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“With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.”
― Wayne W. Dyer

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I’m slipping when I begin to dislike the company and conversation of the Program.
–Anonymous

There is a reason why a lamb gets separated from a flock. The flock will be eating on a particular pasture and a lamb will take a fancy to graze just off to the edge of the field. So the lamb takes a little nibble of this grass. Then he moves just ever so slightly further from the edge and takes another little nibble, then just a bit further and another nibble.

Each little nibble of grass takes the lamb further and further from the flock. After awhile, having eaten enough grass, the lamb pokes his head up and notices that the flock has left him. B-A-A-A-A-A! The lamb wails. How could his flock have left him?

I will begin slipping when I stop paying attention to my flock. My group will not leave me: I will leave my group. I will leave like the lamb, just one conversation, and one meeting at a time. After awhile I, too, could end up wailing for help just like the little lamb.
(Easy Does It © 1999 by Hazelden Foundation.)

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It reminds me of how Alice must have felt trying to explain the white rabbit or the Cheshire cat.  Or maybe the frustration Dorothy felt when trying to recount the parallels between Oz and Kansas .  A Week has passed me by and I am not sure how it happened, although I am going to try to piece it together in this blog.

Tuesday morning, in a completely uncharacteristic manner, I woke up fifteen minutes late for work ,barely able to talk, finding it extremely difficult to breathe, a slight fever, I had too call in sick to work.  Sick, however, could not describe it in quite the right detail.  I was sensitive to the light outside and unable to drive myself to doctor. 

I called my mom, my friend Kim, and was even offered a ride to an urgent care clinic.  I was diagnosed with a stress migraine and given a shot Imitrex. Next thing I know I was picking up a prescription that was supposed to keep migraine at bay.

The prescription was sort of barbiturate with codeine, caffeine, and Tylenol. Having a history of bad experiences with pills, I should have known better.  After the first few doses, I could not tell you what day it was.  I couldn’t eat, all I could seem to do what sleep.  I didn’t even wake up to the sound of my phone.

I did not take more than what was prescribed.  Yet, I could not walk without seeming drunk and often I could not string together two coherent words.  At the advice of one of my dearest friends, I flushed all of the pills down the toilet.  I must admit, however, that it was all a blur.  I could not get off the couch for at least a couple of days.  A few times, I  even wondered if I was dead. 
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I would hope anyone who knows how seriously I take my sobriety that this was not some sort of intentional binge.  It has been quite a hellish experience, one which I expect to wake up from anytime.  In fact, my desire to share the truth of what I have been through has been on my mind during my few glimpses of clarity.  This was worse than drunk.  It has been more like a detour through hell.   I will be going back to sleep.  When I wake up I hope more of the fog will have lifted.

I truly felt lost. All the life had been drained out of me. Worse yet was this overwhelming sense that all my loved ones not only didn’t believe me, but had abandoned me. I know what wasn’t true, but it felt real at the time, and I it made me very sad. I didn’t have a single drop of alcohol, but by listening to my slurred speech, you would think I either had gotten into some booze, or I was having a stroke.

I am counting on my Higher Power to reveal more to me so something like this never happens again. My sense of humor is hereby suspended for an undetermined amount of time.

my Sunday morning sofa syndrome


Every Sunday morning, I have a choice of two inspiring groups from which I can attend. They are both at ten o’clock. I often start struggling on Saturday trying to decide which one to attend the next morning. Then Sunday morning hits, and I find myself sitting next to my sweetheart Chloe (see picture of Chloe below), and I have a tall mug of hot coffee, about 6:00 a.m., and suddenly I feel there is a third choice for Sunday morning. Stay here with Chloe and my coffee.

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But I’m not in charge of planning every detail of my life. I have a Higher Power that knows a lot more about the big picture than I do. My Higher Power knows that if I don’t get my ass off this sofa, and contribute to the mainstream of life, I will soon find myself out of rhythm with the Universe.

I hear people talk about getting active as a physical fitness affirmation. For me, I have to get active as a mental fitness exercise. Whether I go to my Sunday Morning twelve-step group, or the Unity Church, it doesn’t really matter, AS LONG AS I GET MY ASS OFF THIS COUCH. I need that reminder that I am part of the mainstream of life.

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No doubt we have all hit spells when we didn’t feel the urge to get the day going. Pulling the covers up around us seemed far more inviting. There’s nothing wrong with occasionally resisting the next twenty-four hours. We do need variety in our lives. Even a healthy, fun routine is still a routine. Shaking it up is good for us. But if we make a habit of avoiding whatever plans we’ve made, we need to take an inventory of our feelings. Depression isn’t foreign to most of us. Chronic depression needs to be addressed, however.

If we begin to feel blue about our lives, let’s make sure we are expressing our feelings to a friend. Generally, there is a simple solution. Maybe we have forgotten to pray and meditate regularly. Perhaps we have become self-absorbed. Being appreciative of others generally changes how we see every aspect of our lives. Recounting with a confidant or in a journal all the blessings and achievements we’ve accumulated over these many decades often pushes us out of the doldrums.

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Let’s remember that most days surprised us with their outcomes. We never got exactly what we expected. This is one certainty about life that we can always count on. And the other thing I can always count on is that Chloe will be home waiting for me, and VERY excited to see me.

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tangible reasons to be happy today


I know there is a lot to complain about in the world. I am no stranger to depression and anxiety. As much as I talk about spiritual enlightenment and the invisible realm, it is usually not quite enough to snap me out of a depressive funk. So, I will dedicate this blog entry to those tangible things that help me realize that this is a world full of beauty and love, and it is worth living. And don’t forget to watch the video at the end of this post!

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Cheer Up!
17 reasons it’s a great time to be alive
By Matt Ridley | as told to John Dyson (adapted from Reader’s Digest U.K. edition) Read more: http://www.rd.com/best-of-america/cheer-up-17-reasons-its-a-great-time-to-be-alive/#ixzz2txQz1nbj

1. We’re better off now

Compared with 50 years ago, the average human now earns nearly three times as much money (corrected for inflation), eats one third more calories, buries two thirds fewer children, and can expect to live one third longer. In fact, it’s hard to find any region of the world that’s worse off now than it was then, even though the global population has more than doubled over that period.

2. Urban living is a good thing

City dwellers take up less space, use less energy, and have less impact on natural ecosystems than country dwellers. The world’s cities now contain over half its people, but they occupy less than 3 percent of its land area. Urban growth may disgust environmentalists, but living in the country is not necessarily the best way to care for the earth. JUST MAYBE the best thing we can do for the planet is build more skyscrapers.

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3. Poverty is nose-diving

The rich get richer, but the poor do even better. Between 1980 and 2000, the poor doubled their consumption. The Chinese are ten times richer and live about 25 years longer than they did 50 years ago. Nigerians are twice as rich and live nine more years. The percentage of the world’s people living in absolute poverty has dropped by over half. The United Nations estimates that poverty was reduced more in the past 50 years than in the previous 500.

4. The important stuff costs less

One reason we are richer, healthier, taller, cleverer, longer-lived, and freer than ever before is that the four most basic human needs—food, clothing, fuel, and shelter—have grown markedly cheaper. Take one example: In 1800, a candle providing one hour’s light cost six hours’ work. In the 1880s, the same light from a kerosene lamp took 15 minutes’ work to pay for. In 1950, it was eight seconds. Today, it’s half a second. In these terms, we are 43,200 times better off than in 1800.

5. The environment is better than you think

In the United States, rivers, lakes, seas, and air are getting cleaner all the time. A car today emits less pollution traveling at full speed than a parked car did from leaks in 1970.

6. Look for the helpers

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7. Global trade enriches our lives

By 9 a.m., I have shaved with an American razor, eaten bread made with French wheat and spread with New Zealand butter and Spanish marmalade, brewed tea from Sri Lanka, dressed in clothes made from Indian cotton and Australian wool, put on shoes of Chinese leather and Malaysian rubber, and read a newspaper printed on Finnish paper with Chinese ink. I have consumed minuscule fractions of the productive labor of hundreds of people. This is the magic of trade and specialization. Self-sufficiency is poverty.

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(I can’t remember which WordPress friend I stole this stunning picture [above] from, so please forgive me. Message me and I will credit it to you.)

8. More farm production = more wilderness

While world population has increased more than fourfold since 1900, other things have increased, too—the area of crops by 30 percent, harvests by 600 percent. At the same time, more than two billion acres of “secondary” tropical forest are now regrowing since farmers left them to head for cities, and it is already rich in biodiversity. In fact, I will make an outrageous prediction: The world will feed itself to a higher and higher standard throughout this century without plowing any new land.

9. The good old days weren’t

Some people argue that in the past there was a simplicity, tranquillity, sociability, and spirituality that’s now been lost. This rose-tinted nostalgia is generally confined to the wealthy. It’s easier to wax elegiac for the life of a pioneer when you don’t have to use an outhouse. The biggest-ever experiment in back-to-the-land hippie lifestyle is now known as the Dark Ages.
Cheer Up!

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10. Population growth is not a threat

Although the world population is growing, the rate of increase has been falling for 50 years. Across the globe, national birth rates are lower now than in 1960, and in the less developed world, the birth rate has approximately halved. This is happening despite people living longer and infant-mortality rates dropping. According to an estimate from the United Nations, population will start falling once it peaks at 9.2 billion in 2075—so there is every prospect of feeding the world forever. After all, there are already seven billion people on earth, and they are eating better and better every decade.

11. Oil might someday run out, but…

In 1970, there were 550 billion barrels of oil reserves in the world, and in the 20 years that followed, the world used 600 billion.

So by 1990, reserves should have been overdrawn by 50 billion barrels. Instead, they amounted to 900 billion –NOT COUNTING tar sands and oil shale– that between them contain about 20 times the proven reserves of Saudi Arabia. Oil, coal, and gas are finite, but they will last for decades, perhaps centuries, and people will find alternatives long before they run out. And electric cars are finally a reality. Solar and wind farms are popping up everywhere!

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http://littlegreenblog.com/green-technology/energy-saving/alternative-energy-sources-for-our-homes/

12. We are the luckiest generation

This American generation has experienced more peace, freedom, leisure time, education, medicine, and travel than any in history. Yet it laps up gloom at every opportunity. Consumers do not celebrate their wonderful field of choice and, according to psychologists, say they are “overwhelmed.” When I go to my local superstore, I do not see people driven to misery by the impossibility of choice. I see people choosing.

13. Even in the poorest countries, where poverty, hunger, and disease are still a huge problem, there is more awareness than ever, and there are more people than ever doing things about it. There are still wars and famine, but they are no longer being ignored, and the growing consciousness of the internet is getting more people involved in the solution, exponentially!

14. Great ideas keep coming

The more we prosper, the more we can prosper. The more we invent, the more inventions become possible. The world of things is often subject to diminishing returns. The world of ideas is not: The ever-increasing exchange of ideas causes the ever-increasing rate of innovation in the modern world. There isn’t even a theoretical possibility of exhausting our supply of ideas, discoveries, and inventions.

15. We can solve all our problems

If you say the world will go on getting better, you are considered mad. If you say catastrophe is imminent, you may expect the Nobel Peace Prize. Bookshops groan with pessimism; airwaves are crammed with doom. I cannot recall a time when I was not being told by somebody that the world could survive only if it abandoned economic growth. But the world will not continue as it is. The human race has become a problem-solving machine: It solves those problems by changing its ways. The real danger comes from slowing change.

16. This depression is not necessarily depressing

The Great Depression of the 1930s was just a dip in the upward slope of human living standards. By 1939, even the worst-affected countries, America and Germany, were richer than they’d been in 1930. All sorts of new products and industries were born during the Depression. So growth will resume unless prevented by wrong policies. Someone, somewhere, is tweaking a piece of software, testing a new material, or transferring the gene that will make life easier or more fun.

17. Optimists are right

For 200 years, pessimists have had all the headlines—even though optimists have far more often been right. There is immense vested interest in pessimism. No charity ever raised money by saying things are getting better. No journalist ever got the front page writing a story about how disaster was now less likely. Pressure groups and their customers in the media search even the most cheerful statistics for glimmers of doom. Dare to be happy today!

Check out these inspiring blogs from people who have made their own lists of reasons to be happy:

http://www.yourlifeyourway.net/2011/09/19/300-reasons-to-be-happy-things-to-love-about-your-life-now/

http://www.alexandrafranzen.com/2014/01/07/infinite-reasons-to-be-happy-hopeful/

http://sunshine625.hubpages.com/hub/101-Reasons-To-Be-Happy

And if you’re still not convinced the world is getting better, you HAVE to read this article (you’ll be very, very glad you did) http://dashes.com/anil/2013/02/the-world-is-getting-better-quickly.html

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Auric Meanings


Even plants have an energy field, so why all the skepticism about the human aura?

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The Meaning of Auric Colors

Color can be constructive or destructive. It can stimulate or depress, repel or attract. It can even be male or female in its character. It can reflect positive or negative, and when perceived within the aura it provides a key to the personality, moods, maturity and health of the individual. It reflects physical and spiritual aspects.
It takes a great deal of practice to interpret the color shades seen within the aura. Each color has its general characteristic, but each shade of that color changes that characteristic a little. The location of the color, the intensity and even the from the color takes in the auric field must be considered.

This text provides all of the subtle nuances of color interpretation within the auric field. You will examine basic colors and the energies they commonly indicate on physical and other levels. This gives you a starting point to begin to understand what is revealed by the colors of the aura.

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The colors closest to the body reflect aspects of the individual’s physical condition. They also indicate those energies manifesting and energies further away often indicate the energy that the person will be able to determine time elements of certain energy patterns by the color and the location of the color with respect to the physical body.
There are many different colors of the human aura.

The list of colors below gives a brief description of each main color.

AQUA – The person is a healer.
BLACK – This color aura shows up in abused children, divorcees, people addicted to drugs and victims of torture.
PALE BLUE – A sensitive person will display a pale blue aura.
SKY BLUE – A person with strong natural instincts.
COBALT BLUE – This person has intuition coming from a higher source.
PRUSSIAN BLUE – This aura color represents harmony.
ROYAL BLUE – This aura color appears when people have found their path in life.
DELFT BLUE – This person has a strong ethical foundation.
ULTRAMARINE – This aura color is seen in people who spend a lot of time around the ocean.
NAVY BLUE – Moving in a methodical, safe way.
INDIGO – This person will have well adapted psychic abilities.
AMBER – Represents a person with personal courage and strength.
CARAMEL – This aura color is seen when a person is making positive career moves.
COPPER – This aura color only shows up in people who are in the mining business.
RAW SIENNA – When people have problems thinking clearly.
FAWN – One is experiencing are ending with a problem.
DOESKIN – People who are very organized show this aura color.
MUSHROOM – You are fulfilling you destiny, but slowly.
CHOCOLATE BROWN – People who work with the earth.
RUSSET–BROWN – A person who works very hard.
TERRA–COTTA – People who go against the grain.
DARK BROWN – Someone who has common sense.
GOLD – The person exist higher level of consciousness.
PALE GREEN – A person who is advancing spiritually has a pale green aura.
LEMON GREEN – Found in people who are liars and cheats
APPLE GREEN – People with this color aura are healers.
IRIDESCENT GREEN – This color aura shows up in friendly people.
EMERALD GREEN – The solution to a problem is coming.
JADE – A person with this color aura is charitable.
VIRIDIAN – A person suffering from mental or emotional stress.
OLIVE GREEN – This color aura indicates a scrooge.
DARK GREEN – A dark green aura shows someone is suffering from mental stress.
TURQUOISE – This color aura are in people who have gone from rags to riches.
GRAY – A gray aura means people feel trapped.
CHARCOAL GRAY – When someone is suffering from depression.
APRICOT – Communication in a caring manner.
ORANGE – A person with this aura has strong motivation.
PUMPKIN – A pumpkin aura represents self control.
PALE PINK – True love is represented with a pale pink aura.
PINK MADDER – A person who has strong loyalty and commitment.
SALMON PINK – This color aura is from people who love what they do for work.
IRIDESCENT PINK – Someone who has a strong sexual desire.
DUSTY PINK – Foolish people display this color aura.
LAVENDER – People who have had an out of body experience display this color aura.
LILAC – A person who is spiritual balanced.
MAGENTA – The entrepreneur’s aura color.
MAUVE – Displayed in humble people.
IMPERIAL PURPLE – This aura color shows up in people with a very active dream life.
GRAPE – A grape aura is the color of laziness.
VIOLET – Humble people show the violet aura color.
CARMINE – You see this aura color when people are trying to change something in their life.
VERMILLION – Creative people.
RUSTIC RED – A person with a short temper shows this aura color.
SCARLET RED – Big ego.
CRIMSON – A person with this aura color is naturally creative.
MAROON – A person who is self empowered.
CLARET – A person who is determined has a claret aura.
SILVER – A silver aura represents the link between earth and the spirit world.
CREAM – A person who is going the right way in life.
PEARL – A true psychic will show a pearl aura.
PALE YELLOW – A shy person.
PRIMROSE – A person who is optimistic will show this color aura.
LEMON YELLOW – This aura color indicates a person knows where they are going in life.
BUTTERCUP YELLOW – Someone who is focused on doing something.
GOLDEN YELLOW – A person who is inspired.
MUSTARD – Mustard aura’s come from manipulative people.
STRAW YELLOW – People who like to day dream.

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Aura Color Meanings

RED AURA COLOR MEANING: Relates to the Root chakra, physical body, or circulation. The densest color, it creates the most friction. Friction attracts or repels; money worries or obsessions; anger or unforgiveness; anxiety or nervousness
Deep Red: Grounded, realistic, active, strong will-power, survival-oriented.
Muddied red: Anger (repelling)
Clear red: Powerful, energetic, competitive, sexual, and passionate
Pink-bright and light: Loving, tender, sensitive, sensual, artistic, affection, purity, compassion; new or revived romantic relationship. Can indicate clairaudience.
Dark and murky pink: Immature and/or dishonest nature
Orange Red: Confidence, creative power
In a good, bright and pure state, red energy can serve as a healthy ego.
ORANGE AURA COLOR: Relates to sacral chakra, reproductive organs and emotions. The color of vitality, vigor, good health and excitement. Lots of energy and stamina, creative, productive, adventurous, courageous, outgoing social nature; currently experiencing stress related to appetites and addictions;
Orange-Yellow: Creative, intelligent, detail oriented, perfectionist, scientific.
YELLOW AURA COLOR MEANING: Relates to the solar plexus chakra, spleen and life energy. It is the color of joy, happiness, free from worries, inspiration, intelligence and action shared, creative, playful, optimistic, and easy-going.
Light or pale yellow: Emerging psychic and spiritual awareness; optimism and hopefulness; positive excitement about new ideas.
Bright lemon-yellow: Struggling to maintain power and control in a personal or business relationship; fear of losing control, prestige, respect, and/or power.
Clear gold metallic, shiny and bright: Spiritual energy and power activated and awakened; an inspired person.
Dark brownish yellow or gold: A student, or one who is straining at studying; overly analytical to the point of feeling fatigued or stressed; trying to make up for “lost time” by learning everything all at once.
GREEN AURA COLOR MEANING: Relates to heart chakra and lungs. It is a very comfortable, healthy color of nature. When seen in the aura this usually represents growth and balance, and most of all, something that leads to change. Love of people, animals, nature; teacher; social
Bright emerald green: A healer, also a love-centered person
Yellow-Green: Creative with heart, communicative
Dark or muddy forest green: Jealousy, resentment, feeling like a victim of the world; blaming self or others; insecurity and low self-esteem; lack of understanding personal responsibility; sensitive to perceived criticism
Turquoise: Relates to the immune system. Sensitive, compassionate, healer, therapist.
BLU AURA COLOR MEANING: Relates to the throat chakra, thyroid. Cool, calm, and collected. Caring, loving, love to help others, sensitive, intuitive.
Soft blue: Peacefulness, clarity and communication; truthful; intuitive
Bright royal blue: Clairvoyant; highly spiritual nature; generous; on the right path; new opportunities are coming
Dark or muddy blue: Fear of the future; fear of self-expression; fear of facing or speaking the truth
INDIGO AURA COLOR MEANING: Relates to the third eye chakra, visual and pituitary gland. Intuitive, sensitive, deep feeling.
VIOLET AURA COLOR MEANING: Relates to crown chakra, pineal gland and nervous system. The most sensitive and wisest of colors. This is the intuitive color in the aura, and reveals psychic power of attunement with self. Intuitive, visionary, futuristic, idealistic, artistic, magical.
LAVENDER AURA COLOR MEANING: Imagination, visionary, daydreamer, etheric.
SILVER AURA COLOR MEANING: This is the color of abundance, both spiritual and physical. Lots of bright silver can reflect to plenty of money, and/or awakening of the cosmic mind.
Bright metallic silver: Receptive to new ideas; intuitive; nurturing
Dark and muddy gray: Residue of fear is accumulating in the body, with a potential for health problems, especially if gray clusters seen in specific areas of the body
GOLD AURA COLOR MEANING: The color of enlightenment and divine protection. When seen within the aura, it says that the person is being guided by their highest good. It is divine guidance. Protection, wisdom, inner knowledge, spiritual mind, intuitive thinker.
BLACK AURA COLOR MEANING: Draws or pulls energy to it and in so doing, transforms it. It captures light and consumes it. Usually indicates long-term unforgiveness (toward others or another) collected in a specific area of the body, which can lead to health problems; also, entitities within a person’s aura, chakras, or body; past life hurts; unreleased grief from abortions if it appears in the ovaries
WHITE AURA COLOR MEANING: Reflects other energy. A pure state of light. Often represents a new, not yet designated energy in the aura. Spiritual, etheric and non-physical qualities, transcendent, higher dimensions. Purity and truth; angelic qualities.
White sparkles or flashes of white light: angels are nearby; can indicate that the person is pregnant or will be soon
EARTH AURA COLORS: Soil, wood, mineral, plant. These colors display a love of the Earth, of being grounded and is seen in those who live and work on the outdoors….construction, farming, etc. These colors are important and are a good sign.
RAINBOWS: Rainbow-colored stripes, sticking out like sunbeams from the hand, head or body: A Reiki healer, or a star person (someone who is in the first incarnation on Earth)
PASTELS: A sensitive blend of light and color, more so than basic colors. Shows sensitivity and a need for serenity.
DIRTY BROWN OVERLAY: Holding on to energies. Insecurity.
DIRTY GRAY OVERLY: Blocking energies. Guardedness.

*the above information was taken directly from a reputable aura website: http://reikisadhna.com/ABOUT%20AURA.html

Heart Chakra


Open the Heart Chakra (green). This chakra is all about love, caring, and endearment. When open, you seem to be compassionate and friendly, always working in amicable relationships. If it’s under-active: you tend to be cold and unfriendly. If it’s over-active: you tend to be so “loving” towards people that you suffocate them, and you could be seen as selfish for it.
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Silently, but clearly, chant the sound “YAM.” (Pronounced yahm).
All this time, continue to relax your body, and think of the chakra, it’s meaning, and how it does or should affect your life.
Keep doing this until you are completely relaxed, and the “clean” feeling returns and/or intensifies within your body.

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10 affirmations to help you love yourself and bring more love into your life.

I choose to see clearly with eyes of love.
I love what I see.
Love happens!
I release the desperate need for love, and instead, allow it to find me in the perfect time.
Love is around every corner, and joy fills my entire world.
Today, I remember that Life loves me and will reward me.
Life is very simple. What I give out comes back to me.
Today I chose to give love.
I rejoice in the love I encounter every day.
I am surrounded by love.
All is well.
I am comfortable looking in the mirror and saying, “I love you. I really love you.”
I draw love and acceptance into my life, and I accept it now.
Love is all there is!
~Louise Hay~

how I rediscovered and reclaimed my spirituality


I would like to quote a story from the book called “Alcoholics Anonymous”. I want to share it, not because I wish to talk about alcohol, or addiction, but because I believe it beautifully illustrates how each one of us can find our own spiritual path, one which does not depend on any religion or the acceptance of anyone else’s creed.

There was a time when I did not know the difference between religion and spirituality, and when I felt I no longer fit with the religion I was raised with, I rejected all of it. For over ten years I considered myself an atheist. Those were ten very dark years. In 2011, I had a spiritual experience. I consider it a miracle. My mind opened up to the fact that I could believe in a spiritual purpose that did not need to agree with any preacher, holy book, or dusty baggage buried deep within my subconscious.

This whole blog, Chakra Toaster, is sort of my own personal journey of spiritual discovery. It represents the fact that my spiritual life is a living, evolving reality.

I have gone from religious, to atheist, to spiritual. I believe in Spirit guides, and we all have a unique journey. But are we really so unique?

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Here is the story that taught me the difference between religious and spiritual:

“I had always believed in a Power greater than myself. I had often pondered these things. I was not an atheist. Few people really are, for that means blind faith in the strange proposition that this universe originated in a cipher and aimlessly rushes nowhere. My intellectual heroes, the chemists, the astronomers, even the evolutionists, suggested vast laws and forces at work. Despite contrary indications, I had little doubt that a mighty purpose and rhythm underlay all. How could there be so much of precise and immutable law, and no intelligence? I simply had to believe in a Spirit of the Universe, who knew neither time nor limitation. But that was as far as I had gone.

“With ministers, and the world’s religions, I parted right there. When they talked of a God personal to me, who was love, superhuman strength and direction, I became irritated and my mind snapped shut against such a theory.

“Despite the living example of my friend there remained in me the vestiges of my old prejudice. The word God still aroused a certain antipathy. When the thought was expressed that there might be a God personal to me this feeling was intensified. I didn’t like the idea. I could go for such conceptions as Creative Intelligence, Universal Mind or Spirit of Nature but I resisted the thought of a Czar of the Heavens, however loving His sway might be. I have since talked with scores of men who felt the same way.

My friend suggested what then seemed a novel idea. He said, “Why don’t you choose your own conception of God?”

(From the book “Alcoholics Anonymous” Chapter 1)

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Joyce Meyer?! Really?!


It is amazing how often my Higher Power opens a window and lets me notice a new scent in the air outside. I will admit, I am not a Christian. At least not in the fundamentalist sense. I love the teachings of Christ, but I respect them as much as the teachings of all enlightened teachers. My list of gurus is wide and varied. Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, K.E., L.P., Buddha, Charles Fillmore, Bill Wilson, Marianne Williamson, and many others. But up until now, I have had a serious aversion to teachers who I consider fundamentalist Christian. Yesterday, that changed. For the first time in over ten years I watched a video of Joyce Meyer. It’s amazing how, in desperation and depression, we seem to soften just enough to let God mold our minds. I wish I could say that happens more often, but at least I can say it happened last night. Joyce Meyer joined my personal list of gurus through which I feel God speaks to me. It is a major development in my spiritual evolution, and I had to share that with you.

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This is a sign that my fourth chakra is charging up enough to power through some of my old baggage that has been holding me back. I am convinced that once I get my heart chakra spinning properly, things will change for me in amazing ways. I am ready for a breakthrough. I am finished feeling like a victim. Who would have thought Joyce Meyer would be the catalyst. My Higher Power works in mysterious ways. Today, I am extremely grateful for that.When-you-are-tempted

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All things unfold the way they will. We can speculate about our role in it, or imagine how much power a person might have to change any of it. The truth is that our power as sentient beings is in being able to be at perfect peace with it. “The Way is ever without action, yet nothing is left undone.” [Tao Te Ching chapter 37]

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