Have you ever had a major decision to make between binary options?
I have had a few in my life. John Martin’s “Just Drive”, simply teleports me back several years ago when I had to decide whether to move and work in Boston, MA, USA or stay in Montreal, QC, Canada. So what critical activity did I do to help me process all the different feelings, thoughts, expectations, list of pros and cons, and possible consequences regarding whether to stay or go, you may ask? I took my keys and just drove my car to the nearest major city. Just drive.
This is my own personal theory:
The preoccupied conscious mind is focused on driving (forward motion), while the subconscious mind is trying to resolve an issue the person has an intention of resolving(whether to move to Boston or not). Scores of feelings, thoughts, worries, expectations, weighing pros and cons, and imaginary scenarios flood the mind, and it so desperately tries to make sense of it all.
I believe the subconscious mind is processing and calculating it all, at an unimaginable speed. At the end of the ride, the subconscious solution is resolved and bleeds through to the conscious mind. You feel a sense of relief and clarity at the end of the drive when you are returning home from the drive. Problem is surprisingly solved and the decision is intuitively made. It appears as if driving distracts the conscious mechanical mind, while the real problem-solving is done by the subconscious mind behind the curtain. The mind seems to have re-allocated most of its resources to the subconscious mind to deal with the issue.
Please tell me I am not the only person who has experienced this. Thank you John for this passionately-delivered song that has evoked something to be explored further.
Is it possible to connect with the universal life force and heal ourselves through our own hands? I recently reconnected over a casual light lunch with an older lady friend of mine named AC (retired nurse), originally from (Lake District, England, UK), who is an artist (writing, paintings & photography), a Tai Chi practitioner, and an intuitive healer (hand healing in person and remotely).
AC had told me that she had no Reiki training, but that during her younger years, she had accidentally discovered it while attending a workshop in which the speaker casually mentioned the technique of laying hands on people who needed a healing. She then asked her friend to show her how she did it. As AC put her hands on her friend, who was sick with a serious migraine, they both felt a tremendous rush of energy through their bodies. Her sick friend immediately felt better and well, with the healing stopping by itself. They were both shocked at what happened, yet grateful for the gift and the healing.
I am slightly familiar with Reiki, in that I have done the basic 10 hand positions found on the web, and have applied them as part of my daily health routine.
Both of my little daughters have unhealed ear drums from an ear tube procedure done to drain the sinuses when they got an infection. I have started to learn(free Reiki PDF manual below) and apply Reiki to them, in hopes of helping their ear drums recover a bit more quickly, than if there would be no intervention at all. AC has generously offered to channel the “Ki “(Qi, or Prana) to my daughters for a few days. I openly accepted. I hope it works out well. Next doctor’s visit in 6 months. I ‘ll keep you posted. No pun intended:-)
Here is a free Reiki PDF beginner’s manual I found online:
I was initially introduced to white buffalo sage (a.k.a. Salvia Apiana) at a shamanic workshop. It appears to operate on two levels. Spiritually, the Native Indians use it to purify the space before a ceremony/ritual that they perform. And scientifically, burning white buffalo sage releases negative ions that cling to positive ions in the air, thus neutralizing them and purifying the air in which we breathe. Incidentally, I myself have four negative ion generators in my home. There is one in my bedroom, one in the kids’ room, and one in each of our two cars. I have been convinced of the effective use of negative ions by several scientific studies done on how negative ions can improve air quality/purity. Especially this study in hospitals:
So, being the curious individual that I am, who is perpetually looking to experiment on any method to improve one’s quality of life on different levels, I had purchased a pouch of white buffalo sage during my trip to: http://www.alchimiste-en-herbe.com, in addition to the black tourmaline crystal from my previous post.
In essence, they are dried branched-out leaves, you light one leaf, wait a few moments until it catches, blow the flame out leaving the cinder intact, wave it around your room allowing the wispy smoke to linger about, and when you feel there is enough, extinguish the cinder in dirt, sand or salt. Never into water though, to preserve its dryness, I gather. I use it mostly when I sit in the bath, meditate in my bedroom, or whenever I feel the air in the rooms are due for a cleaning. If it is not too cold outside, I would open the windows to air out the rooms after the sage has been extinguished.
How does it smell like, you may ask? I would say that it has a fairly distinct-earthy odor, yet surprisingly soothing and familiar to me on many levels. It also gives me an impression that I am in a mysterious ancient realm.
My niece and my spiritual friend from Paris, France have strongly recommended me to go to this herbalist boutique in Montreal (http://www.alchimiste-en-herbe.com/) and get a black tourmaline crystal to protect against negative energies around me and to help ground me better in my life by strengthening my root chakra. So, I did just that. Check out what I got below:
Just last week, I took it with me when I went to the hospital with my 4-year-old daughter for a doctor’s visit. I keep it in my front pocket close to my root chakra and I let my daughter hold and play with it now and then. Personally, I find hospital environments fairly negative. In the many instances that I am sitting in the waiting room, I sense a lot of fear, anxiety, worry, frustration, and despair from other patients, when I am obligated to make visits. While waiting, I deliberately attempt to be positive by smiling, laughing, playing, and being silly with my daughter, in the hopes of creating a higher vibration which can effectively spread to others around us and help influence their lower negative vibration to lift or transmute to a higher vibration, resulting in a better chain of events from visit to outcome. Most of the time, we get serious pursed lips transform magically to a full grin with a set of teeth in it!
If you are interested in its health benefits. I found Dr. Group’s website to be thoroughly researched: