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I’m at my brother’s in Queensland, Australia for a visit. He’s on holidays so he’s “getting stuff done.” My brother is closer to 50 than 40. Neither of us wear glasses, but when I saw him squinting at the small print on an electronic device he was holding in his hand, I asked him whether he had reading glasses yet.
“No, I don’t need them. I just need more light.”
I laughed. “Yeah, me too.”
I’d noticed recently that my eyes take a longer time to focus, or the gaze stays “lazy” -not focusing until I tell them to. I never had to think about focusing my eyes before. But now, more often than not, I do.

“Tell your eyes to focus.” I tell him.
“Oh, ok.”
I’m more than a little surprised that he accepts my direction without some kind of cheeky comment. “Did it work?” I ask.
“Yeah, that worked”, he answers without any affect.
“So, it’s an extra step, but it’s good to know that your eyes listen to you, right?” Always the teacher.

I know that my body listens to directions I give it because I’ve been talking to it for the purpose of balance for many years. In addition, over the last decade, I have done my own home research, and have been told, through clients in hypnosis, by part of the mind that oversees this life, the part of the mind that is wise and has the answers to our questions, that the cells are conscious, listening (unless they are sick) and wise.

The times I have talked to my body directly, just like my brother telling his eyes to focus, have worked well. I have talked to my hypothalamus to stay hot flashes. I had a conversation with my uterus when, in the early 2000s, I went from having pain-free periods to painful ones (when I asked her what the pain was from, “she” told me matter-of-factly that it was the uterine wall mildly contracting, and I needed to be more self-nurturing). Daily, in meditation, as I prepare to sit, I ask my body to align itself -shoulders over hips, and it does.  I always say:

Where intention goes, energy flows. Where energy flows, biology goes.

Cell biologist Bruce Lipton‘s research has showed that cells are not only in communication with each other, but also in communication with a vast field of intelligence. Traditional textbooks are still teaching us that our cells are responding to programming from the genes. When we get sick, we often feel that it is something we have no control over. We say things like, “It runs in the family.” Or, “It’s on my mother’s side”, or  “I take after my mother.” The effect of being taught this falsehood that it makes us a victim of our circumstances and powerless to do anything about it. As a result, we have been believing that we can only be healed through an external answer; doctors, specialists, pharmaceuticals and invasive procedures. This has a detrimental effect on our well being. We put ourselves at risk for getting sicker from the medicines we are given. Remember, human beings have existed successfully without modern medicine for thousands and thousands of years.

We can adjust our own chemistry, but we have to do it through our consciousness and our perceptions of how we see the world. It’s easier to change your perceptions than it is to change your genes. When we recognize it is our beliefs that run the show, and we start emphasizing our beliefs and our psychology behind our health that is a self-empowering process.

– Bruce Lipton

Our subconscious beliefs are born out of the belief of separation. Like a wave believing it is separate from the ocean. One way they contribute to not working is the archetype we call the saboteur. Let’s pick the Universal  subconscious belief of, “I’m not good enough“. In spite of a very sensible conscious desire to succeed at school, in relationships, and at work, the subconscious makes sure that, “I’m not enough” is made true instead. It makes true what it thinks it is, so it will sabotage our success so it can be right. Procrastination, running late, missing the exit or the train, reading the map wrong, indecision, giving the wrong answer, forgetting to charge our phone so it goes dead and we can’t let our new love waiting know you got stuck in traffic are all effects of the subconscious making things happen to/for you. Subconscious programs are directly involved in creating our life.

The tricky thing is that we are not always aware of our beliefs. To use a computer as a metaphor, consider the body the computer hardware, the subconscious the operating system, and the conscious mind the programs we use to get our stuff done. The subconscious mind runs quietly in the background. It’s so quiet, we don’t realize what effects the subconscious mind has on our life. The beliefs that make up the subconscious mind contribute to all that is working and not working in our life circumstances.

What we need to do is get good at is making conscious the unconscious. According to Michigan State University Extension’s Stress Less with Mindfulness program, a modern person has 80,000 thoughts a day. 90 percent of these thoughts are ones we have had before, and 80 percent of these are negative. Our unconscious belief patterns are not too hard to find. They are lived out through how we feel, how we act and our habits. Our outer world is determined by the thoughts we are believing. So try this. Ask yourself:

  1. What in my direct world is not working? How are things going in terms of my work? My finances? My romantic relationship? My family relationships? Get it down on paper.
  2. What thoughts am I having about each of the categories that aren’t working? Get those thoughts down on paper. E.g., “I can’t do that”, “She doesn’t get me”, “I can’t afford it.”
  3. Make time for yourself to turn the thoughts around. Here are some methods I have used that work: Byron Katie’s The Work), Practice reaching for a better feeling thought with the law of allowing as taught by Abraham-Hicks), or ask your own Infinite Wisdom with a Know Thyself Session.

Keeping in mind that the physical body is a collection of 37-50 trillion cells, and that the word, “I” actually refers to the collective consciousness of all the body’s cells along with the subconscious and the conscious mind, what we come to realize is that our cells are listening to what we are saying, whether the messages we are broadcasting are conscious or unconscious.

In order to make real positive change in our life we need to change the programming of the subconscious and we need to commit to being the leader of our life and cells. When we were under the age of seven, our minds were like a sponge. We were naturally very open to suggestions regardless of whether these suggestions, or affirmations, are beneficial or harmful. A parent (innocently) telling her kid after she got paint on her dress; “Oh! that wasn’t very smart! I told you not to get it dirty before the party.” Or, the good ol’ English saying that has slithered in the psyche of children for over 400 years giving birth, “Children should be seen and not heard” rendering countless number of adults who can’t speak up, set boundaries, can’t process emotions, say what they need or want, who end up communicating by having tantrums or shutting down.

Our beliefs affect our biology. A life time of not speaking up, setting boundaries, letting emotions go, nor communicating what we want or need shows up in the body. The cells, listening to your inner screams, will use the body to set a boundary for you. It will cut you off by creating chronic or acute conditions, ailments and accidents. Literally, the cells shut down, they stop listening and as a result go maverick. In addition, research shows that stressful thoughts weaken the immune system which makes the body susceptible to disease. We can only catch something from the environment if our immune system is suppressed. Stress, including our thinking, is an immune suppressor. It becomes clear when we look at it, that our subconscious thoughts determine our reality.

Every Cell in Your Body is Listening to You

[Quantum Healing Hypnosis Session – September 2013]
Tom Taylor, my client, goes very deep into trance. In this session we had a conversation, with “Uncle Pat”, an uncle who had passed away when Tom was very young. In the session, Uncle Pat was telling us that we are more powerful than we thing we are, that instead of being victims to our biology, we can play God.

Listen to the short excerpt here. It’s just a little over 1 minute (Time stamp: 7:05 to 8:20)

Transcript:

“If you only knew. People here think that they pray to a God. Every cell in your body can hear you talk. You talk to the cell, each cell and every cell. You would be amazed at what you can overcome. The cells will listen. They want to, are willing to, work for you. Everything is a copy of everything which equals love.

Cells will do a dance, create and cure. Cancers. Hair loss. Whatever your ailment is. All you have to do is ask. Your body wishes you would open up to your cells also. Cells drive the body. Don’t ignore them. You ignore them, they’ll keep doing what you do, going through life aimlessly. They don’t want that. Open up to everything. Not just cells. The air, the breeze, trees…”

How to Talk to Your Body

The main ingredient to talking to our body is listening. The second is realizing that there is a greater intelligence than the personality mind that has the body working perfectly and is doing its best to stay balanced given the environment its been given (this includes our thinking). What is the God of my understanding thinking that I’m not thinking

Let’s try:
You may do this exercise as a writing meditation, where you go inside and then with a soft gaze open your eyes to write down the words or impressions you receive.

Sit comfortably or lay down.
Let the body melt into the support of the chair or the bed.
Let your eye lids rest over your eyes -no strain.
Sweep the mind clear of thoughts
Move your attention to the part of the body that is calling for your attention (pain, pressure, the site of a condition or ailment)
Keep your mind on this part of your body, feeling what it actually feels like.
Then say in your mind, “Hello [area of the body], how are you today?”
Listen for the answer. You may hear words or get a sound. You may get a feeling or a knowing, or you might feel physical sensation like a gurgle, a tingle, even a little jab. If you don’t hear words or get a knowing, ask yourself, “What feels right?”
Next ask, “What is the message this [pain, discomfort, condition] is telling me? What do I need to know?”
Listen for the answer.
Ask, “What do you need me to [think, do, be] for you to be happy, healthy and in your optimal state of wellbeing?”
Listen.
Ask, “What do I need to [understand, know, realize, believe] in order for us to be on the other side of it?]
Use the Ho’oponopono Prayer. Say, “I love you. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.”
Finally, ask for a final message, “What final message do you have for me that you want me to know? I’m listening now.
Listen.

It’s time NOW to start taking responsibility for our own health and healing. Clean up unconscious beliefs (apparent through your thoughts and current reality), taking care of the body by eating well -organic, whole foods, drinking water and herbal teas, regular moderate exercise, meditation and mindfulness practices -paying attention to your body and your thoughts, and active self-enquiry.

Feel free to share what you learn when you talk to your cells and your body. I’d love to hear. If you need help communicating with your body, we can set up an online session.

💞

Andrea Grace
www.andreagrace.com


Resources

Links to the full session with Uncle Pat via Tom Taylor:
Part 1: www.youtu.be/qa6V0T12NUM
Part 2: www.youtu.be/a-jKy1KUZi0

Book Recommendations:
Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton, PhD
Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Joe Dispenza


To connect with the wisdom of your cells, identify and shift limiting beliefs, consider a one-on-one session. Sessions can be in-person if you are local to New Jersey (I am located in Berkeley Heights), USA, or via Zoom if you are elsewhere. You may also wish to consider learning a natural healing art such as Reiki as a method of self-care.
Email Andrea at info@andreagrace.com, or call: 908-271-6670 x 1. You may need to leave a message. I will return your call within 48 hours unless I am traveling.

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“Have you got a new hearing aid, yet, dad?” I ask after Jane, my step mum, handed over the phone.

I had heard that hearing loss can exacerbate or be a cause of Alzheimer’s and dementia because the mind tries to fill in the gaps of what it misses and creates an alternate reality. I had told both of them this two or three phone calls ago, and so when I checked in the following week, dad had said he had started wearing it again, but only to lose the right hearing aid at the doctor’s office, or so he thought.

Jane chimes in from outside of the camera’s view, “No, we haven’t yet. I’m waiting for our card.”
Dad repeats what I just heard, “Not yet, we’re waiting for the card.”

“Oh, something I wanted to tell you.” He changes the subject, “We were watching something on TV that we thought you’d be interested in…”
I wait letting dad’s mind find what he’s thinking of.
“Oh, what was it?” he prompts himself.
I stay silent watching the top of his head. He’s holding the phone too far away and at too steep of an angle for me to see his whole face. I don’t tell him to adjust it.
“It’ll come to me,” he says.
I wait.

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It doesn’t come to him.
“Oh, it doesn’t matter. I’ll think of it.”
To save him, I say, “I was watching something interesting the other day, too. It was a 60 Minutes episode…”
“Oh, maybe that was it! When was that?” He interrupts.
“I was watching it on YouTube, dad. It wasn’t on regular TV.”
“Oh, ok.”
I’m relieved that he seems to understand. We aren’t in the same country, so I wouldn’t be watching the same television as him anyhow.
“It was a 60 Minutes segment about three women who had total recall.” I say.
“Really? You mean, they remember everything?”
“Yes, everything.” I wonder whether what I’m telling him is appropriate considering his frontal lobe is atrophying at a significantly fast rate and so new memories are gone before they have time to be stored or a pathway forged. I carry on, “You could say to any one of these women, ‘What were you doing on May the 3rd in 2005?’ and they’d be able to tell you exactly what they were doing -what they wore, what they ate, who they saw. Or, you’d be able to say, ‘What day of the week was January the 2nd 1992?’ and a calendar appears in their mind and they’re able to just look at it and say, ‘It was a Thursday.’ Their mind is like Google,” I conclude.
“Really? That’s amazing!”
I’m encouraged that he seems to be following what I’m telling him, so I continue, “Yeah, they did brain scans on these women, dad, and it seems they have something in common. There’s a part of the brain called the caudate nucleus that is significantly enlarged.” I turn the camera around so he can see the pictures I’ve pulled up on my computer screen. I show him how the caudate nucleus is shaped. “So I’ve been focusing on that part of my brain in my meditations.”
“Oh that’s good,” he says.

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Then, after a slight pause, “You know, I could take a walk in my body.”

😳
Uh oh.
Here we go.
He’s lost the plot.

I stay quiet waiting to see if I can make sense of where he’s coming from. He says, “When I was a little boy, I would walk with my mother every day after school at around four o’clock to check rabbit traps at the neighbors’.”

I have no idea what he’s talking about.
Rabbit traps?
Neighbors?
I had noticed on my last visit home that the Alzheimer’s trips his mind into the distant past because it has no easy access to recent memories to latch onto and to talk about. I don’t interrupt him.
“I liked walking behind her because you could see her Aurora.” The last word doesn’t sound right to him. “It’s not Aurora, is it?”
“Aura?” we both say at the same time.
“Yes, aura. Her aura was so big and bright. A big bright light around her head. It was so beautiful. I didn’t talk about it to anyone because, you know, it is mad. Not everyone had it, but she did. I would tell her, “I can see your light.” She would say, “I can’t see it”, but I could see it. It was really big and it was beautiful.”

My middle name is, “Grace”. Named after my grandmother, my dad’s mother, whom I never met. My aunt, the baby of the five (the one with curly blonde hair in the picture below, who is also a natural healer), had told me once that Grace had abilities. Special gifts. She could see and know things. Later in her life, she had worked with an Indian healer to heal her eyesight. Apparently, it had worked because there is a point when she appears in the photographs, like the one below, without her thick glasses. Grace’s grandmother, or great grandmother was, according to family lore, of American Indian descent. Dad told me, “Blackfoot” more than once. He loved to tell me that she was an American Indian Princess Opera singer who met an Englishman on board a boat. Both my dad and his oldest sister had the genealogy test done and sure enough the results came back showing American Indian ancestry. 

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Dad says next, “We would walk and I would walk in my body.”
Walk in his body? What is he talking about?
“What do you mean, dad, ‘Walk in your body’?” I prompt.
“I could take a walk inside my body. I could visit my lungs, and my organs and see how everything worked. It was remarkable.”
Now I’m beginning to understand. He could remote view his own body! He had, what some people call, “Divine Vision”, or “Medical intuition”.
“Really, dad? You could see your organs inside your body? How did you do that?”
“I don’t know. It happened spontaneously. I just would find myself walking inside my body looking at everything.”
I’m excited. This is a skill that I practice with the students in the Advanced Reiki Training classes. “Wow, dad. That’s a gift, you know. I practice that with my students, and you have that gift naturally. That’s amazing. It has a name, dad. It’s called, “Medical Intuition.” It’s not mad. It’s an ability.”
I can see his eyes smiling. He looks pleased. Pleased that I’ve acknowledged his gift, or pleased that he’s remembered something that was fun and interesting for him.

“Well, it was just natural for me. Maybe it came from the Indian side. When we were living in Belair on the main road, when you were…No wait, it was before you were born. Anyway, I would go for a walk to collect the insects after it rained. I was breeding fish at the time, and so I would collect the newly hatched insects and the eggs from the puddles. The fish loved it, so I would go out, collecting the insects and bugs –it was like my nature walk, and I would also walk through my body. I would check my lungs and see that, “Oh yes, they are strong and working beautifully!” and then walk to other organs and see what they looked like and how they were working.”
“Dad! This is amazing. You can do it again. You can scan your brain.  See how it looks, and then tell your brain to heal.”

I tell him my hypothalamus story. A few years ago, I had started to get hot flashes at night and I would wake up soaking wet. I asked my body to tell me what was the cause. I did this by getting still, feeling my body as it is, and saying loudly in my mind, “What is the cause?” I heard the word, “hypothalamus”. At that time, I didn’t know what a “hypothalamus” was. I had to go and look it up, and to my surprise, I learned that the hypothalamus controls body temperature. I had a knowing then that all I needed to do was tell the hypothalamus to regulate, so as the next wave of prickly heat started under my skin, I stated as if calling a misbehaving child to attention, “Hypothalamus!” And then, I gave the command; “Regulate!” Immediately, the prickly feeling would fade away. I was able to repeat this many times with a 100% success rate. I shared it with my peri-menopausal friends and they too had success.
“The mind has power, dad.” I conclude.

His turn to share. “I used to read books about monks who used their minds to do amazing things. Monks from…Not in India…Oh, where were they from?”
“Tibet? Nepal?” I offer.
“Yes! That’s it. Tibet! And they would be able to levitate and make themselves appear in different places.”
“Bilocate?”
“Yes! Bilocate. They had mastered many special abilities and skills.”

I had read books like that as well. Books that described how monks were trained to utilize their subtle senses through their energetic bodies. One exercise I read about was how they were able to walk blindfolded through a maze of young bamboo stalks protruding from the ground in all directions. They used their energy-bodies to feel where the bamboo was and to avoid it. It reminded me of Luke Skywalker practicing using The Force to fly his craft.

I turn my camera around again and show him on my computer screen the diagram of the brain.

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I point out the frontal lobe where the doctors have said that his brain is atrophying and then I show him again where the caudate nucleus is located behind the frontal lobe to make sure he’s got it.
I tell him, “Dad, go for a walk in your brain. Put your attention on your frontal lobe. When you put your attention there, the energy will flow there, and then the blood flows to where the energy goes bringing with it the white blood cells and platelets. Your focus brings healing dad. Then, as back up, you can focus on strengthening and enlarging the caudate nucleus.”
“Ok, that’s a good idea,” he enthuses.
“Maybe at around 2pm, dad, when your brain gets tired, you can sit and meditate and take a walk in your body, look at your brain, and tell it to heal.” I suggest. “Anything is possible, dad, and you have a natural ability.”
“Yes, but I’m lazy,” he counters.
“Dad!” I admonish, “It’s just an experiment. What else are you doing with that time?”
“Ok, yes, you’re right. I can try that. Can you send me those pictures?”
“Yes, I’ll send them as soon as I get off the phone with you. Dad, be sure to do this every day. You have a gift. Use it!”
“Yes, I will. This is a great conversation. I am so glad we had it.”
“Me too, dad. It’s the best conversation I’ve had all week. I’ll call you next week to check in. Go for a walk in your ears, too!”
He laughs. “Ok, that’s a good idea.”
“The mind has power, dad.”
“Oh, yes it does,” he agrees.


Watch the 60-Minutes Segment

60 Minutes Australia - Total Recall


Honoring the power of your mind!

With Love,

💕

Andrea


Join me for my Undoing the Dream workshop held at the Elila Center for Natural Healing in Berkeley Heights.

Or, to identify and shift limiting beliefs, connect with your Infinite Wisdom -the part of your consciousness that oversees your life and has all the answers, consider a one-on-one session. Sessions can be in-person if you are local to New Jersey, USA, or via Skype if you are elsewhere.

Email Andrea at info@andreagrace.com, or call: 908-271-6670 x 1. You may need to leave a message. I will return your call within 48 hours unless I am traveling.


 

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Did you know that your decisions are made 7 seconds before you become aware of them? That is, your unconscious mind makes a decision that your brain reacts to and 7 seconds later “you” make a conscious decision. Read more.

What else is happening at the unconscious level before it hits the conscious one?

For the first time in 30 years I have found myself once more on the other end of a nebulizer. It started after I began working in earnest on my Journey Through the Chakras project, a self-guided workshop through the human energetic anatomy to help nurture a balanced, empowered, spiritually aware life.

I’d been been starting this project for about a year. Not getting far. Little bursts without much continuity despite the recent attempts my friend Maria had made to give me deadlines at my request. So when our impressively creative and motivated friends Scott & Julie came to visit NJ from Vancouver in July and Julie asked me about my meditations and how was I doing recording them, I responded with red-wine infused enthusiasm, “You know what I would love? I would love to just spend two weeks with you guys and just produce.” To which, with equal enthusiasm, Julie responded, “When?!”

I arrived in Vancouver Friday, August 14th.

On the first days of writing, Monday and Tuesday, I completed the outline and started writing the section on the root chakra. That evening, my breathing was a little labored. This was strange and funny. Strange, because I had not had asthma in a very, very long time. Funny, because I was writing about the root chakra which governs physical health and vitality.

Have you ever heard of the Global Consciousness Project? I first became aware of it when I watched the 2010 documentary, Wake Up. The project measures how human consciousness interacts with its environment, specifically the effects global events have on human “hive” consciousness. What was amazing about this was that the EGG network (the system used to gather the data), showed that human consciousness was aware of the September 11 attacks up to four hours before the first plane hit the first tower.

Let me repeat:
The data showed that human global consciousness was aware something big was happening around 4 hours before it actually happened.

So! I didn’t realize it at the time, but it seemed like my body was predicting my next “decision”…

Writing about my past brought asthma back into my world.

On Wednesday, happily writing alongside Julie & Scott as they brainstormed story ideas for Kate & Mim-Mim, I  bounced back to write the Journey Through the Chakras introduction. In it, I share a time when I was camping and had an asthma attack and no medication to help me. After the initial panic, I was able to stop the symptoms using visualization and Reiki. On Thursday, I went further into my history remembering what happened the last time I had an attack and didn’t have medicine at hand, which was when I was 13 and at a school sports event -not having medicine had landed me in hospital. Friday, the asthma symptoms were worse and I had a raspy throat and a sharp cough, by Saturday, it felt like someone had a fist in my chest, asthma had squarely announced it wasn’t leaving and the sore throat meant my lymph nodes hurt and I found myself sucking on the slightly salty nebulizer air.

Your physical expression is a reflection of your environment.
~Bruce Lipton

The asthma symptoms started before I started writing, but there was already a subconscious intention to write about my asthma-soaked past. It was in my outline. I just didn’t know when I was going to get to it.  Then, on Wednesday and Thursday, I made my way back into asthma world through memory bringing it out on paper, so by Saturday I had what conventional medicine would likely label a chest infection. I was sick. I stopped writing. My throat was sore and my voice thick. I stopped recording meditations. It was not lost on me that according to the wisdom of the Chakra system, the throat is governed by communication and will. The whole purpose of my trip here is communication and expression.
Fascinating, isn’t it?

It is now Wednesday. It’s over. The asthma is back in the past where it belongs.
Perfect timing! Why? Because I read a tiny article yesterday that said that today, August 26th, 2015, is astrologically the best day to “spend tomorrow making a “passionate effort toward a great goal.” So! My chest is clear, my throat is open and I am setting my computer aside to record some meditations.

What is your body telling you about your beliefs?

What passionate effort toward a great goal are you going to make today?

Tomorrow, I leave Vancouver with so much love and gratitude to my friends, Julie & Scott and the whole family, for so graciously supporting the toddler stage of my project and nurturing me well again with so much loving kindness, and for asthma for reminding me how good it feels to be oh-so well!

I wish this kind of love and support and gratitude to you also. If it’s not yet reflected outside, your work is to nurture it inside.

Peace & Joy!

Andrea


To identify and shift limiting beliefs, consider a one-on-one session. Sessions can be in-person if you are local to New Jersey, or via Skype if you are elsewhere. You may also wish to consider learning a natural healing art such as Reiki as a method of self-care. In the second level (degree) of Reiki, breakthrough limiting beliefs to clear the environment for creation and manifestation.
Email Andrea at info@andreagrace.com, or call: 908-271-6670 x 1. You may need to leave a message. I will return your call within 48 hours unless I am traveling.