AMERICA, THE DREAM GOES ON There's a song in the dust of a country road on a wind that comes to call. And it sings in the farms and the factory towns and where you'd think there's be no song at all. And the words are the words that a father's heard as they whistle down the years. And the name of the song is the name of the dream that is music to our ears. America, America, and the dream does on. And the words that we read on the courthouse walls are the words that make us free. And the more we remember the way we began the closer we get to the best we can be. If ever there was a time that we forget its worth, all the struggles, and scars. If we leave to the children a sky full of hope and a flag filled with stars. There's a song in the dust of a country road. It's a song we must recall. And it sings in the songs of the farms and the factory towns and where you'd think there'd be no song at all. And the words are the words that a father's heard as they whistle down the years. And the name of the song is the name of the dream that is music to our ears. America, America, and the dream goes on. The voices are changing the songs they sing and it sings from sea to sea. And as long as the music is strong and clear we know that tomorrow we'll always be free. America, America, and the dream goes on. America, America. And the dream goes on. - John Williams
The following is a commentary from the movie, “Healing the Luminous Body: The Way of the Shaman.” The movie can be seen on Amazon (rent or buy).
We are born in this lifetime – along with the conditions, social rules, and culture. However, we need to break out of the cultural trance. We are luminous, eternal beings who live in the matrix or dream world. Alberto Villoldo, a psychologist and shaman, says, “We dream the world into being.”
All of us need to dream a dream of healing, beauty, and peace. We need to create a sacred, safe world. We cannot survive physically, emotionally, or spiritually if we do not feel safe. Our rainbow body (our Chakras) must be balanced to fully feel alive.
We must learn to work with the healing energy – it is then that we touch infinity and transformation. We need to open up like tuning forks and allow ourselves to vibrate with love and compassion.
Right now, we are bombarded by messages about what is going on in the world. We need to be informed, but we must not let it dominate our lives. As soon as we react to what is going on, we lose our higher consciousness.
If we are going to evolve as eternal beings, we must participate in our evolution by envisioning a future healed state of the earth. We can use destiny retrieval to travel into the future and heal what must be healed – tapping into quantum physics. This “seeing” is part of the renewed, human consciousness.
May we be blessed on our journeys. May we be the healers and the teachers that we so desperately need right now. May we have strong hearts.
Stay strong in your beliefs. The media thinks it can tell you what you can do and what you can’t do. Do not listen. The media rarely tells the truth. It is best not to watch, read, or listen to anything the media has to say. Protect your mind and do not fill your mind with garbage. Limit your time on the Internet. Think for yourself. Don’t let anyone tell you what to think.
I never thought, in my life, I would write about a pandemic and human rights and freedoms. It’s so easy to feel scared. However, we can not be afraid – that’s exactly what the media wants (and the people behind the media).
There are several things you can do to stay strong. First, remember you are an eternal human being. Call on God or your teacher (Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, etc.) to guide and protect you. Second, create a strong mind and a strong heart through meditation. You can train your mind to be calm and peaceful like a mountain lake. Let nothing shake you. And, third, you can stay strong by surrounding yourself with positive, like-minded people.
Remember there are lightworkers all over the world helping humanity.
Here is a centering visualization by Henry Fersko-Weiss:
For this visualization, sit with your eyes closed, so you can move more easily into your imagination. Start with a minute or two of breath meditation, then call up the image of a still pool of water – perhaps in a forest or near a mountain. Then visualize sitting at the edge of the water watching the surface. A frog jumps in the water, creating ripples that move outward in all directions from the plop of where it entered the water. Continue to watch the surface of the water, as the ripples slowly dissipate until the pool is completely still again. You, also, gradually become that stillness. Then, when you are ready, open your eyes and carry that stillness and the receptivity of the pool in your mind.
You are born in this lifetime for a reason. If you are reading these words, then you a lightworker. A lightworker is a human being who is a compassionate and brave leader. You know what is right and wrong. You are grounded like a tree and, yet, your perspective is open like the flight of a bird.
Right now, we need you. Your fellow human beings need you. Please turn on your light so others can find you. Grab your staff. It’s time to walk.
Please have the courage to speak up – if you know it’s the right thing to do. I have an example from my life. If anyone follows my blog, then they know that I do not trust the experimental Covid-19 vaccines (for many reasons). Well, I know an assisted living facility that was asking people, during the health screen, if they received the Covid-19 vaccine. Two out of three of my visits, I was asked if I received the Covid-19 vaccines. Both times, I said it was confidential information.
Well, I did some research and I found out that, according to the HIPAA, no business can ask about medical information (including the Covid-19 shot). I sent the Executive Director, of the assisted living facility, the quote from HIPAA. She emailed me back saying that I was correct and that they will remove the question from their screening sheets.
From HIPAA – Federal Law (laws do not change overnight):
“ The Privacy Rule, a Federal law, gives you rights over your health information and sets rules and limits on who can look at and receive your health information. The Privacy Rule applies to all forms of individuals’ protected health information, whether electronic, written, or oral.”
I am one person, but I made a difference. I want to protect people’s rights and freedoms. I am a lightworker.
Please stand up, speak up, and walk the way of the truth. Be brave and courageous.
You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results. – Mahatma Gandhi
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
Check out my new co-authored article, “Reiki and Alzheimer’s Disease.” My good friend, David Thomas, and I wrote this article together. You can buy 1-year (4 issues) from Amazon. Many co-ops carry the magazine too.
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.
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.
Here are the links to my articles on death and dying:
Here is an article about fear:
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
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.