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The Big Shift that Heals

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“Is life happening TO you or FOR you?”

When this question was posed to me, it stopped me dead in my tracks.

I had been trying to process the events of the past five years. They were a rough five years, and the recent “emotional inflammation” of world events and some new personal challenges had triggered still unprocessed issues.  It felt important to revisit the traumas of the past several years from the perspective of this question.

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It all started in 2015, with a dental crisis. Then my husband was forcibly retired, and the family lost our medical insurance, not to mention his income. We had to fight his employer to get unemployment insurance.

My son was also laid off at the same time. My husband’s sister, Connie, got cancer and was put on hospice. My husband became her Power of Attorney, and we discovered Connie’s caregiver had been stealing money from her. What was especially painful is the caregiver saw to it that the money Connie was going to send my daughter for her college education was taken, and it was uncertain how my daughter was going to finish college. Read More→

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I am seeing an interesting phenomenon with my clients and friends, especially those with the trait of High Sensitivity: it seems like somehow we are all taking on a bit of the overall energetic “spillage” from all that’s going on in the world right now.

How this shows up in clients varies, but many of us are feeling things like “heartache, anxiety, grief” as well as the fear, loss of control, etc.

Some clients are finding that issues, including physical issues, that had been healed before are now showing up again. Others are finding it hard to pinpoint any memories of their own, but they nonetheless feel some sort of generalized and/or anticipatory negative feelings.

I believe what’s happening is we are experiencing what authors Dr. Elise Van Sustenan and Stacey Colino call “Emotional Inflammation.”

There may be a very positive side to this, though. I think that as we heal ourselves, we are also in some way contributing in a very real way to the healing of the collective. To the extent that we’re tapping into that, is the extent to which our own healing will help the world.

If all you feel you can do right now is focus on your own healing, that’s OK. Doing just that is making a contribution that may be much more than more “concrete” acts of service.

And if you would like some personalized coaching, check out HealingCodesCoaching.com. The Healing Codes and Immanuel Prayer are exactly what is needed for this issue.

Miracles in the Midst

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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.

A Meditation for Forgiveness

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We all know how important forgiveness is, but in my experience it’s one of the trickiest things to do.

For one thing, you may think you have forgiven someone, but somewhere in your heart is a hurt little child who has not forgiven. The adult you forgives. The adult you can understand that your parents, for instance, didn’t give you what you needed because they themselves didn’t get it. Your adult you can forgive your parents.

But somewhere inside there may be a 4-year-old part that still doesn’t understand why mommy didn’t take the time to notice that big sister would always bully you. That four year old feels sad, confused, hurt and angry. The adult you can forgive all you want, but unless those feelings from the four year old part are addressed and healed, the trapped energy will remain in your body.

If you have an illness or disease, it’s worth exploring what unaddressed “heart issues” might be under the tip of the iceberg. The tip itself could be resentment, anger, frustration or hurt toward someone. If you find it hard to forgive someone, or even if you’ve made the “decision” to forgive but haven’t really explored and healed at a deeper level, then it’s worth taking some time to address that issue.

I have a meditation I and others have used that works very well with this. (You can even use this with someone who has passed away.)

Steps to Forgiveness Meditation

The first step is to make a list of the people toward whom you still feel any resentment. Include what each person did and how it affected you.

You will need to do the meditation for each person on your list. Start wherever you want: either the person you resent the most, or the least.

Imagine that person is sitting in a chair opposite you. There is a chain connecting the two of you, and a big hook in your heart and the other person’s heart as you are connected by the chain.

Read your list, aloud if you like. After each harmful action of theirs and how it affected you, say while “looking” at them: “And I forgive you.”

Once you’ve gone through your list, sit quietly, eyes closed, and imagine Jesus (or God) standing between you, a little off to the side of the chain that hangs between you and the other person.

Turn to God and ask him to cut the chain that connects you. This is an act of humility and faith. You acknowledge that this is something you really can’t do for yourself; you need God’s help. Know that God is very happy and quite able to do this for you.

Instead of cutting the chain, however, what he does is come to you and gently remove the hook from your heart. He lays his hand on your heart and heals the wound from the hook. Take your time with this. Allow yourself to feel that healing grace flow from his hand to heal your heart wound. You might even lay your own hand there. Feel the warmth.

Next, watch as Jesus goes to the other person, and gently removes the hook from his or her heart. Watch as he lays his hand on the other person’s heart and heals just the way he healed you. Let yourself feel compassion for the other person. He or she also had been wounded. And now you’re both healed.

Jesus throws away the whole chain into a vast abyss, hooks and all. There is no sign of any of it.

Now Jesus is inviting you both into a three-way embrace: you, the other person, and Jesus. Let yourself feel how everything is made right.

I believe that if you are willing to try this, and open to God actually doing something, you will be able to truly forgive.

I suggest you do this meditation outside of your Healing Code sessions. You may need to do some Healing Codes just to get to the point of doing this meditation.

After this meditation, if you still feel any residual resentment, keep doing Healing Codes, perhaps focusing as you do so on some aspect of the meditation:

  • the fact that there is a painful hook in each of your hearts that you really want removed

  • your desire for Jesus to remove the hooks and chain

  • seeing/feeling him lay his hands on the other person’s heart or your heart

  • seeing him throw away the chain

  • the moment when the three of you embrace

When you are able to feel that the embrace is “true,” and there is no “charge” when you think of that person, no resentment, you will know you have truly forgiven–from the heart.

Get ready for a new chapter in your healing, and perhaps in your relationship! Because when you truly forgive, you free yourself from one of the most destructive energies there is, and open yourself up to receiving more grace than you knew was possible.

For a printed version of this meditation, go here. For further help in healing your heart issues, visit HealingCodesCoaching.com and check out my coaching and the freebies there. For more on how Diane can guide you in healing connections with God through Immanuel Prayer, go here.

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‘There are far, far better things ahead than

any we leave behind.’ C.S. Lewis

I wrote this on New Year’s Eve, 2019. But this process of evaluation and aligning yourself with God’s Dream for your life can be done any time.

I love this time between Christmas and New Year’s Day, when everything slows down and there’s time for reflection.

I’ve seen some excellent suggestions for reviewing the past year/decade and welcoming the new, such as this “Simple Guide to Reviewing 2019 and Creating Your Dream 2020.”

But as I was thinking through my own answers, I realized that I don’t only want to pursue my dreams.  I want to align myself with God’s Dream, God’s plan, God’s purposes. My dreams may or may not come about. But God’s dream . . . God’s dream for me will always happen, as long as I listen and cooperate rather than get in his way.

What I’ve done over the past decade (help people heal their heart matters)–that was God’s dream. I was an editor and publishing coach who was, frankly, burned out on the whole publishing industry. I desperately needed a change. I had no idea that I had any gift for helping people heal. NO IDEA. I “happened” to listen to an interview about The Healing Codes, eventually got the Healing Codes Manual, did the Codes, had the mini stroke (TIA), went through the procedure to close up the hole in my heart, only to find it had already “spontaneously” closed up in the 4 months I had been doing The Healing Codes. I contacted Alex Loyd, he asked me to work with him to get The Healing Code published, and the rest is history. Thousands of people helped, and a whole new direction launched for me that has proved wildly fulfilling.

It was God’s dream. God, “who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us . . .” (Ephesians 3:20). I had no idea any of this was even possible.

Now, I feel on the cusp of discovering a new dream he has for me. And I’m very excited about it.

How do we get in touch with God’s dream for us? Below are some steps to take. Everything starts with Connecting. Once were are connected to God, we can receive his messages through our own spirit, as informed by prayer and His Word, as well as our own past experiences with God. I can also ask my body, through the subtle energy testing I’ve learned to do.  The spirit and the body tap into an intelligence that goes beyond consciousness, I believe.

Then, we do the next thing. Take the next step that is clear. God’s leading me to my new direction more than a decade ago happened when I kept taking the next natural step.

The very first step is to Connect with God.

This may not be as easy as it seems. Many of us don’t really know who True God is. I say “True God” because I believe there is a true God that exists whether we believe in him or not, and he is beyond any distorted filters that cloud our vision. These filters stem from how our parents treated us. They were, after all, God to us as babies and young children. If we were not treated as if we mattered, if we were abused or neglected, then it’s hard for us to emotionally connect with God.

However, I suggest you keep trying. Ask True God to reveal himself. He desires to do so. Keep an open, humble heart. Learn about who he really is from the Scriptures, which is where he revealed himself. (You may need a little help with this. Get a modern translation, such as the English Standard Version, that is still true to the original language. Just read with an open heart, starting with the easier books: Psalms, and/or the Gospels. My experience is that Scripture is a living Word, if we open ourselves to God communicating to use through it. Remember, he’s seeking you more than you’re seeking him!)

Once you connect with God, however imperfectly, here are some questions you can use in this process of asking God to reveal his perspectives, his plans, his goals. Because I am a word person, certain words have come to mind as a focus point. I also like to address God by the many names and images he has given us.

  • Release.  Lord God, what do you want me to release from my life, things that no longer serve me or your purposes for me?
  • Restore. Heavenly Father, is there anything that was lost, stolen or taken from me, that you desire to restore to me?
  • Renew.  Creator God, is there anything that has gone into hibernation or even died, that you want to renew to new life? Is there anything brand-new that you want to create, that is beyond anything in my awareness now?
  • Heal. Jesus, what would you like to heal in my life? What old wounds that get triggered, what negative patterns do you desire to apply your power to heal? (I have realized I cannot do this on my own. I need God’s knowledge, wisdom, and power to find, open and heal deep-seated wounds. I get hints, through the things that triggered me. But only God knows the true source of my issues.)
  • Infuse. Holy Spirit, which of your wonderful qualities would you like to infuse into my spirit, that will flow to body and soul to continue the healing? (Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, trust, gentleness, humility, hope?)
  • Align. Heavenly Father, what actions do you want me to take that would best align me with what you want to Release, Restore, Renew, Heal, and Infuse in me? Are there particular people you want me to connect with, or causes that will move me toward your dream for me? (There’s a time for waiting on God, but when he gives you the next step, it’s time for action. “Nothing happens until something moves.”–Robert Ringer)

These questions excite me. I plan to spend New Year’s Eve and/or Day reflecting in my journal on these, and talking to my husband about them.

We are heading toward the year 2020. My prayer is that you will see with clear, 20/20 vision, God’s Dream for you. Or at least the next steps, which is often all he reveals at any given time.

I think I already have hints of what God intends for me.

Once in Immanuel Prayer, I got the image of Jesus and me sitting on a potter’s bench. He was behind me, his arms around me, his hands on mine guiding my hands on the lump of clay. I know nothing about making pottery, which is just where Jesus wanted me: totally dependent on his guiding me. At the time, I had no idea what we were making. I was to just yield to the process, to his guiding me. Yield to the intimacy of his closeness, arms around me, hands on mine.

A few days later, he did reveal what we were making: “A vase for flowers (beauty). Two mugs–one for just being present and enjoying a hot drink, one for holding your pencils and pens, because you are a writer. And a bowl for fruit–I intend you to be fruitful. Finally, a pitcher for water–to offer a cool drink to those who are thirsty.”

I look forward to finding out in the coming year all the ways these symbols will be manifested.

Ways to go deeper:

  • If you would like help in Releasing, Healing, Infusing or Aligning with God’s purposes, his Dream for you, contact me for some coaching at my HealingCodesCoaching.com site.
  • For more spiritual perspectives on healing go here.
  • Or, learn more about Immanuel Prayer, a process in which you can connect with Jesus directly to discern his dream for you.

Gifts from My Mentors

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From Thanksgiving to Christmas, I like to acknowledge the people who have enriched my life during the past year.

This includes, of course, my personal friends and colleagues. But you don’t know them. You can know and benefit from some of my “virtual mentors,” and those are the ones I want to tell you about.

As I reflected on those whose work has enriched either my spirit, soul, mind or body through sharing their expertise, several people came to mind.

Spirit. The most influential–and healing–approach I have ever come across is the Immanuel Approach, developed by Dr. Karl Lehman, a psychiatrist and the author of Outsmarting Yourself and The Immanuel Approach (which we Immanuel Prayer ministers, and he, refer to as “the big lion book” because it’s exhaustive at 759 pages!). From Outsmarting Yourself, I learned about “implicit memory” and how we get triggered, and how to calm body and mind. Dr. Karl Lehman’s work is all about how to let God come in and be with you in the pain, and thus heal it.

I was trained by Margaret Webb and Jessie Handy from Alive and Well in Immanuel Prayer, and continued with training from Dr. Karl Lehman through his Advanced Training seminar and monthly meetings in which local prayer ministers gather to watch and discuss a video of Dr. Lehman facilitating someone in Immanuel Approach. I also meet every other week with other prayer ministers to give and receive Immanuel Prayer. Read More→

I‘ve often thought that one of the reasons The Healing Codes work so well is that you spend the bulk of your time focusing on something very positive. It’s this meditative aspect that makes them work, I believe, possibly more than the technique itself.

Yes, you identify the negative “heart issue” to be healed (in your prayer of intention at the beginning). But then when you point to the Healing Center positions of a Healing Code, you make the energy coming out of your fingertips positive because of your positive thoughts.

(This may sound “woo-woo” but it is actually a quantum physics thing. The energy of your intention actually makes something happen in the world of matter.)

Knowing this, the question becomes:

“What is the most positive thing I can focus on while

doing a Healing Code?”

There really is no formula. It is whatever positive thing you want to. Whatever works for you. Experiment.

Having said that, I know some people want some specific tips. So . . . Read More→

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