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Letting Go, BEing in the Flow – The Law of Disattachment

“Always without desire we must be found,
If its deep mystery we would sound;
But if desire always within us be,
Its outer fringe is all that we shall see.”

Lao-Tzu Tao Te Ching (J. Legge, translator) 1891

Ancient martial arts masters taught the Law of Disattachment. When you hold desire, you restrict the flow of energy. It is as if you are trying to force energy to exhibit or appear a certain way. We often use force to create a “desired” outcome, right? To truly BE in the flow of universal energy is to let go of all desire because desire impedes the flow of universal energy. We need to learn to exist simply in a state of BEing that allows universal energy to move in us and through us and back out to the greater universal field. Then all things move in harmony and synchronicity.

Have you ever thought of somebody only to have them call you the next minute? That is a synchronicity. How did it happen. In that moment, you were both in a state of allowing or simply BEing.

Disattachment is a fundamental teaching of Buddha. He recognized that only when we let go of our inner desires and seek outwardly that which is good for all, thereby including that which is also in our own better interests because we individually are part of the greater ALL, then in that state do we truly reflect enlightment – we are all ONE.

When you create an attachment to something mentally and emotionally, it is like creating a string to a thing that is now attached to you and you have to carry it with you until you can cut the string and let it go. Rather, practice being an observer of all things including your own thoughts and emotions – don’t attach to them, just let them come, observe them and let them leave. You have less strings to cut and less baggage to carry.

Strings can also act like tourniquets on your energy field, cutting off the flow of energy in your body. You might have heard of these as stuck emotions. This is often seen in the field of massage therapy. A massage therapist working on a person might release one of these stuck emotions and for no reason the person will start to cry or laugh.

To understand the deep mysteries, we must first start practicing how to release and let go and get in the flow….BEcome ONE with the universe – that includes everybody and everything (animate and inanimate) around you.

Namaste

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Letting Go

What is letting go? What does it mean to let go? What does letting go have to do with stress anyway?

Letting go is as simple as it sounds, but not as easy as it sounds. If you’re struggling to Let Go, you are hanging on.

Letting go is disconnecting from your thoughts and emotions. Most people relate their thoughts and feelings as to who they are. But you are not your thoughts and emotions. Your thoughts and emotions are expressions of the state of BEing you currently find yourself in. Your State of BEing can be controlled and changed at WILL. Will Power is the greatest Power in the Universe. As you WILL to change your thoughts and emotions and Choose to change your thoughts and emotions, you begin the process of Letting Go.

Holding onto thoughts and emotions creates tension in the body. The tension slowly builds over time creating chronic cellular stress. Tension restricts the flow of universal energy creating energy blockages. Letting Go of stored thoughts and emotions, old baggage, and becoming Present with the Moment, releases tension, eases constriction, creates fluidity in the body and allows energy to begin to flow more freely.


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The Stress – Qi Connection Revealed At Last…

Stressful situations occur every day and happen to everyone. It is your ability to cope with these situations that determines what, if any, long-term effects stress will have on you.

 

When I talk about eliminating stress, I am referring to the stored stress that remains within your body. You could never eliminate stressful situations from happening day to day, but you can learn how to release the stress stored in your body and reduce and eliminate the effects of stress. You can also learn techniques to better manage stressful events as they occur to minimize the effects of stress in your body.

 

What is stress?

 

Stress can be defined as an experience or condition that causes physical, emotional and/or mental disruption. Stress is usually characterized by increased heart rate, a rise in blood pressure, increased muscle tension, and irritability.

 

How does stress affect the body?

 

Typically described as the “fight or flight response,” the sudden release of adrenalin and other hormones into the blood stream triggers a systemic cascade of events. Your pulse speeds up, your blood pressure rises, stomach acid production is increased and fat metabolism is increased.

 

Hormones called catecholamines (dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine) are released into the blood stream causing the increase in heart rate and blood pressure. These hormones also mobilize stored fat from cells and dump it into the blood stream. This increases the risk for stroke or heart attack.

 

These hormones also cause a rise in blood sugar leading to an increased risk of diabetes.

 

Circulation is diverted to the brain and extremities for heightened awareness and muscle response to the perceived danger at hand. This slows the digestive process and the elimination of waste while at the same time increasing production of stomach acid leading to increased risk for irritable bowel syndrome and possible ulceration. Peptic ulcers may occur with the presence of a specific bacteria.

 

The rapid release of cortisol suppresses the body’s immune system weakening its resistance. Extended periods spent in stressful life situations can leave you vulnerable to illness and disease.

 

In a state of “fight or flight,” typically the body would be involved in a period of intense physical activity which would utilize these hormones and then expel them from the body. This does not regularly occur in today’s urban society which does not promote a physical lifestyle.

 

What are the long-term effects of stress on the body?

 

Without consistent regular release from the body, these “stress” hormones remain at elevated levels in the body leading to feelings of anxiety, jitteriness, increased tension, irritability, inability to concentrate, and feelings of inability to cope with day-to-day situations.

 

The consequence of chronically elevated stress hormones is destructive to your health. Over time the following effects may become manifest in the body: impaired thyroid function, increased insulin resistance and impaired pancreatic function, decreased sex drive and function, increased hypertension, loss of bone mineralization, increased fatty deposits in the abdominal area.

 

This means that you are at direct increased risk for thyroid problems. Some common symptoms of thyroid disease (either hyper- or hypo-) are extreme weight gain or extreme weight loss, depression, decreased overall energy, aches and pains in muscles and joints, hair can become coarse, dry and brittle, and fall out easily. Skin can become thick and scaly, or fragile and thin. You could have chronic constipation or chronic diarrhea. You may feel tired all the time having no energy. You may have insomnia, anxiety, or depression.

 

Increased hypertension and risk for heart disease can lead to heart attack, irregular heart beat, stroke. Some symptoms of various types of heart disease are: shortness of breath, weakness, dizziness, nausea, sweating, pain or heaviness in the chest, loss of energy and feeling very tired all the time.

 

Increased insulin resistance, decreased pancreatic function and abdominal obesity lead to the increased risk of diabetes with its many symptoms that include nerve damage, kidney failure, heart attacks and strokes, poor circulation, skin degradation and ulceration, and blindness.

 

Decreased bone mineralization leads to increased risk of bone fractures and bone shattering, impairing your overall daily lifestyle.

 

In general, you may also experience increased head aches, migraines, neck and/or shoulder pain, stomach pain, digestive problems, insomnia, skin problems, joint pain, muscle pain, burning sensations, and even cancer.

 

These are just some of the many ways that elevated levels of stress hormones remaining in your body for prolonged periods of time can be destructive and debilitating to your health.

 

Stress in the long run also speeds up the “aging” process by speeding up cell decay and death.

 

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or problems, you have stored stress in your body that is crying out to be released.

 

(If you have an inherited disease, release of stress can help in the management and control of symptoms.)

 

What about good stress?

 

Good stress, often called “eustress” can have both positive effects and negative effects on the body. Eustress can be helpful in relieving the negative effects of stress. Good stress can come in many forms. It can be an activity you like such as hiking, biking, exertive walking, swimming, tennis, golf, soccer. Along with this type of physical activity other chemicals are released into the body and can remain stored as stress too. This would be good stress leading to bad stress in the long term.

 

Eustress can be associated with “over” feelings and emotions such as “overjoyed,” “over-exhilarated,” “over-eager,” “over-emotional,” “over-exuberant,” and “over-sensitive.”

 

When your body is in this state of “over” stimulation, it is the polar opposite of the effects of negative stress. Emotions are vibrational. “Over” emotions emit super high vibrational frequencies. Stress emotions or low energy emotions such as anxiety, sadness, depression, and lack of joy emit super low vibrational frequencies.

 

If you are a follower of The Law of Attraction, you have probably heard that you will attract like vibrations. Your health can impact your ability to make The Law of Attraction work for you. You might be struggling with the concept of raising your vibrational energy. You can start by clearing your body of stored stress. As you release stored stress, you will begin to feel lighter, happier, more content, better able to cope, more optimistic.

 

Some emotions associated with negative stress and low energy are: doubt, fear, anxiety, resentment, anger, guilt and depression.  Some emotions associated with a state of equilibrium of are: peace, joy, happiness, contentment, love and hope.

 

Negative stress causes cellular breakdown, decay and death. Eustress in excess is like a nuclear meltdown in the body.

 

Here is an example of how an excess of eustress can be harmful. You are in a state of being very excited. The energy heats up the heart first. The excess energy then travels to the brain. Once this excess energy is in the brain, it is not easily released because the channel back to the torso is very narrow. The excess energy has nowhere to go and like an overfilled balloon and energy explosion occurs resulting in stroke.

 

Ancient Buddhist and Chinese philosophies teach that moderation is best in all things, even in our emotions and in our ability to heal ourselves.

 

“In governing the people and in worshipping heaven nothing surpasses moderation. To value moderation, one must form the habit early. Its early acquisition will result in storing and accumulating vitality. By storing and accumulating vitality nothing is impossible.

If nothing is impossible then one is ignorant of his limits. If one does not know his limitations, one may possess the state. He who possesses moderation is thereby lasting and enduring. It is like having deep roots and a strong stem. This is of long life and enduring insight the Tao (way).”

Lao Tzu’s Tao and Wu Wei: Tao Te Ching 59 To Keep Tao

 

What can be done to de-stress the body?

 

Some activities that can be done to release stored stress from the body are: body massage, meditation, and yoga. Slow, gentle walking along with visualization and deep breathing will also release stored negative stress from the body. Listening to calming music or “environmental” music along with visualization will release stored stress from the body.

 

Visualization along with other de-stressing activities is very powerful at releasing stress. It restores the body to a state of equilibrium from which the body can begin its own natural restorative healing process. Thought is energy. Visualization is focused thought. It has been proven in quantum physics that focused thought creates matter. Visualization creates chemical activities in the body. These chemical activities produce the right kind of energy to help the body repair itself and help to open blockages.

 

Laughter is indeed “the best” medicine. Humor therapy is being studied in the medical field. Humor therapy, specifically laughter, has been shown to have preventive and healing effects on the body. Laughter activates certain immune system responses in the body that actually fight the effects of stored stress by reducing elevated “stress” hormone levels. One study concluded that laughter has beneficial health effects for wellness and humor therapy was an appropriate complementary therapy to whole-person integrative medical therapies.

 

So, the next time you feel like crying, laugh instead. Laugh from deep within. Try to find the polar opposite expression of what you are feeling. If you are thinking about the loss of a loved one, think of something funny that person would have done or what they would have wanted you to remember about them, and find happiness in that.

 

“The human race has only one really effective weapon, and that’s laughter. The moment it arises, all our hardnesses yield, all our irritations and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.”

 — Mark Twain

 

Get In The Flow – The Return to Universal Energy

 

Stored stress in the body leads to blockages of your vital life force, your Qi (or prana). When blockages occur, symptoms of distress or dis-ease occur. The symptoms are there to tell you that your vital life energy isn’t flowing properly. Your vital life energy is like the air and the ocean. It seeks to flow, to circulate, to rejoin the greater body and return to the smaller lake and stream. When it is blocked, it cannot flow. Your vital life energy keeps you centered and focused on the greater purpose of life. When you suffer energy blocks, your focus becomes very narrow. You become centered on the problem caused by the energy block and lose sight of the greater picture, even of your life purpose.

 

It is vital to your life overall to learn to release the energy blocks, to let your vital life force flow back out to the Universe and back again to you, to remain on purpose in your life and realize the full potential of who you are, not only for you but for all of creation. We all have a greater purpose above our immediate self. We can only fulfill it when we are connected to Universal Energy.


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Is there a Mind Monkey in You?

Part III

[Final Installment]

It’s time to GET IN THE FLOW.

In Part I, I talked about the lower dantian and the middle dantian. Were you aware that there is actually a third dantian? It is located at the middle or third eye position, the 6th chakra. It is called the Mind Monkey. Now, picture in your mind for a moment, a monkey. What is a monkey like? What antics does a monkey do?

Mind Monkey is a Buddhist term that means “unsettled, restless, capricious, whimsical, fanciful, inconstant, confused, indecisive, uncontrollabe.”

This is exactly how the mind/brain reacts to the inner guidance of the “intellect” (the spiritual lower dantian and emotional middle dantian). The Mind Monkey takes over and convinces you to ignore your intuition or gut feeling. The Mind Monkey says that you have to listen to reason. The Mind Monkey makes you confused by convincing you not to follow your heart. The Mind Monkey is capricious making you go off on all kinds of tangents.

Haven’t you had enough of the Mind Monkey? Wouldn’t you like to get him off your back and off your mind and get your mind/brain focused on your inner guidance?
 
You can! It’s not as hard you might think. It takes a little time and a little practice, but you can LET GO and GET IN THE FLOW. Excessive emotion, sadness, anger, anxiety, overjoyousness, and overexcited are unbalanced emotions and create energy blocks in the body. There are simple ways to clear the blocks and put your body back in a state of harmony, in a place of calm where your energy in all centers is harmonized.

I coach my clients to identify their energy blocks and show them how to release those energy blocks. We then work on identifying the main causes of the energy blocks. In six to 12 weeks, you can begin experiencing fun, joy and relaxation again with little effort. You will learn how to recenter yourself into a place of calm where you can experience the emotions of highest vibration – Peace, Joy and Love.

As you LET GO of the Mind Monkey and find your true purpose for being, you will experience inner happiness, peace, a feeling of being connected to the universe.

You will learn how to get your energy moving and keep it moving freely, renewing your inner person daily, staying revitalized through the continuous flow of Universal Energy.

Isn’t it time for you to LET GO and GET IN THE FLOW?

You are a cell in the body of the Creator. The Universe is waiting for you to reconnect.
 

Citations:

The Hidden Face of God by Gerald L. Schroeder

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neural_crest

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embryo

http://science.jrank.org/pages/3247/Heart-Embryonic-development-human-heart.html”>Heart

http://www.islam-guide.com/ch1-1-a.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_monkey


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Monkey in the Mind?

Part II

[This blog post has 3 parts; to find the answer read each post daily. You’ll be surprised!]

After coming to this conclusion that the “intellect” in man actually resides within the very core of our being, I went looking for sources to help validate this. Here is what I found:

I began in Genesis, 2:7 “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

The breath of life, vital life force, energy, was breathed into man. As man procreates, that energy comes directly from it’s source, the Creator, into the very core of our being.

The margin reference in my bible referred me to topic 2242 Spirit of Man. Here is what I found:

Job 32:8 But there is a spirit in man and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

Pr 20:27 The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly. (Eccl 3:21)

Eccl 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

2 Cor 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

Here is instruction to renew the inward man. To keep the energy flowing.

There is a passage in the Koran (Quran) that corresponds to Gen 2 and Eccl 12

“We created man from an extract of clay. Then We made him as a drop in a place of settlement, firmly fixed. Then We made the drop into an alaqah (leech, suspended thing, and blood clot), then We made the alaqah into a mudghah (chewed substance…” Quran 23:12-14

[emphasis in the above passages is mine, whether or not you believe in a higher “BEING”, physics tells us that everything is energy and we come from that energy]

Here is what the world of physics and metaphysics tells us:

Quoted from The Hidden Face of God  [emphasis mine]

A single consciousness, an all-encompassing wisdom, pervades the universe. The discoveries of science, those that search the quantum nature of subatomic matter, those that explore the molecular complexity of biology, and those that probe the brain/mind interface, have moved us to the brink of a startling realization: all existence is the expression of this wisdom. In the laboratories we experience it as information first physically articulated as energy and then condensed into the form of matter. Every particle, every being, from atom to human, appears to have within it a level of information, of conscious wisdom.” (prologue, page 1)

“There’s no competition here between the spiritual and the material. The two are complementary, as in the root “to complete.” When we see through the camouflage haze that at times convinces us that only the material exists, when we touch that consciousness, we know it. A joyful rush of emotion sweeps over the entire self. This emotional response – some might call it a religious experience – is reported in every culture, from every period. It tells us that we’ve come home. We’ve discovered the essence of being. Everyone has felt it at some time or other. Perhaps at a brilliant sunrise, in a work of art, the words of a loved one. The physical and the metaphysical have joined.” (prologue, page 2)

When you LET GO and Reconnect Spiritually, when you discover your very essence of being – you have unlocked your purpose for being. When we are on purpose, we are following our heart. We are not focusing on the how, we just know IT IS. We know in our heart that it is right. The physical and the metaphysical (spirit) have joined, they are in alignment.

“The age-old theological view of the universe is that all existence is the manifestation of a transcendent wisdom, with a universal consciousness being its manifestation. If I substitute the word information for wisdom, theology begins to sound like quantum physics.” (prologue, page 2)

“The upsurge of interest in meditation, Eastern religions, and kabala reflects an almost desperate search to rediscover our spiritual roots.” (prologue, page 4)

“To relegate, a priori, those feelings of love and joy and spirituality to some assumed function of our ancestors’ evolutionary drive for survival masks the greatest pleasure in life, the experiential realization of the metaphysical.” (prologue, page 4)

The universe is the physical expression of the metaphysical. All that we know of the putative Creator is found within the physical creation.” (Chapter 1, page 5)

Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.


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Is your Mind making a Monkey of You?

Are monkeys playing around with your mind?

[This blog post has 3 parts, to find the answer read each post daily; you’ll be surprised at the end!]

I’d like to start by asking – What is mind? Where is your mind? Is it in your brain? What are memories? Where are memories stored? We used to think that memories were stored in areas of the brain. While the brain controls many functions related to memory, cellular memory challenges that all memories are stored in the brain.

Not long ago, I was listening to Bob Proctor’s 30 minute audio recording on Communication. In the audio, Mr. Proctor stated something along the lines that man believes the “intellect” to be in the mind. He goes on to talk about the gut feeling and how we feel strong emotion in the solar plexus region. The ancient Greeks referred to the solar plexus as the “Heart of Man,” and this is where we get the phrase “heart-to-heart.”

This got me thinking. What if the “intellect” isn’t in the mind/brain at all? What if it is in the very center of our being. The place where we are connected to other people emotionally and where our spiritual center lies.

I began practicing Qigong several months ago. The center of energy (qi or chi) in the body lies in the lower dantian region. This region is located two fingerbreadths behind and three fingerbreadths below the navel. There is also a middle dantian located at the solar plexus responsible for respiration and the health of the internal organs. The solar plexus is also the location of the 13th chakra, or external heart chakra.

This area corresponds to the very beginning of human life, the umbilical area. About seven days after conception, the blastocyst implants on the uterine wall and trophoblast cells start to proliferate. Where implantation occurs is where the umbilicus will form and grow. In the next two weeks, the heart, brain, spinal cord, and gastrointestinal tract begin to form. Then neurogenesis begins. Brain activity and the heart beat appear about the sixth week.

There are four neural crests in the body that also correspond to the main qi centers and meridians in the body. It is interesting that the back and front energy channels correspond to development that occurs in the first two weeks of life.

There are 12 main energy channels and 8 secondary energy channels in the body. The secondary channels act as reservoirs. It is also important to note that the other channels pass extra energy to the front and back channels for storage.

There are many causes of energy blockages and they are better left for another discussion. What is important to know about energy blockages is that energy seeks energy. It desires to flow. The Law of Circulation is constantly in effect. If you dam a stream, the water behind the dam desires to continue to flow. It desires to join with a larger body of water. The energy in man desires to flow as well. It desires to flow into the greater Universal energy field and come back to us.We are energy. Everything that exists is energy. When energy isn’t able to flow through our body, our body tells us, “Hey there, I’ve got a problem. You need to pay attention to me and take care of this.”

Unfortunately, we’ve been taught to ignore our body when it speaks to us. We’re taught to take care of the symptom caused by the energy block, and the lack of energy flow goes unattended. What happens when the water pressure behind a dam becomes so great that the dam bursts? What do you think would happen to you if this occurred inside of you?

Where we connect with a greater energy, a greater force than ourselves, doesn’t occur in the mind/brain. We don’t communicate from the mind. Language is formed in the mind. Thought (communication) is formed from deeper inside of us. From the very center, the core of our being. We think that thought is formed in the brain because we hear thoughts in our head. That’s just the language mechanism working. The brain is like the Grand Central Station of the body. It’s a large switching station. The spirit or energy within us originates all thought and emotion. The signals get sent to the brain where they are translated into what we perceive to be thought. Have you ever listened to your intuition or gut feeling? It guides us through every situation in life. All we have to do is STOP and LISTEN! BE PRESENT IN THE MOMENT.