Caution – politics (sort of)

I’m an unabashed supporter of the left side of things in American politics. I believe that when we help the most vulnerable, we all do better.

I support strengthening Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and want to see accessible and affordable health care for all (citizens and others) – even if it means I pay higher taxes to support it.

I am appalled by the actions the US Government is taking pertaining to immigrants and I’m no fan of the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. But what can I do that will change anything?

I think a lot of us have this same, helpless thought when the latest news story seems to up the ante as the party in charge continues to defy all manner of American values.

At the beach this week, with a lot of time to ponder what is “my work to do”, and to ponder it in the context of this political mess in the USA, I got a couple ideas in my morning, sea shore meditations.

Duck, NC 2019

The idea was sparked by something I read on Facebook that reminded me of a previous post I had written. In essence, spiritual people know the Truth about what happens when we put a lot of energy or attention on something. We need to use that in reverse of what we’ve been doing: we need to shift our focus to what we want to hear on the news, see on TV and know to be happening in our government.

To that end, I’ll be posting a series of focused topics as suggested daily meditations or visualizations. I recently read an article about the power of mass action that cited research indicating that all we need to initiate change in a culture is 3.5% of the population.

If only a quarter of “spiritual, not religious” individuals – which a recent Pew Forum estimated to be 27% of the U.S. population – began to focus on what most mainstream progressives would like to see, things would begin to change, and quickly. So what are we waiting for!?

There are few challenges with the current administration more heart wrenching than the issue of immigrants, and especially children, being housed in horrendous conditions at the border.

The first visualization exercise is to be focused on seeing those detention centers EMPTY; seeing feel-good reunion stories on the news; feeling relief and gratitude for reading headlines that announce that the family separation policy is now defunct.

Each and every time we hear a bad-news story, we can stop and SEE the reality we want in our mind – and know in our hearts that this is already true.

Some may say “this is as good as sending ‘thoughts & prayers’ for school shootings“.

While I get the general sentiment of that argument, most of us can’t physically do anything to stop what is happening at the border (except at the ballot box); but we can hold a new vision for these children and families; the immigrants that our country has welcomed since before its founding.

This can take the form of a brief visualization, or a longer and more intentional meditation focused on the positive outcomes. It can be long or short; on the fly or scheduled. The when, where and how don’t matter – what matters is that we commit to knowing the Truth and turn our attention away from the breaking news to hold a higher vision.

Remember – it only takes 3.5% of us to initiate change. This isn’t hard and costs nothing to undertake. And we can do it anywhere, at anytime.


Affirmative prayer for resolution of the crisis at the US Southern border:

Breathing into this present moment, I know that there is only one Power, and one Presence. This Power and Presence is the beginning and end – the alpha and omega. I know that this Power and Presence expresses in, as and through all of Life, and in, as and through me. And as I accept this for myself, I accept it for each and every person in custody at the US southern border.

I know that regardless of appearances, there is peace, there is hope, and there is resolution. In the midst of this circumstance, Divine Wisdom is at work; cells are opened, doors are unlocked, and detention centers are permanently closed. Families are reunited, and the wounds of separation begin to heal.

As the nation unites around a return to humane and ethical treatment of asylum seekers and immigrants, my heart swells with gratitude. From this perspective of thanksgiving, I release my word into the Law, knowing that it returns fulfilled. I speak it, I know it, I let it go – and so it is.

(C) 2019 Practitioner's Path

Healing – A Dangerous Business


Whatever house I enter, I shall come to heal.
~ The Hippocratic Oath

The Google online dictionary defines HEALING as: the process of making or becoming sound or healthy again.

In a recent post I was critical of some leaders of a large spiritual organization who vocalize a narrow viewpoint that is rooted in lack consciousness. As I discussed my perspective with some colleagues, one person asked me how my contrary position aligned with “a healing consciousness“.

It was a valid question, and I thought about it for a day or so before coming to my conclusion. Sometimes the healing that is needed is difficult change.

As I pondered the question, my mind returned to the history of Infection Control in healthcare and the Savior of Mothers, who is credited for an early understanding of disease and the need for disinfection in the hospital setting, Ignaz Semmelweis.

Ignaz Semmelweis (1860)

Semmelweis was a Hungarian physician who was practicing in Vienna in the mid-1800s. At that time, Viennese physicians wore heavy, woolen cloaks. These were the visual badge of their prestige and credentials in society. Even though they were soaked with the blood, urine, feces and other body fluids of the patients they treated and the corpses they studied, they wore them with pride. It is noted in history that you could “smell” the physicians when they gathered in public places due to the thick odors held in their cloaks which they never cleaned (another tradition and badge of honor).

Semmelweis was not part of the “in” crowd with the Viennese elite physicians. His ethnicity counted against him; he was coarse in his manner and perceived to be vulgar. But Semmelweis was a thinker and he wasn’t impressed with the smelly, elite doctors. In fact, he believed that their arrogance was killing people.

At that time, child-bed fever (puerperal fever) was killing so many women in the obstetrical wards of Viennese hospitals that women were opting to have their babies in the streets as it was actually much less likely that they would die. There was well-founded and widespread fear of having a baby in the hospital.

Semmelweis had collected data and made observations that led him to hypothesize that there was something about the practice of performing an autopsy and then tending to patients that was causing the ridiculous mortality (death) rates.

He made other observations such as that the mortality rate at a different hospital, where only midwives (who did not perform autopsies) delivered babies, was significantly lower.

Semmelweis recommended that physicians rinse their hands in a lime solution (calcium hypochlorite) after performing autopsies and before touching patients. He was roundly ridiculed. His methods were scorned and his data and observations dismissed. After all, the credentialed, elite doctors of the day were in charge, and they had no interest in hearing what someone outside of their inner circle had to say – especially someone with a suspect pedigree – someone lower than them on the hierarchy.

Semmelweis was excited about the potential to save lives, but he had inspired the ire of the credentialed elites, and it would cost him his life. He was falsely accused of having a mental breakdown and committed involuntarily to an insane asylum where he died (from an infection) after being beaten to death by guards. There is speculation that his beating was done at the behest of some of his enemies in the physician ranks.

Decades later, Louis Pasteur and others would validate his hypothesis with the discovery of germ theory. Today, effective infection control is built on the observations he first made – observations that irritated and angered the credentialed, elite physicians of his day.

It’s always dangerous to buck the power structure as Semmelweis found out; but in the end, he was RIGHT. His healing contributions came to light through his role as a disrupter. And it’s important to note from his history, that he started out by attempting to have professional conversations with his colleagues. As the politics of “this is the way we’ve always done it” overtook scientific evidence and good sense, he grew strident, and dug in. It is still hard to remain smiling and calm in the face of willful ignorance.

Today there is a statue of Semmelweis in Budapest Hungary in front of the
Szent Rókus Hospital. His remains, long ago buried in a pauper’s grave, were transferred to a memorial built on the site of his former home. He is now revered as the Savior of Mothers for his work to stop the scourge of child-bed fever.

We can learn much from the lessons of history. The voices who criticize; who call out hypocrisy, or challenge “the way we’ve always done it” may be the healers our professions or organizations need most. The question for us is whether we are grounded enough to embrace their messages and push for change. Or will we, like the Viennese elite physicians, continue to wear our filthy, germy cloaks and cast them as troublemakers; mentally deficient and work to banish them from our ranks?

Like the footnotes on child-bed fever, the history books will tell our story. Are we writing it in a way that will make us proud when future generations read about us? Or are we pulling our putrid, smelly cloaks more tightly around us and pronouncing the disrupters around us “disloyal” and unworthy?

Only time will tell.

It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men (or women!) are wrong.
(C) 2019 Practitioner's Path

Extraordinary faith

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Woman touches Jesus’ garment and is healed

The Hebrew Scriptures are rich with stories and imagery of a powerful God – the God of Israel. Crafted around the life events of Adam, Eve, Noah and the descendants of Abraham, the man with whom God made the first covenant, these stories highlight the great power of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This is the God that parted the Red Sea so the Israelites could escape the pursuing Egyptian soldiers; the God who helped a teen slay a giant that had thwarted an entire army; sent food and water to a prophet on the run; closed the mouths of hungry lions and protected 3 young boys from the flames of a furnace and there are many more stories.

Judaism – the religion at the heart of the Hebrew Scriptures – is often seen by those on the outside of it as a religion of Laws. It is in truth, so much more. Traditionally there are 613 commandments, or mitzvot that are to be kept by religious Jews and the Talmud tells us that of those 613 commandments found in the Torah (Bresheit (Genesis), Shemot (Exodus), Vayicra (Leviticus), Bamidbar (Numbers), and Devarim (Deuteronomy)), there are 248 positive ones (do this) and 365 negative ones (don’t do that).

In traditional Christian circles, the connection between the Hebrew Scriptures (what Christians call the Old Testament) and the teachings of Jesus is often described as Jesus coming to “perfect” the Law-based religion of Judaism so that ALL people have an option for salvation. This presumption forgets the teaching within Judaism that the righteous from all nations have a share in the world to come, but that topic is for another blog post on a different day.

The perspective that Jesus came not to condemn the Law of Moses, but to fulfill the Law has as many different interpretations as there are diverse religious streams. But if we look at it through the metaphysical lens, the relationship between the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament can take on a balanced and logical perspective – one without a win/lose or right/wrong orientation.

In the early 20th century, Ernest Holmes articulated what other New Thought teachers knew: that there is a Power for Good in the Universe, greater than we are, and that we can use that Power.

From this perspective we can look at the stories in the Hebrew Scriptures as tales that illustrate that great Power through the stories of people like Abraham and Sarah; Isaac and Jacob; Rebecca, Rachel and Leah; Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah (also known as Shadrach, Meschach and Abednago), Elijah, Elisha and many others.

The stories of Jesus in the Christian Bible’s New Testament teach about how we can use that Power for Good. There are many stories in both wisdom texts. Today we’ll look at the story of the woman in the crowd from the book of Matthew (New Testament).

The teacher Jesus had begun his ministry in earnest and was drawing great crowds from around the region to hear him talk and teach. He was surrounded by a throng of people one day when a woman who had been sick for many years pushed her way toward him. She could not get his attention, but she pushed on, believing from all she had heard about him that if she could only touch his garment, she would be healed.

20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:

21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.

22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.

Matthew 9:20-22

The lessons from the life and teaching of Jesus repeat this theme throughout the Gospels:

“Be of good comfort – thy faith has made you whole.”

Matthew 9:22

28 And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

Matthew 9:28-29

The stories of the heroes and heroines of the Hebrew Scriptures weave tales of circumstances where they dealt more closely with God than the more modern people of the Common Era (A.D.) Think of the many stories of prophets hearing God’s voice; Moses on Mt Sinai; the burning bush; the firestorm from the heavens that burned the offering at Mt Carmel, as examples.

The teachings of Jesus built on the Power described so perfectly in the Hebrew Scriptures and laid out a framework for using that Power in a world where the interface with God was more nuanced. Instead of needing a Moses to stretch his arm out over the Red Sea to summon the wind and part the waves; in the New Testament Jesus taught the world that any individual could tap into that same Power and that all it takes is a belief in that power, and as with the woman in the crowd, the faith to accept it.

I suspect that when we hear a booming voice from the clouds or a voice coming out of a burning bush that it’s easier to expect a miracle than when we have to settle for touching the bottom of the robe of the prophet or teacher. That’s what makes the story of the woman in the crowd so extraordinary. She took a brief encounter, blended it with extreme faith and achieved results that had eluded her for more than a decade.

Jesus summed this up later in Matthew:

“…For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:20

The synergy between the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian New Testament comes down to this metaphysical Truth:

  • God is that Power for Good in the Universe, greater than we are,… (documented in detail throughout the Hebrew Scriptures);.
  • and we can use it! (the teachings of Jesus in the Christian New Testament).

If we are willing, we can learn incredible lessons from both the Judaic and Christian perspectives and live lives that are transformed on every level. And so it is.

(C) 2019 Practitioner's Path

Kid’s Sheet for The Sick Woman & Jesus & other Metaphysical Bible Story kids sheets are free to use with attribution

Walking unharmed out of the fire

Digital CaptureThe Hebrew scriptures are rich with imagery and wisdom and provide some of my favorite metaphysical lessons. The story of an angry king and 3 rebellious teens is no exception.

King Nebuchadnezzar was a megalomaniac who declared that whenever the people heard “…the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music,…” that they should fall down and worship the gold image he had commissioned.

At the time of this decree, the Jewish people were among the residents of Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom and worshiping a golden statue was not compatible with living as a religious Jew. This meant that Jews had to either pretend, or face the consequences. And Hanania, Mishael, and Azaria* had decided that pretending wasn’t their style.

As the story goes, someone reported Hanania, Mishael, and Azaria to the king, who summoned them to his court. He questioned them, reminding them that if they did not follow his rules they would be “…cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.

The young men replied that they had no interest in worshiping the golden idol, and added that “…our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king.

This “thanks-but-no-thanks” on the idol worship offer was not well-received by the king. Nebuchadnezzar so was enraged with their refusal that he ordered the furnace be heated to 7 times its normal level. Hanania, Mishael, and Azaria were bound and thrown into the middle of the burning fiery furnace.

The fire in the furnace had been stoked so hot that it killed the men who marched them into the flames. We can almost imagine the scene: the angry ruler, the crying families, and the terrible smell as the furnace consumed the soldiers who had marched Hanania, Mishael, and Azaria into the flames.

To Nebuchadnezzar’s great surprise when he looks into the fire that has just claimed several of his men, he sees 4 men walking around, seemingly undisturbed by the inferno.

He asks his counselors: “did I not throw 3 men into the fiery furnace?”

They confirm that yes, it was 3 men. But Nebuchadnezzar sees 4 men walking around, unbound and unharmed: Hanania, Mishael, Azaria and a 4th man that appeared to be otherworldly (some translations describe him as a son of the gods or an angel).

Nebuchadnezzar is intrigued. These 3 Hebrew youth had stood firm in their faith when he threatened them, and now something truly miraculous appears to be in play. He went to the edge of the furnace and called out to them: “Hanania, Mishael, and Azaria, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here!

The 3 young men came out from the midst of the fiery furnace. To the great surprise of the governors and king’s counselors gathered at the site, not one hair of their heads was singed, their clothes were not burned, and they did not even smell of fire. Indeed, the fire intended to punish them (and serve as a lesson for others who might get an idea to defy the king) had been shown to have no power over them.

The rich metaphysical lesson of this story is one that we should all write down and carry with us. The physical laws working at the time Hanania, Mishael, Azaria were tied up and thrown into the furnace should have meant that they were immediately consumed. Indeed, the men charged with marching them into the furnace were killed almost immediately, and yet these 3 young men of faith were saved – not just from death, but they came out of the inferno without a scratch.

This story reminds us that REGARDLESS of what the textbooks say, what has happened to others, what the “scientific facts” or prognosis may be: when we walk with the faith and knowing with which Hanania, Mishael, and Azaria walked into that furnace, we can come through anything unscathed.

We can defy the odds and completely heal from a frightening disease; we can beat a monumental financial setback; we can overcome legal, physical or other challenges that everyone says are insurmountable because like Hanania, Mishael, and Azaria in that furnace – we are never alone.

Shadrach,_Meshach_and_Abednego._Engraving.jpgWhen faced with difficult times, it is easy to get caught up in fear and statistics. The story of  Hanania, Mishael, and Azaria reminds us that there is no enemy so great that we are outside of God’s protection & grace.

It’s also important to note that the 3 young men did not fight – they did not try to talk their way out of their death sentence. They stood in the knowing that they were under God’s protection and spoke their Truth – even as they felt the heat of the furnace:

“…our God is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand.”

All of us face “fiery furnaces” at some point in our lives. We can live in fear and dread, or we can learn the lesson in the story of Hanania, Mishael, and Azaria who faced what appeared to be an inescapable fate: they were bound and tied, and thrown into a fire that was made 7-times hotter than normal. And yet they walked away without one hair of their heads singed; without their clothes being burned, without even the smell of fire on them.

Stand firm in the knowing that the “burning, fiery furnaces” have no power over you; that you are not alone – not even in your darkest hour; and that like Hanania, Mishael, and Azaria – you will walk out of the fire untouched.

And so it is.

* the Babylonian names of the 3 Jewish youth were: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

(C) 2018 Practitioner's Path

An affirmation for health

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One of my favorite New Thought ministers is Rev Michelle Wadleigh of CSL North Jersey.

Her talks are available on YouTube, and I recently listened to one that I thought was worth sharing far and wide. It is titled “Healing & Forgiveness” and it is powerful. If during this holiday season you find yourself facing illness or needing healing of any kind (relationships, physical, emotional, etc.) then you owe it to yourself to give this a listen.

In this talk she reads from a book co-written by Rev Charles Barker and Ernest Holmes (365 Days of Richer Living). Here is an excerpt that I was inspired to write down and share.

If you are walking a healing path, this is a wonderful affirmation to adopt as part of your daily practice.

My health is the automatic expression of my consciousness. No illness can hold me in its clutches, for I rise on the wings of God’s thoughts into perfect health of body and mind. I am inspired with the living, pulsating ideas of Spirit. The inspiration of the Almighty is mine today. I am led into the paths of perfect activity, bringing good results. My universe is saturated with divine love and order, and it returns to me the Good I am now believing to be mine as a child of God. God is the health of my body, the inspiration of my mind and the Good of my universe. 

And so it is.

(C) 2017 Practitioner's Path

Message from Centers for Spiritual Living 

Affirming our ONENESS as a Human Family

From Rev Dr Kenn Gordon , spiritual leader for Centers for Spiritual Living.

Earthquakes, fires, and floods are affecting people around the globe. As Mexico digs out of it’s the second earthquake this month, Centers for Spiritual Living stands in prayerful support to the people of Mexico, as well as our community members and Centers affected there.  

Every time we are faced with a global or natural crisis, we have the opportunity to hear the call of Love and Life. In these times of political divisiveness, closing borders, and social violence, whether between nations or within a country, when disaster strikes we are all affected. Let us, once again, take this as an opportunity to affirm our ONENESS as a human family. Let us declare our commitment to love and support one another. We allow our common humanity to reach across the divides as we find powerful and creative ways to help those in harm’s way.

Let us also take this as an opportunity to recognize that we are part of one WHOLE LIVING SYSTEM. We share this world with all living beings and we include our planet and all beings on it as part of this precious ONENESS. In the same way, we can destroy our environment, have a negative impact our forests and seas, and create climate change, but we can also affirm that we are capable of creating a healthy, sustainable Life upon this earth. 

Today, Centers for Spiritual Living calls every one of us to see beyond our own lives and the relationship to the whole, and become more aware of the interconnectedness of all life. We are called to reach out, not close down. We are called to love, not separate. We are called to action, not complacency. Like the butterfly effect, we realize that what happens anywhere around the globe, affects all of us. Spirit’s Wisdom, God’s Intelligence, and the Will of Life to Love guides every one of us to reach out a helping, prayerful hand to our neighbor and our planet.

Mexico – our prayers are with you, and we stand ready to help. 

Florida and the Gulf Coast – our prayers are with you, and we are willing to help.  

To all those on the list – Not only are our prayers are with you, but we are also paying attention. We commit to making a difference and bringing wholeness to people and our planet.

🔥 California is on fire

🔥 Washington is on fire

🔥 Oregon is on fire

🔥 Montana is on fire

🔥 British Columbia is on fire

🔥 Nova Scotia is on fire

🔥 Greece is on fire

🔥 Brazil is on fire

🔥 Portugal is on fire

🔥 Algeria is on fire

🔥 Tunisia is on fire

🔥 Greenland is on fire

🔥 The Sakha Republic of Russia is on fire

🔥 Siberia is on fire

 ⛈️ Texas is hit by category 5 hurricane and is underwater

⛈️ Florida was hit by a category 5 hurricane and Hurricane Maria continues to build in the Atlantic

⛈️ India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, experience record monsoons and massive death toll

⛈️ Sierra Leone and Niger experience massive floods, mudslides, and deaths in the thousands

 🌡️ Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia are crushed in the death grip of a triple-digit heat wave, dubbed Lucifer

🌡️ In a usually chilly August, the city of San Francisco shatters record at 106 degrees, while it reaches 115 degrees south of the city. Northern California continues to bake in the triple-digits

Remember love guides every one of us to reach out a helping, prayerful hand to our neighbor and our planet.

Many Blessings to you All,
Dr. Kenn Gordon

Sleep and knowing

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Since coming into this teaching, I have met two kinds of people as it relates to using spiritual tools: those who believe in working with nature, and those who don’t think it matters.

I tend to align with the common sense crowd, believing that tempting fate, giving Mother Nature the finger and otherwise throwing caution to the wind are behaviors best left in adolescence.

This does NOT mean that I think that miracles are out of the question, that things cannot be reversed with prayer and that all is lost if you don’t abide by general good sense guidelines; but I do think that life proceeds along a more smooth path if we learn to go with the flow instead of always fighting it.

Some of the things that I consider “going with the flow” include eating right, not smoking, drinking in moderation if you drink, engaging in some kind of exercise every day, and getting enough sleep.

Doctors have always recommended a good night’s sleep but American culture has expanded the expectations for the 24-hours in each day and in many ways, made it a badge of honor to report how LITTLE sleep we are getting.

My mother, grandmothers and great-grandmothers knew the importance of sleep. My mother still reminds our family that “sleep is nature’s healer” and once again I had the opportunity to use this wisdom to my benefit.

There is a terrible bug going around the Pittsburgh area. One of my students has been sick for more than a week and multiple people at work are dragging around looking like the last flowers of Summer. While I am strict about hand hygiene (washing and avoiding the touching of public surfaces – door knobs, etc – as much as possible), sometimes I also engage in what I call Extreme Sleep.

I have used this technique multiple times in the past few years in combination with meditation and intention (a la Florence Scovel Shinn’s speaking my word), and I will continue to employ it because I have found that it works.

As soon as I feel a scratchy throat, that achy, miserable feeling in my neck or the telltale headache – I activate Plan Sleep.

I am lucky that I have a job that gives generous time off, and I am careful to not to waste it so I always have sick time available. I have also learned to say NO to things so that I am not overextended in terms of my time. I will admit that this is easier now that my children are grown and living on their own as adults but it is not impossible in any circumstance.

Recently, I began to feel all the signs of a coming bad cold. I had meetings at work all day but at the first opportunity I made arrangements to go home early, and come in the next day a couple hours late. Once home I went straight to bed and slept for a couple hours. I got up, fed the cats, ate some fruit, drank more water and took care of a couple things, but then went back to bed and slept for more than 10 hours.

Yes, I periodically woke up but I allowed myself to roll over and go back to sleep. When I finally got up the next morning I no longer felt the creeping symptoms of doom. I had my energy back, my throat was clear and there were no aches or pains.

During these times I also increase my hydration, taking care to drink as much water as I can to help flush my system. Water, not diet soda, regular soda or coffee (avoid caffeine if you’re hoping to sleep a long time). I occasionally add a cup or 2 of Echinacea tea and usually up my dose of Vitamin C. Still, it’s the combination of my attention on healing (belief system, or knowing) and the Extreme Sleep that makes the difference.

In a popular PBS special from the late 1990’s (How to Get What You Really, Really, Really, Really Want by Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer), Wayne Dyer shared a conversation he had with a Kahuna from the Hawaiian Islands. In asking about the tradition of being a Kahuna Wayne was told that “Kahunas are raised on knowing, not on doubt. In the healing world, when a knowing confronts a belief in a disease process, the knowing will always triumph.”

He went on to say that we need to abandon the tribal consciousness (what everyone else around us believes) if we hope to manifest what we want (healing, prosperity, etc.)

So as we see others around us getting sick, and hear all the tales of woe about the terrible bug going around, we must get our minds under control. The belief of the crowds (tribal consciousness) need not take root in us.

While some “hard core” religious science adherents will poo-poo the handwashing and sleep as having any impact, I believe there are 2 points to consider:

  1. The same infinite intelligence that works miracles, created the human body to work best with a certain amount of sleep, proper hydration levels and nutrition. It only makes sense to align our behaviors with these needs.
  2. Combating the tribal consciousness that says “everyone is catching this bug that is going around” is easier when we are taking directed action, like being vigilant with hand-washing, and getting more sleep. It supports our belief because we are actively engaged in behaviors that we see as aligned with our goal of staying healthy.

I believe that it is the combination of supporting this biological machine we inhabit with known good habits AND getting our knowing in line that works to avoid coming down with the latest bug being passed around.

Our bodies are hard-wired to heal themselves, but we have to do our part. So this year when you see the bugs showing up all across your community; employ a combination of good old-fashioned common sense (sleep, nutrition, etc.) and the tools of knowing to ‘pass’ on your turn in the Kleenex aisle.

(C) 2017 Practitioner's Path