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Where Is Joy In Your Life?

I recently started using a technique in my healing practice with my clients that involves using joy. Not only does this make transformation easier, it also makes it faster and more fun.

It simple: you connect joy with the energies that you’re bringing in for healing from above and below. Whether its earth energy, the sun’s energy, universal energy, or whatever it is for you, you connect joy with the energy you’re using and it’s becomes something like a delivery system into your cells throughout your being.

Even if you’re not feeling very joyful while doing the self-healing, you feel joy, or imagine it, or go to a time when you were feeling very joyful. For example, you could think of joy like a little man diving in to a waterfall in Hawaii—a very safe waterfall, so it’s not scary. It’s a height that is comfortable; the pond below the waterfall is really clear of rocks, and really pristine. So it’s diving in and feeling the joy. The pond represents each cell of the body, so you can just imagine one cell and all the light flowing into the heart of every cell. This image can be used for healing, regeneration, and wellness throughout your entire energy field: your mental, spiritual, emotional and physical bodies.

Perhaps you don’t want to dive in because it not might feel safe. Change the image to jumping in, or whatever fits you. Make it fun. Energetic healing is far easier when you have a light-hearted approach. There have been times in which my clients were using joy and the healing was super-fast. The next moment they forgot to use joy, and it became slower for them until I reminded them of it. It was interesting to have the immediate comparison between fast results with joy and slow results in the absence of it.

That’s just the healing aspect. The other aspect is that sometimes we go throughout our day so serious and focused on our to-do lists or being responsible, that we forget to have little of fun, to bring a joyful attitude, or to notice the funny things. When you bring fun into an otherwise dry-feeling day, you have a fuller experience, you are more light-hearted, you’re generally a little more relaxed, and everything responds to you. Your mind will feel clearer, your emotions more even, and your body will experience a little more relaxation, because when connected to joy, you’re actually present in being, more heart-centered versus stuck in your head.

Using joy is a very, very powerful tool. It makes transformation happen and it makes it happen easily.

 
To experience using joy for personal healing, please contact Julie to schedule an appointment. Telephone: 206.354.7090 or Email: jameson.julie@gmail.com, appointments can be done in person or by telephone.

 

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Release Judgment to Get More Out of Experiences.

In one of my group meditations someone once told me that she felt like she was new to the practice and hence had a harder time sensing where she was holding energy. After we were no longer in a meditative state, she asked me a question and when I was giving her feedback, I inquired, “Can you feel where you’re holding energy—here and here?”

“Well,” she replied, “I can feel it here. And it’s not that I don’t believe you, but I can’t feel it in the other spot.”

“Close your eyes and focus within.”

She did, and then she said, “Oh, I can feel it now.”

I thanked her for showing everybody that sometimes you may not be able to feel something with your eyes open, but in a deeper state of focus it’s a little bit easier. “It takes practice to increase your awareness and sensitivity,” I added.

Later I learned that she had concluded that she wasn’t “advanced enough” or “evolved enough” for my class. She was comparing herself against other people’s experiences or what they had been able to do, and judging herself for her supposed lack of perception… with all of the insecurity that went with that self-judgment.

To illustrate how this wasn’t about how “experienced” or “advanced” this woman was, in the same group there was someone else who’s extremely gifted, empathetic, and really able to feel things—yet later I learned she would often experience frustration because there’s a part of her that really wants to see the energy rather than just feel it. She was caught in the judgment that seeing energy was better than feeling energy.

The fact of the matter is that wherever we are, and whatever our experience is at any given moment, it is perfect, and anytime we get stuck in comparing ourselves with others, we step out of the magic of the moment. Turning off our judgment (including judging ourselves for our self-judgment) and aligning with out heart, we can then treat everything just as information. That way, our self-doubt and tendency to compare show us where the inner opportunities exist for expansion and personal growth. And with that mindset it’s easier to have a fuller, more appreciative experience and to realize that we’re experiencing not only what is perfect but also what is ideal for us.

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Working with Layers Versus Resolving an Issue all at Once

Sometimes I work with clients who have the hope or the expectation of working on something once and for that issue to be done and finished.

Whether in my group meditations or working individually with clients, I will often mention that it’s useful to think of an issue being akin to the layers of an onion. We all want to get to the root of something, but we might have to clear it in layers because we don’t have the capacity or the readiness to reach its core.

Yes, there are times when we’re able to address the whole issue, pattern, etc., because we truly are ready, and we do it and we’re finished with it. And then there are those times when we just have to work deeper and deeper, layer by layer, without judging ourselves or judging as wrong or bad that the work is gradual rather than sudden. Ultimately the pattern or the issues that we’re trying to clear may have served us up to that point in time, either as a self-protecting mechanism, or to create a sense of safety, or to hold us up or keep us alive.

If a beautiful house has rot, we don’t go rooting around and tear up the entire house, because we wouldn’t be able to live in it. The house still serves us and we can’t suddenly judge it as bad when it’s kept us alive and has been serving us. We take care of the individual boards and we maintain them, but we don’t tear everything up.

It’s the same with our healing experience. We can stay in a place of presence and joy and love and compassion, allowing ourselves to live essentially in our bodies without ripping things up or destroying the foundation. We start with an issue, and perhaps we’re able to do a minor repair or perhaps we get the entire issue or pattern all at once. It’s not I who decides what a person is ready for, and sometimes what they want to achieve with healing is greater than their whole being is ready to experience. However much we are able to clear is perfect in that moment; even if it’s a single layer that’s addressed, it doesn’t discount the progress or the transformation. We’re still lighter than when we started, and ultimately we all get to the root in our own timing. We can’t force or rush something that we’re simply unready for, and when there is full healing, we know it, because we feel a deep sense of completion of the process and an integration of all the layers.

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Changing a Critical (and Self-Critical) Nature

I have a friend who thrives on wanting to be helpful (and who, incidentally, gave permission to write about him in this blog). He’s observant, experienced and insightful, discovering and applying to his life new things all the time. The only problem is, sometimes he’s convinced that whatever has worked for him should also work for you, and insists on you taking action now. If you don’t, there’s the subtle and not-so-subtle feeling that he’s judging you for your inability or unwillingness to do as he thinks is best for you.

We all know someone like that-a parent, a friend, a partner: people who have good advice but are often a little too pushy (and a little too judgmental) with their solutions. I can recognize this person because many years ago I used to be that way, before I understood that there was more happiness in releasing the people in my life to make their own choices rather than trying to control the outcome of their experiences and being vested in whether they do or don’t do what I think is best for them.

The external desire for others to change and not accept them as they are could be a mirror of what is going on inside of us. We all are in a state of growth, expansion and change, but if the imperative to change comes from a need to control or a sense that we’re imperfect, we are like the proverbial dog, always chasing our tail: we’re never going to love ourselves fully because there’s some other way we could’ve been “better.” On the other hand, if we love ourselves completely and unconditionally, we can listen to our whole being on how to make changes from a place of love and desire to expand.

So how do you change a critical nature-even if it’s well-intentioned? Or how do you change the feelings of inadequacy if you’re on the receiving end of a critical person’s attention?

We begin accepting others as they are by accepting ourselves, without conditions. Self love is neither earned nor a reflection of our accomplishments or lack thereof. At the core of releasing a critical nature (or letting others’ judgments slide off us) lies loving ourselves more fully, deeply and unconditionally-from the heart, not from a place within the mind or ego-and really connecting with all parts of ourselves. We can be discerning and yet love ourselves: we can choose to have a different experience and take action from a sense of self-acceptance, self-appreciation and self-love.

With that gentler, more loving focus, we’ll be much less likely to want to impose our solutions on others or, conversely, take on shoulds or expectations that may be perfect for someone else but not for us.

Next time you run into your critical person (outside or inside you), think of it as the way in which we remind each other to breathe deeper, be more relaxed, and love ourselves more.

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Letting Go of Expectations for a Better Meditation

In my last blog I discussed how sometimes we have uncomfortable feelings arise when we first start meditating. But what if you had a fantastic meditation the first time, and then you haven’t been able to replicate it since then?

When working with my clients I’ve found that if people have a powerful healing experience the first time and get in touch with their core essence, they have the expectation of a repeat experience identical to the first one, and this can keep them from experiencing what is presented to them now.

Let’s say yesterday in the midst of a meditation you experienced your connection to Source from a place of light and the light was connected like a beautiful and glistening spider web. Today you try to experience the same thing, and all you’re getting is the visual of a flower.

If you let go of trying to make today’s experience replicate yesterday’s, the flower may in fact bring you feelings that are different but equally intense. You might feel love and transformation in the depths of the flower and realize that flower or glistening light spider web, it’s all God, it’s all Source.

Whenever anyone has the expectation for experience “A,” they might miss experience “B” because “A” might never be meant to be repeated. Each visit within has its own unique potential of possibilities.

The point of all this is: let go of expectations and dive fully into today’s experience, no matter what it is.

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What To Do When Meditation Dredges Up Feelings Not Related To Meditation?

Sometimes it’s easy to assume that because we started meditating, we’re automatically bound to touch a sense of peace. You think you’re setting the stage for your mind and your emotions to settle only to find the opposite: an incessantly agitated mind, or feelings of anger, sadness or loss welling up seemingly out of nowhere, or physical discomfort. It would be nice if we could always go to the peace but often we encounter that initial layer of mental, physical and emotional “static” when we first begin to meditate. It’s normal for physical, mental and emotional patterns to come to the surface as a result of meditation—it brings consciousness to what is inside of us that we may have tucked away, not fully cleared and/or are looking to heal on a still deeper level.

What to do with this?

Look to remain heart-centered and fearless while in meditation. It can be scary and uncomfortable to feel these parts of you come forward, but remain open and relaxed. Sit and be with the emotion and/or whatever it is (even the emotion of frustration when the meditation isn’t going “how it’s supposed to go”—for that, just let go of any judgment and fear that can accompany and complicate the frustration). Really acknowledge and feel whatever the thought, physical discomfort or emotion is and ask it what it’s related to in your life. Where is it stored in your body? Are there any mental beliefs/patterns connected to this? How does it feel? How has it served you (yes, even the things we do not see as positive can have served us greatly)?

Sometimes just putting conscious attention to it and fully acknowledging this part of you that has surfaced has the effect of “dissolving it”; but you have to be patient to let it really release, as opposed to you wanting it to be done. Ask—is this emotion/emotional pattern ready to be released? There may be a lesson, something that this part of you wants to communicate. Listen for it. When at some point the energy of that thought, physical discomfort or emotion no longer feels contracted replace it with love and allow it to blend into you.

Know that the process of healing, expanding and being more fully aligned with the light gets easier as you go along.

 

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The Importance of Grounding in Manifesting Anything

So you may have an idea, a heart’s desire or an aspiration to bring something about – manifesting something. Obviously, first of all, you have to do your piece if there’s action required of you: if you want to write a book the universe can inspire you, but if you don’t put your pen to paper, it’s not going to happen. Likewise, if you want to be meeting more people but you’re not leaving your apartment, you are closing off the avenues to manifestation.

You have a desire and you do your piece. Next, you need to be grounded as a means of connecting all different parts of you – and this grounding is something the people often underestimate in the process of manifestation. Being grounded, being present, and being present in your heart, helps to connect all aspects of you and is key to bringing your energies from above and below, from the universe (source of ideas/concepts) and from the earth (physical/emotional realm).

What’s an example of not being grounded? Say, for instance, that you drive somewhere and arrive without any real sense of what happened between when you left home and you arrived at your destination. That would be an example of not being grounded.

To ground yourself, picture yourself being like a tree – roots sent deep into the ground. Feel yourself as not just connected to the earth, but being a part of the earth. Feel as though one main root reaches deep, to the very core of the earth (or what works for you). Take a few minutes to align with that feeling. Then, think of what’s on your wish list. Does it feel real in your body? Does your heart align with it? Are there any fears or conflicting emotions that interfere with it? Feel (don’t think) your way to a place of clarity and then hand off the list to Source. And handing off the list truly is handing it off – not checking every minute to see what else to add or whether it’s come about yet. Bring your attention somewhere else and let it go so it can come to you.

And then start feeling gratitude as if what you desire is already here and now. Ground yourself, and every step you take you will be radiating and attracting the reality of what you desire.

It’s as simple as that.

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