Prying Loose from the Noose of Conditioning
It seems at times that our minds can be endlessly complicated by a multitude of stimuli, any part of which can trigger a response from our conditioned programming. In his book, “2012 The Return of Quetzalcoatl,” Daniel Pinchbeck, consciousness researcher and bestselling author agrees:
Breathe in, Breathe out
Since I last wrote to you quoting the late psychiatrist, Carl Jung, I have encountered one of those pesky “insoluble problems” he referred to. You may recall that he said these problems can’t really be solved but rather “outgrown” when arriving at a “new level of consciousness.” What do you suppose he meant by reaching such a state? Was he referring to what the spiritual masters call, enlightenment? If so, can you have glimmers of that state even though you haven’t yet fully arrived?
Step Back From Your Worry
While taking a late summer hike a couple of weeks ago and seeing signs of fall creep in to the mountain landscape, I watched myself start to worry about the inevitable winter to come. That worry led me to a quote from my favorite philosopher, Henry David Thoreau, and a section in my latest book, Self-Belonging, to be published early 2020.
On Merging Science and Creationism
Several weeks ago, someone asked me if I’d ever studied atheism. Over my 25 years of researching human consciousness, science and spiritual growth, I had to say the topic hadn’t crossed my radar. Apart from having read The Origin, where Dan Brown pits creationism against science, which was interesting (though not convincing) I’ve never had the slightest inclination to explore the subject.
Connection—"A Thousand Points of Light”
Mona Charon, senior fellow at the Ethics and Public policy center, recently wrote an article titled, Why Are Americans So Sad? Charon states, “So called diseases of despair (cirrhosis of the liver, suicide, and drug overdose) have hit record rates nationwide,” and because of that life expectancy is declining. She cites “chronic loneliness” or feelings of isolation as one of the culprits.
Angels and Grace
Yesterday I started out having what I judged to be a ‘bad day.’ I’d had dental surgery the day before and upon arising, it felt like things were going south in my mouth. Unable to ignore the repeated throbbing in my jaw, I made an appointment with the dentist (not the surgeon who’d performed the procedure). Turns out that dentist is the sweetest (as dentists go). He poked and prodded and took pictures and finally came up with a simple solution to help ease the pain, following which things began to improve. And, he didn’t charge me a dime.
Dealing with Agnes
These are interesting times—no doubt about it… lots of drama and darkness in high places, and it’s so easy to get all swept up. Whether it’s Rachel Maddow, Sean Hannity, Blitzer or Colbert, discussions in the media are often about what went wrong on any given day and who is to blame. Much less fashionable are talking points on what actually might work to support the greater good, regardless of political persuasion. And speaking of what might work to support the greater good, I’ve been thinking about that topic for a while now. I even wrote a book about starting a new love story on planet earth. A pretty lofty goal, I know. But, even so, what’s stopping us?
While some of you may have already received the message (blog) below, which I sent out a couple of weeks ago (bear with me here), I couldn’t resist forwarding it along again as a lead in to my latest insight related to letting go…
Flash of Insight
While hiking my favorite trail a few days ago, that, to my delight, just opened for the summer, I contemplated how the compost of the past can magically support the sprouting of our spirit in the present.
Using Our Relationships as a Template for Spiritual Practice
Excerpts from Self-Belonging to be published around Valentine’s day 2018 (stay tuned to receive your advance copy) and Happily Ever After…Right Now.
The late Scott Peck, author of The Road Less Traveled, defines true love as this: “The desire to contribute to another’s spiritual growth.” Peck’s definition says nothing about finding someone to complete you or make you happy (or vice versa). So whether or not the relationship is sustainable, if you decide to use it as a spiritual practice, you can choose to grow in the presence of another (while contributing to his/her growth) without a need or desire to change him/her so that you can be happy and comfortable. Instead, you work on being present and available for...
Maximize Your Happiness Potential ...The desire for happiness is essential to man. It is the motivator of all our acts. The most venerable, clearly understood, enlightened, and reliable constant in the world is not only that we want to be happy, but that we want only to be so." - Matthieu Ricard
There is an endless supply of resources on how to follow the yellow brick road to happiness. And in recent years, the scientific community has jumped on board fortifying us with impressive data providing empirical evidence to show that we as a species have been hardwired to operate from a foundation of happiness and well-being (Happily Ever After...Right Now, prologue xxx). All we have to do to create that possibility...
Inspirational Quotes on Your Heart's Deepest Yearning
"Let your heart’s deepest yearning be to become all of those things which you are tempted to seek from another. In your becoming you will get that there is nothing to get.”
--Luann Robinson Hull
Caring Science: Sacred Wisdom of Loving Kindness, Compassion and Forgiveness
We could all use a little more peace, balance & happiness, right? This one day workshop is designed to provide you with the basic tools to get started right now. This workshop, co-facilitated by Jean Watson(WCSI) and Luann Robinson Hull, will explore specific mind-body healing practices of caring science as sacred science. Current breakthroughs and pioneering mind-body-spirit scientific underpinnings will be explored alongside with ancient, timeless Indigenous rituals. WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday, July 9 , 2014 Millennium Harvest House, 1345 Twenty-Eighth Street, Boulder, CO 80302 Register Now! Download Flyer!
Grateful for You
As we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday, I wanted to let you know of my feelings of gratitude for all of you. I so appreciate the many comments and responses to our gems and cannot tell you how inspiring each and every one of you is in my life.
One of you wrote this to me after my last gem: “I am deeply thankful that neuroscience now shows us the positive brain evidence, that supports choice versus fight or flight and to nurture self is the key to our new evolution as human BEINGS.” I loved this woman’s insights reminding me that many of you “out there,” are making note, like those of us on the Happily team, that we have a plethora of choices on...
It was a Soulful Weekend…
Thanks to all who participated in the Immersion weekend offered by Jess Jacobsen and me last weekend in Carbondale, Colorado. We did some inner exploration around our soul’s purpose and how to unlock our limitless potential, and it was exhilarating! The mixture of lecture and practice turned out to be a winning combination that resonated with our lovely gathering of beautiful souls!
For those of you who couldn’t be there, we spent time together reviewing some of our “inner workings,” looking at why and how we get triggered, which hijacks or log-jams our peace and creative potential. As neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux points out,
“human consciousness is the way it is because of the way our brains operate…emotions evolved not as conscious feelings,...
Your Sacred Soul ~ An Immersion with Luann Robinson Hull
Click here for more information WHEN & WHERE: Friday, November 9 & 10, 2013 at True Nature Healing Arts, 100 N 3rd St, Carbondale, CO 81623 Join Compassionate Healer & Teacher, Jessica Jacobson, ABT & Award Winning Author, Luann Robinson Hull, MSW, LSCSW, D.Min for a two day immersion bringing the mind, heart and body together to deepen into your best self. Register Now!
Broadening Our Outlook
It seems like there is some pretty significant turmoil in the world--people having trouble getting along--from the personal to the global level. Women want one thing in a relationship--men want another. The Republicans have a position--and so do the Democrats. As humans, we just plain struggle to get past our own stubborn stand on things--our feelings of righteous indignation. Why is it so hard for us to move into states of compassion and empathy for the other guy/gal? Why does our positionality laced with its fears and insecurities, so often have a stronger voice than a compassionate, loving heart?
I am no newcomer to the planet and I have been studying human behavior for over twenty-five years. I gotta tell ya,...
Insights~ Connecting Souls Through Discovery, Sharing and Meditation Insights meets every Wednesday 6-7 pm at Aspen Chapel Insights is community gathering together to meditate, to explore various traditions and spiritual views, and to share perspectives and personal experiences. It is a unique program in that everyone is welcome to receive as a student and to give as a teacher. We sit in a non-religious circle of trust. We meditate, explore and commune. Luann Robinson Hull will facilitate the gathering on Wednesday, July 26. Her topic is: “How Can We Use Our Relationships as a Template for Spiritual Practice?”
EVERYONE IS WELCOME!! Hope to see you! Barbara Bloemsma, Facilitator
Taking the Road Less Traveled by Robert Frost
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference" -- Robert Frost It is getting to be late in the season and the gondola that I use for transport down the mountain after a hike will soon be shutting down, so, I decided to go on another hike this morning.
Today, I decided to take the “road less traveled by” so I could discuss the topic of resistance first-hand with you. Since our discussion last time was on courage, I thought it might be appropriate to explore the subject of resistance or avoiding the inclination to give into fear and taking the path of least resistance.
Courage! A Labor of Love
In my last message, Taking Back Our Emotional Wellbeing, I talked about proven ways to interrupt the brain's conditioned mechanism to "emotionally hi-jack" us, when we get triggered--a coping mechanism which has actually been dialed into our programming to keep us alive throughout our evolutionary development.
As we continue to learn, some of our conditioned fears and the responses caused by these are no longer useful—at least when they cause more harm than good—like running around your back hand in tennis—or, consider this: Suppose you have had a life-long fear of heights for whatever reason (like me). And, for the last 11 years, you have been living in an alpine town, filled with hiking trails, cliffs, ski-mountains, and a multitude of exceedingly high places. What are...