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Healing Experiments

Here’s an interesting article about some healing studies done by Dr Bengston, author of The Energy Cure: Unraveling the Mystery of Hands-on Healing … (Click here to read the article)


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Gifted Astrologer: Heather Ensworth

Many people have asked me if I know of a good astrologer …

If you’re looking for a gifted astrologer, I recommend Heather Ensworth of Rising Moon Healing Center. A reading with Heather is an affirming, fascinating and profound experience.



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Transformational 6-day Program

EHILogo-transparentQuite a few people over the past several years have asked if I’ll be putting together a workshop or training type program based on my experiences (Application of Impossible Things) … now a friend and colleague has done it for me.

Bob Holbrook of The Event Horizon Institute (TEHI) has designed a program that is offered at The Monroe Institute …


Transformational 6-Day Program for Mindful Awareness, Stress Release, and Inner Balance/Peace

The Event Horizon program is the beginning of a powerful personal practice to cultivate and maintain a state of coherent peace within yourself. You will learn life-changing skills and tools for your own daily practice. We teach from the mindset that “action that arises from inner coherence allows for the practice of peace within a mindful presence.” Here is just a sample of what you will gain from this 6-day transformational program.

– Discover access to the physical and non-physical realms in a new and profound way.

– Begin a powerful personal practice to cultivate and maintain a state of coherent peace within yourself.

– Train using a highly effective process for release of the accumulated stress and trauma of daily living.

– Return home with effective tools for maintaining a balanced awareness for resilience in handling daily stressors.

– Practice access to and expansion of mindful awareness, where choice in action replaces habits of reaction.

– Experience profound relaxation and the resulting ability to coherently think, speak, and act from the presence of your balanced inner self.

This is a 6-day program currently being offered at The Monroe Institute in Faber, Virginia. Click here to contact the Institute for dates and pricing: TMI


The Event Horizon program was developed within TEHI, a research and educational institute.

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Application: self

Toni Elizabeth Sar’h has written a concise and beautiful essay on awareness of who and what we are in her Light Body Owner’s Manual … Check it out by clicking here



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Interesting facts about Lucid dreaming

Fun facts about lucid dreaming in this article (link below) … Australian aborigines have a lucid dreaming history longer than the Egyptians, but perhaps they meant written or pictorial record that Westerners consider definitive.

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Two Life Changing Examples of Synchronicity Based On Intense Focused Intention

2009 09 22 127 bw treespathThis is re-blogged from Fahrusha’s website … She has many fascinating and thought provoking posts that are worth reading – click on her blog under Links to check it out. Thanks Fahrusha xo



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A few days ago I received a link to a mind-blowing account of  synchronicity reported by Dean Radin on YouTube.  Dean Radin is an amazing parapsychologist who is the author of  three books including the award-winning The Conscious Universe (HarperOne, 1997), Entangled Minds (Simon & Schuster, 2006), and the 2014 Silver Nautilus Book Award winner, Supernormal (Random House, 2013). I am a great admirer of his work.

After sharing this video on FaceBook I received this wonderful account of a somewhat similar synchronicity from a friend, Jon Decker, a retired educator and chiropractic doctor. He has kindly allowed me to share it with you, dear reader:

“I graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in June of 1988 and received my Pa license to practice in September of same year.  I went to work with my former Chiropractor, who had a very successful practice in Philadelphia. Although I was a 38…

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Why Am I Here?

ritchie shootI have a habit of jumping off little metaphorical cliffs, just for the fun of it. A five day Class V wilderness river trip, never having laid eyes on an inflatable kayak before in my life? Sounds good, when do we leave. A week long hike across the desert with five total strangers, no trail? Why not. Project manager in Iraq without any experience as a project manager (and unarmed)? I’m packed.

None of these experiences were necessarily fun in the most superficial understanding of the word. (And I’m not advocating that anyone follow my dubious lead …) Yet they were all outrageously fun in an overall, deep, and unconventional definition of fun that has the potential to describe my understanding of why we choose to be here in the physical world.

Amusing, entertaining, enjoyable … we’ve wrapped ourselves into a very narrow definition of fun. We expect ease, light-heartedness. We expect to be entertained in the most passive sense. Perhaps we expect all laughter and some advertisement’s vapid idea of the good life, aiming for mimosas and mansions as if happiness were dependent upon a material nirvana of endless smiles. In our concept of fun, no one gets hurt, no one grieves, no one gets sick, and no one dies.

What a crushingly dull show.

There exist scientists and writers, artists and athletes who have a different idea of fun: athletes ice climbing or slogging up dangerous mountains, biologists diving in frigid Antarctic waters, marine geologists spending weeks at sea eating revolting food – when they’re not seasick, painters who feel physically ill facing a new blank canvas…

How can those things be fun?

Madame Curie, Isabella Bird, Ada Lovelace, Gertrude Ederle, Gertrude Bell. Charles Darwin, Sir Joseph Banks, James Bruce, Buzz Aldrin. How can it be fun to swim the English Channel? How can it be fun to nearly freeze to death in a blizzard? How can it be fun to spend weeks, months, years in a crude laboratory working out one single scientific experiment? How can it be fun to fear you’ll disintegrate on re-entry?

On a more culturally comprehensible level, some equivalents: why is it fun to go to scary movies, or read books about someone else’s horrible illness or excruciating struggle? Why is it fun to watch tear-jerk movies, or read a book so ripping that you weep for an hour when you’ve finished the final page? Why is it fun to hear about a friend’s awful experiences of food poisoning or bug infested hotels in Djibouti or Singapore or Delhi?Why is it fascinating to follow the Egyptian uprising through Twitterers who are right there in the bloody streets? 

Perhaps because those things contain something new. Some challenge for the mind, the body, or some stretch for the imagination. Some frisson of wonder. Some question that can’t quite be answered: Can I do this? Could I do that? How will this change me? How would I handle that?

Mountaineers have said that people often ask them why they climb mountains. Why expend so much energy, why risk one’s life for something essentially meaningless. Sir Edmund Hillary’s famous answer to the question of climbing a mountain, Because it’s there, has a crystalline brevity that purely expresses a deeper concept of fun.

small blueishFun can include stretching some part of oneself to the limit, then finding that limit can be exceeded. Experiencing something never experienced before can ultimately be exciting and fun, even if moments within it are terrifying or excruciating. Fun can be practicing skills, challenging them, deepening them into something extraordinary. One exquisite moment, never imagined, can make thousands of horrid moments of a journey fade. The beauty of the whole arc of an experience has the potential to transform the perception or memory of the journey into wonder, and instill a deep sense of gratitude.

When I flew out of Iraq on R&R, after six months of working eight to fourteen hours every day of the week, I’d be so grateful when it took a couple of days to get a flight out of Kuwait. It meant I had forty-eight hours in perfect Kuwait limbo: no colonels, no roadside bombs, no projects, no gunshots, no expectations, no problem-solving, no rockets, no questions, no friends, no thoughts, no nothing. The only real world was Iraq, and I had left it … I was in a strange, meaningless, and perfectly safe dream between dreams. I’d burrow into my sleeping bag on some skanky bunk in a dusty tent full of skanky bunks. Savoring the delicious nowhere of where I was in the moment, empty and completely relaxed, I was free to avoid or savor all the strange memories of Iraq, and I savored this very strange feeling of luxurious contentment and boredom. Then I slept deeply for forty-eight hours, dragging myself out of bed only a few times to eat, groggily wondering at the power of intense experience, the emptiness of lost familiarity, and how profound strangeness could be so endlessly fascinating, so fun even during the times that I hated it.

Why are we here? To serve humanity, to express the creativity of the all, to expand the potential of the self, to deepen understanding of who and what we really are … maybe that too. But the most fundamental reason that we’ve entered the physical reality is, I believe from my experience, because it’s fun.

fun: amusing, entertaining or enjoyable

Fun: interesting, challenging, surprising, expanding, frightening, sorrowful, exciting, grievous, comfortable, painful, relaxing, exhausting, shattering, integrative, fascinating, weird, confusing, amusing, entertaining, infuriating, enjoyable, sensation-al

Marian Lansky has recently posted (yet another) extraordinarily clear and solid contemplation of this subject on her blog, Outrageous Undoing. In it she says, What I believe we are doing here on Earth is the equivalent of finding ourselves suddenly at base camp, about to climb Everest, with no memory of how we got there. So in our minds as we climb, there are no loved ones… there is no home, no cozy kitchen, nothing to return to. And while we are climbing, somehow, through the extremity of experience, we retrieve those memories, because that’s what we challenged ourselves to do.

Is it possible that we get ourselves good and lost purely to see if we can, with no resources, completely cut off from our Source and its unconditional love, find our way home?”

Everyone’s idea of what constitutes an acceptable a challenge is a little different from the next person’s. Each person’s idea of what challenges might be fun will be unique. As whole beings, though, I suspect few if any us would expect that a physical world lifetime of nothing but mimosas would be wildly entertaining. Would you sign on for a hot air balloon ride then spend it lying on pillows on the floor? I know – you’re afraid of heights. Okay … would you drive to Key West then lie in bed with the lights off for two weeks? Would you throw a party then spend it mute, sitting in a chair facing the wall?

Marian also says in her contemplation of this subject: “Yes, I am creating my own reality but surely, surely I did not consent to the painful childhood, the mother’s illness, the death of the loved one!

Surely I had nothing to do with the early abuse, the cruel teachers—the suffering part of the equation. Surely I was a victim of the cultural mindset I chose to be born into and luckily, by the skin of my teeth, I was able to wake up enough to grab the reins and clear my own mind and vibrations. Surely I had nothing to do with setting up the first part of the equation? 

Maybe I came here as a volunteer to fix the world’s problems, but lately I’ve begun to have the conviction that the world is not broken—that it’s one of an infinite number of probable parallel earths to which I have access through my own vibrational focus.

So who would be crazy enough to volunteer for this much suffering? It’s insane! Isn’t it?”

Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional. Because suffering is a result of beliefs about what is real, what we are capable of, and what is fun.

“Why am I here?”

Would it make sense to ask ourselves that question within a beautiful experience that we consciously created for ourselves? Would it even occur to us to ask that question while watching an exquisite sunset on a warm beach while cuddled up with the love of our life? In February? It probably wouldn’t even occur to us to ask.

As a whole self that question may be like the beach scenario – moot because just being here is so saturated with joy. Being here is interesting, challenging, surprising, expanding, frightening, sorrowful, exciting, grievous, comfortable, painful, relaxing, exhausting, shattering, integrative, fascinating, weird, confusing, amusing, entertaining, infuriating, enjoyable, … sensation-al …

Being here is fun in the deepest meaning of that word. 

Marian asks, “Are we, in fact, absolutely safe, experiencing a sometimes cruel and exacting form of reality TV on a universal scale, purely for the joy of finding out that we can do it? Purely for the ecstatic realization that even in this slowed-down, dark and dense physical experience, we can remember who we are and become lucid within this dream—thereby completely informing it with joy through our own creativity?”

Suffering is optional. Why me, why am I here, why am I experiencing this while others get to experience that … ? These questions can only exist within a context of belief that we can be hurt, that we can be a victim of something – anything.

If we are here for the thrill of it, those questions lose meaning. Instead we might begin to ask other questions:

red leaf treesHow can I best respond to this moment?

Can I find an arc of joy or fun even in this experience? Can I somehow exercise my curiosity in this exploration of something I’ve never experienced before?

Can I own even this as my own, all mine, assuming it as unique and valuable?

Can I remember, even in this experience, who and what I really am? 

Can I reach what I was sure was my limit then exceed it, discovering something I’ve never imagined? 



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Awareness & Imagination

From the vast spaces of awareness, consider that the single focus of self, the personality that is identified as self right now, exists within the field of awareness (rather than the field of awareness existing within this focus, from within this mind).

IMG_7872 copyWhen the eyes are closed, where are we? It becomes quite easy to shift focus, then, becoming immersed in thoughts, forgetting all else. Shifting back and forth can become conscious, from being within a thought to being within how does this hand feel, or that foot … what temperature is the air and what is that sound.

It’s quite easy to return to the thought at will, even to become immersed in it again and forget or ignore the physical body and world with all its sensations.

Where are we then? Who are we? During those moments, isn’t the world of the thought a reality more real and immediate than that of the physical world?

The mind’s belief in time and space shape its perception, yet we escape that limitation over and over throughout the day.

It’s just your imagination. How many times were we told that as children, a base assumption that was kindly drilled into us with tolerant amusement. It’s just your imagination. That was just a dream.

When that belief that imagination and dream is somehow less real than the physical world begins to be dismantled, ideas of reality shift. It’s a foundational belief, and removing it has the potential to change many beliefs.

It’s not necessary to have lucid dreams, out of body experiences, near death experiences, or to go into deep meditation to experience shifts in consciousness and expansion of the mind. We do it all the time. We imagine. We dream. We daydream. We close our eyes. Just becoming aware of the power of attention (focus), we begin to experience the non-physical within the physical. We open up to the possibility of experiencing the singularity.

Is there a difference between imagination and “real” non-physical experience? In a sense, there is not any difference. The difference comes in choosing reality strings, in our free will to follow or not follow a particular trail through experience. In another string, what has been imagined exists, or will exist, does exist, or has always existed. You’ve created it and read it.

In another imagination, we follow the same string and it will appear as precognition or it will be creation.

If someone wants to learn to discern what the difference is between the imagination that follows the track they’re following and the imagination that refers to another string, the way is through practice. Practice by applying attention.

Attention opens the inner doors. The conscious mind and whole mind communication becomes clearer. The band becomes wider, the possibilities open up. The rational mind can then work with the whole mind, helping to take note, to train itself to return at will to this or that focus. The conscious mind can help to translate the experiences into language which allows the experience to be shared.

And as the communication opens, so the conscious mind will begin to notice subtle differences in the way one or the other imagination feels (the imagination belonging to this string, or the imagination belonging to another string), or how the two sound a bit different, or that they look a little different. Each person will sense this in their own way, but through practice each person will sense it. It will be possible to discern that which is just the imagination (a string not followed) and that which is accurate to the string of reality being followed.

When the eyes are closed and the mind is drifting, it is drifting in infinite potential. The mind exists as awareness. Awareness is not confined in the body, in the brain, in the head, in the heart. Awareness contains or encompasses the body. Awareness encompasses or contains all of reality, and goes within it or beyond it.

When this is understood and experienced, many things become obvious. Time is within awareness – awareness is not within time. Space is within awareness – awareness is not within space.

Awareness is infinite, limited only by the beliefs that we impose upon it.

Anything can be imagined. Ask yourself, then: If I could imagine anything, why am I imagining this?

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The Power of Love

Another beautifully inspiring interview, this one a 109 year old woman who survived the Holocaust:

Watch Alice Herz here

Even the bad … Even the bad is beautiful.


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Flow Music Improv, Life Improv

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This is an interesting video interview of a musician and improvisation professor (link below). The ideas he speaks of are applicable to life –  the “spirit” of living.

Casey Sokol Interview

Thanks Katherine!
Happy holidays!


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