Perception: Did I Hear that Right?

ear gabrielle-henderson-1303880-unsplash It happens when we are just not paying attention to what someone is saying to us, that moment when your mind throws out the question: “Did I hear that right?”

In your distracted state of mind your ears tune in to what is slowly penetrating your inner thoughts. You react with what you hope is the appropriate responds.

For inspiring messages, I listen to several spiritual teachers. A while back I heard Natalie Ledwell, co-founder of “Mind Movies” chat about Abraham-Hicks work of “17 Seconds to Manifestation”.

My ears perked up. This method intrigued me so I started a practice of mindful 17 Second of Manifestation.

To get the most out of the original instructions I found Abraham-Hicks work on You Tube and listened attentively.

Later that day, I was texting with a friend who has been studying Abraham’s teachings, Law of Attractions with for years. I said:

I listened to Abraham talking about “17 Seconds to Manifesting” and how in that time you keep forking on ideas that lead to what you want to manifest.

She texted me right back,

Forking? I thought he was saying focusing. I guess my hearing is “maturing”.

I laughed hysterically as I thought I was forking wrong it was my hearing that needed tweaking. I explained to her how forking had made perfect sense to me when I heard it.

Science says that as you learn and understand something new the neurons in our brains form new pathways. I see these pathways as forking off the original idea which lead you to a new you. neurons in your brain

In 17 Seconds to Manifesting:

  • Open your heart and bring up an elevated emotion (Love, Joy, etc)
  • Express Gratitude, it sends a signal that you have already received
  • Repeat a thought, sentence after sentence leading you to what you desire to manifest in your life.
  • As the sentence morphs into a different thought it forks off the original path forming a new thought, a clearer intention.
  • A stronger belief in your abilities.
  • Keep forking off the path of what you thought you wanted until a clear, concise positive affirmation.
  • Focusing on this thought will manifest that which you desire quicker.

A young child uses his/her 5 senses to create its world. Their attention is a fine laser set in the present moment, so absorbed in play that they cannot hear a parent talking to them. When they do hear the parent, they use facial clues to help decipher what was said. This focus in play has nothing to do with hearing (in most cases) it has to do with the power to manifesting their imagination.

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Young domestic animals often have the same laser focus when exploring their world. Which can often results in not responding to their owner’s voice. A pet’s world is just as fascinating it as a child’s world is for them.

As we grow older, people accuse us of needing to get our ears checked out when we didn’t catch what was said to us. I tend to respond, “Were you speaking to me? My mind was working on creating, please repeat.”

Focusing or forking, both are right, both can lead you to a richer life when you clarify the: what you want when it comes to manifesting your heart centered desires. forking

It’s all in how you perceive your world. In my healing work, I use senses beyond ordinary reality to connect to the world of spirit in order to help facilitate healing for animals and people.  www.moonspinnersenterrpise.com.

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Perception, It’s All in the Eye of the Beholder

Sap to Sugar, Spring Rain to Winter Blast! In less than 48 hours my world went from the sweet smells and taste of Spring with a rainy day to chilling winds and snow covered landscape. No, I screamed internally.adding-sap

It’s April 1st and felt like the biggest joke has been played on me.

Two days ago, the air smelled of fresh dirt, wood smoke and a tantalizing aroma of sap bubbling. My walk blew warm patches of air across my face as I searched for the first buds of spring.

One day ago, the clouds enveloped my house and the rain began to fall. As the rain poured steadily on the snow covered lawn and meadows showed off their brown gray beginnings of spring vegetation.

Daytime melded into nighttime and with it the last outside venture for the dogs before lights out. My husband yelled out to me “It’s snowing!” He had been telling me it was going to snow and I refused to listen.

This morning the front, back and side yards were once again white. The chills of winter winds swept across the meadow onto the lawn and toward the house to batter it once more.

Realizing it was the first of April I heard the woman that I had spoken to over the weekend who said “I remember when we had snow way into April.” Those feeling of despair, of feeling blue threatened to creep up my spine and into my mind.

At the same time the sun broke through the cloudy morning sky to light my face. I felt warmth spread from my face down my torso. Thoughts of watching sap boil on an open outside fire filled my soul.

Sap is the water like substance that maple trees produce. In spring sugar makers rejoice when days are warm and nights are cold for the trees give of their essence.

Once collected sap is poured into a large pan to boil and boil till it reduces down to a sweet treat we call maple syrup.

The time between sap and syrup is filled with tending the fire so it stays hot, skimming off the white foam that forms on the surface of the sap, adding more sap keep a consistent boil and adding a bit of cream when it looks like it will boil over.

Life can be like patiently watching sap turn into maple syrup, waiting to see what feeling or emotion will arise and bubble over.

Do you tend the flame of anger or despair never skimming off the layer of foam that serves no purpose?

Perhaps you recognize the feeling for what it is and add a bit of cream to find the sweet spot of who you really are.

How Sap into Syrup is a Matter of Perception

  • When rage, fear or anger rise up inside of you ask yourself: Is this really how I want to feel? Just like the weather it can blow warm one day and cold the next so can your emotions. It’s only when we let our emotions rule our mind and body that we cannot perceive a new vision.
  • Sift through the emotion to understand why you reacted the way you did. We don’t have to relive a disturbing emotion over again, you just need to recognized it and release it. Sap is mostly water when it dissipates the syrup is sugar at the bottom of the pot.
  • New perception is achieved when you view the situation with fresh eyes. An uncomfortable layer of steam arises then clears as new understanding leads to joy, bliss and happiness. Maple syrup is graded from light to dark, no color of syrup is better than another it’s all a matter of taste. Sugar Maple color grades

My insights didn’t change the snowy cold April day to a warm welcoming spring day outside. My perception of what was or wasn’t changed and when the warmth of the sun lit my face. That warmth spread to my insides and I found the day to be much more fun and productive.

Healing session can help you shift through your fog to find your sweet spot within. Moonspinners Enterprise www.moonspinnersenterprise.com

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Celebrate a Life

The President is known as a person of Integrity.

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The legend of George Washington telling no lies as child, when asked if he chopped down the cherry tree fills us with the vision a smart child. Mr. Washington became known as honest as the day was long. The child turned into a leader of his people through trials and tribulations.

One of many people who helped shape this country.

For everyone of us that succeeds, it’s because there’s somebody there to show you the way out.” Oprah Winfrey

Today, I want to introduce you to another man who as a child saw the wonder of the natural world around him, Ernest Everett Just. Born in 1883 in Charleston, SC. Ernest wandered the countryside exploring rivers, lakes and oceans.

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His life was full of trials and tribulations, typhoid fever, devastating Hurricane and the loss of his parents in his early childhood. Inspired by his mother, a teacher, Mr. Just graduated Darmouth College with a major in Biology along with 2 minors, one in Greek and the other in history.

As a Professor and Scientist his work centered on sea creatures which led him to his insights about egg cells and the origins of life.

Unlike Mr. Washington, Professor Just’s work never gained him recognition in the US. Professor Just did however gain recognition in the World for his discoveries.

Melina Mangal wrote a children’s picture book called “The Vast Wonder of the World, Biologist Ernest Everett Just” A little known legend’s true tale, written to inform and educate the child in all of us.

The Vast Wonder of the World

This week is celebrations of Black History Month featured in children’s picture books.

Everyone needs leaders to show them the way.

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Story Celebration: How Far can You See

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The end of #NationalStorytellingWeek is here. I started off the week celebration at an Storytelling Open Mic Night telling a personal tale of New Beginnings. Today I was inspired to write a tale of Blizzard Woes. Here is a quick tale to delight.

Looking up from my work I realize the afternoon light would soon turn to none. Fat fluffy snowflakes fell as I brushed off the coat of white that enveloped my car from the day’s snowstorm. Windshield vision unencumbered, dogs loaded and ready to navigate I glanced to the sky. A clear knowing fill me, the once bright lightness of snow was now ominous shades of gray, a snowstorm was swiftly approaching.

I shook off the eerie warning of what was to come. A seven mile round trip was an easy jaunt at the front end of a snowstorm. The library and the market were both doable. Off we went.

Wipers kept a steady beat as the vista of pasture land and stands of trees faded from view on the dirt roadway. Homesteads still held their outlines as I passed by. Creating the hill it was a total whiteout, warily I drove the curvy descent to the main route. No slips, no skids hindered me.

At the stop sign, it was clear both ways and snowfall was less hindering. Smother sailing, snow falling steadily at the roundabout, cars headed home in the lowlight of winter.

Four blocks down on the right side of Main Street sits the town library. Only as I made the turn there was no street lined row of houses, shops or the library. Everything was cloaked in white! Headlights only showed half a car length.

I was now in a blinding snow squall. Parked the car, ran into the library, and grabbed my books then left. Looking at my car I could not see 2 little dogs looking back at me as they were obscured by snow.

The trip homeward included the market stop. Along the river traffic was creeping through the blinding storm. The bridge turn had me guessing which lane I was in.

Just as I entered the market the wind kicked up. Coming out a man held the door with two hands as the wind fought for control. Snow once more encased the car. Clear of obstructions I lowered the window to see if it was safe to venture forth. Before the bridge my left signal flashed warningly of the impending stop on the bridge.

The last leg home, winds whipped the car in a whiteout world. Funny how in a white environment white is not all white. Shadows play across the landscape of your vision and your mind. Some take on ominous shapes that predict a possible outcome. Others hold the shape of lantern light like a guide illuminating your path home.

Thanks for reading,  This month as I host Storytelling Open Mic Night the theme will be I See It Everywhere. Here is hoping you  are guided to tell a tale or two.

 

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Looking Back at Goals in the New Year

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I wrote a blog post about taking stock of your goals as late January is the time most people lose heart with their goals and let them drop by the wayside. As with all of my writing, I write it then leave it, move on to another task and then return to the writing with a fresh eye. This is great for edits not so great when new ideas take shape and you end up writing more. On this particular day I realized why I hadn’t set new goals for 2019.

On my desk beside my computer is a list of projects and daily goals that I am working on. Propped up against my bookcase is a white board where my long term goals are posted. Written is red is this motivational quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes:

A Mind that is Stretched by New Experiences can Never go back to its Old Dimensions

On the  bottom of my board I have affirmations as a reminder to who I am and where I am headed. Looking at both the to do list and white board I realized that I didn’t set new goals for 2019. I was adding new ideas and pathways as they took which all lead to achieving the life I envision. What I choose to work on after writing the first blog on keeping your goals going was part of last year’s goal.

So why am I working on finishing up last goals? The shortest answer to that is that life is filled with detours. My writing life is a perfect example, I have written as a freelance writer, a variety of children’s stories, short stories in different genres and stories for storytelling for the majority of my life.

When I made the decision to publish my children’s picture book “Who Paints the World” I had to consider the whats, the whys and the hows of the publishing world for this was a new skill. Some of the questions I asked were:

What happens to my story once an editor accepts it?

Will they pick the illustrator or will I have a say in who illustrates?

How much of the marketing will a publishing house do and what is my responsibility?

I made the decided that I would team up with an artist of my choosing to illustrate my picture book. In the end the best choice of artist was my own daughter Rebecca Nase Chomyn. Her love of the story, her artistry and watercolors talents made the book come alive.

It was about that same time that the self-publishing world was gaining momentum with venues that would allow me to offer my book to bookstores, libraries and gift shops.

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Then last May I self-published my children’s picture book “Who Paints the World” on the same day my husband had shoulder surgery and my mother who was living with us got notice that her senior living apartment was ready for her and moved. Life happened all at once and my new venture was launched.

Admittedly the easiest part of my children’s picture book was the writing of it. The publishing, marketing and PR have been an uphill climb as I learn new skills frequently with downhill slides as I figure it all out.

One of the biggest lessons that I have learned as it pertains to publishing a book, either with a traditional publisher or self-publishing, is that if you are a new publishing you aren’t going to make many sales unless you are the one doing the work.

My mindset is much is more in line with a relay racer who is running a marathon. I set a short goals, reach them and then go for the next goal, all the while keeping the ultimate goals in mind and developing new ideas which lead to new goals. Here is my view:

Overarching Goals:

  • Pre-publishing- learn the lingo, set up of title, hardcopy/paperback/ebook, upload illustrations, proofread then proofread again in first print
  • Publish- visit all the bookstore, send out PR and explore different marketplaces
  • Market- define target readers, name markets that readers use, and on a shoestring budget proceed
  • Press Releases- social media sites, newspapers and TV
  • Websites & Emails- a website to highlight my freelance writing, my published book(s), storytelling and as a speaker. Setting up an email with a subscriber list is latest learning endeavor

 

The upshot is look at your 2019 Goals and ask yourself a few questions:

Are they the same or different than last year’s goal?

Are they BIG goals with small step to help achieve them?

By the end of the year will you be satisfied with what you achieved?

 

Now if that is not enough think about there is the factor of being known locally for the work you do and offering opportunities for people to connect to you and your work but that’s another blog.

To purchase Who Paints the World you can go to your local bookstore to order it or go online.

To learn more about my writing work go to www.lesleynase.com  If while you’re searching my name and Moonspinners Enterprise come up that’s my healing work, visit at www.moonspinnersenterprise.com

Thanks for reading.

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Does Time Make a Difference?

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I kept waking up to check the clock. Is it time yet?

 

15 minutes is set, timer is clicking and I am typing.

 

Yesterday, I was on the phone with my good friend Patti. We chatted about what changes we are making in our spiritual, physical, emotional and mental lives. She was saying how she spent the day listening to testimonies of people who have done workshops with Dr. Joe Dispenza.

Patti loves science and spiritual practice nevertheless she is a self-proclaimed skeptic.

I need analytical proof before I believe something to be true.”

Patti’s open mind is set to disbelieve at any moment. She investigates and researches all topic she is interested in. She takes what she knows at a gut level to be true to form her own beliefs.  If an expert had been touting a theory she wants to know if others have replicated it and maintained the belief beyond a weekend workshop.

She told me that she wanted to not only know more about Dr. Joe’s background and experiences but that she was interested in listening to testimonials from others who had healing experiences.

What held her attention for a good part of the day were the testimonials she listened to online from people who had taken his workshops.  What she saw unfolding in front of her were real people with real illnesses talking about meditating in the style set up by Dr. Joe. Day after day they practice the techniques and change happened. A shift in their absolute belief that they were healthy took them from illness to wholeness. That absolute vison of seeing, feeling and believing themselves to be healthy changed their brains and bodies to reflect that reality.

Patti said that no two stories were alike. The power to heal is inside us all.

Dr. Dispenza is a well know chiropractor, researcher and speaker who has studied the mind body connection for at least 30 years. He was featured in a well-known film called “What the Bleep Do We Know?”  The film was intended to open the mind to new possibilities. The synopsis says:

a viewpoint of the physical universe and human life within it, with connections to neuroscience and quantum physics. … That the universe is best seen as constructed from thoughts and ideas rather than from matter.

A look at life through a different lens was revealed and since that time Dr. Joe has used scientific evidence and millions of brain scans to make his case. He says that no matter if your male or female, no matter the color of your skin or your religious background, you can break the habit of being yourself and move into creating your world.

Patti kept repeating that in most of the testimonials people said that they meditated at 4:30 AM every morning. This thought played in my brain:

What would my meditation hence, my life, be like if I meditated at 4:30 AM?

As a writer, I have heard for years how many famous writers got up before dawn to write. I have friends who belong to the 5 AM writing club, #5amwriting, morning tweets ring out that they are writing. Many have fulltime jobs to attend to during the daylight hours so 5 AM is a great undisturbed time to be immersed in story.

I cannot say that I have had a desire to get up at 5 AM to write. Looking at why I realized that I believed that my body needed 8 hours of sleep. I am not a night owl, when my energy runs low that’s it I am done. I am a morning riser, suns up I am up. So I can change my belief system but for now I want to concentrate on meditation.

Why would people get up day after day to meditate at 4:30 AM?

 From my studies it’s all about the brain waves. In the waking hours of our day the brain is full of activity. When we sleep the brain waves slow down. It is that state of slower brain waves that we strive for in meditation. If you don’t need to lower your brain waves at the beginning of a meditation, because you have been in sleep mode, how will it affect meditation?

Are you with me so far?

I don’t know until I meditate several nights at 4:30 AM. Last night, I set my alarm to start testing 4:30 AM meditation.

Right away the doubts and questions rushed through my brain like a freight train.

  • What if my body is too tired to meditate and I fall back asleep?
  • What difference will it make in my meditative practice?
  • Will I see effects in my waking life?
  • Will I be wake up my husband, dogs and cat, losing my edge on meditation?

 

I acknowledged each of these questions and let them go.

Meditation opens the door between the conscious and subconscious minds. We meditate to enter the operating system of the subconscious, where all of those unwanted habits and behaviors reside, and change them to more productive modes to support us in our lives.”

Dr. Joe Dispenza

Here is what I know to be true:

  • Setting my intention changes the outcome.
  • If you change old patterns and beliefs with new uplifting patterns you change who you are.
  • I envision my day/future as if it is already true.
  • I expect everyday miracles to fill me with joy.
  • And when I sit down to meditate; I get up a different me.

 

My 15 min blog is done. word count 861.

Life is about the Stories we Tell” Tell me your story.

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Impossible or Possible? 100 Day Blog in 15

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Impossible? Don’t you see? Even fates written in the Book of Fortune can be changed. How can anything be impossible?”

“Where the Mountain Meets the Moon”

by Grace Lin

Hopes, desires and dream are your future when you choose to look at the smaller picture before manifesting the larger image.

As a child, I remember looking into the small hole of a kaleidoscope. My eye quickly adjusted to see a wondrous pattern of light, color and design. If I turned it slightly the pattern shifted into a different design. If I moved the end of the kaleidoscope quickly my vision blurred a bit before focusing on a new image.

When working with clients on the phone, either during an animal communication or a personal healing session, I ask them to envision their concerns as if they are looking down the tube of a kaleidoscope.

We can be stuck on the perception of life by the picture we project. Now add or subtract from the image. The picture’s view appears differently, just as a kaleidoscopes picture does. If you don’t like what you see soften your focus until your vision perceive an image it resonates with. Now change the vibration of your energy field till it matches the vibration of that ideal image.

In raising our vibrational energies to higher vibrations we are no longer stuck in a situation that no longer serves our greater good. A new sustained vibration that is in harmony with the universe can change fate.

You can take what was written in the Book of Fortune and rewrite it.

Empower yourself seeing the smaller picture, for even a kaleidoscope is only reflecting a piece of the bigger picture.

A dream is created in no space and time then brought into your space, time and environment. The reality of a dream starts with embracing the ideal of that dream. Thought forms turn to words. Words turn to actions. Actions become reality. Reality forms a new image that we see, feel and believe.

Dr. Martin Luther King is well remembered for his words, deeds and actions. His dream was in many steps, with many people believing in the same dream, taking the same actions. Today we remember the words that rang out loud and clear:

“I Have A Dream……”

 

Was fortune change? There by changing fate with just one thought, one message sent out into the world?

Did many change their fate and fortune by first taking steps forward? Do people still change?

I believe the answers to be true on all accounts.

In this world everything is possible.

My morning meditation is a practice that I love! It is the place of possibilities. It is my connection to the universe in greater way than I could ever image.

Every time I sit in sacred space; time and environment disappear. I am filled with love, joy, compassion and purpose. I am awed at how empowering this connection is. I am grateful and blessed to be.

Prayer has a vibration that rises above and merges with other likeminded prayer vibrations to form new pathways in this world. I first pray to change myself, which will change my fate and create new fortunes. That small sliver of my being is sent out to everyone who is looking to reflect a similar change within them.

I write and rewrite my fate and fortune sometimes by writing my story. Sometimes by writing stories told by others. Still just by listening to a story can change me.

Impossible or possible, the choice has always been yours. Take 15 minutes to stand tall, project your ideal self into your day and then step into your future by whatever thoughts, words or actions you deed to be in your best interest.

My 15 minutes of blogging is up. My parting words, 637 word count,

“Life is About the Stories We Tell” a new tag line for my revised radio show coming this Sept. as

Books, Yarns & Tales Podcast

Tell me your 15 min tale.

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