Sharing Love’s Frequency: A Dolphin Story

In 2003 my husband, Victor, and I drove down to Southern California to visit my daughter, Kris, and her family in Dana Point. We offered to take them on a dolphin safari we had heard about. We met at the harbor at the appointed time and were guided onto a catamaran. We were joined by another couple and their two grandchildren, ages 10 and 11, who had gone out the day before but had not seen any dolphins. It was the captain’s policy to give you another excursion free of charge if you didn’t see any dolphins. The children had been very disappointed by the previous day’s outing and were really anxious to see dolphins on this trip.

We headed out of the harbor. What a glorious day! The temperature was in the 70s, the sun was bright, the sky was blue and the ocean was pristine, like a shimmering blue crystal. I was thoroughly enjoying myself just sitting back and soaking up the energy of the experience. I watched the two children standing at the front of the boat straining to see any sign of dolphins. We were about five miles out and still no sign of dolphins. The children were becoming discouraged.

Kris taking photos of Dolphins

Kris taking photos of Dolphins

The captain said, “Well, even if we don’t see any dolphins, it really can’t get much better than this.” I had to admit it was peaceful and beautiful. But we had come to see dolphins, so I decided to try an experiment. Closing my eyes, I went into a quiet meditation consciously sending ripples of love radiating out from my heart as if I were dropping a stone into a pond.

With my eyes closed, I kept sending this love for about five minutes when I heard the captain exclaim, “There, look out there — there they are!”

Within minutes we were surrounded by literally hundreds of dolphins as far as the eye could see and some so close you felt you could reach out and touch them. They put on a great show, jumping and cavorting. It was simply amazing, and we all watched in a state of awe. The captain estimated that we were seeing about 500 dolphins and that there were probably twice that number below the surface that we weren’t seeing. His astonishment was obvious as he shared with us that he had never seen so many dolphins on one of these outings. “We are experiencing a rare treat, indeed,” he emphasized.


Dolphins as far as the eye can see!

The dolphins stayed with us for about 45 minutes and as the boat turned to head back for shore, they also turned and led us back for about a mile before dispersing.

I felt truly blessed by their presence and the energy of the experience stayed with me for the rest of the day. This dolphin outing also helped me understand how we can attract truly magical experiences for ourselves and others by consciously sharing our love.

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The Subconscious Healer

This technique came to me by way of a book literally falling off a shelf back in 1991 (Instant ESP) and I have used it more often than any other to cure ailments that are affecting my body. The process involves visualizing your subconscious as a person residing in your body whose only job is to take care of your body and do your bidding. Your subconscious takes care of all the things in your body that you never think about (i.e., breathing, heartbeat, organ functions, etc.) and is also available to help cure any ailments that might be going on in your body. You just have to give your subconscious the order to do so in a particular way.

First of all you acknowledge to the subconscious that it knows everything about your body and especially knows what is going on with the particular ailment. Then you give it an order to cure the ailment. You say this order out loud three times. (It is important that you say it out loud — don’t just “think it”).

I first tried this technique by giving my subconscious the order to cure a bunion I had had on my right foot for over a year. The doctor had indicated that surgery was my only option. The bunion only hurt me when I was driving my car — when it felt like a hot poker drilling through my foot.

I was driving to work on a Monday morning after reading about this technique, my foot was hurting and so I decided I would give it a try. I said out loud to my subconscious three times, “You know what is causing this pain in my right foot, make it go away!” The pain did not go away. On my way home from work that day my foot again started hurting and again I gave the order three times. The pain did not go away. On Tuesday morning, my foot again hurt as I was driving, so I tried it again. The pain did not go away.

On Friday morning I was driving to work and suddenly realized that my foot was not hurting. I had to think back to remember when I had last had the pain. It was Tuesday morning, the third time I had given the order (three times three). I thought, “Well, I can always make it hurt.”

When I arrived at work, I pulled off my shoe and felt where the bunion had been. There was no bump, and no matter how hard I pushed, I could not make my foot hurt. Just about that time a co-worker came into my office and told me she was experiencing a pain in her left shoulder. I told her about the technique and she gave me a funny look and left. About 15 minutes later she came back very excited. She said she had gone into the restroom, had tried the technique and the pain had gone away.

She said, “All I feel now is a sensation of warmth.”

I gasped. I had forgotten that the book had said you might feel a sense of warmth when the healing takes place.

I have shared this technique with many, many people over the years and the results have been quite remarkable. I encourage you to give it a try. It’s very “affordable” medicine and there’s no negative side effects.

©Carol Hansen 1993

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Reflections On Turning 70!

Seventy! Ugh! How could I be 70 years old? Just the thought of it makes me feel like I’ve stepped into the realm of “being old.” Then I remember the alternative…

In 1995, at the age of 51, I underwent emergency open heart surgery for removal of a tennis-ball sized tumor inside my heart. After the nearly four-hour surgery, I was then faced with another life-threatening challenge. My pulmonary arteries had begun to spasm and my blood pressure plummeted to 50 over 30. Victor and my daughter Kris were finally informed that there was little hope that I would survive. It had been eight hours since the operation and despite the best efforts of the staff, they had been unable to raise my blood pressure. They were certain they were losing me.

Victor who is a certified hypnotherapist asked if he could be with me. For the next two hours he whispered in my ear, explaining to my body what it needed to do to stay alive. He talked to my heart and talked to my arteries. Even though I had not regained consciousness, he trusted that some part of me could hear him. After two hours, he took a break and returned to the waiting room where he went into a meditation. During that meditation he reached a point of surrender. “My will is that she stay… and Thy Will Be Done” resounded in his heart. At that moment of surrender a nurse hurried into the waiting room to find him. “Her blood pressure is coming up,” she said. By the time she led him back into my room, my blood pressure had returned to normal and thus began my journey back to life!

That surgery was one of those life altering events that created in me a deep sense of gratitude for the life I have been graced to live. So now, as I reflect on turning 70, I realize that I can do so with gratitude. I am in good health. I have a wonderful, loving and caring husband who refused to let me go 19 years ago. I have great children who have graced us with 11 grandchildren. I have an amazing circle of friends who continually inspire me.  I have creative work that I love. Truly, I am blessed to be turning 70!

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12 Ways to Make This Your Year of Personal Empowerment

1. Be Yourself

Each of us has come into this world with a set of unique gifts: talents, interests, and abilities. It is only when we tap into those gifts and share them with the world that we truly become empowered. Give the world your greatest gift — Be Yourself!

2. Trust Yourself

We each have an inner voice that is there to give us guidance. All we need do is ask and we will be shown our next empowering step. Listen to your inner guidance and learn to trust yourself.

3. Believe in Yourself

When we have doubts about our abilities, we simply need to ask to have the thoughts transformed that are limiting us from being the full expression of our magnificence. This opens the door to personal empowerment.

4. Know Yourself

We often know others better than we know our own self. True empowerment comes from taking the time to examine all aspects of ourselves and then move in the direction of those aspects that bring us joy and fulfillment.

5. Free Yourself

Limiting thoughts keep us in a state of disempowerment. Asking for those thoughts to be transformed results in the freedom and empowerment to achieve all our hopes and dreams.

6. Empower Yourself

Buying into our limitations is the most disempowering thing we can do. Identify each disempowering thought, ask to have it transformed, and step into the magnificence of personal empowerment.

7. Love Yourself

It is impossible to truly love others unless your love yourself — it’s like trying to give from a dry well. Learn to love yourself first, and you can then watch the ripple effect of your love spread, empowering yourself and those around you.

8. Express Yourself

Tapping into your creativity through art, music, dance or writing unleashes a boundless energy that enables you to share your gifts with others in a way that is empowering to you and those around you.

9. Celebrate Yourself

It is important to make time occasionally to celebrate ourselves for the unique gifts and talents we bring to the world. It is through those times of acknowledgement and celebration that we can truly appreciate who we are and step into our empowerment!

10. Be True to Yourself

We may often be asked to follow a path that feels out of alignment with our internal compass. Take time to find the direction that aligns with who you are and feel the sense of empowerment it brings when you are true to yourself.

11. Value Yourself

We place value on gold and silver but often forget that our most precious commodity is found within ourselves. Take time to empower yourself by acknowledging that you are a precious gift to the world that is to be honored and cherished.

12. Envision Yourself

When you find yourself in a situation that is disempowering, take time to envision how you would like the situation to be, feel the empowerment of this new way of being and it will be drawn to you like a magnet.

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Honey, A Natural Healer

The Healing Power of Honey

Years ago when my children were young I read in Prevention Magazine that bacteria couldn’t grow in honey. When one of my children developed a severe case of diaper rash and no store bought or prescription ointment helped heal it, I decided to try spreading honey on the rash during each diaper change.  To my amazement within two days the rash was completely healed!  I told my pediatrician who scoffed at the idea that honey was the cure, but I was convinced and continued to use honey to heal any rash as soon as it appeared!

Fast forward 35 years… there now appears to be a scientific explanation for the healing power of honey.  I just read an interesting article entitled “The Science Behind Honey’s Eternal Shelf Life.” In it Amina Harris, executive director of the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute at Univeristy of California, Davis explains, “Honey in its natural form is very low moisture. Very few bacteria or microorganisms can survive in an environment like that, they just die. They’re smothered by it, essentially.”  She goes on to state, “It has a pH that falls between 3 and 4.5, approximately, and that acid will kill off almost anything that wants to grow there.”

According to Harris, honey also contains a small amount of hydrogen peroxide which additionally contributes to its healing power. “While it’s drawing water out of the wound, which is how it might get infected, it’s letting off this very minute amount of hydrogen peroxide. The amount of hydrogen peroxide comes off of honey is exactly what we need—it’s so small and so minute that it actually promotes healing.”

So, at last, I feel that there is a scientific explanation that has finally validated my use of honey in healing diaper rash! If you are at all interested in the healing power of honey, I encourage you to read the whole article. Also check out the following links to more articles about the healing power of honey:

Honey: Studies Reveal Its Healing Properties
The Healing Power of Honey: From burns to weak bones
The Benefits of Honey: A Remedy for Sore Throats, Wound Care and More

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How I accomplished two health related goals by taking a “ripple effect” action.

I have been trying for over a year to make myself drink at least two quarts of water a day.  This is particularly important to me because I have a tendency toward forming kidney stones and one important thing you can do to avoid them is to drink lots of water. I bought myself a liter-sized Camelbak water bottle that I keep next to me on my desk and try to remember to sip from it on a regular basis throughout my work day — the goal being to drink 2 full liters each day. I often get through one of them, but rarely, if ever, do I get through two of them.

Another health-related goal is to get up from my desk every 60-90 minutes and walk around. I have a tendency to sit for hours at a time when I am involved in a project and forget to actually move my body! I bought myself timer for my computer that I can set to pop up on the screen at any interval I set and with any message I give it. I set it to pop up every 90 minutes with the message “Get up and MOVE!”.  The problem is that I’m often right in the middle of something that I can’t quit at the moment it pops up, so I press the button to dismiss the message.

Last week I took a new 2-step approach to accomplishing both of the above goals.  I decided that the first thing I would do every morning when I get up is to drink (guzzle) a 12-oz glass of water before I sat down at my computer.  I knew this would make me have to shortly go to the bathroom.  The second step of the approach was to guzzle a 12-oz glass of water every time I got up to pee.  The results of using this 2-step ripple effect action has been that I have easily achieved both goals.  I now easily drink at least six 12-oz glasses of water (or more) a day and I get up from my desk at least once an hour to use the bathroom.  Once I’m up I use that time also to do some stretches, step outside to breathe in some fresh air, or do a small chore before going back to my computer.

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Close Encounters of the Statin Kind

I scheduled an appointment with my doctor on March 11 because of an intestinal virus I had been struggling with for over 3 weeks.  By appointment time, I finally felt that I was over the virus, but I told her that during the previous week I had been experiencing a “gurgling” sensation in my throat during the night — similar to what I experienced prior to my heart surgery in 1995. During the past week I had also been experiencing some minor chest pains/discomfort. I thought both these symptoms might be left over from the intestinal virus, but wanted to see if she felt they should be checked out.

She took an EKG on the spot and after reviewing with me my family history of heart disease (my maternal grandmother died of congestive heart failure at age 68, my paternal grandmother died of a heart attack at age 62 and my dad had quadruple bypass surgery at age 58), she decided that I needed to have an echocardiogram and a stress test that she scheduled for that afternoon.  The stress test showed some “abnormalities” so I was scheduled for a “Myocardial Perfusion Study” the next day to see if I had any blocked arteries. I got a call from Kaiser the next day to let me know that I had been assigned a cardiologist and an appointment had been set up for March 15.

The cardiologist told me the tests revealed that I had some minor blockages in a few small arteries in my upper heart and gave me the choice of having further, more invasive tests, or resuming my normal exercise schedule (something I had stopped as a result of the virus) and to wait and see if my symptoms recurred. I opted for no further tests and she then recommended that I start taking a stain drug (Pravastatin – 20 mg) that she felt would benefit me. I was relieved by the test results and agreed to taking the drug (as much as I really hate taking any medication).

I started taking the statin on March 22.  I noticed no adverse reactions that I associated with the drug. I resumed my water aerobics exercise program 3 times a week. I started feeling muscle aches in my legs and my upper back but associated that with resuming my exercise program.  By the first week in April the pain in the middle of my upper back was excruciating. I had an appointment with my chiropractor who worked on the area but the pain continued to worsen as did a new pain on the left side of my lower back (something I associated with the pain I experienced when I had a kidney stone attack the year before).  I was unable to get a good night’s sleep because of the pain. I felt “foggy” throughout the day and had difficulty concentrating on my work but I associated that with not getting a good night’s sleep. I also noticed that I was having memory lapses.

On April 19 I had a severe attack of diarrhea and nausea. I have been on a gluten-free diet for over a year, but on that day I had a pizza at a local restaurant. I ordered the pizza as part of an experiment to see if the gluten-peptide digesting enzymes I had purchased would do what they were advertised to do — help digest gluten! Well, they did not work and the result was the onset of diarrhea and nausea. Those symptoms continued for the next two days.  On April 22 I went to my water aerobics. The back and leg pain was worse and I had a difficult time finishing the routine.  My water aerobics partner asked me if I had considered that the pain I was experiencing might be the result of the statin medication.  A light-bulb went off in my head!  It had never occurred to me that the statin might be responsible for my symptoms because the symptoms didn’t start immediately after I started taking the drug. That night I went to bed asking my angels to give me some insight into was was going on with my body.

The next morning (April 23) I received an email that had a link to a movie: The Great Cholesterol Cover-Up: Statin Nation.

The movie was eye-opening to say the least.  It made me decide to immediately stop taking my statin medication in order to see if my symptoms subsided and to do additional online research. On April 24 I went to water aerobics and was able to finish the routine without a problem.  That night I had some mild discomfort during the night but it was managable and I was able to get a good night’s sleep. Today is April 25 and I’m happy to report that my upper back pain is gone and the mental fogginess I have been experiencing seems to have lifted. I feel I’m on the road to recovery and really dodged the statin-bullet before having to endure any further suffering.

I highly recommend anyone who is taking a statin medication to watch this movie. I actually ordered the DVD so that I could watch it again with my husband who is also taking a statin medication.

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Overcoming the Resistance to Exercising

It’s interesting for me to pay attention to how my body is coping with getting older. Ellen Potthoff, my chiropractor/ND, who I’ve been seeing twice a month for many years has been ON me about adding regular exercise to my life. I have never liked exercising (since I was a kid) so I’ve always put up this mental block about exercising and when I do actually exercise I do it out of some sense of obligation without feeling any joy whatsoever. So, Ellen’s constant harping finally got me to do some metaphysical work around my resistance to exercising. I decided to look into re-joining the gym that is just down the street. I had stopped going a couple of years ago because I and two of the friends I exercised with had a really big dispute with the management. All three of us quit and I was so angry I even wrote a letter to the corporate office about how we were being treated. I swore I would never join again.

Well, my exercise buddy and I decided to “bury the hatchet” and at least look into re-joining the club. To our pleasant surprise, all the managers with whom we had issues are gone, and they even offered to give us a really good price to rejoin. So we joined last Friday (that was the first step).

The next step was to try to figure out when we could both fit this into our schedules. We decided to meet this past Monday for a circuit class they offer at 9:45 and then do their water aerobics class at 10:30. That worked out OK except I felt like I had lost the entire morning because by the time I got home it was time to start cooking lunch (our main meal of the day) and I really hadn’t accomplished any income producing work at all that morning!

So I had to examine another one of my resistances about not fitting exercise into my routine — that I do all of my creative work when I get up early in the morning (i.e., 5:30 am) and if I don’t do it then, I will lose my creative energy and ideas. I realized this was just a smoke-screen excuse for not exercising during that time. Unless I’m in the process of writing a book (which I find I definitely do better in the very early morning hours) I actually use that early morning time checking my email and attending to things that could be done easily without engaging in a deep creative process. That “early morning creative time” excuse was completely blown.

My last resistance excuse was that I had to be able to coordinate my exercise schedule with my friends in order to make me feel more accountable in going to the gym on a certain schedule. So, I decided yesterday morning to go to the gym at 6 AM by myself, do a half hour of exercise on my own, then go into the pool for a half hour and do my own water aerobics routine. It actually felt GREAT! I showered at the gym and was home by 7:15! I was filled with energy and got a lot of creative work done on various projects. In fact I realized for the first time I can remember, that I had an actual feeling of enjoyment around exercising. WOW, what a shift. After I returned from the gym, Victor and I did our morning meditation together. I told him how I had actually enjoyed going to the gym and working out. He looked at me and joked, “Who are you and what have you done with my wife?”

So the last resistance excuse has been uncovered and removed. My metaphysical process around the resistance to exercise included using the Free Yourself process of uncovering and transforming my limiting thoughts and also saying the prayer below. Both Victor and I have begun saying this prayer as we are going to bed at night (and at various time during the day when we are feeling that there is something physically challenging going on in our lives). We have it hanging in our bedroom wall where we can see it just before turning out the lights. It comes out of the St. Germain Ascended Masters Handbook with the suggestion that you say it just before retiring for the night so the “conscious workers” (the intelligence within every cell of our bodies) can be doing their good work while we sleep.

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Dance to Your Own Music

Bring your authentic self
Found this delightful graphic by Karen Salmansohn on her Positively Positive website and thought it would be a good topic to explore. (NOTE: You can click on the graphic to enlarge it and see the sparkling animation.) It made me think about how each of us choose to spend our daily 24 hour allotment. Do we spend time meeting expectations of others instead of meeting our own needs and goals? To we try to be someone we’re not just because we perceive that’s what is expected of us by our friends and family?

I’ve been there! I know what it’s like to try to be someone else’s vision of who I am. It’s uncomfortable and truly unsustainable. It’s much more satisfying to go deep within to discover your true essence, to identify your authentic self and let it shine in the world! It all begins with learning to love yourself. If you don’t love yourself, you can’t honor the authentic you. You are ashamed to let the authentic YOU shine in the world. As a result you start dancing to the music of others.

I encourage you to start the journey of self love. I’ve made a CD called Lighten Up that explains an easy 5 minute a day process that will bring you into a state of unconditional love of yourself. When you reach that state, you will learn to show up as your authentic self and celebrate as you dance to your own music.

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Grandson Jude Reading a Story

This is a video taken by my daughter Kris, of her youngest son, Jude, practicing reading a story in front of his class.  I love being able to see videos like this in such an accessible way. Helps me stay up-to-date with my grandchildren who live far away.

Jude’s Story.

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