January 2016

Hello and welcome to the January 2016 Horizons

Barbara Lee 2015

Barbara Lee 2015

On December 2, 2015, my beautiful friend and the Horizons Magazine astrologer for 19 years, Barbara Lee, passed suddenly. She was a bright shining star who will be missed. Her horoscopes were the highlight of the magazine. I found Barbara Lee when I picked up a magazine called The Rose Garden at 1996 San Francisco Whole Life Expo. I was so taken by her insights and her accuracy for me in the moment that I called and had a long conversation with her. When a few months later the Horizons astrologer gave notice she could no longer do the monthly horoscopes. I called Barbara and the rest is history. She will be missed. We’ll meet again, my friend.

A friend asked the other day, don’t I ever get tired of doing the same job (the magazine) myself over and over every month for 20+ years, chasing ads, hauling around magazines? I smiled at her perception of what I do. No, I’ve not yet tired of it.

While I do haul around magazines and I don’t have volunteers, employees or salespeople, I don’t chase ads other than sending out monthly invoices. I’m blessed that word of mouth sustains the mag. Once a year I may send out an email giving the ad specials. Prices are low since I’m not in it for the income, I’m in it for the outcome. Our ad rates haven’t changed in years and that’s because Horizons wasn’t created to generate income. It pays for itself and I earn dollars otherwise. In my 30+ years professional practice as a psychic reader and spiritual advisor, it’s far more than a job. It’s part of my mission, and a venue for connecting with those who are asking questions that I have the answers for.

To me, it’s all about focus. Horizons is all about keeping the reader focused for the time it takes to read the magazine, focused on what possibilities and opportunities are available for them to attract to themselves. What is possible once the reader takes time to set an intention, release resistance and then look for evidence of it everywhere.

Look for what? Look for happy, healthy friends, couples in love, money changing hands, know that miracles can be right around the corner. What corner? The corner of your current belief system. This isn’t magic or cultish. This is simply expanding your perception so you begin to understand more of your world around you.

I remember when I first got glasses to drive at age 30. I was surprised at all the detail that suddenly came in to view all around me! The individual leaves on the trees, every printed sign everywhere. It was overwhelming. I was so dazzled to distraction by it that I took the bus to work from Kendall to downtown Miami for a month to get used to it. As a near sighted person seeing long distance clearly for the first time, and as a professional psychic and medium, I learned that having the broader view has a downside. After all the years spent trying to tune IN to the essential, I found the harder task was learning to tune OUT the UNessential.

Why do I need to expand my perception? Maybe just to reassure myself that I’m living the happiest life possible. My world changed on an unplanned and unexpected cross country trip to California in the 90’s. My mother had literally died 2 days before. I encountered a new world every day of the 8 months I lived there. Among other places, I visited Hayhouse in Carlsbad and Self Realization Fellowship in Encinitas.

I’d often dreamed of becoming an author. Meeting many of the leading authors in the new age field and connecting with new ones and getting to know them let me see that their life was more about promotion and book selling than it was about writing and teaching. Although I understood the need for this, it helped me decide that was not the kind of life I wanted. It did however introduce me to the world of professional consulting and ghostwriting, and I entered into several collaborations and close friendships that endure to this day.

Being in California for almost a year helped me clarify my mission. I spent hours a day atop Mount Fremont overlooking the Monterey Bay, listening to inner guidance and pondering my next step. When I returned home after 8 months’ away and saw the stack of “important projects” I’d been working on, I saw right away my heart wasn’t in them. They were merely me on a hamster wheel, creating busy work and going nowhere with it.

Although I’d not felt “unconnected” prior to my mother passing, living in California for 8 months opened me to a whole new level of connection. I began to see the expanded view. Much of that had to do with me being in an entirely new environment, so I literally saw nothing of my “former life, my Florida life” as I was living “this California life.” Everything being new meant I did not know what to expect. There’s an excitement in that that I’d been missing for years. Missing it was the source of my resistance. When my resistance dropped, by travelling to a new location and seeing new sights and hearing new sounds and nothing familiar, the floodgates opened with new experiences. By the time I returned from California, Horizons took on a more personal tone.

So with Horizons each month, I’d like the reader to be able to sit for an hour where no one is telling them what they can’t do or what they’ll never have. I’d like the reader to glance through articles that offer possibilities and hope, that they can glean insights and enjoyment from. Articles that expand their view just a little bit wider, articles that make them resonate with their connection to inner guidance. Articles that make them think “what if the best case scenerio happened? What if I find luck and love and live hapily ever after forevermore — what if?”

My friend asked about competition with other local magazines who have more ads than Horizons. I told her it’s not a competition. We don’t publish the same kind of magazine. We each attract what our readers want to read each month. Mine happens to be a personal message I am on a misson to share. I’m blessed with advertisers who recognize the mission and share in my vision for a happier, more expanded life. Visit them, discover what your connection to them is. The fact that you’re reading this means there is a connection to be discovered. Experience has taught me that there is always a connection to be discovered. I didn’t always know that.

So who am I anyway? I became a student of meditation and yoga philosophy shortly after graduation. During the 1970’s, I explored various philosophies, eastern and western. In 1976, my dad introduced me to astrology. The late 70’s and 80’s were spent experimenting with divination and astrology. I studied Eastern philosophy and even got involved with a cult or two. I gained invaluable experience, I was glad to be in and glad to be out. I took Transcendental Meditation, yoga, est, the Dale Carnegie course, primal scream therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Transactional Analysis, rebirthing, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Silva Mind Control, Biomagnetics, Therapeutic Touch. From 1992-1997 I worked for Psychic Friends Network doing 40-60 readings a day. I also began teaching meditation, yoga and offering psychic readings at local new age stores, teaching weekly tarot classes, psychic development, and teaching about the human energy field. I am a graduate of The Monroe Institute Gateway Voyage program and have completed Pranic Healing levels I and II with Master Stephen Co. I have completed Reiki I and II, I am a certified professional hypnotist, paranormal consultant, ghostwriter and editor. I live with my extended family in a small wooded sanctuary north of Indian River County, FL.

I have learned that whatever I am going through is likely what everyone else is going through also. I’ve found out a lot of what works and what doesn’t and gotten some profound insights along the way. If I can save someone time and money, or heartache and frustration, by telling my story, that’s what I live for. As a professional psychic since the 80’s, I’ve spoken with thousands of people through the years. This allows me to see patterns in behavior and to recognize when something is happening on a big scale. It’s like having a constant test group I can study, and I share my findings with you in my blog at
http://horizonsmagazine.com/blog/

My life has been a series of continual upgrades since I began my journey of spiritual awakening and personal growth. I want everyone to have free access to what I know. I want everyone to know that anything is possible and anyone can do it. I want everyone to know that the life they are living now is just a fragment of what it can be, if they want more. And that you don’t have to shell out hundreds of $$ for workshops and books and crystals and wind chimes and training and certification for ascension and acceleration and internet products in order to reach a higher potential or have an awakening experience.

I would like you to know you are capable of far more than you ever dreamed and there is an internal compass that guides you in every moment by the emotions you are feeling in response to the thoughts you are thinking. You have more choices available right now than you ever thought possible. And your goals are easier to reach than you ever imagined.

Horizons Magazine Mission Statement
Established in 1992, Horizons Magazine is designed to inspire, educate and entertain those who are exploring the body/mind connection and seeking spiritual solutions to everyday life. Our purpose is: To provide a forum to connect those who seek purpose in life. To use our combined power to encourage each other in our personal visions. To remind you that you are far more powerful than you can imagine.

To establish in the minds of our readers the reality of the mind / body connection and the fact that we participate in creation of the reality we experience. What we see and experience is simply the brain’s interpretation of electrical signals. The only reality we cope with is the world of perceptions inside our mind. We participate in creation of the reality we experience by our intentions, beliefs and expectations, by every thought we think and every word we speak.

To promote the reality that we survive in consciousness after the change called death. To comprehend this, we promote the practice of daily separation of consciousness from the body via meditation. Once we experience our existence beyond physical circumstances, fear of death is removed. The less fear of death we have, the more we see the world from the higher perspective and the more we recognize how powerful we really are. This frees us to begin to live more fully, in every moment, now.

Our lives become increasingly fulfilling as we take responsibility for how we perceive life and how we react to it. We’re here to find and relate to others, and everyone who reads these words or writes a word in these pages seeks to be connected with those who seek likewise. So, if you read an article that touches your heart, or an ad that intrigues you, call and get together with the person listed; or just call and introduce yourself and discuss their offering with them. Connect with each other, come to know each other, exchange information. We believe that as we all work together, we are making the world a better place.

Enjoy our offering this month.
Hari Om.

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December 2011 Support can make or break a person | The first holiday without them | What does it matter if it’s come before? Love is the River


Nov 2011 Friends are dying, “this has got to stop!” LOL Domino has had it with her freeloader boyfriend, Letting a friend in on the spidey sense


Oct 2011 How to keep the feeling alive; document your intuitive results so you remember how successful you can be at it. The truth about hair and why Indians would keep their hair long.


Sept 2011 My tenant of 9 years moves out, I get nicotine poisoning in the clean up;  readying a rental home is a sacred endeavor; purposefully creating emotion to heal.


August 2011 My daily meditation and creative visualization practice, my tenant of 9 years moves out, my dollars flow out of who I am just as the oak tree flows out of the tiny acorn.


July 2011 It doesn’t matter if it’s true, telling a whiney story doesn’t help you.  If you feel boxed in, that’s a good sign.


June 2011 Let’s do some ho’oponopono for the flooding in TN and MS, I Remember Daddy


May 2011 I Remember Mama


April 2011 Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Eyebrows, how can me having a good time help disaster victims? It’s all related. How to drop unnecessary karmic baggage


March 2011 A Trip Full of Symbolism and Synchronicities, How to Stop Attracting Stuff You Don’t Want


February 2011 “Relationship” isn’t just about a romantic partner, everything is relationship, build it and they will come, it’s all related, my predictions for 2011


January 2011 I give myself a fashion makeover, how we attract everything, trust that you have the power to make it even in challenging times


Dec 2010 I give specific words to repeat to attract money


Nov 2010 Feeling connected to Nature’s cycles, Holiday weather triggers holiday emotions


Oct 2010 Are you part of the solution of part of the problem? A Tale of 3 Hairs


Sept 2010 Babaganoush to the rescue.  Why I give away what others charge for


August 2010 My mortgage refinance is denied, then I get it two weeks later!


July 2010 Being alone with your thoughts, working out your stuff BEFORE the end of your life, so your last thoughts are happy memories, not a parade of horror and regret


June 2010   The steps I took to turn my bitchy consciousness around – just in time


May 2010   Stockpiling: a full pantry brings up my commitment issues; Mom would be proud of me


April 2010 The Universe Interrupts My Plans, Creative Viz to Attract $$, Hurricane Season


March 2010 Reading Sunday Funnies as a Child, Keeping Dollar Karma Clean, Learn Basic $$ Skills


February 2010 The World is Friendly Despite What the Media Says. Choosing to Focus on the Good


January 2010  When Friends Misunderstand, Getting Back in the Vortex


December 2009 Are You In A Relationship Or Just Filling In The Blanks? Getting Clear for 2010


November 2009 The James Arthur Ray Sedona Sweat Lodge Deaths and Validation, the film


October 2009 The Healing Bench, Ho-oponopono, Dr. Ihaleakala, Hew Len


September 2009 Happy and Single, Everything is Relationship, It’s All Related


August 2009 Cell Phone Self Portrait Photo Shoot; The World Needs More People Who’ve Come Alive

July 2009 Reprogramming your inner dialogue; a case of reincarnation in the news; media spin


June 2009 Our 17th Anniversary in print, my father’s suicide, do I tell the story I want to live?


May 2009 Celebrate every day as your birthday; we are more than the body; me and Dad in the hospital; leaving a note for critter control
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April 2009 Economy and Law of attraction; cutting back, a return to simpler times


March 2009 FaceBook, MySpace, Lucky Friday the 13th


Febuary 2009 Getting finances under control; avoiding the hype of tv news; draw your attention to the most hopeful “what if?”


January 2009 Symbolic dream about my father’s carpenter tool kit


December 2008 Synchronicity; Steve Pavlina; Hayhouse, Bernadette Carter


November 2008 What story do I tell about myself? How do I present myself to the world? Abraham-Hicks on the world economy (it’s good news)


October 2008 Don’t freak out about the economy; it’s a cycle and your hopeful thoughts make a difference. Media hype. The Global Coherence Project. Drumming to calm the storms
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September 2008 Lawn mowing as meditation; using visualization to attract; visionaries thrive in all times; Alberto Villoldo dreaming the world into being.


August 2008 Predicting a mild hurricane season; keeping a dream journal; Seth on recurring dreams; characters in dreams as a facet of us. Why do we dream of being under dressed in public? Flying dreams, lucid dreams.


July 2008 Clearing personal freedom karma; unethical business partners; if you’re enlightened, you pay your child support.. Personal growth is a razor’s edged path; you can get cut to ribbons if you’re not mindful.


June 2008 Our 16th anniversary issue; attracting a good car buying experience; drumming for rain; arsonist walks under my prayer tree while running from police


May 2008 Michelle Whitedove new advice column; stopping the gossip and bad mouthing; your own work is enough to handle; Cosmic Mass.


April 2008 Staying connected to Source; table tipping with Dennis Hollin; America’s Psychic Challenge winner Michelle Whitedove


March 2008 How do I increase my business? How do I find the right teacher? How do I replace thoughts? Releasing old baggage.


February 2008 What do I want in a partner? Growing up in the 70’s encounter culture; clearing patterns that no longer serve you

 

January 2008 Law of attraction at work; releasing resistance; rerouting the circuitry of my brain

 

Andrea’s Monthly Articles September 2011 to current here –> ARTICLES SEPT 2011 TO CURRENT

 
 

September 2015 GOOD INFO HERE How that “Think Happy Thoughts” Stuff works. Even if you think happy thoughts, you will run into people who don’t. A critic accuses me of praying to crystals to heal the world. Why do bad things continue to happen if I’m thinking happy thoughts? How do you know when your past momentum is caught up?

 

August 2015  GOOD INFO HERE  After divorce or other trauma: Mental Exercises to rewire your emotional brain after trauma. Prepave happy experiences by paving new neural pathways using your own self talk. Sometimes we mistake why someone is in our life.


July 2015
 What’s going on in the Earth’s energy field? It can be scary to drop our weights when we’ve grown used to the burden. What if you’re doing all the “right” things and still get slam dunked by karma?  I’m contacted by someone who wants to double the ads in the mag (no thank you.) Why Horizons is unlike any other free mag on the stands.


June 2015  A sudden windfall of dollars, do you pay with it or pay people back with it? Roadblock, do you gripe about it or slink past it on to your next good thing? The quickest way out of drama is to stop talking about it. Youcan only attract what you are vibrationally in tune with.


May 2015  The Camino de Santiago inspires me to begin longer daily treks. I walked four miles thinking it was two. I cut walking paths in my woods so I have a one mile trail to walk under shade of oaks and pines right outside my door. I’ve learned to make my home my santuary.


April 2015  Beloved Ma Yoga Shakti passed from her physical body. When we check out of our physical bodies, our work can take on a new dimension. I cannot grieve when I know there is no separation. Why do some attract kindness and others attract aggravation? “It” comes when I expect it to come and believe it will come.


March 2015  GOOD INFO HERE   An effective process for releasing hurt and overcoming grief. A vision of Sai Baba and Amma in IHOP.

February 2015  Living beyond emotional triggers, what I do to connect to Spirit each day. Keeping “my stuff” manageable helps keep my life manageable.

January 2015  I love having woods on three sides of me. Being a workaholic, it’s crucial I make my home my sanctuary. I look forward to my time alone. My old blog got hacked.  Change used to freak me out.

December 2014  GOOD INFO HERE The process to gather momentum and amplify attraction power. Lots of people are unhappy with election results. I know that no matter who is or isn’t in office, I can find happiness.  Why do I obsess over things so much?

November 2014  Wherever you are, make a heaven of it. Friends have been travelling to Peru, France and India, to sacred sites such as Macchu Picchu, Lourdes and Puttaparti. WE are the vortex we seek.

October 2014  Why I paint in the silence. Silence for me is full of presence. Where one door closes another will open, but you won’t see the door if you’re fretting over what you feel you lost. How do I know if I’m looking in the wrong place? The person next to you is part of your spiritual family or they wouldn’t be in your face.


September 2014
I’m doing a series of paintings as a form of shamanic soul retrieval. A Seven Step Process To Journey for Soul Retrieval.


August 2014
Back in the art studio. How I focus attention to stay motivated. I envisioned paradise and they built it around me. If one income streams slows down, be on the lookout for opportunity.


July 2014
Commanding the lemon seeds, Housework as a spiritual path, Prepave a long and healthy life, Decide how you want to be seen then become that


June 2014
My father did not know how to have a discussion without having a fight. I ask an ex 4 exit interview questions and he came up with new things to blame me for. How to forgive and find closure if the other is unwilling, absent or dead


May 2014 
I rejoin Planet Fitness.  My email account gets hacked. Releasing old patterns of thought to attract a better experience. When it’s right, it’s easy and there is no struggle.


April 2014
   Easter/Eastre/Ostara, Conscious Uncouplings, Sacred Endings, Staying Conscious When Intentions Change


March 2014 
20 Helpful Tips On Developing Accurate Psychic Skills

February 2014  The ones we attract are not always meant to be our romantic partner, finding lessons in relationships, signs of chakra imbalance and suggestions to bring back into balance.

January 2014 Stop telling the sad story and start living the happy life Your self talk determines your future outcome (and income.)  Pain is caused by choosing to continue following a particular line of thought. Distract yourself with replacement thoughts.

December 2013 A successful manifestation experiment. My spidey sense lets me intuit proximity – I knew the moment they were gone. Using my (visualization) powers for good in someone else’s life


November 2013
The dark night of the soul is a gift of opportunities. We can make it easy or we can make it hard.


October 2013
Employing willpower to replace unproductive and unwanted thoughts long enough to attract a happy and fun situation. It’s fun what I attract when I make myself happy. Replacement thoughts, how to develop willpower.


Sept 2013
Bless the ones who come into your life and tear your foundation out from under you, Step by Step, the dream about flying over the ocean. A friend asked me to summarize what I believe.


August 2013
Bless those who malign and terroize you. Never lower your vibration to help someone. The Truth About Lying. My spiritual lineage, Accept all things, anything else perpetuates the dream.


July 2013
Healing in Nature, Synchronicity, attracting an old/new friend, silent retreat, space between the molecules, resolving the past, zen breathwork, kundalini management, Fear speaks.


June 2013
My braided hair tail is returned 16 years later! How do you “vibrate in harmony” with something? Everything you want is literally in front of you. The longer I stay in the vibe of Happy, the more Happy I will attract into my life.


May 2013
Using secret crushes as emotional fuel for creative visualizations, putting infatuation energy to good use. For every one I lose, a dozen more will come. I rediscover a brother on the Path from years past.


April 2013
I cannot hate my ex for deceiving me because I only ever wish for anyone else what I wish for myself. Love when those around you love; let their love fill you. Use whatever energy you find yourself in and transmute it into fuel for your own benefit.  Focus your attention on your next good thing.  Your self talk determines your future outcome.  The only way unhappy people can stay in your life is if you focus on their unhappiness.


March 2013
  I attract karmic backlash in relationships because I have not always acted admirably with men. New beginnings! Practicing the best case scenario “what if.” We’re all on this journey together


February 2013
 A timeline of the break up. When a new man says he leaves Armageddon in his wake, believe him. To He I Tried To Help. On the other side of it now as friends on the path .  Elizabeth Gilbert : A soul mate’s purpose is to shake you up so much that you have to transform your life


January 2013
Was there a mystical awakening on 12-21-12? I’m not always in a visionkeeper state of mind. Competition and jealousy is how we work stuff out with each other. It’s not a numbers game, it’s a consciousness game. Say no when it has to be a no. The end is always followed by a new beginning.

December 2012 Kryon’s Parable of the Rainbow Room. Competition and jealousy when we’re on the Path is because that’s how we work stuff out with each other. Is it possible to be in a happy love relationship with someone you aren’t planning a future with? Please leave me out of your silly girl sh*t while I’m over here trying to save the world.


November 2012
You vote vibrationally with every thought you think. How do you know if you are in relationship or not? Specific people come to us as a manifestation of your vibration, every time.


October 2012
I’m blinded by the Light, beware of handsome men spouting spiritual truths, how friendships can remain after breakups: realize you no longer have the same destination


September 2012
Secrets to Starting Your Own Business, We’re allowed to change our mind, we’re allowed to have more than one career, goals do not have to be long term


August 2012
The initial insights when we begin meditation are messages. We feel led to teach what we most need to learn more about. I pay attention to what comes in and what goes out of my body as part of my spiritual practice. Stop faking orgasm, learn what turns you on then tell your partner that,

July 2012 Media spin; as a journalist I draw the reader’s attention to the good that is ever present; cultivating my inner cheerleader; encourage friends in their personal visions,

June 2012 Ma Yoga Shakti’s last visit;  Summer Solstice tradition; the dream of my father’s toolbox;  Miracles happen all the time. Believe that it’s in YOU to change what you attract.

May 2012 Everything we do touches someone; the world is not in the hands of madmen, the world is in the hands of God; the way into the vortex, red flags and being played.

April 2012 Working out has become fun – finally! The Lord’s Prayer translated from the original Aramaic. I was blessed by an angel last week. If you find the new disturbing, try watching for signs of miracles instead.

March 2012 Fitness Training Update 3 Months In; My 3 Week Ordeal with Xanax; Herbs and Homeopathic Remedies for Managing Stress, Anxiety and Insomnia Naturally

February 2012 Planet Fitness update 10 weeks in, fitness trainer Cindy Cox-Ruccolo, Sacred Sexuality: Your Lovemaking as Spiritual Practice

January 2012 Planet Fitness update 6 weeks in, electronic voice phenomena and why the succubus won’t communicate.

December 2011 Support can make or break a person | The first holiday without them | What does it matter if it’s come before? Love is the River

Nov 2011 Friends are dying, “this has got to stop!” LOL Domino has had it with her freeloader boyfriend, Letting a friend in on the spidey sense

Oct 2011 How to keep the feeling alive; document your intuitive results so you remember how successful you can be at it. The truth about hair and why Indians would keep their hair long.

Sept 2011 My tenant of 9 years moves out, I get nicotine poisoning in the clean up;  readying a rental home is a sacred endeavor; purposefully creating emotion to heal.

Andrea’s Articles 2008 thru 2011 here

December 2015

Cable Listing Guide

Cable Listing Guide

Hello and welcome to the December 2015 edition of Horizons Magazine.

I’ve had fun using my artwork on the cover of the magazine the past year. I’d created a series of shamanic paintings during a soul retrieval journey, painting the individual messengers and power totems that I encountered along my journey. Those have been the cover art for the past year. I’ve sketched and painted since I was a kid but never thought of getting formal training nor thought of it as a career path. The first time I saw Perry Mason on tv I was hooked and wanted to be Della Street. I was a criminal defense paralegal for 22 years, working for high profile attorneys in Miami and Melbourne, FL until 1992 when Horizons Magazine was born. I’ve also written since I was a child. I never had formal training and I never considered writing as a career path. I’ve basically kind of had in mind what I wanted to be when I grew up, then I followed my inspiration wherever it led me. It led me back to writing and painting as my spiritual path work.

I had a tummy bug last month. It was an intense time with fever and chills and body purging. I hadn’t been that sick in years. Being helpless definitely puts your mind in a different place. Sickness doesn’t worry me as I’ve learned that as long as I’m eating relatively healthy food, anything I “catch” is going to move through my system quickly enough. For the most part I eat healthy and take plenty of vitamins and mineral supplements and have no deficiencies.

I FINALLY UNPLUGGED FROM CABLE
When I am sick or recovering, I find I heal best in a quiet, calm and pleasant space. I turned the tv on for distraction from the nausea and body motions, but found the sharp words and movements were too intense, even with the sound muted. It literally made me more aware of my discomfort and it made me feel worse. I switched over to my DIY and real estate shows and scrolled the channel guide looking for educational and nature programs. Then the harsh commercials got to me. Long story short, I went several days watching Netflix and Amazon Prime and, based on those days of down time, I made the decision to disconnect cable TV. As soon as I made the decision, I began to feel much better.

I DISCONNECTED MY LAND LINE ALSO
I also ported my 33 year old land line number to my cell phone. Now I can catch every call. If it goes to voice mail, I can read it right away in a text message. Make sure I have a text number or email address for you so I can respond even when I’m busy.

MY TV IS SMARTER THAN I AM
I love new technology! My smart tv connects me automatically via wifi to Netflix, Amazon, Youtube, all the services. I’m just now – after disconnecting cable — discovering what bounty is available on Youtube. For instance, I am just learning that in addition to instructional shows and video seminars, full episodes of many popular shows and programs can be found, many without commercials, like Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown in Marseilles, France with Eric Ripert which I just watched. Initially it was cumbersome searching for titles using the tv remote, then I learned I could “pair” the tv with my iPad, which meant I can use the iPad keyboard find a show I wanted to watch, then go into Settings on the iPad and enter the code.

ONLY WHEN MY MIND CHATTER DIES DOWN CAN I HEAR YOU
It took me 3 days out of the office being sick for my mind chatter about work to die down. Only when my mind chatter dies down do I have the space for new thoughts to enter. Only then can I really understand obvious things that escaped me before. I wondered how many other things I am doing that are irrelevant for my lifestyle today. This is why I schedule thought time for important projects, because I keep so many irons in the fire. Having cable for so long was a perfect example of holding on to an old belief simply because it felt familiar and I was used to it. Whether it was good for me or relevant in my life right now or not.

Day 3 without cable, the revelations keep coming
It was interesting to observe my thought processes. I reflected that I am used to sitting in front of the tv twice a day. That’s when I wind down from the day’s work by checking email and FB on my phone in the recliner. I have the cable listings guide running muted on the tv screen in the background. Occasionally I’ll look up and see a show that catches my eye and I’ll watch a few minutes of it, then I go back to mute and scrolling on my phone. A big revelation was that it was not the SHOWS I was used to WATCHING on cable that were self-soothing, since I rarely watch anything for long. The familiar behavior that was self soothing was the ritual of scrolling for info, of READING the cable listings, seeing the FAMILIAR NAMES in FAMILIAR SEQUENCE twice a day as I sat to relax. These names and words scrolled silently on a beautiful blue background, kind of like a mantra, whether I was paying attention or not.

AT FIRST I USED THE CABLE GUIDE AS CALLER ID
That’s how the dialy habit began. I kept the cable guide on the screen for so many years because (1) it was also my clock and caller id and (2) I liked knowing what the possibilities were, whether I chose to participate or not. As much as I like change, I can also be a creature of habit. I am soothed by repetitive words and ritual behaviors. Each evening I wind down by doing yoga then meditation. I have 6 minutes of silent prayers I say as I settle into posture and mindset to meditate. Those 6 minutes of repeated chants and mantras are familiar names to me. I say them in familiar sequence twice a day as I sit for meditation.

LETTING THE CABLE GUIDE TRANCE ME INTO AN ALPHA STATE
I thought, that was kind of how I had been using the cable guide. Twice a day I’d sit in silence watching the familiar names scroll in familiar sequence, as my thoughts settled down from work. It brought a sense of order to my day. It was the repetition of the familiar words that I found soothing. It wasn’t often that I was looking for any particular show. It was the act of reading something familiar that didn’t require much thought. Like a relaxation exercise, it soothed me into a pleasant alpha state

BETTER SLEEP IS A BONUS!
I’ve also slept longer and more soundly. As I observe the thoughts that come and go before me in meditation, I see clearly that by having the cable guide scroll in front of me, subconsciously the cells of my body are On Alert, since I am in Seeking mode. As though subconsciously I don’t want to go to bed because any minute now there might be a big giant choice of really cool stuff I want to watch, which I’ll miss if I go to bed. Disconnecting from cable made me more likely to go to bed.

I like learning new things about myself. Like how after not seeing the blue cable listing guide for several days and just now Googling to find an image to include, I got a dopamine rush like seeing an old lover! Our minds are powerful things! I use it as a reminder that the blue of sky can also give me the same rush.

ONCE I DISCONNECTED, EVERYTHING FELL INTO PLACE
Once I made the decision, everything fell quickly into place and the transition was a breeze.

THE CABLE TECH HAD A PARTING MESSAGE FOR ME
As a final parting gift from the cable company, when their tech arrived to pick up the phone modem and cable box, I got preached “the gospel as it is today,” and learned about Luciferians and that masonic symbolism on one side of the pyramid details what amounts to satanism. He mentioned my No Soliciting sign outside and asked if I got many Jehovah Witnesses. Not since the sign went up, I told him I know that’s part of their “job” and they get scored on each encounter, so I admire letting their faith not waver despite obstacles.

He told me he used to be a Jehovah’s Witness, then he went to an Amway meeting and became born again and studied the Bible. This time he understood it. He has a high level of reading comprehension, he told me, but before being indwelled with the spirit of God he didn’t understand the Bible. Now he does and when he’s indwelled, he has all 9 gifts of the spirit.

He asked what work I did and I told him I published Florida’s new age magazine the last 23 years. “New Age,” he asked?? “What’s that?” “Oh, basically allowing everyone their own path to God.” Then he segued into Nimrod and Luciferians and tower of Babel, and told me about the “witchy satanic symbolism” on the pyramid so NOT ALL paths go to God. Like in Haiti, he told me, where they do spells, or the Science of Mind folks. Then he asked me what did I believe that was different than what he just said? A trick question since his statements were all over the place, but I didn’t hold the same belief on any topic he mentioned. I knew not to say that. I didn’t want to delay this man from his work any longer.

However, by now I’m not naive enough to think he’s NOT a messenger sent by God to make me aware of something, but I’m also on a deadline and just got over a flu. I told him that. I know it’s stressed out times that we’re at our lowest energy and most vulnerable which is clearly how I vibrated him into my experience. He felt he needed to have his say and that I needed to hear it, so I relaxed into it. It felt good for him to take all the loose disconnected cables with him. The house has miles less tangle now. I had no idea how entangled I was until I was free.
Enjoy our offering this month.
Hari Om.