It was about 11:00 at night, and I was shutting down the lights to go to bed. As I walked into the kitchen, I froze. There was a tarantula the size of my hand in the middle of the floor. Oh my God! Oh my God! After a moment of panic, the rational part of my brain broke through my terror and told me that I had to deal with it. But how? My usual procedure with spiders was to turn a glass over them, slide a piece of paper underneath, and gently place them outside. That wasn’t going to work with something this size! There is a tarantula in my kitchen! Oh my God! Oh my God! Even though I knew that tarantulas are harmless, some deep primal fear made it hard to think. Out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a quart yogurt container in the dish drainer. This still wasn’t wide enough to come down over the tarantula, but, taking a deep breath and summoning all of my courage, I approached the tarantula with the container and cover and scooted him inside.
As I held the container closed, I could feel my heart pounding in my chest. There is a tarantula in my kitchen! Oh my God! Oh my God! Now what? The closest door went into the garden. I didn’t want to have him living out there! I made it to the front door and across the driveway to the front yard. By now I had used up what was left of my failing courage, so I drop the container on the ground and ran back into my house and locked the door. There was a tarantula in my kitchen! Oh my God! Oh my God! I felt violated, vulnerable, and alone, but I was too full of adrenalin to cry. I thought about calling someone. No one I knew to be comforting would still be up. It was only a big spider after all. Don’t be a wimp! Go to bed.
I made my way to the bedroom, nervously checking every shadow, and running terrifying scenarios in my head. What if there are more of them in here? What if more come in during the night? What if I get up in the middle of the night and step on one? There was a tarantula in my kitchen! Oh my God! Oh my God! I crawled into bed, pulled the covers tight around me, and hugged a pillow for some small comfort. After asking the Angels to protect me, I fell into a fitful sleep. Around 3:00am, I had a nightmare. I dreamt that I was forced to watch someone I loved being tortured and mutilated for acting against the authorities. I went to speak out in protest, and was pulled back and warned “No. Be silent!” I woke up nauseated and in a cold sweat. My physical discomfort and the horrific images I had witnessed had me wide awake. I appealed to the Angels to fill me with their love and light, and help me understand what was happening to me. I was finally able to sleep, again.
The next morning, I was still a bit shaky and feeling uneasy. I called a Shaman friend of mine in hopes of getting some answers. She was thrilled I had a tarantula in my kitchen! It was a gift to me; a clear message about releasing my fear. She went on to explain that tarantulas are the most revered of spiders, and associated with wisdom, creativity, and transformation. Spiders also aid in communication and weaving magic with the written word. As for my nightmare, I was clearing a past life fear of speaking up and sharing my truth, that had been blocking my ability to create to my fullest potential. The fact that I was nauseous meant the clearing was very deep. This was all great news!
How amazing! With a simple shift in perspective, I was now grateful to have had a tarantula in my kitchen. I went from being a victim of my fear to embracing the powerful gifts it had brought me. I could see it as a positive learning experience that had helped me release an old fear and expand to be more of my true authentic self, more of who I was meant to be in the world, more able to fulfill my divine purpose.
Now it’s your turn. What is the “tarantula in your kitchen?” Can you welcome and accept your fear without judgment, knowing that love is on the other side, and that clearing it helps to bring you back to your divinity? Good. Now take a deep breath and let it go.
Are you ready for a New You in the New Year?
In 2011, I released 70 lbs! So many people have asked me how I did it, that I’ve decided to share the key steps that worked for me with all of you. Let’s just say that my approach was a combination of a healthy food, cleanse and exercise plan, along with a strong dose of the Law of Attraction, and a major focus on Energy Healing and Emotional Releasing.
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Along with my success story, here’s the 5 Steps I’ll be sharing with you:
- Raise Your Vibration
- Feel Your Feelings
- Practice Forgiveness
- Release Your Fears
- Listen to Your Heart
Each Thanksgiving in the United States, we give thanks for the many blessings in our lives. It’s a splendid practice for everyone to do! However, some of you may be feeling a bit stressed right now and somewhat challenged around being able to get into it. Maybe a few pointers about how to move into more gratitude could be helpful. Let’s start with this. Get out a piece of paper and write “I am so happy and grateful that…” across the top. Now write the following questions, leaving space in between for your answers:
- What is around me right now that I’m grateful for?
- Who am I being that I’m grateful for?
- What will I be grateful for?
What is around me right now that I’m grateful for?
The key here is to shift your focus from what you don’t have to what you do have. Shift from focusing on scarcity to focusing on the abundance in your life. Start small. Look around you. Don’t take anything for granted. What’s in front of you? What’s in the room you’re in? What’s outside the window? Make a list of whatever you see that you can say “Yes. I’m grateful for that” even if it is just a pen or a plant or a cup or a chair. Once you get going, this list could be endless!
Who am I being that I’m grateful for?
This one has a different twist. The key here is to shift from the physical “stuff” in your life to the positive “essence” inside of you.Look back on your day, your week, or your month. Where did you act from kindness, appreciation, generosity and/or love? When were you really present in the moment? When do you listen to your heart for answers? When did you learn a valuable lesson? When did you experience peace of mind? When did you really laugh? When did you feel good? When did you feel joy? Who were you being? Make a list of things like: I smiled at 3 strangers, today. I took a walk by the ocean and breathed in the salt air. I really laughed out loud twice. The love I felt while looking at my son that took my breath away. It’s so important to recognize these moments of being your most divine self.
What will I be grateful for?
Have you ever heard of “future gratitude”? This is where you are grateful now for things in your life that haven’t happened yet. How do you do that? Think about what would make you happy to have, be or do in your life. What would make your heart sing? What are your dreams? Now write it down in the present tense as if it has already happened. Here are some examples: People all over the world are buying my best-selling book! I am married to my perfect soulmate! I am enjoying my incredible vacation in Paris! At the end of this list, write “This or something better!” Keep reading this list and really feeling what it feels like for these dreams to be true right now.
How are you feeling now that you have completed this exercise in being thankful? I hope that you have experienced the power of gratitude to shift you into a higher, more positive vibration. Remember that feeling, and know that you can come back there at any moment by choosing to focus on what you are grateful for. This is especially important when the chaos of the Holidays starts to overwhelm you.
Remember that life is a gift, and you are responsible for receiving it.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all, this week and every day of your life!
With love and gratitude!
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