Little Libraries and Growing Abundance in Your Life

Recently we’ve been exploring our neighbourhood and discovered there are a number of free little libraries to be found. These are built by individuals at the edge of their properties and contain a small enclosed shelf containing books that are free for the taking. You are encouraged to leave a book or two as well to keep the cycle going. These are wonderful in many ways, allowing re-use of something that one person no longer needs, encouraging reading, and allowing us to find out about new and interesting things!

On a recent outing I picked up a copy of “Earth Fights Back – A Different Approach to Ecology” by Gill Gervais. I didn’t know what to expect, or whether it would be worthwhile reading. It looked to be a low volume self published book based on the cover (yes I know you’re not supposed to judge on that) but that’s one of the benefits of the little libraries. No cost to find out!

I was pleasantly suprised by this book, and it delved into many unexpected areas. In fact it echoed and built on some concepts that I have been coming across in various parts of my life recently. It really felt like I was meant to find and read this book!

The main concept that I want to discuss here is that of “what you think grows”. Whatever you focus your thoughts on will magnify in your life. So if you spend your time thinking about how your life is lacking in some way or other, then you will attract more of that lack to your life. Likewise if you focus on areas where you prosper you will attract more prosperity.

In the author’s words “The more you think of grievances, the more trials you will continue to experience. The more you think of good fortune you had and of future ones to come, the more good fortune will come to you.”

So positive thoughts are not only beneficial in making us feel better and happier (boosting our mood in the short term), they can actually change the outcomes of our life directly as well. The book even provides practical advice on how to change your thinking and instill new habits to help bring more positive virtues to your life. This includes mindfulness and meditation, helping to sync up the subconcious mind to these goals. Going even further, the author argues that setting up our own lives for success in this way is key to addressing the issue of climate change and our earth’s ecological balance as well.

If you’re looking to improve your well-being then filling your life and your time with the things and thoughts that you want to manifest more of will help you greatly. And if you’re looking for something new and different to read, seek out the little libraries in your neighbourhood. You may just find something that the universe has picked just for you!

Is it Depression, or Access to a New Level of Consciousness?

These days there is a bit of a depression epidemic. Many people are relying on pharmaceuticals to treat the symptoms – irritability, sadness, loss of interest, anxiety and other serious outcomes. The question is, what is causing the swelling numbers of people feeling these symptoms. Is it because of our fast paced world? Is there something in the genes, or some other inherited factor? The answer probably isn’t cut and dried – many different factors can have an influence. What I’d like to discuss here though is another possible cause and some tips that may help you or someone you know navigate these challenges.

Over the last number of years there have been “cosmic shifts” in the level of consciousness available to humans. There are literally more paths available to people to be able to reach these higher levels of consciousness. The “structure” is continually being built out and modified to bring about new possibilities.

With this comes great potential for humankind, but at the same time it brings challenges to those of us who don’t yet have the experience to be able to handle and integrate this available consciousness into our way of being. The vast majority of us don’t have any idea how to deal with this new-found ability, and in some cases it can lead to the very symptoms that we identify as “depression”.

The good news is, there are ways to integrate and experience this new level of consciousness, and at the same time reduce or eliminate the symtoms of depression. One solution is ancient and proven. Integrating a regular meditation practice into your life will help you to access these additional dimensions and become more linked into the “one mind” of humanity. There are many other ways to reach this goal as well, such as reiki, yoga, mindfulness, etc. and using a combination of these is greatly beneficial.

This type of practice will help each of us in our work on our spiritual path, and will provide a higher quality of inner life.

100th Session!

Recently this group marked a milestone – the 100th session! When I started this group I didn’t know how it would be received or how long it would go on. But I’ve been very happy with how things have gone with it and I still look forward to each session we have. I feel that it has improved my life in a number of ways, and I have heard from many other members that they feel the same way. Knowing that makes it all worthwhile.

If you’ve been thinking about trying out the club then now’s a great time to do just that! It’s very easy to get started – just fill out your name and email address on this simple form and you can try it out with no strings for 2 weeks.

Nature, the Economy and Dissonant Feelings

There are a lot of people feeling anxious and uneasy these days, and obviously for good reason. There is a lot of uncertainty around this pandemic that we are all a part of. I feel it too, but I think I can honestly say that my over-all level of uneasy feelings hasn’t increased significantly over this time last year. In fact in some ways I feel a bit more at ease.

You see, for some of us we’ve been feeling dissonance for a number of years now. We have recognized that experts have been telling us that we have things that need to be urgently changed in order to ensure our future prosperity and even our survival. And yet, the majority of our world leaders and business leaders have done little to implement the changes that are badly needed to ensure climate change doesn’t render our wold uninhabitable. This difference between what needs to be done and what has been done, and the lack of urgency in the response, has made me feel pretty uneasy over the last few years.

Then along comes a pandemic, and all of a sudden world leaders are united in a common cause, and the majority of people in the world are reacting in a way that is in line with the severity and threat of the problem. They are worried and fighting for a common cause. They are reacting rationally given the situation.

And in many ways things make more sense to me in this situation. Instead of going about our lives pretending (or not believing) there is a problem, we are now united towards a solution. The “enemy” in this case is a virus and not the causes of climate change that need to be addressed, but to me seeing a whole lot of people working toward a common goal and recognizing that things need to be fixed at this moment, is enough to remove that dissonance for now.

This is a rational response to the danger that we are seeing, and that means that in some ways the world makes more sense now than before the pandemic, when the majority of people were just going about their lives without any sort of urgency about the impending climate catastrophe that awaits us if we don’t change our ways.

The other thing that this pandemic has made clear is the relative fragility of our economy vs. the resiliance of our environment. A novel virus outbreak has brought our economy to its knees in a very short amount of time – a matter of months. Meanwhile humans have been assaulting the environment for over a century, causing more and more damage as we go. And yet it still functions somehow and keeps us alive. But the experts tell us we don’t have much more time to fix things before it will be too late.

We need to work with nature, not against it or in spite of it. It is what keeps us alive and it can easily take away that priviledge. Let’s find a solution to keep people from dying from this disease, then when that’s done let’s keep going and save our world. The consequences of not doing that will be much worse than the current pandemic.

Embrace Massive Change

I shared a message in my email to members of the group on Friday and I wanted to share it here as well, because I think it is important. Here it is:

During today’s session I asked the energy to interact with the virus that has spread throughout the world.  I asked for the message that this virus is bringing to us as the human race. There was just silence for a few minutes, but then I saw an expanding and vast darkness of the sky, of space, the universe.  It was infinite and permanent and I could feel the difference between that and our human lives which are really just blips compared to the history of the universe.  The message seemed to be to take this time to marvel at that which we have limited understanding and be grateful for our small place in it, and our short time that we are here.  Related to this is that nature is fully in charge.  As humans we often think we control things within our domain, but we are shown over and over again that this isn’t the truth.  Nature is in control – providing the air, water, and everything we need to survive.  And when we don’t live within nature’s laws it can take life away through natural disasters, droughts, rising sea levels, and virus outbreaks.  We need to change our ways or seal our fate as humans.

Sorry for the very heavy message today, but I am feeling this so strongly right now that it seems the only important message. There has been so much evidence of the good that people do in the world during difficult times – helping others, banding together and sacrificing for the greater good.  But we need to do more when things don’t feel quite as urgent as well. And now we’ve proven that massive change is possible.

Monthly Theme for April

As I mentioned by email to members of the group a few days back, I haven’t created a theme this month – it kind of slipped my mind to be honest, and wasn’t top priority given everything that’s been going on. But there’s still time to approach this subject and I would like to put extra emphasis on the health of humans around the world during this time of global crisis.  I have already been adding intention to our sessions for healing related to the COVID-19 virus and I think making it our special theme for this month would be most appropriate. This includes energy for boosting the immune system, especially those on the “front line” who are in contact with strangers on a daily basis, and just importantly, mental health issues in dealing with isolation, worry, and anxiety.

Stay safe, and reach out if you need support.  All of us will need it at one point or another during this time.  Community is more important than ever.

Additional Supports During the Pandemic

I would like to announce some temporary additional supports within the Distance Energy Club, in light of the current uncertainty around the COVID-19 virus. 

We are experiencing a time of accelerated change, and this can feel unsettling and scary.  But at the same time there is great potential in change.  There is the opportunity to learn about ourselves, to grow and to connect to our fellow humans on a deeper level.

The work that we have been doing in the Distance Energy Club has been supporting this type of realization of potential, and I feel it takes on even greater importance during these challenging times.

To support this and to try to bring healing to all of those who need it during this time the energy club will be, starting today:

  • Donating half of all revenues from the club to organization(s) providing support/relief for COVID-19 related issues
  • Providing membership cost relief to those who are unable to afford to pay the fees to be a part of the group

These measures will be kept in place as long as it seems that they are necessary.  If you have tried out the club before and feel like you’d like to try it again feel free to sign up for the free trial.  For any of you who would like to continue to be a part of the group but can no longer afford the $22 monthly fee, just send me an email and we can make arrangements to reduce or eliminate your payment temporarily. I really want anyone who feels the call to be a part of what we’re doing to be able to access it, especially during this time of accelerated change.

In addition to our work within the energy club here are some other suggestions for keeping your body and mind healthy:

  • Try to get regular (daily) exercise – especially outdoors in nature if it’s possible where you are, while keeping your physical distance from other people of course
  • Eat healthy food, drink enough water, and try to limit your intake of junk food and sugars
  • Try to keep yourself in the moment.  Focus on your breathing, meditate, get into a project.  Any future that we can imagine isn’t real – it’s just one of many potential outcomes, so live in the present as much as possible.
  • Be gentle with yourself and others.  Stressful times will cause many of us to regress a little bit – maybe we’ll take on old unhealthy habits or do things we know aren’t really in our best interest.  We are human and we make mistakes.  Simply recognize these actions as something that you don’t want to repeat and try not to repeat them over again.  And forgive enthusiastically.

Together we will overcome any adversity we encounter.  It has always been that way, and will always be that way.

Monthly Theme for March – Climate Change and the Environment

lake, water and trees

I thought we’d try something a little different for March. The environment and climate change is something that is a major issue of discussion in the world these days and I feel it could user extra energy focus for a number or reasons.

As with many issues these days, the opinions about climate change are very divisive, especially here in the western hemisphere it seems. There are the “climate change deniers” and the “climate change believers” and people on both sides are vociferous in their claims. This same type of divisive (and often negative) chatter plays out across social media on a seemingly endless array of issues these days. This is a key area that I believe we can encourage healing and thoughtful/constructive discussions about key issues, as opposed to digging in our heals and stubbornly defending our own position without considering the motivations of those who oppose our opinions. Insulting or belittling those who disagree with us doesn’t help anyone.

Then there are the environmental issues themselves and the people who are doing all they can to make positive changes in our world. Those who are attempting to clean plastics from our oceans, ensure that pollinators continue to flourish so that we are able to grow food, and yes, minimize fossil fuel usage. All of humanity needs the energy to keep going strong, and those who are trying to make a difference need the energy to continue to push forward and maintain a positive viewpoint despite setbacks and the barrage of naysayers they encounter.

So for these reasons, and many more we will add a component for our climate and environment to our group sessions this month.

Monthly Theme for February – Physical Health!

person on the beach

It’s February, and for many of us that means we’re in the middle of winter! It’s a time of year when the weather can be frightful, and we might end up spending less time outdoors because of it. If you find that’s the case with you I would encourage you to try to get outside more often, even if it’s cold and blustery! There are many health benefits including getting additional exercise as well as the documented benefits of simply spending time out in nature. Being among the trees, even in the dead of winter, is regenerative for the body and soul. So get out there for a walk, ski or snowshoe on a forest trail if you can!

Reiki can also help us improve our health in many ways, including helping with lowering heart rate, blood pressure, and stress hormones, as well as increasing immune strength. It can also help with many specific ailments you might have. This month we will be adding intention to our sessions specifically for our physical health, in addition to our specific requests that each of us can make each week, and the healing that is always provided for our greatest good by the wise energy.

For our greater health!

Monthly Theme for January – Creativity!

Creativity is near and dear to my heart, and something I believe is important in every person’s life. Many think of creativity being the domain of artists, musicians and the like, but in fact creative thinking is important in so many areas: science, entrepreneurship, politics, health care, engineering – anywhere critical thinking is important, creativity will enhance those ideas.

For ideas on how to “stretch your creative mind” please check out my Rogue Artist page and try out some of the suggestions found there.