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”

 

 

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.

 

 

 

When I was young, I believed that I had lived at least one previous life. I am not sure how I drew that conclusion. It was just something I believed. One day I made the mistake of mentioning this belief to the minister’s wife. She informed me straight away that our religion did not believe in reincarnation. Then she immediately turned and walked way.

 

My first thought was “Wow! That was kind of rude.” I had a hard time with the thought that I was not permitted to have my own beliefs. It was a defining moment that created my views on organized religion. I learned that this was a belief that I needed to keep to myself, but I didn’t stop believing.

 

Evidence

 

Had I not held this belief and continued to believe after being scolded, I would have been totally unprepared for the adventures of being the parent of a child that described his past lives in amazing detail. My wife and I learned of his adventures riding horses and how he had been a guard at a castle.

 

However, we were very impressed when around two years of age he gave us accurate directions for getting to McNichols Arena, a local venue for basketball and hockey.   He informed us that he had played hockey there. We had to believe him because how else would a two-year-old know directions to a sports arena.

 

Our other son never told us explicitly of his adventures in previous lifetimes. However, he had a strong affinity towards World War II and fighter jets. He also had a strong interest in the movie “Gone With the Wind” and insisted on watching the entire series, which is quite odd for a young boy. He also knew information that he hadn’t been taught. We didn’t have cable TV at the time, so that wasn’t the source either.

 

Your Beliefs

 

Now, you can believe whatever you wish about these experiences. Perhaps your religion says that past lives cannot occur. Just be aware that not everyone will believe the same way. If you keep your ears and eyes open, you may hear and see things that will challenge that belief. Until then, don’t stop believing! And, so will I.

 

Coming soon – Part II – Healing Past Lives.

 

 

 

The other day, my wife and I were in a Mexican restaurant and I was searching their extensive menu for something different to eat. Not remembering what a chili relleno was, I asked my wife to describe it. She told me the primary ingredients and suggested that I pick something else, which I did.

 

A few days later, Pioneer Woman was on during my lunch break. Ree was making her version of a chili relleno. My wife said, “See that’s a chili relleno” with the caveat that it was being made differently than what you’d get in a Mexican restaurant. It was sufficient, however, to confirm that I made the right choice the other day in choosing something different from the menu.

 

The Center Lane

 

Throughout the years my family members and I have received answers to questions seemingly through synchronicity. One of my earliest memories of this phenomenon occurred when I was young and riding in the backseat of my uncle’s car.

 

My uncle was driving in the center lane of the interstate through Omaha, Nebraska. My brother asked, “What happens if a car in the right lane changes into the center lane at the same time as a car in the left lane changes into the center lane?” As if on cue, two cars ahead of us tried to change into the center lane at the same time. Fortunately, one or both realized this and retreated to their original lanes. My uncle commented, “Well, I guess that answers your question!”

 

Questions And Answers

 

Many of my questions are relatively insignificant, such as the chili relleno example. However, synchronistic answers can come for meaningful questions as well. These answers are often obvious, but can be overlooked if I am not paying attention.

 

The timing of the answers is not predictable. Sometimes the answers come only moments after asking the question, as was the case when my brother asked about the cars changing into the same lane. However, other answers are delayed until later that day or several days later, like the chili relleno question. In other cases, the answer may not come for some time, but it usually sticks out like a sore thumb when it does arrive. Still, it is amazing the frequency the answer appears relatively soon after asking the question.

 

The Chicken Or The Egg

 

I don’t know if the question surfaces in my mind in anticipation of something happening in the future or if the answer comes because the question was asked. Understanding what is at work in the universe in this situation is a great dilemma. Perhaps I am picking up on future events. Thus, I noticed the chili relleno on the menu when I had never thought to ask about it before. Alternatively, it could be that the universe steered me to turn on the TV at just the right time so that I could get the answer to my question.

 

Dare To Ask

 

Regardless, there definitely seems to be a connection to the question being asked and the answer being received. It seems particularly true when those questions are spoken out loud. It is like the universe is listening and waiting to answer questions for anyone who dares to ask.

 

Just think of the wonderful things we could accomplish if everyone started asking questions about how humans could bring peace and unity throughout the world. The universe just might deliver remarkable answers!

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

After the recent flooding in the Midwest, I had to scoff at a politician who claimed that there were towns totally destroyed that would never exist again. Although this is possible, this politician clearly does not understand the mindset and determination of Americans.

 

Examples From History

 

If we look back in time, Chicago rebuilt after a major fire destroyed over 17,000 buildings in the 1870s and San Francisco came back stronger than ever after a 7.9 earthquake hit in 1906. More recently New Orleans is rebounding from Hurricane Katrina. Likewise, Joplin, Missouri is on the mend after a devastating F5 tornado destroyed a nearly mile-wide swath when it plowed through the southern part of the city eight years ago.

 

In all these cases, people died and property was destroyed, but the community survived. The same can be said of countless communities across the country. The key to their recovery is the people. People coming together to help one another is a way of life for many Americans. They fight for their communities even if politicians don’t realize it. Human resiliency should never be underestimated.

 

I can tell you that my father and father-in-law are prime examples of people who would be there any time for anyone. And, there are countless others like them. During the recent Nebraska flooding, for example, a farmer lost his life when he was taking his tractor out to help someone in need.

 

A Little Help

 

People overcome tragedy on a regular basis. Some get more attention through the media than others, but that does not diminish the effort. There are millions of situations where people help each other every day. It can be as simple as the neighbor who clears another neighbor’s sidewalk and drive after a snowstorm. We’ve had neighbors do this for us and vice versa. The neighbor of my father-in-law offered a portable heater upon learning that he needed something to heat his back porch to keep stuff from freezing.

 

A Lot of Help

 

Sometimes the help is more substantial. For example, in his earlier years, my father-in-law raced to the scene of a fire to save a family’s home, took a tractor through two-feet of snow to get mail for the entire neighborhood, and did mechanic work on a semi on Christmas Eve so that the driver could get home to be with his family for Christmas.

 

Other times people risk and sometimes lose their life to save a friend, a neighbor, or even a stranger. People do this for each other. It is human nature to help those around you who are in need.

 

If we stop for a moment, each of us can recall with examples of how someone has helped our families or us. Likewise, we can remember ways we have helped others.

 

Gratitude

 

Even though there are times it is challenging to express gratitude, especially when the gift is anonymous, I believe most of us are grateful for those that help. Most of us have seen heart-warming videos of someone graciously giving their time and effort to help others in need. Those videos are very touching to us as a third-party. The person who was the recipient of the help, is likely extremely touched and grateful.

 

I for one am very grateful for human resiliency. I am proud to be a part of a community and a country where people help others in times of need. The world could be an even better place if we focused more on the wonderful gift of human resiliency.

 

 

 

When I was young, I admired people I saw on TV making people laugh. As I recall, Bob Hope held his birthday specials around the same time as my birthday. Thus, I particularly connected with him. Impersonators and those who could mimic sounds also intrigued me.

 

Laughter

 

Entertaining people, particularly making them laugh, became a dream of mine. There was even one occasion where I had an audience laughing quite hard. Afterwards, someone suggested I go into comedy. This made me believe comedy was an area where I could be successful.

 

Then, I made the mistake of telling my mother my desire to be a comedian. She scoffed at the idea. Since she valued money over most everything else in life, she told me that I couldn’t make money being a comedian. I recalled thinking about how Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, and others must have been making good money. I was old enough to realize that there were probably lots of others that were struggling to “make it big.” Still, she sucked the air right out of my balloon and my desire to become a comedian deflated.

 

Trying Improv

 

As an adult, I tried my hand at improv, which is very different from stand-up comedy. My first improve class was fun, but the second one was not nearly as enjoyable. Therefore, my enthusiasm in learning improv went right down the drain.

 

Over the last several years, I have reflected back on these experiences. I realize that if I truly had a strong desire to become a comedian, nothing would have swayed me from achieving my dream. Looking below the surface, I have asked myself, “What about being a comedian is attractive to me?”

 

When I think about comedy, I see it as a tool to help people feel happy, even for a short time. I lost my father at a young age and I think I had an appreciation for the feelings of sadness that others had. I think I wanted to make others feel good like the old-time comedians made me feel.

 

Truly Helping People

 

Now, I realize that comedy is a short-term solution and I really desire to improve people’s lives in a more permanent way. Thus, my true passion is to help others make a connection with that thing that lights up their face, puts a twinkle in their eye, and gets them excited about living life. From there, we can work together on finding ways to integrate their passion into their daily life.

 

What is it that you want to be when you grow up? Take that desire and look under the surface to see what truly motivates you. Once you make that connection, look for ways to integrate your passion into your daily life.

 

 

 

A few years ago, I was shopping in a hobby store when I noticed a group of men dressed in suits.  This was highly unusual. A vast majority of people who shop in the store are women and it is a rare occasion that I see anyone dressed up in the store.

 

I spent several minutes watching the men, who appeared to be analyzing the product displays. Finally, I decided to approach the men as I had a burning question on my mind. After one of the gentlemen confirmed that they were indeed analyzing the product displays, I asked, “Why aren’t there any women in the group?”

 

No Women

 

The man replied that there weren’t any women interested in the job.  He said that women didn’t want to move up in the company. Well, I knew that was just a story and was in not in any way based on fact. I was quite sure that lots of women would be interested in the job.

 

I went on to explain to the man that given their clients are probably 90% female. Given that, women should be involved in how they displayed their product. If nothing else, the average height difference between men and women makes a huge difference in the perception of a display.

 

Although the gentleman was polite and listened to my point of view, it was clear that he really wasn’t listening. I stressed to him that they needed to reach women if they wanted to make sales.  I also explained that a woman’s perspective was critical to making that happen. In the end, the conversation was very unsatisfying.  I believed I could redesign the displays to attract more sales in my sleep.

 

Lack of Connection

 

Yet, I was intrigued that the man didn’t seem to care if they connected with their customers. Given the corporation had sent a group of men to do the job, it would appear that the corporation didn’t understand either. I assume that they really did want to sell products, but somehow they got a bit off-track without realizing it.

 

A disconnect or partial-disconnect with customers is a common occurrence. It is actually rare that a business is fully connected with their customers and potential customers. If you find a business that has numerous 5-stars out of 5-stars reviews, it is likely you have found a business fully connected with their customers.

 

Connecting

 

For a majority of your customers to feel connected to your business, the business must attract the right customers. Thus, the business must strive to draw in customers whose needs match the company’s goals. Alternately, the company may choose to define their goals around the needs of a group of potential customers.   To have great success obtaining and maintaining customers, the company can never lose sight of this connection.

 

 

 

 

When you travel, everything generally goes smoothly unless something throws you off schedule. As soon as you miss one connection, it seems that the problem multiplies. It becomes more complicated to reach your destination. You may end up taking more hops and sometimes travel to a city other than your destination and follow that with train, bus, or car travel.

 

Minor Disruptions

 

Sometimes even a minor thunderstorm that lasts only a short time can cause such a disruption if you are flying from a city on the east coast where the skies are often congested. In these situations, if your flight misses its slot, you end up waiting and waiting. Sometimes it is several hours before you are allowed to take off when the storm lasted only fifteen or twenty minutes.

 

When this occurs, you are thrown off schedule. If you have a connecting flight out of another airport, you may find yourself sleeping on the floor waiting for a flight the next day. However, it may also mean that you miss out on sleep or miss a portion of a planned activity.

 

Major Disruptions

 

When a major disruption occurs, such as, a major snowstorm that affects an entire region, the impact on travel can last days. Rescheduling becomes challenging and tempers often flare. One has to remain both determined and flexible to reach their destination. If you are going on vacation, you just have to face the fact that you are going to be spending a lot more of your vacation traveling than you planned. Flying from Denver to LA to get to Miami – no matter how unreasonable that may seem – might now be the only way to get there in the next two days.

 

At times, however, your schedule may no longer allow for the trip or you miss a planned event as you cannot reach the location in time. In these situations, your trip is completely derailed. In some cases, you can take the trip at a later date, but you will never be able to attend the wedding or birthday celebration that you missed.

 

Connections In Life

 

Connections in other parts of our life are very similar to connections in travel. If we miss making a connection, it can throw us off course. Sometimes this lasts for a short time and we are quickly back on track. However, other times, missing the connection can truly alter our lives.

 

Keeping an eye out for connections and paying attention to them when you notice them, is key to gliding through life. When we fail to notice connections or dismiss them as unimportant, bumps occur in the road. We no longer move smoothly through life and can be thrown completely off course.

 

 

There is a local restaurant where my wife and I occasionally dine. A nice feature of this restaurant is that they allow you to create custom salads and entrees from a list of ingredients. We often create salads, choosing the greens, toppings, and dressing.

 

Creating custom salads and entrees is a bit more challenging for kitchen staff because they don’t know what is right because they have made it a thousand times. Instead, each time is unique. This requires having a process to ensure that the food items are created per their customers’ requests.

 

Some of their locations seem to do this well. Unfortunately, at the location closest to our home, they seem to have a difficult time making my salad according to my specifications. And, if mine is correct, it seems someone else’s meal has an error.

 

Expectations

 

I have come to expect that they will make mistakes when making my salad. Even when it appears that they’ve made it correctly, I usually spend the entire time looking for the mistake. If there isn’t one, I will still find a flaw. I might say something like, “Well, it has all the right ingredients but they put too much salad dressing on the salad.” I try to mold reality into meeting my expectations..

 

The restaurant is usually good about fixing the mistakes. However, the errors are annoying because the rhythm of the dining experience is thrown off. My entrée sometimes ends up arriving before I get the correct salad. Other times, one person is eating while the other is waiting.

 

Connecting

 

After this happened several times, I wondered if there was a connection between my expectations and the errors occurring in the kitchen. As such, I tried setting expectations beforehand that the kitchen staff would correctly make my salad. This seemed to help improve, but not completely eliminate, the issues with my meal.

 

Positive Expectations

 

It does make me question, however, how much my expectations result in self-fulfilling prophecies. Thus, I started working on setting positive expectations to see if I could observe results from my expectations. Recently, I have focused on positive expectations regarding close parking spaces and avoiding traffic congestion. So far, having these positive expectations seem to help me be successful in achieving my intent.

 

It doesn’t really matter if I am actually experiencing these positive results or it’s just my perception. By connecting these positive expectations with my results, I am creating a healthy self-fulfilling prophecy. As I expand these positive expectations to the rest of my life, I can experience a major life shift.