Death is the ultimate surrender to the unknown. People go inward for their final journey just like the caterpillar. The caterpillar prepares itself for transformation without knowing the outcome. We, too, prepare for the unknown, and yet, just like the caterpillar come out with wings…angel wings. – Gina M. Gafford
Because you are alive, everything is possible. – Thich Nhat Hanh
There are 33 vertebrae in the human spine.
The symbolic “3” is seen in the trinity, mathematics, and the “33 degrees.” Thirty-three is also the numeric equivalent of the word AMEN. Jesus died at the age 33. Some people say that the “33” symbolizes the highest spiritual consciousness attainable by the human being. The United Nations flag has a world globe divided into 33 sections, encircled by olive branches. There are 33 vertebrae in the human spine (see the image above).
The number “8” is symbolic for eternity and infinity. The mathematical symbol for infinity is an “8” on its side. It also symbolizes harmony and balance. The word “rainbow” sums to the Number 800 which also is the value of the Greek words “Lord” and “Faith.” The octave is the Eighth Note that begins the musical cycle anew on a higher level.
Our master teachers around the world tell us that our human birth is rare and precious. It is vital that we do not waste our human existence. We have an opportunity to open our hearts and our eyes to the truth. It is an honor to be here. The photo above of Lord Shiva holds some of the keys to life. Study the image. Understand the symbolism. Use your intuition (3rd eye).
My recent exploration is working with my third eye. Every night I rub essential oils on my third eye point (the middle of my forehead). I want to open my third eye.
I am following my intuition. I even connect with material things on an intuitive level. As a hospice massage therapist, sometimes I have room in my schedule to see one more patient at the end of the day. When this happens, I say to myself, “I will use my intuition.” Sometimes the answer doesn’t come right away. So I put the decision into my car. The car will lead me intuitively to see a patient or not.
My vibration connects with material things. My car becomes an extension of me. Anything that I touch, I can connect with on an energetic level. As a massage therapist, I wash my hands a lot. When the water touches my hands, I ask the water to bless my hands. Water is alive.
I CONNECT WITH EVERYTHING!
I am connected to you – my dear reader. I am sending you loving energy to make you feel alive.
My third eye is opening! Sometimes I envision a beam of white light coming out of my third eye. I can feel myself changing every day. The third eye is the key to life. The third eye lets you see what your physical eyes do not allow you to see.
When the third eye opens, a whole new reality presents itself. I understand so much more about life. Like steps on a ladder, I gain higher and higher consciousness.
OM SHANTI OM
My 86-year-old hospice patient said she’s an old bird who can’t fly very well. I told her soon she will get new wings.
Thoughts are energy. I’ve noticed my thoughts a lot more lately. As a spiritual being, I know that my thoughts shape my life. Thoughts create my reality, and affect people too; especially my family, friends, co-workers, and patients.
During my work as a hospice massage therapist, I am aware of my thoughts when I work with my patients. I try to stay in the present moment and keep my thoughts positive. If my mind wanders too much, then I silently repeat the universal sound, Om. In my blog post, “The Magic of Om,” explains the importance of Om. It mentions that chanting Om increases synchronicity of particular biorhythms in the brain. My mind doesn’t wander when I chant Om, and I feel connected to the divine. Also, Om opens the third eye chakra to increase intuition and wisdom.
I work with the dying, so my thoughts are important. My patients have limited time in their body, and I am present to offer comfort and sacred space. It’s not the time to think about my schedule for the day or what I’m going to do in the evening. Also, I need to be aware of agitation or negative thoughts.
Sometimes my mind gets anxious, and I want to leave a patient’s room. It is challenging to work with people who are dying. There are a lot of emotions, and the energy in the room can be like pea soup. My most challenging times are when my patient has a lot of visitors. Many times I am the only professional in the room, so they look to me for support and comfort, and this can be stressful. Sometimes I say a short prayer before I enter my patient’s room. Silently repeating Om helps too.
So, if I am going to be the best person that I can be, I need to watch my thoughts. No one is perfect. We are human beings gifted with a full spectrum of thoughts and emotions. The rainbow doesn’t have just one color. As humans, we are colorful too. And we can use our colors to promote positive, loving, and beneficial thoughts towards ourselves and others.
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May my hands be full of skill.
May my heart be full of compassion.
May my head be full of wisdom.
I have lived with several Zen masters – all of them cats. Eckhart Tolle
Take the jerks out of your movement. Then take the jerks out of your life. – Ana Forrest