Welcome Home: A.R.E.’s 84th Congress

This is not one of my regular posts. I wanted to take a moment to honor my experience this past week while in attendance at the A.R.E.’s 84th Annual Congress. (This was the impromptu trip I wrote about in a previous post.)

I have attended a number of conferences at A.R.E. Headquarters over the last 21 years. This was my 3rd Congress and it was phenomenal! The energy going around was joyous. I have never felt that at another conference before. There was a level of love and positivity, which is difficult to describe.

This was truly an amazing experience. My heartfelt gratitude goes out to all of those who made this year’s Congress possible and to all of those in attendance. Mahalo!

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Following the Signs

Much has changed in my life over the last few weeks. I have been working on my next step in life. While this was going on, I started to receive information about a turning point in my life. Being a spiritually motivated person, I asked for guidance, clarity and any signs that might help along the way.

I am a firm believer in signs as guidance. I have refined these skills throughout my life, but I am still learning. Frequently I have been asked, “How do you know when it’s a sign from God or just a coincidence?”

Simple answer, I do not always know. It is a process for me to analyze the information I receive. There is a fine balance between doubt and faith. I will go over some examples of signs and coincidences to help further explain.

When my son received a coupon for a Sklanders Trap Team toy in his Happy Meal, he was convinced it was a sign to drive to Target and buy a new toy. I had to explain to him, that it was a promotional coincidence, not a sign from the heavens. Bear in mind he just turned six, so his understanding of the situation was not out of the ordinary, unlike a woman I once knew. She received information that she should sell her worldly possessions, move to the American Southwest and search for aliens. I still remember her telling our group of friends, I was only fourteen at the time, but I still knew her plan was a bit odd.

She was a wife, mother and grandmother, who completely uprooted herself to follow the signs. Her husband did not agree with her motivation, so he stayed in their family home when she left. Last we heard she was traveling across the desert in an RV without A/C and with an array of animals. I think she was headed to Taos, NM to investigate the Taos Hum.

On the other side of the same coin, my mother recently received a series of signs regarding some recent home upgrades. She was looking to buy new lanai furniture, but was not certain of how to pay for it. Within a few days, a rebate card (not a credit card, similar to a gift card) for over $500 arrived in the mail from Lowes. My mother was then able to purchase the new furniture without having to pay out-of-pocket. That was a definite sign.

Personally, I have had my fair share of misinterpreting signs. As a young eighteen year old, a pre-approved credit card in the mail was a sign. Now I shred those offers on site. As I mentioned before, I analyze the information I receive. I receive signs through dreams, visions, informational downloads and throughout every day life.

I recently asked guidance about my career options; that night I received a dream in which I was suffering at a coffee shop. I awoke and took it to mean not to apply to the barista positions I had located the previous day. Although I could easily reinstate myself in the coffee world, I took the dream as a sign not to because it would cause unnecessary strife.

Yesterday, I was unusually feisty. I noted that I was upset and stressed out. I sat with my discomfort and asked for guidance. I began receiving information about going on a trip, for spiritual and business purposes. Not being certain of the idea’s intention, I asked my mother to be mindful of her dreams last night. (Quite often my spiritual signs affect the whole family.)

This morning while reading a book by one of my favorite authors, John Van Auken, I came across a line from the Book of Job and received an informational download. (This is how I describe receiving information from a higher power.) I went home and shared the information with my parents. Then began the process of seeing the reality of the information I received. I will not exaggerate, the reality of this trip is closer to the World of Disney, but I am a believer.

While discussing the details of this potential endeavor, my mother told me her dream from last night. It had to do with her finding a restroom, so the dream to her was based in the reality that her sleeping body had to use the bathroom. I noted that a dream involving the restroom would make me think of the aforementioned author, John Van Auken, who has also trained me in dream study. Van Auken cautioned against the body’s natural urge to use the bathroom upon waking. He advises to review dreams prior to using the loo.

At that moment, I was actually discussing the personal symbology of dreams with my mother, not even thinking of her dream as a potential sign for me. Is my mother’s dream, which triggered memories about John Van Auken, whom I was reading earlier in the day and I will potentially visit with on this trip, a sign for me? If I had not received the following sign, I would not be reading into this dream so much.

I felt a need to take a break from the situation, so I took a walk with my son. As I turned the corner I noticed a parked car with a license plate from Virginia. Virginia happens to be where this trip will take me if things come together. Sign or coincidence? If I were east of the Mississippi or on a military base, complete coincidence, but I live in Hawaii. It is not common to see an out-of-state plate on island. I smiled and took the license plate to be a sign. Not necessarily a sign that I am going, but a sign to that I am on the right path and I should pursue the options.

My basic guidelines for determining if a sign is a message or a coincidence, primarily rely on your reasoning skills. When you receive a message or sign, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Who is this for?
  2. Who is this from?
  3. Who will this benefit?
  4. Will this cause any harm to myself or others?

Sit with these questions and their answers. Ask for additional guidance, be specific about what you are seeking. Do not be afraid to ask for clarification in a way you will understand. The Universe is an infinite place, help yourself by defining your needs. If you cannot easily remember your dreams, do not ask for guidance through them. Above all else, trust yourself.

User Error: Outlet to an Infinite Source

I am the technical guru of the family. When an electronic is not working I know about it. I do not know how many times a week I hear myself say, “Did you power down and restart?”

Having dabbled in audio-visual (AV) work back in the day, I am a fan of checking the power source. That is my first step when troubleshooting. A couple of years ago when my young daughter was trying to prank people, she actually managed to pull a good one on her grandfather. (My daughter was only 5 or 6 at the time, so her pranks were interesting to say the least.)

Grandpa was making fresh salsa. He plugged in the food processor and turned away to dice some tomatoes. In the mean time, my daughter unplugged the food processor and motioned for me to keep quiet. Within a few minutes Grandpa was frantically trying to get the food processor to work. He pushed the buttons, removed the lid, replaced the lid, etc. Finally the family burst out laughing, my daughter had just pulled her first prank. Despite Grandpa’s efforts he was unable to get the food processor to work all because he did not check the power source. In his mind he was plugged-in and therefore the problem lay elsewhere.

Although, it has been a couple of years I was reminded of the incident last night when I told my father, “User error, it’s generally user error.”

How many times do we think we are plugged-in to our spiritual source when in reality we have lost the connection? Ever had that perfect morning when you were able to meditate or pray prior to beginning your day? You the leave the house centered and fully aware of your connection to a higher power. Then on the morning commute someone cuts you off and the barista at Starbucks screws up your drink. Perhaps you shake it off, but then someone takes your parking space at work. Within moments you start to feel flush and a fleet of words flow from your mouth. What happened to that connection? From an AV standpoint, the best thing to do when this or a similar situation occurs is to stop and check the power source. Where is your connection? Is it the higher power or the ego?

The universe is filled with unlimited potential. Many of us do not know how to utilize all that is available. Through “User Error” we miss out on our full potential. Take a tip from the AV Department, always check the power source. A proper connection to a higher power will provide infinite results.

Hawaii Life: A Perception of Disconnection

Next month on July 7th, I will have been living in Hawaii for 2 years. Of course I have learned much in 2 years, but I did not expect to learn so much about being disconnected from my previous existence.

I lived on an island before, it is located between Iowa and Illinois on the Mississippi River. Not very isolated for an island, but an island none the less. Apparently Hawaii is surrounded by more water than any other land mass on the planet. It is so isolated, that historians are still debating when the first people arrived and more importantly how. Do not get me wrong these crystal blue waters are amazing and much more appealing than the Muddy Mississippi. I have been pondering the trade-off between blue skies 365 days a year and a social connection.

Being as isolated as Hawaii is, almost everything is imported. (Yes, that does add to the cost of paradise, but compared to NOVA it’s not that big of a change.) Yet, I have not figured out how to import a social life. Not that my life in NOVA was a non-stop party, but I had a routine. My yoga studio, my Starbucks, my work, my family and an array of tasty foods to tantalize the palate. Being on an island limits the choices a person has. Yes, there is a yoga studio nearby and 2 Starbucks within a mile of my house near the best Chinese food on Oahu, Panda Express. Seriously, Panda Express, which helps to prove my point. There are comparable outlets on Oahu, but they are limited.

I have been moving most of my life and I know nothing is ever the same. I also know that life is what you make of it. While growing up as a Navy Brat, my mother sought out study groups based on a booked titled A Search for God. Those study groups provided a social network for me. The members touched my life forever in ways I cannot go into here. Based on these experiences I seek out study groups wherever I live.

Within a year of arriving, I sought out like-minded people. I met two A.R.E. (edgarcayce.org) members and located a church affiliated with the one I left in NOVA. The church is on the other side of the island, so it can take any where from 50 minutes to 75 minutes to get to. Needless to say, I do not get there are often as I would like. Although the A.R.E. is an international organization, Hawaii is so far removed from regular activities and the HQ based in Virginia Beach, that there is not a strong presence.

I tend to notice the disconnection the most when I travel. I always have to leave 1-2 days early just to arrive on time. When it is 12 p.m. in Washington D.C. it is either 6 a.m. or 7 a.m. in Hawaii (no DST). My friends on Facebook will begin to post on Thursday morning, when I have yet to go to bed Wednesday night. Even phone calls require coordination. If there were an edge to the globe, Hawaii would be it.

As previously mentioned this is paradise and it is not that bad. Being disconnected physically has allowed me to connect in other ways. I am in the fourth month of deepening a friendship through life coaching. Not something I would have done prior to my Hawaii Life. I use Facebook and FB Messenger to stay in touch with people. Even my latest venture, this blog, is another way I am learning to connect.

Connections and disconnections are neither bad or good. They are how we create and perceive them. Although I feel disconnected at times, perhaps I have never been more connected in my life.