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I wrote recently about the mantra to get us through these turbulent times (“Just because things aren’t the same, doesn’t mean they can’t still be good”).

Well, it is proving true, as I continue to look for the signs of God at work, bringing good out of things that in themselves are not good.

Amid the roller-coaster I’m still riding, I am seeing some downright miracles.

One huge miracle comes from a client I’ll call LH, who gave me permission to share her story.

LH’s daughter was estranged for many years, for reasons LH could never fathom. Her daughter would not allow LH to see her grandchildren, which was heart-wrenching for LH because she had for several years practically raised one grandson and was especially close to that one. Her daughter suddenly cut her off from all the grandchildren and would not even allow LH to speak to them.

LH was a member of my Healing Hearts Circle group coaching program. As we worked on her heart issues surrounding this, I always had the sense that her Healing Codes were meant for the whole family. LH’s own memory would usually heal very quickly, in a matter of days, but I kept telling her to continue to do her codes and release them to the family, especially her daughter. It felt very clear to me that she and her daughter were strongly tied energetically, that the daughter had been absorbing a lot of LH’s pain and compounding her own, and that targeting LH’s issues and releasing her code to her family would be the best way to heal them all, including LH.

Well, the daughter miraculously turned around and responded to my client sending her a gift. Interestingly, this happened after an amazing Immanuel Prayer time with my client, in which she was shown a beautiful vision of her family that she clung to as she continued to do Healing Codes for herself and her family. God had given her the vision that he himself was working to bring about. And it only took a few short weeks!

There was a very stubborn and seemingly key generational memory involved with this family that I tested was healed right before the miraculous turnaround. LH could actually sense it was healed: “I seem to be able to feel its release or, perhaps, it’d be better said to say I feel its absence. It had a heaviness, a dirtiness, as well as a darkness to it. I feel ‘clean’ now with it gone.”

On Mother’s Day, the Immanuel Prayer vision of her family sitting around the dinner table, talking and laughing and not wanting to leave, actually came true. She spent three and a half hours with her daughter and grandchildren, and the mother-daughter bond is there like it hasn’t been for decades. “I haven’t seen this version of my daughter in 33 years,” LH says. And when she visited with her son, “he didn’t want us to leave. Just like in the Immanuel Prayer vision.”

This is an amazing miracle, God doing it through these marvelous tools, Healing Codes and Immanuel Approach.

The founder of Immanuel Approach, Dr. Karl Lehman, said in a recent email, “People ask me sometimes, ‘Why do we need to even do Immanuel Approach facilitating? Why can’t we just pray for people and have God heal them?’” Dr. Karl’s answer was that God seems to prefer that we co-labor with him in this work of healing.

I too had often gotten that same impression every time I would ask God, “Why do we need The Healing Codes or Immanuel Approach, or tools like the Halo or c.Balance?” God really does seem to like to be involved with us, and he seems to like to use various tools. Perhaps it’s because this God is a relational God, above all else. The other way—our just asking God to do thus and such, without our involvement—can easily cut out the relational part. God does not want to end up being a big Vending Machine in the Sky.

That’s not to say he doesn’t want us to ask. But we ask as a child asks a Father. And as a good Father who wants to foster growth in his children, he comes alongside and trains us. He asks for our involvement. I think he enjoys it more that way. I know it’s a lot more satisfying to have an actual relationship with a living God, rather than having to figure out some kind of formula for getting things to happen the way we want them to.

That’s the way I see it, anyway.

Besides LH’s miracle, I’m seeing miracles in my own life. Miracles of personal healing, provision, answers to prayers, “next steps” made clear.

I think of miracles as signs that point to the fact that there is a good God working behind the scenes. They are things that we could not ourselves make happen, though we may have a part to play.

I saw this video the other day and I thought, “Is this why God has permitted the COVID-19 pandemic?” I don’t pretend to know. But to me it highlights that God is still at work, bringing good out of evil.

That’s his job description for himself these days: “Behold, I am making all things new” (Revelation 21: 5).

If you would like to avail yourself of either of these tools that can unleash miracles, visit https://HealingCodesCoaching.com and check out the resources and the coaching options.

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I was talking to a friend for the first time since this global shutdown came upon us.

“How are you doing?” she asked.

I answered, “Well, you know . . . it’s up and it’s down, good days and bad days, and today is not such a good day. The roller coaster ride of now.”

She repeated my sentence word for word, laughed, and said, “You have just nailed it.”

Up and down . . . good days and not so good days . . . the roller coaster ride of now.

And—the thing is—it doesn’t seem to matter what’s really going on.

For instance, a lot of great things are happening in my personal life right now. And in my clients’ lives. (Stay tuned, I have some real miracles to report!) I am focused on the positive, especially after last week’s revelation about how God searches out the positives and expands them. I am genuinely excited about coming into that space with him and allowing him to do that in my life, my relationships, my work.

And yet . . . yet the angst of the world’s suffering still seems to break in, even when I don’t watch the news much. It’s probably a factor in why I’m still easily triggered, like I was on Mother’s Day.

That Sunday held many wonderful things: my son and husband fixed something for me that delighted me, we had a nice meal with my son, the dog was here to play with.

However, a conversation with a relative had triggered me, and I just couldn’t get over it. I tried as best I could to focus on the positives, which did keep me from externally reacting. No one knew how lousy I felt inside.

The heaviness persisted until the next day, when I had that conversation with my friend. Somehow having her say she felt the same way, and knowing she really understood, lifted things a bit for me. Of course I worked on what was triggered with The Healing Codes and healing prayer, and that helped too.

In the end, though, I just had to go through it. Once I realized it was grief that was triggered, I just had to let those waves of grief roll over me, without fighting it.

The next day was better. And the day after that—well, the roller coaster ride continued, another wave rolled over, to mix my metaphors.

(Since it’s a mixed-up time anyway, it feels appropriate to mix my metaphors!)

So my friend, if this describes your journey as you attempt to slog through this unprecedented time, you are not alone. Someone said, “We are all in the same storm, but not in the same boat.”

It’s good to remember we’re not in the same boat. We all have our own “boats” to navigate, and it’s OK to realize that’s our first responsibility, to make sure our own boats stay afloat.

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It’s also good to realize that everyone is on overload right now, to one degree or another. We are all navigating this weird mix of constant change and uncertainty, while at the same time, sheltering at home for so long, everything is somewhat the same day to day. Too many of the events we looked forward to, too many of the everyday things that provided a break in our days (like seeing friends, or attending church or–getting our hair done!)–these are no longer possible until who knows when.

Seems like a stressful mix. A grief-filled mix. And the stress and grief spill out from everyone.

Many of us, especially the Highly Sensitive, are prone to taking on some of this negative energy that is projected out from other people (and is stoked constantly by the news media). One author calls it Emotional Inflammation: “a state not unlike post-traumatic stress disorder, but one that stems from simply living in today’s tumultuous world.”

If this feels like you, I have a visualization that was given to me in an Immanuel Prayer session some time ago. It has proven useful to me, and may be to you.

The visualization is simple: picture that your heart is actually a hole, open in front and back. You might even want to put your hands like so in front of your chest, to make it more conscious.

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In my original vision, Jesus was behind me, like the catcher behind the mound as I was “up to bat.” Whatever came at me went straight through this heart hole, and Jesus caught it. Then he took care of it.

Some of the things he just threw away. Some of the things he tossed back to someone else. Sometimes he would give it back to me, saying, “This is something for you to deal with,” such as forgiving another person. And the rest—well, he knew what to do with it. I could leave it in his hands.

Now, especially in the mornings, I feel like a lot is coming at me. I suspect much of what I feel on any given down day is probably not even mine. I consciously open up my heart space, front and back, and picture God behind me, catching whatever it is and taking care of it. This helps me with the sense of heaviness I often wake up with these days, as if during sleep the unhealed energy of those I’ve been exposed to has settled upon me. Now at night I pray that this process of energy passing through me to God would happen during sleep, and it has helped me wake up feeling more refreshed.

Hearing bad news troubles me. I can’t help it; I’m a Highly Sensitive empath. When I learned that an 18-year-old autistic girl from our area went missing as she walked her dog in a flooded area, I immediately felt the anguish of her family. I had to let that pass through me with the prayer: “through me to you, Lord. Take care of everything.”

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As you ride the waves of this storm that’s engulfing the world, those waves will take you up and down. Remember that you are not alone. We are all riding the waves. If you’re have a not-so-good day, it’s OK. Your feelings are valid, they are shared, and you can let them pass through you. The feelings are like the weather; they will change. Good feelings, bad feelings, both kinds will pass as we let them wash through us.

 

And for those feelings that are not even ours, that spill over onto our boat and threaten to sink us—let those pass through your heart space to the Lord. He is quite capable of taking care of all of it.

That belief is my anchor. I hope it can be yours, too.

If you would like personalized help in navigating your “boat” through these turbulent times, I’m just a few clicks away at HealingCodesCoaching.com. I’d love to come alongside you as your healing journey mentor.

The 2019 5G Crisis Summit was possibly the most important summit I ever attended or bought. It educated me on the preponderance of research about the dangers of this new technology that is rolling out all over the world without any testing whatsoever on its safety.

Well, I somehow received an email that had nothing to do with that concern. No, this was an investment letter, talking about what 5G is going to do for us. How it will totally revolutionize the whole world. How it will make all our current smartphones obsolete because they won’t have the special chip needed to link it to the amazing new 5G network. (Get ready to spend another $1000 for a new phone if you want to buy into the whiz-bang of this new technology.)

The letter was actually a sales letter for an investment newsletter that tells you how to invest in this upcoming technology. You can get the full scoop here. (Mind you, I am NOT advocating this in any way, but if you’re curious about what advocates of 5G are saying, you might want to take a gander. If you don’t want to view the video, you can choose the transcript and just skim it.)

They are saying that “by year’s end, nine of the ten largest cities in America should have 5G wireless service.” (It’s already in Chicago and Minneapolis.) By Christmas, nearly all 328 million Americans will be able to use wireless 5G. And that’s just in the United States.

Now here’s the part that made me say, “Whaaat?” They say that this revolutionary technology with revamp the healthcare system. Not only will you be able to wear technology that can monitor your heart rate and rhythm, your blood sugar, and much more. (Hmmm. I wonder who will be able to gain access to that personal information?) They are saying that “Hologram technology would let a doctor visit you right in your home, without going to the hospital” and that “5G would let us do robotic surgery with zero delay, even from thousands of miles away.”

Hmmm. It will also shave off a lot more time from, say, downloading a movie. Instead of the current 2 minutes it now takes with current technology (which, by the way, is 4G in most areas), it will take ONLY 3.7 SECONDS! Wow! You can save 116 seconds! It will only take .6 seconds to download an hour-long playlist instead of the 20 seconds it currently takes. (Click the image below to see the cool animation.)

You can save more than 19 seconds on that download with this amazing technology that may cause you untold health problems! (But that won’t matter, because you can contact your doctor any time without having to get into your car, which very soon will be driverless thanks to 5G.)

Well, you might want to watch that investment letter pitch after all. Then you can maybe invest in the revolutionary technology that will for sure revolutionize our lives and, if the scientists and other experts interviewed in the 5G Summit are correct, wreck our health.

There’s real concern here, and if the concerns are real, then the time is short–we must act now! That’s why I’m go glad they will re-air the entire 5G Crisis Summit–with updating material–for free viewing June 1-7.

Sign up for the 5G Crisis Summit here, and get started on reading and listening to the registration gifts. I bought the seminar package last year, and was blown away by the breadth and depth of experts, and what I learned. I was also impressed by the positive focus. It’s not all gloom and doom, but we do need to educate ourselves and act!

I recently saw a chilling video report from Nick Penault, author of The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMF, about how most of the current (affordable) meters are blind to high-frequency radiation including 5G and satellites. If you were depending on your EMF meter to know whether you were safe, you were probably wrong. View the video here.

And if you think that this 5G concern is just a rant from “conspiracy theorists,” check out this Scientific American article entitled, “We Have No Reason to Believe 5G is Safe,” published on October 17, 2019.

Searching Out the Beauty

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I’d like to share with you an Immanuel Prayer experience I had this week, because I think there is a profound message of hope in it that’s meant for more people than just me.

(Inmanuel Prayer is a facilitated experience of Immanuel, “God with us,” that is meant to deepen a connection with the living presence of the Lord. For more, go here.)

With Immanuel Prayer, we always start off by asking the Lord to show the recipient (me, in this case), where he wants to start.

What came to mind surprised me, and at first I tried to discard it and find another. But the image kept coming back: my neighbor’s tree that I saw this morning.

The crabapple tree was in partial blossom, which struck me as a bit disappointing. Why was only one part of the tree in bloom (see the right outer part)? Usually this tree is a wonder—all the branches laden with the pink blossoms. Is it diseased?

It felt like a picture of this global pandemic itself. Not what we’re used to, not what we expected, and with only a little of the usual splendor left.

My attention, however, both on my walk and in this Immanuel Prayer session, was drawn to the part that was in bloom. The beautiful part, the blossom-laden branches blowing in the wind. I got up close and took a picture, filling the frame only with the blossoms.

When my attention wandered to wondering and feeling disappointed about the part of the tree that wasn’t blooming, Immanuel gently pulled my attention to the beautiful blossoms.

As I paid attention to the part where beauty remained, I sensed what he wanted me to know was that is always where his focus is.

His focus is always on what still remains of his original design. I sensed that he was very intent on expanding the beauty. That he was always (and only) focused on the beauty still present, and he continually calls forth life.

“There is still beauty in the world.”

Immanuel is continually searching for that beauty, for any scrap that remains of his original intent. “Where is the beauty, that I can expand it?”

Whether for a person or any piece of his creation, he delights in this task of searching, finding, expanding and refashioning to “bring beauty out of ashes.” He is laser-focused on the positives, and nothing is beyond his ability or desire to make something beautiful out of it, whether by expanding or fixing or refashioning the positive that’s there.

That’s what Immanuel is always about, even in this time of cataclysmic ruination. Especially in this time of cataclysmic ruin. Jesus has faced down evil, and he is now continually in the process of bringing life out of death. That started with his resurrection and continues on, until the climax when there will be a new heaven and new earth.

The restoration happens on the micro and macro scale. It happens in in all areas of creation and also in persons. He showed me how he is doing that in my husband, looking for the positives and calling them forth. I’m invited into that process of searching and calling forth, but the primary task is not mine. It’s God’s.

Yet I have a part in it. The words “pray attention,” that I originally heard in a podcast quoting part of an essay by Glennon Doyale, came again to me.

Participating with God by “praying attention” to his work of looking for and calling out the positive is a holy act. It requires attention, and connection with God. Not just paying attention, but praying attention.

Religious people are told that God is all about making us holy. Today, Immanuel gave me a new definition of holiness: beauty.

I love that way of looking at it! There is intrinsic beauty and worth in each person, and every part of creation. I saw today that this attraction to beauty we all have is innate; it is God-given and is, indeed, the stamp of God in our divine design. God is holy, and that means he is beautiful beyond compare. Everything in creation that is beautiful—including these pink crabapple blossoms—carry that stamp of the Creator’s beauty.

In my mind’s eye there arose the image of an orchid next. Beautiful, delicate flowers, strange plant. My attention was drawn to the roots. So weird how the roots grow up rather than always down. Before I understood this, I thought the green root you see on the left was a stem that should have produced flowers. I was disappointed when no blooms appeared, because I didn’t understand what I was seeing. Not until I did some research did I learn about how orchid roots grow up, to take in the nutrients from the air.

And who knew that those dried-up looking roots in the pot still had life in them?

Today it was impressed on me: I don’t always know what I’m looking at. Something may appear unappealing or even lifeless to me, yet it turns out to be life-giving, like the aerial and dried roots of the orchid.

Immanuel was asking me, “Can you trust that I know what you’re looking at, and that I know what brings life and what does not?”

Isn’t that the question of the hour? We don’t always know what we’re looking at. I still don’t understand why my neighbor’s tree isn’t flowering normally. Certainly in this cataclymic global pandemic, we don’t know fully what we’re looking at. But can we trust that God does, and that he is searching out any scrap of beauty and bringing it forth to expand it, refashion it, return it to his original, intended design?

I don’t know about you, but that brings me tremendous hope and peace. Thank you, Immanuel.

Addendum: My friend who facilitated this Immanuel Prayer commented afterward that she was blown away by how much significance came from such a simple starting image of crabapple blossoms. Isn’t that an example of the very thing he showed me? Immanuel laser-focuses on the beauty and expands it, adorning it with significance.

If you would like help with healing any “heart issues” that are coming up for you, or to try Immanuel Prayer, check out HealingCodesCoaching.com and look for the links at the top that pertain to your interests.

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“Just because things aren’t the same, doesn’t mean they can’t still be good.”

These words led me out of grief months ago. Now they keep coming back to me. They feel like the mantra needed for speaking hope into these turbulent times. They feel like the exact roadmap for creating a future that is built on hope, gratitude, and resilience.

“Just because things aren’t the same, doesn’t mean they can’t still be good.”

Things are not the same now. At all. As I’ve said a lot lately, we do need to allow ourselves to grieve that. We cannot paste a smile on and pretend things are OK, or that they will magically soon return to what they were.

Yet . . . the invitation is to believe that life can still be good. The challenge is to actively and consciously look for the good that still exists.

The foundation for this, for me, are certain very relevant promises from God’s Word:

  • The promise that God knows the plans he has for each of us, and that they are plans for good, not evil, to give us a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).
  • The promise that he is always working things together for good for those who trust him (Romans 8:28).
  • The promise that “God is a very present help in times of trouble, therefore we need not fear, though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,  though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling” (Psalm 46).
  • The faith that God is both before me and behind me: “the LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” (Deuteronomy 31:8) and “surely goodness and mercy shall pursue me all the days of my life” (Psalm 23:6).

The great hope of faith is that even suffering is not meaningless. That a benevolent, wise God is always at work to redeem what was ruined, to restore what was lost. (Sometimes he restores even more than was lost, though it may take a very different form.)

See if you can test this from your own life. Can you look back on a difficult experience and now, in hindsight, see some good that came out of it?

I’ve mentioned before the tragedy of when my friend and her husband were killed. There was nothing good about that in itself. However, I saw some good come out of it.

For instance, some of what was given to me afterward (e.g., the vision of “King Jesus facing down evil“), sustains me now. I am learning how to deal with grief in a healthy way for the first time in my life, and that enables me to help others. I experienced amazing support from certain friends, which is precious to me. Their example has shown me how to “be there” for others in their pain. I could go on.

I encourage you to take some time to reflect on the positives that have comes from some difficult times in your life. If you’ve taken my earlier advice and started a Gifts Journal, write those experiences down. (You can even label them “disguised gifts.” They didn’t feel like gifts at the time, but now you can see how God fashioned something good out of them.)

my current gifts journal

 

Then, keep the positive momentum going by daily taking note of anything good you experienced in the day. Choose a nice-looking notebook or journal you will enjoy writing in. Make quick notes–just enough to jog your memory later. Your English teacher will not read this!

When you need a pick-me-up during these trying days (I know this has been a roller-coaster ride for me), take out your Gifts Journal and reread the chronicle of God’s good hand in your life.

“Just because thins aren’t the same, doesn’t mean they can’t still be good.” Capture the goodness!

 

Then, please share it! Comment below, or share on the Healing Codes Coaching Facebook page. Let’s together start a chronicle of witness to God’s compassionate hand guiding us through this time. He knows how hard this is, and he desires to bring us joy and hope to strengthen us and see us through to a miraculously Better Normal.

And it you need personalized help with the heart issues that block you from joy and seeing the gifts, please check out my coaching at HealingCodesCoaching.com. I’d be honored to be your healing journey mentor.

 

As I write this, many people from all over the world have been “sheltering in place,” to one degree or another, for at least a month.

In that time, we have all been thrown into collective grief and shock, because the changes have happened so swiftly, so totally.

Every aspect of our lives have changed—forever.

Things will never be the same.

We need to grieve that. There are some days when grief looms large indeed for me.

Grief not only for what I’ve lost, but as a Highly Sensitive empath, I also feel the pain of countless others who are suffering.

Suffering the loss of loved ones. Loss of work. Loss of a business into which they have poured themselves.

And I can’t even think of the children who are abused, trapped in homes with parents who formerly could not bear the stress, and who now are at the breaking point.

Or other victims of domestic violence.

For everyone, a way of life has been changed forever, more or less, in one way or another.

How do we cope? Is there any way to come out of this crisis stronger?

I believe there is. If we can embrace the hidden invitations of this strange time, we will develop strengths that we can bring into the “new normal” we will soon, we hope, be able to forge. 

What we need is resilience. Here are two steps  to develop your resilience.

Step One: Find the Joy Amid the Suffering

The first hidden invitation, and a big part of the healing process, is to learn to find joy even in the midst of the suffering.

Joy? In the midst of suffering? Is that possible?

Yes, it is. It’s needed now more than ever. And the more we can do that, the more resilient we become.

That potential resilience may be THE greatest “disguised gift” of these unprecedented time.

So how do you do that?

Search for the gifts. I started keeping what I call a Gifts Journal back when I was in a post-partem depression after my daughter was born. It was part of the answer to my prayer, “How can I heal from this depression?”

I began to look for the things that felt like “gifts,” small or big. And I wrote them down. The practice actually led to my book, Abundant Gifts.

(Many call this a gratitude journal, and that’s fine. For me, “gifts journal” fit better, because it’s more personal. It really felt like a personal God daily strews gifts along my path, sometimes gifts chosen especially for me.)

Looking for the gifts and writing them down not only lifted me out of depression, it changed my life. Whereas before, my problems loomed in the foreground and joy lurked in the background (if it was in the picture at all), now it was reversed. The joy spots shone brighter than the problems.

Don’t we need this shift in perspective now more than ever?

Look for things and experiences that spark joy and appreciation, and write them down so you can go back to it. (More on that in a bit.)

Don’t despise the simplest of things. Really look at an object.

For instance, the other day, I noticed a patch of rainbow light on my kitchen wall. The source was a mystery at first, until I realized it was a reflection through my candlesticks that somehow made it onto my kitchen wall. This surprised me because the candlestick was in the dining room next to the kitchen. I don’t understand how the light bounced onto the kitchen wall, but I could appreciate it.

Then, I studied the candlestick. I love the way the glass is cut, so that even with no bright sunlight, there is a hint of a prism–if you really look.

Since you’re stuck at home, make a game of it: what objects in your home give you joy? Really look at one, and let the pleasure wash over you. Take a photo. Put it in your Gifts Journal, or start a scrapbook. Note the emotion it evokes. For me, the spot on the wall evoked wonder, a sense that beauty can happen at any moment, even if I knew not how.

This piece is important: allow yourself to feel that appreciation or wonder or joy for at least 20 seconds.

Why?

Because, as I learned from Julie Bjelland, our brains need at least 20 seconds to actually register a positive impression enough to overcome the automatic negative bias (ANB) that we naturally experience. (And, if you’re Highly Sensitive, that ANB is even stronger, as we’re the ones whose brains are wired to sense more things. We’re the ones who sense danger earlier than the other 80%, so we can warn them what’s ahead.)

Challenge: At the end of each day, jot down at least 3 things you appreciated that day. What felt like a gift? What sparked joy? As mentioned, you might also want to use a photograph, or draw something—anything to capture the moment and express the emotion. Ending your day with this positive focus will help you sleep better, and set you up for a good day following.

This next step is what will make you truly resilient. Use it whenever you are triggered into negative emotions.

Step Two: Heal the Trapped Emotions

Before you do this next step, grab your Gifts Journal and pick an appreciation moment or joy image to focus on.

There are two ways to heal the emotions that will get triggered, again and again, by these exceptional times. In fact, one of the hidden invitations of this time is to allow these unhealed wounds to surface, and heal all of it.

The key to both the options below is to allow yourself to fully feel both the “negative” and positive emotions fully.

Option 1: You may, of course, use The Healing Codes for this healing; they are a wonderful tool indeed. (Remember, there is a free, Coach-Guided Healing Code available for fear, anxiety, worry, and that out of control feeling.) Before saying your Prayer of Intention, allow yourself to let the feelings/memories you want to heal to rise up. Sit with them for a moment. Try to rate what comes up, if you can. Then, you can use your Gifts Journal to pick a Joy Image or Appreciation Moment to focus on while doing your Healing Code.

Option 2: Hold the Grief and Joy Together.

Sit quietly and let the negative feelings(s) come up. Don’t deny or repress them. Picture yourself holding those painful feelings in one hand, your non-dominant hand.

In the other, “grab onto and hold” one of your joy images or appreciation moment. Hold them both together: grief and joy. Sadness and appreciation. Negative feeling in non-dominant hand, positive in dominant hand.

Let the negative feelings well up but just notice them. Be a witness to them.

Now, turn your attention to what’s in your dominant hand, the joy image or appreciation memory. Savor for 20 seconds or more that gift.

Go back and forth, back and forth, grief and joy, until you feel like the negative emotion has washed over you and receded, and the positive has taken root. Sit with it until the joy shines brighter than the grief, or whatever other emotion you are processing.

As you sit there holding the feelings, see if you can also let yourself believe that God is also holding you. And that he is the one ever pointing you to joy, to the gifts he is placing along your path every day.

What you will find is your capacity for both the heights and the depths will be stretched. You will be resilient, able to handle whatever comes your way, the joys or the sorrows, and anything in between.

Being willing to surrender to that process of stretching is, perhaps, another one of the hidden invitations of this strange time.

It is the hidden hand of Grace outstretched to you. Will you take it?

“But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in Him.

“He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”–Jeremiah 17:7-8

 

Two  Postscripts to Deepen Your Experience

(Note that this podcast was posted on January 1, 2020. Before we really knew about COVID-19, at least in the U.S. But you may find it prescient.)

If you ever need more help, e.g. with healing the unhealed memories being triggered, just contact me at www.healingcodescoaching.com for some coaching.

Last week we celebrated Easter–Resurrection Day. When I went outside in my garden, the hyacinths were in bloom and there was even a butterfly on the blossoms. Spring was coming! After such a long winter, I was more than ready. A gardener friend told me it was unusual to see a butterfly this early in the season.

 

On my walk, I reveled in the robins bobbing along the ground, the magnolia bush with its delicate blossoms.

     

This was the world before COVID-19. Full of hope, full of life, expecting spring to come. (I speak metaphorically, as obviously COVID-19 hit well before April 12.)

Then, on April 15: SNOW! And on April 17: even more snow!

Here’s our home after the snowfalls.

Snow in the middle of April is NOT “normal,” even in the Midwest.

It felt like, “When will spring ever come? What will happen to the daffodils and the hyacinths?”

(It feels like, “When will this tiresome shelter-in-place ever end?)

And yet . . . when I went on my walk, I was struck by the unusual beauty of snow on green plants and daffodils, and on the tree branches.

I don’t have a video or a picture of what happened next, because it happened too quickly.

As I walked along the side of our tree-lined street, suddenly the wind blew, and big blobs of snow from the trees rained down all around me. It was not like regular snowflakes; these were much larger, and they were beautiful.

It was a magical moment, especially as I lifted my head to look up, and the snow blobs gently fell on my head and face. Somehow it felt like a blessing.

I would not have experienced this magical moment apart from this unwanted snowstorm that came when I was longing for spring. I’m so glad I didn’t miss it!

I didn’t miss it because I did not hole up inside, pouting about the snow, sighing over what it might do to the flowers. I was present. Present to whatever the moment would bring.

I went out to experience and discover whatever was, rather than what I wanted it to be.

So I got my magical moment. A moment in time when the unexpected happened–an unusual snow shower, exquisitely beautiful, at a time when it “shouldn’t” have been snowing, according to “normal” expectations.

Now, during this unprecedented shutdown of spring 2020, there is no “normal.” We are in an unusual time, an exceptional time, a perplexing time, even a fearful time. A very “not normal” time.

But I’m convinced that even in this unusual, exceptional, perplexing and even a fearful “not normal” time, there are gifts. Gifts that wouldn’t be possible in more “normal” times.

What “magical moment” might be there for you, right now, right here, even in this time of not normal shutdown?

Grab them. Look for them. Write them down daily. Savor them.

And remember–this too shall pass. By the end of the day on the second day of snow, the several inches of snow were melted. We did not have to shovel the driveway.

And the daffodils, heads bowed in peaceful submission, still showed strong and beautiful.

This unusual, exceptional, perplexing and fearful time will not last forever. We will get through this. There will be a new “normal.”

What “magical moments” have you experienced, even in the midst of the “not normal”?

Share your stories below, or on my Facebook page!

 

 

Note: Although this was written on and for April 11, 2020, the day between Good Friday/Passover and Easter, I believe it is also very applicable to this “in between time” of What Was (before COVID-19) and What Will Be once we get through this pandemic.

This week is Holy Week in my spiritual tradition, the week in which we walk through the last days of the life of Jesus, especially his death on a cross. And tomorrow—the Resurrection!

Yesterday was also Passover, the remembrance among the Jewish people of the liberation from slavery the Lord God brought through Moses.

Normally, Holy Week means several church services: Maundy Thursday, with a focus on Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples, when we also wash each other’s feet and celebrate the Lord’s Supper.

Then, different services for Good Friday. And today, our church usually holds an Easter Vigil, where through song, dance, drama and music we walk through the entire Redemption history. It will culminate in a joyous celebration tomorrow, with ringing of bells as we make a “joyous, holy noise” and children and adults alike (pastor as well) dance around the sanctuary.

This year, of course, Holy Week is completely different.

This year, we huddle around computer or phone to follow along with the Livestream worship services from our homes, isolated from the congregation. (Join us, if you don’t have a great church!)

This year, only my husband and I washed each other’s feet on Maundy Thursday.

But you know what? There was something ineffably sweet about that foot-washing between Gene and me in the intimacy of our own home, with the strains of “Spiegel Im Spiegel” coming through the phone.

And I was reminded of some words that came to me awhile back, which I wrote about in the context of grief back then.

“Just because things are different, doesn’t mean they

still can’t be good.”

We are all in a collective grief. Nothing is the same. Almost overnight, our whole way of life has been stripped away.

So many losses. For some, tragically, it’s actual loss of life. For most of us, it’s a loss of the way of life that we once knew.

And why?

All because of an unseen foe—a novel virus we don’t understand yet—that has the power to induce death and destruction of life as we knew it.

And yet . . . I believe that there is another Unseen Force that has the power to overcome this foe.

Actually, it’s not a force, it’s a Person.

This is what we remembered in the holy day that just passed. Passover: protection from the angel of death via faith and the blood of a lamb, and the liberation from slavery. It took the mighty hand of God, overcoming the forces of nature and the power of man, but it happened. The Jewish people were set free from their bondage in Egypt, and God led them through the wilderness eventually, to the Promised Land. (It would have been sooner if they had believed he could do it. Hmmmm…..)

And Good Friday, that day when Jesus, the Son of God who had taken on our flesh, also took on our sin (read: that force that pulls us down no matter how hard we try to be good) and suffered the effects of it fully in our place. The day he spilled his blood, and in that act, made it possible that we can be protected from true and final death–separation from God.

That is where we are, today, April 11, the day between Good Friday and Easter. That is where we are, today, April 11, huddled in our homes like the Israelites of old while the angel of death passed over, killing all the firstborn except in homes where the blood of a lamb was smeared on the doorposts.

Today, we grieve like Jesus’ disciples, perhaps feeling, like them, that all is lost.

Today, Jesus’ body was in the tomb, but where was his spirit? I believe it was facing down evil, as I saw in my vision. (If you haven’t seen my video of “King Jesus Faces Down Evil,” you can view it here.)

But tomorrow—tomorrow we will celebrate Easter. Easter, which is not about bunnies and colored eggs and new clothes. These things seem so trivial now, don’t they?

The true meaning of Easter–the Resurrection of Jesus–has not changed. Easter is about New Life springing from death. It is about death and all its effects being conquered.

Have you ever stopped to think what a mind bender it would have been to Jesus’ followers to have him appear to them alive? THAT is what turned the world upside down. To have a person actually rise from the dead was unheard of. It ushered in a whole new paradigm, a whole new way of thinking and living and understanding. There really is a God who cared enough about human beings to become one of us, to live our lives from the inside, to die the death we were meant to die, and then to rise from the dead, ever living to offer a whole new life in which the unseen world is more real than the seen.

We have been faced with the unseen foe, and it is very real. Let’s remember the unseen Victor who first tasted death for us, then conquered death and evil.

Tomorrow, let’s remember that the Unseen Victor is truly alive. He lives now in the hearts of everyone who receives him. And what he does now, is to make all things new (Revelation 21:5).

He is Lord of everything in heaven and earth, and that means coronavirus as well. In his Word, he promises that he will make all things work out for good for those who love him, who personally call him Lord (Romans 8:28). He promises that “neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation including coronavirus!], will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).

THIS is the promise of Easter. This promise does not change. Hope is still alive, because the Source of all hope is alive.

And just because Easter will not be the same this year as it was in years past, doesn’t mean it can’t be good. Doesn’t mean it can’t be a time of rebirth into a new life for us. Doesn’t mean we can’t have joy.

Perhaps there can be more joy, because it’s based on what does not change, even as everything else has changed.

There is a movement afoot to go outside and “raise a Hallelujah” at noontime on Easter, wherever you are, by ringing bells, banging on pots and pans, and shouting, “He is risen! He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!” for one minute.

You will see me outside “raising my Hallelujah.” I will not have lost my mind. Only my clinging to “the way things were” to be embraced by this Love and to embrace whatever Love will bring.

I know it will be good, in one way or another.

 

 

The real threat of the current pandemic may not be the virus itself, but the pandemic of fear, worry, anxiety, even panic that many feel.

And the real cause of the fear is that nobody really knows enough about this virus. So what we’re dealing with are the feelings of fear of the unknown, uncertainty, and a lack of control.

For some of us, the current state of affairs may be triggering memories of other times in our life when we felt that way. This only amplifies the negative emotions.

These emotions definitely can suppress the immune system. Most of the people who contract the coronovirus survive it—unless their immune system is compromised in some way.

So it seems to me that if we can regain a sense of perspective and a sense of control, and if we can do everything we can to keep our immune system strong, then even if we come into contact with this or any other virus or pathogen, our bodies will be able to fight it off.

I offer two things to help you with this. The first is for perspective, to address the fear, and  the second is something that will strengthen your body’s energetic system so it will be at its best.

For perspective, read my article, “What is FEAR–Really?” It will give you a practical way to grab hold of any fear etc. and harness the resources available to heal and help you get through this tough time.

The second is a free, Coach-Guided Healing Code to address any fear, anxiety, worry, or “no control” issues that are surfacing for you, not just because of CoVid-19 but because of other times in your life when you’ve felt that way. When we clear those away, your immune system will have more internal resources to fight viruses and indeed, any pathogen or toxin that comes your way. That is how The Healing Codes work: while they don’t address any physical issues directly, they neutralize the negative frequency of unhealed negative memories, images, feelings, and beliefs that send out stress signals to the cells in your body, causing the cells to go into a closed, disease-prone state. Change the frequencies, and you stop the stress signals, and your cells can move into open, healing mode.

To access this free, Coach-Guided Code, I ask that you sign up here to get properly oriented and receive the access information. It was a live call on March 31, 2020, but the recording is now available for anyone who signs up.

People have written to thank me.

Nadina L  said: “Dear Diane, I want to thank you from my heart for sharing this strong healing code. Thank you so much for your loving action. For the first time in weeks I slept a deep refreshing sleep and feel much calmer and protected and of course I will keep on doing it.It means so much to me that people reach out to others these days. God bless you, Nadina”

Becky M. said, “Thank you so much. I was able to finally listen to the replay tonight after my son went to bed. It was exactly what I needed to hear and do tonight. Parts had me in tears because it was so spot on.I appreciate all that you are doing.”

May this special Coach-Guided Healing Code also bring you healing and peace. 💕

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Think Small for Big Changes

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At the beginning of a new year, lots of people advise us to “think big. Don’t let limiting beliefs hinder your big dreams.”

I wrote recently about aligning yourself with God’s dream for your life. He’s the one who can think big. “Beyond all we can ask or imagine. . . .”

Big is God’s realm.

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And we certainly can limit ourselves from achieving God’s big dream by our own limiting beliefs.

Yet . . .  I don’t know about you, but when I think too big, I get overwhelmed. And that triggers the old “fight or flight” response to kick in, I’m in stress mode, and things do not flow.

When I get a glimpse of God’s vision for my life, what usually comes next is some small next step to take toward that vision.

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What works for me is to think small, in the sense of “baby steps.” (Remember Bill Murray in “What about Bob?”) Small changes are what seem to lead to the biggest results.

Small, but let me add, consistent steps in one direction yield the best results. I love the title of one of Eugene Peterson’s book, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction. That is what a good life looks like: a long obedience–step by step, day by day–in the same (good) direction. Small, daily choices. Things we can do: smile at someone, express appreciation, choose the vegetables over the pastry, get up and move instead of watching yet another episode of your favorite Netflix show.

As God sets the direction and offers you the vision, he also gives you the next “baby step.” He shines a light on just the next step, lest you get overwhelmed. Isn’t that kind of Him?

That’s a sign to me, actually, that you’re in touch with God’s vision–when the vision excites you but doesn’t overwhelm, when the next small step is revealed and feels very natural and right, when you are peace with “creating as you go” rather than having to see the end goal clearly.

What’s the next “baby step” in God’s vision for your life?

If you don’t know it, there’s probably a block of some sort. If you would like assistance in finding and removing the block, consider getting some coaching from me at HealingCodesCoaching.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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