Book Inspired by Vivid Dream

Dreams of Dying

Dreams of Dying

It’s fitting that my newest book, Dreams of Dying, contains the word “dreams” in the title, because it was inspired by a vivid dream I had last November.

In the dream, I was shown four pivotal scenes of a woman, who lost her family in a car crash. In every scene, Jesus accompanied and comforted her.

I knew I’d write the story one day, but I wasn’t sure how the scenes would connect or how the story would end.

That year, Christmas weekend was longer than usual. I had four days with nothing to do except open gifts and eat. By the second day, I wondered what to do with myself and began to write.

Over the course of six months, I wrote and edited the story, praying before each session, asking that the story be portrayed as Jesus had intended. I wrote copy that didn’t make sense to me at the time, but slowly it came together…almost perfectly connecting from beginning to end. As a dear friend said, “It’s been blessed.”

The publisher has finally set the release date for early 2014. You can be a part of the book’s success by reviewing it on Amazon, Goodreads, etc., purchasing it, and letting your friends know you enjoyed reading it!

To learn more about the book and keep abreast of events, new books and release dates, visit my author site.

Seven Guides to Happiness and Peace

Every decision based on fear is the wrong decision. Not because of the outcome, but because of its motive.

How do you face situations when the answers seem beyond your understanding or ability? How do you go through life feeling comfortable you are on the right path, even when events don’t seem to be going your way?

Here are seven guides for living a happy and peaceful life:

When fearful, call for love. Call on the Spirit who transforms all that is fearful into love. Offer Him your fear and He will take it from you. You will feel the emotional transformation almost immediately, if you are willing to let it go. For a detailed explanation on how to give fear and other unwanted emotions to the Spirit, please read my blog post Meditation Techniques.

When making decisions, ask for divine guidance. Ask for help throughout the day when making decisions. And, then wait for guidance that may come in the form of a gut feeling, heart’s desire, knowing, or you may actually hear the quiet voice speak to you and offer Its guidance on how to handle the situation. The Spirit will help you respond in a loving way.

When you feel guilty, realize that you are responding from fear. Guilt can be immobilizing, infecting so many others aspects of your life. Guilt stems from the fear that you have created a situation that was harmful to others or yourself. It stems from a belief that this dream is real. Can such a temporary moment be real? Can anything that was not created from love be real? There is a message from the Spirit in my book Shaman Stone Soup that answers this well: “Guilt—the universal punishment. For what? What have you done? Illusions of deeds gone wrong, misspoken words, actions that seemed to kill or harm others, all are dreams of injuries to ourselves and others, and yet they are only dreams. The spirit realm, where all the loved ones wait, is a much more accurate portrayal of yourself. Yet even this is incomplete. You are ultimately only love, extending itself for all of eternity.”

Forgive. Remember that your life is a dream created by you. Don’t spend your time blaming others. And like any dream, it’s not real! Let it go. Remember that you and everyone are perfect spirits who have dreamed of imperfection. You are not your body, your actions, your failures. Remember to laugh at your mistakes—they are just a blip on the radar. Forgive every trespass that comes to your mind. Let them all go.

Remember Your Perfectness. You cannot achieve spiritual purity, you’re already a perfect spirit. All you can do is remove the thoughts that keep you from remembering your perfectness. A message from the Spirit in Shaman Stone Soup states: “We are all divine spirits, helping others on conscious and unconscious levels. The past, present, and future exist simultaneously—all lives, all events have already occurred—leaving you with memories of illusions that you pluck from the recesses of your mind. You have reached enlightenment because you have never left it. So, you have the ability to act as an angel, reaching out to others, offering miracles and love, now.”

Surrender. You are like a wave in the ocean, fearful that the ocean will swallow you, and you will be no more. Yet, you have been alive for eternity and always will be. Release your attachment to the dream you have made, and allow your true self, your eternal spirit, to shine through. Don’t fear being part of the ocean. Accept your role in this greatness, and you will realize how mighty you are, instead of how lonely and separated you feel.

Respond with love. Life is about learning to release and forgive everything that is not love. Every temptation to be anxious, guilty, or depressed is identification with fear—an attempt to make this dream real. Love is the recognition that you are an eternal being that can never be destroyed, attacked, or diminished in any way. When you respond with love, you remember your true self.

Different Paths, One Destination with Sandra Ingerman

Part II of III

I was fortunate to have an interview with Sandra Ingerman today. She is a gifted shamanic practitioner, licensed therapist, healer, author and for 30 years has taught others shamanic practices. I enjoyed talking with her very much, and it was obvious she practices what she teaches. I hope you enjoy the insights that she shared with me.

When talking with Sandra Ingerman, I brought up the topic of A Course in Miracles (ACIM), which is a book where Jesus was channeled by a Columbia University professor beginning in 1965. I read the book during a road trip two summers ago to see how this book stated miracles occurred and compare its teachings to shamanism. I was startled to discover that the ACIM teachings were a perfect companion to my shamanic practice. I could find no differences between them. This was surprising since one is an ancient practice and the other a fairly recent channeling. It really helped me to see that although they had different forms, each was leading to the truth and there was no conflict. I was also surprised to learn that Sandra’s husband follows the ACIM teachings as well.

Sandra responded, “I think people have to find what they are passionate about. If you find a path that speaks to you, stick with it. It will bring you to the same place that all spiritual paths lead. If you are in a shamanic workshop and after a couple of days it’s not speaking to you and it doesn’t feel right. Then explore another path that you feel passionate about.

Shamanism, A Course in Miracles and others speak of love, not in an artificial way, but about a true place in the heart and the transformation of healing that happens from love. We also need to recognize that the world we are living in is a dream, and learn how we can work together to create a dream of harmony for all of life.

We all talk about the mind, body and spirit, and often say those words without really thinking about what that means. If you dissolve the body and see the body as a temple of the spirit, you will find that you are a spirit made of divine light. We are just spirits who chose to come into a body and learn how we can manifest our dreams into form. I believe our original intent was to create beauty, but we forgot that. The spirit guides are also divine light and don’t actually have a form. One task I give my students, when they shamanic journey, is to ask their spirit guide to drop their form and show their true selves. They are just divine light as we are. I believe that it is a core teaching to remember that we are spirits with the same power as our spirit guides. Our spirit guides have a bigger perspective and can provide insight that we don’t have, but the power is the same. It is our egos and bodies that limit us. Shamans have learned to let go of their mind and connect with the divine source which is where the power is. This is where the clarvoyant and healing powers come from.”

Dreaming to Connect to Our Soul

Ever wondered where you go at night when your mind sleeps? It has always been amazing to me that the need to sleep is so great that people will fall asleep while driving and flying planes. Why is this pull to sleep so great that is overcomes our need to survive?

Science can’t answer why we sleep, although they do know of the physical changes that occur during sleep. According to experts, doctors and scientists don’t fully understand the importance of sleep. They do know that sleep is a building process that restores the body’s energy that are used during the day. During sleep the body does most of its repair work, and muscle tissue is rebuilt and restored.

Science won’t figure out why we sleep because it involves our spirit. During sleep, our spirit is unhampered by our mind, and fully connects with the Spirit. This allows loving energy to flow in – healing our body, refreshing our mind and rejuvenating our soul.

Gift of Enlightenment

Dreams offer profound messages at just the right time. Their conceptual scenes give us insight into our unconscious, provide divine messages, and sometimes take us on voyages to other places and realms. I had a dream last month that affected me deeply, because it was so insightful. Plus, it featured one of my favorite authors, Eckhart Tolle.

The dream starts with me in the kitchen of a large mansion in the middle of campus. It’s my home and I am waiting for husband and kids to get back from grocery shopping, so I can get ready for an event on campus. In the mean time, people keep accidentally walking into my home, because they think it is the event center. I keep redirecting them to correct building which is next door. When my family finally gets home, I rush upstairs to take a shower.

When I come downstairs an hour later, the kitchen and living room are full of 40 people eating a fish dinner. I realized that I had forgotten to tell my husband that people were accidentally walking into our home instead of the event center next door. I found it strange that he fed them and asked him why. He said he didn’t know if they had come for one of my events or not and didn’t want to be rude, so he fed them.

Next, we are at the campus event featuring Eckhart Tolle as the guest speaker. I noticed that we are sitting right behind him in the best seats in the house! I was told that since we helped feed his guests, we were given a place of honor. I felt that we didn’t deserve the seats, since our kindness had been more out of confusion than generosity, but was thrilled to be so close. As we sat there, I noticed a man dressed in a black suit sitting next to Eckhart Tolle. Suddenly, I realized that the Man in Black was the power behind Eckhart Tolle’s success and message.

After the event, Eckhart Tolle and the Man in Black came up to me and my husband to thank us. While talking, the Man in Black said he wanted to give us a gift – the gift of enlightenment. He then grabbed my husband by his root chakra, infused him with energy and then my husband floated away. The Man in Black came towards me and I started to run away and yelled, “I’m not ready!” But he caught me and began infusing energy through my root chakra. I started to levitate and then everything went black.

When I woke up, I felt as if it really happened. That I had received a divine message to let me know that my journey is on the right path. I thought about the interpretation and came up with this. The feeding of the strangers in our home showed how my husband helps me in many ways, even though he doesn’t believe as I do. So the fact that he does not understand the path I am on is not important. He helps me by programming my website, setting up chairs, and watching the kids while I go to a gathering. His help allows me to follow my path and enhances the experience (hence the great seats). The Man in Black is the Spirit talking through Eckhart Tolle. His black suit, as opposed to being a white suit, concerned me. But I think the blackness represented my fear of his power – the fear of losing myself when I surrendered. The relationship between the Man in Black (Spirit) and Eckhart Tolle showed what could be achieved when someone listens to the Spirit. Eckhart Tolle, has gone from being homeless to becoming a best-selling author and respected spiritual teacher worldwide (I highly recommend his books). The gift of enlightenment in the dream, shows that none of us can truly do anything to deserve it. We may be blessed for our efforts, but our efforts will always be less than perfect. Enlightenment will be ours simply because we are worthy.

Blessed journeys!

The Red Button

English: Michael Jackson 2nd June 1988. "...

English: Michael Jackson 2nd June 1988. “Wiener Stadion” venue in Vienna, Austria. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I had a dream last night about Michael Jackson after his death.

In the dream, Michael Jackson was preparing for a concert. The sound system was being tested, the dancers were warming up and the family and friends were mingling. However, when someone on stage asked Michael to decide whether to “push the red button,” he felt he didn’t have the authority to give the go ahead. He kept glancing at his mother and the men around her for permission. Then, I noticed that the stadium was full of cheering fans, yet the red button still hadn’t been pushed. The pressure from the fans and family grew and he looked scared. I came up behind him and said, “Michael, it’s okay to leave.”

He then strode up the aisle triumphantly, pushed through the double doors, and left the building. When I looked back, I saw Don King, Michael’s father and other men of prominence lying on the edge of the stage, sick and trembling with Michael’s mother standing over them.

After the dream was over I thought about what I had seen…an overview of a life that was filled with great talent, but ultimately, one that had a much deeper and important role to play…his spiritual path. The dreamed showed him releasing his fears and dealing with the age-old struggle of following his heart versus doing what was expected of him from the society and those closest to him. Most important, I saw a man, who after his death, took a step back and looked at his life from a different perspective and chose to follow his heart.