intuition told me he was guilty

 

 

 

One day I was called for jury duty. On this particular day, I was one of the “lucky” ones that had to show up to see if we would be selected to serve on a case. After I arrived, the staff gave a group of us questionnaires. One quick look at the questions and it was clear that the case was related to sexual assault.

 

We answered the questions and waited. Some people were dismissed. I am not sure what was cause for dismissal because I know that the group that remained included people who had been sexually assaulted and people who had good friends or family that had been sexually assaulted. The issue I believe is that almost everyone knew someone who had been through this horrific crime.

 

Instant Reaction

 

They ushered those of us in the jury pool into the courtroom. As soon as they brought the defendant in, tears began streaming down my face. It was automatic and completely outside my control. He was clear across the room from me and was a man whose looks would not have raised an eyebrow – clean-shaven, suit, etc. However, the feeling of guilt permeated the entire room.

 

When they said that the charge was “sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust,” the feeling became even stronger. I was sure that he was guilty of everything he was accused of doing and more.

 

The Interview

 

Fortunately, anyone that even knew someone who had been sexually assaulted was interviewed in private. Now, I was only three feet or so from the defendant and I really wanted to leave. The lawyers on the other hand really wanted me on the jury. They asked me about being a manager and about being logical. In any other situation, I would have said, “Absolutely, I can listen to the facts and make a decision.” However, this case was different. It was hard to make those statements.

 

Tears kept coming throughout the questioning. Finally, a lawyer asked if I was going to be like that throughout the trial. I simply said, “I don’t know.” With that, I was dismissed.

 

I sat in my car for several minutes to compose myself enough to drive. Over the next several days, I found myself crying on and off. It took quite some time to get over being in the same space with that man. I can’t imagine how difficult it would have been to sit through the trial.

 

No Doubt

 

I do not know the outcome of the trial. But, I am sure beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was guilty. I had connected to energy that was so strong that it didn’t just give me a feeling of discomfort in my gut as a warning, but shook me to my core. The knowing and gut feel are common for me. However, I am not usually overly emotional. I was feeling a little of his victims’ pain (they never said that there were multiple, but I was sure that this was a pattern of behavior).

 

This occurred many years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday. I hope to never experience anything like that again. However, I know that if I should encounter a situation like that again that I could use the many energetic tools I have added to my energetic tool bag over the years to help lessen the impact.

 

Don’t forget to listen to your gut feel! And, when you get that feeling, use protective energetic boundaries to keep it under control!

 

meaningful relationships

 

 

Ever feel like you are living a song? I have been hearing Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ frequently the last few years. When I began to notice the song, I assumed that my connection to the song was through the song title. I believed that I kept hearing this song as a way to encourage me down the path I’ve been traveling since leaving the corporate world.

 

Assumptions

 

Recently my wife questioned my assumption. She asked if the connection could be with the lyrics or meaning of the song. So, I looked at the lyrics and was surprised to find some interesting correlations with my life.

 

I’m just a city boy, born and raised in Omaha. I’m married to a small town girl. A couple years ago, we rode a midday train going anywhere (actually Georgetown, CO). We’re feeling like we’re living in a lonely world with everyone attached to their electronic devices and ignoring personal contact. And the associations go on, and on, and on. Okay, I’m sure you are now looking on the Internet for the lyrics. And, yes, I took liberties.

 

The point of this song is that we are all looking for meaningful relationships. This song suggests that the purpose in life is trying to fill an emotional void through personal connections. Sometimes we will find someone to fill that void and other times we continue with the search, going through relationship after relationship. This song encourages us to hold on to the feeling of hope that we will find the relationship that we seek.

 

Deeper Meaning

 

If I look beyond the song title, I think there is a deeper meaning for me. I interpret the search for meaningful relationships to be analogous to seeking out people I can help improve their lives. Some of these people are looking for their own meaningful relationships. Meanwhile, others are looking for ways to identify how to improve their lives.

 

On the flip side, some of those people are consciously or unconsciously seeking my assistance. When I am able to help them achieve improved clarity in their life or relief from ailments, I feel emotionally fulfilled. As such, the song both encourages me to continue and reminds me of the benefits of making such a connection.

 

The work I do is one way to help others. We all, however, have the ability to positively affect the lives of others. Sometimes it only takes a smile to establish a connection with someone. From there you never know where it may lead. Who knows, maybe there’s a meaningful relationship just waiting to begin with your next smile.

 

 

 

 

In our previous article “Throw-Away Society,” we discussed the ramifications to a person’s energy when one-time use items and other items are constantly discarded. This article looks at the flip side of that issue.  It explores when  identifying and taking action when items no longer serve you.

 

Not everything you have – even the really nice things or the things that have been passed down through the generations – serve you. These items can bring forward wonderful energy of family. You may have spent $1000 to purchase other items.  However, neither of these scenarios mean that the item is right for you now.

 

Check The Energy

 

It is important to go through your home from time to time and check the energy of the home. Check all aspects of the home to determine what no longer serves you, what is missing, what needs to be moved, etc. Key things to consider about items in your home are whether it brings you joy or provides a necessary function.

 

 An oven, bed, and dishes all provide a function for you. However, it still could be time to get rid of them if there is some negative emotions attached to the item. For instance, if every time you look at the dishes you think of your ex because he bought them for you when you were vacationing in Hawaii, it is probably time for them to go.

 

Extra Stuff

 

Other items may simply be taking up space in your home. Even items that came from family may no longer be the right things for you. A great example is a vase that I have. It came from my grandmother and is quite unusual. I really like it. However, if it were ever to be in my younger son’s home, I wouldn’t expect it to last long because he finds the vase “creepy.” So, despite the fact that it has been in the family for a number of years, it would be unhealthy for him to hang onto it.

 

Some items just need to be moved or thinned out.   The energy can change a lot by moving items from one location to another. Also, sometimes less is more. Instead of the collection of 60 shot glasses, a collection of 30 of the most interesting ones might better serve you. Remember that just because you have it doesn’t mean that you have to keep it forever.

 

Other things to consider are: kids projects, materials for crafts you no longer do, one of the six casserole dishes that are in your cabinet, and the tea set that you never use. If these items are just there, they are energetic and physical clutter.

 

Continual Process

 

It is a continual process and requires balance. Buying or picking up something free and turning around and getting rid of it is no better energetically than holding onto something that does not serve you. As you get rid of items, remember that you aren’t required to refill every inch of the space. Consider moving other items around to balance the energy.

Remember everything is energy. Each item brings energy when it comes into your space and takes energy when it leaves your space. Good choices make your energy and your space whole.

 

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After a recent death in the family, I helped the family clean the house.   As is true in many cases of an unexpected death, time was limited as family members were in town for only a few days.

 

Tossing Things

 

Although time was of the essence, it was difficult to see so many things going into the dumpster. New packages of things that could be used by someone landed in a trash bag. Still, many items discarded were things that couldn’t be sold or donated. So, I took a deep breath as we tossed them in the trash.

 

When it came to small appliances, dishes, and other household items, I volunteered to take them to a donation center so that they wouldn’t simply be thrown away.  I even salvaged a few items as they were going into the trash because I knew they were valuable or usable by others.

 

This experience was a great reminder of the throw-away society that we have become. I cannot imagine the average person 100 years ago throwing away anything usable. Of course, they had less actual things in their homes and had lots of children to divide things between.

 

Picking Up Energy

 

Given that things we have in our homes and touch with our hands pick up our energy, I started wondering what a throw-away society meant to the world energetically. In the days of old, household objects were used until no longer usable. In many cases,  items were passed down from generation to generation. This brought forth the energy of the family to new generations.

 

These items were durable and lasted for years and years. In contrast, many things today are designed only to last for a single use. Even things designed to last longer are rarely designed to last even the entire lifetime of one person. Instead, each of these items are discarded when people are done with them, which can simply mean that they have grown tired of the item or used it a time or two.

 

Losing Energy

 

If we consider that each item picks up a bit of our energy, we must assume that a part of our energy is lost each time an item is discarded. So, instead of our homes being full of the energy of our family and our ancestors as in the past, we now have pockets of emptiness.

 

The solution is simple. Use less one-time use items. Keep select items from our family (you don’t have to keep everything). Lastly,  carefully purchase items with the idea that we will keep them for a long time. By making these changes our homes will have a wealth of energy and the gaps will be fewer. This strength of energy is important in order to fully connect our energy to the world!

 

Coming soon: Part II – “When It No Longer Serves You”