Alchemy Is A Power Of The Mind

I LOVE the concept of alchemy, and even the word itself. While in ancient tradition it was used to describe a sense of mystical chemistry – today I believe it’s alive and well, and can be purposely practiced, within our own mind and soul. Hence, alchemy is a power of the mind…

At its most basic, alchemy = transmutation.

Transmutation is performed in the mind…. According to psychologist Carl Jung who re-examined alchemical symbolism and theory and presented the inner meaning of alchemical work as a spiritual path, Jung saw alchemy as a Western proto-psychology (the nature of the mind, soul and spirit) dedicated to the achievement of individuation. He claimed the practice of Alchemy seemed to change the mind and spirit of the Alchemist, and the material substances and procedures were only a projection of the Alchemists’ internal state, while the real substance to be transformed was the mind itself.quote11

Alchemy (definition) – is an influential philosophical tradition whose practitioners have, from antiquity, claimed it to be the precursor to profound powers. The defining objectives of alchemy are varied, but historically have typically included one or more of the following goals: the creation of the fabled philosopher’s stone; the ability to transform base metals into the noble metals (gold or silver); and development of an elixir of life, which would confer youth and longevity. Also defined asa power or process that changes or transforms something in a mysterious or impressive way.

The beauty is – as I’ve described before – we all really DO have control over our conscious mind. We can change it, and tell it what to do, at any time. This means…that we can choose to invoke that power of transmutation (change into another nature, substance, form or condition) within. It’s a choice.

“Alchemy is the art of manipulating life, and consciousness in matter, to help it evolve, or to solve problems of inner disharmonies.”  ~Jean Dubuis

Some people refer to it as a “spiritual science”. This is about taking the human physical awareness and transforming it into an empowering spiritual awareness. It’s about refining the essence of our thinking. And anyone can do it!

“I do know that there’s much, much more going on metaphysically, spiritually, cosmically – whatever you want to call it. Creation is like infinite alchemy – a cosmic transmutation, with only us in the middle, infantile in our understanding. We’re meant to evolve, grow, get stronger, smarter and more powerful…”  ~ excerpt from INDUCED AMNESIA

What if I told you there is no SECRET that some have found over others? That we are all capable – all humans – and in fact programmed and destined for, mindful strength, inner power – and we all have the ability to sense, connect to and change energy. Sounds mystical, doesn’t it?

Even though our ability inward is more grand than the power we watch fictional superheroes display, we need to remember that it works just as effectively, but not as instantly as the fiction. One of my favorite sayings that people hear me say often is: Patience grasshopper! The truth is our power is electromagnetic in nature. It can be explained fully in physics terms – and in the novel INDUCED AMNESIA, the main character Chloe learns not only this type of power, but yes, how it works on a scientific scale and she attempts to teach it as basic, so anyone can understand. But for now, let’s move ahead – no one really needs to know how something works to use it. Look at electricity and turning on the lights. If you’re human, you were born with the inner power.   Just that simple.

“The alchemical myth tells us that consciousness is created by the union of opposites” ~Edward Edinger

In other words, you need the polar opposites for change – the ying and yang principle. You need to taste the sour to appreciate the sweet. In ancient alchemy terms – you transmute using an opposing principle – you need lead, to make the gold.

And here you are – perhaps feeling like lead inside; so how to make the gold?

“…that’s supposed to be the point – alchemy…a transmutation of something base and simple to something rich and exquisite. That’s the reality of us, of our soul. That’s our purpose.”

“This power, this world of energy that we live in and use moment by moment, will destroy us when turned inward. The laws of this energy are simple and basic. They don’t change. Its how this energy is used and focused that determines the result; the age-old principle of cause and effect. We can never stay in a state of stillness. Energy is always moving. We either grow or we painfully digress. It’s just that simple. Forward or backward.”  ~ excerpt from INDUCED AMNESIA

You have to go inward. You have to stop the inward chatter. You have to stop focus on anything that is dis-empowering you. The forces are there, negative and real, but instead let them move through you. Notice them, but do not focus on them. Find inward silence. Take deep breaths and release all negativity. Relax every inch of your body. Focus only on a POWER word. Use any word that feels good – peace, joy, God, power.quote12

“Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.”   ~excerpt from The Alchemist 

Now remind yourself with authority – tell your mind firmly – there is a positive to EVERY negative. Ask that it be shown to you – then maintain your energy as relaxed and stable – and step back out into the world. And remember: patience grasshopper!

“Draw peace in, center yourself in it, and then remind yourself very clearly of what you want to feel and what you want to accomplish. Everything else must be let go. And don’t forget to think about the things you’re grateful for. Then, stop all thought, stop the inner dialogue completely and allow yourself to follow and listen to the energy that created you.~ excerpt from INDUCED AMNESIA

Feeling is the voice of the soul. Follow that. When you feel negative emotion, turn back inside quickly – and keep doing this daily. As days move past, you will begin to look back and see alchemy of the mind at work. Change your mental focus and keep it in a relaxed peaceful state, and that WILL begin a change outwardly. It can’t not work. We are energy – our thoughts affect energy – energy comprises every thing in our world, both physical and non-physical. THAT is a scientific, proven fact. The laws of this universe are not personal or select. They are known laws that NEVER change. They are the momentum of flow for the universe we live in – power simply comes from using those laws, not trying to fight against them.

“We make our messes. We complicate things. The simplicity of meditation, and listening, is the first step to undoing all that; for anyone, and everyone.”  ~ excerpt from INDUCED AMNESIA

“Destruction perfects that which is good; for the good cannot appear on account of that which conceals it. The concealment must be removed so that the good may be able freely to appear in its own brightness.” ~Paracelsus Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim

SIMPLY – you now look at your negative influences with a new perspective – they are lead meant to be transformed into gold. Focus on stillness inside, picture the gold you want on the outside and listen carefully to the quiet, guiding voice that will begin to be heard, now that the chatter inside is controlled and eliminated. Alchemy is a power of the mind.

“You are an alchemist; make gold of that.”~William Shakespeare

 The Life of Timon of Athens (Timon at V, i)


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Changing Your Personal Power – The Start

CHANGING your personal power is about CONSISTENCY – and – reading and meditation help maintain that. But first – that very first, necessary step MUST be CHOICE. I know it seems small – but this is your turning point – where it can all begin to change for the better. And that choice means – if it’s real and not just lip service – that you’re ready to stand up, dust yourself off and walk in a new direction.

Now I KNOW it doesn’t seem easy, and in some ways for many of you, that first step is large and hard. I’ve been in a deep hollow of pain where change or trying to comprehend that I could start to feel better seemed impossible I even intimately know about being caught in a chemically fueled dark hole – trust me, I write fiction, but this isn’t fiction – I’m breaking it down to make it simple, and I know personally, these power tools can and DO work.quote5

So next – you need to RELAX every inch and aspect of you. Make time for letting go. Don’t worry about your next steps or what you want from life – not just yet. Again this is where meditation plays as a powerful tool – many experts over the years agree that “your suggestion or goal must be made without effort to be effective“. Physical relaxation and mental relaxation go hand-in-hand.

Many people think that our conscious mind has no power over the subconscious mind – but in reality, the subconscious mind acts more mechanically than emotionally. It simply goes on the data that is fed to it from the conscious mind – and this is the place that perception and beliefs are made and passed down to the unconscious. However, the unconscious mind is totally impersonal – it simply tries to act “appropriately” to your personal beliefs, interpretations and outside examples. This is huge to remember! This means that your conscious mind controls the subconscious mind.

“Our errors, mistakes, failures, and sometimes even our humiliations, were necessary steps in the learning process. However, they were meant to be means to an end – and not an end in themselves. When they have served their purpose, they should be forgotten. If we consciously dwell upon the error, or consciously feel guilty about the error, and keep berating ourselves because of it, then – unwittingly – the error or failure itself becomes the “goal” which is consciously held in imagination and memory.”

“If we are victimized, it is by our conscious, thinking mind and not by the “unconscious”. For it is with the thinking part of our personality that we draw conclusions, and select the “goal images” that we shall concentrate upon. The minute that we change our minds, and stop giving power to the past, the past with its mistakes loses power over us.” from Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz

“They say – be careful what you ask for – and it is true. We just don’t fully comprehend that on a cosmic energy level, but it’s so true.” excerpt from INDUCED AMNESIA

And so that first choice is making the choice to stop feeding any more data for the moment into the subconscious via the conscious thinking mind. RELAX your mind along with every inch of your body itself – FEEL THE LIGHTNESS – command your body to relax just as you would talk to yourself and command that you repeat the word “choice” over and over and over. Your mind and body DO obey when you make commands. I call this stage The Opening – this is the stage where you RELAX and CLEAR all tension and negativity.

Believe it or not, as you practice this with CONSISTENCY, you will start to feel better and that will start a change in the outside world around you, subtly, but it WILL begin. Just try it! Make the choice to start…

1. READ to feed the mind

2. MEDITATE to relax the body and mind – remember STOP ALL THOUGHT – clear the mind

3. Remind yourself consistently throughout the day to RELAX – focus only on the present moment and tell yourself it’s only about ease and lightness – drop everything else into the past and behind you

Do this consistently and daily – by your own control, your mind should start to feel lighter first and then, your perception of the world will begin to shift followed by events….


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A Sequel For Induced Amnesia??

WITH the recent debut of the novel INDUCED AMNESIA, readers have mentioned sequel – will there be one? – already! The bigger question for me was – could there be one? This is such a unique novel plot – if you’ve read it, you understand what I mean – that it begs the question, could there be a sequel that can bring on the same effect, and still deal with similar consequential issues that initiate it?     Hmmmm……..well, it got me thinking.

Believe it or not, I went to bed thinking about it – and woke up saying: “Yeah, I think I might have it” after a dream. And so – here’s the beginning – let me know what you think…

“The stream of thought flows on; but most of its segments fall into the bottomless abyss of oblivion. Of some, no memory survives the instant of their passage. Of others, it is confined to a few moments, hours or days. Others, again, leave vestiges which are indestructible, and by means of which they may be recalled as long as life endures.”  ~William James

INDUCED AMNESIA 2: Indestructible Vestiges

I drop into the water back first, with a grand splash. Waves extend nearly the length of my body over the surface, up and away, and from where I’ve dropped, I don’t know.

The collision with water jolts me awake, and suddenly I’m aware that I am cradled and sinking in water and I can hear, even in muffled sound, the spectacular swoosh and splash the water is making in response to my body and its impact.

It feels like the water is circling its arms around my entire frame, pulling me in to itself, my arms and legs swipe back and forth in desperate attempt to connect to anything solid when just as instantly, I feel firm ground beneath me and in turn, my feet level to it. Finding footing, I’m now forced right back up, and in another dramatic splash, my head and torso escape the water with urgency.

I’m confused. A moment ago, I was dreaming. I’m sure of it.

Now, standing in what looks to be a shallow river with water to my waist, I look down and water’s dripping liberally from my long blondish hair, face and even the tip of my nose. I’m breathing heavily, more due to the sudden waking impact. My mind is reeling. It’s like a dream – I’m not even really sure who I am, and that pales to my wondering where I am.

I look up. Maybe because I’m a girl, an intelligent number to describe the depth of the valley I’m in eludes me, but it’s huge. I’m in a canyon filled with water from edge to edge, and the only ledge I could’ve come from is many stories up, and the sides of this chasm stretch straight up, ragged and rough.

I bend over, resting my hands on my knees beneath the water and cough, then inhale and exhale deeply trying to quell panic that’s creeping in. Water is still dripping quickly from my face and hair. It takes several moments and a bit of a fight to get my breathing even. My chest expands broadly and then collapses, over and over. I cough once more and then, I stand straight and look up.

None of this makes any sense.

I turn and look down river behind me. Then I look ahead up river. I’m surrounded by nothing but dark mountainous stone and rock cascading straight up with a little dirt thrown in from the looks of it. If I want to escape the water, it seems my only path is up the canyon side.

I wipe the water from my face and then turn left and start walking. It’s slow going trying to walk through the gentle current of the river and I use my hands to push water to the sides as I go. My movement is slightly more restricted too because my clothing – jeans and a red and navy long-sleeve buttoned-shirt – cling tightly to my body. When I reach the side, it’s as I suspected: there’s no shoulder or shore – just straight up. I tilt my head back and try to assess what I have to cope with, and then I look up and down the canyon once more. There isn’t any one place to start that looks more suitable than any other. There’s no other way but straight up.

I reach as high as I can, grabbing a large rock, I pull on it a few times to be sure it’s solid. It is, so I begin to hoist my water-laden body out and up. My feet scrape on the sides below the water trying to find something jutting out and when my right foot finally gets something solid, I push up. It’s tedious and slow repeating those same first steps over and over, but it begins to work – my entire body is out of the water and dripping profusely. The extra weight of the water in my clothing isn’t helping, but what can I do but try to ignore it and push on. At one point about a third of the way up, looking down, I realize I’m wearing black square-toe cowboy boots. I still have no clue how or why I’m here, but one thing is certain – I didn’t have a chance to dress for the occasion.

At the halfway point, I stop and rest. I try my best to slide as close to the gorge side as I can, leaning into it. I need to catch my breath and rest my hands. I even press the side of my face into the dirt and rock, and then I try to recall again – something – anything– yet there’s nothing but haunting confusion. All I remember is hitting that water with force – and nothing prior.

I look up. Where in the world could I have come from? There are two large black birds flying in circles, but I can’t tell if they’re eagles or vultures. I look around. I had to have come from the top. There just wasn’t any other option.

Taking a couple of deep breaths, I carefully position my body to start again. As I start to pull myself up my hand slips, wincing, I grit my teeth and try again. Some dirt and a few smaller stones scatter past me, echoing as they tumble off the canyon side before landing in the water with a bevy of plopping noises. I don’t bother to look. Something quiet tells me if I do, my fate may repeat and I’d be left to start all over again. Focus where you want to go.

I pull up, hoisting myself with more difficulty now. Gravity is not my friend at this moment. Every move I make is slow, made with precision, and as a result I’m nearly there. I can see it. I reach for a another rock, gingerly testing it as I have been and when I put some weight on it, the rock shifts. I drop a bit as my boot slips from its support, but I don’t let go of the loose rock. I can’t. If I do, I’ll fall. My hip is pressing hard into the rocky side as I carefully move my foot and try to secure it again. The loose rock in my hand shifts again and this time some dirt falls, clipping the side of my face before it disappears down the chasm side. I quickly close my eyes and mouth to save them from the dirt as I pray the new footing holds, then just as suddenly the rock gives way and it’s a good size. I tuck my head in to my chest, wincing again as even more debris scatters over me. I feel the rock graze the side of my face before it hits my boot on its way down the canyon, descending in a series of loud bangs as it bounces off the gorge side. My foot shifts as pain shoots up my leg, straining, I press my hip until it also hurts and I frantically scramble with my now free hand, hoping to secure it to anything. My muscles are now aching as I manage to steady my hand into a crevice and after a few deep breaths, I begin the ascent once more.

Methodically, I continue, testing each foot and hand hold before pushing up, when before I know it, my hand is able to extend up over free space. I made it. A soft warm breeze blows over me and my hair moves gently with it. I push, trying to stand as tall as I can while trying to secure my arm over the top ledge. When I manage to get my elbow level with the solid ground, I close my eyes and use every bit of force I can to ease my body up. Then I get my other arm up and on to the solid ground that awaits me, and quietly praying I use my elbows to crawl on the ground, pulling my dangling legs up after me. Once my entire body is on the solid top edge, I crawl away from it several feet before rolling onto my back with a heavy sigh of relief.

My body hurts and I’m feeling a little dizzy. I just don’t want to move for a little bit. When I open my eyes for a moment, I see the large birds still circling the sky above. And I still can’t tell what they are. I don’t care. I just want to rest, so I close my eyes again. The sun feels intense now that I’m here on top, but it’s a good feeling; and then suddenly, the realization that I’m alone, lost and without any memory hits me. I don’t understand what’s happening to me, or why.

I open my eyes and sit up for a moment and the realization sinks a little further. It looks like desert, fluffs of tall grass patches with lots of dirt all around me and not a sign of humanity anywhere. Suddenly whispers start taunting me – where are you, how did you get here, is anyone looking for you…

Closing my eyes, I drop back again and my hands clench at the dry, sandy earth beneath them. I try instead to focus on my breathing while I try to think. It seems like a better plan than starting to panic. I just have to get up and start walking. There’s nothing else to do. And if I was thrown into that gorge by someone who wanted to do me harm? There was nothing to be done about that right now either.

Regardless, I take my time to rest, dry a little more and just simply enjoy the heat of the sun, when at some point I doze off, but only briefly, I think. When I open my eyes I’m startled by a silhouette, jumping, I quickly sit up. There crouched beside me is a girl, perhaps a few years younger than I, in her teens I guess. Her skin is black and her hair is twisted in a braid down her back, but her eyes are the thing I notice most – they’re brown, but a light, hazel brown that stands out. It’s an unusual color for anyone, but incredibly so for her ethnicity.

She smiles. “Hello.”

I say hello quietly as I quickly shuffle to stand, and she stands with me, followed by several silent moments as we look at one another.

“It’s okay to be startled. I didn’t mean to sneak up on you.”

I nod, trembling a little, and wonder why. There’s nothing concerning about this girl – she has a drawing smile, dressed simply in a modestly short jean skirt, t-shirt and leather antique motorcycle boots with the laces undone – she’s just a little shorter than I and is looking at me patiently.

“My name is Opal,” she says. “What about you?”

Looking around, I shake my head and then clear my throat, “I don’t know….I don’t know my name.”

Opal frowns. “You don’t know your own name?”

I shake my head again.

“Where you from?”

“I don’t know that either.”

“Okay, you get you’re out in the middle of nowhere, right?”

I nod and rub my hands together to shake off the dirt clinging to them.

“Well, why do you look wet?” Opal asks.

I point. “I just climbed up outta that gorge.”

She laughs. “No you didn’t. You crazy?” Opal walks over to the ledge and looks down then she looks back at me. “You are crazy. No one’s climbing up that.”

“I just did.”

“With that outfit?” She looks me up and down.


“Those are nice boots, but they ain’t seen no horse, ever. And they sure ain’t mountain climbin boots either.”

I shrug.

“So….what is your story then?”

“I dropped into that river down there, and that’s as far back as my memory goes. I don’t know how I got there, where I am or who I am. And somehow I managed to slowly climb my way up. I didn’t see any other way of getting out of that gorge.”

She stared at me for a moment as though she was assessing whether to believe me or she simply just didn’t know what to say.

I stare down at the ground. “I know it seems insane. And now I need to figure out where to go from here.”

“Well then,” Opal says walking close and taking my hand, “this is your lucky day lost girl. I know someone who might be able to help with that lost mind of yours.”

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Feeding The Mind & Soul Part 3

ON any given day for most of us our souls feel more like they’ve been tumbling in an ocean – pressed under by one emotion after another, pulled in different directions, unsure of where we need to be, sure we aren’t where we want to be – making us feel at our core as if we’ve lost our way cosmically, emotionally and even mentally. And in this process, our body gets caught up too. Whatever that mind of yours is holding onto affects every mechanical aspect of what makes up YOU, and that includes how you feel physically. I’ve been there. And I’ve learned about feeding the mind & soul – and I discuss some basic simple tools in my recent novel INDUCED AMNESIA – now in this short series, I’m attempting to explain those tools and how they can be used to help you maintain power despite the ocean.

Thoughts are our power being directed, and they are our roadblocks. Your mind is your real obstacle but the good news is it can be controlled. Most of us just don’t do it.quote8

“Anytime you feel stuck, listen to what you are thinking. Those thoughts are perhaps more responsible for your outward dilemma than any external obstacle.” ~The Purpose Of Your Life by Carol Adrienne

Your FOCUS = your PATH in life. THOUGHTS affect your PATH. And your PATH affects your SOUL. Which is why centering YOU is the key. Centering your THOUGHTS will center your SOUL, and thereby control your PATH.

In the turmoil of tumbling in the ocean ignore the chaos outside you – STEP ONE is take control of your thoughts inside. Trust me; it will begin a profound, positive change on the environment outside you. In the previous Parts I covered simple, easy tools for achieving this and maintaining it:

1) Reading empowering material – even just one chapter to start your day every day.

2)Meditation – relax and release tension first, then even if for 15 minutes daily – silence your mind and only listen. Stilling the chaos or confusion is paramount to moving ahead.

These tools when practiced daily are powerful ingredients to bring you back to a center of peace, and it’s in this state that our soul can find and then focus on its path, as well as converse with its source for guidance.

“….You don’t have to live there. It’s time for you to start pushing out negative thoughts like fear – it’s normal that they come to you, but when they do, you push them away now; you don’t think on them or entertain them; those thoughts aren’t what’s true for you – instead, you clear space inside you, and still all thought; relax and allow your mind to just float. You do this, and it’ll find your spirit. Listen to that small voice deep inside, and your intuition will tell you what to do, and how to deal with whatever faces you, I promise.” ~ excerpt INDUCED AMNESIA

For many the meditative process seems boring or difficult at first. We live in such a busy, fast-paced world now that slowing down for even a few short moments in silence seems impossible. But I urge you to begin – as said even very short sessions are immensely beneficial. Give yourself a period of 21 days to adapt and weigh out the consequence of benefit. In the book Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz, he points out how it usually requires a minimum of 21 days to “effect any perceptible change….to jell”. And this aspect relates to any psycho-perception such as moving into a new house, overcoming a phantom limb sensation or even a cosmetic change in appearance.

“The greatest rewards of meditation, however, arise from effects that carry over beyond the actual meditative state into your waking life – a state known as cosmic consciousness.” ~Transcendence by Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal

The more negative emotion you harbor, the more power you lose. Meditation can undo that and reverse the effects over time.

“It starts with how you feel – it’s not about what you did or you do; it’s all about your feeling inside first. Every thought, every feeling, in every moment, either strengthens or weakens you – with every given second, you grow or whither, you strengthen or begin to die.” ~ excerpt INDUCED AMNESIA

There’s so much more to these tools – and I’ll continue to discuss some of what I’ve discovered along my journey to getting stronger and staying well mentally and emotionally. But here in this series of feeding the mind & soul you have an easy, yet powerful starting point. I’ve been lost in that ocean – I’ve felt like I was drowning and would never come up to feeling well or strong again – but I did, and this series is the simple offering of how. Now these little practices are a part of my daily life. Missing only a few days will begin to show within me.

“Draw peace in, center yourself in it, and then remind yourself very clearly of what you want to feel and what you want to accomplish. Everything else must be let go. And don’t forget to think about the things you’re grateful for. Then, stop all thought, stop the inner dialogue completely and allow yourself to follow and listen to the energy that created you. Connect back to it and throughout the day call on it when you feel yourself drifting out of that peaceful state. So when you face any confusion, fear, anxiety or pain in your day, remind yourself to breathe deeply, repeat the word of what you want to connect to and in that brief moment of reconnecting, you’ll instantly feel better. It will center you back on the track of your true desire when experiences jolt us unsteady or off the track.” ~ excerpt INDUCED AMNESIAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Take your power back. Quiet your mind, focus only on PEACE – breathe it in……..and then, start to listen. There is that YOU, deep within, that IS connected to so much more than you know. When you quiet that mind, relax your body and listen – that YOU will talk to you, and guide you – back to a path of joy, peace and ease. Just try….

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Feeding The Mind & Soul Part 2

ON my path in life so far I’ve had some great ups, and some great downs. Those ‘down’ times though felt like they would destroy me then. Honestly, there was a part of me that thought I could never really recover – that I would never fully stand again so-to-speak – but I did, and I’ve even learned to stand straight and tall. I learned about feeding the mind & soul and how very, very necessary it is. And this isn’t about religion, but I guess yes, it’s about spirituality. We all have that thing deep inside – but no matter what you call it, whether we talk about it to others or admit to it aloud, we have that very deep inner knowing of something that’s bigger than our body, that something that craves deeper purpose – that small, quiet voice buried far inside somewhere that whispers sometimes. It’s that part of you – after you feel destroyed by pain – that still haunts you into thinking you can recover, you can stand again and there is a way up and out of that pain, even if it sounds like the tiniest of whispers.

Now last time I said it, but I’ll say it again – what I’ve learned and am sharing is helpful for those who can relate to the emotional pain I speak of, or Chloe Gunn’s character in the novel INDUCED AMNESIA – however, these simple things I’m speaking of will empower anyone in whatever state you are today. The fact is, these days I am very well, very strong and positive minded – what I am outlining here is how I’ve managed not only to get that way, but stay that way.

I said in Part 1 – “I make a point now to start my day with even just a chapter or two from a book that promotes empowerment.” It’s very true and such an easy, yet powerful step to start for anyone. It’s doesn’t have to take too much time (so even for those of you who aren’t big readers) – even ONE chapter to start your day will place your mind, and hence your day, on a more powerful, positive path. For me now, I try to begin my day and end my day with a chapter or two from some sort of material that promotes empowerment. Did you know? That when you wake, and just before you sleep, are the two most open and pertinent times to reach your subconscious mind. Hence these are the best times to set your directional mind. But having said that, reading a chapter a day, any part of the day, will help.  choice quote

SO now for the Part 2! I’ve also learned to meditate, and have discovered the power that it brings. And before you stop reading now and say oh, I’m not into doing that…be patient and keep reading a little.

I’m an impatient person and I’m a busy person usually doing all sorts of things, and prefer to be active outside especially when the weather is great. BUT – I have learned that this practice (even in tiny doses) can change me in a positive manner. The truth is now, if things are hectic or I’m overwhelmed I actually crave the few moments of shutting down in meditation – and I’ve found it can change the energy of a situation after doing it.

The fact is: it doesn’t have to take a lot of time. I only devote about 20 minutes a day to this process – and it’s so worth it. (Truthfully even as little of 5 minutes could benefit you.) There are many types of meditation practices (and perhaps I’ll get into more at a later date), but the truth is, you don’t need to know anything profound or fancy to start. Remember: thoughts are our roadblocks, and what we want to accomplish is to take your mind and stand it on the right path it should follow for the day.

Here is what you need to know:

1) You need to get comfortable and close your eyes. (I prefer lying down – some sit with legs crossed – but it doesn’t matter.)

2) I light a Jasmine candle for Scent Conditioning. Scent is a strong memory sensor. Similar to the experiments of Pavlov’s dog, the idea is: the scent of jasmine now settles me. It brings my mind back to the relaxation of meditation. I also use jasmine oil on, say my wrists, to smell throughout the day as a calming effect as a way of bringing my mind back to its center. I know it sounds crazy, but try it! Our minds can easily be conditioned too. The scent you choose doesn’t really matter, but keep it the same.

3) Tell yourself authoritatively what you are about to do. In Part 1 I described how there is a YOU deep inside that can talk and have you obey. This is a great time to use that power.

There is something called Power Words (and I will follow-up with more on that in a continuing Part). For now, let’s just start by telling yourself – with authority – to relax and quiet for meditation.

4) So there you are – in whatever position makes you comfortable – eyes closed – now I use a simple “Tapping” process. (There is a lot to cover on ‘Tapping’ but to start you don’t need to know too much. That’ll be another topic to cover later.) Tapping is based on pressure points and is a science that’s gaining popularity. For me personally, I only ever use this simple version….

Use your middle finger to TAP very firmly between your eyebrows. (As you practice this, you will find that exact spot that feels right.) Several times, keep tapping and as you do tell yourself to release ALL tension – from your head to the very bottom of your feet. RELAX. Let every bit of tension in your body go, as though you’re floating in water. Then tell yourself to release all negativity – release all stress and tension, worry and doubt – all of it – as you breathe in, tell yourself to gather it all – then exhale it all out and away. TAP-BREATHE-RELEASE. Now you’re ready to meditate…

The tapping during this process – for me, and for whatever reason – actually feels like it loosens the negativity inside. I now find it a very soothing process to begin relaxation.

Now, let your body sink……..loose and free of any energy that had you tensing. Think of yourself as sinking, comfortably wrapped in warmth and safety.

5) During the meditation process I wear headphones and listen to a CD (I do like Wayne Dyer’s Getting Into The Gap CD) – but it doesn’t matter what you listen to, if anything at all. Silence is paramount if you go with nothing, however I use CD’s to sort of entrain my mind not focus on anything except the letting-go process at hand. If you go with music, it should be without singing. Or consider meditation or relaxation CD’s. Find the one that works for you.

I suggest using the same CD – eventually just the sound of it will tell your mind it’s time to settle into the process and you’ll find it gets easier and easier to go deeper. Just like rattling the leash tells your dog to get ready for what’s to follow!

The key to meditation is to actually SILENCE your mind. Stop all chatter. Think of nothing. If anything comes in, let it flow through you like clouds on a windy day. This is also why a CD will help. This is why humming or a mantra word is often used – it keeps your focus away from the outside world. The idea here is to allow yourself to try to connect with that very deep part of YOU.

At first it’s natural to find it difficult to settle, and you’ll probably find yourself wondering what is supposed to come out of thinking of nothing?? But you will eventually get it – and you will come to see that this calming time of connecting to your soul, and the source of our creation (that miraculous world of energy around us) is empowering. The point of this is to center us – to bring us back to a centering energy that will also keep us on a path of answers, proper perspective and power. The more negative emotion you harbor, the more power you lose. Meditation can undo that and reverse the effects over time.

It may surprise that many, many famous and powerful people practice meditation regularly. I couldn’t begin to name them all. But the point is there are many as proof who will tell you that it is vital, and it works. One of the most surprising is Howard Stern. Not that everyone is a fan of his – but he is very famously powerful – and he is a big advocate for meditation. My point being, that even the most unlikely people have adopted this power of centering and focus.

And there you have it! Simple tools – minimal time out of your day – and so profoundly powerful – and they do work. It’s all about opening you up to a more powerful mindset, hence path. This is the essential starting point to turning yourself, and your directional path, around. So please, just try it! For a week even…..and you will start to see a change inside. And remember, when things change inside, they will begin to change outside.

As within, so without…” Quote from the Emerald Tablet.

In the novel INDUCED AMNESIA – I describe real tools that I use for personal strength and empowerment – but they’re wrapped in a unique fictional novel to appeal to those who not only do find this help interesting, but also to those who do not subscribe to self-help material or knowledge. I hope it works to entertain people as well as open some positive possibilities and questions about our own inner power and where it comes from. And as always, I’m so grateful for the appreciation I’ve received and I look forward to hearing from more of you!

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Feeding The Mind & Soul Part 1

I’VE said it before – I love quotes – and I love reading material that strengthens and feeds my mind and soul. At this stage of my life I actually consider that type of reading a necessity. In dealing with emotional pain, depression, sadness or anxiety I have come to the strong belief that to stay “up”, strong or centered absolutely requires food for the mind/soul. But the truth is, even those who feel good would feel even better through the same nourishment. Feeding the mind. We all need it.

Reading is one of the easiest ways to get that nourishment. There is a plethora of material out there to keep you feeding and to help lead you to a stronger YOU. I have so many books (& essays, etc.) under my belt now, and yet I still crave new material. I make a point now to start my day with even just a chapter or two from a book that promotes empowerment. If I don’t, I can honestly say I see and feel the difference.

This part of my life did influence my novel INDUCED AMNESIA. I have been asked about the material in it – metaphysical, self-help and physics – and to which author/speaker could I attribute the material to; and the fact is, it’s an accumulation of many resources that have influenced me over the years. And I know I’ve said this before too – INDUCED AMNESIA is fiction, but there is truth in the help offered there. It has real tools in it. I use them. And they do work.

I will cover more over the next few posts on what helped me beyond clinical depression and keeps me there – but reading is a big starting key. Thoughts are our roadblocks, our real obstacles, our only challenge in any given day – but what we often don’t realize is that they can be controlled. They must be if we want joy and peace within, and reading is like taking your mind and standing it on the right path it should follow for the day, rather than allowing your old habitual patterns to take over and repeat the cycle of thinking that hasn’t served you. We all know the saying on insanity by now…

Here’s the thing – there is that YOU – behind the mind and its chatter that has ability to control you, which includes your thoughts. It’s easy to test – tell yourself to repeat the word ‘ME’ over and over five times. And so your mind does it! But who is that telling you to do that? There is a watcher inside – a soul – energy – that very deep and real YOU – and while it doesn’t seem like it often, this part does have a lot of power and control. We often just remain far too surfaced to stay connected to it. And this is when things can and do overwhelm us, and we drift – but as long as we are breathing and our body is alive, the tether is there holding it and our soul together. The power can always be taken back instead of being allowed to run on auto, which often doesn’t work. (A good book on this is The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer)

I still remember the day – I was at one of my hardest times in life – I had never read anything other than fiction – when my mom called me and said she saw a show talking to a new author and she thought I should get that book. I did, and it changed my life. It was just the start of a road upward, but it absolutely helped point me in a direction I needed and gave me tools to start. That book was A Return To Love by Marianne Williamson. I’ve read it many times since (over the years) and given it to many people as a gift.

So – reading, and quotes, are a very good starting place daily for feeding the mind at the start of your day – for peace, power and joy.

(I’ve only mentioned a couple of books since they are pertinent to this post material, however there’s a world of great books out there, and far too many that I love to list them all. I’ve found when I start to look, the book that’s right for me at that time presents itself.)

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In the meantime, below are some quotes I like by an esteemed late century philosopher:

Quotes by psychologist and philosopher, William James William James Quotes

“In the dim background of our mind we know meanwhile what we ought to be doing….but somehow we cannot start….Every moment we expect the spell to break….but it does continue, pulse after pulse, and we float with it….”

“The lunatic’s visions of horror are all drawn from the material of daily fact. Our civilization is founded on the shambles, and every individual existence goes out in a lonely spasm of helpless agony.”

“The stream of thought flows on; but most of its segments fall into the bottomless abyss of oblivion. Of some, no memory survives the instant of their passage. Of others, it is confined to a few moments, hours or days. Others, again, leave vestiges which are indestructible, and by means of which they may be recalled as long as life endures.”

“Beyond the very extreme of fatigue and distress, we may find amounts of ease and power we never dreamed ourselves to own; sources of strength never taxed at all because we never push through the obstruction.”

“If you believe that feeling bad or worrying long enough will change a past or future event, then you are residing on another planet with a different reality system.”

“When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that is in itself a choice.”

“Why should we think upon things that are lovely? Because thinking determines life. It is a common habit to blame life upon the environment. Environment modifies life but does not govern life. The soul is stronger than its surroundings.”

“To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.”

“Selection is the very keel on which our mental ship is built. And in this case of memory its utility is obvious. If we remembered everything, we should on most occasions be as ill off as if we remembered nothing.”

“Never suffer an exception to occur till the new habit is securely rooted in your life. Each lapse is like the letting fall of a ball of string which one is carefully winding up; a single slip undoes more than a great many turns will wind again.”

“Knowledge about life is one thing; effective occupation of a place in life, with its dynamic currents passing through your being, is another.”

“We may be in the Universe as dogs and cats are in our libraries, seeing the books and hearing the conversation, but having no inkling of the meaning of it all.”

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A Unique Tale To Give Food For Thought

My intent for INDUCED AMNESIA was to give food for thought, to start conversation and hopefully to connect to others who ask some of the same questions of life that I do. There truly is so much to consider – in relation to who we are, why we’re here and what we really are; and then how to gain some control over it all – even science is now beginning to ask some of those very questions, and answering some of them.

INDUCED AMNESIA is a work of fiction, yet it confronts reality and turns the reader with a metaphysical spin. It’s a journey of one girl’s fall to her knees and the road back up. It’s fact and truth wrapped in a unique tale.

Yes, the story starts out depressing –

“It’s never one thing that pulls you under. It’s always an accumulation. Like a bud of snow that starts rolling downward – in no time, it’s a snowball that can turn destructive and deadly.”

“The love of my life implied things, said things and promised things – and all of it got wrapped together and pushed into my chest like a cannonball.”

“Love – it can heal or destroy. It can leave you feeling weightless and free, or weighted and dying – wings or chains.”

“It’s a journey, downward yes, but still a journey. Like a moth drawn to a flame, it was impossible to consider not following deep inside.”

Then it turns into a metaphysical dream beyond conscious awareness – it separates reality and begins to answer why and how –

“We all have low points, times when we’ve fallen. It’s how we recover, whether or not we stand again, that determines who we are and our future.”quote



Everything you are, everything you know, is a physical piece of the brain. It’s a place that can be accessed, and altered, however small, when located specifically. Alteration requires a physical change of the synapses of the brain. It’s all about electromechanical brain functioning. Even our emotional input and reactions – all connected to the prefrontal cortex – are a simple chemical reaction.

What if we can create a completely new existence, by creating a new, healthy mind; one that knows only peace, happiness, strength; one that’s resistant to negativity and fear? What if we can manifest a physical change that produces a profound, strong mind emotionally, intellectually and even, spiritually; one that can withstand the ugliness of this world; one that cannot comprehend weakness, failure or surrender? What if we can undo all damage done to the psyche and reprogram it with perfect balance?

What if?? It’s a big question – huge even. It’s a rabbit hole that can just keep getting deeper and deeper. Great fiction concept for sure, but what if it’s not just fiction? Many of us are on our way to knowledge and power already, and this novel offers some of those concepts – knowledge that is truth – and hopefully it helps you and starts you on a journey of power and peace within.

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