By Lori Lines
Sometimes it is not easy to wish another well. Every now and then, perhaps more often than we like to admit, we can feel that those who suffer get what they deserve.
It's especially easy to feel that way about one who is the source of suffering to others. We may even take a special delight when those who have caused harm are getting those "just rewards." Who doesn't feel a surge of glee when the wicked witch of the west melts before our eyes after Dorothy accidentally splashes her with water?
But, back in Kansas, life is a bit more complicated and less clear-cut. It's not always to discriminate the innocent farm girls and the evil sorcerer. Blue gingham dresses and black pointy hats just are not indicators of moral condition. The difference is, between witches and farm girls, and the differences between all of us are always matters of degree rather than quality. There are things that we might call good and bad in each one of us. No one is wholly good and none is wholly evil. When we see deeply into the life of those we are inclined to despise, we can recognize that whatever vile acts one may commit does not completely express all that they are.
We can understand that their hatred and greed arise from fear, self-centeredness, ignorance and misunderstanding. The very thing that afflicts all of us from time to time. I'm convinced there's enough in each of us to make us both a Dorothy and a Wicked Witch.
If we ever lose sight of the moral ambiguity that pervades the human condition, we run great risks. Without insight into our own propensity to act in unwholesome ways we become blind to our own faults. And I'm not talking just about the way we may treat others, I'm talking about the way we treat ourselves. Without insight into the goodness of others, it becomes all-too-easy to hate them. Especially when we feel our hatred is justified by their wrongdoings. But these reactions distort the reality of what we are and lead us to behave unskillfully in ways that cause suffering to ourselves and to others. They incline us to forget how much the personalities of all of us are shared by circumstances beyond our control. Who knows how Dorothy might have turned out had she been raised in a gloomy castle surrounded by flying monkeys, instead of the loving arms of Auntie Em.
The dangers inherent in forgetting that we are all capable of wholesome and unwholesome actions have led sages throughout history to urge us to love our enemies as well as ourselves and our neighbors. I consider this admonition to be one of humanity's truly great moral developments. Although loving our enemies may be one of the most difficult things that we can possibly do, rivaled perhaps only to loving ourselves, it is clearly one of the most beneficial practices we can perform.
It is easy to see how hatred lies at the root of much human misery, but what we seem to find difficult is accepting that we cannot end hatred by hating. Hating those who hate may feel cathartic, and even righteous, but it brings us no closer to a solution to what is a very deep problem. As the Buddha put it, "In this world, hostility is never appeased by hostility; only in the absence of hatred does hatred cease."
Only love and compassion for others can end hostility and hatred. We can never transform an enemy into a friend with hate.
We also forget what hating others does to us as individuals. Hatred is a manifestation of our false self. It creates darkness in our soul and it is not what we truly are. To allow ourselves to be consumed by hatred distorts us, wounds us and scars us. It spills over into every aspect of our lives and causes us to misperceive the world, confusing the beautiful and the ugly, the true and the false, the skillful and the unskillful. Hatred is sure to cause us to suffer and is, itself, a manifestation of suffering.
While it's not difficult to grasp how hatred can perpetuate animosity between people and disfigure our own basic goodness, it's also not easy to find alternatives. How does one erase a lifetime of conditioning in which we've been encouraged to detest others? Hatred can become a habit that is not so simple to break.
On occasion I will work with clients, through coaching and/or QHHT, who have come to the realization that their belief systems have been conditioned and erred on the side of hate and hostility and they will be given tools to work with to transform the suffering that this conditioning has perpetuated. There are ways to imprint our spirit on a deep level to feel happier and more joyful as animosity softens into a feeling of freedom and liberation from self-limiting thoughts and bad feelings.
On another note, it has occurred to me that if my enemies are truly happy and free from suffering then, perhaps, they wouldn't be enemies. After all, what makes them such difficult people may be their own struggle with suffering.
And, what I do know is this: relieving a little of the hostility of just one person, myself, will make the world a little better for everyone. Knowing this, I can easily affirm the statement of the 14th Dalai Lama, "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."
To act, we must call upon our wisdom. Seeing suffering and being willing to heal it does not guarantee that we will act wisely. Very compassionate people may still act in very foolish ways. To be wisely compassionate requires especially that we attend carefully to our own lives first and treat ourselves with compassion. What we learn from self compassion provides important clues for the compassionate treatment of others. And, thus we return to the importance of the Golden Rule.
Learning to practice compassion for ourselves and others is a lifetime endeavor but it is one of the more important things we can do.
By Lori Lines
If a loved one falls sick, what would give you the most comfort? Taking your loved one to a resident physician who has one year into their residency and has just begun to see patients or a physician who has completed residency and has been treating patients for years? Considering the potent healing power that Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique has to offer, choosing your practitioner should be no different than choosing an experienced doctor. Ideally, people want a doctor who has a lot of life experience with people of all walks of life as well as one who has practiced under a close supervisor under varying circumstances. As Julius Caesar said, "experience is the teacher of all things."
Common practice dictates level 1 practitioners to complete 10-25 practice sessions. The sessions are often free-will sessions or free sessions and mainly serve to gain experience for the practitioner. While level 1 practitioners have learned basic QHHT skills, they have limited experience. Typically, a level 1 practitioner has little to no experience with advanced or challenging clients or situations. In collegial terms, level 1 practitioners have completed 100 level classes, or QHHT 101.
Level 2 practitioners typically must complete a minimum of 25 sessions. The sessions are more professional in scope than level one. Level 2 practitioners receive instruction and guidance regarding the more challenging or advanced clients and situations. Through their clients and in-depth advanced classes, level 2 practitioners often explore a wider range of case studies. In collegial terms, they have competed 200 to 300 level classes, or QHHT 201 - 301. At this level, the practitioner can imbue their practice with different healing modalities and techniques they believe their client can benefit from, based on the practitioner's preference or previous experience.
Level 3 practitioners have practiced QHHT for at minimum, a year, and have typically completed at least 125 sessions. They further their education from a position of experience. To achieve level 3 status, practitioners must undergo at least 3 long days of intensive personal instruction. Upon completion of these advanced courses, the practitioner's techniques are scrutinized, reviewed and assessed. In collegial terms, this final phase of training is much like a Ph.D. thesis. I liken it to completing a medical residency as the practitioner brings real cases studies, with the client's permission, to the table for deep assessment. A level 3 practitioner performs the QHHT session in its purest form, as the founder Dolores Cannon so thoughtfully and earnestly molded it to be. When you have a session with a level 3 practitioner, you have the assurance of a "tried and true" method with a specialist who is utilizing "tried and true" techniques.
Some, in the energetic healing world have deemed the Level 3 QHHT practice as limiting for the client. After years of studying both sides of the coin, I disagree. For how can the higher self ever be limiting? It is the higher self that leads a level 3 QHHT session and does the healing, not the practitioner. In every case. Every time.
Therefore, practicing QHHT, the way Dolores Cannon did, is a very empowering experience for the client and when practicing it correctly, alleviates the ego of the practitioner during a session, in my opinion.
While there are no guarantees, some practitioners have said they achieved miraculous healing through QHHT. Among the claims, 20/20 vision has been restored, cartilage in damaged joints have been regenerated, organ function has been restored, chronic, and in some cases, terminal illness has been healed. Also, a myriad of emotional, mental, and spiritual dis-ease is claimed to have been alleviated. With your absolute well-being concerned, it only makes sense to have a session with the highest-level practitioner available. In the spirit of Albert Einstein famous quote, "the truest source of knowledge is experience."
In love and truth,
By Lori Lines
Recently I experienced a close call. While sitting with a QHHT client during the interview stage of their session, I began to feel physical discomfort. While attempting to tolerate the discomfort while struggling to focus on my client, it then became louder. Luckily, my client, was more than understanding and we both decided it was in the best interest of us both to reschedule her appointment for a later date.
In looking at my recent close call experience, after my client left, I notified my friend and assistant, Matt, telling him I was experiencing discomfort. At this point I was not alarmed because I have a very high pain threshold. After answering a couple of his questions, to my surprise, he immediately texted me, "I'm on my way over."
Without boring you with too much detail, Matt ended up talking me into going and taking me to the Emergency Room. From there, I found out I needed surgery but, somehow, I was still in denial as to the severity of what was going on. I was surprised at the way others around me were behaving because, at this point, it was not realized there's an emergency going on here. My discomfort was moving into pain. I talked to a few of my closest people who seemed really concerned about me.
I cried out of sheer frustration of what was happening. What about my clients? What about my daughter? I didn't want to burden anyone.
I was prepped for surgery, given all the appropriate forms to sign, and then I was knocked out. Upon awakening I remember I was having very vivid "dreams" of which I cannot remember but I do recall hearing a male voice say to me upon awakening, "It's not your time, yet." Then I was shaken awake by this beautiful, angelic looking nurse and thus began my recovery.
During my recovery I have been, again, surprised at the reactions of the people around me. The day after my surgery, my surgeon came to visit me and he said once he got to see, first hand, what was going on - I'm "very lucky to be alive." This surprised me, to be sure. But when two of my dear friends said, "Lori, YOU ALMOST DIED! Do you UNDERSTAND this?"
The reality finally hit home.
During my recovery I've been a good patient doing what the doctors have ordered. I've been taking it slow and easy. I’ve been naturally taking extreme care of myself through supplements and diet as my Doctors know I’m not a big fan of medications. Appropriate exercise will be coming shortly. I’ve been contemplating the meaning of all that transpired. I've been asking God what I'm to learn from this. And, I've thought about my life experiences and the events leading up to now.
Here's what I've come away with:
I'm no one special. I am like everyone else who is part of this Great Awakening that our world is experiencing. I have good friends, some family and many clients who mirror back what I need to know about myself and I offer that same mirror of the same opportunities for them.
I have many gifts, though. Gifts that I'm very fortunate to use that are very specific to me. I make my living focusing on others and assisting them in honing in on themselves to uncover their own innate treasures, by identifying the wounds that are cleverly hidden beneath their surface, by helping others heal themselves. My gifts, seeing beneath the surface and more, have come with an enormous amount of experience that lies within me - not only originating from other lifetimes but this lifetime as well.
But, most importantly, I've been pleasantly startled at the love and outpouring of appreciation I've experienced by people that really matter in my life. I was questioning my mortality and contemplating if I'm enough. Have I done enough? Am I doing enough? Is there more? Who really cares?
Through this experience, I got some answers to the questions I’ve been asking. I now know I matter. I will never again underestimate my worth to the important people in my life.
I say all this to remind you that sometimes we have no idea what we mean to others in our lives. People get busy and forget to express their love and appreciation. And, you know what? Chances are, those who hold a place in your heart most likely feel the same about you. Take time to consider those in your life, who love you, by allowing them to give to you while you are being open to receiving (something I've not been very good at, in the past).
By knowing your own worth, you can give the time they may need of you by reaching out and letting them know you love them, too.
I guess God thought I needed the reminder. And, there’s much more to do.
I’m just getting started.
In love and truth,
By Lori Lines
As you probably are aware, QHHT can change lives, however, not everyone can be present for a session to benefit from the healing energy shift.
Practitioners will not typically hypnotize a child, and people who are home-bound or convalescing may not be able to make it to the practitioner's office. Also, those who think they are unable to be hypnotized (of course this isn't true, we are ALL able to be hypnotized) can be great candidates for a surrogate to step-in. Ideally, this surrogate is someone very close to the individual in need of healing and transcendence in their lives. A surrogate can be a parent, a partner, a sibling, an adult child, pretty much anyone close to them. The two elements that QHHT surrogacy requires are a deeply loving connection and an intention with permission from the person being healed.
For instance, if a child needs healing, the parent can assume the role of surrogate. Questions will be asked, through the surrogate, to the child's Higher-Self. The Higher-Self will then communicate root causes, pertinent issues, and needs through the surrogate. This interaction can cause a quantum healing shift by accessing higher consciousness and healing the child in the higher dimensions.
It may be difficult to conceive of such profound healing by-proxy. This process is dependent on the role of the Higher-Self by connecting the individual to the universal mind. The higher-self, otherwise referred to as your subconscious mind, is both a part of you and beyond you. It is with you from one dimension to the next and from one lifetime to the next. Beyond the perceived limitations of this world, the Higher Self is your connection to the Universal mind and the true essence of your being as it relates to the Universal mind or the united subconscious.
The universal mind is a network connecting each individual's Higher-Self or Subconscious Mind. This network is composed of energy. As beings of energy and vibration, we are far more than we logically assume and yet far less than we logically assume in terms of matter and structure. As such, we are all one and this oneness is all of us. This web of energy and communal subconsciousness is what enables the surrogate to step in and connect with the Higher-Self of the person receiving the healing.
You may ask, how does this healing reach the intended recipient? The quantum principle that everything is energy also implies that energy can travel any distance, at any time. Energy does not abide by the limitations of the material world. Because all points in space and time are essentially equal, healing energy and vibrational shifts aren't going anywhere, they simply are. Intentions make all the difference. The practitioner's intention, the surrogate's intention and the intention of the Higher-Self serve as agents of change and healing. Thoughts and emotions are energy as well and these intentions magnify the vibration of healing energy for all involved.
Beyond altruism, being a conduit for a healing quantum shift, the surrogate also benefits from being involved in the healing practice. The subconscious and united subconscious will never present something that either the surrogate or the direct recipient of healing are ill-prepared for, unable to cope with or will not benefit from. When you consider that alongside the interplay between the subconscious mind and the untied subconscious, you can envision how healing the primary participant contributes to healing in the surrogate. Going a step further, healing the energy at the level of the subconscious and united subconscious can create such a healing quantum shift that all beings connected to the United Subconscious could possibly benefit!
In love and truth,
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I believe that what most people desire is true happiness. In today's world, most people are apt to think of happiness as a fleeting pleasurable experience. But I am now certain that it is an enduring quality not dependent on fleeting pleasures. This kind of contentment, this happiness, is what all beings really want. And, all of us, in our many and various ways, seek it.
Our desire for happiness is natural, but there's a big problem with the way we try to satisfy that yearning. Because we lack wisdom, we fail to see the world as it is, and we inevitably go about the pursuit of happiness in the very ways that sabotage its fulfillment. Without waking up to the true nature of reality, without certain insight into who we really are, we seek enduring contentment in all the wrong places and through the wrong means. And, because we can never find it, our hunger for satisfaction intensifies and worsens. It's like trying to put out a fire with gasoline.
Most of us seek happiness in two basic ways: The first is by acquisition, which is the preferred method of our modern world. And, the second is by aversion, which is trying to avoid unpleasant situations. Both techniques are based on what Freud called "the pleasure principle," grasping for things we enjoy and evading the things that we don't.
The quest for contentment through acquisition usually leads us to try to enhance our lives by surrounding ourselves with things, we believe, will give us pleasure. Homes, cars, clothing, trophies, etc. Acquisitiveness, however, need not focus on material items. One can seek happiness by having unique and interesting experiences, including spiritual experiences. Or, by holding the right religious or political beliefs or affiliating with an organization or a cause.
One can look for lasting contentment in gaining knowledge or performing deeds. One can seek it through the love of other beings both human and Divine. There is no end to the ways we can pursue contentment by means of getting and having.
If we fail to get what we want, of course, we usually suffer. Because we have made acquisition of a particular thing the condition for our contentment, not getting it leaves us feeling sad, disappointed, frustrated and perhaps angry, thinking we missed the very thing that would have made us happy.
A lot of our remembrance from the past is a reflection on the times we didn't get what we wanted and felt entitled to. I still feel a stab of discomfort in my chest when I recall not getting first place for a beautiful painting I worked so hard on in the 7th grade. Tragedy one.
Tragedy two appears when we actually get what we want. We marry our sweetheart, buy our dream home, get the promotion, win the marathon, and finally take that Mediterranean cruise. Now we are happy, right? Perhaps for a while. Getting what we want, may indeed bring us great pleasure, but the pleasurable feelings won't last. Back at the dream house, the air conditioner breaks and the stove is on the fritz. What's left of the cruise is fading memories and photographs. The new job brings a bigger salary to be sure, but now we have more anxiety and less time to spend with family. When the initial pleasure subsides, disappointment sets in. Disappointment comes in exact proportion to how much happiness we expected our acquisition to provide.
Perhaps one of the greatest disappointments was divorcing my child's father. It took a lot of soul searching to realize marriage to him was, at the time, my ego's trump card (and, although I cannot speak for him, I suspect it was the same for him for different reasons). Ever since I was a little girl, I identified with the fairytale, Cinderella, when the Prince swept the poor girl off her feet and whisked her away into his castle to live happily ever after. He had all the qualities I loved, and, when he popped the question, I was elated. Not only was I going to have my happily ever after, it was also a way to gain acceptance and recognition from my family...to marry a man who, on paper, was quite a stand-up guy and quite a catch for a girl like me. I got what I wanted. I got my dream home, I had a very nice car, I got to travel to wonderful destinations. Surely I had died and gone to heaven! But, for reasons I cannot explain here, the rose colored glasses were ripped off as reality set in shortly after our child was born. I became quite depressed. As the years rolled on, they became darker and darker, the harder I worked trying to make things work, until I had to make the decision to leave with the faith and reassurance that everything was going to be OK.
Expectations can be a killer. It took me a while but I came to realize that I thought my marriage would radically, somehow, transform my life and provide a sense of security. But it didn't. I just wore better shoes and lived in a nicer home. The satisfaction just didn't last because it, unconsciously, was built on a crumbling foundation. I had burdened that single goal with so much expectation that nothing could have possibly satisfied me. A hard pill to swallow, for sure.
Desires, where they are fulfilled or frustrated, only beget more desires. There is no end to our wants. When we think that fulfilling our wishes is the way to happiness, it's like that old kids trick, "what would you wish for if you could only be granted one wish? Why, I would wish for a million more!"
Alongside acquisition, we also seek satisfaction by avoiding unpleasant situations or things or people. Aversion is actually just the flip side of acquisition. Both are manifestations of desire. As with acquisition, the problem with trying to find happiness through avoidance, is the nature of reality. Reality simply does not allow us to evade unwanted experiences. Sure, we might be able to escape a few, like dodging the class bully, or using that website that keeps telemarketers at bay. But the evasive life often comes at a cost like having to live your life in fear. Even if we can ward off some terrifying experiences, we cannot avert them all, particularly the most unpleasant ones like sickness, old age and death.
If our strategy has been to flee from unpleasant circumstances when they come to meet us, as they surely will, our suffering will be great indeed.
Insight lets us see that the whole approach to contentment through acquisition or aversion is fundamentally misguided. Rather than bringing the satisfaction we so deeply want, acquisition and aversion only serve to frustrate us and increase our anguish and disappointment. It is a matrix where we become trapped until we wake up. Instead of questioning these methods themselves, in our mindless state, we foolishly think we simply haven't acquired or averted the right thing - or enough things. Which is not reality.
Several years ago, my daughter and I were shopping and she was about 4 years old. She began bitterly crying and frantically running down the aisles of Target screaming, "I need something! I need something!" When I finally caught up with her, I could get no more out of her than what she said. She needed something. Yet she had no idea what that was. I knew just how she felt. We all think we need something and we are frantically running up and down the aisle looking for it, believing that when we get it we will be happy and the tears will stop.
Consider doing this exercise: Schedule an appointment with disappointment. Determine to spend an entire day trying o be mindful of all your disappointments and frustrations, now matter how small. If you find this approach too demanding, try to do this at the end of your day for reaction. Whichever approach you choose, be very attentive to your experiences and disappointments. You'll probably ned to be more sensitive than usual because we often condition ourselves to ignore many of our disappointments.
As you prepare for the day, or reflect back on it, consider the sources of routine disappointment. For many of us, the day begins when the alarm goes off. How does that make you feel? Then we go into the bathroom and look in the mirror. Are you pleased with what you see? If you leave the house for the day, what's the process for getting ready like? Is it as smooth and as uncomplicated that you want? When you're on the road, how's the traffic? How do you feel when you realize you're late to work and the gas tank is empty? When you get to where you're going, be attentive with your interactions with others. Does someone say something to hurt your feelings? Or, slight you in some way? How do you feel when a colleague receives lavish praise? Does the sandwich you have for lunch taste as good as you anticipated? What's it like standing in the long line at Starbucks to get your afternoon caffeine fix? You get the idea.
After you've tallied up your disappointing experiences reflect on how you reacted to them. Small, minor irritations may not warrant a great response. But how do you handle a day's worth of little frustrations? As you go about your life, try to remain as attentive as you can to these moments of discontentments.
With continued observation, our suffering becomes clearer and we begin to gain insight into its source and its cure. Eventually, we realize that suffering is the result of one thing, the fact that the world does not always conform to our expectations and desires. The world is not to blame, of course. Reality just is what it is. The problem is with our desires and expectations. We simply expect too much from the world.
In love and truth,
By Lori Lines
The ego-self is an amalgamation of beliefs, some positive and others negative. These beliefs can be added to the ego by you or those around you. Ego thoughts are typically founded on polarities such as ideas of being better or worse than others. These thoughts can also be self-serving. For instance, believing you are smart is rooted in the foundational belief that you are smarter than another or others. What's more, the ego is hungry, "I want, I need, I am entitled to..." The hungry ego makes us vulnerable to things such as disappointment, hurt and resentment of yourself and others.
Who would we be without the fallacious ego? One would be a being without judgment of one self and others, without selfish motives like besting others, preserving ego beliefs or egocentric desires based on entitlement. Detaching from our ego-self connects us to our higher-self. It is the best part of who we are when the ego has fallen away. The counterfeit concept of self is no longer needed, and we are free from resentment and disappointment from this life and the last.
The higher self is both a spiritual entity and a conduit. Once we connect and communicate with our higher self, we are deeply in touch with our truth. A sign of connection to our higher self is a strong sense of integrity and a profound alignment with our life path and life purpose. Our higher self also provides guidance and understanding, through intuition and spiritual knowing. When we are connected to our higher self we will have keen instincts and trust our senses.
The greatest gift our higher self has to offer is the spiritual wisdom from guides, angels and ascended masters...all of whom are a part of us. This sacred wisdom can help us break karmic cycles that we carry from lifetime to lifetime, and helps us see the delusions of the material world. This knowledge is the essence of transcendence. As such, our higher self is the catalyst for enlightenment and enlightenment itself. The enlightened individual inhabits this world and yet resonates with a frequency much beyond it.
Connecting to the higher self is not complicated. However, for some, the challenge is to quiet the mind. To connect to the higher self, one must quiet the nervous chatter of the ego. This can be achieved through the practice of mindfulness and presence. Being fully present in the now, observing ones experiences, emotions and thoughts, without judgment is a means to connect with the higher self. When we do that reflexively, across different circumstances, and around different energies, it is a sign we are connected to the higher self.
Meditation is another practice that fosters a deep connection to the higher self. Calming the busy mind and quieting the chatter of the ego is a valuable practice when connecting to the higher self. Being able to maintain a deep mental stillness throughout the day and maintaining a distance between our inner peace and the external busyness of our surroundings is another indication one is connected to the higher self.
To receive communication from the higher self, some people use divination tools such as scrying mirrors, pendulums, oracle cards. Automatic writing is an easy divination tool that requires nothing more than a pen and paper. The practice involves setting the intention to connect with the higher self, ideally after meditation, and writing on the paper. One may start by doodling, scribbling or writing nothing at all. With time, and without expectations or prejudgment, one will start to write words, perhaps even full sentences from the higher self. No matter what tool is used, even if one opts to use nothing at all, the best means of connecting with the higher self is receptivity and openness to the spiritual messages we are guided to.
Openness and receptivity are strong signs of connection to the higher self. When the delusions of the material world begin to fall away, one will be more perceptive to spiritual truths and energies, helping us transcend our current experiential existence and begin to authentically merge with the higher self across the ages.
Although the higher self is a part of who we are, it may seem like a far climb and a lengthy process to connect with ones divine essence. The advice I give to clients is to not overwhelm oneself. Having intention to begin the journey is a sign you have already begun to connect to that part of you that is divine and spiritually connected to Source.
In love and truth,
By Lori Lines
Am I dying or am I experiencing something else? Oh my God! This thought raced through my head in a swirling circle. I felt myself attempting to scream for help but my entire body would not cooperate. I was unable to move. I thought of jumping out of bed but I felt disoriented and there was a heavy weight pinning my legs, chest, arms to the mattress. My eyes were open and I caught a fleeting glimpse of a dark shadow hovering over me. Were those gnashing teeth and piercing eyes I just saw?
Paralyzed in fear, this incident only lasted for a few minutes until the thought dropped into my head, "Pray NOW!" OKAY! "Our Father who art in heaven...." I prayed in my mind until my mouth could cooperate and function again. The heaviness on top of me dissipated like ashes scattering to the wind. "Thank you Heavenly Father..." I heard myself say.
All the while the clock was ticking but my reality had halted time. It was 2 a.m. There was no way I was going back to sleep. Nope. Nada. Ain't gonna happen. I thought, "was this fantasy?" It wasn't and I knew it. I decided to meditate and pray while staying up until it was time for me to get up and get my child ready for school.
To this day, when I shut my eyes, I can remember each snapshot of it. I have read about benevolent beings and nefarious energies for as long as I can remember. Holy messengers have always been acceptable who brought feelings of love, bliss and light. Malevolent beings brought difficulty, fear, darkness, obliteration.
Was that what it was? Evil? I did forget to meditate and pray that night prior to going to sleep.
In looking back, experiencing things like this was pretty common when I was a child. It rarely happened as an adult. But, one thing I know for sure, when one experiences something so..."other worldly" like that, it is very real and can be a very frightening thing. Many people, in the millions actually, experience sleep paralysis at least once in their lives. Sleep paralysis happens when we are either waking up or falling asleep and can last for seconds up to minutes. It involves not being able to move or speak and includes not being able to open or shut your eyes. During a sleep paralysis episode many people report "hallucinations" and scary events such as a feeling that someone is holding them down and that they are not able to take a breath.
Just like me, most people come out of the event with a sudden and quick jerk, perhaps grabbing at their throat as they gasp for air. If you happen to have your eyes open, you may not be able to see the physical world or you may not be able to recognize it. Many have reported seeing spirits and feeling as if they were falling or flying without any control, something that is commonly experienced in the spirit realm.
Is there a spiritual take on sleep paralysis? Many people feel there is. I sure do. When experiencing this type of paralysis many people report that they seem to be partially in their bodies and partially out and when they come out of the paralysis, they seem to "fall" back into their physical body as if they were astral-projecting and landing back into their body too quickly.
So, does sleep paralysis have a connection to astral-projecting? Are we partially out of our body and partially still connected and something goes very wrong resulting in sleep paralysis? Many spiritualists say this. Astral projecting takes place by those who do not have control over it when they are falling asleep, have hit REM sleep or who are coming out of a deep REM sleep. But, what if there is a problem somewhere between REM sleep and astral projection that results in sleep paralysis? Some sleep professionals that are geared toward the spiritual purview will agree with this theory. From experience, sleep paralysis may be the beginning stage of astral projection and without advanced knowledge, wisdom and experience in controlled astral projection, there can be quite the issue.
So, what can we do about this potentially frightening experience? Well, to begin with it is well known that the closer to your spiritual self you become, the better experiences like sleep paralysis can be understood. Those who actually learn about projecting, while sleeping, and practice it have said that they experience much less sleep paralysis when they are used to practicing astral projection. Alternatively, those that say they have a daily life long meditation routine have reported much less episodes as well.
There have been sleep studies that suggest that sleep paralysis takes place, with those people that seem to be overly tired than when trying to go to sleep more so than when they go to bed at a routine time.
Taking that into account, there are some things both physically and spiritually that one can do to find a bit of control over sleep paralysis. However, if you are searching for metaphysical takes on this, there are some that have been suggested and are believed.
One such belief is that the reason you are having episodes of this is because you are psychic. Clairvoyance tends to focus on visions, however, psychic mediums have been known to travel into the spirit realm, controlled, throughout their lives many times. In fact, those that follow a Shamanic path are often in the spirit realm and say that, to them, sleep paralysis seems like the soul is trying to connect and enter the spirit realm but the body is fighting back.
Another belief is that you are psychic and probably a medium, natural born. Sleep paralysis happens when a soul or element is attempting to speak with you or overwhelm you. Vitality creatures in different realms and domains are, in some cases, progressively more mindful of your psychic medium-dispatch capacities than you are.
If you are a medium, you sparkle a specific light and transmit a particular vibration that draws them in to you. In the event that you are unconscious, this is going on or still can't seem to recognize or grasp these blessings, at that point you will completely encounter the downturn, tension and stress that analysts will attempt to fault as the purpose behind the sleep paralysis.
Be that as it may, the downturn, tension and stress are simply one more arrangement of the side-effects...and not the reason. So, if this is true, then it would be of great assistance for you to learn al you can about being a psychic medium and get as close to your spiritual side as possible. Then, naturally, as you progress your practice, you will find that sleep paralysis may actually become a full-blown spiritual world trip for you.
In love and truth,
By Lori Lines
Many clients mention the yearning for connection with like-minded people because, in this age of social media, political divisiveness, and information overload, we are disconnected more than ever. But that doesn't have to be the case, if one is open and willing to put down the smartphones, close down their laptops, and take responsibility for making a few changes.
Several years ago I moved back to my hometown after being gone for several years. Though there were still a few people I knew from my old school days, I had grown in a different direction and I didn't have much in common with most of them anymore.
After settling in, I decided it was time to find my soul tribe of like-minded individuals. I attended a few meet-up groups before I settled in on one. From that point on, I met a few wonderful, like-minded folks that have become a core soul-group...these people have been there through thick and thin and I feel so blessed to have them in my life.
Attracting our soul group is an important part of the journey to accessing inner peace and a more productive and joy-filled life. Finding that group of individuals who truly "get" us can completely enrich our lives.
What I've learned is by understanding who you are and sharing similar values and beliefs helps ensure that you will be able to speak for hours and enjoy your connections.
While finding them can be challenging, here are some tips to help you attract your soul group and enjoy a more satisfying life:
By the way, if you are interested in going deeper into understanding your relationships, you might want to schedule an intuitive guidance appointment with me so we can delve into specifics.
In love and truth,
By Lori Lines
This question comes up with clients all the time, especially after a session when the experience was so helpful or when the Higher-self explains that the person is not ready to address everything on their agenda but a few items.
When approaching QHHT for the first time, one may be hesitant about what they may expect from the session. Some arrive curious and reticent about possible issues which can derive from this modality. Also, some need time to adjust to the energy of a QHHT session through the interview as well as to experience something that's, more than likely, foreign to them.
People who approach QHHT often have problems which can concern both health and personal life, or they would simply like to know more about their past or where they fit into the cosmic scheme of the Universe.
Whatever reason one brings to the interest in this technique, a QHHT session can bring more benefits than one can imagine. However, questions can arise as well as doubts. The Higher-self (or Subconscious) is unpredictable and we never know how many new scenarios will be brought to light; always for further transcendence and healing, for the highest good of the client.
What is very interesting, is that all information from the Higher-self doesn't necessarily come at once but gradually through each session. I suspect this is because the Higher-self, since it knows the truth as well as everything about us, knows how much information to bring forth based on the readiness of an individual's ability to receive the profundity of the information. Many times a client will experience the HS telling them they are not yet ready for certain information and letting go of an old wound or problem needs to occur first.
Past personalities, unexplained fears and phobias, unconscious blessings and more...all these aspects are deeply investigated during the course of a QHHT session, yet sometimes need time to emerge as the client evolves in their own time.
Many often want to try a QHHT session just for curiosity, hoping to solve anxiety, phobias or lack of self-worth with only one session. However, some change their minds, especially once these issues are resolved, and ask for follow-up sessions as their journey in their lives continue and new questions and concerns emerge as they move forward in their lives.
Sometimes, the HS will recommend a follow-up session for a later time, especially when there's a big issue of focus in the first session that needs to be addressed and other issues fade into the background for a later date.
As a QHHT Practitioner, I always intend the HS to lead. Therefore, the HS makes the decision whether another follow-up session is appropriate for the client. The choice is always in the client's hands.
In love and truth,
By Lori Lines
Most people talk about stepping outside their comfort zone like it is stepping into the Twilight Zone, a furtive place no one wants to explore not on their own.
The issue with this kind of thinking is that it keeps us safe, and that's not always a good thing. Feeling comfortable is fine, feeling comfortable is needed, but feeling complacency is a big no-no. Although being comfortable brings us a sense of calmness and familiarity, it can also prevent us from being curious. Curiosity is something we naturally have, and it means wondering about what was, what is, and what will be.
You might not realize it, but you miss so much of life by not raising your hand, your voice, or chasing your dreams. It shouldn't be this way. Here are seven positive benefits of stepping out of your comfort zone.
If you feel stuck in life, have fear of stepping out of your comfort zone, a QHHT session can help us identify the underpinnings of the fear associated with moving forward. Once the root cause of the fear is identified, many clients have found they are able to clear away the debris causing obstacles so they can move forward in their lives.
In love and truth,
Author Lori Lines
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