Spirit Home: ‘The Upper World’ per Alberto V.

While I in my limited knowledge, proceed to explain subtle energies and the subtle realms co-existing with our own physical earthly realm, I find that Alberto Villoldo is at the same time also providing excellent references to what I’m trying to describe here about the energy body, so I will also offer his explanations here to help all better understand the HOW and WHY that energy therapies do work to help us heal our wounded spirits.

Alberto Villoldo, PhD., and shamans in general, refer to what I call Spirit World, as ‘The Upper World’.  This location is NOT a physical realm, but is instead a higher-frequency level of existence where your energetic spirit goes after departing your physical body.  It is also the location that ‘houses’ all Spirits between incarnations, so as I mentioned in an earlier post with the Emanuel  book quote, “The entrance and exit doors of LIFE are merely mislabeled.  Birth is the adventurous journey away from HOME and death is merely the guide back home.”

Here in this short excerpt from his blog post from April 21st, 2020, Alberto V. describes the Upper World and its domains or levels of attained consciousness within the Upper World:


by Dr. Alberto Villoldo

“…I want you to familiarize yourself with the Upper World, the invisible domain of our destiny and spirit—or what psychiatry refers to as the superconscious, a realm that’s greater than the limited ego sense we have in our everyday existence.

When we journey to the Upper World, we enter this collective superconscious with access to our personal destiny, along with the destiny of our family or village or the piece of the earth over which we have stewardship…

All traditional societies refer to the Upper World (as do many religions), and each has its own map to describe the terrain. There are the Christian depictions of purgatory and paradise, which delineate the levels of purification humans must undergo before entering into paradise. The ancient maps of Tibet illustrate the bardo planes, where a person’s soul atones for his mistakes and then returns to the light after much hardship and suffering. The Laika [Wisdom Keepers of Peru] tell of a multitiered landscape (similar to what the Tibetans believe), which is inhabited by the collective souls of minerals, plants, and animals, as well as the souls of our ancestors. Each of the five planes of this world exists in a different relationship to time, and this is the map that we’ll be following closely in the next few blogs.

The Laika, like many other religions, believe that after your death, you naturally gravitate toward one of these levels of the Upper World based upon how you’ve lived your life. If you arrive in an unhealed state, for instance, you’re consigned to the lower tiers, where you undergo a period of cleansing and purging. Yet if you live consciously, you can arrive at one of the higher tiers of the Upper World, where there’s no time or suffering—only joy….”

Our Karmic History Per Alberto Villoldo

Interesting find this morning on Facebook: Alberto Villoldo briefly discusses Karma and the human energy-field cocoon or as he calls it “the luminous egg”—how at death, our seven individual body-chakra energy centers upload all energy information into the eighth chakra (above our heads) that represents ‘our Spirit container‘ for this lifetime. He talks about how this collected-energy spirit aspect of us then goes to Spirit World for healing, etc. before choosing a NEW body possibility in a next life.  (I said this same thing in my post on what happens after DEATH from my experiences with Past-Life Exploration hypnosis. )

So here is his take on the entire human-body energy transference process from his Andean Shamanic perspective.

The Four Winds Society

“Dr. Alberto Villoldo explores karmic history and how it informs our energy body time and time again.


But HOW Does It Work?

Every aspect of our shared LIFE experience incites insatiable curiosity in me.

About 25-years ago, I joined what was then called “One Spirit Book Club” where you could purchase a monthly book of choice. One book caught my attention. It was about a Japanese energy/spiritual practice called “REIKI”.  The promo said, “Learn the ancient hands-on healing powers of Jesus,” etc., and I purchased that book because the ‘being a healer’ aspect appealed to me.  (Yes, likely the first evidence of a latent Messiah Complex; and since when was Jesus in Japan?  They never explained that part.)

Having read the book which excited me to the possibilities that it claimed, I mentioned it to a friend at work who also shared my more ‘New Age-y’ spiritual bent at the time, and said I needed to find someone local who could attune me in what was supposedly called REIKI.

Two weeks after telling her of my desire, she handed me a business card of someone she had run across who advertised to do that very thing—attune me in the Japanese energy/spiritual practice of REIKI.  And because I have no patience, I called him immediately.  

Within a week I was attuned to the First Degree REIKI Practitioner level. In the next month, I had Second Degree REIKI attunement, and again, having NO patience, I then relentlessly hounded him for the last third degree REIKI Master attunement, to which he ignored me completely and stopped returning my calls.

So after a year of searching for another REIKI Master Teacher who could take me further, I found someone locally who was a REIKI Master neophyte but said he could probably get the job done.  Back then ‘probably’ was good enough for me.

After being “officially” attuned to the REIKI Master Teacher level with my new teacher-generated ‘REIKI MASTER certificate’ in hand, I had fulfilled my wish—I had the energy-channel openings that allowed the higher life-force energies to flow unobstructed through me and into another person; but unfortunately I still had no idea HOW that could actually happen or WHY those newly-replenished energies did what it seemed to do for any client that I worked on at the time.  All I had been told was that the energy itself was intelligent and it did what it needed to do and went where it needed to go.  End of story.  Stop asking!

Of course that was an insufficient answer for me to accept, let alone to pass along to others asking me that same question, but way back around year 2000 there weren’t more than 4 or 5 REIKI books on the market, and all said basically the same thing: Wonderful gift from God, natural healing abilities, and worked miraculously to help others heal illnesses and maladies. Put your hands here and here and here, and say a prayer of appreciation for the energies that flow, etc.  Hey, just DO IT.

But HOW does REIKI do those things?  WHY does it work the way others claim that it does?  No one could tell me that.

As I began my own REIKI teaching practice in 2001, I searched for a REIKI manual I could provide to my own students to assist them in better understanding what we were doing, but there was nothing out there to use, so with my background in writing and experience as a graphic artist, it was easy enough for me to compile a REIKI Manual of sorts for my students.

But what could I possibly tell them when they asked the same questions that were most important for me to know?

That’s when I first began researching ‘energy healing’ in general: What were other practitioners doing outside the REIKI community, how were they describing it, were there scientific studies being done on any type of energy-therapy work, etc.?  I went in search of answers to my own questions about how life-force energy could pass from one person to another in some way, and was particularly interested in why the free-flowing energies positively affected the recipient of the process.

There were a number of new energy-therapy related books starting to hit mainstream awareness at the time; a few of which I leaned heavily on to better understand what was occurring when I worked on my own clients: Barbara Ann Brennan’s HANDS OF LIGHT,  Donna Eden’s ENERGY MEDICINE, Dr. Robert Becker’s THE BODY ELECTRIC, and Dr. Richard Gerber’s VIBRATIONAL MEDICINE.  

Those four books gave me a basic understanding of our being far more than this mass of flesh, bones and blood. These folks had actual knowledge and experience that they shared of their own perspectives and personal practices using subtle energies to positively affect the overall well-being of a client.

From those four books I gained far better understanding of how REIKI functions than I ever did from any REIKI-specific books on the market back then.  And it was with their help and through their insights that I wrote my own REIKI manuals, along with sharing my personal experiences treating a multitude of clients, many of whom I had treated ‘pro bono’ just to gain broader experience in the practice.  

Now after twenty years as a REIKI MASTER teacher, I’ve certainly been in a lot of uncomfortable situations and seen a lot of unusual ‘stuff’ while working with clients; and early on I realized that what little bit of knowledge I had previously gained during my personal research on subtle-energy therapies, was still insufficient in understanding all aspects of what I was experiencing when I worked on someone, so I pursued more and more information, more knowledge,  more research, and more abilities, which led me first to the higher-frequency KARUNA REIKI practice, later to Shamanism, and lastly to hypnosis.  (I’ll explain later how ‘hypnosis’ is far more related to those subtle-energy practices than you might think that it is.)

Again as I mentioned in the title: But HOW does it work?

Well, I can tell you this: We are far more than we often think that we are. We are composed of both solid matter and fields/matrices of subtle-energies combined. And if you are at all familiar with Einstein’s famous equation of E=mc2, then you recognize that matter or mass itself is actually a denser form of energy in motion.

These are the many subjects that I intend to explain as best I can to further help others better realize their true potential for improved health and overall well being.

I’m sure that no one ever claimed ‘finding your own truth’ would be an easy journey. It certainly hasn’t been easy for me, but I hope to make it a little less confusing for others by sharing what little I DO know about the subject matter.

Understanding the Language of Frequency

What is frequency?

As with so many other aspects of life, the definition you seek is often dependent on the application to which it refers.  So in this post, frequency refers to “the rate at which a vibration occurs that constitutes a wave, either in a material (as in sound waves), or in an electromagnetic field (as in radio waves and light), usually measured per second.”

Or as Wikipedia defines it: Frequency is an important parameter used in science and engineering to specify the rate of oscillatory and vibratory phenomena, such as mechanical vibrations, audio signals (sound), radio waves, and light.”

To be more specific: Sound transmits as a longitudinal (mechanical) wave that requires a medium (like atmospheric air) to travel through; whereas electromagnetic light-waves travel as a transverse wave that can pass through a vacuum (like through the vacuum of space), NOT requiring a medium to transmit it.

And that means WHAT to me?

Actually it means everything; absolutely EVERYTHING that you can humanly perceive or imagine occurs at a specific frequency of sound/electromagnetic light-wave vibration that you as a finely-tuned, vibratory-wave ‘receiver’ of sorts interpret as color, or as light-wave strength (infrared, ultraviolet, gamma radiation), or as material substance, or as sound, or even as your wavering emotional moods.

For each of us in our own bodies, these personal frequency interpretations are merely attributes of the basic phenomena of human perception.  

We perceive the world around us using our many senses, and our brains then interpret those perceptions, whether prismatic light-waves of color or heat waves from the sun, or as sound waves from the neighbor’s barking dog to whatever music or laughter next hits our ear drums.  We interpret each of those perceptions as being desirable to us or undesirable, beneficial or non-beneficial, and we then base our next action or reaction on those previous interpretations.

But the more negative side of our being receivers of ‘sound/light-wave frequency’ is that your body can experience some transmitted frequency vibrations as personal discomfort, or a sense of disharmony, or as physical/mental disease, or as thought disruption, or as a whole lot of other ‘dis-es’ that your body (physically/emotionally/psychologically/spiritually) finds difficult to assimilate or utilize.  

THAT is the importance of frequency.  It can have an impact on your total being in some specific ways, or it could adversely impact your health in general.  

HOW could my body be adversely affected by certain frequencies?

  • The most extreme example of humans being adversely affected by certain frequencies is to cite radiation poisoning.  X-ray technicians are required to wear lead aprons to work around x-ray machines because of the degree of escaping radiation from over exposure.
  • Another example would be microwave over-saturation where certain distancing safeguards are necessary for microwave transmitting towers to operate.  That is also why microwave ovens are required to meet certain federal guidelines for containment and safe usage.
  • Or how about a more common ultraviolet light overexposure called SUNBURN, and how serious that can be on long-exposed bare skin.
  • And sound-wise, certain sound decibel levels can create immediate or longer-term hearing loss when exposure is frequent or drastic.
  •  The lesser known problems are with the ultrasound or the hypersound sensitivities such as the use of sonar or ultrasound high-frequencies often used to break up kidney stones or to even perform trackless surgeries in the brain.

The universe does indeed speak “FREQUENCY” on all levels, and it is through better understanding that language that we can attempt to comprehend how LIFE itself is created, to then better understand how LIFE actually functions after creation. 

When you realize that your earthly manifestation is a product of your thoughts and the energies/emotions that you put into those thoughts, then you can better comprehend how the frequencies that you personally hold in your own body/mind/energy field can produce your preferred life results, once you better understand how to use them.  That’s what I hope to show you in the near future here. 

We are far more than just this physical body that experiences the broadly acknowledged sensual aspects of LIFE in general.  We are units of energy operating at specific frequencies—energy units that are dense enough to be physical bodies in this dimension of existence; but we also exist beyond the physical plane, and that is where our Spirit is so well-versed with options and possibilities that we have yet to consider here.

So let’s start considering them.

The Card Said “WRITE”

It’s a difficult time now for everyone; and since I’m such a control freak, just sitting around feeling this collective sense of helplessness, is not within my capability. I’ve read all I could read. I’ve sat quietly—I’ve meditated.  Now I have to DO something—I have to act in some way. Be productive.

And since I’m usually pretty intuitive, I assumed that ‘ACT’ information or that necessary ‘DOING’ would magically appear in front of my face for me to trip over, and when it didn’t, I pulled out a newer ‘card divination set’ (I have 5 different sets) and asked for some hints or guidance on what it is that I need to DO.

The card I pulled today said “WRITE”.  Initially I shook my head because I actually write all the time—in my own journal, in this blog, in the Trash File, so ‘to WRITE’ is not something unfamiliar to me, which made me ponder ‘Write WHAT?  I AM writing.’

In truth I’m an intuitive writer—meaning I write what needs to come out of me at the time for reasons known or unknown to me.  Maybe I simply need to say it or someone else needs to read it—I never truly know.  All I know is that it needs to be said and read.  So basically I write whatever wants to appear on the page.   Some things I post—some things I don’t.

But in answer to the “Write WHAT?” question, what then came to mind was the unfinished book that I had started and abandoned sixteen years ago because it just wouldn’t be written then.  

Today I searched my files for it and read my last attempt to kick it off.  I nodded. Yes, this is what the ‘WRITE’ card is about.  Amazingly, sixteen years ago I wrote the prelude to what I’m trying to explain in this blog. I wrote there about the importance of understanding ‘consciousness’ in general, and how to recognize and live our own truths, comprehending at last that we are far more than we believed ourselves to be.

Prior I had written book three in the HONORING THE HERMIT series, called HTH III: Building a NEW World, and it was widely ignored. The only place it existed was as a PDF file on my old website, and when that site went down, I didn’t put it back on the new one. (But I have since created a separate blog just for that book called “Building A New World” from my HTH book series, and also provide other articles there on attempts at ‘Community Building’ around the world: https://hth3buildinganewworld.wordpress.com/ )

So I can only say that the gist of that book was presciently explaining what we are currently enduring and why, and suggesting how to reframe our thinking about how to create a better world society by examining what are the components of such a place, etc.

I researched the heck out of book three’s subject matter, and the book was massive and boring; and while pertinent, no one wanted to read stuff like that. Who really wants to hear the truth, eh, when you can pretend things are just fine?  So there you go.  But some time after writing that third book, I had the inner nudge to write ‘book four’ called HTHIV: Healing the Wounded Spirit.

Seriously, I tried to do it back then. Numerous times with numerous attempts, and it just wouldn’t come out, so I left it for a later date, and the date must be now because I seem to be writing it in spurts in this blog. So here is a sample of the Introduction I’d already written in 2004 for HTHIV: Healing the Wounded Spirit:  

“I begin this next “HERMIT” book on the subject of ‘healing a wounded spirit’ as I listen to the gentle lilt of celestial toning. I find it humorous that even while contemplating the contents soon to appear on these blank pages before me, that I am splitting my concentration, as most of us do throughout the day, between the job at hand and the possibilities lying ahead.

To live in this earth-plane, we must deal with the physical aspects of this manifestation—finding food and shelter, meeting the wishes of others, making a sustainable living for ourselves and our families by working at some type of job that pays us in some way to provide a service of some kind to others.

I’m mentioning this because I also am engaged in standard earth-plane work besides the higher spiritual endeavors. Considering that all of us must in some way provide the necessities for our continued existence is important in the context that it is through our interactions with all aspects of our earthly experience that our spirits become wounded. During our spirit’s manifestation time on Earth is where the wounding starts, and this is where it must be healed—here in this lifetime—in this present. Here, during our Earth experience, is where the crucial lessons on increasing consciousness are provided to us and where those lessons are hopefully learned.

You might ask, how does someone ‘increase consciousness?’

Understanding every aspect of this earth experience is so vital to our personal advancement that I think spending time to accurately define key words is important. Consciousness, means both an individual’s, as well as, humanity’s collective intellectual, emotional, and sensual awareness—a comprehension of cause and effect in what we do and what we say to others—a knowledge that whatever exists beyond our immediate self is in some way still connected to us, just as we are interconnected with each other on a deeper level of existence.

To ‘increase consciousness’ in the human-life daily drama means to see the newness all around us and not be frightened by it—to embrace the previously unknown, making it now known. Increasing consciousness is to feel compassion for our own mistakes as well as for the mistakes of our neighbors, recognizing that fear drives all of us into defensive and sometimes offensive posturing with each other.

Increasing consciousness is acknowledging Higher Intention interventions into our daily affairs beyond what we might normally attribute. It is renewing and strengthening our link to the Source of all creation where inner guidance speaks as softly as a gentle breeze against our cheek that turns our head in search of the origin.

Increasing consciousness is stopping judgment when it starts and opening our minds to limitless possibilities. With gentle coaxing, what might presently lie at the boundary perimeter of our present comprehension can be enticed into our circle of knowledge.

ALL IS. Life is as simple as that two-word statement, and so inclusive that we cannot begin to fathom the depths of its true meaning. But by remaining open to new experiences and by admitting that there is so very much we cannot yet grasp the meaning of, no matter how badly we wish that we could, we allow ourselves to expand around it like a boa constrictor’s body wraps and squeezes its prey—until we can swallow whole the “truth” of our experience.

So, for each of us in our own way, TRUTH becomes the soft heart of any hard-shelled kernel that we bite into—the nourishing inner seed of limitless potential within the hidden fruits of life. And in this act of first recognizing, then embracing, and finally swallowing whole our truth, we expand our consciousness—increase our awareness of the magic and mystery surrounding us—and in doing so we better comprehend our individual purposes and functions during these brief visits to the earth-plane of existence.

Visitors, we are. Never here to stay—briefly stopping in to sample the Earth’s wares, to rub shoulders with our neighbors, and to extend appreciative palms to the sky in reverence for the experience before we slip back to from where we came.

To live our own truths is to recognize the similarities amongst all of us, because our differences are minuscule beside our sameness. The only importance we must recognize is that each separate view point adds greater perspective to the whole. In sharing our views, we in turn see through each other’s eyes allowing us to grasp the greater significance that each perspective provides.

We are continually expanding ourselves: our knowledge bases, our personal opinions, our perspectives, our interaction memories—expanding all to construct our concept of what being “human” entails.

The human experience becomes a simple rite of passage—a trial of surviving mistakes, of adapting to new environments, of creating and even destroying relationships and dependencies on others.

For us as makers of our imperfect world, we are born to love and fight, to feel and hurt, to live and die. For us imperfect participants in life’s daily dramas, we are forced to learn from our errors, and forced to realize our higher potential to rise above survival-of-the-fittest tactics with each other.

But for many undergoing this generation-after-generation battle for survival, the wounds received during those survival trials are still unhealed. They may have intermittently formed scabs over time, yet they continued to fester and ooze unhealed beneath the surface.

For those who still have memories of life’s harsher lessons, I write to encourage you, and to perhaps even show you how to heal those long-festering wounds—show you how to change your perspective on your situation which helps you to improve your attitude about healing itself—so you can learn how to actively create your own healing, because in truth, only you can heal yourself.

That is the point of this book—‘healing the wounded spirit’—to explain how you, the reader, are the sole authority on healing all aspects of yourself: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Between the first and last page of this tome you will discover how easy and how difficult it can be to regenerate your NEW self, and hopefully help you further understand how essential that subtle-energy aspect of us is, to our every life experience.

It is our energetic life-bloodbecause it is our Spirit.”  

~Rebecca A. Holdorf ©2004

Seeing Clearly

 “When we learn to move beyond mistaken concepts and see clearly, we no longer solidify reality. We see waves coming and going, arising and passing. We see that life, composed of this mind and body, is in a state of continual, constant transformation and flux. There is always the possibility of radical change. Every moment – not just poetically or figuratively, but literally – every moment we are dying and being reborn, we and all of life.”

Sharon Salzberg

(Sharon Salzberg, a Buddhist meditation teacher for 40 years, co-founded the Insight Meditation Society at Barre, Massachusetts with Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein.)

Surviving the Pain of Initiation

Whenever the term ‘initiation’ is used to describe an extended period of turmoil and struggle, I cringe; because in my own experiences, INITIATIONS are seldom fun.

Initiations are often grueling, gauntlet-running tests of inner strength and endurance.  So when Dr. Joe Dispenza said the following yesterday, I sighed, knowing how likely it is to be true:

“…I believe we are on the verge of a great evolutionary jump. Another way to say it is that we are going through an initiation.  After all, isn’t an initiation a rite of passage from one level of consciousness to another, and isn’t it designed to challenge the fabric of who we are so we can grow to a greater potential?  Maybe when we see, remember, and awaken to who we truly are, human beings can move as a collective consciousness from a state of surviving into a state of thriving. It is then that we can emerge into our true nature and fully access our innate capacity as human beings—which is to give, to love, to serve, and to take care of one another and the Earth.”


So to help promote that ability for us all to survive what needs to be survived, here are a few FREE audios that were sent to me over the past week that you also can listen to in hopes they may help to calm your fears and anxieties.

Searching for Answers

During times of deep uncertainty, we all search for answers to help navigate through our confusion. Sometimes we find ‘an answer’ that seems to fit the situation, and other times, we may grasp at any answer offered by anyone other than ourselves, because we know for certain that WE don’t know which end is UP, so maybe someone else does. 

Finding answers for ourselves is often much harder than listening to a medium or a psychic who may be quite willing to connect into the ethers for us and provide answers of sorts to our questions. I’m not saying that this desire for others to provide us with answers to our personal/spiritual questions is a bad thing; what I’m saying is that you also have that ability to access your own answers for yourself if you take the time and effort to do so. 

Mediation is a good starting point to calm an active mind that thrives on distraction. If you can meditate long enough to feel more at peace inside, then you can learn to still yourself to actually hear/intuit/know the answers to your deepest questions.

And personally, rather than hearing someone else’s interpretation of messages meant for me, I’d prefer to hear it first-hand from my own higher self or my guiding spirits team because everyone uses their own info-input filter on the world.  And while that medium or psychic could have the best intentions for accurately relaying the message meant for you, they are human with their own biases and interpretation systems that may modulate the message as it passes through them.

Learning to access your own inner guidance system is a part of your personal transformation process—it’s a part of finding your own truth for yourself.

Sometimes ‘answers’ are what we think that we want, but other times the real importance is in the question itself.  Beyond the obvious words that you are using in that stated question, WHAT are you actually asking? WHY are you asking it? HOW will knowing the answer to that question affect your life?

Take the time to still yourself and get to know who you truly are, and THEN ask any question that you think you must ask.  That answer will likely be the one that matters most to your current life. 

“Great Opportunities Disguised As Impossible Situations”

Because I like sharing information that is pertinent and insightful, I’m putting a Dr. Joe quote on here. I’ve been a fan for over a year; and he has numerous YouTube videos of his conferences and workshops to watch if you are interested.


 “We are all faced with great opportunities, brilliantly disguised as impossible situations. And there’s always a door. We have to see adversity and challenges from a greater level of consciousness, not the same consciousness that created it. That’s how we evolve.⁣

We have to rise to a different level of awareness and believe in possibility. When we do this, it awakens an innate capacity in us to be greater. Otherwise, we fall victim to our environment.”

As an energy and consciousness worker myself (REIKI, Shamanic, Hypnosis) I know that what he’s suggesting here is far more than a ‘rah-rah’ pep-talk on keeping your thoughts positive.  He’s referring to accessing levels of consciousness that are actually higher-frequencies of energy which we are capable of utilizing to change our currently undesirable situation for our betterment.

From the most literal reading, he accurately explains the power of our thoughts in creating the environment around us, but more importantly, he can actually show you how to refocus your thoughts to shift your body’s response to whatever you are facing because we are units of fast-changing energy that is in constant motion, perpetually evolving us into ever newer and higher states of being.

The shamanic teacher Dr. Alberto Villoldo would call this process ‘selecting your destiny,’ where you make the conscious choice to create the world around you that you desire; and you accomplish that amazing feat energetically by retooling your energy field to attract more desirable higher-frequency energies.

Again, if you have had no experience with energy or consciousness work, you will have no personal examples to reference on this subject, but either or both of these two men can provide that personal experience for you through their books and by watching their online videos.

Just saying, if you are tired of feeling the collective’s fear and anxiety energies, then try feeling something higher-frequency and more hopeful for a better tomorrow.  

An Unfortunate Time for Inner Reflection

Normally I would suggest that spending quality time in isolation is a perfect way to meditate and reflect on our lives, etc., but there is too much at stake here for flippancy, and I doubt that many would see this period of time as advantageous for much of anything.

I will say that if you do meditate regularly that’s a great benefit to you since you are used to controlling your thoughts and breathing over whatever might be happening around you; but for those who are trying to learn meditation now because you may have this extra time to do so and it would be nice to have something that eased your anxiety over our collective situation, then you may experience a mild challenge in slowing your breath and pulse rate, or in clearing your head of worrisome thoughts.  Soothing tunes might help, and definitely shutting off the non-stop, news shows are recommended. 

Perhaps this isolation period could be a time for more intense journaling to get the worst of your inner fears out of your head and onto the paper under your hand. There is something cathartic about channeling raw emotions from your deepest recesses out through a kinetic medium like handwriting that triggers a release of those stifled memories.  It really helps give voice to the hidden part of you that many call “the inner child”.  And that frightened “inner child” is often fearful for a very good reason.

It’s been quite awhile since I last read John Bradshaw’s HOMECOMING: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child, but that book is a good starting point to better understanding why we presently react with such overt fear over any situation that logically should not affect us quite so severely. He suggests we might better understand this sudden, present-day eruption of emotion by becoming more aware of how we could be emotionally stuck at the earliest-stages of our life due to childhood trauma.

Bradshaw even describes some visualization techniques for supporting and reclaiming that scared or wounded child that you may have once been.  Shamans would call that process similar to the ‘retrieval of lost soul parts’ but it doesn’t matter what you call the technique.  It only matters what works to help you become more whole again—more solid—more stable in your body—more sure of yourself—more confident that you can handle whatever you need to handle.  That’s the purpose for doing it.

In fact the entire point of self-healing is to become WHOLE again—to become all that you once had the potential to be; and it can take some serious inner work to rebuild your once-promising ‘potential-self’ that might have been emotionally damaged by others when you were just a defenseless, dependent child.

There are NO good reasons for hurting a child. Sometimes children are simply the easiest or most opportune targets for venting an adult’s pent-up frustrations and life-dissatisfaction issues.  It’s a sad reality that many know firsthand.  And times like the present where there is so much fear and insecurity in the collective, may actually ignite an old, smoldering, childhood wound that surfaces once again looking for more ‘fear’ oxygen to burn anew.

If you are experiencing something along those lines, it’s okay to feel whatever you are feeling.  Sometimes old fears rise up fresh and strong to allow us to more closely examine why they exist in us at all.

So if this time of turmoil and uncertainty is making for sleepless nights, just get the old journal out and start scribbling away on whatever is foremost in your mind—all the anxiety, all the sadness—all the feelings of abandonment and betrayal that you once felt to your core that are likely being triggered now.  And since there was no prior outlet for you to vent that pain, you simply stuffed it down deeper inside. So let it ALL out now—let it pour out of your pen into that journal—writing page after page—tracing memory after memory as they arise.

Once you get it out of your head and onto that paper as actual evidence of your once having been wronged or mistreated or ignored or abused in any way, then it will be that much easier the next night to close your eyes and feel some sense of relief over those memories expulsions from that part of your mind where you had so deeply buried them.

And seriously, no matter where you are right now, it’s okay to feel scared. It’s okay to be upset or emotional. It’s okay to be confused and anxious and wishing for a better day ahead rather than what you are currently experiencing.  Those are honest emotions, and we should recognize them for what they are and how powerful they can be when they do affect us. It’s far better to acknowledge that they exist within us, than to pretend that they don’t. You can better deal with them when you can recognize that you’re being affected by them.

It’s OKAY to feel unsure or anxious or frightened about what is happening to you and to those you care most about, because you are doing your very best right now in your own way to simply deal with whatever you are facing. We all handle situations differently, and for certain we all want to get through this rough patch in our lives as quickly and as easily as possible for each of us.  And while I doubt that it will be a quick and easy recovery by any standard, I do know that it is very likely for us to recover intact and restart our lives again.

Of course we all may want our lives to return to the normalcy we once knew a few months ago, but for a little awhile longer THIS is our current normal, and we must learn to adapt and accept the present challenges that we may face.  We learn, we adapt, and we grow through the discomforts faced in the learning phase.

So to the best of our ability we do what we need to do and we keep our focus on moving forward toward a better day ahead, whenever that day might be.  We’ll get through this.  There is no doubt about that.

What was that stupid slogan I mentioned in a previous post? “Tough times don’t last, tough people do.”

Hmm, yeah, it didn’t sound any better used here, did it. 

Sorry.  Hang in there!

The Personal Nature of LIFE

Unlike my early adulthood, as the years pass I’ve noticed my egoic-self is less inclined to think that I know ‘all there is to know’ about everything.

In fact I can now easily accept with humility how little I actually DO know about this LIFE, and while I certainly have my own opinions and beliefs on just about every aspect of the world that we do know, they are simply my personal takes on LIFE based on my own research and life experiences.

But drawing from those personal experiences of many subjects not usually within the ‘scientific-testability’ range, I will say that we can’t even begin to fathom what we don’t know about this world, or begin to comprehend the true composition of our personal lives as we are living them here in this earth plane of existence.  We only think that we know it.  

As a unified, self-preserving society, we’ve concocted a set of semi-comfortable answers to all of LIFE’s questions that allow us to relax productively into our daily duties so we don’t have to be distracted by the true mysteries still existing all around us.

To lessen our anxiety over the uncertainty that those ‘life-mysteries’ project, we often value sameness and familiarity in our lives so that we develop patterns for living to help us relax, and those patterns eventually become our habitual behaviors.

In time we turn our habitual behaviors into our life path that we walk daily until some unexpected event forces us to self-reflect on why we are still walking it.

Once we allow the time for proper reflection of our habitual actions, we can see that early on we may have chosen our life path for a few basic reasons—some reasons may have been economics-based, some may have been emotions-based, some even needs-based; and if those previous reasons for choosing the path were meaningful to us in some way, we granted that path priority over the other possible options. 

However, when the same path that we walked daily became too burdensome, too boring, or lost depth of that earlier-determined meaningfulness, we yearned for another path to travel until we eventually found one.

I’ve always searched for greater meaning to my life, so every path that I have walked has either shown me something that I had not previously known about myself or known about the world around me, or both. 

Each path that I explored forced me to adopt a different viewing angle through which to see this world that we share.  Each path offered me a different perspective on my own life—different from what I initially thought my life to be—and the effect was like sunlight passing through a prism, being refracted into separate rainbow-colored light-waves across the wall.

Without that path’s necessary prism having separated out the sunlight’s components for me, I couldn’t have witnessed those beautiful rainbow colors; couldn’t have seen them so distinctly defined in that precise manner. That is the essence of what my life experiences have shown me—the world that we think we know is far more than it first appears to be. We simply need to view it through a prism of sorts to see those underlying components.

That new-perspective prism allows us to see the world in all of its undeniable beauty and still-shimmering glory; and to realize at last that this world that we once believed to be so elemental, crude, and constrained by the limits of human ingenuity, is instead a miraculous cosmic soup of unlimited possibilities just waiting to materialize when our creative intentions match our enlightened thinking.

Ultimately you can believe of this LIFE whatever you wish. You can frame your life by whatever philosophical or religious context that best fits your need at the time. That is your prerogative.

But the real question to consider is does that personal belief add to your self-knowledge—does it add to your understanding of who and what you truly are—does it add to your awareness of what you are capable of achieving with your determination and perseverance aligned—does it help you learn to believe in yourself above all others when times are hard and friends are few? 

Does it strengthen you; invigorate you?

Does it help excite you to the unlimited possibilities lying just ahead but slightly beyond your present reach?

Does it encourage you to reach even farther than you are presently able?

I’m certainly no expert on anything here other than the personal nature of my own life—I can readily acknowledge that fact.

But can you say the same thing? Who knows YOU better than you do?

Isn’t gaining a better sense of WHO you really are, what you are searching for now?

When you do eventually find your own TRUTH, you will then realize that you are indeed one of LIFE’s greatest miracles because you are also one of life’s most perplexing mysteries still awaiting consideration.

While searching for your true path, for the betterment of yourself and the rest of us existing here with you, I hope you will discover your ‘TRUE-SELF’s’ capabilities just to witness first-hand the magical world of unlimited possibilities simply awaiting you.

Hopefully now is the right time for you to determine that illusive answer to who you really are in all your luminous magnificence.  It will be an awesome discovery for you, that I guarantee, and one not likely to disappoint in any way.  

Facing Our Fears

There is little certainty in LIFE. Some would then quip ‘other than Death and Taxes’, but the lack of certainty in our lives is what gives us that uncomfortable pause—the surety hesitation.

And there is little that makes us question ourselves faster than facing a test of courage, and nothing tests our courage like facing down our eventual mortality.

Those who train for battle prepare themselves for the fight ahead; whether on the battlefield or in the chemo-infusion lab. We mentally ready ourselves for what we know will be a test of stamina and will-power to survive no matter what we might face.  We tell ourselves that we are tough! We can do this!

We’ll be okay. We know this.  But just in case we don’t, we ask for a little extra help:

‘And please,’ we pray, ‘let us face this fight with courage and grace. Let us be strong and proud, and hold to our principles, and maintain our convictions, and have the sheer guts to face down whatever foe may stand in our way until the fighting is over.  Amen.’

Except the real foe that we are often ignoring here is the FEAR that we may be pushing aside—the FEAR that we are shoving deep, deep down inside us—FEAR that we simply don’t want to face—FEAR that turns our resolve to jelly and our bowels to liquid.

FEAR is a very tough adversary, and it knows how to utilize our biggest vulnerabilities. And overall what is our largest, most debilitating FEAR?

We fear DEATH.

In truth, no one gets out of this LIFE alive. No one.  We all have a shelf-life. We all have our time doing whatever it is that we do, and then we simply wear out doing it. Our bodies aren’t meant for unlimited usage.  Our DNA may determine our likely longevity, but our lifestyles often dictate the probability of dying sooner than preprogrammed.  That is just how it is.

While many cultures around the world are more open to this undeniable acceptance of our eventual mortality, the western-world culture seems determined to pretend LIFE doesn’t actually end that way.

The good news—no seriously, there is GOOD news in this—the GOOD news is that you’ve already been through DEATH many, many times because this isn’t your first time in this earth plane.  

Now why I say this is that I’m also a certified hypnotist—but more specifically, the aspect of hypnosis that I most love to practice with clients is Past-Life Exploration or Spirit-World Exploration.  I can literally guide a client into connecting with his/her High-Self which is essentially the functioning database of ‘ALL LIVES’ that a person has ever experienced.  

It is pretty amazing event for both the client and for me as ‘observing participant’ during the past-life exploration process.  Evidently we keep doing this ‘living/dying thing’ over and over for the unique experiences that ‘LIVING IN THIS PLANE OF EXISTENCE’ provides us.   

I won’t go into great detail about the entire PLE hypnosis process, but basically I guide the client to personally meeting with his/her High Self and we then ask the High Self to show the client a previous life experience that pertains to any particular ‘present-life issue’ that the client asks to explore.   I don’t even need to know the issue, as the client can silently ask her High Self without saying it directly to me. 

Now I may eventually surmise what the issue might involve by the previous life shown to us by the High Self and the examples provided that emphasize helping the client to see similarities in living situations where this expressed  ISSUE played prior, and how it was resolved then.  But overall, I simply follow along and ask questions to gather information on what the client is seeing, feeling, and experiencing in that situation being shown to her; and we can ask the High Self to clarify what she needs to know (the lesson, the learning value, etc.) from what the client is being shown, when it isn’t obvious to her.

And lastly in that particular High-Self-provided-life-experience, I ask the client to visit themselves at the moment of their death in that life and describe it—what was happening, how did they die, who was there, what did they feel, etc.  So the client can see/feel first-hand how death was faced in that life and more importantly, what happened to them afterwardsAFTER the client had died in that life.  I simply ask the client to describe it as best she can without my tainting the scenario in anyway.

Every PLE client told me the same thing: that their spirit rose out of the dead body and lingered a bit to assess the situation, and then a Spirit-guide of some sort provided a little information about what had just happened to them and why it had happened in that manner, and then escorted their newly-released spirit to a Spirit World dimension where they received some additional healing energies, some further explanations on their previous experience, and some down-time to fully recoup before trying it all over again in a different life with a different body.

During my 1.5 hour Past-Life Exploration sessions, I would ask each person’s High-Self to guide the client to at least three different Past-lives to explore that client-desired issue. That is three different bodies—three different life situations—three different eventual deaths per client.  So that at the end of the hypnosis session, the client can understand that death isn’t what it seems to be—it’s not so much the END of everything—it’s more like the reset button to an eventual different life experience entirely.

Buddhists talk about reincarnation.  Well this might be similar to that, but not exactly like how they describe it. It’s also not hard to see how what we call ‘karma’ might be pertinent to the next life’s explorations as further study material on the repercussions of our previous actions, but I don’t want to make any declarations of specifics on that subject either.  

In fact I’ll admit that I’m limited in my understanding of it all, but I can see through my own personal experiences and the experiences of others that I have witnessed, how something similar to ‘karma’ could be applied to the ‘reset life’. 

But right here, right now, what I basically want to emphasize to anyone reading this is that we naturally FEAR our death.  Death represents the END of this life existence for us.  But as has been shown to me over and over again through dozens of clients exploring many of their own past-lives, DEATH is not really the END of us because we exist beyond the physical body.  

There was a quote I saved from a book I read long ago, …I think it was from one of the Emmanuel books, and it said, “Death is not to be feared.  Death is NOT the enemy.  The ‘ENTRANCE’ and ‘EXIT’ doors of LIFE are merely mislabeled.  LIFE itself is the adventurous excursion away from home, and DEATH is merely the guide back HOME.”

From what I’ve experienced myself and with my hypnosis clients, I’m pretty sure that statement is true.  At least I can say that I know that it’s TRUE for me.  

While you are here to find your own truth, I just want to assure you that DEATH is not something to fear. The energetic part of you (your spirit) has already survived it many, many times. 

That also doesn’t mean that you should eagerly run toward death as an escape from your current life difficulties, because as I mentioned previously, whatever issues you don’t satisfactorily resolve in one life will quickly transfer to another; and perhaps facing the current hardship without trying to escape it was the entire point of this life experience for you.  I’ve seen/heard that similar scenario from my clients as well who tried to opt-out early in a previous life only to face the same thing again and again until they handled it differently.

So as we stare at our reflection in the bathroom mirror, and we shake our heads trying to make some kind of sense out of being human in this crazy world, the best I can tell you is to just ‘KEEP ON KEEPING ON’.

While that might not be a good answer, it’s the best one I’ve found to face whatever lies ahead for us with the necessary courage and grace.  

We can do this!  

It’s what we do.

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