Sunday, March 09, 2014

The Big Lie

Let me begin by saying that I believe each of us affects our own reality, our own life,  not just by our actions, but also by our beliefs and thoughts. For example, knowing what you want (as in setting a goal) automatically helps screen out what you don't want, and shifts your actions in the direction of what you do want.

But there is a Big Lie going on in so-called NewAge circles, and it's this:

All you need to do is think positively, believe positively, and all wealth, great relationships and good health will come to you automatically. If all these things don't come to you, then you are doing something wrong.

There are a couple of problems with this:

First, most of us have a deep belief structure that gets in the way of conscious positivity, at least in some areas of our lives. This structure can be changed. I have written about that a lot in earlier blog posts. Please search this blog for items with the tag "belief" to read those posts. If some specific area of your life isn't working, call me at 888-4-HOLLIS, and I can help you shift a belief that may be getting in your way to something more helpful.

Second, we are co-creating the world and its events with everyone else on the planet. Mass events happen because they serve the ends of so many people. Those of us who join them, do so for our own reasons. Those of us who don't join in, didn't have a need to. For example, I have 2 separate friends who were scheduled to be on large passenger jets that crashed (one on 9/11), but took an earlier flight, and therefore lived to tell the story. They must have needed to live, rather than to die.

We all part of a larger story, rather than separate from it. Believing positively does not affect climate change. But if billions of us each act differently, that might affect it.

Here's how this works on a personal level. A friend told me this story:

"Normally, I'm an 'up and at 'em' kind of person -- I get up in the morning filled with energy, and I want to get dressed and get to work right away. That means really hustling to get on BART -- getting out of the house at 6:50AM, watching the traffic to catch every possible traffic light, walking at a very brisk pace through the parking garage and down to the platform  to catch the 7:06 train.

"But one morning last week, I was feeling kind of tired, like I was fighting off a bug. I didn't really want to go to work, but I wasn't sick enough to stay home. I got out of the house on time, but wasn't figuring every car length in the traffic, nor walking at breakneck pace through the garage and the station. So instead of the 7:06 train, I caught the 7:12, which would still get me to work with 10 minutes to spare for an 8AM meeting. But I kept thinking, "I don't want to go to work."

"Here's the funny part: the 7:12 train had mechanical problems, so we sat in a tunnel for at least 15 minutes, then had to disembark, which took seemingly forever, because some people apparently thought they were exceptions to "everyone off the train", and wait for the next (now jam packed) train. I finally arrived at work 15 minutes late.

"When I explained about the BART breakdown, it looked to everyone else like I was late through no fault of my own. But what I know is this: if I'd been my normal self, I'd have been on the 7:06 -- and would have missed the breakdown entirely."

Did my friend's intention not to go to work create the breakdown? No. But it caused her to join in to a mass event, a breakdown that was happening anyway

We who are here on this planet right now, have all joined a general breakdown. Changing my beliefs about the current corrupt state of our political system will not change that system, at least not alone.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Ripples, or, You Never Know What Effect You'll Have

You just never know how your efforts will ripple out from you. Here's my current favorite example:

You may have seen this video of Jason Brown at US National Figure Skating Championships in January:

There is a backstory to this that you don't know.

My sister, Page Polk Lipe, has loved figure skating since the age of 2, when she insisted that those stupid double bladed skates were simply not good enough for her, not even on the frozen pond on which we were skating. That love kept her skating throughout grade school, high school, college at an Ivy League university, time traveling with an ice show, and eventually into coaching.

Page has been a figure skating coach for 36 years. In that time, she's had well over a thousand students, ranging from tiny tots in the local parks and recreation skating program to national and international competitors. One of her first national competitors was a boy named Rohene Ward. His mom was a single mom of two, doing the best she could with no support from his dad, and there was no way she could pay for figure skating for her very talented son. Page took him under her wing: she treated him like her third child, often picking him up and dropping him off so he could get to the rink. Many nights, Rohene stayed with Page and her family. She even found sponsors for him, to pay for his ice time, etc.

After a reasonably successful amateur career, Rohene joined an ice show that tours Europe. He's a headliner in the show now. In the off season, he's a coach and choreographer.

This is from the Minneapolis StarTribune:

"Rohene Ward didn’t get to watch from a front-row seat as the performance he choreographed was unveiled last month. While his pupil [Jason] Brown was bringing down the house at the U.S. figure skating championships in Boston, Ward was in Germany, on tour with an ice show.

"Brown had never heard of “Riverdance’’ when Ward, his co-coach and choreographer, suggested a free-skate program based on the Irish step dance. By the time he got to Boston, he had mastered Ward’s symphony of intricate footwork, dazzling spins and athletic jumps. Brown’s performance earned a riotous standing ovation and a stunning second-place finish at the national championships, vaulting him past more seasoned competitors and onto the Olympic team.

"Ward didn’t have an opportunity to see Brown’s skate until it popped up on YouTube, but he had envisioned it a million times. “In my heart, I was there,’’ said Ward, 30, who competed in four national championships and trained at Parade Ice Garden under coach Page Lipe. “It’s still surreal to me. Did I want to skate in the Olympics myself? Of course. But to help someone else reach their dreams, I feel blessed.’’

"During his own competitive career, Ward did much of his own choreography. In 2008, he teamed up with Brown’s coach, Kori Ade, first in suburban Chicago and later in Colorado. Brown was only 12 when Ward started working with him, pushing him to be an athlete while shaping him into an artist.

"This season, Ward was inspired by the spirit of the Winter Games to design a program that would challenge Brown to discover just how good he could be. Their collaboration has now been viewed more than 3.3 million times on YouTube. [It's up to 3.6 million views as I write this. -H]

"A heavy schedule of ice-show performances will prevent Ward from being in Sochi, too, but his fellow cast members already are planning a party to celebrate the Olympic debut of his fancy footwork. “Page taught me to love the sport and to be an athlete,’’ he said. “The only way I can give back is to give that to someone else. With Jason, I shared my love of being an athlete and an artist. And he’s soaked it up like a sponge.’’

Page inspired Rohene with her love of the sport of figure skating. Eventually, that ended up rippling out into the program you just watched. You never know how what you do will ripple out, therefore always share your knowledge, your wisdom and your highest instincts with those around you.

Fight back!


Sunday, January 05, 2014

Don't like the weather? Help change it!

Most of the US and Canada is in the deep freeze, after being pummeled by blizzards. While we in California are lucky to have relatively warm weather, we are suffering from a drought which could quickly become crippling after a dry year last year.

What to do?

Change the weather!

In Urban Shaman, Serge Kahili King talks about how weather, and specifically hurricane systems, are responsive to human emotion.

The cause of the drought -- and the deep-freeze -- is a center of high pressure stationed over the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California. This forces the wet weather, which would normally bring much-needed rain and snow to CA, to go north, where it gets very cold. Then the jet streams force it south, which is normal, but now it's laden with moisture, which dumps feet of snow in places that would normally get inches.

So what can you do? It's really simple:
  1. Get into a meditative state.
  2. Make contact with the high pressure system in whatever way you can -- perhaps by visualizing it, or perhaps by making a heart connection to it.
  3. Ask if it is appropriate to dissipate this high pressure system. Is it in the highest good of the world to dissipate it? The highest good of the people living in the drought or deep-freeze areas?
    • If you get that it is NOT in the highest good of all concerned, STOP. Be grateful for the information, and send love to the Earth.
    • If you get that it IS in the highest good of all concerned, visualize the dissipation of the high pressure area, rain falling on the West coast, and the Mid-west and the East coast warming up. When it feels complete, stop, and send love to the Earth. 
Please write comments to let us all know what your experience is! And watch the weather reports. :)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Question x 2

How do you know what affects you? I mean what affects you deeply and permanently? Yes, most of us can remember a decision we made or something someone said once, and say, that deeply affected me. But I also know that most people don't consciously remember why they're afraid of heights, or allergic to cats (when no one else in their family is), or why they react almost violently to a certain tone of voice. I know because it comes up in client sessions all the time. Using hypnosis, we find whatever that is, and then shift it using NLP.

But what if that thing is cultural? A popular song perhaps? And if it's in no way traumatic, just something that you heard a million times.

Here's what I mean:

I remember the first time I heard the Moody Blues, the iconic rock band. I was 14, sitting on my friend, Mary's bed, on a log cabin quilt her mother had made, when she said, "You HAVE to hear this!' and played the first side of the album, "A Question of Balance". The album was titled for the song, "Question". I loved the album, and especially that song, so I bought it and played it about a million times. Yes, I knew the song's lyrics by heart. But I never thought about them much, or at least not very deeply. And as I got busier with my life, I stopped playing albums, and the technology changed, and I never bought the album on CD, or on iTunes. So I stopped hearing the song.

It turns out that my husband is a huge Moody Blues fan. So when he found out they were playing in San Rafael, he bought tickets. We went last week. They closed the show with "Question". Here are the lyrics that hit me like a ton of bricks the other night, because they are so deeply embedded in me:

It's not the way that you say it
When you do those things to me.
It's more the way that you mean it
When you tell me what will be.

And when you stop and think about it
You won't believe it's true.
That all the love you've been giving
Has all been meant for you.

How many times in the past few decades have I told people what will be?  Not that I tell them that, exactly. Instead, I tell them the probabilities of what is likely to happen and what they can do to affect the outcome in a positive way. And I mean it in a way that will help them, that will heal them -- and I know that my intention DOES help them create what they choose. (And I have client testimonials on LinkedIn to prove it.)

And yes, it is true: since we're all One, that love, the love that comes through when I'm working with a client, is meant for me.

SO: Did the Moody Blues shape my work, without any of us knowing it?  

And how do you know that hasn't happened to you?

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Breathe the Free Air of Earth

I go for a several mile long beach hike every year on my birthday, which happens in early summer. It's a time for meditation, reflection on the past year, and looking forward to the next year. This year's hike was a time for healing in a way I'd never imagined (but more about that in a future email). Before the healing, though, I was meditating as I walked, just noticing what was around me: the sun, the sound of the surf, the light on the waves, the birds feeding, and feeling the regular rhythm of my body walking. My mind was clear; I wasn't consciously thinking at all.

"Breathe the free air of Earth" popped into my mind. I know I didn't make it up because I really wasn't thinking. I was puzzled as to its meaning, but then the healing started, and so my attention was directed elsewhere.

A few days later, I was riding BART (Bat Area Rapid Transit). The train was at a place above ground where you could see the San Francisco Bay, the maze of freeways and the Port of Oakland, all of which are quite impressive in a 'modern, industrial life meets nature' sort of way. I was enjoying that when "Breathe the free air of Earth" popped into my mind again. I know I didn't make it up, because my conscious mind was thinking about transportation systems.

Since it happened twice, I knew I was supposed to pay attention to it, but I still didn't know what it meant. Given the recent revelations about the NSA's spying on all of us so completely, etc., I thought perhaps something had changed so that we were free. I asked my guides for clarification. No such luck; we are not yet free.

Things are changing, slowly, behind the scenes. See this for more info (I don't trust much of what is written these days, but David Wilcock's writings are generally well-researched. The most recent post is the least well-researched of his stuff, but he does pose some very interesting 'questions'.) My guides tell me that we are all asked to say this affirmation as a way to support the global changes:


Please use it often:
  • meditate on it
  • use it as an affirmation
  • use it as a greeting
  • sign your emails with it
  • post it on Twitter
  • ask your friends to use it
  • be creative (I'd love to see a song with this as the refrain!)

Thank you for anything you do.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Edward Snowden & Intuition in the Long Run

Sometimes you have to wait a very long time, years, even decades, for the full import of an intuitive message to come through. That means you have to remember them, so you can refer to them over time. Edward Snowden's flight to Moscow reminded me of this.

I grew up during the Cold War. This was a time when political prisoners were jailed in the USSR, and often sought political asylum in the US.

I was curious about the Soviet Union, asked questions, and expressed an interest in visiting. My parents told me I should never go there, because the hotel rooms were bugged. They knew a couple who'd visited, who'd told them stories of their guides making comments about things they'd only said to each other in the "privacy" of their hotel room. I had a bad habit of telling the truth, and couldn't keep my mouth shut. (I still tell the truth, but I've learned when to keep my mouth shut! :) )

My dad subscribed to all sorts of magazines that came to our house, but went to his doctor's office waiting room fairly quickly. One of these was Travel and Leisure. When I was 11, the cover photo on one issue was a beautiful shot of St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow. I was captivated! I stared and stared at that photo. Then it came to me -- I just knew -- that the US and the USSR would become more and more alike, and that we'd be trading with each other. I decided right then that I had to learn Russian, and insisted on being sent to a high school where I could learn the language. My dad really heard me and made that possible.

3 years later, I was in my first year of Russian classes at a school near Albany, NY. That year, the Russian wheat harvests had failed, and our governments had arranged a grain deal, in which some of our wheat would be shipped to the Soviet Union. And our teacher took our class (all 4 of us) on a field trip to the Russian freighter that had docked at the Port of Albany. I didn't understand much of what the sailors were saying, but I still remember the sight of the grain pouring into the hold.

This was at a time when social programs in the US were still expanding, which were described by some as "communist". Wow -- we're getting to be more alike!

I had to drop out of Russian classes after 1 year at Princeton, because it was just too hard to do that on top of my engineering courses. But by the time I moved to New York in the late 1970's, we were actively trading grain with what was still the Soviet Union. In fact, a good friend was a grain trader.

Then the second Russian revolution happened -- the Berlin Wall fell, the Soviet Union was dismantled, and the promise of democracy beckoned. Wow -- we're getting to be more alike!

We all know that democracy didn't really take hold in the Russia. And we know that the security state has grown in the US. Wow, we're becoming more alike. :(

And today, irony of ironies, Edward Snowden has had to seek political asylum by transiting through Russia. Has the US become the USSR?

I keep thinking about that knowledge that my 11 year old self had, and how she had no way to know how right that information would turn out to be, no way to predict exactly how it would play out.

Sometimes you have to wait years -- or decades -- to watch your intuitive information play out. And the only way to do that is to remember it. Sometimes, like what my 11 year old self got, it just sears itself into your mind. But journals help, too. And no matter how scary it is, it helps to tell other people what you get, because they'll help you remember.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

The REAL Value of Meditation (You'll Be Surprised)

How many of your thoughts are pre-programmed? How many of them come automatically? For example, if it's going to be a hot day, do you automatically think about watering the plants? Or going to the beach? Or what time you're going to have to turn on the A/C? When you get up in the morning, do you automatically think of your shower, or that first cup of coffee? Often those are thoughts we've come up with ourselves, out of our personal experience. We know how good that shower or coffee are going to feel, and so our minds go automatically to them.

Many of our thoughts are automatically programmed - some by us, but some by our families or by society. For example, if you see a Rolls Royce, you might have automatic thoughts about that. Most of us have never owned a Rolls Royce, or even ridden in one, so we don't have a personal experience of it. That means that we've been taught what to think about the Rolls by society.

Our bodies are programmed by nature to operate within a small range of various parameters. This is called homeostasis. For example, our bodies don't work outside of a small temperature range. Yes, we've been able to extend that with clothing and shelter, but even then, we only operate from perhaps -50F to 110F. which is quite small considering that fires often go to 1500F, and the temperature of most of the universe is about -118F. Our bodies only work in a small pH range, as well.

People are intimately connected with their bodies, often identifying with them, thinking that they are their bodies, and only their bodies. Consequently, society, which is just people, is set up to foster homeostasis. That is, society is generally set up to keep things the same, or at most, change in tiny increments.

This applies to thoughts, too. People can only transmit thoughts they already have. Again, society is just a lot of other people. So in a way, society programs us to have the same thoughts other people are already having -- society programs us to stay the same.

This rigid framework does keep us safe in many ways -- it keeps us physically safe (we know to run away from fire), and we're accepted by the group, which also helps to keep us safe (from the odd marauding wolf, which will attack an individual, but not a group). But it prevents us from shifting in ways that might be beneficial, as well. A simple example is that 70 - 90 years ago, cigarette smoking was promoted as being healthful. Despite decades of medical studies, lots of women applauded cigarettes' effectiveness in weight loss, so they ignored the studies, continuing to believe in the health benefits.

It's as if our thoughts make an impenetrable cage around our energy fields, preventing new information or energy from getting in.  Meditation, however, is the cessation of conscious thought. even briefly. As a friend said once, "I can't seem to stop thinking completely, but I can make the spaces between my thoughts longer." That cessation of thought makes spaces in the thought cage around your energy field.

Those spaces are where new information, in the form of wisdom, creativity or energetic upgrades can occur.

In general, higher energy is more powerful than lower energy. It travels farther and affects more people. This is exemplified by the fact that X-rays (the frequencies of which range in the 10 to the 16th to 19th powers) can penetrate things that look solid in the visible light spectrum (whose frequencies are in the 10 to the 13th power).

So beings, like gurus or spirit guides, who transmit higher energy will always spread higher light than is currently available. This higher light carries higher wisdom, creativity and new ideas.

Unfortunately, the higher light, higher wisdom, new ideas and creativity are a mixed blessing, at least at first. This is because the higher light is confronted by homeostasis, both personal and societal, which is unbelievably uncomfortable. The two are going to fight for space in your energy field, if you will, or in the common thought forms of society. In the end, though, the higher light always wins. It changes you for the better, as it changes society for the better.

(This material was given to me in mediation, of course!)