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angry girl

I remember thinking, when I first embarked upon my spiritual journey way back in the day, that I’d never be angry again. Then when I’d find myself being angry I assumed I came off my lofty perch and succumbed to a weakness, or had found a fault in my aspirations for perfection. Today I laugh at those assumptions and can assure you, that after thirty plus years of spirituality seeking, learning, teaching and practicing . . . I still have days when I’m angry. And sometimes I even enjoy this powerful emotion!

It’s a misconceived notion to think spiritually minded people don’t get angry. When Jesus went into the Temple and flipped over the tables and made a mess of things, I don’t believe he did so in a quiet, apologetic way. No, I believe he made some noise when he upturned those tables because he didn’t like the way the money changers were ripping people off as they exchanged their currencies to offer donations to the Temple. He was channeling the emotion of anger to make a point. Did he stay angry? No, he went off to meditate afterwards to clear his space.

You have a body, but you are not that body. Likewise you have emotions, but you are not those emotions. You are spirit. Your body is your house. The emotions are the language the body uses to let you know what kind of energy is moving through your environment. Anger is one of those emotions. The key is to learn how to discern whether the emotions you are experiencing are yours, or someone else you may be ‘matching’. For example, have you ever gone to work in a great mood, singing a tune, feeling high on life, only to start feeling crabby a few hours later? Now you’re thinking about how you hate your job or how your roommate or spouse didn’t put the cap on the toothpaste in the morning and boy, don’t they know how that really pisses you off?

But if you were able to step out of that moment and look around you, maybe you’d see a co-worker stewing at their desk with their face all scrunched with a clear look of agitation. Then you’d recognize it was their anger you were experiencing. It was their energy moving through the office, with their angry thoughts and feelings that went into your aura. Only when it reached your space you translated it into your thoughts and feelings. This is called matching energy. In my next post I’ll address what to do about that, but for now, let’s move on with the anger!

When used correctly, anger is a very powerful tool. When used incorrectly, it becomes a weapon. What’s the difference?

Anger as a weapon: Too many times, when people are angry, they spew the anger all about them at whoever, whatever is in their path. This is called ‘destroying outside your space’. Have you ever gotten into an argument because you were mad, said words you couldn’t take back and ruined a friendship or relationship? That’s an example of destroying outside your space. Or you get so pissed you pick things up and smash them to pieces? Again, another example of destroying outside your space. It feels good in the moment but you’re left picking up the rubble and trying to make amends.

Some people have no permission to express or admit they are angry and suppress the emotion deep inside them. The result is often acne, ulcers, IBS, cancer or other physical issues. Anger as a weapon has been turned on themselves.

Anger as a tool: The truth, is that anger can be a very powerful tool for destroying, cleansing and releasing the pictures or situations that caused you to be angry in the first place. The key is to learn how to run this powerful energy IN your body, not throw it all around you. At first it burns but then it’s like the refiners fire and before you know it, you are clear. My teacher once told me, when you are owning your anger and keeping it in your space, nobody else will know that you’re angry. This is not the same as suppressing it, this is putting that motive force to work for you!

Exercise: Here’s a great exercise to help channel anger that I still use today. And I literally mean today, I just came inside from doing it! All you need are some raw eggs and a felt tip marker.

Write on the eggs the person or situation that has you angry. Write the feelings that go with the anger; frustration, sadness, fear etc. Now go outside. Hold the egg(s) in your hands and imagine all the anger going into the eggs. Really get into it! Now throw the eggs, one at a time, at a fence or on the sidewalk, driveway – anyplace where they will SMASH! When you’re done, you’ll feel better. If you have no place to do this outside you can use your bathtub or kitchen sink. Try this and see how it works.

I encourage you to start using anger as a tool. If you need more help than a raw egg can offer, hypnosis is a great modality to release those deep-rooted anger issues. But think about it, the next time you find yourself getting mad or someone is pushing your buttons you can be thinking, “I have an egg with your name on it!”

Peace to all who wander by to read this post.

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Me on rock

New Hampshire

It’s hard to believe four years have passed since the Universe offered me such a great opportunity for growth and change. And I’m not so sure the word ‘offer’ is quite accurate because at the time it felt like I had been punched in the stomach. I’ve never really spoken about what happened but so many people have asked me about this, I decided to share my story. Don’t worry, I’ll do my best to keep this short. Ish.

Since 1982 I had been involved with a non-profit organization whose original mission was to help individuals get in touch with the God of their Heart and establish a personal relationship with Divine Source. I was ordained as a minister in 1983, was appointed Assistant Pastor of the church in 1984 and held the office of Bishop from 1994 until my departure in 2011. Within the organization was a school for metaphysical studies and also a school for hypnosis training and certification, both of which I was a director and principle instructor.

Many internal changes took place through the years and eventually it became a sick and toxic place – only I didn’t quite see it at the time. Yes, I saw things shifting and moving away from the original intention of the organization but I also continued to believe, very deeply, in the original picture and mission of the church. So I kept smiling and doing my best to keep things flowing by being a good steward and shepherd of the flock. Then in June 2011 I was called to an impromptu Board meeting. There were three board members at the time, myself and two other women. The other two had decided (without a vote I might add) that they thought it would be best for the organization if I no longer received a monthly stipend for my services; that because there had been a decline in students it would financially help the organization if I worked for free. But, I could keep 20% of all the hypnosis work I did.

I think this is when I had my first real out of body experience. I could see them talking and smiling but I was floating far above them, as if in a tunnel. Their voices were muddled. I wasn’t comprehending the logic of what I had heard. No stipend. No income. How was I going to pay my rent? How were my husband and I going to make ends meet on one income? I came back into my body hearing these words, ‘Debi, we can’t lower our stipends because we have bills to pay, you understand!’ Oh yes, I did understand. I understood how, even though these two women did not pay rent or utilities or gas for their free cars, that they were both stuck in survival, lack and limitation. I understood that even though they taught the techniques and concepts and stood behind the pulpit in service they did not, in that moment, have the faith they professed to maintain. I also understood I was leaving.

I took a week to meditate on my next step to make sure I wasn’t having a knee jerk reaction before sending in my letter of resignation. I was devastated. I was hurt. I was really pissed off. And I was so scared. I always thought I’d be at that place for the rest of my life, helping people, teaching and healing. All my sense of personal value was stripped. I felt like I had nothing to offer. If the people I had known, worked with and loved for twenty-nine years didn’t see me as anyone with value or purpose how could I help anyone else? One thing became very clear to me. All my years in training of applying the techniques and concepts had brought me to this point in time. The teaching was about to begin.

Hypnosis: Every day I went into hypnosis to release the emotional pain I was experiencing. Situations from my childhood were also bubbling to the surface because the emotions were similar. It was amazing to see how much crap I was still holding on to from years before. After the intensity began to subside I used hypnosis to create my new image of who I wanted to become.

Prayer: I prayed. Constantly. Sometimes my prayers were more of a plea, often I found myself begging for some divine intervention of understanding. But mainly I prayed to have the anger removed from my space and to allow forgiveness to flow for the situation and everyone involved. This didn’t happen overnight, but the bubble finally popped and I was set free.

Hiking: My husband and I started walking and hiking. Every day. Nature became our sanctuary. It’s difficult to hold on to hurt feelings under a canopy of redwood trees. And breathing in fresh ocean air can cleanse your mind and rejuvenate your soul faster than any written script or sermon. So the outdoors became our pulpit for the new beginnings in which we had embarked upon. And we continue to walk or hike every day!

Within one month of resigning I started a new business and created a new web site. Today I am humbled by our ever abundant, gracious Father and Universe for sending people to me for whom I can offer help and solace. I’ve worked with more people these last four years on my own than I ever was able to attract at the other organization. The Lord does work in mysterious way. I regret nothing from the past and am so grateful for this journey and look forward to all the adventures yet to come. And that’s my story. Or at least a good chunk of it.

If you are going through trials and tribulations, hang in there! There’s a greater reason and purpose that may not be revealed yet, but in time will be made known. If you need guidance with life transitions I can help.

The link to my web site is here: Healed Heart Hypnosis

Some of the sights during our walks:

Bear

Yellowstone Park

Donner Lake

Donner Lake CA

Glacier Park

Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park

Redwood Path

Redwood Regional Park, Oakland CA

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Who-am-I-Why-am-I-here-Real-Self-Elizabeth-Clare-ProphetThe picture I chose for this post is one I used to have hanging on my wall in the late 1970’s when I was learning how to take my first baby steps on my spiritual journey. I’m not a follower or student of the Summit Lighthouse, I’ve just always loved this image as it truly depicts the message I’m inspired to share today.

I’ve been a student, practitioner and teacher of the spiritual, metaphysical mind sciences since 1978. I was raised in a Catholic family in a small New England town so my roots are deeply and faithfully Christian based. When I began to study and be exposed to more esoteric teachings I had a difficult time fully grasping the concept that there is no separation in Divine Mind. What did this mean and how did it affect my ability to create and manifest the life I wanted?

Most people, when they think of God, get an image of a Deity or old man sitting off on a cloud someplace passing judgement down upon the people. I know I did. So when I was told God was having a great time being me, I just didn’t get it. It was many years before I began to truly awaken to my Divine Self. (Hey, this is a planet for slow learners, right?)

When I say ‘God’ I’m referring to a Consciousness. A Supreme Consciousness. A Consciousness we all have the ability to tap into and bring into our physical body. This is the consciousness, the awareness that knows nothing about lack, limitation, can’t, impossible and notions of that nature. This consciousness simply gives us what we ask for, every day. Remember, your word has power. Everything you say is a prayer for or against yourself. I’ve written about this before. Keep talking about negative things happening to you and you will attract more negative situations into your life. Why? Because the Ears of the Universe are always listening, they just don’t have the ability to sort out good, bad, right or wrong. They hear what you say and think, over and over with your emotional power and send you those experiences. Be careful what you ask for because you just might get it!

My passion, when helping people awaken to their higher self, is to show how spirituality is practicality. Being spiritual doesn’t mean you’re floating in the clouds every day completely out of touch with reality. It is awakening to who you are as spirit, connected with the Supreme Consciousness, Supreme Being, Father of Lights, Christos . . . whatever word or title works best for you. And for any feminists reading this, Father, in my world, is not a stereotype icon putting women in the subservient role. I’ve always liked the explanation my teacher gave to me:

Father is Fat/Her. The pregnant One, filled and ready to give birth to our ideas and creations. Father also means the Feeder of our awareness. “Give us this day, our daily bread” equates to “feed us each day with Your energy and awareness”. Being spiritual is using the gifts and talents you were born with in such a way that you are able to prosper and live the abundant life.

When we have our attention focused within to this presence of consciousness, we have taken the steps to lift our awareness up out of our limited personality to be more in alignment with Divine Source. The more we practice being present with this Higher Consciousness, the more we are able to realize our dreams and goals truly can be made manifest in our lives. Let’s hear a big Woo Hoo!

The easiest way to access this spiritual consciousness is with hypnosis. Why? Because hypnosis helps you bypass the critical factor of your conscious mind and brings you into the arena of your subconscious. The critical mind wants to debate, argue, look for proof, doubt and come up with all the reasons why you can’t be One with Divine Source. The critical conscious mind is a body level of awareness and very limited.

The subconscious mind is the storehouse of memory of all your life experiences, connected to the Akashic Records, your Book of Life. The subconscious mind knows no difference between reality and fantasy so accepts ideas and acts upon them as the truth. With the conscious mind moved aside in hypnosis, the subconscious will readily accept the truth when hearing “Hello, you are spirit. Your body is the house you live in right now.” The subconscious is limitless. It is also the gateway to your higher or super consciousness.

Study the picture I posted. The physical you is on the bottom. Your subconscious is the middle image, your Higher Self. The top image represents the presence of I Am. When we are in alignment with our personal Holy Trinity is when we can fully understand and recognize that there is no separation in Divine Mind. With our awareness focused on this vibration is when we can manifest in the positive.

As a spiritual hypnotist, I introduce my clients to their personal Holy Trinity as this: The conscious mind represents our male energy. Our subconscious mind represents our female energy. Our conscious mind  implants an idea into the subconscious and it manifests into something. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit is the Communion of our Higher Self, bringing ideas down into our body to be manifested as our new goals. It’s very empowering to awaken to this concept. And when practiced daily, a new level of peace and inner security can be yours because you’ll have the understanding and the experience combined together.

This is why I now know God is having a great time being me! What about you?

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Green JuiceI’m on the sixth day of a twelve day detox program. This particular cleanse is rather gentle and I’m really enjoying the process. I’m using an herbal/tincture program, drinking lots of fresh juice and eating mostly raw veggies if I get hungry. I usually do some type of internal cleanse with each season. I’m not a perfectionist. I don’t label myself a vegetarian, vegan or anything at all. I simply believe in moderation and choosing the healthy foods that are good for my body. I cleanse when I feel lethargic or heavy from over-indulging, when I desire to end an old habit that no longer serves a positive purpose in my life and when I’m getting ready to take a new step in my personal growth and want a kick-start to get me going. But a physical detox is not what this blog entry is about, however, it is the doorway into the mental detox that I believe is most important.

You’ve heard the saying, ‘you are what you eat’. I believe even more the truth, ‘you are what you think’. Every thought you think creates a physiological response in your body. Until we learn to retrain our brain to consciously think in the positive, we tend to think negative thoughts more readily. This means we get used to feeling negative feelings and just assume it’s the normal way to feel. I work with clients on a daily basis helping them to stop the negative thought process. They are usually quite surprised to become aware of the unconscious negativity flowing through their brain. They are even more surprised when they start to feel better, physically, once the negative mode as stopped.

I’m not a doctor or a nutritionist. As a hypnotist I don’t treat, diagnose or cure. But, as someone who has been practicing, using and teaching the metaphysical/mind sciences for more than thirty years, I DO know how thoughts create things. I DO know how a long-time pattern of running vibrations of anger, hatred, resentment or fear can create a physical ailment in the body. These vibrations create a state of dis-ease in your body, mind and soul. In time, the negative vibrations can nest and manifest as some type of illness. I know from personal experience.

Approximately ten years ago I had shingles. For almost a year. I could barely walk and spent most of my free time on the floor with my feet up on a chair. I never got the rash which is why the shingles went misdiagnosed for so long. I won’t go into the pain I experienced, if you’ve ever had them you already know. When the third neurologist I saw made a guess and said ‘internal shingles on your spinal cord’ (or something like that), gave me medication that cleared all symptoms super fast – I went searching for the mental cause that helped me create and manifest this dis-ease in the first place.

In the book “Heal Your Body” by Louise L. Hay, the mental cause for shingles is: Waiting for the other shoe to drop. Fear and tension. Too sensitive. Wow! Did this make sense to me. For three years prior to this I had been dealing with an extremely stressful personal situation that also involved the welfare of my children. I even remembered thinking and saying to people “I’m just waiting for the other shoe to drop”. I was constantly looking over my shoulder, fearful and stressed about what might be happening next. This internal dialogue, mixed with the physical attributes helped to manifest in my body as shingles. Once I knew the mental cause I could work on the energy and cleanse my subconscious mind of those unconscious thought patterns. By the way, the opposite positive affirmation to shingles is: I am relaxed and peaceful because I trust the process of life. All is well in my world.

The Bible says, “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man, but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.” Matthew 15:11. My understanding of this verse means to watch what we think with our mind and say with our mouth. My teacher used to say the tongue was the most unruly member of the body. Harness our thoughts, watch the words we speak and notice the positive changes that will take place in the body. This is the reason I do my best not to get caught up in too many perfect pictures with what I eat. It’s also the very reason I do my best to watch the thoughts moving through me!

What about you? It’s Spring! Time for rebirth and renewal. Why not do a mental diet to cleanse out the old negative patterns in thinking? By releasing the old vibrations you are opening yourself to receive more positive things from this beautiful, abundant Universe. Here’s a simple exercise to get you started: Wear an elastic band around your wrist. Every time you catch yourself thinking a negative thought or saying something in the negative, give that elastic band a good pull and let it SNAP you! This will help remind you of the decision you’ve made to retrain your brain to release negativity and only think those positive thoughts!  I know you can do this!

If you’d like help with this process I invite you to check out my Spring Session Special:
http://livingstonbousheyhypnosis.com/Sessions.html

Happy Spring. Enjoy your growth and unfoldment!

 

 

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June 9, 2012 marks the one year anniversary of my unexpected resignation from the non-profit organization I was deeply involved with for thirty years. This was probably one of the most frightening decisions I’ve ever made and I was filled with fear and anger. My reason for leaving? My monthly stipend was taken away and I was offered a mere 20% of all the hypnosis work I was doing. What’s funny to me in hindsight is that I did not see this coming at all – so much for my psychic abilities! But it wasn’t funny at the time. At first I felt like I had been kicked in the stomach and couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t wrap my mind around what had taken place nor could I imagine how I was going to pay my rent and take care of basic living expenses. I was so angry that the two people I had called friends for thirty years had treated me this way, and then filled with sorrow when I realized they had never been my friends at all – friends don’t do that to each other. This has been one of my greatest life lessons. This unexpected change in plans, my biggest gift.

I now understand that I had been stuck for a long time and just didn’t know what to do to create change. And because I never dreamed of leaving my church the Universe came in and pulled the rug right out from under me and said, ‘there, now do something about it!’. It took the big Cosmic kick in the ass to get me moving.

The only thing I knew to do while I was regaining my grounding was to give. I increased my hours at Options Recovery Services where I offer hypnosis to the clients in recovery. This was my saving grace. By remaining in service mode my attention was focused on helping others and not on my personal problems. By working with the clients I was reminded again and again that I really didn’t have a problem at all – just a new challenge. Working with so many people each week was helping me hone my hypnosis skills as well and I’ve been able to create several new programs based upon the work I’ve been doing. Through volunteering my hypnosis services my personal business is now thriving. My creativity is flowing. My energy is moving.

After my stipend was cut I spent a week soul-searching and praying for guidance before making the decision to resign. The mantra that kept running through my mind was The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Probably the greatest spiritual prosperity treatment in the Bible is Psalms 23. Most people think of funerals when they hear this Psalm but it’s really about abundant living. This was my centering prayer day after day. I’ve decoded this Psalm using the information from Swedenborg and The Course in Miracles. Yes, contrary to what some people think, my spiritual life continues to thrive. I’m sharing my version of Psalms 23 in this post. First will be the original, then mine. I believe this says it all as we are all going through our personal versions of change and transitions.

Blessings to all who wander by to read this.

Psalm 23 is often referred to as the Shepherd'...

Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of thine enemies;
thou anointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Psalm 23 Decoded
Universal Law (Love) is my guide; I shall lack nothing.
I am encouraged to shift my attention within, to the fertile soil of my healed subconscious mind, where I experience the quiet stillness of inner peace.
His Consciousness replenishes my soul; As I focus on His Presence while  in meditation I am taught the right use of my mind and energy, which is to validate His nature.
Yes, even as I experience challenges and painful times of growth that make it seem like my life is crumbling to pieces – I fear nothing, because I know this is just the illusion of the world.
For Your Presence is always with me. Your Love and Truth ground and comfort me.
You show me how to un-match and rise above the negativity of those who dislike me. And my mind is re-centered on the bounty of prosperity that is available to me always.
You infuse my mind with Your Consciousness and my awareness expands to match Yours. My mind overflows with ideas for total health and abundant living.
I am certain, grounded in faith that Your vibration of love and compassion stays with me in every breath I take while in this templed body; and I will live in my Father’s Kingdom of Consciousness forever.

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