Did you know that our digestion has everything to do with having healthy boundaries? Think about this for a second: when we eat something that's not so good for us, our digestive system chooses to either let it in or keep it out. This is the same as interacting with people or situations that are challenging. As we "digest" the encounter, we decide if we will let it in (will this affect my mood?) or keep it out (I am not affected by this drama).
Lucky for us, the thumbs are a quick and easy way to connect with that digestion energy. When we have strong boundaries, the things that might otherwise knock us off our rocker, can't get good purchase. The stomach and spleen energies work in tandem to balance our digestion, and strengthen our container (our skin, both physical and emotional, and our energy field). And guess what else? This is all intimately connected to feelings of stress, and anxiety. How many of us out there get stressed, and either can't eat or binge eat to deal with the tension?
Here's what I want you to do the next time you feel that anxiety and/or stress coming on: hold your thumbs and take three nice, full, deep breaths. Make sure you exhale all the way.
Recently, I experienced three separate scenarios where-in Praying Mantis was the subject of the conversation. I believe that when someone or something knocks on your door repeatedly, it’s best to investigate, and find out what gifts they may be offering. I did a little research, and it turns out Mantis is teaching me yet another lesson in patience, and stillness; being still enough to hear the voice of Divine guidance, keeping me on my path to my personal Truth. This is especially interesting seeing as how I almost picked up a third job this last week… and I haven’t been writing nearly as much since I started job #2. Hmmm… The word “mantis” means profit or seer in Greek. It appears as though all signs are pointing to paying closer attention to what this small but mighty friend has to share.
Indeed, Mantis is heralding messages surrounding “patience being rewarded with abundance”. When she moves, she moves quickly and decisively, knowing when the exact right moment has arrived to catch her prey. She strikes with power, and has an amazing success rate. She is a warrior, and highly skilled huntress; with a lifetime of practice indicating preparation and patience is the best strategy for achieving success. By being focused and motionless for what seems like an eternity, she remains invisible to her predators. In this way, she is sharing that awesome capability with those who vibrate to her music. She is becoming perception in stillness; being still, meditating, going within, quieting her being, and listening to what the Universe is whispering. She is honoring the cycles of action and rest inherent in nature. She is excelling at moving seamlessly between worlds. It’s another one of her special gifts. By living according to our own inner instincts, we are mirroring Mantis’ disregard for the confines of linear time.
Thank you, Praying Mantis! LOVE!
"Learn to look with an equal eye upon all beings, seeing the one Self in all." -Srimad Bhagavatam, Perenniel Philosophy
The following is a map of the 26 Safety Energy Locks found on/in the body. Safety Energy Locks, or SELs, are naturally occurring tools given to us to harmonize our energy with that of the Universal Life Force. I'm also including a key/chi to assist with accessing and allowing this information to sink in. The correlations listed below the chart are just the tip of the iceberg, one tiny thread in this massive fabric of Being. For example, did you know that each one of our fingers has a direct connection to notes/tones on the musical scale, specific colors, planets, and body/organ functions; regardless of your age, sex, weight, religious beliefs, political preferences, color, or income? Pick numbers that resonate with you (your birth date for example), and play with them. Gently rest your hands on the places that correspond to these numbers on the chart below, and breath. Whether it's for one minute or one hour doesn't matter. Every little bit counts. However it feels best for you, is what is right for you. Thank you! Have fun! Happy exploring! Amy
“Look beyond your fears, observe her from a safe distance to see her dancing in the wind on her web. She is a dream weaver, and magic maker casting a spell for all to behold… Her web is a beautiful display, and it is symbolic of a dream board. Symbolic Spider meaning is appearing to show you the powers and magic of believing… Invite Spider to craft an enticing dream board with you ~ one that is so beautiful it is sure to catch the attention of the nature spirits. Put your dream board near a window and in the window place a dream catcher to remind you of the powers of manifestation Spider spirit animal is teaching.” By Presley Love
I woke up this morning to discover a beautiful gift suspended in the sunlight... INSPIRATION!
Spider is reminding us that the reality we’re experiencing was created by us. Everything we are doing now is weaving that which will be experienced in the future. If it’s no longer serving the greatest good, it’s time to change it. We have the power! She is teaching us through her examples of persistence and determination: weaving a new web everyday. When it has served its purpose, she takes it down and begins weaving again. She is actively, intricately, delicately, and powerfully constructing her reality, day in and day out. She is careful to abide by the cosmic laws of order and balance (male/female, light/dark, strength/flexibility, action/rest, past/future, and physical/spiritual). The spiral pattern of her web is asking us if we are moving in an organized and focused way, toward a central goal. Or, are we being reactive, scattered, and chaotic?
Spider is asking us to look at our personal story. She is inspiring us to integrate all the varied aspects of ourselves into one amazing whole being. She encourages seeing things from many different perspectives, incorporating the creative artistry of who we are with the logical paths we must take. She doesn’t worry about her life. She is living, creating, feasting, and resting; teaching us valuable bits about the benefits of completion, and following sequence. She finishes the circle. She is the number 8; infinity, cycles, passage of time, the quality of infinite possibilities. She is the embodiment of the Divine Feminine. She is Grandmother Spider, the weaver, the keeper of the Fire, the guardian of ancient languages and alphabets. We are grateful for the lessons from this Master, and welcome her magic into our lives with love!
Sometimes, forgiveness is a pretty tough nut to swallow. Ultimately, however, by holding onto all of that "JUNK", we're only hurting ourselves. The options in this life are limitless. Why focus on the one option making us feel bad? When we shift our focus, we are changing our experience. I'm not normally the type to quote verses from the Bible. Today, however, I'm feeling inspired. I believe the source is pertinent to the delivery of the message. Thus, I'm sharing these little gems with the hope that all of us who are needing to experience this shift in our thinking, emoting, being, understanding, and vibrating, will. Keep following your heart song, even if nobody else can dance to it!
Blessings of Love and Gratitude! Amy
Ephesians 2:8-9 "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast."
Matthew 6:25-32 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."
Colossians 3:12-14 "Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony."
Do you ever wake up in the morning and wonder where you've been all night? I do, more often than not. My dreams can be so incredibly vivid and juicy, that sometimes I feel lost, displaced, and a little angry when I wake up; like I don't belong "here". A big project of mine is being more grounded in this physical body, this gift of life, while allowing my spirit to soar with intuition as my guide.
I'm practicing how to be the best human being I can possibly be, the most luminous expression of Divine I can muster. We're each given this lump of clay called our life. It is what it is. But we are Artists, co-creating with that which is LOVE, joining our focus with the lump of clay, exciting the capacity to cultivate a masterpiece!
It's all there; orgasmic, beckoning, and waiting for us to allow it into Being. For me, Jin Shin Jyutsu has been the most consistent, effective, and efficient tool I've found for doing this, for making that connection happen.
I spend about 20 minutes a day before I get up in the morning, when my breathing is nice and relaxed and deep, simply practicing "Being". I'm contemplating my dreams (where I was, what I was doing, with whom and how; any vivid details that stand out in my mind's eye), and saying my thank you's for all the blessings I'm receiving. I am also placing my hands on my body in specific patterns proven to harmonize the energy. The following are some my personal projects laid to rest, thanks to this gentle, ancient Japanese healing Art:
No more constant, daily nausea. No more insomnia. No more violent mood swings., and explosive rage. No more anxiety. No more feeling stuck, hopeless, out of control, or powerless. No more headaches. No more worrying. No more unregulated fear-based emotions. No more lacking.
Now is all there IS. And Now there is LOVE! Now there is BEING, JOY, BLISS, GRATITUDE! NOW THERE IS LIFE!
I don't know if words can express the full nature of my thanks. I have my life back! I am in love with this experience of living again, and it is magical!!!
Thank you for sharing this journey with me. In the name of Love, Light, and Universal Harmony for all beings everywhere!
Amy A Ehn &