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Mind, body, and Spirit


“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”

This message discusses the trinity which connects us to the spirit realm.  The human body (body), the conscious part of the body (mind), and the part of us that stays in the spirit realm (spirit) are the three aspects of this existence that work jointly to provide us the experiences we have on earth.

All animate and inanimate objects are made up of matter and is surrounded by an energy field created by this matter. All objects are constantly in motion, constantly evolving; and through this evolution all changes and experiences remain part of the matter’s memory. Each physical Being is designed with specific properties suited to its role on Earth, whether it has feathers, fur or a specific chemical make-up.

It is now known that human emotions and mental trauma and stress are causes of disease and illness in the body.  Even thought about a trauma or fear can be as damaging as physically experiencing that fear.  All thoughts create an energy- love, peace, joy and the like are positive thoughts produce a more lite, fluid, and revitalizing energy whereas fear, hate, anger, and the like create negativity which produces darker and heavier energy.  Positive energy moves through matter with ease while negative energy clumps and creates dis-ease.

These energies form an aura; the energy field around you. Dark areas in the auric field is this negative energy and manifests itself as pain or unease in the body.  We rarely apy aattention to these energies and the signs of distress that they cause until it is too late.  However miracles do take place as cured diseases, healed bones, or dissolved tumors; this is usually due to prayer, meditation, or the like.

Walking on water at sunset

“The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down.”

This goes to show that love and positive thoughts can undo the damage caused by negative ones.


Thoughts are centered in the mind and are causal in manifesting realities of the body.  The mind is a computer; it does not judge; once you decide to have a feeling or thought it sends out the signals to the body that correspond with that thought.

If you think “I am sick and tired of this!” Your body will reciprocate to the signals of the thoughts and feelings and start to feel sick and tired. When you consciously monitor your thoughts, words, actions and empower them with your e-motions (energy in motion) your creative power is unparalleled.


“When you do what you fear most, then you can do anything.”

The spirit is that part of us which never leaves the spirit realm. We maintain the connection to this higher self vis a vis intuition, but this is largely ignored. Although there is ample help available to solve and help us through our problems, there must be a specific request for the help for one of the characteristics of this world is that of free will and an imposition on our free will is not the norm no matter how much we dream or want it.


The Art of Being You


Your lucky enough to be different, never change

I used to take art lessons as a child and stopped in my early teenage years.  The result of my 2 to 3 years of lessons was a public exhibition of what I created at the most advanced stage of my learning.  I am now in awe of my oil paintings which are hung beautifully in my Cleveland home. I pride myself on calling myself an artist: I used to paint, I write, and I sing (in the bathroom).

Is it just me or does the title artist have a cool ring to it? We generally refer to someone as an ‘artist’ when they know how to create of something, when someone has a skill to do something that requires a bit of imagination. I think everyone is an artist in their own right. At an early age we learn to mask our emotions, hide behind our feelings, and plug our sentiments for propriety.  In tandem we learn to fake our smiles, make sham emotions, and invent reactions to please others.

There always seem to be those moments where showing our real emotion is inappropriate, but have we faked ourselves into feeling something we do not? If there is a need to hide our emotions for propriety, do we know when we needn’t hide our emotion? Culturally people have mastered the art of being themselves by becoming situation chameleons.


Labels are for filing. Labels are for clothing. Labels are not for people.

The beauty of art is that we can manipulate the canvas, notes, or words to elicit the emotion that we want.  Essentially when an artist constructs, composes, or otherwise forms a creation they have the liberty to build and rebuild based on their mood and the mood they hope to elicit. How is this different from what we do on a daily basis?

Our faces have become a canvas on which we paint smiles, tears, creases of concern, and frowns based on propriety, pleasing others, or for leverage.  It seems as though we have for so long become attuned to masking our emotions and hiding our true feelings that  now we are grasp at moments that will allow us to feel a trickle of genuine emotion.

I have learned not to cry even when my heart strings are pulled. I have learned to smile even if I am sad.  There is a Jamaican quote that is applicable, ‘we laugh to hide our tears.’ This sounds like a sentimental exaggeration, but unfortunately it is true.


Most people just want to see you fall, that’s more reason to stand tall.

For so long we have disguised our feelings into something  more appropriate and pleasing that I wonder if we can recognize and cope with our raw emotion.  Our ability to express our emotions seems constrained at best and our need to feel passionate about anything is inadequate at best.  When I was young I started to write poetry and  was able to I retain my interest until my college years, and this helped me stay attuned to my emotions, but as we combat adulthood the stings of emotional attunement become looser.  Work, family, and sense of propriety all combine to form a semipermeable barrier between our emotions and exhibition of them.

There are indeed times when are unable to portray what we are really feeling, but we have allowed these times to reign over and decide how and when to show emotion.  As an exercise I invite you spend 5 minutes everyday feeling your emotion.  Cry out your tears, laugh out your smiles, and scream out your frustration.


Go ahead and be ordinary. Eccentricity is extraordinary.

When we can truly feel ourselves our person hood no longer has to be an art.  Our emotions represent our natural bodies.  Over the years we have been taught to shy away from our emotions and instead rationalize, analyze, or mask our feelings away.  This exercise serves as a catharsis and let’s us feel a raw emotion that we have forgotten how to feel over the years.

I impel you to stop camouflaging what makes you unique and start coloring your emotions again with vibrant hues.  If we can live and feel our true emotions for a few minutes each day, we will become more attuned to our core and start to understand and thereby grow from our insecurities, sadness, and hesitations.


The cure you Possess


Have you ever heard that the bodily organs have the ability to regenerate? Every organ in our body is made up of tissue and tissues are made up of cells. Most of us have heard of apoptosis- cell death; and the malfunction of this process promotes cancer, but on the flip side almost every cell in the human body reproduces and forms new cells and then becomes obsolete and dies off4 Apoptosis is crucial for the regulation and maintenance of systems within our body. The cells of every tissue in every organ have different life cycle duration’s, some having a lifespan of minutes others of years.  So while regeneration of entire organs might not be possible, change is not out of the question.

Each cell contains a memory and this memory is passed on from each parent cell to their daughter cells. The cell memory tells the cell how to operate and as in humans if memory changes, behavior will change. While genetic  material within a cell may not readily change, its environmental influences can change altering the output of the cell. Over a period of time if a cell continuously receives a different input its output will be altered accordingly.  So if a cells output or structure changes even slightly it can create a snowball effect. If you provide enough stimulus  (exercise, thoughts, medicines, etc.) to a cell that acts to change functioning (alters to the structure of the chemical made, modifications to the amount of time it takes for the cell to generate its output, etc.) slowly the tissue will change and on and on. The changes are endless!3

Okay, enough of the science aspect let’s get to the lesson we all can get our arms around.  If we can change ourselves on an atomic level then why do our diseases/ disabilities keep pervading? The answer is because we do not provide enough change.  Changing is hard work; it requires dedication and persistence. 5 Depression, like most diseases, may have a genetic component, but also is largely influenced by environmental factors.  These environmental stimulants change us on an atomical level and our bodies react and produce a chemical imbalance.   We treat depression through medication, changing thoughts and behaviors, or with social interaction which affects us on an atomical level and can alter the inhibition or exhibition of the chemical in question.

Every disease has mental and physical consequences. Dementia, alzheimer’s, depression, multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s disease all have physical as well as mental effects regardless of whether it is classified as one or the other; our physical being affects our mental state and vice versa.  If we want a change in one we necessarily have to bring a change in the other.  Our bodies are made to help us thrive, but even with this as the set parameter the stimulants we provide to ourselves negates this intention.  IT being said the reason it is so hard to overcome a chronic mental or physical condition is because it requires change and our bodies nor minds agree with change very quickly. Treating depression entails changing a fundamental thought pattern, treating multiple sclerosis entails changing the programming of the immune system, treating a spinal cord injury entails changing and reteaching muscle movements; so while almost all impairments are treatable the change required is for treatment is seen as impossible and thus coined untreatable.

The change every disability demands for treatment begins with our thoughts.  The power in our thoughts is immeasurable.  Whether the suffering is mental or physical it can be alterered by a change in the thought process.  Stuck in a wheelchair and believing you will never be able to walk and complaining about the quality of your life is fundamentally different and will provide a different outcome than believing your situation will improve and enjoying life as it is. 2 I am living proof of this, when I am positive and think healing and functional thoughts I am more balanced, but when I am negative and think damaging and destructive thoughts my balance grows worse.  When I am positive I am motivated to do exercise and try things to improve my balance, but when I am negative my physical strength drains and cooridinateed movements become harder.

My body and your body has everything it needs to heal, except we prevent the body from doing what it needs to with inconsistency.  Constantly thinking positive thoughts is exhausting but its effects are immense.  Recently I was reading a book called You are the Placebo which detailed different experiments in which control groups were compared to two experimental groups one who was given a placebo and the other that was given medication.  The results and other case studies found in this book are quite astounding demonstrating the power of our thoughts.

Next time you are ill and are in the blues or wake up on the wrong side of the bed, try just changing one negative thought into a positive one and see not only the automation of positivity, but the healing power you possess.


The Need to Win

Life is a game without winners or losers

Life is a game without winners or losers

Life is a maze. Life is a puzzle. Life is a game; but we generally forget we are just players not competitors. Have you ever played the game Life? It starts with an empty car and if we are lucky we add passengers to our car. Sometimes our car breaks down, sometimes we have to take a detour, and sometimes we get to move ahead 4 spaces, but all cars take the same route and eventually get to the same endpoint. Similarly, in life we experience setbacks, complications, and smooth sailing, but we are all on the same platform at different stages. However sometimes we forget that life is an experience with ups and downs, not a game with winners and losers.

I never considered myself competitive; as a child I was involved in the most competitive sports; gymnastics, soccer, baseball, tennis, basketball, roller blading, and track. Despite partaking in some very competition worthy activities and receiving a high school education from a prestigious preparatory institution which produces high achievers, I never felt the need to compete with others. Whether this disinclination was due to my youth, maturity, or disability I don’t know but while my peers learned to compete for the best [running] time, the most accurate goal, and the highest grade I began to compete with myself for these things and thus became a perfectionist.

the glories of winning

the glories of winning

The need to compete is inborn; it is that incessant voice in us that uses that word ‘than.’ In school, I had to earn a better grade than Joan; at the prom, it was ‘I am prettier than her.’ In whichever sphere, that troublesome word than puts unnecessary stress on outside circumstances. Whether we are playing a game, using social media, or performing daily activities, our mindset usually harbors on comparing ourselves thus competing with others.

When we compare ourselves with others we are putting our attention where it is not needed. The need to compare is instinctive as we are so immersed it competitiveness that we are not even able to censor our own thoughts from it. Our minds naturally start comparing when we see two girls: who is prettier, when we see two books: which is more interesting, when we see two grades: which is higher, when we see two swimmers: who has a better stroke, or when we see two puppies: which is cuter. Our minds are trained in this way, to see hierarchy and rank; this is one way our mind categorizes and organizes information, but it’s when we start subjectifying comparison and start molding it into competition does it start to affect our output and mindset.

When we start competing for the best hairdo, car, outfit or any other best we start losing the focus on ourselves and start putting the focus on outward experiences. I recently started playing the Spellathon with my



dad; trying to make a word out of seven jumbled letters. It interesting to note that when I play this game on my own I cannot seem to get it, but when I play with my dad the word seems to jump out at me. In this sense, competition can be constructive, but usually competition is a mindset that drives us to excel and be better that everyone else.

This mindset is engrained into us from early childhood when we are ranked by the best grade in class or the prettiest picture drawn. In 2nd grade when we were learning multiplication, every week we were given a timed test and the person who won was awarded. In high school, we competed for titles like Most Handsome or Most Likely to Succeed. When my senior poll came out, I was voted Friendliest and Sweetest, but even titles like this were popularity contests and ostentatiousness rather than merit.

From early childhood into adulthood we are thrust onto the field of competition. We compete for the best grade, the best dressed, the thinnest figure, the sleekest car, the best paying job and the list goes on. In school, on the sporting field, in the workplace, and in organizational settings we strive to be the best by scoring the most goals, being awarded for being the most productive, or being recognized for being the best dressed.

When we worry about being better than or the best we are expanding our attention and thoughts to others. This takes the focus and thus energy away from our own experience. When we compete we are trying to win and in most contexts this means thinking about others’ actions, reactions, and moves. When we compare, we focus on two or more characteristics, actions, or processes that we try to be better than.

Comparing is an effect of competition that affects our mindset, awareness, and consciousness. As we get older our inherent need to win decreases as our organized activities decrease, but this need prevents us from experiencing our individual journey fully. Everyone has their own path, their own purpose so why continue to compare apples to oranges? If you compete, compete with yourself. Strive to outdo yourself as it is futile to compete with someone else as they will have a different mindset, strengths, ideals, and knowledge.

The next time you find yourself comparing, striving to be better than, or outdoing another take a minute the think about why you need to be better. What will it give you, what will you gain, and how much effort are you putting into this interaction?