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*  Unofficial Commissioner of Public Spirit of NYC. - The New Yorker
* For 35 years Ms. Henes has been putting city folk in touch with Mother Earth. - New York Times
* Part performance artist, part witch, part social director for planet earth. - The Village Voice
* A-List exorcist!" - NY Post
* The Original crystal-packing mama. - NY Press
 
Donna Henes is an internationally renowned urban shaman, contemporary ceremonialist, spiritual teacher, award-winning author, popular speaker and workshop leader whose joyful celebrations of celestial events have introduced ancient traditional rituals and contemporary ceremonies to millions of people in more than 100 cities since 1972. She has published four books, a CD, an acclaimed Ezine and writes for The Huffington Post, Beliefnet and UPI Religion and Spirituality Forum. A noted ritual expert, she serves as a ritual consultant for the television and film industry. Mama Donna, as she is affectionately called, maintains a ceremonial center, spirit shop, ritual practice and consultancy in Exotic Brooklyn, NY where she  offers intuitive tarot readings, spiritual counseling and works with individuals, groups, institutions, municipalities and corporations to create meaningful ceremonies for every imaginable occasion.


​The Queen’s Chronicles:  : SOUP FOR THE SOUL 

I am so glad and grateful to be snug at home during these two darkest weeks of the year. At the Winter Solstice, the sun returns to the northern hemisphere and the days will become incrementally longer. So, the two following the solstice will be equally dark, but the energy will be different. We will be beginning to emerge from the dark. Right down we are descending ever further down into it. 

In the stark dark of the season in the dark of the long night we are compelled to turn inward toward the center. Drawn by an irresistible magnetic force, we are pulled inside of ourselves, inside of our homes, inside of our relationships for the comfort, warmth, love, safety and peace that we seek. 

Because it is difficult to see in the dark, our other senses are awakened and called into action to guide us through the gloom. If we pay careful attention, we can smell and taste the flavors of excitement, affection and creativity and. If we listen very carefully, we can hear the buzz of life that surrounds us and if we keep still enough, we can feel the energizing charge that radiates throughout the universe warming us from within. 

But we need to dig deep to feel the heat just now. The sun is absent. The air is chilled. The Earth, Herself, is cold as death. The only heat left is locked deep inside the molten core in the middle of our deepest selves. 

The heart is the center of our being. It is the buried treasure that rewards us when we dare to travel the dark tunnels that lead to the essence of our soul. It is the furnace from which radiates the heat, the power and passion of our lives. The heart is the most honest manifestation of our authentic self. The seat of our heart’s desire, the grace that lies at the heart of all that matters.

The hearth is the heart of the home. It is the high altar of the art and craft of living. Its central heat fuels the most basic and most profound daily rituals of nurturing, sustenance, support and cheer. The hearth stokes the healthy spirit that comes from physical ease and emotional fulfillment. 

My home hearth calls me so insistently these days. “You are home with us,” it cries with joy. “Come cook!” 

And cook I have. I made a surprisingly super-luscious coq au vin. Surprising, because I had never made this dish before and I just sort of made it up, guided by my longing for blissful candle-lit home-cooked dinners. I made zucchini in tomato sauce, which I froze in small containers in anticipation of future zucchini pastas and omelets and zucchini au gratin. 

But I mainly made soup. Great pots of lentil, black bean, mushroom barley and cabbage soup. My freezer is full of single-and-double-portion-size jars of soup. And I am not souped out yet. Still on my to do list are chili, chicken ginger spinach, chicken vegetable, Scotch broth, cram of tomato, and gumbo. I am a kitchen goddess concocting potions and brews and spells of happy home and hearth and heart. 

Let us all use this time of darkness well. Let us explore our hearts and souls for the insight, inspiration and enlightenment that we may find there. Let us worship at the domestic shrine and share the holy sacraments of soup and stew, mulled cider and cocoa. Let us open our hearts and our homes to all of the possibilities of love. Let us create peace in our hearts, in our homes and in the world.


XOXO MAMA DONNA 

  Gifts at Christmas  

There are gifts to buy,
And gifts to make,
But there are other gifts
worth while.
Being helpful,
Being kind,
And ready with a smile,
Being friendly,
Doing things to please--
I've made up my mind
at Christmas time
I'm giving some of these!


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Dear Children 

It is my pleasure to speak of love. Human love is rarely unconditional yet more of you are consciously aware of the beautiful and glorious unconditional love of the Angels, Masters, Solar Lords and All Hierarchies. Your Soul is aligned to this love and knows only that way of being. There are no conditions or ego needs at this level. Its pure unadulterated Love. Divine Love imbued from Gods heart to all His/Her creations. It is a choice for each of you to operate conditionally or unconditionally, to control or go with the flow and trust in God. It is to be practiced as you step into your Soul life in a body. Then your body shines its Light not in need yet in giving, not in want yet in sharing, not in self, yet in shining Love to All. The ultimate life in the physical realm. 

Many blessings.

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Laughter 

Dear Children, 

Laughter is your best medicine. For when you laugh your chakras align. Your solar plexus sends the message out of Light to the cells. Your demeanor changes and you connect to your souls Joy. 

Laughter can be contagious and thus you brighten everyone’s day by your presence. Cultivate laughter into your everyday life and receive the connection to the true spirit of living. Don’t take life so seriously and you will smile all the way Home! 


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Taken from the book, page 26.
Day 1
"Peace begins with a smile"

Peace begins within.  In this first practice, we learn how to purposefully manifest joy within our own hearts and then offer it as a gift to others. 

Cultivating your own experience of inner joy is easy to establish when you settle the mind, and focus your attention inside the Heart Center.

Inside the higher level of awareness, you will personally come to know the existence of a calm and steady peace that is abundantly available inside each and every present moment.

Within full awareness of Heart Center, you come a vessel of joy and are able to mindfully send this presence of peace outwardly to whomever you believe needs it the most.  


SIMPLE HEART MEDITATION

Come into a comfortable sitting or reclined position.  Close your eyes and allow stillness to occur.  Focus on observing your inhale and exhale for 5 full breath cycles.


Now, bring your mind's focus to your Heart Center.  With each inhale, allow your awareness of Heart Center to expand. Guide your mind's attention to fully witness any sensation that this space in your body is experiencing.


You may need to remember a past time in which you were truly joyful.  Relive such an experience in your mind, and allow the sensation of joy fill your own heart.  Take as long as you need to breathe in joy.


Now begin to imagine the joy you are experiencing to expand from Heart Center as a color or light.  


As you experience your own inner joy, send its presence outward to a family member, friend or group of people.  If idle thoughts being to pop up into your mind, settle them with a mantra such as: Mantra - "May all beings be filled with Joy and Peace."


Allow each inhale to expand Heart Center with you, and then sense the joy flowing out from you into the world.  Try to maintain this for 10-15 minutes or as long as you can.


When you are ready to end your practice, imagine light coming back to your Heart Center, and slowly open your eyes.  


Sit for as long as you wish, and find comfort in the sense of joy and peace you have cultivated within.



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MANAGING HOLIDAY STRESS

BY TOM PORPIGLIA

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I am Mikos, here to talk about our connection to the Universe, and your connection to all life everywhere. We love our Earth, and as we live inside her, we are privy to all information that ever was — and to all events currently taking place on the surface as well as on other solar systems in our Galaxy.   

We capture, or record, these events in our Crystal Projectors, and file them away for safe keeping in our extensive library. 

All our records are ancient, by your standards, as your lifetimes are so short compared to ours. But these "ancient" events existed in our lifetime, since we are eons of years old in the same body, and therefore occurred during our lifetime. 

The evolution of Crystals is ancient also, as they have always existed and are the witness to all events on Earth. They, themselves, have recorded all the events on Earth and stored them within their crystalline network of "nerves" that can hold voluminous amounts of information. 

These Crystals are very evolved Beings, whose mission it is to record all that transpires on Earth, so that all that has transpired can be played back on our Crystal Projectors and learned from. For all life is a learning experience, and without the knowledge and wisdom of the past, how do you expect to learn and advance your evolution? Your books are all filled with misinformation, compiled by mankind's opinions and beliefs and theories, that has little resemblance to actual conditions or facts. So all you learn doesn't give you a clue as to the real nature of Earth, the Universe, or "you." 

Whenever we want to learn something and apply it to our lives, we go into the Crystal Recording Room and play back the sequence of events that will lead us to the information and wisdom we need to resolve any problem or increase our understanding of events and our lives. 

For although you can't see out, or hear the Earth calling to you, or feel the love of the trees as you scurry by them in your frantic pace of life, know that all life, everywhere, is aware of your plight and has come to your rescue to wake you up out of your deep Slumber of the Ages so that you can regain your conscious remembrance of who you are, why you are here on Earth, and the important part you play in bringing Earth out of her density and into a higher realm of Light where you will experience real "freedom", firsthand. 

Your Crystals can help you make this jump in consciousness, in a miniscule amount of time. Just hold them close to you, and they imprint their wisdom into your heart in "no time" at all, and raise your vibration to a place where you can readily access all the knowledge and wisdom that has been gathered throughout all time. Your Crystals, no matter what size they are, can move you all into a higher state of awareness. 

We, in the Hollow Earth, are surrounded by our Crystals in every "walk of life" and every place we go. Our homes, transportation, work places, cultural complexes, everything is constructed of Crystals and surrounded by Crystals. Our buildings literally glow with Crystal Light, and our body's glow increases as we advance in our evolution. For love and wisdom and awareness IS Light — and the more Light you contain within your beings, the greater the sheen of your glow.


So surround yourselves, your homes, your computers, and your work places with Crystals. Hold them and talk to them, and you will feel their consciousness being transferred to yours, and adding their Light and wisdom to yours, so that you can better access and understand the world around you, and glow like a beacon to your family and friends, who will feel the comfort of being near you — the comfort that you will radiate out to all in the radius of your energy field. 

The Crystals, the Earth, and all lifeforms are One Consciousness. When you can understand and integrate this concept of Oneness, your life will gain a new flow, and synchronicity will be a common occurrence, as you will operate on a higher wavelength that re-connects you with all life everywhere; thereby allowing you to access all the avenues that will lead you to the fulfillment of your dreams on Earth. 

 The Cetaceans communicate with each other no matter where they are in Earth's oceans, by staying in the frequency flow of "All That Is". It is the way the trees and animals and all of nature communicate. The first step is to be conscious of this interconnection of all life, and then you will find it flowing within you, with no "work" on your part. This is the key to the Universe, and it is within you.
   


About Dianne:  Dianne Robbins continues her connection to the civilizations of Inner Earth, the Elementals and Nature Kingdoms for over 25 years.  Her transmissions connect our hearts to the hearts of Beings in advanced civilizations, Whales, Dolphins, the Tree People, the Crystal Nation and Earth’s Elemental Kingdoms.  In service to Earth, Dianne continues to provide her channelings to keep people informed of the vital link between our surface world and other realms of existence who share our planet with us. As we merge our consciousness with these other realms, our perceptual range expands and our inner sight opens.


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The Friday after Thanksgiving is traditionally, know as Black Friday, the day the shopping madness starts for Christmas.  Stores opening at ridiculous hours, sometimes on Thanksgiving Day, to get a jump on sales.  People lining up outside the stores in all types of weather to be there when the doors open.  I remember lines outside Kmart when the Commodore 64 first came out and people waiting for Cabbage Patch Dolls and more.  In my mind, this is insanity!  To me businesses have desecrated the meaning of the holiday season all in favor of the all mighty dollar.  Displays start showing up in September and early October.  I have no recollection of that happening as a kid.  We finished one holiday before we started promoting the next! 

Be that as it may, how do you manage holiday stress over the next six weeks?  There's shopping to be done for Christmas presents and food, food preparation, Christmas cards to write and mail, holiday parties, travel, weather issues in some areas of the country, alcohol consumption and more.

Here are some suggestions on how to manage stress:

•             Get plenty of rest.  Don't over extend yourself staying up all hours of the night to get things done.  It will still be there tomorrow.

•             This also means planning a sensible schedule and getting to bed at a reasonable hour.  Between 10 and 11 PM is optimal as this is     

                 the time your body is at peak production of Melatonin.

•             Limit alcohol consumption.  While it may help you relax and fall asleep, alcohol prevents restful sleep.

•             Moderate food consumption, especially sweets, and especially at night.  Too much food in your stomach at bedtime results in poor

                  sleep.  Experts suggest 2 hours between eating and bedtime.

•             Drink plenty of water to flush out the excess alcohol, sugars, and other waste products.

•             Maintain an exercise routine.

•             Engage in some energy psychology techniques to help keep your energy systems operating optimally.  I highly recommend Donna

                 Eden's Daily Energy Tune-up Routine.  The alternative Wayne Cook Posture is good for calming you down any time.

•             Donna also has another tool called the Half-Hug, which you can see demonstrated here.  Also, feel free to switch sides after a while.

•             Tapping the 9-Gamut spot on the back of your hand, between the tendons that go to the ring and little finger will help to calm down

                  the Triple Warmer meridian, which regulates the Fight, Flight Freeze Response. 

•             Tapping your Collar bone/K27 points (The soft spot just below that bony knot where the sternum and collar bone meet) will also

                  help calm you down.  Actually, most EFT points will help calm you down, however these two seem to be the most effective. 

•             If you have a prayer, yoga, meditation, or other spiritual practice, please continue it during the holidays.

•             If you live alone and don't have a partner or mate, stay connected to friends.  Don't isolate.

•             If you are driving over 2 hours, stop, get out of the vehicle, walk around a bit, stretch, and drink some water.  If you are drowsy,

                 allow yourself time to take a quick nap in your vehicle.

•             Of course, if you know EFT please use it when feeling stressed.  Make a daily habit of doing EFT on stressful situations.  Keep in mind

                 that stress is all an inside job.  It's all about the stories that are playing in our heads that we believe to be true and accurate. 

Wishing you a Safe, Pleasant, and Happy Holiday Season! 


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In these times of instant gratification via technology and mornings made possible only by coffee and sugary treats, many have forgotten how to take their time, respond instead of react, and be mindful of the thoughts they entertain. Perhaps you have tried to take a more positive and stressfree approach to life, but with a lack of tangible results, gave up and went back to your old ways. Or perhaps you are seasoned when it comes to meditation and keeping your vibe high, but when your boss snaps at you or a family member gives you a guilt trip, you lose your zen status. Well, now there is a way to manage stress and negative thinking that is validated by science, quantifiable, and highly successful!

It’s called HeartMath®, and it was developed by Doc Childre, the founder of the HeartMath Institute, after years of understanding stress and its effects on the body.

The goal of HeartMath® is to connect you with your Heart Intelligence to create a state of coherence. Heart Intelligence is the soft, intuitive voice inside you – the one you sometimes write off because what it is telling you seems too simple or feels too good to be true. The truth is that many answers in life are simple and pleasant, but we as humans tend to over-complicate them. We are in a state of coherence when we are experiencing appreciation, love, and kindness. This results in the body being more in sync, and health greatly improves. HeartMath’s research shows the difference between a heart rhythm in a state of coherence and one in a state of negativity. With HeartMath®, you can see your own heart’s response to your emotions. Visual evidence of changes in your body can help you reinforce practice and advance, so this is great news for those who are more left-brained and enjoy tangible results.

The truth about stress is that it has everything to do with our thoughts. An event happens, we interpret the event as stressful, and then all kinds of responses happen in the body once it detects our feeling of stress. Think about it – imagine that your boss or client comes up to you and says gravely, “We need to talk.” Your body tenses, your breaths become more constricted, and you lose your ability to focus on the task in front of you. This happens to many people daily, and this is why they struggle with anxiety, heart disease, weight gain, and an array of other physiological conditions. Stress is poisonous, and if left untreated, it can be fatal. With HeartMath®, you can learn to respond differently and reverse the impact of stress on your health.

Events that you interpret as stressful will happen in life, and you cannot prevent all of them. The only thing you can control is your response. I can help you! I am Sheila Tillich, Licensed HeartMath® Coach, and I hold a Bachelor’s in Metaphysical Sciences, and Ordained Metaphysical Minister. My aim in coaching is to help people reignite their passion for life. I say “reignite” because it is always there, no matter how long it has been since you lost touch with it. It is only a matter of working through all that is holding you away from it.

If you would like to work with me to reach a state of coherence with results that you can physically see, please reach out via phone at 585-313-3996, or e-mail Sheila@WhiteDoveHealing.org.


About Sheila:  – In addition to IET® certifications that allow her to offer private IET® sessions and teach IET® to future practitioners, Sheila is also certified as a Reiki II practitioner,  an Angel Card Reader, and in Essential Oil Clinical Application Technique. Sheila is an Evidential Medium, Angel Intuitive Medium, White Light Spiritual Healer, meditation coach, Teacher of NEW ENERGY Quantum Physics and DNA Recalibration/Activation. She has spent many years as a palliative hospice caregiver assisting families with their fears accepting the dying process while gaining confidence in the continuity of life.

“I am privileged in helping others heal from their wounds and transcend towards their soul’s purpose,” says Tillich. As a practitioner and instructor, she takes her gift seriously and shares it with others in the most sincere, trusting, and natural way.If you would like to know more about me and what I do, you can visit my websites, https://facebook.com/WhiteDoveHealing and https://www.whitedovehealing.org  

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With unconditional presence and love we are a global community of authentic transformation weaving together life enhancing practices including a plant based-vegan diet, growing our own food organically, sacred circle, silent meditation, green building and more.  
We are committed to living in the moment and being responsive to the tremendous changes happening at this time. We are dedicated to encouraging everyone to awaken to great compassion and do their best to create a more balanced world. Together, then, we can pass on a legacy of true health and happiness to future generations of all species.

“Taking stock of what I have

What do I find?
The things I have will keep me satisfied
Checking up on what I have
A healthy balance on the credit side.
Got no diamonds, got no pearls,
Still I think I'm a lucky girl,
I've got the sun in the morning and the moon at night
Got no mansion, got no yacht,
Still I'm happy with what I've got
I've got the sun in the morning and the moon at night
Sunshine gives me a lovely day,
Moonlight gives me the Milky Way.
Got no checkbooks, got no banks,
Still I'd like to express my thanks!”

Music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, a great musician known to my Dad in the 1940’s, New York City, during Dad’s musical adventures on clarinet with the New York Orchestra.  The composers and lyricists of the time expressed a joyous optimism despite the realities of World War II, and the efforts to stop the evil here and abroad. Berlin’s family escaped the persecution of Jews by Russia in the early 1900’s and immigrated to NYC. As a teenager, Berlin sang on street corners. He wrote more than twelve hundred songs:

“Alexander’s Ragtime Band”

“Always”
“Cheek To Cheek”
“Easter Parade”
“God Bless America”
“Puttin’ On The Ritz”
“There’s No Business Like Show Business”
“White Christmas”


Irving taught himself piano, never learned to read music. He became an U.S. citizen and served in WWI, becoming inspired in the army barracks of Camp Upton, Long Island, N.Y. to write “God Bless America”, 1918, revised in 1938. Why do I introduce this morning’s musings with this song?  It represents to me a lifelong anthem of positivity, hope, inspiration and gratitude. When I study the life of Mr. Berlin, I learn the spirals of darkness and light he experienced in his growing up.  Threats of death and life are  often the partners of artists and healers, writers and inventors, survivors, leaders, heroes and heroines. This sunny song was written for the Broadway musical, “Annie Get Your Gun”, the story of Annie Oakley.  I grew up on her TV shows, believing that girls can ride and shoot just as well as the boys.  The threads of hope, faith, promise, aspirations and fulfilling one’s dreams were inscribed in the culture of my American childhood. Good always overcomes the bad.

December is the last jewel in the necklace of months we are given to share in a year.  We can pause to reflect upon the ancestral icons that helped us grow up to be who we are today.  I’m forever grateful to the arts and culture I was privileged to be influenced by: soaring melodies and courageous lyrics helped to shape the grooves of my brain and pathways of thinking, nurturing my emotions.

We look to our foremothers and forefathers, the elders of our tribes, to guide us and show the way. Many centenarians reveal that living a fulfilled life, maintaining a healthy connection to spirit and nature, living a gratifying time on earth where we have a sense of belonging, putting family and faith first, eating lots of vegetables, having the most fun possible over little and big moments!

In this Holiday Season, as we attend to the remaining dreams of the year, we can take time to slow down and enjoy some of Rochester’s cultural gems: The Lamberton Conservatory (extended hours; every plant is lit up with its own colored lights, tiny birds and Lucky the duck underfoot), Ganondagan’s Seneca Art and Cultural Museum, Powers Farm Market’s live Nativity trail (one can feed the animals for twenty-five cent handfuls of grain), Memorial Art Gallery, GEVA, the RPO, many festivities by area churches, mosques and synagogues, and of course, donating to our growing population of refugees or any charity. We can nurture the joy of quiet and reflection, renewal and re-creation as Grandfather Sun takes a rest from his intense work of lighting the way for plants to grow.  Step out into the backyard, atrium, sunny space or park.  Breathe deeply, consciously, throughout the day, grateful for Life Itself!

We can savor the hush and silence of snow, taking time to connect to our inner essence, to appreciate the wisdom within, and discover new thoughts to rejuvenate ourselves.

Creating time for beauty, compassion, thoughtfulness and a walk in the park are expressions of gratitude and fulfillment for us as we complete these remaining days of December.  We honor those who have gone before us, bestowing a legacy right here in our community backyard, always a place to find Spirit and Nature, growing ourselves into better than before, leaving legacies for young-uns.


About Maryanna: I have been practicing Shamanism for the past ten years, known as The Backyard ShaWoman, I integrates the works of Jim Pathfinder Ewing, Sandra Ingerman, Peruvian Shamanism (Villoldo), and Stephen Farmer. I teach classes in Shamanic Reiki Certification, Shamanism, and visual arts.  For me Shamanism has become a mode of living; it can quickly clear genetic blueprints that traditional Western modalities may not and teaches us to live in harmony with all; All is Sacred.


​Christmas Lesson

 
Christmas is a special time
To give, to serve, to love
It isn't just about yourself,
But others that you think of 

The presents, the trees, the glowing lights
Are fun but have no part
In what the real meaning of Christmas is...
That is in your heart 

Even if other people don't,
You should try to do
The things that you would want
Them to do to you! 

The holidays are a busy time
But they are sometimes good
Because they keep you thinking
About others like you should 

So this year, try to not think about yourself
But think of the things you can do
To help others have a wonderful Christmas
And you will find that you will be happy too

© Julesies  Published: December 2014 

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In following our mission to create an environment and spirituality that is inclusive of all people while integrating reverence and awareness of the Sacred, Still Point offers retreats and workshops that 1) celebrate the Divine Who can be encountered in our selves and in every aspect of the living Earth;  2) recognize that all beings are interdependent and each has its own value contributing to the whole; 3) explore the interface of consciousness and spirituality; 4) work toward a compassionate and mutually enhancing relationship between humans and all of creation.

We believe that it is through connecting with one's Deepest Self that we connect most truly with one another and with all of Reality. 

Buying just the right present… How to cook that turkey… Get those Christmas cookies made…. When are we getting the tree up? Who will I be with this Christmas? I can’t afford this... Stress! Stress! Stress! 

These familiar feelings make a sharp contrast with the significance of holidays – peace on Earth, goodwill, joy and celebration! So how do we reconcile the hustle and bustle and holiday exhaustion – with the deep presence of peace and goodwill? 

The pressures build during a holiday, and yet we are unaware that we stock pile stress until we feel exhausted. If we examine the deeper source of the tension, it is created by our own expectations and agreements… and all of them can be relaxed - whenever we truly want to stop and smell the roses. 

Below is an exercise, which takes only seconds, that creates a shift in your energies and allows for harmony, peace and joy during these holidays. It’s fun to try, but if you do it more often, you will uplift and bless your holidays! 

Think of your body as a space ship, with all kinds of buttons that you do not know what are for. You can do so much more in your space ship – your body - and the key to use all of your “powers” is to increase the sensing mechanism of your body – the five senses. 

In a meditative state go deep within and silence all thoughts. In your imagination separate from your body and view yourself. Gently imagine that you leave your body and look at yourself from above. Notice what you look like from above. 

Now, imagine that you have controls for your body (or your space ship). Push a button and see all of the colors around you. Just observe and remember them. Do you want to tweak them? Add some more color? Remove any negative energy? Add more brightness? Make your aura, or subtle colors around you, bigger? 

Push another button that enables you to hear the sounds within your head. Listen to your thoughts. Make no attempt to understand them, just listen. Do you like the sound? Can you tweak it? Make it sweeter or brighter?? Send gratitude for the work down by your head. 

Travel down your body and notice the sounds in your heart. Notice they are lower in pitch, thicker feeling and have a rhythm. Do you like the pitch? Is it beautiful? If not make it beautiful. Are there dense areas? If so imagine pure air cleansing and purifying them. Everything flows easily. Do you feel a steady rhythm? If not, add a steady slow heartbeat. Love this area of your body. Send love and acceptance and gratitude for all it does. It is beautiful. 

Remain “soft.” Look at your core of your body. Are there any dark spots? What does it sound like? Do you like the sound? If not alter it and make it sweeter. Does the sound seem organized and harmonious? If not straighten them out. Make sure everything is harmonious and works well together. 

Breathe deep and listen to your music one more time… It is beautiful. Come back to normal reality.

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​​I have always wondered why we spend so much time trying to understand and explain that which has already told us we cannot explain. Why is it that we are not okay with not being able to explain God. Why is it not okay to just say I do not know. 

The more I try to conceptualize and theorize about this force many call God, the more I realize we will never be able to do more, in this realm, then have experiences which allow us to know we have just had an encounter with the Divine. For some it is enough that we sit in those moments where we know we have experienced the presence of the Divine. 

One of the liberating lessons I have learned from my study of Toltec Wisdom is that it is what it is nothing more, nothing less. What if we sat with our experiences with the Divine in that way, not making more or less of the experience then it is. When we do are we not in some way dishonoring the authenticity and uniqueness of that experience. If we dishonor the experience, are we also dishonoring the Divine. 

I wonder what would have happened has those before us not tried to build the Tower of Babel. Would we all be speaking the same language? I do not know. What I have come to understand in my journey is that it is through my personal relationship with this mystery that I have come to realize that life is filled with possibilities that transcend my own expectations or ideas. I have come to realize that my relationship with the one I call the Ultimate Consciousness requires a level of faith, trust, and humility which liberates and heals me in ways I cannot explain. 

Recently, someone asked me why I often refer to “God” as the Ultimate Consciousness. Numerous names have been given to this mystery, to the one I call the Ultimate. I use random names in part to keep me from personalizing a source which is more then I can begun to understand. I have had to move away from the traditional ways of naming to help me stay in tune with the mystery, this source which fills my life with moments of awe which transcend anything I will ever understand. I am not surprised though as I have been told through the writings of Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways.” So I find peach in knowing that the only one whose thoughts I may come close to understanding are my own and acceptance in knowing they are not those of the Ultimate. Those thoughts are and remain a mystery.


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This reconnects you with your Guardian Angel, or higher power, or whatever your belief is.  You simply say, “I request a Most Benevolent Outcome for… thank you!”  When you read the stories below, sent from all over the world, we use the acronyms MBO for Most Benevolent Outcomes, GA for Guardian Angel, and BP for Benevolent Prayers (what you ask for other people).   

Be sure to participate when I ask you to say a Benevolent Prayer out loud, but are you also saying the Daily BP each morning as I do?  Theo says this is one of the most important things you could do for yourself not only for this life, but all the others you have lived or will live on earth, as they are all happening at the same time.  Print it out and put it on your bathroom mirror to remind you.  Here is the link: http://www.thegentlewaybook.com/signs.htm.  Here is an example of a BP for everyone to say today: “I ask any and all beings to intervene in the most benevolent way to stop any terrorist attacks before they happen anywhere in the world, to respect other religions, and for there to be peace in the world, thank you!”  Welcome to the Benevolent Outcomes Blog, and welcome to everyone who subscribed in the past week


​CHRISTMAS TREE BENEVOLENT OUTCOMES

Amy in Scotia, New York writes:  “I had great fun with a benevolent outcome on the weekend before Christmas.  Because of bad weather in the east, my husband and I finally went out to find a Christmas tree on Saturday.  I asked for a MBO, including finding the perfect tree quickly and at an even better price than I could imagine.  We started out to a local grocery chain where they were selling trees, hoping to find a sale.  On the way there, we ran across a long line of cars waiting for a light at a busy intersection.

”Sensing a message here, I turned the car around and headed back the way we came, going up a country road where we had bought a tree from a farm stand in previous years.  That place was closed, but up the road I saw a sign for Christmas trees.  Walking in knee deep snow, we found the trees and went to the door to get the proprietor, but no one was home.  I shook the snow off one perfect tree and saw a price tag – $15!

”I took the money out of my wallet, but wondered how I was going to leave it at the house with no one home.  In my purse was an old paycheck envelope that I normally would have thrown away.  Perfect.  I wrote Merry Christmas on the envelope, put in the money and left it inside the front door.  When was the last time you found the perfect Christmas tree for $15?  I put it up yesterday and it’s the most beautiful Christmas tree we’ve ever had.  Happy Holidays to all.”

ENGLAND CHRISTMAS TREE MBO

Val from England writes:  “Living in an apartment with very little storage we have to be very selective at what we buy.  I wanted to decorate the front pillar of our entrance with a Christmas tree. I only wanted to pay £5 because I knew I would have to throw it away after. We looked in several garden centers, but all were over £25. Back in our home town the market was on and lo and behold they had some lovely Christmas trees and guess what–the one I wanted, which was nearly 6ft tall, was just one penny under five pounds! The vender told me they were £40 in the shops and I quite believed him. How blessed I was.

”Do you know what, since you introduced me to MBO’s I do it automatically and just amazing things come about.”

SON’S CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING MBO

Marie writes:  “Dear Tom, I have to thank you, the Angels, and God, for my MBO’s, when I felt all was lost for my Marine son’s visit for Christmas.

”Now I want to say of my MBO, This morning my son was supposed to take a flight from Washington. His flight was cancelled. Hearing there were some people waiting 3 days for a plane had me wondering if we will spend the time with him and thoughts of if he doesn’t come home, he has a good chance of being shipped out!

”My son’s Dad and I started doing searches of the Greyhound bus service, since there was a flight to a hilly area 7 hours away. We found out the road was closed due to snow conditions, so the Greyhound bus was out. My ex was about to leave to drive there and that plane also was cancelled since the airport was snowed in. There was no way for my son to get here till the 26th of Dec., “after Christmas”. This was my chance to have my plans of cooking for my family, when each year I wasn’t sure how much time I’d have with them.

”I decided to seriously ask for an MBO, and as I waited for word I made a wreath, the best I have ever made. Then comes the call, my son is boarding a plane and home in 2 hours. I cried and thanked the angels and that’s also why I am here (many, many thanks Tom).”

About Tom T. Moore: He is an author and speaker. His books include THE GENTLE WAY series, plus FIRST CONTACT: Conversations with an ET and ATLANTIS & LEMURIA: The Lost Continents Revealed. He was voted "Best Self-Help Author" for the past three years by the readers of a health magazine. He is a telepath and answers questions sent to him from all over the world in his weekly newsletter, which can be subscribed to at www.thegentlewaybook.com.​  His series THE TELEPATHIC WORLD OF TOM T. MOORE is on YouTube. My new book, “ATLANTIS & LEMURIA—The Lost Continents Revealed!” has so much information that has NEVER BEEN PUBLISHED in any other book on the subject! Read the REAL history of two societies that existed for over 50,000 years each.