Archive for Perspectives from Scripture

Dec
16

How Can You Feel Safe in an Unsafe World?

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Recently two things happened that triggered my nervous system into feeling unsafe. One was on the communal level, the other more personal.

Here’s what God did for me. Maybe it will help you feel a little more safe too.

On the communal level, I heard the news that the FBI issued a public safety warning for the holidays. Nothing specific, just that that FBI Director Christopher Wray sees “blinking red [warning] lights everywhere.” He says not to panic, but to be vigilant.

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Photo by Goh Rhy Yan

Great. Hyper-vigilance is something I’m working on healing! In trying to heal trauma from my childhood (and beyond), I’ve worked hard on feeling safe. How can one feel safe in a world where the Director of the FBI is saying that “I’ve never seen a time when so many of the threats are all elevated, all at exactly the same time”?

To top it off, I received a letter from my state representative about safety concerns. We’ve never gotten a letter like that before. It makes you wonder what “they” (the FBI, the government officials) know that we don’t.

On a personal level, a past toxic situation and relationship that I thought was squarely in the past suddenly crashed again into my life.

I want to tell you how being able to connect with God brought great comfort and strength and sucked the stress right out of both situations.

After I got the sudden text and phone message, I related it to my children. My son wisely said, “Ignore it until X happens. Don’t give it any mental bandwidth.”

Good advice, except that my nervous system didn’t get it.

I told a couple of close friends who were familiar with the history of my situation, and they prayed for me.

I prayed too, of course. And what I got was a vision of sorts, a meditation God gave me to dwell on.

(When I say “vision,” I mean an impression on my spirit that is somewhat visual. It’s “seeing with the eyes of my heart.” That is how I often receive messages from God.)

The first part was simply of a castle or fortress, with a moat all around it. The mote was water with fire on top of it.

landscape photo of white and brown castle

No fire here, but the castle is like in my vision, only higher up.

The next day, in my dialogue with God in my Morning Pages journal, the image was added to: I was taken up by angels into the castle (there was no way to get there otherwise, what with the water and fire). I was transported to an area of the castle where I was to stay, “while your special rooms were being prepared.” That “place” I understood would be perfectly designed for who I am.

In the meantime, however, I would have to live in more “public” places, perhaps not so perfectly designed for me, but livable. (I’ve had a lot of dreams lately about being in public places. As an Introvert and Highly Sensitive Person, I’m often wearied by a lot of ”public” obligations. This vision put those dreams and feelings in context.)

I was content to live in the more public places because I knew now they were temporary. A perfect place was being prepared for me (see John 14), and though the meantime was less than perfect, it was fine for now.

This “vision” comforts me.

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Photo by micheile henderson

First of all, it signals safety to my nervous system in a way that my body could receive better than just trying to put something out of my mind. (It will still live in the nervous system anyway.) What the nervous system needs is not words or reasoning, but a new “picture in the heart.” The body’s language is nonverbal. The “survival brain” runs on pictures in the heart.

That new picture of safety is what the vision is giving me. I felt safe in that castle surrounded by the moat that you could only cross via air, spiritually (i.e. the angels carrying me over). The water and fire to me signify baptism (water and the Holy Spirit), recalling a sermon I heard recently about how we can go back to the fact of our baptism to remind us that “we are sealed by the Holy Spirit and belong to God forever.”

Knowing that I had to put up with living in the public spaces because a special place was being prepared for me helped me to feel like I could cope with the obligations that sometimes can seem so onerous to me.

I don’t know if that picture speaks to you or not. You can always pray for your own picture of safety.

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Photo by Wilfried Santer

The Bible is full of images of safety. The Psalms in particular offer many images of safety (e.g. Psalm 18, where God is pictured as a rock,  a refuge).

Indeed, my vision is based on the verse that the name of the Lord is a “fortress” to which we can run and be safe (Proverbs 18:10). Only in my case, I had to be flown over the moat by an angel!

(This, by the way, is how you know if something is truly from God: It needs to square with Scripture in some way. I’ve been reading through the Bible every two years since 2004, so my “pool” is well-stocked with things God can draw from.)

God had given me another precious picture of safety in an Immanuel Prayer experience, after a tragedy that rocked my world. I did a video on that. I called it “King Jesus Faces Down Evil.” I often return to that as well.

This world as it is is not always safe. If we’ve had trauma in our lives (and most of us have, of one sort or another, as Dr. Gabor Maté points out in his newest book, The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture), then we can be prone to being easily triggered into anxiety.

If we can address that anxiety by feeding the “survival brain” new images (among other approaches), it can help us be resilient, hopeful, healthily vigilant, and resourceful, adequate to meet the challenges of world that is not always safe or healthy.

Some other verses that calm my nervous system:

  • “In this world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (Words of Jesus in John 16:33)
  • The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness have never overcome it (John 1:5).
  • “Behold, I am making all things new.” (Some of Jesus’ last recorded words, in Revelation 21:5.)
  • Zechariah’s prophecy about the baby Jesus:

       “And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
        for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
        to give knowledge of salvation to his people
        in the forgiveness of their sins,
        because of the tender mercy of our God,
        whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
        to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
        to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1: 76-79)

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If you would like to grow in your ability to hear from God, I invite you to check out my Align with Your Divine Design program. In Module 2, Connect, I teach you four ways to learn how to hear the voice of God. This is the foundation of the whole program. There’s nothing like being able to experience God. In fact, Richard Rohr has said, “An experience of God is necessary for mental and emotional health.” I totally agree!

Oct
12

Call for Prayer for Victims of War

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The Hamas terrorist attacks on Israel on October 7, 2023 are shocking and horrific, and now is the time, more than ever, to pray the prayer below. 

The most disturbing thing to me was the report that people around the world were rejoicing over the killing of innocent people, the raping and kidnapping of women, children, and the elderly. Hamas was sending out videos of the atrocities they were committing, as if they are proud of it. The Nazis at least tried to hide it.

It also seems that the terrorists care nothing about the citizens of Palestine, either. They are quite willing to sacrifice them, too. Israel had always gone to great lengths to protect civilians when they were about to attack. (Note: Please don’t click on the link above unless you don’t believe me. If you’re sensitive, don’t click on it. Just trust me.)

Who rejoices over destruction, death, and suffering? Only those sold out to evil. Those who actually believe they are pleasing God by acts of atrocity. (What kind of god, you may ask, would encourage such a thing?)

Who protects and defends the innocent? Only those who value life. (The Israelis have always done everything they can to warn Palestinian civilians to evacuate before they bomb. Hamas hides their headquarters and military assets behind or under mosques, hospitals, schools. Hamas tells their citizens not to leave their buildings.)

As Ben Shapiro points out in this podcast explaining why he’s showing pictures of the atrocities, the terrorists don’t think like you do. They do not have the same values. 

It seems to not be fashionable to call something or someone evil. But what else would you call it? “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20) I will call it what it is. 

And I will hate it. In the scriptures, it says to hate evil. Not evil people–we pray for them as our enemies–but evil itself. And we do what we can to eradicate it, if necessary.

The desire to enslave or destroy the Jews entirely has reared its ugly head since the days of Moses. Yet God has never allowed that to happen, and he never will, if you believe the Bible (and history). 

Perhaps not coincidentally, this very week I have been reading the Book of Esther in my regular two-year Bible reading plan. It is one of my favorite books of the Old Testament, and it’s quite timely now. The poetic justice in this story  is very sweet. (I pray, “Do it again, God! Do it again. Deliver your people yet again.”)

​​​​​​​(Interesting note: in Esther, Haman was the enemy that tried to destroy the Jews. Now it’s Hamas. One letter different.)

Prayer is a big part of spiritual victory of any kind. So pray the prayer below. Pray it often, pray it from the heart. You will be doing something important. 

We are not battling against flesh and blood, ultimately (Ephesians 6:12).

This is a spiritual war, fought with spiritual weapons, which are more powerful than any earthly artillery.

Don’t forget . . .

Be a light and push back the darkness!

Remember to pray!

(Have you been paying attention to how God is answering this prayer? That’s how I read the news now….)

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Whenever I come across the same idea two or three times within a couple of days, I figure it’s something to pay attention to.

Especially if it’s from Scripture.

This week, the idea that healing can come through unexpected means came up twice on the same day. So I thought I’d pay close attention, and share it with you.

The first time was through a devotional app I really enjoy. It’s called Lectio 365, and each day there is a morning and evening audio (and printed words), using the simple outline of P-R-A-Y: Pause, Rejoice & Reflect, Ask, and Yield.

The Scripture selection for reflection on July 26 was from John 5:5-9a, about the man who spent years by the pool of Bethesda, waiting for a miracle. Jesus sees him, knows that he has been sick for a long time, and asks him a pointed question: “Do you want to be healed?”

The man explains why he can’t be healed: “I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going, another steps down before me.” His chance at being healed was slim to none—or so he thought.

The devotional points out that at this point, the sick man knew only one way to be healed: to get into the pool first when the water is stirred up. “But Jesus expands his limited imagination with an invitation to action; ‘Get up, pick up your bed, and start walking.’”

And the man did!

That very same day, I was reading through my two-year Bible reading plan, and came to the story of Naaman in 2 Kings 5, who had some kind of serious skin disease. He was general of the army under the king of Aram, and very valuable to the king. A girl from Israel who had been captured and ended up being the servant of Naaman’s wife told her that there was a prophet in Israel who could tell Naaman how to be healed.

Naaman first went to the king of Israel for help, but that king recognized his grave limitations in being able to heal, and referred Naaman to Elisha the prophet.

Naaman came to Elisha, all decked out with gifts. Elisha didn’t even bother to meet him in person; he sent his servant with a message to Naaman: “Go to the River Jordan and immerse yourself seven times. Your skin will be healed and you’ll be as good as new.”

This totally offended Naaman. He lost his temper, and fumed, “I thought he’d personally come out and meet me, call on the name of the LORD, wave his hand over the diseased spot, and get rid of the disease. Aren’t the Damascus rivers cleaner by far than the rivers in Israel? Why not bathe there; at least I’ll get clean.” He stomped off in a rage.

[Here’s another example of someone believing he could only be healed in a certain way. In this case, he vociferously resisted the new (and simpler) approach given by Elisha.]

Naaman’s servants tried to change his mind. “If the prophet had asked you to do something hard and heroic, wouldn’t you have done it? So why not this simple ‘wash and be clean’?”

Naaman gave in, followed Elisha’s orders—and was completely healed. AND he was convinced that the only true God was Elisha’s God, the LORD.

These stories remind me of the people I’ve tried to share The Healing Codes with. They are resistant to such a strange way of healing. If you don’t understand that everything is energy, and that if you shift the energy from negative to positive, things can change, things can be healed—you won’t be open to The Healing Codes.

Or a number of other healing modalities, for that matter. I don’t believe The Healing Codes are God’s only tool in his toolbox. He can use any tool he wants.

The question, for all of us, is: Are we open to God using a tool that we’ve never heard of, or don’t understand?

Can we, like the man at the pool of Bethesda, or like Naaman, take the step of faith and follow what God may be showing us to do—even if we don’t understand it or if it seems too “simple”?

What “miracle” might be possible if we did step out in faith?

[Note: you might want to share this link with someone who is skeptical about The Healing Codes or whatever else you know will help them, that he or she has resisted.)

I believe God has given me some new tools, besides The Healing Codes, that have worked to not only heal, but transform my own life and that of others. If you are interested in exploring what more God might have for you, please visit my web page and fill out a Clarity Questionnaire for the Align with Your Divine Design program. No obligation.

Mar
04

Hidden Stressors-Part Three

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In Part Two in this series on Hidden Stressors, I talked about trauma.

How there are no “little t” traumas. Traumas have to do with how the nervous system responded to an event that was overwhelming at the time. Some people, especially highly sensitive people, may have more finely-tuned nervous systems that take in more information—hence, may be more susceptible to trauma.

I just finished watching hours of the Trauma Superconference 3 that aired the replays recently. It made me realize that a lot of us are carrying around unhealed, even unknown trauma in our nervous systems.

These traumas may be triggered by the recent (and current) collective trauma of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Especially the trauma of unmet needs. Read More→

Jul
30

Your Healing Curriculum

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I have really sharp clients. Often, because they are in the process of healing and transformation and getting more and more aligned with their divine design, they come up with nuggets of wisdom.

Here’s something from Laura W. (who gave me permission to share it):

When we’re being asked to grow, the stretching often hurts. But it’s not: I have to do all these modalities to fix me. Rather, it’s a healing curriculum, it’s a certain kind of container I think of as Purpose Academy. College is one kind of container: you learn specific skills, but then you have to go out and live it to really get it and achieve mastery. But all of life is Purpose Academy—there’s a purpose to what God allows in, and it’s all for us to better discern our own purpose.”

Well said, Laura! Your transformation has been awesome.

I especially like what she said about doing things like The Healing Codes not to fix us, as if we’re broken. We may feel broken, but it’s more like we’re wounded, and the wounds knock us out of alignment with our divine design, our unique purpose for being on this earth. Through the rigors of Purpose Academy, the wounds are revealed so that they can be healed. When we heal those wounds, spiritually and energetically, then we can come into that Alignment. Read More→

Links shared on this video:

Sign up for the video event recording, written prayer and more:

HealingHeartIssues.com/pushbackdarkness

More about the Healing Codes (and to get started):

HealingHeartIssues.com/gettingstarted

I will be playing Elio’s Truth music in the background, but the selection is longer than the prayer. So here is where you can get the whole album if you like (with the Grief music included as well):

HealingHeartIssues.com/eliotruthmusic

Jun
11

Invitation to Push Back the Darkness

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Are you bothered by what’s going on in the world?

Perhaps you, like me, find that Emotional Inflammation flares strongly. (Emotional Inflammation: a state “not unlike post-traumatic stress disorder, but one that stems from simply living in today’s tumultuous world.”) The mass shooting in a Texas grammar school–horrific in itself—only added to the other troubling ongoing world events. War in Ukraine. Warnings of impending food shortages, and maybe another pandemic. Etc. etc.

And, to top it all off, four events springing up in my personal life underscored that evil’s presence is everywhere.

It can make you feel powerless. Hopeless. Paralyzed with fear.

When I feel powerless, I connect and align with the Source of all power. I prayed.

As I prayed, an idea formed.

What if I created an opportunity for people of faith to unite in prayer, while doing a Coach-Guided Healing Code, to push back the darkness?

I’ve already witnessed, again and again, the power of combined intention.

I’ve already seen that there is one prayer God always seemed to answer.

So why not unite to pray that prayer, and add a custom, coach-guided Healing Code as we do?

No one has to do The Healing Code part, by the way. I want you to share this with people who might not be familiar with The Healing Codes, but who do want to pray. Those unfamiliar with The Healing Codes will be pointed to resources that will explain it and show how to do it, if they care to learn.

The Healing Codes are simply a tool that clears the negative energy at a quantum level, which I believe amplifies the power of prayer. It’s an energetic technology that makes things manifest in the physical world, faster and easier—like using the remote garage door opener instead of getting out of your car to open the garage door. The frequency-based technology that sends a signal to open the door makes that task much easier than opening the door without it, but neither one is “morally” better than the other.

 Using The Healing Codes with prayer is like turning up the speakers in a stereo system: you need the sound in the first place (that’s the prayer part), but then you can turn up the speakers to create more powerful sound (in this analogy, to amplify the frequency of the prayer on that energetic level, so that results in the physical world are more easily manifested).

The authors of Emotional Inflammation suggest one way to regain emotional equilibrium during anxious times is to direct your energy into thoughtful, deliberate action. That is what this event will be. We will unite our intention, our faith in God’s power, and direct it into the various spheres of life, from politics and government to the educational system to the media and more.

If you are interested in joining this prayer event, sign up here so that I can give you more details. Signing up will also give you access to download the recording, so that you can pray and do this Healing Code again and again.

 

Feb
21

Impossible Relationship Blocks

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Have you ever been in a relationship in which you want to love the other person, but you and they are coming from such different places, that all you can do is set a firm boundary and try not to get sucked in to all the drama or manipulation or dysfunction?

In such a relationship, often the other person wants something from you, and will resort to all sorts of manipulation tactics to get it. Some examples might be:

  • guilt-tripping and attempting to pull you into the Dreaded Drama Triangle by trying to make you the rescuer or perpetrator of their victimhood

  • gaslighting, where they ignore, distort or twist your words, actions or intentions to something other than you meant

  • playing on and exploiting your generous or compassionate nature, knowing that you want to think of yourself in these ways so will do what they want to keep up your image of yourself.

Having dealt with a few of these relationships in my life has been an interesting experience. (By the way, as I’ve healed and Aligned more and more with my Divine Design, there have been fewer such relationships in my life. That can be true for you, too.)

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In these unhealthy relationships, I saw all my “buttons” that were being pushed, and that awareness was actually a gift. It was an invitation to more transformation and growth. Self-awareness led to consciously healing the issues, with more of a sense of freedom and personal empowerment as a result.

I want to say a special word to you if you were born with the trait of High Sensitivity. (If you’re not sure, go here to find out more and take the quiz.)

We who are Highly Sensitive seem prone to attracting dysfunctional people. I think there might be some kind of invisible energetic radar that certain people like narcissists and predators pick up on. They can somehow sense the kind-hearted, generous people who will give anyone the shirt off their back.

It was so very helpful for me to become aware of this dynamic. It has led to a lot of discomfort, since I’m not used to being as “hard-nosed” as I’ve had to be in dealing with these kinds of relationships. I’ve had to contend with guilt, judgment (from the other person who knows this is one of my buttons, as well as myself), and the cognitive dissonance of having to “turn off” some of my best traits (like compassion) when I recognized the other person’s attempts to exploit them.

I’ve had to initiate some uncomfortable conversations in which I confronted the person with truths they didn’t want to hear, and who would then berate me to others for it.

And I’ve had to remind myself a lot of the wonderful 12 words I think God gave me awhile ago to deal with my guilt over not rescuing people from their own folly: “You must allow others the dignity of living with their choices.”

I’m also grateful for such painful relationship experiences because I think they help me understand perhaps a bit of what God might feel toward us, his children.

God longs for a close relationship with us. Too often, our distorted thinking and attempts to make him be what we want him to be, rather than who he truly is, make a relationship impossible. Yes, God can do anything. But he won’t do this: he won’t violate our free will. He himself allows each of us “the dignity of living with our choices.”

Even if that choice is to live in eternity without him.

I guess God prizes freedom that much.

(Do we?)

If you too would like to transform some old negative patterns and Align with Your Divine DesignTM , check out my coaching at HealingCodesCoaching.com.

Jan
22

An Empowering Way to Read the News

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Do you watch the news constantly—or not at all?

The continuous news cycle—especially these days—can give one a massive case of Emotional Inflammation, which the authors of that book called a sort of PTSD characterized by what one client called “a dark cloud of energy” around her.

I admit—I never used to watch or even keep up with the news at all. It just felt like too much; I’d always get a bad case of Emotional Inflammation.

Now I’ve found a better way.

First of all, I never watch the news; I only read the news. Images tend to stick in the mind and heart, and are much harder to filter than thoughts.

I skim a wide variety of sources. News sources are so polarized these days, you have to read widely to come to something close to the truth.

Because of my training in subtle energy testing, perhaps it’s easier for me to sense the lies. I can feel it in my body. That helps.

What I do to combat the Emotional Inflammation is to use the news as a springboard for prayer.

I pray this one simple prayer: “God, shine your life-giving light into this [name of situation], to expose evil, reveal truth, and point our feet to the path of peace.”

When I read the news, especially now, I’m always looking for evidence of that prayer being answered. I rejoice when I see answers. I keep praying this prayer into the dark situations I see.

This practice goes a long way to mitigate Emotional Inflammation and keep me in a state of hope, peace, and even joy when I see what seem like answers to this prayer.

But it’s not always enough, especially for a Highly Sensitive Person who picks up on energy easily. So I always include “emotional inflammation” in my own Healing Codes practice.

I invite you to do the same. There is a custom Healing Code for Emotional Inflammation on the Navigating the Times page, just for you. (I ask that you sign up so I can alert you to when I update the page with new resources.)

And if you need help healing the heart issues that come up from living in these unprecedented times, check out my coaching at HealingCodesCoaching.com.

Dec
04

An Affirmation for the Darkness

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This is the time of year (Advent and Hanukkah) when people of certain spiritual traditions identify with “the people living in darkness awaiting the light” (see Isaiah 9, Luke 1:78-79).

Maybe you can identify? Is there any darkness in your world, any longing for the comfort of the light?

The other night, I woke too early and I could not get back to sleep. There was so much going on in my life, so much that has happened in the last year (and two), I guess I still needed to process some of it. Plus I was burning my candles on both ends. (Strange thing with me: the later I get to bed, the earlier I wake up.)

As I lay in the deep darkness of the winter night, the words that are the basis of so much of my healing work came to me: “the life-giving light of the Lord Jesus Christ shines in all the darkness, and brings complete healing, peace, and right relationships with God, self and others.”

I couldn’t stop saying it over and over in my mind. Then I started asking God to shine his life-giving light into various people’s lives, naming each one. All this brought incredible peace to me.

It really is the mantra for Advent, for Christmas. The great hope is that the light has come into the world, the light that conquers the darkness, the light that the darkness never has and never can overcome.

Light always, always banishes darkness, instantly.

So this Advent and Hanukkah season, whether it’s your spiritual tradition or not, I invite you to affirm, as often as needed, “the life-giving light of God Almighty (or Jesus Christ) shines in all the darkness, and brings complete healing, peace, and right relationships with God, self and others.”

And after the affirmation, you can add a prayer for this Light to shine into the world, through you and others, “to shine on those living in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”

Thus YOU become the light of the world as well.

And if you want more Light to shine in your life . . . if you have any darkness that needs to be banished, I invite you to check out my coaching at HealingCodesCoaching.com.

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