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The Smile Virus

I went to a funeral today for an elderly family friend. Funerals often provide an occasion for reflection, and this one was especially rich for me. I looked at the pictures that provided a window into her past. She grew up on the Northern Great Plains, a farming background, became a kindergarten teacher, married, had a family (most of whom I talked to at the reception) . I noticed one striking thing that remained a constant from the first photos, to the pictures from last year.(br/. Her smile. There were many photos of her, but her smiles transcended media and time. How contagious her energy is! Even looking at her picture, I felt compelled to smile back. As I sat through the service, I heard her smile mentioned repeatedly; I was not the only person who was infected with her smile virus. How simple. Imagine a world full of people … Read More

The Intuitive Way

Intuition is a system. It is a thoughtful, scientific, binding, bountiful, beautiful and disciplined system. Psychic sensitivity exposes you to any and all psychic information available, at any given time. The intuitive individual calmly selects the psychic energy that makes sense, and rejects the remainder. While psychic sensitivity can lead to amazing insight and revelations, it can overwhelm and cripple the most gifted. The Intuitive way, however, is customized to each individual and their spiritual destiny. Within each of us lies a special calling, like a bud waiting to flower. This calling is your purpose. It is a truth of God waiting to be expressed, a bit of heaven on earth. You are responsible to awaken, to prune and to express this truth in your life, in all you do, from washing the dishes to car pooling kids to listening to friends to working professionally to living with a love. … Read More

Anatomy of a Block: The Stronghold

Essentially, a block keeps us from living as our authentic self. Usually blocks are composed of strongholds, mental or emotional programs that keep us stuck in a pattern that isn’t good for us. There are two basic types of strongholds. A mental stronghold is made of two or more beliefs that join together but never come apart. For instance, we might touch a stove and get burned. We now think, “Stoves can burn” and also “Getting burned, hurts.” These aren’t bad thoughts. In fact, they can be helpful; we’ll think twice before we touch another hot stove. A problem arises if we keep these two thoughts joined together to create a stronghold, or a belief that detracts from our life, or even causes harm. A resulting, negative stronghold might be the conclusion that because stoves burn and getting burned, hurts, then stoves are bad. This idea isn’t all that traumatic—it might spare … Read More

Your Soul

Like your spirit, your soul carries the torch of your spiritual purpose. But it also holds your dysfunctional issues, all of which emanate from negative and inaccurate beliefs. To heal your soul—and your life and the world—it is important to understand the structure and flight of your soul. There is more to your story than that of spirit and soul. After entering the material world, your soul acquired correct and incorrect learning based on experience. I first became aware of this truth when studying with a shaman in Peru. There was a small group of us, and no matter what life issue we professed to want cured, he would say, “Ah, negativity in the soul.” Financial problems? A physical disorder? Depression? “Negativity in the soul.” Since then, I have resolutely searched for soul-based rather than just physically based causes for my own and others’ problems. Inevitably, the issue becomes clearer … Read More

Do You Believe in Ghosts?

The Hobo Ghosts Almost everyone asks me if I believe in ghosts. I do. I have been seeing and hearing them since I was a small girl. My first experience with ghosts occurred when I was five years old. I awoke one evening because of a loud crash in the kitchen. Startled, I began to get out of bed, when I heard voices. “Mac, you have to quiet it down. There are kids and a dog and such things, and You Know Who has a law against scaring the little ones.” Mac? Who was Mac? I wondered. My dad’s name was Wally and I certainly didn’t think he’d be up banging around the kitchen in the middle of the night. Another voice piped in. “Aw, Harry, it’s a greasy skillet and it slips.” And the two voices proceeded to bump around the kitchen doing what sounded like an awful lot … Read More

The Unseen World – of Energy

We like to imagine what our life would be like, “if only.” If only we had a lot of money. If only we were thin, more successful, or had a better car. Have you noticed how you felt when you actually obtained one of your “if only” goals? You were still dissatisfied, weren’t you? After the initial rush, you probably felt emptier than before. That’s because true happiness isn’t derived through external accomplishments or belongings. Our deepest drive is for meaning, which is an invisible, not a tangible quality. We all want to feel fulfilled. We want to know that our lives matter and that we’re making a difference in others’ lives. I believe that this drive for purpose is the distinguishing mark of the 21st Century. We yearn for more than materiality. We’re following an inspiration to touch heart-to-heart, calling forth our spirit through connection. We strive for peace, … Read More

The Sacredness of Scripture

One of the little known facts about my background is that I attended a seminary to work toward a master’s degree in divinity. I loved the year-and-a-half of intense study. I felt whole when immersed in history, theology, and questions about the Christ and the Universe. One might suppose that this intense indulgence answered my own most pressing spiritual question: Are the Scriptures really sacred? In other words, are they, as the Church Fathers imply, written by the hand of God? From a spiritual perspective, this is a crucial question. It doesn’t only apply to the Christian faith. Nearly every religion or spiritual practice asserts validity through intuitive revelation, whether visions, visitations, channeling, or insights. If a Scripture is truly sacred—delivered from On High—then we are supposed to follow its strictures and wisdom. If it is pretty much a human deal, well then, there is a lot more leeway. During … Read More

The Search for a Guru

In my field, one of the more commonplace concepts is that of the guru. A guru is a guide or teacher. We usually associate gurus with spiritual or religious sects, although a guru can also present intellectual ideas or understandings. Usually, however, a guru is the master of a defined spiritual path who shows the way to a particular body of followers. I have a lot of mixed reaction to the idea of a guru; you might as well. The basic image is of circling he-who-is-close-to-God in hopes of receiving a little of the energy. Knowledge might be passed from on high through words, but just as often through the transmission of wisdom through the eyes or awareness. I acknowledge the desire and need to honor the sacred. I know that there are individuals whose connection to the heavens and ultimate truth far exceeds my own. If they are willing … Read More

The Search for a Guru

Essential Energy Column, July 2009 In my field, one of the more commonplace concepts is that of the guru. A guru is a guide or teacher. We usually associate gurus with spiritual or religious sects, although a guru can also present intellectual ideas or understandings. Usually, however, a guru is the master of a defined spiritual path who shows the way to a particular body of followers. I have a lot of mixed reaction to the idea of a guru; you might as well. The basic image is of circling he-who-is-close-to-God in hopes of receiving a little of the energy. Knowledge might be passed from on high through words, but just as often through the transmission of wisdom through the eyes or awareness. I acknowledge the desire and need to honor the sacred. I know that there are individuals whose connection to the heavens and ultimate truth far exceeds my … Read More

Misery Needs a Rule

When perusing a book last month by Dr. Henry Cloud, a Christian psychotherapist, I was struck by the following phrase. “Misery Needs a Rule.” I had been conveniently ignoring much of the book, which outlined all the cheery ways to create success. Frankly, I was rankled. I wasn’t in the mood to be all that optimistic, even though research shows that happier people live longer and are healthier overall. I figured that statistics aren’t everything. After all, my Grandfather Olaf lived to something like 93 and ate nothing but beef fat and the pecan rolls served at 5 a.m. with his coffee at the local café in Watford City, North Dakota. The truth is that I was turning one of those non-admissible ages. Not only did I feel miserable, but I also wanted to feel miserable. My age? It’s now a creep away from cheap rates at the movies. Soon … Read More

The Dog That Bites

My son Gabe’s dog is a pacifist. He has to be. If he so much as snaps at the hand that feeds him—mine—he’d not only be minus a tail, but also all dining rights for the next few years. It’s not like I actually like hosting a zoo of five animals, but it serves a higher purpose. I don’t even need to own a vacuum cleaner. Dropped food doesn’t even make it to the floor, a true asset in a household of boys. The cat, on the other hand, isn’t as passive. First, he’s completely happy with cat food. He’s not really into jelly bellies and peanut butter sandwiches and pop rock candies. He’s more into survival. I don’t want to mislead you. Johnny T. (for The) Cat is not a ferocious individual. In fact, he’s quite the pleasant character, doling out opportunities to pet, scratch, and feed him—unless you … Read More

Grace in the “Big Bad World”

The other day, I was puzzled, having to choose between two very important tasks. Should I help my son with a report on civil rights that wasn’t due for a week, or work on this column? The report would require Internet research, the column only a clear brain, on my part. As insignificant as the decision, I asked the Divine for a sign. Angel Gabriel must have been busy, as I didn’t get a truly dependable communiqué from above, but my wild Golden Retriever stood in for him. Tale wiggling, he dragged my son’s school folder out from under the couch, where it had been kicked in a snafu between he and the blind-deaf dog, and stood over it, happily growling. Okay, maybe I read too much into the divine-intervention-through-a-dog-theme, but I’m SO not into trundling up in winter wear to search for omens from Nature outside. There’s enough animal … Read More

When It’s Cold—Outside or Inside

Winter in Minnesota is offensive enough. February throws me over the edge. Can you imagine living in a state where, nine months of the year, a woman’s idea of “dressing up” is to choose between grey and black wool pants and sweaters? Honestly, I have these great clothes. Long green silk gown, short red strapless dress; doomed to hang forlorn, pretty girls never asked to the dance, while the cruel stepsisters preen about in their dull long underwear. You know you’re in trouble when the dogs, whose basic nature is similar to Soviet KGB agents equipped with shaggy fur coats, thick muck-luck paws and Attitude, transform into their lesser-clothed Russian gulag prisoners who prefer entrapment in their Siberian prison cells—the back bedrooms—to so much as sticking their noses outside. This is the time my fantasies turn from the normal—i.e., winning the lottery, losing pounds in one bodily site to add … Read More

Resolutions and the Power of the Law

A few days ago, my son Gabriel was brainstorming ways to make money. Apparently he didn’t think he would receive enough for Christmas—not an amount adequate to purchase that mighty amazing electric guitar, anyway. And so, he was establishing various tasks by which he could fleece mother of as much money as possible. How about twenty dollars for a flushed toilet? How about another hundred to clean it—just the top, of course? Upon hearing too many refusals, he chose another recourse. A threat. “Mom, if you don’t let me make money, I’ll become a lawyer when I grow up.” I think the idea was that he could then sue me for everything I was worth. Every January, the turn of the calendar is synonymous with the word “pause.” Most of us want our upcoming year to differ, at least in part, from the previous one. So we set resolutions. A … Read More

The Mirror of the New Economy

Imagine that you are handed a mirror. A voice speaks, telling you to look into the shiny surface and there, you will see your future. You are excited, if a bit puzzled. How can a mirror show you what is to come? What might be? What will be? Nonetheless, you follow directions and gaze into the looking glass. The first image causes more confusion that clarity. There is a picture—of the world, with black spots all over it. These specks merge over the firmament. They are darker and denser over the areas inhabited by the most people. This planet is polluted, and not only by chemicals. Peoples’ souls have become polluted with greed and violence. What is the message? Is your personal destiny and the world’s fate really one and the same? You aren’t pleased. The world is a sad place. Come time for the holidays, there’s little peace on … Read More

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