20 Feb 2013
Tags: art, creativity, doodles, emotions, encouragement, healing, health, meditation, mind/body, pain, psychology, quotes, sketches
Muddy water, let stand, becomes clear. ~ Lao Tzu
Sometimes we just need to take a break to clear our minds or let fresh thoughts and ideas flow in. Here are just a few examples:
- If we are struggling with finding a solution to a problem, it may help to let it rest for a while. Go for a walk or do something else, and return to the problem refreshed rather than continuing to spin our wheels.
- If we are overcome by chronic physical or emotional pain, perhaps a meditative or other relaxing activity will temporarily lessen the intensity.
- If thoughts are racing through our minds, anxiety is elevated, or tempers are flying in a heated interaction, calming down can clear or minimize the turmoil.
What are some muddy waters you have faced and what have you done to let it become clear?
08 Feb 2013
Tags: art, creativity, doodles, emotions, encouragement, healing, health, mind/body, pain, psychology, quotes, sketches
Nana korobi ya oki (七転び八起き) is a Japanese proverb that means, “seven times down, eight times up.”
nana (七) = 7
korobi (転び) = fall down
ya (八) = 8
oki (起き) = get up
It is a saying about perseverance and not giving up no matter how many times you are knocked down. I’ve seen this proverb associated with the Japanese Daruma doll, which is a hollow, round Japanese traditional doll modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism. These dolls are weighted at the bottom in a way that will always return to an upright position when tilted over.
Never Give Up. May you always get up after a fall.
Photo courtesy: Wikipedia
20 Nov 2012
Tags: art, emotions, haiku, healing, health, meditation, mind/body, nature, pain, photography, photos, poems, poetry, psychology
a sudden rewind
engulfs me in a whirlwind
Do you experience flashbacks of traumatic, sad or other painful events?
A description of flashbacks is:
a psychological phenomenon in which an individual has a sudden, usually powerful, re-experiencing of a past experience or elements of a past experience. These experiences can be happy, sad, exciting, or any other emotion one can consider. The term is used particularly when the memory is recalled involuntarily, and/or when it is so intense that the person ‘relives’ the experience, unable to fully recognize it as memory and not something that is happening in ‘real time.’ Flashbacks are the ‘personal experiences that pop into your awareness, without any conscious, premeditated attempt to search and retrieve this memory.’ (Source: Wikipedia)
I have grouped painful flashbacks as part of the “addressing emotional pain” category because I’ve learned through my pain psychology sessions that they are handled similarly to emotional pain. In previous postings, I included some of the tools that can help with painful emotions, including having an awareness of the body and how it is feeling, physically and emotionally.
Certain situations (events, places, smells, comments, time of year, etc.) can trigger flashbacks. They can be very uncomfortable and lead to feelings like fear, sadness, anxiety, panic attacks, etc. There are a few situations that trigger flashbacks for me. They can go as far as feeling anxiety, and a couple even resulted in panic attacks.
A flashback can feel very real, and your body may think it is a real event. When a flashback occurs, what are some things we can do to get through it? The key thing to remember is that the traumatic event in the flashback is not happening now even though the emotions, fears, and physical responses may be the same. Over time, the reactions to the flashbacks will diminish. Some with take more work than others. The goal is to get to the point where they are “just memories” and that’s it. Here are some things to consider:
- Breathe and practice relaxation techniques
- Allow your body to feel what is happening and have a curious acceptance about those feelings.
- Use some of the tools I’ve talked about to address emotional pain like mindfulness meditation, body awareness, guided imagery, etc. Click here to see more examples.
- Have empathy for yourself and coach yourself through it calmly and objectively. For example, some of the things I’m learning to say to myself are:
- “I wonder what this means.” (This is an important one for me because it involves seeking guidance from our inner advisor, which I’ve also posted about before.)
- “What was the trigger?”
- “I am remembering things very vividly, but it is not happening to me now.”
- “This is uncomfortable, I hate it, but I got through this before and I will get through it again.”
- “It will not kill me.”
- “I have the skills and tools to help me, and I know how to use them.”
Although coping with some of my flashbacks still need more work, there are a few that now carry no emotion, no hurt, and no anxiety if the memories occur…they have gradually become “just memories!”
If you have experienced painful flashbacks, what methods have helped you get through it?
31 Oct 2012
Tags: acupuncture, alternative medicine, art, chronic pain, craniosacral, creativity, doodles, emotions, haiku, healing, massage therapy, mind/body, psychology, sketches
The guidance in this posting was prepared and provided to me by my Craniosacral Therapist (CST, LMT). She has given me permission to include it in this blog either in verbatim or paraphrased. (FYI – I first posted about my initial experience with CST here.)
My CST has been treating me for many physical issues over the last couple of years including chronic pain in several areas of my body, and recovery from multiple surgeries. Weekly craniosacral and massage therapy sessions from her, regular pain psychology sessions from a licensed psychologist, and periodic acupuncture treatments from a licensed acupuncturist, have provided me with the majority of improvements and answers concerning my recent health issues.
Since the body and the mind are connected, professionals and exercises in both areas are essential for my healing. My CST said it is important to note that she is not a psychologist, and that her work includes how the mind and psyche (such as anxiety, emotions, thoughts, feelings) enter and affect the body physically. Her expertise and treatments have been very helpful for me. The information here is based on her personal experiences and materials she has come across over the years in bodywork trainings, meditation trainings, and teachings she has heard. I thank her for allowing me to include her experiences here. (This image below is a doodle I did to introduce her information.)
When you feel a strong emotion arise:
1) Focus on your breath. Connect with the physical sensations of breathing in your body. Do you feel your chest rise and fall, do you feel the breath rush past places in your sinuses or down the back of your throat? Any place you can feel the breath enter and leave, focus there. Your breath is your anchor to the present moment. It’s impossible to breath in the past or future where your mind and/or body often want to go in their remembering or anticipating. To invite yourself fully into the present moment, focus on your breath. Note how your breath feels and what you notice. After noting awareness, invite your breath to gradually become slower, deeper, more relaxed and more regular. I often repeat those four parts to myself when I feel increased anxiety…slower, deeper, more relaxed and more regular. Give yourself several minutes of this practice to slow down. Dr. Andrew Weil teaches this practice as a way to turn off fight or flight response in the body. You may be able to find more information on his website or look for his Breathing: Master Key to Self Healing series.
04 Oct 2012
Tags: art, emotions, haiku, healing, health, meditation, mind/body, nature, photography, photos, poems, poetry, psychology
lava guided to safe path
Feeling angry? Have you ever been so angry that you felt like punching something (like this little squirrel appears to be feeling)?
Feeling angry is not bad. Remember, experiencing a variety of emotions depending on our circumstances, is a fact of life. They are going to happen and they need to happen, and are a natural occurrence. Anger is an intense emotion and can carry a great deal of force and energy with it. If we bottle this energy inside us, it will come out later in one way or another, such as lashing out at others or as health problems, for example. A number of tools exist that can help us analyze and express negative emotions, including anger, in a safe and healthy way. Trying to stop the energy from anger may feel like trying to stop a hurricane, but, no, punching someone is NOT ok.
It’s important to recognize that anger is generally a secondary emotion, which I discussed in a previous posting. Anger is usually a response to a primary emotion or situation, and when we analyze our anger, we may discover that there are different emotions and feelings at the core, such as shame, fear, worry, guilt, embarrassment, etc. (If we assume the little squirrel above is angry, what could be it’s primary emotion? Fear, perhaps?)
Previously, I listed a number of tools that I keep in my toolbox to help analyze and address emotions. There are numerous other ways that also exist, and each of us needs to find the tools, or combination of tools that work for us. I’ve listed these before, but here is a handful of tools that may help:
- Managing symptoms by expression:
- Talk out your emotions with a good friend or relative who is willing to listen
- Write about your feelings in a journal or through poetry
- Cry. It is “part of a healthy emotional healing process”
- Express your feelings through art, photography or crafts (like I did with the squirrel photo above)
- Do some kind of exercise like walking, jogging, aerobics, etc., that can use the emotional energy associated with the anger and move it out of your body
- Practice deep breathing exercises; meditate
- Addressing Emotional Pain #2 – Tools
- Addressing Emotional Pain #4 – Secondary Emotions
Finding safe and healthy ways to release painful and negative emotions from our bodies creates space for more positive emotions to move in, and more peace within our life.
What are some of the ways you have found to help manage anger?
- Anger – Recovery Thru My Lens
16 Sep 2012
Tags: art, emotions, haiku, healing, health, meditation, mind/body, nature, photography, photos, poems, poetry, psychology, quotes
The Master observes the world
but trusts his inner vision.
He allows things to come and go.
His heart is open as the sky.
~ Lao Tzu
a resonating voice
soundless yet influential
listen and trust it
Have you ever looked inside yourself to find answers to your questions, whether it’s help with a problem, a project, making decisions, finding out what’s behind some of our health issues and what we need to heal, determining the reason for certain recurring memories, or even why some situations seem to trigger strong emotions, etc.? Our questions can involve a variety of issues, and sometimes the answers you receive can be very surprising, as depicted in my photo above.
Those who understand or practice mind/body exercises like meditation or guided imagery probably understand how important it is to consult and trust our inner voices, ie., tapping into our subconscious for help (also referred to as our “inner advisor” or “inner physician” – I like to use the term “inner advisor,” which I introduced in my posting here about a year ago ). This also helps build and strengthen our intuition. More
24 Jun 2012
Tags: art, creativity, emotions, healing, health, mind/body, mindfulness, pain, psychology, quotes
To see things in the seed, that is genius. ~ Lao Tzu
In a previous post I listed some tools to help address emotional pain. One of those tools I learned is creating artwork that represents what you are feeling, such as a drawing, painting, sketching, doodling, photography, etc. It doesn’t have to be fancy and you don’t have to be an artist. The important point to remember is that the energy associated with painful emotions needs an outlet, instead of becoming trapped in the body. Just try to get it out of you. Stopping, distracting, dismissing or suppressing these emotions can surface later in other, potentially harmful ways.
When you create your “emotion” artwork, ask yourself a couple of questions. “What does this picture mean?” “What is it trying to tell me?” It may depict a primary feeling at first, such as sadness, anger, fear, etc. But try to dig deeper and notice other feelings that arise. Don’t be content with the first emotion you are creating because this could help reveal core issues that need to be addressed.
Look at the following doodle for example. Have you ever felt down or discouraged, like you were in a deep hole and didn’t know how to climb out? If this were one of your doodles, what are your initial feelings? Is it hopeless, overwhelmed…? If you dig deeper, what are other feelings that arise? List them…is it sad…lonely…frustrated…angry…isolated…irritated, etc…? The face may not depict all the emotions, but dig deeper. Notice what else you are feeling. More
29 Mar 2012
Tags: art, emotions, haiku, healing, health, mind/body, nature, photography, photos, poems, poetry, psychology
As they pertain to emotions, my interpretation of “aloneness” and “loneliness” are:
- Aloneness – a geographical separation, apartness or isolation from other people (your health condition can contribute or cause you to be separate and alone); a mental separation from others (such as being focused in an activity by yourself).
- Loneliness – a separation from others due to a lack of connection with people, or lacking emotional support, compassion and encouragement.
This first photo demonstrates “aloneness” to me. Even though one can feel alone and lonely at the same time, I get a feeling of peace, calmness, content and warmth from looking at this photo. The butterfly is alone and immersed in collecting nectar, but does not appear to be lonely at all.
I used the second photo below to demonstrate emotional loneliness. Even though people may be physically very close, the emotional distance between them can be as far apart as the planet Pluto is from the Sun. They are not looking at each other, they are not connecting, they are not listening to each other, and they may not be supporting each other emotionally. I also feel a lack of compassion. The snow and ice also adds to the coldness of this photo.
an admirable closeness
I’m using one of my artwork “tools” again to help address emotions. See my posting on Addressing Emotional Pain #2 – Tools.
Other postings in my “Emotion:” series:
14 Mar 2012
Tags: alternative medicine, chronic pain, emotions, healing, health, mind/body, pain, psychology
Baby steps…toddler steps…sometimes this is the pace we have to take to achieve our end goals and desires. Overcoming any kind of struggle can be very daunting, frustrating and discouraging, and setting large goals can seem overwhelming. They require patience that sometimes we don’t think we have anymore. It’s easy to get over-ambitious and all too often, we are looking for an overnight success, which is understandable. In the meantime, we overlook and neglect the small accomplishments that lead to larger victories. Busy schedules can bog us down; pain can seem to overtake our entire waking moments that we wonder if there is ever an end; then we miss the chance to celebrate those wins. Progress is good at any level because it means we are headed in the right direction. I realize this is easier said than done. Believe me, I’ve been there many times.
When you have a success, do you say a quick “yay”, move on as if nothing special happened, and then rarely or never give it another thought? The next time you have a success, remember this: Recognize…Reward…and Celebrate! You are working hard to reach your goal, so don’t brush it aside. The body and mind need the reinforcement and encouragement. When you celebrate, you are helping to breed an attitude of “I’m successful” to your mind, which will then breed more success. One success leads to another to another and hopefully you will accelerate the process of reaching your goals, i.e., the snowball effect. Mental health affects physical health. More
23 Feb 2012
Tags: alternative medicine, emotions, healing, health, meditation, mind/body, mindfulness, pain, psychology
Knowing others is wisdom; Knowing the self is enlightenment; Mastering the self is true power. ~ Lao Tzu
Recognizing our primary and secondary emotions helps us understand what our core emotions and issues are. I talked a little about core issues in my previous post on body awareness. Simply, secondary emotions occur in response to a primary emotion. Eventually we may unknowingly bury our primary emotions until they are unrecognizable. The problem with this is that we may think our secondary emotions are what we are really feeling, and address those, rather than addressing the true and primary emotions.
Anger is a good example of a secondary emotion. Anger is usually a response to a primary emotion or situation. When we get behind our anger, we may discover that there is a different emotion at the core, such as shame, fear, worry, guilt, embarrassment, regret, sadness, loneliness, etc. Anger, although an intense emotion, is more acceptable and easier to admit to than showing vulnerability. If a primary emotion is shame, people usually don’t want to admit to shame, so they may respond with anger instead. Some will want to push back for safety, and get away from the true emotion with a few sharp words of anger.
Irritability can be a similar response to anger. It is usually a secondary emotion (other than hormonal). What about anxiety? It could be a secondary emotion to fear.
If we don’t address our primary emotions, they likely won’t go away. We may not express them for a variety of reasons, such as habit, upbringing, social situations, etc. Therefore, secondary emotions may end up hindering us because we are not addressing the real issue, nor are we expressing them appropriately. Also, we probably won’t be able to understand what our primary emotions are without understanding how to use self-awareness tools, some of which I have talked about in this blog. Tools such as body awareness, mindfulness meditation, emotion focus therapy, guided imagery, downward arrow exercise, and so on, really help us listen to our bodies and feelings. You may have a different tool that you have found to be effective for you. Something to keep in mind is to keep asking yourself, “what am I feeling…what else am I feeling…what else…what else?”
It’s like deconstructing a recipe. When you taste something, there is an interplay of ingredients that make up the overall taste. But savor the flavors and notice the individual tastes and sensations. What’s making up the taste? For example, you may find that you taste cinnamon, pepper, lemon, etc. So..…what’s really making up your emotions? Try to deconstruct it and see what you find.
Don’t always be comfortable with your first emotion. Try to find out what it is really about. Recognizing deeper emotions can be very helpful part of a healing process!
12 Feb 2012
Tags: art, emotions, haiku, health, mind/body, nature, pain, photography, photos, poems, poetry, psychology
Thriving on a carousel
Finch: ”What!? The other birds didn’t leave me any birdseed. Bummer! That’s discouraging.”
(Chronic ailments holding you back, leaving you feeling isolated? Healing taking a long time? Struggles visit unexpectedly or overstaying their welcome? Many situations can leave a person feeling discouraged.) I’m using one of my artwork “tools” again to help address emotions. See my posting on Addressing Emotional Pain #2 – Tools.
Other postings in my “Emotion:” series:
30 Jan 2012
in Alternative Medicine
Tags: alternative medicine, art, emotions, haiga, haiku, health, mind/body, mindfulness, pain, photography, poetry, psychology
Today, I expand on my earlier postings on body awareness as a tool for addressing emotional pain. I’ve learned many important and enlightening things during my treatment sessions, which I share here…and yes, they are helping.
- “Emotion Focus Therapy” – Becoming more aware of the complexity and nature of feelings.
- “Mindfulness” – Noticing what you are feeling and where you are feeling certain emotions in the body.
- Emotion Focus Therapy and Mindfulness go hand in hand. You have to be mindful of the body to identify what emotions are present.
- Identifying emotions combined with body awareness helps get to the core of issues and feelings. Understanding emotions helps to realize what needs changing so they don’t persist and perpetuate a problem in the body.
- Body awareness helps address and process emotions, and gives the associated energy an outlet.
- Gradual exposure to an emotion, such as with body awareness, will lessen the intensity and lead to a greater understanding of what is happening.
- Emotions can motivate people to take action and address them.
- Every emotion has a corresponding physical manifestation. This means that there is some sensation in the body occurring at the same time as the emotion (“I’m so sad my heart hurts.” “I’m so angry my stomach is churning” etc.). There can also be a chemical change in the body. Hence:
- The mind and body are connected. They are in harmony to protect you and are not fighting against each other. “Dualism is dead!”
- Remember, “It’s natural to have emotional ups and downs,” per Dr. Andrew Weil on Spontaneous Happiness. More
19 Jan 2012
Tags: alternative medicine, art, creativity, emotions, guided imagery, healing, health, meditation, mind/body, psychology
Emotion is the chief source of all becoming-conscious. There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion. ~ Carl Jung
The key message from my last posting was that emotions, painful ones, need to be represented and processed – they need an outlet. Emotions in general are natural, and they are going to happen. If you try to stop, distract, dismiss,or suppress them, they just find another way to show up. Pain tells us something needs attention.
Since I don’t require medication, and cannot take them anyway, I prefer to use tools to address emotions. Here, I will share some of what I have learned. Many are a repeat or a variation of the tools I listed for addressing physical pain, but I will list them anyway. There are several, but in my opinion, you can never have too many good tools in your toolbox. Some tools are used more than others, some work better than others given the situation, sometimes you need a combination of tools, and others are used infrequently, but it sure is nice to have them when you need them. Everyone needs to find what works best for them with proper guidance from a healthcare provider.
Remember: Distracting an emotion is like taking an aspirin – it just masks the symptoms and doesn’t get at the root. Eventually, the aspirin wears off and the pain returns.
- Talk to some you can confide in 100% – Talking and expressing your feelings is a key tool, and the most important for me. To be effective, the person you talk to needs to give you their full attention and genuinely want to listen. More
03 Jan 2012
in Alternative Medicine
Tags: acupuncture, alternative medicine, chronic pain, creativity, healing, health, massage therapy, meditation, mind/body, pain, psychology
The best way out is always through. ~ Robert Frost
If you are going through hell, keep going. ~ Winston Churchill
If you are a chronic pain sufferer, you probably have days that are more of a struggle than others. Some even seem impossible to get through, but fortunately, those days are getting fewer and fewer for me.
There are many ways to address physical pain, chronic or not, but with helpful guidance from my healers, here are techniques and exercises I have learned. The exercises are much easier said than done, but practice helps.
- Meditation - This includes “mindfulness meditation.” Meditation helps with relaxing which can help decrease pain.
- Have someone to confide in 100% - Talking it out or leaning on a compassionate shoulder can be very helpful. To be effective, that person needs to give you their full attention and genuinely want to listen.
“We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection”. ~ Dalai Lama
- Body awareness – As explained to me, “sometimes the way out of pain is to go right through it.”
- Be in the “moment” - Give yourself a break and be in the present. For that time, don’t think about what might happen in the future, or think “what if this never goes away”. Don’t think about how difficult the road to the present has been.
- Gather Moments – Rewind through the activities of a a particularly bad day to find the good things that happened. Write it down and soon you will have a “bouquet of moments” to recall for other challenging days.
- Celebrate the small successes – It’s important to recognize and reward progress.
30 Nov 2011
in Alternative Medicine
Tags: acupuncture, alternative medicine, craniosacral, health, meditation, migraines, mind/body
Those of us who have experienced migraines know they are not “just headaches.” It’s a debilitating, excruciating experience. A migraine leaves me with nausea, sharp and intense one-sided throbbing head pain and sometimes dizziness. I have to lie down in a dark, quiet room for several hours, and sometimes days, until it has run its course. It’s impossible to function. Since I prefer to be a functioning person rather than confined to bed, I needed to identify my migraine triggers and manage those. I’ve boiled those triggers down to the following:
- Certain foods
- Fragrance/chemical sensitivities More
20 Nov 2011
in Alternative Medicine
Tags: acupuncture, alternative medicine, craniosacral, health, massage therapy, mind/body, shiatsu
In this post, I thought I would include some of my experiences and results with alternative treatments specifically with the digestive issues that baffled many of my doctors. I have a better understanding now of what may have been happening. The problem: Intense stomach pain, nausea, difficulty keeping food down for nearly eight months and significant weight loss.
My acupuncturist said my digestive system had become imbalanced and that we needed to improve my body’s ability to absorb nutrients. Her recommendation was acupuncture to help the body correct digestive imbalances and manage pain. She also recommended adding easily digestible foods to my meals, three times a day, for about six months, and gave me a recipe for “congee.” Congee is an Asian rice porridge, which can include other ingredients to improve flavor and increase nutrients. Because congee is easy on the stomach, eating it daily can help the body learn how to digest food properly again. Better digestion improves nutrient absorption, which improves the body’s healing ability. In just over a month with weekly acupuncture sessions, I had a noticeable decrease in stomach pain.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) and Massage Therapy
My posting on CST described the cranial rhythm as the flow of spinal fluid through the spine and is separate from the pulse or rhythm of the heartbeat. An abnormality (change in the rhythm) can cause problems in the body. My therapist described the normal human cranial rhythm as being similar to the smooth swimming motion of a dolphin, and cycles about six to twelve times a minute. More
16 Oct 2011
Tags: art, creativity, haiku, healing, health, macro, mind/body, mindfulness, nature, photography, photos, poems, poetry, postaweek2011
Erupts through delicate veins
This is an attempt to take a photo that represents an emotion that I may be experiencing. I would have a better and quicker variety of art to create if I could draw or paint, but since I don’t have those talents, I look for photo opportunities. The intention is to release the energy caused by that particular emotion and become calmer. Otherwise, the effects of the emotion will continue to build in the body with each occurrence.
As far as the bees, I watched them for a bit, taking several photos. I like this one the best. They continually fought with each other on the flower. It seemed like the bee that was on the flower first was not in the mood to share it with another.
11 Oct 2011
in Alternative Medicine, Conventional Medicine
Tags: acupuncture, alternative medicine, controversial medicine, conventional medicine, drugs, healing, medications, mind/body, mindfulness
Now that I had a few mind/body exercises in my toolbox, it was time to expand my options even more. I would now be entering into another realm of treatment opportunities, which has also turned out to be quite fortunate, and necessary, for my healing.
My pain psychologist suggested that I move on from trying to find answers from Western medicine for my undiagnosed conditions and start taking more control over my healthcare. That was great advice. My many doctors couldn’t provide answers, and taking drugs with no diagnosis was not the solution for me. He suggested acupuncture, reassured me that it was not painful, and gave me the name of a local acupuncturist who he knew personally. I read her biography and found her background impressive. (She has given me permission to include her website in my blog.)
I definitely knew of acupuncture, but I didn’t understand how needles could help and I was skeptical. I admit that. After a bit of pondering, I made an appointment. I had nothing to lose and it was definitely worth a try. Besides, if acupuncture has successfully endured for thousands of years, there is definite merit to it. My phone call was the right decision – why? More
30 Sep 2011
Tags: alternative medicine, art, creativity, haiga, haiku, healing, macro, meditation, mind/body, mindfulness, nature, photography, photos, poems, poetry, postaweek2011, psychology
Whispers of guidance
Subtle taps at awareness
The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground ~ Buddha
My previous posting on mindfulness meditation touched on the benefits of becoming more aware of the physical feelings in your body, both large and small. Also, when you pay attention to and study your body, you begin to notice the physical sensations that occur in your body during a particular experience or emotion.
If you ask people what they feel in their body when they experience a certain emotion, a response you might get is, “I don’t know, I’ve never thought about it.” People generally are not aware of these details. More
23 Sep 2011
in Alternative Medicine
Tags: alternative medicine, guided imagery, healing, health, meditation, mind/body, mindfulness, postaweek2011
Don’t listen to friends when the Friend inside you says “Do this” ~ Gandhi
In my last post I talked about my first experiences with guided imagery and visual imagery and about asking my “inner advisor” questions. I had, and still have, many questions. So, with a new tool in hand, I went home to practice, practice, practice. I followed the guidance I received, but I wasn’t getting answers. My inner advisor wasn’t talking to me.
But wait! The strange part to me was putting a question “out there.” And even more confusing to me was how I would receive the answers. I didn’t know what would happen or what I would feel. How would I know it’s the answer? How would I know I wasn’t just making it up? More