Wednesday, March 3, 2010

"The Shift" by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

shift ~ to change the place, position or direction: to assume responsibility: dodge: change in judgement or attitude: transfer: to go through a change: verb and noun
                                                                      Webster's Dictionary

    I was a newlywed when I first saw Dr. Dyer on the Johnny Carson show talking about his erroneous zones, clueless to what he was saying so I tuned him out but thought he was funny and had a great laugh. Years later he was someone I spoke of  frequently to anyone who would listen. Small change from the first time, but still a change. Dr. Dyer had a series of self help tapes I just knew hard headed Charlie could use and they were manifested for me at a garage sale for a dollar. A dollar! Molding Charlie was a little harder than I expected. The day I quit trying was around the time he started sending me emails about the stuff I tried teaching him and I had to wonder what he was thinking all the years I was talking.

    My book "The Shift" by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer ( came in the mail last month. It's a thin book with 112 pages so I assumed it would be a fast read. I carried it in my purse and at first, read from whatever page I opened the book. Page 41: The truth is that we don't have to do a thing in order to validate ourselves as worthy and valuable. Had we done nothing except be godlike, we'd fulfill our own dharma. Ironically, we would most likely have created a larger and more impressive resume. I have nothing to prove, it said, so I took a day off from reading. I tossed and turned at night worrying about my review and as I read The Shift, it  helped explain the ego's need to control. Let go and let God it said. I have lived much of my life in this way when it came to raising children, being a wife and daughter, but this is my first writer's ego moment. Page 44 was a sigh of relief! "I'm not my work. I'm not my accomplishments. I live, breathe and work from my authentic self. I do not do writing, I am writing and writing is me."

   This is a book you will enjoy reading over and over, I will use its pages like flash cards for a more fulfilled life. Ambition that has meaning and purpose coming from a place of oneness sure feels better than making it to the finish line alone. Charlie might like reading this after he finds it in his Easter basket, but I have a feeling he's putting one in my basket as well!


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Blogging for Hayhouse

 Don't tell my dad but his prediction came true. When I was in the fourth grade, I absolutely hated book reports! Hated them. It seemed like such a waste of time to read a book and then have to tell about it on a Sunday night when I had wasted the entire day playing. Books were my escape and I loved them, I just didn't want to write about them. Dad said maybe it was life getting me prepared to write book reports when I was big. "Nobody has that kind of a job!" I would argue. That was a long time ago and much has changed. I can type letters on a keyboard and within seconds it's delivered to my cousin in Mexico...from my phone! I remember my grandparents calling us long distance on the phone and the bill would be thirty dollars for ten minutes, never guessing years later we would be emailing all over the world!
  Blogging and facebook are words that weren't said in the late sixties so how was I to know years later they're in my vocabulary. Especially that I would actually be doing those things, which leads me to my father's prediction. I was accepted by Hay House Publishing to be one of their book review bloggers. My first book will be "The Shift" by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer and I can't tell you how delighted I am to write book reports! The bloggers won't get paid with cash but we get a free book and who can beat that?
    When I tried to tell dad that I would be blogging for Hayhouse, he thought I was jogging to Henhouse. Nevermind, he wouldn't believe me anyway and he doesn't have a computer.

Monday, March 1, 2010

"In la Kesh, Ala Ken" / I am You and You are Me

"All things share the same breath~the beast, the tree,
the man, the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports."
                ~Chief Seattle~
  Recently I was told that world war three was going to be with Mother Nature by a modern Mayan priestess. Before the earthquake in Haiti, many of my family members and friends, myself included felt agitated and nervous. Some woke during the night to pray and others cried for no reason, then we saw the devastation of a cruelty nobody could defend against. Musicians sang and raised money, the whole world ached. I especially remember the musicians from Haiti who sang and danced on the telethon in their native way. I felt happy, we all danced in the living room. Were we being disrespectful? Weren't  Haitan women singing in the streets as their form of prayer?
   There is a sacred ritual called a Hunbleceya or Vision Quest from the Blackfeet and Lakota native Americans to find inner peace when they are faced with forks in the road. This quest involves walking to a sacred mountain or a secluded outdoor space for 1-4 days without food or water.They will pray to the Creator for guidance. Volunteers are asked to eat and drink for that person. This involves being present when eating and drinking with the intent of nourishing the Vision Quester. Coincidentally, or not, I received an email from a woman who had been a volunteer. She said many times when a person comes down from the mountain, they will ask, "Who was eating strawberries? They were delicious, thankyou!"
  What a great idea! Look at the pictures of these people, look at Chile, at Japan, wherever there is pain and you feel helpless.Cry first, then enjoy your food. Enjoy your warm home, your families. Be gratitude. Become a state of being, whether it's Peace, Joy or Courage, but leave negative emotions behind. Do it for them, do it for you.
               "The soul would have no rainbow if the eye had no tears."