Healing techniques are so beneficial. And, I just want to give kudos to those of you out there who actually try to promote yourself toward becoming the best YOU that God created you to be. We are never too young, or too old to evolve (myself included). If you try a technique and it doesn’t work for you… than I beg you to not give up. Keep inching your way forward toward a healthier and more vibrant life.
This section is dedicated to a multitude of different techniques (that will be added to periodically) that I have used with my clients and with myself. Pick, choose, nibble, and explore till your hearts content. And please feel free to comment if you have any questions.
Change your reel…
UNIVERSAL LESSON: “WHEN WE SURRENDER OUR WILL TO THE POWER OF THE UNIVERSE (GOD), WE RECEIVE MIRACLES” a way to surrender to the Universe (God) is to see how our stories and beliefs dominate our experiences. The stories that we replay in in our mind will project outward into our current life. Gabrielle Bernstein in her book: The Universe has your Back explains how she learned a valuable metaphor from one of her course teachers; Gary Renard.
He suggests that you imagine yourself in a movie theater watching your life on the big screen. You’re at the point in the movie when something bad is about to happen to you. As many times as we watch the movie, we continue going back to that screen. We yell at ourselves to change course… “Don’t go there” … but just like when we we’re in the middle of a horror movie, we know that the girl running for safety is going to lose her high heel, or she’s going to turn a corner that leads her smack-dab into Jason (Friday the 13th). Insert your own analogy. We cringe saying, “Don’t go there!!” but obviously she does.
Hence, it’s the same with our personal movie. We’re reflecting on our life, and we replay the bad, scary, or traumatic experiences in our head. We tell ourselves, “Don’t go there”. But somehow our brain doesn’t listen… it explodes with the images we no longer want to view. Or, it can happen with our present situation. We know we shouldn’t go back to the man that has domestically abused us, or to the person who continues to manipulate, or to eat when we’re scared of food and weight-gain, or to stop eating when we’re addicted to food, etc. (insert your present situation) but here we go again, heading right back into the scenario we know isn’t good for us. In other words, what we perceive we project. Let me say this again, “What we see, we project”.
When this happens, Gary suggests that we imagine what would happen if we just walked back into the projection room and changed the reel. If we changed the projection, what would we perceive?
UNIVERSAL LESSON: YOU SEE THE WORLD THAT YOU HAVE MADE, BUT YOU DO NOT SEE YOURSELF AS THE IMAGE-MAKER.
- How are your fear-based images blocking you from joy and feeling supported?
- Try finding an empowering story. If you’re living in so much fear right now that it’s hard to find something to replace the reel, start with something simple. “I feel happy when I’m doing crafts”. (Or cooking, gardening, volunteering, etc.…)
- How do these new stories make you feel happy and supported?
Gabrielle explains that these images help you to understand how the positive projections you believe in are supporting your connection to the Universe (God), and how your negative projections are keeping you stuck.
We need to start replacing our negative perceptions with our positive ones (change the reel in our projection room) as soon as our horrific past images come up, or our current hurtful perceptions arrive. This is so important in rerouting our brain and the way we think. Because Our Presence is Our Power (Universal Lesson)
For more information on this topic, I would highly recommend the book, The Universe has your back, by Gabrielle Bernstein. Also: A Course in Miracles, by Helen Schucman and William Thetford. I recommend for those of you who have a difficult grasping the principles in A Course in Miracles to consider purchasing the book by Alan Cohen, called: A Course in Miracles Made Easy: Mastering the Journey from Fear to Love in which he “takes the big-picture ideas of the Course and brings them down to earth in 22 concise, easy to understand chapters.”
Gratitude goes a long way…
I believe that one of the quickest ways for us to heal our physical and emotional wellbeing is to shift our focus toward what we are grateful for. I can’t tell you how many times a day I hear people complaining.
What they do not understand is every time a complaint comes out of their mouth, they are attracting more negativity into their being. It’s plain and simply the Universal Law of Attraction. If your energy is negative… more negativity will enter into your life. If your energy is positive… more positivity will enter into your life. Truly, the choice is yours.
When my clients had a hard time adjusting their mindsets, I would prescribe the following homework: Keep a gratitude journal. I didn’t really care if they jotted things down in a notebook, or if they purchased an expensive leather journal. Some of them (like myself) liked to add some artistic flair to their pages with drawings using colored pencils. And, some of them just wanted to use their smartphone notes. It really doesn’t matter, as long as it is a daily habit. I learned about Gratitude Journals from Sara Breathnach in her book, Simple Abundance back in 2009, and it’s nothing but miraculous, if not magical. It literally changed my life.
How do you do it?
You write down 3-5 things (or more) that you’re thankful/grateful for daily. I’ve always suggested to my clients to do this first thing in the morning. Mostly because this is the time of day we need to strive to pray (obviously we pray throughout the day, but I’m talking about mindful, focused prayer). However, many of my clients explained to me that they already have too many things to do in the mornings. Or they have a hard time waking up earlier in the mornings to write. Or they are too sleepy to even think that early, etc. The thing is, it doesn’t really matter when we do it, as long as we do. I would suggest you try to be totally mindful, and descriptive about why you’re grateful.
Note: As a Christian, and as a Christian Life Coach… I thank God in my journals and give the glory to him. It doesn’t matter if it’s for the cup of coffee I was blessed with this morning, or if it’s for the new car my husband bought me. But I believe God is bestowing me with my blessings; therefore, the glory goes to Him.
Colossians 3:17 whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the LORD Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
PLACES TO KEEP YOUR JOURNAL
- Your bedside table
- Your purse
- Your car
- Your briefcase
- Your smartphone
WHY DO IT?
- It reduces your stress levels: Our mind and body work together as one, so writing down what we’re grateful for will switch our mindsets from negative to positive. It encourages a release of negative emotions because we are staying focused on what we love and are thankful for.
Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
- The landscape of what we hold dear in our life will evolve.
- It allows us to focus on what really matters
- When we feel depressed it gives us something to reflect on.
- It teaches us to become more self-aware.
- It attracts more of what we want in life (remember, Law of Attraction)
- And it promotes a higher self-esteem