Dear God/ess, As I continued to contemplate the passing of our friend today, the Reverend Jo-an Glasse, I realized that Joan Adams and I had Jo-an on our radio show 9/28/10. Soon after, Joan decided to leave the show the beginning of 2011.
The topic of that show was “Death, Dying and Rebirth.” I had not taken the time to hear that show again– until today.
The replay of that show is at the top of today’s post.
The first thing that caught me by surprise was Jo-an’s larger than life laugh. Then I was taken by the expanded nature of the conversation.
I know that the subject matter of that show laid down the brick and mortar for the days and weeks ahead, as Jo-an suddenly fell ill and faced her own mortality.
Jo-an helps me face my own mortality, as I listen to her words.
Joan Adams wrote to me today after hearing the show again, and was blown away, as well. That show perfectly describes our philosophy of what it means to live, grow and flow into the opening at the close of our lives.
Another eye opening revelation came today when I realized that Jo-an’s voice was not recorded widely, if at all. Naturally, those who were married by her or had a funeral done by her may have video-ed those occasions, but they are in private hands.
So this radio show is possibly the only public interview we have of Jo-an. I was divinely guided to have her on the show. Blog Talk Radio did the rest.
These two interviews on our blog talk radio show, MoonMooYou: The Collective Wisdom, I am especially happy with because we came out of our comfort zone to do them. I knew Joan4 may not necessarily agree with the assumptions put forth by Mr. Douglass, and I had to read the book, “JFK And The Unspeakable” and act somewhat intelligent about it. I had to have the facts as outlined in the book–at the top of my brain.
And the Assassination of JFK is a topic over which I could lose all of my hard earned years of spiritual serenity in a single second. The JFK Assassination followed by all the others, is not a happy topic for the members of my generation.
The good news is that I can now think about the assassination without getting upset.
The Second interview was done 8/3/2010.
The first interview was done 7/6/2010, and I will have to create another post for you to in-joy this!
It was a great pleasure having Leonard Laskow on Moon, Moo & You: The Collective
Leonard was a busy OB/GYN physician in San Francisco for twenty-five years. One weekend he went on a spiritual retreat and during a meditation, in a darkened room, it suddenly seemed as if all the
lights turned on. Yet the light was an inner luminosity. Len said he felt a presence. Then he inwardly heard a voice that said, “Your work is to heal with love.” The voice was clear and had such a wisdom about it that he knew it was true. He felt a tingling throughout his body, and he felt all the tiny hairs stand straight up.
And he cried.
Len responded to the voice by asking, “But am I worthy?”
The voice said, “You are no less or no more worthy than anyone else. Your Job is to heal with love.”
Over time, Len wrote his book, “Healing With Love,” and left his busy OB/GYN practice.
Harpers was the first publisher of the book and at the last moment told Len he had to come up with a different title. It’s too New Age, they said.
But Len held firm and said that title had to remain. He said on the show that it came from a higher place than where their titles were coming from.
Fourteen years ago, my husband Tom had a heart attack, and I decided we needed to change our diet.
I started taking a Macrobiotic Cooking class at the time and during a break, began to wander around the store. At the cash register was a brochure about Leonard Laskow coming to Lancaster PA to teach an introductory course on his healing technique.
On the brochure it said how much work it is to fight and resist our life challenges, and surrender to love would make life easy and joyful. I wasn’t at all sure how to accomplish this, but I wanted to find out.
Thus began our fourteen year journey, so far, with Leonard Laskow.
I asked Len to speak about The Healing Image that has meant so much to me over these last fourteen years.
In order to understand the Healing Image, we must understand the larger process, of what Leonard calls Holoenergetic Healing: healing with the energy of the whole which is greater than the sum of its parts. Holoenergetic Healing is a method of healing which traces suffering back to its experiential roots. Holoenergetic Healing releases separative energies and allows them to return to their source.
The Holoenergetic Healing method has four parts:
1) Recognizing what needs to be healed, and often this process is done when a person is very ill or
is experiencing great psychological distress. People often want to change at times of the Dark Night Of The Soul.
2) Resonance- You look at the pain of the situation without resisting, covering it up, or denying, and you come into resonance with what is, becoming one with the Truth, and the Truth then sets you free. In coming into Oneness with all of our previous misinterpretations and misperceptions, we are better able to release the false beliefs that bind us.
These include but are not limited to: I am not worthy to receive love, I’m not good enough, God is punishing me, Money is the root of all evil, therefore I will not receive Money into my life etc.
The practitioner is not doing the work for a person, but the great transformation comes from within, helping the person to begin to operate from the seat of their own power. So the negativity that you have created in your life can be dis-created when these insights are integrated into your life. Whatever has veiled yourself from your essential nature, underneath all of this IS your essential nature expressing itself through your soul.
Each soul has its own individual fingerprint.
The feelings you have always wanted to experience such as love, abundance, safety, receiving, peace, harmony, prosperity, the soul wants you to experience these. The process asks for something to come in to represent these feelings. The mind is emptied and allows the healing image to be chosen by the intuitive mind. The healing image becomes a representation of these positive representations. The healing image already exists in the morphic field and is waiting for you to choose it.
3) Release that which no longer serves you.
4) Reformation- This is the stage where you integrate the new healing image into your daily life by requesting a sign through which it can communicate with you. Perhaps it is a sequence of numbers such as 33, 22, 44, or a star, moon or dolphin, or any other significant symbol. You then agree on some signal in the world through which your very own healing image may continue to awaken you.
Forgiveness is another important component of the Holoenergetic Process.
The dictionary definition of forgiveness is forgetting that which was done to you. People don’t want to forget something horrific because they might be doomed to experience it again.
The energy of true forgiveness comes from within yourself.
Forgiveness truly is an inside job!!
The purpose of forgiveness is for giving yourself the gift of love. It releases the charge of the circumstances.
It releases the identification from the story.
Through anger, judgement and blame you become a prisoner of the past. Forgiving yourself is the deepest part of forgiving. When you fail to forgive, you’ve projected the enemy you refuse to forgive outwardly, because this projection is really the part of yourself in need of forgiveness.
The forgiveness process is a 20 to 30 minute exercise where you confront the person you need to forgive inwardly, without telling your story to anyone else. In reality, says Len, you need to forgive your inner child, the adolescent and the adult, all of whom performed unloving actions to a number of people over the course of your lifetime, so far.
Forgiveness and healing comes from a place of grace.
Often, the Unconditional Love Process is done after the forgiveness process. This is an experience of knowing how it feels to be loved by Source Energy. The Healing is linked through love to Unity, linking the physical with the inner energy body and with your spiritual essence. The appearance of “between” is linked in such a way as to be beyond the appearance of separation to Unity.
And finally, the most important component of Holoenergetic Healing is creating what Len calls “The Loving Field,” where love is consciously circulated inwardly and outwardly to make healing a reality. Loving intention is critical to the healing process.
I tried to capture the essence of this show, but another very awesome part is when Len imitated the heartbeat of a mom and then her baby in utero. It all had to do with tones and music that helps a mom to name her baby in the Russian culture.
Listen for yourself. This show was a profound experience, and I trust it will be for you, when you listen.
We had fellow Squidoo Rocket Mom, Abundant Babe Master Mind member and
online business genius on “Moon, Moo & You: The Collective Wisdom” June 9, 2009!
We were going to discuss “Women In Business” but a day or two before the show, I
began to feel adrift in my business. I attributed this to the drive to make Giant Squid
by the end of June by creating 100 quality lenses. I am usually very good at juggling
the various weekly tasks I set for myself, but the sheer energy involved with creating
theses lenses, and full time work, blogging, getting ready for a Rally For Single Payer
began to cloud my sense of overall vision.
And Charly was just the person to address the void I was feeling by leading the
discussion we ultimately had:- Creating and Holding To A Business Plan.
Charly has been working with unemployed men and women in her local area, Canberra,
Australia. Her main focus has been helping these men and women develop well thought
out business plans for future business or job ventures.
Most people approach their business in this way: Ready, Fire, Aim!
Joan and I are goal setters but neither of us have a business plan. We understand
various aspects of the online business puzzle–but have not learned to juggle all aspects of it
efficiently or proficiently.
Running an online business is not so different from having a brick and mortar business.
The principles for running both are exactly the same.
You must look at your business as a Business and not a Hobby.
What are your raw materials, your strengths and your weaknesses?
If you are feeling scattered, this is a great opportunity to tame the wild beast and
become the main orchestrator of your Business Creation.
Achievement has to do with single minded focus and absolute determination based
on the plan and vision you create for your business.
Once you have this, you are unstoppable.
Think of your vision as an extension of your business.
We discussed that great universal common thread that so many of us talk about: feeling
scattered. Charly said that often, feeling scattered is a sign of getting out of your comfort zone.
This means you are in a good place but also means you have to take steps to get where you
want to go.
Do one thing everyday that moves you towards your ultimate goal. Always look and review
the big goal and break that down into bite sized chunks.
Where To Start: The business plan is a living, breathing document. Once you work it out,
don’t put it in a drawer and forget about it.
Breakdown the business plan in this way: 1) Overview 2) Resource Management
3) Marketing Plan 3) Communications 4) Customer Service 5) Financial
Describe what kind of business you want to have, with all four senses. Who are your
clients? What do they love? and hate? eat? what cars do they drive? Get to really
know your target audience!
If you’ve been in your business for awhile, take time to reflect on what drew you to
the business vision that got you started on the path you are now on.
You may need help with certain components of the business plan. In a word–Outsource.
Look at your business in 3 and 6 months, 12 months, 18 months and 1 year.
Them 2 years, 5 years, 10 years out. Be flexible and adapt where needed.
You certainly could utilize a coach during these times of planning.
How much money do you want to make? Go quarter by quarter and make adjustments as
Take this particular page out of the business plan and stick it up on your wall, computer or vision board.
Look at this daily to gauge whether or not you are on track.
Make sure all of your online pursuits are adding to your overall business plan. For instance, I belong
to an online forum, created by Pat O’Bryan, called the Milagro World Forum. The amount of information
exchanged here is invaluable. And it’s free to join.
The Squidoo Lens making experience has helped me gain credibility and trust within and also outside
the Squidoo Community. This is also a service that is free of charge.
Twitter and Facebook, and all the Nings are a way to further broaden relationships and trust all
across the world.
We addressed refocusing our efforts to the immediate localities where we live. We discussed
niches and broadening niches to include many more people.
As an example, my original niche was always healing and self-healing, but my original target audience
was nurses–and still is to a certain degree. However, I am now expanding my focus to include all
caregivers, healers in all walks of life, always with a spiritual focus.
So perhaps we will pick Charley’s brain on this topic further. I know I will!!
Pat Hicks was on our show this week, 4/21/09 and his passion is the history of trees
in America. He helps to utilize those trees which have been discarded and left at the bottom
of rivers, protected by silt and cold river water, which have left them intact for hundreds of years.
Pat now has a home based business called New Life Hard Wood Floors which specializes
in eco-friendly, environmentally sensitive, reclaimed, re-milled antique oak hard pine
New Life Hard Wood Floors is committed to the ecological friendly recycling of old
growth antique hard wood flooring. Future generations can admire, enjoy and benefit
from the distinctive and uncommon beauty of these superlative hardwoods which would
otherwise be lost forever.
We asked Pat how he came to be so drawn to the preservation of these Long Leaf Pine Trees.
First of all, Pat said, he has always loved antiques. About seven years ago, his neighbor showed
him wood that came from 100-200 year old trees that he salvaged from an old building. 60-70
years ago, wood came from 100-300 year old trees.
This is not true today.
Pat experienced a floor made out of 200-300 year old Pecan trees. He experienced 100,000
feet of oak that literally had been thrown away.
These experiences were a wake up call for Pat Hicks.
Salvaging and reusing old growth wood is emotionally satisfying, Pat said.
Pat explained to Joan and I that when the Europeans first came to this country, they clear cut
28 million acres of Long Leaf Pine that stood 100-200 feet high. They were as hard as Red Oak,
were termite proof and fire resistant. These trees were rigged to float down river to saw mills. Many sunk
to the depths of the river.
Pat is in the process of making a video about the trees and the antique flooring. In it are pictures
of these floating trees that are so abundant that you can’t see the river for the floating logs.
This image has a sickening effect on the mind. Yet as Pat pointed out, the exact same thing is happening on the Amazon today. These trees are all cleared for farm land, so people can eat.
A tree 100 feet tall and 12 feet in diameter, cut down in 1900, started growing in 14-15-1600. Our landfills are now overflowing with this wood.
We can’t find 400 year old trees anymore, or rarely.
The trees we enjoy today are only as old as the Great Depression. Teddy Roosevelt was instrumental
in establishing government work programs, where Loblolly Shortleaf Pine were planted in a mass effort to replace the destruction of the Long Leaf Pine tree.
Loblolly Shortleaf Pine grow very fast, say 30-40 years, whereas the Long Leaf Pine grows over a 300-400 year period.
Each piece of the Long Leaf Pine is unique. The forests were dense where they once grew and they had to fight for every ounce of growth due to lack of light.
Pines of today are light weight and not nearly as durable.
These fast growing Loblolly Shortleaf Pine trees were planted in the 1920′s and 1930′s. By the end of World War II these trees were maturing and used as building materials for suburban growth.
Joan’s sister, Betty DeLorme, came on the show at this point and described the grief she
experienced when a 30-40 year old Oak Tree had to be cut down in her yard. The miracle of it is that
the people who cut down the tree were sensitive to her love for the tree. So often, people are not
in tune to how much people love a tree that dies or has to be destroyed, or is cut down carelessly by
a a person who “just doesn’t get it!”
Trees that grow near us are a part of every fiber of our being!
The people who milled the tree for Betty were also sensitive about the Oak that was cut down
in her yard.
Betty wanted bowls to be made from the salvaged wood for her children. The woodworker told Betty
that the tree was telling him that it wanted to be made into a lamp and not a bowl.
And lamps were what were created from the tree.
Pockets of Long Leaf Pine still stand in parts of the South, some in South Carolina, and some in Georgia. We are in the process of locating these trees and perhaps will make a pilgrimage to them.
Attitudes about trees have changed. More and more people are pulling up carpet and either
preserving the flooring they find or putting down antique floor. The floor will last forever, for our
children and their children to always appreciate.
At this point, I told the story of preserving our 150-200 year old barn, lifting up the foundation and
mixing batch after batch of cement to restore the front of the barn which also houses the cistern.
In the process we also saved a bull frog, who lives in our basement still.
Several years back, we put our property up on the market, and our Realtors told us to tear down the barn.
My husband and I stood up calmly and asked then to leave the house.
This lack of respect for our beautiful property was not what we wanted in a Realtor. We took the
house off the market.
American society is recycling, reusing and conserving with greater enthusiasm now than ever before.
The plastic age of use it and throw it away is changing as reflected in the growing popularity of Pat’s
business. The green movement, the Sierra Club and local conservationists are attracted to Pat’s message.
Pat mused about the old house my husband Tom and I live in. He thought about the house when it was first built in 1792. The window sills in my living room are deep and thick with oak that grew in the woods beside the house. The wood in this house started growing as a seedling in 1390, perhaps, because the oldest trees were always used to build houses in those days.
What were the trees like in 1390?
If the wood in my house could talk, what would it say?
Having Pat Hicks on the show was a great experience, a consciousness expanding moment. Trees are
living breathing beings and are Universal Healing Symbols.