In the previous article “Don’t Stop Believing”, I wrote about my belief in past lives and experiences that reconfirmed that belief. Having studied the topic extensively, I have learned of even more profound cases where young children knew amazing things that they could not possibly have learned in this lifetime.  

 

This knowledge is interesting and exciting, especially in cases where it can be confirmed. However, it is really secondary to the healing that is available through exploring past lives.

 

Stumbling Into Past Lives

 

Dr. Brian Weiss MD’s work with past lives and healing is probably the most well-known of anyone’s in the world. He was a psychiatrist when he stumbled into past life regression. In the story that he tells about his first encounter with past life regression, his patient regressed when he was trying to use general hypnosis techniques. It wasn’t until she regressed to a previous lifetime that she began showing physical and emotional improvement.

 

The patient appeared to have true healing. Yet, Dr. Weiss was not convinced that past lives were real and was unsure as to what was really happening. . In a later session, the patient was actually able to obtain information about Dr. Weiss that she could not have possibly known. Although this was not about her life, it convinced him that something very real was happening. His experience with this client was the beginning of a journey that has changed his life and the lives of many others.

 

Our Work

 

My wife and I had read about Dr. Weiss’ experience many years ago. Then in 2014, we had the opportunity to attend Dr Weiss’ professional past life regression training where we witnessed such healing first hand. We learned that past life regressions can help heal both physical and emotional issues people are experiencing in their current lifetime.

 

Today, after additional study with others in this line of work, we include past life regression and other similar types of sessions in our service offerings. Our primary focus of regressions are for people who want to resolve issues that they cannot consciously explain. In many situations, the client becoming consciously aware of the situation that initiated the current day problem allows healing to begin.

 

Client Experience

 

Every person is different and every experience is different. Some have immediate understanding and healing. For others, there is a sudden recognition some time later. And, there are others where healing process occurs slowly over time as full understanding occurs.

 

I never expect miracles, but I am almost always surprised by the results. And, I love those e-mails that arrive from clients at a later date with new amazing insights. So, whether you believe in past lives or not, just know that if there is an issue with no apparent origin, your past lives might hold the key.

 

To learn more about Dr. Weiss’ work, check out his website http://www.brianweiss.com/

 

Note: Past Life Regression is not therapy and should not be used in lieu of medical treatment.

 

 

 

A dream I remember from last night included circus animals parading up an inside stairwell, changing rooms three times while staying at a hotel, and not knowing if I was going to ride a horse, take Lyft, or drive home. Like many dreams, it was crazy and unrealistic.

 

Busy Brain

 

It is believed that crazy dreams are your brain trying to make sense out of things. Those topics may be something we read in the news, a movie we saw, or experienced sometime during our life. With everything that we hear, see, and experience, it is amazing that people’s heads don’t explode when their brain tries to combine the multitude of stimuli that we experience every day.

 

Yet, somehow the mind manages to connect our experiences and all this information into a story – as crazy as the story may seem. Perhaps the brain is determining how to file the information, exploring new relationships between information, doing a form of learning, or simply trying to keep us sane.

 

Creativity At Its Finest

 

Although no one knows exactly what the brain is doing, it is clear that this is creativity at its finest. At times, nighttime creativity can leak into solving real problems or breaking through creative blocks. When people are stuck on a problem, the answer often lies in sleeping on it. The next day, new solutions suddenly appear or issues with previous ideas seem to dissolve.

 

In a sense, the creativity of sleep is being harnessed and applied to real problems.   However, this is limited to the sleep state and does not occur upon demand.

 

Applying It Every Day

 

Just imagine if we could capture hyper-creativity of the dream state and apply it to problems and projects during our waking hours. Amazing things would be created assuming logic, art, and engineering could be integrated with the creativity process.

 

With focus and possibly relaxation, perhaps creativity can be boosted to levels higher than we normally experience. After all, it is just a matter of connecting the right things in new and different ways.

 

 

 

In the early days of telephones, an operator connected someone with another party by plugging wires into a switchboard. If everything worked properly, this action established a voice connection between the two parties. However, occasionally the operator crossed the wires and a person ended up talking with someone they had not intended to contact. The analogy of crossing wires spread into communication between people when there was a misunderstanding between the two parties. “Sorry, I think we crossed our wires” became a standard apology.

 

Miscommunication

 

People are not always aware that wires have gotten crossed. Yet, the miscommunication may still cause emotions to flare. In extreme cases, a person may become so upset that they completely disconnect from the other person without the other person knowing why. Other times, however, the person recognizes that there was a miscommunication allowing them to take corrective action.

 

Human beings are constantly involved in some form of relationship with others. Thus, they are constantly vulnerable to miscommunication.

 

Ambiguity of the spoken word contributes to wires being crossed. English, in particular, contains many possible interpretations of the same set of words. Fortunately, it is believed that the actual words spoken may make up as little as 7% of communication with body language and tone accounting for the remainder.

 

Body Language

 

A person cannot convey body language in writing without writing a small script. Although tone can be expressed through the written word, it can be challenging. Thus, the writer must convey their message using only a small fraction of the communication tools available when speaking.

 

Even when speaking, non-verbal communication may be challenging. Often, people are not conscious of the messages being sent to others via their non-verbal cues. Sometimes, the truth shows even when the speaker intends to hide it. For instance, a person’s true feelings may show when they are trying to encourage a friend, but feel in their heart that the situation will not work out. A person has to be both aware and practiced to hide or change non-verbal messages.  Even politicians and others who are coached on body language often slip up and let their true feelings show.

 

Even when the intended message is conveyed, the recipients of the message may not interpret it as it was intended. Connections can become strained. And, sometimes those connections permanently break over something minor.  If properly understood,  the message would be accepted and have little or no impact on the relationship.

 

Things To Consider

 

If a person gets upset about something that someone says or does, they need to consider if they are properly interpreting the message. First, the person may desire to consider if there are alternative ways to interpret the message. Second, the person might ask the other person to explain further. Third, if the person believes they received the intended message, they might explain to the other person the message they received and how it affected them.

 

The person may just find out that wires got crossed. By clarifying the intent, it can potentially strengthen connections with others as they engage in caring and thoughtful communication.

 

 

 

 

Manifestation is all the rage these days. There is lots of talk about how our thoughts create reality. We are to push aside all negative thought and focus with intent on the good things we want in our lives.

 

On the other hand, people seem to know things are going to happen before they happen or minimally have impressions of things that later happen. In these cases, people aren’t attempting to manifest, but seem to know what is manifesting.

 

The Chicken or the Egg?

 

The question on the table is “Which comes first, the thought or the manifestation?” It really is a bit like the chicken and egg quandary. Does it have to be a thought in order to manifest? Or, does it have to begin to manifest (at least energetically) to create the thought?

 

I could make arguments on both sides of this debate. For instance, consider a very unusual accident where the experts say that the chances of such a thing happening are so low they can’t even calculate them. I could argue that no one would have likely ever considered such a situation. And, they certainly would never have attempted to manifest the accident.

 

On the flip side, I might argue that although unusual, designers might have considered if it is possible. Alternately, someone might have thought that the person involved in the accident seemed very accident-prone and subject to the unusual happening. In these cases, the thought was flying around in the universe with lots of leeway as to how to manifest.

 

Since everything a person ever experienced makes them who they are, all of the energy of their experiences is online for manifesting things in the future. Additionally, every thought that they ever had is also online for manifesting things in the future.

 

For those of that believe in life contracts and life plans, there is another entire layer of energy that is directing things toward particular challenges and outcomes. That energy intertwines with or supersedes thoughts and general manifestation energy. Thus, further complicating the question as to which comes first.

 

Be Positive

 

All that is clear is that having positive thoughts, positive intentions, and taking positive actions are the only things people can do to manifest the life of their dreams. The energy may already be online and possibly the positive outcomes would occur without thoughts, action, and intention on the person’s part. But, then again, maybe it wouldn’t.

 

 

 

 

Millions of stimuli come flying toward most people every day. Because of the volume of information, people have to very quickly identify the information and decide the action to take on the information. Some information is simply ignored while other information is filtered and connected to previous knowledge and experiences.

 

Although, people filter information out of necessity, it can also be a detriment at times. We can decide to throw away information too quickly that could have led to learning or a wonderful experience. Similarly, quick decisions we make about the information that we retain can result in some mis-associations between that information and previous knowledge or beliefs.

 

Missed Opportunities

 

Since people are quick to dismiss information, they miss opportunities. This is why people are more likely to notice things and even to fall in love when they are on vacation or out of their usual environment. In these situations, people tend to slow down and pay attention. In part, this is because everything is unfamiliar and they must analyze far more information. They also are learning and enjoying new sights. All of these things help to take a person off of automatic mode.

 

False Stories

 

In addition to missing opportunities, quick determinations about information can lead to assumptions about information that are incorrect. This occurs when people hear some information and assume something based on stereotypes, biases, information they have read in the past, or even their own past experiences.

 

The problem is that these connections are misleading and result in people believing things that are simple not true. This then feeds on itself because people have an instinct reaction to defend what they believe to be true. Therefore, there is an urge to fight anyone who challenges their interpretation of this information. This ingrains the information into their mind as true even though it is false.

 

This makes it extremely difficult for a person to change their point of view about an event or situation. They have already created a story about the information by connecting the new information to other information and beliefs they already have. In addition, the person may have even defended their version of the story further increasing their investment in their story.

 

When the person receives new information that is contrary to the story that they have created, they tend to dismiss that information because it does not support what they believe to be true. At this point, it can be nearly impossible to change a person’s mind. The new information, no matter how strong and how well supported, just doesn’t fit into the story. Thus, it is dismissed.

 

And, this is the reason why two people can hear the exact same information, but come away with two completely different stories!

 

Slow Down

 

Next time you find yourself defending your version of a story, take a moment, slow down, and breath deeply. Then, ask yourself, “What do I really know about this situation?” Start from the beginning and consider every piece of data like you might if you are visiting a different country. Ask yourself where the road may lead and check for information about navigating the situation.

 

In the end, you may still believe the original version of the story. But, then again, you may not!

 

 

 

 

Have you ever studied for a test and felt prepared only to have your mind seem blank when the test was in front of you? If it hasn’t happened to you, you are one of the lucky few that haven’t had this experience.

 

Multiple things can contribute to such and occurrence. However, the way the information is connected in your brain is often a significant contributor to the mind going blank.

 

Often, this occurs because of the environment in which a person studies. The person may have sprawled out on their bed, put on their headphones, and listened to music while they studied. This helped them tune out the world around them and focus on the information that they were studying. They may have reviewed the materials for class and studied until they dropped.  By the time they finished, the person may have been confident that they would land a high score on the test.

 

The next day they sat down at their desk confident that they were well prepared. However, when they looked down at the test, panic set in. They felt confused as everything on the test looked like a foreign language.   “How could this happen?” the person asked themselves. After all, they had studied for hours and thought they had everything memorized.

 

The issue in this situation likely arose because of the drastic change in environment from a comfortable relaxed situation with music to a silent environment sitting in a hard uncomfortable chair. The pathways to the studied information were new and fragile. They had not been reinforced enough times in various situations to truly imprint and create strong connections. Therefore, they were difficult to retrieve in a different setting.

 

At this point, the situation often worsens because anxiety sets in further hindering recall. By the end of class, the person who studied and began the day with confidence in their ability to do well on the test may be worrying if they will receive a passing grade.

 

This story is only one sample of the many reasons that a person may not recall information in a particular situation. Our memories are held within a very complex, intertwined system of connections. Therefore, recall can be sensitive to a variety of factors. Fortunately, we have established multiple ways to access much of the information allowing us to retrieve the information in various situations.

 

The next time you are having difficulty retrieving some piece of information – a name, how to do some task, or where you left your car keys – try remembering the context of when, where, and how you learned or last knew that information. You just might find that you can access that information after all!

 

 

 

 

When I was young, I enjoyed “Connect the Dots” pictures. When you connected the dots, which had a number or letter next to them, in correct numerical or alphabetical order, an image would appear.  You could then color the image.  “Connect the Dots” images continue to be used  today as a learning tool. 

 

“Connect the Dots” for young children generally are simple with part of the image already drawn. Having a portion of the image visible assists the child in seeing the connections that they needed to make. In contrast, “Connect the Dots” for older children are sometimes quite abstract. In this case,  the picture only comes into focus as the dots are connected.

 

I am not sure who originally created “Connect the Dot” pictures. However, it appears the originator created them as a game to make learning fun. Yet, they are more representative of how humans think than the creator probably realized.

 

Human beings are constantly connecting the dots. One of the earliest connections that children likely make is that if they cry, someone will feed them or change their diaper. As children grow and develop more advanced thinking, the connections they create become more complex.  By the time people reach adulthood, connecting the dots is so ingrained in their brains that they do it thousands, if not millions, of times per day.

 

An individual’s truths, beliefs, and perspectives develop over time through a series of connections and observations.   In turn, all of these factors combine and recombine to create new connections, conclusions, and perspectives.

 

Conclusions and generalizations occur when connections are made  a path of connections is followed repeatedly.  When a connection occurs enough times, it becomes  an unconscious automatic connection or path. On one hand, this is a great benefit.  Without automatic connections,  humans would be continually relearning information and reassessing situations. The ability to build upon prior connections and paths allows learning and achievement that would otherwise be impossible. On the other hand, it is these very connections and pathways that can lead to gross generalizations and invalid conclusions.

 

Unconscious connections and pathways are like deep ruts that were created when the wagon trains went over the Oregon Trail.  Once a person’s thinking or a wagon’s wheels are in a rut, it is nearly impossible to adjust course.  Information may only be a few steps away, but still be completely unattainable.  It might as well be on the other side of the mountain because there is no way to venture over to it to check it out.

 

Reinforced pathways is the primary  reason that people tend to become stuck in their ways as they age. Unless a person is continually looking at information from different perspectives, they will have difficulty trying a new path because the old paths are too strong. This is why it is so very important for people of all ages to continually learn new things and to challenge their own thinking.

 

A good indicator that it is time for a person to infuse themselves with new ideas is when they  find themselves saying, “But, that’s the way it has always been done.”  Likewise, it is time for a person to consider if the other  has a point if they automatically reject any idea that doesn’t align with their beliefs, thoughts, or perspectives.

 

It is so important that people of all ages continually infuse new ideas into their thinking.  Those ideas challenge previous ideas, beliefs, and perspectives, allowing people to make new creations by connecting the dots differently. The challenge is to keep changing the picture!