Monday, April 30, 2007

questions Yesterday I was struck with the thought that we all are waiting to hear the right question that will wake us up from our human cultural stupor and begin to help set us free. There are many versions and variations to the right question -- paths up the mountain -- and the variety in the world allows for each of us to hook up with and resonate with what works for each of us. Questions that have helped me: The Sedona Method Think about something that is troubling you (or even something that isn't troubling you, Lester Levenson was a big fan of letting go of good feelings too). Focus on your feeling about it RIGHT NOW, then ask yourself (or get someone to ask you) these questions: 1. COULD YOU ALLOW THIS FEELING BE HERE? (i.e. can you just accept it and live with it?) - Whether you answer yes or no doesn't matter. 2. COULD YOU WELCOME THIS FEELING? - again, whatever you answer doesn't matter. 3. COULD YOU LET THIS FEELING GO? 4. WOULD YOU? 5. WHEN? However you answer the questions doesn't matter, you just ask and answer them in that order. The feeling can be released however you answer, ideally you'd answer NOW! to the final question, and let go of the feeling, but people might release or dislodge feelings no matter what the answer. Then you get in touch with your NOW feeling about the same issue, and see if it is different, and do the process all over again, and repeat until you feel you've let it go as much as you can. I know it sounds a bit mental, but when you do release it can feel awesome! Sometimes people have physical reactions just by doing the process, like breaking into a...
healing SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Many of us have a superficial notion of the nature of healing, writes Peter Kingsley in his book *In the Dark Places of Wisdom.* We think that "healing is what makes us comfortable and eases the pain." But the truth is, "what we want to be healed of is often what will heal us if we can stand the discomfort and the pain." Make this your central theme for now, Sagittarius. See if you can stave off your urge for ease as you marinate longer in the aching confusion. "If we really face our sadness," says Kingsley, "we find it speaks with the voice of our deepest longing. And if we face it a little longer we find that it teaches us the way to attain what we long for." *********************************************************************** Not feeling so good these days. Nothing that some good pharmaceuticals and some time away from work won't cure. This quote from Rob Brezsney's column this week has some power in it for me, and that is curiously fascinating. The summer before I was a freshman in high school, my period started, as well as some eczema-like areas around my mouth. Finally my mother took me to see a very misguided dermatologist, who prescribed antibiotics, for cry-eye, and I took them daily for I don't know how long - at least a year. Spring of my sophomore year, I was in the musical, and in track, and I came down with a bad case of mono, which I link directly to all of my good gut critters being sabotaged by the drugs. I felt like I was going to die. Ever since then, when I would get sick, I would feel like I was going to die, or that something equally as bad was going...

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