Of Healings & Bumper Stickers

While out walking, I ran across a parked car with a bumper sticker admonishing “healers” for charging money to do what Jesus did for free.  I thought to myself, “Even though I do not refer to the work I do as healings and I do not call myself a healer, the person who put that bumper sticker on that vehicle would most certainly put me and the work I do in the camp of reprobate ‘healers’ who charge money for sessions.”

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And, quite frankly, this same question about spiritual alignment, money and universal Light used to occupy my heart as well.  This is what the past many years of working with people on behalf of their highest Light has taught me about sessions, clients, money, unconditional Love  and universal Grace.

  1. Everyone has a pattern—their own unique pattern—that, if they were connected, fully grounded and following it, would allow them access to their highest Light. This is what heals.  (Thus, I personally do not heal you.  I ground you in your Light.  Your witting, consensual alignment with your highest Light guides you through your own healing process.)*
  2. Sometimes we need help rediscovering, recovering and/or grounding our highest Light in the context of our individual bodies and current circumstances. Family and social obligations can keep us from attending to ourselves as we should.  I often assist clients in “sorting themselves out” so that they can reexperience their personal Light.
  3. Money is energetically neutral. It is what we do with money that “charges” it energetically or spiritually.  Are we using money to help or injure, to support or deride?  Many of my clients go on to distinguish themselves in the realm of being able to care for others more efficiently because they have taken time to care for themselves.  Solid self-care leads to service.  I am compensated in the form of money payments for the unique service I provide.
  4. Working with the Light, in a formalized session, is potentially transformative because “we” (you, I and the Light) are all working in concert to create positive, lasting changes. With a clear agreement in place, changes tend to occur and unfold in positive and productive ways.  Clients committing to a formalized, paid session prepare very carefully and thoroughly to receive Grace.  This level of commitment and preparation supports the work in ways that less-formalized healings lack, except among the truly devout.  Thus, an appointment supports changes in behaviors, habits, efforts and intentions.
  5. Finally, as someone who works with the Light, it is easiest for me to maintain my own physical frame with a good healthy, clean lifestyle and whole, organic foods.  I am able to assist more people by being able to purchase my own organic foods products, rather than by growing and putting aside such foods from my hobby garden or by bartering for other goods.

*The body is designed to be self-repairing.  Individuals facing the greatest health challenges are those with genetic predispositions, auto-immune diseases, situations of exposure to unrecognized environmental toxins or those who engage in repeated self-injury.

Second Sight & Drive-by Healings

I am uncertain by exactly what mechanism I was given the gift of second sight; but, in 2001, receive it I did.  It may have happened as a result of my redoubled commitment to my yogic practices, because of a prolonged physical illness or simply because it was time for me to see the world from a more consistently spiritual perspective.  Whatever the reason or reasons for the addition of this gift to my toolbox-for-living, it altered and continues to inform the manner in which I interact with the physical world.

With second sight, one of the first things that you notice is that the physical plane possesses a spiritually or energetically visible and parallel component.  Thus, in my worldview—when I am observing with second sight or “on” and quite often I choose to be “off” for ease of social mobility—the world is comprised of an enhanced array of pure color which varies in intensity and luminosity.

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For example, taking into consideration the issue of a person’s health, if someone has a knee problem, the area around the knee in their spiritual field is usually dull in color or, in severe cases, may be completely non-luminescent.  And, we may work to instigate a change in our physical bodies by working from the inside out (proper nutrition, healthy movement, allopathic medicine, acupuncture, massage), the outside in (energetic work, meditation, healings, prayer, spiritual work) or by approaching an issue of concern from both directions.

In my experience, the most efficient path to tending the body addresses areas of concern from both the inside and the outside.  This is why, what I have termed “drive-by healings” do not usually hold or stick—because without a person’s consent to work, spiritual intervention, granted to an unwitting recipient provides no conscious, physical support for the spiritual gift that was granted.

Consider this when your mind is lolling about.  Bring the full weight of consciousness to bare in matters close to your heart and your long-term health.  Choose to care for yourself, from both the inside and the out.  You may be amazed at the difference it makes.

Who Are the Homeless?

Walking toward me, a man with a serious limp asks, “Hey, do you know where the Salvation Army is?”  He has barely finished crossing five lanes of traffic before the light changes and everything and everyone starts moving at forty-miles-per-hour.

“You are just one block away,” I answer raising my voice above the wind.  “You cannot see the sign from here because of the curve in the road.”

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“Whoa, it’s cold up here,” he exclaims rubbing his ungloved hands together.

“Where are you from?” I ask, noticing an absence of scarf and hat as well.

“San Antonio,” he shoots back with a broad smile crossing his face.  There is a significant scar along the edge of his left jaw.

“And, you left that warm weather and sunshine for this?” I counter.  We have started to walk together in the same general direction.

“Yeah, I came up her for truck driving school.  And, then, all of a sudden-B A M.  I’m homeless.  I need me a clean shower and a shave.  Hey, are there any good jobs around here?  For twenty dollars an hour?  Like a forklift operator?  [He does not yet understand how different the market is in this region.]  I see it now.  I got it.  I got it,” he gently dismisses me.

“I hope everything works out for you,” I say in parting.

“Yeah, me, too,” he responds waving his hand.

Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys & Artistic Integrity

Emerging from a serious Beach-Boys binge recently, during which I listened to albums, read books and watched biographical films, I was amazed at the revivifying impact my short sojourn with summer, surfing, California, road tripping, fun, lucid tones and Brian Wilson’s favorite or “pet” sounds had on my countenance.  The world was good again.

The Beach Boys hold a special place in my heart as theirs was the first vinyl album I was allowed to drop and spin on my parents’ brand new Zenith all-wood, stereo console when I was three-years-old. I prepared for these sound and motion events by strategically placing three jersey-cotton. Buster-Brown skirts—in tiered formation— down my little-girl, string-bean body. Stepping onto the living-room rug, I would spin, dance and jam under the intense sound of the beating, California sun, singing along with Brian, his brothers, one cousin and a good friend—mashing motions with their incredible harmonies.

“You’re so good to me. / How come you are? …La,la, la, /La, la, la… And, I looove it, looove it.”

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Then, with all of that rocking, spinning and singing, at some point, I would land in a sweaty heap next to one set of wood-encased console speakers with my lungs still working to wail about the pain gained and love lost over Wendy. We had come to the end of the second side of that album. (And, yes, vinyl is still better than digital; and, yes, wood is still better than anything for conveying a smooth, mellow wave of sound.) These whirling events were shear sound-movement bliss—my ecstatic quest was always fulfilled.

Until the British invasion, The Beach Boys remained unsurpassed on United States pop charts and in American hearts. And, as it is with all people who create, there came a tipping point in the creative process for Brian Wilson, when he really wanted to express—in both lyric and score—a more nuanced vision for Beach-Boys sound. The recording-studio executives hiccuped and coughed about and over titles like “God Only Knows”. But, how else can it be expressed— what it is like to be in awe, in gratitude, in wonder and truly in Love?

I think about this sometimes, when I break up my sedentary, quiet writing spells with a little in-home, Beach-Boys mania. What would I write about in an ecstatic state? I fear it would come out in seed phonemes—like scat singing, or it would appear to be some Dadaist poem. This spiritual ecstasy is that T H I N G from which “words turn away”—as it is discribed in The Upanishads.

Thank you, Brian, Carl, Dennis, Mike and Al—and everyone who has ever sung or played to make the Beach-Boys music.  Your work remains—always—in our hearts.

With love.

Shared Spirituality

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A woman stopped her vehicle today outside of a church in our neighborhood, where I often collect trash while walking the dog.

She said, “I feel moved to give this to you,” as she handed me a business card with a piece of scripture on it.  She continued speaking, talking about her personal relationship with God and inviting me to church.

In the past, I might have considered such a gesture socially inappropriate or even intrusive.  (I come from a culture, where we “witness” through action and wait for someone else to initiate a question about what our personal source of strength might be.)

But, today, I thought to myself, “Isn’t that it.  When we find that sweet space of inner Light, we want nothing more than to share it.” And, so, I went along on my way thinking how gracious it was of her to gift me some of her precious time.  We were communicating as one sentient being to another.

Namaste