Chi, Focus, and Intention

Last week I watched the Disney movie, Mulan (2020). I thought the movie was very good. Mulan followed her heart, regardless of the consequences. She was focused and brave. When someone is focused, the energy is like a laser. Mulan risked her life to do what was right. I found it interesting, in the story, how Mulan worked with her “Chi.” The word Chi means “vital energy.”

I like to think about how I can bring Chi and focus into my current life situation. There’s a lot to consider regarding the pandemic and the world situation. How can I be brave and focused? How can I get to know my energetic self? I can get to know my energetic self, for example, by practicing Qigong, Tai Chi, and Reiki.

Also, Mulan was very humble. She knew that she had the gift of Chi inside her, but she did not let it get to her head. Instead, she was guided by her heart and intuition.

Mulan had strong intentions to do what was right. It is good to have very specific intentions. These specific intentions create strong vibrations and energetic coherence. According to the dictionary, “coherence” is the quality of forming a unified whole. So, when we have strong intentions, we tap into the unified field of consciousness.

I have a little story to tell you about energetic coherence. My favorite flower is the red rose. I love the red rose because of its delicate fragrance and beauty. A couple of weeks ago, for the first time, I decided to buy an artificial red rose. I put it in an antique vase by my kitchen window. I was happy to see the rose every morning, and I knew that my cat would not chew on it.

Well, a week later, I received a fresh, spring bouquet. In the middle of the arrangement, was two white roses. I put one white rose in the vase instead of the artificial one. Now I have a fresh, beautiful rose to smell every day (see the photo above).

It may seem like a simple story, but my energetic coherence to have a real rose was strong – I needed to have a real rose (and the Universe delivered). I received two white roses. The white rose symbolizes unity, purity, respect, and love.

I am so thankful for the simple pleasures in life, and I am happy to report that my cat leaves the rose (and spring bouquet) alone.

So, think about your life. How can you use specific intentions to increase energetic coherence? Can you do what is right in your life – and be brave enough to follow your intuition? How can you increase your Chi?

My Chi (March 2021)

I have something called Chi.
It brews inside me like tea.
My Chi is ancient and bold.
It is hot and cold.

The power pulses inside.
It synchronizes with the ocean tide.
My Chi calls out to me -
Feel the energy and expand to the universal sea.

- Gina M. Gafford

Namaste, world.

Be Brave Inside

A few weeks ago, I told a struggling patient, “Be brave inside.” They are such powerful words. I need to hear those words right now, especially during these uncertain times. I feel anxiety when I am on the Internet. I don’t know what information is true and what is not. I have to limit my time on the Internet. Right now, I can’t let the outside world in – it’s too stressful. I need to protect myself and cultivate love, wisdom, and bravery.

I decided not to take the experimental Covid-19 vaccines. I have allergies and I do not trust the vaccines. I stand firm in my decision – but I feel pressure from society to take the vaccinations. There’s a lot of fear about what will happen to people who do not take the vaccines (like being restricted from travel, shopping, etc.). I decided to face anything that comes my way. I need to be brave inside and out.

I feel alone in my decision not to take the Covid-19 vaccines, but I’m not alone. Many, many people are deciding to wait or refuse the vaccines altogether (about 40-50% of the US population). Each person needs to decide what is right for them.

We need to respect everyone’s decision regarding the vaccine. There are a lot of strong opinions out there! Let’s not let the vaccine divide us. Also, this country is built on freedom of speech. We need to hold onto our freedoms – for our country and the world.

Be brave like our national bird, the Bald Eagle. May you find the courage to live with integrity, limitless perspective, and keen strength.

The Hippocratic Oath says, “Either help or do not harm the patient.” The Covid-19 vaccines harm people. My friend was hospitalized after the Covid-19 shot.

Namaste, world.

The Fear of Death

Human DNA

The Coronavirus allows us to look at death. Why do we fear death so much? I find it interesting that many of my hospice patients received the Covid-19 vaccine this week. Most hospice patients have six months or less to live. What is going on? Do the family members want them to have the vaccine?

It is not my place to judge anyone or anything. I can have a curiosity – but no judgment. Each person needs to decide what is right for them. However, I find it fascinating how fear can change our behavior.

BJ Miller, a hospice and palliative medicine physician, says, ” We really have only two choices: to share life with death or to be robbed by death.” Death is part of life. Miller continues to say, “Cells are dying and growing all day, every day.” Death and birth are natural cycles of life. Fear can hold us back from living.

In one of my blog posts, I wrote about fear and how it surrounds you with walls. Fear can limit your understanding and awareness. So, you need to break down those walls!

I’ve worked with hundreds of hospice patients and wrote several articles on death and dying. So, what do I think is death? Death is an illusion. Why do I think so? Because “life is but a dream.”

No one and nothing can hurt me because I’m already dead. Life and death are woven together like the strands of human DNA. Quantum physics can explain a lot about death.

Let me try to give an example. Almost three weeks ago, I was visiting my best friend in Florida. When I was there, everything seemed so real – but now that I’m home, my time in Florida feels more like a dream. I am there, I am here – which one is it? Everything is an illusion. Even the “death event” is an illusion.

Diarmuid O’Murchu says in his book, Quantum Theology, “With the growing realization that our world is one in all its dimensions, the notion of a next world fell into disfavor. We have come to understand heaven, hell, and purgatory as states of being (not places) within the one world.” He continues to say, “According to the old theology, in death, we humans became a-cosmic (cut off from the cosmos). In our new understanding, we become pan-cosmic; we enter into a new relationship with the whole cosmos.”

I would like to take it one step further and say that we are pan-cosmic right now. So, in a nutshell, do not fear death – you are part of it eternally. Live life fully and love with your whole heart.

Namaste, world.

Here are the links to my articles on death and dying:

Wellness in the Face of Death – The Edge Magazine

https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:f31dc22b-4237-4623-9c65-0035ea0ba391

Here is an article about fear:

7 Things to Remember about Fear – The Edge Magazine

Better Days are Ahead

Yesterday, I saw a new hospice patient. I’ve been a hospice massage therapist for almost five years, and I have a master’s degree in Holistic Health Studies. My new patient, whom I will call April, is an 82 years old woman who lives in a nursing home. She is wheelchair-bound and has severe dementia. When I asked her how she was feeling, she said that she’s confused. Her eyes teared up a little as she briefly looked at me. I held her hand and said, “Better days are ahead.”

I hold true to my words – better days are ahead. Everything in life is impermanent. My patient’s condition is a temporary experience as a human being. And you have a choice – you can see bright days or gloomy days. The hope in your heart needs to be nourished – like planting seeds for the future.

The Coronavirus is also a temporary experience. Bring your weary soul to the sun. See that the sun has a promise – to rise every morning. You, too, must get up every morning with hope and love in your heart. Never give up – like the sun.

 Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

Namaste, world.

Crazy World

The more that I am on the Internet, the crazier the world seems to be. I am trying hard not to read the information on the Internet, watch T.V., or watch videos on YouTube. It’s easy to get hooked on the Internet and then realize that I’ve been on the computer for hours.

The information and energy around me can cloud my perception. Walking in nature can reset my perception. The birds are still chirping, and the sun is still shining. I need to protect my mind from outside influences.

Human beings are at a crossroads, and the world appears to be changing before our eyes. We need to use our wisdom for each decision. The only direction we need to go is toward our spirituality.

We live in two worlds – spiritual and physical. The physical mind loves information – even false information. We need to be careful about the messages we receive. Protect your mind and stay in the spiritual world.

How can you stay in the spiritual world? Connect to your spiritual and religious beliefs. Stay centered by mediating or praying. Read scripture or sacred texts, do yoga, write in a journal, and connect with your religious or spiritual community. Stay in the spiritual world by keeping your mind pure and clean – do not let garbage fill your mind.

The “crazy world” is only a clouded perception. Return to nature and your spiritual world.

Namaste, world.

The Impossible

Last week, I received a message in a dream during the night. The message was clear, and it said, “Imagine the impossible.” I do not fully understand the message. However, I can sense feelings around it. My feelings are of wonderment, mystery, awe, and expansion. I get the feeling that humans are on a path to new knowledge and enlightenment.

Humans are powerful. The history books only tell a short story – and not the full story. The new enlightenment will open our eyes to new and hidden discoveries. We will understand the concept “Where thoughts go, energy flows.” The power of the mind, imagination, and mental telepathy will gain new understanding.

It’s an exciting time to be alive. The cracks are opening for all human beings. The power of our minds will help us imagine the impossible.

Namaste, world.

Tips to Reduce Stress II

Clearwater Beach, Florida (Photo by Gina M. Gafford)

The best way to reduce stress is through self-care. My self-care includes slowing down, resting, taking a bath, eating well, taking the time to reflect, getting a massage, listening to a relaxing podcast, meditating, doing yoga, walking my dog, and spending time with good friends and family.

Here are a few more tips for reducing stress (taken from the Ridgeview Medical Center, Home Health Services resource sheet):

  1. Stress reduction in five minutes. Meditation, deep breathing, and yoga increases oxygen, moves your body, and focuses your mind. Just take 5 minutes twice a day (morning and evening) to do yoga and meditation. Studies show that this lowers blood pressure, releases healing hormones into your body, increases creativity, increases productivity, and increases your ability to handle stressful situations.
  2. Exercise at least 30 minutes every day. Walk your dog, walk at lunch, or set a treadmill up in your living room so you can exercise and watch your favorite show while you give your body life. Discover new exercises such as Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi, or Qigong. Death rates from all causes, including heart disease and cancer, are much lower in people exercising 30 minutes a day. Exercise lowers the risk of strokes, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis.
  3. Laugh as often as possible to release healing hormones such as endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. Do not buy pills for your stress. Rent a funny movie or go online to a humorous site daily. Laughter lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, and boosts your immune function.
  4. Play and re-establish “child-like” qualities. Science tells us when we play; it increases our immune cells that combat disease. Playfulness also increases creativity and optimism at home and work.
  5. Pay attention. When we daily pay attention and learn to live a life of awareness and mindfulness, we become aware of our emotions, our choices, our relationships, our home life, our work, we can begin to live a rich life of awareness. Practicing mindfulness reduces anxiety and depression.
  6. Eat breakfast. Breakfast eaters are healthier and live longer than non-breakfast eaters. Research has shown that people who live to the age of 100 were consistent breakfast eaters or they consumed breakfast more frequently than non-breakfast eaters. People who eat breakfast consumed less fat and had a higher intake of essential vitamins and minerals, and lower serum cholesterol, which leads to a lower instance of heart disease.
  7. Get a pet. Studies reveal there are benefits of owning a pet, such as reduction of blood pressure and inducing a relaxation response in our bodies. Pets are emotional lifesavers, they help people experience intimacy and help with changes and loss in our lives.
  8. Create Friendships. Friendships are strong indicators of mental, physical and spiritual health. Friendship is not a luxury but is essential to work-life balance and your health. Studies show that isolation decreases immune functioning and increases mortality risk.
  9. Attitude of Gratitude. It is physiologically impossible to be grateful and experience stress at the same time. Research shows grateful individuals report having more energy and less physical complaints than their non-grateful counterparts. Studies tell us daily gratitude exercises resulted in high levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism, and energy.
  10. Altruism and philanthropy. A generous soul lives a rich, abundant life. Altruism neutralizes negative emotions that affect immune, endocrine and cardiovascular function. Altruism creates physiological responses or “helpers high” that makes people feel stronger and more energetic and counters harmful effects of stress.

I hope these tips are helpful to you.

Namaste, world.

The Gift of Being a Woman

God wants women to be on earth. We are part of life and embody virtue and sacredness. No one and nothing can take that away. No suppression, or oppression, or aggression can stop the goodness of women.

Most religious texts leave out half of the population – as if women do not exist. Also, women are seen as less than men. Male children are favored over female children. It goes on and on.

Some religions celebrated the femininity – like Egyptian and Pagan religions. It is a fact that women are better humans than men in all aspects of life. Women, unlike men, do not need to hide behind religion to be great.

It is a gift to be a woman. As a spiritual being, the ascension to enlightenment can be accelerated because of the trials and tribulations of living life as a woman. Life is more difficult for a woman than it is for a man. The spiritual lessons that we learn are not done in vain.

Every religious path is open to women – whether it is recognized or not. No one can take away a woman’s yearning to learn about the spiritual life. If her heart beats with love and her mind shines with wisdom, she will excel in the eyes of God.

Namaste, world.

New Year Blessing

Loving-Kindness Blessing

  • MAY YOU BE SAFE AND PROTECTED
  • MAY WISDOM AND COMPASSION ALWAYS LIVE IN YOUR HEART
  • MAY YOUR BODY/MIND BE HEALTHY AND STRONG
  • MAY YOU HAVE THE COURAGE TO TURN FEAR INTO LOVE
  • MAY YOU BE FREE FROM INNER AND OUTER HARM
  • MAY YOU BE MINDFUL EVERY DAY
  • MAY YOU BE HAPPY
  • MAY YOU LIVE WITH EASE IN THIS WORLD
  • MAY YOU BE FREE FROM SUFFERING
  • MAY YOU LOVE AND ACCEPT YOURSELF JUST AS YOU ARE
  • MAY AWARENESS AND LOVE ALWAYS PROTECT YOU
  • MAY GOD (UNIVERSE) BE WITH YOU

Happy New Year!

Namaste, world.