Archive for February, 2009

Friday the 13th: Overcoming Superstition

Are you one of the millions of people who feels a little (or a lot) superstitious about Friday the 13th? Does your rational side tell you you’re “being ridiculous” but you just can’t shake the nervousness? Have you actually had terrible luck on this recurring “holiday”? If so, how do you break the cycle of fear, expectation, and confirmation?

Here’s how not to do it: trying to rationalize away your fears almost never works.  Fear and superstition work on subconscious levels.  When you repress them, they don’t go away; they just get the ability to run unchecked.  One of the scariest movies I have ever seen is The Skeleton Key with Kate Hudson.  That movie had me on the edge of my seat because it showed perfectly the power of fear and the mind.  It showed the power of voodoo and the inability of the rational mind to overcome superstition and expectations.  I won’t ruin the ending, but if you’ve ever had an interest in how to harness the power of your mind, this movie provides some good case examples.

A basic premise of the movie is that you can’t control that magical little moment of when you do or do not believe in something.  It just sneaks up on you.  This is true for faith as well as fear.  You can keep yourself in “a good space” and minimize fear vibrations around you, but that doesn’t guarantee you’ll avoid believing bad things can happen to you.  In a world where you participate in creating your own reality — especially if you believe in subjective reality, this can create some complications.  Worst fears can easily become self-fulfilling prophecies.

It can take years to undo that subconscious programming. OR …. you can make a tiny shift that takes very little time at all.  Instead of trying to rework your entire fear complex, you can harness the tremendous force behind it and turn it to your advantage.  Fear’s an emotion, just like love, just like anger; sometimes fear can be an incredibly strong and powerful emotion with lots of force behind it.  Why waste that energy? 

If you catch yourself feeling overly superstitious or fearful, you might find benefits by creating “a reversal spell.”  What exactly is a reversal spell?  It’s just a little something you do, either energetically, through intention, or just by association, which tells your subconscious mind that anything “bad” coming towards you will transmute into good.

Since your rational mind knows there’s “no such thing” as luck or curses, you’re not trying to convince the rational side.  Your rational side thinks this whole premise is ridiculous, so it has no problem saying, “sure bad luck will become good luck; negativity directed at me will become positivity; hatred, rage and fear directed towards me will turn into love before they hit me.”

But … the subconscious mind works by symbols, mythology, association and proxy.  When the rational mind lets that message through to the subconscious mind, curses and bad luck become powerless against you.  Instead, you experience a shower of blessings and love and abundance — or whatever you’ve “programmed” yourself to receive.  (Make sure you only have this go one way, though.  You still want to receive “regular” blessings, love and abundance!) The reversal spell or what I sometimes call “reverse voodoo” just allows you to harness those fears and superstitions and turn them around in wonderful ways.

Happy Friday the 13th everyone!

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B-12 Deficiency: Some Medical Intuitive Observations

Yes, I am a B-12 “mom,” always nagging people to get tested or proactively supplement, but only because B-12 deficiency is one of those things I see repeatedly in Medical Intuitive sessions. The list of symptoms is bizarre, but when I have people get checked or they just start supplementing, the results confirm the suspicion.

Note: I see B-12 deficiency in vegans and raw foodists because many of my clients follow these diets; however, I have noticed the issue in meat eaters as well. As people age, they lose intrinsic factor in the gut, which means they are getting less and less B-12 from swallowed food, supplements or pills. Someone may not notice any signs of B-12 deficiency until s/he has a severe depletion, and once that happens, the person is unlikely to consider B-12 as the issue.

These are some of the health or other issues for which people have contacted me, and which resolved immediately or shortly after taking B-12 shots or sublingual tablets:

1 ) inability to breath deeply
2 ) angina symptoms
3 ) poor memory and concentration
4 ) wanting to leave their marriage (very common with B12 deficiency!)
5 ) feeling too restricted by an otherwise terrific life (I’m not talking about when people really know they need to make a shift; I’m talking about when they’ve made their shifts and everything’s good but they feel a massive need to sabotage)
6 ) pernicious anemia
7 ) hallucinations
8 ) extreme (bedridden) fatigue
9 ) pain in the lungs
10 ) anxiety, depression, bi-polar tendencies and insomnia
11 ) poor skin
12 ) vertical nail ridges
13 ) “B-12 madness” — this is a little discussed term among raw foodists, but essentially, it refers to what happens to people when they have maxed out their B-12 stores; they literally can go mad, but they will believe it’s everyone else but them.
14 ) high blood pressure
15 ) ADD
16 ) fugue moments
17 ) feeling completely out of body
18 ) eye twitching
19 ) tingling toes, fingers or limbs
20 ) kundalini experiences with electrical currents running up and down the body
21 ) schizophrenia
22 )  speech problems

… and many, many others, but these are the highlights …

Obviously, these symptoms can stem from other causes than B12 deficiency; however, I have had clients with each of these symptoms whose doctors could not find any cause for the problem. The symptoms resolved once adequate B-12 stores were returned. Caught early enough, B-12 deficiency’s reversible, but it can cause PERMANENT NEUROLOGICAL DAMAGE if left untreated.

Even if the neurological damage is reversed, some changes in peoples’ lives may not be so easily reversed. Take, for example, the marriages and families that folded not because of actual irreconcilable differences but because one or both people just needed a simple supplement. Take, for example, the people who thought they were “following their bliss” only to have the bottom fall out in a major, preventable way; they may fear having faith again, when in fact, faith was not the problem–B12 deficiency was. I’m not saying everybody has it, although Gabriel Cousens says 80% of long term vegans do. I’m just saying that if people heard the stories I hear on a weekly basis, they would definitely supplement–even meat-eaters over age 35 would.

I have written about B-12 before as a key to human evolution.

If you live in Northern California, I’ll be speaking on Monday, Marchh 9, 2009 at Cafe Gratitude in Healdsburg’s Monday Night Live event.  Topic:  “The Strangest and Most Common Things I’ve Witnessed as a Medical Intuitive.”  B-12 ranks high up there in both categories!

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Global Reiki Healing Attunement 2/9/2009

On Monday, February 9, 2009 at noon Pacific Coast Time, I will be offering a global healing attunement as one of the prizes from Shazzie’s 40th birthday giveaway.  About 125 150 people are already on the list, but quite a few folks have asked me if they could get on it, too, even though the birthday event has passed.  Given that Reiki is “universal life force energy,” I don’t see why not!  

If you’d like in, please send an email to laura at lazyrawfoodist dot com.  (I’ll just need your first name by 2/8/09.) 

Just what is a Reiki Healing Attunement? 

The Reiki Healing Attunement is a precise technology that opens the body’s energy channels (meridians and chakras), helping them to embrace the natural process of growth and healing. In addition to acute illness or injury, Reiki Healing Attunements are often used to empower goals or to help a person move beyond limiting patterns and resistance.

In Reiki, the recipient always determines how much Reiki they receive and accept. A Healing Attunement allows the recipient’s Higher Self to take a more active role in recovery and goal achievement. Many people experience dramatic shifts following this type of attunement.

For more information on Reiki, you might enjoy the following articles:

Visions of Nestor

Breast Cancer and Reiki

Reiki for Brain Injuries

Amazing Reiki Birth Story

How Reiki Differs from Massage  

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Many Blessings!

Synchronicity, Seattle, Schizandra and Amazon’s 2009 Breakthrough Novel Award Contest

Anyone who reads this blog or knows me also knows that synchronicity plays a dramatic role in my daily life.  The “coincidences” happen so often that my hubby and I joke about the phenomenon.  When I walk into the room, T.V. characters start talking about being vegetarian, doing a cleanse or eating only raw foods–even if the plot has nothing to do with any of those topics!  You might not know some of the following stories, though, or how they relate to Amazon, so I decided to share a little background.

While recovering from my devastating 1998 brain injury, I reached a point where I had run out of funds.  I had a nasty Worker’s Comp lawsuit going on, which looked like it was going nowhere soon.  I had already sold my car to pay my rent, and I was still unable to work.  Things looked bleak. 

In the midst of this, I started getting nightly “instructions” to move to Seattle by August 1, 2001 so that I could meet my future husband.  If I didn’t move by that date, I’d miss the boat entirely!  Nevermind that my lease went until September.  Nevermind that I had no way of paying June or July’s rent, let alone making a cross-country move to a place I’d only briefly visited!  Every night I would dream of my future husband’s eyes and a long list of characteristics by which I would recognize him.

At this point, I questioned my sanity, but without a rational mind, leaps of faith somehow made more sense.  I began bargaining for signs.  “If I’m really meant to move to Seattle, then I want to be sure.  If I’m meant to go by August 1, then I need something big: huge.  I want my Worker’s Comp settlement to come through on my birthday.  If that happens, then I’ll know these instructions are for real.”

From that day forward, I started talking about “my birthday settlement.”  People would shake their heads and say, “Poor Laura, she has a brain injury! She’s totally lost touch with reality!  Laura, don’t ruin your birthday by setting yourself up for disappointment.”  No matter what they or my lawyer said, though, I couldn’t shake the idea that I’d get a Worker’s Comp settlement on my birthday.  Even when May 22, 2001’s workday came and went, I continued talking about it that night.

The following morning, my Worker’s Comp attorney woke me up with a phone call about “an interesting conversation with the insurance company late yesterday afternoon.  Out of nowhere, they’ve decided to settle for more than we even thought we could expect.  You should have the check by late July.”  Vindicated, I made plans to move to Seattle, and the check arrived on July 28, the day before my movers took off, and I flew across the country.

The first weeks in Seattle felt wonderful because of the beauty and long, sunny days.  Summer in Seattle rocks!  But towards the end of August, I started to question myself.  Just where was this mysterious husband who needed to be met in August rather than September?  Had I made up the whole thing? 

And then it happened:  on August 24th, my parents’ wedding anniversary and the day after Stephen’s birthday, we met.  He had planned to leave Seattle in September. That meeting involved a whole slew of other synchronicities, but suffice to say we connected immediately through our love of writing and literature.  I had hauled certain books all the way from Evanston, Illinois, just because something told me to keep them–even though at the time, I could not read!  Stephen told me he was writing a historical fiction novel on Marie Antoinette; the books in question were all about the French Revolution.

When Stephen learned how much I wanted to write, he did not accept my (in my mind legitimate) excuse that I could no longer read for more than 5-20 minutes per day. He just said, “So, write poetry!” I did, and when I showed him, he said, “These are definitely publishable.  If you send these out, I guarantee you’ll be published by the end of the year.”  Hello?  Who guarantees that sort of thing?  It was October! 

Did he help me find the places for submission when I complained I couldn’t read the Writer’s Market Guide to Poetry? Nope. He told me to use my intuition and just pick some places. Having a brain injury and no rational side, I thought this sounded just crazy enough to work, and guess what?  It did! In December 2001, I had two poems published by a small, but national poetry magazine.  

Stephen and I eventually got married– on my brother’s birthday in 2003.  I won an Animal Communication Essay contest and started publishing online articles and essays in literary magazines. I healed completely; he caught Lyme Disease and retired from Life Coaching; he started a photography career, and I took over his coaching business; I published If I Only Had a Brain Injury; he healed enough to start his intuitive work again.  During this time, we moved all over the Southwest and West Coast, eventually landing just north of San Francisco.

This past winter, we began talking about places to live when our lease ends.  Having both recovered from massive health crises, we also talked about life goals we still had yet to meet.  I’ve published two non-fiction books (the brain injury one and The Lazy Raw Foodist’s Guide).  Still, I’ve always dreamed of writing a novel.  Even when I thought I’d be an English Professor, I always envisioned myself as a novelist first. 

We talked about possibly moving back to Seattle, where we met.  At some point, I said, “I don’t care whether we move there or just visit, but I see myself in Seattle on my birthday this year.  If we’re moving, I want to be there by Summer Solstice, so either way, let’s make a trip there for my birthday.”  We didn’t give it much more thought.  Then, in a separate conversation, I said, “I really want a book contract for my novel (Schizandra and the Gates of Mu) by my birthday.  (For those who don’t know about this project, it’s The Celestine Prophecy meets Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, with a diverse cast of characters, including a raw cacao loving Lemurian queen.  To my knowledge, this is the first novel to discuss raw cacao and veganism in an obvious, open way. It also features Reiki, shapeshifting, reflexology, natural childbirth, astrology and other spiritual or natural healing topics.)

Back in January, I had planned two classes and a talk in Seattle, which got cancelled due to this winter’s bizarre weather there.  Because my calendar was empty, that weekend gave me the perfect concentrated time to finish the last few scenes of Schizandra and the Gates of Mu.  I completed the manuscript on a very significant date in the plot, which seemed fitting for a book about synchronicities and healing.

Two weekends ago, something similar happened.  I had made plans to visit some friends (Erin and Steve Pavlina) coming in from out of town.  We were all looking forward to a great visit at Cafe Gratitude, plus hanging out in San Francisco.  Out of “nowhere,” a family crisis arose.  It wasn’t clear that I would need to do anything, but I did need to be “on call” and ready for action.  I spent most of the time I would have been visiting with friends in front of the computer, trying to figure out what to do with Schizandra: the book is done; it has a Mayan Calendar theme, and it’s meant to be a series.  How would that play into a crumbled publishing industry not wanting to take chances on new writers?  I couldn’t afford to let it sit in the slush pile for four years.  Should I self-publish my novel even though I never meant to do it that way?  Should I release it as an ebook?  These questions and others plagued me that Saturday.

The next day, I received an email from Book Surge, a self-publishing company I had just begun to research.  The email mentioned the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest, with its grand prize of a $25,000 publishing contract with Penguin Books.  “Cool!”  I thought. But it got better:  the grand prize winner will be announced in Seattle on May 22, 2009–my birthday!

I got started right away.  The contest requires some pretty intense pitch-writing and other prep work, plus I still needed to edit and format my manuscript.  Starting that weekend gave me just enough time to finish all the submission requirements to enter when the contest opened on February 2, 2009.  People can enter the contest until February 8, 2009 or until they receive 10,000 entries, whichever comes first. 

Anyway, it’s a long shot with many rounds of elimination, but I’m a huge fan of synchronicity, and this would be one heckuva publishing story if it happens!  Best wishes to everyone who enters.  I’ll keep you posted.  Thanks to everyone whose journeys and spiritual service have helped inspire me along the way.

 

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