Welcome to my March newsletter. I hope you all are surviving these critical times. I know how hard it has been for all of you. It has been hard for me as well. I also know that it may not feel like it right now, but if we all can keep on hanging in there (without fear), things will get better. I also know that when things get really rough, as they have been for a few years now, it is natural to think mostly about ourselves. What we want, need or desire. This isn’t a bad thing unless it becomes the only thing.
Thinking of others, helping others or focusing on how to make another’s life a bit better can help you as well. I want to share a little story with you, a story in picture form.
It is not common for a Koala to bear twins, and regrettably in this instance the Mum was struck and killed by a passing car. Fortunately, the driver stopped, and took the mother to the local vet, not knowing she was dead, where it was discovered she had these twins in her pouch.
First photo — tiny koala being fed with syringe … sooo tiny! Followed by a pictorial chronology of their growth …
Thanks for saving my life!
There are stories that have a happy ending, even in these troubled times.
Taking care of others is a great way to forget about our own problems and difficulties!
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” - Hilary Cooper
And now, I want share a few thoughts about the balance of light and dark and the balance of Mindful Thinking because it is in balance that we can free ourselves from fear and in doing that, moving forward, changing hard times into prosperous and creative times.
In the Northern hemisphere March is the time of the Spring or Vernal Equinox which occurs on March 20 and is one of the four great solar festivals of the year. Day and night are equal, poised and balanced, ready to slip over to the side of light. In the Southern Hemisphere it is the Autumn Equinox readying to slide over to the side of dark. The Spring Equinox is sacred to dawn, youth, the morning star, the east and new life.
Let me start by apologizing to my friends in the Southern Hemisphere; but since it is Spring up here in the Northern Hemisphere and we are leaving the dark days and moving into the light, that is where my focus will be.
However, before I do that I wanted to share a bit of information that applies to both Northern and Southern Hemispheres when light and dark are equal. In Japan the Spring and Autumn Equinox is observed as the six-day celebration the Higan-e. It is celebrated for three days before and after the Equinox. Six days was chosen because it is based on the six perfections, giving, observance of the precepts, perseverance, effort, meditation and wisdom - needed before one goes from this shore of samsára to the further shore or nirvana. The literal meaning of Higan is 'other shore.'
The ritual includes repentance of past sins and prayers for enlightenment in the next life. It also includes remembrance of the dead and visits to the family graves. It is thought that the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes, being the most temperate times of the year, are ideal moments to reflect on the meaning of life.
Whether it is the Spring or Autumn Equinoxes, both our Hemispheres can share in the balance of equal light and dark. There are only two days a year in which the entire world can celebrate this perfect balance of light and dark. Think about the balance of a day where the light and dark are perfectly equal and then think about your life and where you can use a bit more balance.
I think one of the reasons we are in this current financial and ecological crisis is because of the imbalance we had all been practicing and the power we gave to greedy people and their constant desire for more. Bigger and faster cars, bigger and more costly houses, and electronics that are obsolete in a year, new clothes, new shoes, new, new and even more new.
How did we get here? This may surprise you, but we got here because of fear. Fear that someone just might have something better than you. That they might have more stuff, a bigger better car, a bigger house, the latest flat screen, more fun, a hotter girlfriend or lover and that list can go on and on. I imagine that right about now you might be saying, “but that’s not about fear, that’s just being selfish or greedy”.
When you look down deeper below the surface of greed, need and selfishness, it all boils down to fear and fear is really about pain. Emotional pain that is so severe it actually can cause us physical pain. The pervasive feeling that if we don’t have that one thing we might really want or need, it could somehow hurt so much (physically and emotionally) that we won’t be able to stand it; maybe not even live without it!
It is this kind of backward thinking that has allowed our fear to practically destroy our planet and ourselves. So, keeping that in mind, this is a good time to focus on the balance that our planet, our universe is telling us we need. The balance of light and dark, and the balance of thinking of someone else, or something else (like a Koala) and their needs as much as our own.
Another effective way of alleviating fear and giving yourself balance from the inside out is with the aid of hypnotherapy; but I also know that a hypnotherapy session can be costly and that incorporating a once a week hypnotherapy session into your life even more so. That is one of the main reasons why I created my recorded sessions.
For about the cost of two cups of coffee, you can get a downloadable session and use it as often and for as long as you want. There’s even a session specifically designed for the type of Fear that we are all experiencing right now. Each downloadable session includes relaxation imagery, positive affirmations and healing suggestions that can potentially save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars every year.
Testimonials embarrass me a bit and for a long time I refused to have any on my site. But I was urged to change that particular behavior pattern of mine by several clients. They insisted that having testimonials is helpful to others who might be a bit afraid of trying hypnotherapy. With that in mind, I wanted to share two such testimonials here because they are particularly pertinent to this month’s topic:
"Thank you so much Linda! I had hypnosis before in a real life session but your downloads far surpass my last experience. Your downloadable sessions have helped me so much. Changing my life. Thank you so much for everything I'll be back for more!! I believe a lot more good things will happen now that I'm letting go of my resistance to good things (something I didn't even realize I was doing until I found your site & sessions) so I'll write back soon to let you know how I am."
AK in New York
"Linda, I know you won't be surprised to hear this, but my depression is gone - totally and completely as far as I can tell... I spent years in therapy with psychiatrists and psychologists - I can't tell you how many sessions - hundreds!! Compared to the two sessions with you. 10 years of medication and disability for it and after your hypnosis - GONE!!"
D in California
Have the courage to step outside the tunnel of narrowing fear, thoughts and actions. Keeping it real and fresh is my approach to hypnotherapy and helping to bring you back to the world of the confident and wakeful living is my goal.
Linda Simmon, C.Ht.