Monday, April 13, 2015

How To Improving Your Memory

Focus on the task at hand. While we often say we are multitasking, the reality is that doing one thing well is better than doing several things poorly. You do need to be in the moment and pay attention. Recently flying home from a cross country trip, we couldn't find the car upon returning which was frustrating. How many times have we parked the car in a crowded parking lot, only to come back out and have to think where we parked? Look at your surroundings instead of your cell phone to mentally take note of the location of the car notable landmarks. Be in the moment.

Take notes. If we had written down the parking lot section at the airport, we wouldn't have wasted a half hour after an exhausting day of travel. Someone once said, "A short pencil is better than a long memory." With the fast pace of the world, give yourself an edge and write it down. That also includes using a calendar for appointments.

Repeat it. Someone tells you their birthday is next week and you want to acknowledge it with a phone call on the actual birthday. Repeat it aloud and think about what you would say. Do that a few times and you will remember.

Have a place for everything. Many people complain about misplacing car keys. Get a basket or key rack and use it. Putting your car keys in the same place will save you time in the morning. If your son can't find his shoes all the time, then get a shoe rack for the closet.

Good habits save time. We are creatures of habit and this can work to our advantage. Have a mental checklist before leaving to make sure you have that dry cleaning you want to dropping off after work or your lunch you packed. Don't remember if you turned off the iron or not? Make it a point to disconnect any electrical appliance as soon as you are done with it and better yet, only buy appliances with automatic shut off.

Plan ahead. Check your pantry items for the upcoming week, make a menu and use a grocery list help save needless extra trips to the store because you forgot things. A little time getting organized will help you remember better as you can see how prepared you are already and will feel more confident.

Chunk the information. This is a strategy with to remember something like a phone number or address. Take the smaller parts, repeat them a few times and memorize them separately. The idea of memorizing smaller sections and then putting it together is easier than remembering large amounts of information. This is a great study technique for students who need to memorize things.

Don't let electronics rule you. Many people get so wrapped up in their TV, computer or phone that they feel like they do not need to remember anything as modern technology will do it for them. As an exercise for your memory, take time to remember your important numbers in case you misplace your phone.

Memory joggers. Return to the location where you had the thought you can't remember. Sometimes there is a visual clue that hit you when you had that thought. Life is so fast paced that taking a moment to think about what you were going to do or say helps bring the thought back.

Visualize. Think through the idea of what you are trying to remember by picturing it. When you paid your bill, did you do it online or write a check? How much was the bill for? And what type of stamp did you use? Which collection box did you use? Making a mental movie of what you did can help sharpen your memory.

Play games. Use mnemonics to help you remember your errands. Make a rhyme of your list you want to remember or sing out the list. Exercise the brain with brain teasers, puzzles and cross word puzzles.

Your memory is a use it or lose it process. With television, the Internet and our cell phones, we have let our minds become lazy and complacent and don't always employ strenuous thinking. For example, driving down the street, we may know the route to take, but can we easily name the roads and route numbers, enough to give good directions to others? Make the connections and make a conscious effort to exercise your brain. If you try these tips and they are not helping, you may want to discuss this with your doctor.

Friday, March 20, 2015

All about Ghosts

I receive many messages from people seeking advice on what to do about demonic voices, dark spirits, negative shadows, even pacts with the devil on one occasion. Up until now I have not posted an article on these subjects for a number of reasons. The main one being that I am not personally experienced in these subjects (basically I have NEVER come across a demon or someone who was possessed), secondly I know it could be an emotive subject provoking a bit of a debate, but mostly because, well... OK, I'm gonna lay it on the line for you... I really don't believe in demons.

Now, it does depend entirely on your definition of what a demon is, and I have come across negative and damaging energy, but in my experience this has been caused by living people and not spirit.

Yes spirit can get noisy, mischievous and annoying, but only when they're earthbound, once they go over to the light, they have a much more spiritual way about them and aren't really bothered with the human side of our lives.

And no, I don't believe in hell or the devil either!

This subject is not only quite huge, very emotive and massively open for discussion, it is also venturing into some quite in-depth philosophical debate which is way to too long to go into here.

Where To Go For Help

If you are reading this and are looking for help with something you consider demonic, a dark spirit, voices telling you to do things or 'tempting' you in a certain direction, please find the right person to help you.

Personally, I am neither qualified or experienced in the subject. And some things which one could consider 'paranormal' or 'psychic experiences' can also be symptoms of mental health conditions for which professional medical help should be sought.

Seek help at a spiritualist church, (they will run or know of a good rescue circle) or from an experienced and reputable medium. And also consult your G.P.

If you are focusing on such things you will draw negative energy and people in to your life. If you find yourself thinking about it all the time try changing your habits, read different books, talk about other things, stay away from negative influences. It's no different to someone who surrounds themselves with petty criminals and worries about ending up in jail, Change it up! You have control over your life, you just have to exercise that control. I'm a firm believer in a Native American Proverb:

"Keep Your Face To The Sunlight, and You Will Not See The Shadows"
But I Heard About A Girl Who Was Possessed By A Ghost Once...

Yes, there are stories of injuries being allegedly caused by spirits, there are stories of 'possession', and in less extreme cases, places that just don't feel nice. But as I haven't got access to all the information, and more importantly, facts about such cases, I am unable to form an opinion on what has caused these.

I think you must realise from writing, my experiences, my articles and books that I am pretty open minded, but I am also very pragmatic as well as having a strong spiritual philosophy. 'Demons' in the sense of an evil spirit, just don't sit within my belief structure, today. That may change, and as I said there is a complex debate about what a demon may be so I reserve the right to change my mind.

I consider myself a lightworker. I believe we are all beings of light, all connected by 'source' energy. While we may wonder about some people's choices and decisions, that is their path to experience. If you focus on the light and work to understand your energy, your connection with others, how to develop your spiritual philosophy, and live a positive fulfilling life there is no room for negative energy.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

What is Reincarnation

When James Leininger was two years old, he began to have recurrent nightmares. He would scream, "Plane on fire. Little man can't get out!" The nightmares perplexed his parents because James was a happy and playful little boy. As James revealed more fragments of his nightmares, his parents began to piece the information together. After a great deal of research, they were forced to confront their skepticism and re-examine their belief system. In time, they came to a shocking conclusion. They believed a World War II fighter pilot who had been killed in the battle for Iwo Jima over 60 years ago had reincarnated as their son and his name was James Huston!

Past-life recognition in children is currently being studied around the world. In the 1960s, Dr. Ian Stevenson interviewed thousands of people who remembered past lives and he discovered that recollection of past lives by children is much more common than we think. His colleague, Dr. Jim B. Tucker, an associate psychiatry professor at the University of Virginia Medical Center's Division of Perceptual Studies, compiled over 2500 cases of reincarnation, which document children who have recalled past lives.

American psychiatrist, Brian Weiss, used to be very skeptical about the idea of past lives. His rigorous scientific training at Columbia University and the Yale University School of Medicine didn't allow him to believe in that which could not be scientifically proven. But over time and through personal experience, two factors eroded his skepticism. He says one was "rapid and highly emotional, the other gradual and intellectual."

Weiss had a patient named Catherine and when he put her under hypnosis, she told him very private details about the lives and deaths of his father and infant son. Weiss knew Catherine couldn't possibly know anything about his family. There wasn't a single person who could have given her the details she revealed, and there was no place where she could have looked up the information. Weiss wrote that she was stunningly accurate and he felt shocked and chilled as she revealed what he knew to be true.

Weiss wanted to write a book about his experiences with Catherine but he hesitated for four years because he knew it would endanger his entire professional career. A highly respected researcher from Harvard Medical School had spoken at a conference in Boston on nutrition, and when she ran into her boss who was attending a medical conference at the same hotel, he told her that if she ever lent Harvard's name to such a "frivolous affair as a nutrition conference," she would no longer be working at Harvard.

Nutrition is now a mainstream area of teaching and research at Harvard, and there are now faculty members at Harvard confirming and expanding on Weiss' work with past-life regression therapy. But close-mindedness, Weiss reminds us, is often undone very slowly. He reminds us of the following.

In the 1600s, the Church believed the earth was the immovable centre of the universe. They saw this belief as an absolute fact of scripture that could not be disputed. When Galileo, the father of modern science, expressed the belief that the earth revolved around the sun, he was accused of heresy and ordered to turn himself in to the Holy Office to begin trial. He was imprisoned and secluded during the trial. After the trial, his book was prohibited, he was ordered to recite the Seven Penitential Psalms once a week for three years, and he spent the rest of his life under house arrest. He was exonerated by the Church in 1992 but it took 359 years for this to happen!

Do you believe in reincarnation or are you skeptical? Is reincarnation real or just a fantasy of the imagination?

A 1994 USA Today/CNN/Gallup Poll shows the belief in reincarnation is increasing in the United States but the U.S. lags behind most of the rest of the world in this belief. The study showed that 27 percent of adults in the United States believe in reincarnation, 28 percent believe there can be contact with the dead, 90 percent believe in heaven, and 79 percent believe in miracles.

Science can't yet prove that reincarnation exists but research into past-life regression therapy is bringing interesting results.

Sometimes we have to listen to our feelings, trust our personal experiences, overcome our skepticism, and look for evidence to support our feelings. That's what Einstein did when he discovered his theory of relativity. By listening to his feelings and looking for evidence to support them, he wiped out more than 300 years of scientific certainty, made immense breakthroughs in theoretical physics, and literally changed the world.

Steve Jobs said it best when he said, "Here's to the crazy ones, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they changes things..They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do."