<![CDATA[ - Blog- My 4 Foot Space]]>Tue, 07 Nov 2017 16:53:40 -0600Weebly<![CDATA[Grounding]]>Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:13:00 GMThttp://zensational.biz/blog--my-4-foot-space/grounding Picture
I find myself doing the “squirrel” thing often. What I mean by that is getting distracted and not getting anything done like a dog chasing squirrels. The more time I spend raising my vibration to do readings, healings and meditations, the harder it is for me to remain focused and grounded. I know what to do, I’ve just been laxed in the execution of the many techniques that work for me. It occurred to me that perhaps I am not the only one who could use this information.

Before I begin, it’s been a few weeks since I made my intention list and  it’s time to reflect and modify if needed.
My gratitude’s have grown from my original list, I’m going to add:
  • I’m grateful for being back home.
  • I’m grateful for having new people in my family circle.
  • I’m grateful that winter has not yet found itself in Minnesota for my first year back. 50’s with rain at the end of November is a huge blessing!
I have a few new intentions to add with my current set as some are ongoing. I can always improve my vibration and want to keep these in the forefront.
  • I intend to grow Zensational by networking with other business people in my community.
  • I intend to re-read the” Game of Life and How to Play It” by Florence Scovell Shinn.
  • I intend to touch a hidden spring of abundance to generate income by utilizing my many skills which releases large sums of money to return to me, under grace, in miraculous ways.

Having a grounded person in your life is a huge bonus. Their energy can help you stay connected to earth, but you can’t rely on them to keep you grounded. It’s your job to take care of yourself. Here are a few techniques to help you stay grounded and centered.

Work with your chakras from the heart down, those are your connection to earth. If you are too far up in the clouds, look to the rainbow to find your ground. The chakra colors are red, orange, yellow, green blue, indigo and violet. The lower chakras are associated with the colors red, orange and yellow. You can wear them, eat them, smell them, mediate on them and carry them using clothing, foods, essential oils, images, and crystals.  

Certain crystals are particularly good with grounding. Choose stones that have earthy qualities. Dark stones, black, grey, brown, dark red, red, and orange are all good for grounding. Most often these stones and crystals can be bought at an affordable price and do not have to be gem quality. Bring in some dark stones from outside and sit with them for a while. You will feel their vibration and begin to lower your energy back down from the higher chakras and feel balanced.
A few grounding crystals:
  • Hematite
  • Black Tourmaline
  • Jet
  • Black Obsidian
  • Apache Tear
  • Red Jasper
  • Breciated Jasper
  • Fire Agate
  • Carnelian
  • Shiva Lingham
  • Smoky Quartz

5-minute Exercise to become grounded and centered:
Sit in a comfortable chair with your back upright, your legs together and feet touching the ground. Cup your hands and place in your lap (for an extra bonus, add grounding crystals in your hands and under your feet.) Take in a deep breath for the count of 7, hold for 7, release for the count of 7. Do this several times, begin to breath normally becoming mindful of your breath. Repeat aloud or to yourself. “I am grounded and centered to all things.” Open your eyes and move on feeling centered and balanced.

I use essential oils for grounding. The main oils that I work with are Patchouli, Bergamot, Neroli, Ylang ylang, Petigrain, wood oils, and earthy musky combinations. I have made a spritz that incorporates crystals, essential oils and Reiki for balancing and grounding. This is my “Easy Button” for grounding. A few spritzes of "Balance" before I leave in the morning and I am better equipped to maintain focus throughout my day.

Eating nutritious foods in the colors of the lower chakras and earth colors will help maintain grounded energy. Carbohydrates and proteins in particular have the ability to ground one’s energy.

Each of us are individuals and finding what works takes a few times to find the correct combination. It’s important to become a master of your own energy field. When you have a healthy aura, your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies will be healthy too.


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<![CDATA[Who Am I Not to Change the World]]>Wed, 09 Nov 2016 20:06:07 GMThttp://zensational.biz/blog--my-4-foot-space/1484157
Change starts within. The one thing I know for certain is that I am responsible for the energy around my 4x4 foot space. Nurturing is needed more than ever. I feel like as a society we are broken down and need to have our faith restored. I want to feel that everything is going to be OK and that it’ll better soon. The only way to make it all better is by starting with myself.  I’m getting back to the business of raising my vibration and working at living in unconditional love. My hope is that by doing so, I can create change in my environment and make a difference somewhere to someone or something somehow.

First thing I’m going to do is to check in on my 4-foot space and make note of what I am grateful for and what I want to manifest in my world.
  • I’m very blessed. I'm grateful that all my basic needs met and I’m in a loving and caring relationship.
  • I’m grateful to be near family and friends and social media allows me to catch up with those who are not close to me.
  • I'm grateful to be living my dream, working for myself doing what I love.
  • I’m grateful that I get to spend time with my dad.

My 4-foot world is spectacular, but as one of my most favorite affirmations states, “there is plenty for everyone including me”, what else do I want to manifest. What else can I bring into my space that creates light, happiness and abundance.
  • I intend that I am always in perfect health.
  • I intend that I am always guarded, guided and protected by God and my spiritual team.
  • I intend that I show kindness to people I meet.
  • I intend that I pay a kind action forward.
  • I intend that I generate a positive and loving environment.

I make these intentions for the highest and greatest good of the Universe, myself and all others involved, so it is… and so it shall be!

I’ll say my intentions for the next few days. When it’s time to make adjustments, I’ll reevaluate my 4-foot space, reflect on what came in and how I can make it better.
Healing begins with love, compassion and light to those around us. The more of us who feel unconditional love generates more of us that can change the world. “Who am I not to change the world!”

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<![CDATA[Canning Tomatoes with Reiki & Crystals]]>Sat, 20 Jul 2013 21:46:17 GMThttp://zensational.biz/blog--my-4-foot-space/canning-tomatoes-with-reiki-crystalsMy husband Ken has been working hard in our garden this year and we have our first batch of tomatoes to can. I like to incorporate the energy of Reiki and crystals into my food and canning offers the perfect opportunity to do so.
Things You Need:
Favorite Music
Tomatoes
Canner,and canning tools
Jars, Lids and Rings
Blender
Bowls
Pots
Crystals
Reiki
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Fresh Picked Tomatoes
PictureDishwasher Cycle
First thing to do is turn on your music then put your canning jars in to the dishwasher and set them on high temp to wash and heated dry. While they are washing, heat water to remove the skins and fill canner 3/4 full with hot water, place on stove medium heat.

PictureHot Water to Remove Skins
Wash tomatoes and sort using only the best tomatoes. Place a few tomatoes at a time in hot water to scald and remove skins. Leave in water for 45 seconds to one minute.

PictureBowl with Ice
Immediately place tomatoes into bowl of ice water. Cut out centers, blemishes and remove peal. While working with the tomatoes, I turn on my Reiki so the energy infuses into the tomatoes as I go.

PictureAdd Crystals into the Bowl
Choose crystals to place in the bowl for the tomatoes to soak up their energy while you are working on all of the tomatoes. I selected Shungite, Lumarian Seed Crystals, Tourmalinated Quartz and Sunstone. When I have all my tomatoes skinned, I let them sit with the crystal energy a few more minutes and give them more Reiki.

PictureBlend Tomatoes
Chop up the tomatoes and run through the blender. I like my tomatoes to have some chunky pieces in them so I do not blend them for very long.

PictureCook Tomatoes
Place blended tomatoes in pot and cook. Skim off foam as it begins to boil and check temperature. A safe minimal temperature for cooked foods is 165 degrees. I'd rather be safe than sorry later.

PictureFill Jars
Prepare lids by placing in pan with water and heat. Use a funnel and fill jar leaving an inch head space. I use a magnetic lid grabber to place lids on jar. Screw on jar rings snugly, but not too tight and place in canning rack.

PictureProcess Tomatoes in Canner
The canner is ready when the water is boiling. Place jars in boiling water slowly and process. Check guides for processing times in your area according to altitude and size of jar. (I did 25 min. They were already hot and brought to a safe temperature.)

PicturePints of Reiki and Crystal Infused Tomatoes
Remove from water bath when processing is completed. Let cool, and check seals. Remove rings, wipe jar dry and replace ring if you wish. Mark, store and enjoy!

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<![CDATA[Keeping My Space Happy]]>Tue, 18 Jun 2013 22:53:41 GMThttp://zensational.biz/blog--my-4-foot-space/keeping-my-space-happyI always try to keep my 4x4 space around me in the “Happy Zone” just like Bob Ross with his happy little trees that live in his paintings. But there are days where that is very difficult. Difficult because I don’t understand how there can be so much hate and intolerance in the world. Why do people feel the need to hate anyone who thinks differently than them?

Am I just like them because I don’t understand them? Where is my tolerance and love for anyone who is different than me? I have contemplated this on several occasions and my way of dealing with it is to put up my 4x4 ‘Happy Zone”. You see in my Happy Zone, I am surrounded by the golden white light from the Divine where only love and light may flow in and only love and light may flow out. There is no room for hate or intolerance in this space. I go on about my day and live in my reality of love and light.

There is a flaw to this I am beginning to discover. It’s as if I’m sweeping problems under a rug so I don’t have to deal with them. After all, I didn’t create it; those weren’t my thoughts or opinions of others. I am not responsible for how someone else chooses to live. I am only in charge of myself. I have told myself this over and over, and I do believe it, but…

It feels to me that when I sweep all that “stuff” under the rug, it just piles up. I didn’t do anything to dissolve it, I just covered it up. What happens when it is time to shake out the rug? How can I change the energy of all of that stuff that was covered up?

If I choose to go in the direction of non-resistance in order to diffuse energy instead of feeding it, does that really help? Or does non-resistance keep the negativity going because I am not doing anything to say that it is wrong? The struggle that goes on inside of me can be exhausting at times.

As I was contemplating that last thought, I heard one of my guides say, “What would Gandhi do?”

What would Gandhi do? I have no idea.

I looked to the New Age Wizard of Oz, a.k.a. Google. The all knowing great and powerful search engine that helps us find all of our answers to all of our questions. I found a few practical lessons of Gandhi.
Gandhi

1. Focus on the Inner Journey
  • The focus of Gandhi’s life was his quest for self-realization. He had a daily practice of meditation and prayer and often said that his sole goal was to come “face to face with God.”

So for me this message is to look within and concentrate on my relationship with the Divine and work on myself.


2. Practice Nonviolence
  • Gandhi believed that one cannot not harm another without harming oneself. Gandhi recognized that if God is in everyone, as he deeply believed, then he would have to love everyone, even his enemy.

I resonate with this; non-resistance can work, it does not mean that I am being complaisant. I cannot put my ideas and values on to anyone else for this will only hurt everyone involved. Who says what I believe is right for someone else? To find fault in someone elses beliefs or values is finding fault with my own.

3. Serve Others
  • Gandhi believed that God is in every person, without exception. Therefore, he devoted himself to serving humanity, especially the poor and outcast.

So I need to respect all of “those people”. If I don’t, who will respect me?

4. Be the Change
  • In large and small matters, Gandhi would not ask another person to do something he himself was not willing to do. This is best summed up in the Gandhi’s famous quote “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

In a nutshell, practice what I preach.


5. Experiment with Your Deepest Values
  • Gandhi said, “Truth and nonviolence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could do. Life and its problems have thus become to me so many experiments in the practice of truth and nonviolence.”

Keep trying until I get it right and live and be the person I want to be for myself.

I don’t know that I can achieve such oneness and inner beauty as Gandhi. I just know that I must keep trying to be in love and light. I’m like the little engine that could. I am just going to keep going down this track and get back on it when I get derailed. I am going to keep my “Happy Zone” because that is the change I want to see in the world even if it’s only 4x4. Perhaps one day it will double, triple or better yet, continue to grow larger than I could ever imagine.

Be the Change.

Thanks Gandhi!
Miki Orr-Muths

20 quotes from such a wonderful spirit: 
1. “Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.”
2. “Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”
3. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
4. “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
5. “You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.”
6. “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed”
7. “There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.” 
8. “An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”
9. “God has no religion.”
10. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” 
11. "Hate the sin, love the sinner."
12. "I cannot teach you violence, as I do not myself believe in it. I can only teach you not to bow your heads before any one even at the cost of your life." 
13. "In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth." - See more at: http://humansarefree.com/2011/01/mahatma-gandhi.html#sthash.Qg2XGUMy.dpuf
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<![CDATA[How To Become Regret Free]]>Tue, 21 May 2013 23:24:27 GMThttp://zensational.biz/blog--my-4-foot-space/how-to-become-regret-freeDo you have feelings of regret that you’d like to release from your mind? If we don’t know how to deal with regret in positive ways, it can negatively affect the rest of our lives. There are things that you can do to help prevent regret.
Your future is full of opportunities and possibilities.
It is yours to create, to enjoy or to suffer. -Unknown
LET YOU'RE PRIORITIES GUIDE YOU

The best ways to make decisions is to let your priorities guide you. When you are faced with a decision, determine what option aligns best with your highest and greatest good. What is the best decision for YOU. That is the key word, YOU, not someone else, but YOU. If you choose what’s best for someone else, you will be the one who regrets it. But if you choose according to your own priorities, regret is rarely a result. It’s important to understand that although you made a decision based on what was best for you, things may not go exactly as planned. The future is fluid and ever changing, you must be confident and have faith that all will be for your highest and greatest good.

HOW TO DETERMINE YOUR PRIORITIES

3-Steps to make decisions you can trust:
  1. Reflect. Think about what’s most important to you and write them down. Meditate and ask for guidance from your spiritual team to help you determine what is for your highest and greatest good.
  2. Arrange. Put them in order with the most important items at the top.
  3. Refer to your priority list when making choices. Go with the decision that aids the higher priorities over the lower ones. Make the best choice because you have your highest interests at heart.

BECOME ACTION-ORIENTED

Don’t regret the things you didn’t do. Avoid this mistake by developing an action-oriented mindset. Trust yourself to do what needs to be done to achieve your goal. This will boost your confidence. You are actively working on achieving your goals. It's EMPOWERING!
  1. Avoid procrastination; this increases the anxiety around the situation. If the “job” is too big, break it down to manageable parts.
  2. Plan your work and work your plan. Use a planner to keep you on task and follow it! Leave room for unexpected mishaps that may happen.
  3. Seek solutions to your challenges. Challenges are only bumps that take us off task for a short time. Immediately start to think outside the box and don’t get discouraged when stuff happens. These are meant to build you up, not tear you down.
      If you are able to keep changing yourself to face new difficulties and obstacles,you are likely to create a successful future. –Unknown
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OPPORTUNITIES

Spirit has a way of bringing opportunity to you; it’s up to you to recognize them and take action. If you spend too long thinking about it, your window of opportunity is likely to close. Listen to other people’s ideas and then apply them to your own situation. Ask yourself if there’s a way you can use this idea to bring you closer to your goals or make you life better. Keep and open mind.

MAKE GOOD MEMORIES

You can avoid regret by choosing to live a life of joy, and then pursue that life. Spend time making memories you want to have. Try reflecting on your life at the time when you are at the pearly gates talking to St. Peter. Would you be telling him that you spent your time thinking about greatness or are you going to tell him all the great things you accomplished?

Do something every day to bring the life you desire into the present and work it.

ELIMIANTE PAST REGRET

Release those past regrets and try not to harbor resentments, it only hurts you. Strive to let go of those things that no longer suit your greatest good. When you release, you create room for new growth.
Never regret anything in life
because what you’ve done in life
has made you the person you are today.
-Unknown
CHECK LIST TO BECOME REGRET FREE

1. Have I reflected on my core priorities, values and beliefs?

2. Do I let my priorities, values and beliefs guide me decisions?

3. Once I made my decisions, am I focused on Implementation?

4. Do I avoid the temptation to procrastinate?

5. Do I take the time to plan my work and work my plan?

6. Am I a solution-seeker when challenges arise?”

7. When opportunities come my way, do I seize the day?

8. Am I constantly making good memories?

9. Do I strive to let go of the past and move on?

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<![CDATA[Whipping up Essential Oil Blends]]>Wed, 01 May 2013 23:27:56 GMThttp://zensational.biz/blog--my-4-foot-space/whipping-up-essential-oil-blendsPicture
Once the essential oil bug has bitten, it’s hard to ignore it. You begin to build your collection of oils and stock pile recipes to use at a moment’s notice. The mad scientist in you comes out the minute someone has a cough or complains of an ailment. You begin to rub your palms together and look off into the distance as a concoction is formulating in the recesses of your mind. Eureka! You have got it and like magic you produce a small vial of liquid life force energy to help the healing begin.

I love working with essential oils, they can do so much to assists with healing and common ailments. Essential oils are God’s little gems of healing power. Opening up a bottle of lavender is like opening up a bottle of magic. I could go on and on about how wonderful they are to work with and the successes I’ve had when using them. To learn more about carrier oils and the different methods in how to use essential oils, click here.

For the most part I make my own blends as I need them. When I am working with someone, I work with my guides for assistance to pick the best oils for the job at hand. I’m always researching oils and looking for blend recipes. No one cook uses the same source all the time that’s why you have a whole drawer in your kitchen dedicated to recipe books. The Aromatherapist has the same drawer in his/her “lab” full of books and loose recipes of the perfect blends to try someday.

It should also be noted that no two blends are created equal. You are unique and so are the blends you create. Your energy and intention behind your blend is what makes it special; no two people can duplicated the exact same blend. So with that in mind, a blend that I create for a particular ailment may not work the same as a blend created by you. Use your own intuition and inner guidance when formulating and don’t forget the most important part. Do you like how it smells? I also infuse Reiki into each blend I create, if you do not have Reiki, you can hold the bottle in your hands; say a prayer and intend what you want your blend to help with.

Pure Essential oils and those blended with carrier oils should always be stored in a dark glass container, out of direct sunlight and in a cool dry place. I keep my essential oils and carrier oils in a mini refrigerator. Remember less is always more when working with essential oils. Use half the recommended dosages when working with children, those who are addicted to substances and/or alcohol, the elderly and those who have severe health conditions or going through a treatment regime. It’s a good idea to consult your health professional prior to use of any oils. Use caution and be aware that there are certain essential oils that should not be applied to the body if pregnant or nursing. (In general, it is best not to use essential oils if you are pregnant or nursing.)

When blending always start out with small amounts and test them in a small area for a reaction. The blends can be used for a number of purposes. They can be added to products, diffused or mixed with carrier oil and applied topically. Oils should not be applied to the skin at full strength or “neat”. Use the following quantifies as a guideline when blending essential oils with carrier oils.


Essential Oil   Carrier Oil
Drops             Milliliters     Teaspoons      Tablespoons

½-1                     1                 1                       -
1-5                      5                 1                      1
2-10                   10                 2                     1
3-15                   15                 3                     1
4-20                   20                 4                     1
5-25                   25                 5                     1
6-30                   30                 6                     2

Listed below are a few recipe blends to get you going. Learn about the oils that you have and experiment with creating your own unique blends. 10 ml of carrier oils can be added for topical application of the following recipes:
Calming #A
  • 2 drops bergamot
  • 3 drops lavender
  • 2 drops sandalwood

Calming #B
  • 1 drop clary sage
  •  2 drops lavender
  •  2 drops rose
  •  1 drop vetiver

Cold and Flu #A
  •  1 drop eucalyptus or tea tree
  •   2 drops lemon
  •   2 drops rosemary

Cold and Flu #B
  •   2 drops cinnamon
  •   2 drops pine
  •   2 drops rosemary

Congestion
  •   2 drops eucalyptus
  •   2 drops peppermint
  •   2 drops Cedarwood

Energy
  •   2 drops lemon
  •   1 drop grapefruit
  •   2 drops peppermint

Focus
  •   1 drop basil
  •   2 drops cypress
  •   2 drops lemon

Happiness
  •   2 drops bergamot
  •   2 drops jasmine
  •   1 drop rose
  •   1 drop sandalwood


Inflammation (never apply neat, dilute in 10-15 ml of carrier oil)
  •   2 drops clove bud
  •   2 drops peppermint

Insect repellent DIFUSE ONLY!
  •   2 drops citronella
  •   2 drops cedarwood
  •   2 drops eucalyptus
  •   2 drops tea tree
  •   2 drops patchouli

Odor Remover
  •   3 drops lavender
  •   1 drop orange
  •   1 drop lemon
  •   1 drop lime
  •   2 drops nutmeg

Sleepy Time
  • 3 drops lavender
  • 2 drops marjoram
  • 2 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 1 drop ylang, ylang

Stress Release
  •   2 drops lavender
  •   2 drops clary sage
  •   2 drops frankincense
  •   2 drops ylang, ylang

Harmonize
  •   2 drops Clary sage
  •   2 drops lavender
  •   3 drops orange
  •   1 drop ginger

Awaken the Higher Self
  •   2 drops Frankincense
  •   2 drops Rose
  •   2 drops Jasmine
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<![CDATA[Runes What Are They?]]>Fri, 22 Mar 2013 02:25:41 GMThttp://zensational.biz/blog--my-4-foot-space/runes-what-are-theyThe Runes were an alphabet used by the Germanic tribes from 150 AD until about the 1700’s. It was replaced by the current Roman alphabet that is used today. The oldest inscriptions were found in Denmark and Northern Germany. The main Germanic languages are English, German, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and Icelandic. The Runes were used for more than a system of writing; they were an integral part of their magical and religious culture. Their use survived in various forms in parts of Scandinavia. They were often used in magic, spells of protection, and for success in battle, as well as for healing.

From my readings on the Runes, I can say I am not a purest. I am interested in the New Age take on the Runes which for some, who study the Runes, find this appalling. Oh well…

The first and most popular is the Elder Futhark, which is usually presented in three groups of eight Aetts or families. Not much is known about their names or poems, but by comparing the various runes with the newer names and poems, an educated guess has been established.

Elder Futhark Runes
Elder Futhark Runes
Around 600-700 CE, the Anglo Saxons and Frisians developed their own version of the Runes. These have an extra 9 runes added making 33. The first 24 are almost identical to the Elder Futhark.
Anglo Saxon Runes
Anglo Saxon Runes
After a few centuries in Scandinavia during the 700’s, the Vikings developed a shorter version of the Futhark with 16 runes. They are called the Younger Futhark. These are sometimes referred to as Frey’s Aett, Hagall’s Aett and Tyr’s Aett
Younger Futhark Runes
Younger Futhark Runes
Most sets that are bought for New Age purposes are the Elder Futhark. I was drawn to Runes by my guides. I had to have a set so I could find out what kind of information they held for me.

On one evening in the middle of winter, I was quite a sight for the neighbors to behold. Armed with a flash light, my blue fuzzy slippers, winter coat and mittens I set out to find the perfect little stones to craft my own set or Runes. We had about 6 inches of snow on the ground and I shoveled off an area in the back yard where I knew I could find my stones. My mission was a success. After I warmed up, I took out a sharpie and drew each symbol on a pebble and placed them in a draw string bag. I had my very own set of Runes made just like the Vikings, well almost; I think it is safe to say Sharpies were not yet invented. But none the less, it was done in the spirit of the old traditions.

I can only talk about my personal use of the Runes. How you want to use them and interpret their meanings is up to you. I am the first to tell you I am not an expert. As I study what they are and how to use them, I find that some spend many years uncovering the secrets of the Runes.

When I use my Runes, I first create a question for what I want to ask. I then put my hand in the bag and take out whatever pebbels stick to my hands. I then consult my book of Runes I compiled and find my answers. So far they have been “spot on”. I will continue to learn about the Runes and use them in different ways, but for now, I’m happy with my limited understanding. All will come in good time.

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<![CDATA[The Year of the 50th]]>Tue, 05 Mar 2013 03:23:33 GMThttp://zensational.biz/blog--my-4-foot-space/the-year-of-the-50thI was pondering what to do for my 50th birthday this year. It’s a tradition amongst my sisters that we celebrate our memorable birthdays with some type of celebration. I had lots of ideas to go and do things with my sisters, but scheduling and available vacation time will not work out this year.

I came up with a brilliant plan; I was going to celebrate my 50th birthday all year long! Each month I’m going to do something special to validate my 50 years of life. So hence forward I shall dub the year 2013 as, “The Year of the 50th”!

Some of the celebrations will be big, some of them will be small, but they all will be special to me. The “Year of the 50th” is not about what others can do for me, it’s what I can do for myself and others.

I have learned many things on my spiritual journey and one very important lesson being learned is the validation of self.
Judging yourself is opposite of validating yourself. Judging creates inner pain and insecurities. Do you validate yourself or do you measure your worth by judging yourself?

Sometimes we don’t grow up with the validation we need from those who care for us. We may not even know that this is our responsibility to do this for ourselves. We have all heard the saying, “The only one that can make you happy is you.” No truer words can be said. Self-validation is necessary to feel happy, peaceful, worthy and have loving relationships with yourself and others.

Notice how you judge yourself rather than how you value yourself.

It is very easy to judge yourself. We are all our worst critics. If you asked me what I liked about myself, I would stammer, hem and haw and find it very difficult to list my attributes. But if you were to ask me what I didn’t like about myself, I would find it much easier to list my flaws.

This goes back to our conditioning we received when we were young. You were told to not brag about yourself or think too highly of yourself. This was being arrogant. It was better to be humble and modest. Those were desirable characteristic traits. As long as you strive to get approval from others, you will not be happy if you are still judging yourself.

Notice your feelings and trust your inner knowing rather than taking the opinions of others as “authority” for what is right or wrong for you. When you choose to be kind to yourself and to others and value yourself for your kindness, you will discover how good that makes you feel.

Learn to see yourself through the eyes of your Higher Self rather than through the eyes of your ego self. Spend time in meditation and ask for help from your spiritual team with assisting you in rewriting your personal history. Work on showing your inner self that you are special; treat yourself and others with loving kindness. Validating yourself will make you feel better and the validation from others will no longer matter.

Zensational has a great guided meditation that can assists you with letting go of past hurts, pain, and fears and opens the way for healing, abundance and love to come in. Visit the Zensational store to hear an sample of the meditation, "The Miracles of Healing"

Begin your year of celebration and validate who you are and share that with the rest of the world.

Love and Light,
Miki
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<![CDATA[Love Never Ends a message from co-author Barry Dundas]]>Thu, 21 Feb 2013 22:30:10 GMThttp://zensational.biz/blog--my-4-foot-space/love-never-ends-a-message-from-co-author-barry-dundas
Brandy Martin
Brandy Martin, Love Never Ends
I have asked myself many times why I helped Connie Martin write the book Love Never Ends. First, I am not an author. My writing experience has been limited to newsletter articles and seminary papers. Writing is neither my gift nor my passion in life. Second, this book is the kind of story that sends my skeptic radar into overload. Why in the world would I write a book about things that have no logical explanation? The simplest answer is that my friend Connie asked me to help her write her story and something inside me said yes. Something about her story is so compelling and so honest that I felt the desire to help her tell others. I could not say no.

The day Connie sat down in my office to share her story I could tell that she was being as honest as possible. She was not trying to convince me to believe something; she was telling me what she had experienced. I knew that she believed her experiences were real even if she was afraid that I did not. I saw no evidence that someone else was taking advantage of her grief or manipulating her for personal gain. Connie did not go seeking these experiences; they found her. The most important thing I saw in her story is how these amazing events helped bring healing to her spirit. My hope is that they can bring healing to lives of others who are hurting.

As a pastor, one of my concerns is how this story fits into my theology. It will be helpful for you to know that my theology is centered on grace, God’s unconditional love for humanity. I believe there is nothing more important than love, loving God and loving neighbor. When I hear the messages from Brandy, they are consistent with my theology. She cannot stop talking about love. One night I was reading the thirteenth chapter of I Corinthians. It is sometimes called Paul’s love chapter and therefore is read at about ninety percent of the weddings I perform. I often tell couples that it is a beautiful passage for their wedding, but Paul was not talking about marriage when he wrote it. Paul was talking about the most important thing in life – love. Without love we have missed the point; we are nothing. I realized that this chapter reflects Brandy’s messages. She tells her mother the same thing and, ultimately, that love never ends. It is from the Apostle Paul that Connie and I found the title for our book.

This book is Connie and Brandy’s story. It is a story of incredible pain and loss, but it is also a story about healing and love. My role has been to listen to Connie’s voice and to put it on paper. If you read this story, my prayer is that you can open your mind to the possibilities of love and the promise that all of our lives have meaning and purpose in this world and the next.

Barry Dundas, Senior Pastor
Trinity Untied Methodist Church
Salina, KS

To Purchase the book, click here


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<![CDATA[Candle Prayer]]>Sun, 10 Feb 2013 02:08:12 GMThttp://zensational.biz/blog--my-4-foot-space/candle-prayerI thought I would talk about how I use Candle Prayers. I like to use Candle Prayers for when I want to add extra energy into an intention, thought or ask for help with a particular problem I am facing.

The Candle Prayer that I'm going to discuss was the finishing touch to my Psychic Saturday Blog.

I had created an oil crystal infusion blend called "Know Thy Self" so I said a Candle Prayer to help me release old patterns and bring in new energy to connect with Spirit. To begin gather up all the items you will need.

Candle Prayer Items
Gather Items for Candle Prayer
Items I used:
  • White Candle to represent a blank canvas;
  • Red paper to list my gratitudes and intentions. Red signified to me "getting to the heart of things";
  • Red ribbon to tie my gratitudes/intentions paper;
  • Zensational Reflection Reiki Crystal Spirtz;
  • Incense blend I made with juniper berries, spearmint, chamomile and lavender buds to burn over charcoal disk in little frying pan;
  • Silver pen just because it added some bling;
  • Push Pin to write intention on candle;
  • Know Thy Self oil crystal Reiki infusion;
  • Soothing meditation music; and
  • Oil infusion blend I made earlier in the day just to get the energy from the prayer.

Gratitudes and Intentions Written Down
Write gratitudes and intentions on paper



I began by spraying with the Zensational's Reflection Spritz. Put myself in a golden white light of protection, only love and light into my space and only love and light flows out of my space. Next I applied Reiki to my space in all directions; north, south, east, west, below and above. I asked all positive energies as well as my angles, teachers and guides to come forward for my Candle Prayer. I took a moment to sit in quite and entered a light tans state.
When I was ready I wrote down my list of gratitudes and the intentions I wanted. I ended the list by stating, "I make these intentions for the highest and greatest good of the Universe, myself and all others involved... so it is and so shall it be, Amen."
I rolled up the intention paper and tied it with a red ribbon.

Anointing  the candle
Anointing the candle
 
I took the push pin and wrote on the candle "Know Thy Self" and "Positive Changes" and added a few drops of the Know Thy Self oil and spread it around the candle.

Light Candle
Light the candle
  Light the candle and meditate on your intention and visualize the changes you want to create. On this particular prayer I was moved to say a Rosary after a short meditation. Mary is the perfect choice to pray to for positive healing changes and releasing old patterns.

Release Gratitudes and Intentions
Release your Gratitudes and Intentions
When you have completed your meditation and feel the time is right, release your gratitudes and intentions to the Divine by burning them. This allows the smoke to be carried up into the heavens where your prayers are answered.

I sometimes just sit and watch the candle burn for a while or I walk away and let the candle burn on its own. You can either snuff out the candle or let it burn out on its own. (Remember do not leave the candle unattended.)

Your Candle Prayer is complete, have faith knowing that all you have created is being worked on by the Universe and if your intentions are for your highest and greatest good, you will see results. A good thing to also remember is that manifesting your intentions are on Spirit's time, not ours. All will happen at the perfect moment because spirit is never late.

Love and Light,
Miki

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