From: Iyanla Vanzant

“If you trust yourself enough to know you can feel bad and recover, you will do just that. If you remember to laugh in the bad times knowing that some good must come out of them, you will see the good. You must remember that you have the strength, courage, power, and divine right to change the course of your life to any direction you choose.”

From Weakening To Strengthening!

The following is from a Wayne Dyer blog post – More about how to heal our bodies and how to guide ourselves TO the more healing, positive thoughts that contribute to actual physical changes in the cells, tissue and chemicals in our bodies. It’s easy and important reading!  ~ Karen

“When you shift from a thought that’s a very low energy vibration to one of a higher frequency, you go from weak to strong. When your thought is on blaming others, you’re weakened. But when you shift to loving and trusting others, you become strong. Your thoughts come with an accompanying energy, so you might as well shift to those that empower you. Once you realize that what you think about is the source of your experience of reality, then you’ll begin to pay more attention to what you’re thinking in any given moment.

Many years ago, in a tremendously popular audio program called The Strangest Secret, Earl Nightingale taught many of us that we become what we think about all day long. Your thoughts determine whether you’re being empowered or weakened—whether you’re happy or sad, successful or not. Everything is a thought that you carry around with you. Happy thoughts create happy molecules. Your health is determined largely by the thoughts you have. Passionately think that you won’t get a cold, and your body will react to your thoughts. Refuse to entertain thoughts of fatigue, jet lag, or headaches, and your body responds to your thoughts.

Your mind tells your body to produce the drugs it needs to keep you healthy. Give someone a sugar pill and convince them that it’s an anti-arthritic drug, and that person’s body will react to the placebo with the increased production of anti-arthritic energies. The mind is a powerful tool in creating health. It also creates divine relationships, abundance, harmony in business—and even parking places! If your thoughts are focused on what you want to attract in your life, and you maintain that thought with the passion of an absolute intention, you’ll eventually act upon that intention, because the ancestor to every single action is a thought.

The most empowering thoughts you can have are those of peace, joy, love, acceptance, and willingness. These thoughts don’t create a counter-force. Powerful, joyful, loving thoughts stem from your willingness to allow the world to be as it is. Then you’re in a state of inner bliss where serenity replaces fighting, reverence for all of life substitutes for craving and anxiety, and understanding supplants scorn. You become an optimist. Rather than seeing the glass as half empty, it’s always half full.

All of this is nothing more than a conscious decision on your part to be in charge of your thinking. Be aware at any given moment in your life that you always have a choice about the thoughts you allow in your mind. No one else can put a thought there. Regardless of the circumstances you find yourself in, it is your choice. Choose to replace disempowering, weakening thoughts with thoughts of a higher spiritual frequency.

Don’t convince yourself that it can’t be done or it’s easier said than done. Your mind is yours to control. You are the creator and selector of your thoughts. You can change them at will. It is your God-given inheritance; your corner of freedom that no one can take away. No one can have control of your thoughts without your consent. So choose to avoid thoughts that weaken you, and you will know true wisdom. It is your choice! ”   Wayne Dyer

Expect Wellness and Health Instead of Illness

I always love this excerpt. It resonates. I see and hear people who easily, readily EXPECT illness, believe in its inevitability and dread it — much more than engaging with hope and  expecting wellness. Remind yourself, there is power in how we focus our thoughts, feelings and expectations.
Think wellness and health!


Abraham Hicks on The Medical Profession:

Not long ago, even during some of your life experiences, the medical profession was predominantly based upon those who sincerely believed in wellness, and whose dominant thought was toward wellness. And so when you interacted with them, it was toward a very powerful feeling of becoming well. From our observation, that has almost swung completely. Illness is now the game that is most thought about; illness brings dollars, dollars bring power.

And so there is very little health care; it is more illness care. There is very little wellness center, it is almost all sickness center. The names may be one or the other, but the emphasis is toward that. So much so that your society as a whole believes much more in illness than in wellness; the expectation of illness is many, many times greater than the expectation of wellness.

And so, we do not see technology as making the difference because attention to lack just perpetuates more lack. And so more technology is created, but the lack keeps outrunning it. Have you noticed that as soon as you discover a cure to one deadly disease, another deadly disease pops up? It is because the mass consciousness is much more focused toward illness than wellness. So it is not a technological improvement that is in your offing, it is a spiritual understanding, a coming into balance with self, a personal healing sort of thing.

It is not illness that kills you, it is attention to it, because it is your thought about something. Now, that’s hard for those who have something wrong to hear from us, because they say, If I did not have this treatment, it would get worse, and we say as long as your belief in the treatment is toward wellness, you will have wellness. Just do not let them convince you that anything is deadly, because nothing is except your belief about it.

~ Abraham-Hicks, Omaha, Sept. 28, 1991.

Restore Perfect Balance

“The first thing to remember is the dual nature of your mind. The subconscious mind is constantly amenable to the power of suggestion; furthermore the subconscious mind has complete control of the functions, conditions, and sensations of your body. Trust the subconscious mind to heal you. It made your body, and it knows all of its processes and functions. It knows much more than your conscious mind about healing and restoring you to perfect balance.”

~ Joseph Murphy

Think about all the functions and processes of the body that we do not have to ‘do’ or think about: heart beating, breathing, digesting etc. Trust in the well being of the body as a natural outpouring from the ‘subconscious Mind’, communicate that trust via your heart and feelings. Know that you are whole and loved. It is essential. Do what is necessary to silence your doubt each day; to strengthen your knowing, or faith.        Karen

Understanding the Healing Qualities and Distinctions of Depth Psychotherapy

By Matt Licata

“I’ve received a few notes recently regarding my thoughts about psychotherapy…

I am more of a poetic psychotherapist than a clinical one. As such, I am more interested in not-knowing, depth, meaning, and the future than I am in certainty, techniques, the past, or the healing of symptoms. In my experience, there is wisdom in our symptoms, and it is honorable to attend to them without any agenda that they transform or be healed.

This does not mean I am not interested in a person’s past or in the lessening of the pain and suffering they are experiencing. Of course, this is very important and I wish this for everyone I work with. But, for me, psychotherapy is much more than that. It is not a medical procedure, but a procedure of the soul, oriented in the care of the psyche and tending to the heart.

Sometimes we are asked to suffer in order to discover depth, to know ourselves, to know grace, but to suffer consciously, to actually participate fully in the inevitable disappointment, heartbreak, and deflation that life as a sensitive, alive, vulnerable human being will often demand. To find meaning in our suffering, to enter into relationship with it, to tend to it, to even become intimate with it. To not discard it but to discover its purpose and role as a true companion in our lives. To even take it as a lover.

This sort of therapy is not for everyone and I have no fantasy that the work I do is going to be right or most skillful for everyone. It definitely is not. These days, I no longer with psychotic, borderline, or narcissistic personality organization. Nor with severe depression, anxiety, trauma, or other clinical diagnoses. These situations, in my experience, are best responded to with very specific treatment plans and methodologies, and are to be taken very seriously.

My work is oriented toward the “ordinary neuroses” of love and work, as Freud referred to them, our inborn longing for existential meaning and purpose, innate yearning for intimacy and aliveness, and the reality of the transpersonal and spiritual dimensions of the psyche.

My training and interests for a few decades have been in the larger fields of depth psychology and relationally-oriented analytic practice, as well as the contemplative aspects of the wisdom traditions and heart-guidance of the wandering poets.

In my experience, the most important factor in therapy is the relationship between the parties involved, and not the technique or theory the therapist happens to believe or specialize in. It is neither theory nor technique that uncovers the ultimate medicine. While important, these are secondary to the psychic, emotional, and spiritual resonance and attunement between those working together.

And, dare I say, secondary to the love that is there in the field when we meet in this way. Even Freud is purported to have shared that “in essence psychoanalysis is a cure through love.” Some say love has no business in psychotherapy. I am not one of them. There is no psychotherapy (tending to the soul) without love; love is the basis for soul-tending. Of course I am not speaking about the expression of erotic love, but that of agape, the love that arises naturally in any true I-Thou relationship. The love of a midwife bearing witness to the birth of a new soul.

Psychotherapy for me is an alchemical process where client and therapist come together into a very charged sort of vessel to envision and discover the unique gold that is hidden inside each human heart. To discover the wisdom buried in the dark, and to transmute difficult emotions into their wisdom essence. It is not easy work, but is honorable and sacred. And at times really hard. And boring. And annoying. And lonely. And seemingly useless. And utterly alive. And magic.

To chart a course into the psyche with a fellow traveler is an act of love and courage, and shines a special light into a world that needs it now perhaps more than ever.”