Friday, January 20, 2012

Awakening Intuition: Using Your Mind-Body Network for Insight and Healing - Mona Lisa Schulz

About the time that I received my first pair of glasses with prisms and was starting vision therapy (December 2005), I went to New Renaissance Bookshop to browse for a book relating to past lives. I ended up in the psychic/intuitive section, choosing a book called Awakening Intuition: Using Your Mind-Body Network for Insight and Healing by Mona Lisa Schulz.

The fact that I chose this book at all is very interesting. Although I thought it contained content about past lives, it wasn't much more than a couple of pages. When I discovered this, I really thought about returning it. But something must have caught my interest, since as soon as I started reading it I didn't want to put it down.

Within Awakening Intuition, I found three elements that would become very important to me and the future direction of my life. These elements included medical intuition, correlations between emotional patterns and physical disease, and relationships between emotions, organs, and the chakras.

Although these characteristics carried the flavor of Caroline Myss' Anatomy of the Spirit, the acquisition of medical intuition happened differently. Additionally, Schulz went deeper into the specific patterns that can form and then become the cause of certain conditions.

So, medical intuition, emotional relations to physical conditions, and the chakra system started to become a theme of interest for me. But, this was yet enough for me to make correlations between my physical condition and the potential underlying emotions. That, I would say, has been slowly developing within me, has been gaining momentum through my experiences at Southwestern College, and will continue to develop in my practice as an art therapist, with recent events including extended learning with Schulz through her online "Intuition Intensive" class.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Friendship with God: An Uncommon Dialogue - Neale Donald Walsch

The second book that I encountered, as my symptoms of some kind of difficulty began to emerge once again, was Neale Donald Walsch's Friendship with God: An Uncommon Dialogue. I remember picking this book up at Fred Meyer, a northwest department store, of all places. This was an unusual book for me to choose, since I am not a religious person. Walsch's book, however, turned out to reflect all that I tended to belief was true in the world but had never exactly heard from another source before. Friendship with God gave me a sense of validation with regard to a core part of who I was.

Again, enough time has passed that I am hard pressed to remember many of the details within this book. The main change that occurred within me, however, was the development of a relationship with something that seemed to be outside of myself.  I felt that I could ask questions from some higher realm and receive answers or direction in response.

In particular, I would ask for small things at work to help me accomplish tasks. For instance, I would ask for help in finding a person's name within an list, so I could send them an email. Maybe this seems really silly, but you need to realize that I was starting to have problems that I didn't understand and so this was very useful help to me. Although I had been able to handle a multitude of different tasks with ease, I was now having difficulty focusing and maintaining the details of just one task. It also didn't help that I was currently tasked with leading or being involved with five disparate projects, including the improvement of the software development process, the study of the new system architecture that was brought in by outside consultants, team building, multi-functional office machine evaluation, and systems analysis within the retirement information management system.

One other aspect from the book that I frequently like to reflect on includes the notion of a white room. The dialog given is as follows (p. 189):

          Imagine that you are in a white room, with white walls, white floor, 
     white ceiling, no corners. Imagine that you are suspended in this space
     by some invisible force. You are dangling there, in mid-air. You cannot
     touch anything, you cannot hear anything, and all you see is whiteness. 
     How long do you think that you will "exist" in your own experience?

This piece of the book has made me realize our human need to be in relationship. Without the experience of another person or object we cannot experience who we are or act out our own creativity. We cannot act separately. Only in relationship to others can we do these things. Thus, our thoughts are not truly original but come about in reaction to our experiences of the world.

I think I particularly love this part of the book since I was just starting to become aware of the idea of synergy. Until this point, I had pretty much felt that my own ideas were the best and didn't need a lot of input from others. But, I was beginning to understand how a combination of ideas could create an improved solution. I also really loved synergistic interplay that would occur between people the longer that they worked together.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing - Caroline Myss

One of the books that I read prior to 2004 was Caroline Myss' Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing, which became the first influence in my thinking about how the world worked on a spiritual level. This book would be the first of a dozen or so books that I seemed to be drawn to, rather than particularly being selected because this was something I wanted to read about.

It's actually hard for me to remember at this point the specific points that this book offered me. But, I will note three of them here. First, I was very intrigued by the notion of medical intuition, particularly with respect to the fact that someone could suddenly gain these abilities. Secondly, this was probably my first introduction to the chakra system, as I became interested in how this system related to the presenting physical and emotional disturbances within a person. Lastly, I was interested in the idea of recurring events that could indicate a point of spiritual guidance with regard to learning that needed to take place or a change in direction that needed to be taken.

This book really caused me to reflect on my life and to take a serious look at situations within it. Specifically, I recognized that I was frequently involved in triangular relationships in which two people or sides were vying for my attention. On the one hand, I saw how this sometimes caused me to interfere with a relationship. But, on the other hand, I also had a strong desire for harmony within groups, rather than being separated by particular ideas. This caused me to always be in the middle of these relationships, which became particularly painful with the people closest to me.

Today, I can relate this life struggle back to my love for harmony in music. Within my heart, I am looking for harmony between people, sound, and energy. I want to hear it, I want to feel it, and I want to be present with it. I am ready and waiting to be one again with all that is.