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The True Purpose of the Body

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As an individual open to the idea that you may indeed be Spirit, you may have found yourself asking, “If I am Spirit, then what is the point of this body?”

Well, let’s begin with our daily perception of the body. It is something to be fed, exercised and lovingly nurtured. Fair enough, no harm in that. You can also use it to express your individuality by dressing it up or by stamping it with a tattoo or piercings or by dying your hair. Fun, also no harm in that. It’s cool to embrace your personal style.

It’s not about physical adornments or preferences… the key to using the body correctly is to keep your actions in alignment with Love and not use the body for attack.

In our society the body is glorified, abused and downright feared. Such a perceptual mess. For those who think that they are purely a body, life can be quite upsetting.

“When you equate yourself with a body you will always experience depression.”
A Course in Miracles – T.8.VII.1:6

Why is this depressing?

Because, we are in reality, formless spirit. To be limited to the confines of a body is in fact foreign and strange to our minds.

Now, the ego uses the body as a symbol of separation, not for peaceful unification.

“If you use the body for attack, it is harmful to you.”
A Course in Miracles – T.8.VII.3:1

Attack is where sickness derives from. You have either attacked others or yourself in your own mind and have used your body for unloving purposes. Trust that if you have projected your anger out onto another or onto your own body and then do not take the steps to forgive in the following days, you will experience the effects of that negative decision through your body. This is the negative cycle the world finds itself in. Projection, effect of sickness or accident, projection, effect of sickness or accident, and so forth. True forgiveness is the only thing that stops this vicious cycle.

It is so easy to fall into the trap of using the body for attack purposes. We can attack others through our words, hand gestures or physical violence and we can attack our own bodies through words, hand gestures in the mirror, physical violence, unhealthy eating and drinking habits, unhealthy sexual behaviour and so on.

Yet it is up to us to be responsible with our thoughts and what we do with them. Through your decision of which purpose to use your body for, love or attack, you will in turn feel and experience the consequences.

The ego not only uses the body for attack, but it has also tricked us into thinking that the body is a powerful and creative system that we will never fully understand. It tries to mesmerize us with its complexity.

The body has no creative power. The body is simply a communication device. It is, in fact, totally neutral.

The body can EXPRESS creativity though. All creativity being an attribute of the mind. A dancer thinks of the dance they are about to perform with their body. An artist thinks of the next brush stroke they will use their hand to make. A chef will think of the next meal before he creates it and tastes it.

So, what is the benefit in thinking that the body serves the mind?

Well it places all of your power back to the level where it belongs, the level of the mind. By doing so, you have actually taken your power back.

The ego would love for you to think that the body has creative power because then you will think that you can fall victim to bodily circumstances unintentionally. This is not true. Every sickness was a decision of the mind and every accident was a decision of the mind. Sickness and accidents are results of your projection of hate and move up from your unconscious mind to your conscious mind where they appear to be sudden and without cause. They do what the ego mind has employed them to do, scare the living shit out of you and make you seem like a helpless victim.
This may seem harsh to some but I will do you no favours by demeaning the power of your mind.

“If the mind can heal the body, but the body cannot heal the mind, then the mind must be stronger than the body.”
A Course in Miracles – T.6.V.2:6

Remember that the ego has kept you in its grip by lying to you and convincing you that you are powerless and susceptible to external circumstance.

So, you have an alternative. Instead you can choose to learn how to use your mind appropriately so that your mind becomes your ally. You will then be using your body for the purposes of re-establishing the power of the mind.

As the famous teacher of A Course in Miracles, Kenneth Wapnick, stated, “The body is only an idea in your mind. So the body never really needs to be healed. Disorders in the body indicate that your mind needs to be healed.”

It can actually be very uplifting to recognize that you are not indeed your body but that the body is an effect of the mind. You may feel relieved that you have more control of the body than you originally thought. You may also be relieved to know that you are more than a physical body which is limited by time, space and physics.

Moving forward you can choose to use your body for the purposes of love and for learning the curriculum of joy. This will require vigilance on your part, but remember, you are not alone. Ask Spirit to teach you the right perception of the body! The answer will involve Spirit using your body to teach you that you are formless Mind, and this learning purpose is the only true value of the body.

“Remember that the Holy Spirit interprets the body only as a means of communication.”
A Course in Miracles – T.8.VII.2:1

When you place your mind in the service of Spirit, for the purposes of communicating love, your experience with your body will change for the better. The body will feel lighter. You may also find yourself guided to do certain exercises, eat certain foods or take more moments of rest and relaxation. Also, when you place your mind in the service of love and happiness, your body will communicate those feelings to others, how beautiful! People will respond accordingly to your loving presence.

Remember that we are allowed to enjoy the things in this world, the body included. We are allowed to eat delicious food, drink wine, make love and dance. It is our purpose then to only perform actions through the intention of love. Through being in alignment with love we will never abuse these acts, but enjoy them and be grateful for them. The body will be our expression of love.

Here is my favourite affirmation to place your mind (and therefore your body) in the service of Spirit! I have shared it before in an earlier blog, but repetition is a wonderful thing, so here goes!

“I am here only to be truly helpful. I am here to represent Him Who sent me. I do not have to worry about what to say or what to do, because He who sent me will direct me. I am content to be wherever he wishes knowing that he goes there with me. I will be healed as I let Him teach me to heal.”

Love and a Light Body,
Fiona

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An Introduction to the Lesser Known Super Berry…

Noni Goodness

“Drink Noni Juice… It has many healing properties.”
Love Has Forgotten No One by Gary Renard

As we progress down our paths of healing, we are blessed with many foods that can help support us in our overall well-being. The Noni berry in particular is an AMAZINGLY beneficial fruit which is not very well known. The purpose of this week’s blog is to put a spotlight on this beauty of a berry!

There are a plethora of benefits from drinking Noni juice, benefits which affect us both internally and externally.

The Noni berry thrives in areas where there is volcanism. It soaks up all the mineral loving from the nutrient-dense soil in areas where volcanoes are prevalent. Paradise havens like Tahiti and Hawaii are known for their abundance of Noni berries.

And so, let’s get to the goodness of Noni!

Noni has proven to be effective in providing protectiveness against oxidation. Those who smoke or who have smoked in the past take note of this and help yourself out by consuming Noni juice!

In regard to cancer, Noni prevents DNA from binding to any carcinogen, WOW! And the goodness in Noni also lessens the density of tumors and slows their growth. The consumption of Noni is an excellent (and EASY) step in preventing cancer.

Noni is helpful for maintaining overall cardiovascular health where it relaxes the muscle lining of the artery walls, improving arterial blood flow. And it also reduces bad cholesterol while enabling healthy cholesterol.

Noni also encourages the liver to behave at its best! If you have a fatty liver or liver cancer running through your family, incorporate Noni into your diet.

Noni is particularly helpful for the brain, where it has been proven to have anti-psychotic effects and also combat cerebral stress! A useful note for those of you who stress out easily or over-analyze. Essentially, if you get brain fatigue, have a shot of Noni juice!

Noni also gives your immune system a HUGE boost! So, if you’re ever feeling run down or cold season is coming along, you now know you have a berry by your side.

Noni’s healthful benefits are numerous and there is no downside to consuming the Queen of Superfoods! The taste may not be that great, I liken it to a sour blackberry, but considering that you are only meant to consume around a tablespoon of it every day, you can walk off the not so pleasant flavour in favour of your physical health.

>“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Love Has Forgotten No One by Gary Renard

So, among the benefits shared above, here is a list of other ailments in which
Noni can help with:

– Arthritis
– Diabetes
– Memory Impairment
– Wounds
– Skin ailments; acne, wrinkles, hives, rashes, burns

Like all things in our dualistic world, there are things to be cautious of in regard to drinking Noni juice. Before consuming Noni, do a swatch test on your skin to ensure you are not allergic to Noni. Also, Noni juice has a high potassium content, so if this is something your doctor has asked you to be cognizant of, then do not drink Noni. And lastly, if you have kidney issues, steer clear of Noni as it is too strong for those with a kidney ailment.

Other than those cautionary measures, I strongly encourage the daily consumption of Noni juice. You can find it at the Superstore in the Organics section where a litre is sold for $40, a cheap investment for incredible health benefits!!

Noni is also very useful for skin health and there is a line of skin-care products created by Miranda Kerr (Victoria’s Secret Model and ex-wife of Orlando Bloom), called Kora Organics which has Noni included in all of its products. Check it out here at, www.koraorganics.com

For a cheaper alternative, I rub Noni juice on my freshly washed face both in the morning and evenings. I also rub it onto areas which have had too much sun exposure for my liking.

I trust you will take a chance on this truly helpful super berry and feel the benefits for yourself!

Nutrient-dense love,

Fiona

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“You must have been dreaming…”

“And even in illusions it but asks forgiveness be the substitute for fear. Such is the only rule for happy dreams.”
A Course in Miracles – T.30.IV.8:7-8

Dreams are a very important and handy tool for self-awareness. Their content, although it may seem non-sensical at times, (in fact most of the time), their content does have meaning.

Edgar Cayce, the sleeping prophet, said that dreams accomplish two things: they offer guidance on how to solve the problems of the dreamer’s conscious, waking life. And they offer inspiration and new potentials to the individual. Essentially, like our waking life, all negative things dreamed about are to be forgiven and positive things are to be celebrated and used accordingly to enhance the future.

“Your sleeping and your waking dreams have different forms, and that is all. Their content is the same.”
A Course in Miracles – T.18.II.5:13-14

Now, as we are always seeing the effects of our thoughts, then our dreams are going to hold the same information that we are absorbing throughout the day and they will show us our dominant thoughts. So, if you find that you are experiencing in your dream a thought experience that nags you during the waking day that is because you put so much focus on that thought that it is naturally going to show up in your dreams. These nagging thoughts need to be forgiven and released and the fact that you are dreaming about the nagging thought is a tell-tale sign that you are overly preoccupied with it. Let it go in peace.

Despite nagging thought dreams, there are also the dreams that you are repeating over and over on a larger scale. Perhaps you dream of being chased up and down a staircase all the time. Or that you are on a plane that gets hijacked by terrorists. Or even that you are driving your car backwards while sitting in the backseat. These are just examples, but when you wake up and realize that you have had the same dream, this is your red flag to take note of it and get some insight as to why you are dreaming it.

In the case of being chased up and down a staircase, that dreamer is avoiding a situation and cannot make a decision. In regard to the plane being hijacked, perhaps that dreamer feels that their spiritual path is being muddled up by the opinions of others. And for the dreamer who is driving backwards, they are quite simply going the wrong way and need to take control of their life. These examples hold so much symbolism that can easily be interpreted in order to be helpful to the dreamer.

I, for example, at one point had a job I was not crazy about. In my dreams I was frequently slipping on ice as I walked to and from the office. Other times I was even stuck downtown as the train to get me home could not move because the rails were filled with ice. These dreams told me that I did not have a firm grasp on what I really wanted to do in this world and that I was doing the wrong thing as was noted by me not even being able to stand up as I get slipping on the ice. These repetitive and highly symbolic dreams were powerful and a nuisance but they were my greatest motivation for positive change! I had to take control and follow my heart on what I really wanted to do in this world. I am grateful that my sleeping dreams did not give me a break, they pushed me to choose better for myself!

Now that I am on the path I want to be on, I dream of flying on luxurious airplanes complete with smiling flight attendants and pilots and safe landings in beautiful foreign lands. All this symbolism speaks to my spiritual path and that I am doing the right thing in this world. It is very comforting.

The Levels of Dreaming

As there are levels of the mind, there are therefore levels of dreaming.
Beginning with the deepest level of dreaming, this would be when we are in Delta brain wave. Here we are in an anesthetized sleep pattern or in a very deep sleep. On this level we are in our unconscious mind. Here lies a vast expanse of information both egoic and Spiritual. When we have asked Spirit to help us heal our minds and remember our dreams, it is this unconscious information that we are inviting up to the surface of our minds. Consequently, we can end up having some crazy and vivid dreams!

Unconsciousness

The level up from the unconscious is the subconscious mind. In this state of dreaming we are either in Theta brain wave, where we are asleep or we are up a little further into Alpha brain wave, where we are daydreaming, fantasizing or meditating. There is a lot of inspiration hanging around in the subconscious mind! This the level of dreaming where we will get insights into our problems, and where we can also have some purely amazing and creative ideas! This is the level of visionaries and monks. They like to hang out in the subconscious mind because it is the home of inspired thought.

Then there is the top level, the conscious mind. This is the level of dreaming that, A Course in Miracles, would say is our waking dream. Still a level of dreaming in itself, our “waking” life is where we act out and experience our unconscious and subconscious thoughts.

Using Dreams for Healing

Dreams are essential to the mind healing process!

As previously mentioned, when we actively choose to heal our minds, we are opening the door to having some crazy and vivid dreams! But all of this is in the name of healing if we choose to use the information correctly.

In the Author, Gary Renard’s literary work, it is said that when we dream something fearful, it is a blessing as it is easier to experience and subsequently forgive that which occurs in a sleeping dream as opposed to experiencing that fearful thing in our waking dream, the physical life.

Thoughts of anger are obviously best acted out in a sleeping dream. For example, if I am upset during the day, I frequently dream that I am trying to scream. Although I am very upset in my sleeping dream, when I have awakened I recognize that I released some negative energy in the dream and now I can forgive without having to vocalize the negativity that I was feeling. Healing is all very personal, and I am happy that I have the choice to work through upsetting moments in the sanctity of my own mind. Sleeping dreams are the safe gateway to that personal healing.

To expedite the process of healing the mind I affirm before I go to sleep each night to have Spirit heal my mind. I say, “Holy Spirit, will you please heal my mind while I sleep tonight.” And then I rest in the peace that I know I have placed my sleeping mind in the best and safest hands possible. I trust the information that pops up in my dreams and I deal with it accordingly and I am always grateful that the information was brought to light.

Remembering Your Dreams

If you have problems remembering your dreams, then you can take some very easy steps to help with this. All you need do is declare to yourself before falling asleep that you would like to remember your dreams. We have to consciously choose that which we want, so declare this every evening and you will begin to open your mind up to the world of dreams.

In the morning, journal what you remember. Even if all that you remember is a colour and a feeling, that’s perfect. Start exercising your memory for easy recall. You can also purchase a dream interpretation book. My favourite one being “The Dream Book” by Betty Bethard! And if for some reason “The Dream Book” doesn’t have the symbol I’m looking for I use www.dreammoods.com to help fill in the blanks.

Remember this always though, the dreamer is the best interpreter of the dream. There are times where the interpretation doesn’t match up to what I was feeling in the dream. Which is okay. Trust yourself. My first question to those who share their dreams with me is, “How did you feel in the dream?” The feeling of the dream is your greatest guide as to the meaning of the dream.

I trust that this is helpful information for you on your quest for heightened self-awareness! Remember what Eckhart Tolle said, “Awareness is the greatest agent for change.”

Love and Forgiving of Dreams,
Fiona

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Do You Have a Case of “Keeping up with the Jones'”?

The thief of Joy

“The ego literally lives by comparisons.”
A Course in Miracles T4.II.7:1

Having been through the school system, we all know what it’s like to either be part of the popular crowd or want to be part of the popular crowd or even the desire to completely dissociate from the popular crowd. Either way, we’ve all been there. And as we get older, the idea that we have to be a certain way, live a certain way, and think a certain way are societal ideals which become deeply engrained in our minds. Even rebellion is done a certain way to the point that it is hardly shocking, in fact, it is predictable and contrived in whatever form it takes.

But how does all this conformity and the aching desire for non-conformity arise?

It is all done through comparison.

Comparison is a judgment. It is a survival technique of the ego. The ego can’t even help it.

The ego stemmed from a mistake in our thinking that we are separate from our Source (God, Oneness, Creator, Allah, etc…). In an effort to preserve itself, the ego has to induce an abundant-type feeling. Feelings like, “I’m better”, “I’m more fit”, “I’m smarter”, “I’m a better driver”, yadda, yadda, yadda. It can only achieve that fake abundant feeling through your comparison of yourself to others.

To add more complexity to the mess, the ego also survives by having you look outside of yourself to hurt yourself. When you look outside of yourself you can’t help but see supposed inequality and this is when the ego can turn really nasty. You begin to think of how you’re not the same or you’re too much the same and now you have to fix things. These are the thoughts like, “I need to lose weight”, “I want what Kate Middleton wore before someone else gets it”, “I seriously need to find something new to do with my hair as it looks the same as hers” and such.

With the ego, you can’t win. You’re either too this or too that. And every time, to the ego, you’re not enough.

Essentially, comparison is a tale as old as time.

An article recently published in, Psychology Today, titled, “The Decline of Play and Rise in Children’s Mental Disorders”, spoke to the influx of anxiety and depression in children and that through studies it was found that children and teenagers were the least happy at school and more content while at home. Why? Because children and teenagers were too busy comparing themselves to their peers and with trying to fit in then they were with their studies. They are focused on extrinsic goals. They are focused on that which is outside of them.

Comparison is the ego’s way of keeping you looking outside of yourself. For as long as you are preoccupied with your external world, you are not looking at your beauty and truth within.

By comparing yourself to others, you are also missing the truth of who others are. You are seeing them as separate from you, not one with you. And as was mentioned in the beginning of this blog, the idea of separateness is what started this whole ego mess from the beginning. The idea that we are all separate, from our Source and each other.

I’m all for individuality, self-confidence and embracing those inherent qualities which make us all unique. I’m also all for being inspired by others. So, where we find ourselves comparing, we could instead appreciate the individual talents and beauty of others while ensuring that we see the truth within; that we are not different at our core! We are all One, all equal, all perfect, all the same. No need for comparison, and a giant need for unconditional love.

Love and Appreciation of You,
Fiona

Link for Psychology Today reference:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/201001/the-decline-play-and-rise-in-childrens-mental-disorders

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