As I begin my roots journey to my father’s homeland with the Roots Plus group, I am inspired by the Chinese adage “When you drink water, think of its source.”
It means to remember where and how the water came from. Don’t just be thankful for the water: be thankful for all the elements and processes (both past and present) that allowed you to enjoy that humble cup of water. In other words, remember where one’s happiness comes from. (Wiktionary
Meeting other Rooters at the Eat. Root. Love. Gala Saturday night felt like coming home. The sounds of Chinese chatter, plates being passed around, and lots and lots of laughter reminded me of family celebrations in Chinatown when I was a child. I feel I am going to learn a lot more about water . . . and about the source of my happiness.
It is not always easy to be a spiritual being in a physical world. When I began opening up to my spiritual path over twenty years ago, I was fortunate to discover Sanaya Roman’s book, Living with Joy, as well as her other books, courses, and meditations. Sanaya’s meditations have inspired me and helped me transform my life.
I am always delighted when Sanaya has a free offer on her website and it feels important to pass it on.
This month, Sanaya created “The Four Alignments,” designed to “assist you in living from your center through aligning with your soul, divine Self, Divine Will, and certain star energies.”
As Sanaya says . . .
There are many signs that you are out of balance such as pain, muscle tension, strong emotions, or stressful thoughts. You may have an uneasy or anxious feeling that things are not “right.” You may have too many things to do and feel overwhelmed or unable to focus. You may find yourself avoiding facing issues in your life through over-eating, or spending too much time on the internet or watching TV. . . You can turn within and align frequently throughout the day, taking just seconds to transform your life and consciousness as you do.
Every year I look forward to the New Year celebration. Not January 1st, but rather the Chinese New Year. The date changes every year and with it, the animal that represents the year. This year, Chinese New Year is on February 8, 2016 and it is the Year of the Monkey.
To honor my Chinese heritage, I get together with my family for a feast, and with my friends for another feast. We do not continue all of the traditions of the new year; however, there is one tradition that I love to do because it helps me hone my psychic gifts. I learned how to read palms years ago and also to read tea leaves. I wonder what fortunes this year will bring.
If you need a little help discerning whether this will be an auspicious or challenging year for you (and remember that fore-warned is fore-armed), here is a website that tells you what the energies of the year of the monkey mean to you, based on the year you were born (Note: Because Chinese New Year begins on a different date each year, it is important to double check your year if your birthday falls in January or February). Scroll down to “A Glance of 2016 Monkey Year Prediction.” http://www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/2016/
We are constantly learning lessons from the people around us, especially from our parents. Whether our parents realize it or not, they teach us by the way they live their lives.
Like the mothers/daughters in the movie The Joy Luck Club, my mother and I learned to love and respect one another even though we had our trials and tribulations. As Suyuan said to her daughter, Jing-Mei,
You have style. No one can teach. Must be born this way. I see you.”
Mom died last week and I am really glad that we had the last year of Mom’s life to finally see each other, to laugh and to play, to forgive and to love.
Mom’s body is gone, but I know that she is still with me. Her spirit spoke to me shortly after she passed from this world to the next and I am sure she will share more about the other side when the time is right. I am looking forward to learning more from my mother. I suspect we will both continue learning because earth is, after all, a school.
When I began my exploration into reincarnation/past lives twenty plus years ago, I was guided to Dr. Brian Weiss’s book Many Lives Many Masters. I was also fortunate to be able to attend many of his workshops and, eventually, everything lined up for me to train with Dr. Weiss in PLRT (Past Life Regression Therapy).
Some of the BEST CHOICES I have ever made in my life, but that’s another story.
Dr. Weiss continues his workshops all over the world and this year added a third training at Omega Institute to his schedule. However, if you are not able to attend, you might be interested in his free video series. If you are just curious or seriously interested to know more about reincarnation, don’t miss these videos.
The videos are the next best thing to attending a workshop or training with Dr. Brian Weiss and might be one of the best choices you’ll ever make.
When I began consciously remembering my past lives, I also began to understand why certain subjects came easily for me. Back in the day, I was one of two girls in my high school who signed up for architectural drafting. The class was an easy subject for me much to the consternation of the boys in the class. In fact, long before I signed up for the class, I began drawing pictures of buildings in isometric perspective. I did not know what it was called back then, but I did it because that was the way I saw the building in my mind’s eye.
I remember those pictures in my head as if it were yesterday and the knowing I felt when I said to myself, “I will be a designer.” I was only eleven years old. I was not wealthy, nor was I exposed to architects or designers except in a book that my teacher brought into the library of the country school I attended. The book was about the life of Frank Lloyd Wright and something in that book “triggered a memory.”
Long story short, I did not become an architect, but I did become an interior designer. I remembered other things that I can now relate to other past lives. For instance, I remember many lives where I practiced Feng Shui and also where I was psychic. In this life, I integrated my Feng Shui and psychic gifts with my interior design and created some amazing designs. And although I have now retired from interior design, I still integrate my psychic gifts with my new careers as past life regression therapist and writer. I wonder what else I will remember.
It made me wonder, what if we helped children remember their gifts and talents from previous lives and allowed them to develop those gifts more fully in this one? What kind of learning system would that be?
I dream of a time when we will remember more and nurture our creativity to its fullest. I believe I’ll come back to be part of the age of remembering.