.htm.

Please email me your MBO stories to show others how to use this simple tool to TomTMoore6(at)aol.com. Now for some inspiring stories. 

BP TO HELP BARBER FIND CARD

Rick writes: I have a BP. I went to get my hair cut yesterday. I walk in and the woman who cuts my hair (owner) is preoccupied, trying to find a business card. She tells me to sit in a barber's chair while she searches. She and a client barter services and she needed the contact information. I sat in the chair and said a BP to myself that she'll find the business card.

After we're done, I pay her and we chat at the counter like we always do. She begins searching again and after a few seconds she finds the card. Between the BP and her finding the card was 10 minutes (including stopping to take time to cut my hair).

MBO FOR PARKING SPACE

Lynn writes: I use them so much and they almost always seem to happen... in the best possible way... when I am stumped as why it did not, I figure there was a good universal reason... I did ask for a good parking place at our Rec Center the other day.... I was in a big hurry and the only other parking would mean I would have to walk down a slippery hill. So I went all through the lot, and there was none, so I said...ok there is a good reason. I was a bit grumpy about it, as I would be late. Just as I was about to leave a car pulled out of the perfect place.... I actually laughed out loud and said a big Thank you... that scared our dog.

MBO TO RENT HOUSE

Vicky writes: I had asked to rent/sell my house before April and that came through. I am very happy because I don't have a job right now and I had only one month left to pay bills. That extra money I will pay to ship some things to Florida and doing some repairs in the house for the new tenants. Thanks to MBO! I am fee of worries.

MBO FOR CAR PROBLEM

Laura writes: I asked for MBO. Car had ABS light on and noise. Driving to emergency dental on interstate. Said my MBO and let it go! Said an MBO when I took it in. Only my hubcap was holding on bolt to caliper or something. I was protected and provided for. My tire is on tight and it got fixed for free! I MBO everything!

MBO FOR PLUMBING PROBLEM

Sandy writes: I've got more: 1.) My toilet was running like a faucet at God's house and I made an MBO for a fast plumber. Well, plumber served! 2.) I requested an MBO for a phone call from a certain person, phone call served!

MBO TO START LAWNMOWER

Michael writes: Yesterday, the task of cleaning up and mowing began. I figured the mower that sat out all winter would be a problem to start. I filled the gas tank and saying an MBO, I sprayed a little starting fluid in carburetor and pulled on the rope.......about three tugs and it sputtered to life and ran like new.

Following that success, I got out the weed eater........pulled the rope and it was jamming and wouldn't allow a clean pull, I was ready to give up.......so I said a quick MBO for help-pulled one more time and it started right up. Thank you again Tom for MBO knowledge. I have had success before but never such an immediate response. Bless you.

MBO FOR CAR FINANCING

Ketso writes from South Africa: Two days ago the new head of credit at my bank put stringent conditions to my car loan application; he said the car would have to be registered in Lesotho [Africa] and I would have to pay 20% upfront/deposit fee, which is R62,000.00 (about $6,200).

So as I was about to fall sleep on Thursday night, I requested a MBO and asked for forgiveness to and for putting anyone in such a situation in the past, present or future lives. Yesterday, the business development officer called to tell me that they will finance my car over a period of 48 months and no deposit. My monthly installment will be R8400 ($840) and the car will be registered in South Africa.

Whilst this is better, I have requested an even better deal - I will update you.

MBO FOR BURNED HAND

Anne Marie writes: This morning, as I was getting ready for work, I burned my hand on my hair straightener, and could tell it was a bad burn. Despite all this, I'm pretty proud of myself because I REMEMBERED almost immediately to say an MBO for my hand to heal quickly with as little pain as possible. It's been a little painful, but not as painful as it could have been (these straighteners get up to 400 degrees!) and I am still able to type at work today!

MBO FOR SAFE DRIVING

M.J. writes: I was driving to visit my mother (about an hour away from my home). I requested an MBO to stay safe while driving my car that day. On the way home, I looked up and saw a steel hammer (with a rubber handle) falling from above. It bounced on the highway and went up into the air about 16 – 20 feet. I just knew it was going to land on my car if I didn’t get into the other lane right away. This is a busy interstate through the downtown area of my home city.

I didn’t have a second to hesitate so I just swerved into the adjacent lane and avoided the falling hammer. As soon as I got back into my lane, I shouted out a very heartfelt “Thank you Angels”. As soon as I said my thank-you, I looked in my mirrors and there were all kinds of cars on both sides of me. Obviously, my angels got those cars out of the way for that brief second when I needed a clear lane. I did notice that time seemed to slow down while this was all taking place. I feel very fortunate and grateful. Thank you!

MBOS BRING EASY, GENTLE FEELING

Laura writes: I love MBO's. They bring a Grace, Ease and Flow to my life that is surrounded in Peace and Comfort knowing that I AM Guided, Guarded, Protected and Provided for in ways I could not expect or imagine. Fills my days with joy from the many surprising Blessings. I AM also filled with Gratitude and Appreciation to those Energetic Beings and Angels who Love to Serve and Assist spreading the Divine Love around. Inspires me to do the same here in 3D. LOVE you ALL!

Carol writes: I had a most wonderful experience this past Saturday using an MBO, and I thought you might consider putting it in your newsletter and/or blog. I know you usually get MBO stories about folks getting their cars fixed or money when the need it or accident avoidance, etc, but this is a little different. I hope you find it interesting.

This past Saturday, I attended an all-day lecture sponsored by the A.R.E. and given by a lovely woman named Judith Pennington. The lecture was entitled, "Your Psychic Soul," and it involved (in a nutshell) looking at brain activity on EEGs during theta meditation, and expanding our abilities into higher realms. Judith's website: http://www.judithpennington.com/, and a YouTube vid of her work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgM_cFO1tKk if you want to do some research.

As part of the seminar, we did several meditations down into theta frequency, and then she had us pair up with another attendee we did not know to do psychic readings on each other. I was paired with a lovely woman of ~40 years, about whom I knew absolutely nothing, including her name. She asked me to read her first. Now, I have done some theta meditation training, but it was several years ago - and I am not a regular meditator. I've done only two psychic readings in my entire life, and they were during the course of that earlier theta meditation training. But, while Judith was giving the room some directions and instructions, I took a few moments to ask for an MBO. I asked my guardian angels for a most benevolent outcome, that they help me provide this young woman with whatever information she needed at this time, and that the results be better than either of us could ever hope for or expect.

Well let me tell you, I have never experienced anything that concrete, or rapid, or so 'on the money' as what I got for that young woman. I started getting a picture of her in a tropical location. There was a brief moment when I started to say to myself, 'surely you are wrong about seeing a woman walking on a beach, in a sarong, by herself. How could this possibly mean anything? We all want a tropical vacation! ' But I had to tell myself to stop judging and just relay what I am getting, since I don't know any thing about what this means to her. And while the picture didn't really change, I got a flood of information about the fact that she is supposed to be a teacher. As I continued to relay what I was being presented, at one point, I popped into her akashic record and popped right back out again, but I saw enough to know that she had many lifetimes as a teacher, and many of them back to back. At some point during the reading, she started squeezing my hands, so I assumed I was giving her information that made sense to her. After a few minutes, I finished up (this lasted only about five minutes), and came back to beta state. She had tears in her eyes, as did I. She told me that I was so on the money that she could not believe it, that every single thing I said was true for her. Then she proceeded to tell me about some of her background and, basically, how she had specifically avoided becoming a teacher. I don't want to go into details so as to protect her privacy, but suffice to say, what I provided her was an affirmation that all the things she was conflicted about were all the things she should be doing. She was overwhelmed, and in a state of shock.

Frankly, I was in awe myself, having difficulty believing that I could be so accurate. I attribute the accuracy of my reading solely to my Guardian Angels, Guides, and Masters. There is no way I'm taking credit for what happened - I was just the vessel.

Just as an aside, when she read for me, she said that she saw white and gold orbs floating around me. I am going to assume that those orbs are my Guardian Angels, Guides, and Masters (it you feel like checking with Theo to confirm, I wouldn't say no...). Later, I said a heart-felt thank you to my GAs for the great readings. I am grateful beyond words.

MBOS FOR VACATION FLIGHTS

Allan writes from Thailand: This happened to my and my friend on or vacation. This February - my best friend and I went to Indonesia - as always when going on a vaccation I'm asking any and all beings of love and light to help and protect me and my friends - asking Gaia for the best weather possible (not interfearing with her work :-D) asking for a safe flight - asking for seating on the flight where we can be in peace and quiet - with not too many crying children ;-)

This year we had huge difficulties paying for our flight from Bali to another island, Flores, so I asked for a miracle - that even though we landed and had less than 1 hour to get lugage and buy tickets and check in again - we would make it. We got our lugage - no problems - but when we got to the ticket office they told us that the gate was closed and that there was nothing they could do - we had to wait till next day to get our flight to Flores.

Outside the office where to men telling us that if we gave them 3 million rupees - they'd give us tickets and we'd be on our way to Flores. But after almost 15 hours and not enough sleep - we didn't want to give strangers our money. Suddenly a man from the ticket office came out - said come with me I'll get you on the plane - he got us through security to the checkin counter - told the checkin lady to check our lagage in - meanwhile he got the tickets - so he was running back and forth the ticket office and we got out tickets and got onboard the plane.

To me that was the first of many small miracles we experienced this year.

The last thing I want to point out - is our return flight - against what I thought we were seated right next to a 1 y.o. baby boy - and I was worried that he would cry and do what babies do. I of course said an MBO for a safe and quiet flight

to my big amazement - this baby boy didn't cry on the whole flight - he was however flirting with the stewardess - smiling and laughing at her whenever she came our way - everybody around was happy and smiling cause of this little boy smiling and laughing so much - thanks to MBO's. So again thank you so much for your work.

MBO FOR DRIVE FROM FLORIDA HOME

Dave writes: Gail and I both asked for an MBO for our trip coming back from Florida and even asked for compressed time. The trip was the easiest and best we ever had, hardly any traffic, and we arrived an hour before we expected to. This was after even one additional stop. And the beauty of it is, there was no anxiety associated with the 12 hour trip which is often the case when you are anxious to get home.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mothers Day Musings

This Mothers Day, if we honor the Divine Mother, we can find lost treasures that we’ve been missing in our topsy-turvy times. No matter what your relationship is – or was – with your birth mother, or any mother figure in your life, this is a chance to see motherhood as a sacred principle and power, of nurturance and protection.

Astrologically, Jupiter now in maternal Cancer enhances understanding of what it means to belong to a family and feel at home in a circle of souls, accepted for who you are in a mutually interdependent support system. The drive to belong has huge ramifications on personal, national and global scales for better or worse, especially as Jupiter is in a Cardinal Cross that fuels behaviors guided by emotional impulses. An example of this drive is the crisis in Ukraine, driven by nostalgia for belonging to Mother Russia. This is like trying to pull the baby back into the womb rather than helping the child to grow and mature as its own entity. You can’t return a baby to the womb! Although I’ve never visited Ukraine, some of my ancestors came from Ukraine, and this crisis makes me think of the turmoil that made them take the terrifying leap to leave their homeland and everything familiar to seek a better life in America. Claims that ethnic Russians must be protected beg the question: if those Ukrainians needing such protection would be happier living in Russia?

If Mother Russia accepts Ukraine’s autonomy, it can have a mature relationship with its people, based on mutual respect and love, without feeling threatened by new influences upon Ukrainians from Europe. As a proud mother of two fine adult sons, I know how hard it is to let go and watch your children grow up and find their way in the world, but that is the way of evolution, and ultimately my joy, to see how well they are creating lives and families of their own. Vladimir Putin could take pride in all ethnic Russians who will always belong in spirit to Mother Russia, whether or not they are within Russia’s national borders … couldn’t he?

Mothers Day thoughts extend to another extremely painful story that is gripping the world’s concerns, fears and anguish; the 200+ kidnapped Nigerian girls. Joining my prayers to millions of others for their safe return, I also pray that this inhumane and unconscionable act will be a tipping point for international awareness of women’s rights going forward as a high priority. Every mother everywhere wants those girls returned to their homes and families so their healing process can begin.

Lastly, our over-exploiting Mother Earth has brought us climate change and extreme weather. This Mothers Day, let’s commit to doing more to protect Mother Earth, the homeland that serves us all. Last month, my husband and I installed solar panels and we are referring others to the company for this service. The energy our panels have already generated equals 3 trees saved and a reduced carbon footprint. We also grow food with a system that conserves 90% of the water that soil growing requires. I am glad to tell you more about this too if you want to contact me via NewAgeSages.com to learn more. Wishing you a happy and blessed Mothers Day!

Amy Shapiro

Subscribe to Explore Beyond the Usual™ by Email
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

For 40+ years, Astrologer Amy Shapiro has nurtured soul growth with skills and services drawn on her training with Astrologer Isabel Hickey, William Swygaard, Jo Onvlee, John Chung Li and Dr. Oskar Adler. Amy was the first Clerk for NCGR and an early President of NCGR- Boston. She co-discovered a technique with Astrologer Ron Davison called The Relationship Chart or as she calls it The Conception Chart of the Relationship due to its esoteric implications.

Her TV and radio show, "Good Heavens!" won her wide acclaim with the public and her Good Heaven’s column appeared monthly in Dell Horoscope Magazine. She continues to be a contributor to Horoscope Magazine. She founded the Cape Ann School of Astrology and has been a consultant, editor and writer for Para Research, Astral Research, Cosmic Communications and Dell Horoscope. After earning her MA in Education and Psychology, she earned an M.Ed. in Counseling, and trained in stress management, T’ai Chi, meditation, visualization; reincarnation, hypnotherapy and nutrition. She has been as a Head Start Advisor, taught at Wheelock and Endicott Colleges, and trained at Harvard’s Mind-Body Institute and New England Society of Clinical Hypnosis.


She has dedicated 20+ years to The Testament of Astrology, 7-volume course by Austrian Astrologer Dr. Oskar Adler, and has now published a comprehensive Curriculum Guide for the entire 7 volume series. She has also written and published Dr. Adler's biography called Dr. Oskar Adler: A Complete Man. Her other books include One Sex to the Other – Reincarnation and the Dual-Gender SoulThe Dis-Appointment Book –A Human Therapy Guide to Conquering Disappointments She coauthored the book Questioning the Oracle—The IChingThe Gift of the Tortoise-New Insights into the I-ChingNever Mind, and Forces at Work: Astrology and Career, Before This Song Ends - A Timeless Romance.

With her husband, Ed Kaznocha, Amy raised two sons in Gloucester, MA, where they enjoy gardening and landscaping. She can be reached at www.NewAgeSages.com

Other Blog Posts by Amy: Mass Wedding Bells on 11/12/13, Ride the Wave of a Rare Grand Water TrineCourage and Compassion … in a SongLoss, Love and Poetry in Times of ChaosMaster of the WheelEnergy Shifts in 2013 as Pluto dips into the Taurus Decanate of CapricornBirthing Pains & Rewards: Saturn Sextiles Pluto on 12/27/12December 2012 Astrological Forecast Rousseau's Novel Romance ~ Portsmouth: A Love StoryOctober 2012 Astrological ForecastMars in Scorpio - What Legacy Compels You to Act?A Gardener’s Dream: No Soil? No Problem!The Mercury Wave: Retro Direct, Astrological Forecast for August 2012This Pivotal Year ~ Uranus goes Retrograde on July 13th2012 A Pivotal Year2012 - A Pivotal Year - Coping with ChangesWhose Astrologer Are You?