Healing with a Chronic Illness

Healing with a Chronic Illness

Often, those who reach out to me have a chronic illness, and, along with seeking support and guidance spiritually, they are trying to overcome that illness or to improve their overall health status.

I personally went through years of healing Lyme disease, and a handful of other illnesses that commonly accompany Lyme disease, such as neuropathies, brain-fog, asthma, and various infections.

I like to frame my path as “Healing ‘with’ Lyme disease” rather than ‘from’ because I embraced each of my struggles as a soul choice–as my participation, this incarnation, with the common experiences of humanity at this time. I always say, “There’s enough pain go to around, and we each get our little part to carry.” I would find that the willingness to die, or rather, the acceptance that, if unabated, the current infection would lead to death, were important cornerstones on my transformative path and recovery. I truly put myself into God’s hands and said, your will be done.

Unfortunately, our current medical system has many limitations, and many attempts are made with well-intended doctors but with no success.

Here is how what I offer in my session can help:

  • For healing, it is crucial to get in touch with your “well self,” with the person you are without the illness. We can forget our “well self” and unconsciously identify with the illness. Hypnosis facilitates this transition.

  • We can go deeply into the tissue of the body, wherever inflammation is at work, whether in the lungs, the joint, muscles, or brain, and calm the inflammation. We can have a conversation with the body, reminding it of how it feels and functions when fully healthy.

  • We can resolve old emotional injuries, feelings of being stuck in a way of thinking or feeling. Hypnosis allows the brain and the mind to discover its own way of releasing these patterns.

  • These are essential aspects of healing. Dr. Klinghardt who has helped thousands of chronically ill persons recover includes some form of hypnosis therapy as being key to full recovery, as unless we repattern the brain to embody feelings of wellness, the illness will reoccur.

What you need to do:

You have to investigate the concrete conditions of your life that undermine your health. For instance, dust and mold in the building where you live or work. Foods and beverages that cause inflammation. Exercise—key to restoring optimal metabolic function to your cells.

If you are willing to do your part in the “clean-up,” I am happy to offer this work on the spiritual side.

…back to home

8 Billion Souls Gathering for the Great Learning

8 Billion Souls Gathering for the Great Learning

My heart breaks open every moment as I take in the beauties and the sufferings of these times.

If you are not aware of the ways that our industrial lifestyle has at first slowly and then quickly accelerated the imbalance of the planet’s systems, you may be recognizing it now.

It seems that this truly is our Atlantis Moment, a time when our flaws, misdeeds and selfishness come back as consequences and we see them clearly.

This is a time to draw close to our inner connection to Source, to God, and to our core sense of self; a time to stay mindfully centered and aware.

Eight Billion humans — as many humans live today as have lived through all times on this planet. Have we all come to gather and experience this Atlantis Moment together?

It seems so.

I wish great peace to all who visit this website looking to establish a deeper meditative practice and to cultivate quiet sacred inner space. Thank you for your spiritual striving.

Dana

 

 

The Challenge of the Witness

The Challenge of the Witness

In most Eastern styles of meditation, we speak of “the witness”: the inner eye that sees the internal and external world. During meditation, the witness watches our thoughts and emotions pass by. It notices states and changes in the body and mind. In daily life, the witness also picks up on the states, thoughts, and feelings of those around us.

In deeper meditation, when a level of alive stillness is achieved, we are directed to turn the attention of the witness away from what is being observed and toward that which is creating the stream of awareness, that which we might call Self, Atman, God, Source, Universe or other.

I have been disturbed, many years now, by what I witness in the world–and I suppose that you, my reader, have been disturbed, as well. The various nations, philosophies and religions seem set on destructive paths.

And so, I wondered today if I could find a way to communicate some of the similarities that bind us together as one humanity, and so I looked for a metaphoric description of “the witness” in a religious text. Immediately, the Bhagavad Gita came to mind. In this sacred Hindu text, two Kingdoms, related by blood, are set to engage in war: one army on one side of a great plain, and the second army, posed to go, on the other.

It is just before dawn. The God Krishna and a revered warrior-prince, Arjuna, stand together in Arjuna’s chariot. Now Arjuna cries out to Krishna in despair: Why must there be war? Why conflict between families? 

The answer, as I recall its meaning from my reading, long ago, is this: it is none of Arjuna’s business to know the why’s and wherefores of the world, for conflict and war are inherent to the human drama, and each of us has many lives and repeat many karmas.

But Krishna also tells Arjuna: you can detach yourself from the drama. You are with me, after all, in this moment, this time, and place. Here is where your focus should rest. Witness me.

As Arjuna turns his attention away from the war and toward his friend, Krishna reveals himself in his glory and, if you are sensitive to the beauty of language, the description of the glory of Krishna is utterly transporting.

In essence, the story is this: The witness part of us is called to become still, to detach from the conflicts of the mind and emotions and from the conflicts of society and the troubles of the world.

At each moment, the witness can turn to its godly companion and be utterly transported into a universe of peace, beauty, and revelation.

I just wanted to share this thought here. It is not meant to be taken as advice or guidance. 

Religion can open a door to Spiritual Meditation

Religion can open a door to Spiritual Meditation

Religion can open a door to Spiritual Meditation

Once your nervous system has accustomed itself to the meditative experience, you will find that sitting for a few minutes, just sitting, allowing the mind to settle into the here and now, to be aware of what is–allows that adjustment of the nervous system to transpire. It feels like a deep alignment, your energy field harmonizes and adjusts, and begins to integrate into itself whatever is jarring and disruptive from your life. Just sitting, doing nothing, allows this to happen. You feel better: adjusted, aligned, and just better.

Spiritual meditation, as I have come to understand it, has another dimension to it. To come into contact with this dimension, religion is helpful. Religion imparts a sense of meaning or purpose to your life; it gives you a sense that you have something to do, for society, in service, in love and light, for others, and for God. It imparts a sense of place, your small place in a larger scheme of things. It imparts a way to understand your little self as part of a larger self, to have respect for yourself, and to be authentically humble. 

My two teachers, Joe and Appa, allowed me to feel this difference in their presence. Joe would begin the RoseWay meditation with an invocation, and then asking us to say, “In the name of the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit… and your name.” So we added our own name at the end. In the name of me. In the name of my true self and my incarnation as part of God’s Light and Plan. This set the tone for the higher meditation: but only because we had grown up in this religious thematic, and it encompassed an entire set of metaphors, symbols, and understandings that we were taught–if we were lucky–as children in an embodied way.

So it can be a start to a deeper meditation and offer a spiritual connection in a way that “just sitting” rarely does.

Perhaps more on this in later posts. 

 

The Darkness of the Pandemic, the Beauty of the Arctic, a Prayer for Survival, a Poem of Realistic Expectations

The Darkness of the Pandemic, the Beauty of the Arctic, a Prayer for Survival, a Poem of Realistic Expectations

In these times, we become aware that the darkness is more dense and more deceptive than we’ve consciously experienced before. Apparently, those who know the hard facts believe they must hold them back, whether because they themselves can not face them, or because they believe that we cannot face them, or both. The darkness of enforced ignorance, or willful ignorance, and of designed deception is one of the greatest downfalls of modern humanity.

On the one hand, we have a disease let loose from a laboratory being chased by vaccines that are not as effective or as safe as promised, with alternative treatments used successfully around the world actively suppressed and belied. But an even grave danger is the tipping point of oceanic warming and the thinning and loss of arctic ice, which acts as a mirror, reflecting heat away from the ocean. Record levels of flash floods, heat spells, and freezing weather plus a lack of bees and water pose an imminent threat to the world’s food supply and endanger the survival of entire populations. 

If we came together to actualize the meer reflection project, we might have a chance at staving off the worse consequences of oceanic warming and loss of ice. Yet this discussion is not happening.

I pray now for a humankind that insists on knowing and understanding the facts and that acts to protect life on earth.

Below is a video of a poem, “No Regrets,”written by Danna Faulds and read by a climate scientist Beril Sirmacek with music by Frank Weening.

In this video, the question: what if this is the end, is met by a realistic acceptance of probabilities: she has reconciled herself to the probability of irreversible climate change, with its devastating consequences–but she embraces her spirituality, and lives fully and with heart.