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Expectations

"Enlightenment is progressive Disillusionment" (The Buddha)

This healing work will amaze and surprise you
but be warned...

before you feel new, fresh, light and free
lifetimes of accumulated baggage must be shed
hard outer shells, blocks and resistances peeled off
limitations fall away... illusions melt
old patterns will no longer be supported
and you may feel lost, confused, disillusioned
before you are found know the truth and see the light.

A small amount of healing work is better than none
If you find yourself in despair, do not be discouraged...
taken one step at a time even the highest mountain can be climbed.

No matter what it may look or feel like in the moment (either crunchy or creamy) doing even a few sessions of this healing work will move you forward on your life path (better than doing nothing and stagnating).

Unrealistic Human Expectations
We build our role models up to be something more than human, for if they were just like us, we would have an excuse not to follow their example. We project all our hopes and dreams onto these "Spiritual Super Stars", and as long as they fulfill these roles, we love them (like we idolize actors instead of embracing our own inner “Star”). And if our heroes don’t perform to our expectations, we throw them away and find some other.

Jesus Today
The Israelis of 2 thousand years ago were a conquered people who dream't of freedom from Roman tyranny and the rebirth of a glorious nation. Thus, people expected of their prophesied savior to be a warrier king (not a spiritual master who preached peace and love). Yet God had a higher agenda - not to set people free from an external tyrant and restore a new monarchy, but rather, to re-establish their connection to the Heavenly Kingdom.

It's easy to pay lip service to a teacher who has been dead for 2,000 years - he cannot personally correct us if we misinterpret his message. But what if Jesus were alive today... would we be able to see him beyond our expectations?
What if he didn't
agree with our beliefs
heal our bodies
make us rich
give us all the things we want
erase all our problems...
how would we feel about him then?
Would we persecute and cast him aside
call him a fraud or a deluded crazy man?

Many who dedicate their lives to an ideal greater than themselves
may fail to live up to worldly expectations
yet from Gods perspective, be the greatest successes.

Fan the Flames of your Dreams
If you are not being your authentic self, then you are living a lie.
You are the writer, producer, director and “Star” of your own movie

Change is Life
Of all things in life, constant change is the only sure thing. Any sort of attachment to a particular experience, event, person, place, thing, feeling or thought.. will always bring suffering. With this in mind, do not expect (nor judge) your healing sessions to look, feel or be one way or another. With this attitude, you will never be disappointed in regards to the healing work or life in general.

And for goodness sakes, don't expect any one session to alleviate all your problems...
otherwise you will surely be disappointed.

When does it all Stop?
The ego-mind is constantly trying to solidify its hold on the universe to "figure it all out", to have the definitive truth tucked away in its pocket, never to be shaken or changed. The ego-mind wants to get to that place where there is no more need for search, no more change, where it can finally say "This is IT - I have Arrived".

But life does not end at any one point... rather, it is a series of moments occurring ever in the Now, and the Now, and the Now.... To be waiting for any one definitive event or experience (that looks and feels just like "so" and "so") is not living in your heart nor in the flow. Rather, it is keeping us in the judge-mental attitude that a certain experience is most desired and another is not (which btw is dualistic limited thinking). Yet, while we are waiting for a particular experience to happen in some unknown future time, we are not being fully aware of the reality of "Now", and what experiences we do have that do not fit our ideal are rejected, suppressed and "stuffed" into our energy field and subconscious, there to accumulate, stagnate, rot and die.

Managing our Expectations
Author Jim Collins once asked Admiral James Stockdale, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam... "Who didn't survive the camps?" Stockdale replied, "Oh that's easy. It was the POWs who thought they'd be home by Christmas." Those who thought they'd be home by a certain date tended to despair and perish when they still found themselves in captivity after their expected freedom date came and went. By contrast, Admiral Stockdale survived caustic captivity for 7 years by accepting the brutal reality of his situation and being confident of eventual release. This belief kept him going. But he did NOT believe freedom would come by any specific date or in any special way. This is what saved him from despair and death. Collins, in his excellent book "Good to Great" labeled these seemingly opposed ways of thinking the "Stockdale Paradox."

The Stockdale Paradox is...
"Recognizing and owning the brutal facts while holding the determination that you're going to win, no matter how long it takes".

It's not positive thinking. It's not fantasizing about how great things will be when everything goes your way. Its about being in the "Now".

The Now
To fully live, we need to be fully present to all our feelings and experiences in the ever changing "Now"... no matter how uncomfortable, without judgment expectation or attachment. We must be able to flow in each moment (to "bend like the reed"),
no matter if all the rugs of our presumed reality are pulled from under us,
and all the rules and truths of yesterday change in the blink of an eye
and in the next moment we have to start all over again.
This is life “as it is” – it’s designed this way to keep us on our toes.

The past is history. The present is a gift. The future is a possibility.
Heal the past. Live in the present. Dream the future.

Most of us are not satisfied with the “Now” - it makes us feel uncomfortable and impatient. To compensate for the disappointment with “what is”, our ego-mind regresses us to some romantic past (the "good old days"), or projects us into some idyllic future fantasy.

The ego-mind part of us is attached to the “idea” of a destination or goal only in so far as it can distract us from taking the steps to get into our feelings and into our hearts (and avoid being in the Now). Most of us would not even begin the journey if we knew it would take so long to complete (or never end).

Fully living and flowing in the NOW
letting go of all experiences of "before" or expectations of "after"
each moment is never dull, always new and full of adventure.
It is in this ever NOW that Spirit speaks to us with the greatest intimacy.

The Profundity of Emptiness
Much healing work is not about the putting in... but the taking out of that which is stuck in our personal space. Such a clearing may not be readily apparent to or felt by our outer human consciousness, and understandably, this initial "lack of feeling" may cause some to reconsider doing more of this work. However, it is important to understand that

“Meaning in life is defined by the emptiness that surrounds it”.

Creating and appreciating “empty space” (called “Shibui” by the Japanese) is not something we are accustomed to in this culture. The beauty of empty space is that it makes what is truly meaningful come into view. For example, the black typed words on a page are not visible without the contrast of white empty space behind it. Within the context of spirituality, our awareness - when contrasted by a space free of mental and emotional stuff, brings into focus that which remains - the Essence of our Spirit.

Spirit is like empty space
its very nature is not more but less

Unfortunately, the ego-mind does not see empty space this way.
It interprets such loss of “stuff” as a bad thing because the ego-mind
WILL ALWAYS WANT MORE
more drama, more things, more thoughts, more distractions

So when the healing work is opening up a new space in our being
the ego-mind does all it can to resist, block or fill it.
And from all that we have already internalized into our space:
the false identities, ego attachments, belief systems and negative energies...
we are rarely able to see the bigger picture of our lives.

The Subtlety of Spirit
Spirit comes to us as "a still small voice"
a  voice that is not outward, flashy, brash, inflated or proud
but a voice inward, soft, subtle, gentle, respectful, loving and kind.

Living in this overstimulating culture
our senses are not used to listening to such silence
to recognize and distinguish the inner voice from the outer.

The Jig Saw Puzzle that we are
On the human level of awareness, we do not have the overall perspective on our lives. Only Spirit knows the ultimate goal, the whole story and where everything goes.

If you look closely at the individual pieces that make up a jig saw puzzle, each piece presents a mixture of solid or blurry colors, some shapes clearly definable and ordinary, others oddly and uniquely cut. Yet to make up the whole finished picture, we need all these small pieces placed in their correct positions. In some ways, our own life is like a puzzle. There are times when we know exactly what to do, where to go and why we are doing whatever we are doing. There are other times when we feel confused with life’s twists and turns... and it all seems nearly impossible to make out the details of our life or figure out where all the separate individual pieces of it fit into the whole.

When experiencing a healing, you might not have the foggiest notion of what (if anything) is going on, and you may wonder if it is (or isn't) of benefit to you. But without the overall perspective or "bigger picture", how would you really know, how could you really tell ? 

Most of us experience ourselves (and the outer world) from the limited point of view of a consciousness so full of "stuff" (actively or passively distorting our perceptions) that it's a wonder we can maneuver in life at all.

While we perceive life from our sense organs, the interpretation or "narration" of that view occurs within our mind as countless images and words... collectively making up the story of our lives. Though we are intimately “living” out this story from moment to moment, Spirit (our Higher Self) “knows” the plot line from beginning to end (Spirit won’t tell us all the details, otherwise that would spoil the mystery of our tale).

As human beings, we cannot see the "big picture" or know the complete "story line" of our life path... but Spirit does. Fortunately (or unfortunately), none of us are given that information down here (not fully). If Spirit did give us those details (besides taking the fun and suspense out of living) we would not learn what it is to live in faith and trust from moment to moment. Yes, we could try to force the pieces of our lives to fit into some shape, and we could try to force our life story to go a way we think it should, but there are more powerful forces (that twist and turn the universe) overruling our small human plans... making our lives never go exactly the way we desire. Besides, if we try to force the pieces of a puzzle into a shape of our own choosing, we end with loose pieces that don’t fit anywhere, and an image that will not make sense. This is how our lives are when we run it from the limited perspective of our ego-mind.

If we want our lives to be as great as possible, we need to let go of our small ego-mind stories and let go of the illusions of who we think we are. The Healer (working in conjunction with your Higher Self) is here to assist in this "letting go" process. With a sufficient amount of work, enough "stuff" will be removed from your space allowing the "Divine Artist" (your own Higher Self) to easily (without impediment or distraction) direct the most Divine Story and paint the most Divine Image upon the canvas of your life.

Spirit can look at where every minute aspect of your life fits in with the universal "Divine Design" (which, by the way, doesn’t end at the death of our bodies).

It is from Divine Knowing that Spirit approaches each healing session
and looks at your entire being as it was, is and shall be...
from past, present to future...
as it exists in its highest sublime form...
to how it is manifesting here on earth...
and all dimensions in between.

  • This Healing work moves the individual puzzle “pieces” of your life around till they start to fit neatly into place and coalesce into the original picture that you were meant to be.
  • This Healing work rearranges the narration of your story so that it starts to make sense and harmonize with all other beings within the greater universe.
  • This Healing work takes your attention off the outer world by creating empty space around and within so that your attention starts focusing on what’s true and meaningful in life.

But until you do enough of this healing work, the immediate benefits may not be readily apparent. If during the times of your session there is felt even the subtlest shifts, let that be sufficient, for each healing you receive builds upon the previous, like the stones laid in the foundation of a massive structure - and the larger a structure, the more work before the finished product is realized. Our soul is massive and very complex, much more than any building on earth. So too, many sessions must be completed before the majority of benefits are seen (either in days, weeks, months, or lifetimes later).

Most certainly, if you do enough of this healing work (at some point) you will see your life's journey (the completed "structure" of your Soul) from a clearer perspective (you might even catch glimpses of the "Universal Picture"). Until then, ones perspective of the healing process will be similar to the old adage of not being able to see "the forest from the trees". In the meantime, trust that Spirit sees from a better perspective than we ever could, for Spirit knows the terrain, the lay of the land, the blueprint of our soul.

 Any great journeys take time to unfold, involves hardship, demands patience, persistence and yes, sacrifice. There will be steep hills to climb, cold winds, lonely dark nights, views that may be rather stark. Don’t expect to make sense of or "figure" anything out (that's the ego-mind trying to take control). Trust that as long as you continue the healing process, Spirit will get you to a better place sooner and easier than if done alone. Till then, the best thing you can do is enjoy (with full attention) the experiences along the way (otherwise you will be waiting for some far off event without enjoying the "Now").



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