Formulas for Self-Empowerment

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Formulas for Self-Empowerment

Much of my work and most of my book is about self-empowerment through self-identification so I developed 4 magic formulas to support this concept.

Empowerment is granting power to an individual or group. Self-empowerment is the process of discovering and claiming our personal power.

Energy is neither positive nor negative. It is the intent of its use that creates its purpose. Power is the same. It is neither positive nor negative. When it is used with ego and lack of integrity, it becomes abusive. When it is used with love and compassion, it is a force that creates and manifests energy that enlightens not only ourselves but others as well.

Self-empowerment may seem egocentric to some, but it is not. It is using our hearts to realize our gifts so that we can share them with the world. As we raise our personal vibration to the level of love, we also contribute to raising the collective vibration on Earth.

The 1st formula is:
SE = SK + SE Self Empowerment = Self Knowledge + Self Esteem

Self-empowerment has 2 inseparable components: Knowing who we are and owning who we are.

The 2nd formula is:
Self-Empowerment = Know Yourself + Love Yourself + Be Yourself + Share Yourself

Just as there are 4 directions and 4 elements, there are 4 steps to self-empowerment. In order to fully share our unique gifts with the world, we need to know and love who we are then stand firm being ourselves. Doing so, allows us to be fully present and not only able to withstand diversity but to thrive in our love and connectedness to others.

The 3rd formula is:
SS = PP + PP Self Security = Power Position (yang) + Peaceful Place (yin)

We can remain in a safe and secure position, even in adverse situations, by calling on our center of power and remembering our peaceful place, that favorite place in Nature we go to in order to reflect, relax, and rejuvenate. In addition, having a power position and peaceful place balances the yang (masculine) and yin (feminine) within us.

And the 4th formula is:
P.I.E. Peace = Identity + Empowerment
The Law of the Peaceful Warrior is that we are at peace when we know who we are and we are self-empowered. We need not go to war in a dramatic situation because our self-concept is strong enough to counter any social attack. We are so strong in our self-belief system, that our buttons don’t get pushed and our cages don’t get rattled. This is the peaceful place of non-attachment. To be fully “wholistic” individuals, we need all the pieces of our P.I.E. in place.

So, the first step to self-empowerment is self-knowledge. How do we know who we are? Here are 5 “W” and 1 “H” questions that will aid you in your journey to self-discovery:
1. Who am I?
2. Why am I here now?
3. Where am I going?
4. When do I step fully into my self-power?
5. What is my gift?
6. How much self-sourcing and support do I need for this journey?

There are many roads to self-empowerment. Here are some suggestions:
1. Develop your personal skills (intuition, meditation, contemplation, etc.)
2. Do your personal work (classes, bodywork, therapies, past life sessions, etc.)
3. Do your homework (reading, researching, study, astrological analysis, etc.)
4. Maintain a daily spiritual practice (ritual, ceremony, prayer, acts of spiritual service, etc.)

The most powerful transformation work I have completed is taking a class based on the 4 directions of the medicine wheel. Attending mystery schools also provides a good foundation for self-empowerment. Now I teach a medicine wheel mystery school, called Soul School for others to develop their self-empowerment and self-identity.

Copyright © 2014 Drake Bear Stephen. Except where acknowledged. http://www.DrakeInnerprizes.com

5 Things to Consider Before Taking Mind Altering Substances

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Taking mind-altering substances (MAS) is a personal choice and I respect every individual’s freedom to choose. However, I believe that this choice should be made by a fully informed adult. In this short article, I will present some reasons why MAS may not be the path of choice for individuals that are seeking higher vibrations and consciousness. Mind altering substances include the following:

  • Recreational Drugs Too many to list here, I define a recreational drug as a MAS that is not being taken for medical reasons.
  • Spiritual Drugs (Ayahuasca, San Pedro, Peyote, etc.) Many plants have powerful medicine and many people have had very profound experiences when taken for spiritual purposes. They drastically alter perception. If you do choose to try these, definitely do so with a reliable, trained expert in a safe and sacred environment. There are alternative natural paths to consciousness work that are slower but can take you to the same place. Examples are meditation, hypnosis, journeying, and ecstatic work.
  • Prescription Drugs I am NOT recommending that anyone stop medicines prescribed by the medical profession. The choice to take these medicines resides with you and your medical professional. I merely list them here because they do alter the mind and affect the body.
  • Alcohol Drinking alcohol has a huge effect on our consciousness. Alcohol definitely numbs the emotions. That is one reason that many people “self-medicate” with alcohol.
  • Tobacco Considered to be a very sacred plant by Native Americans, this plant is used in ceremony. However, to use it recreationally every day is addictive and abusive to the honor of the plant.
  • Sugar and Caffeine These food additives are addictive and affect the physical body.

Here are 5 ideas to consider when choosing whether to use or abstain from MAS:

  1. Users’ energetic vibration is slowed or lowered. An example I will share is: I had a lover who came home after drinking some wine. We never drank when together and making love was powerful not only on the physical level but on the energetic level. That night, with my lover under the influence of the wine, the energetic connection was missing between us. It felt to me like we were connecting through a glass jar. I suppose if both people drink the effect of the alcohol would not be nearly as noticeable.
  2. Users become vulnerable to psychic attack from lower level entities. When under the influence of MAS, an individual is susceptible and open to low level entities that are searching for a home. Low level entities love to hang out at bars and other places if drug and alcohol use.
  3. Users’ intuition and perceptions become distorted or dulled. When the mind is in an altered state, intuitive ability is stunted. The way in which truth is experienced is through perception. When perception is altered, the truth that is seen may not be accurate.
  4. Users’ bridges between the conscious, sub-conscious, unconscious, and super-conscious become distorted or clogged. How information travels through the levels of consciousness is shown in the diagram above. There are bridges that connect these levels of consciousness. When the mind is altered by drugs, these bridges are much less effective at doing their jobs.
  5. Users easily become dependent on substances, which creates karma that will eventually need to be balanced. Any need or desire will keep the karma loop in motion. In order for the soul to be free it cannot be dependent on any addictions.

Copyright © 2014 Drake Bear Stephen. Except where acknowledged. http://www.DrakeInnerprizes.com

Past Life Astrology

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WHERE TO LOOK ON YOUR ASTROLOGY CHART
In a past life regression (PLR) session you actually experience the details of your past life. You are there feeling your clothes, environment, and the emotions of the relationships you encounter. However, depending on how the session progress, you may need to interpret the meaning and influence that your past life has on your present life. This is a process that usually unfolds over varying amounts of time after experiencing your past life.

Analyzing your past lives based on your astrological chart (PLA) will not likely give you the specific details of your past life as a session does. But you can find the meaning and influence of past lives on your present life as well as life themes, life purpose, soul issues, what karma was left unfinished, and particularly what karma you have decided to work on in your current life.

So if you want a complete understanding of who you are and what experiences have created who you are I highly recommend both a past life regression session and a session with a past life astrologer. (Email me if you would like a referral in the San Francisco bay area.)

You can get a copy of your chart and do a lot of investigating on your own as well. Section 2 tells you what you need to know to get a chart. Section 3 tells you where you can go to get a free chart online.

This article outlines what parts of the chart to examine for karma and past life information. It does not, however, give you an interpretation of your results. For that you will need to have one or more good resource books from the list at the end of this article.

A reincarnating soul does not run through the signs of the zodiac or phases of the Moon in consecutive order. You will find that:
1. Your current Moon sign is your past Ascendant sign
2. Your current Ascendant sign is your past Sun sign
3. Your current Sun sign is your future Ascendant sign

To interpret your Life Lesson, note:
1. The South Node
2. Saturn’s Placement
3. The Life Themes

To interpret your current Life Themes from your chart, note:
1. What houses the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, and personal planets (Mercury, Venus, and Mars) are in
2. Multiple planets in a house, especially 3 or more (called a stellium)
3. Any planets that are in a conjunct aspect to the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, or the personal planets

Note that looking at the chart for past life information does not necessarily mean you are looking at issues of your most recent past life (with the exception of the 12th House). The information on your chart is most likely related to the past life whose karma you chose to work through in this life. Hence, the reason you chose the very moment to be born: when the stars and planets were perfectly aligned. We do not always work on karma in a linear fashion.

Here is a more comprehensive list of astrological correlations to past lives and karma:

SUN SIGN
The Sun sign and its house represent your personal identity and self-expression in your current life. It is the Sun and Ascendant sign that indicate the primary purpose of a given incarnation.

ASCENDING (RISING) SIGN
The Ascendant sign represents how you present yourself to the world and also rules the physical body. It is the starting point in your life. It is what your soul has chosen to do in this lifetime.

MOON SIGN
The Moon sign and its house represent your instincts and your emotional side in your current life.

MOON’S NODES (the two points where the Moon’s orbit intersects the plane of the ecliptic)
The moon’s nodes indicate your karmic purpose and what you have been through in the past.

The South Node symbolizes multiple past incarnations and represents unresolved wounds, tragedies, limitations, and failures, which could interfere with your ability to fulfill your soul contract in this lifetime. The sign of the South Node indicates who you were and what your soul contract was in the past. The house of the South Node indicates information on the physical scene of your past life. The South Node also represents your karma that you’ve acquired in previous lives.

The sign and house of the North Node symbolizes the characteristics of your current life task. The North Node represents the future and points to paths to travel for growth. The North Node is the growth path required to clear this karmic pattern.

People who push your emotional buttons often have nodal connections between your chart and theirs.

ECLIPSES
Before your birth there were two eclipses, one solar and one lunar. These prenatal eclipses have a profound influence you and the energy pattern follows you throughout your life. The Solar Eclipse sign determines what your gift to teach others is. The Lunar Eclipse sign indicates the lessons you have chosen to learn in this lifetime.

HOUSES
Your chart will have at least two vacant houses (not occupied by a planet). An unoccupied house indicates that this is an area of life that is not relevant in your current life. You may have already completed the karma of learning from that house in past lifetimes or you will deal with this house in future incarnations.

The 7th and 8th Houses are the relationship houses and can show relationship karma. The 7th House covers all aspects of relationships including lovers, marriage, business, and enemies from both the past and present. The 8th House is about how you give and share yourself with others.

The planets in the 12th House and aspects to them, the sign on the 12th House cusp, and other signs in the 12th House provide information about your karma. The 12th House is considered a karmic house, a house that shows memories and unfinished business from past lives. A karmic debt or repayment is likely if one or more planets are found in the 12th House, especially if they are the Sun, Moon, Venus, Mars, Saturn, Neptune, or Pluto. The 12th House represents your 1st House traits from your previous life, which were your personality characteristics and which may be hidden in your current life.

If the same sign is on the cusp of both the l2th and 1st houses, it may indicate what a continued existence, which means the previous life was interrupted before its purposes were fulfilled.

STELLIUM
A stellium (3 or more planets in one sign or one house) indicates areas of focus and concern in past lives. Stellia point to significant issues regarding concerns, feelings, reactions, and drives with which you have dealt before and are coming up again in your current life. A stellium also points to areas where you have had specific skills and talents in the past. These can be brought forward into your current life.

PLANETS
The inner planets are Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars. Jupiter and Chiron are bridges to the outer planets which are Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. The outer planets have a much stronger karmic influence on you. Outer planets positions (when retrograde, intercepted, or involved with water houses) correlate to groups of individuals who have chosen to reincarnate together and have similar issues.

Saturn’s position is a major key to karma. It indicates the time period in which you developed the spiritual and psychological foundations that provide the belief structure of your current life. Saturn’s position shows traits which were not developed adequately in former lifetimes or karmic debts resulting from the negative expression of that sign. If Saturn is involved in a karmic configuration, achievement is very important to you.

If Mercury is involved in a karmic configuration, communication is very important to you.

If Venus is involved in a karmic configuration, love and self-worth is very important to you.

If Mars is involved in a karmic configuration, will, power, and physical activities are very important to you.

If Jupiter is involved in a karmic configuration, social opportunity, luck, and reward are very important to you.

If Uranus is involved in a karmic configuration, aliveness is very important to you. Uranus reveals when your soul developed the spiritual understandings that will help transform what Saturn indicates you are working on now.

If Neptune is involved in a karmic configuration, emotional ecstasy and creative pursuits are very important to you. Neptune can show the age in which your present artistic, psychic, or mystical abilities were developed.

If Pluto is involved in a karmic configuration, fearlessness and empowerment are very important to you. Pluto indicates how you signed on to help humanity. Pluto retrograde shows when you created karma that you signed up to balance in this lifetime.

Chiron’s placement shows where the soul is wounded and where the soul must heal.

ASPECTS
Planets in square aspect to the South Node represent something left unresolved from prior lifetimes. The blockages in a planet square the nodal axis must be released before the soul contract can be fulfilled. (The Ascendant, Descendant, and Midheaven work the same way as planets when they are aligned with the south node.)
Saturn in square and opposite aspect to the Sun, Moon, Venus, or Mars indicate a karmic debt or repayment. Note that absence of these aspects does not necessarily mean there is no karmic debt.

MIDHEAVEN (MC, Medium Coeli)
If the MC is involved in a karmic configuration, it represents something you aspired to in prior lives but were unsuccessful at obtaining. However, the aspiration toward that goal created a karmic obligation to reach the goal in order to satisfy the desire for it.

ELEMENTS
An imbalance of elements occurs when 3 or more or no planets are in a particular element. An imbalance can indicate an over-abundance or lack of an element in past lives.
In summary look at the following areas of your chart for past life and karmic information:
1. The Moon’s South Node
2. Planets in square aspect to the South Node
3. The Solar and Lunar Eclipse (just before your birth)
4. The 12th House
5. Saturn’s Placement
6. Saturn in square or opposite aspect to the Sun, Moon, Venus, or Mars
7. Anywhere that 3 or more planets exist in one house or sign

WHAT INFORMATION IS REQUIRED TO GET YOUR ASTROLOGY CHART
The information you need for an accurate astrology chart are:

  • Date of Birth
  • Time of Birth (Standard or Daylight Time)
  • Birthplace (City, County, Country)
  • Longitude and Latitude of Birthplace (optional)

Some programs will automatically know whether you were born in standard time or daylight time. Some will also be able to automatically figure out your longitude and latitude. Once you have this information, you should keep it for future readings.

If you don’t know your birth time, your information will be mostly accurate, but it’s possible that a planet that may be in the previous or next sign. If you read the descriptions for them you will know which one applies to you.

WHERE TO GET A FREE ASTROLOGY CHART

0800 Horoscope www.0800-horoscope.com/birthchart.php
About.com http://astrology.about.com/library/bl_freeAstrochart.htm
Astrodienst www.astro.com/horoscopes
Astrolabe http://alabe.com/freechart/
Astrology.com http://my8s.astrology.com/scripts/runisa.dll?AO.786692:FREEPROFFRONT:1947097284.831
Café Astrology http://astro.cafeastrology.com/
Chaos Astrology www.chaosastrology.net/freeastrologyreports.cfm
Dreamtime www.thedreamtime.com/Astrology/Free-Astrology-Chart.html
Jan Spiller www.janspiller.com/personalcharts/index.php

BIRTH DATE TRIVIA
Find out amazing facts related to your birth date here: www.paulsadowski.com/Birthday.asp

YOUR CHINESE HOROSCOPE
Find out your Chinese horoscope here: http://chinese.horoscope.com/horoscope/chinesehoroscope/chinese-2014-horoscope.aspx

YOUR MAYAN BIRTH DATE
Find out your Mayan birth date here: www.mayanmajix.com/TZOLKIN/DT/DT.html
Get your Mayan Astrology Chart done here: www.astrology.com/mayan-astrology

YOUR AZTEC BIRTH DATE
Find out your Aztec birth date here: www.azteccalendar.com/calendar-calculator.html

RECOMMENDED READING
Karmic Astrology: Past Lives, Present Loves – Ruth Aharoni
Sun Signs & Past Lives: Your Soul’s Evolutionary Path – Bernie Ashman
Astrology & Past Lives – Mary Devlin
Yesterday’s Sky: Astrology & Reincarnation – Steven Forrest
Past Life Astrology: Use Your Birthchart to Understand Your Karma – Judy Hall
Symbols of the Soul: Discovering Your Life Purpose and Karma Through Astrology – Gina Lake
Past Lives, Future Choices – Maritha Pottenger
Spiritual Astrology: A Path to Divine Awakening – Jan Spiller & Karen McCoy

Copyright © 2014 Drake Bear Stephen. Except where acknowledged. http://www.DrakeInnerprizes.com

Karma & Karmic Debt

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According to Caris Palm Turpen, there are 7 levels of karmic debt. About 80% of the karmic debt worked with in a lifetime are on the lower levels (1- 4). The higher the level of karmic debt, the longer it may take to balance, even taking as long as multiple lifetimes.

LEVEL 1: Debt is created by simple exchanges that can be balanced in the same day.
LEVEL 2: Debt is created by interruption of others’ daily flow.
LEVEL 3: Debt is created by interruption to others’ emotional attachments such as people, pets, or material items.
LEVEL 4: Debt is created by interruption to others’ personal power, attacks to others’ security or identity.
LEVEL 5: Debt is created by interruption to others’ expression of who they are, including murder, career or financial ruin.
LEVEL 6: Debt is created by interruption to others’ freedom and integrity, including libel or slander that ruins others’ reputation, jailing the innocent, political imprisonment, slavery, maiming, and war deaths.
LEVEL 7: Debt is created by interruption to others’ personal knowingness and ability to connect with the greater universe. It includes doing harm to a greater number of beings in the role of a spiritual con wo/man and suppressing supporters with falsehoods while in the role of leader.

All of the karmic levels involve exerting one’s will on another’s soul. Those so-called spiritually-driven individuals that believe it is their obligation to proselytize, convert, and coerce others into their belief systems seem to be at risk of violating the highest levels of karma.

Even though we humans are made of the same energy as the Great Spirit/Creator/Source, while incarnated we have too many human characteristics such as ego and limited vision to be passing judgments on other souls. Is it not ego that thinks we should have the power to supersede whatever journey a soul has chosen to travel in this lifetime? That journey is a contract sacred to the individual soul, his/her spirit guides, and the Creator.

I believe this hierarchy of karma is suggesting that everyone needs to look to their own personal journey instead of judging others’ journeys. But I also believe that all souls must incur karma and pay back karmic debt from all levels in order to evolve to the status of a wise soul.

Copyright © 2014 Drake Bear Stephen. Except where acknowledged. http://www.DrakeInnerprizes.com

Plainsure: How to Deal with Trigger Points

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INTRO TO MASSAGE THERAPY
Massage therapy is as important to maintaining a healthy body as exercise and diet. However, most of us still view massage as a luxury.

Massage is the practice of applying various techniques of pressure, tension, motion, or vibration, to muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, joints and lymphatic vessels. There are many different styles and modalities of massage. And each massage therapist has their own unique style and techniques within any given modality. Sometimes, it takes a succession of trial massages to find the therapist that is just right for you.

The AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association) list of benefits to therapeutic massage are:
– Improves posture
– Reduces blood pressure
– Reduces muscle spasms
– Reduces levels of anxiety
– Reduces pain and swelling
– Helps relieve mental stress
– Enhances athletic performance
– Strengthens the immune system
– Treats musculoskeletal problems
– Promotes deeper and easier breathing
– Helps relieve stress and aids relaxation
– Satisfies needs for caring nurturing touch
– Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness
– Promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness
– Enhances the health and nourishment of skin
– Fosters peace of mind and a feeling of well-being
– Rehabilitation for post-operatives and post-injuries
– Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion
– Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids
– Helps relieve tension-related headaches and effects of eye-strain
– Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments
– Creates body awareness and increases awareness of mind-body connection

I get massage therapy once a week. I alternate weeks between two different types: traditional massage with deep tissue work and Rosen therapy. Rosen therapy uses a combination of muscle manipulation and pressure to release emotions and stories that are held in our muscles. So it is a combination of talk and massage. During traditional massage sessions, I don’t talk at all so that I be completely in my body, fully present to each moment of touch. As a Taurus it is very important to satisfy my sensual needs and as a predominately spiritual/intellectual soul, it is important for me to fully experience my physical body.

TRIGGER POINTS
Just as we have buttons that get pushed when we are triggered by emotions from others or from specific events, our physical bodies have buttons that are called trigger points.

A trigger point is a muscle knot or a small area of muscle tissue in spasm. It is an accumulation of waste products around a nerve receptor. Spasms physically reduce blood flow to the trigger point area, reducing oxygen supplied to the tissues.

Trigger points can occur in muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joint capsule, and scar tissue. They are most common in muscles that control movement of the body from side to side especially those used to maintain posture.

When a muscle is working, its fibers act like tiny pumps to circulate blood through the capillaries. A trigger point holds the muscle contracted, stopping blood flow. The resulting lack of oxygen and accumulation of waste products irritates the trigger point. The result is muscle fatigue, nerve irritation, soreness, and pain.

There are 2 types of trigger points:

Active: Causes pain with movement and compression and refers pain and tenderness to other areas, even when not being touched.

Latent: Is tender only under the area compressed and doesn’t refer pain elsewhere.

Possible causes of trigger points include: overload, overwork, fatigue, direct trauma, chilling, skeletal asymmetry, other trigger points, arthritic joints, nutritional deficiencies, food allergies, toxicity, lack of exercise, poor posture, sleep disturbances, joint problems, sports injuries, repetitive stress, surgical scars, tension, age, and/or inflammatory conditions.

Characteristics of trigger points are:
– Edema
– Paleness
– Immobility
– Pain or tenderness
– Resistance to gliding strokes
– Increased perspiration at site
– Changes in thickness of tissue
– Muscle shortening with weakness
– Lumps felt in the muscles on palpation
– Bands, ropes, or string-like muscle fibers
– A twitch or jump response when touched
– Temperature change (area is usually colder)
– Symptoms of restricted movement, muscle stiffness and weakness, decreased range of motion, poor balance, buckling knees, and/or weak ankles

Treatments include:
– Massage
– Stretching
– Ultrasonography
– Electrostimulation
– Mechanical vibration
– Low level laser therapy
– Application of heat or cold
– Exercise for latent trigger points
– Injections (saline, anesthetics, steroids)

Massage treatment flushes the tissues and helps contracted muscle fibers release. There are 3 common massage methods are:

Trigger Point Pressure Release – Applying direct, firm pressure to the trigger point 10 seconds, released, then applied for 10 more seconds in a pumping action. This flushes the toxins and releases endorphins.

Deep Muscle Stroking – Applying slow, deep pressure along the length of the muscle. The goal is to elongate the shortened, contracted muscle fibers that house the trigger point.

Strumming – Applying pressure perpendicular to the muscle fibers that contain the trigger point. This cross-fiber action forces muscle fibers apart.

PLAINSURE
Plainsure is a term I invented to describe the bittersweet feeling of trigger point manipulation and release. It consists of 3 components:

1. Pleasure
2. Pain
3. Pressure

The initial reaction to hitting on a trigger point is pain and jumping or twitching. The muscle(s) contract to resist the incoming pressure on the sore spot. Release of the pressure brings the pleasure.

There are 3 levels of release when a trigger point is treated:

1. The Physical Level – Biochemical toxins are released from the trigger point area, relieving inflammation and irritation.

2. The Emotional Level – As described by Dr. Kirk Prine in his book, Erotic Body Prayer, memories are held in our bodies. They are called body stories. When muscles are moved, energy blocks are release, and the associated emotion or body story can be released into consciousness.

3. The Energetic Level – Any blockage in the physical body will cause a blockage in the energetic body as well. There are many meridians that our energy flows along. A trigger point will trap energy which will be released during treatment. Also the energetic body may develop an energetic block from past wounds first and then they may manifest as trigger points in the physical body.

There are 3 primary ways to treat and help prevent trigger points:

1. Get regular massages from a professional, your partner, or yourself (the areas you can reach).
2. Maintain an alkaline diet. Acidic foods create toxins in the body that can build up at trigger points faster.
3. Exercise and stretch. A professional massage therapist can help you design a stretching regimen that will keep your muscles in shape. Another form of stretching, yoga, is also excellent for keeping the body toned and limber.

Perhaps because I love receiving deep tissue body work so much, it is my preference in giving a massage as well. I love to seek out those knots and ropes with my fingers. It’s a vicarious pleasure to me as I visualize feeling what I am giving as I give it. One of my clients nicknamed me the Moan Maker. Moans, groans, and jumping are appreciated because they help me identify the location of tight spots and indicate whether the intensity of touch may be too soft or too hard. In addition, breathing deeply and making noises are an excellent form of energetic release for the client.

Sometimes clients don’t realize how resistant they are touch. Their hyper-vigilance (as a defense and survival mechanism) keeps the muscles in a contracted state of holding. Guided meditation for relaxation helps relax the muscles. As a hypnotherapist, I have done hypno-massage. The client is first hypnotized with an induction that includes going to a peaceful place in nature. Then the massage commences with muscles that are in a much more relaxed state. This makes it easier for the therapist to manipulate the muscles and it’s easier for the client to receive. At the end of the massage, post-hypnotic suggestions of peace, relaxation, and well-being are given.

Copyright © 2014 Drake Bear Stephen. Except where acknowledged. http://www.DrakeInnerprizes.com

Eyes to the Soul

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Ever look into a young child’s eyes and feel as though they are looking deeply into your soul? Perhaps they are… Children have a remarkable number of spontaneous memories from past lives. This is due to at least two factors:

1. They have just recently incarnated so memories of the between lives and past lives are very fresh and real.

2. They spend most of their time in the alpha-wave brain frequency (a light trance state).

The difficult thing for them is that they may have memories but they do not have the language skills to articulate them. Instead, some children act them out in dreams, nightmares, temper tantrums, allergies, and illnesses.

Between the ages of 5 and 7 they start to move into the beta-wave brain frequency (normal waking consciousness) so past life memories decrease. In addition, they are better able to discern this lifetime from other lifetimes. And if they are living in a family that does not believe in reincarnation, they will learn to suppress all past life memories and discussions about them.

And, sadly, by the time most young children transition to adulthood, they lose the ability to look you deeply in the eyes and really see you. I believe the ability gets buried in defense mechanisms acquired through programming and life experiences.

I relentlessly search faces of unknown people whenever I am in public, looking for eyes that might connect and souls that might recognize each other. I remember vividly every single encounter I have had with another soul who has looked so deeply into my eyes, I know they have acknowledged my soul. I remember every encounter no matter how many years ago it happened. Most of these encounters were brief, just a moment in time as virtual strangers, we passed one another. Virtual perhaps but I feel there is a deep, deep knowing of each other. I am puzzled by these glimpses of souls we must have known in another lifetime or in the between lives. Do these encounters become lost connections we are not supposed to pursue during this life even though we recognize each other? Or are they possibly connections that will happen sometime in the future when the time is just ripe? I am hoping whichever it is, that we may meet up again somewhere down the road.

Copyright © 2014 Drake Bear Stephen. Except where acknowledged. http://www.DrakeInnerprizes.com

Manifesting through Affirmations and Gratitude

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Affirmations are positive statements of acceptance and manifestation. By repeatedly vocalizing them, affirmation statements can shift the beliefs of the conscious and unconscious mind. These statements are released to the Universe to be fulfilled. Affirmations can be considered a form of prayer.

The theory of how affirmations work is that Thoughts Become Things. Scientists have observed this phenomena in working with quantum physics. Everything in the universe, including our thoughts, is energy. We can influence energy by our observations. If our observations come from an open, loving heart then they are positive and will have a positive influence on our world.

Each time you hear that voice in your head being negative, doubtful, or questioning, gently veer it back on course by saying an affirmation. Over time you will banish the negative thinking all together.

How to write good affirmations:

  1. Always use the present tense and the first person.
  2. Never use negatives in affirmations.
  3. Keep them short but very specific. Remember that you are going to get what you ask for.
  4. Believe. The more you believe, the stronger the affirmation.
  5. Be repetitive and persistent.

How to implement affirmations:

  1. Speak or sing your affirmations each day.
  2. Record your affirmations and play them back while awake or sleeping. (You might also try affirmation software that is available at http://www.gotvision.com)
  3. Write your affirmations down. Review them regularly. Post them in prominent places.
  4. Journal your affirmations and experiences. Record affirmation successes.
  5. Visualize your affirmations as living pictures. Visualize your affirmations as if they are true now. Visualization really amps up the power of your affirmations.
  6. Create a vision board by pasting pictures of what you are affirming on a board.
  7. Take actions toward receiving your affirmation.
  8. And very importantly, give gratitude for all the blessings that have arrived and all the blessings still on their way to you.

When affirmations don’t seem to work and you believe you have done your very best, consider these reasons:

  1. What you are trying to manifest is still on its way. The timing is not yet quite right for its arrival. Or this affirmation may not be in alignment with your highest good at this time.
  2. The subconscious may still have some hidden agenda that is blocking your way. (Try some hypnosis to communicate with the subconscious.)
  3. More clearing or personal work is needed to clear the way for your affirmation to manifest.
  4. You may have a contract from a past life or your pre-life selection plan that is blocking the incoming manifestation.

One of the very best ways to manifest your desires is to be in a state of gratitude. You can give gratitude for blessings already received or for those still on their way. One great way keep gratitude in your consciousness is to start a Gratitude Jar.

1. Buy or decorate a container (jar or box).
2. Whenever you have something to be grateful for or every time something good happens, write it on a slip of paper and pop it in the container.
3. At any time you might feel down or discouraged, pull a paper out of your jar and re-experience the gratitude and joy you had.
4. Periodically, perhaps once a year, perform a ceremony of opening the jar and reading all of the wonderful things in your life that you are grateful for.

Copyright © 2014 Drake Bear Stephen. Except where acknowledged. http://www.DrakeInnerprizes.com

Reincarnation

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When we have done all the work we were sent to Earth to do, we are allowed to shed our body, which imprisons our soul like a cocoon encloses the future butterfly. And when the time is right, we can let go of it and we will be free of pain, free of fears and worries, free as a very beautiful butterfly, returning home to Spirit. –Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Approximately 75% of the world’s population knows reincarnation exists however only 25% of Americans do.

Which religious faiths have a belief in reincarnation? Baha’i, Confucianism, Druids, Druze, Gnostic, Hinduism, Jainism, Native American, Paganism, Scientology, Rastafari, Shamanism, Shinto, Sikhism, Spiritism, Sufi, Taoism, Theosophy, Wicca, Yoruba, Buddhism, Judaism (in Kabbalah and some orthodox sects), some Spiritualism, some Unitarian Universalism, Christianity (pre-Constantinople).

Which religious faiths do not have a belief in reincarnation? Christianity (post-Constantinople), Islam, Judaism (reformed and conservative), Zoroastrianism, some Spiritualism, some Unitarian Universalism.

The existence of reincarnation is not something that science yet has the capability to prove however the following are strong justifications that is does exist:

1. Quantum Physics
2. Experiencing Dreams
3.  Experiencing Déjà Vu
4.  Hypnotic Regressions
5.  Existence of Birthmarks
6.  Existence of Prodigies and Genius
7.  Experiencing Spontaneous Memories

As Shirley Maclaine says “absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.”

Here is a list of 10 things everyone should know about reincarnation: (source and additional information is available at this link: http://personalityspirituality.net/2009/07/10/10-things-everyone-should-know-about-reincarnation)

1. The soul exists.
2.  The soul evolves.
3.  There is a law of karma.
4.  Each lifetime is pre-planned.
5.  The soul sticks to one species at a time.
6.  Reincarnation has a beginning and an end.
7.  The soul evolves most effectively in physical form.
8.  The soul has no nationality, creed, race or gender.
9.  There is no urgency to complete our reincarnation cycle.
10.  The soul undergoes the full range of meaningful human experiences and choices by reincarnating.

Common reasons to reincarnate are usually based on:

  1. Service (to be in service to others)
  2. Desire (perhaps to be with loved ones)
  3. Karma (retribution, repetition, or compensation)
  4. Growth through lessons (for the soul’s progression)

There is used to be a considerable waiting period between lifetimes with intervals of a 1000 years or more. Modern intervals range from 10 months to 800 years with the average being around 40 years. One reason there may be shorter intervals now is that the world changes a lot more quickly and the pace of life is much quicker. Life in ancient times remained basically the same for many centuries at a time so there would have been little for a soul to learn by returning immediately.

Our so called “problems” may be a result of one single reason but more likely they are a result of a complex set of multidimensional reasons. Finding the solution may require peeling away many layers to get to the core nugget. Once the core is known to us the problems transform into gifts of wisdom.

Doris Eliana Cohen says that we usually have at least 3 life themes that are our core lessons in one lifetime. I am sure that we all relate to many of them because they are universal and common to us all. They are:

  1. Not fitting in
  2. Feeling victimized
  3. Feeling abandoned
  4. Being unheard and ignored
  5. Feeling helpless and powerless
  6. Being overlooked for advancement
  7. Feeling misunderstood by everyone
  8. Choosing the wrong romantic partner
  9. Feeling inadequate or not good enough
  10. Lacking money, health, love, or friendship
  11. Being angry; having difficulty managing anger
  12. Feeling unworthy; experiencing low self-esteem
  13. Fear of loss, commitment, intimacy, or being alone
  14. Being abused emotionally, physically, and/or sexually
  15. Being unacknowledged for one’s gifts or contributions
  16. Having personal boundaries violated and disrespected

Each lifetime has Destiny Points. Every incarnated spirit has a preplanned life journey. The soul will meet people and face opportunities and obstacles that it has planned. Free is exercised as the soul reacts to these people, opportunities, and obstacles and the subsequent decisions made from the interactions.

Each lifetime also has Exit Points, which are possible escape hatches or opportunities to bail and return to The Other Side. If a soul decides that it has accomplished all it needs to on this trip, it can opt out at one of these points, or it can decide to stay and continue on. These exit points may be obvious or they may be so trivial that we are not conscious of them. The 10 most common ways to terminate a lifetime are:

  1. War
  2. Fire
  3. Water
  4. Attack
  5. Suicide
  6. Disease
  7. Old Age
  8. Accident
  9. Starvation
  10. Catastrophe

Copyright © 2014 Drake Bear Stephen. Except where acknowledged. http://www.DrakeInnerprizes.com

Lightworkers & Lightwalkers

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WWLWD? Before reacting, think What Would a Light Worker Do?

Lightworkers are old souls who have come back to Earth to be in service helping others rise to a higher dimension or state of consciousness. Lightworkers have lived many lives as monks, nuns, hermits, psychics, witches, shamans, priests/priestesses, etc. in which they were deeply involved with spirituality. Lightworkers have learned these concepts well:

  1. Great Spirit/Source/Creator is Energy
  2. Everything is made of Energy
  3. We all have the Great Spirit/Source/Creator within us so we are all connected
  4. Unconditional Love, the purest form of Energy, is the greatest healer of all

Lightworkers have a strong drive to spread light, love, knowledge, freedom, and empowerment.  They are attracted to spirituality, psychic work, counseling, mentoring, teaching, and energy work. All of this work contributes to the general rise in consciousness on the planet.

A wayshower is a lightworker that walks her/his talk. One who embodies the qualities that s/he wishes others to assume. Their light and energetic life-force can be assimilated by all who meet them. A wayshower is a person who lives at the highest level of ethical and divine qualities and is willing to share it with others.

Dedicated to their mission, lightworkers often feel different from other people. Nearly always solitary individuals, they are traveling their own unique path.

The Lightworker Prayer: Let my light be a beacon for you to find your way to my heart.

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The Lightworker Motto: Do bee a Lightworker. Don’t bee a Darkworker.
Pollinate every living thing with your Light and in so doing sip the sweet nectar of Love.

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A Lightworker Proverb: Light your fires before this life expires.

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A Lightworker Tip: Don’t tame your flame. Let it glow wild!

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A Lightworker Affirmation: If I must die before I wake, let me be a lightworker reincarnate.

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Lightworkers Unite! Share your Light with the World.

Copyright © 2014 Drake Bear Stephen. Except where acknowledged. http://www.DrakeInnerprizes.com

Power Animal Retrieval

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Power animals may be referred to by other names such as: spirit animals (Native American), guardian spirits (North America), helping spirits (North America), tutelary spirits (Siberia), nagual (Mexico and Guatemala), assistant totems (Australia), familiars (Europe), animal guides, animal totems, assistant spirits, and energy animals.

Note: Some Native American tribes have requested that non-natives do not use the term “spirit animal” in their work. They consider it to be cultural appropriation of a sacred and secret process.

The characters in Philip Pullman’s trilogy His Dark Materials, had spirits similar to power animals that were called dæmons. Dæmons were the external physical manifestation of a person’s inner-self that took the form of an animal. Children’s dæmons could change form to but at adolescence an individual’s dæmon became permanent and assumed the form of the animal which s/he most resembled in character. Interestingly, dæmons and their humans were almost always of different genders.

A power animal is a entity that acts as a guide, ally, teacher, messenger, and/or protector. Power animals can be mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, or mythical. However, domesticated animals and pets are generally not considered power animals.

Power animals communicate through signs, symbols, words that you may receive through any of your senses (hearing, feeling, knowing, seeing, and tasting).

Each animal has its own unique medicine. Animals have a group soul so their power comes from the entire species not just a specific or single animal. Who your power animal is will be based on your emotional needs and the qualities that you need in this world. Your animal has a specific lesson for you. If an individual is without a power animal, s/he becomes dis-empowered and vulnerable to illness and bad luck.

Everyone has at least one animal guide even if you are not aware of it. Many have more than one. There may be one that is the primary while others may be secondary. Some may be permanent and others may be temporary. Some believe that you have 3 principle power animals, one on your left, one on your right, and one within you. You probably had one as a child. Remember that stuffed animal your parents gave you as a baby?

Shamans and shamanic practitioners are assisted by power animals on a regular basis. They meet during dreams, meditations, visions, and shamanic journeys to non-ordinary reality.

HOW TO FIND YOUR POWER ANIMAL

There are various ways to find out what your power animal is. The process is considered to be sacred. In traditional indigenous cultures, the animal would come to an individual in a dream, during a vision quest, walkabout, or pilgrimage, or through a physical encounter.

A power animal chooses you, you do not choose it. Also it is not recommended that you choose a power animal by pulling a card from an animal deck. Card decks are meant to give you messages but not identify who your power animal is.

Here are some ways that you could find your power animal:

  1. Having an animal appear in your dreams.
  2. Participating in a guided meditation by an experienced guide.
  3. Doing a personal meditation, vision quest, walkabout, or pilgrimage.
  4. Do your own power animal retrieval by learning how to do shamanic journeys.
  5. Have a mentor, shaman, or medicine person do a power animal retrieval for you.
  6. Observing repeated and/or unusual visitations from an animal in Nature within a short time frame. Be aware that any animal that appears to you, whether your power animal or not, is presenting a message to you.

Note, any quest for a power animal requires multiple appearances of that animal. A single encounter is not a clear indicator that the animal that appeared is your power animal. For instance, a single encounter may be an animal that will act as a guide to lead you to your power animal. When in doubt, always ask the animal.

Some believe that if you have a strong affinity for an animal, it is likely that is your power animal. There is an Animal Quiz you can take at this site: http://www.spiritanimal.info/spirit-animal-quiz/. However I highly recommend that you find your power animal through one of the 6 suggested ways above.

As an experienced shamanic practitioner, I do power animal retrievals for individuals through a journey to the Lower World for a nominal fee. I provide a certificate as shown above with the animal and a few of its attributes.

WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR POWER ANIMAL

Once you have a power animal, it is very important to honor it. Your connection to your animal must also be kept alive. The old proverb, “use it or lose it”, applies to your relationship with your power animal. You must maintain your connection with them or they will leave.

Following are ways in which to connect, communicate, and honor your beloved animal:

  1. Pray or sing to your animal.
  2. Give offerings of tobacco or corn meal.
  3. Visit real life animals of the same species.
  4. Invite your animal in to your body, mind, and spirit.
  5. Express your love and gratitude to your animal regularly.
  6. Ask your animal for advice, support, protection, and wisdom.
  7. Prepare and eat a ritual meal consisting of your animal’s favorite foods.
  8. Donate time or money to organizations that support and protect your animal.
  9. Learn as much about your animal as you can. List the qualities of your animal
  10. Wear jewelry or clothes that illustrate your animal. Perhaps even get a tattoo of your animal.
  11. Find a picture and/or figure of your animal and keep it near you (in your home, in your wallet, on your altar, etc.)
  12. Meditate or journey to communicate with your animal on a regular basis. Ask what your animal wants to be called.
  13. Merge with your animal and “dance” as a merged spirit. (Always remember to disconnect with the dancing is done.)
  14. Many keep the identity of their power animal secret. It is up to you whether or when you will reveal the identity of your animal.

Copyright © 2017 Drake Bear Stephen. Except where acknowledged. http://www.DrakeInnerprizes.com